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Results Forced Change - Jackie McNamara (02/Oct/17)

Fans' Forum - Gary Mills (03/Nov/16)

Fans' Forum - Jason McGill (03/Nov/16)

McNamara has no financial investment in YCFC (17/Oct/16)

McNamara - YP clarification (06/Oct/16)

Jason McGill's response (Yorkmix) and Jason McGill's response (York Press) (06/Oct/16)

McNamara - one game lifeline (05/Oct/16)

£5m cost to date of new stadium (10/Aug/16)

Craig hits out in stadium row (26/Jul/16)

Trust reveals consortium interest in buying City (25/May/16)

Supporters Trust would consider selling 25% share (11/May/16)

Rob McGill steps down from City board (06/May/16)

Sophie McGill steps down from City board (05/May/16)

2013/4 Accounts (28/Apr/16)

Fans asked to raise £1m (24/Apr/16)

Jason McGill's video message after Portsmouth win Radio York (20/Apr/2016)

Longer statement (2 hours, 9 minutes in; available for 28 days only) Radio York (20/Apr/2016)

Longer statement Radio York (20/Apr/2016)

Ben Godfrey - Apprentice Of The Year nominee (16/Apr/16)

Jackie McNamara to stay in charge next season Yorkpress statement (02/Apr/2016)

Deliberate and strategic attempts to thwart major footballing decisions Yorkpress statement (02/Apr/2016)

My biggest failure Part 2 of a Jason McGill Yorkpress interview (05/Jan/2016)

Division 1 - here we come Part 1 of a Jason McGil Yorkpress interview (02/Jan/2016)

25 - 27 June 2010. BOOTHAM CRESCENT WORLD CUP BEER FESTIVAL York City South (amongst many) will be sponsoring a barrel of beer at the Bootham Crescent 2010 World Cup Beer Festival to take place in the York City FC Social Club during the last weekend of June - Friday 25th until Sunday 27th. There will be a football theme to the festival, with the event coinciding with the knock out stages of the World Cup Finals in South Africa. As well as the usual locally sourced ales, there will be a large selection of bottled beers from around the globe. Specifically, from countries involved in the World Cup Finals. Once again the York City Youth Fund will benefit from the proceeds of the event, as they will have another huge amount of money to raise for the 2010/11 season.

13 November 2009. £40 GRAND CENTRAL Train Return To York. Thanks to Grand Central, branch members are eligible for a special £40 train return to York on match days with Grand Central.

18 August 2009. Mini Season Ticket Now On Sale. City's 10 match Mini Season Ticket is now on sale. The ticket can be used for any 10 Blue Square Premier matches throughout the season and carries all the benefits of a full season ticket. Tickets can be purchased by post or in person at the Kit Kat Crescent Ticket Office from Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. Please note that payment must be made by Cash or Cheque as Credit/Debit Card payments cannot be made for Season Tickets.

14 August 2009. Going to Wrexham on Tuesday August 18. Ring them, buy a ticket for £14 and collect on the night. £17 on the gate on the day.

12 August 2009. Sorry, you've now missed the £9 KX - York for travel between 1 September and 22 October, book by August 11 (midnight). Apologies for the short notice, but given the amount of empty seats nowadays, its probably worth checking back at fairly frequent intervals for more offers.
PS Grand Central have also announced additional services and 33% reductions for travel by August 28. The start of a Train War?

February 2006. Saturday 25th February will see the official launch of City’s promotion push CD “City of Dreams.” The song has been written and performed by 29 year old York City supporter, Neil James, and is an inspirational tune which the club hopes will assist their quest for promotion to the Football League. The CD, which also features another track called “True”, is set to go on sale on Saturday in York City’s Club Shop, the Evening Press offices in Walmgate and HMV at Monks Cross Shopping Park. Its priced at £3.99 and £1 from every sale will be donated to the Guardian Angels Appeal and the rest to the York City Supporters’ Trust. Songwriter and performer, Neil James said, “I am a huge York City fan and wanted to do something to help the club which is a massive part of my life. To write a York City anthem was an honour and a privilege. I hope the fans like the song and will buy the CD as the proceeds will be helping two great causes”. York City confirmed the song will be played on local radio later this week and at City’s home game against Forest Green on Saturday. Commenting on the release of “City of Dreams”, York City Communications and Community Director Sophie McGill said, “The song is fantastic and very catchy. The lyrics are very poignant and all City fans will really be able to relate to this uplifting anthem. Neil has written and performed the song on a voluntary basis and we would like to thank him for this unique fundraising effort”. Sophie McGill added, “Since I first heard the song a few months ago, I’ve never stopped singing it. Hopefully, with the support of the local media, it will be a favourite in York and we will be able to raise important funds for the Trust and the Guardian Angels Appeal”. Should fans wish to purchase the CD, please email Louise Jackson with your full contact details. If its half as good as our last single, "Here We Go" / "Hello Den, Got A New Striker", then I for one will be buying it. Let's make it number one, none of those other City stalwarts, The Happy Wanderers, Cyanide, Shove, The Germz, The Redskins, Walwyn, Ted Chippington and Shed 7 included made number one, let's hope Neil James does.

February 2006. City's mid season DVD is launched. Not as good as the first part but still worth a tenner. This season's DVDs include nearly all away matches (the only one to date missing is the defeat at Halifax Town) as well as every home game in both the Nationwide Conference and the FA Cup, improved graphics, reserves games and an interview with City Manager, Billy McEwan filmed in the Boardroom at KitKat Crescent. YES, YES, YES. Email Ian Tyssen,, or phone Ian (07814 143 593) or visit Ian at the Information Desk in the Club Shop for details.

December 2005. Bricking it for City. Buy a brick in City's wall. Supporters can own a piece of City's home with the launch of the Building for the Future Wall of Fame. For prices starting at £39.95, City's supporters can carve their own place in the history and the future of the club by having their name engraved on a brick. Each brick will have two lines of lettering with a maximum of 15 characters on each, including commas, spaces and hyphens. Black lettering costs £39.95 or gold lettering is £47.50. Supporters will receive a certificate and an option to buy replica bricks for £29.95 in black or £37.50 gold lettering. The bricks will be set on the wall next to the club shop. The wall will be built in such a way that we will be able to dismantle it and take it to the new stadium. Similar schemes across the country have proved immensely popular. Southampton introduced it ahead of their move to the St Mary's Stadium in 2001, Middlesbrough have their own Boro Brick Road and clubs such as Coventry City and Hereford United have also used the idea as a way to gain thousands of pounds in revenue and keep fans involved. Messages include distances travelled to home matches, bricks laid in memory of lifelong fans and birth dates of new borns. Marble corporate stones will also be available for businesses and special signature bricks will be available at an extra cost, price on application. Commercial manager Elliot Stroud said: "This is a really exciting scheme and we hope fans and local businesses will support it. All funds raised will go towards building a better future for York City Football Club and the initiative will ensure the names of the club's most loyal supporters will be immortalised forever." Contact Commercial Manager, Elliot Stroud for more details.

October. City launch their own range of potato crisps.

29 September. City are hosting a 10 Year Anniversary Dinner to celebrate our amazing 3-0 Cup Victory over Manchester United. Its on Thursday 29th September (7pm for 7.30pm) at the Voltigeur Suite, York Racecourse. Enjoy a 4 course dinner with special guest speakers and film footage. Team members from the famous ''95 side will be present to tell their story of the dramatic events at Old Trafford. The evening will also include a unique memorabilia auction. Tickets are just £35 each (individual tickets are available or tables of 10/12). Don't miss out on this great event and the chance to celebrate one of great moments in our illustrious history. Tickets are selling fast, so reserve your place now. Contact Elliot Stroud, Commercial Manager, York City Football Club, Bootham Crescent, York, YO30 7AQ on 0870 7771922 (mobile 07949 165323). PS The Man U DVD has raised £3,400 and counting for City.

22 September. FERGIE AUCTION PLUS ANDY MC. Don't miss September 22 and an "Evening with Andy McMillan" in the York City FC Social Club (2 days after the 10th anniversary of the Man U 0 City 3 match). The evening will see the conclusion of an auction for a copy of the match DVD signed by Sir Alex Ferguson. Bidding is already underway and as at September 10, the top bid stood at just £77.77. Make your bid (or advise of the maximum bid to be placed on your behalf) by any of the following methods, email Ian Tyssen,, or phone Ian (07814 143 593) or visit Ian at the Information Desk in the Club Shop at the home games against Altrincham (17/09/05) or Dagenham & Redbridge (20/09/05). Last bids will be accepted on the evening. Personally, I'd bid more for one signed by Alan Little.

10 August. City have revealed two sites have now been identified as suitable new homes after consultation with City of York Council. The Evening Press believes that the new ground will be situated either in the area behind York Railway Station in the Leeman Road area, known as York Central, or the current site of the Terry's Factory. Green-belt complications over land in the Fulford, where Naburn Hospital and Fulford Maternity Hospital once stood, make that once-mooted consideration now unlikely. Finance director Terry Doyle revealed City are losing money by staying at KitKat Crescent because of the maintenance and repair costs incurred at the ageing stadium.

26 July. City announced an £83,568 trading loss for the year to June 30, 2005. Despite attendance figures above the budgeted average, City cited poor playing results as a reason for the loss because of their impact on commercial income, unexpected costs (e.g. private medical cover for injuries suffered by players Chris Brass, Steve Davis, Gary Pearson and Andy Bishop), the estimated £20,000 loss from the cancellation of last summer's Newcastle United friendly and repairs to KitKat Crescent and the training ground as contributing factors. The results were presented last night to a joint meeting of the football club board and its holding company the Supporters' Trust at KitKat Crescent. A similar-sized profit was made by the Minstermen during the last financial year, meaning the club has traded at a breakeven point over the last two seasons. But, with the first annual £100,000 loan repayment due to the Football Foundation during the next financial year, the onus will be on the Trust and City's supporters to embark on another important fundraising drive. City managing director Jason McGill has also provided a long-term loan to the club of £300,000, which is not repayable until funds are available or KitKat Crescent is sold. Commenting on the loss, finance director Terry Doyle said: "The results are clearly a disappointment, however, taken against the background of the extremely poor playing season experienced, they are nowhere near as bad as might have been expected." The club presented a breakeven budget to the Trust Board last year with sufficient flexibility to accumulate a small loss. Another breakeven budget has been proposed for the coming season and it is anticipated that Elliot Stroud's appointment as a full-time commercial manager will improve the club's potential revenue from hospitality and sponsorship. A total of £150,000 has also been attracted from new sponsorship partnerships negotiated by the club board. About manager Billy McEwan's budget for the forthcoming season, Doyle said: "I should like to assure all supporters that it is an appropriate one and Billy is happy that he can assemble a squad of players to provide a considerably more successful season than last year." The club's board have requested that the Trust board undertake the main responsibility for the fund-raising necessary to meet the first loan interest repayment of £100,000 and Doyle added: "The club was significantly under-funded when it was taken out of administration, which is borne out by the losses previous reported in the first period of trading to June 20, 2003. "During the autumn of last year, the football club board approached the Trust board to identify that some restructuring of finances was necessary in order to put the club on a longer-term footing. Following discussions, it was evident that the Trust Board was unable to come up with any long-term proposals of the quantum required. "As a consequence, Jason McGill has facilitated a loan of £300,000, the principle terms of which are that it is not repayable until funds are available or Kit Kat Crescent is ultimately sold."

30 June. Pre season training starts. Greg Heald (33 year old from Rochdale (and previously around many clubs) and Matt Convery (24, ex Darlo midfielder) announced as new signings alongside Mark Hotte (25, ex Scarborough central defender where he was twice voted Player Of The Year). Heald pisses off after a day. Yalcin and Law sign. We're still waiting for Merris and Stockdale (now recovering from a "Beckham metatarsal" injury) to do the same.

29 June. Maloney signs for Alabama University as striker on one year scholarship. He says he was on £200 a week when at City last season and would have settled for the same again but the cub showed no interest.

May / June. Early pre season training. Jon Maloney states he'd rather sign for City than 3 Division 2 sides. As at June 13, none of City's senior pros offered new deals have put pen to paper. Bryan Stewart has, Dave Stockdale is still thinking about signing his. Steve Davis agrees settlement to leave City.

Wednesday March 30 - "Tribute Dinner to the Happy Wanderers" at York Racecourse. A good night was had by all. One of the highlights was the film of the 1955 cup run. In the run up to the event, in a rare interview, Arthur Bottom dispelled the popular myth that City were robbed of a place in the FA Cup Final by a refereeing decision. For 50 years, debates have raged over whether his effort crossed the line and whether City's 1955 Happy Wanderers' were deprived of a massive prize - a day out at Wembley in the world's most famous cup final. Arthur's late header, scooped off the line by Newcastle goalkeeper Ronnie Simpson, ensured a controversial ending to City's 1-1 semi-final draw against the Magpies at Hillsborough. City fans screamed for a goal but, amid confusing scenes, the referee awarded a foul against Arthur. A goal would have taken the prolific Arthur's tally to nine during the cup run and, more importantly, seen City, not Newcastle, line up against Manchester City under the Twin Towers. An honest Arthur, in a rare interview, said: "The ball didn't cross the line and I didn't foul the keeper."

At the Tribute Dinner, details of how to obtain the DVD shown were announced. Shortly afterwards, Phil Howdon and York TV outlined plans for a 2 volume (no sniggering in the back row) 2004/5 City highlights DVD with total running time of about 80 minutes. Its probably too late to order the 1955 DVD, but the 2004/5 DVD is available for £15 (of which about £10 should benefit club funds). To order your copy you can either email Phil or telephone the club on 01904 624447 where a pre-order list is being kept.

Saturday March 19 - Keith Usher leaves City after 18 years. Best Keith story? His boyhood (and manhood) hero is Sir Bobby Robson. It was a long running joke in the office. someone would shout, "Keith, Bobby is on the phone", Keith would dutifully go along with the joke, playing along with the latest prankster until the joke ran thin. One day, Keith had to deal with a rather more persistent than usual caller. "But Keith, I really am Bobby Robson, yes, that Bobby Robson, manager of England, you know that friendly you're trying to arrange against England, sorry, we've got no free England dates before The World Cup, sorry Keith", the caller profered. "Get off the line, if York had a quid for every Bobby Robson impersonator, we'd be richer than Manchester United", replied Keith, getting redder in the face by the minute as he got terser and terser, the conversation going around in circles, until the penny dropped, it was Bobby Robson apologising to Keith that he couldn't bring his England squad to Bootham Crescent for a warm up game before Italia 90.

Wednesday March 16 - Billy McEwan appeals for monkeys or is it ponies, not sure which, but if you've got £500 he wants it. Another 19 like minded people and he's got his reserve side for next season. By Easter, several donations have been made, including £1,000 from York City South members. April 5 - City Reserves saved.

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