Issue 036. February 4, 2021.
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Jon King (Biarritz, France)

With a split in the teams who want to continue with playing the league to a finish and those who want to null and void, why not have a mini-league between the teams who still want to compete with only one promotion place from the Nat. League North & South and only 2 coming down from the National League?

All teams would have to start again with 0 points, which could be a sticking point for the likes of Gloucester to agree to but at least it would give the willing clubs something to play for and not be a complete waste of a season.
Patrick Crowley

I am sat here mystified at the tirade regarding the Guiseley programme. We (and the club) only knew it was the last game after the event.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but it is no basis for the sort of criticism being bandied about.

Please get a grip.
Dave King (Corby, Northants)

In response to my comments re the souvenir programme.

I have today received a phone call from the club regards this.

They assured me that the issue was posted as a programme with a special cover, not as a final commendation of our history.

I'm grateful for this contact but mob I'm a little blind as to this information given.

Once again may I say as a special issue of our deeds at the Crescent Andrew Leathleys efforts in his issue Goodbye Bootham Cresent. It is well worth the reading and Andrew's efforts, love a second volume.

On the issue of a future commemoration of Bootham, surely this could have been issued by now, not after adverse comment about the final programme?

It's got nothing to do with the present environment; we have always known we would vacate Bootham any time soon.

So, I'm grateful for all the contact, I would be happier if I could see the long-awaited issue celebrating our past.

I'm gutted as many are to leave the Cresent, I've often made comment on my own past, yes going back pre-60s.
It makes me smile. York City have always been in my heart and life and always will.

Alfreton among signatories on statement supporting fixture restart - under conditions

By Joe Richardson 

SIXTEEN Step 2 clubs to have released a joint statement calling for fixtures to recommence until the outcome of the resolution vote is known.

Their request is contingent on both clubs being in agreement over playing the fixture and there being "a fully funded Covid testing regime in place".

Clubs who cannot commit to fixtures, the statement continues, should not face consequences.

Alfreton Town, York City's National League North opponents on Saturday, are one of the 16 clubs to have signed.

Their signature is not necessarily a guarantee the weekend's game will go ahead. For some, it looks like a push for greater autonomy - Chippenham Town, one of the signatories, have written to the National League to say they cannot afford to fulfil their fixture on Saturday and "on a fixture-by-fixture basis will not do so until the outcomes are known".

The joint statement reads: "Following a meeting between clubs in the National League North and South, we wish to make the following statement:

"All undersigned clubs support the re-commencement of all viable fixtures until the results of the resolution are known, but only when both clubs participating in a fixture are in agreement and when there is a fully funded Covid testing regime in place.

"Clubs who are unable to commit to fixtures should continue to have their season held in suspense by the league and do so without fear of sanctions.

"Furthermore, we have agreed to submit our our votes on the resolutions to the National League as soon as reasonably practical and implore all clubs at Steps 1 and 2 to do likewise.

"Any delay or abstaining from voting would be damaging for the clubs in the most urgent situations.

"We must finish the season with all 66 clubs in existence."

The clubs include Telford, Alfreton, Bath, Blyth, Bradford, Chippenham, Curzon Ashton, Darlington, Dulwich Hamlet, Farsley, Gateshead, Guiseley, Kettering, Southport, Slough, Spennymoor.

National League South outfit Concord Rangers had originally added their name to the statement but have signed withdrawn their backing. They will restart fixtures next Tuesday. Players and staff have reportedly agreed to a pay cut to fund Covid testing.

York City concentrating on matters in hand as National League resolutions await results

By Joe Richardson  

AS uncertainty lingers around the immediate future of the National League North, York City are keeping concentrated on matters closer to home.

On Monday of this week, the National League sent out a set of four resolutions to member clubs, who will cast their ballots on a potentially season-ending vote.

The contention has arisen largely around funding in the absence of fans - and in what form that funding arrives - but other considerations come into play, such as public health and Covid testing during a global pandemic.

There is a steady trickle of social media updates as clubs disseminate their latest thoughts on the matter, and City’s assistant manager Micky Cummins is reluctant to predict which way the winds will blow.

“To look at it, you can only second-guess,” he said speaking ahead of York’s trip to Alfreton Town on Saturday (3pm). “Clubs have made statements, made U-turns a couple of days later in our league and the National League South.

“We have had conversations with other managers but you’d only be second-guessing which way the situation’s going to go.

“We’ve just got to focus on ourselves and our group.”

There is also an element of frustration for York, he explained, saying: “A lot of the teams we’re coming up against haven’t been training because they’ve been furloughed. A lot of teams have said they don’t want to play because of safety concerns, which is totally understandable.

“I think the FA Trophy’s going ahead because the FA pays for funding but some of the teams that aren’t in the FA Trophy aren’t going to continue because of funding.

“It’s frustrating for us because we’re fully aware that some of these teams are still training and playing behind-closed-door friendlies.

“It’s a conflict between what they’re putting out there and what we’re aware is going on.”

Business as usual for Micky Cummins ahead of Saturday

By Dan Simmonite

Assistant-manager Micky Cummins has said that the team can only control what they can as they go into Saturday’s game against Alfreton Town preparing as usual.

He said: “We are just preparing for the game Saturday and trying to keep them (the players) focused – there is a lot of outside noise and the lads are going to be looking on social media.

“We are getting in the mindset that we are playing Saturday, we’ve been given the travel details, the bus will be picking us up from Bootham – the same as usual. We are trying to keep everything the same as it would normally be.

“It’s about keeping the normality about the building so we are focused and have our heads on for Saturday and that’s all we can do.

“We’ve had probably a longer break than most with the breakout before the close down so they are keen and eager to get going again.”

City have trained full time throughout the two week break in the National League and have used the situation to get the squad back up to full capacity.

Harry Bunn is back from injury and has trained with the team this week as well as Owen Gamble and both players are expected to be ready for the weekend. Akil Wright, Harry Spratt and Gabby McGill will be assessed closer to the time after minor injuries in training.

Cummins added: “They will be looking to push for a place Saturday – certainly.

“They’ve been in seven days a week, doing their rehab and doing stuff at home. They joined in training this week.

“With the extended break and the mini pre-season there has been a couple of niggles but a couple of positives in others coming back as well.

“There have been minor muscle injuries but touch wood they won’t be too long.

“The only long term one is Josh King but he’s been straight line running this week so he will probably be a week or two away.”

Striker Jason Gilchrist joined on a one-month loan from South Shields a couple of weeks ago and his deal could be extended further dependant on the league situation.

“Conversations have happened with the Manager and their Manager and they are happy for when we do restart for an extension to be put in for Jason,” said Cummins.

“He’s looked sharp, he’s looked good and complimented the group really well. He’s fitted in with ease – I think he knew a few of the lads prior to coming here so he’s done very well.”

The 26-man squad will cause positive headaches for the management team in their first eleven selection with most players fit and ready to stake a claim for this season and beyond.

“We’ve had some very good, thought-provoking sessions with loads of discussions going on,” said Cummins.

“There’s lads still out there doing [extra] work on their own and in their individual little groups so it’s nice to see. They seem to be enjoying being back and they are in a privileged position, still in jobs and have a fantastic Chairman looking after them.

New partnership raises a toast to Bootham Crescent

York City Football Club are delighted to announce a multi-year partnership with York Gin.

Kicking off the partnership, fans can raise a toast to Bootham Crescent with the distillery producing a limited run of ‘Farewell Bootham Crescent’ gin with one bottle printed for each season the club has spent at the ground.

The 70cl bottles go on sale for £39 at 9am on February 5th 2021 on the York Gin website.

Matching the branding and style of the club's 'Farewell Bootham Crescent' merchandise, York Gin have replaced their normal logo with illustrations from the ground's history.

£5 from the sale of each bottle of the London Dry gin will go to brain injury charity, Headway. Old Minsterman Dan Parslow (pictured above) has been a tireless supporter of the charity after his own injury.

From the highs of the second division and a cup win over Arsenal, to the lows of the David Longhurst tragedy, Bootham Crescent played host to some unforgettable moments.

‘Bootham Crescent means so much to York City Football Club,’ said Chris Pegg, the club’s Commercial Manager. ‘The ground has been a huge part of the York community since 1932 and this initiative with York Gin as well as the merchandise we have produced is as much about the families and community who love and support the club as much as it is about Bootham Crescent itself.’

‘The ground will live long and happy in people’s memory and our thanks go to York Gin for taking the time to honour Bootham Crescent as we embark on a very exciting commercial partnership.’

Adam Cook, York Gin’s Sales Manager, said: ‘We’re delighted to be partnering York City – and the bottles look great. Each one really is unique, printed with its own season in Bootham Crescent’s history.'

Trespassing at Bootham Crescent

It's been brought to our attention that this week we had trespassers at Bootham Crescent.

Not only is it illegal it is also unsafe.

We are in a full lockdown and therefore these people not only put themselves at risk but also the club's groundsman, players and staff. 

We still have hope that we will be able welcome fans to say goodbye to the ground at the right time and in a safe way, until then please do not attempt to gain access to the ground. Thank you
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.
Weekend fixtures

More than half the clubs in the National League North are reportedly reluctant to play before the outcome is known on the vote to decide whether the season goes ahead.

Some games are already confirmed as postponed while more might not proceed with clubs indicating they will not participate in the fixture.

Here's the current schedule for Saturday:

AFC Fylde v Guiseley
AFC Telford United v Spennymoor Town
Alfreton Town v York City
Blyth Spartans P-P Leamington
Brackley Town v Chorley
Bradford Park Ave v Farsley Celtic
Curzon Ashton v Boston United (but Curzon Ashton say they will not play)
Darlington P-P Gloucester City
Hereford P-P Gateshead
Kettering Town v Chester (but Kettering say they will not play)
Southport P-P Kidderminster Harriers

AFC Fylde

Chairman David Haythornthwaite says games should be played this weekend as the league has instructed clubs to restart their seasons. “Some clubs are foolishly suggesting they won’t play but the league will take a hard line. I expect our game to go ahead. There is a lot of bluster and use of threat, but it’s a great danger to their status as ‘elite’ clubs if they don’t play,” he said. Full story here >>>>


Southport have signed three players on youth loans from Accrington Stanley. Midfielders Rhys Fenlon(19) and Harry Perritt (19) and defender Jack Bolton (19) have all played first team football at Stanley.
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) 
Tue 9 Darlington (a)
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h)
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
CLICK HERE to check out our collection of classic York City match programmes at the TOOAB archive >>>>
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