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We've Met Before - York City

8 August 2014

The final article in the series by Dale Jenkins.

North Yorkshire outfit York City were founded in 1922 and joined the Football League seven years later.

The Minstermen spent most of its early years in the lower regions of the Third Division North and earned its reputation for some memorable cup giant-killing acts alongside modest League form. In 1958, York became founding members of the Fourth Division, as the Third Divisions North and South were restructured into new Third and Fourth divisions, based on league positions at the end of the 1957–58 season.

York were promoted to the Second Division with a third place finish in the 1973–74 season when "three up, three down" promotion and relegation was introduced to the Football League. Their first season in the Second Division saw York end up in 15th position, their highest ever league finish.

After yo-yoing between the Third and Fourth Divisions for the next couple of decades, long-serving chairman Douglas Craig advertised the sale of the club and Bootham Crescent in 2001. Team B&Q racing driver and team owner John Batchelor took over as chairman in March 2002, making a series of promises which went undelivered before the Supporters’ Trust took over the club in March 2003.

The 2003/04 season was a disaster York went winless for the final 20 league fixtures and were relegated to Non-League after 75 years in the Football League. Despite reaching the play-offs in 2006/07 and 2009/10, the club could not find their way back into the League until 2012 when the Minstermen completed an FA Trophy and Conference Play-Off double success.

The Yorkshire club have established themselves in League Two over the course of the last two seasons and after consolidating in their first season back Gary Mills left his role as manager after a poor run of form. New manager Nigel Worthington managed to impressively guide City to the play-offs last season where York were narrowly defeated over two legs by Fleetwood Town.

Calvin Andrew, Sander Puri, Adam Reed, Chris Dickinson, Tom Allan and Shaquille McDonald were all released from Bootham Crescent this summer.

City brought in former Wycombe defenders Dave Winfield and Marvin McCoy to shore up their backline in the close season. Ex-Dagenham and Redbridge left back Femi Ilesanmi has also joined the club. Two more new signings familiar to Chairboys fans are goalkeeper Jason Mooney and ex-trialist striker Jake Hyde who has signed from Barnet. Winger Lindon Meikle, brought in from Mansfield Town, completes Nigel Worthington’s summer business.

Wanderers travel north to Bootham Crescent on Saturday 30th August 2014.

York travel to Adams Park on Saturday 10th January 2015.

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