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York City FC has often featured local youngsters in its first team, which can be traced back to the earliest fixtures in the 1920s.

City’s first-ever football league goal scorer was local lad Reg Stockhill who was only 15 when he made his debut at Wigan Borough in August 1929. Then, almost 30 years later, another youngster who played for Cliftonville in the York & District league made his debut in August 1958 and was to enjoy a 12-year career during which he made a club record 539 appearances – Barry Jackson.

The youth team was formally established in 1968, known as the ‘Intermediates’, and City’s first-ever apprentice professional was Chris Topping. He progressed to the first team and went onto play 463 times for the club including an incredible 355 consecutive appearances for the club between 1970–1978.

City Inters in 1969

Over the last 60 years or so, there have be many other notable players who have progressed through the junior ranks and gone onto to play at the highest levels of the game. Amongst the most well-known have been Jonathan Greening (who was part of the Manchester United squad that won the treble in 1998/99). Marco Gabbiadini, and Richard Cresswell. Everton’s Ben Godfrey, who has recently played for England, also played for City in the early part of his career after being a product of the York youth system.

Several other players have represented their country at junior levels, such as schoolboy and U15-U19.

A list of youth players who have gone onto make at least one first team appearance since 1968 is shown below, although it may not be exhaustive. There are countless others not listed who started their youth careers at other clubs and academies before latterly joining the club’s youth scheme.

 

Tom Allan

Adam Arthur

Kane Ashcroft

Mike Astbury

Peter Bainbridge

Jimmy Beadle

John Bentham

Adam Boyes

Alex Bruton

Lee Bullock

Steve Bushell

Martin Butler

John Byrne

Cliffe Calvert

Neil Campbell

Tom Chamberlain

Brain Chippendale

Matthew Coad

Nigel Costello

Richard Cresswell

Richard Crossley

Andy Curtis

Chris Dale

Kieran Darlow

Sean Davies

Andrew Dawson

Richard Dawson

Mike De Placido

Chris Dickinson

David Downing

Iain Dunn

Nathan Dyer

Ryan Edmondson

Scott Emmerson

Stewart Ferebee

John Fielding

Sam Fielding

Gary Ford

Christian Fox

Marco Gabbiadini

Riccardo Gabbiadini

Martin Garratt

Ben Godfrey

Lee Grant

Jonathan Greening

Jonny Haase

John Harrison

Rob Haw

Gary Himsworth

Ben Hirst

Bobby Hosker

Russell Howarth

Bobby Hoy

Gordon Hunter

Charlie Jebson-King

Scott Jordan

Alan Kamara

Nathan Kamara

John Keegan

Reece Kelly

Graeme Law

Andy Leaf

Stuart McKenzie

Flynn McNaughton

Andy McWilliams

Nick Murphy

Cameron Murray

Graeme Murty

Glenn Naylor

Joe Neenan

Wayne Osborne

Scott Oxley

Alan Pearce

Tom Platt

Brian Pollard

Josh Radcliffe

Martin Reed

Arran Reid

Graham Rennison

Alex Rhodes

Ben Rhodes

Ian Robb

Callum Rzonca

Marc Salvati

Steve Senior

Liam Shepherd

Elliott Simpson

Neil Smallwood

David Spofforth

Michael Staley

Tommy Stanley

Bryan Stewart

David Stockdale

Phil Taylor

Marc Thompson

Chris Topping

James Turley

Steve Tutill

Tyler Walton

Andy Warrington

Byron Webster

Ryan Whitley

Darren Williams

Stuart Wise

Leigh Wood

Mark Wood

Lev Yalcin

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