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PREVIEW | York City vs Wrexham

A trip to York makes a welcome return to our schedule, but the Minstermen are experiencing upheaval off the pitch.

1 December 2022

Top of the table and unbeaten in 12, Phil Parkinson's Wrexham renew an old acquaintance when they face York City. The match takes place on Saturday December 3 and kicks off at 12.30pm, with the away end sold out and the macth set to be broadcast live on BT Sport.

They won't be visiting familiar ground, though, as The Minstermen moved to a new stadium - the LNER Community Stadium - in 2021, four years after what turned out to be Wrexham's final match at York's former home, Bootham Crescent.

With Jordan Davies suffering a knee injury in the 4-1 win over Farnborough last Saturday, Phil Parkinson will have to make changes to his starting eleven, but players who are recovering from injury are making their way back into the reckoning to increase Parkinson's options in other areas of the pitch. Rob Lainton, Jacob Mendy, Reece Hall-Johnson and Harry Lennon were all on the bench last Saturday, while Ollie Palmer is likely to return to the first eleven.

York have suffered a difficult spell in the last two months. They haven't won in nine games and haven't kept a clean sheet in that run either. Their poor form has seen them slip down the table after a promsing start to their return to the National League following promotion last season, and also cost manager John Askey his job.

Despite the poor run of results, though, the decision to relieve Askey of his duties was not popular with supporters, who hold their ex-manager in great affection. A poll in The York Press saw 91% of fans state that he should not have been sacked, and the reaction to the decision on social media has been overwhelmingly negative.

Some players took to Instagram to speak out against the sacking, with Michael Duckworth calling it an "outrageous decision", while Ryan Fallowfield described it as "madness."

Askey's dismissal has certainly prompted upheaval at the club. Majority share-owner and chairman Glen Henderson has come in for heavy criticism, and the York City Supporters Trust, who own the remaining 49%, felt compelled to speak out after Askey's departure:

"Mistakes have been made, they will be learned from and, to our best efforts, they will never be repeated," a statement read.

"Your Supporters' Trust board were shocked and dismayed to learn of Askey's departure.

"Dismayed at the initial decision, we were then disappointed throughout the day with the manner in which John Askey’s dismissal was handled and communicated. Such a major decision affecting both John and the football club should have been handled better by all involved.....Between the briefing received from Club board members, and having listened to John Askey on the radio the previous evening, the Supporters’ Trust board recognise that the relationship between both parties had reached breaking point....

"On the matter of John Askey’s dismissal, we have presented the Club Board with considerable feedback regarding the events that led to a breakdown in relationships, the lack of earlier interventions, and the overall handling of John’s dismissal. Our feedback reflected the depth of fan opinion. However, the Trust board recognise that the action taken to relieve John of his duties were the culmination of numerous factors that had led to an irretrievable situation.

"While we deeply regret the situation, it is important for the good of the club to move forward and deal with the challenges ahead.

"We are sorry, we will do better."

The trust have also suspended their fund-raising campaign, which was titled "Boosting John Askey's Budget". Askey himself complained that Henderson had been interfering with team affairs.

"Askey united our fanbase and gave pride back to supporters. For that we will be eternally grateful."
-York City Supporters Trust Statement

Speaking to BBC Radio York, Askey said: “I’m really sad. I’ve enjoyed my time at the club and the support has been fantastic.

“It’s not something I wanted to happen, so I’m really disappointed.

“I was disappointed with how it was done. I stood in front of a printing machine, waiting for a letter to be printed.

“I read the letter and it says ‘You’re sacked’. That’s the biggest thing that hurt me more than anything.

“Alastair Smith, the chief executive, gave me the letter. Nobody spoke to me.

“I think I deserve better than that and I think anyone deserves better than that, to be perfectly honest.

“Nobody ever came to me and said ‘John, you’re not doing a good job.’

“I’ve had no contact with anyone. I’ve not spoken to anyone, other than over text, for six to seven weeks.

“When I have spoken to someone, I’ve had to make the phone call....I’m upset.”

For their part, the club claimed Askey had told the club he wanted to leave, but couldn't for personal reasons.

Tim Ryan has stepped in as interim manager, but his two games in charge both ended in defeat. His first game in charge saw his side sunk by a last minute goal at home to Wealdstone, while last Saturday they lost at Dorking.

On Wednesday evening it looked like York's search for a new manager had ended, when Bolton Wanderers coach Sam Hird was made odds-on favourite to take the job, but he decided to stay put.

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It’s been five and a half years since the ancient rivalry between York City and Wrexham was last played out, and that visit to Bootham Crescent in 2017 was one of our most memorable.

We’ve been lining up against The Minstermen since 1929, when a game at another of their old grounds, Fulfordgate, ended goalless. The balance between the sides was maintained a week later when they drew 1-1 in their first venture to The Racecourse.

That game in April 2017 was a high stakes affair. The hosts were in real danger of relegation, while defeat would mean Wrexham would probably need another win from our final two games to be safe.

Extra spice was added to the mix by the fact that Wrexham were scrapping at the wrong end of the season as a consequence of an awful start to the campaign under Gary Mills, who had moved on and was York’s manager! 

Nearly a thousand Wrexham fans travelled to Yorkshire, but things got off to a horrible start when Jon Parkin blasted the ball home to give York a second-minute lead.

It was to be Jordan White’s day, though. The big Scottish target man equalised after half an hour and gave us the lead in the 58th minute.

York’s early energy dissipated as the game wore on, and Wrexham took control in the second half, adding a memorable clincher in the final minute when Leo Smith dribbled through to score the only goal of his Wrexham career.

We’ve only won by a two-goal margin on two other occasions at York. In May 1934 there was also a second-minute goal, but this time Wrexham got it through the legendary Tommy Bamford. By the break we were 2-1 down but two goals from left winger Bob Weale – half the goals he managed in a three-year spell at Wrexham – plus an own-goal secured a 4-2 win.

Our other decisive win at York came on the opening day of the season in 1955. There were no goals in the opening hour, but Eric Littler, Ron Hewitt and Elfed Evans all struck in a 14-minute spell which took the game beyond the hosts despite a late consolation.

We’re unbeaten in our last three games at York, and in four matches overall against them. Our last defeat at Bootham Crescent was in December 2009, when a late Andy Fleming consolation – his only goal in 76 Wrexham appearances - couldn’t prevent a 2-1 defeat.

Since then we’ve drawn 1-1 in 2010, when Jamie Tolley’s goal was cancelled out by a late penalty, and 0-0 the following season as Andy Morrell and Mills fought out a fascinating, high quality tactical battle.

A win would be our third in a row against the Minstermen, equalling our best run of consecutive wins in the fixture, because that 2017 win completed a fifth league double: a John Rooney penalty and a Sean Newton goal earned a 2-1 home win in August 2016. Ironically, the scorer of the winning goal would be lining up alongside Mills in the York camp eight months later as York’s defeat to The Red Dragons played a role in their eventual relegation.


image8uix.pngLiam McAlinden's 50th appearance for Wrexham.

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We'll be screening the game live in the Centenary Club, with free entry from 11.30am.

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Match Reports

REPORT | York City 1-1 Wrexham AFC

Late drama means the points are shared in Yorkshire

3 December 2022

Tom O’Connor’s spectacular overhead kick was not enough to secure a dramatic victory at the LNER Community Stadium as York snatched an equaliser in a game of late drama.

The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw before O’Connor opened the scoring in spectacular style with a minute of normal time remaining.

But Manny Duku levelled just moments later, with his first touch after coming on, as both sides had to share the points in front of the BT Sport cameras.

Phil Parkinson made three changes to Wrexham’s line-up, with Ollie Palmer, Anthony Forde and James Jones all returning to the starting XI.

Sam Dalby and Liam McAlinden dropped to the bench, while Jordan Davies faces up to three months out with the knee injury sustained in the FA Cup win against Farnborough.

Mark Howard was forced into  smart low save inside the first minute, when Adam Crookes flicked a corner goalwards, but Wrexham grew into the game quickly.

Immediately from Howard’s long clearance, Mullin ran onto the long ball and shot from distance straight at Ethan Ross.

Ollie Palmer then muscled his way inside on five minutes, but again his low shot was saved comfortably.

A minute later, Mullin crossed from the right but Elliot Lee could not get a clean connection on his header and on 11 minutes it was Mullin himself wo headed wide from Forde’s brilliant right-wing cross.

James Jones was next to try his luck, working the ball onto his left foot after a well-worked passing move on the quarter-hour, but his low shot lacked power and was cleared away.

At the other end, York had a couple of penalty appeals turned down and Lenell John-Lewis headed wide while tustling with Hayden in one of those instances on 23 minutes.

Though the pace of the game settled, Wrexham had a big opportunity on 32 minutes when Jones picked Gus Mafuta’s pocket, charged forward and was brought down on the edge of the box.

Mafuta was yellow-carded and Forde curled the subsequent free-kick over the bar but Ross clawed the ball away.

Mullin found space on the edge of the area on 37 minutes, but curled his right-footed shot just wide across goal.

Neither side could break the deadlock before the break, however.

Less than a minute after the restart Wrexham had another good free-kick chance, after Callum McFadzean was fouled, but this time Forde curled his effort over.

Mullin’s low shot from distance was then saved on 53 minutes, after Lee had burst forward through the middle.

The second-half lacked rhythm, however, not helped by a handful of injury stoppages as John-Lewis, Aaron Hayden and Alex Whittle all required treatment at various points.

John-Lewis had a great chance to give York the lead on 78 minutes but, unmarked, he headed wide in the area.

Three minutes later, Wrexham substitute Tom O’Connor made a crucial block to deflect Michael Duckworth’s low shot up and over.

Paul Mullin wanted a penalty on 84 minutes, after running onto a long ball and going to ground in the area.

Tom O’Connor finally broke the deadlock on 89 minutes in spectacular style, however. Young’s free-kick was only partially cleared and the Irishman responded with a brilliant overhead kick into the bottom corner.

York’s response was to send on Duku, and the striker levelled proceedings with his first touch, firing high into the net from the right of the area.

There was still time, with seven minutes added on, for Jacob Mendy and Lee to have shots blocked from Young’s corners.

But there were not further goals, as Wrexham were forced to settle for a point – the result meaning the Red Dragons go back to second in the National League.


York City: Ross, Crookes, Kouogon, Kerr, Dyson, Whittle, John-Lewis, Hancox, Pybus, Mafuta, Duckworth

Subs: Burgess, Whitley, Greaves, James, Duku

Wrexham: Howard, Hayden, Tozer, Tunnicliffe, Forde, Young, J.Jones, McFadzean, Lee, Mullin, Palmer

Subs: Lainton, O’Connor, McAlinden, Mendy, Dalby

Referee: Jacob Miles

Attendance: 7,512 

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Last remaining tickets for York City (A) on sale tomorrow

Limited extra tickets released to buy online only

30 November 2022

We are pleased to be able to release a very limited number of additional tickets to season-ticket holders for Saturday’s match away to York City at the LNER Community Stadium.

The Vanarama National League match kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday December 3, and we have around 48 further tickets for sale – which will be available to buy strictly via our eTicketing website only, from 10am tomorrow (Thursday December 1). No tickets will be sold from the club shop.

As the original allocation of tickets sold out during the season-ticket holders’ priority window, these tickets will likewise be available for season-ticket holders only.

If you are a season-ticket holder looking to purchase tickets on behalf of another season-ticket holder, please see these instructions to ensure your account is correctly set up.

As these are physical tickets, we cannot offer reprints, refunds or upgrades once the purchase has been made.

Tickets are priced as follows: 

  • Adult = £21
  • Concession 60+ = £16
  • Student = £9
  • 18 & under = £9
  • 11 & under = £7
  • 5 & Under = Free
  • Companion = Free (Proof required on purchase)

All tickets for this match must be collected from the Racecourse Ground, with postage no longer available.

Thank you to all supporters who have collected tickets so far. We still have a number remaining in the ticket office for supporters to collect, and will be open from 9am-5pm today, tomorrow and Friday.

If you selected postage when purchasing your ticket and have not received anything by Friday December 2, please email with your booking reference.

Official Supporter Travel

Don’t forget to book your official supporter travel for the match too, with the last remaining coach spaces on sale on our eTicketing website.

Please do not book travel unless you have already secured a match ticket. Coaches will depart from the Mold Road at 8am, and cost £19 for adults and £17 for juniors. All under-14s must be accompanied on official supporter travel, and alcohol is strictly prohibited by law.

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