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Millers v York Friendly

York City

The Millers travel to the KitKat Crescent to take on York City in a pre-season friendly.

York are managed by Martin Foyle, who took over in November last year, and are in the Conference National Division, finishing seventeenth last season. They got to Wembley in the final of the FA Trophy but were defeated 2-0 by Stevenage Borough.

York City were founded in 1908 but folded during the World War I and were re-founded in 1922. The club spent seven seasons in the Midland League before being elected to play in the Football League in 1929 but were probably known better for their giant killing exploits in Cup competitions. In 1937/8 season they knocked out West Brom and Middlesbrough both in the First Division and in 1954/5 found themselves in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing a replay with Newcastle 2-1.

Moving onwards to the 1973/4 season the Football League introduced the three-up/three-down system and York were promoted to the Second Division in third place. Unfortunately, things didn`t go too well after that and under Wilf McGuinness the club found themselves in the Fourth Division in 1976/7.

In the 1983/4 season York became the first team in the Football League to reach one hundred points, and were champions of the Fourth Division with one hundred and one points. The season after, they met Arsenal in the FA Cup and beat them 1-0 at Bootham Cresent with a last minute penalty.

In 1993 The Minstermen gained promotion to the Second Division, beating Crewe Alexandra in a penalty shoot out in the play offs and in their first season they got to the play offs but lost to Stockport County in the semi finals. They were back to their giant killing antics the season after when they beat Manchester United 4-3 on aggregate in the League Cup second round and the season after beat Everton in the same competition.

In 2002 chairman Douglas Craig put the club and its ground up for sale for 4.5 million, announcing that unless a new owner was found before 1 April 2002, York City would be withdrawn from the Football League. In stepped John Batchelor with promises that he couldn`t fulfill and in 2003 The Supporters Trust took control of the club. York were relegated to the Conference in 2004 and after having three manager Martin Foyle took over.

So far York have played four pre-season friendlies - they drew 3-3 with Leeds, lost to Bradford 2-0, beat North Ferriby United 6-1 and on Saturday beat Hartlepool 2-0.




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Date:Saturday July 25 2009

Time: 9:55PM

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