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A day for celebration at Bootham Crescent


York Citys pre-season friendly against Sheffield Wednesday will mark a momentous day for the Football Club.

Prior to kick-off, at 3.00pm, representatives from the Football Foundation will present the Board of Directors with a ceremonial cheque for 2 million.

The unprecedented 2 million loan from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund will enable the Club to secure Bootham Crescent as York Citys home for the next 10 years until the Club sells up and moves to a superior stadium at a site within the City.

York City Managing Director Jason McGill who led the negotiations to secure the funding said, "Saturday will be a great day for York City Football Club and we urge as many fans as possible to come to the match to celebrate the fact that Bootham Crescent is now in the rightful hands of the supporters."

McGill added, "Many of us have lived and breathed the dream of reuniting the ground with the Football Club for the past 12 months. When the cheque is officially handed over on Saturday, the dream will become reality and the future survival and prosperity of the Club will be secured."

A special gold commemorative match programme will be sold on the day to mark the event and fans will also get their first opportunity to see Citys new home kit which will be on sale to the public at Sundays Open Day.

The representatives from the Football Foundation attending the game will include Chief Executive Peter Lee, Director of Facility and Stadia Development Geoff Webb, and Chairman of Safety and Improvement Panel David Dent.

On Friday evening the Football Foundation contingent, along with the York City Board of Directors and Chairman of the Supporters Trust, will attend a Civic Dinner at the Mansion House. The dinner has been arranged by the Lord Mayor, Janet Looker and the Sheriff of York, Bob Scrase to acknowledge the work of the Board of York City Football Club in keeping football at Bootham Crescent. The event will also be attended by Council Leader Steve Galloway, who assisted with the Clubs bid for funding.

Speaking on behalf of the Football Club, Communications Director Sophie McGill said, "We are honoured to be invited to the Civic Dinner which is being held to celebrate the achievements of the Board in ensuring Bootham Crescent is back in the hands of the supporters. We greatly appreciate the help we have received from the City of York Council and look forward to working with them in the future."

McGill added, "York City Football Club is an important part of the community and it is great to see our efforts are being recognised in this prestigious way."


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