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YORK CITY SOUTH

Southern Connections

2014/5

Read again our branch's contribution to the City programme throughout the season.

Newport (April 25 2015 / Joel Stern (Chair, York City South)) Our Annual Hospitality Match

Good afternoon. It's great to be back at Bootham Crescent for our annual hospitality match. It's been a season with more lows than highs and, for the last few months, I've been keeping a close eye on this fixture, hoping (and praying) that when York City South visit this afternoon, it wouldn't be to attend our last home game in the Football League. Thankfully that isn't the case and we can look forward to the game today… and another season of League football!

For those of you who follow us on Twitter (@YCFCSouth), Facebook or read 'There's Only One Arthur Bottom', you will know we have held our annual vote for Player of the Year and will be presenting the winner with the James Walker Memorial Trophy after the game today. Unlike in previous years, there has been one clear favourite this time around and i'm sure, once we announce the winner, it will come as no surprise.

As the southern branch for York City supporters, this annual day out is always a special occasion, but we do hold a number of other social events throughout the year and are always welcoming of new fans who find themselves 'down south' for a short visit or more permanently. If you are planning to base yourself in the South, do get in touch. You can find all our contact details atwww.yorkcitysouth.co.uk - or follow us on Twitter @YCFCSouth or search for 'York City South' on Facebook.

Here's to an enjoyable game this afternoon and a less stressful season next year; probably our last at Bootham Crescent.

Next social evening - Thursday 28th May. Our AGM coupled with annual quiz (kindly supplied by Chris Forth) is always a great evening. All welcome.

York City South welcome new members - We organise regular social evenings and car shares to matches. So if you are based in 'the south' then please get in touch. Membership is £10 for the year [and includes membership of York City AFC 1922 Supporters Club]; Juniors £5 for the year; £125 life membership.

Newport (April 25 2015 / Joel Stern) Meet Us - York City Sout - The Sponsors Page

Our guests in hospitality today are members of York City South, the supporters branch based 'down south' launched at the Citte of Yorke pub in Chancery Lane, London in Autumn 1996. They organise quarterly social evenings often with some form of entertainment including quizzes and guest speakers.

Members of York City South have been spoilt recently with Q&As with both Russ Wilcox and Steve Torpey the evening before the Wimbledon match and with Sophie McGill last Thursday in London. Both were great evenings and we are grateful to Russ, Steve and Sophie for sparing their time to talk to us.

Today, York City South will be presenting the James Walker Trophy to their "York City South Player of the Year" as voted for by members. Well done to the winner, who will be announced after the game today through our social media channels.

York City South welcome new members - and can be contacted in the following ways:

Social Networks Find us on Twitter at @YCFCSouth or on Facebook, search for York City South

In Person Look out for us (and our flags) at matches and come and say Hi, both home and away

Email York City South

YCS Website

With very special thanks to Arena Consultants Limited, 80 Manor Way, Harrow, HA2 6BY.

Morecambe (April 14 2015 / Dot Goodearl) Meet Me - Sophie McGill

Our next social evening is on Thursday 16 April with our guest speaker Sophie McGill. We will be meeting at The Perseverance Public House [room on the first floor], 63 Lamb's Conduit Street. London WC1N 3NB from 7.30 pm. The nearest tube stations are Russell Square, Holborn or Chancery Lane. All welcome.

Our website (with thanks to Chris Forth our webmaster) is preparing for the end of season and voting for our Player of the Year [POY] with a series of special features looking forward to the awards, with details of all the nominees plus a number of related features, including the return of "Dread Zone", a massive squad of ex players who disgraced the shirt. Check It Out Now

Newport (April 25 2015 / Joel Stern) Meet Us - York City South - The Sponsors Page

Our guests in hospitality today are members of York City South, the supporters branch based 'down south' launched at the Citte of Yorke pub in Chancery Lane, London in Autumn 1996. They organise quarterly social evenings often with some form of entertainment including quizzes and guest speakers.

Members of York City South have been spoilt recently with Q&As with both Russ Wilcox and Steve Torpey the evening before the Wimbledon match and with Sophie McGill last Thursday in London. Both were great evenings and we are grateful to Russ, Steve and Sophie for sparing their time to talk to us.

Today, York City South will be presenting the James Walker Trophy to their "York City South Player of the Year" as voted for by members. Well done to the winner, who will be announced after the game today through our social media channels.

York City South welcome new members - and can be contacted in the following ways:

Social Networks Find us on Twitter at @YCFCSouth or on Facebook, search for York City South

In Person Look out for us (and our flags) at matches and come and say Hi, both home and away

Email York City South

YCS Website

With very special thanks to Arena Consultants Limited, 80 Manor Way, Harrow, HA2 6BY.

Morecambe (April 14 2015 / Dot Goodearl) Meet Me - Sophie McGill

Our next social evening is on Thursday 16 April with our guest speaker Sophie McGill. We will be meeting at The Perseverance Public House [room on the first floor], 63 Lamb's Conduit Street. London WC1N 3NB from 7.30 pm. The nearest tube stations are Russell Square, Holborn or Chancery Lane. All welcome.

Our website (with thanks to Chris Forth our webmaster) is preparing for the end of season and voting for our Player of the Year [POY] with a series of special features looking forward to the awards, with details of all the nominees plus a number of related features, including the return of "Dread Zone", a massive squad of ex players who disgraced the shirt. Check It Out Now

Hartlepool (April 11 2015 / Dot Goodearl) Meet Me - Sophie McGill

Our next social evening is on Thursday 16 April with our guest speaker Sophie McGill. We will be meeting at The Perseverance Public House [room on the first floor], 63 Lamb's Conduit Street. London WC1N 3NB from 7.30 pm. The nearest tube stations are Russell Square, Holborn or Chancery Lane.

All welcome.

Cheltenham (April 3 2015 / Ray Goodearl) York Pub Challenge

An update on Dot & Ray's York Named Pub Challenge. The aim is to visit, sample and log all known York named Pubs throughout the country. Combining visits to football and holidays we have managed to track down 146 in total. Of these we have made excursions to 121 leaving a further 25 to call on. Of the 121, 22 are currently closed, demolished, or had a change of business, and a further 11 have been renamed, for example The Duke of York on the old Kings Cross station has been re-branded as the Parcel Depot.

Being real ale fans, we have sampled some real good beers in some delightful locations. Our recent home matches to Carlisle and Bury were combined with visits to 15 locations in the South Yorkshire area in three days, some little gems, and others easily forgetable. For a look at our travels check out the York City South web site York pub challenge.

If you know of any more York named pubs that are not on the comprehensive listing, please email details to Ray and the pilgrimage will continue.

Bury (March 17 2015 / Dot Goodearl) Meet Me - Sophie McGill

Sophie returns.

Sophie McGill - guest speaker at The Perseverance 63 Lamb's Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB, an independently run freehouse in Bloomsbury, close to both Russell Square and Holborn tubes, all welcome.

Read what Sophie said first time around.

Carlisle (March 14 2015 / Chris Forth) Meet Me - Russ Wilcox

Last Friday, YCS were invited to meet Russ Wilcox and Steve Torpey. They spoke passionately about the club, Russ being very confident that we would be in Division 2 next season, the squad is good enough to survive and the need for short term thinking for long term success. Russ was reluctant to set a target for next season, but noted that the first season as a Manager is always the hardest. He is already looking forward to our move to our new stadium.

He put the games at Carlisle (most complete, defended box well, quality of goals, fairly comfortable) and Morecambe amongst our top performances since his arrival. Discussing the Cambridge win, Russ and Steve spoke about game management, nullifying Cambridge and pressing for a second goal rather than sitting back.

Both Russ and Steve recalled with fond memories a Scunthorpe 3-1 win at The Crescent in 2003 and our ex loanee Martin Carruthers scoring a screamer. Read the full interview

With thanks to Russ Wilcox, Steve Torpey for meeting YCS and to Lisa Charlton for making the arrangements.

Exeter (Feb 28 2015 / Dot Goodearl) Meet Us

AFC WIMBLEDON (a) - Saturday 7 March We will be arranging a pub meeting point before the Wimbledon match. Please look at our website for more information. If you are planning to travel on public transport in London - then recommend you check the Transport for London website for information about route planning and planned line closures.

Our next social evening is planned for Thursday 16 April with our guest speaker Sophie McGill. We will be meeting at The Perseverance on the first floor, 63 Lamb's Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NB from 7.30 pm. The nearest tube stations are Russell Square, Holborn or Chancery Lane.

Tranmere (Feb 14 2015 / Dot Goodearl) One Hundred And Eighty

York City South held its Annual Darts competition on 5 February in The Sheephaven Bay Public House, 2 Mornington Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7QD. All the competitors played in a round robin format with lots of close matches and some high scores! The top three players were Andy Naylor in third place; Ray Goodearl second - and the winner and this year's Champion is Dot Goodearl - congratulations!!

We will be arranging a pub meeting point before the Wimbledon Game on 7 March. And our next social evening is planned for Thursday 16 April with our guest speaker Sophie McGill - more details to follow. Please check out our website for more information.

Dagenham (Feb 7 2015 / Dot Goodearl) Meet Me

I am York born and lived in the Groves area with the family home opposite the Wigginton Road Rugby League ground. So the sport I started watching when at Junior School was the rugby - we just crossed Haxby Road and it was free admission after half time. Later a 'schoolboy' season ticket !!

I was introduced to Bootham Crescent when I went to QAGS and made new friends who were City fans. We had been to a few matches but the first match to make a big impression was a home pre-season friendly against Kilmarnock on 26 July 1969. York City won the match 3 - 1 with goals by Bobby Sibbald (penalty), Kevin McMahon and Phil Boyer. A great start to the season and my interest in York City. I remember buying my first York City scarf in maroon and white - a bit worn now but still in my cupboard.

I went to Portsmouth Polytechnic and one highlight was to go to see York City play at Portsmouth in 1974. One of my lecturers asked me one day if I was planning to have the operation? He was referring to the removal of my York City scarf which was a permanent feature around my neck. I moved to London for work and when planning a visit home my Mam would ask 'Are York City at home that weekend?" - and the answer was usually yes!!

When I was not in York, to keep in touch my Dad used to send me the cuttings from the Yorkshire Evening Press [I have a couple of scrapbooks]. My Dad spotted an article in one edition which mentioned a supporters group in London. I phoned the number and was informed that there was a Christmas social evening - so off I went. I was made very welcome and it was great to meet up with York fans and to arrange to meet up for matches.

I have made new friends [including my husband who I met at a York City South meeting], attended hospitality matches, mini-bus trips to special games and been introduced to Managers and players over the years. A great time! So if you are down south - come and join us!!

Burton (Jan 24 2015 / Dot Goodearl) Darts

Our next social evening is on Thursday 5 February and will include the annual darts competition from 7.30 pm. So sharpen your arrows and get ready for the oche! As usual there will also be time for a chat about football and the season to date. Hope to see you there!

This all takes place at The Sheephaven Bay, 2 Mornington Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7QD (Telephone 020 7380 1323). The nearest tubes are Mornington Crescent or Camden Town.

PS Woe betide anyone who gets on the wrong side of Ray Goodearl, our defending chumpion.

Stevenage (Jan 17 2015 / Chris Forth) Meet Us - Our Guest Speakers

Over the years, YCS have been very fortunate to welcome a host of City personnel to our branch meetings as guest speakers. One of our very earliest “Meet Me” nights was then chairman Douglas Craig. He set the tone with an insightful look at how City was run in the days when we were a successful third tier club. Its fair to say, most people went away with an enhanced view of him as someone running the club within budget and putting an emphasis on the youth policy.

Former City players based in London should provide a lucrative source of speakers. Dean Kiely was on top form when he compared and contrasted life with City and his later clubs, Bury and Charlton. However London players seem to lead busy lives and succumb to the bright lights or other obligations, including expanding their property empires, club curfews / tube strikes and being called up for club TV duties.

Jon Champion has spoken twice. As a former MOTD commentator, he covered The Premier League more extensively than others, including receiving the hair dryer treatment from Sir Alex and when he went out for a full Friday night drinking session with one team before their Premier League game the next day.

A recent addition has been “Meet The Manager”, we have been invited into the team’s hotel on the eve of an away game in the south east. Gary Mills (twice), Martin Foyle and Nigel Worthington have hosted us and all spoke eloquently of their plans for City.

A slightly different perspective was given by club officials (and ex officials) , the likes of Sophie Hicks and Nick Bassett, including one incident of having to talk around a suicidal player. A mention for 2 of our earlier members, Steve Beck and Josh Easby, who have also spoken. Its fair to say, even the most knowledgeable supporter has learned a lot from our guests. Many speakers made their own way, at their own expenses. They all showed a passion for City and all provided revealing aspects into City and football in general.

The York City South web site contains transcripts from many of the evenings and, when confirmed, details our 2015 guest speakers.

Plymouth (Jan 3 2015 / Helen Ferguson) Meet Me

Somewhat unusually for a YCS member, I started supporting the team while living 60 miles north of York. I grew up in Durham, but my Dad spent a large part of his childhood living just around the corner from Bootham Crescent, and so the call of YCFC was (and still is) strong enough bring him on the 2 hour journey back to the homeland fairly regularly, with kids in tow. My step-grandmother still occupies the house round the corner, and the post-match bacon butties she provides are (depressingly) often the highlight of a trip to see the Minstermen.

My first memory of York City is a home game against Luton – a fixture with added interest since my Mum comes from Hertfordshire, and so would be the most likely contenders as her local side. I remember making opposing banners for my parents to wave during the match, and being somewhat baffled by their reluctance. What makes the match stick in the mind is not the quality of the game, but one of the opposition players sustaining a pretty bad head injury. I remember watching with interest as the bleeding and apparently unconscious player was stretchered off along the front of the family stand, a route which on reflection may have been somewhat ill-judged.

Concussed footballers aside, the whole experience was captivating. When the initial childish enthusiasm died down (I still remember the excitement of receiving a goalkeeper’s shirt for Christmas aged 9), the family connection kept me coming back despite surly teenage reluctance. I re-found a genuine enthusiasm for the game a few years later, and naturally gravitated back to the only team I had ever thought of as mine. When I went to university in Belfast, my attendance at matches was restricted to Christmas and Easter holidays, but I kept in touch with proceedings through a mixture of Ceefax and long match reports from my Dad via email and weekly phone calls.

Then came time to enter the world of ‘proper grown-ups’ and get a job (although I’ve since come to realise these aren’t the same thing). As for many, this meant moving to London, where I have been for the last 6 years. I can’t remember exactly how I heard about York City South, although I have a feeling my Dad saw a feature in a matchday programme and mentioned it. Some quick Google-based research revealed an upcoming social evening in a pub just across the river from my work place – clearly fate at work. I rocked up, unsure what to expect, and was greeted with warm enthusiasm and a quiz which established two things: a) that I knew far less about YCFC than anyone else there; and b) no one cared. A love of the game in general and York in particular was all that was needed to be welcomed into the fold. I’ve since been to many different socials in many different pubs, bringing each other through the lows and celebrating the highs enthusiastically (the promotion year AGM being a particular highlight). Joining YCS has brought me closer to the club I have always loved, even though I am (and always have been) geographically quite distant.

Accrington (Dec 26 2014 / Shippo The Lion) Meet Me

I am Shippo The Lion, City’s first life size mascot who roamed Bootham Crescent throughout the 1990s. I am not a York City South (YCS) member, but my boots have been filled by a couple of YCS members in the past. Usually, the lovely Sarah filled my boots, and occasionally others.

I recall the Stockport game in October 1994 with pride (no pun intended, but plenty of pens). I kept goal during the kids half time penalty shoot out. Under firm instructions from Sarah not to dive about, I stayed upright. Even so, I felt any sudden movement might dislodge my head and reveal my true identity. Problem sorted, put one hand on my head.

Wearing flimsy boots, the whole outfit was made by York College sixth form students, I was afraid to kick the ball too hard for fear of breaking my boots. With a papier mache head, the eye holes were about 6 inches in front of my eyes, meaning tunnel vision, I couldn’t see the ball if it was on my the ground at my feet, zero eye to foot co-ordination, so any attempt to kick the ball resulted in missing it.

As the penalties progressed I became aware of the crowd behind me becoming more and more raucous, “Shippo For England” and “Get Your Kit Off For …” to the fore. Unbeknown to me, my football shorts were slipping down, exposing the lion’s nether regions, with my tunnel vision I had no idea what was happening. Eventually, my keeper, Graham, came across and whispered in my ear what was happening and marched me off the pitch in disgrace. One hand holding my head, the other, holding up my shorts. After the game, I heard our chairman had forsaken his half time duties to see what all the commotion was about.

I escaped over The Pennines on the way back from our 4-0 defeat at Manchester City in May 1999 which saw us relegated into the basement division vowing never to return to Bootham Crescent until we regained Division 1 status. Still true to my word, beware, the next time you’re hiking on The Pennines, especially if dressed in light blue.

Oxford (Nov 15 2014 / Chris Forth) Meet Me

My City debut was a 0-0 draw with Rochdale. All I remember is running up and down the Pop Stand terraces when the game got boring.

From those days, Phil Burrows stands out. The 1974 promotion side coincided with the peak of my playing prowess (school 2nd XI), watching Lyons, Butler, Pollard, Seal and Jones taught me all I needed to know about forward play.

Early highlights include a 5-3 away win on a snowy night in a cup replay at Blyth Spartans, the 7-0 defeat at Liverpool, we didn’t play badly, Liverpool would have beaten anyone that night and a year later, the extra time defeat back at Anfield.

Somewhere at home is a C120 cassette of the Radio York commentary of the second replay, first half on one side, 2nd half on the other and not expecting extra time, extra time recorded on top of some of the first half commentary, fortunately Tony Canham’s goal never got culled.

Other highlights include 18 year old Ray Wilkins confidently dribbling out of his own 6 yard box to start a Chelsea counter attack. Keith Walwyn’s marauding runs (anyone of many, but especially a near waterlogged pitch when we (he) beat Gillingham 7-1) and a particularly memorable move instigated by Gary Howlett, he ran back, successfully tackled from behind (it was allowed then) to start a counter attack which ended with a perfect through ball to Phil Wilson who narrowly shot wide. Ian Rush’s goal at BC in 85, behind the goal, he received the ball in the D with his back to goal, spun, goal, all in the blink of an eyelid. Beating Luton at Wembley was the most nervous I’ve ever been at a City game, I dread to think where we’d be now if we’d lost.

In 1989 I was on a TV sports quiz show. Host Dickie Davies got each contestant to think of a witticism as their introduction. In those days, just 2 domestic finals were held at Wembley, so Dickie asked me had I ever been to Wembley, my replay was I was waiting until York got there, cue laughter and merriment all round. I had the last laugh, 3 seasons later we beat Crewe in the play off final at Wembley.

1989 also marked my move to London. Gradually, my attendance at City matches has become less frequent, I’ve no interest in taking a London club as my team but still travel the south east watching City.

My first acquaintance with YCS came at the Brighton game, which is not in the record books. It was probably Woody (possibly with henchmen Big John and Alistair) who asked me about forming YCS. I’ve been a member ever since.

Nowadays, I manage the York City South web site, take a look, there is a lot of interesting reading, still publish new frontiers, it raised over £2,000 for our youth fund in the 1990s and keep fanning the flames of my 3rd City quiz book, hopefully coming to a good book shop near you one day soon.

AFC Wimbledon (Nov 8 2014 / Andy Naylor) Meet Me

In 1966, faced with a choice of redundancy or moving with his employer from London to York, my father chose the latter and uprooted his family just after Christmas. Needing time without my brother and me around to sort out our new home in Clifton, my parents sought help from the neighbours. They kindly offered to take us to Bootham Crescent. We saw a 2-1 loss against eventual champions Stockport, and so was born a new habit which I’ve never lost.

Years later I discovered City had set a club record that day, 8 consecutive league defeats. After relegation the previous season with their lowest ever points tally (27) and most goals conceded (106) things could only improve. They did, following my first three seasons as a young fan when they finished in the bottom four and had to seek re-election. But somehow the Crescent was always more alluring than going to Elland Road. For one thing, I could walk there.

My first away game was at Oldham in November 1969, where it was so windy that at one end when the goalkeeper cleared the ball the wind would carry it back towards him! Five years later I was there again to see Barry Lyons score one of the best goals ever in the 3-2 win that took City to their highest ever league position, equivalent to 27th out of the 92 clubs.

Despite Saturday afternoon school, working in London since 1981 and cricket commitments April to October, I feel privileged to have seen most of the key moments in York City’s recent history. I’ve seen them play all the top clubs (apologies Spurs and Newcastle fans), beating many of them, plus all five Wembley appearances – more please, it’s my nearest ground.

Hopes for the future include adding to the list of 75 grounds where I’ve seen City win, currently Morecambe and Southend are the most elusive each with 7 winless visits; some long overdue cup giantkilling; the new stadium becoming a springboard to success, as seen at Hull or Doncaster.

Shrewsbury (Oct 18 2014 / Ray Goodearl) Meet Me

In the early 1950's Ariel Co, a games company, produced a board game loosely based on Monopoly but with a football theme called "Wembley". My parents purchased this game for me when I was about 8-10 years old. The idea was that by using dice, and gate monies you could get teams through from the fourth round of the F A Cup to the Final.

At a Christmas family gathering about 1953 I won with the game with this little team called York City. Living in the south (Wycombe Wanderers land) we received scant news about northern sides. However I started looking at City's results - poor seasons in the depths of the old 3rd Division North. But magic, here I am off to Junior school in 1955 with my team in the semi-final of the FA cup against the mighty Newcastle Utd. Most southern kids then supported their local side or Arsenal or Tottenham.

Many years of working 6-7 days a week self employed gave me little opportunity to watch York City. My first match was at Headington against Oxford Utd in 1963 when we won 2-0 (Rudd and Heron scoring). First home match was against Burnley on Boxing Day 1999 a three all draw. Met up with Steve Beck at the Enfield cup match in 1998 and John Catton on Exeter station and then we started car sharing from the south to many matches. Since then I have hardly missed many league matches. It is a 408 mile round trip to home matches and my Rover 75 has done over 200,000 miles since purchase in 2005, most of which involves watching City. I met Dave Woods at Brighton's Withdean Stadium in 1999 and he enlisted me in York City South, and I have subsequently been treasurer for the group since 2002.

ASK ASHLEY: Our next social evening will be held at The Perseverance, 63 Lamb's Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB on Thursday 30 October (7.30 pm). This is a new venue for us - and the nearest tube stations are Russell Square, Chancery Lane and Holborn. Our guest for the evening will be Ashley Chambers - former York City Striker. All welcome.

Portsmouth (Oct 4 2014 / Derek Feasby) Meet Me

I was born in York and my attachment to the club is from my Dad, Jack. I grew up in the 1950s with the tradition of Dads and their sons going to the game on a Saturday. We stood on what is now the away end. I think my first game was 1956/57 season, when the remains of the semi-final team were still playing. I can remember us scoring 9 against Southport that season. Older supporters will remember how us kids sometimes switched ends at half time, using the infamous tunnel under what is now the Pop Stand.

After I got married, I moved “darn sarf” so for over 40 years I’ve mainly followed City via TV etc. However, whenever my parents visited us, I would take Dad around to the southern matches and sometimes would go to Bootham Crescent with him when we were on a visit back home. When my children stayed with their grandparents, Dad would often take them along to games as well, so the tradition was continued.

I only discovered there was a York City Southern supporters club when I read the programme at a home game in 2012! Round where I live it’s all Spurs or Arsenal and not many people even know which division City are in, so it was great to find some kindred spirits.By that time, I had retired and had started going to more games, including some in York. I have re-lived my childhood by meeting up with friends I had seen very little of for over 50 years!

Dad supported City from their beginnings at Fulfordgate and had a season ticket until 1993 when he gave up going for health reasons. My favourite game was the 1993 play-off final when I was able to take him to Wembley for our first appearance there. It was the last live match he saw, a good way to finish! I also remember going to Anfield in the 1980s for an unlucky 0-7 defeat!

He would be happy to know that my own children, and now grandchildren, often accompany me to games. At Stevenage, there were 9 family members in attendance. At this rate, City will have to up their ticket allocations to away games!

ASK ASHLEY: Our next social evening will be held at The Perseverance, 63 Lamb's Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB on Thursday 30 October (7.30 pm). This is a new venue for us - and the nearest tube stations are Russell Square, Chancery Lane and Holborn. Our guest for the evening will be Ashley Chambers - former York City Striker. All welcome.

Southend (Sept 20 2014 / Dr Ron Wagner-Wright) Meet Me

"Dagenham & Redbridge 0, York City 1" - this was the text sent by York City South Chairman, Joel Stern, to me in India telling me York City has staved off relegation after their first season back in the football league. And this is why I am a life member of York City South.

My name is Ron and I was born on York just after the Second World War and went to my first game when I was 9 years old. Sadly we lost to Hartlepool 1 - 0. But I became a life long supporter.

A few years later I emigrated to the USA and now live in Honolulu, Hawaii, and although I cannot get to many games, York City South Supporters Club are my family and my friends.

Who else would send an international text about City's game? I first met Joel, Ray, Dot and some of our local members on a trip to India via London, where we shared a few pints at a local pub and talked about how we came to be City supporters and the first game we attended.

Ray Goodearl has the greatest story and you should ask him about it some time. And all of us have great stories to share about our beloved York City.

Luton (Sept 16 2014 / Dot Goodearl) Ask Ash

Our next social evening will be held at The Perseverance, 63 Lamb's Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB on Thursday 30 October (7.30 pm). This is a new venue for us - and the nearest tube stations are Russell Square, Chancery Lane and Holborn.

Our guest for the evening will be Ashley Chambers - former York City Striker.

All welcome.

Wycombe (August 30 2014 / Joel Stern) Meet Joel

Hello, I'm Joel and this is now my 4th season as Chairman of York City South.

I grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne and, as a child supported Newcastle United. At age 13 I was turfed out to boarding school and found myself at Bootham School in York. I remember my first weekend as a boarder in September 1995, I was dragged along to my first game at Bootham Crescent for a 2-0 home defeat against Bristol Rovers. From then on, York were always my second team and I watched them as often as I could.

In 2007, right in the dark days of the conference I decided that enough was enough and I was fed up with the money money money attitude of Premier League Football. I decided to turn my back on the Magpies and took a more fervent interest in the Minstermen. This also coincided with my move to London (for work) where I was introduced to York City South by a friend. The welcoming atmosphere and the instant feeling of belonging was addictive and soon after I was car-sharing regularly with my fellow members to every game, home and away (until I had a child)!

Outside of the obvious Wembley-based highlights, my favourite City game was against Northampton at Sixfields two years ago when we were staring relegation in the face and Northampton were unbeaten in 16. Our fans were incredible that day and I felt truly proud to be a part of that glorious 2-0 win which mean so much to everyone associated with the club. The lowlight (of which there are a lot to choose from) was the week before that when a late goal at home to Accrington looked to condemn us to relegation after only one season back in the league. That, or a freezing cold night in Histon when we failed to turn up, lost 2-0 in front of 67 City fans and I'm sure I came close to frostbite.

I truly love being a City fan and have absolutely no regrets leaving the 'bright lights' of the Premiership behind. At York its obvious that its the people who make the club and that is truly special. Thank you for having me and I look forward to many more exciting times ahead. One thing's for sure, it's never dull supporting City!

Cambridge (August 19 2014 / Joe Holmes) Supporting York City

My 'love affair' for York began in March 1956 when my childhood hero Sam Bartram ( Charlton Athletic keeper ) became manager, Sam left in July 1960 but I continued to support York. Over the years to say there were highs and lows is an understatement, but I would not change a thing. One lovely memory was after watching the Barnet game at Bootham Crescent, in the club bar after the game a York supporter asked me where I was from, I told him 'Hampshire' and he said, 'Ay, I thought that thou had an accent', brilliant.

Another time I travelled up from Hampshire to York for the Swansea cup game only to be told as we walked out of the train station, ' Don't bother, they just called the game off ... ground's waterlogged'.

Going to Wembley twice in nine days was a special time, a big thank you to the York fans who 'adopted' me over those two games. Another move in the right direction was to join 'YORK CITY SOUTH' through the time, effort and support of these hard working committee members it has been a pleasure to support YCFC over the years.

Northampton (August 16 2014 / Joel Stern) The New Season

So here we are. Finally! A new season full of fresh and genuine optimism following last season’s playoff heroics. There can be no doubt that this is Nigel’s team now and I think we are all looking forward to seeing what season 2014/15 produces. Ultimately the aim is promotion.

At York City South our aim is to provide a welcoming and interesting social circle for City fans living in the South of England. Our committee works very hard to ensure we have a bustling social calendar full of social events, talk-ins, Meet the Manager, Darts Tournament and hospitality at Bootham Crescent and we also offer great opportunities to get together with other fans to car share to games and meet up pre-match.

But just like York City would be nothing without its fans, York City South would be nothing without its members. It is our members that we work for, to ensure that any City Supporter who finds themselves in the South of England can immediately find a band of like-minded people to socialize with and share the passion of what it is to support the Minstermen.

New friends are always welcome and we have members from all over the South of England and even as far afield as Los Angeles, Hawaii and New Zealand (all south of York!). A supporters club like ours is only ever as good as the people it represents. We have some great members but surety comes in numbers, as they say. So if you do find yourself, or a fan you know relocating to London or Southern England over the coming months, make sure to get in touch or come and say ‘hello’ at a game.

So for now, enjoy the season – no doubt it will contain highs and lows but what really matters is that we stick together and enjoy the ride! Hope to see you soon.

Doncaster (August 12 2014 / Dot Goodearl) Time For a Good Cup Run?

We hope you are enjoying your summer. Time flies and here we are starting our first cup game early in the new season! We wish all the fans, staff and players good luck for a great cup run - and great season!

York City South welcome new members - We organise regular social evenings and car shares to matches. So if you are based in 'the south' then please get in touch. Membership is £10 for the year [and includes membership of York City AFC 1922 Supporters Club]; Juniors £5 for the year; £125 life membership.

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York City South welcome new members. If you are based in 'the south' then please get in touch. Membership is still just £10 for the year [and includes membership of York City AFC 1922 Supporters Club]; Juniors £5 for the year; £125 life membership. Join Now.

Visit our York City South web site for all the latest branch updates [with thanks to Chris Forth our webmaster].

Want to see your name in print? The branch is invited to write a short article in every City home programme. The more people who contribute, the more varied and better our page becomes. Email Dot, our programme page co-ordinator with your words. As always a photo helps, but isn't necessary. Most things City related go, so write now, write here.

Social Networks Find us on Twitter at @YCFCSouth or on Facebook, search for York City South

In Person Look out for us (and our flags) at matches and come and say Hi, both home and away

Email York City South


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