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Chris Crowcroft (Ludlow)

Five goals scored in the last three games all from our defenders and midfield – an observation, not a criticism.
Graham Burchell (Cyprus)

Don’t know if anybody else had the same problem but the Streaming stopped at half time and just never came back. Last view that I had was a view of some steelwork when the camera man appeared to give up.

One interesting observation was that the streaming was a couple of minutes ahead of Radio York but I found that I could bring the streaming back a couple of minutes and all was synchronised – well, at least for the first half!

First half I thought York played very well – second half Celtic played very well so, all-in-all, probably a fair result.
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 https://www.paypal.me/IanTyssen
  • 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 ian.tyssen@hotmail.com
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Being an armchair supporter is far from perfect but at least we can all be daystream believers ...

By Duncan Browne

Where were you when Paul Green forced home Boston United’s opener at Leamington on Tuesday night?

Me personally, I was sat on Twitter discussing how to get the live stream running smoothly.

And I wasn’t the only one who missed it, was I? Three different servers, numerous viewing options and just one outcome - my screen kept freezing.

It was all very heart-in-mouth as the action appeared to buffer each and every time Ross Fitzsimons came pegging it out his area. Think A Question of Sport’s What Happens Next? round but with much higher stakes.

You may be used to paying £8.99 for an exciting viewing experience on your laptop only for the action not to meet your tastes. But as a happily married man it was a new - frustrating - experience.

Thankfully things improve vastly in the second half and an enjoyable game, filmed brilliantly and complete with excellent commentary, unfolded.

I don’t want you to think this is a whingefest. I wouldn’t know how to beam a football match into your living room, so it’d be ridiculous to expect a volunteer at a non-league football club currently trying to find new mid-pandemic revenue streams while dealing with the piles of paperwork that come with COVID measures to become Sky Sports overnight (“It’s Leamington-Boston... and it’s live-ish!”).

In truth, clubs should be applauded for trying to keep their supporters engaged and teething problems should be expected, no matter how much it winds you up at the time.

City draw level with Farsley

By Dan Simmonite 

City conceded a late goal at The Citadel which denied the Minstermen three points on the road as the score stood 1-1 against Farsley Celtic.

Steve Watson named just one change from the side which beat Chorley in mid-week, Kieran Kennedy coming in for an injured Robbie Tinkler.

Farsley lined up with three former York players in the starting eleven; Jake Charles, Tom Allan and Tyler Walton, the latter playing to Jimmy Spencer for the first chance of the game; the forward turning and firing high and wide.

Olly Dyson retained his place in the side and looked lively in the early stages, notably gambling on a back pass and nearly getting the ball from Steven Drench as the goalkeeper cleared.

Matty Brown looked to have the opener on 9 minutes when he headed goal bound from a corner, but a reaction save kept the ball out in a crowded area.

And City continued to look a threat from corner balls, Cassidy heading just over the bar whilst back-pedalling.

Michael Duckworth was next to go close, taking a touch after a headed ball out and forcing a fingertip save from 25 yards.

Farsley nearly had the ball in their own net on 33 minutes, defender Allan deflecting a corner inches over the crossbar in what would have been a very unfortune opening goal in West Yorkshire.

The deadlock was finally broken on 37 minutes, Sean Newton showing great determination to head a clearance out to the left to Scott Barrow before receiving the ball inside the box and thundering an impressive strike into the top corner.

Early in the second half Dyson could have made it two, the forward outmuscling a green shirt, pulling the ball in from the byline and smacking the woodwork.

Michael Woods was next to go close, latching onto a great one-two before Drench narrowed down the angle to stop the shot.

Farsley pushed on in the latter stages of the game and had the ball in the back of the net on the hour mark, but the referee pulled back for a foul.

20 minutes later, substitute Dave Syers got the all-important equaliser after an almost free header from a set piece was placed past Jameson and into the corner.

Farsley then hit the crossbar from inside the box after a header landed to a green shirt in the area.

The City defence struggled in the last few minutes and Jameson saved his teammates from a defeat with a point-blank block from Syers at the back post.

After three minutes of added time the whistle blew and the contest ended 1-1, City still unbeaten in four games, but will be disappointed not to get the win after a positive first half performance.

The team now go into Tuesday’s FA Cup game sitting 5th in the National League North.

York City: Jameson, Kennedy, Brown, Newton, Duckworth, Barrow, McLaughlin, Woods, Wright, Dyson (Bunn 60), Cassidy.

Unused subs: Flatters, Spratt, Gamble, Potts.

Farsley Celtic: Drench, Richards, West (Parkin 74), Allan, Ellis, Clayton, Byrom, C Atkinson, Spencer, Charles (Syers 74), Walton (B Atkinson 68).

Unused subs: Kelly.

Attendance: N/A

Referee: Liam Marshall

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

York City saw a welcome return to form on New Year's Day 1987 when they beat in-form Middlesbrough 3-1 with goals from Keith Walwyn (2) and Martin Butler. The crowd of 8,611 was the largest of the season.

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 Middlesbrough 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

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 (a) - Emirates FA Cup 3Q (winners receive £5,625 while losing club receives £1,875)
Sat 17 Brackley Town (h)
Sat 24 Emirates FA Cup 4Q
Sat 31 Kettering Town (h)

November
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)

December
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)

January
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)

February
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)

March
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)

April
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)

May
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)

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

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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 yorkhospitalball@gmail.com
To donate to York Hospital Radio, go to www.justgiving.com/yorkhospitalradio.

York City retro shirts series

York City FC retro shirts are available from www.world-retro.com
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 www.world-retro.com.
Please contact World Retro at fans@world-retro.com 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 https://www.ycst.org.uk/product/beach-towel/
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.

Colorsport
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 http://www.ypdbooks.com/sport/1952-bootham-crescent-a-second-home-YPD02131.html
- Direct from the author via cheque or bank transfer  - in the first instance contact Paul Bowser  at minstermanbooks@outlook.com 
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 (c_m_forth@hotmail.com) quoting your reference and address.  50% discounts available for bulk purchases.

See www.yorkcitysouth.co.uk 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
https://www.amazon.co.uk/York-City-Memoirs-Garry-Vaux/dp/0956334334
Ebook £1.99
https://www.amazon.co.uk/York-City-Memoirs-Garry-Vaux-ebook/dp/B008FRA6RC

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 patrickjcrowley@hotmail.com

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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There’s Only One Arthur Bottom was first published as an almost-daily email newsletter in July 1997 and has been distributed continuously since. Subscriber numbers peaked at more than 1,100 when the club’s future was threatened by potential closure in 2001 but more than 800 subscribers, living in more than 30 countries, will receive this edition. Editor Josh Easby started the newsletter from New Zealand (where he lives today) but has variously produced and distributed it from the United Kingdom, Australia and (briefly) Italy.
 
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