I’ve been a City fan since 1970. In the 1980’s I edited Terrace Talk, the City fanzine, and organised travel to away games for the YNS. More recently, I was active in the campaign to save City, including helping organise the marches and the Fans United Day.
I’ve been involved with York Minstermen from the beginning, as travel organiser and more recently as chairman: I take an overview of the group’s activities; I help, support, and cajole the other committee members; and I liaise with other organisations, particularly the football club, but also other supporters’ groups and the Football Supporters’ Federation. I’m one of the Social Club’s volunteer bar staff.
On match days I can usually be found in the car park distributing our “What’s On” flyers
I saw my first City game in the mid nineties when I moved to York. Unfortunately, this was after the Wembley play-off final season and so I’ve never really seen any success as such at the club. That hasn’t stopped me from catching the bug though and I do have some good memories. I’m not sure why, but beating Hull at home and winning away at Rochdale on a freezing day over Christmas stick in my mind. And Burton last season has to be amongst one of my favourite away days (the less said about this season the better though!)
I’ve been doing what I can to help the club ever since the financial troubles started, ranging from working behind the bar voluntarily to handing out flyers and helping at various York Minstermen events. I am currently also performing the role of secretary. In the summer you’ll also see me helping to run the Keith Walywn fans football tournament.
I saw my first City game in October 1959 when we played the legendary Newcastle United in a friendly to open the original floodlights. I was hooked and have missed very few home games since, and I’ve visited 93 grounds watching City up to the present time.
I am 58 years old, married with four children and I live in Heworth. I took early retirement from Nestle three years ago after 36 years service and am currently enjoying life watching live football and cricket.
My hobbies include horses, dogs, breeding budgerigars and quizzes. I regularly support the monthly Minstermen quizzes both as a quiz compiler and as part of a quiz team.
My first game of football I ever attended was City v Stockport in the 1st round of the FA Cup in 1992 and my lasting memory from that day was how big Kevin Francis was and that football pitches are smaller than they appear on TV. They’re the kind of things you remember when you are 10 but as well as that there was something about York City that stuck with me from then on.
My most memorable City moments are that eventful night at Old Trafford where I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing and Everton at home but also the game against Swindon which we won 2-0 with a screamer from Andy Mac. My favourite City players are Andy Mac, Jon McCarthy, Paul Barnes and Dean Kiely.
My role within York Minstermen is as a general helper whether it’s helping sell raffle tickets, working on the bar or doing other things to assist in the running of activities.
On a match day you will find me in the social club having a beer or helping out behind the bar or at the back of the Shippo. I also attend many away games and one of my proudest achievements was attending 63 consecutive games including every game home and away last season