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2020/1

Who knows what the 2020/1 season might bring?

Season Preview

... *** THIS PAGE IS WORK IN PROGRESS THROUGHTOUT THE WHOLE OF THE 2020/1 SEASON *** ...

... *** THE FINAL ISSUE WILL BE SUMMER 2021. UNTIL THEN, SOME SECTIONS REFERENCE THE 2019/20 SEASON *** ...

2020/1 sees City enter a 4th season at National League North, never before have we gained promotion within 5 seasons of relegation, so on that basis alone, prospects of promotion should be tempered.

A new squad has been assembled after 13 players were released in July (and a further 3 turned down new contract offers).

The incomers largely arrive from clubs playing at a higher level and include Harry Bunn who has had extensive Championship level experience. Similarly, Jake Cassidy has had some Championship experience and was considered a hot prospect with Wolves and enjoyed successful League 1 loan spells with Tranmere, scoring frequently, before losing his way and drifting down the leagues. Like Cassidy, the other experienced new striker, the diminutive Jack Redshaw has had some good performances against City. Let's hope they buck the trend of doing better against City than for City. Between, them none can be considered prolific scorers over an extended period of time.

The defence looks sorted, assuming Watto sticks with his favoured back 3 / 2 wing backs. My hope is that Kieran Kennedy is better than loanee Joe Davis, the last Port Vale centre back to join City, that on pitch leadership comes not just from the captain and the side has a strong local presence running throughout it (we could put out a decent side of Yorkshire / North East born players).

Early reports suggested Harry Bunn might play wide left, Olly Dyson on the right with Michael Woods and Paddy McLaughlin in centre midfield. Late signing Akil Wright has made a good first impression and may find a starting place. That just leaves the striking position(s) to be filled. Throw in Guilfoyle, Cassidy, Redshaw and Potts and that makes strong competition for the central striker spot. Cassidy might just be preferred to Potts as the big man up frnt, the others fighting for the scraps, a wide spot or a place on the bench. That said, with a condensed season, City's large and full time squad might reap the rewards as the season progresses.

Looking at the squad and given the new signings, I'm not seeing a place for any of City's youngsters in the starting 11. One again, the step from youth team to first team might appear to be a step too far. The first batch of signings appear to be "seasoned pros" and until Dyson and Guilfoyle came in, I wasn't seeing any youngsters who are likely to get a chance to kick on in the mould of Kempster or Green, or going back a decade, no Woolford or Brodie.

Later signings include a few fair youngsters stepping down from the Championship and Football League clubs after their first pro contracts, hopefully they'll be hungry and won't be intimidated by the prospect of "men's football".

With Matty Brown, that makes a squad of 25. 4 start the season in their 30s and 2 more reach 30 during the season. At the other end of the scale, we have 12 players (including 5 teenagers) who will still be under 22 at the end of the season.

A few days earlier, on signing Alex Wollerton, Steve Watson said, "Never say never, we’ve actually used a hell of a lot less of the budget compared to this time last year so hopefully there will be something left if somebody does maybe pop up that I think can make a huge difference". So hopefully any squad deficiencies can be put right, albeit at the expense of an exceptionally large first team squad.

Meanwhile, the Under 19 side reported back for training on August 10 (their first game was on September 11th), With them were some of last season's squad, beyond their 2 year scholarship, but hoping to win a first professional contract. I earmarked 4 as potentials for a pro career. Defensive midfielder and last season's captain, Archie Whitfield turned pro. Last season we had 2 prolific scorers (Ethan Henderson (who had already sat on the first team bench) and Kiari Ventura) both failed to made the grade. Stand out keeper Jake Teale was always up against it with 2 keepers already contracted, but he seems to have done enough to have signed a "3rd year scholarship deal" as he's listed as being eligble for youth league games. Alongside him, Guilfoyle, Jebson-King, Harrson and Whitfield are all young enough to play league games for the Under 19 side. A year younger, there are great hopes for Alfie Evans and Luke Jones.

With the first team back in training on September 2 (with at least 6 triallists on site since a week earlier) and 6 pre season frendlies, Steve Watson had a lot of thinking to do before he named his first starting XI on October 3rd. Indeed, it remains to be seen whether his "back 5", which at times last season seemed to be in place to protect Steve McNulty, can offer more attacking options. Certainly, more creative options would be welcome when up against packed defences.

As ever, pre season friendly results were variable, but seemed to come together in the last 2 games, a 1-0 defeat to Stockport with a 3-0 win at Notts County to round of the games.

The midfield looked impressive whilst hopefully the 3 goals laid to rest the doubters as to where the goals will come from.

It remains to be seen how long the new signings take to gel into a team, but given their pedigree and the club’s stature, once again, City will start as one of the pre season favourites for the title. However, City, and the wider footballling world, face a season of uncertainty. With a large squad, hopefully City can cover every eventuality.

It also remains to be seen when City will decamp to Monks Cross.

The other big events of pre season were both money related. Firstly, the ongoing saga of Ben Godfrey and rumours of a £30m transfer fee. It eventually came to fruition, City taking about £2.5m (10% cut) of the initial fee that Everton paid. Meanwhile, on 17th August 2020, it was reported that planning permission was granted for a joint Persimmon Homes / YCFC planning application for Bootham Crescent. Read More.

However, the biggest uncertainty continues to be coronavirus which significantly affects all clubs financially and in City's case, the move to Monks Cross, still believed to be not yet complete and then subject to a series of test events before fans can be allowed in. The latest CoYC statement indicated MX won't be ready until 9th October (without stating the year) at the earliest, so presumably we kick off at Bootham Crescent. At City's level, fans are stil not allowed inside stadia and there are no real plans to get fans back. Proposals to allow a limited number of fans inside grounds are on hold. Even 30% would largely cover City's attendance, but any absence of away fans will have an impact on City's income and a greater impact on City's large travelling support. The longer it continues, the more clubs hemhorhage money, let's hope The Premier League are able to put in place support plans.

For the record, City played 6 pre-season friendlies.

Date

Opponents

Venue

Result

Scorers

Notes

05 Sep 2020

Newcastle Under 23

A

W 4-1

Guilfoyle (2), Triallist, Dyson

6 triallists, 2 pros (Bunn & Redshaw) not included

08 Sep 2020

South Shields

A

L 0-3

2 triallists in midfield and one in attack

12 Sep 2020

Whitby

A

L 0-2

15 Sep 2020

Scarborough Athletic

A

D 0-0

YSJ: Mille Crux, 2 * 30 minute halves

19 Sep 2020

Stockport

H

L 0-1

26 Sep 2020

Notts Co

A

W 3-0

Wright, Cassidy, Wollerton

2020/1 - Take 1

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March 2021 should see the publication of City's 2019/20 season accounts which might (or might not) show another significant loss.

Plus:

Season / Club Records:

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  • The one we want is promotion in 4 seasons after relegation, a club record by one season.
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The Players

  1. Player: Commentary. End Of Season Status Appearances: xxx (x Sub) Goals: xxx
  2. Player: Commentary. End Of Season Status Appearances: xxx (x Sub) Goals: xxx
  3. Player: Commentary. End Of Season Status Appearances: xxx (x Sub) Goals: xxx
  4. Player: Commentary. End Of Season Status Appearances: xxx (x Sub) Goals: xxx

Goals: nn. Own Goals nn

Assists: TBC

Red / Yellow Cards: TBC

The Season - Take 2 (still to come)

The following is taken from an article in the Yorkpress on dd mmm 2020.

2021 Retained List

It is not known if any players are on 2 year contracts, but given recent seasons, possibly not many (if any), so expect a lot of activity.

Long contracts can be a 2 edged sword, players are tied down, if they play well, then its good, if not, players can be very difficult to get out of the club.

It is to be hoped that high performing players are offered (and sign) new contracts well in advance of the season finishing to avoid them being able to leave for free in the summer as Kieran Green did in 2020.

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National League North Attendances 2020/1

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Rank

Team

Lowest

Highest

Average

%Increase

1

York City

2,039

3,543

2,705

8.16

2

Hereford

1,552

2,707

2,047

-1.35

3

Chester

1,601

3,653

2,019

9.79

4

Darlington

1,183

2,204

1,471

5.52

5

King's Lynn Town

833

4,019

1,417

99.02

6

Kidderminster Harriers

984

2,117

1,364

-15.91

7

Boston United

894

2,360

1,304

19.30

8

Spennymoor Town

869

2,260

1,182

42.93

9

AFC Telford United

602

2,085

1,148

-15.15

10

Altrincham

614

1,879

1,139

-8.51

11

Southport

604

1,830

1,006

-6.07

12

Gateshead

707

1,390

978

16.29

13

Blyth Spartans

576

1,481

836

2.45

14

Guiseley

267

1,891

793

1.54

15

Kettering Town

543

971

750

-10.50

16

Brackley Town

330

905

532

-13.64

17

Leamington

310

865

517

-22.49

18

Farsley Celtic

189

1,123

510

34.92

19

Alfreton Town

283

800

497

-07.10

20

Bradford Park Avenue

256

1,127

484

-7.63

21

Gloucester City

161

1,570

422

23.39

22

Curzon Ashton

160

870

376

-16.44

For all the details see Non League Matters and Football Web Pages, both wonderful web sites.

2020/1 Under 19s

Once again, for the 2020/1 season, City will compete in the northern section of the National League Under-19 Alliance alongside other National League and National League North teams. It was originally announced that 12 teams would compete in the northern section and 14 in the southern section. By the start of the league season, Hartlepool had withdrawn from the northern section as had one team from the southern section.

The first trance of fixtures see City play Stockport for the first time in youth league football for a number of years.

There are great hopes for last season's top scorer, Luke Jones, a burly striker and Alfie Evans, a skilful midfielder. Others will hope that Oli Jordan can follow his Dad's footsteps and score in a big cup game for City.

City's Under 18 squad consists of 10 second year scholars and (at least) 6 new scholars (Ben Dale, Jonathan Haase, Josh Knowles, Kyle Lancaster, Eliot Owen and Johny Sheperd).

Games and Eligibility: Being a league designated for Under 19s, sides can contain "first season professionals", those one season beyond their academy days (Guilfoyle, Flatters,Whitfield, Harrison and Jebson-King) alongside academy players. The side, with around 500 others, also competed in the FA Youth Cup, entering at the earliest possible stage. Note, the FA Youth Cup is restricted to Under 18 players (i.e. first season professionals excluded). Home league fixtures are played at City's Wiggington Road training ground (YO32 2RB) on a Wednesday afternoon with an early kick off to finish in daylight (2pm (or 1pm)). Home FA Youth Cup and National League Alliance cup games are played at Bootham Crescent (or other designated home ground). Note, due coronavirus restrictions, matches will begin behind closed doors.

End Of Season Review: TBC

Further Reading: National League Under-19 Alliance website.

2020/1 National League Youth Alliance

Date

Opponents

Competition

Venue

Result

Scorers

Fri 11 September

Tadcaster Albion

FAYC PR

A

W 4-1

Jones, Drury, Haase, Finn

Wed 16 September

STOCKPORT COUNTY

NLAU19 (N)

H

W 2-1

Jones (2)

Fri 25 September

Cleethorpes

FAYC Q1

A

W 5-0

Finn (3), Drury, Knowles

Wed 30 September

Solihull Moors

NLAU19 (N)

A

W 4-1

Guilfoyle (2), Jones, Evans

Wed 07 October

Stocksbridge Park Steels

FAYC Q2

A

W 3-1

Lancaster, Drury, Finn

Wed 14 October

Guiseley

NLAU19 (N)

A

L 0-1

Wed 21 October

CHESTER

FAYC Q3

H

WDL n-n

Wed 21 October

GATESHEAD

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 04 November

FC Halifax

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 11 November

CHESTER

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 18 November

FC HALIFAX

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 25 November

Darlington

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 09 December

CHESTERFIELD

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 06 January

Chester

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 13 January

GUISELEY

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 20 January

Gateshead

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 27 January

Boston

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 03 February

AFC FYLDE

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 03 March

Chesterfield

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 10 March

BOSTON

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 17 March

Stockport County

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 24 March

DARLINGTON

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 31 March

SOLIHULL MOORS

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 23 September

AFC Fylde (postponed)

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 07 October

HARTLEPOOL UNITED (withdrawn)

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

2020/1 National League Youth Alliance

  1. TADCASTER ALBION (A) (11/Sep/20) (FA Youth Cup - Preliminary Round) W 4-1
    Despite missing an early penalty, City came from a goal down to win 4-1 thanks to goals from Luke Jones (43), Blake Drury (66), Jonny Haase (82) and Brandon Finn (89). Jones and Finn, 2 of last season's top scorers continued their good work and were joined on the scoresheet by Drury, another second season scholar and Haase who signed scholarship terms in the summer.
    Tadcaster went ahead just after the half-hour mark with Ben Calam assisting Troy Greening to open the scoring. It looked as if the Brewers would take that lead into the half-time break but Luke Jones struck for York with just two minutes remaining in the half to level the scores heading into the second period. Blake Drury put the Minstermen in front for the first time and late goals from Jonny Haase and Brandon Finn capped the victory for City.
    If it hadn’t have been for the ‘woodwork’ and some great saves from Liam Baker in the Tadcaster goal, the winning margin would have been much bigger.
    In a "next generation" game, Taddy's goalscorer was Troy Greening whilst Oli Jordan patrolled City's midfield, both following in their Dad's footballing footsteps.
    CITY: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    OPPONENTS: Baker, Cottle, Bell, Tinker, Oliver, Bedford, Calam, Danby, Greening, J. Gore, White. Subs (usage not recorded): Stamp, Racher, Turbine, C. Gore, Byfield, Styler, Cowl.
    Bookings: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Sent Off: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  2. STOCKPORT COUNTY (H) (16/Sep/20) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) W 2-1
    2 goals from Luke Jones saw City start their league season with a win. Jamie Walsh scored for County.
    CITY: Ben Chamberlain, Ben Dale, Blake Drury, Alfie Evans, Brandon Finn, Reiss Harrison, Charlie Jebson-King, Luke Jones, Oliver Jordan, Johny Shepherd, Jack Wright. Used Subs: Jack Degruchy, Matthew Dixon, Jonathan Haase, Joshua Knowles, Kyle Lancaster.
    OPPONENTS: Michael Brennan, Zack Clarke, Max Greenhalgh, Scott Holding, Jack Hopkins, Kai Johnston, Tomas Kelly, Oliver McFadyen, Adam Owen, Finley Stanyer, Jamie Walsh. Subs: Rhys Cosquer, Josh Edwards, Luke Jackson, Joel Stringer, Daniel Taylor.
    Bookings: York: Jebson-King; Opponents: Greenhalgh
    Sent Off: -
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  3. CLEETHORPES TOWN (A) (25/Sep/20) (FA Youth Cup - 1st Qualifying Round) W 5-0
    Goals from Brandon Finn (3) Blake Drury and Josh Knowles saw City to a comfortable 5-0 win. For Knowles it was a first goal in City's colours.
    City are drawn away to Stocksbridge Park Steels in the next qualifying round, one of 82 ties featuring almost exclusively non league clubs.
    CITY: TBC. Used Subs: TBC.
    OPPONENTS:. Subs: TBC.
    Bookings: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Sent Off: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  4. SOLIHULL MOORS (A) (30/Sep/20) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) W 4-1
    With recently signed professionals Rob Guilfoyle and Harry Flatters newly registered for Under 19 action, City fielded a strong side that overcame a struggling home side by 4-1 thanks to goals from Rob Guilfoyle (2), Luke Jones and Alfie Eans.
    CITY: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    OPPONENTS: TBC. Subs: TBC. Sent Off: York: -
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  5. STOCKSBRIDGE PARK STEELS (A) (07/Oct/20) (FA Youth Cup - 2nd Qualifying Round) W 3-1
    Leading 2-0 at half time, goals from Kyle Lancaster, Blake Drury and Brandon Finn (penalty) saw City progress to the next round.
    City are at home to Chester (big rivals at this level over the past few seasons) or St Helens Town in the next qualifying round with ties to be played in w/c October 19 at the home club's main stadium.
    CITY: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    OPPONENTS: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    Bookings: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Sent Off: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  6. FROM HERE
  7. STOCKPORT COUNTY (H) (16/Sep/20) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) WDL n-n
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    CITY: Martin, Wright (Binsley, 53), W Jackson, Whitfield (c), Cawthorn, Watson, Dyer, D Jackson (Jordan, 52), Finn, De Gruchy (Jones, 69), Henderson (Drury, 46). Unused Subs: -.
    OPPONENTS: Bromley, Smith, Ciccarelli, Owen, Crane, Butcher, Grooms, Jaques Kirongozi, Da Costa, Rowson, Stainrod. Used Subs (for who, not recorded): Harrison, Caan. Unused Subs: Aliyu, Foster, O'Grady.
    Bookings: FC Halifax : Da Costa, Butler. York: -
    Sent Off: York: Dyer
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  8. ST HELENS TOWN / CHESTER (H) (w/c 19/Oct/20) (FA Youth Cup - 3rd Qualifying Round) WDL n-n
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    CITY: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    OPPONENTS: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    Bookings: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Sent Off: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC

2020/1 North Riding Senior Cup - TO DO

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    CITY: Martin, Wright (Binsley, 53), W Jackson, Whitfield (c), Cawthorn, Watson, Dyer, D Jackson (Jordan, 52), Finn, De Gruchy (Jones, 69), Henderson (Drury, 46). Unused Subs: -.
    OPPONENTS: Bromley, Smith, Ciccarelli, Owen, Crane, Butcher, Grooms, Jaques Kirongozi, Da Costa, Rowson, Stainrod. Used Subs (for who, not recorded): Harrison, Caan. Unused Subs: Aliyu, Foster, O'Grady.
    Bookings: FC Halifax : Da Costa, Butler. York: -
    Sent Off: York: Dyer
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
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