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Issue 013. January 12, 2021.
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Clive Parker (Glasgow)

A public thanks to Josh for putting out a timely email about the postponement of the Fylde game tomorrow. 

This is the third time we have been affected in this way, and I note in Josh's posting the comments from AFC Fylde praising his players for avoiding infection.

This is all very well, but we don't know the family circumstances of football players and staff. The opposite of praising someone for avoiding infection, is to blame others who become infected.

For all we know, players may be married to or living with key workers who can unwittingly bring the virus home. If they have young children still attending school, that's another route for transmission.

It's true there have been high profile cases of players breaching the rules, but in many ways top footballers are like the Royal Family - their every move is watched!

That shouldn't tar the image of footballers in general, many of whom at our level are earning "ordinary" money and trying to earn a living doing something they enjoy.

I hope these postponements don't impair our momentum again. Like a lot of readers, I have become accustomed to watching and enjoying the streamings, so much so that my bank statement is starting to resemble a football fixture list!
John Uttley (Howden)

Surely it is now time to call the season null and void for the National League and below?

The continuous stop/start season has affected nearly everyone.

More and more players are testing positive for Covid day by day so the most sensible decision is surely to put health first. 

The greed of the Premier League which puts health secondary to fulfilling TV and sponsorship deals is morally wrong. 

The players themselves continually break the rules and get away with it. 

I'd like to think we're better than that at our level and below by putting health first. 

Personally, I would start deducting points from clubs when their players flaunt the rules. I would also make the individuals work with the NHS for a week to educate them about the real world. 

Trips to Dubai, watching your ex-team mates play and holding house parties. Who do they think they are?

I've posted regularly on the Press Forum as I feel strongly about this.

Unfortunately, there are idiots on there who have criticised my views but quite a few who agree with me. 

My ex-father-in -lw passed away last week due to Covid. Yes, the Grandad of my children. I'm sure everyone with any sense is abiding by the rules during these worrying times and have been affected in some way. 

We all want to be back watching football. We all want a normal life, but most of all we all want to be healthy. 

End the season now with a view to starting again in August. Get together and unite with all the other clubs at our level and below. Get the representatives of all the leagues in unification and make sure that the government money is distributed fairly across the clubs for loss of revenue. 

Finally, get the vaccines rolled out quickly. 
Malcolm Long (NSW, Australia)

To be honest the repeated failure of the club, players and all relevant staff to be more vigilant and take serious precautions to not get this virus has become a joke. No doubt readers will feel that I am being too harsh, but this is the reality of the situation.

This is the third time that players and or staff have caused matches to be cancelled as a result of COVID. Only this time they face 4 or 5 games being cancelled and tacked onto an already heavily congested season.

I have to wonder at the dedication and discipline let alone the protocols to avoid contracting what has been described as a more virulent strain of COVID are being taken or in are place.

A huge concern is how the National League will react and treat this further breach. Will they fine the club, hand out a points deduction or force City to play with a junior side?

Perhaps even determine results of postponed games based on points per game ratio. If it is the latter then we can probably say goodbye to automatic promotion as Boston stand the most to benefit at present.

Maybe City should consider a forced lock down and billet layers at the club, with special arrangements for families to see one another under stricter protocols.

Unfortunately, this will probably affect morale and confidence as well as cause friction.

Sadly the farewell to Bootham Crescent is in serious jeopardy and may have to be done after the season has finalised. Maybe a game between players past and present.

But I can also see that this will not be something the developers will be overly pleased to agree with. I cannot see City wanting to play a home game at the crescent if the LNER stadium is ready to occupy, as a brand new venue is something the players will be looking forward to and will probably boost their confidence and hopefully their performances. 

Let's hope the National League do not react and the rest of the season goes by without City being the cause.
Martyn Levitt (New Forest, Hampshire)

Interesting news re AFC Fylde and their avoidance of the “pandemic”.

Presumably, they are “Part Timers” and would normally train on two nights per week only. Seemingly they have kept players “out of the building”, so do I simply deduce correctly that their players are merely running various distances from their homes to keep fit and only meeting up for matches?

Please excuse my naivety in this particular matter!

SIX memorable matches at York City’s Bootham Crescent ...

By Stuart Rayner

THERE have been many memorable occasions at York City’s Bootham Crescent down the years.

Now, as we prepare to say goodbye to another of Yorkshire’s favourite, familiar grounds, we pick out six magic encounters to be staged there ...

York City 2 Stockport County 2 (August 31, 1932, division three): York’s Tom Mitchell scored the first goal at Bootham Crescent in front of 8,106 supporters.

York City 0 Derby County 1 (January 12, 1935, FA Cup third round): The Rams became the first top-division side to play at Bootham Cresent, watched by a then-club record attendance of 13,612. Sammy Crooks scored their winner.

York City 0 Huddersfield Town 0 (March 5, 1938, FA Cup quarter-final): The Terriers were taken to a Leeds Road replay which they won 2-1 en route to lifting the cup. The 28,123 crowd was Bootham’s biggest.

York City 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (February 19, 1955, FA Cup fifth round): The “Happy Wanderers” came from behind to beat a Spurs team featuring Alf Ramsey and Danny Blanchflower en route to the FA Cup semi-final. Billy Fenton’s goal was sandwiched by a Norman Wilkinson double.

York City 1 Arsenal 0 (January 26, 1985, FA Cup fourth round): Keith Houchen’s 90th-minute penalty was the only goal as Third Division York beat an Arsenal line-up featuring eight internationals in arguably the greatest win at the ground. Two years later Houchen scored a diving header for Coventry City in the final.

York City 1 Liverpool 1 (February 15, 1986, FA Cup fifth round): 364 days after Ricky Sbragia’s goal held European Champions Liverpool to a fifth-round draw (they won the replay 7-0), York proved it was no fluke. The Reds scraped another replay when Jan Molby’s disputed penalty cancelled out Gary Ford’s goal, and went on to win the double

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York City vs Bradford (Park Avenue) fixture is re-arranged

By Jacob Kilbride

YORK City have rescheduled their Vanarama National League North home game against Bradford (Park Avenue), which will now be played on Tuesday, February 2 (7.45pm).

York were set to host Park Avenue on January 2 at Bootham Crescent, but the referee deemed the pitch unplayable given the snowy weather and sub-zero temperatures at the ground.

The rearranged fixture will now take place at the LNER Community Stadium, in what is scheduled to be the third match at the ground, should the Minstermen face Gateshead as planned on January 19.

Steve Watson’s side will be hopeful of inflicting revenge on their Yorkshire counterparts having been beaten 4-2 at the Horsfall Stadium on Boxing Day.

The defeat was York’s second of the league season and was the first time they have conceded four or more goals in an away game since being thrashed 5-1 at Darlington in 2018 under former manager Sam Collins.

York have yet to announce the rearranged dates for the trip to Boston United and home games with AFC Fylde and Gloucester City.

Covid-19 hits York City season again ahead of AFC Fylde clash

By Joe Richardson 

YORK City's season has taken another Covid-19 hit as the club have confirmed cases in the squad for the third time this term.

All backroom staff and players will again go into self-isolation. The club await guidance on how long this period will be.

Tuesday's game against AFC Fylde at Bootham Crescent has been postponed while the fixture against Gateshead - the first due to be played at the LNER Community Stadium - is in doubt, the club have said.

The club said on their website: "We wish all the players, staff and their families well during this time."

Manager Steve Watson tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday and Saturday's trip to Boston United was called off as a precaution with a player displaying symptoms.

AFC Fylde boss Nick Chadwick hails league's best strikers after 'outstanding away performance'

By Andy Moore

After an “outstanding away performance” by his AFC Fylde side at AFC Telford United on Saturday, Nick Chadwick is disappointed they won’t have the chance to produce another at York City tonight.

Fylde’s fixture away to the Minstermen has been postponed for a second time following positive Covid tests in the York camp.

The announcement came as no surprise after York pulled out of Saturday’s trip to Boston United, though it is frustrating nonetheless for Fylde as they looked to continue their excellent start to 2021.

Saturday’s 2-0 win in Shropshire made it two wins out of two for Chadwick’s side since the turn of the year, with six goals scored and none conceded.

The victory at New Bucks Head Stadium was also Fylde’s first on the road in National League North since their first away game of the season three months ago.

It was sealed by goals from strikers Jordan Hulme and Jack Sampson, and deputy manager Chadwick said: “Delighted with the performance and the goals from the strikers. That’s what we had been missing away from home – the way we defended, stuck together and pressed, with the backline coming up. I thought that was an absolutely outstanding away performance.

“The 10 minutes after half-time was the one part of the game I was slightly disappointed with. But Gavin (Cowan, Telford boss) has a good team who pass it around.

“It was important we maintained pressure on the ball. We did that for the majority of the game but came off that for a 10-minute spell and it was then that they hurt us.”

Indeed, the outcome could have been different had not Dom McHale struck a post when offered a chance to equalise from the penalty spot.

Instead, Sampson’s first goal for the club sealed the points and Chadwick added: “We didn’t need to dive in in that wider area when we conceded the penalty, but we recovered well and I thought that’s as good as we have been away from home.

“It was a brilliant finish from Jack, who has made a hell of a difference in terms of his work rate and endeavour to do well.

“ He’s brought a different dimension, and he and Jordan worked their socks off for us. I’m really pleased for them both to score. They are two of the best strikers in this league, make no mistake.”

York have confirmed that all players and staff have embarked on a period of self-isolation.

It is the third time this season that the club has been hit by Covid and the second time their match against Fylde has been called off.

Tonight’s game was scheduled to be York’s last at their 88-year-old Bootham Crescent home before moving to the new LNER Stadium in the city.

A revised date for the York fixture will be announced in due course. The Coasters are next due in action at home to Blyth Spartans on Saturday.

Farewell Bootham Crescent tonight

Today was supposed to be the final game at Bootham Crescent against AFC Fylde.

It was with a heavy heart that yesterday we announced our final game at our 88-year-old stadium was postponed, it is was not how we had wanted to signal the last match.

However, we are thankful that we could finish our chapter at Bootham Crescent with a 1-0 victory against Guiseley in front of our supporters.

Tonight, we will be filling the void with a showcase of our best games, livestreamed via YouTube. Please click here to tune in for kick-off at 7pm.

Everyone who contributes to the virtual turnstile tonight will be provided with a digital copy of the commemorative matchday programme for the last game against Guiseley.

Those who pre-ordered a physical commemorative programme for the Fylde game will be automatically transferred to the new Guiseley pre-order. Those wishing to still purchase a programme can do so until Thursday 14th January 11:45am.

Our Farewell Bootham Crescent merchandise is also now on sale.

The range, which includes homeware such as tea towels, oven gloves, BBQ aprons and coasters, was inspired by feedback from the club’s Fan Survey and the illustrations were provided by an award-winning artist who based the designs on photographs provided by fans from the club’s history.

The merchandise can be purchased in-store during the Club Shop’s opening hours or online via the Online Store with items available for delivery or click-and-collect.

Score 10% off all orders over £75 until 31st January 2021.

Bradford game rearranged for February

By Dan Simmonite

Our home game against Bradford (Park Avenue) has been rescheduled for Tuesday 2nd February 2021.

The game will be played at the LNER Community Stadium - 7:45pm kick-off.

We still await rearranged dates for our away trip to Boston United and home clash against AFC Fylde which were recently postponed.
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
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers 2, York City 2 (Woods, Newton)
Sat 9 Boston United (a) - postponed
Tue 12 AFC Fylde (h) - postponed
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h) - postponed
Tue 19 Gateshead (h) (7pm)
Sat 23 AFC Telford United (a)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 30 Curzon Ashton (h)

February
Tue 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h) 
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
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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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