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League Two Lowdown: York

11 September 2013

Our look at Pompey's 2013/14 opponents concludes with the Minstermen

Meetings with Pompey
The sides have only met on 10 occasions – with all the fixtures taking place over a six-year period, but in three different divisions.

Ian St John’s Blues were beaten 3-0 in their first ever visit to Bootham Crescent in September 1974.

York did the double over Pompey the following season, but both sides ended up being relegated from Division Two.

One of the more memorable clashes came in May 1977, when the Blues triumphed 3-1 at Fratton Park to avoid relegation in the final home match of the campaign.

York won the most recent meeting in the basement division back in 1980, although it was Pompey celebrating promotion at the end of the season.

York history
York City were formed as an amateur club in 1908, although the present incarnation of the club came into existence in 1922.

They entered the Football League in 1929 and moved into their current Bootham Crescent ground three years later.

Some unspectacular seasons either side of the Second World War culminated in them having to seek re-election in 1950.

But York became the first third tier club to reach an FA Cup semi-final in 1955, losing to Newcastle in a replay.

There were mixed fortunes in the league, though, with promotions, relegations and more bids for re-election.

York’s high point came in 1973/74 when they were promoted to Division Two for the first time and a league placing of 15th the following campaign remains their highest ever finish.

But the Minstermen were relegated back to the third tier in 1975 and found themselves in the basement two years later.

More re-elections followed amidst an unsure financial future, although York became the first team to secure 100 points when they won the Division Four title in 1984.

They also visited Wembley for the first time in 1993, beating Crewe on penalties in the play-offs, while 1995 saw a League Cup victory over Manchester United.

But relegation in 1999 left York back in the basement and they entered administration the following year before being taken over by the Supporters’ Trust.

Then, after 75 years in the Football League, they were relegated to the Conference in 2004 after failing to win any of their last 20 league fixtures.

York present
Several unremarkable seasons followed in the non-league game, while York lost to Stevenage at Wembley in the 2009 FA Trophy final.

They returned to the national stadium the following year, but were denied a Football League return after being beaten by Oxford in the play-off final.

The 2011/12 campaign was a successful one, however, with two triumphant visits to Wembley.

York beat Newport County to lift the FA Trophy and returned to the stadium eight days later to defeat Luton in the play-off final.

The Minstermen finished 17th in League Two last term, but were only four points clear of the relegation zone.

Information for Pompey fans
The Grosvenor Terrace houses 2,000 away fans, with 300 seats also available in the covered Popular Stand.

The Pitchside Bar usually admits travelling supporters, while the nearest pub is the Burton Stone Inn close to the A19.

The city centre is a 15-minute walk from the ground and is home to plenty of bars and food outlets – including the award-winning Wackers Fish & Chips restaurant.

Travelling by road
Postcode: YO30 7AQ
Distance from Fratton Park: 277.2 miles
Estimated drive time: 5 hours 0 minutes

From the A1, take the A64 towards Scarborough and York. As you near York, join the A1237 ring road and continue on it until you reach the junction with the A19. Turn right at the junction and take the A19 towards York City Centre. Keep going until you see Burton Stone Inn on your left and then turn left into Burton Stone Lane. Then take the right into Grosvenor Road, where you will see the ground.

Travelling by rail
York station is a 20-minute walk from the ground. The journey from Portsmouth stations lasts around four-and-a-half hours, with changes at London Waterloo and King’s Cross. A standard adult fare is £122.50.

League Two fixtures
York v Pompey: Saturday, September 28 (3pm)
Pompey v York: Saturday, March 22 (3pm)

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