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2008–09 York City F.C. season

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York City F.C.
2008–09 season
Chairman Jason McGill
Manager Colin Walker
(until 21 November 2008)
Neil Redfearn
(caretaker, from 21 November 2008 until 24 November 2008)
Martin Foyle
(from 24 November 2008)
Ground Bootham Crescent
Conference Premier 17th
FA Cup Fourth qualifying round
(eliminated by Mansfield Town)
FA Trophy Runners-up
(eliminated by Stevenage Borough)
Conference League Cup Northern section fourth round
(eliminated by Barrow)
Top goalscorer League: Richard Brodie (15)
All: Richard Brodie (19)
Highest home attendance 3,512 vs AFC Telford United, FA Trophy, 21 March 2009
Lowest home attendance 608 vs 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 eighty-seventh season of competitive association football and fifth season in the Football Conference played by York City Football Club, a professional football club based in York, North Yorkshire, England. Their fourteenth-place finish in 2007–08 meant it was their fifth successive season in the Conference Premier. The season covers the period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.

Ahead of Colin Walker's first start to a season as manager, York signed nine players before the summer transfer window closed. The season started with an eight-match unbeaten run, but Walker was sacked in November 2008 after three successive defeats. Martin Foyle was appointed as his successor, and after the turn of the year York won only five league matches. Survival in the Conference Premier was achieved with a seventeenth-place finish. York reached the 2009 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, being beaten 2–0 by Stevenage Borough. They were eliminated from the 2008–09 FA Cup in the fourth qualifying round, and from the 2008–09 Conference League Cup in the Northern section fourth round.

Thirty-three players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were fourteen different goalscorers. Defender Danny Parslow missed only one of the fifty-eight competitive matches played over the season. Richard Brodie finished as leading scorer with nineteen goals, of which fifteen came in league competition and four came in the FA Trophy. The winner of the Clubman of the Year award, voted for by the club's supporters, was Parslow.

Background and pre-season[edit]

Mark Greaves was appointed club captain after signing from Burton Albion.

Billy McEwan was sacked as manager of York City early into the 2007–08 season, with the team nineteenth in the Conference Premier table and having recently been beaten by Conference South team Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Cup.[2] After a six-match unbeaten run as caretaker manager, Colin Walker was appointed as York's permanent manager[3] and led the team to a fourteenth-place finish in the table.[4] York released Darren Craddock, Stuart Elliott, Tom Evans, Ross Greenwood, Anthony Lloyd, Manny Panther and Alex Rhodes after the season ended,[5][6] while Nicky Wroe and Martyn Woolford left for Torquay United and Scunthorpe United respectively.[7][8]

Jimmy Beadle, Richard Brodie, Craig Farrell, Josh Mimms, Danny Parslow, Ben Purkiss, Mark Robinson and Onome Sodje signed new contracts ahead of 2008–09.[6][9] York signed seven players before the season started; they were goalkeepers Michael Ingham from Hereford United[10] and Artur Krysiak on a one-month loan from Birmingham City,[11] defender Mark Greaves from Burton Albion,[10] midfielders Niall Henderson from Raith Rovers,[12] Steven Hogg from Gretna and Ben Wilkinson from Hull City,[13] and striker Daniel McBreen from St Johnstone.[14] Professional contracts were handed to three youth-team players, those being defenders Andy McWilliams and Josh Radcliffe and winger Liam Shepherd.[15] Greaves was named as York's club captain for the season.[16]

New home and away kits were introduced for the first time in two years.[17] The home kit comprised red and navy blue halved shirts with red collars, navy blue shorts and navy blue socks with two white strips on the cuffs.[17] The away kit included white shirts with black shoulders, white shorts and white socks with black cuffs.[18] Last season's third kit was retained, which featured light blue shirts with a maroon collar, bar a section under the neck which was light blue, and maroon trims on the sleeves, maroon shorts and light blue socks.[19][20] CLP Industries continued as shirt sponsors for the fourth successive season.[17][21]

Pre-season match details
Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
8 July 2008 Tadcaster Albion A W 6–0 Brown[a] (2), Farrell (2), Brodie, Woolford 450 [22][23]
11 July 2008 Leeds United H D 1–1 Sodje 43' 4,405 [24]
18 July 2008 Middlesbrough H D 2–2 Boyes 73', Sodje 86' 3,177 [25]
22 July 2008 Barnsley H D 2–2 Farrell (2) 1,145 [26]
25 July 2008 Harrogate Railway Athletic A W 2–1 Shepherd 35', Brodie 41' [27]
30 July 2008 Hartlepool United H W 1–0 Wilkinson 40' [28]
3 August 2008 Sheffield A W 1–0 McGurk 89' [29]
  1. ^ Trialist

Review[edit]

August[edit]

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

York's season started with a 1–0 victory away to Crawley Town, Farrell scoring the winner nineteen minutes from time.[30] The second match was a 1–0 home win over Wrexham, who had won their opening fixture 5–0 against Stevenage Borough, with Greaves scoring the winner.[31] Krysiak suffered a dislocated finger during this match, which resulted in him returning to Birmingham prematurely from his loan spell,[32] and was replaced by Mimms, who gave an assured performance.[33] York's winning start to the season ended after a 1–1 home draw with Histon,[34] who took the lead through a Daniel Wright penalty kick in the first half, before McBreen scored the equaliser for York on sixty-nine-minutes.[35]

Winger Simon Russell signed for the club from Kidderminster Harriers.[36] York drew 2–2 away to Northwich Victoria, which saw the team fight back on two occasions after twice being a goal down, with Brodie scoring his first goal of the season.[37] He then scored in the third minute against Barrow, who equalised seven minutes later through Lee Hunt, in a home match that finished a 1–1 home draw.[38] Beadle was loaned out to Northern Premier League Premier Division club Whitby Town for a month, having not made any appearances in 2008–09.[39] Sodje scored with a late volley after coming off the bench to give York a 1–1 draw away to Torquay United to maintain the team's unbeaten record, which looked under threat after Danny Stevens gave Torquay the lead on sixty-five minutes.[40] Sodje's goal against Torquay won the first Conference Premier Goal of the Month competition, for August 2008.[41]

September[edit]

Grimsby Town midfielder Peter Bore joined on an initial one-month loan on transfer deadline day.[42] York drew for the fifth time in succession with a 1–1 home draw with Mansfield Town,[34] in which Sodje scored after he latched onto Adie Moses' misplaced header.[43] The team's first victory in six games came in a 2–0 home win over Woking; the goals came from McBreen and a Danny Bunce own goal.[44] A 4–2 defeat away to Kettering Town saw York's unbeaten run come to an end after nine games,[34] leaving their opponents as the only unbeaten team in the division.[45] Former Accrington Stanley striker David Brown, former Rotherham United defender Tom Hirst and Ipswich Town midfielder Jai Reason joined the club on trial.[46][47] After impressing in a reserve match, Hirst was signed by the club.[48] However, Brown and Reason were not offered contracts.[47]

An eighty-sixth-minute equaliser from McBreen gave York a 1–1 draw at home to Salisbury City,[49] which maintained the team's unbeaten record at Bootham Crescent.[34] Parslow signed a new contract with the club,[50] and Rotherham midfielder Peter Holmes joined on a one-month loan.[51] A second defeat of the season came after losing 2–0 away to Kidderminster,[34] Brian Smikle and Justin Richards scoring for the home team.[52] Beadle was released by the club towards the end of his loan spell at Whitby, due to him looking for regular first-team football.[53] This was followed by the departure of Bore, who returned to Grimsby from his loan spell early.[54] A 3–3 draw away against Stevenage was achieved after the team were 2–0 down after nineteen-minutes, with the York goals coming from Sodje, Holmes and Farrell.[55] Sodje picked up a hamstring injury during this match, meaning he would be out of action for four to six weeks.[56]

October[edit]

Despite having the better chances, York drew 0–0 at home with Cambridge United,[57] before being beaten 3–1 away by Wrexham, in which Wilkinson scored a late consolation goal.[58] The club made an attempt to re-sign former striker Clayton Donaldson on loan from Crewe Alexandra, but were told to make an inquiry four weeks later, due to him being injured.[59] York's first double of the season came with a 2–0 away win over Woking,[34] the goals coming from Wilkinson and McBreen.[60] Iyseden Christie's loan spell at Kettering from Stevenage was to be terminated for a loan move to York to go ahead, but this deal fell through.[61] Walker revealed he was interested in signing striker Bruce Dyer, shortly after he played against York's reserves for Bradford City.[62]

York achieved a consecutive victory for the first time in 2008–09 after beating Rushden & Diamonds 2–0 at home,[34] with goals from Robinson and Farrell.[63] After this match, Holmes was recalled by Rotherham.[62] Brodie was loaned to fellow Conference Premier side Barrow for one month, having lost his place in the starting line-up.[64] Former Leeds United midfielder Gavin Rothery impressed in the reserves against Hartlepool United, after which he signed a short-term contract with the club.[65] A 0–0 home draw with Mansfield in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup resulted in a replay, which would be played at Field Mill.[66] Radcliffe was sent out on loan for a month at Harrogate Railway Athletic of the Northern Premier League Division One North.[67] York were eliminated from the FA Cup after a 1–0 defeat away to Mansfield.[68]

November[edit]

Martin Foyle was appointed manager following Colin Walker's sacking.

An eighty-seventh-minute penalty scored by Yemi Odubade saw York lose 1–0 away to Oxford United.[69] Dyer signed for the club, having been unattached after his release by Chesterfield at the end of 2007–08.[70] Adam Boyes signed a long-term professional contract[71] ahead of York's Conference League Cup third round tie against Mansfield, which was won with a 4–2 penalty shoot-out victory.[72] This was preceded by Greaves' headed goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time, earning the team a 1–1 draw, which was followed by a goalless period of extra time.[72] The attendance of 609 was the lowest crowd in the club history—breaking the previous record of 763 set in the 2007–08 Conference League Cup.[72][73]

York lost 2–1 at home to Torquay, in their first home defeat of the season.[34] After Roscoe D'Sane gave the visitors the lead, Greaves equalised for York with a header from a Purkiss cross in the eighty-fifth minute, before Mark Ellis scored for Torquay on ninety minutes.[74] A third successive defeat came[34] after losing 1–0 away to Cambridge.[75] It was agreed that Brodie's loan at Barrow would be extended after he scored four goals in six appearances,[76] but York decided to overturn this decision a day later.[77] Barrow hoped to open talks over signing him on a permanent contract in January 2009.[77]

Walker was sacked as manager, alongside head coach Eric Winstanley, and youth-team coach Neil Redfearn took over as caretaker manager.[78] He took charge of the team for the home match against Crawley, which finished a 2–2 draw after Lewis Killeen scored the rebound from a Thomas Pinault penalty in the ninetieth-minute.[79] Former Port Vale manager Martin Foyle was appointed as manager,[80] with Redfearn taking the role of assistant manager.[81] Foyle made his first signing by bringing in winger Adam Smith on loan from Conference North club Gainsborough Trinity.[82] Foyle's first match in charge was a 1–1 away draw against Salisbury City, which was earned following a Brodie goal in the eighty-third-minute.[83]

December[edit]

A 1–0 home defeat by Grays Athletic through a Wes Thomas goal followed; this was Grays' first away victory of the season.[84] York followed this with a 1–1 draw away to Histon, in which they took the lead through Brodie in the fourteenth-minute, before Parslow scored an own goal on fifty-nine minutes.[85] North Ferriby United striker Steve Torpey was appointed as youth-team coach to succeed Redfearn.[86] Foyle's first win as manager came in a 2–0 away victory over Northwich Victoria in the FA Trophy first round, both goals coming from Brodie.[87] This was followed with a 3–1 home win over Ebbsfleet United, with goals from Adam Smith, Brodie and Sodje after being one goal down.[88] Dyer retired from football, having only made three appearances for York through back and hamstring injuries, while Rothery was released.[89] York's two-match winning run ended after a 2–1 defeat away to league-leaders Burton Albion, which was secured after Greaves scored an own goal.[90] A 2–1 home defeat by Altrincham followed; Brodie scored a free kick in the thirty-second minute to give York the lead, before Chris Senior and Dale Johnson scored for the visitors in the second half.[91] Redfearn left the club to take charge of the Leeds under-18 team and Andy Porter, a former teammate of Foyle at Port Vale, was appointed as assistant manager.[92]

January[edit]

Levi Mackin joined on loan from Wrexham.

The New Year began with a second defeat of the season to Burton,[34] this time being beaten 3–1 at home, in which Brodie scored in the first half with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.[93] Wrexham defender Kyle Critchell was signed on a one-month loan, who Foyle knew while he was a coach at the club.[94] 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.[95] Progression to the third round of the FA Trophy was ensured with a 2–1 away victory over Oxford, with goals from McBreen and Brodie.[96] Further signings from Wrexham took place when striker Simon Brown and midfielder Christian Smith signed on loan and permanently respectively.[97] Hirst was released having failed to break into the first team.[98] Lewes were beaten 3–0 at home; Brodie opened the scoring with a volley into the top corner from outside the penalty area, and Christian Smith scored from thirty yards before Brodie finished the scoring with a low shot into the bottom corner.[99] Henderson was released having fallen out of the reckoning for a first-team place.[100]

York were knocked out of the Conference League Cup following a 3–1 away defeat by Barrow in the Northern section fourth round.[101] Midfielder Levi Mackin was signed on loan from Wrexham until the end of the season.[102] He debuted in York's 2–1 away defeat to Eastbourne Borough, in which Christian Smith scored a header from Brown's cross.[103] Adam Smith rejoined York from Gainsborough on a permanent contract for an undisclosed fee.[104] His return came as a substitute in York's 1–1 draw away to Altrincham, in which Brodie scored the equalising goal after Shaun Densmore put the home team in the lead.[105] Farrell was loaned out to Oxford for the remainder of the season, as he sought more game time.[106] York drew 1–1 away with Kidderminster in the FA Trophy third round, in which Boyes scored his first goal for York, meaning a replay was to be played.[107]

February[edit]

Critchell's loan at York was extended for a second month, with the fitness of several York defenders in doubt.[108] York were beaten 1–0 away by Mansfield, courtesy of a Robert Duffy penalty, in the teams' fourth encounter of the season.[109] A 13–12 penalty shoot-out victory over Kidderminster followed a 1–1 extra time draw in an FA Trophy replay; in normal time, McBreen scored a header from a corner delivered by Simon Rusk before the away team equalised shortly after through Justin Richards.[110] A new record for the most consecutive penalties scored in a shoot-out was set, at twenty-five.[111] McBreen was reported to have signed for North Queensland Fury of the A-League,[112] although the transfer had yet to be confirmed by York.[113] It was confirmed that he would join the Fury for the start of 2009–10 in August 2009.[114] Former Wrexham defender Shaun Pejic signed after a successful trial at the club.[115] York beat Conference South team Havant & Waterlooville 2–0 at home in the fourth round of the FA Trophy to secure a place in the semi-final, with both goals scored by McBreen.[116] This was followed by a 2–0 away defeat to Rushden in the league.[117] York's first league victory in a month[34] was a 2–0 home win over Weymouth, who were forced to play a weakened team due to their financial situation, and Brodie scored headers in each half.[118]

March[edit]

Ingham made several important saves as York drew 0–0 away to Ebbsfleet.[119] The first leg of the FA Trophy semi-final tie against AFC Telford United ended in a 2–0 away win, with goals in each half from Rusk and Purkiss.[120] A late goal from Sodje with a shot from the edge of the penalty area earned the team a 1–1 draw away to Forest Green Rovers, after Kaid Mohamed had given the home side a first half lead.[121] A 2–1 home win over AFC Telford in the second leg of the FA Trophy semi-final, with goals in each half from Brodie and McBreen, saw York progress into 2009 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium with 4–1 aggregate victory.[122] This was followed by a 0–0 home draw with Kettering in the league.[123] Wilkinson joined divisional rivals Altrincham on loan until the end of the season, having failed to feature in the team since January 2009.[124] York drew 0–0 with play-off contenders Kidderminster at home,[125] which was followed by a 2–0 home defeat to Stevenage.[126]

April and May[edit]

York dropped into the relegation zone after a 1–0 away defeat to Grays, who themselves moved out of the relegation zone and above York,[127] and this was followed with a 0–0 home draw with Oxford.[128] They were beaten 2–1 at home by Northwich; Jonny Allan gave the visitors the lead in the first half and Robinson equalised with a penalty on sixty-eight minutes, before Allan scored a stoppage-time winner for Northwich.[129] This was followed by a 0–0 draw away to fellow strugglers Barrow.[130] Before York's penultimate home match against Eastbourne, Parslow was named the 2008–09 Clubman of the Year, voted for by the club's supporters.[131] A 1–0 victory saw York move out of the relegation zone, in what was their first league win in ten matches.[34] It was achieved after McBreen scored from a Purkiss pass in the thirty-fifth minute.[132] A second successive win came at home to Forest Green,[34] who York beat 2–1 with second half goals from Boyes and Brodie.[133]

A 2–1 away victory over Weymouth saw York secure survival from relegation, with their opponents facing relegation as a result.[134] Brodie gave York a fourteenth-minute lead, and after Cliff Akurang equalised for Weymouth late in the first half, Boyes scored the winning goal thirteen minutes from time.[134] York's last league match was a 1–1 away draw with bottom placed Lewes, Greaves scoring on eighty minutes before the home team equalised three minutes from time.[135] This result saw them finish the season seventeenth the table.[136] York were defeated 2–0 by Stevenage in the 2009 FA Trophy Final at Wembley, who scored with second half goals from Steve Morison and Lee Boylan.[137]

Summary and aftermath[edit]

York were in a mid-table position for most of the season, and were as high as fifth in August 2008, while dropping as low as twenty-second in April 2009.[34] Their goalscoring record of forty-seven goals scored was the fifth lowest in the division; whereas, their defensive record of fifty-one goals conceded was better than that of the champions Burton.[136] Parslow made the highest number of appearances during the season, appearing in fifty-seven of York's fifty-eight matches.[138] Brodie was York's top scorer in the league and in all competitions, with fifteen league goals and nineteen in total.[96][138] McBreen was the only other player to reach double figures, with ten goals.[96][138]

After the season ended, York released Greaves, Hogg, McBreen, Pejic, Radcliffe, Robinson, Rusk, Shepherd, Christian Smith and Wilkinson.[139][140][141][142] Boyes, Farrell, Darren Kelly and Sodje left for Scunthorpe, Rushden, Portadown and Barnsley respectively.[143][144][145][146] Brodie, McWilliams, Mimms and Purkiss signed new contracts with the club.[139][140][147] Over the summer York signed defenders James Meredith from Shrewsbury Town,[148] Alan O'Hare from Mansfield[149] and Djoumin Sangaré from Salisbury,[150] midfielders Neil Barrett from Ebbsfleet,[151] Andy Ferrell from Kidderminster,[147] Alex Lawless from Forest Green,[152] Mackin from Wrexham,[148] winger Craig Nelthorpe from Oxford[147] and strikers Michael Gash from Ebbsfleet,[153] Richard Pacquette from Maidenhead United[148] and Michael Rankine from Rushden.[144] Striker Michael Emmerson was promoted from the youth team after he signed a professional contract with the club.[154]

Match details[edit]

Conference Premier[edit]

Conference Premier match details
Date League
position[34]
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
9 August 2008 5th Crawley Town A W 1–0 Farrell 71' 1,372 [30]
14 August 2008 5th Wrexham H W 1–0 Greaves 74' 2,603 [31]
16 August 2008 5th Histon H D 1–1 McBreen 69' 2,125 [35]
23 August 2008 6th Northwich Victoria A D 2–2 Brodie 26', Crowell 57' o.g. 1,065 [37]
25 August 2008 7th Barrow H D 1–1 Brodie 3' 2,664 [38]
28 August 2008 7th Torquay United A D 1–1 Sodje 87' 1,598 [40]
2 September 2008 11th Mansfield Town H D 1–1 Sodje 35' 2,520 [43]
6 September 2008 7th Woking H W 2–0 McBreen 38', Bunce 49' o.g. 2,307 [44]
13 September 2008 11th Kettering Town A L 2–4 Brodie 23', Purkiss 49' 2,017 [45]
20 September 2008 10th Salisbury City H D 1–1 McBreen 86' 2,280 [49]
23 September 2008 12th Kidderminster Harriers A L 0–2 1,481 [52]
28 September 2008 13th Stevenage Borough A D 3–3 Sodje 25', Holmes 45', Farrell 49' 1,917 [55]
4 October 2008 15th Cambridge United H D 0–0 2,608 [57]
7 October 2008 17th Wrexham A L 1–3 Wilkinson 90' 5,173 [58]
11 October 2008 12th Woking A W 2–0 Wilkinson 66', McBreen 72' 2,341 [60]
18 October 2008 10th Rushden & Diamonds H W 2–0 Robinson 18', Farrell 50' 2,313 [63]
1 November 2008 13th Oxford United A L 0–1 4,449 [69]
15 November 2008 15th Torquay United H L 1–2 Greaves 85' 2,412 [74]
18 November 2008 15th Cambridge United A L 0–1 2,914 [75]
23 November 2008 14th Crawley Town H D 2–2 Sodje (2) 7', 48' 1,935 [79]
29 November 2008 14th Salisbury City A D 1–1 Brodie 83' 986 [83]
6 December 2008 15th Grays Athletic H L 0–1 2,154 [84]
9 December 2008 16th Histon A D 1–1 Brodie 14' 901 [85]
20 December 2008 14th Ebbsfleet United H W 3–1 A. Smith 60', Brodie 67', Sodje 77' 1,997 [88]
26 December 2008 16th Burton Albion A L 1–2 A. Smith 53' 3,578 [90]
28 December 2008 16th Altrincham H L 1–2 Brodie 32' 2,389 [91]
1 January 2009 16th Burton Albion H L 1–3 Brodie 39' 2,703 [93]
17 January 2009 16th Lewes H W 3–0 Brodie (2) 56', 78', C. Smith 68' 2,073 [99]
24 January 2009 17th Eastbourne Borough A L 1–2 C. Smith 63' 1,668 [103]
27 January 2009 17th Altrincham A D 1–1 Brodie 46' 1,027 [105]
7 February 2009 17th Mansfield Town A L 0–1 2,576 [109]
24 February 2009 18th Rushden & Diamonds A L 0–2 1,020 [117]
28 February 2009 17th Weymouth H W 2–0 Brodie (2) 23', 90' 2,349 [118]
8 March 2009 17th Ebbsfleet United A D 0–0 1,244 [119]
17 March 2009 17th Forest Green Rovers A D 1–1 Sodje 86' 681 [121]
24 March 2009 18th Kettering Town H D 0–0 1,714 [123]
28 March 2009 18th Kidderminster Harriers H D 0–0 2,384 [125]
31 March 2009 20th Stevenage Borough H L 0–2 1,924 [126]
4 April 2009 21st Grays Athletic A L 0–1 720 [127]
7 April 2009 21st Oxford United H D 0–0 2,268 [128]
11 April 2009 22nd Northwich Victoria H L 1–2 Robinson 68' pen. 2,421 [129]
13 April 2009 22nd Barrow A D 0–0 2,168 [130]
18 April 2009 20th Eastbourne Borough H W 1–0 McBreen 35' 2,487 [132]
21 April 2009 19th Forest Green Rovers H W 2–1 Boyes 59', Brodie 63' 2,164 [133]
24 April 2009 18th Weymouth A W 2–1 Brodie 14', Boyes 77' 1,122 [134]
26 April 2009 17th Lewes A D 1–1 Greaves 80' 802 [135]

League table (part)[edit]

Final Conference Premier table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
15th Altrincham 46 15 11 20 49 66 −17 56
16th Salisbury City 46 14 13 19 54 64 −10 55
17th York City 46 11 19 16 47 51 −4 52
18th Forest Green Rovers 46 12 16 18 70 76 −6 52
19th Grays Athletic 46 14 10 22 44 64 −20 52
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 [136]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2008–09 FA Cup
FA Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
Fourth qualifying round 25 October 2008 Mansfield Town H D 0–0 1,976 [66]
Fourth qualifying round replay 28 October 2008 Mansfield Town A L 0–1 2,004 [68]

FA Trophy[edit]

Main article: 2008–09 FA Trophy
FA Trophy match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
First round 16 December 2008 Northwich Victoria A W 2–0 Brodie (2) 20', 50' 393 [87]
Second round 13 January 2009 Oxford United A W 2–1 McBreen 48', Brodie 82' 1,958 [96]
Third round 31 January 2009 Kidderminster Harriers A D 1–1 Boyes 25' 1,153 [107]
Third round replay 11 February 2009 Kidderminster Harriers H D 1–1
a.e.t.
13–12 pens.
McBreen 74' 683 [110]
Fourth round 21 February 2009 Havant & Waterlooville H W 2–0 McBreen (2) 45', 82' 1,679 [155]
Semi-final first leg 14 March 2009 AFC Telford United A W 2–0 Rusk 10', Purkiss 68' 2,792 [156]
Semi-final second leg 21 March 2009 AFC Telford United H W 2–1
4–1 agg.
Brodie 17', McBreen 62' 3,512 [122]
Final 9 May 2009 Stevenage Borough N L 0–2 27,102 [137]

Conference League Cup[edit]

Conference League Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
Third round 4 November 2008 Mansfield Town H D 1–1
a.e.t.
4–2 pens.
Greaves 90+4' 608 [72]
Northern section fourth round 20 January 2009 Barrow A L 1–3 Russell 78' 596 [101]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Clubdagger Fee Ref
14 May 2008 Mark Greaves (Burton Albion) Free
[10]
14 May 2008 Michael Ingham (Hereford United) Free
[10]
10 June 2008 Steven Hogg (Gretna) Free
[13]
10 June 2008 Ben Wilkinson (Hull City) Free
[13]
19 June 2008 Niall Henderson (Raith Rovers) Free
[12]
25 June 2008 Daniel McBreen (St Johnstone) Free
[14]
22 August 2008 Simon Russell Kidderminster Harriers Free
[36]
19 September 2008 Tom Hirst (Rotherham United) Free
[48]
24 October 2008 Gavin Rothery (Leeds United) Free
[65]
3 November 2008 Bruce Dyer (Chesterfield) Free
[70]
15 January 2009 Christian Smith (Wrexham) Free
[97]
26 January 2009 Adam Smith Gainsborough Trinity Undisclosed
[104]
20 February 2009 Shaun Pejic (Wrexham) Free
[115]
dagger Brackets around club names denote the player's contract with that club had expired before he joined York.

Out[edit]

Date Player Clubdagger Fee Ref
8 August 2008 Martyn Woolford Scunthorpe United Undisclosed
[8]
25 September 2008 Jimmy Beadle (Whitby Town) Released
[53][54]
23 December 2008 Bruce Dyer Retired
[89]
23 December 2008 Gavin Rothery (Harrogate Town) Released
[89][157]
16 January 2009 Tom Hirst (Harrogate Town) Released
[98][100]
20 January 2009 Niall Henderson (Newry City) Released
[100][158]
11 May 2009 Darren Kelly (Portadown) Free
[145]
12 May 2009 Steven Hogg (Roach Dynamos) Released
[140][159][160]
12 May 2009 Josh Radcliffe (Farsley Celtic) Released
[140][161]
12 May 2009 Daniel McBreen (North Queensland Fury) Released
[114][140]
12 May 2009 Mark Robinson (Gateshead) Released
[140][162]
12 May 2009 Simon Rusk (Crawley Town) Released
[140][163]
12 May 2009 Liam Shepherd (Farsley Celtic) Released
[140][164]
12 May 2009 Christian Smith (Wrexham) Released
[140][165]
9 June 2009 Mark Greaves (Gainsborough Trinity) Released
[139][166]
12 June 2009 Craig Farrell (Rushden & Diamonds) Swap[a]
[144]
23 June 2009 Shaun Pejic (Vancouver Whitecaps) Released
[141][167]
15 June 2009 Onome Sodje (Barnsley) Free
[146]
dagger Brackets around club names denote the player joined that club after his York contract expired.
  1. ^ Swap deal with Michael Rankine

Loans in[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
7 August 2008 Artur Krysiak Birmingham City Terminated early 15 August 2008
[11][32]
1 September 2008 Peter Bore Grimsby Town Terminated early 27 September 2008
[42][54]
22 September 2008 Peter Holmes Rotherham United Recalled 18 October 2008
[51][62]
27 November 2008 Adam Smith Gainsborough Trinity 6 January 2009
[82][168]
5 January 2009 Kyle Critchell Wrexham Recalled early-March 2009
[94][169]
15 January 2009 Simon Brown Wrexham End of season
[97]
22 January 2009 Levi Mackin Wrexham End of season
[102]

Loans out[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
27 August 2008 Jimmy Beadle Whitby Town Released 25 September 2008
[39][53]
23 October 2008 Richard Brodie Barrow 22 November 2008
[64][170]
27 October 2008 Josh Radcliffe Harrogate Railway Athletic One-month
[67]
31 January 2009 Craig Farrell Oxford United End of season
[106]
26 March 2009 Ben Wilkinson Altrincham End of season
[171]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Source:[66][68][72][87][96][101][107][110][116][120][122][137][172][173]
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.
Players listed with no appearances have been in the matchday squad but only as unused substitutes.
Key to positions: GK – Goalkeeper; DF – Defender; MF – Midfielder; FW – Forward
Players included in matchday squads
No. Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup FA Trophy CL Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow rectangle, denoting the yellow penalty card shown to a player being cautioned A red rectangle, denoting the red penalty card shown to a player being sent off
1 GK  POL Artur Krysiak * Left club during playing season 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
1 GK  ENG Jonathan McDonald 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF  ENG Ben Purkiss 38 (1) 1 2 0 5 1 1 0 46 (1) 2 0 0
3 DF  ENG Mark Robinson 37 2 2 0 7 0 1 0 47 2 6 0
4 DF  NIR Darren Kelly 7 (2) 0 1 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 9 (3) 0 2 0
5 DF  ENG David McGurk 35 (2) 0 2 0 3 (2) 0 1 0 41 (4) 0 4 0
6 DF  WAL Danny Parslow 45 0 2 0 8 0 2 0 57 0 2 0
7 FW  NGR Onome Sodje 17 (19) 7 0 (2) 0 1 (5) 0 2 0 20 (26) 7 0 0
8 DF  ENG Mark Greaves 27 (8) 3 2 0 4 (3) 0 2 1 35 (11) 4 6 0
9 FW  AUS Daniel McBreen 31 (7) 5 2 0 7 5 1 0 41 (7) 10 6 0
10 FW  ENG Craig Farrell 15 (10) 3 1 0 0 (2) 0 0 (2) 0 16 (14) 3 1 0
11 MF  ENG Simon Russell 16 (8) 0 1 (1) 0 1 (4) 0 2 1 20 (13) 1 0 0
12 MF  ENG Ben Wilkinson 11 (10) 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 15 (10) 2 0 0
13 GK  ENG Josh Mimms 4 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 (2) 0 0 0
14 MF  ENG Steven Hogg 8 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 (1) 0 3 0
15 MF  SCO Simon Rusk 35 (2) 0 2 0 7 1 1 0 45 (2) 1 7 1
16 FW  ENG Richard Brodie 29 (9) 15 0 0 8 4 0 0 37 (9) 19 9 1
17 MF  NIR Niall Henderson Left club during playing season 4 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 (2) 0 0 0
17 MF  WAL Levi Mackin * 15 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 21 0 4 0
18 FW  ENG Adam Boyes 10 (13) 2 0 (2) 0 6 (1) 1 0 (2) 0 16 (18) 3 1 0
19 MF  ENG Liam Shepherd 1 (7) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 1 (10) 0 0 0
20 DF  ENG Andy McWilliams 14 (2) 0 0 0 7 (1) 0 2 0 23 (3) 0 5 0
21 MF  ENG Jimmy Beadle Left club during playing season 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 MF  ENG Gavin Rothery Left club during playing season 0 (1) 0 1 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 1 (2) 0 0 0
21 DF  WAL Kyle Critchell * Left club during playing season 6 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 11 0 0 0
22 DF  ENG Josh Radcliffe 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
23 MF  ENG Peter Bore * Left club during playing season 2 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (2) 0 0 0
23 MF  ENG Adam Smith 9 (8) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 (8) 2 3 0
24 GK  NIR Michael Ingham 40 0 2 0 8 0 2 0 52 0 0 0
25 DF  WAL Shaun Pejic 15 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 19 0 0 0
26 MF  ENG Peter Holmes * Left club during playing season 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 1 0
26 FW  ENG Simon Brown * 11 (6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 (6) 0 2 0
27 MF  ENG Christian Smith 14 (1) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 (1) 2 5 0
28 FW  ENG Bruce Dyer Left club during playing season 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
28 FW  ENG Steve Torpey 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 0 0
Players not included in matchday squads
No. Pos. Nat. Name
25 DF  ENG Tom Hirst Left club during playing season

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