Issue 005. January 5, 2021.
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Tony Wakefield (Bristol)

Excellent piece of film work from John Lacy (TOOAB Issue 004) – with a nice clip of Norman Wilkinson.

Although Arthur seems to get all the plaudits, Norman Wilkinson was one of the club’s most prolific and longstanding servants that from that era that I recall. 
Patrick McCauley (Edenbridge, Kent)

I can confirm Peter Thorndyke’s suspicion that Derek Dougan played against City at Bootham Crescent in the early 1960s. It was our first ever League Cup match at the beginning of the 1960-61 season.

We lost 3-1 after putting up a gallant fight against a team that went to the FA Cup final that season, to lose to the great Spurs double-winning side.  

Blackburn took the lead, but my boyhood hero Colin Addison scored a great equaliser. However, Dougan scored two more to seal Blackburn’s win.

I’ve always held Dougan in high regard after that match. As usual, I stayed behind after the game to try to collect autographs.

I pushed my autograph book through the Blackburn team coach window and asked Dougan to sign. As he started to do so, the bus set off.

I panicked, but Dougan ran to the back of the bus and threw my beloved autograph book out of the window for me to catch. I grabbed it safe and sound.  

But for Dougan, I’d have lost, amongst others, the autographs of half-a-dozen of City’s semi-final team.  Thanks, Derek – RIP.

Preview - Harriers v York City

By Matty Paddock

LEWIS Montrose knows Tuesday night’s game with York City has the potential to be one to remember.

Harriers look to build on a build on Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Hereford as they welcome the Minstermen to Worcestershire.

Steve Watson’s men were out of action at the weekend after bad weather put paid to their home clash with Bradford Park Avenue.

Montrose spent two seasons as a City player in League 2 and expects they’ll remain in and amongst the promotion challengers in National League North this season.

Add to that the fact that it’s competitive football under the lights at Aggborough on a Tuesday night, and there’s plenty for the Harriers skipper to be excited about.

He told our YouTube channel: “You look at the facilities and the conditions – the pitch looks fantastic – we all thrive on it and we’re all looking forward to it.

“We’re excited, I myself love playing in these games. They’re competitive games and [York] are going to be up there at the end of the season.

“We’re working towards being at the right end of the table and we’re looking forward to the competition.”

Harriers are eyeing a return to winning ways on Tuesday after a more inconsistent last month or so – at least compared to the start of the campaign.

Montrose insists that the spirit and togetherness at Aggborough is a key ingredient in ensuring calmer heads prevail when it comes to fortunes on the pitch.

“We’ve got good team spirit and it’s all about everyone,” he adds “From the staff on and off the field, all the way through to the players.

“It’s fantastic to see everyone pulling in the right direction and ultimately we win, lose and draw together – we always stick together.

“It’s a good place to be, it’s a good Club.

“There are going to be ups and downs; we might lose a couple and might win a couple, but whatever happens we’ve got to remain positive.”

Kick-off at Aggborough on Tuesday is at 7:45pm

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Lewis Montrose - keen to face his former club. Courtesy Official Harriers  via YouTube.

Preview - Harriers v York City

The Harriers will be hoping that Tuesday evening's game at home to promotion hopefuls York City will be able to go ahead.

The forecast for the day is mainly below freezing so one has to hope that the covers are already on.

This game was originally supposed to have been played back in mid-November but City had a case of COVID-19 in the camp so the game was, naturally, called off.

With the virus still going strong, this is yet another game that the fans will have to view on their TV’s.

On Saturday their game at home to Bradford (PA) was called off due to a frozen pitch while ours against Hereford FC went ahead following the clearing of the snow from the pitch on the previous day.

In respect, we’re wishing it had been called off now because our second half showing was the pits after such a barnstorming first half that saw us go into the break with a slender 1-0 lead that should have been at least three.

In the second half we came out in the belief that we had already won the game but Hereford had other ideas. How they didn’t score more than the one that they got from such a soft penalty we’ll never know.

Our goal also came from a penalty that was nailed on when Yan Klukowski sent Ethan Freemantle flying but theirs was supposed to have been a push in the back on Lenel John-Lewis by Lewis Montrose. How we wish we had VAR sometimes.

We had a brief glimpse of our new loan signing, Jason Cowley, towards the end of the game but it wasn’t enough to tell how good, or bad, he is yet. Freemantle started the game leading the line in place of the suspended Amari Morgan-Smith but, again, failed to get on the scoresheet.

Hopefully tomorrow Cowley will get the start to see if he can do the same for us as he has in his career so far: 125 goals in 161 games.

No doubt we’ll still be without Jim Kellermann. We’ve hardly seen him play so far in between injuries, suspensions and more injuries. We have no other injuries and neither have City although it’s hard to find any real information on possibilities.

This is a game that we’ll need to get something from. Our recent form hasn’t been the best having dropped down to eighth in the current form table even though we still remain in second place in the real league table.

Both Chester FC and AFC Fylde drew level on points with us on Saturday and with Chester at home to Guiseley AFC tomorrow we could find ourselves dropping to fifth if other teams results don’t go our way.

Let’s get this season back on track.

York City looking for 'happy medium' over tricky run

By Joe Richardson

“YOU have got to find that happy medium,” Steve Watson has said about team selection as the Minstermen begin a tough January fixture schedule.

City tonight (7.45pm) are at Aggborough to face Kidderminster Harriers, who are sat in second place in National League North ahead of kick off. On Saturday, York travel to Boston United before hosting Fylde next Tuesday. Both of those sides are viable promotion contenders.

With the Gloucester City game rearranged from Saturday 16, York currently have a weekend breather before picking up with four more games within 12 days.

During such a run of games, York will want to make the most of their five games in hand and recover ground to the top of the table, which is now 10 points away - but Watson also cannot risk straining his squad.

“We’ve got an incredibly tough month coming up,” Watson said. “We could only focus on Kidderminster but to face Kidderminster, Boston and Fylde back-to-back is going to be very tough.

“If we put a mammoth effort in against Kidderminster and come out with three points and the lads work their socks off like they did against Guiseley, there’s no guarantee that we won’t be rotating and using some fresher legs to try and get the same result against Boston.

“You’ve got to find that happy medium, but all we’re focusing on at the moment is trying to get three points (on Tuesday) night.”

The recent cold snap has thrown another variable into the mix. A frozen pitch resulted in the January 2 visit of Bradford Park Avenue being postponed, and means extra considerations and concessions have to go into training sessions.

Watson added: “We had a good session (on Monday) at Bootham. It was the first proper football session we’ve had, the rest have been fitness.

“You’re reluctant to train on 3G too often because various players have various issues with it.

“It’s about finding a pitch and getting as much in without getting too much in. It’s a balancing act at the moment with training and I think everybody will be in the same boat.”

York City's National League North season will continue during lockdown

By Jacob Kilbride

YORK City's current season will continue, despite the government announcing a third national lockdown.

Under the new government restrictions announced on Monday evening, 'Elite sport' is allowed to go ahead, though these matches must take place behind closed doors.

The Vanarama National League North and South is deemed to be 'Elite sport', meaning that York City's season will be able to continue.

However, below Step 2, all matches and training sessions have been suspended until at least the next review date of February 15.

Tadcaster Albion and Pickering Town's campaigns in the Pitching In Northern Premier League north/west division have been halted as a result, having played only eight and nine games of the season thus far respectively.

Selby Town's term in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League division is also on hold.

Women's football below the Women's Championship, including York City Ladies in the North East Regional Women’s League Premier, is also suspended, as is all indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football, including under-18s (except for disabled football).
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.
Tuesday fixtures

All games kick off at 7.45pm

Boston United v Kettering Town
Brackley Town v Darlington
Chester v Guiseley
Kidderminster Harriers v York City
Spennymoor Town P-P Hereford (due to positive COVID-19 tests at both clubs)

Boston United

The Pilgrims will keep winger Joe Leesley (26) on loan from Harrogate Town till the end of the season, after extending their original one-month loan deal. 


Darlington have extended their loan deal for striker Tyrone O'Neill (21) till the end of the season. O'Neill, who has scored twice in his current loan spell of seven games, has been loaned several times by parent club Middlesborough, scoring nine goals in 24 games for Darlington. 


Defender Jake Cooper (21) has returned to parent club Rotherham after a a lengthy loan spell at Gateshead. He moved to Gateshead in December 2019 and made 30 appearances on loan, scoring three times.

Gloucester City

Gloucester City appear to be considering a deal with striker Karnell Chambers (23) who has been training with the league leaders. He has been out of contract since February after he was found to have breached betting regulations and banned from playing for five months. After starting his career with Cheltenham Town, he's been on the books of Bishop's Cleeve, Evesham United, Cinderford Town and Swedish club Syrianska. Meanwhile, Barnet are reportedly lining up a bid for Gloucester captain, centre half Liam Daly (33).

Kettering Town

Town have signed forward Liam Hughes (28) on loan from Matlock Town for a month. A central defender who converted to a striking role, Hughes's previous clubs include Cambridge United, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Corby Town (loan), Barrow, Guiseley, Billericay Town, Darlington, Gainsborough Trinity, Bradford (Park Avenue), Stratford Town and Frickley Athletic.

Spennymoor Town

Spennymoor Town's game against Hereford tonight has been postponed for a second time after members of both clubs tested positive for COVID-19. Spennymoor say The Brewery Field has been closed for deep cleaning.
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 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

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

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)

Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h) - postponed
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers (a) (7.45pm)
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)

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

Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Sat 13 Southport (h)
Sat 20 Chester (a)
Tue 23 Gateshead (a)
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 Kettering Town (a)
Sat 24 Darlington (h)

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)

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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