Why it’s a City life for Sophie Hicks

Sophie Hicks, York City’s communications director

Sophie Hicks, York City’s communications director

Husband Rob Hicks with sons Reuben and Sebastian

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York City’s first season back in the Football League was a real roller-coaster. The club’s communications director Sophie Hicks spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS about the season’s ups and downs.

THERE’S a certain amount of torture involved in being a York City fan. And that was never truer than in the last 20 minutes or so of the club’s final game of the season, away at Dagenham & Redbridge.

The team needed a draw to guarantee survival in npower League Two. Skipper Chris Smith had scored on 67 minutes, to create a bit of breathing space.

But did that calm the nerves of the 1,200 or so travelling City fans?

Did it hell.

The club’s communications director Sophie Hicks was sitting in the front row of the stands, almost on the pitch. “I was just huddled over,” she says. “I couldn’t sit straight in the chair. I was just huddled over the whole game, and looking up at the clock all the time. I was thinking, ‘If it stops like this, we’re going to be all right. If it stops like this, we’re going to be all right’.”

Like the other City fans, she couldn’t help leaping into the air in delight when Smith scored. But the celebration was muted.

She was painfully conscious of the anguish of the Dagenham fans. They needed a win to guarantee survival, and went deathly quiet after City scored.

But there was also the knowledge that even at this late hour, things could still go wrong for City.

“You never know what will happen with York City,” she says, in the club’s boardroom a couple of weeks later. “It is always a roller-coaster ride. Even if we’d been 4-0 up, we’d have felt as though it wasn’t all over.”

Not until the final whistle, at least.

The Dagenham fans had another ten minutes of torture, before they learned that they, too, would survive. In a delayed game, Barnet had lost 2-0 to Northampton.

Cue a double celebration involving York and Dagenham fans at Dagenham’s Victoria Road ground.

One of the first things she did, admits Mrs Hicks, was go over to The Press’s York City reporter Dave Flett and ‘have a little cry’, from pure relief.

“And then the Dagenham director opened a bottle of champagne, and we all had champagne together…”

It was an exhausting, draining and euphoric end to City’s first season back in League football. On the train back to York, and at York Station, the club’s fans were chanting gleefully: “We’re staying up! We’re staying up!” There were a group of fans in a bar at the station. “I banged on the window, as you do,” Mrs Hicks says.

But it could all have been so different.

As that long, ominous run of winless matches stretched on – 16 games without a win, between the 3-0 home victory against Burton Albion on January 1 and the 2-0 home victory against Plymouth exactly three months later – the possibility of relegation loomed ever larger. From being comfortably mid-table, York were plunging inexorably towards the bottom of the League.

The City board – Mrs Hicks, her father Rob, her brother (and board chairman) Jason McGill and Ian McAndrew – began to contemplate the possibility that the club would be relegated after only one season in the League: something that had never happened before.

If City had gone down, it would have been catastrophic, she says.

“We would have lost £750,000 worth of funding. And while we never had a formal meeting about it, we would probably have had to lose the youth team, and we might have had to go to a part-time basis.”

The McGills might even have had to question the whole basis of their relationship with the club, she admits. Getting out of the Conference the first time had been expensive – the McGill family business, JM Packaging, had ploughed something like £1.6 million into the club over the years, she says – and emotionally draining.

The family never discussed it. “But yes, the question would have been could we have continued running York City FC? Did we have the stomach to go through it all again?”

As the winless run continued, the board began to think the unthinkable: perhaps Gary Mills – the man who had given York City possibly the best week in its history, with two Wembley triumphs in the space of eight days – might have to go.

“We had a very close relationship with Gary as a family. He was a friend, and he did so much for the club. He got us promoted. We will always be eternally grateful for that,” Mrs Hicks says.

“But there comes a time – and it is about experience, because we are a board that has been in place for ten years, and we have experienced relegation – there comes a time when you recognise the signs, and you have to base a decision on facts, and statistics, and points, not emotion.”

There were too many draws, and not enough attacking football, under Gary Mills. And his January transfer window signings had focused on quantity, not quality – with the result that the squad was too big, with too few players who could really turn a game. “We had players sitting in the stands, week in, week out.”

The 2-0 home loss against Bradford City on March 2 proved the final straw. The board had decided that if City drew or lost, the manager would have to go.

It came as a complete shock to the manager himself, however, Mrs Hicks says.

The board members went down to his office after the game. “There were quite a number of people in his office. Jason had to tell people to leave so that we could speak to Gary.

“Jason spoke on behalf of the board, as chairman. He said, ‘We’re very sorry, but we have reached the end of the line. The results have not been good enough, and we have to make a change’.”

Mrs Hicks pauses. “It was perhaps the most difficult decision we’ve ever had to make as a board. But we had to act in the best interests of York City FC.”

Within an hour of Gary Mills’ sacking becoming known, the club was inundated with applications from managers keen to take his place.

But there was only one man they were interested in: Nigel Worthington. None of the board knew him. But they had heard very good things from Norwich City, a club he had steered to the Premier League in 2004. He’d also helped Leicester City stave off the threat of relegation from the Championship in 2007.

“We met with Nigel on the Sunday (the day after the Bradford game) and within a very short space of time we realised that it was a really good fit,” Mrs Hicks says.

There were ten games left to save the club from relegation. Sometimes, a new manager can have an instant impact. But that didn’t happen.

York lost away to Wimbledon in Worthington’s first game in charge; drew at home to Rochdale; lost at home to Port Vale; then lost away to fellow relegation strugglers Torquay.

But for Mrs Hicks, the second half of that Torquay game marked a real turning point.

Loan signing and returning City hero Richard Cresswell had an ‘immense game’, she says. “He made the players up their game. They were very different in the second half.”

It had been a long, exhausting drive down to Torquay, only to be beaten. But suddenly she felt the club had a chance.

Under Worthington, the team was playing more aggressive, attacking football.

And after Torquay, it didn’t lose again, recording four wins and two draws in the last six games: a great turnaround in form.

One of the great things about survival – apart from the relief of staying in the League – was that Gary Mills’ reputation was secured, Mrs Hicks says.

He could have been the manager who got the club promoted one season, then relegated the next. Instead, now, he will forever be the manager who took York back into the Football League.

“That’s the wonderful thing. His reputation is intact.”


Football family...

YORK CITY is in the McGills’ blood. Jason McGill is chairman, and his father Rob and sister Sophie Hicks are both on the board.

“I’ve been a fan of York City since I was a child,” Mrs Hicks says. “We all love York City and wouldn’t want involvement in any other football club. Jason and I were both born in York and it’s in the blood!”

Now a new generation of the family are becoming fans.

Mrs Hicks’ oldest son Reuben, aged two, went to his first game aged just two weeks.

Now he goes to every home game with his mum, sitting on her knee to watch.

“He knows every player,” she says. “He’ll go through the programme, point to each player, and tell me who it is.” He also gives a running commentary. “He’ll say ‘Free-kick, mummy! Corner, mummy!”

Younger brother Sebastian, ten months, looks set to follow in Reuben’s footsteps.

He went to his first two games – both Wembley finals – before he’d even been born: his mum was eight weeks pregnant.

And then, like his brother, he went to his first real game at the age of two weeks: a pre-season home friendly against Oldham on July 21 last year.


What next?

THERE is no time for standing still in football.

With one season safely negotiated, thoughts are now turning to next year.

Nigel Worthington has already signed a new, 12 month rolling contract as manager. But there will be a busy summer of signings to ensure next season isn’t a repeat of this season, Mrs Hicks says.

The target? A bit of mid-table mediocrity would do, she says, to get the club firmly established in the League. And then some steady progress.

Hopefully, by the 2015/16 season, City will move into its new stadium at Monks Cross.

“It would be brilliant to go into the new stadium with the club in League One – or maybe that might happen when we’re in the stadium. Maybe the stadium will give us that boost.”

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1:53pm Mon 13 May 13

bill bailey says...

What a honest interview from Sophie.to be honest and fair is very hard ,it just shows the quality of the board, the club is in good hands while the are running it
long may they continue,
What a honest interview from Sophie.to be honest and fair is very hard ,it just shows the quality of the board, the club is in good hands while the are running it long may they continue, bill bailey
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2:24pm Mon 13 May 13

ian923 says...

All hail to Sophie and the McGills. Where we would be without them I dread to think.
All hail to Sophie and the McGills. Where we would be without them I dread to think. ian923
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2:32pm Mon 13 May 13

Exiled1 says...

I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board.
Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications.
They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture.
I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board. Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications. They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture. Exiled1
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3:22pm Mon 13 May 13

bill bailey says...

Exiled1 wrote:
I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board.
Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications.
They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture.
Im sure the supporters are well aware the money the McGills have "Ploughed In" are in the shape of loans. I think you are telling those that understand business how to suck eggs.as I understand it, the investment the family has made is secured by the sale of the present BC ground.As far as the Trust is concerned they own shares in the club but ,have they ever put money into the club ? perhaps you could answer that one ,
[quote][p][bold]Exiled1[/bold] wrote: I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board. Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications. They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture.[/p][/quote]Im sure the supporters are well aware the money the McGills have "Ploughed In" are in the shape of loans. I think you are telling those that understand business how to suck eggs.as I understand it, the investment the family has made is secured by the sale of the present BC ground.As far as the Trust is concerned they own shares in the club but ,have they ever put money into the club ? perhaps you could answer that one , bill bailey
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3:37pm Mon 13 May 13

o2binibiza says...

bill bailey wrote:
Exiled1 wrote:
I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board.
Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications.
They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture.
Im sure the supporters are well aware the money the McGills have "Ploughed In" are in the shape of loans. I think you are telling those that understand business how to suck eggs.as I understand it, the investment the family has made is secured by the sale of the present BC ground.As far as the Trust is concerned they own shares in the club but ,have they ever put money into the club ? perhaps you could answer that one ,
You mean apart from the money raised which actually saved the club initially? About £500k was it?
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Exiled1[/bold] wrote: I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board. Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications. They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture.[/p][/quote]Im sure the supporters are well aware the money the McGills have "Ploughed In" are in the shape of loans. I think you are telling those that understand business how to suck eggs.as I understand it, the investment the family has made is secured by the sale of the present BC ground.As far as the Trust is concerned they own shares in the club but ,have they ever put money into the club ? perhaps you could answer that one ,[/p][/quote]You mean apart from the money raised which actually saved the club initially? About £500k was it? o2binibiza
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4:26pm Mon 13 May 13

Some old bloke says...

o2binibiza wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Exiled1 wrote:
I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board.
Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications.
They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture.
Im sure the supporters are well aware the money the McGills have "Ploughed In" are in the shape of loans. I think you are telling those that understand business how to suck eggs.as I understand it, the investment the family has made is secured by the sale of the present BC ground.As far as the Trust is concerned they own shares in the club but ,have they ever put money into the club ? perhaps you could answer that one ,
You mean apart from the money raised which actually saved the club initially? About £500k was it?
I wouldn't want to be a killjoy but I think some clarification is in order.
Mrs Hicks says " we are a board that has been in place for ten years, and we have experienced relegation .”
Correct me if I'm wrong, but until 2006 the club was owned by the fans, in the shape of the Supporters' Trust, which actually saved the club from extinction. The McGills, in the shape of JMP, acquired 75 % ownership in 2006, leaving the fans (Supporters' Trust) owning 25 % and entitled to two seats on the board.
I must admit I don't understand the next bit. The McGill family have refused to accept the Trust's nominated board members, so the fans don't have representation despite owning a large percentage of the club. How can the McGills/ JMP possibly block the take up of board seats by the Trust when it is a legal right? Surely it is up to the Trust to choose their own representatives, not JMP.
I'd be really grateful if someone could clarify that.
[quote][p][bold]o2binibiza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Exiled1[/bold] wrote: I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board. Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications. They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture.[/p][/quote]Im sure the supporters are well aware the money the McGills have "Ploughed In" are in the shape of loans. I think you are telling those that understand business how to suck eggs.as I understand it, the investment the family has made is secured by the sale of the present BC ground.As far as the Trust is concerned they own shares in the club but ,have they ever put money into the club ? perhaps you could answer that one ,[/p][/quote]You mean apart from the money raised which actually saved the club initially? About £500k was it?[/p][/quote]I wouldn't want to be a killjoy but I think some clarification is in order. Mrs Hicks says " we are a board that has been in place for ten years, and we have experienced relegation .” Correct me if I'm wrong, but until 2006 the club was owned by the fans, in the shape of the Supporters' Trust, which actually saved the club from extinction. The McGills, in the shape of JMP, acquired 75 % ownership in 2006, leaving the fans (Supporters' Trust) owning 25 % and entitled to two seats on the board. I must admit I don't understand the next bit. The McGill family have refused to accept the Trust's nominated board members, so the fans don't have representation despite owning a large percentage of the club. How can the McGills/ JMP possibly block the take up of board seats by the Trust when it is a legal right? Surely it is up to the Trust to choose their own representatives, not JMP. I'd be really grateful if someone could clarify that. Some old bloke
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4:47pm Mon 13 May 13

bill bailey says...

Some old bloke wrote:
o2binibiza wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Exiled1 wrote:
I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board.
Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications.
They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture.
Im sure the supporters are well aware the money the McGills have "Ploughed In" are in the shape of loans. I think you are telling those that understand business how to suck eggs.as I understand it, the investment the family has made is secured by the sale of the present BC ground.As far as the Trust is concerned they own shares in the club but ,have they ever put money into the club ? perhaps you could answer that one ,
You mean apart from the money raised which actually saved the club initially? About £500k was it?
I wouldn't want to be a killjoy but I think some clarification is in order.
Mrs Hicks says " we are a board that has been in place for ten years, and we have experienced relegation .”
Correct me if I'm wrong, but until 2006 the club was owned by the fans, in the shape of the Supporters' Trust, which actually saved the club from extinction. The McGills, in the shape of JMP, acquired 75 % ownership in 2006, leaving the fans (Supporters' Trust) owning 25 % and entitled to two seats on the board.
I must admit I don't understand the next bit. The McGill family have refused to accept the Trust's nominated board members, so the fans don't have representation despite owning a large percentage of the club. How can the McGills/ JMP possibly block the take up of board seats by the Trust when it is a legal right? Surely it is up to the Trust to choose their own representatives, not JMP.
I'd be really grateful if someone could clarify that.
I must admit I am now out of my depth here as I came to York as the ownership of the club was under way. but i thought the Mc Gills became the owners on condition no Trust members sat on the board and the Trust agreed, or am I wrong ? there was certainly more to the agreement than a straight split.
[quote][p][bold]Some old bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]o2binibiza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Exiled1[/bold] wrote: I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board. Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications. They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture.[/p][/quote]Im sure the supporters are well aware the money the McGills have "Ploughed In" are in the shape of loans. I think you are telling those that understand business how to suck eggs.as I understand it, the investment the family has made is secured by the sale of the present BC ground.As far as the Trust is concerned they own shares in the club but ,have they ever put money into the club ? perhaps you could answer that one ,[/p][/quote]You mean apart from the money raised which actually saved the club initially? About £500k was it?[/p][/quote]I wouldn't want to be a killjoy but I think some clarification is in order. Mrs Hicks says " we are a board that has been in place for ten years, and we have experienced relegation .” Correct me if I'm wrong, but until 2006 the club was owned by the fans, in the shape of the Supporters' Trust, which actually saved the club from extinction. The McGills, in the shape of JMP, acquired 75 % ownership in 2006, leaving the fans (Supporters' Trust) owning 25 % and entitled to two seats on the board. I must admit I don't understand the next bit. The McGill family have refused to accept the Trust's nominated board members, so the fans don't have representation despite owning a large percentage of the club. How can the McGills/ JMP possibly block the take up of board seats by the Trust when it is a legal right? Surely it is up to the Trust to choose their own representatives, not JMP. I'd be really grateful if someone could clarify that.[/p][/quote]I must admit I am now out of my depth here as I came to York as the ownership of the club was under way. but i thought the Mc Gills became the owners on condition no Trust members sat on the board and the Trust agreed, or am I wrong ? there was certainly more to the agreement than a straight split. bill bailey
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5:29pm Mon 13 May 13

TerryYork says...

Love the McGills.

Build them a statue (seen as we're not going to have one for Brodie ;-))
Love the McGills. Build them a statue (seen as we're not going to have one for Brodie ;-)) TerryYork
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6:20pm Mon 13 May 13

Some old bloke says...

TerryYork wrote:
Love the McGills.

Build them a statue (seen as we're not going to have one for Brodie ;-))
Don't get me wrong. I'm very grateful for what the McGill family has done.
I just wish that they could have done it in a more open and fair way and not usurped the fans' rights while they were at it. Then a lot more fans would love them, maybe even me.
[quote][p][bold]TerryYork[/bold] wrote: Love the McGills. Build them a statue (seen as we're not going to have one for Brodie ;-))[/p][/quote]Don't get me wrong. I'm very grateful for what the McGill family has done. I just wish that they could have done it in a more open and fair way and not usurped the fans' rights while they were at it. Then a lot more fans would love them, maybe even me. Some old bloke
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6:37pm Mon 13 May 13

bill bailey says...

Some old bloke wrote:
TerryYork wrote:
Love the McGills.

Build them a statue (seen as we're not going to have one for Brodie ;-))
Don't get me wrong. I'm very grateful for what the McGill family has done.
I just wish that they could have done it in a more open and fair way and not usurped the fans' rights while they were at it. Then a lot more fans would love them, maybe even me.
I don't want to labour the point,but as I understand it, the club was brock, no leadership, and the McGills offered help
what do you mean when you say "open and fair way",
[quote][p][bold]Some old bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TerryYork[/bold] wrote: Love the McGills. Build them a statue (seen as we're not going to have one for Brodie ;-))[/p][/quote]Don't get me wrong. I'm very grateful for what the McGill family has done. I just wish that they could have done it in a more open and fair way and not usurped the fans' rights while they were at it. Then a lot more fans would love them, maybe even me.[/p][/quote]I don't want to labour the point,but as I understand it, the club was brock, no leadership, and the McGills offered help what do you mean when you say "open and fair way", bill bailey
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6:37pm Mon 13 May 13

Some old bloke says...

bill bailey wrote:
Some old bloke wrote:
o2binibiza wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Exiled1 wrote:
I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board.
Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications.
They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture.
Im sure the supporters are well aware the money the McGills have "Ploughed In" are in the shape of loans. I think you are telling those that understand business how to suck eggs.as I understand it, the investment the family has made is secured by the sale of the present BC ground.As far as the Trust is concerned they own shares in the club but ,have they ever put money into the club ? perhaps you could answer that one ,
You mean apart from the money raised which actually saved the club initially? About £500k was it?
I wouldn't want to be a killjoy but I think some clarification is in order.
Mrs Hicks says " we are a board that has been in place for ten years, and we have experienced relegation .”
Correct me if I'm wrong, but until 2006 the club was owned by the fans, in the shape of the Supporters' Trust, which actually saved the club from extinction. The McGills, in the shape of JMP, acquired 75 % ownership in 2006, leaving the fans (Supporters' Trust) owning 25 % and entitled to two seats on the board.
I must admit I don't understand the next bit. The McGill family have refused to accept the Trust's nominated board members, so the fans don't have representation despite owning a large percentage of the club. How can the McGills/ JMP possibly block the take up of board seats by the Trust when it is a legal right? Surely it is up to the Trust to choose their own representatives, not JMP.
I'd be really grateful if someone could clarify that.
I must admit I am now out of my depth here as I came to York as the ownership of the club was under way. but i thought the Mc Gills became the owners on condition no Trust members sat on the board and the Trust agreed, or am I wrong ? there was certainly more to the agreement than a straight split.
Sorry Bill, you're wrong.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Some old bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]o2binibiza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Exiled1[/bold] wrote: I think it's worth mentioning that the Supporters Trust, despite their stake in the club, are not allowed a place on the board. Also worth mentioning that the money that the McGills have 'ploughed in' is in the shape of loans. This obviously has potential implications. They deserve credit for bringing in NW though, but fans need to know the bigger picture.[/p][/quote]Im sure the supporters are well aware the money the McGills have "Ploughed In" are in the shape of loans. I think you are telling those that understand business how to suck eggs.as I understand it, the investment the family has made is secured by the sale of the present BC ground.As far as the Trust is concerned they own shares in the club but ,have they ever put money into the club ? perhaps you could answer that one ,[/p][/quote]You mean apart from the money raised which actually saved the club initially? About £500k was it?[/p][/quote]I wouldn't want to be a killjoy but I think some clarification is in order. Mrs Hicks says " we are a board that has been in place for ten years, and we have experienced relegation .” Correct me if I'm wrong, but until 2006 the club was owned by the fans, in the shape of the Supporters' Trust, which actually saved the club from extinction. The McGills, in the shape of JMP, acquired 75 % ownership in 2006, leaving the fans (Supporters' Trust) owning 25 % and entitled to two seats on the board. I must admit I don't understand the next bit. The McGill family have refused to accept the Trust's nominated board members, so the fans don't have representation despite owning a large percentage of the club. How can the McGills/ JMP possibly block the take up of board seats by the Trust when it is a legal right? Surely it is up to the Trust to choose their own representatives, not JMP. I'd be really grateful if someone could clarify that.[/p][/quote]I must admit I am now out of my depth here as I came to York as the ownership of the club was under way. but i thought the Mc Gills became the owners on condition no Trust members sat on the board and the Trust agreed, or am I wrong ? there was certainly more to the agreement than a straight split.[/p][/quote]Sorry Bill, you're wrong. Some old bloke
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6:40pm Mon 13 May 13

RooBeck says...

After all the pressures of the last ten games of the season, the City Board deserve all the benefits and plaudits that they have received since the 27th April! They are running this club for all the right reasons and City fans should recognise their commitment and loyalty. In Sophie, we have a fine ambassador for our club and she really knows her stuff about the modern, football game/business and mixes this very well with her love of the club. Well done Sophie and well done to all the Board of York City FC and lets all support/encourage NW, to aim for the play-offs in the 2013/14 season!! COYR.
After all the pressures of the last ten games of the season, the City Board deserve all the benefits and plaudits that they have received since the 27th April! They are running this club for all the right reasons and City fans should recognise their commitment and loyalty. In Sophie, we have a fine ambassador for our club and she really knows her stuff about the modern, football game/business and mixes this very well with her love of the club. Well done Sophie and well done to all the Board of York City FC and lets all support/encourage NW, to aim for the play-offs in the 2013/14 season!! COYR. RooBeck
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6:44pm Mon 13 May 13

Some old bloke says...

I agree Bill, it's all getting a bit tedious now and I really don't have the heart to go into all the ins and outs of the takeover agreement. But it's a wonderful testament to the McGills' spin machine over the past few years that someone like you believes that they own 100% of our club - they don't.
(though they usually forget to mention that fact)
I agree Bill, it's all getting a bit tedious now and I really don't have the heart to go into all the ins and outs of the takeover agreement. But it's a wonderful testament to the McGills' spin machine over the past few years that someone like you believes that they own 100% of our club - they don't. (though they usually forget to mention that fact) Some old bloke
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7:11pm Mon 13 May 13

bill bailey says...

RooBeck wrote:
After all the pressures of the last ten games of the season, the City Board deserve all the benefits and plaudits that they have received since the 27th April! They are running this club for all the right reasons and City fans should recognise their commitment and loyalty. In Sophie, we have a fine ambassador for our club and she really knows her stuff about the modern, football game/business and mixes this very well with her love of the club. Well done Sophie and well done to all the Board of York City FC and lets all support/encourage NW, to aim for the play-offs in the 2013/14 season!! COYR.
I'M with you all the way.
[quote][p][bold]RooBeck[/bold] wrote: After all the pressures of the last ten games of the season, the City Board deserve all the benefits and plaudits that they have received since the 27th April! They are running this club for all the right reasons and City fans should recognise their commitment and loyalty. In Sophie, we have a fine ambassador for our club and she really knows her stuff about the modern, football game/business and mixes this very well with her love of the club. Well done Sophie and well done to all the Board of York City FC and lets all support/encourage NW, to aim for the play-offs in the 2013/14 season!! COYR.[/p][/quote]I'M with you all the way. bill bailey
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8:31pm Mon 13 May 13

chuckabuttie says...

bill bailey wrote:
RooBeck wrote:
After all the pressures of the last ten games of the season, the City Board deserve all the benefits and plaudits that they have received since the 27th April! They are running this club for all the right reasons and City fans should recognise their commitment and loyalty. In Sophie, we have a fine ambassador for our club and she really knows her stuff about the modern, football game/business and mixes this very well with her love of the club. Well done Sophie and well done to all the Board of York City FC and lets all support/encourage NW, to aim for the play-offs in the 2013/14 season!! COYR.
I'M with you all the way.
Looking forward to our new signings tomorrow Bill. Tuesday was the milestone you mentioned the other day wasn't it?
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RooBeck[/bold] wrote: After all the pressures of the last ten games of the season, the City Board deserve all the benefits and plaudits that they have received since the 27th April! They are running this club for all the right reasons and City fans should recognise their commitment and loyalty. In Sophie, we have a fine ambassador for our club and she really knows her stuff about the modern, football game/business and mixes this very well with her love of the club. Well done Sophie and well done to all the Board of York City FC and lets all support/encourage NW, to aim for the play-offs in the 2013/14 season!! COYR.[/p][/quote]I'M with you all the way.[/p][/quote]Looking forward to our new signings tomorrow Bill. Tuesday was the milestone you mentioned the other day wasn't it? chuckabuttie
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12:42am Tue 14 May 13

GreenshawGrinder says...

Where would we be now without the McGill family? Possibly in a very dark place, non-league and beyond! Time to move on, we are still a football league club. With ten games to play the possibility of that was looking a bit remote. For me staying up was just as good as gaining promotion last season.
On a slightly different note, how come no news on season tickets for next season?
Where would we be now without the McGill family? Possibly in a very dark place, non-league and beyond! Time to move on, we are still a football league club. With ten games to play the possibility of that was looking a bit remote. For me staying up was just as good as gaining promotion last season. On a slightly different note, how come no news on season tickets for next season? GreenshawGrinder
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9:36am Tue 14 May 13

paintitred says...

GreenshawGrinder wrote:
Where would we be now without the McGill family? Possibly in a very dark place, non-league and beyond! Time to move on, we are still a football league club. With ten games to play the possibility of that was looking a bit remote. For me staying up was just as good as gaining promotion last season.
On a slightly different note, how come no news on season tickets for next season?
I find it very strange that the club leaves it until late may -early June before there is any movement on season tickets.As soon as league football was secured for next season details should have been out there.
we can not all afford to pay for a ST in one hit even 2 installments can be quite difficult,
the list is toO lengthy to list but why not follow other clubs where you have an option to start paying for the next seasons ticket early with 6 -8 monthly installments, It would certainly ease the financial strain of trying to pay for a season ticket where most of us are in pay rise freeze times.

the board deserve praise on a lot of things but they sure lack imagination on other important issues that effect the fans.
[quote][p][bold]GreenshawGrinder[/bold] wrote: Where would we be now without the McGill family? Possibly in a very dark place, non-league and beyond! Time to move on, we are still a football league club. With ten games to play the possibility of that was looking a bit remote. For me staying up was just as good as gaining promotion last season. On a slightly different note, how come no news on season tickets for next season?[/p][/quote]I find it very strange that the club leaves it until late may -early June before there is any movement on season tickets.As soon as league football was secured for next season details should have been out there. we can not all afford to pay for a ST in one hit even 2 installments can be quite difficult, the list is toO lengthy to list but why not follow other clubs where you have an option to start paying for the next seasons ticket early with 6 -8 monthly installments, It would certainly ease the financial strain of trying to pay for a season ticket where most of us are in pay rise freeze times. the board deserve praise on a lot of things but they sure lack imagination on other important issues that effect the fans. paintitred
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9:44am Tue 14 May 13

Yorkie41 says...

paintitred wrote:
GreenshawGrinder wrote:
Where would we be now without the McGill family? Possibly in a very dark place, non-league and beyond! Time to move on, we are still a football league club. With ten games to play the possibility of that was looking a bit remote. For me staying up was just as good as gaining promotion last season.
On a slightly different note, how come no news on season tickets for next season?
I find it very strange that the club leaves it until late may -early June before there is any movement on season tickets.As soon as league football was secured for next season details should have been out there.
we can not all afford to pay for a ST in one hit even 2 installments can be quite difficult,
the list is toO lengthy to list but why not follow other clubs where you have an option to start paying for the next seasons ticket early with 6 -8 monthly installments, It would certainly ease the financial strain of trying to pay for a season ticket where most of us are in pay rise freeze times.

the board deserve praise on a lot of things but they sure lack imagination on other important issues that effect the fans.
Perhaps you might consider saving the money up each month and then pay for your season tickets. I can't see the problem.
[quote][p][bold]paintitred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GreenshawGrinder[/bold] wrote: Where would we be now without the McGill family? Possibly in a very dark place, non-league and beyond! Time to move on, we are still a football league club. With ten games to play the possibility of that was looking a bit remote. For me staying up was just as good as gaining promotion last season. On a slightly different note, how come no news on season tickets for next season?[/p][/quote]I find it very strange that the club leaves it until late may -early June before there is any movement on season tickets.As soon as league football was secured for next season details should have been out there. we can not all afford to pay for a ST in one hit even 2 installments can be quite difficult, the list is toO lengthy to list but why not follow other clubs where you have an option to start paying for the next seasons ticket early with 6 -8 monthly installments, It would certainly ease the financial strain of trying to pay for a season ticket where most of us are in pay rise freeze times. the board deserve praise on a lot of things but they sure lack imagination on other important issues that effect the fans.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you might consider saving the money up each month and then pay for your season tickets. I can't see the problem. Yorkie41
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12:59pm Tue 14 May 13

paintitred says...

theres always one

in your perfect world saving may be easy.

whats wrong with options for all pocket thats what happening up and down the country to encourage early take up of season tickets.

whats wrong with making things easier for the clubs fans.

im staggered at you dismissive post simply staggered

shakes head
theres always one in your perfect world saving may be easy. whats wrong with options for all pocket thats what happening up and down the country to encourage early take up of season tickets. whats wrong with making things easier for the clubs fans. im staggered at you dismissive post simply staggered shakes head paintitred
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3:21pm Tue 14 May 13

Yorkieroy60 says...

Got to agree with painitred we are'nt very forthcoming with the seaon tickets and never do any decent deals like some clubs-Hartlepool do their season tickets for £150 if bought before the end of July it was a deal they also did when they were in League 1 and they do one for over 60's for £125 which would be great for a lot of our older fans but our Senior citizen age is 65 and you wouldn't get a ticket at that price anyway!-and of course guess what- they are on sale now!
Got to agree with painitred we are'nt very forthcoming with the seaon tickets and never do any decent deals like some clubs-Hartlepool do their season tickets for £150 if bought before the end of July it was a deal they also did when they were in League 1 and they do one for over 60's for £125 which would be great for a lot of our older fans but our Senior citizen age is 65 and you wouldn't get a ticket at that price anyway!-and of course guess what- they are on sale now! Yorkieroy60
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3:27pm Tue 14 May 13

Yorkie41 says...

paintitred wrote:
theres always one

in your perfect world saving may be easy.

whats wrong with options for all pocket thats what happening up and down the country to encourage early take up of season tickets.

whats wrong with making things easier for the clubs fans.

im staggered at you dismissive post simply staggered

shakes head
I still say what is the difference paying City X amount a month and saving it.
[quote][p][bold]paintitred[/bold] wrote: theres always one in your perfect world saving may be easy. whats wrong with options for all pocket thats what happening up and down the country to encourage early take up of season tickets. whats wrong with making things easier for the clubs fans. im staggered at you dismissive post simply staggered shakes head[/p][/quote]I still say what is the difference paying City X amount a month and saving it. Yorkie41
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4:11pm Tue 14 May 13

bill bailey says...

chuckabuttie wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
RooBeck wrote:
After all the pressures of the last ten games of the season, the City Board deserve all the benefits and plaudits that they have received since the 27th April! They are running this club for all the right reasons and City fans should recognise their commitment and loyalty. In Sophie, we have a fine ambassador for our club and she really knows her stuff about the modern, football game/business and mixes this very well with her love of the club. Well done Sophie and well done to all the Board of York City FC and lets all support/encourage NW, to aim for the play-offs in the 2013/14 season!! COYR.
I'M with you all the way.
Looking forward to our new signings tomorrow Bill. Tuesday was the milestone you mentioned the other day wasn't it?
Tuesdays here,,you can now play your BANJO., "Trust in Bill" i'll bet you thought he had gone.if you didn't,some did. two more this week, then quiet until beging of JUNE.,,Chucklebrothe
rs have faith ,
[quote][p][bold]chuckabuttie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RooBeck[/bold] wrote: After all the pressures of the last ten games of the season, the City Board deserve all the benefits and plaudits that they have received since the 27th April! They are running this club for all the right reasons and City fans should recognise their commitment and loyalty. In Sophie, we have a fine ambassador for our club and she really knows her stuff about the modern, football game/business and mixes this very well with her love of the club. Well done Sophie and well done to all the Board of York City FC and lets all support/encourage NW, to aim for the play-offs in the 2013/14 season!! COYR.[/p][/quote]I'M with you all the way.[/p][/quote]Looking forward to our new signings tomorrow Bill. Tuesday was the milestone you mentioned the other day wasn't it?[/p][/quote]Tuesdays here,,you can now play your BANJO., "Trust in Bill" i'll bet you thought he had gone.if you didn't,some did. two more this week, then quiet until beging of JUNE.,,Chucklebrothe rs have faith , bill bailey
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