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David Conn 'The Beautiful Game?'
David Conn 'The Beautiful Game?'

Trust News from Saturday's match programme (18/12/04)

Welcome to todays match.  Lets hope for some passion, commitment and a decent result from the City Team on-the-pitch. 


It has been a very challenging year for everyone who cares about York City.  There have not been many smiles around the place since February time when the team started to dramatically slide down the table.  Relegation and the subsequent poor results have heightened the pressures on all volunteers who help run and support York City.  For everyone involved with the Club, maintaining the enthusiasm and commitment is made more difficult when there are not many smiles around the place.  York Citys survival depends on the work of volunteers whether they be helping out on matchdays or the Board of Directors of the Club.  The input by volunteers is to be nurtured and encouraged, otherwise we will not have a football club to support.


Whilst there is still a lot of hard work to be done, off-the-pitch it has not all been doom and gloom.  The supporters inherited a mess from the former regimes and have had to battle for survival and the opportunity to gain ownership of our Bootham Crescent home.  The supporters plight from 2002 through to 2004 is highlighted in a new book about the football business, The Beautiful Game? Searching for the soul of football.


Last Monday, the Trust and York Minstermen were delighted to welcome to Bootham Crescent the author of the book, David Conn.  For anyone who does not already know, David is a journalist who writes for the Independent newspaper and was the only national journalist to champion the plight of Citys fans during the dark days when the Club so nearly disappeared completely.


Over 50 supporters attended the Social Club to listen to David speak about the football business in general and York City in particular. During the evening, over 40 signed copies were sold out and David has kindly donated all profits from those sales to the Trust.  Hopefully, further copies will be available from the Club Shop.  The book highlights many episodes in football where clubs have been exploited and individuals have put their personal greed before the club that they were supposed to be the guardians of.  The book includes an excellent chapter that chronicles the York City story from January 2002 through to May 2004.  This covers the stripping of the ownership of Bootham Crescent from York City, including David Conns conversations with the majority shareholder of BCH, it covers the mobilisation of the supporters through the Trust, the takeover and subsequent few months of control of the club by Batchelor, the darkest days of administration and clinging onto survival, the Trusts rescue package and subsequent running of the Club for the community and then the cruel twist of relegation around the same time as the long term ground solution was announced.  An independent review of the book described the York City chapter as grittily uplifting.


Let us all hope that 2005 is an uplifting year for City supporters with some far better performances and results on-the-pitch.  We hope to see a lot more smiles around Bootham Crescent after each match.  Happy Christmas to all Trust Members and City supporters.


Your Trust and Your York City.  Keep the faith.


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