R I P Marc "Wally" Watson
Everyone at the Cliffe Minstermen were shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Harrogate Minstermen member Marc "Wally" Watson. Wally was a larger than life character, who was York City through and through. I remember back in the late 80s and early 90s he used to stand near me on the shippo. He stood out with his blonde curtains hairstyle (which was the fashion at the time) and his loud vocal encouragement of the team. Members of the Cliffe Minstermen got to know Wally properly when we started to travel a bit with the Harrogate Minstermen. From day one he made us feel very welcome, and to say that he was the life and soul of the minibus would be an understatement. York City once again has lost one of its most passionate supporters, and I am afraid to say that Harrogate trips will never be quite the same again. We would like to pass on our condolences to his family and friends.
R I P HilAry Davidson
All the members of the Cliffe Minstermen would like to pass on our condolences to member Nicki and Katie on the sad passing of her beloved mum Hilary. Also our thoughts go to our Grandsons Tom and Jake and Son in Law Matt and last but not least Husband Grahame. Hilary along with Grahame have been institutions in Cliffe for nearly 40 years. Moving into the village, they ran the newsagents for years, before settling into a lovely house down Turnham Lane. Hilary was well known by many in the village, through working in the shop but also taking a keen interest in Cliffe. She raised two daughters Katie and Nicki of whom she loved dearly and was ever so proud of the achievements both of them have made throughout their lives. Over a number of years Hilary has suffered ill health, but bore it with dignity and fought to preserve her normal way of life. Hilary by accident found herself embroiled with York City through daughter Nicki and grandsons Tom and Jake. Making the occasional trip to Bootham Crescent and enjoying the experience immensely.
For someone not from the village originally the best honour we can give Hilary is that Cliffe has lost one of its own.
R I P The War Veteran
Everyone connected with the Cliffe Minstermen would like to pass on to Mandy, Gary and Adam our condolences over the death of York City fan Dennis Earl (pictured far left with Son in Law Gary, Grandson Adam and Son Russ). Dennis has been following the fortunes of York City for years. He was at Bootham Crescent the day York caused an FA cup upset when defeating Spurs on their way to the FA cup semi final. Dennis or as he was known to us The War Veteran (Given this nickname on a barmy away trip to Chester many years ago) was also present when Selby Town reached the first round of the FA cup against Hartlepool. Talking of Hartlepool one of The War Vetearans legacyies that live with us still today was born out of the away match. On gaining entry into the ground Dennis somehow managed to end up in the home end and myself and Gary in the away end, after rescuing him from certain death we proceeded to tlook for seats behind the goal. The York players were warming up and just as we were about to reach our seats a ball was drilled like a bullet and crashed into the seat that Dennis was about to sit on. He turned round to us and uttered these immortal words "Are We Safe Here". From that day on that phrase has been used every time something looks dodgy or unsafe. He was the only man I know who came with a pork pie fitted in his coat pocket as standard. The last time I saw him just before Christmas he was very ill but I will never forget how his faced lit up when he heard York had won, and he was so pleased that we had climbed out of relegation. I will treasure that memory along with many others of our beloved War Veteran. I know he will be sad at leaving family behind especially his beloved daughter Mandy and Grandson Adam but he has now been reunited with the love of his life his wife and I know that would make him so happy.
Goodbye The War Veteran.
NKC (North Korean Casuals)
Cliffe Minstermen founding member and part time leader of North Korea Pete is bringing casual culture to Pyongyang.
We Are Here
The Cliffe Minstermen have made it down safely to Yeovil for this afternoons 6 pointer. We raised a pre match toast to our departed friend Martin Fitzgerald, and hope that York can get a win in his memory.
Rest In Peace Martin
Everyone at the Cliffe Minstermen are saddened to hear of the passing of one of our own members Martin Fitzgerald. Martin who passed away after a short illness, fought bravely to the very end in his own dignified way.Our thoughts go out to his wife and two sons Robert and Richard. Rob like his dad is York City through and through, and all of us are going to miss him terribly. Martin did not say much but when he did it was always a belter, his dry sense of humour had me crying with laughter on many occasions. It has to be said York City home games will never be the same again. It's a testament to Martins resolve and will power that he made it to the Morcombe game just before Christmas and fittingly he saw his team win the last match he would see in his life.
We are going to miss "The Major" so much.
Enjoy the match fishing in heaven Martin.
Everyone at the Cliffe Minstermen would like to welcome Jackie McNamara and Simon Donnelly to York City Football Club. The members of the Cliffe Minstermen are delighted that this management pair have been brought into the club. The appointment is refreshing and also very exciting, which everyone connected with York City can hopefully look forward to saving our league status this season. I am sure given a few seasons this management pair can lift this club up from the doldrums and onto bigger and safer things. This appointment feels like when John Ward came to the club. Like John Wards first game in charge a first round FA Cup tie away at Bridlington (that was a lively day out as I recall) McNamara also faces an away tie in the FA Cup away to Accrington Stanley. Lets hope the result is the same as all those years ago, and that the new management pair can get us up and running.
See you all in Accrington on Saturday for what surly promises to be a great away day with many York fans in attendance.
The Cliffe Minstermen have been beset by technical difficulties with our blog ever since we likened our very own Pete to the leader of North Korea. As you can see from the picture above (Pete deciding what to eat at Barnet) there is a likeness for all to see. It looks like North Korea has taken offence and we have been under cyber attack ever since. To combat this and to keep the freedom of speech going, we have employed the services of a 15 year old lad from Northern Ireland to protect this blog to ensure that it can still keep churning out the mindless York City related rubbish along with oodles of other junk. This lad is a genius when it comes to computers, and not only that he reckons we can get us £250,000 for our funds as well! Only thing is that he has been out of contact for the last 24 hours or so. I do hope those pesky North Koreans haven't got to him!
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