York City 2013/14 season review

: On-loan keeper Nick Pope coming out to claim a high ball into the box was a familiar sight for York City fans

Skipper Russell Penn led from the front after his January arrival

York City’s amazing turnaround from relegation candidates to play-off contenders coincided with the pairing of January signing John McCombe, far left, with mid-season recruit Keith Lowe at the heart of the defence

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FORGET Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea - surely the biggest mistake of the 2013/14 football season was made by Cheltenham boss Mark Yates.

After all, how often can two players discarded by a League Two team have gone on to make such an impact at a rival club plying their trade at the same level.

Keith Lowe and Russell Penn were both deemed surplus to requirements by Yates midway through a season that would see the Robins go nowhere near emulating their play-off campaigns of the previous two years.

The experienced 28-year-old pair, meanwhile, who also played together for Yates at Kidderminster, would go on to help form the spine of a City side, along with equally influential recruits Nick Pope and John McCombe, that mounted an unexpected, top-seven push of their own during a remarkable final five months of the season.

Lowe and Pope arrived first in mid-November although the latter was swiftly recalled by Charlton due to injury and would not return for another two months.

In the meantime, Lowe's impact on a back-line that had shipped 38 goals in 20 games at an average of 1.9 per match was beginning to take shape.

During the subsequent 32 fixtures, in which Lowe played every minute, the side only conceded 17 times at an average of 0.53 goals per match.

A club record of 22 clean sheets in a regular season was also set despite only three shut-outs having been mustered prior to Lowe's transfer to Bootham Crescent.

As for Penn, his signing in January brought drive and purpose to a midfield that had previously struggled to impose itself on matches.

Due to Dan Parslow and David McGurk's injuries, he also quickly assumed the captain's armband and led the team by example with previous skipper Chris Smith's ability to inspire the side having seemingly waned earlier in the campaign.

On his return, meanwhile, Pope used his height and mature judgement to stem the flow of a series of goals conceded from crosses into the penalty box, while McCombe, after becoming a misfit at Mansfield, slotted in brilliantly alongside Lowe.

The quartet all played key roles during an amazing transformation for a club that had bid a welcome farewell to a 2013 that drew to a close with the longest run of games without a win at the end of a calendar year.

Equally as concerning, from the 18 League Two clubs that had plied their trade in the division during that year, only Conference-bound Torquay had picked up fewer points.

City kicked off 2014 only outside the relegation zone on goal difference and many feared another dogfight for Football League survival.

Bootham Crescent chief Nigel Worthington was, typically, calmer than most but eager to get to January and apply some carefully-considered surgery to his squad.

He will, nevertheless have been surprised himself by the subsequent results.

On his hopes for the new year, Worthington was targeting the same steady improvement he had set as the club's goal back in August and added: "If you can string four or five wins together, you can be sitting tenth or 12th and that's possible if everybody stays focussed."

As it happened, just two defeats in 23 matches saw the Minstermen show form that would have won the title by six points had the campaign kicked off on January 1.

Another place in the history books was also secured when the team finished off the regular season unbeaten in 17 matches - the first 16 of which saw only three goals conceded and, remarkably, not a single one let in from open play.

It was a season of evolution, as much as of revolution despite the unsentimental displacing of the likes of Ingham and Smith from the first XI.

From the team fielded by Worthington for the opening day of the campaign, Smith, Craig Clay, Ashley Chambers and Richard Cresswell had all left the club by the end of January.

Others like Ingham, McGurk, Tom Platt, Sander Puri and Ryan Jarvis, meanwhile, all played vastly-reduced roles during the second-half of the campaign.

Only full-backs Ben Davies and Lanre Oyebanjo would prove mainstays for a full nine months and even the latter came under heavy pressure for his place following the loan arrival of Luke O’Neill.

Both could now move on with Davies back at parent club Preston and Oyebanjo believed to be keen on a move south.

With Pope also gone and all-action winger Josh Carson expected to be sidelined by Christmas, expectation might still need to be tempered and patience exercised as Worthington looks for more astute additions this summer.

A need for greater firepower will have to be addressed too with City sustaining a promotion push despite averaging less than a goal a game during the last 14 matches.

There will need to be less of an onus on leading marksman Wes Fletcher, particularly if Jarvis is to remain on the periphery and players from other departments of the team will also be required to chip in with more.

Central-midfielders Penn, Adam Reed, Lewis Montrose, Elliott Whitehouse, Platt and Clay only managed one goal in 132 collective appearances.

That effort was also one that inadvertently bounced over the line off Montrose's heel after a cross was dropped by Portsmouth keeper John Sullivan.

Neither full back got on the scoresheet either despite Oyebanjo (46) and Davies (47) racking up 93 appearances between them.

Worthington is unlikely to overlook such statistics in an otherwise proud season that saw York City re-establish themselves as a credible Football League outfit.

 

York City's 2013/14 season in statistics

• City used 35 players this season, compared to 36 in 2012/13.

• Three League doubles were achieved - Northampton Town, Portsmouth and Torquay United - and no team defeated City twice.

• The average League attendance of 3,773 was down from 3,887 the previous campaign.

• A tally of 41 goals conceded has been only bettered three times in the Football League by City, in 1973/74 (38), 1983/84 (39) and 1993/94 (40).

• A total of 22 clean sheets in the League is a new club record.

Compiled by David Batters

 

York City 2013/14 squad ratings

TOM ALLAN
Looked a little tentative at times when given chances in the team. Has the ingredients to be a good defender. Might just need to work on mental strength and focus, especially at the start of games. Appearances: 4 (2), Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

CALVIN ANDREW
Brought muscle and endeavour to City’s frontline following his March move. Carried a greater attacking threat than his goal record suggested. Needs to use his aerial strength closer to the opposition’s goal though. Appearances: 7 (3), Goals: 1. Rating: 7/10

RYAN BOWMAN
Beset by injury and suspension problems early on but still looked dangerous. Form then deserted him when he got a prolonged run in the side. Still contributed to the cause, though, as evidenced by his position at the top of the assists table. Appearances: 26 (17), Goals: 8. Rating: 7/10

RYAN BROBBEL
Capable of providing some truly out-of-the-ordinary moments as Scunthorpe will testify. Other matches passed him by a little. Still got time to add consistency to his game and become more robust. Appearances: 17 (4), Goals: 4. Rating: 7/10

JOSH CARSON
Never gave anything less than 100 per cent. A genuine example of how wingers can be involved in games for 90 minutes. Prodigious worker with a penchant for spectacular goals. Appearances: 30 (2), Goals: 5. Rating: 8/10

TOM CHAMBERLAIN
Youth-team striker given a couple of substitute outings during the first month of the campaign. Found it hard to make an impression in both matches. Was not helped by the fact the team were struggling. Appearances: 0 (2), Goals 0. Rating: 6/10

ASH CHAMBERS
A game changer on his day but also prone to struggling on others. Too many under-par performances saw him moved on mid-season. His Wembley heroics should never be forgotten though. Appearances: 10 (8), Goals 0. Rating: 5/10

CRAIG CLAY
Started encouragingly following his summer move from Chesterfield. Capable of telling tackles and passing the ball sensibly. Lost his way a little in early autumn though and discarded in January. Appearances: 8 (2), Goals 0. Rating: 6/10

MICHAEL COULSON
Enjoyed a remarkable renaissance after being left out of the squad entirely for 14 consecutive matches. A lively substitute appearance against Rochdale proved a pivotal moment in his career and he went on to score some vital long-range goals during the run-in. Perhaps more dangerous on the wing but adapted well to play as an orthodox centre-forward following Wes Fletcher’s injury. Appearances: 24 (12), Goals: 7. Rating: 8/10

RICHARD CRESSWELL
Injuries meant he could not recapture past glories on his third coming at Bootham Crescent. Showed strength to set up Ryan Jarvis for an opening day win over Northampton but that proved his season’s high point. Subsequently announced his retirement in November. Appearances: 3 (5), Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

BEN DAVIES
Emerged as one of the team’s most reliable performers at left-back after understandably taking time to acclimatise to League Two football. Had just three senior appearances under his belt prior to a season-long loan move from Preston but his defensive resilience grew by the match. A bit reserved in his forages forward but also has the capacity to improve in that department. Appearances: 47, Goals 0. Rating: 8/10

CHRIS DICKINSON
Impossible to cast judgement on a first-year pro given just two run-outs as an 89th and 90th-minute substitute. Only made the bench once during the club’s last 14 games. Scored just once during 11 loan appearances at Whitby and Northallerton. Appearances: 0 (2), Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

WES FLETCHER
Gave his team a real cutting edge when fit. An awful challenge at Portsmouth ended his season prematurely. Showed strength with his back to goal, an ability to run beyond defences and a real desire to get in the six-yard box and score. Appearances: 26 (10), Goals: 13. Rating: 8/10

JAMAL FYFIELD
A City career that had its share of peaks and troughs came to an end in January. Potentially dangerous when travelling forward but prone to too many off days defensively and needed to be stronger in the tackle. Could not dislodge Davies and moved on to Grimsby, who released him last week. Appearances: 4 (1), Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10

WILL HAYHURST
Provided a good option with his dead-ball deliveries following a February loan move from Preston. Could have imposed himself more in open play on occasions. Also only managed one heavily deflected goal during his 20 outings. Appearances: 16 (4), Goals: 1. Rating: 7/10

MICHAEl INGHAM
Sidelined by injury in pre-season and then lost his place to the excellent Nick Pope during January. Not as commanding as in the past with balls into his penalty box. His fine service to the club might still count for something, however, as Nigel Worthington decides whether to reinstate him between the sticks next season. Appearances: 22, Goals 0. Rating: 6/10

RYAN JARVIS
Started the campaign as the team’s attacking talisman and was the only name on City’s scoresheet for the first seven matches. Had a succession of niggling injuries mid-season and could not break back into the team. Underused, a little surprisingly, when the team were struggling for goals during the run-in to the end of the season. Appearances: 25 (15), Goals: 9. Rating: 7/10

CHRIS KETTINGS
Aside from his kicking, the on-loan Blackpool shot-stopper did reasonably well when called upon after Ingham was declared unfit during the warm-up ahead of the FA Cup replay against Bristol Rovers. Worthington’s subsequent decision to draft Pope in, though, proved an inspired choice. As a consequence, a disappointed Kettings chose to return to his parent club and missed out on a second chance when Pope was recalled by Charlton two games later. Appearances: 1, Goals 0. Rating: 6/10

KEITH LOWE
Surely up there as one of the truest competitors to ever pull on a City shirt. His impact on the club following a November arrival from Cheltenham is there for all to see with an analysis of the goals-conceded record thereafter. Hard to recall one costly mistake in that time and any rare errors of judgement were compensated for by a willingness and ability to recover quickly. Appearances: 32, Goals 1. Rating: 9/10

AARON McCAREY
The efforts of all the three other keepers used by City in 2013/14 will perhaps unfairly be judged alongside the merits of Pope. On-loan Wolves shot-stopper McCarey did not dominate in the air in the same manner as the Charlton man. Also made a couple of errors. Appearances: 5, Goals 0. Rating: 6/10

JOHN McCOMBE
Difficult to see why Mansfield were willing to offload the two-time promotion winner at Port Vale and Hereford. His power and risk-free approach to defending made him a strong adversary for all opponents. Forged an excellent partnership with Lowe following his January arrival and was also a big goal threat at set-pieces. Appearances: 20 (1), Goals: 3. Rating: 9/10.

DAVID McGURK
Lost his place for the final three months of the season after injury gave McCombe his chance in the team. Was as dependable and reliable as ever, though, when called upon and his reading of games was immaculate. A real shame he could not get a farewell appearance under his belt after announcing his decision to retire from the full-time game due to back trouble. Appearances: 22 (3), Goals: 1. Rating: 8/10

LEWIS MONTROSE
Has all the attributes to be a very strong midfielder at League Two level with a long, loping stride, powerful shot, good range of passes and bite in the tackle. Could not nail down a regular starting place, though, as was unable to impose himself and influence some games. Looked a little ponderous at times and only managed one goal – when the ball was dropped on his heel by Portsmouth keeper John Sullivan. Appearances: 28 (9), Goals 1. Rating: 6/10

CAMERON MURRAY
Showed good close control when given a second-half cameo in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Looked a skilful talent and keen to express himself on the ball. The diminutive midfielder will now be hoping for more opportunities next term. Appearances: 0 (1), Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

LUKE o’NEILL
Classy right-back who created several goals from his excellent crosses into the box. Arrived on loan from Burnley and very composed in possession. Not afraid to try his luck from distance either, as he displayed in spectacular fashion at Chesterfield. Appearances: 16, Goals: 1. Rating: 8/10

LANRE OYEBANJO
Came under strong pressure for his starting place when O’Neill was brought to the club. Moved into a right-wing role for a spell but did not look too comfortable there. Finished the season strongly after being restored to his more familiar position, defending with determination and driving forward with intent. Appearances: 46, Goals: 0. Rating: 8/10

DAN PARSLOW
His season was cruelly curtailed by cruciate ligament damage in November. Prior to that setback, grafted well and wore his heart on his sleeve. Will be working hard to fight his way back into the team next term. Appearances: 16, Goals 0. Rating: 6/10

RUSSELL PENN
Cheltenham’s loss was City’s gain for a second time when the combative midfielder followed Lowe out of Whaddon Road to Bootham Crescent in January. Quickly made captain, he led the team by example and never shirked a tackle. Always looked to take the game to the opposition, although rarely threatened goal. Appearances: 23, Goals: 0. Rating: 8/10.

TOM PLATT
Could not build on his encouraging end to the previous season. Difficult to recall too many highlights in his 23 appearances that included no goals or assists. Might be better suited to a 4-3-3 formation as he found it hard to get involved at times when used in a two-man midfield. Appearances: 14 (9), Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10

NICK POPE
Showed excellent judgement and confidence to claim countless high balls into his penalty box during two loan spells from Charlton. Remained undeterred by any rare mistakes and also displayed sharp reflexes when needed. His kicking and coordination might need a little work but has all the makings of a top keeper. Appearances: 24, Goals 0. Rating: 9/10

SANDER PURI
Hopes were high when the full Estonian international joined City in the summer. He struggled with the pace and intensity of League Two football though. Fell completely out of favour and restricted to just two brief substitute outings from November onwards. Appearances: 5 (6), Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10.

ADAM REED Battled hard alongside Penn in midfield. Playing in a deeper role, he did not carry the same goal threat he had during his first spell at the end of the previous season. When briefly moved to the left wing, he did offer a reminder of his ability to make well-timed runs into the penalty box. Appearances: 19 (2), Goals: 0. Rating: 7/10

CHRIS SMITH
Finished 2012/13 as League Two’s Player of the Month and the club’s talismanic skipper. By September, however, he had lost his place in the team and subsequently left the club at the end of the January transfer window. Could not inspire the side in the same manner he had done in the past and upset the manager when he took part in a post-match warm down after declaring himself injured for the game. Appearances: 12 (1), Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

GEORGE TAFT
Leicester loan signing who looked a little shell-shocked when thrown into the City back four. Was sent back to the Championship club early when McGurk recovered from injury. Needed to use his physique to greater effect. Appearances: 2 (1), Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10

ELLIOTT WHITEHOUSE
Busy and energetic youngster who willingly tore around the pitch. Lacked a little composure in front of goal, although capable of getting into scoring positions. Sent back to parent club Sheffield United at the turn of the year with his performance levels dipping as the team struggled for results. Appearances: 18, Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

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12:31pm Wed 21 May 14

dadster says...

Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again.

I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively.

With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.
Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again. I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively. With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression. dadster
  • Score: 17

1:24pm Wed 21 May 14

bill bailey says...

dadster wrote:
Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again.

I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively.

With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.
After all the good things we have said about the season past, the good the bad , our position in the league the overachieving , we can look back on the fantastic support away from home, its now time to do it all over again, but from the first match and not from the mid-season. as you said there are some bigger guns in the league next season but that doesn't mean we should feel inferior in any way, our strength is our organisation off the field, The board have been in place for 10 yrs they know what they are about, a manager one of the best who is loyal and expects the same from his staff, New Stadium on the horizon, Some new faces coming in, Pre-season friendlies in place, No negative posts , lets look forward to another good season
Will it be like the last, Who has the Chrystal Ball ?? I know one that hasn't, But ill take the first price on offer at Bet Freds.
Have a good Summer .
[quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again. I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively. With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.[/p][/quote]After all the good things we have said about the season past, the good the bad , our position in the league the overachieving , we can look back on the fantastic support away from home, its now time to do it all over again, but from the first match and not from the mid-season. as you said there are some bigger guns in the league next season but that doesn't mean we should feel inferior in any way, our strength is our organisation off the field, The board have been in place for 10 yrs they know what they are about, a manager one of the best who is loyal and expects the same from his staff, New Stadium on the horizon, Some new faces coming in, Pre-season friendlies in place, No negative posts , lets look forward to another good season Will it be like the last, Who has the Chrystal Ball ?? I know one that hasn't, But ill take the first price on offer at Bet Freds. Have a good Summer . bill bailey
  • Score: 5

3:36pm Wed 21 May 14

trevor-c2 says...

Sums the season up very well, great defence in the end, poor starting 11 at season start, got our act together and in the end deserved a play off chance. I can only recall chesterfield being the one dominant side at BC, they deserved to win the league.
Highlight, the Portsmouth game, low point - Fleetwood's firework prat.

Good season all in all.
Sums the season up very well, great defence in the end, poor starting 11 at season start, got our act together and in the end deserved a play off chance. I can only recall chesterfield being the one dominant side at BC, they deserved to win the league. Highlight, the Portsmouth game, low point - Fleetwood's firework prat. Good season all in all. trevor-c2
  • Score: 4

4:02pm Wed 21 May 14

Southern Exile says...

dadster wrote:
Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again.

I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively.

With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.
Forget Oxford they are in financial trouble and will not have the squad next season, Tranmere might struggle to adjust and Luton have a non league manager ;-).

Pompey and Plymouth will improve I'm sure, not sure how Carlisle will adapt.
[quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again. I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively. With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.[/p][/quote]Forget Oxford they are in financial trouble and will not have the squad next season, Tranmere might struggle to adjust and Luton have a non league manager ;-). Pompey and Plymouth will improve I'm sure, not sure how Carlisle will adapt. Southern Exile
  • Score: 1

4:49pm Wed 21 May 14

andy fowler says...

bill bailey wrote:
dadster wrote:
Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again.

I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively.

With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.
After all the good things we have said about the season past, the good the bad , our position in the league the overachieving , we can look back on the fantastic support away from home, its now time to do it all over again, but from the first match and not from the mid-season. as you said there are some bigger guns in the league next season but that doesn't mean we should feel inferior in any way, our strength is our organisation off the field, The board have been in place for 10 yrs they know what they are about, a manager one of the best who is loyal and expects the same from his staff, New Stadium on the horizon, Some new faces coming in, Pre-season friendlies in place, No negative posts , lets look forward to another good season
Will it be like the last, Who has the Chrystal Ball ?? I know one that hasn't, But ill take the first price on offer at Bet Freds.
Have a good Summer .
Not doing your review of your beloved Luton Town's season heh Bill?
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again. I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively. With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.[/p][/quote]After all the good things we have said about the season past, the good the bad , our position in the league the overachieving , we can look back on the fantastic support away from home, its now time to do it all over again, but from the first match and not from the mid-season. as you said there are some bigger guns in the league next season but that doesn't mean we should feel inferior in any way, our strength is our organisation off the field, The board have been in place for 10 yrs they know what they are about, a manager one of the best who is loyal and expects the same from his staff, New Stadium on the horizon, Some new faces coming in, Pre-season friendlies in place, No negative posts , lets look forward to another good season Will it be like the last, Who has the Chrystal Ball ?? I know one that hasn't, But ill take the first price on offer at Bet Freds. Have a good Summer .[/p][/quote]Not doing your review of your beloved Luton Town's season heh Bill? andy fowler
  • Score: -8

6:28pm Wed 21 May 14

bill bailey says...

andy fowler wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
dadster wrote:
Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again.

I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively.

With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.
After all the good things we have said about the season past, the good the bad , our position in the league the overachieving , we can look back on the fantastic support away from home, its now time to do it all over again, but from the first match and not from the mid-season. as you said there are some bigger guns in the league next season but that doesn't mean we should feel inferior in any way, our strength is our organisation off the field, The board have been in place for 10 yrs they know what they are about, a manager one of the best who is loyal and expects the same from his staff, New Stadium on the horizon, Some new faces coming in, Pre-season friendlies in place, No negative posts , lets look forward to another good season
Will it be like the last, Who has the Chrystal Ball ?? I know one that hasn't, But ill take the first price on offer at Bet Freds.
Have a good Summer .
Not doing your review of your beloved Luton Town's season heh Bill?
Has it ever dawned you , You could be stupid, Some are born stupid , Some are because others think they are, It seems people are getting tired of you , You are boring childish and you should grow up and make relevant comments,
we might just be of the opinion you are a supporter of City and not just a Troll.
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again. I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively. With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.[/p][/quote]After all the good things we have said about the season past, the good the bad , our position in the league the overachieving , we can look back on the fantastic support away from home, its now time to do it all over again, but from the first match and not from the mid-season. as you said there are some bigger guns in the league next season but that doesn't mean we should feel inferior in any way, our strength is our organisation off the field, The board have been in place for 10 yrs they know what they are about, a manager one of the best who is loyal and expects the same from his staff, New Stadium on the horizon, Some new faces coming in, Pre-season friendlies in place, No negative posts , lets look forward to another good season Will it be like the last, Who has the Chrystal Ball ?? I know one that hasn't, But ill take the first price on offer at Bet Freds. Have a good Summer .[/p][/quote]Not doing your review of your beloved Luton Town's season heh Bill?[/p][/quote]Has it ever dawned you , You could be stupid, Some are born stupid , Some are because others think they are, It seems people are getting tired of you , You are boring childish and you should grow up and make relevant comments, we might just be of the opinion you are a supporter of City and not just a Troll. bill bailey
  • Score: 8

6:37pm Wed 21 May 14

trevor-c2 says...

Oh, almost forgot the really low moment, Richard Cresswell......I could leave it there really.

Comes on as sub, opposition score a goal and he is sent off, all in one minute.....pretty low point.
Oh, almost forgot the really low moment, Richard Cresswell......I could leave it there really. Comes on as sub, opposition score a goal and he is sent off, all in one minute.....pretty low point. trevor-c2
  • Score: 3

6:48pm Wed 21 May 14

trevor-c2 says...

bill bailey wrote:
andy fowler wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
dadster wrote:
Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again.

I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively.

With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.
After all the good things we have said about the season past, the good the bad , our position in the league the overachieving , we can look back on the fantastic support away from home, its now time to do it all over again, but from the first match and not from the mid-season. as you said there are some bigger guns in the league next season but that doesn't mean we should feel inferior in any way, our strength is our organisation off the field, The board have been in place for 10 yrs they know what they are about, a manager one of the best who is loyal and expects the same from his staff, New Stadium on the horizon, Some new faces coming in, Pre-season friendlies in place, No negative posts , lets look forward to another good season
Will it be like the last, Who has the Chrystal Ball ?? I know one that hasn't, But ill take the first price on offer at Bet Freds.
Have a good Summer .
Not doing your review of your beloved Luton Town's season heh Bill?
Has it ever dawned you , You could be stupid, Some are born stupid , Some are because others think they are, It seems people are getting tired of you , You are boring childish and you should grow up and make relevant comments,
we might just be of the opinion you are a supporter of City and not just a Troll.
This is an area where anyone can post " their " views. I suspect all are fans on here, but if someone sees that york played well in defence all game and manage to get the ball out of their own half once during the game, is that so wrong that he says so? We don't need to kid ourselves.

We go to the match, if we see rubbish then we should have the conviction to say so, to do otherwise would be just kidding yourself.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again. I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively. With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.[/p][/quote]After all the good things we have said about the season past, the good the bad , our position in the league the overachieving , we can look back on the fantastic support away from home, its now time to do it all over again, but from the first match and not from the mid-season. as you said there are some bigger guns in the league next season but that doesn't mean we should feel inferior in any way, our strength is our organisation off the field, The board have been in place for 10 yrs they know what they are about, a manager one of the best who is loyal and expects the same from his staff, New Stadium on the horizon, Some new faces coming in, Pre-season friendlies in place, No negative posts , lets look forward to another good season Will it be like the last, Who has the Chrystal Ball ?? I know one that hasn't, But ill take the first price on offer at Bet Freds. Have a good Summer .[/p][/quote]Not doing your review of your beloved Luton Town's season heh Bill?[/p][/quote]Has it ever dawned you , You could be stupid, Some are born stupid , Some are because others think they are, It seems people are getting tired of you , You are boring childish and you should grow up and make relevant comments, we might just be of the opinion you are a supporter of City and not just a Troll.[/p][/quote]This is an area where anyone can post " their " views. I suspect all are fans on here, but if someone sees that york played well in defence all game and manage to get the ball out of their own half once during the game, is that so wrong that he says so? We don't need to kid ourselves. We go to the match, if we see rubbish then we should have the conviction to say so, to do otherwise would be just kidding yourself. trevor-c2
  • Score: 3

9:24am Thu 22 May 14

andy fowler says...

bill bailey wrote:
andy fowler wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
dadster wrote:
Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again.

I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively.

With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.
After all the good things we have said about the season past, the good the bad , our position in the league the overachieving , we can look back on the fantastic support away from home, its now time to do it all over again, but from the first match and not from the mid-season. as you said there are some bigger guns in the league next season but that doesn't mean we should feel inferior in any way, our strength is our organisation off the field, The board have been in place for 10 yrs they know what they are about, a manager one of the best who is loyal and expects the same from his staff, New Stadium on the horizon, Some new faces coming in, Pre-season friendlies in place, No negative posts , lets look forward to another good season
Will it be like the last, Who has the Chrystal Ball ?? I know one that hasn't, But ill take the first price on offer at Bet Freds.
Have a good Summer .
Not doing your review of your beloved Luton Town's season heh Bill?
Has it ever dawned you , You could be stupid, Some are born stupid , Some are because others think they are, It seems people are getting tired of you , You are boring childish and you should grow up and make relevant comments,
we might just be of the opinion you are a supporter of City and not just a Troll.
I support City, unlike you Mr Bailey
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: Without doubt we massively overachieved this season so a great effort by everyone involved. Difficult to really gauge what we can do next season until we see who we sign but initial thoughts should be to challenge for a play-off place again. I'm sure there will be the usual people getting carried away and saying we will get automatic promotion and even win League 2 but for me it will be another tough league next season and until we see who other teams recruit also it will be difficult to judge effectively. With the likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Luton in L2 next season along with Portsmouth, Oxford and Plymouth there are some decent sized clubs who will all no doubt have bigger budgets than us. However, unlike last season we can look forward with confidence and real hopes for continued progression.[/p][/quote]After all the good things we have said about the season past, the good the bad , our position in the league the overachieving , we can look back on the fantastic support away from home, its now time to do it all over again, but from the first match and not from the mid-season. as you said there are some bigger guns in the league next season but that doesn't mean we should feel inferior in any way, our strength is our organisation off the field, The board have been in place for 10 yrs they know what they are about, a manager one of the best who is loyal and expects the same from his staff, New Stadium on the horizon, Some new faces coming in, Pre-season friendlies in place, No negative posts , lets look forward to another good season Will it be like the last, Who has the Chrystal Ball ?? I know one that hasn't, But ill take the first price on offer at Bet Freds. Have a good Summer .[/p][/quote]Not doing your review of your beloved Luton Town's season heh Bill?[/p][/quote]Has it ever dawned you , You could be stupid, Some are born stupid , Some are because others think they are, It seems people are getting tired of you , You are boring childish and you should grow up and make relevant comments, we might just be of the opinion you are a supporter of City and not just a Troll.[/p][/quote]I support City, unlike you Mr Bailey andy fowler
  • Score: 0

1:00pm Thu 22 May 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

A very successful season. City played some of their best football of 2014 at Fleetwood in the play-off second leg, quite different from what they served up in the first leg.

Met Keith Lowe on the pitch; he was completely down - a mixture of giving everything he had and disappointment. If anyone doubted the players' desire to get to D1, KL's face would have told them otherwise.

Portsmouth are my tip for being in the top 3 next season - I hear that much of their financial problem will be sorted this season so, with their resources and average attendance, they will be strong. My other two for automatic promotion are Bury and Fleetwood or Burton.
A very successful season. City played some of their best football of 2014 at Fleetwood in the play-off second leg, quite different from what they served up in the first leg. Met Keith Lowe on the pitch; he was completely down - a mixture of giving everything he had and disappointment. If anyone doubted the players' desire to get to D1, KL's face would have told them otherwise. Portsmouth are my tip for being in the top 3 next season - I hear that much of their financial problem will be sorted this season so, with their resources and average attendance, they will be strong. My other two for automatic promotion are Bury and Fleetwood or Burton. North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 1

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