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WORK IN PROGRESS York City. Reserve and youth team football

York City have a long history of reserve team football, at one stage fielding 2 reserve sides. Since the 1960s, City have had a youth policy which has regularly seen youngsters (our first ever apprentice professional was Chris Topping) progressing through the ranks and into the first team

York City's Reserve Side - The History

The current York City Football Club was founded in April 1922 and entered a side in the Midland League in the 1922/3 season. The following season, a reserve side was formed and they played in The Yorkshire League as well as competing in local competitions. In 1931, the reserves moved to The Midland League, it was a wider geographical spread and included games against reserve sides of more league clubs. For the 1934/5 season, for financial reasons, the reserves reverted to The Yorkshire League where they remained until re-joining The Midland League in 1947.

In 1938, as the first team reached Round 6 of the FA Cup, the reserves lifted the Yorkshire League Championship, eclipsing 1931 and 1937 when they were runners up (1937 on goal average).

With regional football ending in 1958, reserve team football also underwent a re-vamp. City’s reserves entered the new North Regional League. It was essentially reserve team football for the lower league clubs whilst the north’s bigger clubs’ reserve sides entered The Central League. City remained here until 1966 when reverting to the Yorkshire League (Division 2), gaining promotion in the first season, followed by immediate relegation in the next season (1967/8). In summer 1968, the reserve side was scrapped and an intermediate (Youth, under 18) side entered the Northern Intermediate League. In 1969, the reserve side was re-instated, meaning for the first time since 1955 did City field 3 teams.

In August 1984, City joined the Central League, completing in Division 2. At the time it covered the north of England and was the highest level of reserve team football. The Southern Combination was the equivalent league in the south.

In 2009, Martin Foyle disbanded City's reserve team due to financial constraints during the first non league era. It was not re-instated until 2016 under Jackie McNamara.

York City's Reserve Side - Season By Season

Season

Notes

1922/3

No reserve side

1923-31

Yorkshire League

1931-39

Midland League

1945/6

Resume in Yorkshire League

1946/7

Win Yorkshire League League Cup

1947/8

Revert to Midland League

1948/9

Top 6 in Midland League, scoring over 100 goals
Win NRSC for the first time, beating Middlesbrough3-0 at Ayresome Park (07/Apr/50).

1950/1

First time a 3rd team entered in Yorkshire League.
For one season only before 3rd team disbanded

1951/2

1952/3

1953/4

1954/5

Midland League.
24 teams, fairly equal mix of FL and non league sides covering Wisbech, Kings Lynn and Corby to Scarborough and including Notts F and Hull.
Finish lower mid table with Bainbridge as top scorer.

1955/6

Midland League. 24 teams
YCFC finish in Top 6
“A” team return to Yorkshire League, 16 teams, YC as only league team, winning promotion to Division 1 at the first attempt
City regularly fielded 3 teams every Saturday

1956/7

Reserves finish in Top 5
3rd team relegated

1957/8

ML – 24 teams – “well placed” in upper mid table
Robertson top score
YL Division 2 – 14 team, Leeds, YC and 12 NL – mid table
GR Powell top score

1958/9

North Regional League - 20 teams (FL reserve sides Workington, Carlisle, Port v, Gateshead, Grimsby, Sunderland, Middlesbrough) – Upper mid table
YL YC Only league club - struggle

1959/60

NRL 22 teams Upper mid table
Hill top scorer, Tait 2nd top scorer
Yorkshire League - Walker and Franks leading scorers – mid table

1960/1

NRL 21 (Gateshead dropped out) – Bottom 6 all season. Tait top score
YL – Lower mid table
Thomas and Batty leading scorers

1961/2

1962/3

North Regional League – 17 teams, FL reserve teams.
Season long race with Doncaster to win bottom place, goals shared amongst over 20 players, no stand out scorer
Yorkshire League – 15 teams, YCFC – only FL team Turner top score, struggle in bottom 4

1963/4

North Regional League – 17 teams, FL reserve teams.
No 3rd team

1964/5

North Regional League.
21 teams
Struggle in bottom 4 all seasons.
Ian Burden top score

1965/6

North Regional League. Leave at end of season.
Bottom 4 all season
Ken Morton top score

1966/7

Yorkshire League (Division 2). 16 team Yorkshire based league, including Bradford City, Doncaster Rovers and other traditional non league teams.
Promoted.
Enter Bootham United in the York Sunday League. Under the guidance of Ron Spence, the young side won promotion in their first (and only) season.

1967/8

Yorkshire League (Division 1). 17 team Yorkshire based league, with City as the only FL club.
Bottom 6 finish

1968/9

Intention was to enter the North Midlands League
Ended up with no 2nd team

1969/70

Enter North Midlands League
15 team league with Middlesbrough, Hull and Division 3 / 4 teams from around Yorkshire and its fringes
Finish upper mid table
Kevin McMahon was top scorer (he was also joint City top scorer in D4

1970/1

NML
15 teams
Mid table with David Jones was top scorer

1971/2

NML
15 teams
Struggling season (7+ wins)
Rowles and de Placido were top scorers

1972/3

NML
15 teams
Mid table finish
Billy Yeats and Mike de Placido were top scorers

1973/4

NML
15 teams
Lower mid table
Goals shared around

1974/5

NML
15 teams
5th
Jim Hinch and Buttle top score

1975/6

NML
13 teams (Bradford C and Lincoln dropped out)
2nd
Hinch top score

1976/7

NML
details unknown

1977/8

NML
details unknown

1978/9

NML
details unknown

1979/80

NML

1980/1

NML
details unknown

1981/2

NML
13 teams
details unknown

1982/3

NML
5 (five teams)
details unknown.
Last season, reduced numbers as teams move to Central League

1983/4

No reserve league, just friendlies as NML folded (see above)

1984/5

Central League (Division 2)

1985/6

1986/7

1987/8

1988/9

1989/90

1991/1

1991/2

1992/3

1993/4

Reserves relegated from Pontins Division One

1994/5

1995/6

1996/7

1997/8

1998/9

1999/2000

2000/1

2001/2

2002/3

2003/4

2004/5

2005/6

2006/7

2007/8

2008/9

Last season of reserve team football

2009/10

2010/1

2011/2

2012/3

2013/4

2014/5

2015/6

2016/7

Reserve team reformed

2017/8

2018/9

Withdraw from reserve team league football, youth set up re-constituted as U19 (was U18)

York City's Youth Side

Whilst young players have always progressed to the first team, it was 1968 when a scheme for apprentice professionals first appeared. City formed an Under 18 side and entered The Northern Intermediate League. City struck lucky as Chris Topping was City’s first apprentice professional.

The Northern Intermediate League was based around Yorkshire, North East and Humberside clubs, its origins can be dated back to as early as 1947/8. Strangely, a Wolverhampton Wanderers side, based in Wath competed in the league (and Sheffield Amateur League) in the mid 1950s, presumably in an effort to tap into a wider talent pool.

Prior to this, talented local youngsters had progressed through local non leagaue football before joining York City. The 1950s was a golden era with the likes of Colin Addison, Mick Granger, David Dunmore and Barry Jackson all signing for City from local amateur football. Of the local clubs, Cliftonville were at the forefront and provided a number of talented youngsters.

Born within 2 months of each other in 1954, Brian Pollard, Mike de Placido and Cliff Calvert all played for England Youth and progressed through City’s youth intermediate side before making their City debuts. Pollard and de Placido on Good Friday 1972. Calvert followed soon after. Pollard and Calvert made names for themselves with City before enjoying top flight careers at Watford and Sheffield United respectively. Both earned City £30,000+ fees when they left us.

It wasn’t until 10 years later that home grown youth players made a real impression on City's first team when John Byrne and Gary Ford were key players in City’s 1984 Division 4 Championship winning team. City had to wait another 10 years for the next wave of youth, Graeme Murty, Richard Cresswell and Jon Greening. They netted a near £3m in transfer fees.

Subsequently, there has been a relative dearth of talent rising from the youth ranks to first team. Adam Boyes was the only junior City sold for money during the 2004-12 non league years. However, it must be noted that 2 youth graduates, David Stockdale and Byron Webster were released by City after short first team careers but have gone onto enjoy considerable success at clubs playing in league above City.

Equally, youngster Jamie Hopcutt was released by Gary Mills in 2010 after gradutaing throuth the youth ranks and signing a professional contract. Within months, with no reserve side, he was released. Subsequently he has enjoyed a successful career in Sweden with Ostersunds.

Between 1992 and 2006, the Youth Development Fund supported City’s junior sides and junior supporters, raising over £170,000 before it was wound up.

For many years, City's promising youngsters have been expected to contribute to their time with the club.

Subsequently, City profited from the sales of Tom Allan, Ben Godfrey, Sam Fielding, Ryan Edmondson and Gabby McGill. An initial £200,000 fee was quoted for Ben Godfrey. It and subsequent sales appear to have been heavily weighted towards lucrative additional payment clauses as the players progress in the game.

As the realities on National League North football took hold, for 2018/9, the youth set up was revamped. City dropped out of the EPPP programme and re-grouped. The youth set up moved to an Under 19 format, effectively giving first year professionals an extra season of football to bridge the gap between men and boys football.

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York City's Youth Side - Season By Season

Season

Notes

1968/9

First entry into The Northern Intermediate League. 18 team league including the big 3 from the north east, Leeds, and most of the other senior Yorkshire teams plus Grimsby, Chesterfield and Wolves.
Team formed and played first game at Upton (March 68) with games at Driffield (April 24) and hopefully Scarborough Juniors
3 players(Chris Topping Chris Dale and John Andrews) also play in the first tam during the season.
McKenna top scored

1969/70

NIL The same 18 teams
From 4
Oct
69 home games now played at Boroughbridge Road
McKenna top scorer again
Brian Pollard got on the score sheet for the first time.
City finish bottom

1970/1

15 teams (Wolves, Grimsby, Bradford PA) drop out
Young side struggle all season with Bobby Tasker finishing as top scorer with 12.
Cliff Calvert got on the score sheet for this first time.

1971/2

16 teams (Grimsby re-enter)
(5+) wins
Pollard (top scorer in season he made his first team debut)

1972/3

16 teams
Lower mid table finish.
Goals very evenly spread with main contributions by Pollard, Evans, de Placido, Tasker and Hunter

1973/4

17 teams(Lincoln added)
Lower mid table
David Fenton top score
740822 Ian Robb, Gordon Hunter & Bobby Hosker selected for The Rest to play the Sunderland, the champions

1974/5

17 teams 16tyhTH(Lincoln added)
Local lads David Fenton and Colin Teare top scored

1975/6

16 teams (Bradford C dropped out)
Matches at York University Sports Ground
Bottom quarter finish
Colin Teare top score

1976/7

NIL
details unknown

1977/8

NIL
details unknown

1978/9

NIL

1979/80

NIL. Plus Colts tam in York and district league
Play Middlesbrough in 2 legged NIL Cup Final, result not mentioned assume lost

1980/1

NIL
details unknown

1981/2

NIL
details unknown

1982/3

NIL
details unknown

1983/4

1984/5

1985/6

1986/7

1987/8

1988/9

1989/90

1991/1

1991/2

1992/3

1993/4

1994/5

93/4 and 94/5 - successive 2nd places in Northern Intermediate League. 2nd season on goal difference, pipped by Newcastle.

1995/6

1996/7

1997/8

1998/9

1999/2000

2000/1

2001/2

2002/3

2003/4

2004/5

2005/6

2006/7

2007/8

2008/9

2009/10

The youth team that Potter coached at York went on to finish as runners-up to Hull City in the 2009
10 Football League Youth Alliance north-east table.

2010/1

2011/2

2012/3

2013/4

2014/5

2015/6

2016/7

City finish in fourth place in the Youth Alliance League North East table. Mansfield Town clinched the title
Edmondson was top scorer

2017/8

McNaughton top scorer
McNaughton, Harry Thompson, and goalkeeper Ryan Whitley were the only second year scholars involved in the game. Midfielder Alfie Evans, only 15, came on as a substitute for City in the final 20 minutes of the game.
8/May - Final game of the season. Chesterfield settled the contest with a goal in the closing stages. C 3 YC 2
City had lost their penultimate game of the season three days earlier 3-0 against Grimsby Town.

2018/9

Move from Football League Alliance to National League U19 Alliance

North Riding Senior Cup

For many years, City have fielded a side in The North Riding Senior Cup, usually a reserve side, but sometimes a full first team have has been fielded.

For details see York City in the NRSC.

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2016/7 Onwards

For season 2016/7 and onwards, please refer to City History and the seasonal review links for reviews of City's reserve and youth teams' seasons.

For further information on national reserve team football, please refer to FCHD, Non League Matters and Football Archives

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