Issue 326. November 16, 2020.
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Clive Parker (Glasgow)

David Thompson asked about a connection between York and Brugge, in relation to the badge he has seen on eBay linking the two clubs' crests (TOOAB, Issue 325).

North Sea Ferries have (or had) two ships on the Hull-Zeebrugge run called Pride of York and Pride of Bruges. They were originally called the Norsea and Norsun, and apparently one was crewed by a British-based crew, the other by a Belgian-based crew.

Maybe the two crews like to support each other's teams?

Tim Ryan sees potential in current crop

By Sam Wright

York City’s under-19s manager, Tim Ryan says he is pleased with how the youngsters’ have progressed so far this season despite currently being unable to play due to the national lockdown.

The former Doncaster Rovers defender believes the current unplanned break could hinder some of the youngsters’ development; however, Ryan also heaped praise on his squad and says there are plenty of positives to take from the season so far.

He said: “We have first-year, second-year and third-year scholars which is great for a youth team.

“This year’s intake of first-year scholars has been really pleasing. The maturity they have shown is above expectation which is a major positive.

“The second-year scholars are the same ones we kept from last year and we have a really good cluster of players I am hoping two, three or possibly four can push onto third year which would be great.

“I think the youngsters we have are making great strides even during these tough times. Playing competitive games is the most valuable thing for the youth players, this is the only way they will get better.”

The under-19s manager also mentioned his aims for the remainder of the season and how he plans on helping the players progress to the first team.

Ryan talked about how the best way to improve the players is by making training sessions as competitive as possible.

Ryan added: “The aim for me is to get the players into the first team. I believe the best way to improve the lads is by making training as competitive as I can.

“By making training this way, we get to see which players blossom in the environment.

“My aim for the end of the season is to get as many second-year scholars as I can to capture the attention of Steve Watson (first team manager) if I achieve this, the season has been a success.”

Limited time to buy your seat at Bootham Crescent

In October we launched Phase 1 of our ‘Sale of Memorabilia from Bootham Crescent’ in which we asked supporters to reserve their requirements for seats by completing the Order Form below.

The sale of seats are progressing, with over 250 supporters reserving their piece of history ahead of our move to the LNER Community Stadium.

We will commence with the removal of the seats once we have vacated the ground. Supporters will be kept up to date once we begin the removal process.

Don’t delay, complete the Order Form below to ensure you have a piece of Bootham Crescent history.

Bootham Crescent - Sale of Seating.pdf

Please Note:
  • No payments will be taken until we commence with the removal of the seats.
  • Last year we asked supporters to register their interest in purchasing seat(s) from Bootham Crescent and we received well over 600 replies – these were only registered as ‘interested’. If you wish to purchase seats you need to complete and return the Order Form.
  • Current season ticket holders have first-choice on their designated seat at Bootham Crescent for a limited time.
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.
AFC Telford United

AFC Telford United have banned a fan for life for making racist comments to a Leyton Orient player in the FA Trophy semi-final last year. The 40-year-old man was given a three-year football banning order (barring him from all football grounds) and a £330 fine. The club have also issued him a lifetime ban from their home ground. In court, the man was also ordered to pay £135 to the CPS and a £33 victim surcharge. The club stated: “Anyone who behaves in this manner, whether it be at the stadium, or online will receive a similar consequence.”

Blyth Spartans

Spartans manager Michael Nelson believes Hartlepool United's on-loan pair of goalkeeper Brad Young (19) and centre back Aaron Cunningham (22) will develop in the testing conditions of the National League North. Cunningham is in his third loan spell at Spartans while Young is being watched by Premier League clubs after impressing in Pools' youth team.

Boston United

The Pilgrims have confirmed two more postponements (against Kettering Town and Spennymoor Town) following the positive COVID-19 test of a Boston player. The playing squad and staff have entered a 14-day self-isolation period.

Brackley Town

Brackley Town say they hope to start the re-fit of their replacement clubrooms in January, after the original building was destroyed by fire in June. 

Gloucester City

League leaders Gloucester City are not the 'moneybags' many people think, says manager James Rowe. In an in-depth interview with Gloucestershire Live, Rowe says he recruited well with the support of his club's board but COVID-19 meant the hoped-for wages budget did not eventuate. Click here for full interview >>>>

Kettering Town

Poppies manager Paul Cox has hinted at mass changes to his team after Kettering's third successive loss leaves them struggling with only three points from five fixtures. Of the latest loss, to Curzon Ashton, he said: “It’s a result that has probably ticked a few boxes in my head. People will understand what that means in the next week or so. The buck stops with me."
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

Sat 7 Chester (h) - postponed, new date TBC
Tue 10 Southport 2, York City 3 (Newton (2), Bunn)
Sat 14 Kidderminster Harriers (a) - to be rescheduled
Tue 17 Gateshead (h) - to be rescheduled
Sat 21 AFC Fylde (h) - to be rescheduled
Tue 24 Hereford (a) - to be rescheduled
Sat 28 Leamington (a)

Tue 1 Blyth Spartans (a)
Sat 5 Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (winners receive £5,250, losers receive £1,500)
Tue 8 Kettering Town (h) 
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 Boston United (a)
Sat 16 Buildbase FA Trophy 4R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
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)
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)
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 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 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
CLICK HERE to check out our collection of classic York City match programmes at the TOOAB archive >>>>
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