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York City FC

Like many treasures in York, Bootham Crescent [map] is well hidden.
However, the home of York City rings out every match day giving a clue as to its whereabouts.

The club, currently plying their trade in the National Conference League, was established in 1908 and joined the York City and District
Football Association.

Their first ground was at Holgate Road and spectators had to endure the match from a grandstand on loan from York Racecourse.

The excitement of joining the Football League in 1914 was quickly tempered when the club went bankrupt in 1917. A return to league action had to wait until 1922, when the club was re-homed at Heslington Lane. They were finally re-elected to the Football League in 1929.

Bootham Crescent became home in 1932, with the first match a 2-2 draw with Stockport County.

Although a club with a chequered and somewhat under-achieving history, City became the first Football League club to hit 100 points in a season in 1984 and won the Division Four Championship for their efforts.

Cash-strapped and a perennial struggler, the club still has tremendous potential. A move has been mooted to a new all-seater stadium on the edge of the city, where they could yet shine.

Glorious moments have, however, included a shock 3-0 victory over Manchester United in the second round of the Coca-Cola Cup in 1994/95, a similar giant-killing act over Everton in the same competition the following season and Alan Little guiding the team and 10,000 fans to a promotion-winning play-off final at Wembley at the end of the 1992/93 season.

But those really great days are yet to come.

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