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2022/3 Season Preview




After 5 years in the wilderness of regional football, City return to the big time of the National League. For City, it means much more travelling, Halifax at 49 miles is our shortest trip whilst Torquay at 319 miles is the longest. For York City South, we have 3 “home“ games (Barnet, Dagenham & Redbridge and Wealdstone) within LUL’s zone 5 on the tube and half the division is the south east, bounded by Southend, Maidenhead and Eastleigh. Further south and west we have Yeovil and Torquay.

For City, we will play 3 teams, Dorking, Maidenhead and Wealdstone, for the first time ever.

With City, there are 15 ex Football League clubs in the league. Just Dorking are playing at such a high level for the first time.

Some key dates:

  • Scott Barrow - cruciate ligament injury, contract is a duty of care
  • July 1: Pre Season starts
  • July 6: Fixtures released
  • Friday 8 July (7pm): Friendly: Middlesbrough (H)
  • July 8 - 13: City training trip to Scotland (no friendlies involved)
  • Saturday 16 July 2022 (3pm): Friendly: Bradford City (H)
  • Saturday 23 July 2022 (3pm): Friendly: Macclesfield (A)
  • Saturday 30 July 2022 (3pm): Friendly (Centenary Fixture): Notts County (H) – subject to fixture list
  • August 6: 2022/3 League Season: Start
  • April 29 2023: 2022/3 League Season: Finish

Work In:

  • 2021/2 - 9 contracted and 3 loanees offered new contracts. How many accept / reject
  • Jameson turns down offer for Harrogate
  • S/T prices frozen in real terms
  • 220620 "Over 1,400" season tickets sold - John Askey interview
  • 220621 "Passed 1,500 mark" season tickets sold - Website re Hurst signature
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2022/3 Season Review





2023 Retained List



The Players (2021/2 Below)

  1. Some 2022/3 snippets, full details at the end of the 2022/3 season
  2. Scott Boden - released by Boreham Wood, they didn't invoke their option on his second season (2021/2 13 goal / 49 apps)
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  6. As a reminder, 2021/2 below
  7. Scott Barrow Started and ended the season with injury. In between, a reliable performer at left wing back often linking up well with the attack. Offered a new contract (Apps: 36 Subs: 0 Goals: 0)
  8. Mark Beck Giant striker who weighed in with a few goals during his loan spell, but maybe wasn't what John Askey was wanting (Apps: 20 Subs: 5 Goals: 6)
  9. Matty Brown Steady defender but was a part of the woeful defence at Alfreton. Released, a decision that surprised a few (Apps: 37 Subs: 8 Goals: 3)
  10. Jaden Charles Early season loanee who filled in at left back during our defensive injury crisis (Apps: 4 Subs: 0 Goals: 0)
  11. Clayton Donaldson Top scorer who weighed in with some important goals. Even at 37 years, he was up for the fight and rarely missed a game. Very unlucky not to be offered a new contract (Apps: 31 Subs: 16 Goals: 14)
  12. Michael Duckworth Capable but injury prone, invited back for pre season training (Apps: 33 Subs: 0 Goals: 1)
  13. Olly Dyson Grew into the right wing back role, he was an asset and finished the season as top of the assets table. With a new contract offered, he should be a regular in National League (Apps: 45 Subs: 2 Goals: 2)
  14. Sam Fielding Fulfilled various defensive roles early season, but again not to John Askey's liking. Released to Bradford PA (Apps: 13 Subs: 1 Goals: 0)
  15. Jason Gilchrist Failed to score in 9 appearances, another striker who did better against City than for City. Joined Buxton after receiving woeful abuse from some City fans when warming up at Curzon Ashton in November (Apps: 3 Subs: 6 Goals: 0)
  16. AJ Greaves Combative central midfielder signed on loan from Doncaster. Broke his leg on his final City appearance. Some thought he was worthy of a contract offer (Apps: 4 Subs: 1 Goals: 0)
  17. Jonny Haase One brief early season appearance as a substitute. Maybe lucky to be offered a new contract (Apps: 0 Subs: 1 Goals: 0)
  18. Mitch Hancox Loan signing from Hereford, known to Watson and Hancock, he was a revelation on the left hand side of midfield. Offered a City contract (Apps: 35 Subs: 2 Goals: 11)
  19. Mackenzie Heaney Quickly struggled to maintain the pre season triallist form which earned him a contract and found himself loaned to Buxton after John Askey arrived. Released (Apps: 15 Subs: 5 Goals: 2)
  20. Harrison Hopper Triallist who earned a contract and displayed some midfield energy in early season games. Apparently not to John Askey's liking. Released to Bradford PA (Apps: 11 Subs: 5 Goals: 0)
  21. Peter Jameson Performed with distinction and was a worthy Player Of The Season winner. Turned down a new contract in favour of Harrogate, will be sorely missed. (Apps: 56 Subs: 0 Goals: 0)
  22. Will Jarvis Hull loanee who struggled in his month with City and went onto play for Scarborough Athletic (Apps: 1 Subs: 1 Goals: 0)
  23. Lennell John-Lewis Hard working loan signing from Grimsby who took time to find his goal scoring boots before showing his value in the play offs with 3 goals. Offered a City contract (Apps: 18 Subs: 4 Goals: 7)
  24. Josh King Mixed season with injury, covid, betting scandal, bizarre Tadcaster loan and a broken leg meaning only 5 games. Never let City down on the pitch. That said, many were disappointed that he was released (Apps: 4 Subs: 1 Goals: 0)
  25. Maz Kouhyar Signed from Hereford and showed excellent ball control. Offered a new contract (Apps: 13 Subs: 0 Goals: 2)
  26. Max Kouogun Signed from Ireland, a steady centre back. Offered a new contract (Apps: 29 Subs: 0 Goals: 1)
  27. Kyle Lancaster 2 early season substitute appearances as a scholar (Apps: 0 Subs: 2 Goals: 0)
  28. Remy Longdon John Askey 's first signing as he sought to add pace to the side. Flattered to deceive and was released (Apps: 6 Subs: 4 Goals: 0)
  29. Jack McKay Another early John Askey signing as he sought to add more pace to the side. Released (Apps: 16 Subs: 2 Goals: 3)
  30. Paddy McLaughlin Mr Reliable, brought calm and control to midfield. Worthy to be offered a new contract (Apps: 47 Subs: 2 Goals: 5)
  31. Sean Newton Never recovered from an early season injury. Joined Buxton on loan and released at the end of the season, a sad ending for a 3 time player of the season (Apps: 15 Subs: 2 Goals: 1)
  32. Sam Sanders Young centre back signed on loan from Nottingham Forest who grew into the back line, added pace to a slow defence. Offered a City contact (Apps: 10 Subs: 4 Goals: 0)
  33. Adam Senior Loanee right back who endured a month's loan. Showed some good skill but received a lot of social media abuse and was probably pleased to be recalled by Bolton (Apps: 4 Subs: 0 Goals: 0)
  34. Kieran Wallace Burton loanee who showed skill and presence whilst recovering from a long term injury. Ended the season at Wembley with Mansfield in the Division 2 play off final (Apps: 6 Subs: 0 Goals: 0)
  35. Kurt Willoughby Sometimes flattered to deceive, often showing his best form when called off the bench. Might be considered unlucky not to be offered a new contract (Apps: 34 Subs: 19 Goals: 11)
  36. Michael Woods Injury prone but when fit he showed class. Invited back for pre season training but has declined the offer (Apps: 16 Subs: 6 Goals: 5)
  37. Akil Wright Mr Reliable. Rarely missed a game winning 5 man of the match awards. Opinion was split as to whether he was at his best in his normal defensive midfield role or as an emergency centre back. Offered a new contract (Apps: 54 Subs: 0 Goals: 6)
  38. Maison Campbell Ever present bench warmer for City until the play offs. Released
  39. Lewis Cunningham Regular early season scorer for the Under 19s from left back. He enjoyed 2 lower league loan spells. Released
  40. Jack Degruchy Failed to push on from the Under 19s. Released
  41. Luke Jones After being an unused substitute in the first 2 games, he found himself sidelined but scored on 2 loan spells at a lower levels. Released
  42. Reon Potts Many were surprised that he was offered a second season contract, like his first, he made no first team appearances. Had 3 spells on loan at lower league clubs. Released
  43. Archie Whitfield Second season pro, he had 2 loan spells at lower league clubs. Released
  44. Ryan Whitley Starred for Scarborough on a season long loan and helped them to clinch promotion to NLN via the play offs

2022/3 Agents' Fees



2022/3 Under 19s

CONFIRM Once again, for the 2021/2 season, City competed in the National League Under 19 Alliance League North alongside other National League and National League North teams. 12 teams (AFC Fylde, Blyth Spartans, Boston United, Chester, Chesterfield FC, Darlington, FC Halifax Town, Guiseley AFC, Notts County, Solihull Moors and Stockport County alongside City) competed in the northern section. 12 teams (Aldershot Town, Boreham Wood, Bromley, Dartford, Dover Athletic, Eastleigh, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Maidenhead United, Oxford City, Welling United, Weston Super Mare and Woking) competed in the southern section.


FA Youth Cup

Home league fixtures were played at City's Wiggington Road training ground (YO32 2RB) on a Wednesday afternoon with an early kick off (usually 2pm (or earlier if required)) to finish in daylight. Home FA Youth Cup and National League Alliance cup games are played at the LNER Community Stadium (or another designated home ground).

Further Reading: National League Under-19 Alliance website.

2022/3 National League Youth Alliance






Scorers (and notes)

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Scorers, notes

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  1. STOCKPORT (A) (08/Sep/21) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) D 1-1
    CITY: Campbell, McLaughlin, Owen, Cunningham, Haase ( c ), Lancaster, Gordan, Algar, Clayton, Jones, Ezard (Heaton 79'). Unused Subs: Dale, Pickles, Hogan
    OPPONENTS: Harrison, Jair Da Silva, Edwards (Baisley 63'), Tanswell, Sharples, Holding, Barugh, Al-Akkad, Walsh (Moruyi 46'), Green (Banda 72'), McFadyen. Unused Subs: Johnson, Johnstone
    Goals: Cunningham (20): Opponents: Holding (13)
    Bookings: City: Heaton. Opponents: -
    Sent Off: City: None. Opponents: -
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC

North Riding Senior Cup


WHITBY TOWN (A) (11/Jan/22) (North Riding Senior Cup, Round 2) L 1-4

After a 2 season coronavirus hiatus, City returned to North Riding Senior Cup action. A City side, featuring squad and youth team players competed against North Yorkshire's finest hoping to add to City's 11 wins in the competition. City were due to enter the competition at the latter stages in November but the game was re-arranged due to first team commitments.

City entered and exited the North Riding Senior Cup Round 2 (last 16) when a young side went down 4-1 at Whitby in January. The starting line up featured 7 players who’ve played for the youth side this season with 5 more on the bench, in a side guided from the touchline by assistant manager Kingsley James and youth team coach Dan Wilson. Joint Manager and former City player Lee Bullock named himself in Whitby’s starting eleven, which also featured former York players Nathan Dyer, Jonny Burn, Jaseem Sukar, Bradley Fewster, Coleby Shepherd and Lewis Hawkins at the Towbar Express Stadium.

City gifted deserved winners Whitby 2 goals (and Whitby missed a penalty) before Mackenzie Heaney scored a lovely free kick. City had rattled the bar minutes earlier and later had 3 or 4 other good efforts to level before 2 goals in a minute near the end sealed City’s fate. Heaney was much better in a midfield role in last third of game whilst Hopper and Fielding were solid if not spectacular. DeGruchy was also to the fore. In goal. Maison Campbell will feel disappointed with his performance.

The home side took an early lead after only seven minutes, courtesy of an own goal. A corner was played into the area by Josh MacDonald, City goalkeeper Maison Campbell came to clear the ball, but he miscued his punch as the ball ended up in the back of the net. Fielding had a curling free-kick turned away for a corner by Whitby keeper Shane Bland, before the centre-back had a header cleared off the line by a blue shirt from the resulting corner. Marcus Giles nearly doubled the home side’s lead after 17 minutes but he was denied by the legs of Campbell from close-range, before MacDonald fired over the bar from a tight angle on the right after being allowed too much time on the ball. Jack Degruchy side footed an effort wide of Bland’s right-hand post just short of the half-hour mark, before Heaney curled a low effort into the hands from the edge of the area after cutting inside onto his left foot to shoot.

Second-half substitute Hazel couldn’t hit the target for the home side early into the second half as he met a cross in from the left-hand side at the back post, before Heaney drilled wide of goal from the edge of the area for City minutes later. Whitby doubled their lead in the 58th minute through Hazel, beating Campbell at his near post with a low curling effort from the edge of the area (2-0). Heaney was unlucky not to get the Minstermen back into the game just after the hour mark as he struck the crossbar with a fierce strike from the edge of the penalty area. The home side won a penalty in the 65th minute after Campbell brought down substitute Bradley Fewster. Hazel stepped up to take it as he searched for his second goal of the game, but he blasted his effort fiercely high over the bar. Mackenzie Heaney got the Minstermen back into the game with just under twenty minutes to play, curling a free kick low beyond Shane Bland into the bottom left corner to give the away side a lifeline (2-1). City looked for an equaliser through substitute Jonny Shepherd, who was denied by a smart save from Bland as he tried his luck from range, before fellow substitute Kieran Clayton fired a fierce effort inches wide of the Whitby keeper’s right-hand post. Shepherd scored the home side’s third goal of the evening with a fierce strike from the edge of the area after York failed to clear the ball away from their penalty area from a corner (3-1). It got better a minute later for Whitby as they made it 4-1 through Griffiths, who lobbed Campbell from the edge of the area to put the game to bed (4-1).
CITY: Campbell, McLoughlin, Dale, Fielding, Haase; Whitfield ( c ), Hopper, Degruchy; Lancaster (Clayton 66'), Jones (Sheperd 56'), Heaney. Unused Subs: Hogan, Gordan, Heaton.
OPPONENTS: Bland ( c ), Dyer, Hackett, Gell (Hazel 46'), Burn (Fewster 46'), Sukar, MacDonald, Hawkins, Bullock, Giles (Griffiths 46'), Shepherd. Unused Subs: Cranston.
Goals: City: Heaney (69): Opponents: Campbell (7', OG), Hazel (58'), Shepherd (86'), Bullock (87')
Bookings: -. Opponents: -
Sent Off: City: -. Opponents: -
Referee: David Holmes
Attendance: 362

Pre Season Friendlies - For The Record

  • MIDDLESBROUGH (H) (08/Jul/22) WDL n-n
    Ex City loanee Bradley Fewster gave Whitby a first half lead before goals from MacKenzie Heaney (who played as Trialist G) and Clayton Donaldson (who was named as a player) gave City a 2-1 win. Always posing a threat, Heaney, an attacking left sided attacking midfield was brought down just outside area and scored direct from resulting free kick. Returning Sam Fielding (Defensive Midfield) also played as "Trialist B". A day later it was announced that Heaney had signed a contract with City.
    CITY (First Half): Jameson, Trialist A (right back), Newton (DC), Brown (DC), Haase (left back), Trialist B (good reviews as holding midfielder in front of back 4), Trialist C, Trialist D, Degruchy (left midfield), Dyson, Gilchrist
    CITY (First Half): Jameson, Duckworth, King, Trialist E, Barrow, Wright, Trialist F, McLaughlin, Trialist G, Jones, Donaldson
    Goals: CITY: Trialist 'G' (aka Heaney) (76), Donaldson (87): TBC. WHITBY: Fewster (44)
  • NEWCASTLE (H) (18/Jul/21) W 1-0
    With 87 minutes on the clock, after determined work from an attacking midfield trialist, Michael Duckworth looped a header over Langley from left back Scott Barrow's cross and watched it nestle in the back of the net to give City a well earned win.
    Footnote: The Newcastle friendly saw Clayton Donaldson named on the team sheet and over the tannoy as "Don Trialist" following an objection by his former club, Bradford City despite being prominently featured in the matchday programme. A standard contract clause is that when a player's contract expires, he is due one month's "redundancy" pay from the club he is leaving. Donaldson's signing for City was announced in June with the agreement of Bradford City but after Donaldson was named and played against Whitby (July 10), Bradford's CEO, Ryan Sparks wrongly argued that City should pay his June / July wages due from Bradford City, hence "Don Trialist". This situation of released players dropping down the leagues must occur many times every summer, Steve McNulty was in a similar situation a year earlier, but only Bradford City sought to try to pass the redundancy pay situation onto a player's next club.
    CITY: Whitley, Duckworth, King, Newton (Brown 45), Barrow, Dyson (Trialist A 74), Wright (Woods 59), McLaughlin, Heaney (Trialist D 59), Don Trialist (Trialist C 79), Willoughby (Gilchrist 59). Unused Subs: Trialist B (Keeper), Degruchy, Whitfield, Jones
    NEWCASTLE: Langley, Murphy, Fernandez (Dummett 69), Lascelles (Lewis 45), Watts, Ritchie, Hayden, Hendrick (S Longstaff 60), Fraser (M Longstaff 60), Joelinton (Gayle 18, Muto 79), Wilson (Saint-Maximin 45). Unused Subs: Thompson, Clark.
    Goals: CITY: Duckworth.

    Referee: Rebecca Welch (first female referee at LNER)
    Attendance: 2,000 (and 20,000+ peak virtual views on YouTube)
    Man of the Match (chosen by Reel Production Group): Patrick McLaughlin
  • SUNDERLAND (H) (21/Jul/21) D 1-1
    A young trialist, who played the first half at Whitby and the final stages of Sunday, started in holding midfield in place of Akil Wright while Michael Woods replaced Paddy McLaughlin in the centre of the park. Jason Gilchrist displaced Kurt Willoughby as the only change among the attackers. Sunderland had the better of the first half but City found themselves on a more even keel in the second half, with the addition of the deeper lying Willoughby giving more options to relieve the Sunderland pressure, and add some of their own. The visitors still posed a threat and, after York had shifted to a 3-5-2 (Paddy McLaughlin and Jack Degruchy out wide with Michael Duckworth and Scott Barrow flanking Matty Brown). Jameson was twice called on to make some fine saves. Midfield trialists were Hooper ('C') and Fielding ('A').
    Due to the easing of restrictions which allows for an increased capacity in hospitality, YCFC Hospitality & Events offered a bar only hospitality experience, which included match ticket, executive padded seat, matchday programme, and teamsheet for just 17 pounds.
    CITY: Whitley (Jameson 46), Duckworth, King (Degruchy 63), Newton (Wright 46), Barrow, Trialist A (young, holding midfield) (McLaughlin 46), Woods (Brown 46), Dyson (Trialist C 63), Heaney, Trialist B (Donaldson), Gilchrist (Willoughby 46). Subs not used: Jones.
    SUNDERLAND: Burge; Younger, Flanagan, Doyle (Richardson, 61), Dyce (Newall, 79); Evans (Hawkes, 61), Neil, Embleton; Gooch (Diamond, 26), McGeady (Kimpioka, 79), Stewart (O'Brien, 61).. Unused Subs: -.
    Goals: CITY: Willoughby (51); SUNDERLAND: Neil (29)

    Referee: Ross Joyce (Cleveland)
    Attendance: 2,000 (14,231 peak live viewers on YouTube)
    Man of the Match: Scott Barrow