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What's next for York City?

5th August 2020

The season didn’t conclude as we had hoped and it’s understandable that everyone will need time to digest the play-Off result and look back on the 2019/2020 season.

However, for club staff and board members the internal cogs of the club keep turning and now the focus is on what happens next for York City Football Club.

Naturally, player signings are at the top of the agenda, however before Covid-19 struck, the club was also working on projects including the relocation to the LNER community stadium, ‘Farewell to Bootham Crescent’, auctions of items from Bootham Crescent and ticket packages.

Now we face uncertainty on many issues and delays on projects but realise you may still have questions and want to be updated where possible.

2019/2020 Season Tickets

Our ultimate aim is to be respectful to those fans who have paid for matches that didn’t take place, while trying our best to salvage the club’s difficult financial position, caused by Covid-19. Therefore, in the coming days we will present options for season ticket holders to choose from. 

Fan Cut Outs

Thank you to those fans who supported the club in the play-off campaign and bought crowd cut-outs.

Fans who wish to pick up their cut-out now (and forego the placement of their cut-out, should the season recommence behind closed doors) can do so from the Club Shop at Bootham Crescent on Friday August 14th or Saturday 15th August between 10am and midday.

Fans must bring their order confirmation email with them.

All remaining cut-outs will be retained by the club until further notice and released to fans once we are able to welcome crowds on match days.

Fan Survey

As a club we want to be more in tune with our supporters. Therefore, we’ve created an online survey and hope to use the data to help us with our planning.

As football may not return in its usual form, the results of the survey are especially important as it will give us a chance to propose new approaches and solutions to the new challenges we face as a club.

The survey, which also includes the Clubman of the year vote, will be released in the coming days and from those who complete it, one person will be chosen at random to win YCFC Merchandise worth £40.

2020/2021 Season

While the National League has confirmed that the 2020/2021 season will commence on 3rd October 2020 with the FA Cup, the club is actively seeking clarity from the National League regarding fan attendance and the logistical and safety implications of that decision.

Unlike other clubs across the football pyramid, YCFC has decided not to put tickets on sale in any capacity until we know more and can give fans more of an idea about what exactly their match day will look like in this new era.

Stadium Move

We have been made aware from the council that the LNER Community Stadium is almost finished.

However, in order to gain certificates for health and safety, test events must be carried out.

The tests events are a number of different scenarios which are played out to ensure that processes and protocols are correct.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, the test events have been put on hold because in some cases they involved a large number of people coming together, inside the building.

We are eagerly seeking updates from the council and GLL regarding our move to the stadium and new plans for test events.

Farewell to Bootham Crescent

Rest assured that we are not going to leave Bootham Crescent without a fantastic send-off, whenever that may be. Unfortunately, that depends on confirmation regarding when we will relocate to the LNER Community Stadium and government advice regarding social distancing measures.

Signalling the end of an era, at a stadium which has been in action since 1932, is incredibly important to the club and when we are able, we will celebrate together.

Bootham Crescent Planning Meeting

When, in 2004, Chairman Jason McGill successfully negotiated to buy back Bootham Crescent after it was sold by previous chairman Douglas Craig. One of the conditions was that the club would have to move to a new stadium.

Although we cannot leave Bootham Crescent until the new stadium is available to us, that does not stop work with Persimmon Homes progressing to the next stage.

We hope that the planning application, which is in the joint name of the club and the developer, can be presented to the City of York Council Planning Committee in the very near future. It is seeking approval for the scheme that is now proposed, following lengthy consultations and negotiations with all the many parties and council officers involved.

We will of course keep you updated on this important step on that long journey that started so many years ago and on all the other opportunities that will follow on from our eventual relocation.

Sale of Items from Bootham Crescent

There was an overwhelming response to news that we would sell and auction memorabilia, fixtures and fittings from Bootham Crescent.

Of course we can only sell items when we have relocated to the LNER Community Stadium and so, when the time is right, we will communicate the updated details surrounding this project. 

The club is also working closely with City of York Council, Historic England and Persimmon to ensure Bootham Crescent’s legacy at the site, after the club has moved.

We’re thrilled that important pieces of YCFC’s history will have a new home with our fans and the club will use funds from the sale to help drive the club forward into the 2020/2021 season.  

Club Shop

The Club Shop, along with the Club Offices remains closed. Items are available for purchase on our Online Store (www.ycfcstore.co.uk) with an exciting range of new products arriving in the coming weeks/months.

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