Issue 278. October 4, 2020.
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Ray Taylor (Warrington)

We are through to the next round. Great credit to Rylands who were excellent.  

City clearly not at their best but still won. Did not take long for very negative postings to appear in the Press.  

Over many years we have beaten teams from much higher divisions and given others a hard time.  

That is what happens in cup ties and upsets will continue.  

We were slightly fortunate not to be one of them!  

Still not a fan of 5 at the back but that is the preference of our manager and looks like he will stick with it.  

Can some Arthurite explain to me how we log in to streaming and how do I pay?
Dave King (Corby, Northants)

OMG and phew!

My man of the match? The guy with the chamois leather.

Brought a sense of humour to us watching and gave us a little release.

Otherwise mixed feelings over a difficult day; a good result,.

Too much humping the ball up to our very isolated front man.

Warrington played the conditions and football on the ground through midfield.

We just didn't learn and got overrun all the game in this area.

But enough of this and great to see City live. I can't wait for Tuesday.
Ian Tyssen (Bishopthorpe, York)

TOOAB Player Sponsorship 2020/21

Thank you to those who have already contributed towards the cost of sponsoring some York City players’ shirts, in the name of 'There's Only One Arthur Bottom'. Our sponsorship fund is growing but it’s still a long way behind last season’s total.

If you would like to help towards the cost of sponsorship for the 2020/21 season, please make a contribution by any of the following methods ...
  • Cheque, payable to Ian Tyssen, to Ian Tyssen, 84 Keble Park North, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2SX
  • PayPal link
  • Bank transfer to account 00088854 sort code 309999
The minimum payable for entry to the sponsorship group is £10 but there is no maximum. The bigger the contribution, the more entries you will have in the end of season prize draw to win the signed shirts.

Last season we sponsored the shirts of Kallum Griffiths, David Ferguson, Joe Tait, Macaulay Langstaff, Ryan Whitley, Dan Maguire and Nathan Dyer. Obviously, only Ryan is still at the club and that, along with the coronavirus situation, will make it difficult to get the shirts signed.

Also, due to delays with the 2020/21 season shirts, last season’s shirts are still being used for pre-season games. So, there will be a delay with the draw to see who will receive the 2019/20 season signed shirts.

I have suggested to the football club that the shirts could be signed by the current players who have used them during pre-season if it is impossible for last season’s departed players to sign them. Hopefully, that will be a satisfactory solution.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at
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Former Minsterman Heslop appointed Blyth club captain

Blyth Spartans AFC is delighted to announce Simon Heslop as our new club captain. 

The experienced midfielder is no stranger to the armband having memorably captained hometown club York City to FA Trophy glory in 2017. 

Heslop’s appointment signals a new dawn for Blyth following the retirement of club legend Robbie Dale. 

The 33-year-old said: “We’ve all worked hard in pre-season and are ready now for the first game. 

“We’ve got an exciting group of players, so for me to be named captain is an honour. 

“Hopefully we can work well together and have a positive good season.”

Nelson explained: “His experience and leadership qualities are second to none. He has captained clubs before and had success with it. 

“I’ve spoken to people who have shared dressing rooms and played with him and have said that’s the type of character he is. 

“He leads on the pitch, he also leads off it in the dressing room trying to rally the troops and get people on board.”

Meanwhile, former Sunderland under-21s captain Liam Agnew has been appointed as vice captain. 

Nelson added: “Liam is the perfect understudy to him, somebody who’ll learn from him, develop and see how Simon does things. 

“Liam will take it on board and I’m sure in seasons to come he’ll end up being a captain as well.” 

 “I always said we weren’t just trying to attract good players but we were trying to attract the right characters – people who were good on and off the pitch and wanted to buy into what we are doing. They both fit that bill.”

City win first game of the season

By Dan Simmonite

New Club Captain Sean Newton led York City to a 1-0 victory this afternoon against Warrington Rylands in the Emirates FA Cup.

A wet and rainy Gorsey Lane hosted the contest in which Rylands stood up to their biggest test in the competition so far after beating Whitby Town in the previous round.

City had the first decent chance of the game, a cross to the back post from the right finding Michael Woods whose shot was blocked as far as Scott Barrow who won a corner with his deflected effort.

Rylands then had a great chance as they broke down the right wing and pulled back to the edge where Kane Drummond was waiting, but the striker fired over at the first attempt.

Woods then hit a first time effort just wide from outside the box before Drummond nearly provided the first goal at the other end as his squared ball across goal was deflected inches wide by a City defender.

On 29 minutes Newton went for goal with a free-kick, but his top corner effort was palmed away by Graeme McCall and the rebound put agonisingly wide by Olly Dyson.

Newton had a second chance with another free-kick ten minutes later, this time arrowing the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to give City the lead.

Akil Wright nearly added to the scoreline just before half time, the powerful midfielder driving into the box after being threaded through and smashing his shot against the upright.

Early after the break, Rylands had an opportunity to level the scores with a penalty, however, Andy Scarisbrick couldn't convert despite sending Pete Jameson the wrong way, hitting the post with his spot kick.

Paul Shanley then forced a save out of the City 'keeper with a shot from the edge of the box.

Matty Brown came on for his competitive debut on 58 minutes and had a great chance to put the game to bed after the ball rolled out to the centre half following a goalmouth scramble, but the substitute blazed over the crossbar from a crowded area.

Drummond made himself a nuisance in the later stages, notably hitting inches over the bar on 70 minutes and nearly going through one-on-one before Jameson stepped in to gather the loose ball.

Rylands gave it their all in injury time to find an equaliser, but their late efforts were to no avail as the City defence blocked their onslaught and the whistle blew for full time.

City now progress to the third round qualifying draw which is expected early next week.

York City: Jameson, Kennedy, Tinkler (Brown 58'), Newton, Duckworth, Barrow, Wright, Woods, McLaughlin, Dyson (Potts 63'), Cassidy.

Unused subs: Flatters, Spratt, Wollerton, Guilfoyle.

Warrington Rylands: McCall, Simpson (Denman 87'), Wolhunter (Freeman 68'), Kenny, Gerrard, Sheen (Potter 69'), Doyle, Scarisbrick, Milne, Shanley, Drummond.

Unused subs: Jones, Lees, Morris, McNamara.

Referee: Richard Holmes

Attendance: 300
Matchday experience: Warrington Rylands 0, York City 1. Courtesy of YorkCityFCTV via YouTube.

Celebrating the heritage of our club ...
Classic match programmes

In December 1926, York City met Worksop Town in the FA Cup. At the second attempt (the original tie was abandoned after 70 minutes), City heat Worksop 4-1 to progress to the cup's second round.

(Thanks to TOOAB contributor Neil Rank for providing this rare programme.)

Thanks to Richard Snowball, Terry Espiner and Paul Bowser for their help in building our archive of digital match programmes.

Click here to read the York City v Worksop Town programme >>>>

Click here to visit our archive >>>
Click here to watch videos from the largest York City archive on line
Please check with the club's official website for late changes to fixtures before committing to travel.
Pre-season friendlies

Sat 5 Newcastle United U-23 1, York City 4 (Trialist, Olly Dyson, Rob Guilfoyle (2))
Tue 8 South Shields 3, York City 0 
Sat 12 Whitby Town 2, York City 0
Sat 19 York City 0, Stockport County 1
Sat 26 Notts County 0, York City 3 (Wright, Cassidy, Wollerton)

2020-21 season

York City joined the FA Cup in the 2nd qualifying round and will join the FA Trophy in the 2nd round proper.

Please note: No replays for FA Cup ties in the 2020-21 season.

Sat 3 Warrington Rylands 0, York City 1 (Newton) - Emirates FA Cup 2Q (City receive £3,375 prizemoney)
Tue 6 Chorley (h)
Sat 10 Farsley Celtic (a)
Tue 13 Emirates FA Cup 3Q
Sat 17 Brackley Town (h)
Sat 24 Emirates FA Cup 4Q
Sat 31 Kettering Town (h)

Sat 7 Emirates FA Cup 1R
Sat 7 Chester (h)
Sat 14 Kidderminster Harriers (a)
Tue 17 Gateshead (h)
Sat 21 AFC Fylde (h)
Sat 28 Emirates FA Cup 2R
Sat 28 Leamington (a)

Tue 1 Blyth Spartans (a)
Sat 5 Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (winners receive £5,250, losers receive £1,500)
Sat 12 Spennymoor Town (h)
Sat 19 Buildbase FA Trophy 3R (winners receive £6,000, losers receive £1,750)
Sat 26 Bradford Park Avenue (a)
Mon 28 Guiseley (h)

Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
Sat 9 Emirates FA Cup 3R
Sat 9 Boston United (a)
Sat 16 Buildbase FA Trophy 4R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
Sat 23 Emirates FA Cup 4R
Sat 23 AFC Telford United (a)
Sat 30 Curzon Ashton (h)

Sat 6 Buildbase FA Trophy 5R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 6 Alfreton Town (a)
Tue 9 Darlington (a)
Wed 10 Emirates FA Cup 5R
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h)
Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Sat 27 Buildbase FA Trophy QF (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Sat 13 Southport (h)
Sat 20 Chester (a)
Sat 20 Emirates FA Cup QF
Tue 23 Gateshead (a)
Sat 27 Buildbase FA Trophy SF (winners receive £15,000, losers receive £5,000)
Sat 27 Kidderminster Harriers (h)

Fri 2 AFC Fylde (a)
Mon 5 Leamington (h)
Sat 10 Spennymoor Town (a)
Tue 13 Blyth Spartans (h)
Sat 17 Emirates FA Cup SF
Sat 17 Kettering Town (a)
Sat 24 Darlington (h)

Sat 1 Guiseley (a)
Mon 3 Boston United (h)
Sat 8 Buildbase FA Trophy Final (Winners receive £60,000, losers receive £30,000)
Sat 8 Gloucester City (a)
Sat 15 Emirates FA Cup Final
Sat 15 AFC Telford United (h)
Sat 22 Curzon Ashton (a)
Sat 29 Alfreton Town (h)

Promotion play-off series
Sat 5/Sun 6 NLN play-offs 1R
Sat 12/Sun 13 NLN play-offs semi-final
Sat 19/Sun 20 NLN play-off final

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Upcoming events: Richard Brodie to take part in Q & A night at Haxby Sports Bar

Former York City striker Richard Brodie will be the special guest for a Q & A night at the Haxby Sports Bary, York.
The event takes place on Sunday November 8 (7pm-9pm).
Brodie will talk about his two spells at York City and answer questions from supporters.
Brodie was City's top goalscorer in the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons.
Host of the event is York Hospital Ball, a popular podcast about York City.
There are a very limited number of tickets due to social distancing. A limited number of tickets are available at £5 with all money raised going to York Hospital Radio.
To buy a ticket, contact
To donate to York Hospital Radio, go to

York City retro shirts series

York City FC retro shirts are available from
Following the success of our 1930s Chocolate & Cream striped shirt, we are adding to our YCFC range.
Now available is our iconic 1983/84 Fourth Division championship shirt as modelled by the legendary Keith Walwyn.
All sizes are available from Babygrow to Adult 7XL. Shirts are £31.50 junior and £35 adult including delivery and are available in both long and short sleeves. A name and/or number can be added free of charge.
More City shirts are available by visiting
Please contact World Retro at for further information.

Collector's item - Y-front beach towels

The Supporters’ Trust is pleased to announce the arrival of our Limited Edition, Bootham Crescent Y-Front Beach Towels in classic maroon.

Made in Britain in a combination of microfibre on the front and 100% cotton on the reverse they are now available to buy for £25 (plus £3 postage and packing) from
We will be running a ‘towel selfie’ competition next summer and invite everyone to send in their pictures from the far-flung corners of the world.  The winner will receive a special prize. Further details to be announced shortly.
Photographs wanted
Jonathan Raine (Gloucester)

Since I started supporting City in 1977 I have always been interested in photos of the club. I am currently attempting to collect a team shot from each season since 1922. If anyone has any pre-1970 City team shots, whether photos or from programmes, magazines etc, then I would be interested in obtaining a copy. In particular, I'm after images from the following years - 1923/24, 1925/26, 1928/29, 1930/31,1936/37,1938/39. 
Please contact me here.

Photographs for sale
Pete's Picture Palace currently has more than 70 York City photographs availablefor sale. Click here to see them.

have a number of York City photo prints available for sale. They can be viewed here.
City publications

Bootham Crescent: A Second Home
The first book in a two-part club history entitled ‘Bootham Crescent: A Second Home’ is now available to buy. Published in A4 hardback format, it consists of 280 pages and includes over 240 rare images including the cover shot of the original entrance gates to the club car park.   

Part one covers the period to 1960, with part two (1960 onwards) having a target release date of late 2019/early 2020. York City FC and Bootham Crescent have been intrinsically linked since 1932, the year in which the club vacated its previous ground at Fulfordgate. The move was completed in only a few months over that summer, which is a story in itself, but this book also provides history and context of those early years for the club and its two grounds. The book describes how the club struggled through the 1930s, yet then came through the war years in a much stronger state, enabling the ground to be bought. The surprising residency of baseball in 1937 gets its own chapter, as does the logistics of packing the ground during the cup runs of 1938 and 1955.

Using rare photographs, news cuttings, and memorabilia, all the ground changes are captured in rich detail. From ticket pricing to cup-tie allocations, turnstiles to floodlights, dugouts to disciplinary notices, canine pitch invasions to five-minute flags, the glass bridge, the history of the City programme, finances, contracts, rent levels and leases, crowd disorder, ground developments – all this, and more besides. It provides a fascinating insight of bygone days, and the wider events which impacted on York City’s fortunes. There is also a chapter which reflects on the brief history of the first York City club that existed between 1908 – 1917 which, ironically, also had two grounds. 

The book has been four years in the researching and writing and costs £25.
It is available in one of three ways:
- From the club shop over the summer whilst stocks last (please note, cash sales only)
- On-line via the following link
- Direct from the author via cheque or bank transfer  - in the first instance contact Paul Bowser  at 
Thanks for your support.

new frontiers  and York City Quiz Book
Available from Chris Forth and York City South.

The last few copies of new frontiers (Issue 33, October 2019), a York City fanzine, featuring Dean Kiely, Daniel Parslow, Big Brother, Bootham Cheers, When City’s Decline Started, Dan Maguire, Quiz and more are still available by post (£2) with all profits shared between Daniel Parslow’s testimonial fund and YCS.

“Great read as usual, when s the next one out", “great article on the Bootham Crescent book”, "loved the Dean Kiely interview”, “I enjoyed and did well in the rugby quiz” and “the piece about Kempster driving the coach in the last issue was very funny” was just some of the feedback received over the weekend.

Also available are new frontiers (issues 1 – 14 (from the 90s)) and recent issues 22 – 32 in very limited numbers.

Meanwhile, the 2016 “York City Quiz Book and Brief City History” remains a must for City fans everywhere.  Laid out in 27 separate quizzes, as well as taxing the memory, the book is a fascinating City history told in bite-sized chunks.  

Readers of every age will recall long-forgotten players and games.  It brings back numerous happy memories of City’s many glory days. 

Priced at £5 (please add £1 for overseas postage).  Also still available, written in support of the Roof Appeal, are a very limited number of the 1988 York City Quiz Book (£2) and 1990 York City Quiz Book - Volume 2 (£2).

Cheques payable to Chris Forth at 80 Manor Way, Harrow, HA2 6BY or via bank transfer to bank sort code 40-47-83 / bank account 94-86-64-95 with your name as reference and send an email to Chris ( quoting your reference and address.  50% discounts available for bulk purchases.

See for further information. 

Book: A Tale of Two Great Cities
Autobiography of former York City striker and radio pundit Chris Jones. You can buy this book online through Amazon here.
Book: York City Fighting Back
York Press writer Dave Flett reviews the nerve-wracking 2012-2013 season. The book is published by Amberley and costs £14.99. Buy it here.
Book: Bicycle Kicks
You can now buy Bicycle Kicks, a book by York City fan Simon Hood about his crazy season following the team by bicycle. Bicycle Kicks is now only £2.99 for the Kindle edition which can be bought here.
Book: City Are Back
Paul Wilson’s 220-page chronicles the double Wembley season of 2011-2012. More details here.
Book: York City Memoirs  
First published in 2001 this unique collection is now available as an ebook for Kindle. It contains a multitude of memories, both happy and sad, from behind the scenes at Bootham Crescent providing a unique insight into this wonderful football club and recalls some of the characters who have walked through the gates.
The links for purchasing are:
Paperback £5.99
Ebook £1.99

Tickets wanted
Paul Bowser (Thirsk)
Please contact me here.
Wanted: City match tickets from any season, the earlier the better. Especially after the following from 2011/12 to complete the set. 
Home – Luton, Braintree, Ebbsfleet, Stockport, Gateshead, Tamworth, Southport, Fleetwood, Newport, FGR, Hartlepool (FR), Bolton (FR)
Away – Kettering, Southport, Hayes, FGR, Telford, Mansfield, Bath, Alfreton, Cambridge, Wrexham (FAC), Solihull (FAT), Salisbury (FAT)
Thanks for checking.
Programmes For Sale
Mike Thompson
I have the following programmes available at £2.70 each including postage:
Tranmere Rovers 60/61 FA Cup 2nd Rd Replay
Northampton Town home 69/70 Div 4
Mansfield Town home 73/74 FA Cup 1st Rd
Bury home 82/83 FA Cup 1st Rd
Rochdale 82/83 home Div 4
Doncaster Rovers 84/85 Freight Rover Trophy 1st Rd 2nd Leg
Chesterfield 92/93 League Cup 1st Rd 2nd Leg
Please contact me via email here.

Jon Longman (Tiptree, Essex)
I have the following City home and a handful of away programmes from the 1950s that I would like to sell and would be interested in receiving sensible offers for:

1948-49 Chester
1952-53 Mansfield, Grimsby (away)
1953-54 Gateshead, Chester, Barrow, Grimsby
1954-55 Workington, Southport, Darlington, Crewe, Chester, Barnsley, Gateshead, Notts County (FAC away), Chesterfield, Accrington, Rochdale, Newcastle (FAC SF at Hillsborough).
1955-56 Chester, Gateshead, Mansfield, Scunthorpe (p-p Jan 14), Sunderland (FAC), Workington, Southport, Barrow.
1956-57 Tranmere, Chester (away), Hull, Crewe (away), Darlington, Barrow, Derby (away).
1957-58 Hull (away), Bradford PA, Gateshead, Hull, Birmingham (FAC), Darlington (p-p March 15), Oldham, Accrington, Gateshead (away March 8), Rochdale, Carlisle, Southport, Scunthorpe, Crewe.
1958-59 Southport, Chester, Walsall, Southport (away), Millwall (away), Port Vale.
1959-60 Bradford City, QPR (away), Halifax, Bournemouth (away Oct 7), Mansfield, Bournemouth, Shrewsbury (away), Tranmere.

I also have a selection of City programmes home and away from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Please contact me via email here

Malcolm Long (NSW, Australia)
I have a few programmes from the 1984/5 season I am trying to finish scanning, including the FA Cup programme against Arsenal. Other programmes are the division 3 tie, 2/2/85 v Wigan Athletic and 12/2/85 v Plymouth Argyle, the FA Cup ties versus Liverpool, home and away.
If anyone would like them for their collection, I will be only too happy to post them to you in return for postage costs from Australia.

Please contact me via email here
Programmes Wanted
Patrick Crowley
I would really like to get hold of a copy of the home match versus Wrexham played on November 5, 2011. If you have a spare I will be happy to take it off your hands...just name your price! If you can help please contact me at

Terry Espiner (Hillam)
I am looking for the following match programmes. Please contact me here.
Carlisle United 58-59(a)
Cheltenham Town 00-01(a) pp 30/12
Hartlepool United 62-63(a)pp 29/12
Northampton Town 58-59(a)
Plymouth Argyle 73-74(a) pp 26/1
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