2008–09 York City F.C. season

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York City
2008–09 season
Chairman Jason McGill
Manager Colin Walker (until 21 November 2008)
Neil Redfearn (from 21 November 2008 until 24 November 2008)
Martin Foyle (from 24 November 2008)
Conference Premier 17th
FA Cup Fourth qualifying round
FA Trophy Runners-up
Conference League Cup Fourth round North
Top goalscorer League: Richard Brodie (15)
All: Richard Brodie (19)
Highest home attendance 3,512 (v AFC Telford United, FA Trophy, 21 March 2009)
Lowest home attendance 608 (v Mansfield Town, Conference League Cup, 4 November 2008)
Average home league attendance 2,295[1]
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2008–09 season was the 87th season in York City F.C.’s history, their fifth in the Football Conference and 81st in the league system of English football. Their 14th-place finish in the 2007–08 season meant it was their fifth successive season playing in the Conference Premier. It was also Colin Walker's first start to a season as manager, after he was appointed following the sacking of Billy McEwan in November 2007. The season covered a period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.

Walker made the most of his new signings towards the end of the previous season, with Simon Russell being the only arrival during the pre-season transfer window in 2008–09. The season started with an eight-match unbeaten run, but after three successive defeats in November, Walker was sacked. Martin Foyle was appointed as his successor, and during 2009 the team won only five league matches. A nine-match run without victory was ended after a win over Eastbourne Borough and survival in the Conference Premier was achieved late in the season. York finished the season in 17th place in the Conference Premier table.

The club reached the Final of the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium, where the team were beaten 2–0 by Stevenage Borough. Richard Brodie was the club's top goalscorer after scoring 19 goals, with 15 in the league and four in the FA Trophy. Danny Parslow, who missed one game during the season, was voted Clubman of the Year.

Background[edit]

Manager Billy McEwan was sacked early in the 2007–08 season with the team in 19th place in the table and having recently been beaten by Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Cup.[2] After an unbeaten spell as caretaker manager, Colin Walker was appointed as York’s permanent manager and led the team to a 14th place finish in the Conference Premier.[3][4] Darren Craddock, Stuart Elliott and Tom Evans were initially released by the club,[5] which was followed by the departures of Ross Greenwood, Chris Hall, Anthony Lloyd, captain Manny Panther and Alex Rhodes.[6] Professional contracts were handed to youth team players Andy McWilliams, Josh Radcliffe and Liam Shepherd in May,[7] which was followed by the arrivals of Mark Greaves and Michael Ingham,[8] as well as the departure of Nicky Wroe to Torquay United.[9] June saw the arrivals of Ben Wilkinson, Steven Hogg, Niall Henderson and former loanee Daniel McBreen.[10][11][12]

Review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Mark Greaves was appointed captain following his signing from Burton Albion.

New signing Greaves was named as York’s club captain for the season before beginning their pre-season campaign with a 6–0 win over Tadcaster Albion, which featured trialists David Brown, Nathan Fisher and Anton Foster.[13][14] However, Walker later said that the trialists were only in the squad to make up the numbers and were unlikely to be signed.[15] Despite this, former Exeter City winger Lee Elam played in a 1–1 draw against Leeds United.[16] David Wheater scored a late equaliser for Middlesbrough as York finished with a 2–2 draw against the Premier League side, which Elam again played in.[17] York’s next friendly was against last season's FA Cup semi-finalists, Barnsley, which was again a 2–2 draw.[18] Walker confirmed that Elam would not be given a contract with York,[19] and he later joined fellow Conference Premier side Altrincham.[20]

A 2–1 victory against Harrogate Railway Athletic saw goalkeeper Michael Ingham suffer a thigh injury,[21] meaning he missed the game against Hartlepool United,[22] which gave Josh Mimms the chance to play and the match ended as a 1–0 victory for York.[23] A 1–0 victory, courtesy of a David McGurk goal against Sheffield F.C. meant York finished the pre-season campaign unbeaten.[24] Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak was signed on a one-month loan from Birmingham City ahead of the start of the season as Ingham was still injured for the Crawley Town game.[25] A day before the start of the season, Martyn Woolford left the club to sign for Scunthorpe United of League One for an undisclosed fee,[26] which was believed to be a six-figure sum with a sell-on clause.[27] Midfielder Steven Hogg was ruled out for the start of the season after contracting shingles.[28]

August[edit]

York's season started with a 1–0 victory away at Crawley Town, with striker Craig Farrell scoring the winner 19 minutes from time.[29] Manager Colin Walker attempted to sign former Gretna winger Brendan McGill, who decided to return to his native Ireland and join Bohemians.[30] The second game resulted in a 1–0 victory against Wrexham, who had won their opening fixture 5–0 against Stevenage Borough, at KitKat Crescent with Mark Greaves scoring the winner.[31] Loan goalkeeper Krysiak suffered a dislocated finger during the match, which ultimately resulted in him returning to Birmingham prematurely from his loan spell,[32] and was replaced by Josh Mimms, who gave an assured performance.[33] York's 100% winning start to the season ended following a draw against Histon, who took the lead through a Daniel Wright penalty kick in the first half and McBreen scored the equaliser for York on 69 minutes.[34] An attempt to sign Morecambe midfielder Michael Twiss failed as he preferred to remain in the Lancashire area.[35]

It was confirmed that Michael Ingham had recovered from his thigh injury for York's game with Northwich Victoria.[36] Winger Simon Russell signed for the club from Kidderminster Harriers a day before the Northwich game.[37] Ingham failed to feature for York and was on the bench for a 2–2 draw with Northwich Victoria, which saw the team fight back on two occasions after twice being a goal down, with Richard Brodie scoring his first goal of the season.[38] He went on to score in the third minute against Barrow in the following match, who equalised seven minutes later through Lee Hunt, in a match that finished 1–1.[39] Brodie was named in the England C team for their friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in September.[40] Midfielder Jimmy Beadle was loaned out to Whitby Town for a month, having not made any appearances for the team so far during the season.[41] Onome Sodje scored with a late volley after coming off the bench to give York a 1–1 draw away at Torquay United to maintain the team's unbeaten record, which looked under threat after Danny Stevens gave Torquay the lead on 65 minutes.[42]

September[edit]

Onome Sodje's goal against Torquay United won him the Conference Premier Goal of the month competition.

Midfielder Niall Henderson received a call-up to the Northern Ireland under-21 team for their 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifying game against Germany.[43] Grimsby Town midfielder Peter Bore joined on an initial one-month loan on 1 September; transfer deadline day.[44] The first match of September saw York draw their fifth game in succession, with a 1–1 draw with Mansfield Town, who were managed by former York manager Billy McEwan.[45] Sodje's goal against Torquay was nominated as one of the five candidates for the first Conference Premier Goal of the month competition for August,[46] which he eventually claimed.[47] The team's first victory in six games came with a comfortable 2–0 win over Woking at home, with a goal from McBreen and a Danny Bunce own goal giving York the victory.[48] Hogg returned to full training after recovering from illness and a thigh injury.[49] A 4–2 defeat at Kettering Town saw York's unbeaten run come to an end after nine games, leaving their opponents as the only unbeaten team in the division.[50]

Former Accrington Stanley striker David Brown, former Rotherham United defender Tom Hirst and Ipswich Town midfielder Jai Reason joined the club on a trial period.[51][52] The trio played for the reserve team in a 2–1 victory over Grimsby Town,[52][53] and after performing impressively, Hirst was offered a contract by the club,[52] which he subsequently signed.[54] However, Brown and Reason were not offered contracts.[52] An 86th minute equaliser from McBreen gave York a 1–1 draw against Salisbury City at KitKat Crescent, which maintained the team's unbeaten home record.[55] Danny Parslow signed a new contract with the club,[56] which was followed by Rotherham midfielder Peter Holmes joining on a one-month loan ahead of the team's game against Kidderminster.[57] A second defeat of the season came after a 2–0 loss to Kidderminster at Aggborough, with Brian Smikle and Justin Richards scoring for the home team.[58] Beadle was released by the club towards the end of his loan spell at Whitby, due to him looking for regular first team football.[59] This was followed by the departure of Bore, who returned to Grimsby from his loan spell early.[60] A 3–3 draw away at Stevenage Borough was achieved after the team were 2–0 down after 19 minutes, with the York goals coming from Sodje, Holmes and Farrell.[61] Sodje picked up a hamstring injury during the match, meaning he would be out of action for four to six weeks.[62]

October[edit]

A 0–0 draw with Cambridge United started October with a second successive draw, despite the team having the better chances,[63] which was followed by the third defeat of the season at Wrexham.[64] The club made an attempt to re-sign former striker Clayton Donaldson on loan, but were told to make an inquiry four weeks later, due to him having an injury.[65] The first double of the season came with victory against Woking, which came after goals from Ben Wilkinson and McBreen.[66] It was believed Iyseden Christie's loan spell at Kettering Town from Stevenage was to be ended early for a loan move to York to go ahead,[67] but this deal later fell through.[68] Walker later revealed he was interested in signing Bruce Dyer, four days after he played against the York reserve team for Bradford City, which finished as a 2–1 victory.[69]

Consecutive victories came with a win against Rushden & Diamonds, courtesy of goals from Mark Robinson and Farrell, with the former being played as a winger,[70] after which midfielder Holmes returned to Rotherham.[69] Striker Brodie was loaned out to fellow Conference Premier side Barrow on a one-month loan, who he scored against earlier in the season.[71] Former Leeds United midfielder Gavin Rothery played in the reserves against Hartlepool United, where he impressed and signed on a short-term contract.[72] A 0–0 draw with Mansfield Town in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup resulted in a replay, which would be played at Field Mill.[73] Defender Ben Purkiss was named on standby for the England C team for their International Challenge Trophy game against Italy in November, while Josh Radcliffe was sent out on loan for a month at Harrogate Railway Athletic.[74] York were eliminated from the FA Cup following a 1–0 defeat at Mansfield.[75] Striker Adam Boyes was offered a professional contract with the club.[76]

November[edit]

Martin Foyle took over as manager following Colin Walker's sacking.

An 87th minute penalty taken by Yemi Odubade saw the team start November with a 1–0 defeat by Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.[77] Dyer eventually signed for the club, whose last club was Chesterfield, who released him at the end of the 2007–08 season.[78] Boyes signed his contract ahead of York's Conference League Cup third round tie against Mansfield,[79] which was won after a 4–2 penalty shootout victory.[80] This was preceded by Greaves' headed goal in the 94th minute, earning the team a 1–1 draw, which was followed by a goalless period of extra time.[80] The attendance of 609 was the lowest crowd in York City's history—breaking the previous record of 763 set in the previous season's Conference League Cup.[80][81]

York's next game came 11 days later in a Conference Premier match against Torquay, which ended as the first home defeat of the season after Mark Ellis scored from close range following a Kevin Nicholson free kick in the 89th minute.[82] A third successive defeat of the season came after losing 1–0 to Cambridge at the Abbey Stadium.[83] It was agreed that Brodie's loan at Barrow would be extended after he scored four goals in six appearances,[84] but York decided to overturn this decision a day later.[85] Barrow then hoped to open talks over signing him on a permanent contract in January 2009.[85]

Walker was sacked as manager on 21 November, alongside head coach Eric Winstanley, with youth team coach Neil Redfearn taking over as caretaker manager.[86] He took charge of the team for the game against Crawley, which finished as a 2–2 draw after Lewis Killeen scored the rebound from a Thomas Pinault penalty in the 90th minute.[87] Former Port Vale manager Martin Foyle was appointed as Walker's successor on 24 November,[88] with Redfearn taking the role of assistant manager.[89] He made his first signing by bringing in winger Adam Smith on loan from Gainsborough Trinity.[90] Foyle's first game in charge finished as a 1–1 away against his hometown club, Salisbury City, which was earned following a Richard Brodie goal in the 82nd minute.[91]

December[edit]

A 1–0 defeat by Grays Athletic through a Wesley Thomas goal at home followed; this was Grays' first away victory of the season,[92] and York followed this with a draw at Histon.[93] North Ferriby United striker Steve Torpey was appointed as youth team coach as successor to Redfearn.[94] Foyle's first win as manager came in a 2–0 victory over Northwich Victoria in the FA Trophy first round, with both goals coming from Brodie.[95] This was followed by a 3–1 win against Ebbsfleet United, with goals from Adam Smith, Brodie and Sodje giving the team victory after being one goal down.[96] Dyer decided to retire from football, so ending his career at York, while Rothery was released.[97] York's two game winning streak came to an end following a 2–1 defeat at league-leaders Burton Albion, which was secured after Greaves, a former Burton player, scored an own goal.[98] A defeat by Altrincham followed, after Dale Johnson scored a goal in the 89th minute to hand York a 2–1 defeat, after they had initially been in the lead, which meant the 2008 calendar year ended with a defeat.[99] Redfearn left the club to take charge of the Leeds United under-18 team and Andy Porter, a former teammate of Foyle at Vale, was appointed as assistant manager.[100]

January[edit]

Adam Smith signed for the club permanently during the January transfer window.

The New Year began with a second defeat of the season to Burton Albion, this time being beaten 3–1.[101] Wrexham defender Kyle Critchell was signed on a one-month loan, who Foyle knew while he was a coach at the club.[102] Adam Smith returned to Gainsborough following the conclusion of his loan, while a permanent move had been stalled as Gainsborough were holding out for a fee.[103] Progression to the third round of the FA Trophy was ensured following a victory over Oxford at the Kassam, with goals coming from McBreen and Brodie in a 2–1 victory.[104] Further signings from Wrexham took place when striker Simon Brown and midfielder Christian Smith signed on loan and permanently respectively.[105] Defender Hirst was released after failing to make any appearances.[106] Lewes were beaten 3–0 at home, with Brodie and new signing Smith scoring.[107] Midfielder Henderson was released and returned to Ireland to play.[108]

York were knocked out of the Conference League Cup following a 3–1 defeat by Barrow in the fourth round north.[109] Midfielder Levi Mackin was signed on loan until the end of the season from Wrexham.[110] His debut came against Eastbourne Borough, where York lost 2–1, with Smith scoring his second goal.[111] Adam Smith rejoined York from Gainsborough on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.[112] His return came as a substitute against Altrincham, where York drew 1–1, with Brodie scoring the equalising goal after Shaun Densmore put the home team in the lead.[113] Farrell was loaned out to Oxford for the remainder of the season.[114] The final game of January was a 1–1 draw with Kidderminster in the FA Trophy third round, which saw Boyes score his first goal for York, meaning a replay was to be played.[115]

February[edit]

Purkiss was called up to the England C team for their friendly against Malta in February,[116] with Boyes being placed on standby.[117] Critchell's loan at York was extended for a second month.[117] York were defeated 1–0 by Mansfield in teams' fourth encounter of the season, courtesy of a Robert Duffy penalty.[118] A 13–12 penalty shootout victory over Kidderminster followed a 1–1 draw in an FA Trophy replay, meaning the team progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition.[119] McBreen was reported to have signed for North Queensland Fury of the A-League,[120] but the deal had yet to be confirmed by York.[121] It was confirmed that he would join the Fury at the start of the 2009–10 season in August.[122] Former Wrexham defender Shaun Pejic signed following a trial at the club.[123] York beat Conference South team Havant & Waterlooville 2–0 in the fourth round of the FA Trophy to secure a place in the semi-final, with both goals being scored by McBreen.[124] This was followed by a 2–0 defeat at Rushden in the league.[125] The first league victory of the month came in a 2–0 win against Weymouth, who were forced to play a weakened team due to the financial situation at the club.[126]

March[edit]

Ingham made several important saves as York drew 0–0 with Ebbsfleet at Stonebridge Road.[127] The first leg of the FA Trophy semi-final tie against AFC Telford United was a 2–0 victory at the New Bucks Head, with goals in each half from Rusk and Purkiss.[128] A late goal from Sodje earned the team a 1–1 draw at Forest Green Rovers, after Kaid Mohamed gave Forest Green the lead in the first half.[129] A 2–1 victory over AFC Telford in the second leg of the FA Trophy semi-final saw York progress to the Final at Wembley Stadium, after winning 4–1 on aggregate.[130] This was followed by a 0–0 draw with Kettering in the Conference Premier.[131] Wilkinson joined Altrincham on loan until the end of the season after failing to feature in the team since January.[132] York drew 0–0 with play-off contenders Kidderminster at home,[133] which was followed by a 2–0 defeat by Stevenage.[134]

April[edit]

York fell into the relegation zone following a 1–0 defeat at Grays, who themselves moved out of the relegation zone and above York,[135] which was followed with a 0–0 draw against Oxford.[136] The team were defeated by Northwich 2–1 after Jonny Allan scored the opponent's winner in stoppage time, seeing York drop to 22nd in the table.[137] This was followed by a 0–0 draw at Barrow.[138] Before York's game against Eastbourne, the penultimate home game of the season, Parslow was named as the Clubman of the Year.[139] This game was York's first win in the Conference Premier in nine games and it was achieved after McBreen scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory,[140] with a second successive victory coming against Forest Green, who York beat 2–1.[141] A 2–1 victory over Weymouth saw York secure survival from possible relegation, with their opponents facing relegation as an outcome of the result.[142] The final game of the Conference Premier season was a 1–1 draw with bottom placed Lewes, which saw York finish the season in 17th place in the table.[143]

May and June[edit]

The York team that played in the FA Trophy Final

York were defeated 2–0 by Stevenage in the Final of the FA Trophy at Wembley, who scored with second half goals from Steve Morison and Lee Boylan.[144] Following the end of the playing season, Foyle decided not to retain Hogg, McBreen, McDonald, Radcliffe, Robinson, Rusk, Shepherd and Smith.[145] The contracts of Richard Brodie and Andy McWilliams were extended for the 2009–10 season, while Mimms, Purkiss, Sodje and youth team player Michael Emmerson were offered new contracts.[145] Foyle made his first transfers of the summer after signing midfielder Andy Ferrell from Kidderminster and winger Craig Nelthorpe from Oxford.[146] An undisclosed five-figure bid from Gateshead for Brodie was rejected.[147] Three further signings came with midfielder Levi Mackin, who rejoined the club permanently after his release by Wrexham, defender James Meredith from Shrewsbury Town and striker Richard Pacquette from Maidenhead United.[148] Purkiss signed a new one-year contract with York in June, while Greaves was released.[149] This was followed by Brodie signing a new two-year contract, which contracted him at the club until May 2011.[150]

Striker Michael Rankine signed for the club from Rushden for a fee of £10,000, in a deal that also saw York striker Craig Farrell join Rushden,[151] while Emmerson signed a professional contract with the club.[152] After failing to agree a new contract following a 28-day deadline,[153] Sodje signed for Championship team Barnsley.[154] Midfielder Alex Lawless was signed from Forest Green Rovers.[155] York announced they had signed Ebbsfleet trio Neil Barrett, Darius Charles and Michael Gash, with Charles and Gash joining for a combined fee of £80,000,[156] although the transfers of Charles and Gash fell through after Charles decided against joining the club as he did not want to relocate to York.[157] Following this, former Mansfield defender Alan O'Hare was signed.[157]

Match results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Conference Premier[edit]

Game Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance Ref
1 9 August 2008 Crawley Town A W 1–0 Farrell 1,372 [29]
2 14 August 2008 Wrexham H W 1–0 Greaves 2,603 [31]
3 16 August 2008 Histon H D 1–1 McBreen 2,125 [34]
4 23 August 2008 Northwich Victoria A D 2–2 Brodie, Crowell (og) 1,065 [38]
5 25 August 2008 Barrow H D 1–1 Brodie 2,664 [39]
6 28 August 2008 Torquay United A D 1–1 Sodje 1,598 [42]
7 2 September 2008 Mansfield Town H D 1–1 Sodje 2,520 [45]
8 6 September 2008 Woking H W 2–0 McBreen, Bunce (og) 2,307 [48]
9 13 September 2008 Kettering Town A L 2–4 Brodie, Purkiss 2,017 [50]
10 20 September 2008 Salisbury City H D 1–1 McBreen 2,280 [55]
11 23 September 2008 Kidderminster Harriers A L 0–2 1,481 [58]
12 28 September 2008 Stevenage Borough A D 3–3 Sodje, Holmes, Farrell 1,917 [61]
13 4 October 2008 Cambridge United H D 0–0 2,608 [63]
14 7 October 2008 Wrexham A L 1–3 Wilkinson 5,173 [64]
15 11 October 2008 Woking A W 2–0 Wilkinson, McBreen 2,341 [66]
16 18 October 2008 Rushden & Diamonds H W 2–0 Robinson, Farrell 2,313 [70]
17 1 November 2008 Oxford United A L 0–1 4,449 [77]
18 15 November 2008 Torquay United H L 1–2 Greaves 2,412 [82]
19 18 November 2008 Cambridge United A L 0–1 2,914 [83]
20 23 November 2008 Crawley Town H D 2–2 Sodje (2) 1,935 [87]
21 29 November 2008 Salisbury City A D 1–1 Brodie 986 [91]
22 6 December 2008 Grays Athletic H L 0–1 2,154 [92]
23 9 December 2008 Histon A D 1–1 Brodie 901 [93]
24 20 December 2008 Ebbsfleet United H W 3–1 A. Smith, Brodie, Sodje 1,997 [96]
25 26 December 2008 Burton Albion A L 1–2 A. Smith 3,578 [98]
26 28 December 2008 Altrincham H L 1–2 Brodie 2,389 [99]
27 1 January 2009 Burton Albion H L 1–3 Brodie 2,703 [101]
28 17 January 2009 Lewes H W 3–0 Brodie (2), C. Smith 2,073 [107]
29 24 January 2009 Eastbourne Borough A L 1–2 C. Smith 1,668 [111]
30 27 January 2009 Altrincham A D 1–1 Brodie 1,027 [113]
31 7 February 2009 Mansfield Town A L 0–1 2,576 [118]
32 24 February 2009 Rushden & Diamonds A L 0–2 1,020 [125]
33 28 February 2009 Weymouth H W 2–0 Brodie (2) 2,349 [126]
34 8 March 2009 Ebbsfleet United A D 0–0 1,244 [127]
35 17 March 2009 Forest Green Rovers A D 1–1 Sodje 681 [129]
36 24 March 2009 Kettering Town H D 0–0 1,714 [131]
37 28 March 2009 Kidderminster Harriers H D 0–0 2,384 [133]
38 31 March 2009 Stevenage Borough H L 0–2 1,924 [134]
39 4 April 2009 Grays Athletic A L 0–1 720 [135]
40 7 April 2009 Oxford United H D 0–0 2,268 [136]
41 11 April 2009 Northwich Victoria H L 1–2 Robinson (pen) 2,421 [137]
42 13 April 2009 Barrow A D 0–0 2,168 [138]
43 18 April 2009 Eastbourne Borough H W 1–0 McBreen 2,487 [140]
44 21 April 2009 Forest Green Rovers H W 2–1 Boyes, Brodie 2,164 [141]
45 24 April 2009 Weymouth A W 2–1 Brodie, Boyes 1,122 [142]
46 26 April 2009 Lewes A D 1–1 Greaves 802 [143]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2008–09 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance Ref
4Q 25 October 2008 Mansfield Town H D 0–0 1,976 [73]
4Qr 28 October 2008 Mansfield Town A L 0–1 2,004 [75]

FA Trophy[edit]

Main article: 2008–09 FA Trophy
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance Ref
1 16 December 2008 Northwich Victoria A W 2–0 Brodie (2) 393 [95]
2 13 January 2009 Oxford United A W 2–1 McBreen, Brodie 1,958 [104]
3 31 January 2009 Kidderminster Harriers A D 1–1 Boyes 1,153 [115]
3r 11 February 2009 Kidderminster Harriers H D 1–1[A] McBreen 683 [119]
4 21 February 2009 Havant & Waterlooville H W 2–0 McBreen (2) 1,679 [124]
SF1 14 March 2009 AFC Telford United A W 2–0 Rusk, Purkiss 2,792 [128][158]
SF2 21 March 2009 AFC Telford United H W 2–1 Brodie, McBreen 3,512 [130]
F 9 May 2009 Stevenage Borough Wembley Stadium L 0–2 27,102 [144]

Conference League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance Ref
3 4 November 2008 Mansfield Town H D 1–1[B] Greaves 608 [80]
4N 20 January 2009 Barrow A L 1–3 Russell 596 [109]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Burton Albion (C) (P) 46 27 7 12 81 52 +29 88 Promotion to League Two
2 Cambridge United 46 24 14 8 65 39 +26 86 Qualification to Conference Premier play-offs
3 Histon 46 23 14 9 78 48 +30 83
4 Torquay United (P) 46 23 14 9 72 47 +25 83
5 Stevenage Borough 46 23 12 11 73 54 +19 81
6 Kidderminster Harriers 46 23 10 13 69 48 +21 79
7 Oxford United 46 24 10 12 72 51 +21 077*
8 Kettering Town 46 21 13 12 50 37 +13 76
9 Crawley Town 46 19 14 13 77 55 +22 070*
10 Wrexham 46 18 12 16 64 48 +16 66
11 Rushden & Diamonds 46 16 15 15 61 49 +12 63
12 Mansfield Town 46 19 9 18 57 55 +2 062*
13 Eastbourne Borough 46 18 6 22 58 70 −12 60
14 Ebbsfleet United 46 16 10 20 52 60 −8 58
15 Altrincham 46 15 11 20 49 66 −17 56
16 Salisbury City 46 14 13 19 54 64 −10 55
17 York City 46 11 19 16 47 51 −4 52
18 Forest Green Rovers 46 12 16 18 70 76 −6 52
19 Grays Athletic 46 14 10 22 44 64 −20 52
20 Barrow 46 12 15 19 51 65 −14 51
21 Woking (R) 46 10 14 22 37 60 −23 44 Relegation to Conference North/South
22 Northwich Victoria (R) 46 11 10 25 56 75 −19 43
23 Weymouth (R) 46 11 10 25 45 86 −41 43
24 Lewes (R) 46 6 6 34 28 89 −61 24

Source: Statto.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Mansfield Town deducted 4 points;[159] Oxford United deducted 5 points;[160] Crawley Town deducted 1 point;[161]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Player details[edit]

Sources[73][75][80][95][104][109][115][119][124][128][130][144][162][163]
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup FA Trophy CL Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Poland Artur Krysiak 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
1 GK England Jonathan McDonald 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF England Ben Purkiss 38 (1) 1 2 0 5 1 1 0 46 (1) 2 0 0
3 DF England Mark Robinson 37 2 2 0 7 0 1 0 47 2 6 0
4 DF Northern Ireland Darren Kelly 7 (2) 0 1 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 9 (3) 0 2 0
5 DF England David McGurk 35 (2) 0 2 0 3 (2) 0 1 0 41 (4) 0 4 0
6 DF Wales Danny Parslow 45 0 2 0 8 0 2 0 57 0 2 0
7 FW Nigeria Onome Sodje 17 (19) 7 0 (2) 0 1 (5) 0 2 0 20 (26) 7 0 0
8 DF England Mark Greaves 27 (8) 3 2 0 4 (3) 0 2 1 35 (11) 4 6 0
9 FW Australia Daniel McBreen 31 (7) 5 2 0 7 5 1 0 41 (7) 10 6 0
10 FW England Craig Farrell 15 (10) 3 1 0 0 (2) 0 0 (2) 0 16 (14) 3 1 0
11 MF England Simon Russell 16 (8) 0 1 (1) 0 1 (4) 0 2 1 20 (13) 1 0 0
12 MF England Ben Wilkinson 11 (10) 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 15 (10) 2 0 0
13 GK England Josh Mimms 4 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 (2) 0 0 0
14 MF England Steven Hogg 8 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 (1) 0 3 0
15 MF Scotland Simon Rusk 35 (2) 0 2 0 7 1 1 0 45 (2) 1 7 1
16 FW England Richard Brodie 29 (9) 15 0 0 8 4 0 0 37 (9) 19 9 1
17 MF Northern Ireland Niall Henderson 4 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 (2) 0 0 0
17 MF Wales Levi Mackin 15 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 21 0 4 0
18 FW England Adam Boyes 10 (13) 2 0 (2) 0 6 (1) 1 0 (2) 0 16 (18) 3 1 0
19 MF England Liam Shepherd 1 (7) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 1 (10) 0 0 0
20 DF England Andy McWilliams 14 (2) 0 0 0 7 (1) 0 2 0 23 (3) 0 5 0
21 MF England Jimmy Beadle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 MF England Gavin Rothery 0 (1) 0 1 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 1 (2) 0 0 0
21 DF Wales Kyle Critchell 6 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 11 0 0 0
22 DF England Josh Radcliffe 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
23 MF England Peter Bore 2 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (2) 0 0 0
23 FW England Adam Smith 9 (8) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 (8) 2 3 0
24 GK Northern Ireland Michael Ingham 40 0 2 0 8 0 2 0 52 0 0 0
25 DF England Tom Hirst 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 DF Wales Shaun Pejic 15 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 19 0 0 0
26 MF England Peter Holmes 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 1 0
26 FW England Simon Brown 11 (6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 (6) 0 2 0
27 MF England Christian Smith 14 (1) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 (1) 2 5 0
28 FW England Bruce Dyer 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
28 FW England Steve Torpey 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee Ref
22 August 2008 MF Simon Russell Kidderminster Harriers Free
[37]
19 September 2008 DF Tom Hirst Rotherham United Free
[54]
24 October 2008 MF Gavin Rothery Leeds United Free
[72]
3 November 2008 FW Bruce Dyer Chesterfield Free
[78]
15 January 2009 MF Christian Smith Wrexham Free
[105]
26 January 2009 FW Adam Smith Gainsborough Trinity Undisclosed
[112]
20 February 2009 DF Shaun Pejic Wrexham Free
[123]
19 May 2009 MF Andy Ferrell Kidderminster Harriers Free
[146]
19 May 2009 MF Craig Nelthorpe Oxford United Free
[146]
22 May 2009 MF Levi Mackin Wrexham Free
[148]
22 May 2009 DF James Meredith Shrewsbury Town Free
[148]
22 May 2009 FW Richard Pacquette Maidenhead United Free
[148]
12 June 2009 FW Michael Emmerson York City youth system Free
[152]
12 June 2009 FW Michael Rankine Rushden & Diamonds £10,000/swap[C]
[151]
17 June 2009 MF Alex Lawless Forest Green Rovers Free
[155]
29 June 2009 MF Neil Barrett Ebbsfleet United Free
[156]
30 June 2009 DF Alan O'Hare Mansfield Town Free
[157]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee Ref
8 August 2008 MF Martyn Woolford Scunthorpe United Undisclosed
[26]
25 September 2008 MF Jimmy Beadle Whitby Town Released
[59][60]
23 December 2008 FW Bruce Dyer Retired
[97]
23 December 2008 MF Gavin Rothery Harrogate Town Released
[97][164]
16 January 2009 DF Tom Hirst Harrogate Town Released
[106][108]
20 January 2009 MF Niall Henderson Newry City Released
[108][165]
End of season DF Mark Greaves Gainsborough Trinity Released
[149][166]
End of season MF Steven Hogg Roach Dynamos Released
[145][167][168]
End of season DF Darren Kelly Portadown Released
[169]
End of season FW Daniel McBreen North Queensland Fury Released
[122][145]
End of season GK Jonathan McDonald Norton & Stockton Ancients Released
[145][170]
End of season DF Shaun Pejic Vancouver Whitecaps Released
[171]
End of season DF Josh Radcliffe Farsley Celtic Released
[145][172]
End of season DF Mark Robinson Gateshead Released
[145][173]
End of season MF Simon Rusk Crawley Town Released
[145][174]
End of season MF Liam Shepherd Farsley Celtic Released
[145][175]
End of season MF Christian Smith Wrexham Released
[145][176]
12 June 2009 FW Craig Farrell Rushden & Diamonds Swap[C]
[151]
15 June 2009 FW Onome Sodje Barnsley Free
[154]

Loans in[edit]

Date Pos Name From End date Ref
7 August 2008 GK Artur Krysiak Birmingham City 15 August 2008[D]
[25][32]
1 September 2008 MF Peter Bore Grimsby Town 27 September 2008[E]
[44][60]
22 September 2008 MF Peter Holmes Rotherham United 18 October 2008[F]
[57][69]
27 November 2008 FW Adam Smith Gainsborough Trinity 6 January 2009
[90][177]
5 January 2009 DF Kyle Critchell Wrexham 4 March 2009
[102][117]
15 January 2009 FW Simon Brown Wrexham End of season
[105]
22 January 2009 MF Levi Mackin Wrexham End of season
[110]

Loans out[edit]

Date Pos Name To End date Ref
27 August 2008 MF Jimmy Beadle Whitby Town 25 September 2008[G]
[41][59]
23 October 2008 FW Richard Brodie Barrow 23 November 2008
[71][178]
27 October 2008 DF Josh Radcliffe Harrogate Railway Athletic 27 November 2008
[74]
31 January 2009 FW Craig Farrell Oxford United End of season
[114]
26 March 2009 MF Ben Wilkinson Altrincham End of season
[132]

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ York won 13–12 in a penalty shootout following a 1–1 draw after extra time.
B. ^ York won 4–2 in a penalty shootout following a 1–1 draw after extra time.
C. ^ The deal that saw Rankine join from Rushden involved paying a fee of £10,000, as well as Craig Farrell joining Rushden.
D. ^ Krysiak initially joined on a one-month loan, meaning the deal would have expired on 7 September 2008, but was curtailed due to an injury.
E. ^ Bore initially joined on a one-month loan, meaning the deal would have expired on 1 October 2008, but the deal was ended early.
F. ^ Holmes initially joined on a one-month loan, meaning the deal would have expired on 22 October 2008, but he was recalled by Rotherham.
G. ^ Beadle was initially loaned out for a month, meaning the deal would have expired on 27 September 2008, but he was released to join Whitby permanently.

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