1983–84 York City F.C. season

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York City F.C.
1983–84 season
Chairman Michael Sinclair
Manager Denis Smith
Ground Bootham Crescent
Football League Fourth Division 1st (promoted)
FA Cup Second round
(eliminated by Rochdale)
League Cup First round
(eliminated by Grimsby Town)
Associate Members' Cup First round
(eliminated by Hull City)
Top goalscorer League: John Byrne (27)
All: John Byrne (28)
Highest home attendance 11,297 vs Doncaster Rovers, Third Division, 8 April 1984
Lowest home attendance 2,722 vs Hereford United, Third Division, 17 December 1983
Average home league attendance 5,008

The 1983–84 season was the 62nd season of competitive association football and 55th season in the Football League played by York City Football Club, a professional football club based in York, North Yorkshire, England. They finished in first position in the 24-team 1983–84 Football League Fourth Division, in doing so becoming the first Football League club to reach and surpass a hundred points in a season. By winning the Fourth Division championship, York earned the first major honour in the club's history.

They entered the 1983–84 FA Cup in the first round, beating Macclesfield Town in a replay before losing at home to Rochdale in the second round. They were knocked in the first round of both the 1983–84 Football League Cup and 1983–84 Associate Members' Cup, being beaten by Grimsby Town and Hull City respectively.

18 players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were 11 different goalscorers. Defender John MacPhail, midfielder Gary Ford and striker John Byrne played in all 52 first-team matches over the season. Byrne finished as leading goalscorer with 28 goals, of which 27 came in league competition and one came in the FA Cup. The winner of the Clubman of the Year award was MacPhail.

Match details[edit]

Football League Fourth Division[edit]

Football League Fourth Division match details
Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
27 August 1983 5th Stockport County A W 2–0 MacPhail, Byrne 2,185
3 September 1983 2nd Rochdale H W 2–0 Ford, Walwyn 2,772
6 September 1983 1st Peterborough United H W 2–0 Pollard, Byrne 3,709
10 September 1983 1st Chesterfield A L 1–2 Walwyn 4,041
17 September 1983 1st Chester City H W 4–1 Byrne (3), MacPhail 3,037
24 September 1983 1st Darlington A D 0–0 2,181
27 September 1983 1st Doncaster Rovers A D 2–2 Byrne, Walwyn 4,996
1 October 1983 1st Blackpool H W 4–0 Byrne (2), Walwyn (2) 4,058
7 October 1983 1st Colchester United H W 3–0 MacPhail, Pollard pen., Walwyn 6,207
15 October 1983 1st Swindon Town A L 2–3 Walwyn (2) 2,457
18 October 1983 2nd Bristol City A L 0–1 10,827
22 October 1983 2nd Reading H D 2–2 Pollard, Sbragia 4,315
29 October 1983 1st Northampton Town A W 2–1 Walwyn (2) 2,956
1 November 1983 1st Wrexham H W 3–2 Sbragia, Pollard (2, 1 pen.) 5,641
5 November 1983 1st Crewe Alexandra A W 3–0 Walwyn (2), Byrne 2,785
12 November 1983 1st Torquay United H L 2–3 Hood, Ford 4,609
26 November 1983 1st Hartlepool United A W 3–2 Byrne (2), Sbragia 2,022
3 December 1983 1st Aldershot H W 2–0 Byrne, Pearce 3,951
17 December 1983 1st Hereford United H W 4–0 Ford (2), Pearce, Byrne 2,722
26 December 1983 1st Halifax Town A W 2–1 Walwyn (2) 2,457
27 December 1983 1st Tranmere Rovers H D 1–1 Senior 6,357
31 December 1983 1st Bury A W 3–1 Walwyn, Byrne (2) 3,864
2 January 1984 1st Mansfield Town H W 2–1 Ford, Hay 5,682
14 January 1984 1st Stockport County H W 3–1 Hood pen., MacPhail, Walwyn 3,570
31 January 1984 1st Chesterfield H W 1–0 Byrne 4,782
4 February 1984 1st Blackpool A L 0–3 6,010
11 February 1984 1st Darlington H W 2–0 MacPhail, Ford 4,773
18 February 1984 1st Northampton Town H W 3–0 Walwyn, Pollard pen., Byrne 3,941
25 February 1984 1st Reading A L 0–1 4,548
28 February 1984 1st Wrexham A D 0–0 1,199
3 March 1984 1st Bristol City H D 1–1 Phillipson-Masters o.g. 5,096
6 March 1984 1st Crewe Alexandra H W 5–2 Walwyn (2), Byrne, Sbragia, Pearce 4,106
10 March 1984 1st Torquay United A W 3–1 Ford, Walwyn, Byrne 2,836
19 March 1984 1st Colchester United A W 3–1 MacPhail, Walwyn, Pearce 3,032
24 March 1984 1st Swindon Town H W 2–0 Walwyn, Ford 3,341
27 March 1984 1st Rochdale A W 2–0 Byrne (2) 1,756
1 April 1984 1st Peterborough United A W 2–0 MacPhail, Byrne 5,216
8 April 1984 1st Doncaster Rovers H D 1–1 Ford 11,297
14 April 1984 1st Aldershot A W 4–1 MacPhail, Houchen, Byrne, Pearce 5,071
18 April 1984 1st Chester City A D 1–1 Hood 1,850
20 April 1984 1st Halifax Town H W 4–1 Byrne (3), Walwyn 7,120
23 April 1984 1st Tranmere Rovers A W 1–0 Ford 3,527
28 April 1984 1st Hartlepool United H W 2–0 Walwyn (2) 6,063
5 May 1984 1st Mansfield Town A W 1–0 MacPhail 3,355
7 May 1984 1st Bury H W 3–0 Byrne, Hood, Ford 8,026
7 May 1984 1st Hereford United A L 1–2 MacPhail 4,333

League table (part)[edit]

Final Football League Fourth Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1st York City 46 31 8 7 96 39 +57 101
2nd Doncaster Rovers 46 24 13 9 82 54 +28 85
3rd Reading 46 22 16 8 84 56 +28 82
4th Bristol City 46 24 10 12 70 44 +26 82
5th Aldershot 46 22 9 15 76 69 +7 75
Key Pos = League position; Pld = Matches played;
W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;
F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Source [1]

FA Cup[edit]

FA Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round 19 November 1983 Macclesfield Town A D 0–0 3,407
First round replay 22 November 1983 Macclesfield Town H W 2–0 Sbragia, Byrne 4,963
Second round 13 December 1983 Rochdale H L 0–2 5,203

League Cup[edit]

League Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round first leg 30 August 1983 Grimsby Town H W 2–1 Ford, Pollard 3,505
First round second leg 13 September 1983 Grimsby Town A L 0–2 a.e.t. 3,529

Associate Members' Cup[edit]

Associate Members' Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
First round 21 February 1984 Hull City H L 1–2 Senior 5,837

Appearances and goals[edit]

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with names struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.
Players with names in italics and marked * were on loan from another club for the whole of their season with York.
Key to positions: GK – Goalkeeper; DF – Defender; MF – Midfielder; FW – Forward
Players having played at least one first-team match
Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup League Cup AMC Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK  ENG Mike Astbury 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
GK  ENG Roger Jones 41 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 46 0
DF  WAL Chris Evans 16 (3) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 17 (5) 0
DF  SCO Alan Hay 42 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 47 1
DF  ENG Derek Hood 33 (1) 4 3 0 1 0 1 0 38 (1) 4
DF  SCO John MacPhail 46 10 3 0 2 0 1 0 52 10
DF  SCO Ricky Sbragia 45 4 3 1 2 0 1 0 51 5
DF  ENG Steve Senior 39 1 3 0 2 0 1 1 45 2
MF  ENG Brian Chippendale 0 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (4) 0
MF  ENG Malcolm Crosby 31 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 37 0
MF  ENG Gary Ford 46 11 3 0 2 1 1 0 52 12
MF  ENG Sean Haslegrave 24 (2) 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 25 (4) 0
MF  ENG Keith Houchen 1 (6) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (6) 1
MF  ENG Alan Pearce 17 (1) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 (1) 5
MF  ENG Brian Pollard 29 (1) 6 3 0 2 1 1 0 35 (1) 7
FW  ENG Viv Busby Left club during playing season 0 (3) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 (3) 0
FW  ENG John Byrne 46 27 3 1 2 0 1 0 52 28
FW  SKN Keith Walwyn 45 25 1 0 2 0 1 0 49 25

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

  • Batters, David (2008). York City: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-633-0. 
  • Windross, Dave; Jarred, Martin (1997). Citizens and Minstermen, A Who's Who of York City FC 1922–1997. Selby: Citizen Publications. ISBN 978-0-9531005-0-7. 
  • Source for match dates, league positions and results: "York City 1983–1984: Results". Statto Organisation. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. 
  • Source for appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Batters. York City: The Complete Record. pp. 360–361, 412–413. 
  • Source for Bristol City own goal from match played 3 March 1984: Dunk, Peter, ed. (1984). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1984–85. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 402. ISBN 978-0-356-10446-1. 
  • Source for player details: Jarred; Windross. Citizens and Minstermen, A Who's Who of York City FC 1922–1997. pp. 7–107. 

Specific

  1. ^ "York City 1983–1984: Table: Final table". Statto Organisation. Archived from the original on 2 October 2015.