Let's head down memory lane again as Bill Marshall recalls the Press' headlines in this week 20, 50 and 80 years ago...


SKY Sports are always on the look-out for new programmes, and I reckon York were showing them the way in 1936.

In what looks like darts' answer to the Snooker Shoot-Out, J Hiscock and E Turner, of Escrick Social Club, scored 5,610 points in 18 minutes, with both players retrieving their own darts.

However, that was bettered by R Ogle and Henry Horner (alias Cobbler), of Green Hammerton British Legion Club, who totalled 8,263 points over that same 18-minute period.

There was even an individual who had a bash, F Fecttenby notching 5,386 points in 18 minutes at the Tam o' Shanter Inn on Lawrence Street in York.

Imagine how portly duo Andy 'The Pieman' Smith or Michael Smith, both on the PDC Tour, would cope with that nowadays?

In a week when things went well for York City off the field, with Lord Milton from Malton being named their new president in succession to the late Sir John Hunt and with the club being granted associate membership of the FA, they triumphed 3-2 at Rochdale.

Spotland had been a bit of a fortress for the home team, with only Oldham scoring more than one goal there in 1935-36 before the Minstermen.

Rochdale were leading 2-0 two minutes after half-time, but City hit back with goals by Fred Speed, Jimmy Hughes and Peter Spooner to notch only their second away win of the season, the other being against Southport.

It was a double for York, as they had also beaten Rochdale at Bootham Crescent, and York Rugby League Club followed suit with a 32-8 home win over Hull KR.

It was their 11th straight victory over the Robins, including two in the Yorkshire Cup, and York's back line stood out, and particularly stand-off Hunt and centre Moores, with Moores and Western scoring dazzling tries.


IN A week when Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his wife Mary were heading for a three-day visit to Moscow to see Premier Alexei Kosygin, Scarborough Football Club were looking into hosting a match against Russia (Lev Yashin and all), who lost 2-1 to West Germany in the 1966 World Cup semi-finals, to celebrate the town's millennium.

The Seadogs had sent off letters to the FA and to the Russian Embassy in London and, if the match came off, were anticipating a crowd of 10,000 and bumping up the admission price to five shillings.

Meanwhile, the Odeon at York was the venue for the first showing of a 35-minute film about the problems facing British racing.

Written by York journalist Bill Anderson and featuring clips from Yorkshire racecourses such as "York, Ripon, Doncaster, Beverley, Pontefract and Market Rasen (oops, it is Lincolnshire)", it was narrated by Peter O'Sullevan, the voice of British racing.

York City's relegation clash at home to Brentford may have been off due to a waterlogged pitch. but the club was the talk of the city as star striker Paul Aimson had submitted a transfer request.

Already fifth in the Division Three scoring charts with 21 goals, he was called "the best centre forward the club has ever had" by one punter as the club strove to avoid dropping back into Division Four.

Featherstone Rovers defeated York 36-3 in a mudbath, with the visitors ending with 11 men after Sheehan (cut head), Ramsden (ear injury) and Colin Evans (leg injury) had to leave the field.


IT was a case of lost opportunities for York City. Just days after skipper Steve Tutill apologised to all and sundry for basically ruining their chances of reaching Wembley, the Minstermen threw away leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in a Third Division clash at Turf Moor.

Tutill, who was torn off a strip by manager Alan Little at half-time, was dismissed for stamping on the head of striker Shaun Goater half an hour into their Auto Windscreens Shield Northern Area semi-final at Rotherham United.

It was 1-1 at the time but after what Tutill described as a "mad rush of blood", the Millers were 2-1 ahead a minute later and went on to win 4-1.

City's goals against mid-table Burnley, whose defence was described as "leaking like a vagrant's sandal", came from Nigel Pepper (penalty), Glenn Naylor and Graeme Murty, but relegation-threatened York were guilty of schoolboy errors themselves in defence.

It was enough to turn Minstermen fans to drink in a week when it was said that a pint of beer a day extended your life expectancy by almost two years,.

Talking of extensions, York Rugby League Club extended the contracts of coach Stewart Horton and assistant coach Neil Harrison by 12 months to September, 1997.