York City boss Nigel Worthington can't contain excitement about the start of the new Sky Bet League Two season

York City manager Nigel Worthington is excited at the prospect of the new football season getting under way

York City manager Nigel Worthington is excited at the prospect of the new football season getting under way

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NIGEL WORTHINGTON confesses to having a “little knot” in the stomach as his York City charges prepare to renew Sky Bet League Two battle on Saturday.

The Minstermen manager declared he still gets as excited about the start of a new campaign as he did when he was player and after three decades in the game.

He takes his side to Tranmere to play an outfit looking to recover quickly following relegation from League One last season.

And Worthington believes Rovers will pose serious questions of his redeveloped team - which could see as many as six players make their debuts in York’s starting line up - as they bid to improve on last term’s seventh place finish.

“You’ve got to have that buzz - that little knot in your tummy - it’s almost, dare I say it, like the first day back at school and that was a long time ago,” Worthington said when asked how he felt about the upcoming season.

“You still remember it and that’s what it is all about, those lovely, lush pitches, that it’s guaranteed nine times out of ten that it is going to be boiling hot.

“It’s going to be frantic and we are playing against a team who were relegated and are going to have a fair sprinkling of League One players in their side.

“It is going to be a good test for us but, hopefully, we can stand up to it.”

On the prospect of playing a team that could have lingering memories of last season’s struggles, Worthington added: “It can be a hindrance there is no doubt out that. That’s something that we have got to put to the back of our minds. We have got to focus on ourselves and try and get out of the traps early on and then take the fight to Tranmere.

“We are away from home. We have to try and keep it tight. Prenton Park can be, at times, on top of you. It is quite tight. As a player, you have got to deal with that and go and play how we can play.

“That’s keeping your nerve and being positive and assured of what you are doing.

“What I have seen over the last six weeks, they are in good form, they have worked hard, there is a good spirit among them - which is very, very important - and they all seem as if they are looking forward to Saturday.”

Worthington has a full squad to pick from, aside from the long-term injury to Josh Carson and the recovering Wes Fletcher who has just resumed full training and he said: “Everybody is looking decent. They are looking sharp. Following six games in pre-season, there comes a point in time where everyone gets fed up and wants to get on with the real McCoy, as it were.

“We are now there. It will be heads down and trying to make it happen tomorrow. Three points would be a fantastic start. There are seven games over the next 22 days so it is going to be hectic, there will be a few bumps and knocks and so the squad has got to be ready to step in.”

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7:31pm Thu 7 Aug 14

tips says...

Good luck to Nigel and the team this season .Let us push on and show the country that York City are well and truly back on the football map .
COYR
Good luck to Nigel and the team this season .Let us push on and show the country that York City are well and truly back on the football map . COYR tips
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8:33am Fri 8 Aug 14

Frank Pizzaface says...

Promotion here we come
Promotion here we come Frank Pizzaface
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9:54am Fri 8 Aug 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

Really looking forward to the game tomorrow and looking forward to seeing how the team performs under a game that matters. Pre-season means very little if anything, it's the first 10 games that count.
Really looking forward to the game tomorrow and looking forward to seeing how the team performs under a game that matters. Pre-season means very little if anything, it's the first 10 games that count. The Legend Of Keith
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10:54am Fri 8 Aug 14

nomorenursing says...

At last... the waiting is nearly over! A new season, even higher expectations from the City faithful after the strong finish to last season. Can we go that little bit further this time? Not having seen any of the pre-season friendlies this year I can't make any of my own conclusions, but I feel that Nigel's quick action to get new players in at the end of last season so that the squad could gel appears to me to be very shrewd. The club is now thoroughly professional in every sense of the word. What a difference to three seasons ago when we drew negative responses from certain football league quarters and City were written off as certain relegation candidates. Looking forward to going to Tranmere tomorrow for the seasons opener, don't know how many are going yet but hopefully it will be a good turnout to create some noise and atmosphere at Prenton Park. The last time I saw City at Tranmere we won 1-0, so I'm hopeful that we can pull off the same result. Come on City! This is our year. Whatever happens I wish the team all the luck for this season and an injury free one.
At last... the waiting is nearly over! A new season, even higher expectations from the City faithful after the strong finish to last season. Can we go that little bit further this time? Not having seen any of the pre-season friendlies this year I can't make any of my own conclusions, but I feel that Nigel's quick action to get new players in at the end of last season so that the squad could gel appears to me to be very shrewd. The club is now thoroughly professional in every sense of the word. What a difference to three seasons ago when we drew negative responses from certain football league quarters and City were written off as certain relegation candidates. Looking forward to going to Tranmere tomorrow for the seasons opener, don't know how many are going yet but hopefully it will be a good turnout to create some noise and atmosphere at Prenton Park. The last time I saw City at Tranmere we won 1-0, so I'm hopeful that we can pull off the same result. Come on City! This is our year. Whatever happens I wish the team all the luck for this season and an injury free one. nomorenursing
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4:59pm Fri 8 Aug 14

yorkiemike says...

Looking forward to the game tomorrow.Living in Southport it`s virtually a home game for me.
I haven`t seen any pre season games so can`t comment on the new signings but people tell me that we have some quality so there is every reason to be optimistic.
I like the idea of a smaller squad with every one involved.O.K we may get caught out with injuries but lets cross that bridge if it arises.Last time I saw City at Tranmere was on the opening day of the season and a certain Keith Walwyn made his debut.He scored and we won 2-0.I`ll settle for the same result!
On a totally seperate note Martin Foyle is manager at Southport and Richard Brodie has signed for them as well.
Looking forward to the game tomorrow.Living in Southport it`s virtually a home game for me. I haven`t seen any pre season games so can`t comment on the new signings but people tell me that we have some quality so there is every reason to be optimistic. I like the idea of a smaller squad with every one involved.O.K we may get caught out with injuries but lets cross that bridge if it arises.Last time I saw City at Tranmere was on the opening day of the season and a certain Keith Walwyn made his debut.He scored and we won 2-0.I`ll settle for the same result! On a totally seperate note Martin Foyle is manager at Southport and Richard Brodie has signed for them as well. yorkiemike
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5:31pm Fri 8 Aug 14

joejamestom says...

yorkiemike wrote:
Looking forward to the game tomorrow.Living in Southport it`s virtually a home game for me.
I haven`t seen any pre season games so can`t comment on the new signings but people tell me that we have some quality so there is every reason to be optimistic.
I like the idea of a smaller squad with every one involved.O.K we may get caught out with injuries but lets cross that bridge if it arises.Last time I saw City at Tranmere was on the opening day of the season and a certain Keith Walwyn made his debut.He scored and we won 2-0.I`ll settle for the same result!
On a totally seperate note Martin Foyle is manager at Southport and Richard Brodie has signed for them as well.
Will you be going to any Southport Games? if so cheer on Brodie for me always have a soft spot for him as if used correctly he is very effective as a striker to run onto well placed through balls. I always thought he got a bit of undeserved bad press for leaving York.
Enjoy.
[quote][p][bold]yorkiemike[/bold] wrote: Looking forward to the game tomorrow.Living in Southport it`s virtually a home game for me. I haven`t seen any pre season games so can`t comment on the new signings but people tell me that we have some quality so there is every reason to be optimistic. I like the idea of a smaller squad with every one involved.O.K we may get caught out with injuries but lets cross that bridge if it arises.Last time I saw City at Tranmere was on the opening day of the season and a certain Keith Walwyn made his debut.He scored and we won 2-0.I`ll settle for the same result! On a totally seperate note Martin Foyle is manager at Southport and Richard Brodie has signed for them as well.[/p][/quote]Will you be going to any Southport Games? if so cheer on Brodie for me always have a soft spot for him as if used correctly he is very effective as a striker to run onto well placed through balls. I always thought he got a bit of undeserved bad press for leaving York. Enjoy. joejamestom
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6:44pm Fri 8 Aug 14

bill bailey says...

joejamestom wrote:
yorkiemike wrote:
Looking forward to the game tomorrow.Living in Southport it`s virtually a home game for me.
I haven`t seen any pre season games so can`t comment on the new signings but people tell me that we have some quality so there is every reason to be optimistic.
I like the idea of a smaller squad with every one involved.O.K we may get caught out with injuries but lets cross that bridge if it arises.Last time I saw City at Tranmere was on the opening day of the season and a certain Keith Walwyn made his debut.He scored and we won 2-0.I`ll settle for the same result!
On a totally seperate note Martin Foyle is manager at Southport and Richard Brodie has signed for them as well.
Will you be going to any Southport Games? if so cheer on Brodie for me always have a soft spot for him as if used correctly he is very effective as a striker to run onto well placed through balls. I always thought he got a bit of undeserved bad press for leaving York.
Enjoy.
I don't know about bad press for leaving York he went there on a better contract , and York got much needed cash at the time, It was about balancing the books and thought he could better himself, Its business pure and simple, Richard has had his chances since leaving us, no team can play around one player, Richard was a nice lad it ends there,
[quote][p][bold]joejamestom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkiemike[/bold] wrote: Looking forward to the game tomorrow.Living in Southport it`s virtually a home game for me. I haven`t seen any pre season games so can`t comment on the new signings but people tell me that we have some quality so there is every reason to be optimistic. I like the idea of a smaller squad with every one involved.O.K we may get caught out with injuries but lets cross that bridge if it arises.Last time I saw City at Tranmere was on the opening day of the season and a certain Keith Walwyn made his debut.He scored and we won 2-0.I`ll settle for the same result! On a totally seperate note Martin Foyle is manager at Southport and Richard Brodie has signed for them as well.[/p][/quote]Will you be going to any Southport Games? if so cheer on Brodie for me always have a soft spot for him as if used correctly he is very effective as a striker to run onto well placed through balls. I always thought he got a bit of undeserved bad press for leaving York. Enjoy.[/p][/quote]I don't know about bad press for leaving York he went there on a better contract , and York got much needed cash at the time, It was about balancing the books and thought he could better himself, Its business pure and simple, Richard has had his chances since leaving us, no team can play around one player, Richard was a nice lad it ends there, bill bailey
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