York City FC formed in 1922 and, it is probably fair to say, have been up and down the divisions… However, as this is being written in 2019, the team is enjoying a results renaissance and in Cup history have earned themselves the title of “giant-killers” reached both the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Their new Community Stadium at Monks Cross provides a home for both York City Football Club and York City Knights RLFC and involves the creation of a unique combination of sporting, health and educational facilities.
Once completed, this will include an 8,000 all-seater stadium and new community leisure facilities, including newly improved swimming facilities, gym, dance studio and a sports hall with spectator seating.
Concerning a ball of an entirely different shape, York City Knights formed in 1868 and for the first few seasons had portable goalposts as they did not have their own ground and would play wherever they could find a pitch.
In 2002 the RFL accepted York’s bid to play in the newly formed National League Two on condition that they had £75,000 in the bank by 31 August. The new club decided that the best way to raise cash was through a fans’ membership scheme. Former Great Britain star Paul Broadbent was revealed as player-coach. With the total standing at £70,000, John Smith’s brewery came in with £5,000 as the club hit the target just hours before the deadline.
2019 started out with the main aim of avoiding immediate relegation from a tough Betfred Championship division, and that target was all but sealed by Easter after a fairytale start to the season, continuing their dream run and an unlikely Championship play-off spot was earned in late August 2019.