The Y-Fronts are back! Legendary York City kit to return for final Bootham Crescent game

Graeme Crawford (centre) holds up the original 'Y-Front' shirt alongside (left-right) Sean Newton, Jordan Burrow, Jake Wright, Wes York, David Ferguson, Kallum Griffiths. Photograph: Mark Comer
28 Feb 2019 @ 5.33 pm
| Sport

Few kits are so legendary they have their own name.

But one is the Y-Front – the colours worn by York City in the mid-1970s.

And that iconic strip will be back, for one last very special game. The shirt will be worn by the team in their final competitive home match at Bootham Crescent.

The maroon shirt features the famous white ‘Y-Front’ design of the mid-Seventies along with the club’s original coat of arms and current club crest.

York City legend Graeme Crawford joined players from the current first team in unveiling the commemorative kit today (28 February).

‘Everyone likes this shirt’

Those were the days! Photograph: Historical kits on Twitter
Produced in association with kit suppliers Under Armour and club sponsors Benenden Health, the shirt will go on sale tomorrow morning at the club shop.

Priced £29.99, it is available in adult sizes only.

Former goalkeeper Graeme Crawford played in every game during City’s two-season stay in the second tier of English football (1974-76) when the original maroon ‘Y-Front’ shirts were worn.

Graeme, now 71, said:

  • Everyone used to like wearing this shirt and I think the design is now synonymous with York City Football Club.

    I went to watch the team playing at Leamington last season and there were City supporters in the crowd still wearing the ‘Y-Front’ shirt.

    It was also a lucky shirt back in the Seventies and, hopefully, it will be as lucky again,” he added. “The new version puts a modern take on an old design and I really like it.

City have played professional football at Bootham Crescent since 1932 and will be moving to the new stadium complext at Monks Cross next season.

Precisely when that last Bootham Crescent match will be is not known as yet. It emerged last week that the stadium won’t be ready as planned for the first game of the 2019-20 campaign.