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Bootham Crescent - It Happened This Day

Chronlogically we re-trace the history of Bootham Crescent

27/Aug/32

First Bootham Crescent game played. A Midland League match ending York 2 Bradford City 4 (sign of the times, admission reduced to 3d (just over one pence) for Midland League games). It cost £6,000 to construct the ground.

31/Aug/32

Official opening of Bootham Crescent with a Third Division North game against Stockport County. The club president, Sir John J Hunt (also chairman of Hunts Brewery), formally opened the ground by cutting a chocolate and cream coloured ribbon - the new colours of the club. Also in attendance were the Sheriff of York (Mr Arnold Rowntree), Mr. Roger Lumley MP, Mr. Arnold Kingscott, treasurer of the Football Association, and other personalities in the football world. The attendance was 8,106 with receipts of nearly £400 and the result was a 2-2 draw. City were represented by Duckworth, Archibald, Johnson, G Maskill, Harris, Bolton, Williams, Fenoughty, Baines, McDonald, Mitchell. Tom Mitchell scored first goal and Reg Baines followed with a penalty to earn a 2-2 draw. The ground took just 4 months to build. Hunts Brewery donated refreshments for the occasion.

19/Sep/32

Reg Baines is the first player to score a hat trick at Bootham Crescent.

26/Nov/32

Ground record crowd see City lose 1-3 to Scarborough in an FA Cup tie.

22/Apr/33

New record attendance of 8,673 for a league game see City go down 1-2 against eventual champions Hull.

3/Sep/33

City slump to a record Bootham Crescent defeat when losing 2-6 to Rochdale in front of 4,363.

12/Jan/35

New record ground attendance of 13,612 see City lose 0-1 to Derby in the FA Cup.

Aug/35

City reserve sides switches to The Yorkshire League to cut expenses as concerns are raised over the costs involved in the move to Bootham Crescent. Plans to widen approach road to Bootham Crescent would greatly facilitate spectators coming and going from ground are announced. Chairman Arthur Brown publicly thanks Supporters Club having already raised £950 out of £1500 required to provide The Popular Stand.

16/Nov/35

City beat Mansfield 7-5 in the highest goals aggregate game ever seen at Bootham Crescent.

Aug/36

Opening of current social club beneath Main Stand. Due to financial difficulties, City asked for a loan to fund it. Only Yorkshire Clubs Brewery offer financial support. The brewery removed the old wooden hut, a legacy of the cricket ground and rebuilt it in their own yard. The work took 2 years to complete and it was furnished with second hand cinema seats. Its believed the olden wooden hut no longer exist.

19/Sep/36

League record attendance of 10,629 see City's good start to season ended by Chester in 0-2 a defeat.

17/Mar/37

Only 1,600 see City beat Hartlepools United 5-0 in a midweek afternoon game in the new fangled Third Division North Cup, a forerunner of The Autoglass Cup.

Aug/37

37/8 Supporters Club (membership 1,489) complete Popular Stand at cost of £1,500. The Supporters Club "Shilling Fund" (5p) provides much funding, building starts at £500 when Dick Leckenby, A YCFC director, provides the deeds to his home as collateral to allow building work to start. Supporters Club members barrow loads of rubbish to form raised base of The Popular Stand.

8/Jan/38

Ground record attendance of 13,917 see City beat Coventry 3-2 in FA Cup Round 3 replay.

22/Jan/38

Ground record attendance of 18,795 see Reg Baines score a hat trick as City beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in Round 4 of the FA Cup.

12/Feb/38

Ground record attendance of 23,860 see City beat Middlesbrough 1-0 in FA Cup Round 5 thanks to a Peter Spooner goal.

5/Mar/38

All time ground record attendance of 28,123 see City draw 0-0 with Huddersfield Town in FA Cup Round 6. It was the fourth new record in under 2 months and stands to this day. The game also meant City became the only club ever to play at home in 6 rounds of The FA Cup in one season. Town won the Leeds Road replay 2-1 in front of 58,066 with goals by Edwin Watson and Frank Chivers, Huddersfield going all the way to Wembley, where they lost 1-0 after extra time to Preston. Today's Bootham Crescent capacity is less than one third of the all time record. Seating of The Popular Stand, the lose of The Enclosure and today's onerous health and safety regulations help to account for the shortfall.

14/Jan/39

City's all time worst home defeat is witnessed by 3,826 as Rochdale win 7-0.

1940

During World War 2, the tunnel at the back of the Popular Stand was used as an air raid shelter for pupils and staff of the nearby Shipton Street School. War time bombs fell on the Shipton Street end of ground and neighbouring properties. Minor damage was incurred after the air raid on York in April 1942.

1/Feb/41

York 7 Sheffield Wednesday 0. 2,500 see Bert Brenen score 4 in City's win a war time FA Cup tie.

13/Sep/41

More high scoring as City beat Middlesbrough 9-5. Local born George Lee scores 4 and Charlton's Bert 'Sailor' Brown also scores in front of a 3,600 crowd. At the time City's close proximity to army barracks enabled them to field many famous guest players, including several internationals.

28/Feb/42

5,176 see City beat Leeds 8-1.

17/Oct/42

A representative match was staged in which a Football League XI defeated the Northern Command 9-2, watched by 5,500. After the match, Mr. Fred Howarth, the secretary of the Football League, wrote the following letter to the club: "May I take this opportunity, on behalf of the League, of congratulating your club, directors and officials alike, for the excellence of the arrangements. You will appreciate that always in representative matches our chief concern is the smoothness of the arrangements. You did your part splendidly. The League thanks you for staging the match, which was a complete success, both from the entertainment side and from the financial side. They are grateful for the kindly attention of your directors and will remember with pleasure their first official visit to your lovely city."

23/Jan/43

First live radio broadcast from Bootham Crescent as City run out convincing 4-0 winners over Sunderland.

24/Apr/43

City's war time record crowd of 16,350 see City crash out of the FA Cup when they can only draw 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday in the semi final second leg.

28/Oct/44

City 10 Gateshead 2 in front of 1,500.

27/Apr/45

2,106 see City's lose their last home war time game 1-2 against Hartlepools United. A few weeks earlier over 10,000 had seen City bow out of the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday when losing 1-6.

1946

Post WW2. In the early post-war period, considerable improvements were made to the ground. Deeper drainage was completed, the Bootham Crescent end banking was concreted and tannoy equipment was installed.

19/Oct/46

Post war boom in soccer attendances. City attract new record attendance for a league game when 15,485 see Doncaster win 4-1. That season, 6 of City's league games attracted 5 figure attendances, the highest being 22,249 for the game at Hull.

26/May/47

City beat Halifax 2-0 in the latest ever game to be played in a season at Bootham Crescent due to the severe winter.

30/Aug/47

Alf Patrick becomes the first City player ever to score 4 goals in a game.

1948

Kenneth Wolstenholme joins BBC Radio. in his autobiography, he states his first BBC football assignment was at Bootham Crescent as a match reporter.

Sep/48

At the shareholders' annual meeting, it was announced that the club had purchased the Bootham Crescent ground which had been on lease since 1932. The chairman, Mr. W.H. Sessions, stated that an agreement had been signed and felt that the club now owned one of the best grounds in the Third Division. The balance sheet revealed that the ground was bought for £4,075 and the buildings, which cost £7,444, had been depreciated so that the whole ground and equipment was listed at £7,204 at current value in 1949. To celebrate the purchase of the ground, a dinner was held at the Royal Station Hotel at which the deeds were handed to the chairman. Among those present were past and present directors and many enthusiasts who had worked over the years for the club. Also in attendance was the club's first captain back in 1922, Billy Smith.

20/Nov/48

York City 6 Rotherham 1, filmed by Coal Board for a documentary and watched by a new home record league gate of 19,216. Alf Patrick becomes the first City player ever to score 5 goals in a game.

1949

Late 40s / Early 50s Concreting was completed to the terracing in the Popular Stand (thanks to the efforts of The Supporters' Club) and the Shipton Street end.

23/Apr/49

City set an all time record attendance for a league game when 21,010 see City go down 1-3 to Hull. 3 weeks earlier, over 40,000 had seen City win 3-2 at Hull.

May/52

England met Ireland in the first Schoolboy international to be played at Bootham Crescent. The attendance was 16,000 and England, who won 5-0, were captained by Wilf McGuinness, who was later to manage York City.

Aug/54

Season starts with over 23,000 through the turnstiles for the first 2 home games of the season. Did they know something was about to happen as Arthur Bottom scored a hat trick on his debut on the first day of the season.

19/Feb/55

21,000 see City's historic 3-1 win over Spurs in Round 5 of the FA Cup. The game was one of 5 successive games to attract attendances of over 10,000 to Bootham Crescent.

Jun/55

In the summer, major work was carried out to extend the Main Stand towards Shipton Street. Look closely and to this day you will spot the join where the last quarter was added to The Main Stand. Profits from the FA Cup run, together with a Stand Extension Fund, helped in this project.

28/Jan/56

22,000 see City draw 0-0 with Sunderland in the FA Cup Round 4. City lose replay.

1955/6

Cup fever rubs off as City set a club record for highest league seasonal attendance of 236,685 (average 10,290).

Jun/56

A concrete wall is built at the St Olave's Road (Bootham Crescent) end. The project cost more than £3,000 had a two-fold purpose - a safety precaution and a support for additional banking and terracing. The FA Cup tie in 1955 against Tottenham Hotspur had been restricted to a 21,000 capacity by the police, but with the improvements made the limit had risen to 23,600 when Bolton Wanderers provided the opposition in January 1958.

25/Dec/56

Last Xmas day football at Bootham Crescent. We drew 3-3 with Hartlepools United (as they were known in those days).

2/Feb/57

Arthur Bottom scores 4 times as City record their biggest ever when beating Southport 9-1 in front of 8,801 at Bootham Crescent.

25/Jan/58

23,600 see City draw 0-0 with Bolton in the FA Cup Round 4. City lose replay.

Aug/58

Bryan Foster joined the groundstaff. He duly became head groundsman and, apart from a period 1971 to 1975 when he held similar appointments at Bury and then Preston, he has served the club until his untimely death. For many years the Bootham Crescent pitch has had an excellent playing surface and in recognition of his long and outstanding service, Bryan was presented with a gold watch from the directors in March 1988.

26/Dec/58

Highest home attendance of season (10,382) see City beat Barrow 1-0. City end the season with our first ever promotion.

Jun/59

Floodlights (24 bulbs per pylon) were installed at the ground, at the cost of £14,500, a substantial sum of which was raised by the Auxiliary Club. The installation was based on a system of lighting developed by the General Electric Company Ltd, who designed and supervised the project. Messrs Shepherds of York were responsible for the concrete bases and erection of the four 100 feet towers. The electrical sub-contractors were Messrs F.H. Wheeler of Scunthorpe.

28/Oct/59

Official opening of floodlights. City lose 2-8 in friendly against Newcastle in front of a 9,414 crowd.

9/Apr/60

Lowest Bootham Crescent crowd of the season (4,751 against Brentford) as City go straight back down to Division 4. The home FA Cup tie against Barrow attracted 7,631. Away attendances dipped as low as 925 at Accrington and 2,055 at Bournemouth. Incidentally City's FA Cup tie at Bournemouth attracted 14,749.

10/Oct/60

The League Cup starts. City's first game results in a 0-1 home defeat by Blackburn in front of 10,933.

Jun/61

At the Grosvenor Road end, terracing is extended and becomes all concrete.

22/Sep/62

City's poor start to the season continues in front of a record low Bootham Crescent attendance of 2,986.

26/Oct/62

With floodlights in place, City start to experiment with Friday night gamesat Bootham Crescent.

8/Dec/62

Another low of 2,511 see City draw with Barrow.

8/Mar/63

City's league fixtures resume after severe winter weather caused chaos to the fixtures. 4,083 see City beat Newport. The previous home game on December 15 saw City beat Stockport in front of 2,610. During the barren spell 11,722 saw City go down 0-5 at Southampton in an FA Cup tie.

23/Nov/63

Only 2,368 see City lose to Aldershot.

12/Dec/63

Was Christmas shopping to blame as the attendance plunges to only 1,653 as City lose 0-2 to Oxford.

26/Mar/65

13,444 see Weddle score a hat trick in the 4-0 win over Tranmere.

24/Apr/65

2 Paul Aimson goals help City to a 4-0 win over Halifax in the last game of the promotion winning season.

12/Mar/66

19,372 see City lose 1-2 against Hull. The lowest home crowd of the season being 2,702 against Brentford just 2 weeks later.

30/Sep/66

City beat Bradford PA 3-1. Andy Provan scored our 3rd goal, when chasing onto a through pass and dribbling around the keeper, he purposely fell to the ground, laying full length to head the ball into the net.

11/Jan/67

14,531 see City and Middlesbrough draw a replayed FA Cup tie at Bootham Crescent. City lose the second replay at Maine Road.

25/Mar/67

Lowest home league crowd (1,912) of the season see City beat Luton 5-1.

Aug/67

End of regular Friday night football at Bootham Crescent. Lowest home league crowd (1,912) of the season see City beat Luton 5-1.

Aug/67

End of regular Friday night football at Bootham Crescent. City move to Saturday night games as The Football League decides that clubs will forfeit a £100 per match payment for the use of their fixtures by the Pools Promoters if they play on a Friday night.

1968

Supporters Club open their first programme shop at the ground. In October 1969, it was upgraded to a wooden hut, located to your left as you entered through the main bank of turnstiles in the south west corner of the ground. It was manned by Supporters' Club members.

7/Feb/68

First major neutral match at Bootham Crescent when Hull ("The Tigers") played Middlesbrough in a FA Cup Round 3 second replay. Boro won 1-0 in front of 16,524. A season earlier, City had lost to Middlesbrough in an FA Cup Round 3 2nd Replay game at Manchester City's Maine Road ground in front of 21,437, the highest attendance at any of the 3 games. In those days, there were unlimited cup replays, after the first replay, the rest were played at neutral venues (usually somewhere between the 2 clubs homes).

Jun/68

New floodlight pylons erected, remain until 1995.

1968/9

A new season and still 3 tea bars dotted around the ground run by the good ladies of the Supporters' Club. They were located high on the Shipton Street terracing (north west corner, on the muddy bank above the terracing by the floodlight pylon), Grosvenor Road end (south west corner close to the progamme shop) and from a room of the Social Club.

4/Jan/69

Gordon Banks helps top flight Stoke to a 2-0 win in front of 11,129 in an FA Cup tie 2-0. The first of England's victorious 1966 World Cup winners to play at York.

5/May/69

Referee Roy Harper drops dead during a game against Halifax. Its not recorded whether the cause of death was directly related to the 0-0 bore draw. Read more

1968/9

The last season of regular Saturday night football at Bootham Crescent. The Football League wanted all games played in the afternoon for the pools companies’ benefit and deducted £100 a game from their payments to clubs for every game played in the evening. City lost £700 (7 games).

1970s

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, City were regularly (well once a season, more in 1974-6) featured as the main match on Yorkshire TV's Sunday afternoon football programme. A temporary TV gantry was always erected on top of The Popular Stand and necessitated the commentator (John Helm, Keith Macklin et al) undertaking a perilous, horizontal climb up a ladder.

1970s

The very early 1970s saw the ability to change ends before the game and at half time to be behind the goal City were attacking ended with the closure of the tunnel beneath The Popular Stand. It was around this time that the car park was first tarmaced, previously it was dirt and very puddle ridden.

19/Dec/70

Last home game of year attracts only 3,102 as mid table City beat Crewe 1-0.

23/Jan/71

13,775 see City score 2 late goals to earn 3-3 draw with Division 1 high flyers Southampton.

19/Apr/71

City's 16 game unbeaten league run ends in front of 14,321 as Oldham win 1-0 in thrilling clash between 2 already promoted sides. There had been a late change of referee amid fears of possible threats of trouble from Leeds United supporters protesting against referee Ray Tinker's controversial decisions in Leeds v WBA game at Elland Road 2 days earlier that cost them the championship.

24/Apr/71

5 days later and only 5,021 turn up to see City beat Scunthorpe 2-0 in pouring rain. Scunthorpe get rid of Kevin Keegan that summer after he missed a penalty in his last appearance for Scunthorpe.

8/Sep/71

Highest crowd (10,700) of season see City draw a League Cup game 2-2 with a Middlesbrough side including World Cup hero Nobby Stiles.

1972

It was around this time that the Supporters Club programme shop, tucked just inside the turnstiles at the Bootham Crescent end fell into disrepair and was abandoned.

Jan/1973

Players hand a list of grievances to the directors and threaten to go on strike when popular coach Billy Horner resigns, effectively a vote of no confidence in Tom Johnston. One of the main bones of contention was the poor state of the baths in the changing rooms, widely believed by the players to be disease ridden. Matters were eventually smoothed over but the baths remained a bugbear and in a poor state for many years, their state shocking some Supporters Trust personnel in the early days of The Trust when doing works during the first Conference era.

21/Nov/73

2pm, Wednesday afternoon kick off against Manchester City in Round 4 of The League Cup. Schools and factories report high absenteeism as energy saving regulations prohibited the use of floodlights during the "3 Day Working Week" and the imminent miners strike. It was the first early kick off game since the floodlights were installed. 15,360 see a 0-0 draw. Maine Road star, Rodney Marsh, runs out onto the pitch minus his shorts, his tracksuit bottoms saved his blushes.

10/Feb/74

Energy saving regulations mean a Sunday afternoon home fixture against Watford. A higher than normal 7,638 crowd see a 2-2 draw. The previous home games had drawn 4,699 and 3,727 crowds. Grimsby had attracted 5,890 on Boxing Day.

24/Feb/74

Another Sunday fixture. Above average 7,149 see City beat Cambridge 2-0.

6/Mar/74

10,392 see City beat promotion rivals Bournemouth by 4-1.

16/Mar/74

City beat high flying Bristol Rovers 2-1 in a controversial game in front of the television cameras.

27/Apr/74

City's home season ends with a 1-1 draw with Oldham in front of 15,583 and television cameras. Players do a lap of honour chased around the pitch by the majority of the jubilant fans to celebrate City's first (and only to date) entry into Division 2. TV coverage shows the half time score board at the Shipton Street end still in use.

Jun/74

Ground improvements in readiness for our first campaign outside the bottom 2 divisions. They included the installation of wooden seats in The Popular Stand, they were purchased second hand from Manchester City (increasing the seating capacity to 2,762). Work continued until midnight on the eve of the pre season friendly with Arbroath and resumed at 7 am on the morning of the game with the club and Supporters Club members clearing the remaining debris from the pitch. Subsequently, the seats in the section closest to Shipton Street end were removed to provide covered standing accommodation. I remember taking advatage of it on 3rd November 1984 when the Gillingham 7-1 game was played in a torrential downpour.

Summer/74

The car park was first tarmaced (previously it was a pot holed cinder affair). It still doubled up as a training area for the players during the week.

Summer/74

Floodlights upgraded. The 24 bulbs became 30 in time for Division 2 football.

Jun/74

The first club shop was installed (on its current site). It stocked a range of souvenirs (ties, badges, scarves pennants, pewter tankards and enamel badges and more), many items with the new City "yc" roundel symbol as George Teasdale and the new promotions team christened City as the “friendly club”.

1974

With promotion to Division 2 in 1974, there were grandiose plans to develop the ground and surrounding area. At the, time, we could squeeze just over 15,000 in to the ground and that wasn’t deemed sufficient for a second flight club (although we didn’t fill it very often when we were in Division 2). A plan was floated to rebuild the ground. The plan involved buying the Territorial Army grounds behind the Pop Stand and turning the ground through 90 degrees. I seem to recall only The Main Stand would remain untouched. With the ground turned through 90 degrees, The Main Stand would be the behind one of the goals. In the era of railway special trains for travel to away games, the other proposal was to build a railway halt on Scarborough Terrace meaning away supporters could decamp from their trains right outside the ground, thus avoiding the need for them to walk through the city centre. With our second tier stay lasting just 2 years, we never had the time or inclination to see those plans come to reality although preliminary talks were held with British Railways in 1974.

17/Aug/74

Barry Lyons scores City's first ever Division 2 goal in front of 9,396 against Aston Villa. Top admission price was £16 for a Main Stand season ticket.

27/Aug/74

Lowest crowd (6,321) of the season see City's first ever Division 2 win. 1-0 against Cardiff.

16/Nov/74

City beat Norwich 1-0 in font of Yorkshire TV cameras. Unfortunately, in those days and with our floodlights, the film was of such poor picture quality that only first half highlights could be shown on YTV (and then in black and white only rather than colour).

21/Dec/74

City's Division 2 record crowd of 15,314 see City lose (probably the most one sided) 1-0 to Manchester United. An early United goal was followed by a surprisingly defensive performance by them given their attacking repuatation and the paucity of the home team. At the time, United's reputation suffered from the exploits of some of its supporters which meant many York people stayed away from the match. Fearing over 7,000 visiting supporters (John Byrne included) would trudge / march / rampage through the car park at the height of the hooligan era, City's directors decided that The Shipton Street end, rather than The Grovsenor Road end should house the home supporters for the first time. BBC TV cameras were scheduled to cover the game but decided not to in view of the lack of quality floodlights. 46,802 saw the return game at Old Trafford at Easter.

7/Jan/75

15,362 see City lose 1-3 to Arsenal, after extra time, in an FA Cup replay.

31/Jan/75

New policy sees transfers into The Popular Stand only available from the Grosvenor Road end.

22/Mar/75

City beat Fulham 3-2. Brian Pollard gave Bobby Moore, England's 1966 World Cup winning captain a torrid afternoon. Alan Mullery, another ex England international was also in their side.

Jun/75

New floodlights installed on the then existing pylons, each with 30 (more powerful) bulbs rather than the previous 24.

10/Sep/75

Liverpool's first visit to Bootham Crescent results in a lucky 1-0 win in the League Cup.

17/Feb/76

Bootham Crescent hosts a representative match between an FA XI and the Universities Athletics Union. It finished 2-2 with Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles playing for the FA.

24/Feb/76

City's Division 2 lowest crowd of 2,857 see a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Orient.

14/Aug/76

Shipton Street now officially deemed to be the home end. I remember in protest, sitting in The Popular Stand for the first game of the season, a 2-2 draw with Bury. When we scored, I jumped out of my sit, on the way down, my seat broke! Protest over.

7/May/77

Only 1,748 see the last home game of the season, a 1-1 draw with Reading, as City go straight down to Division 4. It was one of three home games to attract attendances below 2,000.

27/Sep/77

All time low crowd of 1,551 see City beat Reading 2-0.

3/Dec/77

New low of 1,284 see City draw 0-0 with Torquay. The season saw 12 home league crowds below 2,000.

1977/8

Club record lowest league seasonal attendance of 48,357 (average 2,102) for our return to Division 4.

16/Dec/78

Highest gate of season see City beat non league Scarborough 3-0 in an FA Cup tie. A new programme shop, inside the club shop, opened.

02/Apr/79

Bootham Crescent hosts Switzerland v Holland Schoolboys International.

Sep/79

Reduced 20p (50p elsewhere) transfer into segregated seated Section Z of the Popular Stand (the section closest to The Shipton Street end). Following a successful trial, the seats were removed by the start of the following season.

02/Oct/79

Rock N Roll revival concert; legend has it that Shakin Stevens was on the bill.

Early 80s

In the early 1980s, cracks started to appear in the concrete wall which had been built in 1956 at the back of the Bootham Crescent end. The rear of the terracing was cordoned off and the capacity of the ground was reduced to under 13,500, less than half the attendance record set in 1938.

05/May/80

Boootham Crescent earmarked to host FA Challenge Vase Final replay (Guisborough Town v Stamford). Stamford won 2-0 at Wembley.

1/Aug/80

Floodlights were updated and improved at a cost of £20,000. They were officially switched on by former Wolves player and Northern Ireland international, Derek Dougan, prior to a friendly game against Grimsby Town on 1 August. The referee for this game was Keith Usher, who was later to become club secretary.

04/May/81

Boootham Crescent earmarked to host FA Challenge Vase Final replay (Whickham (Newcastle) v Willenhall (Wolverhampton)) replay. Whickham won 3-2 at Wembley.

17/Mar/81

Bootham Crescent hosts another FA XI v Universities Athletic Union representative match.

5/May/81

Even a John Byrne goal cannot enliven an all time low league crowd of 1,167 as City lose 1-2 to Northampton on the last day of the season.

1981

In the summer, the gymnasium was built at the Bootham Crescent end for £50,000. To help towards this City received £15,000 from the Sports Council and £20,000 from the Football League Improvement Trust.

03/Apr/82

Bootham Crescent hosts England v Switzerland Schoolboys (U15) International.

28/Aug/82

1,737 see Denis Smith's first game as City Manager. A 0-0 draw with Torquay.

Oct/82

Firework display to celebrate the centenary of the Yorkshire Evening Press.

30/Oct/82

City beat Hartlepool 5-1, towards the end of the game, a handful of disgruntled Hartlepool fans stage a pitch invasion and a sit down protest in the centre circle.

23/Jan/83

7,097 Sunday crowd, bettered only once during the season, see City come from behind to beat Scunthorpe 2-1.

19/Apr/83

Highest crowd of the season see a John Byrne goal beat high flying Hull 1-0. After match violence from the Hull supporters mars the evening.

Jun/83

Improvements were made to the administration facilities. New offices for the manager, secretary, match-day and lottery manager were built together with a vice presidents' lounge. Jack Dunnett, chairman of the Football League, officially opened the lounge prior to a game against Wrexham in November 1983.

3/Sep/83

A new season and only 2,772 turn up to see City beat Rochdale 2-0 at the start of the championship winning season.

21/Feb/84

5,837 see City's first game in the new Associate Members Cup. A 1-2 defeat by Hull.

8/Apr/84

11,297 Sunday crowd, the highest of the season, see a 1-1 draw with second placed Doncaster.

20/Apr/84

Good Friday and City make certain of promotion with a 4-1 win over Halifax in front of 7,120.

28/Apr/84

6,063 turn up to see City beat Hartlepool 2-0 to clinch the championship. It was the first ever instance of the players using the directors box after the game to acknowledge the crowd.

7/May/84

The last home game of the season. 8,026 see City beat Bury 3-0. Roger Jones is presented with the trophy in the directors box by Ian Jones, a member of the Football League Management committee after the game. The game is also memorable for City becoming the first team ever to gain 100 points in a league season.

3/Nov/84

The faithful 2,921 are treated to an inspired Keith Walwyn performance in a 7-1 win over Gillingham in pouring rain. Keith was unplayable, his strength and control when in possession being joy to watch.

26/Jan/85

Millions see City beat Arsenal 1-0 on Match Of The Day as a mobile crane is used for the first time at Bootham Crescent to provide the main TV camera position. Previously a temporary television position had been erected on top of the Popular Stand from which all the TV staff, including the commentator had had to climb up to.

2/Feb/85

10,442 see City beat Wigan 2-0. The main attraction being the issue of vouchers to buy tickets for the forthcoming FA Cup tie with Liverpool.

16/Feb/85

Another frozen pitch and City draw 1-1 with Liverpool. 13,485 see the game. Security fencing was erected for the first time at the ground.

17/Mar/85

A large Bradford City contingent amongst the 10,442 crowd sees their heroes maintain their promotion push with a 2-1 win. The last ever 5 figure attendance for a league game at Bootham Crescent.

Jun/85

During the successful seasons of 1983-4 and 1984-5 many problems had arisen in handling big crowds. This was largely due to the problem of the ground having only two of its four sides available for entry and exit plus the home supporters funnelling through the car-park to the Shipton Street end. Extensive improvements at a cost of approximately £100,000 were made and eight new turnstiles (replacing 4) were installed at that end. At the same time, other ground improvements were made, including dressing rooms refurbishment incorporating new baths and showers, new referee's changing room, physiotherapist's treatment room, improved police control room and new Shipton Street end toilets.

15/Feb/86

12,752 see Liverpool happy to go back to Anfield with a 1-1 draw after another FA Cup Round 5 game.

05/Apr/86

PMH provide security services at Bootham Crescent, the first time a cheaper alternative to the police had been used.

Jun/86

Hospitality boxes were built into the Main Stand. Video equipment was installed inside the ground and crash-barriers strengthened. Ground safety requirements were met and in September 1989 it was announced that the ground capacity had been increased to 14,628.

11/Apr/87

Lowest crowd of the season. Only 2,202 see City beat Newport 3-0.

9/May/87

Denis Smith's last game as City manager. A Martin Butler goal earns a 1-1 draw with Notts County and a one year reprieve from Division 4.

6/Oct/87

Leeds attract 6,059 to Bootham Crescent for a League Cup tie and return home 4-0 victors.

17/Oct/87

Attendance dips below 2,000, to 1,984, for the 2-2 draw with Aldershot. Only 1,932 see City lose 1-2 to Rotherham 3 days later.

18/Dec/87

Season low of 1,801 see a 1-1 draw with Brentford.

9/Feb/88

Yorkshire Evening Press run story on plans to "Roof The Shippo".

4/Mar/88

Public meeting votes to go ahead with plan to "Roof The Shippo".

4/Apr/88

3,215 see City lose 0-2 to Grimsby on Easter Monday. In the Social Club after the game a committee is elected to raise the money to build the roof.

Jun/88

An American football game, as part of the York festival, was played at Bootham Crescent.

3/Dec/88

Season low of 1,698 see City beat Hereford 4-1.

Jan/89

Rugby League football was staged for the first time at Bootham Crescent. York RLFC entertained Leeds and the attendance was 11,347. For the record Leeds won 28-9.

20/Jan/89

Season high of 4,526 see Southampton win a League Cup game 1-0.

Summer/89

Having fallen into dis-use, the scoreboard at the back of the Shipton Street terracing was finally dismantled. City fanzine, In The City noted the irony of its removal as it provided a vey small area of cover for a handful of City supporters on a rainy day before The Longhurst Stand was erected.

Sep/89

Ground capacity announced as 14,628, around half of the ground's record attendance.

Apr/90

A clock, in City's colours, was presented to the club by the parents of Phil Dearlove, a young supporter, who had died a year earler. It was erected on the roof of The Popular Stand.

Apr/90

England manager, Bobby Robson receives an unwarranted volley of abuse when Club Secretary Keith Usher answers his unexpected phone call to Bootham Crescent. Read More

8/Sep/90

David Longhurst dies on the pitch just before half time in the game against Lincoln.

24/Aug/91

David Longhurst Stand sees league action for the first time against Gilingham.

14/Oct/91

The David Longhurst Stand officially opened with a 2-2 friendly against Leeds. David's parents, brother and other family members were in attendance.

22/Oct/91

Bootham Crescent attendance dips below 1,000 for the first time as City draw 1-1 with Carlisle in an Autoglass Cup group game.

7/Nov/92

Family Stand opens (v Barnet).

16/May/93

First ever City play off game at Bootham Crescent. City beat Bury 1-0 to secure our first ever visit to Wembley.

16/Nov/93

Original Family Room opens (v Darlington).

1/Oct/94

City 2 Stockport 4. Shippo The Lion disgraces himself. Read More

Summer/94

Main Stand extended downwards by demolishing the standing Enclosure. The work necessitated extending the Main Stand roof forwards to help keep the rain off the new seating area.

Feb/95

Drainage collapses.

May/95

New drainage pipes laid (main drain across the pitch at Shipton St end and 14 feeder pipes), it runs the length of the pitch. Cost about £11,000 (Philliskirk & Sons, Green Hammerton were the contractors).

Jun/95

New 500 lux lights costing £122,000 were installed on new retractable 27.5 metre high pylons. They were supplied by Thorvill Electricals of Staffordshire. The old lights (30m high) were destined for York RI.

1995

New Family Room opens.

13/Oct/96

England Under 16s beat Northern Ireland 4-0. Michael Owen scored all 4.

Dec/99

Shareholders (most shares were owned by board members) vote to create a new company to own the ground, allaying fears that in the event of the club being liquidated, the ground's ownership might pass onto The Football Association due to their regulations. The board members become owners of the ground via Bootham Crescent Holdings plc.

22/Aug/2000

Bootham Crescent hosts its first Leeds United reserve game until a new season long agreement. Unfortunately, due to the state of the pitch, the arrangement was short lived. Read More.

2001

Club's offer to buy The Territorial Army barracks land behind The Popular Stand rejected.

20/Dec/01

At the AGM, Douglas Craig announces the board intend to resign at the end of the season and asks investors to buy club.

9/Jan/02

With a "Save City " campaign underway, the board announce Bootham Crescent will close on June 30 and that the football club will have to vacate the ground by that date. Talks regarding a move to Huntington are underway and its revealed to buy the ground and club will cost £4.5 million.

15/Mar/02

It was announced that John Batchelor, from the soup family, had bought the club and ground. A flamboyant individual (he'd twice changed his name by deed poll to support sponsorship deals), he announced plans to make City unique, combining his motor racing interests with City, cracking the New York City and American market whilst having Supporters Trust representation on the board. After the Craig years, he was seen as a saviour. Quickly, he announced a 3 year sponsorship deal with Persimmon Homes, doubts about his credibility started to surface when he announced funds from the sponsorship would be split between City and his motor racing team. John Stabler and York Rugby League were the underbidders. Subsequently, it was revealed that Batchelor paid just £1 for the club, £400,000 of the Persimmon Homes deals was diverted away from the football club and that Batchelor made £120,000 from City. Also, as part of his deal with Craig, Batchelor had agreed that City would vacate Bootham Crescent by the end of the 2002/3 season.

28/Nov/02

With mounting debts, City enter a creditors' voluntary agreement. The Supporters Trust is once again mobilised and with backing from the McGill family take ownership of the club on 26th March 2003.

Feb/04

Its announced after a 2 year struggle with Bootham Crescent Holdings and Persimmon Homes, City have won the right to remain at Bootham Crescent.

1/May/04

Tearful scenes as City lose 1-2 at home to Leyton Orient, with relegation to the Conference previously confirmed, it was City's last home game of the season.

Summer/04

Details of the deal for City to remain at Bootham Crescent were revealed. A year's hard work, led by Jason McGill, ended in a £2 million loan from The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), a subsidiary of The Football Foundation. It allowed City to buy over 75% of Bootham Crescent Holdings, including all the shares owned by Persimmon Homes. The deal saw Douglas Craig paid over £1 million and 2 other directors (Barry Swallow and Colin Webb) over £172,000 each.

Jan/05

Bootham Crescent renamed Kitkat Crescent as the club announce a 5 year sponsorship deal with Nestle, its believed City received £100,000 per year which covered the interest on the loan the club took out to buy back Bootham Crescent.

05/Mar/05

Amy Rainer becomes the first female referee to take charge of a Bootham Crescent (or York City) game as City take on Exeter City.

23/Apr/05

Hundreds of fans invade pitch at the end of the first season back in non league football to celebrate 4-0 win over Farnborough and hopefully the start of a glorious new era under Billy McEwan.

23/Apr/05

Hundreds of fans invade pitch at the end of the first season back in non league football to celebrate 4-0 win over Farnborough and hopefully the start of a glorious new era under Billy McEwan.

4/May/07

6,660 see City and Morecambe draw 0-0 in the Conference play off semi final, the highest Conference Bootham Crescent crowd for City.

10/Mar/08

... The lowest Conference League attendance was 1,567 for the 3-2 win over Exeter City.

4/Nov/08

... The lowest ever attendance for a competitive game was just 609 for 1-1 draw (City win on penalties) in the Conference League Cup Round 3 game with Mansfield.

Spring/09

Last reserve team game at Bootham Crescent as City withdraw from The Pontins League.

17/Apr/10

City draw their final home game of the season 1-1 with already relegated Grays and end the season in 3rd place. Many games were played on badly drained (or waterlogged) and heavily sanded pitches, some argued that the pitch's poor state contributed to our relatively poor home record as it made it more difficult to play our passing football and easier for visiting teams to sit back and play for a draw.

2012

More drainage problems see a heavily sanded pitch throughout most of the 2012/3 season. The pitch recovered and received much praise throughout the 2013/4 season.

05/Feb/13

Bootham Crescent hosts the first of 2 non league games, Harrogate Town v Workington Town (managed by Darren Edmondson) in the Blue Square Sky North as Harrogate's ground is suffering from persistent and torrential rain.

05/Mar/13

Bootham Crescent hosts Gateshead v Kidderminster in the Blue Square Sky North as Gateshead's ground is suffering from heavy rains.

05/May/13

Bootham Crescent hosts the FA Women's Premier League Cup Final. Aston Villa beat Leeds United 5–4 on penalties after a 0–0 extra time draw.

2015

Pitch suffers from a grass disease during the second half of the 2014/5 season causing the top 3 inches of the pitch to come away from the sub soil. With the ongoing dispute with York City Knights, rugby league doesn't make its long awaited return to Bootham Crescent.

Aug/15

In support of the men’s health charity Prostate Cancer UK, City rename their away stand as ‘The Prostate Cancer UK Stand’ for the 2015/2016 season.

22/Jan/16

Rugby league returns to Bootham Crescent. After a false start on January 3, when the friendly with Hull was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, York City Knights narrowly lose 16-20 to Castleford in a pre season friendly.

28/Feb/16

Competetive rugby league returns to Bootham Crescent as York City Knights beat city rivals York Acorn 66-0 in Round 3 of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup in front of 2,293. Read More.

24/Jul/16

York City Knight's first end of season Super 8 game against Doncaster is postponed when they can't come to an agreement with the York City Council for the use of Bootham Crescent, the overuse of the ground being cited. Agreement is later reached for the Super 8 games but ultimately it leads to the demise of John Guildford's York City Knights.

11/Nov/16

Bootham Crescent hosts Middlesbrough Under 23s against Charlton Under 23s. City receive a £3,000 hosting fee from Middlesbrough for staging the match.

11/Feb/17

City’s Vanarama National League game against Maidstone United is City’s fourth annual Football v Homophobia match. The club used the match to promote the message that football is for everyone regardless of sexuality and discrimination of any form is not welcome in the game. As part of the club’s efforts to tackle homophobia and to show support for the local LGBT community, City donated 50 tickets for the match to York Pride.

8/Mar/17

York Council now saying work on the Community Stadium will start in September 2018 and complete around late 2019, subject to gettng a builder contracted to do the work. Read more.

29/Apr/17

BT Sports televise City's game with Forest Green. With a commentary box above The Supporters Club Bar, there were 6 mounted cameras on The Pop Stand side (one on top, 2 each taking up a block of about 20 seats towards the back of the stand at either end and 3 pitch side, one about level with each penalty area and one on the halfway line. There was another high on the terrace at the Bootham Crescent end and one under the floodlight pylon near the Longhurst stand entrance.

30/Jul/17

2,602 see history made as York City Knights defeat unbeaten, table topping Toronto Wolfpack by 26-16. It was the highest gate for a Knights' home game since 3,106 saw a televised Championship One game with Oldham at Huntington Stadium in June 2009.

07/Aug/17

Bootham Crescent is transformed into the 1936 Berlin Olympic stadium (with all associated paraphernalia visible inside the ground) as 2 weeks of filming starts at the ground on a new Bollywood spectacular to commemorate India's first post independence Olympic gold medal. Senior nazi officals could be seen in the car park as hockey scenes were filmed on the pitch. Read More.

01/Dec/17

Diggers move into Monks Cross. The stadium build is underway with a forecast opening date of summer 2019. Read More.

18/Feb/18

York City Knights 20 Bradford Bulls 22. The Knights lose to a last kick penalty in their first game of the new Betfred League 1 season in front of a Knights record crowd of 4,281. The Bulls fans took over the Longhurst Stnmd and it rocked.

23/Mar/18

Bootham Crescent hosts England Schoolboys Under 18 Centenary Shield game with Scotland. The hosts go down 2-0 in front of an 841 attendance. For Emmanuel Ogunrinde, it was a second Bootham Crescent defeat of the season, he was a member of Salford City’s youth side that lost to City in an FA Youth Cup tie in the autumn.The game was live on Freesports TV. Read More.

22/Apr/18

3,081 see York City Knights narrowly lose 22-34 to top flight Catalan Dragons in Round 5 (Last 16) of The Rugby League Challenge Cup.

29/Apr/18

Bootham Crescent witnesses a world professional rugby league record score and winning margin as York City Knights beat West Wales by 144 - 0 (25 tries).


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