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Issue 009. January 8, 2021.
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Dan Tait (Poppleton)

What a huge game Boston could be; one of the more fancied sides and after Keith Lowe brought back the curse of the ex-player I am sure fans will be hoping Jordan Burrow or Tom Platt don't follow suit tomorrow.

City could make a real statement by winning particularly if the season gets curtailed as rumoured. 

City fans might be interested in hearing Hospital Radio's latest podcast with supporters debating the season far to help break up lockdown.

It includes favourite memories of Bootham Crescent and one man's quest to see York City play away despite being behind closed doors which involved counting bricks. 

https://hospitalball.podbean.com/e/judge-em-after-12-games-and-goodbye-to-bootham-crescent-special/
Chuitar
So … by popular demand (my mum asked) I'm working on a "song" about City leaving Bootham Crescent.

It'd be amazing if you've got any old photos of the ground I could use in the video, please.

I'm particularly after pics with fans in. But anything would be great. 

Please email anything you own and it's OK for me to use, to boothampics@gmail.com. Thanks!

Editor: For those who need reminding, Chuitar is the creator of a collection of York City songs, each of which have marked significant moments in our recent history. See the example below ... and see the collection of five songs here.
 
Chuitar - [York City's] Wembley Paradise - FA Trophy 2017

Micky Cummins to take the team this Saturday

York City Football Club Assistant Manager Micky Cummins will step-up as Manager for this Saturday’s National League North match against Boston United away, with Youth Team manager Tim Ryan assisting and Sporting Director Dave Penney also supporting the management team on the day.

Manager Steve Watson is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 and the National League, who have been consulted regarding the case and the club’s Covid-19 protocols, have confirmed that the team and other management staff are able to continue in the Manager’s absence.

York City set date for first game at LNER Community Stadium

By Jacob Kilbride

YORK City have set the date for their long-awaited first game at the LNER Community Stadium.

York will play Gateshead in the Vanarama National League North on Tuesday, January 19, having reached an agreement with City of York Council.

The club will occupy the new stadium with effect from Monday, January 11.

A joint York City and City of York Council statement said: "Both parties have worked extremely hard to overcome any obstacles in the delivery of the project, with the aim of having York City Football Club in their new home as soon as possible.

"Both parties would like to make clear that all recent issues have been resolved and our primary focus is on readying the stadium for fixtures this month.

"The Council recognises that recent public statements regarding elements of the YCFC lease were unfortunately misrepresented and we look forward to building on this positive working relationship moving forward."

Cllr Nigel Ayre said: "We would like to thank York City Football Club for their input and involvement in the project and we look forward to a very bright future for both of the cities sporting teams.

"We look forward to welcoming Gateshead FC later this month.

"Our aim throughout our work on the York Community Stadium project has been to deliver an incredible stadium and wider leisure facility for supporters, residents and the wider York community.

"The new stadium boasts 8,500 seats and has already been recognised by the FA and RFL as one of the finest smaller stadiums in the country, with both organisations looking to use the site in the future, not just for the Rugby World Cup later this year!”  

York City chairman Jason McGill added: "On behalf of everyone at York City Football Club, our staff players and supporters, we thank the Council for delivering this great stadium and look forward to our next chapter, with the LNER Community Stadium as our home." 

York City can send a message with good result at Boston United

By Joe Richardson  

YORK City can send a “strong message” if they get a positive result today at Boston United, assistant manager Micky Cummins believes.

The two sides are showing very similar form at the minute, level on points after the same amount of games played, with Boston one position above seventh-placed City in the league only by goal difference.

Both also pushed each other in the hunt for the National League North play-off places last season, when City finished the season second and Boston third.

This is the second in run of January fixtures which have been touted as a tough period for York. The Minstermen started with a point at high-flying Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday and now have the chance to make a mark at fellow promotion hopefuls Boston.

Cummins commented: “I think it’s a barometer of how the league is levelling out and of the teams that have been competitive and there or thereabouts in the last couple of seasons.

“Certainly they were strong last year and I feel they’ve strengthened even more this season, they’ve moved to their new stadium and they’re playing on a better pitch, better surfaces.

“I feel we’ve improved and we’ve got stronger as well. It’s just on the day who copes best, who creates more and takes them opportunities.

“They’re a good club, we’ve got a good relationship with them off the pitch, their staff and everything else, but come Saturday there will be a strong message if we go there and get a positive result.”

On the opposition, Cummins added: “Similar to us really - same points tally, they got a draw the other evening, same amount of games played.

“They had a big turnaround in summer and brought in some experienced lads - Paul Green, Terry Hawkridge, David Perkins, Joe Leesley on loan from Harrogate.

“They’ve certainly got firepower and a stronger squad than last year.

“But we can’t go there being overly cautious - I think we’ve got to go with our plan and hopefully implement that to get the result we’re looking for.

"Having watched them play, it’s a nice new set-up, a nice pitch to play on.

“We’re in the middle of a busy period. We want to see a response. If we take a lead, we want to extend that lead. If it’s tight, we want to stay compact high up the pitch and play the game in the opposition’s half.

“Again, like every plan, we look to win, we look to exploit weaknesses and look at our strengths.”

Boston have the best defensive record in the division, letting in fewer goals per game than any other side.

Asked about preparations to unlock it, Cummins said: “We understand set pieces are a big thing in this league, we understand trying to isolate wide men, create one-v-one situations all over the pitch and try and dominate the ball, especially in the opposition half.

“Obviously we’ve looked at videos, done our analysis, and certainly we’ll be in a good battle.”

There were no injuries to report from the Kidderminster draw. Medium-term absentees Owen Gamble and Harry Bunn “are maybe two or three weeks away”, Cummins reported, while keeper Ryan Whitley has returned from his loan spell at Northern Premier League premier division side Scarborough Athletic.

“There is pressure on the starting 11 to stay in the team,” Cummins added. “There are lads knocking on the door and putting in performances in training that probably warrant an opportunity.”

Can Boston United make it four home wins in a row against York City under Craig Elliott?

By Duncan Browne

Craig Elliott wants to make it four-straight home victories over York City when the two sides meet at the Jakemans Stadium on Saturday.

The Pilgrims and Minstermen will go into the contest with identical records this season.

Both clubs have recorded six wins, four draws and two defeats from the National League North campaign so far, with sixth-place Boston one place above their rivals in the table due to their superior goal difference.

Saturday's match will be the first meeting between the two sides at the Jakemans Community Stadium, with City also set to move stadium in the coming weeks.

Elliott has won all three of his previous home matches against York in the Pilgrims dug-out.

“It’s not a bad record over York in the past few years, I suppose, and we all know they’ll be up there at the end of the season,” the United manager said.

“They’ve got a big squad and I’m sure, similar to ourselves, going into a new stadium, they’ve got big aspirations of making it a memorable season for them.”

Elliott recorded his first-ever win as Boston boss at the expense of the Minstermen back in December 2017 as Ashley Hemmings and Jordan Keane found the net in a 2-1 victory.

The following campaign saw Nicky Walker and Gavin Allott secure a 2-0 home win while last season the Pilgrims came from a goal down to win 3-1 in a bizarre contest which saw Frank Mulhern's looping effort and Andi Thanoj's attempted cross both find the net.

Brad Abbott was also on target.

The Minstermen have recorded narrow 1-0 and 2-1 victories at Bootham Crescent against United sides led by Elliott, although Jay Rollins and Max Wright did find the net as Boston came from 2-0 down to draw in York in the 2018-19 campaign.

United's leading scorer Jordan Burrow joined the club from York in the summer while midfielder Tom Platt has also previously played for City.

LNER Community Stadium move date confirmed

The following is a joint statement from City of York Council and York City FC. 

We are delighted to announce that an agreement has now been reached between City of York Council and York City Football Club.

The club will occupy the new stadium with effect from Monday 11 January 2021, with their first game due to be held on Tuesday 19 January as they take on Gateshead in a National League North clash.

Both parties have worked extremely hard to overcome any obstacles in the delivery of the project, with the aim of having York City Football Club in their new home as soon as possible.

Both parties would like to make clear that all recent issues have been resolved and our primary focus is on readying the stadium for fixtures this month.

The Council recognises that recent public statements regarding elements of the YCFC lease were unfortunately misrepresented and we look forward to building on this positive working relationship moving forward.  

Cllr Nigel Ayre said: "We would like to thank York City Football Club for their input and involvement in the project and we look forward to a very bright future for both of the cities sporting teams.

We look forward to welcoming Gateshead FC later this month. Our aim throughout our work on the York Community Stadium project has been to deliver an incredible stadium and wider leisure facility for supporters, residents and the wider York community.  

The new stadium boasts 8,500 seats and has already been recognised by the FA and RFL as one of the finest smaller stadiums in the country, with both organisations looking to use the site in the future, not just for the Rugby World Cup later this year!”  

Chairman, Jason McGill said: "On behalf of everyone at York City Football Club, our staff players and supporters, we thank the Council for delivering this great stadium and look forward to our next chapter, with the LNER Community Stadium as our home." 

The following is subject to FSIF approval.

Alex Wollerton joins Bradford

By Dan Simmonite

Alex Wollerton has joined fellow National League North club Bradford (Park Avenue) on a one-month loan deal.

As part of the deal, the midfielder can not play against York City.

The deal is subject to FA and National League approval.
We catch up with news of former York City players, managers and staff.

Former Minsterman Whittle completes move to Chesterfield

By Liam Norcliffe

Defender Alex Whittle has completed his move to Chesterfield on a free transfer.

The left-back has signed an 18-month deal.

The 27-year-old links up with boss James Rowe again after playing under him at Gloucester City, who he left this week.

Whittle joins his former Tigers’ teammates Akwasi Asante and George Carline in following Rowe to the Technique Stadium.

It takes the number of signings under Rowe to eight, following the arrivals of Jack Clarke and Marcus Dinanga earlier this week.

“Once I knew of Alex’s availability, we moved quickly to secure his signature,” Rowe said,

“It is important to build for the future and not just the short term. Alex has great energy and his strong character will fit in well in the changing room.”

Whittle, who started his career at Liverpool, joined Gloucester in the summer on a two-year deal after leaving Boston United.

His other clubs include Dunfermline, AFC Fylde, Southport, York City, Forest Green Rovers and Warrington Town.
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.
Saturday fixtures
AFC Telford United v AFC Fylde
Blyth Spartans v Alfreton Town (pitch inspection 8am)
Boston United v York City
Bradford Park Avenue P-P Chester (frozen pitch)
Chorley P-P Farsley Celtic (due to Chorley's FA Cup tie v Derby County)
Farsley Celtic v Guiseley
Gloucester City v Kidderminster Harriers
Guiseley P-P Curzon Ashton
Hereford P-P Brackley Town (COVID-related)
Kettering Town v Gateshead
Southport P-P Darlington
Spennymoor Town P-P Leamington

Monday fixture
Bradford Park Avenue v Boston United

Tuesday fixtures
AFC Telford United P-P Hereford (COVID-related)
Chorley v Leamington
Curzon Ashton P-P Southport
Farsley Celtic v Darlington
York City v AFC Fylde

Bradford Park Avenue

Avenue full back Harry Boyes has ended his loan stint and returned to parent club Sheffield United. He made 14 appearances for Avenue and scored twice, including a long-range effort against York City.

Chester

Chester want to extend their loan of Stoke City centre back Connor Taylor (19). He made his first start for Chester in Tuesday's 1-0 win against Guiseley.

Gloucester City

Gloucester have signed defender Brad Webb (19) on loan from Bristol City. The deal is for the rest of the season. He has previously been loaned to Yate Town (Southern League) and Hungerford Town (National League South).

Guiseley

Guiseley have signed wing back Reece Kendall on loan from Matlock Town for a month. 
Please check with the club's official website for late changes to fixtures before committing to travel.
Pre-season friendlies

September
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.

October
Sat 3 Warrington Rylands 0, York City 1 (Newton) - Emirates FA Cup 2Q (City receive £3,375 prizemoney)
Tue 6 York City 3, Chorley 1 (McLaughlin, Barrow, Woods)
Sat 10 Farsley Celtic 1, York City 1 (Newton)
Tue 13 Chorley 1, York City 0 - Emirates FA Cup 3Q (Losing club receive £1,875)
Sat 17 York City 0 Brackley Town 0

November
Tue 10 Southport 2, York City 3 (Newton (2), Bunn)
Sat 28 Leamington 2, York City 1 (Dyson)

December
Wed 2 Blyth Spartans 0, York City 3 (Woods, Bunn, Cassidy)
Sat 5 York City 2, Chester 1 (Bunn, Wright) 
Tue 8 York City 2, Kettering Town 0 (Newton (2)) 
Sat 12 York City 1, Spennymoor Town 1 (Woods)
Tue 15 Ashton United 3, York City 3 (City lose 3-2 pens) - Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (Dyson, Woods, Redshaw)
Sat 26 Bradford Park Avenue 4, York City 2 (Redshaw, Guilfoyle)
Mon 28 York City 1, Guiseley 0 (King)

January
Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h) - postponed
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers 2, York City 2 (Woods, Newton)
Sat 9 Boston United (a)
Tue 12 AFC Fylde (h) (7pm)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
Tue 19 Gateshead (h) (7pm)
Sat 23 AFC Telford United (a)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 30 Curzon Ashton (h)

February
Sat 6 Alfreton Town (a)
Tue 9 Darlington (a)
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h)
Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

March
Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Sat 13 Southport (h)
Sat 20 Chester (a)
Tue 23 Gateshead (a)
Sat 27 Kidderminster Harriers (h)

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

May
Sat 1 Guiseley (a)
Mon 3 Boston United (h)
Sat 8 Gloucester City (a)
Sat 15 AFC Telford United (h)
Sat 22 Curzon Ashton (a)
Sat 29 Alfreton Town (h)

June
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
York City's squad - updated comings and goings for the current season.
The following information will be updated as new information comes to hand:

Players contracted for the 2020-21 season


Retained from 2019-20 season and contracted for new season: Pete Jameson, Ryan Whitley, Paddy McLaughlin, Reiss Harrison, Charlie Jebson-King, Sean Newton, Harry Spratt, Josh King, Archie Whitfield (youth team captain signed for first pro contract).

New signings for 2020-21 season: Robbie Tinkler (24, defender, from Aldershot Town), Scott Barrow (31, left back, from Gateshead), Jack Redshaw (29, forward, from Halifax Town), Kieran Kennedy (26, defender, from Port Vale), Michael Duckworth (29, defender, from Halifax Town), Harry Bunn (27, forward, from Kilmarnock), Jake Cassidy (27, forward, from Stevenage), Olly Dyson (20, attacking midfielder, from Huddersfield Town), Rob Guilfoyle (18, forward, from Hull City), Michael Wood. (30, central midfielder, from Dover Athletic), Reon Potts (19, forward, from Scunthorpe United), Akil Wright (24, midfield, from Wrexham), Owen Gamble (21, midfield, from Sunderland), Alex Wollerton (20, midfield, from Barnsley), Harry Flatters (18, goalkeeper, from Middlesbrough), Matty Brown (30, defender, from FC Halifax Town).

Released at end of 2019-20 season: Steve McNulty (signed for Witton Albion), Jordan Burrow (signed for Boston United), Adriano Moke (signed for Spennymoor Town), Andy Bond (signed for Matlock Town and then joined AFC Telford United in November), Dan Maguire (signed for Darlington), Kallum Griffiths (signed for Gateshead) Joe Tait (signed for Spennymoor Town), Tom Allan (signed for Farsley Celtic), Nathan Dyer (signed for Grantham Town), Macaulay Langstaff (signed for Gateshead), Jake Watson (signed for Pickering Town), Wes York (signed for Brackley Town), Jake Wright (long-term injury, return to play unlikely before February 2022). On-loan Adam Buxton returned to parent club Morecambe who released him. Seven youth players were released at the end of their scholarships - Luca Binsley, Jack Cawthorn, Ethan Henderson, Will Jackson, Dom Jackson, Jake Teale, and Kiari Ventura.

Declined new contract: Alex Kempster (signed for South Shields), David Ferguson (signed for Hartlepool United), Kieran Green (signed for Halifax Town).

Loans (in): None.

Loans (out): Goalkeeper Ryan Whitley was loaned to Scarborough Athletic till January 2 when he returned to train with York City. Midfielder Alex Wollerton was loaned to Bradford Park Avenue on a one-month deal, ending in early February.
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