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Aitken, Peter. Short term signing from Bristol Rovers who when offered a contract extension preferred something nearer his Bristol home. He found a new club in Hong Kong.

Atkinson, Paddy. Born in Singapore, he probably should have stayed there. Favourite of Alan Little and all the boo boys. Possibly one in a long list of Cityís worst ever players.

Barmby, Jeff. Young reserve striker from the early 1960s, he later had a long and successful career at non league Scarborough in a side that was built around City cast offs and won 3 times at Wembley. Father of Nick.

Barras, Tony. Invented the Rio Ferdinand lazy centre half role, history didnít record whether or not he failed a drugs test but I suspect he didnít sip coffee with internationals and he certainly didnít have plaits in his hair.

Batchelor, John. Went one better than Roman Abramovich when having bought the club, he made his debut as a substitute against Woking.

Bertos, Leo. If New Zealand had qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals and if he was still with City, he would, if selected, have been the first current City player to play in the World Cup finals. Failed on all accounts but still ended up marking Ronaldinho for New Zealand against Brazil in their final friendly before the World Cup started. What change of Nathan Peat repeating the feat in 2010?

Bishop, Andy. Probably Chris Brassí best signing a free from Walsall. Had 2 seasons with us before joining Bury in May 2006. The day after his departure was announced he fulfilled a commitment to be joint guest speaker at the Harrogate Minstermenís social evening. He gave a lucid account of his time with City and said when he signed his contract, City and other clubs, including Walsall and Kidderminster, had made verbal offers but only Bury had put a contract in front of him. Incidentally, another departee, Dave Merris, was the other guest speaker.

Bowey, Steve. Turned down Scottish Premier League outfit St Mirren for a part time contract with City. The new Ginner?

Buchanan, David. Was the better half of a potent partnership in various Leicester junior sides with Gary Lineker. Lost his way and ended up in the reserves at Sunderland. Joined City on loan when Marco Gabbiadini signed for the Roker Park outfit. We very quickly sent him back after his loan spell.

Bull, Gary. Holds some kind of City record for scoring a City hat trick in 1996, his feat wasn't repeated for 9 years until Joe O'Neill's 2005 hat trick at Southport.

Byrne, John. First former City player to later play in the World Cup. Last seen working as a chiropodist in Sussex.

Calvert, Cliff. One of the few players from our 2 seasons in the old Division 2 (1974-6) to go onto better things. He secured a £30,000 move to Sheffield United. Emigrated to Canada where he is believed to be a fireman. Son in law of Keith Usher.

Convery, Mark. Right sided midfielder. How low have we sunk when a Darlo cast off becomes a City star. How I yearn for the days when our casts off become their stars, Peter Bainbridge, Eddie Rowles, John Williams and Gary Himsworth included, remember them well.

Crossley, Richard. Early 90s reserve defender. Featured on TV documentary, Darren Tilley and Craig (son of Sam) Allardyce on their careers in Chinese football which is best remembered for Allardyce complaining about not liking China because he missed chips and The Sun.

Czucman, Mike. Decent defender, preferred live on the dole in Grimsby to travelling daily to York when offered a new contract.

Dunphy, Eamon. AKA Ann OíRobinson as presenter of the Irish version of "The Weakest Link". Got on everyoneís bad side, including Jack Charlton and Bono. Part time speech writer for The Irish premier. Decent author. Former City midfielder.

Eccles, Jennifer. Striker who didn't. Rumoured to have been christened Terry but definitely played like a girl.

Farrell, Craig. Latest in a long line of non scoring strikers. His touch and general play suggest the new Gary Bull. An away hat trick or two would confirm that impression. Wrexham away?, Craig.

Hay, Alan. His player profile listed the likes of Ziggys, Stringfellows and The Pink Lady as his previous clubs, far better than Bolton and Bristol City.

Hotte, Tim. Loan signing from Hull, most memorable at the time for his name, almost certain to be a relative of Mark.

Hunter, Gordon. Too small to be a professional footballer, especially a defender, but that didn't stop Wilf McGuinness playing him at centre half in the original Division 2. Disappeared from the game after leaving City in 1978, just as he did during the game when at City.

Jordan, Scott. Outshone Paul Scholes and Nick Butt in our 0-5 defeat at Old Trafford in The FA Youth Cup Quarter Final, and again when we beat United in The 1995 Football League Cup. Who knows what might have happened if he'd had ginger hair.

Kay, Roy. Signed from Celtic at the time when Scottish exports adorned English football. Full back Captain under Charlie Wright, equally adept (and bad) in either full back role, although I recall him scoring twice in one match, Don't ask me how.

Kilby, Graham. Former City Under 14 in the era of Joe Shaw / Tom Johnston. He'd train on the pitch twice a week, occasionally, he'd see one of his colleagues disappear down the tunnel with the manager, never to be seen again. Eventually, he was to suffer the same fate, only it wasnít the grisly fate he feared. It was the end of his City footballing career, released at 14. Nowadays, a stalwart of the Youth City Youth Development Fund and York City Supporters Trust.

Kitching, Phil. Who?

Lally, Pat. Right wing half, powerful going forward with a distinctive style of running (arms flapping) and venomous shot. If he'd been born a generation earlier, I'd swear that the Subbuteo player was modelled on him.

Leaf, Andy. Late 70s junior whose name was the answer to a question on BBCís "A Question Of Sport", in the one minute round, the team had to name 3 parts of a tree.

Logie, David. "Carthorse who couldnít run, striker, rarely scored", Alastair Smith.

Lorimer, Peter. Legendary Scottish midfielder who after leaving City went into to break Leeds United's all time goal scoring record.

Lyons, Barry. Formed one of City's most fearsome ever midfields alongside Emmanuelle Panther and Christian Fox.

Mallon, Ryan. Prolific attacking midfield player in Football Manager 2006, taking over the role that Steve Bushell had originally made his own in Championship Manager 2.

McClaren Steve. City Boys star. Even as a boy, believed to frequent the terraces at Elland Road more than those at Bootham Crescent. Check back for details of his imminent appearance as guest speaker at a branch meeting.

McMahon, Kev. Newcastle reserve striker and powerful header (some said more powerful than his feet). His best move for City was the one that took him to Barnsley in exchange for Jimmy Seal.

McMordie, Eric. Supposedly skilful left sided midfield player signed by McGuiness when coming towards the end of his career with Middlesbrough. Chief (probably only) claim to fame was that he originally accompanied George Best (RIP) to Old Trafford when they were both just 14. With Derek Downing formed a City left wing partnership which wasn't a patch on the Phil Burrows / Ian Butler left wing partnership that had got us promoted to Division 2.

MacPhail, John. Star central defender, best remembered for getting caught using an Under 24 person railcard when 28 and with Sheffield United. Not sure if he thought he could get away with it being a footballer or whether being a footballer he was dumb enough to think he wouldn't get caught in the town where he was well known.

Murty, Graeme. Woody tells a good story about him from our Dublin tour of 95 when he first came to attention in the bar after the friendly in Dublin against St Patrick's Athletic in 1995 as news of Jon McCarthy's departure was breaking. Fans, lamenting the lose of our right winger and a dearth of replacements at the club, a little high pitched voice piped up, "what about me?", on turning around and looking down, it was 17 year old Murty, almost in tears. Alan Little took pity on him and the rest is history. More recently, he ignored repeated requests from our branch to be a guest at one of our meetings. First former City player to go on to be a regular captain in The Premiership.

Ogden, Alan. The only one of Tom Johnstone's free transfer signings from Sheffield United not to make an impact at York. First former professional footballer to have a successful heart transplant operation.

Panther, Emmanuelle. Strong midfield player, with a first name like Emmanuelle he had to be strong as a boy in Glasgow.

Parkin, Jon. Bill Shankly had Ron Yeats, Terry Dolan had Parkin.

Pepper, Nigel. Originator of the Claude Makelele, sitting in front of his defence, stopping opposing attacks and launching our own. The prototype role had Pepper scoring which is something Makelele doesn't do. Ended his Football League career on a stretcher with a broken leg, it got worse, as he was carried off, he got the red card for something he said to the ref.

Peverell, Nick. Our 11th man at Old Trafford. The one whose name is always forgotten. Came from nowhere and disappeared back there.

Peyton, Noel. Republic of Ireland international (6 caps) and former Revie irregular, he joined City in 1963. A skilful and industrious inside forward, he lost his starting place after suffering a bad knee injury. Joined Barnstaple as player manager in 1965. Returned to York, where 40 years he is now a regular at Bootham Crescent. One of a short line of ex Leeds players, step on down, Bobby Sibbald, Albert Johanneson and Ron Hillyard, who graced City in the 1960s. Currently, he is treasurer of the Leeds United Ex-Players Association and still keeps in contact with some of his old pals from his playing days. Probably, including those with whom he spent many a close season painting the houses in New Earswick for the Rowntrees Trust. He tells of paint, brushes and ladders regularly going "missing" when coming back from toilet breaks and having to hunt down the gear in all the gardens, oh happy days. Or the time coming back from lunch and racing each from Wigginton to New Earswick so as to be first back and bag a good parking spot by going the wrong way around roundabouts!! Remember it well, 1960s, hardly a car on the road when 2 come flying past the primary school and nearly knocked me off my tricycle.

Pollard, Brian. Outstanding schoolboy half back at rugby league where he wasnít interested in football. He saw the light and won England youth honours, one of 3 City players, Cliff Calvert and Mike de Placido were the others, who played in the same England side. Went onto play for Watford in their meteoric rise to fame. Most famous teammate in that schoolboy rugby league side was Josh "Arthur Bottom"Easby.

Randall, Adrian. Alan Little chased him for about 9 months before signing him for a club record £140,000. Little struggled to find the best position for the cultured (and educated) midfield player before shipping him out to Bury within 5 months for £120,000.

Reid, Jimmy. Hard man teenage midfielder signed from Glasgow in the early 1970s. Never made the grade (or a debut) with City but eventually found his level with New Earswick. Started the trend for naming offspring after their place of conception when his son, Arran (now a City junior keeper) was born.

Robinson, Paul. Former City Boys Under 14 released with the words, "Son, you'll never make a keeper", ringing in his ears. Later played for Leeds, Spurs and England.

Robinson, Paul. Replaced Alan Shearer in the Newcastle team but couldn't make a name for himself at City.

Robinson, Paul. Paul Robinson's twin striker who you couldn't tell apart from his twin. Neither scored.

Ross, Tommy. Took almost 40 years to score the fastest ever hat trick in British senior football. A hat trick he scored earlier in his career for Ross (yes, Tommy played for Ross) County in Scotland was only verified by The Guinness Book Of Records as the fastest ever almost 40 years after the event when documentary evidence of the timings came to light.

Sbragia, Ricky. Alongside Michael Sinclair, the only person from the club to purchase a full set of New Frontiers.

Sertori, Mark "He hit rock bottom and then started digging", Josh, not sure if thatís before or after he joined City. I think we hit rock bottom if we thought he and fellow Halifax teammate Kevin Hulme could improve us.

Smith, Kevan. Mid 1980s central defender who after leaving City went onto enjoy a European Cup campaign. His Sliema Wanderers (Malta) suffered a large preliminary round defeat.

Smith, Shaun. "He was slow, uninspired and no control", Ray Goodearl, a man of many words when just "No good" would have done.

Staniforth, Gordon. I recall one of his last games (first spell) at Wigan, then newly elected to The Football League, 1-0 down at half time, 2 locals with flat caps and no teeth took great pride and joy in their performance and how bad we were. We escaped with our lives as they threatened to attack us with their black puddings. Swapping ends, we enjoyed an excellent 2nd half as we raced into a 5-1 lead, with Peter Lorimer pulling the strings, Gordon ran riot to bag a hat trick.

Stone, John. Top scorer from Middlesbrough Intermediates. Starred as a defender as we entered Division 2. Crooked by Barry Swallow in a game against Sunderland and never the same afterwards. And you thought Swallow did no wrong until 2003.

Swann, Gary. 1993 Wembley play off hero. Turned down a contract extension with City to try his luck in Hong Kong. Last seen playing local league football in Sussex. Hobbies. Just one, watching his video of the 1993 Play Off Final. Endlessly.

Taylor. We've had several since Archie but none to get excited about.

Tilley, Darren. See Richard Crossley. Also featured in a double page spread in "The Weekly News" on his later career in Canadian football shortly after taking a Canadian bride.

Topping, Chris. "Tall, dark and handsome and I did some baby sitting for him", Dot

Topping, Chris. "Couldnít pass the ball to save his life. Didnít like him because he was ugly and had bandy legs", Pete

Tutill, Steve. Former defender who stopped opposing and kept them locked up for 90 minutes. Probably doing the same now to Premiership stars (past and present) in his day job as a prison warden at Full Sutton.

Walwyn, Keith. "110% effort every game and talent too", Ray Goodearl.

Walwyn, Keith. "10, 20,30, 40, 50 or more. Mean Keith Walwyn is running up the score. Many men died trying to end the spree of the big striker for York City", Alastair Smith, sung to the tune of Adam Antís Prince Charming. Alastair scored no points for his musical rendition. I donít recall the last half of the ditty and he would have scored more points of heĎd put the lyrics to Duescher Girls. Plastic Surgery or similar.

Whitehead, Alan. Centre half signed from Brentford for £45,000 by Denis Smith who as a former centre half should have known better. Nicknamed "Concorde", you only had to see his nose to know he didn't get the nickname for his speed.

Wilkinson, Norman. Centre forward who wouldn't give up his day job. Instead of that extra shooting practice in the afternoon, he'd dash back home to his cobbler's shop. Imagine, how much more potent he would have been if he'd kept his mind on the job. Imagine how dire some of our latter days strikers would have been if they'd had to work for a living. Set City's goal scoring record which stood until Keith Walwyn came along and still gets to some City games from his Durham home, that's when he's not scouting for City.

Wilkinson, Norman. Star of our 1955 FA Cup side, a friend was drag kicking and screaming to Bootham Crescent one May evening about 10 years later for his first City game, his dad took him to see Wilkinson in the last reserve game of the season, Wilkinsonís last game before hew retired.

Williams, Darren. Talented young midfielder who fell out of favour with Alan Little after splitting up with Little's teenage daughter.

Woodcock, Tony. Ex England and Nottingham Forest striker who almost joined City

Woodward, John. Ex Arsenal player and possibly the Paddy Atkinson of his era. Highlight of his Gunners career was probably the time he got flung over a car by Lazio players after a European tie in Rome, the golden era when the teams used to fraternise over a beer and a bonnet after kicking lumps out of each other. In his player profile in the City programme, he named his wife and dogs as family when everyone else named their wife and children. So if you mate went out with a dog in York in the 1980s or 1990s she was probably Miss Woodward.