RUFC - Fans Interview - York City
Rotherham United entertain York City in the FA Cup at Don Valley tomorrow afternoon and before the game we asked Winehouse from Vital York if he answer us some questions.
How long have you been supporting the Minstermen?
All my life ... which isn't that short and isn't especially long, but is somewhere nicely in between!
What made you decided 'York` was the team for you?
There is no other team, I can't imagine why anybody would support anyone else. If there wasn't a York City, I simply wouldn't watch football.
What was the first York game you saw at home
As a very, very young boy in 1967. Don't remember the opposition.
What was the first York away game you went to?
Well one of the earliest I do remember was actually at Rotherham at the end of the 1972-73 season. York had to win to have any chance of avoiding relegation from Division Three. We did, 2-1 and stayed up.
Favourite ground ever been to
Bootham Crescent, such a beautiful place. Don't really care about any other clubs - they are just there to be beaten.
Ground you hate going to
Any in the Conference.
Have you any rituals before a game?
If there was one York City player you could fetch back from the past to play now, who would it be?
Barry Jackson or Keith Walwyn ... Give me both and we'd never lose a game!
Is there any player you`ve ever felt sorry to see leave?.
Absolutely dozens - Phil Boyer, Keith Walwyn, Gordon Staniforth, Brian Pollard, Paul Barnes, Jon McCarthy to name but a few. Most recently, Richard Brodie - absolutely gutted because he represented real hope of getting back to where we should be.
You are currently just above the relegation places, is this a shock to you and where do you expect to finish this season?
Not once we sold Brodie at the start of the season - and then the manager Martin Foyle walked out. Defenders Ben Purkiss and Luke Graham had already also left by then, and midfielders Levi Mackin and Chris Carruthers were both ruled out with early injuries, while at the same time Neil Barrett struggled to recapture his form from last term. More than half the side missing and everything that was worked so hard for last season was effectively shattered in only a matter of weeks. Therefore, York will as a result probably continue to struggle this time around and revert to their customary finish of around 17th come the end of the campaign.
Who should we be looking our for on Saturday?
The most difficult question of the lot based on current performances. Alex Lawless can definitely play, as can Peter Till when in the mood. James Meredith has genuine promise at the back.
When you see the name 'Rotherham United' what are your first thoughts?
Very bizarrely a strange advertising hoarding that I remember from going to Millmoor as a youngster ... it read something like 'Sexy Rexy.' I still don't know what it was supposed to be advertising! Also recall random players that I've seen playing for them in the past. Some good, some bad ... such as Ronnie Wigg, John Breckin, Rodney Fern and Carl Gilbert. And currently our former goalkeeper Andy Warrington, who was regarded as a bit of a joke figure during his time at York.
Thanks for this, Winehouse! Andy Warrington a bit of a joke figure - he's nearly god here!
Ron Wigg, sadly no longer with us, John Breckin, Rod Fern and Carl Gilbert are all players I remember well too - obviously most people will know Breck, because of his association for many years with the Millers.
Sexy Rexy, if memory serves, was a gents outfitters in Sheffield