Issue 328. November 18, 2020.
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Mark Birdsall (York)

In response to Steve Mann's follow up research on the Bruge/York link (TOOAB, Issue 327), City did travel to Rotterdam in 1938 to play a select Holland XI ( losing 8-2) as shown below from a quick internet search.

Maybe the players possibly paid a visit to Bruge during the tour and came into contact with fans or the club at some point?
Clive Parker (Glasgow)

Thanks, Steve Mann, for shedding more light (or non-light!) on the York City/FC Brugge pin badge (TOOAB Issue 327).

Not wishing to be totally thwarted on this, I have found that there are companies on-line who will make a bespoke pin-badge for an affordable price.

I know also that many supporters follow two teams (at least, in some cases) an obvious pairing being Linfield with Glasgow Rangers, which is well catered for in terms of merchandise.

So, I have deduced that there is or was, somewhere, a York City fan who also supports FC Brugge (or vice-versa) and had the badge made up. Things like this sometimes pop up on eBay when people die or move house etc., so this may be the explanation.

This is one of the side effects of having no matches to discuss - we can speculate about stuff selling on eBay for £3.95. I might even buy it myself just out of devilment.

Government exploring post-lockdown return for fans

By Joe Richardson
THE Government is reportedly exploring the possibility of spectators being allowed into venues by Christmas in areas with the lowest coronavirus infection rates.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to have privately told MPs that reopening sports grounds was "a personal priority", though he did not give any specifics when the matter was raised during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday.
It is as yet unclear how discussions might impact upon York City and the National League.
The second wave of infections has led to another national lockdown, but reports from Tuesday suggested that if there is a return to a tiered approach to restrictions from early December, venues in the lowest-risk areas could open up.
"I understand the frustration over fans and we hope to get crowds back in the ground as soon as possible," Johnson said.
Asked about the financial struggles of EFL clubs starved by matchday revenue may face, Johnson said: "We don't want any football team to go out of business as a result of this pandemic and we're doing everything we can."
Oliver Dowden, minister for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, held a virtual meeting on Tuesday with footballing representatives. The National League were among the invitees.
He tweeted afterwards: "Constructive conversation with football leaders on governance and money, diversity and getting fans back.
"I want to work together with football to make progress on important issues for the game's long-term future.
"Discussions to continue as we start our fan-led review of governance."
The sports minister Nigel Huddleston is expected to provide an update on financial support for sport today.
Meanwhile, nine National League clubs have called for the resignation of the governing body's chairman Brian Barwick amid complaints over the proposed distribution of funding.
Coverage of the funding matter by the Non League Paper has prompted National League directors to write to editor in chief David Emery to object to a "one-sided" approach and insist that the distribution is "under constant review".

What happened on Tuesday night in the National League North?

By Sam Elliott

There was an epic comeback as Leamington returned from the dead to stun Alfreton.

Having been 3-0 down at half-time, it seemed all over for Paul Holleran’s team.

But the manager worked wonders with his team talk and incredibly the Brakes won it 4-3.

Leaders Gloucester City showed they know how to dig deep as Matt McClure got the only goal as they won 1-0 at Hereford.

It was a great night for the Tigers who moved four points clear - title rivals AFC Fylde went down 2-0 at impressive Curzon Ashton.

Amari-Morgan Smith and Sam Austin both found the net at Kidderminster continued their encouraging start by winning 2-0 Brackley.

Connor Woods’ fine chip made the points save for Southport at Bradford PA.

Lethal Elliot Newby snatched the winner as Chorley won 1-0 at AFC Telford United. Meanwhile, Dan Maguire bagged a brace as Darlington ran out simple 4-1 winners at Guiseley.
We catch up with news of former York City players, managers and staff.

Richard Cresswell a special guest for From the Finney podcast

Former York City striker Richard Cresswell was the special guest for the latest episode of the From the Finney podcast.

Click here for more details and to listen to the podcast >>>>

'I dread to think of how many footballs I headed' - former York defender Daniel Parslow 

Daniel Parslow is a former York and Cheltenham defender who was forced to retire aged 33 last year because of a concussion. 

Here he explains to DAVID COVERDALE why it is essential to introduce concussion substitutes to the game immediately, one of Sportsmail’s demands in our 7-point charter to tackle dementia.

By Daniel Parslow

 Playing centre half, I’ve thrown my head in stupid places and bumped it numerous times. But February 2019 — in a match for York against Hereford — was the first time I experienced a concussion.

It was an innocuous blow. I headed the ball from a goal kick and the centre forward jumped into me and caught me on my temple with his forearm. I received treatment, but I was responsive straight away. I knew where I was, I passed all the basic questions.

I was deemed fit to continue but when I was back on the field, my symptoms kicked in. That is where the real danger is. I was fortunate that it was just before half-time because I quickly deteriorated — dizziness, nausea, loss of balance.

I literally stumbled back into the dressing room at half-time. If I had picked up a second blow in that state, it doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened. Second impact syndrome can be fatal.

Temporary concussion substitutions would solve that and prevent any risk. Their introduction is an absolute must.

Bringing in concussion substitutes would reduce the risk of serious injury posed to footballers    +6
Bringing in concussion substitutes would reduce the risk of serious injury posed to footballers

I don’t know what it will take. I was fortunate I didn’t suffer that second blow, but heaven forbid it happens next week, next month, next year. If these substitutions still aren’t brought in, then we have just been negligent.

I assumed I would be safe to return to play a week or two after my concussion. Instead I was bed-ridden for nearly four weeks — migraines, sensitivity to light, just shattered. As days went by I became more and more worried that this was a lot more serious. I thought it was a slow bleed but a CT scan proved otherwise.

Then I slowly tried to step up my rehab. I was trying to jog but I would pass out. I would fall over at the training ground. I was getting more upset that I wasn’t getting better.

Six weeks after the knock, I saw a sport concussion specialist and he confirmed I still had concussion symptoms.

My contract was up at the end of June. York said I wouldn’t get a new deal and I was in no fit state to earn one elsewhere, so that was when I decided to retire.

Even now, I worry about my symptoms. I still struggle with fatigue and exhaustion. I know that I am not right and that is the hardest thing.

A GP said that unless they cut my brain open, no one will know what’s going on. It is just learning to live with it as best you can, which is not what you want to hear when you are only 35 and have the rest of your life to live.

Knowing that I was so fit and able last year and losing that in a moment is frustrating, but I hope some good comes of my story.

We need to listen to what we know. Too many people are disregarding the proven link between footballers and dementia. There is real danger here and the game says: ‘Football is football.’ 

That could be so harmful. We have advanced research, we would be fools to ignore it. We can’t just say, ‘90 per cent of footballers are OK so we are going to wash our hands of the other 10 per cent’. We have a duty of care to make sure football is safe.

Setting a limit of 20 headers per session would be a good start. Twenty in one session is enough anyway.

The PFA need to make sure their players are being looked after. I also think more help needs to come from the FA, FIFA and IFAB because, until everyone realises the dangers, there is always going to be someone putting a block on it.

I lost my grandmother to dementia. It is a horrible illness. To see the person you love and care about just disappear in front of your eyes is heartbreaking. More support for families and carers is a fantastic idea.

I worry about getting it myself because I played football for a long time. I dread to think how many footballs I have headed over the years and the damage it caused.

But I am not going to know until I get a little bit older. You just hope you have a healthy life and you get to spend it with the people you love.

* The Daily Mail is campaigning for more action to be taken to tackle dementia and its relationship with sport. Click here to read more about the campaign >>>>
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.

Striker Kelsey Mooney (21) has extended his loan spell at Edgar Street until  January 2, 2021. He returned to Hereford on loan from Scunthorpe United in mid-October and has featured four times for The Bulls in a spell disrupted by three postponements.
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
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