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Branch History

 

2017

 

February 9

Our guest, ex City striker and now Radio York match summariser, Chris Jones, gave an insightful talk on his footballing career. Read More. Many thanks to Chris plus Terry and David for making the evening a great success.

2016

 

October 13

Our guest, Radio York's David Ward gave an informative talk on his time reporting on City for Radio York. It was a lively and packed (24 present) social evening. It turned into a round table discussion and although David had his own thoughts and opinions, he had no earth shattering revelations (or solutions to our recent woes beyond noting 3 straight wins and getting the new stadium build confirmed would go a long way towards making things look much better). He finds his role much more enjoyable when City are doing well and bemoaned the increased presence of the national media around the club when they sensed bad news. Many thanks to David and his dad Terry, for taking the time out to travel to see us in London.

September 20

Branch members out in force at Lords as Yorkshire start their bid for a third consecutive county title. Many stayed the full 4 days.

July 11

Brollies to the fore as YCS enjoy a rain interrupted opening day of Yorkshire's county championship game at The Oval.

April 30

YCS hired a hospitality box for the last game of the season and presented Jeff Miller with a long service award to mark his 30 years with the club.

April 7

Dot Goodearl beats Ray in the final of our annual darts competition.

2015

 

September 11

YCS swapped sports for the day enjoying a day at Lords as Yorkshire cemented their Championship title by going through the whole day without losing a single wicket.

April 25

26 YCS members and guests enjoyed City's hospitality for the last home game of the season. We presented Keith Lowe with his Player Of The Season trophy. Pity about the 0-2 result. When we presented Keith with his trophy, one of its arms fell off, however, we noted Keith had glued it back on when he was pictured wih his trophy haul at the end of season awards' dinner. Top man.

April 16

A welcome return to our branch meeting for Sophie McGill. Read More

March 6

YCS meet Russ Wilcox and Steve Torpey at the team's hotel on the eve of the AFC Wimbledon game. Read More

Feb 5

Dot Goodearl narrowly beat Ray Goodearl with Andy Naylor in 3rd place in the YCS annual darts competition.

2014

 

October 30

A new venue, but same story as guest speaker Ashley Chambers has to send his apologies at the last minute. Sub Nick Pope couldn't step in, he was filming his TV show.

May 16

3rd trip to the Sheephaven Arms in a week for the 3 play off games with Fleetwood, in total 130 plus City supporters turned up.

March 27

The York City South Darts evening was re-introduced this season after a lapse of many years. A round robin format was agreed amongst those members who were willing to play. First wins were recorded by Helen Ferguson (her first ever game) and Jim Tindell. Joel Stern and Dot Goodearl each won twice whilst Derek Feasby and Ray Goodearl won 4 games each. Although Derek had beaten Ray in the head to head, it was decided by a majority vote to have a play off final, in which Ray Goodearl triumphed in a hard fought battle and takes the York City South Darts Champion crown for 2014.

March 15

20 YCS members and guests enjoyed City's hospitality as we beat Wycombe. We presented Lanre Oyebanjo with his Player Of The Season award and David McGurk with a memento in recognition of all the sterling service he has given City. David told us of his impending retirement, a credit to him that he was prepared to reveal to a group of people, many he barely knew, in advance of the official announcement and a credit to all present for not breaking the news in advance of David's own announcement. David McGurk, best wishes for the future.

March 7

Another very successful Meet The Manager evening in Surbiton before the win at AFC Wimbledon. Many thanks to Nigel Worthington and Steve Torpey.

February 25

10,000th visitor to the YCS web site since we first started to count visitor numbers.

February 6

Branch social cancelled twice. Our first guest speaker, Simon Hood, author of Bicycle Kicks had to cancel a week beforehand due to a diary clash. A neat piece of footwork by our chairman Joel and we had David Stockdale lined up as replacement. Day before, with the tube strike on, unfortunately David had to cancel for fears of not being able to get home in time to beat the Fulham curfew. At least it avoided him having to explain the FA Cup home defeat against Sheffield United the night before.

2013

 

April 6

Branch host box at home game to Accrington. Great day spoilt by late Accrington equaliser. Joined by a host of City players throughout the day, special word of thanks to Jon Challinor. Day resulted in presentation of 3 YCS branch player of the year awards. Matty Blair for 2011/2 and a tie between Danny Parslow and Michael Ingham for 2012/3. 2012/3 voting was the first branch foray into online POTY voting.

2012

 

May

Party Party Party. 2 Wembley wins, 2 big breakfasts in the City (thanks Woody) beforehand and our AGM, champagne included. More next year please.

March 3

City 2 Hayes & Yeading 0. The branch host a box to mark Alastair Smith’s contribution to the success of our branch. "Thank you Alastair" by Joel Stern, Chairman, York City London & Southern Supporters Club. Good afternoon and here's to an exciting game ahead and another 3 points on the board. On behalf of York City London and Southern Supporter's Club, we are delighted to be at Bootham Crescent today, enjoying the VIP treatment in one of the club's hospitality boxes. Whilst we are usually well represented at home games by the Southern contingent, we wanted to celebrate the last 15 years of our supporter's club and pay homage to a man who has been a cornerstone (or should that be corner flag?) of our branch. Alastair Smith was one of the founding members of York City South and came together with 4 other exiled City fans in a London pub in 1996 to form a social and logistical hub for exiled Minstermen. He took on the chairmanship of the branch and held the position for fifteen years until his retirement at our AGM last May - although he is still on the committee. We were delighted to award him the position of Honorary Life President at one of our social evenings last December, where over 60 York City South members attended our annual Christmas party. It is not often that somebody like Alastair comes along - a dedicated and enthusiastic individual who works tirelessly for others to ensure that there is a benefit for the greater good. Whilst I was delighted to be elected only the second Chairman of York City South, I am under no illusions that I have big boots to fill in order to maintain the level of activity that this branch has seen over the years with numerous trips to matches, car sharing, social evenings and talk-ins as well as donating a significant amount of money to York City Football Club and other related causes. On behalf of the membership of York City South - both past and present - I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Alastair for all of his efforts over the years and hope he will continue to work with us to ensure that the branch keeps on growing and evolving. Enjoy the game!

2011

 

October 21

Another Friday night meet the manager. This time in deepest Surrey before our win at Woking (against Hayes & Yeading) the next day and after a 90 minute coach delay, Gary Mills went out of his way to entertain us.

May 19

After 15 years, Alastair Smith stepped down as branch chairman. Joel Stern was elected chairman.

February 25

Gerrards Cross was the venue for a Friday night in the company of Gary Mills and Nick Bassett as City stayed overnight in preparation for the game at Hayes & Yeading a day later. What was supposed to be one hour soon turned into 3. An evening repeated in South London in October that year before the trip to Woking to play Hayes.

February 10

Jon Champion made a very welcome return to our branch and gave an enthralling talk to our members.

January 8

Another full mini bus from Wembley for the Bolton game.

2010

 

December 9

We finished the year with our annual Xmas party cum branch social cum Hyla farewell. We enjoyed mince pie races, 'pass the orange' challenge [with thanks to Joel] and a Christmas YCFC quiz [thanks to Chris]. It was also our chance to wish one of our committee members, Hyla 'Bon Voyage' for his new job overseas - good luck!

Various

Somehow this page wasn't maintained during 2010, so apologies if you thought we had a quiet year. Anything but the truth. We kicked off with a mini coach to Stoke in early January. Quickly followed by a special evening to celebrate Arthur Bottom's 80th birthday and all time record, a stonking 3 quiz nights in one year.

2009

 

November 20

Sophie McGill (Hicks), no introductions necessary, is the special guest speaker at the branch's monthly meeting.

October 31

Branch invited to City's Gatwick hotel on the evening prior to City's game at Crawley to meet the manager (Martin Foyle) and players.

October 1

Nick Bassett, our club secretary is the special guest speaker at the branch's monthly meeting.

May 6

Bad news. Got a letter from Wembley today, they've told us that they've rescinded permission for the branch to present our annual Player Of The Season award on the pitch before Saturday's game. So sorry, no award this season.

2008

 

July 13

Once again the branch was represented at Bootham Crescent for the club's annual open day. Thanks to all for their efforts, especially Shirley and Tyla.

June 28

A small contingent of us made our way to the annual points fest that is London Skolars v York City Knights. Another high scoring game was anticipated as York have regularly won in a canter, usually scoring 30+ points in the process. We saw another 78 points as the Skolars recorded their first win of the season (44-34). Roll on footy.

May 10

Despite losing in the semi finals, City were represented in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley. Branch member Shirley scored a centre page spread in the match day programme.

2007

 

October 21

23 City London South fans forsake Lewis Hamilton's Brazilian woes to see City live on Setanta underneath the arches at Waterloo. The start of another 10 year winless run on TV?

August 30

18 City London South fans see City further extend their winless record when live on TV (excluding Live TV friendlies) as we twice lead only to lose 2-3 in London's Old Doctors Head.

August 24

Friday night in Tottenham, York City Knights at London Skolars. After our foray into Division 1, we were back on familiar ground, familiar results, albeit only 34-0 and not our usual 50+ points. Unfortunately, The Knights didn't take part in Part 2 of The London Rugby Weekender a day later preferring to leave St Helens and Catalan Dragons to fight it out for The Challenge Cup.

August 20

26 fans (including a couple supporting Exeter) witness City extend their winless record when live on TV (excluding Live TV friendlies) as we get our first point of the season in a 1-1 draw at Exeter.

June 3

We entered the APFSCIL (Association of Provincial Football Supporters Clubs in London) 5-a-side tournament along with 11 other teams representing clubs from across England and Scotland. York City South worked their way to the semi-finals and earned a stunning plaque for the City South trophy cabinet. In the group stage the City South team faced Hibs, Stoke, and Southampton. Hibs were despatched 2-0 before a harsh 0-4 defeat by Stoke that was not helped by all the City South players attacking trying to get back in the game rather than having anyone defend. Southampton were then thrashed 4-1 to ensure qualification. Praise to David Ward who scored all 4 goals against the Saints, as well as one against Hibs, the other being scored by Chris Sutherland. In the quarter finals City South played Norwich City and rushed into a 4-1 lead, 2 more goals from Ward, 1 from Neil Borthwick and another from Chris Sutherland. However, this was nearly thrown away as Norwich came back to 4-3 and City managed to withstand a strong Norwich finish. The semi-final saw a weary City South play another Hibs team who despatched our tired heroes 4-0. Stoke went on to win the tournament but York City South took pride in their performance and deserved their success. Well done to all involved, especially to Marcus Cerny for organising our entry. Contact Marcus Cerny for all the details.

May 7

Biggest Yorkcitysouth cavalcade, numbering more than 2 figures, since Everton hits the motorways from all points south (Devon, Essex, Brighton, London plus) en route to Morecambe. Meanwhile, 45+ members congregate underneath the arches at Waterloo to watch City's play off game at Morecambe. City's bad reputation has reached The Met as one of their finest kept a watchful eye over us.

January 4

Over 25 members turn up at our Sydney (Australia) branch launch.

2006

 

October 12

Good turn out at Josh Easby's last meeting before departing down under.

June 7 - 10

Summer marathon. 4 days in Southgate cheering Yorkshire onto victory over Middlesex. Thanks to Yorkshire's valiant efforts, we didn't need to return up on Saturday. Instead, we flew off to Germany to see England beat Paraguay.

May 20

Cancelled. Assuming we don't catch Accrington, branch trip to play off final (Leicester KO 5:30pm), overnight stay anticipated.

May 11

Cancelled. Assuming we don't catch Accrington, branch trip to play off semi final second leg.

May 6 or 7

Cancelled. Assuming we don't catch Accrington branch, trip to play off semi final first leg.

April 6

Guest speaker Billy McEwan addressed the meeting via conference phone.

March

Branch purchase brick for City's wall, costing £93.75 for the corporate version, no jokes at the back about it being better value than our red shirted wall. Individual bricks cost £9.95 in black lettering or £7.50 in gold lettering. You will also receive a certificate. Replica bricks are available at £9.95 in black and £7.50 in gold for you to keep at home. The wall will be built in such a way that it can be transferred to the new stadium.

February 10

Guest speaker Josh Easby enthrals all with his life and times with There's Only One Arthur Bottom and City director.

2005

 

October 13

With crowd congestion outside, the kick off was delayed by 15 minutes as branch members found their seats. Once underway, City showed no fear of United. Despite an all international back 4 and England Under 21 keeper behind them, City could have easily been 3 up in the first 20 minutes. Instead, a well worked move saw a Barnes thunderbolt hit the back of the net after 25 minutes. With Beckham at his best, wild tackles, first in line to rebuke the ref and drifting inside from his wing, City worked hard to maintain the advantage. After the break, a rejuvenated United were first denied by City and then stunned as City struck twice more in the first 10 minutes. Even when Paul Baker was sent off for 2 silly bookable offences, 10 man City continued to boss the game. Nerves jangled as the game entered the last 5 minutes, but unlike recent games the rearguard held out until the final whistle. Everyone enjoyed their night watching the recently released DVD of City's 3-0 win at Old Trafford in 1995.

August 29

28 supporters watch City on the big screen at The Hole In The Wall (Waterloo, not Petergate).

June 12

Summer Rugby League outing - London Skolars v York City Knights. The branch keeps up its 100% record when supporting The Knights. Why can't we do the same for The Minstermen? Sharing special guest status with The Minstermen was the cast of "Little Britain" filming a sketch for a future show, stick to acting boys, the outtakes were numerous as they proved just hard it is for a disabled rugby player in a wheelchair to intercept a pass, sprint and swallow dive over the line.

June 5

APSCIL 5 a side in Battersea Park. City South prove to be the proud of Yorkshire but not quite good enough to clinch the big prize.

May 12

Branch AGM at the monthly branch meeting.

April 23

Branch donate £1,000 to help save the reserves.
Branch provide mascot for the game against Farnborough.
Congrats to branch member David Ward and his bride, Philippa Gooder, on their wedding today. PS What's he doing writing to Arthur the next day?

April 17

Too much excitement at the quiz? Well we reconvened at The Oval as the first branch outing of the summer expected a snooze in the sun enjoying the gentle tap of leather on willow, vaseline (not Yorkshire) and beer as Yorkshire took on Surrey at The Oval. How wrong could we be, a run fest ensued and kept us on our toes as Yorkshire ran out convincing winners. On his toes in a different manner was Paul Hilton completing his first marathon around the streets of London, its still not too late to sponsor Paul.

April 14

Congrats to Andy Naylor, our 2005 York City quiz king. Try the quiz now and see if you can beat Andy’s 26 out of 36.

March 14

An even bigger turn out than for the Morecambe game, enjoy the regular venue as City go down 2-0 at Halifax. At last we kept dry and one person enjoyed the night.

April 2005

Your chance to VOTE NOW for the branch’s City Player Of The Season. Remember folks, your vote really does count!

January 12

Breakaway branch meeting at Stamford Bridge. Put off by £20 tickets, disgraceful scenes in the tunnel, sitting in the gods and bored to death by tactics, the miscreants endure Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manure before seeking forgiveness at the following night's branch meeting.

January 8

City supporters make a small fortune at Stevenage. The ground bookmaker offered 9-1 Robinson as the first scorer. Nogan was 7-1 and various home players as short as 2-1. He didn't even know we had 2 Robinsons. Paul nets the first goal and City supporters celebrate 3 figure pay outs. The following Monday, City announce Jon Maloney actually got the last touch.

2004

 

November 11

Steve Beck attends the monthly meeting and gives us the inside story on the week's big news. What's Chris Brass been doing in his first 3 days since losing the manager's job, what made the board act when they did, Steve's regret on his decision to stand down as club chairman and what's our budget for next season were just some of the questions answered on the night in a no holds barred session. Read Steve's best bits

October 16

The branch's annual match sponsorship. Canvey Island 0-0. At least the game wasn't postponed as it was last season.

October 5

43 of us watch City's Sky TV game on the big screen at The Elusive Camel in Waterloo. The locals didn't know what hit them. Even the local William Hill got in on the act, proudly displaying outrageous odds for the day's big match in the shop window. 66/1 on the double, Bryan Stewart to score first and City to win 3-1. On a more sombre note, it was founder member Lawrence Fray's last meeting before he left London for the west country.

August 29

The branch’s second annual trip to Tottenham. London Skolars v York City Knights. Couldn't quite beat last season’s 66-6 win, but certainly better than watching Spurs and not as crowded as the Notting Hill Carnival.

August 1

Arundel was so good we thought we’d do it again to see Yorkshire CCC play Middlesex. No one told us there's no castle in Southgate.

June 27

The branch enjoys a day out at Arundel supporting Yorkshire CCC against Sussex. Great game and 4 points. When was the last time we could say that about City.

May

John Catton, maintaining his year on year improvement over the last 5 years, eventually wins the YCFC Quiz to add to his collection of 6 XXXL York City South sweatshirts. He got 24 got of a possible 29, click here to see if you can do better.

May

Darren Dunning wins the branch Player Of The Season award by just one vote.

March 20

Best viewed in the shadeCity v Yeovil postponed. Yet another branch sponsored match called off. At least the food and drink were plentiful, you had to be there to see who sat on Chris Brass' knee and hear all the inside news.

Pre 2003

Minibuses to Lancashire, dubious dives in Livingstone, Douglas Craig, Dean Kiely, Sky TV and John Champion. You don't know what you missed.

April 2001

Gluttons for punishment (us or them?) Branch members Steve Beck and John Catton win an auction to train with City. Read More and watch Two Go Training

October 14 2000

Branch organise "Ginner Dinner", a testimonial evening in support of Wayne Hall's testimonial year. After an afternoon game at Southend, Wayne is the guest of honour at a dinner in the City Of London. Where was Ginner at 2 in the morning? A large donation to his testimonial fund will secure all the details.

1997 - 2000

Branch malaise sets in. No events of note to report. City relegated, we have a good moan at our meetings, or at least we did until our venue host does a runner and we're left venue less.

July 19 - 20 1997

Branch weekend debauchery in Edinburgh as City appear on Live TV and scoop their Meadowbank 4 team trophy. You had to be there to know how John "Twinkle Toes" Catton wooed the fair maidens of Edinburgh in his disco outfit.

Spring 1997

The branch's soccer side draw their first ever game 1-1. Lack of fitness and lack of a goalscorer told as we failed to turn our domination into goals. Our opponents, The Household Cavalry hosted us in Kensington Gardens, the grounds of Charles and Di's London pad, kick off being put back to allow Charlie's chopper to launch from the centre circle. Post match canapes and wine were much appreciated. Our next game was in the shadows of Wormwood Scrubs!

Autumn 1996

Branch launched at The Citte Of Yorke pub in Chancery Lane.

April 1996

As news of plans to launch a City South branch spread, Brighton fans invade The Goldstone Ground, rushing the length of the pitch to offer their fivers to become founder members. Referee forced to abandon game in the rush.

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