York City's John McCombe is head and shoulders above the rest

York City's John McCombe is head and shoulders above the rest

York City's John McCombe is head and shoulders above the rest

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JOHN McCombe’s aerial power has been hailed by York City manager Nigel Worthington.

The 28-year-old centre-back signed on a two-and-a-half year deal from Mansfield in the January transfer window, has started the Minstermen’s last three matches and won back-to-back Press man-of-the-match awards for his towering displays alongside Keith Lowe.

Ahead of this weekend’s trip to Plymouth Argyle, City have only conceded once in three hours of football despite contending with gale-force conditions during their last two contests and Worthington has been buoyed by the start to his Bootham Crescent career made by McCombe, who has 274 appearances to his name at Football League level following previous spells with Hereford, Port Vale and Mansfield.

The City boss said: “He didn’t do anything wrong against Cheltenham on Saturday and, from memory, he didn’t at Fleetwood either. He heads the ball like a proper centre-half and gets distance on it.

“They were a tall side on Saturday but, on the whole, we dealt with that and he is another who gives us experience because he’s been there, seen it and done it.

“He’s also a nice age, so it’s good to have him in the group.”

Worthington was equally pleased with the quality of Bootham Crescent’s playing surface at the weekend.

Despite a clutch of League One and Two games falling foul of the weather again and heavy downpours in North Yorkshire on the eve of the game, the match against the Robins was never in danger of being postponed.

The Minstermen chief said: “I am delighted with our pitch because we have had lots of wet weather so, credit where credit’s due, the two groundsmen (Wayne Simpson and Kevin Russell) are doing a good job and, hopefully, that can continue.”

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12:48pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Maltkiln says...

A great signing which bodes well for a great Minstermen future !
A great signing which bodes well for a great Minstermen future ! Maltkiln
  • Score: 4

1:10pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Head of Bomber Command says...

A signing that the club has been crying out for since Goodiffe.
A signing that the club has been crying out for since Goodiffe. Head of Bomber Command
  • Score: 5

2:42pm Tue 11 Feb 14

erniet says...

Absolutely barnstorming performance on Saturday (first time I had seen him play). Won every header, never made a mistake.
Absolutely barnstorming performance on Saturday (first time I had seen him play). Won every header, never made a mistake. erniet
  • Score: 4

2:56pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Tug job says...

Agree with all of the above - a proper, Football League quality cetre-back. I'm just waiting for openallhours to come on here and tell us what a poor player he is!
Agree with all of the above - a proper, Football League quality cetre-back. I'm just waiting for openallhours to come on here and tell us what a poor player he is! Tug job
  • Score: 9

4:13pm Tue 11 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

John did not fit in at Mansfeild but slotted in next to Keith and looked as though they've played together for ages, the sign of two good center halfs. Who cares if they hoof it? These lads mix it, dont take chances keep it simple,as Duffy has said something we've been crying out for for ages. As long as were not picking the ball out of the net im happy. COYR!
John did not fit in at Mansfeild but slotted in next to Keith and looked as though they've played together for ages, the sign of two good center halfs. Who cares if they hoof it? These lads mix it, dont take chances keep it simple,as Duffy has said something we've been crying out for for ages. As long as were not picking the ball out of the net im happy. COYR! T.R.M1974
  • Score: 7

5:00pm Tue 11 Feb 14

RooBeck says...

John McCombe was very good on Saturday, as too was Keith Lowe and as much as I rate Dave McGurk, this central defensive pairing will now take some shifting from the starting line-up. Well done, to the ground-staff - our pitch has looked tip-top ever since our return to the Football League, especially when you see some of the playing surfaces that were shown on Saturday's FL Show!! The SW of England is still in the grips of some dreadful weather and I would have thought Saturday's match could be in some doubt? If that was to be the case, would it be such a bad thing to have a long break leading up to the Southend game and to get our tactics right on the training pitch and give the new members of the squad, time to fully gel? COYR.
John McCombe was very good on Saturday, as too was Keith Lowe and as much as I rate Dave McGurk, this central defensive pairing will now take some shifting from the starting line-up. Well done, to the ground-staff - our pitch has looked tip-top ever since our return to the Football League, especially when you see some of the playing surfaces that were shown on Saturday's FL Show!! The SW of England is still in the grips of some dreadful weather and I would have thought Saturday's match could be in some doubt? If that was to be the case, would it be such a bad thing to have a long break leading up to the Southend game and to get our tactics right on the training pitch and give the new members of the squad, time to fully gel? COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 5

5:15pm Tue 11 Feb 14

dadster says...

RooBeck wrote:
John McCombe was very good on Saturday, as too was Keith Lowe and as much as I rate Dave McGurk, this central defensive pairing will now take some shifting from the starting line-up. Well done, to the ground-staff - our pitch has looked tip-top ever since our return to the Football League, especially when you see some of the playing surfaces that were shown on Saturday's FL Show!! The SW of England is still in the grips of some dreadful weather and I would have thought Saturday's match could be in some doubt? If that was to be the case, would it be such a bad thing to have a long break leading up to the Southend game and to get our tactics right on the training pitch and give the new members of the squad, time to fully gel? COYR.
I think it would be much better for us to play the game on Sat at Plymouth so hoping it's on. We are doing ok at the moment and have done pretty well since the turn of the year (Chesterfield apart) so important to keep playing regularly to try to keep the momentum.

The more other teams below us have their games postponed the better as far as I'm concerned as they will end up with fixture pile-ups which is no good for any team. Much better to keep playing once a week.

Also the last thing we need is a midweek trip to Plymouth bearing in mind the distance for both the team and supporters.
[quote][p][bold]RooBeck[/bold] wrote: John McCombe was very good on Saturday, as too was Keith Lowe and as much as I rate Dave McGurk, this central defensive pairing will now take some shifting from the starting line-up. Well done, to the ground-staff - our pitch has looked tip-top ever since our return to the Football League, especially when you see some of the playing surfaces that were shown on Saturday's FL Show!! The SW of England is still in the grips of some dreadful weather and I would have thought Saturday's match could be in some doubt? If that was to be the case, would it be such a bad thing to have a long break leading up to the Southend game and to get our tactics right on the training pitch and give the new members of the squad, time to fully gel? COYR.[/p][/quote]I think it would be much better for us to play the game on Sat at Plymouth so hoping it's on. We are doing ok at the moment and have done pretty well since the turn of the year (Chesterfield apart) so important to keep playing regularly to try to keep the momentum. The more other teams below us have their games postponed the better as far as I'm concerned as they will end up with fixture pile-ups which is no good for any team. Much better to keep playing once a week. Also the last thing we need is a midweek trip to Plymouth bearing in mind the distance for both the team and supporters. dadster
  • Score: 10

7:57pm Tue 11 Feb 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Billy Mac, Colin Walker, Martin Foyle and Gary Mills all identified "Centre Back" as a posiion that we needed to strengthen. They all signed "Centre Backs", some were better than others. Ironically it usually ended up with Parslow and McGurk once again getting paired up in central defence. Nigel Worthington is the latest Manager to go down this route. Its early days but NW looks to have recruited two decent lads in Lowe and McCombe, lets hope that the search is over at long last.
Billy Mac, Colin Walker, Martin Foyle and Gary Mills all identified "Centre Back" as a posiion that we needed to strengthen. They all signed "Centre Backs", some were better than others. Ironically it usually ended up with Parslow and McGurk once again getting paired up in central defence. Nigel Worthington is the latest Manager to go down this route. Its early days but NW looks to have recruited two decent lads in Lowe and McCombe, lets hope that the search is over at long last. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 11

12:20am Wed 12 Feb 14

sixtyfourfive says...

Head of Bomber Command wrote:
A signing that the club has been crying out for since Goodiffe.
Agree that McCombe has looked impressive but Jason Goodliffe seems a strange yardstick for comparison. I think he only played a handful of games on loan about 6/7 years ago back in our darkest Conference days and I don't think his career ever made it into the Football League? Maybe the signing we have been crying out for since such as John Mcphail or Paul Stancliffe - both of whom were true class.
[quote][p][bold]Head of Bomber Command[/bold] wrote: A signing that the club has been crying out for since Goodiffe.[/p][/quote]Agree that McCombe has looked impressive but Jason Goodliffe seems a strange yardstick for comparison. I think he only played a handful of games on loan about 6/7 years ago back in our darkest Conference days and I don't think his career ever made it into the Football League? Maybe the signing we have been crying out for since such as John Mcphail or Paul Stancliffe - both of whom were true class. sixtyfourfive
  • Score: 5

9:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

Tamworth 2 return says...

sixtyfourfive wrote:
Head of Bomber Command wrote:
A signing that the club has been crying out for since Goodiffe.
Agree that McCombe has looked impressive but Jason Goodliffe seems a strange yardstick for comparison. I think he only played a handful of games on loan about 6/7 years ago back in our darkest Conference days and I don't think his career ever made it into the Football League? Maybe the signing we have been crying out for since such as John Mcphail or Paul Stancliffe - both of whom were true class.
If he turns out to be half the player John Mcphail or Paul Stancliffe where I would be delighted
Here's hoping
[quote][p][bold]sixtyfourfive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Head of Bomber Command[/bold] wrote: A signing that the club has been crying out for since Goodiffe.[/p][/quote]Agree that McCombe has looked impressive but Jason Goodliffe seems a strange yardstick for comparison. I think he only played a handful of games on loan about 6/7 years ago back in our darkest Conference days and I don't think his career ever made it into the Football League? Maybe the signing we have been crying out for since such as John Mcphail or Paul Stancliffe - both of whom were true class.[/p][/quote]If he turns out to be half the player John Mcphail or Paul Stancliffe where I would be delighted Here's hoping Tamworth 2 return
  • Score: 4

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