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We will remember David Longhurst

By Dan Simmonite | 8th September 2021

We will remember David Longhurst at this weekend's game against Hereford with a minute silence before kick-off, a tradition that the club has held every year since his passing.

David sadly lost his life doing what he loved, as he turned out for the Minstermen during the 1990-91 season, in our Fourth Division clash with Lincoln City.

On 8th September 1990, Longhurst ran out at Bootham Crescent for the final time, aged just 25, becoming the first player to die during a Football League match since 1927. Bootham Crescent had fallen silent, and with supporters left to grieve - the match was postponed at the half-way point. The subsequent inquest revealed that the City number ten had suffered from cardiomyopathy, a rare heart condition, having collapsed on the pitch just minutes before the break.

Both the club and the city were rocked by the loss of Longhurst, who in his opening six games for the club, had shown such promise, scoring twice during a season that would culminate in City finishing 21st, narrowly avoiding relegation to the Conference.

David was remembered at Bootham Crescent with the iconic David Longhurst Stand and to keep his memory at the old ground we have agreed in principle with Persimmon Homes that the housing development will include the street name 'David Longhurst Way'.

The Club is also planning a remembrance piece at the LNER Community Stadium so future generations can remember and reflect on the tragic event which will always stay with York City Football Club and its supporters.

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