Chairman lauds York City’s ‘phenomenal’ play-off push

Chairman lauds York City’s ‘phenomenal’ play-off push

York City chairman Jason McGill, pictured celebrating, is urging fans to turn out in force for the League Two play-offs

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YORK City's board have declared reaching the Sky Bet League Two play-offs as a "phenomenal achievement".

The Minstermen secured their qualification after a 1-0 victory over Newport County at the weekend guaranteed a top-seven spot and chairman Jason McGill said the efforts of manager Nigel Worthington and his squad had surpassed their expectations.

Declaring the club's desire to achieve Wembley glory next month, McGill, who has held the reins at Bootham Crescent for nine years, said: "Finally, we feel this club is heading where we want it to be."

“We are absolutely delighted to be in the play-offs and competing for promotion to League One," he said.

"It is a phenomenal achievement and well deserved after all the hard work and dedication Nigel Worthington, the players and everyone at the club have put in over the course of the season.

"As a board of directors, the target for this season was to establish ourselves in League Two. We have done that and have surpassed our main aim. We now want to continue achieving and win promotion to League One.

"We feel the past nine years have been about saving and stabilising this football club and now we are building for the future. We have a clear planned strategy going forward.

"We have invested £120,000 improving the training ground, we have recruited new personnel at the club to improve our professionalism, we will have a new community stadium with excellent facilities in 2016 and we have a first class manager to help to fulfil our football ambitions, which includes promotion.

"Finally, we feel this club is heading where we want it to be."

McGill also praised City's supporters and expressed his hope for a "capacity crowd" to cheer on the players in the home leg of the play-offs in a couple of weeks time.

He added: "The support the club has received from our fans has been amazing throughout the campaign. I would like to thank them all and hope we can repay them with more success in May.

"We hope to have a capacity crowd supporting us in the home leg and I’m sure it will be a fantastic atmosphere and will help to lift the players, who continue to be resilient, hardworking and brave. We are all very excited and looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

York's success in securing a play-off berth means the club's inaugural Player of the Year awards night has had to be switched to a new date. The ceremony was scheduled to take place at York Racecourse on May 8 but will now be held at the same venue on Monday, May 19.

Keeping the original date would have given the City players, who will all be attending the event, less than 48 hours to recover before they are due to kick off their first-leg semi-final play-off encounter.

City boss Nigel Worthington said: "We want to make it a night to remember and only by moving the date can we ensure all the players can attend while at the same time remaining fully focused on the play-offs.

"We hope supporters understand the reasons behind the decision. The club has announced the switch as soon as possible to give ticket holders every chance of making the necessary arrangements."

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12:30pm Tue 29 Apr 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

"The support the club has received from our fans has been amazing throughout the campaign. I would like to thank them all and hope we can repay them with more success in May."

You have already repaid the supporters many times over.

Let us, the supporters, repay all those associated with the club over the next 3 or 4 games by cheering you on until the season comes to an end, whatever league that may find us in.
"The support the club has received from our fans has been amazing throughout the campaign. I would like to thank them all and hope we can repay them with more success in May." You have already repaid the supporters many times over. Let us, the supporters, repay all those associated with the club over the next 3 or 4 games by cheering you on until the season comes to an end, whatever league that may find us in. The Legend Of Keith
  • Score: 74

1:10pm Tue 29 Apr 14

SbragiaIsOurHero says...

@TheLegendOfKeith - well said sir. As proper fans, we cheer our team through all the ups and downs. Nice that at the moment, we're cheering the ups!

BTW TheLegendOfKeith, I presume your name is in reference to the dear departed Mr. Walwyn, but don't you agree that Mr. Lowe is quickly approaching this revered status?
#Keith Lowe, Keith Chariot, Keith is gonna carry us home!#
@TheLegendOfKeith - well said sir. As proper fans, we cheer our team through all the ups and downs. Nice that at the moment, we're cheering the ups! BTW TheLegendOfKeith, I presume your name is in reference to the dear departed Mr. Walwyn, but don't you agree that Mr. Lowe is quickly approaching this revered status? #Keith Lowe, Keith Chariot, Keith is gonna carry us home!# SbragiaIsOurHero
  • Score: 12

1:27pm Tue 29 Apr 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

SbragiaIsOurHero wrote:
@TheLegendOfKeith - well said sir. As proper fans, we cheer our team through all the ups and downs. Nice that at the moment, we're cheering the ups!

BTW TheLegendOfKeith, I presume your name is in reference to the dear departed Mr. Walwyn, but don't you agree that Mr. Lowe is quickly approaching this revered status?
#Keith Lowe, Keith Chariot, Keith is gonna carry us home!#
It is indeed in reference to Keith Walwyn, who I believe to be one of the greatest players to ever wear the York shirt.

Keith Lowe has been excellent since signing, and was the herald of Nigel Worthingtons mid-season revolution. The last minute goal conceded at Southend must still annoy him and the play-offs would be an excellent stage to exact revenge.
[quote][p][bold]SbragiaIsOurHero[/bold] wrote: @TheLegendOfKeith - well said sir. As proper fans, we cheer our team through all the ups and downs. Nice that at the moment, we're cheering the ups! BTW TheLegendOfKeith, I presume your name is in reference to the dear departed Mr. Walwyn, but don't you agree that Mr. Lowe is quickly approaching this revered status? #Keith Lowe, Keith Chariot, Keith is gonna carry us home!#[/p][/quote]It is indeed in reference to Keith Walwyn, who I believe to be one of the greatest players to ever wear the York shirt. Keith Lowe has been excellent since signing, and was the herald of Nigel Worthingtons mid-season revolution. The last minute goal conceded at Southend must still annoy him and the play-offs would be an excellent stage to exact revenge. The Legend Of Keith
  • Score: 10

6:54pm Tue 29 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

Come on City, show Bill Bailey and his Luton lot you can do it!!!
Come on City, show Bill Bailey and his Luton lot you can do it!!! andy fowler
  • Score: -9

9:47pm Tue 29 Apr 14

valduggan says...

A fantastic achievement by Nigel, Steve all other staff & the squad. Let's also thank Jason, Sophie & the McGill family as well as the rest of the board for all their time, effort & dedication over the last 10 years. The McGill family (and the board) deserve enormous praise for their patience & financial support over these last 10 long years. It would be great to repeat the success of spring 2012 & it would be a tribute to all those that have remained loyal to the club over the last 10 years. A double, with Gateshead (Gary Mills team) getting into the league would also be a bonus.

Val Duggan
A fantastic achievement by Nigel, Steve all other staff & the squad. Let's also thank Jason, Sophie & the McGill family as well as the rest of the board for all their time, effort & dedication over the last 10 years. The McGill family (and the board) deserve enormous praise for their patience & financial support over these last 10 long years. It would be great to repeat the success of spring 2012 & it would be a tribute to all those that have remained loyal to the club over the last 10 years. A double, with Gateshead (Gary Mills team) getting into the league would also be a bonus. Val Duggan valduggan
  • Score: 12

9:56pm Tue 29 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

andy fowler wrote:
Come on City, show Bill Bailey and his Luton lot you can do it!!!
That's the laugh of the year,,At Christmas you were one of a few who wanted the McGill's and NW out. You turn coat. Luton Who are they ? your lot ?
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: Come on City, show Bill Bailey and his Luton lot you can do it!!![/p][/quote]That's the laugh of the year,,At Christmas you were one of a few who wanted the McGill's and NW out. You turn coat. Luton Who are they ? your lot ? bill bailey
  • Score: 0

10:01pm Tue 29 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

bill bailey wrote:
andy fowler wrote:
Come on City, show Bill Bailey and his Luton lot you can do it!!!
That's the laugh of the year,,At Christmas you were one of a few who wanted the McGill's and NW out. You turn coat. Luton Who are they ? your lot ?
Considering I've only been on the site a few weeks you show yourself to be the ignorant Luton fan you really are!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: Come on City, show Bill Bailey and his Luton lot you can do it!!![/p][/quote]That's the laugh of the year,,At Christmas you were one of a few who wanted the McGill's and NW out. You turn coat. Luton Who are they ? your lot ?[/p][/quote]Considering I've only been on the site a few weeks you show yourself to be the ignorant Luton fan you really are!!!!!!! andy fowler
  • Score: -14

11:17pm Tue 29 Apr 14

You're Fired says...

How about we just talk about Luton in the run up to and in the few days after we play them. FYI that won't be this season and hopefully, won't be next either!
How about we just talk about Luton in the run up to and in the few days after we play them. FYI that won't be this season and hopefully, won't be next either! You're Fired
  • Score: 8

12:04am Wed 30 Apr 14

Come On City! says...

Hear hear! A huge well done to all associated with the club - the players, the manager and coaches, the McGills and the fans. And a special mention to an unsung hero: our club doctor (Dr Moroney) who shows up week in week out to look after the players (and the fans for that matter) and doesn't get paid a bean!
Hear hear! A huge well done to all associated with the club - the players, the manager and coaches, the McGills and the fans. And a special mention to an unsung hero: our club doctor (Dr Moroney) who shows up week in week out to look after the players (and the fans for that matter) and doesn't get paid a bean! Come On City!
  • Score: 16

8:49am Wed 30 Apr 14

Fat Harry says...

valduggan wrote:
A fantastic achievement by Nigel, Steve all other staff & the squad. Let's also thank Jason, Sophie & the McGill family as well as the rest of the board for all their time, effort & dedication over the last 10 years. The McGill family (and the board) deserve enormous praise for their patience & financial support over these last 10 long years. It would be great to repeat the success of spring 2012 & it would be a tribute to all those that have remained loyal to the club over the last 10 years. A double, with Gateshead (Gary Mills team) getting into the league would also be a bonus. Val Duggan
True, but as it's the last ten years you're talking about, the Supporters' Trust also merits our thanks, as do the hundreds of other City fans who put their blood, sweat, and tears into getting our club through the dark days of administration when we nearly lost the club altogether

Onwards and upwards!.
[quote][p][bold]valduggan[/bold] wrote: A fantastic achievement by Nigel, Steve all other staff & the squad. Let's also thank Jason, Sophie & the McGill family as well as the rest of the board for all their time, effort & dedication over the last 10 years. The McGill family (and the board) deserve enormous praise for their patience & financial support over these last 10 long years. It would be great to repeat the success of spring 2012 & it would be a tribute to all those that have remained loyal to the club over the last 10 years. A double, with Gateshead (Gary Mills team) getting into the league would also be a bonus. Val Duggan[/p][/quote]True, but as it's the last ten years you're talking about, the Supporters' Trust also merits our thanks, as do the hundreds of other City fans who put their blood, sweat, and tears into getting our club through the dark days of administration when we nearly lost the club altogether Onwards and upwards!. Fat Harry
  • Score: 6

10:49am Wed 30 Apr 14

Yorkie41 says...

Just been on the city site and saw a very interesting Quiz question. Who was the first club to break a hundred points, when 3 points where given for a win in 1981.
Just been on the city site and saw a very interesting Quiz question. Who was the first club to break a hundred points, when 3 points where given for a win in 1981. Yorkie41
  • Score: 0

2:47pm Wed 30 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

andy fowler wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
andy fowler wrote:
Come on City, show Bill Bailey and his Luton lot you can do it!!!
That's the laugh of the year,,At Christmas you were one of a few who wanted the McGill's and NW out. You turn coat. Luton Who are they ? your lot ?
Considering I've only been on the site a few weeks you show yourself to be the ignorant Luton fan you really are!!!!!!!
I think I will let someone else reply to you remark,
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: Come on City, show Bill Bailey and his Luton lot you can do it!!![/p][/quote]That's the laugh of the year,,At Christmas you were one of a few who wanted the McGill's and NW out. You turn coat. Luton Who are they ? your lot ?[/p][/quote]Considering I've only been on the site a few weeks you show yourself to be the ignorant Luton fan you really are!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I think I will let someone else reply to you remark, bill bailey
  • Score: 2

3:20pm Wed 30 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

bill bailey wrote:
andy fowler wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
andy fowler wrote:
Come on City, show Bill Bailey and his Luton lot you can do it!!!
That's the laugh of the year,,At Christmas you were one of a few who wanted the McGill's and NW out. You turn coat. Luton Who are they ? your lot ?
Considering I've only been on the site a few weeks you show yourself to be the ignorant Luton fan you really are!!!!!!!
I think I will let someone else reply to you remark,
Luton Bill can't take being found out
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: Come on City, show Bill Bailey and his Luton lot you can do it!!![/p][/quote]That's the laugh of the year,,At Christmas you were one of a few who wanted the McGill's and NW out. You turn coat. Luton Who are they ? your lot ?[/p][/quote]Considering I've only been on the site a few weeks you show yourself to be the ignorant Luton fan you really are!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I think I will let someone else reply to you remark,[/p][/quote]Luton Bill can't take being found out andy fowler
  • Score: -7

5:50pm Wed 30 Apr 14

oxford exile says...

good luck to York City from an Oxford fan...great run of form just at the right time and well deserved..whilst we capitulated (again)
good luck to York City from an Oxford fan...great run of form just at the right time and well deserved..whilst we capitulated (again) oxford exile
  • Score: 8

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