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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 Bootham Crescent Attendances

Rank

Date

Attendance

Opponents

Competition

Result

1

4 November 2008 608 Mansfield Setanta Shield Round 3 D 1-1 (W 4-2 (penalties))

2

11 February 2009 683 Kidderminster Harriers FA Trophy Round 3 D 1-1 (W 13-12 (penalties))

3

6 February 2008 763 Northwich Victoria Setanta Shield Round 5 D 3-3 (L 2-3 (penalties))

4

15 December 2019 853 Hinckley United FA Trophy Round 1 Replay W 3-1

5

22 October 1991 957 Carlisle Autoglass Cup (Group) D 1-1

6

23 November 2019 974 Altrincham FA Trophy Qualifying Round 3 L 0-1

7

25 November 2017 1,001 Coalville Town FA Trophy Qualifying Round 3 W 3-1

8

7 December 1999 1,005 Hull Auto Windscreen Shield Round 1 L 0-1

9

22 September 2018 1,020 Ashton Athletic FA Cup Qualifying Round 2 W 5-0

10

10 December 2016 1,033 Worcester City FA Trophy Round 1 W 3-1

11

29 September 2004 1,072 Blackpool Leyland Daf Vans Trophy Round 1 L 0-2

12

9 January 2001 1,095 Darlington Leyland Daf Vans Trophy Round 1 L 0-4

13

10 December 2016 1,116 Solihull Moors FA Trophy Round 1 D 2-2

14

5 May 1981 1,167 Northampton Division 4 L 1-2

15

6 October 2018 1,243 St Ives Town FA Cup Qualifying Round 3 W 3-0

16

3 December 1977 1,284 Torquay Division 4 D 0-0

17

13 October 1987 1,296 Darlington Sherpa Van Trophy Group L 3-4

3) 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

4) 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.

5) 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.

580125

D3

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.

660312

D3

Hull

19,420

3,617

New record league game receipts (and never again such a big BC crowd)

710123

FAC4

Southampton

13,775

4,824

New record gate receipts

710419

D4

Oldham

14,321

4,000+

New record league game receipts

731121

FLC4

Manchester C

15,360

9,383

New record gate receipts

740914

D2

Sunderland

14,974

6,495

New record league game receipts

741221

D2

Manchester United

15,314

6,428.25

Higher crowd, but lower receipts than Sunderland

750107

FAC3R

Arsenal

15,362

9,856

New record gate receipts

751101

D2

Sunderland

15,225

9,165.55

New record league game receipts (excludes season tickets)

830423

D4

Hull

9,909

17,300

New record receipts

840408

D4

Doncaster

11,297

20,725

New record receipts

850126

FAC4

Arsenal

10,840

24,083

New record receipts

850202

D3

Wigan

10,948

22,140

New league game record receipts

850216

FAC5

Liverpool

13,485

29,138

Record receipts

870101

D3

Middlesbrough

8,611

24,688

New league game record receipts

880326

D3

Sunderland

9,183

31,612

New league game record receipts

890129

Challenge Cup

York RL v Leeds RL

11,347

33,000

New ground record receipts

920428

D4

Burnley

7,620

33,100

New league game record receipts

930519

PO

Bury

9,206

46,459.50

 

931009

D2

Huddersfield

6,353

34,300

New league game record receipts

931130

FAC1R

Burnley

5,720

37,600

 

931227

D2

Hull

8,481

49,366

 

940423

D2

Burnley

8,642

50,034.55

 

940515

PO

Stockport

8,744

55,000+

City's profit from the night's receipts was about £10,000 (each of the 4 clubs in the semi finals took 25% from each of the 4 semi final games)

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

70,000

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.

6) Ground Capacity

Date

Capacity

MS

Pop

Family

Encl

Grovesnor

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

14,109

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

Dec 90

12,760

 

4,456

3,744

Aug 91

 

3,764

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.

7) Total Games Played At Bootham Crecent

York City moved to Bootham Crescent for the start of the 1932/3 season. The table below shows the total number of games City have played at Bootham Crescent since then and up to and including the final game against Guiseley (30th December 2020).

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.

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 Conference league games (home games for Harrogate and Gateshead) when their pitches were 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

Total Crowd

Average Crowd

League (FL & non league)

1,823

841

493

489

2,926

2,027

8,378,350

4,596

Play Off Games (FL & NL)

7

2

3

2

3

4

41,995

5,999

FA Cup

122

59

29

34

199

141

904,947

7,418

League Cup

64

26

16

22

94

89

346,085

5,408

FL Associate Members Cup (since 1984)

26

10

4

12

35

38

54,682

2,103

FA Trophy

18

12

3

3

26

13

32,172

1,787

NL Cup (Setanta Shield and Gladwish Sales Cup)

2

0

2

0

4

4

1,371

686

Northern Section Cup (1934-8)

5

5

0

0

15

5

16,122

3,224

TOTAL games at Bootham Crescent (to 30th December 2020)

2,067

955

550

562

3,302

2,321

9,775,724

4,729

Note:

  • Results as at end of normal time / extra time, any game going to penalties is registered as a drawn game.
  • The 2020 games played behind closed doors or with reduced capacities are included. They are the 2019/20 Altrincham play off game and all 6 (league) gamnes played during the 2020/1 season, of which the first 4 were played behind closed doors followed by a greatly reduced maximum capacity for the final 2 games (Spennymoor (400) and Guisely (627)). These slightly reduce the overall average attendances.
  • Currently includes the 6 NLN games played during the 2020/1 season (P6 W4 D2 L0 F9 A3, Total (covid restricted) Attendance 1,027).

For the record, prior to moving to Bootham Crescent in 1932, City’s home ground was Fulfordgate. It was our home for our first 7 non league (Midland League) seasons (1922-9) and our first 3 Football League seasons (1929-32). However, our first ever 2 home games (September 1922) were played at Mille Crux on Haxby Road (then Rowntrees', now Nestles', home ground) as Fulfordgate was not ready.

For the record, details of City's pre Bootham Crescent home games are as follows.

Competition (Home Venue)

P

W

D

L

F

A

1922: Midlands League (Mille Crux)

2

1

0

1

5

6

1922-9: Midlands League (Fulfordgate)

140

77

36

27

331

181

1925: Midlands League - North Subsidiary (Fulfordgate)

7

4

3

0

11

4

1922-32: FA Cup League (Fulfordgate)

27

17

5

5

76

28

1929-32: Football League (Fulfordgate)

62

40

13

9

151

74

TOTAL home games played prior to Bootham Crescent

238

139

57

42

574

293

8) Played At Bootham Crecent (YCFC Players and Opponents)

By the end of 2020, 978 different players had represented York City at Bootham Crescent. Of those, 439 had scored at Bootham Crescent. For the full list see City Players.

City's record appearance holder, Barry Jackson will have played the most number of games at Bootham Crescent, 272 (267 away from BC) of his 539 appearances.

Equally, City's all time top scorer, Norman Wilkinson, will have scored the most (82) goals by any player at Bootham Crescent. Next on the list is Keith Walwyn with 77.

YCFC announced a poll to determine the best ever City XI to play at Bootham Crescent, the results are published here. They could be challenged by the following side who didn't even make the short list of nominees. David Stockdale, Ernie Phillips, Alan Stewart, Barry Swallow, Ernie Howe; Graeme Murty, Gordon Brown, Ron Spence, Jon Greening; Ted MacDougall, Phil Boyer. Sub: Richard Cresswell.

At the same time, some City supporters nominated their best side of players to have played at Bootham Crescent. They could include:

  • Andrei Kanchelskis (Everton)
  • Alan Ball (Arsenal)
  • Alan Mullery (Fulham)
  • Bobby Charlton (FA XI)
  • Bobby Moore (Fulham)
  • Brian Kidd (Arsenal)
  • Bryan Robson (WBA)
  • Charlie Nicholas (Arsenal)
  • Colin Bell (Manchester City)
  • David Beckham (Manchester United)
  • Eddie Gray (Leeds)
  • Edgar Davids (Barnet)
  • Edwin van der Saar (Manchester United)
  • Emile Heskey (Leicester)
  • Emlyn Hughes (Liverpool)
  • Eric Cantona (Manchester United)
  • Francis Lee (Manchester City)
  • Gary Speed (Everton)
  • Gordon Banks (Stoke)
  • Gordon Hill (Manchester United)
  • Ian Botham (Scunthorpe), the greatest cricketeer
  • Jack Charlton (friendly)
  • Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush (Liverpool) and any number of their 85 and 86 sides
  • Kevin Keegan (Scunthorpe)
  • Martin Buchan (Manchester United)
  • Matthew Le Tissier (Southampton)
  • Michael Owen (England Schoolboys)
  • Mick Channon (Southampton)
  • Neville Southall (Everton)
  • Nick Pope (York)
  • Nobby Stiles (Middlesbrough)
  • Peter Lorimer (York)
  • Peter Osgood (Southampton)
  • Peter Schmeichel (Manchester United)
  • Ray Clemence (Scunthorpe)
  • Ray "Butch" Wilkins (Chelsea)
  • Rodney Marsh (Manchester City)
  • Ron Yeats (Tranmere)
  • Sammy Lee (Liverpool)
  • Steve Coppell (Manchester United)
  • Tommy Lawrence (Tranmere)

9) Played At Bootham Crecent (Opposition Teams)

City have played 162 different teams in league matches at Bootham Crescent and a further 25 clubs in cup games only. That makes 187 in total. The list includes phoenix clubs as separate entities (e.g. Gateshead and Gateshead (1977)) but counts as single entries clubs who have changed their names (e.g. Swansea Town / Swansea City).

The teams City have played in league games at Bootham Crescent are:

  1. Accrington Stanley
  2. Accrington Stanley (1968)
  3. AFC Telford United
  4. AFC Wimbledon
  5. Aldershot Town
  6. Aldershot Town (1992)
  7. Alfreton Town
  8. Altrincham
  9. Ashton United
  10. Aston Villa
  11. Barnet
  12. Barnsley
  13. Barrow
  14. Bath City
  15. Birmingham City
  16. Blackburn Rovers
  17. Blackpool
  18. Blyth Spartans
  19. Bolton Wanderers
  20. Boreham Wood
  21. Boston United
  22. Bournemouth
  23. Brackley Town
  24. Bradford C.
  25. Bradford P.A.
  26. Bradford Park Avenue (1987)
  27. Braintree Town
  28. Brentford
  29. Brighton & Hove Albion
  30. Bristol City
  31. Bristol Rovers
  32. Bromley
  33. Burnley
  34. Burton Albion
  35. Bury
  36. Cambridge United
  37. Cardiff City
  38. Carlisle United
  39. Charlton Athletic
  40. Chelsea
  41. Cheltenham Town
  42. Chester (2010)
  43. Chester City
  44. Chesterfield
  45. Chorley
  46. Colchester United
  47. Coventry City
  48. Crawley Town
  49. Crewe Alexandra
  50. Crystal Palace
  51. Curzon Ashton
  52. Dagenham & Redbridge
  53. Darlington
  54. Darlington (2012)
  55. Derby County
  56. Doncaster Rovers
  57. Dover Athletic
  58. Droylsden
  59. Eastbourne Borough
  60. Eastleigh
  61. Ebbsfleet United
  62. Exeter City
  63. Farnborough Town
  64. Farsley Celtic
  65. Farsley Celtic (2010)
  66. FC United Of Manchester
  67. Fleetwood Town
  68. Forest Green Rovers
  69. Fulham
  70. Gainsborough Trinity
  71. Gateshead
  72. Gateshead (1977)
  73. Gillingham
  74. Gloucester City
  75. Grays Athletic
  76. Grimsby Town
  77. Guiseley
  78. Halifax Town
  79. Harrogate Town
  80. Hartlepool United
  81. Hayes & Yeading
  82. Hereford (2014)
  83. Hereford United
  84. Histon
  85. Huddersfield Town
  86. Hull City
  87. Kettering Town
  88. Kidderminster Harriers
  89. Kings Lynn Town (the last team to appear at Bootham Crescent for the first time)
  90. Leamington
  91. Leigh RMI
  92. Lewes
  93. Leyton Orient
  94. Lincoln City
  95. Luton Town
  96. Macclesfield Town
  97. Maidstone United
  98. Maidstone United (1992)
  99. Manchester City
  100. Manchester United
  101. Mansfield Town
  102. Middlesbrough
  103. Millwall
  104. Morecambe
  105. New Brighton
  106. Newport County
  107. Newport County (1989)
  108. North Ferriby United
  109. Northampton Town
  110. Northwich Victoria
  111. Norwich City
  112. Nottingham Forest
  113. Notts County
  114. Nuneaton Borough
  115. Oldham Athletic
  116. Oxford United
  117. Peterborough United
  118. Plymouth Argyle
  119. Port Vale
  120. Portsmouth
  121. Preston North End
  122. Queens Park Rangers
  123. Reading
  124. Rochdale
  125. Rotherham United
  126. Rushden & Diamonds
  127. Salford City
  128. Salisbury City
  129. Scarborough
  130. Scunthorpe United
  131. Sheffield United
  132. Sheffield Wednesday
  133. Shrewsbury Town
  134. Solihull Moors
  135. Southampton
  136. Southend United
  137. Southport
  138. Spennymoor United
  139. St Albans City
  140. Stafford Rangers
  141. Stevenage Borough
  142. Stockport County
  143. Stoke City
  144. Sunderland
  145. Sutton United
  146. Swansea City
  147. Swindon Town
  148. Tamworth
  149. Torquay United
  150. Tranmere Rovers
  151. Walsall
  152. Watford
  153. West Bromwich Albion
  154. Weymouth
  155. Wigan Athletic
  156. Wimbledon
  157. Woking
  158. Wolverhampton Wanderers
  159. Workington
  160. Wrexham
  161. Wycombe Wanderers
  162. Yeovil Town

The 25 other teams that City have played in cup games only at Bootham Crescent are:

  1. Arsenal
  2. Ashton Athletic
  3. Bangor City
  4. Bedworth United
  5. Bishop Auckland
  6. Blue Star
  7. Burton Town
  8. Caernarfon Town
  9. Coalville Town
  10. Corby Town
  11. Dudley Town
  12. Enfield
  13. Everton
  14. Havant & Waterlooville
  15. Hinckley United
  16. Leeds United
  17. Leicester City
  18. Liverpool
  19. Mossley
  20. Runcorn
  21. Rushall Olympic
  22. St Ives Town
  23. Tottenham Hotspur
  24. Whitby Town
  25. Worcester City
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