Issue 043. February 11, 2021.
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John Uttley (Howden)

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Steve Crawshaw (Staffordshire)

Am I correct in saying Farsley Celtic have refused to play on Saturday?

If so they should forfeit the game and City be awarded a 3-0 win.

A tribute to York City South founding member John Catton

By Alastair Smith
Chairman of York City South

John Catton’s funeral is on Friday February 19th at 2.30pm. There are number of travel restrictions due Covid so there will be an online streaming of the service available.  

If anyone would like to join the online service please send me your e-mail address to ( by Sunday (if possible please send on Friday) and I will pass it onto the family who will organise sending out a link.  

Donations to the RSPCA are being requested instead of flowers and Jon Rawnsley is enquiring with York City to see if friends of John can donate for a lasting memorial at the ground. 

John was the inspiration behind York City South, he had an idea about creating a York City Supporters Club in London and the South and put plans into motion.  

He somehow recognised a few faces at Southern away games and made contact.  

We held our first AGM at the Blue Posts Pub in Soho to create the branch on 8th July 1996. In attendance were John, Paul Hilton, Phil Howden, and myself.

 Simon Newton couldn’t make the meeting but we had already twisted his arm to be Treasurer.  

We thought we may have around 20 members, that first season we recruited 63 members, our second season 118 thanks to actively pressganging supporters at Southern matches. 

John was very active in shaping the Branch in those early days and members from this time will have many great memories of it him.  

We held monthly meetings initially and when we were double booked one evening we all decamped to John’s office which was just round the corner.  

John also drove to many matches, he had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the best fish and chip shops, unfortunately, that often meant driving many miles out of their way just to get some good fish and chips, even on Tuesday night games!!  

When we played Everton in the League Cup John hired a minibus and drove us to Liverpool, the bus appeared to be limited to 50mph, and John insisted on driving round London to drop everyone off at their home, being the last stop I arrived home just in time to see my neighbour heading off to work.  

These stories sum John up for me, he was a great guy who would do anything to help other people.

Ben Godfrey donates to York schools to help buy sports equipment

By Joe Richardson 

PREMIER League star Ben Godfrey has been giving back to the city where it all began.

The 23-year-old got his start at York City before moving on to Norwich City, from where he was signed by Everton for the 2020/21 season.

His transfer has already furnished what may well be a substantial windfall for the Minstermen through a sell-on clause - and he has been helping out the youngsters of the Minster city too by donating money to schools.

Set to benefit from a £500 donation each are primary schools Hempland and Woodthorpe, and the secondary school Godfrey attended, Archbishop Holgate’s.

His alma mater is planning to use their share to help furnish their fitness suite with some extra equipment.

Godfrey explained: “During these tough times, it’s not ideal for kids. I don’t work in a school so it’s hard for me to say but I can’t imagine things are the same for them in terms of what they can and can’t do. When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was play sport.

“While the world’s in such a pandemic and us footballers are in a fortunate position, I just think it was the right time for me to try and help schools in York get that sporting equipment.

“I just think it’s great for kids to get outside and enjoy that.

“I don’t believe I’ve involved myself (before) in that in my home city. It felt right to help people back in my home town where I started football and where I was in their shoes from a young age.

“I’ve seen pictures of what they bought with the money and I hope the kids are enjoying themselves with it.”

On Wednesday night, Godfrey was involved in a ding-dong FA Cup fifth round tie between Everton and Tottenham. The Toffees secured a 5-4 victory after extra time to progress to the quarter-finals.

Starting the game in his preferred centre-back berth, the versatile defender had a drilled shot saved in the first half and showed his lightning pace to snuff out Spurs threats, including one important intervention on Son Heung-Min - who is no slouch himself - late on.

National League takes action against clubs not fulfilling fixtures

By Joe Richardson

THE National League has hit Dulwich Hamlet with two charges and reminded Southport of potential consequences in response to the sides' stances on fulfilling fixtures.

South division outfit Dulwich's charges come following missed games against Braintree Town and St Albans City. The Hamlet say they are ceasing activity to protect the future of the club.

A number of clubs, including York City's scheduled weekend opposition Farsley Celtic, are taking a similar stance in not playing, citing financial and public health reasons.

By the league's rulebook, an unfulfilled fixture can result in a points deduction or expulsion from the competition, as well as the opposition being awarded points.

In a communique to Southport, the league wrote: "The league has been made aware you are considering not fulfilling a scheduled league fixture on Saturday, February 13. I am therefore required to remind you of the league rule 8.39, specifically:

"'Any club without just cause failing to fulfil an engagement to play a competition match on the appointed date shall for each offence be liable to expulsion from the competition and/or such other disciplinary action the board may determine, including the deduction of up to a maximum of three points from the offending club’s record, any expenses incurred by their opponents, and a fine.

"'In the event of a club being in breach of the previous paragraph of this rule then the board may award points to the club not at fault as if the match had been played and the league table shall reflect the position as if the match had been played with the result awarded by the board.'

"The league requires by 12pm Friday, February 12 your definitive position whether you are refusing to play a scheduled league fixture on Saturday, February 13 so the league can act accordingly."

"Regrettable misunderstanding" over Government funding to National League

By Joe Richardson  
SPORT Secretary Nigel Huddleston has said National League clubs’ belief that continued Government support would arrive as grants can be put down to a “regrettable misunderstanding”.

In a letter to a constituent, Huddleston said the National League failed to confirm the nature of continued Government support before communicating with its member clubs.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport never told the league that funds would come as grants and not loans, Huddleston said.

To get the competition off the ground in October, the 66 clubs at Steps 1 and 2 received a £10million grant from the National Lottery. Further funding has been confirmed as part of the Sports Winter Survival Package, which covers 12 sports and will be composed largely of loans.

A number of National League clubs have said they would not have started the season had they known that was to be the case.

“At no stage was the National League told by DCMS that its support would only be in the form of grants,” the letter reads.

“I understand that some National League clubs say they only agreed to start the season on the basis that the National League chose to communicate this to clubs without first clarifying the nature of the support with DCMS. This appears to be a regrettable misunderstanding but DCMS cannot be held responsible for internal communications between a governing body and its clubs.

“An offer of grants, where loans could be afforded, would be inconsistent with support offered to other sports. All applicants across all sports will need to demonstrate there is the financial need to ensure their survival and they are approaching the Government as a last resort. Where organisations are able to repay that support then that is the expectation.”
We catch up with news of former York City players, managers and staff.

Frustrated Corby boss Mills expects season to be declared null and void

By Jon Dunham

Gary Mills believes the Pitching In Southern League Division One Central season is destined to be declared null and void again.

Mills arrived at Corby Town last summer and proceeded to oversee an encouraging start to the campaign as the Steelmen won five of their first seven league matches to sit on top of the table when things were halted at the end of October due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It’s now been nearly three months since Corby kicked a ball in anger and Mills remains frustrated that he and his players haven’t been able to build on their good start.

Clubs from Steps 3 to 6 were recently asked for their views on how the 2020/21 season should be concluded in a Football Association survey and, while a final decision is yet to be made, the Trident Leagues (Southern, Northern Premier and Isthmian Leagues) made it clear that their view is the season should end now and be declared null and void.

The results of the survey are now being analysed before the FA Council make a final decision on how the season should be decided.

However, null and void is a fate Mills is now almost resigned to.

When asked about the current situation, Mills replied: “What do you say?

“Like for everybody, it’s an absolute nightmare for us.

“A final decision hasn’t been made yet and everyone seems to think only one decision will be made and that is going to be null and void.

“When you speak to some people they are hoping that something can be done to finish the season one way or another, whether that is playing each other once or two mini leagues but when is that all going to start to happen?

“I am like everybody else. I am frustrated and the most frustrating thing is that right from the word go in August I had to get a mentality into Corby Town about what it takes to be successful and what road we need to go down both on and off the field.

“And it was starting to come to fruition. I was so pleased and, going into the next game, the confidence of everyone at the club was really high.

“That was taken away from us and that is the hard bit for me because it doesn’t just happen.

“Myself and (assistant-manager) Darron Gee worked so hard in those few months to get that mentality on and off the pitch.

“There was a great feeling around the club and it was taken away. Now we just don’t know.

“I am frustrated and I can’t wait to get back. When that will be? I don’t know, nobody knows.

“Is the season going to end? I think it will. Then we will just have to see how long this goes on for.”

Mills, meanwhile, is hoping his players will be doing all they can to stay as fit as possible during the extended break from training and playing.

The Steelmen boss is keen to pick up from where they left off whenever they get the chance,

And he added: “We obviously didn’t know it would go on for this long when we had to stop.

“But the players were given the plans for what to do and they got a good talking to from me about the mentality we have got into of doing whatever it takes.

“The players had to be strong themselves with no excuses and they had to stick to the regime of working hard to keep themselves physically and mentally fit.

“Darron is keeping in touch with the players to make sure they are doing that but now it comes down to the individual, we can only do so much.

“We have to make sure that when we do start back that there are no excuses.

“We know they aren’t going to be 100 per cent and we will need time to get them back to where they were. But they have to do everything they can on a personal level to make sure they’re ready.”

Corby and other clubs between Steps 3 and 6 are now able to apply for grants to help see them through the period where they are unable to play and host any football after Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston announced this week that £10m has been made available to protect the immediate future of approximately 850 clubs over the winter period.

Clubs were able to make an application from today (Thursday) with funds to be distributed through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund.

It is the first award to be announced from the Government’s £300 million Sports Winter Survival Package that is focused on helping those major spectator sports severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions survive the winter.

* Gary Mills managed York City between 2010 and 2013 and returned for a second spell in 2016-17. He joined Corby Town in 2020 with assistant manager Darren Gee, who was also his assistant at York City.
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 the FA Trophy in the 2nd round proper.

Note: Midweek fixtures are 7.45pm kick off unless stated otherwise.

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)

Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers 2, York City 2 (Woods, Newton)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) - postponed

Tue 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h) - postponed
Sat 6 Alfreton Town (a) - postponed
Tue 9 Darlington (a) - postponed
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h) - postponed
Tue 16 AFC Fylde (h) - 7pm
Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Tue 23 Boston United (a)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

Tue 2 Gloucester City (h) 
Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Tue 9 Gateshead (h) 
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)
Tue 11 AFC Telford United (a) 
Sat 15 AFC Telford United (h)
Tue 18 Curzon Ashton (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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