Tag: York City

The Inevitable York City Follow-Up

The idea that non-league football largely consists of men with beer bellies kicking a football around between puffs on their Benson & Hedges is a hopelessly outdated one, but that isn’t to say that it doesn’t exist. Countless clubs, both in the Football League and at the top end of non-league football, have fallen into this trap before, but nothing seems to stop it from repeating itself. This isn’t, however, always the reason why clubs fail to beat lower ranked opposition. Sometimes, the players that compete against these butchers, bakers and candlestick makers just aren’t good enough. This seemed...

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York City: The Lights Go Out On The Minster Family

It hasn’t been a particularly happy couple of years for the supporters of York City. Promotion back to the Football League through the play-offs ended an eight year spell in the Football Conference which seemed to prove the now widely held belief that the divisions into which football clubs are relegated tend to be more difficult to get out of in an upwardly direction than they are to tumble into in the first place. The club’s return to the Football League, however proved that to be somewhat short-lived, and at the end of last season York were relegated back...

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Wimbledon & York City Shred The Nerves At The Foot Of League Two

It is getting to the point of the season at which time starts to run out. The luxury of believing that our teams can afford to drop points starts to fade from view as we reach the home straight, and there are few other places in the whole of English football in which nerves are already in the air than at the bottom of League Two. Just four points separate the bottom seven clubs in the division, with variations in the patchiness of form of these clubs meaning that trying to predict which two may eventually slip through the trapdoor and into non-league football lays somewhere between being a tricky business and a fool’s errand. This also means that there a rather a lot of “six-pointers” between the clubs at the foot of the table, all of which means that there was plenty of good reason to be at Kingsmeadow yesterday afternoon for the match between Wimbledon and York City. These two clubs have both recently escaped the Blue Square Bet Premier through the play-offs, Wimbledon two years ago and York City last season. They arrived in that division from opposing directions, though, Wimbledon after their nine year rise from the Combined Counties League, whilst York dropped out of the Football League after an attempt at asset-stripping at the start of the last decade which nearly killed their club....

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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 Weekend 4 – The Conference Playoff Final – York City 2 – 1 Luton Town

“We’re a Football League club, how good is that?” – Gary Mills’ reaction to York City’s return to the league was typically unshowy, embodying the calm, quiet way the Minstermen have gone about their season. There were no tears, no whoops of delight and not much in the way of a wild celebration, just an acknowledgement of how much it means for the club to win. It is almost ironic that the only fuss York City have caused this season came in the form of Matty Blair’s winning goal, which looked at least a yard offside. Mills’ response to the goal: “Was is offside? Who cares. It’s a goal and a huge goal. Mistakes happen all the time.” After Andre Gray fired Luton ahead with barely two minutes on the clock things didn’t look great for York. Gray, signed from Hinckley United in the Conference North, was there to collect Robbie Willmot’s flick, with the crossbar helping the ball over the line. Luton could’ve made it two with Alex Lawless and Adam Watkins both shooting wide. But with 15 minutes played the Minstermen began to take control. Top scorer Jason Walker tested Luton keeper Mark Tyler with a rasping shot, Tyler stretching to tip the ball over the bar. Their equaliser came when York took advantage of some lazy Luton defending, Chris Smith darting back and looping a cross...

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