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Across the North-South Divide

The York City Supporters Club, London & The South Branch was formed in June 1996 by five hardy exiles brought together by fanzinemeister John Catton. His dream of a southern based branch was finally realised one sultry summers evening in a dubious upstairs saloon bar in downtown Soho

Now in their eighth year the club has a membership numbering well over 100. This is largely thanks to the press gang, who roam the terraces preying on those who are suspected of living more than five miles south of York. The citys celebrities are also now flocking to join the club, with Jon Champion of ITV Sport commentary fame at the helm as honorary president.

Raising the profile of the club remains a high priority. This includes regular sponsorship of City home games, which we traditionally lose, and a player for the season, who is normally fired by the City or is immediately injured.

The club often enjoys sharing rail travel with other APFSCIL (Association of Provincial Supporters Clubs in London) clubs and is always happy to guide our visitors around the many fine beer emporiums of York. Although the club is still not competing in the APFSCIL sports leagues, they are regular participants in the annual five-a-side competition. Preparation for this is helped by the clubs own weekly five-a-side session. They also enter the individual darts competition. The club has a regular 11-a-side football squad which has enjoyed a number of friendly games against other APFSCIL league clubs and would be pleased to hear from any club with an empty fixture to fill this season.

Allied to the sponsorship, the club has established an excellent relationship with York City FC who in the past have not only allowed the clubs football squad to use City's training ground but have also very kindly donated a full 14 player kits, and have reserved tickets and programmes for cup games and popular league fixtures.

Membership of the club this season remains a snip at 5.00 and will gain you not only friendship that you may treasure for life, but also a fine piece of prose in the form of the clubs excellent bi-monthly 'Ex-communication' newsletter. You will also be eligible to discount on our own range of exclusive merchandise including T-shirts, sweatshirts, lingerie, rubberwear and badges. The London & South Branch have also continued a close relationship with the main supporters branch in York, and there is also inclusive membership of the main branch giving access to the social club at Bootham Crescent.

For information, visit the club's website....

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