York City ‘closed’ for business on transfer deadline day

York Press: York City’s January signings included Adam Reed York City’s January signings included Adam Reed

THERE will be no comings or goings at York City before the transfer window closes tonight.

City boss Nigel Worthington has insisted his January business is complete and that there will not be any further permanent additions to his squad until the summer.

John McCombe, Shaq McDonald, Russell Penn and Adam Reed have all been recruited by the Minstermen since the turn of the year with Keith Lowe also finalising his move from Cheltenham and Nick Pope and Will Hayhurst signing on loan.

The likes of Ashley Chambers, Craig Clay, Jamal Fyfield and Chris Smith, meanwhile, have moved on while Ryan Brobbel, Luke O’Neill and Elliott Whitehouse have returned to their parent clubs.

With seven in and seven out, Worthington is now satisfied with the squad he has assembled to carry the club through to the summer.

He said: “There won’t be anything happening (today). I will be honest and say we have done everything we were going to do.

“I have told the players they will be the ones that move us forward until the end of the season, so they can get their heads down and give the club and supporters everything they can by going out and enjoying their football.”

All thoughts have now turned to tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two clash at promotion hopefuls Fleetwood with Ryan Jarvis still ruled out due to an ankle injury, but David McGurk likely to be available despite suffering a back spasm late in Tuesday’s 2-0 home defeat to Chesterfield.

Despite the disappointment of that loss, Worthington is in no mood for self-pity, adding: “As manager, I have to lead from the front and I can’t come in for training with a hangover from Tuesday night.

“We have to be bright and positive as staff and get the players focused on the next game.

“We are well aware that the games will run out but we have got enough in this group to get back on track and end this run of two defeats.

“We have proven that all season and there’s no better game after playing the team at the top of the table to go to another team up there as well.”

Said the City chief: “Me, Steve (Torpey) and Richard (Dryden) went to their 0-0 draw at Scunthorpe on Monday and they are a decent side, make no mistake about that.

“We have got respect for them but, if we do what we can do, we are capable of getting a good result.”

City currently lie 16th in the table and six points above the relegation zone but every side below them in the standings has at least one game in hand with some having played two or three fewer fixtures.

Worthington understands the need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible and believes it is unlikely that two teams will be cut adrift at the bottom of the table come May.

He added: “The table has been tight since the start of the season and I think it will be until the last kick of the campaign so we need to keep looking forward.

“I’ve mentioned to the players that we have got 17 games to go and they have got to make things easier for themselves rather than harder during that time.”

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1:07pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Head of Bomber Command says...

Dear Nige.
Please instruct the eleven who will represent the City and supporters to go out and express themselves for Christ's sake. The dross you are having the players churn out on a regular basis is not only killing the faith of the majority of the York fans but is also testing my faith that we can make 52points and breath another sigh of relief come season's end.
At the mo you seem to be full of something, but it is not confidence.
I will end by saying you do not ask a plumber to install electrics. Centre half at right back and a right back in midfield is a tactic I would expect to see in the lower reaches of Sunday Morning League.
Dear Nige. Please instruct the eleven who will represent the City and supporters to go out and express themselves for Christ's sake. The dross you are having the players churn out on a regular basis is not only killing the faith of the majority of the York fans but is also testing my faith that we can make 52points and breath another sigh of relief come season's end. At the mo you seem to be full of something, but it is not confidence. I will end by saying you do not ask a plumber to install electrics. Centre half at right back and a right back in midfield is a tactic I would expect to see in the lower reaches of Sunday Morning League. Head of Bomber Command

3:14pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Sir Alex says...

NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason.
Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....)

Team for Fleetwood
Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman
NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason. Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....) Team for Fleetwood Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman Sir Alex

3:29pm Fri 31 Jan 14

paddymacwakey says...

agree with you head of bomber command,get players back in there normal positions,and for gods sake stop being defensive and negative against teams,especially at home.chesterfield are by far the best team in this league,and I havn,t seen another side that comes anywhere near them.having said that we never ever tested them.i can honestly say in all my 55 years of watching York that game has got to be up there in my most embarrassing one sided games ever.just read Worthington not making any more additions on the last day of the transfer deadline.it was only the other day he was spouting he was short of strikers.bit of worry that we havn,t scored in our last 3 games,and another striker would have put a bit of pressure on bowman and fletcher.just hope McDonald doesn,t end up like mcdavid or ashikodi.worthington keeps saying how good a player he is and got pace,just get the lad off the bench and give him a go,he could,nt have done any worse the other night.
agree with you head of bomber command,get players back in there normal positions,and for gods sake stop being defensive and negative against teams,especially at home.chesterfield are by far the best team in this league,and I havn,t seen another side that comes anywhere near them.having said that we never ever tested them.i can honestly say in all my 55 years of watching York that game has got to be up there in my most embarrassing one sided games ever.just read Worthington not making any more additions on the last day of the transfer deadline.it was only the other day he was spouting he was short of strikers.bit of worry that we havn,t scored in our last 3 games,and another striker would have put a bit of pressure on bowman and fletcher.just hope McDonald doesn,t end up like mcdavid or ashikodi.worthington keeps saying how good a player he is and got pace,just get the lad off the bench and give him a go,he could,nt have done any worse the other night. paddymacwakey

3:31pm Fri 31 Jan 14

yorkiemike says...

Well said HBC.The selections against Chesterfield were baffling to say the least,we were never set up to win the game.
We have shown what we can do in the games against Scunthorpe and Portsmouth.O.K some players have gone but surely we can have a go with the squad we have now.
Like all supporters I don`t want to see us go down but I can stomach losing a game if we are showing some fight and a bit of flair as in those two games I mentioned.
Play as we did against Chesterfield and Fleetwood will hammer us
Not sure why Hayhurst has been brought in but I wish the lad well.
Well said HBC.The selections against Chesterfield were baffling to say the least,we were never set up to win the game. We have shown what we can do in the games against Scunthorpe and Portsmouth.O.K some players have gone but surely we can have a go with the squad we have now. Like all supporters I don`t want to see us go down but I can stomach losing a game if we are showing some fight and a bit of flair as in those two games I mentioned. Play as we did against Chesterfield and Fleetwood will hammer us Not sure why Hayhurst has been brought in but I wish the lad well. yorkiemike

3:48pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

Sir Alex wrote:
NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason.
Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....)

Team for Fleetwood
Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman
I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Alex[/bold] wrote: NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason. Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....) Team for Fleetwood Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman[/p][/quote]I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost. bill bailey

3:59pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

Sir Alex wrote:
NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason.
Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....)

Team for Fleetwood
Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman
I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Alex[/bold] wrote: NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason. Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....) Team for Fleetwood Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman[/p][/quote]I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost. bill bailey

4:01pm Fri 31 Jan 14

T.R.M1974 says...

If i were one of the players i would still be angry about tuesday, feel asthough i had a point to prove show some hunger and desire for the club and fans. I just hope NW plays people in the right possitions not to be afraid to want the ball and get to the second balls first, dont let there players settle on the ball defend from the front. COYR
If i were one of the players i would still be angry about tuesday, feel asthough i had a point to prove show some hunger and desire for the club and fans. I just hope NW plays people in the right possitions not to be afraid to want the ball and get to the second balls first, dont let there players settle on the ball defend from the front. COYR T.R.M1974

5:28pm Fri 31 Jan 14

CHEEZY PUFFS says...

bill bailey wrote:
Sir Alex wrote: NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason. Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....) Team for Fleetwood Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman
I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost.
CHEEZY returns from a long sunshine break watching his cousins mates friends lad from a second marriage play football on a beach...are you there Bill?

This is the team that Nigel built.

Like it or not, take it or leave it..Hoofball was predicted and let's be honest, we can't exactly claim to be surprised. The fact that it is dire to watch, that the players can't even find a team mate with a throw in, the fact that hot tea is more important than a warm up at half time...none of this is important because

THIS IS THE TEAM THAT NIGEL BUILT.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Alex[/bold] wrote: NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason. Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....) Team for Fleetwood Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman[/p][/quote]I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost.[/p][/quote]CHEEZY returns from a long sunshine break watching his cousins mates friends lad from a second marriage play football on a beach...are you there Bill? This is the team that Nigel built. Like it or not, take it or leave it..Hoofball was predicted and let's be honest, we can't exactly claim to be surprised. The fact that it is dire to watch, that the players can't even find a team mate with a throw in, the fact that hot tea is more important than a warm up at half time...none of this is important because THIS IS THE TEAM THAT NIGEL BUILT. CHEEZY PUFFS

7:37pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

CHEEZY PUFFS wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Sir Alex wrote: NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason. Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....) Team for Fleetwood Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman
I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost.
CHEEZY returns from a long sunshine break watching his cousins mates friends lad from a second marriage play football on a beach...are you there Bill?

This is the team that Nigel built.

Like it or not, take it or leave it..Hoofball was predicted and let's be honest, we can't exactly claim to be surprised. The fact that it is dire to watch, that the players can't even find a team mate with a throw in, the fact that hot tea is more important than a warm up at half time...none of this is important because

THIS IS THE TEAM THAT NIGEL BUILT.
HELLO SUNSHINE..Hope you had a good holiday PUFFS. although I still have the faith, my interest and thoughts are elsewhere , My old friends down in the Somerset Levels, good hard working families always finding it hard to make a living because over the last 40 years city slickers think a few birds and flowers are more important than people ,everything you hear on the news about lack of dredging the rivers are right, I could go on all night But I guess this no the place to vent anger,, I still believe NW will get things turned round
Chesterfield were the better side so its no good trying to square that circle.
and to be honest we shouldn't get much change tomorrow.
I had wondered where you were Hey lets keep our nerve,
[quote][p][bold]CHEEZY PUFFS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Alex[/bold] wrote: NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason. Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....) Team for Fleetwood Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman[/p][/quote]I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost.[/p][/quote]CHEEZY returns from a long sunshine break watching his cousins mates friends lad from a second marriage play football on a beach...are you there Bill? This is the team that Nigel built. Like it or not, take it or leave it..Hoofball was predicted and let's be honest, we can't exactly claim to be surprised. The fact that it is dire to watch, that the players can't even find a team mate with a throw in, the fact that hot tea is more important than a warm up at half time...none of this is important because THIS IS THE TEAM THAT NIGEL BUILT.[/p][/quote]HELLO SUNSHINE..Hope you had a good holiday PUFFS. although I still have the faith, my interest and thoughts are elsewhere , My old friends down in the Somerset Levels, good hard working families always finding it hard to make a living because over the last 40 years city slickers think a few birds and flowers are more important than people ,everything you hear on the news about lack of dredging the rivers are right, I could go on all night But I guess this no the place to vent anger,, I still believe NW will get things turned round Chesterfield were the better side so its no good trying to square that circle. and to be honest we shouldn't get much change tomorrow. I had wondered where you were Hey lets keep our nerve, bill bailey

8:07pm Fri 31 Jan 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I actually dont mind a bit of the long ball game now and again. But first of all you have to have the players who can play this type of football. We clearly dont have that type of player . So we should get back to basics and start passing the ball to someone in our own team. Just ballooning the ball in the air creates absolutely nothing, and it usually surrenders possession. The Manager should pick the team and play to its strengths, not ask players to play to a dreamed up formation that is alien to them. We face a difficult run in, but all is not lost yet. We dont have a great team, but we should have one which is capable of avoiding relegation. But the Manager and his players need to stand up and be counted, for they have let their standards drop.
I actually dont mind a bit of the long ball game now and again. But first of all you have to have the players who can play this type of football. We clearly dont have that type of player . So we should get back to basics and start passing the ball to someone in our own team. Just ballooning the ball in the air creates absolutely nothing, and it usually surrenders possession. The Manager should pick the team and play to its strengths, not ask players to play to a dreamed up formation that is alien to them. We face a difficult run in, but all is not lost yet. We dont have a great team, but we should have one which is capable of avoiding relegation. But the Manager and his players need to stand up and be counted, for they have let their standards drop. OLD - HEAD

8:35pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Richard of York says...

bill bailey wrote:
Sir Alex wrote:
NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason.
Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....)

Team for Fleetwood
Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman
I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost.
I like Ingham but I don't think he's up to the job of leading the Catholic church...
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Alex[/bold] wrote: NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason. Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....) Team for Fleetwood Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman[/p][/quote]I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost.[/p][/quote]I like Ingham but I don't think he's up to the job of leading the Catholic church... Richard of York

8:35pm Fri 31 Jan 14

23rdApril1966 says...

“I have told the players they will be the ones that move us forward until the end of the season, so they can get their heads down and give the club and supporters everything they can by going out and enjoying their football.”

How long before the revolving door marked 'Loanees' springs into life? Won't be too many season's before we have a player with three digits on his shirt under this fella.

Been going since 66 as you might have guessed but can't recall bring at a lower ebb than this. I will be amazed if we don't get beaten tomorrow but still can't stop myself from going. Is it enough to try and convince myself that the good times, infrequent as they are, make it all worthwhile? Well I guess that 30 mins after final whistle on 20-5-11 makes it so!

Please NW sort it out. Fortnight tomorrow it's Plymouth away, best mate at work is a Pilgrim and he's already suggested a restaurant to celebrate the home win. Bloody long way home after last season's 2 0 no show.
“I have told the players they will be the ones that move us forward until the end of the season, so they can get their heads down and give the club and supporters everything they can by going out and enjoying their football.” How long before the revolving door marked 'Loanees' springs into life? Won't be too many season's before we have a player with three digits on his shirt under this fella. Been going since 66 as you might have guessed but can't recall bring at a lower ebb than this. I will be amazed if we don't get beaten tomorrow but still can't stop myself from going. Is it enough to try and convince myself that the good times, infrequent as they are, make it all worthwhile? Well I guess that 30 mins after final whistle on 20-5-11 makes it so! Please NW sort it out. Fortnight tomorrow it's Plymouth away, best mate at work is a Pilgrim and he's already suggested a restaurant to celebrate the home win. Bloody long way home after last season's 2 0 no show. 23rdApril1966

11:03pm Fri 31 Jan 14

barcooter says...

McDermott for manager. Not far to drive?
McDermott for manager. Not far to drive? barcooter

8:22am Sat 1 Feb 14

CHEEZY PUFFS says...

Richard of York wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Sir Alex wrote: NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason. Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....) Team for Fleetwood Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman
I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost.
I like Ingham but I don't think he's up to the job of leading the Catholic church...
You can just see the headline...


'Pope interrupts his Christms Blessing to have a cup of tea.'
[quote][p][bold]Richard of York[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Alex[/bold] wrote: NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason. Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....) Team for Fleetwood Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman[/p][/quote]I agree with you, but I think you asked the question and answered it INGHAM FOR POPE, As for Hayhurst the lad has form, if he can justify getting time on the pitch and doing well then nothing lost.[/p][/quote]I like Ingham but I don't think he's up to the job of leading the Catholic church...[/p][/quote]You can just see the headline... 'Pope interrupts his Christms Blessing to have a cup of tea.' CHEEZY PUFFS

8:54am Sat 1 Feb 14

joejamestom says...

Tues it seems to me was a lost cause I am more concerned about the Hartlepool game with an excellent away following to urge the team on the performance of our professionals was not good football we barely strung a series of passes together all game & allowed Pools the freedom in midfield to do as they wished. The score flattered them as this was a closely matched team we were one dimensional long balls usually down the flanks with the aim of winning corners which we just dont have the players to capitalise on.
NW no more playing our best RB down the wing & give Penn some passing practice he has been wasteful with possession. Cmon City we can give most teams a game if we use our players well.
Tues it seems to me was a lost cause I am more concerned about the Hartlepool game with an excellent away following to urge the team on the performance of our professionals was not good football we barely strung a series of passes together all game & allowed Pools the freedom in midfield to do as they wished. The score flattered them as this was a closely matched team we were one dimensional long balls usually down the flanks with the aim of winning corners which we just dont have the players to capitalise on. NW no more playing our best RB down the wing & give Penn some passing practice he has been wasteful with possession. Cmon City we can give most teams a game if we use our players well. joejamestom

11:06am Sat 1 Feb 14

AlwaysMike says...

Sir Alex wrote:
NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason.
Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....)

Team for Fleetwood
Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman
The only player I'd change there would be penn. Put Platt in. Penn has not impressed since being signed. He often mistimes his tackles missing both ball and player and his passing - especially on Tuesday - rarely seems to hit target.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Alex[/bold] wrote: NW has a bad habit of finding a winning formula then breaking it up for little reason. Must be disheartening for players to be dropped so readily and so soon after giving good, perhaps MOM, performances (Ingham, Coulo, Brobbel ....) Team for Fleetwood Ingham Banjo Davies Lowe McGurk Coulo (right wing) Carson (left wing) Reid Penn Fletch Bowman[/p][/quote]The only player I'd change there would be penn. Put Platt in. Penn has not impressed since being signed. He often mistimes his tackles missing both ball and player and his passing - especially on Tuesday - rarely seems to hit target. AlwaysMike

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