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Below are many facts and figures detailing the rise and fall of Bootham Crescent

1) Top Bootham Crescent Attendances

Date

Attendance

Opponents

Competition

5 March 1938

28,123

Huddersfield Town

FA Cup Round 6

12 February 1938

23,860

Middlesbrough

FA Cup Round 5

25 January 1958

23,600

Bolton Wanderers

FA Cup Round 4

28 January 1956

22,000

Sunderland

FA Cup Round 4

23 April 1949

21,010

Hull City

Division 3 North

19 February 1955

21,000

Tottenham

FA Cup Round 5

2) Lowest Average Home Crowd

Rank

Season

Average

Notes

1

77/8

2,102

D4 re-election season

2

80/1

2,162

D4 re-election season

3

2007/8

2,258

Conference

4

2008/9

2,295

NL

5

2004/5

2,333

1st Conference, down from 3,963 the previous season (at the time, our most recent in the Football League)

6

81/2

2,357

FL

7

2011/2

2,485

NL

8

2018/9

2,501

NLN

9

90/1

2,511

FL

10

91/2

2,525

FL

11

2016/7

2,570

NLN

3) Highest Average Home Crowd

Conversely, City's highest average league attendance was 10,409 in 1948/49 when football crowds soared following World War 2. They have been on a gradual decline ever since. Refer to Andy Naylor's full details of all City's matches and attendances.

4) Some Progressive Record Gate Receipts

Seasonal gate receipts topped 500,000 for the first time in 1998/9.

The last stated record receipts were for the 2002 Fulham FA Cup tie. Later numbers are based on projections from Andy Naylor, his logic would stand up to scrutiny.

Date

Comp

Opponents

Att

Notes

350112

FAC R3

Derby

13,612

1,041

173 paid in Entertainment Tax

380122

FAC R4

WBA

18,795

1,425

 

380212

FAC R5

Middlesbrough

23,860

2,193

 

380305

FAC R6

Huddersfield

28,123

2,735 & 17/6

4th time new record receipts / new record attendance achieved in cup run

481120

D3N

Rotherham

19,216

1,271

New record league attendance / receipts for a league game

490423

D3N

Hull

21,010

1,451 & 12/6

All time record league attendance / new record receipts for a league game

550221

FAC5

Spurs

21,000

3,845

New record receipts. Both clubs received 906, Entertainment Tax was 933 an The FA took the rest

550408

D3N

Accrington

19,843

1,741

Second highest ever record league attendance / new record receipts for a league game

560128

FAC4

Sunderland

22,000

4,113

New record receipts

580125

FAC4

Bolton

23,600

4,200

New record receipts and post WW2 record attendance. For FAC3 (Birmingham), 3 weeks earlier, 19,750 attended with receipts of 4,071. The original game was postponed and 2,000 ticket holders were unable to attend and no refunds were available.

850202

D3

Wigan

10,940

22,140

Record league game receipts, vouchers distributed for FA Cup tie

850216

FAC5

Liverpool

13,485

29,138

Record receipts

920428

D4

Burnley

7,620

33,000

 

930519

PO

Bury

9,206

46,459.50

 

931227

D2

Hull

8,481

   

940423

D2

Burnley

8,642

  

940515

PO

Stockport

8,744

55,000+

 

951003

CC2/2

Manchester U

9,386

63,680

 

20020126

FAC4

Fulham

7,563

73,000

Previous record was 951003 (MU), published figure

20021228

D3

Hull

7,856

89,615

Assumed record figure, based on attendance, not gate receipts

20031226

D3

Hull

7,923

97,332

Assumed record figure, based on attendance, not gate receipts

20040125

D3

Huddersfield

6,969

85,612

Assumed figure, based on attendance, not gate receipts

20070504

NL PO SF

Morecambe

6,660

81,816

Assumed figure, based on attendance, not gate receipts

20100429

NL PO SF

Luton

6,204

81,658

Assumed figure, based on attendance, not gate receipts

20120502

NL PO SF

Mansfield

6,057

85,038

Assumed figure, based on attendance, not gate receipts

20140512

D3 PO SF

Fleetwood

5,124

80,932

Assumed figure, based on attendance, not gate receipts

YORK CITY Club Secretary Keith Usher revealed that the FA Cup fixture with Fulham, provided the club with it's highest ever gate receipts for one game.

The gross takings were around 73,000, beating the previous best of 64,000 when Manchester United were the visitors for the second leg of the second round Coca-Cola Cup victory in October 1995. It has to be remembered that out of this gross figure come various deductions, e.g. VAT, police / stewarding and any other match day costs. Only then is the figure split between the two clubs, with the FA also taking their cut. The York City Supporters' Trust also benefited significantly from this money, with Fulham chairman and owner Mohamed Al Fayed offering the Premiership sides' share of the money back to the Trust. Some reports had suggested this may be as much as 50,000, but clearly the figure will be someway short of that mark.

Since 1983, the home side keeps all the money from league games. As ever, for cup and play off games, each club takes (after various deductible expenses) a share of the gate and a proportion also goes into a central pot for re-distribution.

The amounts shown to 2002 are for gross match day takings. They do not include any allowance for income from season ticket attendance at league games. Later figures are assumptions based on gate and season ticket numbers.

It is believed publicly stated receipts are "gate" receipts, other later calculations may be based on gate and season tickets.

5) Ground Capacity

Date

Capacity

MS

Pop

Family

Encl

Groves-nor

Shipton Street

Seated

Standing

54/5

21,000

 

 

           

560128

22,000

1,350

5,500

 

1,700

 

 

1,350

20,650

580125

23,600

 

 

 

72/3

20,500

900

5,000

 

2,000

6,000

6,600

900

19,600

74/5

16,529

 

1,952

       

2,762

 

82/83

13,824

               

86/7

14,628

1,102

1,957

 

1,717

4,747

5,105

3,059

11,569

87/8

13,109

1,102

1,957

 

1,700

5,250

4,100

3,059

11,050

Sept 89

14,628

1,102

1,957

 

1,717

4,747

5,105

3,059

11,569

93/4

10,595

               

94/5

         

3,700

     

1/2002*

9,511*

1,209*

1,952

573

 

2,715

3,062*

3,725

5,777

2007/8

9,196

1,757

1,652

 

 

2,725

3,062

3,409

5,787

 

8,256

1,757

1,652

 

 

 

 

3,409

4,747

2018/9

7,872

1,757

1,652

 

 

 

 

3,409

4,463

* At the time of the Fulham FA Cup tie in January 2002.

6) Total Games Played At Bootham Crecent

City moved to Bootham Crescent for the start of the 1932/3 season. The table below shows the number of games played at Boothamn Crescent since then until the end of the 2017/8 season.

These numbers exclude:

  • Games abandoned.
  • Friendlies.
  • War time football (including the aborted 1939/40 FL season and the unofficial seasons (league seasons 1939-46 and FA Cup seasons 1939-45)). Note, WW2 ended in 1945, there was insufficient time to arrange the resumption of league football for 1945/6 season but the 1945/6 FA Cup was considered an official competition and those games are included.
  • Games later voided due to the opposition failing to fulfil their full season's fixture list.

In 2018/9, City are expected to play a further 21 league games at Bootham Crescent and have already played 2 FA Cup games. We live in hope of end of season play off games being held at Bootham Crescent in April / May 2019.

On February 7, 1968, Bootham Crescent hosted an FA Cup Round 2 / 2nd Replay game between Midddlesbrough and Hull and in 2013, BC hosted 2 Harrogate Town league games when their pitch was suffering from poor drainage and waterlogging.

Bootham Crescent has also hosted a number of FA representative matches and schoolboy internationals. In 1989, BC hosted a York RL game and since 2016 BC has been the regular home ground of York City Knights.

Competition

P

W

D

L

F

A

League (FL & non league)

1779

818

482

479

2861

1980

Play Off Games (FL & NL)

6

2

3

1

3

2

FA Cup

118

57

28

33

189

140

League Cup

64

26

16

22

94

89

FL Associate Members Cup (since 1984)

26

10

4

12

35

38

FA Trophy

17

12

3

2

26

12

NL Cup (Setanta Shield and Gladwish Sales Cup)

2

0

2

0

4

4

TOTAL games played at Bootham Crescent (excl 2018/9)

2012

925

538

549

3212

2265

Results as at end of normal time / extra time, any game going to penalties is registered as a drawn game.

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