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York City's Footballing Families

Like many clubs, over the years City’s side has included many players from sporting families. You could make a case for genes or tradition

2019 saw Harvey Barnes burst onto the scene with Leicester (after earlier loan spells around the EFL). His speed soon made him a threat alongside Jamie Vardy, if only he had his Dad Paul’s scoring boots he could go all the way to the top.

Paul Barnes’ City teammates are just coming to age where their sons are starting to make a mark in the game, including:

  • Charlie Cresswell (Leeds U23, 2020/1) and first team debut in September 2020
  • Max McMillan (Leeds U18, 2020/1. His elder brother Alex has drifted out of the professional game after spending his scholarship years in Grimsby followed by a spell in Sweden
  • Chris Kiely, son of Dean, had a spell as a pro keeper with Gillingham after a schoolboy career with a couple of high profile clubs
  • When City visited Tadcaster in the FA Youth Cup in September 2020, City fielded Oli (son of Scott) Jordan whilst the home side included Troy (son of Jon) Greening.

Other readers might recall some other father and sons who both played for City, including:

  • Mark / Robbie Tinker
  • David / Fergus McAughtrie
  • Steven P (1997) / Joe Davis (2019), loanee centre backs, Dad broke his leg in training with City
  • Peter (2000-1) / George Swan (2015-6), neither made a mark in our back 4
  • Keith / Matt Walwyn. Matt played for City’s Eighties team in a YCST game in 2004
  • Bobby / Josh Mimms
  • Ian / Martin Butler
  • Neville / Steve Tutill
  • Jimmy / Arran Reid, Jimmy, a combative 70s YCFC reserve team midfielder and 2006/7 keeper Arran.

On a similar father / son theme:

  • Jackie McNamara Snr and Jackie McNamara both played for Celtic. Only the latter managed York City
  • Mike Walker was City’s and a Welsh Under 23 keeper from the 60s, his son Ian kept goal for Spurs and England where he was a team mate of Nick Barmby (see below)
  • Jason / Gabby McGill. After a youth career with City and Middlesbrough, Gabby signed a 3 year deal with Dunfermline in 2019

Other City families of note include:

  • Phil Burrows. Phil’s father and grandfather both played for Stockport. His Dad once played against Ernest Swallow (no need to name his son here) in a famous cup tie
  • George Thompson, a City keeper from the 20s once watched his son Des play in goal for City against Scunthorpe who had another son, George Jnr in goal.
  • Local striker Jeff Barmby failed to make the grade with City but had a long non league career at Scarborough. Son Nick played for Spurs, Everton and England whilst his son Jack came through the Manchester United junior system before moving to America.
  • Gordon Staniforth’s children, Tom (Sheffield Wednesday and was pictured in a Yorkpress feature (September 2020) as a Rowntrees Under 12) and Lucy (Manchester United and England) both went into the professional game.
  • September 2020 signing Michael Woods is the 3rdgeneration of his family to play for City following in the boots of Neil (uncle) and Alan (grandfather)
  • Jimmy (uncle) / Billy Rudd (nephew)
  • Keith Usher (father in law) / Cliff Calvert
  • Will (grandson of Paul) Aimson was a defender with Plymouth at the start of the 2020/1 season (having previously played for several clubs including Hull, Blackpool and Tranmere)

There has also been a number of pairs of brothers who have played for City:

  • Marco / Riccardo Gabbiadini
  • Nigel / Adrian Costello
  • Brian / Aidan Chippendale came through City’s youth ranks together in the1980s. Brian made 12 first team appearances, including the 1984 League Cup tie at QPR, his brother never made the first team. Its not known if Aidan Chippendale who had a loan spell with City in 2011 is a relative
  • Mid 70s squad striker, John Peachey’s brother Don (ex Coventry) played a trial game for City around 1974/5
  • Bryon Webster’s brother, Jack also played as a City triallist in March 2008 when in the final throes of his Scunthorpe career
  • Brothers Reg and Joe Baines played for City pre WW2
  • Ditto Tommy and George Maskill

One set of brothers you might not readily recognise are Dave Martin-Chambers, a City winger from the early 70s and his brother, who played under the name Phil Chambers for many years as Barnsley’s right back.

There are many other footballing brothers where one brother has played for City, they include:

  • Lee / Kurt Nogan
  • Shaun / Peter Reid
  • Viv / Martyn Busby
  • Neil / Bruce Rioch

I often wondered whether Liam Agnew was the son of Steve Agnew but was told he wasn’t, however Jordan Rhodes is the nephew of Steve Agnew.

Other notable City families who’ve struck outside football include:

  • 2 high profile ex City players who are sons of York RLFC players Alex / Ben Godfrey and Chris / Jamie Hopcutt
  • Cricketeer Jack Leaning (Kent, ex Yorkshire) is the son of Andy
  • Graham Carr our late 60s centre half (and later a high profile Newcastle chief scout) is the father of comedian Alan Carr.

Email Me if you know of anymore.

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