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York City Vice Presidents

The Vice Presidents do a sterling fundraising job for City. They organise many fundraising events, most open to everyone. VPs enjoy their own lounge at Bootham Crescent

Our Aim: As supporters of York City, the Vice Presidents seeks to support and promote York City Football Club and to raise additional funds for the club. We are a group of individuals, who are supporters of York City Football Club – we like many, are ‘season ticket holders’, we pay a slightly higher price for our tickets for which we receive hospitality. This is no different to groups taking hospitality in the sponsor boxes, the only difference is we do it week in, week out. Our membership / season tickets help the Club’s finances enormously.

The York City Vice Presidents Association was formed in 1980 as a fund raising group for the Football Club. Since 2003, they have donated £450k to the club. All monies raised go to the Football Club and and is normally directed to a particular cause or requirement of the Club, often nominated by City's manager, one that is out of reach of normal club budget. Therefore, donations really does make a difference. Recent donations have been used for improvements and development at the Wiggington Road training ground, purchase of GPS Trackers used in training / during games, away travel, office furnishings, refurbishments and pre season team building. In addition, the VPs make occasional additional donations to the club to meet specific unexpected needs.

Vice Presidents are nominated or enquire about the position, the individuals are then invited to become members.

The roll of a Vice President is not only to enjoy the football success, but also to play a part in stabilising the club’s position through fund raising. The VPs are recognised as an integral part of the club and therefore their conduct should be in a manner expected by their position within the Club. Each VP has a seat in the Directors Box and is therefore mixing with home and away directors on match day.

The cost of VP membership is £850 per season which includes full match day hospitality.

Although numerically a small group (34 members in November 2018), many possess specialist skills which help the club. They run a series of events throughout the year that are open to everyone. 40 people attended their pre match lunch in November 2018, the 200 Club has over 200 members (raising £4,500 in 2018/9) and the Golf Day attracts around 100 participants. Annually the VPs donate around £40,000 to YCFC. That figure was significanyt exceeded during the coronavirus hit 2019/20 season.

It must be stressed that many VP events are open to non members (pre match luncheons and golf days included) whilst the 200 Club now has over 200 members.

We need success for our great Club – we want to get behind them and be that extra man on the field.

200 Club: NOW OPEN: Once an aspiration, the 200 number has been exceeded in recent seasons. £30 buys a place in the VP's "200 Club", membership is open to all supporters and members' payment is split, two thirds to YCFC and one third in prizes. There are 4 draws per season. The first 2020/1 draw is expected to be around October / November.

Mail Richard Adams or see below for further details.

CROWD FUNDER / Coronavirus

With City's finances badly hit by coronavirus, in May 2020, the Vice Presidents launched a crowd funding event for the club to assist our management team to recruit the best possible squad for 2020/1. On June 26, the crowd funding closed, having reached its £10,000 target. The Vice Presidents doubled the sum raised meaning a total of £30,180 as available for Steve Watson's 2021/2 budget.

The committee wrote, "Two months ago, the Organising Committee for the Vice Presidents launched a Crowdfunding Appeal with an initial target of £10,000 and all the money going specifically to help the manager begin his preparation for the resumption of the game. The VP’s guaranteeing that 100% of money raised will be used for the assembly and development of the team. We are pleased to announce that the sum raised by you the supporters is £15,090. On behalf of the Organising Committee we would like to thank all those who donated to the cause, either by donations or purchasing items on eBay or an auction. Our thanks also go to the York City Supporters Trust for their much-appreciated donation of £1,000. Personal thanks were given to the chairman and also recognised by the club. Our thanks to Steven Watson for his recent statement relating to the appeal and hopefully the funds raised will assist him with the assembly and development of the team for the forthcoming season. From the outset and setting up of the Crowdfunding Appeal, the Vice Presidents membership in their own right proposed that they should donate to the cause and if possible, match the sum raised – pound for pound. The membership will honour the proposal and therefore make the final figure raised to £30,180. When convenient the Organising Committee will organise a meeting with Steve Watson to discuss the finer details. The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on football, in general, has been damaging – the future of some clubs remains uncertain, but due to your support York City FC can move forward. If you missed the cut-off time and you wish to donate please write to: York City Vice Presidents Appeal, Bootham Crescent, York YO30 7AQ enclosing cheque or requesting bank details to make payment. Our thanks to all the supporters who have kindly donated to the cause – much appreciated.

Please help if you can, donate to York City's 2020/1 Playing Budget Crowd Funder

On June 30, The Vice Presidents approached the chairman and board and made a further £20,000 donation to cover the expected cost of the COVID-19 testing programme for the play offs.

LATEST:
  1. On 12th December 2019, York City Football Club thanked the Vice Presidents for generously funding the new front gates at the Wigginton Road Training Ground. The old gates were a target of the theft and vandalism at the Club earlier in the season, and new heavy duty barriers will now act to secure the facility, along with CCTV monitors. Richard Adams, chairman of the York City FC Vice Presidents, spoke after the new construction: "During the close season the Vice Presidents donated £4,000 to cover the cost of remedial works at the Wigginton Road Training Ground. The main pitches were regraded, hollow tined, sand dressing applied and fully reseeded. Our members were disgusted at the damage caused by the individuals who (recently) broke into the training ground, driving over the playing surfaces leaving the ruts and tyre marks. The club’s groundsmen were involved in repairing and making good the damage, however the main gate and fence at the entrance was damaged so severely they needed to be replaced. Our membership stepped in immediately with an offer to replace the gate and the adjoining fence with a more secure version to ensure that this form of damage is not repeated. We the help from Blacker Steel Fabrications and a further donation of over £2,000 we are delighted to report that together with the new gate and the extra security installed we will eliminate a repeat of this mindless vandalism".
  2. 2020 Golf Day - July 15 2020 - Forest Park Golf Club (Stockton-on-the-Forest) - CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS; see below original press release below
  3. Sporting director Dave Penney has thanked (May 25, 2018) the Vice Presidents for a significant financial contribution towards pitch improvements at the club's training ground and equipment for the Academy. The Vice-Presidents have also agreed to pay for the acquisition of over 100 luxury bath towels which will be used by the club's players next season. Penney said, "I want to say a big thank you to the Vice Presidents for their latest generous contribution to the club. It's a massive help financially and enables the club to proceed with much needed improvement work at Wigginton Road." Richard Adams, club director and chairman of the Vice Presidents, said: "The VPs raise substantial funds for the club every season and are always happy to support special projects as and when they are required. We consulted with our members before making this donation and there was unanimous support for all three ventures."
  4. During the 2017/8 season, the Vice Presidents raised in excess of £30,000 for City. Well done. Money was provided for various objectives, including to the academy for additional essential equipment and to irrigate the training ground's sub soil by drilling holes and filling them with 180 tons of sand to improve irrigation.
200 Club: Membership of the “200 Club” is open to all supporters. Membership payment is split - two thirds to York City Football Club – one third in prizes. In recent seasons, membership has exceeded expectations leading to regular bonus prizes and additional funds for the club.
  1. Each member will pay £30 per season to join the ‘200 Club’ - this is paid annually, if possible by standing order to the York City Vice Presidents, a mandate is available on request from Richard Adams.
  2. Each member is allocated a number for the season.
  3. There is a minimum of four prize draws during the season (each with prizes of £100, £75, £50, £25) – if we achieve a similar membership as the last 3 years, 2 bonus prizes (£200) will be added in the second and fourth draws.
  4. Each draw consists of four or five prizes.
  5. The prizes depend on the membership - more members, bigger prizes.

Membership has steadily increased with 212 members in the 2019/20 season. In the 2017-8 season, the "200 Club" had 207 members and raised £4,310 for City gaving over £1,900 in prizes. In the 2016-7 season, there were 193 members (£1,800 in prizes) and during the 2015-6 season, 166 members raised £3,460 for our club.

Some recent results:

The 4th and final draw of the 2019/20 season took place on April 20 via a facetime call between Richard Adams and Gordon Gildener (VP Treasurer) due to coronavirus lock down. Both Alastair Reid and Richard Adams donated their winnings back to the Vice Presidents.

  1. Bonus prize (£200): Tom Sharkey
  2. 1st Prize (£100): Ian Tyssen
  3. 2nd Prize (£75): Alastair Reid
  4. 3rd Prize (£50): Richard Adams
  5. 4th Prize (£25): Laurie Garrison

The 3rd draw of the 2019/20 season took place on March 18 behind closed doors due to coronavirus lock down. Dave Penney made the draw.

  1. Bonus prize (£200): Malcolm Slinger
  2. 1st Prize (£100): Liz Adams
  3. 2nd Prize (£75): Tim Bulmer
  4. 3rd Prize (£50): Sam Vause
  5. 4th Prize (£25): Nick Theobald
Congratulations to all the winners this season and my thanks to all members for their continual support and contribution. We intend to organise the same again for next season and would welcome your support and any additional members – details will be issued in early August.
Richard Adams
Chairman – York City Vice Presidents

Membership is open to everyone at just £30 a season. Payments can by:

  1. Cheques made payable to “YCVP – (Ref: 200 Club)” and sent to Richard Adams, c/o York City Football Club
  2. Bank transfer (ideally annual mandate): A/C No 40293190 and Sort Code 09-06-66 with reference “YCVP (Ref: 200 Club)”
  3. Cash to Richard Adams

2019 Golf Day:

The organising committee for the 7th annual York City Golf Day, held at Forest Park Golf Club Stockton-on-the-Forest on 3rd July 2019, are pleased to announce that the day was a great success and raised £6,500 for the VPs and City.

Richard Adams thanked the joint main sponsors of the event, Elcocks Of York who supported the event for a fifth year (representatives from the family business also participated on the day) and the Hilton Hotels & Resorts. The Halfway House was provided and manned courtesy of the Hilton Hotel.

The event was supported by manager, Steve Watson, his assistant Micky Cummings and the full squad of players, many participating in the event. Amongst the golfers was ex England manager, Steve McClaren who joined his father’s team.

26 teams competed and the winners were the Greyhound Inn at Riccall, lead by Steve Bell (team captain) Bob Atkinson, Steve Sharp, Chris Clapham. On receiving the trophy, Steve thanked the organisers for an excellent well organised event, all the sponsors on the day, Forest Park Golf Club for hosting the event and he made a special mention to the green keepers who produced fast running fairways and superb putting greens fit for any championship. Steve confirmed Greyhound Inn would be back next year to defend the trophy. The Vice Presidents expressed thanks to Forest Park for hosting the event, all those who sponsored the event, and all those who took part.

The winners were:

  1. Greyhound Inn (95 points)
  2. Garbutt & Elliott (92 points)
  3. Dream Sport (91 points on countback)
  4. F1 Maclaren’s (91 points)
  5. The Robins (89 points on countback)

Nearest the pin prizes were won by Andrew Payne, Ian Robb, Craig Stimson and Nigel Mansell.

Please email YCFC Golf for further details, including registration forms and hole sponsorship.

2020 Golf Day: Cancelled due to Coronavirus

The organising committee are pleased to announce that the 2020 York City F.C. Golf Day will take place on Wednesday 15th July 2020 at Forest Park Golf Club (Stockton-on-the-Forest). The Golf Day has proved to be a great success as a fundraiser for the Football Club and we look forward to welcoming individuals and four balls to this summer's event. It is open to all and it is hoped that the manager and players will be present. To obtain further details and a registration form please Email The Organising Committee.

The day includes:

  1. Registration opens 12.30 to 1.30pm
  2. 18 Hole Tournament – shotgun start – Tee Off 2.00pm
  3. Coffee/tea and Bacon Sandwich on arrival
  4. Team Prizes for first five teams
  5. Prizes for Nearest the Pin – Hole 7, Hole 9, Hole 15
  6. Prizes for Nearest the Pin in two – Hole 3
  7. Dinner followed by Prize Presentation
  8. Auction of Sporting Items

Sponsorship of a competitive hole on the day is also available by Emailing The Organising Committee.

Pre Match Meals: As part of our fund raising, we organise ‘Pre-Match Meals’ through the season attended by our members and guests. The meal includes a main course followed by a desert plus cheese and biscuits. The wine is selected by our resident Sommelier, Gordon Gildener and is sponsored by one of the members. The meals are held once a month during the season and open to all but places are limited by the size of our venue. Dates and menus are available on request from Richard Adams
Christmas Hamper Raffle: A Christmas Hamper Raffle is usually held annually and has proved to be very successful, in 2015, it netted £1,700 in profit. Items for the hampers were donated by members to produce a luxury hamper, plus three smaller hampers. We also obtained hampers from M&S, John Lewis and ASDA. Raffle tickets are sold by members but any assistance would be appreciated. Subsequent years have seen similar amounts raised.
Upcoming Events:
  • York City's 2020/1 Playing Budget Crowd Funder
  • Bootham Crescent - The Final Days - check later for details of our special events
  • 2019/20 200 Club: 4 draws a season, this season's entries now closed - Back for 2020/1
  • Pre Match Meals: Throughout the season. The meals are held in the Vice Presidents Suite – the Minster Room at Bootham Crescent, sitting down at 1pm. The cost is just £21 for a 3 course meal, including wine. Guests and non members are most welcome to join the Vice Presidents to sample the delights of the club's caterer before joining the rest of us to cheer on City. Contact Richard Adams.
Contact: For any queries about the York City Vice Presidents please email Richard Adams.
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200 Club past winners include:
  • November 2 2019 (Drawn by Steve Torpey, City's former Youth Team Manager): Bonus prize (£200): Peter Crack / 1st Prize (£100): Leo Bruce / 2nd Prize (£75): Malcolm Dawson / 3rd Prize (£50): Alistair Smith / 4th Prize (£25): Sue Grewer
  • April 27th 2019 (Drawn by Victoria Barrett, City's newly appointed Events & Marketing Manager): Bonus prize (£200): Kevin McGowan / 1st Prize (£100): Clare Gildener / 2nd Prize (£75): Graham Walker / 3rd Prize (£50): Chris Forth / 4th Prize (£25): Paul Sankey
  • December 22nd 2018 (Drawn by Paul Sankey, a loyal supporter of City since 1948 and a guest of the Vice Presidents): Bonus prize (£200): Paul Revell / 1st Prize (£100): Jane Slinger / 2nd Prize (£75): Alastair Dearnley / 3rd Prize (£50): Andy Bottom / 4th Prize (£25): Carol Fosh
  • November 3rd 2018 (Drawn by Graeme Crawford): Bonus prize (£200): Peter Crack / 1st Prize (£100): Steve Mapplebeck / 2nd Prize (£75): Doreen Hardgrave / 3rd Prize (£50): Nathan Chalk / 4th Prize (£25): Isla Skinner
  • April 20th 2018 (Drawn by Dave Penney): Bonus prize (£200): Brian Kenny / 1st Prize (£100): Joe Hardgrave / 2nd Prize (£75): Nigel Wallbank / 3rd Prize (£50): / Judith Elcock / 4th Prize (£25): Geoff Metcalfe
  • February 24th 2018 (Drawn by Tim Lawrence, a guest of the Vice Presidents): Bonus prize (£100): Stephen Harker / 1st Prize (£100): Patrick Crowley / 2nd Prize (£75): Stephen Crockford / 3rd Prize (£50): Chris Allen / 4th Prize (£25): Andrew Laver
  • December 23rd 2017 (Drawn by Robert Havercroft, Bootham Crescent stadium announcer): Bonus prize (£200): Tony Precious / Bonus prize (£200): Peter Crack / 1st Prize (£100): Graham Blythe / 2nd Prize (£75): Ann Burgess / 3rd Prize (£50): Jeffery Yoward / 4th Prize (£25): Patricia Grant
  • December 17th 2016 (Drawn by Sue Mills and Victoria Caskey): Bonus prize (£200): Alma Player / Bonus prize (£200): Brian Kenny / 1st Prize (£100): Bernard Wilkinson / 2nd Prize (£75): Aiden Chalk / 3rd Prize (£50): Neil Barnes / 4th Prize (£25): Philip Duffey
  • October 22nd 2016 (Drawn by Sue Mills): 1st Prize (£100): Andrew Laver / 2nd Prize (£75): Josh Wallbank-Scales / 3rd Prize (£50): Philip Beck / 4th Prize (£25): Jenny Skinner
  • April 30th 2016 Bonus Prize (£200): Adele Walker / 1st Prize (£100): Jim Ferguson / 2nd Prize (£75): Steve Grayson / 3rd Prize (£50): Brian Purves / 4th Prize (£25): David Elcock Jnr
The 2018 York City Golf Day took place on Juy 17 2018 at Forest Park Golf Club, Stockton-on-the-Forest. Manager Martin Gray and his squad played alongside City supporters. Victors were Helmsley Group York, closely followed by Happy Wanderers, Ambulancemen, Otley Boys and Team of Two Hats. On receiving the trophy, Ged thanked the organisers for an 'excellent, well-organised' event, all the sponsors on the day, Forest Park Golf Club for hosting the event and he made a special mention to the ‘Green Keepers’ who produced fast running fairways and superb putting greens fit for any championship. Ged also confirmed Helmsley Group would be back next year to defend the trophy, their team included City defender Daniel Parslow playing as a guest alongside Ged Keary (team captain), David Hextall, and Nick Lawn. A total of 88 people, paying £40 each for 18 holes of golf and a 3 course meal, took part. The day was a great success and raised over £6,000 for the Football Club. Richard Adams thanked the main sponsor, Elcocks of York who supported the event for a fourth year with family representatives participating on the day. The organising committee had secured a major sponsorship deal for the event from Elcocks Of York which forms part of their continual support for the football club. Andrew Elcock said: "As a company we have supported York City with ground advertising and participated at the last three previous golf days, however, last year we were offered the chance to be the main sponsor. We worked closely with the Committee and the Golf Club to guarantee a successful and enjoyable day for all those participating at the event. Sponsoring the event was an honour to be associated with York City Football Club and was beneficial in the promotion to our company locally and therefore we are delighted to continue as sponsors for this year’s event." The committee also thanked the event's other sponsors: Arnold Laver, Colenso, Garbutt & Elliott, Harrogate Spring Water, The Helmsley Group, Hethertons, Monks Cross Tiles, Stabler Textiles, Streamline Taxis, Think Colour, The Victoria (Cattal), Dr Ron Wagner-Wright (USA), The Williams Family (California), York City Vice-Presidents, and Yorvik Windscreens.
The 2017 York City Golf Day was a great success and fund raiser for the football club. It was held on Monday 9th October 2017 at the Forest Park Golf Club at Stockton-on-the-Forest with Elcocks Ltd of York as the main sponsor of the day. The day consisted of an 18 hole tournament (shotgun start) with 5 team prizes plus 3 nearest the pin prizes, including an Audi TT for the weekend (courtesy of York Audi). Golf was followed by dinner, prize presentations and an auction of sporting items.
During my tenure as Chairman of the York City Vice Presidents, the Group has fund raised throughout each season. The money raised has always been directed towards specific projects or requirements of the football club. Over the years we have seen the money raised used to improve the facilities at the Wiggington Road training ground, irrigation schemes and equipment used at the club. The aim of the Vice Presidents has always been to assist the Chairman and the Board of Directors financially from our fundraising. Over the period I have been Chairman, we have raised over £275K. Over the last couple of seasons the Vice Presidents have also tried to work closely with the Supporters Trust and the various supporters groups. Last season (2016/7) the East Riding Minstermen made a very generous donation to our cause and this has been added to our overall fundraising for last season. Like all the supporters of our great club we owe so much financially to our Chairman, Jason McGill, who has kept our club ‘alive’ through very difficult times and what seems to be never ending, the delay in our move to the new Community Stadium at Monks Cross. Thanks to him and his company, JM Packaging, we find ourselves in a position to kick-off the new season with real hope. Thank you, Mr Chairman, we owe you so much. Following our great Wembley win I had a brief conversation with our manager Gary Mills. During the conversation he mentioned Pre-Season and how he would like to take the squad away as a ‘bonding exercise’, but it may be a problem financially for the club. I circulated my fellow VPs with a proposal to use part of the money we raised last season to fund their four days in Leicestershire. The response was unanimous to the money being used for the squad’s pre-season bonding exercise. I approached the club with an offer to fund the away trip and I am delighted to say they accepted our offer. - Richard Adams (August 2017)
The 2016 York City Golf Day took place on Yorkshire Day, 1st August 2016 at Forest Park Golf Club, Stockton-on-the-Forest and as previous events was a great success with 22 teams competing with over £6,000 raised for club funds. Thanks are due to Elcocks of York for their sponsorship of the event for the second year, their ongoing support is much appreciated by the Club. Jackie McNamara, his management team and a number of players were joined by teams of club supporters and individuals competing for the prizes and trophy on offer. There was also a guest appearance by the ex-Newcastle United and England Manager, Steve McClaren. 1st place was won by Neil Ferguson’s ‘Bobbie’s Flip Flops’. York Audi sponsored nearest the pin on the 16th hole with the offer of an Audi TT for the weekend, this was won by Fred Beckley playing in the Hardstaff team. The top 5 places were filled by 1st Place: ‘Bobbie’s Flip Flops’ – Captained by Neil Ferguson; 2nd Place: ‘The Slingers’ – Captained by Malcolm Slinger; 3rd Place: ‘North Yorkshire Ambulance’ – Captained by Tim Amer; 4th Place: ‘Bellends’ – Captained by Steve Bell and >5th Place: ‘Filey on Tour’ - Captained by Adi Hammond. The organising committee would like to thank all the sponsors on the day and all those who took time out to participate and look forward to seeing you at next year’s event. A week earlier Nick Theobald outbid everyone to be Jackie McNamara's assistant manager for the Doncaster friendly game. Many thanks are due to Nick and all the underbidders for making the event a success. Read More. Personally, I'd had little interaction with the VPs until one matchday late in the season when I was invited into their lounge before a game. I was pleasantly surprised by the cross range of VPs (some stalwarts of The Roof Appeal) and found them all to be very supportive of my York City Quiz Book.
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