York City sign Michael Rankine on loan

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STRIKER Michael Rankine today rejoined York City on loan from Aldershot.

The Doncaster-born forward, 28, is back at Bootham Crescent until the end of the npower League Two campaign.

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10:27am Tue 12 Feb 13

paintitred says...

A Bit of strength up front at last.

welcome back michael
A Bit of strength up front at last. welcome back michael paintitred
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10:28am Tue 12 Feb 13

PhilTopping says...

I'm sorry I can't support this transfer. He was nowhere near good enough for us last time, he's actually got worse since then. The thought of Rankine in a 433 makes me shudder.

And let nobody tell me "don't judge a player until he plays for City". I've seen this fella play 40+ times, I know his game back to front, and he's a very very poor choice.
I'm sorry I can't support this transfer. He was nowhere near good enough for us last time, he's actually got worse since then. The thought of Rankine in a 433 makes me shudder. And let nobody tell me "don't judge a player until he plays for City". I've seen this fella play 40+ times, I know his game back to front, and he's a very very poor choice. PhilTopping
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10:33am Tue 12 Feb 13

tips says...

I cannot agree Phil but football is all about opinion .
Welcome back Michael prove the knockers wrong and help keep this great club of ours where it belongs ....in the Football League.
I cannot agree Phil but football is all about opinion . Welcome back Michael prove the knockers wrong and help keep this great club of ours where it belongs ....in the Football League. tips
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10:37am Tue 12 Feb 13

paintitred says...

NEGATIVE NEGATIVE NEGATIVE. fgs give it a rest.


who do you think we should sign.

that
A . Is affordable
B is Available
D is what we are looking for

some fans moan for the sake of it.

and in the real world with wage cap Rankine is more than likely all we can afford.

give the guy a chance . Can he do any worse that whats been on show in front of goal this season. i very much doubt it.
It too you just 6 minutes to stick the boot in. Some fan eh!
NEGATIVE NEGATIVE NEGATIVE. fgs give it a rest. who do you think we should sign. that A . Is affordable B is Available D is what we are looking for some fans moan for the sake of it. and in the real world with wage cap Rankine is more than likely all we can afford. give the guy a chance . Can he do any worse that whats been on show in front of goal this season. i very much doubt it. It too you just 6 minutes to stick the boot in. Some fan eh! paintitred
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10:40am Tue 12 Feb 13

old_school_minsterman says...

Just the type of signing we needed and another good option to have on the bench. May not be a popular choice with all City fans as he was a love him or hate him divided opinion type of player. However, he wins his headers and can hold the ball up which none of the current attackers can do.

When he came on against York at BC a few weeks ago he won more headers in 15 minutes than any of York's front 6 did all game. Hopefully will add a plan B to our game!

Welcome back Ranks!
Just the type of signing we needed and another good option to have on the bench. May not be a popular choice with all City fans as he was a love him or hate him divided opinion type of player. However, he wins his headers and can hold the ball up which none of the current attackers can do. When he came on against York at BC a few weeks ago he won more headers in 15 minutes than any of York's front 6 did all game. Hopefully will add a plan B to our game! Welcome back Ranks! old_school_minsterman
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10:42am Tue 12 Feb 13

Fat Harry says...

Throughout this season, we've had no plan B.

Might Rankine's signing indicate that Mills is willing to try a different formation?

Welcome back Ranks, hope it works out - for all our sakes!
Throughout this season, we've had no plan B. Might Rankine's signing indicate that Mills is willing to try a different formation? Welcome back Ranks, hope it works out - for all our sakes! Fat Harry
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10:43am Tue 12 Feb 13

YCFC115 says...

Not my choice but a far better footballer than Reed so welcome back and hopefully will see us switch to 442!
Not my choice but a far better footballer than Reed so welcome back and hopefully will see us switch to 442! YCFC115
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10:46am Tue 12 Feb 13

YCFC am byth says...

Bang on paintitred. The negativity is unbelievable! Some fans (or are they trolls) need to wake up and smell the coffee!

Welcome back Michael!

We need to remember we are not owned by rich arabs and that Millsy is working under tight constraints that will always mean that some signings are a gamble and may not work out. Rankine will add some much needed beef and is very welcome!
Bang on paintitred. The negativity is unbelievable! Some fans (or are they trolls) need to wake up and smell the coffee! Welcome back Michael! We need to remember we are not owned by rich arabs and that Millsy is working under tight constraints that will always mean that some signings are a gamble and may not work out. Rankine will add some much needed beef and is very welcome! YCFC am byth
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10:48am Tue 12 Feb 13

York Manor says...

I thought it was a wind up when I read this, it smacks a bit of desperation, I phoned a mate and told him but made sure he was sat down before I threw it in the melting pot. Dont think this is the answer really, but stranger things have happened, we will no doubt be entertained to a football extrvaganza tonight, lets hope.
I thought it was a wind up when I read this, it smacks a bit of desperation, I phoned a mate and told him but made sure he was sat down before I threw it in the melting pot. Dont think this is the answer really, but stranger things have happened, we will no doubt be entertained to a football extrvaganza tonight, lets hope. York Manor
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10:49am Tue 12 Feb 13

Tug job says...

PhilTopping wrote:
I'm sorry I can't support this transfer. He was nowhere near good enough for us last time, he's actually got worse since then. The thought of Rankine in a 433 makes me shudder. And let nobody tell me "don't judge a player until he plays for City". I've seen this fella play 40+ times, I know his game back to front, and he's a very very poor choice.
Ha, ha, ha - typical! At least if we do go down you'll be able to say "told you so". Who do you realistically expect to sign? Come on, be proactive, rather than just moaning, name some names of strikers we can afford and who would want to come.
[quote][p][bold]PhilTopping[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry I can't support this transfer. He was nowhere near good enough for us last time, he's actually got worse since then. The thought of Rankine in a 433 makes me shudder. And let nobody tell me "don't judge a player until he plays for City". I've seen this fella play 40+ times, I know his game back to front, and he's a very very poor choice.[/p][/quote]Ha, ha, ha - typical! At least if we do go down you'll be able to say "told you so". Who do you realistically expect to sign? Come on, be proactive, rather than just moaning, name some names of strikers we can afford and who would want to come. Tug job
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10:56am Tue 12 Feb 13

redbluelion says...

It could work out ok.but its like going over old ground again..has mills really ran out of ideas..have to wait and see.i like Ranks but i don't see him being any better then what we already have.
It could work out ok.but its like going over old ground again..has mills really ran out of ideas..have to wait and see.i like Ranks but i don't see him being any better then what we already have. redbluelion
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11:10am Tue 12 Feb 13

OLD - HEAD says...

I never thought that Rankine was a great player, but after he left I felt that we became a bit lightweight up front. So on that basis I welcome him back. Because at least you know what you are getting with Michael.
I never thought that Rankine was a great player, but after he left I felt that we became a bit lightweight up front. So on that basis I welcome him back. Because at least you know what you are getting with Michael. OLD - HEAD
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11:13am Tue 12 Feb 13

jaycee says...

An excellent signing.He will provide a physical presence in the penalty area which we have sadly lacked all season and hopefully give opposing defenders a bit more work to do than at present.
An excellent signing.He will provide a physical presence in the penalty area which we have sadly lacked all season and hopefully give opposing defenders a bit more work to do than at present. jaycee
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11:14am Tue 12 Feb 13

RooBeck says...

Good signing - GM should get him straight into the side to-night and let's get some high balls up to him and for the other forwards to feed off the knock-downs and start putting the ball into the back of the net!! Welcome back Michael - a couple of strikes similar to the one you scored against Cambridge United in the FA Cup, will do nicely! This should also add a few more to to-night's attendance. COYR.
Good signing - GM should get him straight into the side to-night and let's get some high balls up to him and for the other forwards to feed off the knock-downs and start putting the ball into the back of the net!! Welcome back Michael - a couple of strikes similar to the one you scored against Cambridge United in the FA Cup, will do nicely! This should also add a few more to to-night's attendance. COYR. RooBeck
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11:21am Tue 12 Feb 13

rogue84 says...

i'd love to know which players people think we should be signing? perhaps we should rock up to Port Vale with a £1mil bid for Tom Pope? oh but wait...we have no money and we can only make loan signings due to the transfer window being shut.
lets live in the real world. we've been saying for 6 months that we could do with a target man, and despite Ranks not being the best footballer on the planet, he is strong, physical, aggressive and he enjoyed playing for City in the time he was here. sometimes returning to a club can give you an extra 10-20% in effort (chris smith an ideal example from last season).
i'd throw him straight in for tonights game and give the Gills defence a real battle. get Walker and Blair down each side and it could prove effective. it's not like we've got any other option at the minute is it!?
i'd love to know which players people think we should be signing? perhaps we should rock up to Port Vale with a £1mil bid for Tom Pope? oh but wait...we have no money and we can only make loan signings due to the transfer window being shut. lets live in the real world. we've been saying for 6 months that we could do with a target man, and despite Ranks not being the best footballer on the planet, he is strong, physical, aggressive and he enjoyed playing for City in the time he was here. sometimes returning to a club can give you an extra 10-20% in effort (chris smith an ideal example from last season). i'd throw him straight in for tonights game and give the Gills defence a real battle. get Walker and Blair down each side and it could prove effective. it's not like we've got any other option at the minute is it!? rogue84
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11:31am Tue 12 Feb 13

ADAMCUTHBERT says...

He might not be the greatest player to ever 'grace' BC!

But if nothing else he frightens the life out of defenders when running in on goal! I wouldn't want to mark him!
He might not be the greatest player to ever 'grace' BC! But if nothing else he frightens the life out of defenders when running in on goal! I wouldn't want to mark him! ADAMCUTHBERT
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11:31am Tue 12 Feb 13

old_school_minsterman says...

rogue84 wrote:
i'd love to know which players people think we should be signing? perhaps we should rock up to Port Vale with a £1mil bid for Tom Pope? oh but wait...we have no money and we can only make loan signings due to the transfer window being shut. lets live in the real world. we've been saying for 6 months that we could do with a target man, and despite Ranks not being the best footballer on the planet, he is strong, physical, aggressive and he enjoyed playing for City in the time he was here. sometimes returning to a club can give you an extra 10-20% in effort (chris smith an ideal example from last season). i'd throw him straight in for tonights game and give the Gills defence a real battle. get Walker and Blair down each side and it could prove effective. it's not like we've got any other option at the minute is it!?
Spot on with this comment. It has been too easy for too long playing against York's frontline so now there is pace along with strength to contend with.

Now Walker has a proper target man to play alongside what him start to score more goals from open play.
[quote][p][bold]rogue84[/bold] wrote: i'd love to know which players people think we should be signing? perhaps we should rock up to Port Vale with a £1mil bid for Tom Pope? oh but wait...we have no money and we can only make loan signings due to the transfer window being shut. lets live in the real world. we've been saying for 6 months that we could do with a target man, and despite Ranks not being the best footballer on the planet, he is strong, physical, aggressive and he enjoyed playing for City in the time he was here. sometimes returning to a club can give you an extra 10-20% in effort (chris smith an ideal example from last season). i'd throw him straight in for tonights game and give the Gills defence a real battle. get Walker and Blair down each side and it could prove effective. it's not like we've got any other option at the minute is it!?[/p][/quote]Spot on with this comment. It has been too easy for too long playing against York's frontline so now there is pace along with strength to contend with. Now Walker has a proper target man to play alongside what him start to score more goals from open play. old_school_minsterman
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11:33am Tue 12 Feb 13

Maltkiln says...

For ages people have been saying we need a forward who is big & strong, as we are too lightweight ... especially up front ! Now we sign a big, strong forward people are criticising it .... I just don't get it ?!! I for one welcome this signing and hope he takes on the role of strong bustling hold-up player for Walker to run off .... maybe then Walker will return to his goal-scoring powers of 18 months ago (I personally feel Walker's poor form has been due to the way in which he is asked to play ... not his ability). Although ... this would of course require a change in formation ?
For ages people have been saying we need a forward who is big & strong, as we are too lightweight ... especially up front ! Now we sign a big, strong forward people are criticising it .... I just don't get it ?!! I for one welcome this signing and hope he takes on the role of strong bustling hold-up player for Walker to run off .... maybe then Walker will return to his goal-scoring powers of 18 months ago (I personally feel Walker's poor form has been due to the way in which he is asked to play ... not his ability). Although ... this would of course require a change in formation ? Maltkiln
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11:33am Tue 12 Feb 13

roobarb85 says...

This isn't being negative - it's being realistic. I hope it all works out - but I just can't see the logic in it.Yes a big unit up front - just this big unit ????

1. Cliche but true - never go back to your old club: Smith and Bullock great examples of this.
2. MR wasn't great at scoring for us in the Conference - why would he be better now than then?
3. We've now got as a potential strike force two players who can't make the first team at Aldershot, who, last time I looked were one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league.
4. I don't understand all this 'we're skint' stuff. You mean worse off than Accrington/Morecambe
/Barnet/Rochdale to name but 4 who have much lower gates and have had no Wembley/Cup runs in the last few years ?
5. You might say 'If not MR then who.? Well I don't have a list of squad members off hand, but really, there's noone at Leeds/Bradford/Scunn
y/Donny/Hull etc that need a bit of first team game time?

Yes I really hope it all works out and yes get there and cheer 'em on...but really I'm baffled.
This isn't being negative - it's being realistic. I hope it all works out - but I just can't see the logic in it.Yes a big unit up front - just this big unit ???? 1. Cliche but true - never go back to your old club: Smith and Bullock great examples of this. 2. MR wasn't great at scoring for us in the Conference - why would he be better now than then? 3. We've now got as a potential strike force two players who can't make the first team at Aldershot, who, last time I looked were one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league. 4. I don't understand all this 'we're skint' stuff. You mean worse off than Accrington/Morecambe /Barnet/Rochdale to name but 4 who have much lower gates and have had no Wembley/Cup runs in the last few years ? 5. You might say 'If not MR then who.? Well I don't have a list of squad members off hand, but really, there's noone at Leeds/Bradford/Scunn y/Donny/Hull etc that need a bit of first team game time? Yes I really hope it all works out and yes get there and cheer 'em on...but really I'm baffled. roobarb85
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11:37am Tue 12 Feb 13

cityforthepremier says...

We need to be positive about this, this a great signing, when long high balls have been played forward in previous matches they have been easily picked off by big centre forwards, having Ranks will give us that extra dimension.
He may not get lots of goals but get us more oportunities to score, if there's a centre forward out there that can score lots of goals out there he will be playing for big money at a higher level. This is a good signing within our budget. He will work his socks off to get a deal beyond this season you can guarantee that & that the type of player we need. Can't wait to hear "we all love Rankine!" Again, welcome & all the best Ranks!
We need to be positive about this, this a great signing, when long high balls have been played forward in previous matches they have been easily picked off by big centre forwards, having Ranks will give us that extra dimension. He may not get lots of goals but get us more oportunities to score, if there's a centre forward out there that can score lots of goals out there he will be playing for big money at a higher level. This is a good signing within our budget. He will work his socks off to get a deal beyond this season you can guarantee that & that the type of player we need. Can't wait to hear "we all love Rankine!" Again, welcome & all the best Ranks! cityforthepremier
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11:49am Tue 12 Feb 13

class of 84 says...

first thouht was this reeks of desperation but, he is the 6 foot 2 centreforward york need, dont expect a lot of goals from him but he is exactly the type of player york need now and of course better the devil you know. good luck michael must be a much better bet than playing chris smith centre forward !
first thouht was this reeks of desperation but, he is the 6 foot 2 centreforward york need, dont expect a lot of goals from him but he is exactly the type of player york need now and of course better the devil you know. good luck michael must be a much better bet than playing chris smith centre forward ! class of 84
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11:51am Tue 12 Feb 13

Tug job says...

roobarb85 wrote:
This isn't being negative - it's being realistic. I hope it all works out - but I just can't see the logic in it.Yes a big unit up front - just this big unit ???? 1. Cliche but true - never go back to your old club: Smith and Bullock great examples of this. 2. MR wasn't great at scoring for us in the Conference - why would he be better now than then? 3. We've now got as a potential strike force two players who can't make the first team at Aldershot, who, last time I looked were one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league. 4. I don't understand all this 'we're skint' stuff. You mean worse off than Accrington/Morecambe /Barnet/Rochdale to name but 4 who have much lower gates and have had no Wembley/Cup runs in the last few years ? 5. You might say 'If not MR then who.? Well I don't have a list of squad members off hand, but really, there's noone at Leeds/Bradford/Scunn y/Donny/Hull etc that need a bit of first team game time? Yes I really hope it all works out and yes get there and cheer 'em on...but really I'm baffled.
Sigh:

1. There are plenty of examples of this working the other way, too, and players having great second spells with a club.
2. He has presence in the box, can win and hold the ball up to create for others -Walker has been asked to do this and has tried his best but he doesn't have the same physique
3. Potentially, yes, but unlikely to start together
4. Football finances haven't been solely dependent upon gates for at least a decade
5. It isn't only about who is available, it is also about who wants to come - players are not slaves, they have choice.

Sadly, will miss the match tonight as I'm working down in Cardiff but I shall be keeping my eye on the result. Here's hoping they win and, if they don't win, at least play well. COYR
[quote][p][bold]roobarb85[/bold] wrote: This isn't being negative - it's being realistic. I hope it all works out - but I just can't see the logic in it.Yes a big unit up front - just this big unit ???? 1. Cliche but true - never go back to your old club: Smith and Bullock great examples of this. 2. MR wasn't great at scoring for us in the Conference - why would he be better now than then? 3. We've now got as a potential strike force two players who can't make the first team at Aldershot, who, last time I looked were one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league. 4. I don't understand all this 'we're skint' stuff. You mean worse off than Accrington/Morecambe /Barnet/Rochdale to name but 4 who have much lower gates and have had no Wembley/Cup runs in the last few years ? 5. You might say 'If not MR then who.? Well I don't have a list of squad members off hand, but really, there's noone at Leeds/Bradford/Scunn y/Donny/Hull etc that need a bit of first team game time? Yes I really hope it all works out and yes get there and cheer 'em on...but really I'm baffled.[/p][/quote]Sigh: 1. There are plenty of examples of this working the other way, too, and players having great second spells with a club. 2. He has presence in the box, can win and hold the ball up to create for others -Walker has been asked to do this and has tried his best but he doesn't have the same physique 3. Potentially, yes, but unlikely to start together 4. Football finances haven't been solely dependent upon gates for at least a decade 5. It isn't only about who is available, it is also about who wants to come - players are not slaves, they have choice. Sadly, will miss the match tonight as I'm working down in Cardiff but I shall be keeping my eye on the result. Here's hoping they win and, if they don't win, at least play well. COYR Tug job
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11:54am Tue 12 Feb 13

Colin Pratt says...

Finally something different up front. A big problem for defenders which will hopefully free up Walker to do what he can do best. That Said, If Mills starts with the same personell as Wycome he needs his head looking at. Rankine and Walker have to start in a 4-4-2 tonight. But that just wont happen will it? Oh dear another night of misery in store no doubt. If the club did refunds on season tickets I'd happily bite their hand off, FACT.
Finally something different up front. A big problem for defenders which will hopefully free up Walker to do what he can do best. That Said, If Mills starts with the same personell as Wycome he needs his head looking at. Rankine and Walker have to start in a 4-4-2 tonight. But that just wont happen will it? Oh dear another night of misery in store no doubt. If the club did refunds on season tickets I'd happily bite their hand off, FACT. Colin Pratt
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11:59am Tue 12 Feb 13

Southern Exile says...

How about 4-4-2 with Blair and Chambers out wide and Ranks and Walker through the middle...?
How about 4-4-2 with Blair and Chambers out wide and Ranks and Walker through the middle...? Southern Exile
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12:18pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Tug job says...

Colin Pratt wrote:
Finally something different up front. A big problem for defenders which will hopefully free up Walker to do what he can do best. That Said, If Mills starts with the same personell as Wycome he needs his head looking at. Rankine and Walker have to start in a 4-4-2 tonight. But that just wont happen will it? Oh dear another night of misery in store no doubt. If the club did refunds on season tickets I'd happily bite their hand off, FACT.
[quote][p][bold]Colin Pratt[/bold] wrote: Finally something different up front. A big problem for defenders which will hopefully free up Walker to do what he can do best. That Said, If Mills starts with the same personell as Wycome he needs his head looking at. Rankine and Walker have to start in a 4-4-2 tonight. But that just wont happen will it? Oh dear another night of misery in store no doubt. If the club did refunds on season tickets I'd happily bite their hand off, FACT.[/p][/quote][shakes head and rolls eyes!] Tug job
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12:24pm Tue 12 Feb 13

rogue84 says...

roobarb85 i can see the reason for asking those questions, but in response...

1. Smith is an example of how it DID work, he was excellent last season in the final few months.
2. Ranks scored a goal every 4 games for us, not the best, but certainly not awful...and the key thing during his spell was that both Brodie and Reed (albeit just for 4 months) were prolific when playing alongside him....we must hope Walker will be as well.
3. Using Aldershot's record doesn't really mean too much as all teams play differently in terms of formation and creativity etc.
4. Accrington are a good example, but they have been a settled league side for many years, they have adapted to the rigours of the division. however, they are below us in the league, as are Barnet. Rochdale were in L1 last season i believe so had bigger gate-receipts coming in. Remember we basically didn't make any money from the trips to Wembley, see the financial figures.
5. If we went to a local club and brought in a striker with no first team/league experience, people wouldn't be happy with that either.

p.s enjoying the fact that you've raised your opinions in this way, unlike some others who just charge in with the 'mills out' banner.
roobarb85 i can see the reason for asking those questions, but in response... 1. Smith is an example of how it DID work, he was excellent last season in the final few months. 2. Ranks scored a goal every 4 games for us, not the best, but certainly not awful...and the key thing during his spell was that both Brodie and Reed (albeit just for 4 months) were prolific when playing alongside him....we must hope Walker will be as well. 3. Using Aldershot's record doesn't really mean too much as all teams play differently in terms of formation and creativity etc. 4. Accrington are a good example, but they have been a settled league side for many years, they have adapted to the rigours of the division. however, they are below us in the league, as are Barnet. Rochdale were in L1 last season i believe so had bigger gate-receipts coming in. Remember we basically didn't make any money from the trips to Wembley, see the financial figures. 5. If we went to a local club and brought in a striker with no first team/league experience, people wouldn't be happy with that either. p.s enjoying the fact that you've raised your opinions in this way, unlike some others who just charge in with the 'mills out' banner. rogue84
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12:34pm Tue 12 Feb 13

iandwightbenton says...

Yes !
Walker needs this kind of help and Rankine is perfect and hard working.

Makes our lightweights look a little tougher too.

Watch out subway !!
Yes ! Walker needs this kind of help and Rankine is perfect and hard working. Makes our lightweights look a little tougher too. Watch out subway !! iandwightbenton
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12:36pm Tue 12 Feb 13

YorkCityLuke says...

Good signing hopefully, a plan B option that provides something different.
Good signing hopefully, a plan B option that provides something different. YorkCityLuke
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12:36pm Tue 12 Feb 13

The_Baron89 says...

rogue84 wrote:
roobarb85 i can see the reason for asking those questions, but in response... 1. Smith is an example of how it DID work, he was excellent last season in the final few months. 2. Ranks scored a goal every 4 games for us, not the best, but certainly not awful...and the key thing during his spell was that both Brodie and Reed (albeit just for 4 months) were prolific when playing alongside him....we must hope Walker will be as well. 3. Using Aldershot's record doesn't really mean too much as all teams play differently in terms of formation and creativity etc. 4. Accrington are a good example, but they have been a settled league side for many years, they have adapted to the rigours of the division. however, they are below us in the league, as are Barnet. Rochdale were in L1 last season i believe so had bigger gate-receipts coming in. Remember we basically didn't make any money from the trips to Wembley, see the financial figures. 5. If we went to a local club and brought in a striker with no first team/league experience, people wouldn't be happy with that either. p.s enjoying the fact that you've raised your opinions in this way, unlike some others who just charge in with the 'mills out' banner.
Pretty sure he means Jonathan Smith to be fair
[quote][p][bold]rogue84[/bold] wrote: roobarb85 i can see the reason for asking those questions, but in response... 1. Smith is an example of how it DID work, he was excellent last season in the final few months. 2. Ranks scored a goal every 4 games for us, not the best, but certainly not awful...and the key thing during his spell was that both Brodie and Reed (albeit just for 4 months) were prolific when playing alongside him....we must hope Walker will be as well. 3. Using Aldershot's record doesn't really mean too much as all teams play differently in terms of formation and creativity etc. 4. Accrington are a good example, but they have been a settled league side for many years, they have adapted to the rigours of the division. however, they are below us in the league, as are Barnet. Rochdale were in L1 last season i believe so had bigger gate-receipts coming in. Remember we basically didn't make any money from the trips to Wembley, see the financial figures. 5. If we went to a local club and brought in a striker with no first team/league experience, people wouldn't be happy with that either. p.s enjoying the fact that you've raised your opinions in this way, unlike some others who just charge in with the 'mills out' banner.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure he means Jonathan Smith to be fair The_Baron89
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12:37pm Tue 12 Feb 13

alimount says...

This signing can only be seen as a positive.
Finally, Gary is admitting he was wrong. This could be the catalyst for him to try a Plan B.
He didn't want Ranks, now he does. The worm has changed, get behind the team tonight.
This signing can only be seen as a positive. Finally, Gary is admitting he was wrong. This could be the catalyst for him to try a Plan B. He didn't want Ranks, now he does. The worm has changed, get behind the team tonight. alimount
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12:39pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Dortmun says...

Considering we have no money to spend on the tall strong premier league striker that a lot of people think we should get Rankine would appear a excellent choice. 1. He is tall. 2. He is strong. 3. He wins headers. 4. He can hold the ball. 5 He will keep defenders busy leaving space for others. 6 He knows the club well so should have no problems settling in.
On the down side he does not score a lot of goals, but if he has been brought back to play as I would hope in a 442 system as the main striker with walker playing off him I am sure he will create chances for Walker, Blair, Chambers etc. So all in all things look positive. IF WE PLAY 442.
Considering we have no money to spend on the tall strong premier league striker that a lot of people think we should get Rankine would appear a excellent choice. 1. He is tall. 2. He is strong. 3. He wins headers. 4. He can hold the ball. 5 He will keep defenders busy leaving space for others. 6 He knows the club well so should have no problems settling in. On the down side he does not score a lot of goals, but if he has been brought back to play as I would hope in a 442 system as the main striker with walker playing off him I am sure he will create chances for Walker, Blair, Chambers etc. So all in all things look positive. IF WE PLAY 442. Dortmun
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12:40pm Tue 12 Feb 13

rogue84 says...

ok I do accept J.Smith didn't work!
ok I do accept J.Smith didn't work! rogue84
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12:42pm Tue 12 Feb 13

jimmy120883 says...

Potentially a good move by Mills if we get the good side out of Rankine that we all know he has got. But we also know the other side to Rankines game. He may not score many but when he does they are sometimes special as i can think of two that have to be up there with the best goals ive ever seen.
If you look at when Brodie and Rankine played together i don't think Brodie would have got half the goals he did if it wasn't for Ranks with the flick ons and dragging defenders to create space for brodie so hopefully he's coming back to prove a point to the fans and Mills and we get the good side out of him for the remainder of the season.
Potentially a good move by Mills if we get the good side out of Rankine that we all know he has got. But we also know the other side to Rankines game. He may not score many but when he does they are sometimes special as i can think of two that have to be up there with the best goals ive ever seen. If you look at when Brodie and Rankine played together i don't think Brodie would have got half the goals he did if it wasn't for Ranks with the flick ons and dragging defenders to create space for brodie so hopefully he's coming back to prove a point to the fans and Mills and we get the good side out of him for the remainder of the season. jimmy120883
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12:56pm Tue 12 Feb 13

PhilR@Strike says...

Went to the Wycombe game over the weekend and was well down in the dumps! With these two new signings now much more excited! Welcome back Michael and good move GM! Mind please don't think of not playing him and sticking with the lone striker option. Don't think the fans would ever forgive you! Just saying?
Went to the Wycombe game over the weekend and was well down in the dumps! With these two new signings now much more excited! Welcome back Michael and good move GM! Mind please don't think of not playing him and sticking with the lone striker option. Don't think the fans would ever forgive you! Just saying? PhilR@Strike
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1:04pm Tue 12 Feb 13

1968expat says...

roobarb85 wrote:
This isn't being negative - it's being realistic. I hope it all works out - but I just can't see the logic in it.Yes a big unit up front - just this big unit ????

1. Cliche but true - never go back to your old club: Smith and Bullock great examples of this.
2. MR wasn't great at scoring for us in the Conference - why would he be better now than then?
3. We've now got as a potential strike force two players who can't make the first team at Aldershot, who, last time I looked were one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league.
4. I don't understand all this 'we're skint' stuff. You mean worse off than Accrington/Morecambe

/Barnet/Rochdale to name but 4 who have much lower gates and have had no Wembley/Cup runs in the last few years ?
5. You might say 'If not MR then who.? Well I don't have a list of squad members off hand, but really, there's noone at Leeds/Bradford/Scunn

y/Donny/Hull etc that need a bit of first team game time?

Yes I really hope it all works out and yes get there and cheer 'em on...but really I'm baffled.
Answer to your number 1 quote

PAUL AIMSON!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]roobarb85[/bold] wrote: This isn't being negative - it's being realistic. I hope it all works out - but I just can't see the logic in it.Yes a big unit up front - just this big unit ???? 1. Cliche but true - never go back to your old club: Smith and Bullock great examples of this. 2. MR wasn't great at scoring for us in the Conference - why would he be better now than then? 3. We've now got as a potential strike force two players who can't make the first team at Aldershot, who, last time I looked were one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league. 4. I don't understand all this 'we're skint' stuff. You mean worse off than Accrington/Morecambe /Barnet/Rochdale to name but 4 who have much lower gates and have had no Wembley/Cup runs in the last few years ? 5. You might say 'If not MR then who.? Well I don't have a list of squad members off hand, but really, there's noone at Leeds/Bradford/Scunn y/Donny/Hull etc that need a bit of first team game time? Yes I really hope it all works out and yes get there and cheer 'em on...but really I'm baffled.[/p][/quote]Answer to your number 1 quote PAUL AIMSON!!!!!!!!! 1968expat
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1:07pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Phil, Leeds says...

Fantastic signing, exactly what we need and you know what you'll get from Ranks. Let's all give him a massive welcome back tonight.
Fantastic signing, exactly what we need and you know what you'll get from Ranks. Let's all give him a massive welcome back tonight. Phil, Leeds
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1:24pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Edsoni says...

Dortmun wrote:
Considering we have no money to spend on the tall strong premier league striker that a lot of people think we should get Rankine would appear a excellent choice. 1. He is tall. 2. He is strong. 3. He wins headers. 4. He can hold the ball. 5 He will keep defenders busy leaving space for others. 6 He knows the club well so should have no problems settling in.
On the down side he does not score a lot of goals, but if he has been brought back to play as I would hope in a 442 system as the main striker with walker playing off him I am sure he will create chances for Walker, Blair, Chambers etc. So all in all things look positive. IF WE PLAY 442.
Agree with most of this except point 4.
Rankine is a kind of lower league Heskey - he doesn't score that many goals, he doesn't link play, but on his day he gives defenders so many problems that others should be able to benefit. Defensively at set pieces he is usually a benefit also.
The question is how many times will our games coincide with him on his day?
For me the big problem this quarter has been the isolation of the man at the front. We need our central attackers to be closer together whether they're coming from midfield (a la Lampard) or in the hole behind the point of the diamond. With Rankine, his relative lack of mobility may actually be a benefit as Mills takes a pragmatic approach to the run in. It looks like the spine of the team has been strengthened this week. And the squad has a much more experienced look about it.
The yellowbacks,doom mongers and those with personal agendas will no doubt be queuing to share their bile with us if it doesn't click straight away but we certainly cannot accuse the club of sitting on their hands.
[quote][p][bold]Dortmun[/bold] wrote: Considering we have no money to spend on the tall strong premier league striker that a lot of people think we should get Rankine would appear a excellent choice. 1. He is tall. 2. He is strong. 3. He wins headers. 4. He can hold the ball. 5 He will keep defenders busy leaving space for others. 6 He knows the club well so should have no problems settling in. On the down side he does not score a lot of goals, but if he has been brought back to play as I would hope in a 442 system as the main striker with walker playing off him I am sure he will create chances for Walker, Blair, Chambers etc. So all in all things look positive. IF WE PLAY 442.[/p][/quote]Agree with most of this except point 4. Rankine is a kind of lower league Heskey - he doesn't score that many goals, he doesn't link play, but on his day he gives defenders so many problems that others should be able to benefit. Defensively at set pieces he is usually a benefit also. The question is how many times will our games coincide with him on his day? For me the big problem this quarter has been the isolation of the man at the front. We need our central attackers to be closer together whether they're coming from midfield (a la Lampard) or in the hole behind the point of the diamond. With Rankine, his relative lack of mobility may actually be a benefit as Mills takes a pragmatic approach to the run in. It looks like the spine of the team has been strengthened this week. And the squad has a much more experienced look about it. The yellowbacks,doom mongers and those with personal agendas will no doubt be queuing to share their bile with us if it doesn't click straight away but we certainly cannot accuse the club of sitting on their hands. Edsoni
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1:34pm Tue 12 Feb 13

IntelXXX says...

Lets judge at the end of the season. If we finish 3rd from bottom and stay in the division then that will do for me.

We don't have any control over who Mills brings in or what formation he plays. All I can say is he knows far more about managing a professional football team than we do.

I always said this season was going to be very very tough and I'm afraid we will be in a relegation dog fight there is no doubt about that.
Lets judge at the end of the season. If we finish 3rd from bottom and stay in the division then that will do for me. We don't have any control over who Mills brings in or what formation he plays. All I can say is he knows far more about managing a professional football team than we do. I always said this season was going to be very very tough and I'm afraid we will be in a relegation dog fight there is no doubt about that. IntelXXX
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1:55pm Tue 12 Feb 13

oldmanvecrayke says...

I'm really pleased to see Rankine back.Whenever I saw him play, he always seemed to work very hard. He's certainly a handful and I hope along with the new lad from Burton he puts some steel and spirit back into the side. I hope we play 4 4 2 with Blair and Chambers getting to the byline and whipping some crosses in. Im going tonight and I hope plenty of others do cos we need to get behind the boys and support them, not slag them off as an awful lot come on here just to do!!!!!!!!
I'm really pleased to see Rankine back.Whenever I saw him play, he always seemed to work very hard. He's certainly a handful and I hope along with the new lad from Burton he puts some steel and spirit back into the side. I hope we play 4 4 2 with Blair and Chambers getting to the byline and whipping some crosses in. Im going tonight and I hope plenty of others do cos we need to get behind the boys and support them, not slag them off as an awful lot come on here just to do!!!!!!!! oldmanvecrayke
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2:05pm Tue 12 Feb 13

openallhours says...

Phil, Leeds wrote:
Fantastic signing, exactly what we need and you know what you'll get from Ranks. Let's all give him a massive welcome back tonight.
Totally agree and I think we've missed this type of player for quite a while. I've mentioned before that I'd happily have Rankine back so lets hope he shows us all what we've been missing.
[quote][p][bold]Phil, Leeds[/bold] wrote: Fantastic signing, exactly what we need and you know what you'll get from Ranks. Let's all give him a massive welcome back tonight.[/p][/quote]Totally agree and I think we've missed this type of player for quite a while. I've mentioned before that I'd happily have Rankine back so lets hope he shows us all what we've been missing. openallhours
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2:19pm Tue 12 Feb 13

big mobe says...

Must be dreaming ! said to some of the guys in the Longhurst,"We need a big striker up front,lets get Rankine back!
all I* can say is be carefull what you wish for!
Must be dreaming ! said to some of the guys in the Longhurst,"We need a big striker up front,lets get Rankine back! all I* can say is be carefull what you wish for! big mobe
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2:38pm Tue 12 Feb 13

joejamestom says...

Lots of differing opinions but he is kind of like getting Brodie back but without the pace so I guess as long as we can play to his strengths play another better footballer with some pace alongside he should give the opposing CBs a different problem to pushing JW in the back to win the ball.
GM has done something and got a bit of physical presence up front as we all thought was missing he just needs to adapt the tactics to suit the players he has just cannot be used as JW is.
Welcome back Ranks I hope you have a great end to the season with us. Cmon City!!!
Lots of differing opinions but he is kind of like getting Brodie back but without the pace so I guess as long as we can play to his strengths play another better footballer with some pace alongside he should give the opposing CBs a different problem to pushing JW in the back to win the ball. GM has done something and got a bit of physical presence up front as we all thought was missing he just needs to adapt the tactics to suit the players he has just cannot be used as JW is. Welcome back Ranks I hope you have a great end to the season with us. Cmon City!!! joejamestom
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2:40pm Tue 12 Feb 13

pip007 says...

Rankine and McDaid up front. Our own version of Heskey and Owen, Toshak and Keegan, and dare I say Walwyn and Byrne (OK, maybe not). Give Walker a rest, he's not delivering the goods.
Rankine and McDaid up front. Our own version of Heskey and Owen, Toshak and Keegan, and dare I say Walwyn and Byrne (OK, maybe not). Give Walker a rest, he's not delivering the goods. pip007
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2:42pm Tue 12 Feb 13

YoRkIe59 says...

well ive got to be honest and say my first reaction to this signing wasn,t great,didnt rate him in the conference and contrary to some i dont agree his effort was always what it could have been,i also didnt feel he really knew how to use his natural size and stature.but he is exactly the kind of player people have been crying out for,and h,mm lets see we are into feb looking more than a bit shaky.no money to spend.we are running out of options.and wether i or others on here rate Rankine or not its a certainty that defenders take a look at him and think omg.that in itself must take half the pressure and attention off Jason Walker or whoever else is up front.we arn,t scoring at the moment so even if he dosnt score but proves a distraction for someone else to do so hes got to be worth a try.If he,d been kept i rather think he woud have been who the fans had been shouting for some time ago.i dont even think it makes much difference a division higher i imagine league 2 defenders would be every bit as un impressed by facing the likes of Rankine as conference defenders.Welcome back Michael Rankine and lets hope this is the signing Gary Mills has got spot on. I would however have to disagree with the post stating that Rankine is a far better footballer than Reed though they are both players who divide opinion that not many can,and i rarely agree with that particulars posters opinion.Lets just hope whatever happens tonight players manager and fans are all together which is what we are going to need to pull things round.
well ive got to be honest and say my first reaction to this signing wasn,t great,didnt rate him in the conference and contrary to some i dont agree his effort was always what it could have been,i also didnt feel he really knew how to use his natural size and stature.but he is exactly the kind of player people have been crying out for,and h,mm lets see we are into feb looking more than a bit shaky.no money to spend.we are running out of options.and wether i or others on here rate Rankine or not its a certainty that defenders take a look at him and think omg.that in itself must take half the pressure and attention off Jason Walker or whoever else is up front.we arn,t scoring at the moment so even if he dosnt score but proves a distraction for someone else to do so hes got to be worth a try.If he,d been kept i rather think he woud have been who the fans had been shouting for some time ago.i dont even think it makes much difference a division higher i imagine league 2 defenders would be every bit as un impressed by facing the likes of Rankine as conference defenders.Welcome back Michael Rankine and lets hope this is the signing Gary Mills has got spot on. I would however have to disagree with the post stating that Rankine is a far better footballer than Reed though they are both players who divide opinion that not many can,and i rarely agree with that particulars posters opinion.Lets just hope whatever happens tonight players manager and fans are all together which is what we are going to need to pull things round. YoRkIe59
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2:43pm Tue 12 Feb 13

tomwillo1 says...

IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!!
IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!! tomwillo1
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2:46pm Tue 12 Feb 13

pip007 says...

Here's two thoughts for the Mills-bashers to ponder. 1. The manager has far less effect on the performance of a team than people realise. The players are the main factor in the outcome of a football match and sheer luck is the second most important factor. It's a statistical fact and I can prove it. 2. Mills may well have made mistakes in his first season in L2 ... and that's precisely why we must keep him and not replace him with someone who will make the mistakes all over again. We won't go down. 22nd place is a satisfactory result for this season.
Here's two thoughts for the Mills-bashers to ponder. 1. The manager has far less effect on the performance of a team than people realise. The players are the main factor in the outcome of a football match and sheer luck is the second most important factor. It's a statistical fact and I can prove it. 2. Mills may well have made mistakes in his first season in L2 ... and that's precisely why we must keep him and not replace him with someone who will make the mistakes all over again. We won't go down. 22nd place is a satisfactory result for this season. pip007
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3:01pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Southern Exile says...

Prediction for tonight 2-1 to City, Chambers to get the 1st, Gills to equalise, Rankine to get the winner in the last ten mins :)
Prediction for tonight 2-1 to City, Chambers to get the 1st, Gills to equalise, Rankine to get the winner in the last ten mins :) Southern Exile
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3:04pm Tue 12 Feb 13

pip007 says...

I do have one question ... maybe someone can explain. How are we able to make signings after the transfer window has closed at the end of January?
I do have one question ... maybe someone can explain. How are we able to make signings after the transfer window has closed at the end of January? pip007
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3:10pm Tue 12 Feb 13

The_Baron89 says...

pip007 wrote:
I do have one question ... maybe someone can explain. How are we able to make signings after the transfer window has closed at the end of January?
The window for loan deals has now opened. These players have been signed on loan until the end of the season.
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: I do have one question ... maybe someone can explain. How are we able to make signings after the transfer window has closed at the end of January?[/p][/quote]The window for loan deals has now opened. These players have been signed on loan until the end of the season. The_Baron89
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3:11pm Tue 12 Feb 13

pip007 says...

The_Baron89 wrote:
pip007 wrote:
I do have one question ... maybe someone can explain. How are we able to make signings after the transfer window has closed at the end of January?
The window for loan deals has now opened. These players have been signed on loan until the end of the season.
Thanks.
[quote][p][bold]The_Baron89[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: I do have one question ... maybe someone can explain. How are we able to make signings after the transfer window has closed at the end of January?[/p][/quote]The window for loan deals has now opened. These players have been signed on loan until the end of the season.[/p][/quote]Thanks. pip007
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3:33pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Budgie says...

I dont care if we play Plan Z ,all I know Rankine will give his all. Lets get behind him he is an all hearted player.
I dont care if we play Plan Z ,all I know Rankine will give his all. Lets get behind him he is an all hearted player. Budgie
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4:09pm Tue 12 Feb 13

TerryYork says...

I think Ranks will add a very useful dimension to our team.
I think Ranks will add a very useful dimension to our team. TerryYork
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4:10pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Badger43 says...

A good signing shame could not get Brodie at the same time ! Having seen how easy we were pushed off the ball on Saturday and size of other signings this has to be a positive move. He not a great goal scorer but hopefully others can play off him. Let's hope Kerr is also dropped tonight aswell as Walker and let's have some competition for places. Chambers is also back and lets hope Ty is back soon and we can start to steady the ship
A good signing shame could not get Brodie at the same time ! Having seen how easy we were pushed off the ball on Saturday and size of other signings this has to be a positive move. He not a great goal scorer but hopefully others can play off him. Let's hope Kerr is also dropped tonight aswell as Walker and let's have some competition for places. Chambers is also back and lets hope Ty is back soon and we can start to steady the ship Badger43
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4:12pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Maltkiln says...

The_Baron89 wrote:
pip007 wrote:
I do have one question ... maybe someone can explain. How are we able to make signings after the transfer window has closed at the end of January?
The window for loan deals has now opened. These players have been signed on loan until the end of the season.
Rankine is until the end of the season ... the Burton midfielder is just for a month !
[quote][p][bold]The_Baron89[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: I do have one question ... maybe someone can explain. How are we able to make signings after the transfer window has closed at the end of January?[/p][/quote]The window for loan deals has now opened. These players have been signed on loan until the end of the season.[/p][/quote]Rankine is until the end of the season ... the Burton midfielder is just for a month ! Maltkiln
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4:16pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Maltkiln says...

Maltkiln wrote:
The_Baron89 wrote:
pip007 wrote:
I do have one question ... maybe someone can explain. How are we able to make signings after the transfer window has closed at the end of January?
The window for loan deals has now opened. These players have been signed on loan until the end of the season.
Rankine is until the end of the season ... the Burton midfielder is just for a month !
I just checked this ... the Press state that McGrath is here until the end of the season, but minstermen.net states he is here on a one month loan ... which one is correct ?
[quote][p][bold]Maltkiln[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The_Baron89[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: I do have one question ... maybe someone can explain. How are we able to make signings after the transfer window has closed at the end of January?[/p][/quote]The window for loan deals has now opened. These players have been signed on loan until the end of the season.[/p][/quote]Rankine is until the end of the season ... the Burton midfielder is just for a month ![/p][/quote]I just checked this ... the Press state that McGrath is here until the end of the season, but minstermen.net states he is here on a one month loan ... which one is correct ? Maltkiln
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4:27pm Tue 12 Feb 13

arsene.about.york says...

tomwillo1 wrote:
IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!!
In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid.
[quote][p][bold]tomwillo1[/bold] wrote: IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!![/p][/quote]In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid. arsene.about.york
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4:32pm Tue 12 Feb 13

missionfromarry says...

Lets hope we just don't revert to knocking high balls into him, which is what it appears some want on here. However if he can hold it up for others, great......like the lad, tries really hard, like Reed, but never really rated him....i really want him to prove me wrong this time....
Lets hope we just don't revert to knocking high balls into him, which is what it appears some want on here. However if he can hold it up for others, great......like the lad, tries really hard, like Reed, but never really rated him....i really want him to prove me wrong this time.... missionfromarry
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4:40pm Tue 12 Feb 13

haxbyreds says...

I like every other York fan has been complaining that we have no plan b and need a big brute to stop being bullied,is that not Rankine main quality and I think it's a great signing and feel a lot more positive about this season,
I like every other York fan has been complaining that we have no plan b and need a big brute to stop being bullied,is that not Rankine main quality and I think it's a great signing and feel a lot more positive about this season, haxbyreds
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4:48pm Tue 12 Feb 13

AB- says...

Well Well Well, Defeat tonight for sure, McDonald will score 2 for Gillingham, Rankine will start on bench and come on for last 10 minutes. Final score 3-1 to the Gills

McGill will call an urgent Board meeting tomorrow and Mills and Co will be sacked on Thursday, Yipee
Well Well Well, Defeat tonight for sure, McDonald will score 2 for Gillingham, Rankine will start on bench and come on for last 10 minutes. Final score 3-1 to the Gills McGill will call an urgent Board meeting tomorrow and Mills and Co will be sacked on Thursday, Yipee AB-
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5:05pm Tue 12 Feb 13

tips says...

My Goodness AB what negativity in the extreme dare I ask if you are a SUPPORTER ?
My Goodness AB what negativity in the extreme dare I ask if you are a SUPPORTER ? tips
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5:23pm Tue 12 Feb 13

AB- says...

For over 50 years I been a follower tips, predicted the debacle on Saturday, more of the same to sit through 2nite I fear, roll on the new era on Saturday.
For over 50 years I been a follower tips, predicted the debacle on Saturday, more of the same to sit through 2nite I fear, roll on the new era on Saturday. AB-
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5:28pm Tue 12 Feb 13

bartsimmo says...

Southern Exile wrote:
How about 4-4-2 with Blair and Chambers out wide and Ranks and Walker through the middle...?
would have been better with Rankine and Reed through the middle!
[quote][p][bold]Southern Exile[/bold] wrote: How about 4-4-2 with Blair and Chambers out wide and Ranks and Walker through the middle...?[/p][/quote]would have been better with Rankine and Reed through the middle! bartsimmo
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5:30pm Tue 12 Feb 13

tips says...

Well if your predictions come true AB I sincerely hope you put in for the job as your 50 years experience will be invaluable in bringing success to our club.
Well if your predictions come true AB I sincerely hope you put in for the job as your 50 years experience will be invaluable in bringing success to our club. tips
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5:31pm Tue 12 Feb 13

bartsimmo says...

alimount wrote:
This signing can only be seen as a positive.
Finally, Gary is admitting he was wrong. This could be the catalyst for him to try a Plan B.
He didn't want Ranks, now he does. The worm has changed, get behind the team tonight.
It wasnt that Gary didnt want Ranks it was merely the fact we had a cash bid for him from a football league outfit and could not refuse the guy a chance in the league! I for one didnt want him to go first time round and certainly welcome him back now. Just a shame Reed is not in attendance as Walker must be due an injury, not that his presence would be missed anyway of late!
[quote][p][bold]alimount[/bold] wrote: This signing can only be seen as a positive. Finally, Gary is admitting he was wrong. This could be the catalyst for him to try a Plan B. He didn't want Ranks, now he does. The worm has changed, get behind the team tonight.[/p][/quote]It wasnt that Gary didnt want Ranks it was merely the fact we had a cash bid for him from a football league outfit and could not refuse the guy a chance in the league! I for one didnt want him to go first time round and certainly welcome him back now. Just a shame Reed is not in attendance as Walker must be due an injury, not that his presence would be missed anyway of late! bartsimmo
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5:34pm Tue 12 Feb 13

duffy says...

Sadly just another sign of how badly this season has gone downhill. Rankine was not even an ever present for us in the conference and can't hit a barn door from five yards and has cant get a game for a team below us in the league.Yes he has a physical presence which we do need but as stated elsewhere Mills has signed one hell of a lot of players and we look no better. Rankin might make an early impression as he often does but its more and more just a case of hanging on now, its obvious any ambition has gone well and truly out the window.
Sadly just another sign of how badly this season has gone downhill. Rankine was not even an ever present for us in the conference and can't hit a barn door from five yards and has cant get a game for a team below us in the league.Yes he has a physical presence which we do need but as stated elsewhere Mills has signed one hell of a lot of players and we look no better. Rankin might make an early impression as he often does but its more and more just a case of hanging on now, its obvious any ambition has gone well and truly out the window. duffy
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5:35pm Tue 12 Feb 13

bartsimmo says...

pip007 wrote:
Rankine and McDaid up front. Our own version of Heskey and Owen, Toshak and Keegan, and dare I say Walwyn and Byrne (OK, maybe not). Give Walker a rest, he's not delivering the goods.
Quinn and Philips maybe???
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: Rankine and McDaid up front. Our own version of Heskey and Owen, Toshak and Keegan, and dare I say Walwyn and Byrne (OK, maybe not). Give Walker a rest, he's not delivering the goods.[/p][/quote]Quinn and Philips maybe??? bartsimmo
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5:40pm Tue 12 Feb 13

bartsimmo says...

arsene.about.york wrote:
tomwillo1 wrote:
IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!!
In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid.
He cant get in the Aldershot team for the same reason Reed couldnt get in our team. The manager was blind or down right stupid.
[quote][p][bold]arsene.about.york[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomwillo1[/bold] wrote: IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!![/p][/quote]In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid.[/p][/quote]He cant get in the Aldershot team for the same reason Reed couldnt get in our team. The manager was blind or down right stupid. bartsimmo
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5:43pm Tue 12 Feb 13

bartsimmo says...

duffy wrote:
Sadly just another sign of how badly this season has gone downhill. Rankine was not even an ever present for us in the conference and can't hit a barn door from five yards and has cant get a game for a team below us in the league.Yes he has a physical presence which we do need but as stated elsewhere Mills has signed one hell of a lot of players and we look no better. Rankin might make an early impression as he often does but its more and more just a case of hanging on now, its obvious any ambition has gone well and truly out the window.
To be honest Duffs when we signed Rodman I said we should have signed Rankine instead, I believe I was right too. Now we just need a brute at the back and one in midfield to stop us being bullied.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: Sadly just another sign of how badly this season has gone downhill. Rankine was not even an ever present for us in the conference and can't hit a barn door from five yards and has cant get a game for a team below us in the league.Yes he has a physical presence which we do need but as stated elsewhere Mills has signed one hell of a lot of players and we look no better. Rankin might make an early impression as he often does but its more and more just a case of hanging on now, its obvious any ambition has gone well and truly out the window.[/p][/quote]To be honest Duffs when we signed Rodman I said we should have signed Rankine instead, I believe I was right too. Now we just need a brute at the back and one in midfield to stop us being bullied. bartsimmo
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5:43pm Tue 12 Feb 13

duffy says...

bartsimmo wrote:
arsene.about.york wrote:
tomwillo1 wrote:
IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!!
In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid.
He cant get in the Aldershot team for the same reason Reed couldnt get in our team. The manager was blind or down right stupid.
And the reason he was not an ever present for us at none league level often coming off the bench, was that manager blind ?
[quote][p][bold]bartsimmo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arsene.about.york[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomwillo1[/bold] wrote: IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!![/p][/quote]In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid.[/p][/quote]He cant get in the Aldershot team for the same reason Reed couldnt get in our team. The manager was blind or down right stupid.[/p][/quote]And the reason he was not an ever present for us at none league level often coming off the bench, was that manager blind ? duffy
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5:53pm Tue 12 Feb 13

cityforthepremier says...

Colin Pratt wrote:
Finally something different up front. A big problem for defenders which will hopefully free up Walker to do what he can do best. That Said, If Mills starts with the same personell as Wycome he needs his head looking at. Rankine and Walker have to start in a 4-4-2 tonight. But that just wont happen will it? Oh dear another night of misery in store no doubt. If the club did refunds on season tickets I'd happily bite their hand off, FACT.
Good hopefully they will you won't be missed! Same old rubbish from you FACT zzzzzzz
[quote][p][bold]Colin Pratt[/bold] wrote: Finally something different up front. A big problem for defenders which will hopefully free up Walker to do what he can do best. That Said, If Mills starts with the same personell as Wycome he needs his head looking at. Rankine and Walker have to start in a 4-4-2 tonight. But that just wont happen will it? Oh dear another night of misery in store no doubt. If the club did refunds on season tickets I'd happily bite their hand off, FACT.[/p][/quote]Good hopefully they will you won't be missed! Same old rubbish from you FACT zzzzzzz cityforthepremier
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5:57pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Dortmun says...

duffy wrote:
bartsimmo wrote:
arsene.about.york wrote:
tomwillo1 wrote:
IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!!
In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid.
He cant get in the Aldershot team for the same reason Reed couldnt get in our team. The manager was blind or down right stupid.
And the reason he was not an ever present for us at none league level often coming off the bench, was that manager blind ?
Obviously he was and still is by some of the previous signings he has made in the past.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bartsimmo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arsene.about.york[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomwillo1[/bold] wrote: IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!![/p][/quote]In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid.[/p][/quote]He cant get in the Aldershot team for the same reason Reed couldnt get in our team. The manager was blind or down right stupid.[/p][/quote]And the reason he was not an ever present for us at none league level often coming off the bench, was that manager blind ?[/p][/quote]Obviously he was and still is by some of the previous signings he has made in the past. Dortmun
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6:21pm Tue 12 Feb 13

kirbylad says...

At last gary mills seen sense and got a big striker yes we know him welcome back michael rankine we know he wont score lots of goals but now our forwards will score lucky goals and the odd good goal where as before we didnt score any goals.My front 3 Rankine Walker and Chambers so please dont let Rankine be a bench warmer and hopefully we will get the wins to keep us in lge 2.
At last gary mills seen sense and got a big striker yes we know him welcome back michael rankine we know he wont score lots of goals but now our forwards will score lucky goals and the odd good goal where as before we didnt score any goals.My front 3 Rankine Walker and Chambers so please dont let Rankine be a bench warmer and hopefully we will get the wins to keep us in lge 2. kirbylad
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6:35pm Tue 12 Feb 13

skilly says...

If he scores 5 or 6 goals and we stay in this league we will all be happy
If he scores 5 or 6 goals and we stay in this league we will all be happy skilly
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6:41pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Dave 77 says...

I'd go Ranks and Chambers with Walker just behind. Blair and Paddy out wide with Kerr holding the midfield.

15 points should see us safe.
I'd go Ranks and Chambers with Walker just behind. Blair and Paddy out wide with Kerr holding the midfield. 15 points should see us safe. Dave 77
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6:50pm Tue 12 Feb 13

beeryjack5on says...

Dortmun wrote:
duffy wrote:
bartsimmo wrote:
arsene.about.york wrote:
tomwillo1 wrote:
IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!!
In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid.
He cant get in the Aldershot team for the same reason Reed couldnt get in our team. The manager was blind or down right stupid.
And the reason he was not an ever present for us at none league level often coming off the bench, was that manager blind ?
Obviously he was and still is by some of the previous signings he has made in the past.
Gentlemen,
the manager has just done what the majority of you on here seem to have been asking for some time now.. Yet - still lots of moaning... What can he do to please some of you? To listen to the confidently outspoken comment that fills this medium up, everytime we have a bad day, or make a signing that doesn't immediately deliver the goods, it would appear that we have a limitless and as yet untapped pool of managerial talent just waiting to step in and solve our worries.... What is it? can't you take the salary drop?
To echo the sentiments of many on here, now is the time we need to get behind the club, the team, the manager, the directors, and as supporters, lets try to pull together as one. It was a long painful stay in the conference - I think I'm too old for another one..

IMO GM and the board have both come on in leaps and bounds in their respective time here, and whilst nobody is happy with some of the poorer decisions that with the benefit of hindsight are now quite plain to see, clearly the lessons learned from mistakes tend to stick longer. It is not long since the fans main worry was that GM would be snapped up by some aspiring Championship club. I dare say that without some of those naive errors, he may have left some time ago.
It's just one club, that we all care about, lets just be united in our support...
[quote][p][bold]Dortmun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bartsimmo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arsene.about.york[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomwillo1[/bold] wrote: IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!![/p][/quote]In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid.[/p][/quote]He cant get in the Aldershot team for the same reason Reed couldnt get in our team. The manager was blind or down right stupid.[/p][/quote]And the reason he was not an ever present for us at none league level often coming off the bench, was that manager blind ?[/p][/quote]Obviously he was and still is by some of the previous signings he has made in the past.[/p][/quote]Gentlemen, the manager has just done what the majority of you on here seem to have been asking for some time now.. Yet - still lots of moaning... What can he do to please some of you? To listen to the confidently outspoken comment that fills this medium up, everytime we have a bad day, or make a signing that doesn't immediately deliver the goods, it would appear that we have a limitless and as yet untapped pool of managerial talent just waiting to step in and solve our worries.... What is it? can't you take the salary drop? To echo the sentiments of many on here, now is the time we need to get behind the club, the team, the manager, the directors, and as supporters, lets try to pull together as one. It was a long painful stay in the conference - I think I'm too old for another one.. IMO GM and the board have both come on in leaps and bounds in their respective time here, and whilst nobody is happy with some of the poorer decisions that with the benefit of hindsight are now quite plain to see, clearly the lessons learned from mistakes tend to stick longer. It is not long since the fans main worry was that GM would be snapped up by some aspiring Championship club. I dare say that without some of those naive errors, he may have left some time ago. It's just one club, that we all care about, lets just be united in our support... beeryjack5on
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6:53pm Tue 12 Feb 13

carterjason says...

Least ranks will put himself about and make runs into the box,hoping on 442.
come on city, lets go for it from the start fast pace get the crowd going. York to win 2-0 walker and matty.
Least ranks will put himself about and make runs into the box,hoping on 442. come on city, lets go for it from the start fast pace get the crowd going. York to win 2-0 walker and matty. carterjason
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7:07pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Punk_Ian says...

beeryjack5on wrote:
Dortmun wrote:
duffy wrote:
bartsimmo wrote:
arsene.about.york wrote:
tomwillo1 wrote:
IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!!
In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid.
He cant get in the Aldershot team for the same reason Reed couldnt get in our team. The manager was blind or down right stupid.
And the reason he was not an ever present for us at none league level often coming off the bench, was that manager blind ?
Obviously he was and still is by some of the previous signings he has made in the past.
Gentlemen,
the manager has just done what the majority of you on here seem to have been asking for some time now.. Yet - still lots of moaning... What can he do to please some of you? To listen to the confidently outspoken comment that fills this medium up, everytime we have a bad day, or make a signing that doesn't immediately deliver the goods, it would appear that we have a limitless and as yet untapped pool of managerial talent just waiting to step in and solve our worries.... What is it? can't you take the salary drop?
To echo the sentiments of many on here, now is the time we need to get behind the club, the team, the manager, the directors, and as supporters, lets try to pull together as one. It was a long painful stay in the conference - I think I'm too old for another one..

IMO GM and the board have both come on in leaps and bounds in their respective time here, and whilst nobody is happy with some of the poorer decisions that with the benefit of hindsight are now quite plain to see, clearly the lessons learned from mistakes tend to stick longer. It is not long since the fans main worry was that GM would be snapped up by some aspiring Championship club. I dare say that without some of those naive errors, he may have left some time ago.
It's just one club, that we all care about, lets just be united in our support...
I couldn't of said it better beeryjack5on
[quote][p][bold]beeryjack5on[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dortmun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bartsimmo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arsene.about.york[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomwillo1[/bold] wrote: IM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM BACK! JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL SEASON, STRONG, GOOD IN THE AIR, CONSTANT THREAT, WORKS HARD AND MAKES DEFENDERS THINK. PEOPLE USED TO SLAG HIM OFF BUT I ALWAYS RATED HIM, TOP SIGNING! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEEN NEGATIVE!!! ROLL ON TONIGHT! COME ON CITY!!![/p][/quote]In that case, please explain to me why he can't get in the Aldershot team ? This is definitely a backward step, panic measure. We have re signed a player who, when he was here last time spent most of his time on his backside pleading with the ref for free kicks. Someone who, when offered a new contract at York turned it down and went off to sign for the mighty Aldershot and now when he can't get a game for them comes running back here. I can however see the logic in signing McGrath as he has a lot of experience and hopefully will add a bit of steel to our midfield. On tonight's match, if I were picking the team I would start with Rodman and McDaid in a 442 with Blair and Chambers given strict instructions to get forward and get some crosses in. However, now that Rankine is back you would assume he will play so he would take the place of McDaid.[/p][/quote]He cant get in the Aldershot team for the same reason Reed couldnt get in our team. The manager was blind or down right stupid.[/p][/quote]And the reason he was not an ever present for us at none league level often coming off the bench, was that manager blind ?[/p][/quote]Obviously he was and still is by some of the previous signings he has made in the past.[/p][/quote]Gentlemen, the manager has just done what the majority of you on here seem to have been asking for some time now.. Yet - still lots of moaning... What can he do to please some of you? To listen to the confidently outspoken comment that fills this medium up, everytime we have a bad day, or make a signing that doesn't immediately deliver the goods, it would appear that we have a limitless and as yet untapped pool of managerial talent just waiting to step in and solve our worries.... What is it? can't you take the salary drop? To echo the sentiments of many on here, now is the time we need to get behind the club, the team, the manager, the directors, and as supporters, lets try to pull together as one. It was a long painful stay in the conference - I think I'm too old for another one.. IMO GM and the board have both come on in leaps and bounds in their respective time here, and whilst nobody is happy with some of the poorer decisions that with the benefit of hindsight are now quite plain to see, clearly the lessons learned from mistakes tend to stick longer. It is not long since the fans main worry was that GM would be snapped up by some aspiring Championship club. I dare say that without some of those naive errors, he may have left some time ago. It's just one club, that we all care about, lets just be united in our support...[/p][/quote]I couldn't of said it better beeryjack5on Punk_Ian
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7:21pm Tue 12 Feb 13

lord_love_rocket says...

Would be a good move except Millsy's dropped walker who would benefit from him, strange
Would be a good move except Millsy's dropped walker who would benefit from him, strange lord_love_rocket
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10:38pm Tue 12 Feb 13

YorkCityLuke says...

Good match, even chances pretty much, Ranks caused them problems throughout and took some of the pressure off the midfield by winning headers. Parslow/ O'Connell looked a very solid centre-back pairing. McGrath looked pretty good to me, although Obeng was fairly anonymous and lightweight. Gills only looked like scoring from spectacular long-ranged efforts, but also played a solid, physical game pretty well. The only real downside that I could see was an inability to find the back of the net, but there were encouraging signs (esp. Ranks winning about 6 headers in a row off corners, and Fyfields late surge/ cross across an open goal) that suggest we're close to success on that front. All in all, an enjoyable night out - and proof that the manages does indeed know what he's doing, regardless of what some *ahem* supporters might think.
Good match, even chances pretty much, Ranks caused them problems throughout and took some of the pressure off the midfield by winning headers. Parslow/ O'Connell looked a very solid centre-back pairing. McGrath looked pretty good to me, although Obeng was fairly anonymous and lightweight. Gills only looked like scoring from spectacular long-ranged efforts, but also played a solid, physical game pretty well. The only real downside that I could see was an inability to find the back of the net, but there were encouraging signs (esp. Ranks winning about 6 headers in a row off corners, and Fyfields late surge/ cross across an open goal) that suggest we're close to success on that front. All in all, an enjoyable night out - and proof that the manages does indeed know what he's doing, regardless of what some *ahem* supporters might think. YorkCityLuke
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10:44pm Tue 12 Feb 13

duffy says...

Can't say I'm usually in agreement with these massive points but in this case it's more than I was expecting. Hopefully this sets the team up for a massive game on Saturday when we have to be pushing for all three. I have a feeling McGrath will turn out to be a very good signing.
Can't say I'm usually in agreement with these massive points but in this case it's more than I was expecting. Hopefully this sets the team up for a massive game on Saturday when we have to be pushing for all three. I have a feeling McGrath will turn out to be a very good signing. duffy
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11:09pm Tue 12 Feb 13

swh1963 says...

It WAS a massive point and a stop-the-rot performance. Almost knicked three points towards the end, Matty Blair just in front of a good ball in. But to all the doomsday merchants out there - we were at least as good and probably a shade better than Gillingham tonight and showed what we can do. We can and we will survive this season and the fans have a part to play.
It WAS a massive point and a stop-the-rot performance. Almost knicked three points towards the end, Matty Blair just in front of a good ball in. But to all the doomsday merchants out there - we were at least as good and probably a shade better than Gillingham tonight and showed what we can do. We can and we will survive this season and the fans have a part to play. swh1963
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11:17pm Tue 12 Feb 13

openallhours says...

That was a far better performance and the Longhurst did us proud. McGrath looked good and Rankine was a breath of fresh air. We also looked a lot more solid and we certainly didn't miss Calamity Smith at the back. The downsides were Challinor and Chambers. Both very wasteful and let the side down. Also, Rodman!!! What's he about. A very good point but within the bigger picture, we've dropped another 2 points at home.
That was a far better performance and the Longhurst did us proud. McGrath looked good and Rankine was a breath of fresh air. We also looked a lot more solid and we certainly didn't miss Calamity Smith at the back. The downsides were Challinor and Chambers. Both very wasteful and let the side down. Also, Rodman!!! What's he about. A very good point but within the bigger picture, we've dropped another 2 points at home. openallhours
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11:47pm Tue 12 Feb 13

YO1 says...

openallhours wrote:
That was a far better performance and the Longhurst did us proud. McGrath looked good and Rankine was a breath of fresh air. We also looked a lot more solid and we certainly didn't miss Calamity Smith at the back. The downsides were Challinor and Chambers. Both very wasteful and let the side down. Also, Rodman!!! What's he about. A very good point but within the bigger picture, we've dropped another 2 points at home.
Were the pies lukewarm and the hot chocolate too expensive too? Why do you bother going, you never seem to enjoy it!
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: That was a far better performance and the Longhurst did us proud. McGrath looked good and Rankine was a breath of fresh air. We also looked a lot more solid and we certainly didn't miss Calamity Smith at the back. The downsides were Challinor and Chambers. Both very wasteful and let the side down. Also, Rodman!!! What's he about. A very good point but within the bigger picture, we've dropped another 2 points at home.[/p][/quote]Were the pies lukewarm and the hot chocolate too expensive too? Why do you bother going, you never seem to enjoy it! YO1
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12:08am Wed 13 Feb 13

openallhours says...

YO1 wrote:
openallhours wrote:
That was a far better performance and the Longhurst did us proud. McGrath looked good and Rankine was a breath of fresh air. We also looked a lot more solid and we certainly didn't miss Calamity Smith at the back. The downsides were Challinor and Chambers. Both very wasteful and let the side down. Also, Rodman!!! What's he about. A very good point but within the bigger picture, we've dropped another 2 points at home.
Were the pies lukewarm and the hot chocolate too expensive too? Why do you bother going, you never seem to enjoy it!
The pie was very nice thanks but the tea could have had a bit more milk. You should perhaps note that the crowd was just over 2500 so clearly there are lots of fans who have become tired of Mills. I on the other hand attend as many games as I can because I 'enjoy' following York. What I don't enjoy is a manager who is out of touch with the supporters and out of touch on how to get the best from his squad of players.
[quote][p][bold]YO1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: That was a far better performance and the Longhurst did us proud. McGrath looked good and Rankine was a breath of fresh air. We also looked a lot more solid and we certainly didn't miss Calamity Smith at the back. The downsides were Challinor and Chambers. Both very wasteful and let the side down. Also, Rodman!!! What's he about. A very good point but within the bigger picture, we've dropped another 2 points at home.[/p][/quote]Were the pies lukewarm and the hot chocolate too expensive too? Why do you bother going, you never seem to enjoy it![/p][/quote]The pie was very nice thanks but the tea could have had a bit more milk. You should perhaps note that the crowd was just over 2500 so clearly there are lots of fans who have become tired of Mills. I on the other hand attend as many games as I can because I 'enjoy' following York. What I don't enjoy is a manager who is out of touch with the supporters and out of touch on how to get the best from his squad of players. openallhours
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12:12am Wed 13 Feb 13

tips says...

Thought Rankine was immense and the whole team looked like they really cared.More of this and we can look forward to next season in League 2.
Those that stayed away on a cold night missed a treat .OK so we didn't win but this was so encouraging . well done to the players who gave everything for the cause
Thought Rankine was immense and the whole team looked like they really cared.More of this and we can look forward to next season in League 2. Those that stayed away on a cold night missed a treat .OK so we didn't win but this was so encouraging . well done to the players who gave everything for the cause tips
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12:34pm Wed 13 Feb 13

york city fc says...

Not sure that bringing back Rankine who is tall, strong ("Immense") is a good idea. Gary Mills obviously doesn't know what he's doing- can we have a new subject to moan about or can we positive about the fact that we are in League 2
Not sure that bringing back Rankine who is tall, strong ("Immense") is a good idea. Gary Mills obviously doesn't know what he's doing- can we have a new subject to moan about or can we positive about the fact that we are in League 2 york city fc
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