Introducing YCFC Weekly

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Something I’ve really wanted to do for a long time is to make videos. I’ve never really been comfortable in front of a camera so this is my attempt at trying to rectify and develop my presenting skills.

‘YCFC Weekly’ will be a weekly show which will be published every Sunday throughout the season.

It will include:

  • All the news surrounding the club that week
  • Match recaps, stats, analysis
  • Fan comments/opinion
  • Transfer rumours/new signings

Just to recap this is not a ‘Fan TV’ concept, it will be more of a news series which will give the fans a new way to digest what is happening at the club they support in less than three minutes.


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York City’s teenage goalkeeping prodigy Ryan Whitley is First Team bound

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The goalkeeping situation at York City FC is still uncertain after Jon Worsnop and Luke Simpson conceded a combined total of eight goals against League One side Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday in a pre-season friendly.

The Minstermen have not had a stable number one since the departure of Michael Ingham in 2016 and will be looking for a long term solution to this problem.

Introducing Ryan Whitley, only 17 years-old and currently the third choice goalkeeper at Bootham Crescent.

Whitley is a local lad from York and rose up through the youth team ranks to eventually play in the U18’s and Reserve side during the 2016/17 season.

He has previously trained with Manchester City and the England youth set up, plus in 2015 was subject to Premier League interest; reportedly demanding a £200,000 fee plus add ons for York City to let the 6′ 5″ teenager move on.

Mills last week gave a big confidence boost to Whitley in the York Press when he explained that he would be happy to have the youth team goalkeeper as his back up to Jon Worsnop in the first team.

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Jon Worsnop in action (www.icephotographyyork.com)

Jon Worsnop was signed from Bradford Park Avenue this summer and has been the shot stopper for The Minstermen in each of their pre season games so far. He is seen as the direct competition for Whitley, however the youngster views his presence as a good thing:

“Worsnop is an experienced keeper who has played for a long time. I can take bits off both keepers to improve myself. They coach me every session and don’t just concentrate on themselves which I think is really good and positive for a young keeper like me.”

He also drew similarities between himself and now transfer-listed Luke Simpson in which he admitted “I’ve known Simpson for about a year now. He has been in a position like me when he was at Oldham so he gives me really good advice.”

A self proclaimed lifelong York City fan, Whitley has been going to Bootham Crescent since he was nine years old and has previously been a season ticket holder, sitting in the Main Stand at home games.

Upon asking about any recent interest from other clubs he replied “There’s been no news to me about deals and offers from other clubs. My dream would be to play for the First Team then hopefully get a move if I play well. Only time will tell but I will have to work hard and keep my attitude right.”

With the gradual inclusion of youth players in the York City first team coupled with the success stories of Ben Godfrey (Norwich City), Jamie Hopcutt (Östersund) and Gabby McGill (Middlesbrough) over recent times you could argue that the National League North is the perfect level to give these hot prospects the platform to develop into first team regulars and Ryan Whitley seems to have the potential to do just that.


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Duo looking to impress on trial with York City

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Yesterday York City FC’s twitter page posted a selection of photos from the first training session back. The usual faces: Sean Newton, Simon Heslop and Jon Parkin were all in attendance, but not everyone recognised the two new faces snapped at Wigginton Road Training Ground.

The eagle eyed of you will have spotted a new player to the right of Dan Parslow and another fresh face lurking behind Hamza Bencherif.

These players have since been identified and sources suggest they are midfielder Adam Porritt and left back Ben Gordon. But who are these new players training with the current squad?

Adam Porritt

porritt20-year-old Porritt is a typical Gary Mills player; a utility man as the midfielder is also equally as capable of playing in defence. He played most of last season semi-professionally with local club Goole AFC, two tiers below the National League North.

The Huddersfield Town academy product also had a loan spell in the 2015/16 season with National League champions Lincoln City before playing briefly with Harrogate Town under Simon Weaver at the end of last season.

Ben Gordon

gordonThe left back is a player with Premier League pedigree having progressed as a youth player at Chelsea before spending four years at the London club on a professional contract, albeit without making a senior appearance.

In recent years the 26-year-old has had stints with SPL side Ross County and League One outfit Colchester United before signing with Boston United last September, switching from National League side Woking.

The two-time England U20 international made 21 appearances in the National League North last season, playing alongside York City loan rejects Josh Robinson and Ben Clappison.

The club have understandably not made a statement on trialists at the club, however you must presume that these two players are in training to impress Gary Mills and earn themselves a professional contract at Bootham Crescent.

York City’s first friendly is on Saturday 8th July where the Minstermen travel to Farsley Celtic, a fixture which could see the new trialists given their first run-outs of the pre season.


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How I started working with BT Sport

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I’ve just finished my first year studying Media and Journalism BA (Hons) at Northumbria University and I will be going into second year with a years worth of work experience with BT Sport.

What was my role with BT Sport?

I worked on the National League Highlights Show which was broadcast every Sunday at 10PM on BT Sport 1. Specifically for York City FC.

My job would be to film the full game from the dodgy gantry on top of the popular stand at Bootham Crescent then climb down the shaky ladder and sprint across to the main stand where alongside my colleague we would film interviews with Gary Mills and the oppositions manager.

If you want a good laugh then you can watch my first ever interview with Gary Mills. It’s quite embarrassing for me and I can tell you that 19 year old Dan has learned from his mistakes which is what it’s all about!

All the footage would then have to be edited down to under eight minutes and sent as a full package over a server to BT Sport under a deadline.

Additionally I edited a longer highlights package which would be sent to York City to use on MinstermenPlayerHD; their paid subscription video platform.

I study in Newcastle and live in York so the role was ideal for me as on home games I’d be able to spend the weekend with my family and friends. On top of this travel was paid for, so I’d not have to worry about the expensive train journeys… including a £150 return to London for my training course – trains are way overpriced!

York City were lucky enough to be broadcast as a live game on BT Sport when they played Forest Green in which I experienced the whole thing from the production trailer behind the ground and got to meet presenters Matt Smith and Kevin Davies.

18622629_10213360605998499_2703105833219314138_nFollowing this I got an all access pass at Wembley Stadium for the FA Trophy Final and helped out with BT Sport interviews on Wembley Way as well as looking after the presenters on the day.

Oh and I got a cheeky picture in the royal box before a scary man in a suit came up and kicked me out!

 

How can I apply?

The best thing to do is contact the nearest National League club near you. Below is a map of all the clubs in the National League next season.

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My advice would be to go onto the clubs website and find an email for the media department. Better yet find out who the media officer is, find them on twitter and get in touch from there.

It’s best to get your foot in before they advertise on the website. York City for example started advertising for the role around this time.

If you’re successful you will most likely get an interview with the media officer for the role and then be sent down to BT Sport studios in the Olympic Park, Stratford for two days (all expenses paid) for a training course.

It’s also best to mention that this role is unpaid, but if you love football the perks of the job are amazing to say the least.

So what am I doing now?

Unfortunately York City were relegated from the National League at the end of last season and this meant that it was my time to move on considering BT Sport will not be covering the regional divisions.

But this experience has helped me drastically in the world of football media. People in the industry actually take me seriously now and that has lead me on to my new roles for the 2017/18 season.

For 2017/18 I will be the Programme Editor at Blyth Spartans FC as well as the Matchday Media Officer with Northumberland FA for the county team.

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Croft Park – Home to Blyth Spartans FC.

I’m only going into my second year but I have all of these opportunities at my fingertips and I’m in a great position to showcase and develop my skills further. It’s made me realise the career path I want to take and now I’m more motivated than ever!


If you want any advice on getting into football media or just want a general chat then please contact me on twitter or email me. I’ll be happy to help out and possibly point you in the direction of a role which you’d be interested in.

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York City to play Grantham Town in pre-season.

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Grantham Town have announced that they will play York City in the George and Marge Freeston Memorial Trophy. They will also host Mansfield Town and Nottingham Forest the week after.

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In Brief

Established in 1874 Grantham Town play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football. Hailing from Lincolnshire the club play at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium.

They are nicknamed ‘The Gingerbreads’ after the long history of the ‘Grantham Gingerbread‘ recipe in the town dating back to the 1700’s.

So How Good Are They?

Last season in the third step of non-league football Grantham Town managed an 8th place finish; just four points shy of the playoffs.

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In recent years however they have only managed bottom half/mid table finishes but have been floating around in the league since they were promoted as champions from the NPL Division One South in 2012.

They play in the same league as Whitby Town who knocked York City out of the North Riding Senior Cup with a 3-1 home win in the Quarter Final last season.

Being in the NPL Premier Division ‘The Gingerbreads’ are only one league below York City as the NPL is a feeder to the National League North.

Last Visit

The last time the two teams met was at the start of the 2012/13 season when ‘The Minstermen’ travelled 93 miles south and drew 1-1 after Paddy McLaughlin’s 30 yard strike was cancelled out by Town striker Karl Demidh late on who beat Paul Musselwhite in the York City goal.

York City went on to finish 17th in League Two following their first season back in the Football League. During the season manager Gary Mills was sacked and replaced by Nigel Worthington.

Grantham Town were also playing their first season in a higher division and finished the year narrowly avoiding relegation by three points in the NPL Premier.

Relations to York City

City manager Gary Mills was player/manager for Grantham in the latter stages of his 68 Manager 3 Gary Millscareer during 1996-1998. He made 66 appearances and scored 3 goals while playing in back and white and won promotion to the Southern League Premier Division during his time in Lincolnshire

Mills resigned in 1998 due to budget cuts when the club were taken over by local businessman Reg Brealey.

Away Day Details

The South Kesteven Sports Stadium has a capacity of 7500 with 750 seats so expect to be standing on the day.

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The ground is in Grantham on Trent Road. The stadium had seen 5260 people through the gates last season with an average attendance of 229 which was the 18th highest in the league.

To get to the ground it will take you 1 hour 34 minutes by car down the A1. The postcode is NG31 7XQ.


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How much are York City players worth?

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So as I’m looking on to next season I thought I’d check out the current crop of players York City have and how much they are worth according to tranfermarkt.com.

A lot of players are on one year deals so obviously they would be allowed to go on a free. However the players who are contracted for longer have the potential for larger transfer fees that can help the club next season.

Vadaine Oliver – £43,000Vadaine_Oliver_2017-03-04_1

Vadaine Oliver is said to be contracted for another year at Bootham Crescent and in my personal opinion I don’t see a cat in hell’s chance of him staying with York. He looked like a star National League striker/League Two player on his return and that’s where he belongs.

York need money coming in from elsewhere as their isn’t any TV money in the regional divisions and selling players like Oliver might be the alternative income.

Aidan Connolly – £128,000

Aidan_Connolly_13-08-2016_2Connolly looked the far superior player at the start of the season, in his first few games for York City he was attracting interest from Championship club Reading due to his outstanding form.

However after an injury and a change of manager Connolly has struggled to break into the side. Whether or not he is to be part of Gary Mills’ plans are unknown but you can’t deny that the individual talent is there.

He is contracted at York until 2018 which means the club will get some sort of financial benefit should they choose to sell the winger.

Kyle Letheren – £170,000Kyle_Letheren_2017-03-04_1

The ‘Press Player of the Year’ Kyle Letheren had been a massive part of the season for ‘The Minstermen’ leading up to his back injury.

Recently he has told the media that he is speaking to an unnamed National League club as well as several clubs in Scotland. He has also expressed that he is open to staying at Bootham Crescent.

The goalkeeper signed on at the start of the season but the club did not disclose his contract length.

His high market value is most likely due to his reputation in Scotland, playing in the Scottish Premiership for Kilmarnock and Dundee in recent years.

Sean Newton – £43,000

Sean_Newton_2017-03-04_1Last week City’s ‘Clubman of the Year’ was subject to interest from Cheltenam Town according to the Stroud News and Journal.

He is another with a year left on his deal however has said he wants to stay at York to put things right.

Time will tell is he stays true to his word and is not tempted by the captivating opportunity to play in the football league.

 

Whole team value: £1.53 million

If you want to see the full squad and their market values then visit transfermarkt.com.

Obviously these values can fluctuate and aren’t always accurate in tandem to what the bigger teams are willing to spend.

For example in 2016 we saw an 18 year old Ben Godfrey transfer to Norwich City for at least £150k, potentially rising to £1m (according to The Press).

To me it’s exciting to see the worth of each player and how much York City could potentially get for some players who will no doubt be leaving in the summer.


What do you reckon? Who should we keep and how accurate are these valuations of our current crop of players? Tweet me and let me know.

*Please note that these figures are all taken from transfermarkt.com and I can’t validate or endorse these exact figures. It’s all just for general interest.

 

Non League Finals Day: All you need to know

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On Sunday Wembley will be host to Macclesfield v York City and Cleethorpes v South Shields in the FA Trophy and FA Vase.

The Non League Finals Day will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1HD/4K from 11:30AM.

FA VASE: Cleethorpes v South Shields

Kick off –  12:15pm

Last years winners – Morpeth Town

Prize money – £25,000 winners. £17,000 runners up.

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This season Cleethorpes have won their league and the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy while South Shields have won the Northern League Division One and the Northern League Cup.

Cleethorpes Town

Cleethorpes could have been knocked out in the 2nd round of the FA Vase but fortunately for them two goals in the last 10 minutes salvaged them a 2-1 away win at AFC Emley.

Two successive 2-1 wins in the 3rd and 4th rounds against Bootle and Billingham Town

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Cleethorpes ground share with Grimsby Borough FC.

 

earned them a spot in the 5th round in which again they came from behind, this time two goals down, to turnover Atherton Collieries at home.

A quarter final supplied a 7 goal thriller against Southall, the score 5-2 in favour of the Grimsby based side. This set up a semi final against Bromsgrove Sporting with a total of 4000+ fans watching Cleethorpes win 2-1 over the two legs to reach the FA Vase Final.

Cleethorpes are currently in brilliant form, they have won their last 10 fixtures and go into this final looking for a treble alongside South Shields.

South Shields

The level 9 side started their FA Vase campaign in the 2nd qualifying round with a convincing 4-0 win at Esh Winning. A 2-1 home win against Runcorn Linnets ensued as fans were treated to a Robert Briggs stoppage time winner at Martiners Park.

The Tyne and Wear club then made easy pickings of Marske United and Staveley M.W. in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, winning 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.

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Former Middlesbrough man Julio Arca (now 36) currently plays for South Shields.

 

The 4th round ended in controversy as The Mariners went 4-2 down with 10 men in the 81st minute against current FA Vase holders Morpeth Town. Shortly after the 4th goal the floodlights went out and the game was abandoned by the referee.

After some harsh criticism online following the floodlights incident South Shields won the replay 4-0 in Morpeth’s own back yard to progress to the 5th round in which they travelled 327 miles south to beat Team Solent 5-2.

The quarter finals were kinder to South Shields as they were awarded a home tie to Newport Pagnell, the home advantage obviously helping as they sent their opponents back down south with a 6-1 thumping.

With Wembley in sight South Shields beat Coleshill Town in the first leg 2-1 before travelling back home to secure a spot in the FA Vase final with a 4-0 win in front of 3464 spectators.

South Shields have only lost twice all season and will be looking to make their first trip to Wembley one to remember by bringing back the FA Vase.

Key Players

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Robertson (left) is top scorer for Cleethorpes this season. Jon Shaw (right alongside Gary Mills) played for Gateshead last year in the National League.

29 goals in all competitions from Brody Robertson has skyrocketed the NCEL Prem side to the FA Vase Final and 1st place in the league this season. Robertson netted 41 times in the 2014/15 season for Cleethorpes and will be hoping to bring his shooting boots onto the big stage at Wembley this Sunday.

Unbeknown to some former Middlesbrough midfielder Julio Arca now plays his football in Tyne and Wear. He will be the most recognisable figure on the South Shields team.

However Jon Shaw is a notable mention, the striker-turned-defender has been a rock at the back in the run in to South Shields winning the Northern League Division One; conceding 4 goals in 7 games and winning the player of the month award for April.


FA Trophy: Macclesfield v York City

Kick off –  4:15PM

Last years winners – F.C. Halifax Town

Prize money – £50,000 winners. £25,000 runners up.

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Former York player Scott Flinders will no doubt start in goal for Macclesfield. Flinders spent a year and a half with the Minstermen; getting relegated from League Two before being released in January this year.

Alongside Finders in the Macclesfield team are two other former York employees: John McCombe and Luke Summerfield.

For York Yan Klukowski could make his first appearance since February, he was on the bench against Forest Green after a spell on the sidelines through injury.

Elsewhere Mills’ preferred goalkeeper Scott Loach has returned to his parent club Notts County which leaves Kyle Letheren between the sticks. Clovis Kamdjo is still out after a crucial ligament injury earlier on in the season.

Macclesfield Town

The Cheshire based side began their FA Trophy campaign with a mouthwatering tie against rivals Altringham in which they won 3-2 on aggregate following a first leg stalemate.

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 Macclesfield play their home games at Moss Rose.

The second round required a trip to AFC Sudbury in which they won 3-1 which set up a 3rd round tie to now League Two side Forest Green Rovers. They defeated the playoff champions 1-0 at home to reach the quarter finals.

Dulwich Halmet are arguably one of the more famous non league sides but couldn’t edge a famous victory over Macclesfield after The Silkmen beat The Hamlet 4-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 first leg draw in East Dulwich.

Another tricky tie arose when Macclesfield drew playoff runners up Tranmere Rovers in the semi finals. Macclesfield kept their nerve however and managed a 2-1 victory across both legs to reach this years FA Trophy Final at Wembley.

York City

The Minstermen welcomed Worcester City in the first round of the competition and sent them packing with a 3-1 home victory; only their 4th win of the season at the time.

A challenge on Harlow Town’s 3G pitch came in the 2nd round and, without the presence of top scorer Jon Parkin, York managed a 2-1 win to reach the 3rd round of the competition against Nuneaton.

Three goals in the first 20 minutes were enough to put the tie to bed as City saw the rest of the game off to win 3-0 at Liberty Way.

The quarter finals drew York City against National League North side Brackley Town who had won 4-1 in the previous round against Wealdstone. Playing at Bootham Crescent York managed to edge the visitors 1-0.

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Gary Mills won the 2012 FA Trophy with York City in his first spell as manager.

 

After a long season at the bottom York fans were disillusioned when they found out that National League champions Lincoln City were to be the team standing in their way of a trip to Wembley.

However when Vadaine Oliver headed in and Aidan Connolly latched on to Morgan-Smith’s deflected shot the York City faithful left the ground with hope of a repeat at Lincoln City.

Four days later in front of 8409 fans they sealed the deal with a 1-1 draw to win the semi final 3-2 on aggregate and reach their first Wembley Final in 5 years. The last time coming when they snatched the FA Trophy and Conference Playoffs in the space of 8 days.

Key Players

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Holroyd (left) has a strike rate of 1 in 3 games in the league this season. Newton (right) joined the Minstermen in November and has appeared in 28 league games.

Jon Parkin and Sean Newton have been the diamonds in the dirt at Bootham Crescent this season. Both players joined on loan under Gary Mills late last year and penned permanent deals in January.

Despite City’s front three of Parkin, Oliver and Morgan-Smith scoring most of their combined 24 goals later on in the season, and Sean Newton claiming ‘Clubman of The Year’ York City were relegated on the last day when they drew 2-2 with playoff winners Forest Green Rovers.

Chris Holroyd is Macclesfield’s biggest goal threat. The ex Preston North End forward has scored scored 13 goals in the National League this season however has only managed 1 goal in his last 12 league appearances.


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York City players free to leave following relegation

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As Gary Mills has officially signed on for another year at Bootham Crescent his next job is no doubt figuring out who he wants to keep for York City’s 2017/18 season in the National League North.

I expect a retained list to be published once the FA Trophy has concluded, however until then I thought I’d look into the players York City will most likely have for next season.

 

Contracts


So who could be playing next year?

York City possible lineup

I created a possible York City XI for next season based upon the players York have on deals until 2018. To be honest the line up does not look terrible. Also consider that City will be playing in the sixth tier next season.

Because of the lower level of football I believe that some of the younger players brought in on the merit that they are hungry for success may come good in the National League North.

In particular I see Kaine Felix doing well as I have heard rave reviews about his performances at Stockport last season in the division.

Here’s a clip of his assist against Tamworth:

When I saw him at home he had periods of looking like a dangerous winger with his pace and dribbling skills. I’m hoping he will stay on at City and prove his doubters wrong.

Jack Higgins is another who was a regular in the side, making 15 appearances, up until his loan move to Southport.

He was signed from the Conference North in 2016 and was Stalybridge Celtic’s top goalscorer, with 13 goals from defence, which obviously shows he has the ability at this level.

Realistically who can we keep?

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Oliver has scored 7 league goals in 18 apps. since returning in January.

 

Vadaine Oliver has been a new player since coming back from Notts County but has said himself that he wants to be playing in the football league. The National League North would be a step in the wrong direction and I see a League Two or high level National League club coming in for the striker.

Jon Parkin would be a massive coup for the club if he decides to stay on for another year. I can see him getting 25+ goals in the sixth tier, even at 35 he is still a goalscorer. My guess is that he will either sign on or retire.

Moke, Whittle and Letheren will no doubt attract interest from National League or higher next year so I will be surprised if Gary Mills can persuade them to sign longer deals at the club.

Due to injury problems Oyebanjo and Lappin will most likely be heading for the door as their contracts expire in June.

I expect alot of these players to have a relegation release clause of some kind so some of the ones on contract can move on for free. Failing this at least York will get some sort of financial benefit from outgoing players.

Let me know who you think we should keep by tweeting me.

What about the players on loan?

I have not included players Parslow, Bencherif, Hall or Morgan-Smith on the contracts list because they are contracted on loan until the end of the season. These players have been fantastic for York in the latter stages of the season and with them all out of contract at their parent clubs it gives City an opportunity for next season.

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Parlsow was clubman of the year at York City 08/09,10/11 and 12/13.

 

Realistically I don’t think any of these players will sign. Asa Hall was wanted back by Cheltenham in March, Parlslow was voted players player of the season when Cheltenham won the National League in 15/16, Bencherif left Halifax for Wrexham when they were relegated last year and Morgan-Smith is way too good to be playing in the sixth tier.

That being said in my eyes Parslow has an outside chance of signing. He will be 32 years old in September and obviously has a place for York City in his heart having been at the club 10 seasons.


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York City v Forest Green – MATCH PREVIEW

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York City will host Forest Green on Saturday which will be broadcast live on BT Sport. The Minstermen need at least a point to have any chance of survival in this years Vanarama National League.

The match kicks off at 12:15pm and will be covered on BT Sport 1 from 11:30am. You could argue that this is the biggest match in York City’s history with a lot riding on them to keep their National league status. The added pressure of the live cameras could go both ways, a national embarrassment or a historical moment for the club, fighting off an almost certain relegation.

Forest Green also have something to play for at the other end of the table, having already solidified their spot in the playoffs, they battle with Dagenham & Redbridge for 3rd spot and a second leg home tie.

HEAD TO HEAD

Forest Green have the best attack in the league, scoring 86 goals this season, even more than league champions Lincoln City. Their fire power up front is lead by top scorer Christian Doidge who has scored an impressive 25 goals this season and is runner up in the top goal scorers table.

York City will welcome back former loanee Charlie Cooper; Gary Mills’ first signing for the club on his return. He didn’t make the cut at York with Mills expressing that he needed to move on. However he has been a vital part of the Forest Green midfield, starting 20 games in the latter part of the season.

In terms of form this season Forest Green slipped up later on in the season which crushed their automatic promotion push. But recently they have won 3 times in their last 5 games, failing to win in their last two fixtures. Most notably they were defeated by already relegated Southport 2-0 on Easter Monday.

Forest Green Rovers will be going through the playoffs for the 3rd season in a row. Having lost in the semi finals in 2015 to Bristol Rovers and in the finals to Grimsby last year. 3rd time lucky maybe?

Who can still be relegated?

Mathematically six teams are still in danger of being relegated from the National League. But most likely it will be between Woking, Torquay, Guiseley, York City and Braintree to do decide who will fill the two remaining relegation places.

York City will need at least a point to be in with a chance of staying clear. But this relies on 20th placed Guiseley to lose their game against Solihull and Braintree to lose or draw at Aldershot.

Ideally York City need a win as this will put pressure on other teams to get points as high up as Woking, who can still be relegated despite being four spots clear of the relegation zone.

I did a post on who will be relegated / who will make the playoffs last week if you are interested.

The table at the bottom

18. Woking – 52 Points (-14)

19. Torquay United – 50 Points (-9)

20. Guiseley – 50 Points (-17)


21. York Cty – 49 Points (-15)

22. Braintree Town – 48 Points (-23)

Important fixtures

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York City v Forest Green (21st v 3rd)

Dagenham & Redbridge v Woking (4th v 18th)

Torquay Utd v North Ferriby (19th v 23rd)

Guiseley v Solihull Moors (20th v 16th)

Aldershot v Braintree (5th v 22nd)


York City have sold at least 1000 advance tickets for the Saturday fixture, along with the 1257 current season ticket holders. Although the match is not all ticket, York City have recommended that you buy in advance. More details can be found on the York City FC website.

York City FC Desktop Wallpapers – FREE Download

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After playing around with graphics in Photoshop I’ve come up with a few York City desktop wallpapers. I’ve made home and away coloured wallpapers to choose from. Feel free to save and download and share as you like.

Home Colours:

 

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DESKTOP WALLPAPER 2HOME

Away Colours:

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I will be doing some iPhone wallpapers in the future so look out for them too.

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York City have fielded 48 players this season

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When Jackie McNamara and chairman Jason McGill set out to recruit in the summer they used the tactic of signing players with potential and players who were hungry for success at a professional level. This saw the likes of Kaine Felix and Daniel Nti sign for the club who had both been playing in the Vanarama National League North the previous season.

For me I think there needed to be a balance of potential as well as experience in a league I consider to be very competitive with big teams such as Lincoln, Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers just to name a few.

The National League is a hard league to get out of with only 2 promotion spaces up for grabs and in my opinion if York really wanted they could have signed a lot more experienced players at this level and from league 2. I believe this just because of their stature in the lower leagues as well as the fact that McGill has claimed that they are top 3 in the league in terms of wage budget.

Since the Mills takeover I thought I’d dig into the stats and see how many players have actually played for the Minstermen this season considering the many in comings and outgoings at the football club since Millsy’s appointment.

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The Cheltenam revolution seems to be a hit with the manager as all three players signed from the Robins have started each of the games they have been available for.

48 players have played for York City this season and with the release of all the agent and intermediary fees for National League clubs I can tell you that York City spent £8,660 from 2nd February 2016 to the 31st January 2017. Surprisingly this is considerably lower than some teams such a Forest Green who spent £174,613 and Wrexham who paid £26,032.

I’m amazed that this figure is so low as 46 players have played this season alone, more players can be added to this figure from the end of last season. One twitter user suggested that York went through one particular agent to recruit players and that is why the fees are so low. Even if that is true then York have still done well to keep their fees to a minimum compared to their National League rivals. Aldershot in comparison have spent only £52 on agent fees.. can anyone lend Jason McGill the agents number?

York City FC: Gary Mills ponders relegation

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York City FC have only 5 games remaining to retain their status in the Vanarama National League. The Minstermen currently sit 22nd in the league with 2 points from safety.

York City kissed goodbye to their game in hand on Tuesday night as they fell to a 2-0 home defeat to mid-table Bromley.

Thoughts from the manager

Gary Mills spoke with journalists following the game and joked that he is a good sleeper and won’t be dwelling on the Bromley game.

“When you have a defeat people seem to linger on more about it than when you have a victory.

We talk about the performance against Braintree on Saturday [and] we talk about the performance at Macclesfield.”

Mills always comes across as a fighting spirit and with a trip to Chester on the weekend you could tell that he was motivated for a result.

“[We’ve got to] start the game well, be strong, stand up and be counted when they’ve got the ball, defend as a team.. and when we get the ball go and hurt them”

What’s it like at the bottom?

Woking and Torquay United are the teams above York at the foot of the National league. Torquay have a -11 goal difference, which is considerably better than Working and York who sit on a goal difference of -16 each.

The biggest game of the season could be on Saturday 22nd of April at the Kingfield Stadium where York City travel to Woking on the second last game of the season.

Speaking to BT Sport they say they may look to televise a game at the bottom on the day as Lincoln City may have already won the league at that stage in the season. This could have a knock on effect as the fixture would be changed to an earlier kick off.

TV screenings on BT Sport have yet to be confirmed. However an early kickoff would technically give the teams an advantage over the other relegation candidates playing that day as they will already know their result.

Who do you think will beat the drop? Let me know with a vote in the poll on twitter or use the hashtag #NationalLeagueRelegation.