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The York City Supporters' Trust was officially launched on 2 February 2002 to the fans and community of York at The Barbican.

The historic night 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. It is hoped and anticipated that many more will join up over the next few days and weeks as the membership forms are circulated around the city, including a copy in Saturday's Evening Press.

The event was superbly hosted by Jon Champion - with a bit of help and encouragement from the infamous Yorkie. The audience was treated to a trip down memory lane with footage of great City sides on the giant screen and stars from those times turning out to support the Trust.

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 past 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. He outlined how the Trust will have an absolutely vital role to play in the change of ownership of the Club and ground and in the future ownership and operation 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.


The York City Supporters' Trust would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the launch event such a great success.

In particular:

For their leadership and support for the Save City Campaign - Evening Press

For the provision of the venue and other support - City of York Council

For provision of goods and equipment - Saville Audio Visual and Jet Screen Printers

For their support and guidance throughout - Supporters' Direct

For the people who supported the Trust on the night - Steve McClaren, John Greenway, all the City stars

For the organisation of the event - the Save City Committee

For the vital support shown to the York City Supporters' Trust - everyone who attended the event and made it such a great occasion

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