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York City fans looking forward to memorable season
9:48am Saturday 18th August 2012 in News
Martyn Worden, of Bishopthorpe Road, with four York City season tickets for himself, his son, his daughter and his grandson
A BUMPER crowd is expected at Bootham Crescent this afternoon as York City return to the Football League after eight years in exile.
The Minstermen play host to Wycombe Wanderers today in the opening match of their League Two campaign, following their promotion at Wembley in May.
City director Sophie Hicks said: “We’re expecting an amazing atmosphere today, on what is definitely a momentous day in club history.
“It’s been eight long years, but now we’re back in the Football League, and can’t wait to embark on a new journey for York City and our loyal supporters.”
“Season ticket sales have increased by 50 per cent, which is fantastic, and we’ve had enormous support during the close season as well as last week in the League Cup at Doncaster. We’re expecting a big crowd today.”
The Lord Mayor of York, Keith Hyman , said: “After a momentous finish to last season, it’s great to see City back in the Football League and I have every confidence that with the structures now in place they will be back permanently. When the new stadium is up and running I can see even better times ahead. Good luck to all involved and let’s start with a win!”
City council leader James Alexander called last season’s achievements “incredible” and said: “I’m sure they will build on their success this season. We’re working hard to progress the York Community Stadium, which should give them a further boost this season in knowing they’ll soon have a new home with better facilities for players and supporters. Good luck to all the team!”
City fan Martyn Worden, of Bishopthorpe Road, who was among those collecting season tickets yesterday, said: “I’ve been taking my son, Simon, since he was eight, and I’ve been taking my grandson since he was seven. We’re all avid York City fans. I’m looking forward to a good season. I would be over the moon if we could get to the play-offs but I would probably settle for a top ten finish.”
The Archbishop of York , Dr John Sentamu, said: “Can I wish York City all the best for the new season in League Two – our first season back in the Football League for eight years.”