With the help of many City fans, York Minstermen have, in three years, raised nearly £50,000 for York City FC, the great majority of it having been donated to help with specific projects, such as the Youth Development Fund, equipment to aid players’ recovery from injury, and action to improve the playing surfaces at Bootham Crescent and the training ground.
York Minstermen were launched in June 2004, to galvanise support for York City and to raise funds for the club and trust following relegation from the Football League.
The group arranges fundraising and social events, and runs occasional coaches to City away matches. Membership costs £5 per season for adults, £2 for under-18s, whilst a family memberships (one or two adults and one or more under-18s living at the same address) costs just £10.
The group has helped revitalise the York City Social Club, generating an increased turnover for the football club. York Minstermen organise volunteers to staff the bar for a variety of events, such as meetings, quizzes, darts matches, live music, and at reserve games. This had generated around £25,000 in bar sales by May 2007.
York Minstermen are always keen to welcome new members and encourage City fans (not just in York but anywhere in the world) to join. By doing so you will know that you are helping the football club and that also you will be part of a supporters’ group which is working hard to help York City to win back its place in the Football League.
York Minstermen also seek to engage with the wider football world and are affiliated to the Football Supporters’ Federation (see www.fsf.org.uk)