Surrounded in the Hull cheese!
The Cliffe Minstermen were sad to hear the news that actor James Garner has passed away at the age of 86. Famous for playing Maverick and Jim Rockford in the Rockford Files, he will be most remembered by the Cliffe lads as playing Flt Lt Robert Hendley AKA the "Scrounger" in The Great Escape.
As soon as I got to Perth I could not get a signal for love or money.
We took refreshments in the 208 Public house, as you can see from the picture it looks like a warm and inviting place to spend a couple of hours pre match. If you had seen 207 and 209 you would know why we chose to go in 208. To be fair the staff were very friendly and the drinks were very reasonable in price. The food was cheap but cheerful though only served with a fork giving you the impression that cutlery had been used as weapons in the past. The local St Johnstone fans seemed to be glad in playing a new team for a change as they are bored witless with playing Dundee all the time. We met Lars a York City fan who had flown in from Denmark for the game . All you can say on that is Top Top effort. Lars is travelling back to York on Sunday so he can catch the Hull game before he goes back to Denmark. As the rain was teeming down it was back in the battle bus for the short trip to the ground.
A healthy following of about 200 York fans had made the trip. Our number included a few large Scotsmen wearing City shirts. It never ceases to amaze me that you go away all the time yet see new faces at each and every away game. I am convinced they really is about 25,000 York fans who attend games on a rota basis.
The ground is very best and tidy,my only complaint is the colour of the seats throughout the ground. If you at in blue and white then have blue and white seats.
You may have read reports that City dominated the game, well that is true but it's hard to judge how we are doing as looking at the high shirt numbers or no numbers at all of the St Johnstone players I think we were playing lads who were trying to break into their reserve side.
We did play some very good passing football, but as usual our free kicks leave lot to be desired.
It was a very long day but a great trip that was enjoyed by all.
The Cliffe Minstermen are being piggy backed up to Scotland with our friends The Harrogate Minstermen.
It was a 6.50am start for today's trip, a quick breakfast on the outskirts of Tadcaster then up to Boston Spa to join out fellow York City fans for the long journey north.
A couple of the Cliffe Minstermen are making the journey to Perth tomorrow to watch York City in action against St Johnstone, in a pre season friendly.
It's not all that often you get to see York play away in Europe, even if it's only a friendly the oppertunity was to good to miss. We are travelling to the match with our friends the Harrogate Minstermen.
We will be blogging live from the trip where possible, so follow us and get updates of the progress of the journey, the match build up, the game itself, the fans who have made the journey and the long ride home.
Cliffe Minstermen founding member Adam AKA Flock Of Seagulls, is currently on a Barlby High School trip to Poland.
On the itinerary is a visit to Auschwitz, the German concentration camp where over a million people were murdered in the 2nd world war.
Adam was chosen out of his party to lay the poppy tribute to the victims. This must have been a very special and poignant moment for the young fella, one that will stay with him for a very long time.
I can only imagine how proud his parents Gary and Mandy must feel.
Today's highlights were as follows
Watching the reaction to Wednesday fans on being told the price of their drinks in the Exebition public house.
Seeing Wednesday fans climb on to the roof of the gym in the away end, knowing that at some point someone would fall through. It was a good job his mates grabbed hold of him even though they could hardly stop laughing as the pulled him up.
The performance of Michael Ingham, on the field and playing the fool to the away fans. He has sat on the bench for half a season playing 2nd fiddle to the outstanding Nick Pope, but today he really put down a marker to be York City's number one once again. The Wednesday fans really took to Ingham chanting his name and Ireland's number one.
Our manager disguised as a bus driver on the bench.
The pizza from the deli on Bootham, very tasty and cheaper and better quality than the cusine in the ground.
Today's lows were
Low numbers of York supporters
Playing in one of the worst kits in our history (that is my opinion and not that of the Cliffe Minstermen and it will be the last you will here on the subject)
Not winning the 5kg Belgian chocolate replica of the World Cup in the 50/50 draw.
You can't read anything into today's result, pre season games are in no way a reflection of what is going to happen in the up coming season.
After seeing the first half this may not be the season we were led to believe!!!!
Only joking you can't tell anything from pre season.
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