Judging by Adams clothing choice for last nights match, it looks like we have a Bros fan amongst our number. It really does say something when Will is the sensibility dressed one in our youth firm!
If he comes to the next game with Grolsch bottle tops on his shoes then I am afraid we may be in serious trouble!
A 2-1 defeat at home to Oxford United leaves the owners of the club in a position where they must have a serious discussion on what is the best way forward for York City FC. It's pretty clear that tonight may have been the night where the tide has turned against manager Russ Wilcox. As mentioned in my morning piece, most fans were uninspired by his appointment but got behind the man as he was the manager of the club we love and that means we wanted Russ to well. The game tonight saw not only the vocal Wilcox out brigade maker it's feelings know but other fans joined in too. Plus there were many fans who are not the sort of people to shout out, but conversations on the way out were pretty clear that they were questioning the future of the current manager. The crowds are falling at a rate of knots, and for that to happen to a club our size is unsustainable. The last 4 years have seen woefully few exciting free flowing games of football. With money right for many fans for some it's hard to justify paying hard earned money that could be used elsewhere and enjoyed more. The whole club needs a boost and I hate to see any person lose their job, but I feel that it maybe time to bring a new hopefully inspiring manager into the club, one that excites the fans and get them coming back to Bootham Crescent. There are a lot of big name managers who have promotions on their CV looking for a job in football. If I have one small criticism of our Chairman Jason McGill it's that I just wish he would for once let the applications roll in and then start the process of choosing a new man. I am sure he would be pleasantly surprised by the quality of managers who would jump at the chance to manage York City. On the way home tonight our members with reluctance and sadness came to the conclusion that with regret we feel that Russ Wilcox is not the man to take York City forward.
It certainly looks like it was a bad moon rising over Bootham Crescent tonight.
York City manager faces his very own university challenge this week as our opponents are Oxford United and Cambridge United at Bootham Crescent. It's going to be a big week for the club in terms of trying to get the season on track for the team but also try and banish the negativity towards the manager on the terraces. It's becoming clear that a number of fans who never really took to Russ Wilcox as manager are gaining support from fair minded fans who are getting increasingly disillusioned in what they are seeing on the pitch especially at home. The fans who generally only go to home matches and only the odd few away have been starved of any quality since we returned back to the league. Even when Nigel Worthington had the team winning it was barley pretty to watch. The fans are paying good money only to leave the ground disappointed and depressed as to what they have just seen. I personally don't want to see a manager sacked, I want to support him and the team to bigger and brighter things. I would say that 90% of York fans are like that, we may not be as loud as the Wilcox out brigade but even so our support is there. In return though we have to be given some entertainment and some hope as to what happens on the pitch. On Saturday were outclassed from start to finish, no hiding from it we got done. For the manager to come out and say we gave it a right go second half for me rubbed salt in the wound. In the second half we upped the tempo from the first half debacle but that was just to help stem the flow. I myself would have been far happier if he had been honest and said we were second best by far by a team with a bigger budget and with better players and that on the day we got it wrong and did not do our best all round. At least if he had said that instead of his Hitler Bunker siege mentality of everything is fine and dandy I could have given him credit for his honesty. Tonight and Saturday must see at least 4 points and some attacking vibrant football to exite the fans or if not and the crowd numbers keep dwindling then I feel the future is going to be very uncertain.
Come on everyone connected with York City, the staff the players and the fans let's give it a real go this week.
Russ Wilcox met Cliffe Minstermen members George and his chocoholic father Paul at the last question and answer session held at Bootham Crescent. While having a chat Russ invited young George to come down and train with the first team at the Wiggington training ground.
When the day came George and his chocolate muffin munching father Paul were met by General Manager John McGhee and taken for a nice cup of tea prior to meeting the players.
Manager Russ Wilcox came over to spend a few minutes with George and his chocolate angel delight loving father, before detailing budding goalkeeper George over to the capable hands of Goalkeeping Coach and ex City star Andy Leaning. The first 20 minutes young George took part in training with his York City hero's Scott Flinders and Michael Ingham.
Once the serious goalkeeping coaching started George was on hand to help out as ball boy ensuring the session went smoothly. As if George had not had one of the best days of his life it got better as all round top man Michael Ingham gave George a pair of his goalkeeping gloves.
Speaking on Saturday chocolate fudge cake loving Paul could not speak highly enough of all the staff and players who took time out to ensure that George had a day with his heroes that he will never ever forget. In particular how John McGhee looked after them throughout the whole time they were there. For manager Russ Wilcox who invited George down in the first place and made them both feel special on the day, and Andy Leaning, Scott Flinders and Michael Ingham for ensuring George had a fantastic time out on the pitch.
The Cliffe Minstermen would also like to pass on our thanks and gratitude to everyone involved in giving one of our young members a day in his life that he will never ever forget.
The Cliffe Minstermen had a mixed bag of results this week in the NFL with 2 wins and 2 loses.
The Cleveland Browns went down at home to the Oakland Raiders 27-20. Despite improving in the last two quarters of the game the damage was done early from which there was no coming back from.
The Jets 100% start to the season was lost as they lost 24-17 at home to the Philadelphia Eagles. Again the damage was done before the half time show with Philly leading at the break 21-7.
In a low scoring ball game, the Steelers won away against the Rams in St Louis 12-6, with 2 wins in a row Pittsburgh's confidence seems to be growing.
Performance of the night goes to the Arizona Cardinals who thumped the hapless 49ers 7-47. With all their points coming in the first three quarters and only conceding in the final quarter.
YFC Table Week 3
Arizona Cardinals 3-0
Pittsburgh Steelers 2-1
New York Jets 2-1
Cleveland Browns 1-2
A last minute winner away from home against Ilves gave Lahti 2-1 win. This much needed result boosts Lahti's chance of European football next season as the club has cut the deficit to 3 points on 3rd place HJK with 4 matches left to play.
Admission Price 1/10 £24 in this league is an absolute scandal.
Stewards 8/10 scored highly on Rob's recommendation as he had more dealings with them than most.
Food 7/10 usual fare
1. Wycombe Wanderers 34/50
2. Notts County 30/50
3. Stevenage 29/50
4. Swansea City 22/50
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