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2020/1

Who knows what the 2020/1 season might bring?

2020/1 Season Preview

2020/1 sees City enter a 4th season at National League North, never before have we gained promotion within 5 seasons of relegation, so on that basis alone, prospects of promotion should be tempered.

A new squad has been assembled after 13 players were released in July (and a further 3 turned down new contract offers).

The incomers largely arrive from clubs playing at a higher level and include Harry Bunn who has had extensive Championship level experience. Similarly, Jake Cassidy has had some Championship experience and was considered a hot prospect with Wolves and enjoyed successful League 1 loan spells with Tranmere, scoring frequently, before losing his way and drifting down the leagues. Like Cassidy, the other experienced new striker, the diminutive Jack Redshaw has had some good performances against City. Let's hope they buck the trend of doing better against City than for City. Between, them none can be considered prolific scorers over an extended period of time.

The defence looks sorted, assuming Watto sticks with his favoured back 3 / 2 wing backs. My hope is that Kieran Kennedy is better than loanee Joe Davis, the last Port Vale centre back to join City, that on pitch leadership comes not just from the captain and the side has a strong local presence running throughout it (we could put out a decent side of Yorkshire / North East born players).

Early reports suggested Harry Bunn might play wide left, Olly Dyson on the right with Michael Woods and Paddy McLaughlin in centre midfield. Late signing Akil Wright has made a good first impression and may find a starting place. That just leaves the striking position(s) to be filled. Throw in Guilfoyle, Cassidy, Redshaw and Potts and that makes strong competition for the central striker spot. Cassidy might just be preferred to Potts as the big man up frnt, the others fighting for the scraps, a wide spot or a place on the bench. That said, with a condensed season, City's large and full time squad might reap the rewards as the season progresses.

Looking at the squad and given the new signings, I'm not seeing a place for any of City's youngsters in the starting 11. One again, the step from youth team to first team might appear to be a step too far. The first batch of signings appear to be "seasoned pros" and until Dyson and Guilfoyle came in, I wasn't seeing any youngsters who are likely to get a chance to kick on in the mould of Kempster or Green, or going back a decade, no Woolford or Brodie.

Later signings include a few fair youngsters stepping down from the Championship and Football League clubs after their first pro contracts, hopefully they'll be hungry and won't be intimidated by the prospect of "men's football".

With Matty Brown, that makes a squad of 25. 4 start the season in their 30s and 2 more reach 30 during the season. At the other end of the scale, we have 12 players (including 5 teenagers) who will still be under 22 at the end of the season.

A few days earlier, on signing Alex Wollerton, Steve Watson said, "Never say never, we’ve actually used a hell of a lot less of the budget compared to this time last year so hopefully there will be something left if somebody does maybe pop up that I think can make a huge difference". So hopefully any squad deficiencies can be put right, albeit at the expense of an exceptionally large first team squad.

Meanwhile, the Under 19 side reported back for training on August 10 (their first game was on September 11th), With them were some of last season's squad, beyond their 2 year scholarship, but hoping to win a first professional contract. I earmarked 4 as potentials for a pro career. Defensive midfielder and last season's captain, Archie Whitfield turned pro. Last season we had 2 prolific scorers (Ethan Henderson (who had already sat on the first team bench) and Kiari Ventura) both failed to made the grade. Stand out keeper Jake Teale was always up against it with 2 keepers already contracted, but he seems to have done enough to have signed a "3rd year scholarship deal" as he's listed as being eligble for youth league games. Alongside him, Guilfoyle, Jebson-King, Harrson and Whitfield are all young enough to play league games for the Under 19 side. A year younger, there are great hopes for Alfie Evans and Luke Jones.

With the first team back in training on September 2 (with at least 6 triallists on site since a week earlier) and 6 pre season frendlies, Steve Watson had a lot of thinking to do before he named his first starting XI on October 3rd. Indeed, it remains to be seen whether his "back 5", which at times last season seemed to be in place to protect Steve McNulty, can offer more attacking options. Certainly, more creative options would be welcome when up against packed defences.

As ever, pre season friendly results were variable, but seemed to come together in the last 2 games, a 1-0 defeat to Stockport with a 3-0 win at Notts County to round of the games.

The midfield looked impressive whilst hopefully the 3 goals laid to rest the doubters as to where the goals will come from.

It remains to be seen how long the new signings take to gel into a team, but given their pedigree and the club’s stature, once again, City will start as one of the pre season favourites for the title. However, City, and the wider footballling world, face a season of uncertainty. With a large squad, hopefully City can cover every eventuality.

It also remains to be seen when City will decamp to Monks Cross.

The other big events of pre season were both money related. Firstly, the ongoing saga of Ben Godfrey and rumours of a £30m transfer fee. It eventually came to fruition, City taking about £2.5m (10% cut) of the initial £25m fee that Everton paid. Meanwhile, on 17th August 2020, it was reported that planning permission was granted for a joint Persimmon Homes / YCFC planning application for Bootham Crescent. Read More.

However, the biggest uncertainty continues to be coronavirus which significantly affects all clubs financially and in City's case, the move to Monks Cross, still believed to be not yet complete and then subject to a series of test events before fans can be allowed in. The latest CoYC statement indicated MX won't be ready until 9th October (without stating the year) at the earliest, so presumably we kick off at Bootham Crescent. At City's level, fans are stil not allowed inside stadia and there are no real plans to get fans back. Proposals to allow a limited number of fans inside grounds are on hold. Even 30% would largely cover City's attendance, but any absence of away fans will have an impact on City's income and a greater impact on City's large travelling support. The longer it continues, the more clubs hemhorhage money, let's hope The Premier League are able to put in place support plans.

For the record, City played 6 pre-season friendlies.

Date

Opponents

Venue

Result

Scorers

Notes

05 Sep 2020

Newcastle Under 23

A

W 4-1

Guilfoyle (2), Triallist, Dyson

6 triallists, 2 pros (Bunn & Redshaw) not included

08 Sep 2020

South Shields

A

L 0-3

2 triallists in midfield and one in attack

12 Sep 2020

Whitby

A

L 0-2

15 Sep 2020

Scarborough Athletic

A

D 0-0

YSJ: Mille Crux, 2 * 30 minute halves

19 Sep 2020

Stockport

H

L 0-1

26 Sep 2020

Notts Co

A

W 3-0

Wright, Cassidy, Wollerton

2020/1 Season Review

Unfortunately, pre season fears were quickly realised, we had some decent players but not an out and out goalscorer. It says something that Sean Newton finished well clear as our top scorer.

Jake Cassidy divided opinion, he filled the Jordan Burrow role, but didn’t score as often. After an injury hit starts, Jack Redshaw and Harry Bunn showed a lot of skill for this level. Equally, young Olly Dyson added craft and guile to midfield. Behind them, Akil Wright was generally a more than adequate replacement for Adriano Moke.

In defence, Matty Brown looked a good addition to the side whilst Peter Jameson was prone to the occasional error.

The homecoming Michael Duckworth missed most of the season through injury whilst Michael Woods showed glimpses of his pedigree but wasn’t always a certain starter.

After last season’s play off defeat against Altrincham, Steve Watson spoke about fielding a more youthful side for the 2020/1 season. Largely, that desire fell by the wayside for whatever. Ryan Whitley spent most of the season on loan at Scarborough Athletic.

Dyson, who turned 21 in December 2020, was the youngest member of the team. Josh King, 4 months younger, forced his way into the side late on didn’t let anyone down, scoring the "last" ever goal at Bootham Crescent. Rob Guilfoyle showed glimpses that he could be a goalscorer but was deemed not ready for regular first team football by Steve Watson whilst home grown youngsters Reiss Harrison and Archie Whitfield didn’t even reach the first team matchday squad. For a squad who could easily field an Under23 side, the youngsters got very little game time.

Finishing the season with 27 players (2 loanees included), we would have been well placed for a hectic end of season fixture list.

After a few false endings (and false starts), the season ended with our first game at Monks Cross and 3-1 defeat to title rivals AFC Fylde. Our performance didn’t show City in the best light. City finished in 8th place (with games in hand) in the league table and 4th on PPG behind Gloucester (1.94), AFC Fylde and Boston. Victory over AFC Fylde would have seen City finish 2nd on PPG. In NLS, Dorking Wanderers did the “double “by topping the league and having the best PPG (2.17). It remains to be seen whether NL fills the spot vacated by Macclesfield in NL.

March 2021 saw the publication of City's 2019/20 season accounts which once again showed ar significant loss. Covid should have a minimal effect on the accounts for this set of accounts. The real impact will be in a year's time. Despite putting the first team on furlough after the season ended in February, City will have had a considerable wage bill. On 3 January 2021, Darlington stated that their average annual wage bill in NLN is about £360,000, I suspect City's might easily be 4 times the average under normal circumstances and with very little income.

2020/1 events to note included:

  • covid fund raisers included virtual turnstile, live streaming coverage, programmes
  • farewell Bootham Crescent gift items included a commenorative badge set, photo book and range of kitchenware
  • Ben Godfrey's transfer from Norwich to Everton netted City a £2+m sell on clause
  • 2 coronavirus positive tests lead to postponements in autumn either side of the win at Southport (where City twice came from behind to win), another player tested positive after game. Steve Watson's postive test in January lead to a 3rdbreak
  • Some sources indicated Watson had been interviewed for the Chesterfield job (believed to be on November 23rd), but Watson confirmed he'd had no approach from Chesterfield
  • Further MX delay in October (drains)
  • It was reported that the 5 City National League North games streamed via the YouTube streaming service were watched by 44,000+ viewers paying over £24,000 (disappointingly less than 50p per viewer) via City’s virtual turnstile. Elsewhere the refreshed website and online store received more than 257,000 users and 1.3 million page views in the 9 months to March 2021 while the club’s partners collected more than 154,000 website clicks. Orders were dispatched around the world, including Las Vegas, Hong Kong, and Australia. Read More.

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Season / Covid Timeline

  • October 2: £10m grant announced to allow commencement of the NL season. On October 21 its distribution is confirmed and is skewed heavily in favour of NL clubs at the expense of NLN / NLS and based on an average attendance basis. Chesterfield, Hartlepool, Notts County, Stockport, Torquay, Wrexham and Yeovil will receive £95,000 a month with the 16 other clubs receiving £84,000 each. In NLN / NLS, most clubs will get £30,000 a month with Chester, Dulwich Hamlet, Hereford, Maidstone and York receiving £36,000 a month on the same basis. Later, Anthony Johnson stated the grant only covered about 50% of Chester's costs
  • January 17: NLN / NLS season suspended for 2 weeks over the fears that the next £11m tranche of funding won't cover costs, it is believed to be loans with grants only in exceptional circumstances. On reflection, when the initial funding was announced, covid19 was on the retreat and the return of fans was thought to be imminent, I suspect not much attention was given to the fine detail of what might happen beyond 3 months (and certainly at this time, no one could produce minutes of any meeting which detailed what funding post the first 3 months might look like)
  • January 27: Announcement that the season will resume after the 2 week break as planned on February 6 with the 2 "lost weekends" fixtures being slotted into midweek May dates
  • Febraury 1: Vote announced to determine if NL will continue or be voided. It transpires there are 4 options and 28 days to respond
  • Febraury 6: Regional NL season "resumes", although due to a combination of bad weather / heavy rain, the FA Trophy (round of 16) and some clubs refusing to play until funding was agreed, only 6 games (including just one in the north) went ahead. A full NLN fixture list on Tuesday February 9 also fell victim, ostensively to severe snow / frozen pitches whilst only 4 NLS games went ahead. Some fixtures continue whilst unilaterally other clubs refuse to play with the NL announcing possible sanctions against them
  • Febraury 14: Dover furlough their players and staff and announce they will play no fixtures until "appropriate funding" is available
  • February 18: Vote result announced. The NL will continue whilst NLN and NLS are declared null and void. The initial resolution for each step of the NL to decide its own fate by a simple majority was carried with all 23 clubs in the senior league voting in favour. The voting method for that resolution meant that the North and South Leagues only had four votes each, so the 75% threshold was comfortably reached. Just 7 (of 23) NL clubs voted to end the season. NLS clubs voted to continue (12-9), but fewer NLN counterparts voted to continue (7-15) and the decision to scrap the campaign with immediate effect was taken.
  • February 19: #LetUsPlay 19 NLN / NLS clubs (including 6 NLN (AFC Fylde, Gloucester City, Boston United, Chorley, Kidderminster Harriers and City.)) who voted to continue write an open letter to the National League asking the league to #LetUsPlay with promotions honoured with a continuation in the form of a mini league. #PromoteStep2 #Step2Continue. Read More.
  • February 25: City beat fellow NLN side Gateshead 3-1 in a behind closed doors training match at Bootham Cresent. Jason Gilchrist opened the scoring before a Harry Bunn goal from outside the box and a Scott Barrow strike at the back post to seal victory. match took place at 1pm behind closed doors at Bootham Crescent and was an opportunity for the players to keep match-fit and prepare for any potential restart of the season. Players and management are still training as normal and will do so until further notice.
  • March 12: The FA confirmed the end of the 2020-21 season at non-league step two level and proposals for a mini league for clubs who wanted the season to continue were rejected with a feeling that the proposal for some clubs to carry on would undermine the league's integrity.
  • March 18: With the National League North season ending, City place the first team players and staff on furlough. Meanwhile, the club’s academy will continue to run on a full time basis with the Under 19 scholars receiving their education in lieu of competitive fixtures.
  • April 26: FA Council formally ratify the decision to null and void the season.
  • A pre-season Vice Presidents "budget booster" campaign raised over £30,000 and live streaming of home games raised another 5 figure sum.

2020/1 Agent's Fees

City spent £13,099 in agents' fees between February 1, 2020 and February 1, 2021 (broadly covering the 2020/1 season transfers).

Figures released by the Football Association show that, in total, clubs from the National League pyramid paid a combined £271,838 to intermediaries. Notts County's £57,958 is the highest sum from the timeframe, while Guiseley's was the lowest spend, at just £450. Some clubs spent nothing in agents' fees. York's total placed them sixth in the rankings, and made them the second-highest NLN spenders, after AFC Fylde (£18,388).

Overall, NLN clubs account for £49,672 of the total fees, while NLS clubs spent £8,290.

Between 2019 and 2020, the Minstermen spent just £6,130 on agents' fees - but only brought in three players (Pete Jameson, Dan Maguire and Andy Bond). This time, 10 players' transfers involved intermediary fees - Harry Bunn, Michael Duckworth, Keiran Kennedy, Jack Redshaw, Robbie Tinkler, Jake Cassidy, Reon Potts, Akil Wright, Matty Brown and Olly Dyson.

Fellow play-off chasers Boston United spent just £1,000 on these fees - less than Northern Premier League high-fliers South Shields, who paid £2,405. Kidderminster Harriers spent £11,755 while King’s Lynn Town - promoted from National League North last season - spent £1,400.

Bootham Crescent To Monks Cross

Less than 2 weeks before the coronavirus delayed start to the season, the council announced that Monks Cross wouldn't be ready to host the planned first game, council silenced reigned until a further 6 weeks delay was announced due to drainage issues.

Meanwhile, the season kicked off with no fans allowed at games at City's level, although footballing tiers below City could host fans. 300 home fans saw City start the season with an FA Cup win at Warrington Rylands.

With the virus apparently on the retreat, the government permitted a small number of fans to return to all matches where the virus was at a low level (coronavirus Tier 2 and below) from December 2nd. That Saturday, City hosted Chester, however, despite the valiant efforts of a number of volunteers, City's ground failed its safety certification, believed to be due to electricial issues. The same fate befell the Kettering game 3 days later. 2 games, 2 wins and City were winnning their games in hand and moving quickly up the table. With 3 homes games in a week, City's ground passed its certification and 400 fans were allowed back into the stadium on December 12th. 2019/20 season ticket holders from Tiers 1 and 2 areas were able to buy the tickets and strict protocols were observed. The game ended 1-1.

A week later, it was announced that Monks Coss was completed. A contractual wrangle followed and it was announced that City's 2 home games over the festive period would be played at Bootham Crescent. 627 fans saw City beat Guiseley on December 28th.

On December 30th, the government effectively announced a new national lockdown. What was widely expected to be the last ever game at Bootham Crescent, the game against Bradford PA (January 2nd) would be played behind closed doors. A frozen pitch saw the game cancelled on the morning of the game. With the council dispute resolved, it was announced that the game against AFC Fylde (January 12th) would be the last ever game at Bootham Crescent. With another coronavirus outbreak in the camp, the game was postponed on the eve of the match.

All in all, a rather sad way to mark the end of Bootham Crescent. A very small number of fans attending the last game, not knowing it would be the last game and then knowing they couldn't attend the next match, widely believed to be the last game.

Meanwhile, the club's plans to mark the final game completely fell by the wayside. What was expected to be a bumper day for the hospitality boxes saw no fans and plans to commemorate the occasion with a special programme largely fell by the wayside. Equally, the hoped for parade of past stars never materialised. Even the anticipated one off Maroon Y front for the final game wasn't as expected, it was worn against Altrincham (July 2020) in the play off semi final but never again.

Bootham Crescent - Timeline

Monks Cross - Timeline

2021 Retained List

With only Matt Brown on a 2 year contract, there was plenty of scope for another end of season cull.

Joining Brown, 11 (Pete Jameson, Sean Newton, Scott Barrow, Olly Dyson, Akil Wright, Ryan Whitley, Michael Duckworth, Josh King, Michael Woods, Archie Whitfield and Paddy McLaughlin (who will also be part of the backroom staff as a part-time sports scientist)) accepted new contracts. The other 13 players (Harry Bunn, Jake Cassidy, Rob Guilfoyle, Harry Spratt, Robbie Tinkler, Kieran Kennedy, Owen Gamble, Alex Wollerton, Harry Flatters, Reiss Harrison, Charlie Jebson-King, Jack Redshaw and Reon Potts) were released although 3 (Bunn, Gamble and Potts) were invited back for pre season training.

In June, Jack Redshaw confirmed that Steve Watson told him not long after the Fylde game (February), he was unlikely to be able to stay due to a reduced budget. He signed a part time contract with Ashton United and was reportedly working on a building site. Jack Redshaw was released alongside some other high earners, Harry Bunn included. With a number of younger squad players, home grown Reiss Harrison and Charlie Jebson-King included were also released, again demonstrating a youth policy which doesn’t deliver first team players and where youngsters can stagnate without regular football. Non one turned down a new contract offer.

Watson noted, “We’ve made decisions on players that we wanted to keep to move forward with next season and who can fit into a potentially different way of playing, if needed. here’s a couple that we’ve released that has been hard to do because, on a different year, we may have been looking to try and hold on to them, but this year it’s not going to be possible. There’s players who we probably can’t afford (to keep). It’s been really difficult in a really different time this year.” He went on to reveal that the club will run with a smaller squad, meaning that there may be a greater onus on the squad's younger players, I’m convinced that we’ll be able to keep the quality high, but maybe not have the three, four, five, six players to cover all positions this year. We’ll have to rely on some of the younger lads, but I wouldn’t have done that if I didn’t think that they were up to it." City's Managing Director Steven Kilmartin believes that the budget will be enough to get the club where it needs to be, a reduced, "but not significantly" budget for the coming 2021/22 season.

Expect a cheaper, smaller and younger squad for 2021/2, Steve Watson name checked 3 youth players (Jones, Degruchy and Haase) in his “retained list day” interview in June. Guess what? All 3 signed their first professional contracts later that month.

That could mean as few as 5 new signings this summer.

National League North Attendances 2020/1

Before the season was declqred null and void, City had played 7 home (all league) games. Due to covid restrictions, the first 5 were played behind closed doors and the last 2 in front of covid restricted capacity crowds of 400 and 627 respectively. Consequently, attendance tables are not included.

For further details see Non League Matters and Football Web Pages, both wonderful web sites.

2020/1 Under 19s

Once again, for the 2020/1 season, City competed in the northern section of the National League Under-19 Alliance alongside other National League and National League North teams. It was originally announced that 12 teams would compete in the northern section (before the season started, Hartlepool withdrew) and 14 would compete in the southern section (Aldershot Town, Boreham Wood, Bromley, Dartford, Dover Athletic, Eastleigh, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Maidenhead United, Oxford City, Sutton United, Welling United, Weston Super Mare and Woking competed with one team withdrawing before the season started).

The first trance of fixtures saw City play Stockport for the first time in youth league football for a number of years.

There are great hopes for last season's top scorer, Luke Jones, a burly striker and Alfie Evans, a skilful midfielder. Others will hope that Oli Jordan can follow his Dad's footsteps and score in a big cup game for City.

City's Under 18 squad consists of 10 second year scholars and (at least) 6 new scholars (Ben Dale, Jonathan Haase, Josh Knowles, Kyle Lancaster, Eliot Owen and Johny Sheperd).

Games and Eligibility: Being a league designated for Under 19s, sides can contain "first season professionals", those one season beyond their academy days (Guilfoyle, Flatters, Whitfield, Harrison and Jebson-King) alongside academy players. The side, with around 500 others, also competed in the FA Youth Cup, entering at the earliest possible stage. Note, the FA Youth Cup is restricted to Under 18 players (i.e. first season professionals excluded). Home league fixtures are played at City's Wiggington Road training ground (YO32 2RB) on a Wednesday afternoon with an early kick off (2pm (or 1pm)) to finish in daylight. Home FA Youth Cup and National League Alliance cup games are played at Bootham Crescent (or other designated home ground). Note, due coronavirus restrictions, matches will begin behind closed doors.

Due to covid, the season was initially suspended for 3 weeks in November. Further suspensions meant no more competitive games were played although a few friendles (details below) were arranged as the scholars completed their education.

End Of Season Review: Another curtailed Covid season, the highlight was 3 "routine" wins against minor league sides in the FA Youth Cup before going out to divisional rivals Chester, although that game highlighted the gulf between Under 18 and "men's" football. 3 of the squad, Luke Jones and Jack Degruchy, at the end of their 2 year scholarships and Jonny Haase after just one year of his scholarship, making him City's youngest pro for a number of years.

Further Reading: National League Under-19 Alliance website.

2020/1 National League Youth Alliance

Date

Opponents

Competition

Venue

Result

Scorers

Fri 11 September

Tadcaster Albion

FAYC PR

A

W 4-1

Jones, Drury, Haase, Finn

Wed 16 September

STOCKPORT COUNTY

NLAU19 (N)

H

W 2-1

Jones (2)

Fri 25 September

Cleethorpes

FAYC Q1

A

W 5-0

Finn (3), Drury, Knowles

Wed 30 September

Solihull Moors

NLAU19 (N)

A

W 4-1

Guilfoyle (2), Jones, Evans

Wed 07 October

Stocksbridge Park Steels

FAYC Q2

A

W 3-1

Lancaster, Drury, Finn

Wed 14 October

Guiseley

NLAU19 (N)

A

L 0-1

Wed 21 October

CHESTER

FAYC Q3

H

L 1-2

Finn

Wed 04 November

FC Halifax

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 11 November

CHESTER

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 18 November

FC HALIFAX

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 25 November

Darlington

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 09 December

CHESTERFIELD

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 06 January

Chester

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 13 January

GUISELEY

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 20 January

Gateshead

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 27 January

Boston

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 03 February

AFC FYLDE

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 03 March

Chesterfield

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 10 March

BOSTON

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 17 March

Stockport County

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 24 March

DARLINGTON

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 31 March

SOLIHULL MOORS

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Postponed, covid restrictions

Wed 23 September

AFC Fylde

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Postponed, FA Youth Cup clash then covid restrictions

Wed 07 October

HARTLEPOOL UNITED

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Postponed, opponents withdrew

Wed 21 October

GATESHEAD

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Postponed, FA Youth Cup clash then covid restrictions

2020/1 National League Youth Alliance

  1. TADCASTER ALBION (A) (11/Sep/20) (FA Youth Cup - Preliminary Round) W 4-1
    Despite missing an early penalty, City came from a goal down to win 4-1 thanks to goals from Luke Jones (43), Blake Drury (66), Jonny Haase (82) and Brandon Finn (89). Jones and Finn, 2 of last season's top scorers continued their good work and were joined on the scoresheet by Drury, another second season scholar and Haase who signed scholarship terms in the summer.
    Tadcaster went ahead just after the half-hour mark with Ben Calam assisting Troy Greening to open the scoring. It looked as if the Brewers would take that lead into the half-time break but Luke Jones struck for York with just two minutes remaining in the half to level the scores heading into the second period. Blake Drury put the Minstermen in front for the first time and late goals from Jonny Haase and Brandon Finn capped the victory for City.
    If it hadn’t have been for the ‘woodwork’ and some great saves from Liam Baker in the Tadcaster goal, the winning margin would have been much bigger.
    In a "next generation" game, Taddy's goalscorer was Troy Greening whilst Oli Jordan patrolled City's midfield, both following in their Dad's footballing footsteps.
    CITY: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    OPPONENTS: Baker, Cottle, Bell, Tinker, Oliver, Bedford, Calam, Danby, Greening, J. Gore, White. Subs (usage not recorded): Stamp, Racher, Turbine, C. Gore, Byfield, Styler, Cowl.
    Bookings: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Sent Off: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  2. STOCKPORT COUNTY (H) (16/Sep/20) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) W 2-1
    2 goals from Luke Jones saw City start their league season with a win. Jamie Walsh scored for County.
    CITY: Ben Chamberlain, Ben Dale, Blake Drury, Alfie Evans, Brandon Finn, Reiss Harrison, Charlie Jebson-King, Luke Jones, Oliver Jordan, Johny Shepherd, Jack Wright. Used Subs: Jack Degruchy, Matthew Dixon, Jonathan Haase, Joshua Knowles, Kyle Lancaster.
    OPPONENTS: Michael Brennan, Zack Clarke, Max Greenhalgh, Scott Holding, Jack Hopkins, Kai Johnston, Tomas Kelly, Oliver McFadyen, Adam Owen, Finley Stanyer, Jamie Walsh. Subs: Rhys Cosquer, Josh Edwards, Luke Jackson, Joel Stringer, Daniel Taylor.
    Bookings: York: Jebson-King; Opponents: Greenhalgh
    Sent Off: -
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  3. CLEETHORPES TOWN (A) (25/Sep/20) (FA Youth Cup - 1st Qualifying Round) W 5-0
    Goals from Brandon Finn (3) Blake Drury and Josh Knowles saw City to a comfortable 5-0 win. For Knowles it was a first goal in City's colours.
    City are drawn away to Stocksbridge Park Steels in the next qualifying round, one of 82 ties featuring almost exclusively non league clubs.
    CITY: TBC. Used Subs: TBC.
    OPPONENTS:. Subs: TBC.
    Bookings: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Sent Off: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  4. SOLIHULL MOORS (A) (30/Sep/20) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) W 4-1
    With recently signed professionals Rob Guilfoyle and Harry Flatters newly registered for Under 19 action, City fielded a strong side that overcame a struggling home side by 4-1 thanks to goals from Rob Guilfoyle (2), Luke Jones and Alfie Eans.
    It is understood that Solihull Moors later withdrew from the league and that the result was expunged.
    CITY: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    OPPONENTS: TBC. Subs: TBC. Sent Off: York: -
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  5. STOCKSBRIDGE PARK STEELS (A) (07/Oct/20) (FA Youth Cup - 2nd Qualifying Round) W 3-1
    Leading 2-0 at half time, goals from Kyle Lancaster, Blake Drury and Brandon Finn (penalty) saw City progress to the next round.
    City are at home to Chester (big rivals at this level over the past few seasons) or St Helens Town in the next qualifying round with ties to be played in w/c October 19 at the home club's main stadium.
    CITY: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    OPPONENTS: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    Bookings: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Sent Off: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  6. GUISELEY (A) (14/Oct/20) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) L 0-1
    City went down 1-0 away to traditional youth tean rivals Guiseley.
    CITY: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    OPPONENTS: TBC. Subs: TBC. Sent Off: York: -
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  7. CHESTER FC (H) (21/Oct/20) (FA Youth Cup - 3rd Qualifying Round) L 1-2
    City went down 1-2 to Chester, the side who won our division last season (via PPG), in a disappointing game streamed live via the internet. Chester struck first after a 74 minutes when the left back Zac PAcker was able to toe poke home from 6 yards following a corner. As City pressed for an equaliser, Chester's Sam Turner doubled their lead with about 4 minutes to play. This season's leading scorer Brandon Finn reduced the deficit with a penalty as the game entered injury time only for City's number 4 to receive a second yellow card in injury time. Chester's reward, a trip to Carlisle in Round 1. The game was live streamed (for free) via City's new streaming service, unfortunately anyone watching will have been struck by the gulf between under 18 and first team level.
    CITY: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    OPPONENTS: TBC. Subs: TBC.
    Bookings: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Sent Off: York: TBC. Opponents: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  8. LEEDS U23 (A) (10/Apr/21) (Friendly) L 1-4
    A Leeds United Under 23 side beat City 4-1 at Thorpe Arch. A strong Leeds side included Jack Harrison and Adam Forshaw and goals from Jack Harrison (2), Sam Greenwood and Bobby Kamwa sealed a 4-1 win against what is believed to have been an essentially City youth side with the first team squad on furlough.
  9. FC HALIFAX (venue tbc) (21/Apr/21) (Friendly) D 3-3
    City's Under-19s drew 3-3 with Halifax in a midweek friendly. Goals from Josh Knowles and the promising Charlie Jebson-King were augmented by an own goal. The young Minstermen have not had a competitive National Alliance League U19 North fixture since last October.
  10. SOUTH SHIELDS (H) (w/e 07/May/21) (Friendly) W 1-0
    City's Under-19s beat South Shields U19s in a midweek game at Wiggington Road.

2020/1 North Riding Senior Cup

City were drawn to visit Pickering Town in Round 1 (Quarter Final), but owing to the ongoing pandemic, this season's competition was cancelled.

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