Kit’s that Wembley way

Mark Robinson models the new York City Wembley look

The commemorative badge

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

YORK City will be hoping purple reigns at Wembley on May 9.

Modelled by left-back Mark Robinson, this is the first photograph of the limited edition kit that Martin Foyle’s men will don for the FA Trophy final against Stevenage Borough.

The strip has been specially commissioned for the occasion and will have an embroidered badge on the shirt, marking the club’s first visit to the new stadium.

City manager Foyle is already a fan of the purple design, saying: “It’s a great kit and really unique. We wanted something entirely different for the final, a real one off.

“Hopefully we will see some purple shirts scattered around Wembley on May 9.”

The top will go on sale in the club shop to supporters a week on Tuesday when the Minstermen play Oxford at KitKat Crescent.

It will cost £40 for adults and between £33 and £35 for children.

Other Wembley merchandise will also be available from next week with prices starting at £3 for items including polo shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, scarves, baseball caps, mugs, rosettes, flags and giant foam hands.

Communications and community director Sophie Hicks said: “The club shop will be the only outlet for official York City Wembley clothing and merchandise and, on the run up to the final, we will be ensuring shop opening hours are flexible to enable supporters to visit the shop at their convenience.

“We would like to thank our merchandise partners, Just Sports, for working hard to make sure Wembley items are available to our fans quickly including our purple kit.”

Fans will also be able to buy merchandise online from the club’s official website www.ycfc.net The purple shirts worn by City at Wembley, meanwhile, will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds donated to The Archbishop of York Youth Trust.

Hicks added: “The Archbishop has been a great support to the club and was at the Telford game when we secured our place in the final. We very much wanted to give him something back and felt a donation to his charity would be appropriate.

“We hope supporters and people in the city will be interested in the Wembley shirts as a reminder of this great occasion for York.”

Anybody interested in lodging an auction bid for a shirt, should email ross.potter@ycfc.net or call 01904 624447, extension 6.

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9:50am Sat 28 Mar 09

Exiled1 says...

Very clever. A kit of a different colour so thousands of fans will go out and spend their hard earned on the shirt, on top of all the other costs.
Never mind tradition, the red or the 'Y' top, its all about money!
Very clever. A kit of a different colour so thousands of fans will go out and spend their hard earned on the shirt, on top of all the other costs. Never mind tradition, the red or the 'Y' top, its all about money! Exiled1
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9:56am Sat 28 Mar 09

Yorkfan71 says...

PURPLE!! WTF! Anyone buying this will be marking themselves out as the day tripper "fan" and only real fans will wear Red. Boycott this nonsense and wear red.
PURPLE!! WTF! Anyone buying this will be marking themselves out as the day tripper "fan" and only real fans will wear Red. Boycott this nonsense and wear red. Yorkfan71
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9:57am Sat 28 Mar 09

Yorkfan71 says...

Also ironic that our most useless player (bar Sheppard) is modelling it.
Also ironic that our most useless player (bar Sheppard) is modelling it. Yorkfan71
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10:32am Sat 28 Mar 09

Goole Reds says...

Are we Harchester in disguise. The dream team!!! I hope so.
True fans wear RED. Lets start a campaign!
Are we Harchester in disguise. The dream team!!! I hope so. True fans wear RED. Lets start a campaign! Goole Reds
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10:41am Sat 28 Mar 09

YCFC115 says...

Every true City fan should wear red the only colour of York City Football Club and not the money making McGill FC. Will they ever understand the real York City football fan?
Every true City fan should wear red the only colour of York City Football Club and not the money making McGill FC. Will they ever understand the real York City football fan? YCFC115
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10:43am Sat 28 Mar 09

A user says...

"City manager Foyle is already a fan of the purple design, saying: “It’s a great kit and really unique. We wanted something entirely different for the final, a real one off."

It is unique because nobody else would wear it!! It is horrible.

This is going to be a huge marketing flop. We should be talking about how fantastic it is that the team has got to Wembley. Instead, we are talking about a "rebranding" as we are known for our red strip.

Remember when Pizza Hut changed their name to Pasta Hut and that was a flop. This is just as bad. Surely there should have been a push on the existing shirts which would be worn at all league matches aswell.

I'm all for the RED campaign.
"City manager Foyle is already a fan of the purple design, saying: “It’s a great kit and really unique. We wanted something entirely different for the final, a real one off." It is unique because nobody else would wear it!! It is horrible. This is going to be a huge marketing flop. We should be talking about how fantastic it is that the team has got to Wembley. Instead, we are talking about a "rebranding" as we are known for our red strip. Remember when Pizza Hut changed their name to Pasta Hut and that was a flop. This is just as bad. Surely there should have been a push on the existing shirts which would be worn at all league matches aswell. I'm all for the RED campaign. A user
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10:46am Sat 28 Mar 09

lakesgirl says...

Surely charity should begin at home, some of the proceeds from this shirt could go to help the Youth set up at the Club
Surely charity should begin at home, some of the proceeds from this shirt could go to help the Youth set up at the Club lakesgirl
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10:50am Sat 28 Mar 09

York Nomad says...

WE'RE RED, WE'RE BLUE,
WE'RE CITY THROUGH AND THROUGH,
WE ARE YORK! WE ARE YORK!

This club gets worse by the day, lets make Wembley a sea of red, white and navy blue, because those are our colours, not this crap.
WE'RE RED, WE'RE BLUE, WE'RE CITY THROUGH AND THROUGH, WE ARE YORK! WE ARE YORK! This club gets worse by the day, lets make Wembley a sea of red, white and navy blue, because those are our colours, not this crap. York Nomad
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10:52am Sat 28 Mar 09

rogue84 says...

not the greatest idea City have ever had, but got to remember fans don't HAVE to buy this shirt.
also very unfair to say that anyone wearing the purple top isn't a true fan, thats ridiculous. that shirt will be a souvenir of what could be a great day for thousands of us.
i will buy one just so i can look back in years to come and say i was there!
not the greatest idea City have ever had, but got to remember fans don't HAVE to buy this shirt. also very unfair to say that anyone wearing the purple top isn't a true fan, thats ridiculous. that shirt will be a souvenir of what could be a great day for thousands of us. i will buy one just so i can look back in years to come and say i was there! rogue84
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10:53am Sat 28 Mar 09

YCFC115 says...

RED ARMY RED ARMY!!!

Even the old 70's white with the maroon Y would have been better than this rubbish. Maybe this decision is down to having no properly fans represented at the club anymore!
RED ARMY RED ARMY!!! Even the old 70's white with the maroon Y would have been better than this rubbish. Maybe this decision is down to having no properly fans represented at the club anymore! YCFC115
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10:53am Sat 28 Mar 09

Monkey2 says...

It saddens me to say this, given all the hard work and money spent- but I think that it's about time we ditched the youth set up, until we return to the League. Barring Adam Boyes and possibly Andy Mac- the youth team has provided very little in terms of first team players (and no, I haven't forgotten about Liam Shepherd). It's a luxury we just can't afford- as is the reserve set up in all honesty. What's the point in squandering money on a structure where players who aren't even good enough to make it into the worst City 11 ever, can be accommodated?
It saddens me to say this, given all the hard work and money spent- but I think that it's about time we ditched the youth set up, until we return to the League. Barring Adam Boyes and possibly Andy Mac- the youth team has provided very little in terms of first team players (and no, I haven't forgotten about Liam Shepherd). It's a luxury we just can't afford- as is the reserve set up in all honesty. What's the point in squandering money on a structure where players who aren't even good enough to make it into the worst City 11 ever, can be accommodated? Monkey2
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10:55am Sat 28 Mar 09

Super City says...

As a Season Ticket holder of many years, I can't believe how negative some people can be - how often is it we get to Wembley?! Why shouldn't we have a special kit to celebrate the fact that we've achieved something. The club deserves to take every opportunity to make some money on the back of their success and dont forget Red + Blue makes PURPLE! I will be wearing mine with pride at Wembley But in the meantime lets focus on the the conference. COME ON CITY!
As a Season Ticket holder of many years, I can't believe how negative some people can be - how often is it we get to Wembley?! Why shouldn't we have a special kit to celebrate the fact that we've achieved something. The club deserves to take every opportunity to make some money on the back of their success and dont forget Red + Blue makes PURPLE! I will be wearing mine with pride at Wembley But in the meantime lets focus on the the conference. COME ON CITY! Super City
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11:16am Sat 28 Mar 09

York Nomad says...

Super City wrote:
As a Season Ticket holder of many years, I can't believe how negative some people can be - how often is it we get to Wembley?! Why shouldn't we have a special kit to celebrate the fact that we've achieved something. The club deserves to take every opportunity to make some money on the back of their success and dont forget Red + Blue makes PURPLE! I will be wearing mine with pride at Wembley But in the meantime lets focus on the the conference. COME ON CITY!
Well your a mug then, basically.
[quote][p][bold]Super City[/bold] wrote: As a Season Ticket holder of many years, I can't believe how negative some people can be - how often is it we get to Wembley?! Why shouldn't we have a special kit to celebrate the fact that we've achieved something. The club deserves to take every opportunity to make some money on the back of their success and dont forget Red + Blue makes PURPLE! I will be wearing mine with pride at Wembley But in the meantime lets focus on the the conference. COME ON CITY! [/p][/quote]Well your a mug then, basically. York Nomad
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11:34am Sat 28 Mar 09

paul stancliffe says...

Isnt it about time all us city fans pulled together and stopped pulling the club down and the Mcgills,lets unite and get behind the club instead of back biting. COME ON CITY ...........
Isnt it about time all us city fans pulled together and stopped pulling the club down and the Mcgills,lets unite and get behind the club instead of back biting. COME ON CITY ........... paul stancliffe
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11:38am Sat 28 Mar 09

OLD - HEAD says...

The club will obviously be hoping to make a financial killing on the "Ribena" shirts. But it doesnt really matter what colour we wear, as long as we can cheer City to victory at Wembley.
The club will obviously be hoping to make a financial killing on the "Ribena" shirts. But it doesnt really matter what colour we wear, as long as we can cheer City to victory at Wembley. OLD - HEAD
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11:44am Sat 28 Mar 09

DAVE FROM LEAM says...

Im sorry but purple army doesnt have the same ring!! Talk about a club shooting themselves in the foot!!
Im sorry but purple army doesnt have the same ring!! Talk about a club shooting themselves in the foot!! DAVE FROM LEAM
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11:52am Sat 28 Mar 09

tonyg says...

purple?!
why cant it just be the kit we have now but with the fa trophy final, wembley badge on.

york are really ripping us off when it comes to this final. i heard it might be £30 a ticket, £35 to get the coach, £40 for one of these horrible shirts, then there selling loads of other rubbish.

Sophie..what about all these people who don't have that much money, you want 20,000 to go, there not going to if they have to break the bank to get there.
purple?! why cant it just be the kit we have now but with the fa trophy final, wembley badge on. york are really ripping us off when it comes to this final. i heard it might be £30 a ticket, £35 to get the coach, £40 for one of these horrible shirts, then there selling loads of other rubbish. Sophie..what about all these people who don't have that much money, you want 20,000 to go, there not going to if they have to break the bank to get there. tonyg
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12:03pm Sat 28 Mar 09

rogue84 says...

the only thing that really matters in terms of what the players are wearing???
the badge on the shirt, not the colour.
the only thing that really matters in terms of what the players are wearing??? the badge on the shirt, not the colour. rogue84
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12:47pm Sat 28 Mar 09

iandwightbenton says...

OK I love the shirt but.......

£40 ! No incentive to buy it or cut price deal when u buy a ticket like 10 or 20% off ??

Our Marketing team don't really know how to market properly !!!!!!!

Its a good idea to milk the day but not at £40, plus it has to be red. York City wear red, did you guys not sit around a table and discuss this and who would decide to change the clubs colours ???

Fans will be bringing a sea of RED to Wembley to watch a team of Ribena's......

Sorry I can't see how this is a good idea (altho I love the kit !)
OK I love the shirt but....... £40 ! No incentive to buy it or cut price deal when u buy a ticket like 10 or 20% off ?? Our Marketing team don't really know how to market properly !!!!!!! Its a good idea to milk the day but not at £40, plus it has to be red. York City wear red, did you guys not sit around a table and discuss this and who would decide to change the clubs colours ??? Fans will be bringing a sea of RED to Wembley to watch a team of Ribena's...... Sorry I can't see how this is a good idea (altho I love the kit !) iandwightbenton
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12:49pm Sat 28 Mar 09

iandwightbenton says...

Ever heard of a questionnaire of census survey ?

Why not ask 100 fans at City's next game:

1) Would you buy a special kit for Wembley

2) Would you buy it if we change the colour to PURPLE which resembles nothing to do with the club
(only thing I can think thats purple in York is the archbishops cloak) ?

BAD DECISION by our 'experts'

I have a Marketing degree so call me I could of told you this info for free !


Ever heard of a questionnaire of census survey ? Why not ask 100 fans at City's next game: 1) Would you buy a special kit for Wembley 2) Would you buy it if we change the colour to PURPLE which resembles nothing to do with the club (only thing I can think thats purple in York is the archbishops cloak) ? BAD DECISION by our 'experts' I have a Marketing degree so call me I could of told you this info for free ! iandwightbenton
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1:33pm Sat 28 Mar 09

Daley Mayall says...

Purple army? Doesn't quite have the same ring about it does it? I can understand the club producing merchandise for the big occassion, but feel a totally new kit is an own-goal by the board. Red and Blue/white are the club's colours and you can be sure 99% of true supporters will be wearing these colours at Wembley.
Purple army? Doesn't quite have the same ring about it does it? I can understand the club producing merchandise for the big occassion, but feel a totally new kit is an own-goal by the board. Red and Blue/white are the club's colours and you can be sure 99% of true supporters will be wearing these colours at Wembley. Daley Mayall
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3:23pm Sat 28 Mar 09

newshawk says...

Well, that Sennacherib had a purple army and by all accounts he was quite tasty.
According to Byron "The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;" Anapestic tetrameters and everything. Combine that with two lads wide and a solid back four and we're in business
Well, that Sennacherib had a purple army and by all accounts he was quite tasty. According to Byron "The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold, And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;" Anapestic tetrameters and everything. Combine that with two lads wide and a solid back four and we're in business newshawk
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6:29pm Sat 28 Mar 09

piratepete'ssecondmate says...

Stevenage play in white shirts with red flashings, and red shorts and socks. So we lost the toss and as both our home and away kit clashed what choice was there but something novel. Pity the Brazil strip or the marroon with white Y could not be used. At least the Archbishop can attend in his working clothes without having to buy a replica kit.
Stevenage play in white shirts with red flashings, and red shorts and socks. So we lost the toss and as both our home and away kit clashed what choice was there but something novel. Pity the Brazil strip or the marroon with white Y could not be used. At least the Archbishop can attend in his working clothes without having to buy a replica kit. piratepete'ssecondmate
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6:33pm Sat 28 Mar 09

RKforever says...

Daley Mayall wrote:
Purple army? Doesn't quite have the same ring about it does it? I can understand the club producing merchandise for the big occassion, but feel a totally new kit is an own-goal by the board. Red and Blue/white are the club's colours and you can be sure 99% of true supporters will be wearing these colours at Wembley.
I would consider myself a true fan and I like the shirt, I will being buying it and wearing it at Wembley!!
[quote][p][bold]Daley Mayall[/bold] wrote: Purple army? Doesn't quite have the same ring about it does it? I can understand the club producing merchandise for the big occassion, but feel a totally new kit is an own-goal by the board. Red and Blue/white are the club's colours and you can be sure 99% of true supporters will be wearing these colours at Wembley.[/p][/quote]I would consider myself a true fan and I like the shirt, I will being buying it and wearing it at Wembley!! RKforever
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7:30pm Sat 28 Mar 09

simon.keith@mypostoffice.co.uk says...

will there be a XXXXL size in that purple shirt?
will there be a XXXXL size in that purple shirt? simon.keith@mypostoffice.co.uk
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7:34pm Sat 28 Mar 09

MarkW says...

Goodness Ian - why didn't you phone the club prior to this dreadful decision and offer them the benefit of your degree driven genius? The kit is produced by Nike though and I am guessing they have the odd expert too. Also, doesn't it depend on who won the toss to play in their "home" kit. I am presuming we lost - if so, the traditional red would have been a non-starter.
Goodness Ian - why didn't you phone the club prior to this dreadful decision and offer them the benefit of your degree driven genius? The kit is produced by Nike though and I am guessing they have the odd expert too. Also, doesn't it depend on who won the toss to play in their "home" kit. I am presuming we lost - if so, the traditional red would have been a non-starter. MarkW
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7:46pm Sat 28 Mar 09

YORKCITYFC says...

RKforever wrote:
Daley Mayall wrote: Purple army? Doesn't quite have the same ring about it does it? I can understand the club producing merchandise for the big occassion, but feel a totally new kit is an own-goal by the board. Red and Blue/white are the club's colours and you can be sure 99% of true supporters will be wearing these colours at Wembley.
I would consider myself a true fan and I like the shirt, I will being buying it and wearing it at Wembley!!
I too am a 'true fan' and will be buying the shirt. It is a one off for one game, a souvenier of a rare piece of success on the pitch in recent years and helps the club financially.

Whatever shirt we have, Red, Blue, Yellow, White or Purple we are all York City fans so lets sing loud and proud

WE ARE YORK

COME ON CITY



[quote][p][bold]RKforever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Daley Mayall[/bold] wrote: Purple army? Doesn't quite have the same ring about it does it? I can understand the club producing merchandise for the big occassion, but feel a totally new kit is an own-goal by the board. Red and Blue/white are the club's colours and you can be sure 99% of true supporters will be wearing these colours at Wembley.[/p][/quote]I would consider myself a true fan and I like the shirt, I will being buying it and wearing it at Wembley!! [/p][/quote]I too am a 'true fan' and will be buying the shirt. It is a one off for one game, a souvenier of a rare piece of success on the pitch in recent years and helps the club financially. Whatever shirt we have, Red, Blue, Yellow, White or Purple we are all York City fans so lets sing loud and proud WE ARE YORK COME ON CITY YORKCITYFC
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8:41pm Sat 28 Mar 09

Some old bloke says...

'Come on you purples!'
'Come on you purples!' Some old bloke
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10:06pm Sat 28 Mar 09

DAVE FROM LEAM says...

If the club arnt doing a £10 T-shirt will the Minster Men?
Sorry but Im not paying £40 for a shirt.
If the club arnt doing a £10 T-shirt will the Minster Men? Sorry but Im not paying £40 for a shirt. DAVE FROM LEAM
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10:18am Sun 29 Mar 09

Budgie says...

Putrid purple,how about Senna-Brown after all we are a load of Cr--
Putrid purple,how about Senna-Brown after all we are a load of Cr-- Budgie
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10:43am Sun 29 Mar 09

piratepetesthirdmate says...

iandwightbenton wrote:
OK I love the shirt but.......

£40 ! No incentive to buy it or cut price deal when u buy a ticket like 10 or 20% off ??

Our Marketing team don't really know how to market properly !!!!!!!

Its a good idea to milk the day but not at £40, plus it has to be red. York City wear red, did you guys not sit around a table and discuss this and who would decide to change the clubs colours ???

Fans will be bringing a sea of RED to Wembley to watch a team of Ribena's......

Sorry I can't see how this is a good idea (altho I love the kit !)
My secondmate has correctly put his finger on the whole issue BUT did he get his papal purple line in before the others or was he just hanging on to their coat tails- `I mean their cassocks or do I really mean it's all hassocks?
[quote][p][bold]iandwightbenton[/bold] wrote: OK I love the shirt but....... £40 ! No incentive to buy it or cut price deal when u buy a ticket like 10 or 20% off ?? Our Marketing team don't really know how to market properly !!!!!!! Its a good idea to milk the day but not at £40, plus it has to be red. York City wear red, did you guys not sit around a table and discuss this and who would decide to change the clubs colours ??? Fans will be bringing a sea of RED to Wembley to watch a team of Ribena's...... Sorry I can't see how this is a good idea (altho I love the kit !)[/p][/quote]My secondmate has correctly put his finger on the whole issue BUT did he get his papal purple line in before the others or was he just hanging on to their coat tails- `I mean their cassocks or do I really mean it's all hassocks? piratepetesthirdmate
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10:47am Sun 29 Mar 09

OLD - HEAD says...

It says on the web-site that Martin Foyle endorsed the new kit - So thats something else he knows naff all about.
It says on the web-site that Martin Foyle endorsed the new kit - So thats something else he knows naff all about. OLD - HEAD
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11:04am Sun 29 Mar 09

A user says...

I see that Ben Wilkinson will not be playing in the final.

Sadly he's gone out on loan for the rest of the season...

Strangely the security word is they-hope!!!
I see that Ben Wilkinson will not be playing in the final. Sadly he's gone out on loan for the rest of the season... Strangely the security word is they-hope!!! A user
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11:54am Sun 29 Mar 09

piratepetesthirdmate says...

My secondmate has correctly put his finger on the whole issue BUT did he get his papal purple line in before the others or was he just hanging on to their coat tails- `I mean their cassocks or do I really mean it's all hassocks?

My secondmate has correctly put his finger on the whole issue BUT did he get his papal purple line in before the others or was he just hanging on to their coat tails- `I mean their cassocks or do I really mean it's all hassocks? piratepetesthirdmate
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12:17pm Sun 29 Mar 09

mack says...

Purple - Cadbury's Corporate Colour at KKC!
bet Nestle are chuffed!
Purple - Cadbury's Corporate Colour at KKC! bet Nestle are chuffed! mack
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12:50pm Sun 29 Mar 09

longsufferingfan says...

how can we afford £35 to get to Wembley, £25 to get into Wembley, a balti pie for £5.50, a pint for £3.50 and another £40 on top to wear the same shirt as the players. Does anyone realise there is a recession and some of us have been made redundant because of it?
how can we afford £35 to get to Wembley, £25 to get into Wembley, a balti pie for £5.50, a pint for £3.50 and another £40 on top to wear the same shirt as the players. Does anyone realise there is a recession and some of us have been made redundant because of it? longsufferingfan
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3:42pm Sun 29 Mar 09

MarkW says...

Longsufferingfan - nobody forces anyone to buy a shirt/pasty/ticket or anything else. If you can afford it and want it great - if not, then nobody is forcing you. The choice is still there and having had no money spinning luck for years (with finals or even transfers for that matter), I for one would be disappointed if City DIDN'T try to make some much needed revenue out of this situation.
Longsufferingfan - nobody forces anyone to buy a shirt/pasty/ticket or anything else. If you can afford it and want it great - if not, then nobody is forcing you. The choice is still there and having had no money spinning luck for years (with finals or even transfers for that matter), I for one would be disappointed if City DIDN'T try to make some much needed revenue out of this situation. MarkW
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4:16pm Sun 29 Mar 09

newshawk says...

longsufferingfan wrote:
how can we afford £35 to get to Wembley, £25 to get into Wembley, a balti pie for £5.50, a pint for £3.50 and another £40 on top to wear the same shirt as the players. Does anyone realise there is a recession and some of us have been made redundant because of it?
Replica shirt sales have been referred to as a tax on stupidity. Point made I'd say.
[quote][p][bold]longsufferingfan[/bold] wrote: how can we afford £35 to get to Wembley, £25 to get into Wembley, a balti pie for £5.50, a pint for £3.50 and another £40 on top to wear the same shirt as the players. Does anyone realise there is a recession and some of us have been made redundant because of it?[/p][/quote]Replica shirt sales have been referred to as a tax on stupidity. Point made I'd say. newshawk
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10:41pm Sun 29 Mar 09

Charles Longbottom says...

I should really be called Charles Longface. I am extremley disappointed that the Club are not running a train. Sophie wants 20,000 supporters at Wembley, that's probably just short of 400 coaches given that some supporters will travel from different parts of the country and others by car. Pullman have 70 coaches, Eddie Brown also probably have 70 coaches. Allowing for car users and followers from the rest of the UK that leaves an estimate of about a further 200 coaches required. Quite sure where this number of coaches will come from I'm not sure. Sophie Hicks comments that the running of a special train is not viable !! IMO the messages coming from KKC do not stack up. YCFC obviously want their 'travelling partner' York Pullman to sell out this of course will be good business for both concerned probably something to do with generating profit. I'll be suprised if the (green) rail option was given anything more that lip service because the reality is that 10,000 - 12,000 is a realistic support base.
I'm looking into a railway group booking and would need at least 15 people. Can I have a show of hands for those interested. Thank you
I should really be called Charles Longface. I am extremley disappointed that the Club are not running a train. Sophie wants 20,000 supporters at Wembley, that's probably just short of 400 coaches given that some supporters will travel from different parts of the country and others by car. Pullman have 70 coaches, Eddie Brown also probably have 70 coaches. Allowing for car users and followers from the rest of the UK that leaves an estimate of about a further 200 coaches required. Quite sure where this number of coaches will come from I'm not sure. Sophie Hicks comments that the running of a special train is not viable !! IMO the messages coming from KKC do not stack up. YCFC obviously want their 'travelling partner' York Pullman to sell out this of course will be good business for both concerned probably something to do with generating profit. I'll be suprised if the (green) rail option was given anything more that lip service because the reality is that 10,000 - 12,000 is a realistic support base. I'm looking into a railway group booking and would need at least 15 people. Can I have a show of hands for those interested. Thank you Charles Longbottom
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1:31am Mon 30 Mar 09

shirl.ycs says...

Sophies estimate of 20,000 York fans at Wembley is not far wrong considering the huge amount of York fans that no longer live in York but still support the club. I don't know what the FA has set the capacity of Wembley at for the trophy, but if the allocation is 20,000 for each side that surely leaves at least 20,000 open to general sale or Wembley "tourist" and at £20 or so a ticket will jump at the chance, especially the Brazilians, witness the recent (£45 per ticket) sell out friendly at the Emirates.And who is the Brazilians adopted team .....yes you quessed it YCFC..because of the old away strip.. Shame we aren't wearing it at Wembley!!!

Sophies estimate of 20,000 York fans at Wembley is not far wrong considering the huge amount of York fans that no longer live in York but still support the club. I don't know what the FA has set the capacity of Wembley at for the trophy, but if the allocation is 20,000 for each side that surely leaves at least 20,000 open to general sale or Wembley "tourist" and at £20 or so a ticket will jump at the chance, especially the Brazilians, witness the recent (£45 per ticket) sell out friendly at the Emirates.And who is the Brazilians adopted team .....yes you quessed it YCFC..because of the old away strip.. Shame we aren't wearing it at Wembley!!! shirl.ycs
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1:49am Mon 30 Mar 09

shirl.ycs says...

On second thoughts "The colour Purple" endorsed by a Prince,an Archbishop,and the ex goalkeeper of Hereford Utd is the God given colour to wear xxx S Spielberg
On second thoughts "The colour Purple" endorsed by a Prince,an Archbishop,and the ex goalkeeper of Hereford Utd is the God given colour to wear xxx S Spielberg shirl.ycs
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8:55am Mon 30 Mar 09

garnham says...

I'm looking forward to a great day out !!

Don't care what the colour is, a shirt to wear once & remember the time we were at wembley is the best idea. I have umpteen red ones This one will be special !!C'mon you moaning minnies back the Club & the team spend your money for a once in a life time trip out.

Most important we all stand together & support our lads for their top game of their lives !!
I'm looking forward to a great day out !! Don't care what the colour is, a shirt to wear once & remember the time we were at wembley is the best idea. I have umpteen red ones This one will be special !!C'mon you moaning minnies back the Club & the team spend your money for a once in a life time trip out. Most important we all stand together & support our lads for their top game of their lives !! garnham
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9:24am Mon 30 Mar 09

clueless says...

Would've been nice to have had a retro shirt with links back to when city were great.
Glad to see it's not just the shirts they're doing for the wembley trip, but credit to the club for trying to raise funds.
Would've been nice to have had a retro shirt with links back to when city were great. Glad to see it's not just the shirts they're doing for the wembley trip, but credit to the club for trying to raise funds. clueless
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10:03am Mon 30 Mar 09

PeteN says...

Won't be buying one at that price, but I think the shirt is pretty smart. Drummed up a number of football-interested family/friends to swell the crowd for the big day out. Could almost run a coach from South Somerset, particularly if I pushed it at my boys' school.
Apart from always wanting York to win, I'm not that bothered about the result - I just want a great day out supporting the only club that matters.
All this shirt talk reminds me of the Ripping Yarns episode on Barnstoneworth Utd: "It's not the shorts that count, it's what's in 'em."
Won't be buying one at that price, but I think the shirt is pretty smart. Drummed up a number of football-interested family/friends to swell the crowd for the big day out. Could almost run a coach from South Somerset, particularly if I pushed it at my boys' school. Apart from always wanting York to win, I'm not that bothered about the result - I just want a great day out supporting the only club that matters. All this shirt talk reminds me of the Ripping Yarns episode on Barnstoneworth Utd: "It's not the shorts that count, it's what's in 'em." PeteN
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12:46pm Mon 30 Mar 09

Fat Harry says...

In my (limited) experience charter trains are extremely expensive. I'd be surprised if you could do a full train to London for under £50 a head. If it didn't sell out, the club could lose a fortune unless they priced it at £60 or £70, which is clearly unaffordable for many, so i reckon the club's got it right this time.

Won't be shelling out £40 for a purple shirt, but nor do I feel any need to abuse those who do.
In my (limited) experience charter trains are extremely expensive. I'd be surprised if you could do a full train to London for under £50 a head. If it didn't sell out, the club could lose a fortune unless they priced it at £60 or £70, which is clearly unaffordable for many, so i reckon the club's got it right this time. Won't be shelling out £40 for a purple shirt, but nor do I feel any need to abuse those who do. Fat Harry
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4:25pm Mon 30 Mar 09

Big Dan says...

Unbelievable! Here is an opportunity for the club to release a commemorative kit to mark an amazing game and this is the response? You should get behind your club and support this as how else is the club expected to grow? The fact is you will spend over £40 on food and drink for the day so why not put something back into the club? As for old traditions,forget the past and move into the 21st Century, it's time we moved forward in York not back! Come on City (regardless of colour)!
Unbelievable! Here is an opportunity for the club to release a commemorative kit to mark an amazing game and this is the response? You should get behind your club and support this as how else is the club expected to grow? The fact is you will spend over £40 on food and drink for the day so why not put something back into the club? As for old traditions,forget the past and move into the 21st Century, it's time we moved forward in York not back! Come on City (regardless of colour)! Big Dan
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5:34pm Mon 30 Mar 09

Imp says...

Firstly, I think some of the comments in this thread are out-of-order, by being personal. Whatever you think of the way they acquired or run the club, the McGills are genuione fans and were coming to matches before some of the correspondents here were probably even born!

The club is owned by JMP and they are entitled to have the club exploit it's day in the sun; there'll be lots of new fans looking to buy merchandise so there we go.


Having said that, I don't personally agree with the idea of a brand new strip. If they were launching a kit for next season that'd be fine, but this one-off business doesn't sit right with me.

I don't think it's an unattractive kit, it's smart and looks modern. My issue is it's entirely soulless. It's basically just picked from the Nike Teamwear catalogue, there's nothing actually "one-off" about it.
Firstly, I think some of the comments in this thread are out-of-order, by being personal. Whatever you think of the way they acquired or run the club, the McGills are genuione fans and were coming to matches before some of the correspondents here were probably even born! The club is owned by JMP and they are entitled to have the club exploit it's day in the sun; there'll be lots of new fans looking to buy merchandise so there we go. Having said that, I don't personally agree with the idea of a brand new strip. If they were launching a kit for next season that'd be fine, but this one-off business doesn't sit right with me. I don't think it's an unattractive kit, it's smart and looks modern. My issue is it's entirely soulless. It's basically just picked from the Nike Teamwear catalogue, there's nothing actually "one-off" about it. Imp
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5:37pm Mon 30 Mar 09

Imp says...

Monkey2 wrote:
It saddens me to say this, given all the hard work and money spent- but I think that it's about time we ditched the youth set up, until we return to the League. Barring Adam Boyes and possibly Andy Mac- the youth team has provided very little in terms of first team players (and no, I haven't forgotten about Liam Shepherd). It's a luxury we just can't afford- as is the reserve set up in all honesty. What's the point in squandering money on a structure where players who aren't even good enough to make it into the worst City 11 ever, can be accommodated?
I agree on the reserves, disagree on the youth.

You shouldn't expect youth players to be ready for first-team action for 2-3 years but it is worth the investment for those that develop.

There are several good prospects in the current U18 team, 3 or 4 of which could be in the first-team squad next season.
[quote][p][bold]Monkey2[/bold] wrote: It saddens me to say this, given all the hard work and money spent- but I think that it's about time we ditched the youth set up, until we return to the League. Barring Adam Boyes and possibly Andy Mac- the youth team has provided very little in terms of first team players (and no, I haven't forgotten about Liam Shepherd). It's a luxury we just can't afford- as is the reserve set up in all honesty. What's the point in squandering money on a structure where players who aren't even good enough to make it into the worst City 11 ever, can be accommodated? [/p][/quote]I agree on the reserves, disagree on the youth. You shouldn't expect youth players to be ready for first-team action for 2-3 years but it is worth the investment for those that develop. There are several good prospects in the current U18 team, 3 or 4 of which could be in the first-team squad next season. Imp
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5:57pm Mon 30 Mar 09

new one says...

Reserves must be expensive to run but where do the 3 or 4 get experience from to make the jump? Out on loan? The youth seems to be working 4 offered contracts last year. Only 1 the year before and Imay be wrong but not many a year previosly. Who are the 3 or 4? Security "next mass" of youth?
Reserves must be expensive to run but where do the 3 or 4 get experience from to make the jump? Out on loan? The youth seems to be working 4 offered contracts last year. Only 1 the year before and Imay be wrong but not many a year previosly. Who are the 3 or 4? Security "next mass" of youth? new one
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6:12pm Mon 30 Mar 09

Imp says...

new one wrote:
Reserves must be expensive to run but where do the 3 or 4 get experience from to make the jump? Out on loan? The youth seems to be working 4 offered contracts last year. Only 1 the year before and Imay be wrong but not many a year previosly. Who are the 3 or 4? Security "next mass" of youth?
Loan would be my choice. Contract 3 or 4 new first year pros, send them out for a season at places like North Ferriby and Harrogate Railway.


The 3 or 4 that could get deals for next season would be McDonald, Burns, Woodall and Knowlson. Could look at Parker too.

This is it, the youth had stalled but has been revitalised and last years promotions, along with what's potentially there the next couple of years, suggests it's been sorted. Not the time to axe it.

(I didn't mean first-team matchday squad, I just meant pro contracts, sorry)
[quote][p][bold]new one[/bold] wrote: Reserves must be expensive to run but where do the 3 or 4 get experience from to make the jump? Out on loan? The youth seems to be working 4 offered contracts last year. Only 1 the year before and Imay be wrong but not many a year previosly. Who are the 3 or 4? Security "next mass" of youth?[/p][/quote]Loan would be my choice. Contract 3 or 4 new first year pros, send them out for a season at places like North Ferriby and Harrogate Railway. The 3 or 4 that could get deals for next season would be McDonald, Burns, Woodall and Knowlson. Could look at Parker too. This is it, the youth had stalled but has been revitalised and last years promotions, along with what's potentially there the next couple of years, suggests it's been sorted. Not the time to axe it. (I didn't mean first-team matchday squad, I just meant pro contracts, sorry) Imp
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11:34pm Mon 30 Mar 09

Charles Longbottom says...

Fat Harry you've got the point exactly. A charter train will not sell out because there will not be 20,000 city fans going to Wembley and the McGills want to push City fans towards coach travel. Fantastic Not. Imagine being couped up in a coach for three/four hours stopping off once maybe twice. No getting up for a stretch no on board toilet or refrshment faitity. Probably arriving at Wembley with more than enough time to look around a dozen times! Train is the best ! Just hope City win
Fat Harry you've got the point exactly. A charter train will not sell out because there will not be 20,000 city fans going to Wembley and the McGills want to push City fans towards coach travel. Fantastic Not. Imagine being couped up in a coach for three/four hours stopping off once maybe twice. No getting up for a stretch no on board toilet or refrshment faitity. Probably arriving at Wembley with more than enough time to look around a dozen times! Train is the best ! Just hope City win Charles Longbottom
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12:31am Thu 16 Apr 09

onlooker says...

What a sad load of comments. On their track record, YCFC will most probably fail at Wembley, how they have got here is a mystery. I am not into football but I do understand the team concept. When did YCFC last have a team - one that stays together and trains together? With so many loans in & out, leavers, buy-ins, the team changes weekly. It's a joke to compare previous games against other clubs when both sides field a totally different team. YCFC need a substantial cash injection to secure good players who will remain with the club. Anybody got a few £100k spare? Thought not! Bye-bye York City.
What a sad load of comments. On their track record, YCFC will most probably fail at Wembley, how they have got here is a mystery. I am not into football but I do understand the team concept. When did YCFC last have a team - one that stays together and trains together? With so many loans in & out, leavers, buy-ins, the team changes weekly. It's a joke to compare previous games against other clubs when both sides field a totally different team. YCFC need a substantial cash injection to secure good players who will remain with the club. Anybody got a few £100k spare? Thought not! Bye-bye York City. onlooker
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