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City History - York City's Hall Of Fame

York City were founded in 1922 and in our history, there are many people who deserve a place our hall of fame for all their efforts in to shape the club. *** ADD SOMETHING ABOUT THE CLUB'S REPUTATION ***

Further nominations for inclusion in the hall of fame should be emailed to the address below.

  1. Paul Aimson
  2. Dave Batters
    Dave was a lifelong City supporter. He began supporting City in October 1948 when he saw his beloved City beat Mansfield 2-1 in October 1948 with his uncle. It was 1974 and promotion to Division 2 when his name became well known to many City supporters. That season, he made his debut as a programme contributor in the enlarged matchday programme. Since, he has penned many series of articles in the match day programme, they included season by season, on this day, memorable matches and famous players.
    He was happy to share his encyclopaedic knowledge with everyone and when we launched the Shipton Street Roof Appeal, it was suggested that Dave write a book detailing the history of City. The book became part of the Breedon Books “A Complete History” series and was published in June 1990. To his great credit, Dave donated all proceeds from the book to the Roof Appeal. An updated version was published in 2008. To this day, the books are a constant source of reference to City supporters the world over. His attention to detail meant his works soon became the definitive reference for many City queries that arose. For many years, he was a regular contributor to City’s programme, Yorkpress and other publications.
    At home, he built up a huge wealth of City material incusing scrapbooks, cuttings a programmes and other memorabilia which in later years, along with his son he transferred to computer.
    For over 35 years, he also commentated on City for York Radio Hospital.
    Dave died at home in July 2014, aged 75.
    Former Press sports editor Malcolm Huntington said: "Anyone who has had the good fortune to write about football for a living will know only too well that a great deal can depend on the information at one's fingertips. There have been a huge number of occasions when I have been deeply grateful for the knowledge and help of David Batters, who had the most obscure facts and figures at his command. Every club depends a lot on - and is lucky to have - men like David. "A supporter since 1948, he has charted the progress of the club over the years with meticulous care and all those who delight in watching football and York City in particular owe him a great debt of gratitude. He will be sorely missed." Long-standing City supporter Graham Bradbury said: "Dave was one of the nicest chaps around - and with a mind of endless information and statistics”.
  3. Steve Beck
  4. Arthur Bottom
  5. Phil Burrows
  6. Josh Easby
  7. Billy Fenton
  8. Tommy Forgan
    Signed in the summer of 1954, Tommy Forgan quickly established himself as first choice keeper.
    He was to stay with City for 12 years before leaving league football at the age of 36. His 388 league appearances as a City keeper are unlikely ever to be beaten. He also established a club record 120 clean sheets which still stands to this day although Michael Ingham got agonisingly close to matching it.
    Forgan’s City career got off to a flying start. He proved a more than able keeper as City shocked the footballing world by reaching the FA Cup semi-final. In Round 3 at Blackpool, as Stanley Matthews inspired home side pressed strongly in the last 10 minutes, Forgan flung himself high to his left to punch away Jim Kelly’s penalty kick to preserve City’s 2 goal lead. Later, he was City’s regular keeper in both of our first 2 promotions years (1958 and 1965).
    Surprisingly on signing, Forgan wasn’t confident he would even be first choice, however, local lad Mick Granger’s national service severely restricted his availability. Granger’s class was confirmed when he was elected the armed forces player of the year in 1957 when serving in Hong Kong. Many City supporters of the era would justifiably agree that Forgan and Granger were the best pair of keepers to serve together for City.
    He won representative honours in April 1957 when selected to play for Division 3 North against Division 3 South.
  9. Keith Houchen
  10. Malcolm Huntington
  11. Barry Jackson
  12. Tom Johnston
  13. Jason McGill
    Jason has been a lifelong City supporter. As a boy in the 1980s, he sat in The Popular Stand with little sister Sophie and their Dad. Jason, like he Dad (born in London and a former Spurs youth team player), Rob, was a talented footballer playing reserve team football for then non league Wycombe Wanderers whilst at university in London.
    In 2003, Jason donated £50,000 to the save our club campaign as their family’s influence became more to the fore. By this time, Sophie had been employed at the club by Douglas Craig. He joined York City as a director after the Supporters' Trust completed their takeover of the club on 26 March 2003, eventually taking the role of managing director in September 2004 after Steve Beck resigned as chairman. He was heavily involved in negotiating the deal for York City to gain full control of Bootham Crescent, after over 99% of the shareholders of Bootham Crescent Holdings voted in favour of the deal in January 2005. He also secured sponsorship from Nestlé Rowntree for Bootham Crescent in January 2005, which saw the ground renamed KitKat Crescent.
    The York City Supporters' Trust voted by three to one to accept a takeover offer made by McGill at a meeting on 6 June 2006. His company J M Packaging offered to invest a substantial sum into the club, in return for a majority shareholding. He took the role of chairman at York by the start of the 2008–09 season. He is Managing Director of J M Packaging Ltd based in Malton.
  14. Frank Ormston
    Frank’s early City supporting days were in the dark days of the late 1960s as City suffered 3 re-election seasons. He has been a regular on the terraces ever since, including one long spell in the 1980s when he saw every home and away game over several seasons.
    In 1981, he was one of the brains behind “Terrace Talk”, City’s first fanzine (and the first in England in the 1980s) and was at the forefront of the fanzine boom. His expertise called upon by many other fanzines, as far away as Swansea and London both at club and national level, in the days before “When Saturday Comes” as fan culture swept across the country. “Terrace Talk” was a campaigning fanzine and was never afraid to call the club to task in a way that the local press could never do. Although often not seeing eye to eye with the club’s directors, the club appreciated that Frank and Terrace Talk held dearly the well being of York City and the directors and were not afraid to liaise with him and to gain an understanding of supporters’ opinion and views in the days before internet message boards just as clubs were realising that supporters mattered. When the Football Supporters’ Association was formed in the mid 1980s following the Heysel disaster, Frank was approached by the FSA to form the North Yorkshire branch as the FSA sought to grow spread its Merseyside roots across England. The Shipton Street Roof Appeal was initiated via a “Terrace Talk” article. Frank was a passionate and leading member of the appeal.
    Frank has continued to support City and when the Craig / Batchelor days came to an end, he was a prominent member of the City Supporters’ Trust and subsequently a leading light in the York City Minstermen.
    To this day, he plays a prominent role in the York City Minstermen. At home games, invariably you’ll see him in the carpark or near the turnstiles selling 50:50 fundraising tickets.
  15. Gary Mills
  16. Danny Parslow
  17. George Sherrington
    If anyone could really claim the title of ‘Mr York City’, it was George William Sherrington for his long service and unyielding dedication in a series of different roles. Born on Tyneside in November 1890, Sherrington, known as ‘Billy’, was one of the founder members of the club and amongst its original directors.
    Initially appointed as honorary secretary in 1924, he steered City through a number of difficulties on the way to finally attaining Football League membership in 1929. With the increased workload that brought, ‘Billy’ took on the role of full-time secretary in February 1930 while relinquishing his directorship post.
    But the resignation of manager Jock Collier the following month witnessed Sherrington combining the roles of secretary and first-team boss for the next three years. During that time City also switched homes from Fulfordgate to Bootham Crescent. Between September 1954 and March 1956, he notably worked alongside trainer Tom Lockie in a dual caretaker manager capacity – and famously helped steer the club into the FA Cup semi-finals.
    In total, Sherrington served as secretary for 37 years, until his retirement in 1961. He was later appointed as the club’s first-ever vice-president before becoming its president in 1966.
  18. Norman Wilkinson

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