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Gary Mills FA Trophy 2017

 

Manager
Gary Mills

Gary Mills returned to York City in October 2016 with the Minstermen hovering above the National League relegation zone. Tasked with the job of guiding City away from successive relegations, Mills wasted little time in making the squad at Bootham Crescent his own. 

Bringing back former favourites Adriano Moke, Jon Parkin and Daniel Parslow amongst others to the Club, Mills also renewed City’s style of play in the hope of recreating the success he endured in his first spell in North Yorkshire, where he guided the Minstermen to a Wembley FA Trophy and play-off final double. While final-day agony against Forest Green Rovers condemned the Minstermen to National League North football, popular manager Mills was the first man to commit his future to Bootham Crescent for the 2017/18 season.

In his playing days, Mills was a combative yet versatile midfielder who could also play in defence. At Nottingham Forest, he played under Brian Clough and became a European Cup winner in 1980 under the legendary coach. 

Mills moved Stateside with the Seattle Sounders in 1982 but returned to England with a loan spell at Derby County before returning to the City Ground in 1983, where he would go on to spend a further four years of his career before departing for City rivals Notts County and then Leicester City, where he would go on to make 200 league appearances. Another stint with County followed before Mills went on to play for the likes of Grantham Town and King’s Lynn in the latter stages of his career, retiring from the game in 2010 when already manager of Tamworth. 

From there, he was given a chance with a professional club in the form of York Cty and his first match came on 16th October 2010, exactly six years before his return to the Club was announced. He took the Minstermen from 16th to eigth in his first season before guiding the Minstermen to League Two via the play-offs the following campaign with a 2-1 final victory over Luton Town under the Wembley arch. A strong start to City’s first Football League campaign in nearly a decade was deterred by an 11-game winless run which saw Mills depart Bootham Crescent. 

He returned to management the following season with Gateshead and guided them to the 2014 National League play-off final, but could not repeat the success he had experienced with York City, losing 2-1 to Cambridge United. After leaving the Gateshead International Stadium, Mills took the reins at Wrexham, but was unable to guide the club out of mid-table and was relieved of his duties in October, just three days before he made his welcome return to North Yorkshire. 

Photo by Ian Parker

Assistant Manager
Darren Caskey

Darren Caskey joined York City in a role as Football Consultant in the 2016-17 season, following manager Gary Mills from Wrexham when they left the Racecourse Ground last October.

As a player, Caskey served his traineeship at Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur, making his First Team debut by the age of 18. While his involvemenet at Tottenham was sporadic, he found his feet when he made the move to Reading in the mid-1990s. He spent five years with the Royals, making more than 200 appearances while establishing himself as a firm fans' favourite in Berkshire.

A spell at Notts County followed for the former England youth international, who captained England's Under-20s on several occasions, with the midfielder making a further century of appearances at Meadow Lane before playing at several Non-League clubs later on in his career.

Caskey has assisted Mills while the pair were at Gateshead and Wrexham, with the two forming a strong working partnership going forward at York City. Caskey takes on the role of Assistant Manager going into the new season.

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