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YCST is 2 years old!
YCST is 2 years old!

Remembering back to the fantastic launch night

The York City Supporters' Trust is two years old. The Trust was formed in record time and was launched at a fantastic night at The Barbican on 1 February 2002.

Paul Rawnsley, Trust Board member and a driving force behind the Trust's achievements of the past two years, provided a message to City's troops:
"Two years on, on behalf of the Trust Board, thanks to everyone who has positively contributed in whatever way to the great achievements by City's fans. With hard work, commitment and unity, we can achieve even more going forward."

On the Launch Night, around 1,000 fans turned out for an evening superbly hosted by Jon Champion (with a little help from Yorkie!) and a host of City stars provided their support. Building on the firm foundations laid at that time, the Trust has grown to be the best supported in the country and, of course, now owns the Football Club. At that time, nobody could have predicted the roller-coaster ride of high emotion and hard work that has happened since.

Report from the time...
The historic night at The Barbican in York was filled with great emotion, fun and enthusiasm promising a better future for the Club.

Almost 1,000 people turned up - over twice as many as when the initial idea of the Trust was launched in early January, and according to Supporters' Direct the best attended turnout for any of the 40+ trusts relative to our fanbase.

Almost 400 people signed up as members on the night - plus a dog - and over twenty people paid 100 or more to join as life members. Over 6,000 was raised from memberships on the night.

The event was superbly hosted by Jon Champion - with a bit of help and encouragement from the infamous Yorkie. Many former City stars supported the event.

Those City stars attending included:

- Wembley heros Andy McMillan, Wayne Hall and Tony Canham

- Championship winners Keith Walwyn, Derek Hood and John McPhail

- From the early years Jack Pinder and life long supporter Arthur Robinson.

- From the Happy Wanderers Norman Wilkinson and Gordon Brown

- 1970s stalwarts Chris Topping, Graeme Crawford, Chris Jones and Phil Burrows

There were a host of other City stars from the past few decades in addition to the above, including Alf Patrick, Andy Leaning, Dave McAughtrie, Dale Banton, Dave Dunmore, Barry Jackson, Mick Granger and Alan Woods.

Further messages of support for the Trust were delivered by Steve McClaren, Dame Fanny Shufflebottom (aka Berwick Kaler) and John Greenway.

Yorkie performed after the 9pm watershed with a troupe of dancing girls to the tune of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'. The crowd (and Yorkie!) seemed to enjoy it.


In addition to the evening's entertainment, there was some serious messages to be delivered.

Paul Rawnsley and Sophie McGill outlined the story so far. This set the scene regarding the current crisis facing the Club, outlined how the Save City Campaign was kicked off in late December, some of the achievements over the first few weeks and the Trust's vision for the New York City. It was only 25 days since the idea of a trust was first launched and a huge amount has been achieved.

Michael Shannon and Steve Beck summarised the aims of the YCST, about its constitution, who runs the trust, the initial Steering Committee and membership issues. At York City we have formed our trust quicker than at any other club in this country.

Graham Ibbetson presented the Trust's business strategy and vision for the future of the Club.

Speaking briefly on behalf of Supporters' Direct, Dave Boyle praised the work of City fans and asked the audience to provide the initial Steering Committee with the mandate to work on their behalf over the next few weeks and months. There was an unanimous show of hands.

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