Midfielder Russell Penn to keep York City captain’s armband

Russell Penn leads from the front for York City against Southend

Russell Penn leads from the front for York City against Southend

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

RUSSELL Penn will wear the York City captain’s armband for the rest of the season.

The 28-year-old midfielder has skippered the Minstermen through an unbeaten February, encompassing victories at Fleetwood and Plymouth, as well as 0-0 home draws with Cheltenham and Southend.

Penn, who was club captain at Cheltenham Town prior to his transfer window switch, assumed the role following an injury to David McGurk at the end of last month.

Long-serving centre-back McGurk has since recovered from a back spasm but Keith Lowe and John McCombe are currently keeping him out of the side.

Chris Smith and Dan Parslow also previously carried out the duty before losing the responsibility due to a loss of form and injury respectively.

But City boss Nigel Worthington is now hoping that Penn can keep leading the team out – at least until the summer.

“We’ve had that many captains this season with Chris Smith, Pars and TY but he’s doing the job at the moment and is doing a good job, so he will see that through until the end of the season and we will reassess it then and go from there,” Worthington said.

“The energy he gets through during the course of a game is absolutely phenomenal and he’s worked very hard since coming in to get up to speed with our fitness levels.

“He’s a very steady and solid player who is leading from the front.”

The Bootham Crescent chief Worthington has also hailed the form of 21-year-old, on-loan Charlton goalkeeper Nick Pope following a run of three consecutive clean sheets.

Commenting on Pope’s strengths, Worthington added: “He’s got big, long arms and deals with balls into the box well.

“He’s positive in those situations, which is a huge thing for a young man.

“When you come for something and get a lot of them but then perhaps don’t get one, the sign of a good ’keeper is you still go for the next one and he does that. That’s a credit to his mentality for somebody so young.”

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1:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

robiniorocks says...

Good decision and further stability as we continue to build for next season. Considering the size of the rebuilding we have gone through we are now starting to take good shape and we will be a real force next season with the addition of 2 or 3 quality signings in the summer.

Its fair to say that our home games are often quite dull at the moment but it needs to be viewed in the context of the big changes we are going through. Our priority is STILL to get 50 points and safety and the sooner we do that the better. Then we can relax and experiment in preparation for next season. From a financial point of view and taking into account the 2 year contracts quite rightly given to our players then it is critical we secure safety as soon as possible to ensure financial safety.

It should also be remembered that it takes time to build a quality squad as the right players are not always available when you want then. However we are now in much better shape.

Keep the faith and keep backing NW and the board who are doing a great job in rebuilding.
Good decision and further stability as we continue to build for next season. Considering the size of the rebuilding we have gone through we are now starting to take good shape and we will be a real force next season with the addition of 2 or 3 quality signings in the summer. Its fair to say that our home games are often quite dull at the moment but it needs to be viewed in the context of the big changes we are going through. Our priority is STILL to get 50 points and safety and the sooner we do that the better. Then we can relax and experiment in preparation for next season. From a financial point of view and taking into account the 2 year contracts quite rightly given to our players then it is critical we secure safety as soon as possible to ensure financial safety. It should also be remembered that it takes time to build a quality squad as the right players are not always available when you want then. However we are now in much better shape. Keep the faith and keep backing NW and the board who are doing a great job in rebuilding. robiniorocks
  • Score: 41

2:47pm Tue 25 Feb 14

born&breed says...

After his first game I believed Russell would be the captain next season - arrived with him slightly early but a perfect choice - good luck Russell
After his first game I believed Russell would be the captain next season - arrived with him slightly early but a perfect choice - good luck Russell born&breed
  • Score: 3

4:25pm Tue 25 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down
Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down T.R.M1974
  • Score: 8

4:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

chuckabuttie says...

Great to follow the improvement over the last couple of months. Some really good posts have also been made. Flying over on Thursday for a couple of weeks and really looking forward to Saturday's game and going home with at least 46 points on the board from the four games I should be seeing. COYR
Great to follow the improvement over the last couple of months. Some really good posts have also been made. Flying over on Thursday for a couple of weeks and really looking forward to Saturday's game and going home with at least 46 points on the board from the four games I should be seeing. COYR chuckabuttie
  • Score: 1

6:17pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Edsoni says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down
I agree with this assessment of players and situation.
Apart from a pass to McCombe, whose shot was smothered in the previous home match, Reedy hasn't clicked yet.
Having said that, he's playing further back than previously and therefore his role is slightly different from that I envisaged. We haven't been outclassed in the middle so although the offensive side is still missing - overall probably OK.
Many teams catch up games in hand tonight; so we'll have a much clearer picture of the lie of the land before Exeter hit town.
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down[/p][/quote]I agree with this assessment of players and situation. Apart from a pass to McCombe, whose shot was smothered in the previous home match, Reedy hasn't clicked yet. Having said that, he's playing further back than previously and therefore his role is slightly different from that I envisaged. We haven't been outclassed in the middle so although the offensive side is still missing - overall probably OK. Many teams catch up games in hand tonight; so we'll have a much clearer picture of the lie of the land before Exeter hit town. Edsoni
  • Score: 2

8:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Russell Penn is a good choice to be captain, he has filled that role at his previous clubs. I see that one of our previous captains (Chris Smith) has signed for Halifax Town - "Good luck to him".
Russell Penn is a good choice to be captain, he has filled that role at his previous clubs. I see that one of our previous captains (Chris Smith) has signed for Halifax Town - "Good luck to him". OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 7

9:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

Edsoni wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down
I agree with this assessment of players and situation.
Apart from a pass to McCombe, whose shot was smothered in the previous home match, Reedy hasn't clicked yet.
Having said that, he's playing further back than previously and therefore his role is slightly different from that I envisaged. We haven't been outclassed in the middle so although the offensive side is still missing - overall probably OK.
Many teams catch up games in hand tonight; so we'll have a much clearer picture of the lie of the land before Exeter hit town.
All working out nicely tonight. as I have said many times before only those that don't have the faith need to buy brown trousers. And there's been one or two haven't there Edsoni !!
[quote][p][bold]Edsoni[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down[/p][/quote]I agree with this assessment of players and situation. Apart from a pass to McCombe, whose shot was smothered in the previous home match, Reedy hasn't clicked yet. Having said that, he's playing further back than previously and therefore his role is slightly different from that I envisaged. We haven't been outclassed in the middle so although the offensive side is still missing - overall probably OK. Many teams catch up games in hand tonight; so we'll have a much clearer picture of the lie of the land before Exeter hit town.[/p][/quote]All working out nicely tonight. as I have said many times before only those that don't have the faith need to buy brown trousers. And there's been one or two haven't there Edsoni !! bill bailey
  • Score: -17

10:24pm Tue 25 Feb 14

FortessBC says...

Wow some interesting results tonight! The league table is incredibly tight 8 points from 8th to 22nd crazy really but it means we need to push on and keep picking up points
Wow some interesting results tonight! The league table is incredibly tight 8 points from 8th to 22nd crazy really but it means we need to push on and keep picking up points FortessBC
  • Score: 4

10:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

23rdApril1966 says...

Results tonight show just what a crazy league it is this season where really anybody can beat anybody. With the top three averaging way less than 2 pts per game I suspect it is going to take a few points more than 50 to secure safety....so certainly no room for complacency from any of the sides from 8th down really which in itself must surely be some kind of record as we exit February?
Results tonight show just what a crazy league it is this season where really anybody can beat anybody. With the top three averaging way less than 2 pts per game I suspect it is going to take a few points more than 50 to secure safety....so certainly no room for complacency from any of the sides from 8th down really which in itself must surely be some kind of record as we exit February? 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 5

12:29am Wed 26 Feb 14

Anysport says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
Results tonight show just what a crazy league it is this season where really anybody can beat anybody. With the top three averaging way less than 2 pts per game I suspect it is going to take a few points more than 50 to secure safety....so certainly no room for complacency from any of the sides from 8th down really which in itself must surely be some kind of record as we exit February?
Yes, even the bottom side can get a result against Southend if they try....
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Results tonight show just what a crazy league it is this season where really anybody can beat anybody. With the top three averaging way less than 2 pts per game I suspect it is going to take a few points more than 50 to secure safety....so certainly no room for complacency from any of the sides from 8th down really which in itself must surely be some kind of record as we exit February?[/p][/quote]Yes, even the bottom side can get a result against Southend if they try.... Anysport
  • Score: -7

12:29am Wed 26 Feb 14

Anysport says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
Results tonight show just what a crazy league it is this season where really anybody can beat anybody. With the top three averaging way less than 2 pts per game I suspect it is going to take a few points more than 50 to secure safety....so certainly no room for complacency from any of the sides from 8th down really which in itself must surely be some kind of record as we exit February?
Yes, even the bottom side can get a result against Southend if they try....
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Results tonight show just what a crazy league it is this season where really anybody can beat anybody. With the top three averaging way less than 2 pts per game I suspect it is going to take a few points more than 50 to secure safety....so certainly no room for complacency from any of the sides from 8th down really which in itself must surely be some kind of record as we exit February?[/p][/quote]Yes, even the bottom side can get a result against Southend if they try.... Anysport
  • Score: -10

9:28am Wed 26 Feb 14

FortessBC says...

Anysport wrote:
23rdApril1966 wrote:
Results tonight show just what a crazy league it is this season where really anybody can beat anybody. With the top three averaging way less than 2 pts per game I suspect it is going to take a few points more than 50 to secure safety....so certainly no room for complacency from any of the sides from 8th down really which in itself must surely be some kind of record as we exit February?
Yes, even the bottom side can get a result against Southend if they try....
Sounds like your implying we didn't try? Northampton has a new manager with fresh faces in the team, mark my words they will drag themselves up the table. Its going to be a real interesting month in March. We have 7 games in March so 12 points is a must IMO if we want to consolidate and keep clear of the pack, although the pack includes everyone from 8th down at the moment!
[quote][p][bold]Anysport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Results tonight show just what a crazy league it is this season where really anybody can beat anybody. With the top three averaging way less than 2 pts per game I suspect it is going to take a few points more than 50 to secure safety....so certainly no room for complacency from any of the sides from 8th down really which in itself must surely be some kind of record as we exit February?[/p][/quote]Yes, even the bottom side can get a result against Southend if they try....[/p][/quote]Sounds like your implying we didn't try? Northampton has a new manager with fresh faces in the team, mark my words they will drag themselves up the table. Its going to be a real interesting month in March. We have 7 games in March so 12 points is a must IMO if we want to consolidate and keep clear of the pack, although the pack includes everyone from 8th down at the moment! FortessBC
  • Score: 0

12:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Justin7 says...

"He’s got big, long arms"

Always good on a goalkeeper! :D
"He’s got big, long arms" Always good on a goalkeeper! :D Justin7
  • Score: 2

2:18pm Wed 26 Feb 14

dazthecat says...

Edsoni wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down
I agree with this assessment of players and situation.
Apart from a pass to McCombe, whose shot was smothered in the previous home match, Reedy hasn't clicked yet.
Having said that, he's playing further back than previously and therefore his role is slightly different from that I envisaged. We haven't been outclassed in the middle so although the offensive side is still missing - overall probably OK.
Many teams catch up games in hand tonight; so we'll have a much clearer picture of the lie of the land before Exeter hit town.
To be fair, I don't remember Reed being this midfield maestro that everyone else seems to remember from last season anyway. Don't get me wrong I still think it's a good signing, but people seem to be remembering some league 2 xavi which I think is unfair expectations on him. We weren't playing creative football when he was here last year we were just grinding out results
[quote][p][bold]Edsoni[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down[/p][/quote]I agree with this assessment of players and situation. Apart from a pass to McCombe, whose shot was smothered in the previous home match, Reedy hasn't clicked yet. Having said that, he's playing further back than previously and therefore his role is slightly different from that I envisaged. We haven't been outclassed in the middle so although the offensive side is still missing - overall probably OK. Many teams catch up games in hand tonight; so we'll have a much clearer picture of the lie of the land before Exeter hit town.[/p][/quote]To be fair, I don't remember Reed being this midfield maestro that everyone else seems to remember from last season anyway. Don't get me wrong I still think it's a good signing, but people seem to be remembering some league 2 xavi which I think is unfair expectations on him. We weren't playing creative football when he was here last year we were just grinding out results dazthecat
  • Score: 2

3:16pm Wed 26 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

dazthecat wrote:
Edsoni wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down
I agree with this assessment of players and situation.
Apart from a pass to McCombe, whose shot was smothered in the previous home match, Reedy hasn't clicked yet.
Having said that, he's playing further back than previously and therefore his role is slightly different from that I envisaged. We haven't been outclassed in the middle so although the offensive side is still missing - overall probably OK.
Many teams catch up games in hand tonight; so we'll have a much clearer picture of the lie of the land before Exeter hit town.
To be fair, I don't remember Reed being this midfield maestro that everyone else seems to remember from last season anyway. Don't get me wrong I still think it's a good signing, but people seem to be remembering some league 2 xavi which I think is unfair expectations on him. We weren't playing creative football when he was here last year we were just grinding out results
Nothing above mentions him being a maestro or a xavi but he scored 2 goals in 6 outings and made an impact on the pitch. For me the rose tinted glasses were worn in peoples assessment of Tom Platt
[quote][p][bold]dazthecat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Edsoni[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down[/p][/quote]I agree with this assessment of players and situation. Apart from a pass to McCombe, whose shot was smothered in the previous home match, Reedy hasn't clicked yet. Having said that, he's playing further back than previously and therefore his role is slightly different from that I envisaged. We haven't been outclassed in the middle so although the offensive side is still missing - overall probably OK. Many teams catch up games in hand tonight; so we'll have a much clearer picture of the lie of the land before Exeter hit town.[/p][/quote]To be fair, I don't remember Reed being this midfield maestro that everyone else seems to remember from last season anyway. Don't get me wrong I still think it's a good signing, but people seem to be remembering some league 2 xavi which I think is unfair expectations on him. We weren't playing creative football when he was here last year we were just grinding out results[/p][/quote]Nothing above mentions him being a maestro or a xavi but he scored 2 goals in 6 outings and made an impact on the pitch. For me the rose tinted glasses were worn in peoples assessment of Tom Platt T.R.M1974
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Wed 26 Feb 14

dazthecat says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
dazthecat wrote:
Edsoni wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down
I agree with this assessment of players and situation.
Apart from a pass to McCombe, whose shot was smothered in the previous home match, Reedy hasn't clicked yet.
Having said that, he's playing further back than previously and therefore his role is slightly different from that I envisaged. We haven't been outclassed in the middle so although the offensive side is still missing - overall probably OK.
Many teams catch up games in hand tonight; so we'll have a much clearer picture of the lie of the land before Exeter hit town.
To be fair, I don't remember Reed being this midfield maestro that everyone else seems to remember from last season anyway. Don't get me wrong I still think it's a good signing, but people seem to be remembering some league 2 xavi which I think is unfair expectations on him. We weren't playing creative football when he was here last year we were just grinding out results
Nothing above mentions him being a maestro or a xavi but he scored 2 goals in 6 outings and made an impact on the pitch. For me the rose tinted glasses were worn in peoples assessment of Tom Platt
I'm not necessarily referring to posts on this thread. I'm not saying he's a bad player I just don't think he'll change the way we play or add loads of creativity as a lot if people were saying even before we re signed him
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazthecat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Edsoni[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Russ looks a lot fitter now than when he first arrived and is starting to look the part. I hope this can soon be said about Reedy, he's not had the same impact yet as last season but there's a good player in there. Nick in goal looked a bit nervous when he fist came back but now hardly puts a foot wrong he is excellent on crosses his kicking is pretty good aswell. All we need to do now is start winning some home games and kick on because its starting to look tight from 8th down[/p][/quote]I agree with this assessment of players and situation. Apart from a pass to McCombe, whose shot was smothered in the previous home match, Reedy hasn't clicked yet. Having said that, he's playing further back than previously and therefore his role is slightly different from that I envisaged. We haven't been outclassed in the middle so although the offensive side is still missing - overall probably OK. Many teams catch up games in hand tonight; so we'll have a much clearer picture of the lie of the land before Exeter hit town.[/p][/quote]To be fair, I don't remember Reed being this midfield maestro that everyone else seems to remember from last season anyway. Don't get me wrong I still think it's a good signing, but people seem to be remembering some league 2 xavi which I think is unfair expectations on him. We weren't playing creative football when he was here last year we were just grinding out results[/p][/quote]Nothing above mentions him being a maestro or a xavi but he scored 2 goals in 6 outings and made an impact on the pitch. For me the rose tinted glasses were worn in peoples assessment of Tom Platt[/p][/quote]I'm not necessarily referring to posts on this thread. I'm not saying he's a bad player I just don't think he'll change the way we play or add loads of creativity as a lot if people were saying even before we re signed him dazthecat
  • Score: 2

6:24pm Wed 26 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

Just a thought, well its more than a thought, its reality that when you next pay to watch a match the VAT go towards keeping the 2 scumbags in prison for the rest of their lives for taking the life of Lee Rigby. it puts the 50 points we need into to stay up into some sort of prospective ,
Just a thought, well its more than a thought, its reality that when you next pay to watch a match the VAT go towards keeping the 2 scumbags in prison for the rest of their lives for taking the life of Lee Rigby. it puts the 50 points we need into to stay up into some sort of prospective , bill bailey
  • Score: 3

8:32pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Anysport says...

Anysport wrote:
23rdApril1966 wrote:
Results tonight show just what a crazy league it is this season where really anybody can beat anybody. With the top three averaging way less than 2 pts per game I suspect it is going to take a few points more than 50 to secure safety....so certainly no room for complacency from any of the sides from 8th down really which in itself must surely be some kind of record as we exit February?
Yes, even the bottom side can get a result against Southend if they try....
Shots on target: City 2, Southend 2.
Shots off target: City 2, Southend 6.
Josh Carson 6 ...did not threaten in an attacking sense.
Adam Reed 6 ...his creative ability was rarely in evidence.
Will Hayhurst 6 ...drifted out of the action for periods.
Ryan Bowman 6 Scrapped away in attack with little reward...
Michael Coulson 6 ...showed moments of quality.
[quote][p][bold]Anysport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Results tonight show just what a crazy league it is this season where really anybody can beat anybody. With the top three averaging way less than 2 pts per game I suspect it is going to take a few points more than 50 to secure safety....so certainly no room for complacency from any of the sides from 8th down really which in itself must surely be some kind of record as we exit February?[/p][/quote]Yes, even the bottom side can get a result against Southend if they try....[/p][/quote]Shots on target: City 2, Southend 2. Shots off target: City 2, Southend 6. Josh Carson 6 ...did not threaten in an attacking sense. Adam Reed 6 ...his creative ability was rarely in evidence. Will Hayhurst 6 ...drifted out of the action for periods. Ryan Bowman 6 Scrapped away in attack with little reward... Michael Coulson 6 ...showed moments of quality. Anysport
  • Score: -7

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