YORK CITY FIGHTING BACK
by DAVE FLETT
York City: Fighting Back chronicles the eight-year journey that York City underwent to regain their Football League status and the dramatic fight to stay up during their first season back. In 2004/05 optimism for a swift return was high, but ultimately misplaced as signings like Paul Robinson failed miserably to live up to expectations. In total, the team visited the new Wembley Stadium four times as a non-League club, having also been beaten in the 2009 Trophy final, the 2010 play-off final, and played Premier League clubs Bolton and Stoke in the third round of the FA Cup. York faced the realistic prospect of oblivion twice during campaigns in which they narrowly escaped relegation.
However, after two failed attempts at promotion via the play-offs, York City achieved a historic Wembley double when they triumphed in both the FA Trophy and Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final, sparking sensational scenes of celebration in the city. Despite plying their trade at the club’s lowest-ever level, it was a colourful period in the Minstermen’s history, and their return to the Football League proved just as enthralling.
Dave Flett has been a football writer for more than fifteen years. For the last ten of those years, he has been The Press’s York City FC reporter. He is a past winner of the Bedfordshire Newspaper Story and Writer of the Year awards, and has also been short-listed for the Yorkshire Sports Writer of the Year award. As the local reporter, the author has been with the club every step of the way to document their disappointments and triumphs.
This illustrated 96 page book, which is the latest title in Amberley Publishing’s extensive Sports series, is now on sale priced £14.99 and is available at the York City Club Shop.