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From the Boardroom
From the Boardroom

Message from City's Finance Director, Terry Doyle

Extract from City's Match Programme on 4th October - From the Boardroom (written by Terry Doyle, City's Finance Director)...

Good afternoon and welcome to our visitors Cambridge United. We trust that everybody associated with Cambridge United enjoy their visit to York.

As a Board we have worked hard to once again make Bootham Crescent a welcoming venue for visitors (off the pitch!). This Club once had a proud reputation for its hospitality and it is important to us all that this is restored. After all as a Board of Directors we represent the City and our fan base.

In this vein we were all delighted to receive a letter from Yeovil following our recent visit there, commenting we were one of the friendliest visitors they had encounted for many years. I would like to think that was not only because we left them three points!

To the Directors of York City Football Club (16th September 2003)
On Saturday last 13th September 2003, Yeovil played your team at Huish Park.
It was my great pleasure to meet three of your Directors, prior to the start, at half time and after the game, and despite the fact that the result went against them they maintained their sense of humour and very sporting manner at all times.
In all my years associated with the game I have never before met such pleasant gentlemen who had the game so much at heart and of course wanting success for their club.
During my years of association with YCFC I have never before felt a desire to put pen to paper.
Thank you gentlemen for making our meeting so memorable and may I wish you every success for the future.

Yours sincerely
Norman Burfield, President,YTFC

Publication of the clubs financial results for the first three months to June 2003 and the size of the loss may have come as a surprise to many City supporters. The losses in that period were unavoidable if we were to save the Club. We had no alternative but to take over and honour a number of onerous contracts and we knew that we would not be able to make any significant progress in matching income to expenditure until this season.

I am pleased to say that significant strides have now been made in this respect and against this background, I am sure that all City supporters will understand why we as a Board took a decision to raise certain admission prices for the remainder of the season.

The support we have received this season has been absolutely fantastic. We could not help but be impressed at Macclesfield last Saturday, not only by the size of the away support but by how many of our fans were proudly wearing the new York City shirts. Thank you to everybody who is continuing to support us through commercial activities as well as through attendance at matches.

We were all disappointed last week to read the comments by Terry Dolan and Adie Shaw in the press regarding their departure from the Club. We believe that nothing is achieved by entering into a public slanging match in these circumstances. We were all amused at the thought of reading a book It Shouldnt Happen to a Football Manager. However, as in all disputes there are two sides to every argument and we are absolutely certain as a Board our side will be the eventual best seller! Watch this space..

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