Weight of history against York City play-off victory

Weight of history against York City play-off victory

Weight of history against York City play-off victory

Updated in Sport

YORK City are aiming to become only the fourth club in 28 years to reach the League Two play-off final after losing their semi-final first leg at home.

That feat has only been achieved three times in 54 previous ties but there is a recent precedent with a Bradford City side, featuring former Minsterman James Meredith, recovering from a 3-2 deficit at Valley Parade last term to clinch a .5-4 aggregate win over second-leg hosts Burton.

Prior to that, Shrewsbury were the last club to fight back from a first-leg home defeat, going down 1-0 to Bury before levelling the tie at Gigg Lane and going through on penalties in 2009.

Northampton were also shoot-out victors in 2004, having trailed 2-0 at Sixfields but fought back with a 3-1 triumph against Mansfield.

From the play-offs' introduction in 1987 until 2003, no side from the Football League's lowest tier managed to overturn a losing position from a home semi-final, first leg.

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander, meanwhile, admitted he is in two minds as he settles on his side for tonight's game.

Holding midfielder Alan Goodall is available again after a three-match suspension and whether he is recalled in place of the more-attack-minded Steven Schumacher could depend on if Alexander places a priority on defending his team's first-leg advantage rather than adding to it.

The former Scotland international said: "It does give me a headache. Alan Goodall has been a integral part of what we've done since the turn of the year so he comes into our thinking.

"Whenever he's played he's played very well and he gives us something that other players don't. But then again when Steven Schumacher plays he gives us a different angle too."

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11:46am Fri 16 May 14

chuckabuttie says...

How about a headline of "City's opportunity to become only the fourth club etc...."

Cup half full headline would read better
How about a headline of "City's opportunity to become only the fourth club etc...." Cup half full headline would read better chuckabuttie
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12:02pm Fri 16 May 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I think that they are just saying what a difficult task it will be - Not saying that it is an impossible task. Even the most naive football fan knows that you dont really want to lose your home tie like City did. The first goal scored tonight is the key, if City score it, then Fleetwood might get nervous. If its Fleetwood who score it, them our difficult task becomes a monumental task.
I think that they are just saying what a difficult task it will be - Not saying that it is an impossible task. Even the most naive football fan knows that you dont really want to lose your home tie like City did. The first goal scored tonight is the key, if City score it, then Fleetwood might get nervous. If its Fleetwood who score it, them our difficult task becomes a monumental task. OLD - HEAD
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12:20pm Fri 16 May 14

23rdApril1966 says...

I notice that both Championship and League One Play Offs have gone to form with the 3rd an 4th place teams winning through to Wembley.
So that's another trend that we have to buck tonight.
I've posted elsewhere re my thoughts on the team, one thing for sure is that we very very seldom create a hatful of chances so it will be imperative tonight that if we get a chance we put it away. As OH says the first goal will be key, the longer it remains 0-0 the edgier Fleetwood will likely become.
It still feels like a 'free hit' to me given that nobody expected us to be in the Play Offs. So relaxed compared to Mansfield in semi two years ago, and Luton / Morecambe in prior years.....nowhere near the pressure / desperation to get back to the League.
All down to my lucky maroon jumper then I guess.......
I notice that both Championship and League One Play Offs have gone to form with the 3rd an 4th place teams winning through to Wembley. So that's another trend that we have to buck tonight. I've posted elsewhere re my thoughts on the team, one thing for sure is that we very very seldom create a hatful of chances so it will be imperative tonight that if we get a chance we put it away. As OH says the first goal will be key, the longer it remains 0-0 the edgier Fleetwood will likely become. It still feels like a 'free hit' to me given that nobody expected us to be in the Play Offs. So relaxed compared to Mansfield in semi two years ago, and Luton / Morecambe in prior years.....nowhere near the pressure / desperation to get back to the League. All down to my lucky maroon jumper then I guess....... 23rdApril1966
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12:42pm Fri 16 May 14

chuckabuttie says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
I think that they are just saying what a difficult task it will be - Not saying that it is an impossible task. Even the most naive football fan knows that you dont really want to lose your home tie like City did. The first goal scored tonight is the key, if City score it, then Fleetwood might get nervous. If its Fleetwood who score it, them our difficult task becomes a monumental task.
True. And to be honest I was cup half empty leaving BC on Monday. Feeling more upbeat now:-)
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I think that they are just saying what a difficult task it will be - Not saying that it is an impossible task. Even the most naive football fan knows that you dont really want to lose your home tie like City did. The first goal scored tonight is the key, if City score it, then Fleetwood might get nervous. If its Fleetwood who score it, them our difficult task becomes a monumental task.[/p][/quote]True. And to be honest I was cup half empty leaving BC on Monday. Feeling more upbeat now:-) chuckabuttie
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12:47pm Fri 16 May 14

duffy says...

The reality Is Fleetwood are massive favourites now and should be the team going through, nine times out of ten they would, we just have to give the team 100% support and see what happens.
The reality Is Fleetwood are massive favourites now and should be the team going through, nine times out of ten they would, we just have to give the team 100% support and see what happens. duffy
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1:07pm Fri 16 May 14

Some old bloke says...

duffy wrote:
The reality Is Fleetwood are massive favourites now and should be the team going through, nine times out of ten they would, we just have to give the team 100% support and see what happens.
Exactly right. Let's show them what an away crowd looks like.
LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE!
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: The reality Is Fleetwood are massive favourites now and should be the team going through, nine times out of ten they would, we just have to give the team 100% support and see what happens.[/p][/quote]Exactly right. Let's show them what an away crowd looks like. LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE! Some old bloke
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2:33pm Fri 16 May 14

openallhours says...

Whatever happens tonight, the last 4 months have exceeded all expectations and the foundations appear to have been laid for seasons to come. Whilst tonight will be a challenge, our recent achievements like a 17 game unbeaten run, 6 consecutive wins and few goals conceded should have us in the right frame of mind.
Whatever happens tonight, the last 4 months have exceeded all expectations and the foundations appear to have been laid for seasons to come. Whilst tonight will be a challenge, our recent achievements like a 17 game unbeaten run, 6 consecutive wins and few goals conceded should have us in the right frame of mind. openallhours
  • Score: 1

3:42pm Fri 16 May 14

chuckabuttie says...

Some old bloke wrote:
duffy wrote:
The reality Is Fleetwood are massive favourites now and should be the team going through, nine times out of ten they would, we just have to give the team 100% support and see what happens.
Exactly right. Let's show them what an away crowd looks like.
LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE!
Spot on. I remember a home game v Huddersfield years ago when we weren't very good. Was only about 11; but the thing I'll always remember is that away support. Large, fanatical and very, very loud. Final score? 0-4.

COYR................
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[quote][p][bold]Some old bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: The reality Is Fleetwood are massive favourites now and should be the team going through, nine times out of ten they would, we just have to give the team 100% support and see what happens.[/p][/quote]Exactly right. Let's show them what an away crowd looks like. LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE![/p][/quote]Spot on. I remember a home game v Huddersfield years ago when we weren't very good. Was only about 11; but the thing I'll always remember is that away support. Large, fanatical and very, very loud. Final score? 0-4. COYR................ . chuckabuttie
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4:01pm Fri 16 May 14

FortessBC says...

Feel strangely calm about tonight. I think its the reality that no one expects us to get to Wembley now. I love an upset don't you. Give it everything you can lads. COYR
Feel strangely calm about tonight. I think its the reality that no one expects us to get to Wembley now. I love an upset don't you. Give it everything you can lads. COYR FortessBC
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