A fixture… finally!

It feels like a century since the Minstermen last put ball to foot in a competitive fixture – a 2-2 draw away at Kidderminster on January 5th initiated a long list of fixture cancellations due to either COVID issues, including a 2-week league suspension, or as a result of treacherous weather conditions symptomatic for this time of year.

It means York have only played 12 of 42 scheduled league games, a joint lowest amount… And it’s February!

The wait for a football match dwarfs that of the delays to York’s stadium move. The Minstermen have flirted with a move away from their beloved Bootham Crescent for almost two decades, with council stoppages, car park hitches, and drainage issues contributing to a mountain of problems holding back the handover of stadium keys.   

A win tonight in a first ever meeting with Lancashire side AFC Fylde would send them into the playoff places despite playing less games than every team inside the top seven.

It will have to be well earned against a tough AFC Fylde side, who sit third in the league but like City, haven’t played a competitive fixture for over a month, so any conversation of form is out of the window!