York City v Darlington

Tuesday 15th August 2017, 7.45pm
Vanarama Conference North

 
York City FC:
Bootham Crescent, York YO30 7AQ Tel: 01904 624447/01904 559500
Twitter: @YorkCityFC

History: First founded in 1908, the club is marking its 95th anniversary since its refromation this year. York were early members of Division Three North and Division Four. The club's most notable achievements have been on FA Cup runs, including reaching the semi-finals against Newcastle in 1955. The league high point came in 1974 when they reached Division Two (the current Championship level) and finished a heady 15th before relegation the following season. City’s earned promotion success in the playoffs in 1992/93 when on a first ever visit to Wembley they beat Crewe in a penalty shoot out. In 2004 the club finished bottom of League Two and lost league status for the first time in 75 years. But York won promotion in the play-off final in 2012 and enjoyed another four years in League Two before relegation. There were two FA Trophy wins though in 2012 and 2017. This was followed by relegation again last season - but a chance to renew local derbies with Darlington again! The club are looking to move to a new 8.000-seater stadium for the start of the 2019/20 season, so this could be one of our last visits.
Record Attendance: 28,123 vs Huddersfield Town (FA Cup, 1938)
Capacity: 8,256 (3,409 seats)
Last season: 21st (Conference, relegated)
Honours: Div Four champions: 1983–84; promoted: 1958–59, 1964–65, 1970–71; play-off winners: 1992–93. Div Three promoted: 1973-74. Conference play-off winners: 2011–12. FA Trophy winners: 2011–12 and 2016–17.
Record victory:
Defeat:
Nickname: The Minstermen
Colours: Red and blue
Manager: Gary Mills
Chairman: Jason McGill

Click here for streetmaps of the York City ground.

Admission prices (2017/18) Those who remember Bootham Crescent (it's several years since we played in a competitive match), Darlo fans will be given the Grosvenor Road open terrace behind the goal, with room for 1,785 and access to limited seating for a £1 supplement in the Popular Stand. Adults £14; concessions (over 60s and students) £10; Under 18s £5, under 5s free. More information.

From the North (M1): (From Darlington ). Leave the A1 and take A19 to York, onto Shipton Road. Turn left by the Burton Stone pub into Burton Stone Lane and the ground is on the right.

Parking is something else altogether, although there is the all-day Union Terrace car park off Clarence Street and the Bootham Row car park. The council produce quite a useful parking map although one option is to park elsewhere and train in or park at the park-and-ride (sign-posted on approaches) to the north of the city and take the bus. Red and Blue Net tell us if going by car then arrive very early and be aware that residents-only schemes are in operation. "For a night game it's probably best to use one of the city centre car parks (which as far as I am aware are free after about 6pm) and walk from the city centre (it's not far)." There are also suggestions to use the York Hospital carpark from 5.45pm (£2.50)

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach 5.15pm; fare: £12 Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat. Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here.

York Cars 01904 797777
Station Taxis 01904 623332
Ace Taxis 01904 623332

Bootham Crescent is a fairly easy walk from the station. Turn left into station Road and a quick left into Leeman Road. Then before you reach the railway bridge, take a right along a footpath, walk over the River Ouse bridge, past the Marygate car park and through an underpass under the railway. Follow the path over the road into Grosvenor Terrace. Bootham Crescent runs parallel

The official site is pretty good with a full section for away fans.

There are useful maps and guide to the city here.

York City Press has a section on the club

City centre and near ground:

York Tap, York Railway Station, Station Road YO24 1AB
This has been a real ale go-to place, although might be a bit awkward on a matchday. On the station platform, there is an excellent beer range.

The Maltings, Tanners Moat, Lendel Bridge
One of the better known watering holes for most Darlo fans. Very handy for the station so well placed for drowning sorrows after the game as well. Not the biggest pub in the world but has a fine range of about seven real ales as well as an interesting choice of German wheat beers and Belgian brews. The food is good too - who can resist the mountain that is curry chips? Winner of many CAMRA awards over the past 10 years. Just a pity it's a midweek trip
, a sorry loss. DAFTS Pub of the Year 2001/2002 and highly recommended Click for map .

The Ackhorne, St Martin's Lane, off Micklegate Click on map
A wonderful pub up a cobbled lane - well worth finding. Great ales on tap - many local brews - and some top nosh to boot. Very friendly staff. Slightly off the beaten track so is not besieged by tourists and young kids. DAFTS recommended.

The Hop, 11-12 Fossgate
Ossett Brewery pub with food and real ale.

Closer to the ground, The Burton Stone in Clifton Road is OK for away fans. Popular with Darlo fans and those travelling by car.

Try looking also at the CAMRA York pub map and online pub guide for more information and suggestions.

The club promises a food kiosk in the away end selling hot and cold drinks and hot and cold snacks, including burgers, pies and hot dogs.