Day: July 29, 2012

100 Owners: Number 86 – Douglas Craig (York City)

In May, York City beat Luton Town by two goals to one in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final at Wembley Stadium, ending an eight year long stay in non-league football and the the return of League football to one of the English games more idiosyncratic venues, Bootham Crescent. For seventy-five years between 1929 and 2004, York City had been stalwarts rather than starts of the Football League, with two seasons in the Second Division between 1974 and 1976 being their sole stray from its bottom two divisions, but Bootham Crescent, a short walk from the centre of the city, has long been a favourite of many lower division supporters, being as it is a traditional English football ground set amongst rows of terraced houses and cobbled stones. The club is likely to be leaving this home in the near future, however, with planning permission having been agreed earlier this year for a new home in the Monks Cross area of the city. Yet the stories of how York City FC came to be relegated from the Football League and to be having to find a new home can both be traced back to one man, former chairman Douglas Craig. Craig had been involved with York City since 1978, when he joined the club as a director. A former chairman of the York Conservative Association who was awarded...

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Match of the Week: Wick Academy 2-4 Raith Rovers

Finally, after Scottish football’s traumatic summer, the chance to get back to some actual football. Starting with the now-traditional curtain-raiser of the Challenge Cup (currently the Ramsdens Cup, if you prefer). It’s for the lower league teams only – which means most media attention has been focused on Rangers’ debut in the cup, at Brechin on the Sunday. But actually, it was Raith Rovers who got the plum tie of the round – away at Wick Academy, also making their debut in the competition. Up until last season, the first round of this cup had featured two byes (there being thirty SFL teams). Then, someone hit upon the rather excellent idea of inviting a couple of Highland League sides to make up the draw. Last season the top two sides were invited (Buckie Thistle and Deveronvale); this season, however, the places have gone to the top two sides with an SFA Club Licence – those being Inverurie Locos (fourth place) and Wick (eighth). Well-intentioned though the club licencing scheme is, in its efforts to improve standards and facilities, I admit to being a bit sceptical about using it that way. But that’s not intended as any slight on Wick, who were excellent hosts for the day and showed us once again that the Highland League has a lot to offer. Tucked in amongst the league reconstruction proposals that the SPL...

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