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York City players invited to civic reception at Mansion House today
YORK City stars have been invited to a civic reception at the Mansion House this lunchtime in celebration of their FA trophy victory.
Fans are being invited to come along to St Helen’s Square at 1pm to cheer the players as they stand on the Mansion House steps with the trophy.
York City spokeswoman Sophie Hicks said the players, manager and directors would leave Bootham Crescent at 12.30 pm and walk with the trophy up Bootham to the Mansion House.
She said the idea of travelling in an open-top bus had been considered but rejected, as it was felt to be inappropriate with York’s play-off final against Luton coming up at Wembley on Sunday.
“It will be quite a low-key affair,” she said.
Two fans complained to The Press about the timing of the Mansion House appearance. Sarah Stelling, who went to Saturday’s match with her children Evie, Jack, Amelie and Harry, said they would be at school and nursery and she would be at work at 1pm tomorrow, and so could not attend.
Her father John Rathmell said the players should not be involved in any victory celebrations until after the play-off match and should be training instead.
But Sophie said the club had not organised the visit to the Mansion House but been invited by the Lord Mayor, and the event would take place after the players had completed their usual training session.
Meanwhile, a rapping York fan has brought out another song to mark the team’s return to Wembley.
Chuitar’s song York City State of Mind boomed around the stadium on Saturday as City celebrated winning the FA Trophy, and an accompanying video has been viewed more than 27,000 times online.
His new song, York In Motion, is a tribute to England New Order’s seminal 1990 World Cup song, World In Motion.
“It was incredible for the Trophy song to be a little part of an incredible day for York on Saturday,” said Chuitar, alias Kit Simon. Let’s just hope York In Motion can help them get the same result on Sunday against Luton!”