Jason McGill

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McGill in 2007

Jason McGill is the chairman of York City, an English football club based in York, North Yorkshire.


McGill played football for the reserve team of then non-League side Wycombe Wanderers whilst at university in London.[1][2]

He grew up as a York City supporter and made a donation of £50,000 to the club while it was undergoing financial difficulties.[1] He joined York City as a director after the Supporters' Trust completed their takeover of the club on 26 March 2003,[3] eventually taking the role of managing director in September 2004 after Steve Beck resigned as chairman.[4]

McGill was heavily involved in negotiating the deal for York City to gain full control of Bootham Crescent, after over 99% of the shareholders of Bootham Crescent Holdings voted in favour of the deal in January 2005.[5] He also secured sponsorship from Nestlé Rowntree for Bootham Crescent in January 2005, which saw the ground renamed KitKat Crescent.[6]

The York City Supporters' Trust voted by three to one to accept a takeover offer made by McGill at a meeting on 6 June 2006. His company J M Packaging offered to invest a substantial sum into the club, in return for a majority shareholding.[7] He took the role of chairman at York by the start of the 2008–09 season.[8]

His sister Sophie Hicks is on the board at York as Communications Director.

He is Managing Director of J M Packaging Ltd based in Malton.


  1. ^ a b "The great goal in Sophie's life". Evening Press (York). 6 May 2003. Retrieved 29 April 2007. 
  2. ^ "Away ranks at home". Evening Press (York). 8 May 2004. Retrieved 18 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Batters, Dave (2008). York City: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-85983-633-0. 
  4. ^ Batters. York City: The Complete Record. p. 102. ISBN 0-907969-69-0. 
  5. ^ "York regain ownership of ground". BBC Sport. 11 January 2005. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "York strike sweet deal for ground". BBC Sport. 19 January 2005. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "York vote for ownership transfer". BBC Sport. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  8. ^ York City F.C. match programme. 25 August 2008. p. 3.