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City's Keepers

One feature that ran across several issues of new frontiers in the early 1990s was a series on City's goalkeepers between 1929 and 1994. They appear here in an updated form together with details of those keepers who wore our gloves since those days
Intro 1929-39 World War 2 1946-1970
1970-1994 1994-2015+ City Long Serving Career Long Serving
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Many would say the goalkeeper is the most important member of the side. Every action that he makes is watched intensely by the crowd, all his good work is applauded, every mistake he makes is magnified. His bad mistakes lead directly to goals.

Sometimes the hero, though more often than not, remembered as the villain.

Throughout the history of York City Football Club, we have been served by a string of fine keepers. From John Farmery, City's first every keeper who performed heroically in early FA Cup ties against Newcastle, to the 1994 custodian, Dean Kiely. Among their number, names such as Des Thompson, Tommy Forgan, Mike Walker, Graeme Crawford and Roger Jones have been stalwarts to the club and have, rightly, been recognised as fine lower division keepers. Even as I write in 2016, our current keeper Michael Ingham is approaching Tommy Forgan's record of City clean sheets. In recent years, some might argue that even better keepers, the likes of David Stockdale and Paul Robinson have slipped through the net.

Since its inception in 1974, 4 keepers (Eddie Blackburn, Chris Marples, Alan Fettis (twice) and Michael Ingham) have been voted our Bily Fenton Clubman Of The Year. That means quality keepers, the likes of Graeme Crawford, Roger Jones and Dean Kiely have missed out. I'm sure, if asked, many City supporters would have suggested they should have won the award.

The original of this series pre-dated Dave Batters' excellent series on City goalkeepers that appeared in the programme during the 1996/7 season.

Also: Yorkmix on City's keepers

Footnote: Although focusing on City's keepers since we first entered The Football League in 1929, special mention must be made of Joe Berridge who played for City's reserve team in the 1920s when the club was based at Fulfordgate and played in the Midland and Yorkshire Leagues. His son, John, aged 83, a lifetime Supporters' Trust member, bequeathed £1,000 to City following a short battle against cancer. His grandson persented the cheque to City before the Leamington game, the final home game of the 2017/8 season. Read More.

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