York City relishing prospect of FA Trophy ties against Luton Town

York Press: May, 2010 and Michael Ingham and David McGurk thwart Luton in the play-off semi-final, second leg at Kenilworth Road May, 2010 and Michael Ingham and David McGurk thwart Luton in the play-off semi-final, second leg at Kenilworth Road

YORK City manager Gary Mills has insisted his side are relishing their two-legged FA Trophy semi-final clash against bitter rivals Luton.

The Minstermen have been paired against their fellow Blue Square Bet Premier top-five contenders to contest a place in Wembley’s May final.

It is a tie that will represent a rerun of the 2010 play-off semi-final between the two teams with, as was the case then, City playing host to the Hatters in the first leg on March 10 before travelling to Kenilworth Road for the return match seven days later.

In the other semi-final, relegation-threatened Newport have been pitted against Ryman Premier League minnows Wealdstone but Mills feels the time for reflecting on whether the draw might have been more favourable to his team has gone.

He said: “If everybody is honest, all the teams left in probably wanted to be drawn against Wealdstone and away in the first leg but, while that might have looked the easiest tie on paper, it does not work like that. Just ask Cambridge whether Wealdstone were easy or not when they got beaten by them in the last round.

“We’ve drawn Luton and are at home in the first leg. I would be telling lies if I’d said before the draw that I wasn’t bothered whether we were away or not in the second leg. It’s seen as an advantage and that’s why the second and third-placed teams in the play-offs get to play at home in the second legs of the semi-finals.

“But, if you are to achieve things, you have to prove you can beat teams like Luton and we’ve already done that 3-0 this season so we will relish both games and I can’t imagine Luton wanted to draw us. It’s two great legs to play in and the reward is a final at Wembley, which is fantastic so we’ve got to go and do the business.”

The possibility remains that City could face Luton over two legs again once the play-off places are determined at the end of April and Mills admitted that a victory over the Bedfordshire club in the Trophy, following on from the play-off triumph two years ago, could be of mental significance in that scenario.

He said: “Maybe it could be a psychological advantage if the two clubs also come together in the play-offs but that’s a long way down the road at this moment in time.”

Mills has also sent out a reminder to his players that the lure of securing a Wembley final must not distract from the chief objective of clinching promotion back to the Football League.

The Minstermen have two home games in the league against Hayes & Yeading and Tamworth before a trip to Grimsby is sandwiched between the Trophy semi-final legs.

Three consecutive league games against fellow promotion hopefuls Southport, Luton and Fleetwood then follow and Mills added: “We have two chances to get to Wembley and now is the time people start dreaming about it but we’ve got to put that absolutely to bed until we’ve played the next two games against Hayes & Yeading and Tamworth.

“It is massively, massively important we get to the play-off final – that’s the massive one and there’s a lot of hard work to be done to achieve that.

“First, we’ve got to stay in the play-off places and then we’ve got to get to the final and win it but it’s fantastic there’s so much still to play for and we are involved in all of it.”

Mills has signalled his intention to also reach the final of the North Riding Senior Cup by fielding a strong side in tonight’s last-four clash with Grangetown Boys Club at Bootham Crescent.

Paul Musselwhite, Daniel Parslow, Jamie Reed, Danny Pilkington, Michael Potts, Jamal Fyfield, Adriano Moké, Scott Brown, Jon Challinor, Matthew Blinkhorn, Moses Ashikodi, Erik Tonne and Ben Swallow are all set to play a part, as will David McGurk if he passes a fitness test on his knee injury.

“It’s a game to meet Middlesbrough reserves in the final so that would be another good match for us to be involved in,” Mills said of the semi-final that kicks off at 7.45 pm. Admission is £3 for adults, £1 for concessions.

Ashley Chambers, meanwhile, has been called up to join team-mate Matty Blair in the England ‘C’ squad for tonight’s international against Italy at Fleetwood Town.

Said Mills: “I’m delighted for him. In two of the last three games, he’s looked dangerous.”

FA Trophy draw

Semi-finals

York City v Luton Town
Wealdstone v Newport County
(Ties to be played on Saturday, March 10, and on Saturday, March 17)

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12:38pm Tue 28 Feb 12

Southern Exile says...

Here we go again... Flett stirring it up... "bitter rivals"... really? most of us have moved on, why do you keep stirring the embers??
Here we go again... Flett stirring it up... "bitter rivals"... really? most of us have moved on, why do you keep stirring the embers?? Southern Exile

1:20pm Tue 28 Feb 12

walwynwasgod says...

Unfortunately, there are an element who have not "moved on". Its hardly friendly rivalry is it ? Really looking forward to going down there again twice in the space of 3 weeks. Lovely Police, lovely friendly stewards. At least we might not see one of the Luton substitutes having a P*ss against the advertising hoardings this year ! Lets just out-football them and get out of there quickly.
Unfortunately, there are an element who have not "moved on". Its hardly friendly rivalry is it ? Really looking forward to going down there again twice in the space of 3 weeks. Lovely Police, lovely friendly stewards. At least we might not see one of the Luton substitutes having a P*ss against the advertising hoardings this year ! Lets just out-football them and get out of there quickly. walwynwasgod

1:21pm Tue 28 Feb 12

walwynwasgod says...

I should have said "there is.." of course !
I should have said "there is.." of course ! walwynwasgod

1:32pm Tue 28 Feb 12

YorkCityLuke says...

Why bother 'moving on'? Rivalry is the best part of football, and this is the best one we've had in years!
Why bother 'moving on'? Rivalry is the best part of football, and this is the best one we've had in years! YorkCityLuke

1:50pm Tue 28 Feb 12

rogue84 says...

I think the best way to describe it could possibly be a 'healthy' rivalry!
most York fans have put it in the past as regards their actions after the 2nd leg, and 95% of Luton fans are seriously embarassed by what happened.
however, there's nothing wrong with having that niggle and bite in games. this is what makes football so exciting, match-ups like this one.
wonder if we should reinforce the changing room doors though before Lawless is allowed back into the ground?!
I think the best way to describe it could possibly be a 'healthy' rivalry! most York fans have put it in the past as regards their actions after the 2nd leg, and 95% of Luton fans are seriously embarassed by what happened. however, there's nothing wrong with having that niggle and bite in games. this is what makes football so exciting, match-ups like this one. wonder if we should reinforce the changing room doors though before Lawless is allowed back into the ground?! rogue84

2:17pm Tue 28 Feb 12

long distance depressive says...

Hardly bitter rivals! The incident at Kenilworth Rd was bad but in the past. There is no real animosity between the fans and ribald banter is to be encouraged but let's not build this up into something it isn't.
Hardly bitter rivals! The incident at Kenilworth Rd was bad but in the past. There is no real animosity between the fans and ribald banter is to be encouraged but let's not build this up into something it isn't. long distance depressive

2:17pm Tue 28 Feb 12

long distance depressive says...

Hardly bitter rivals! The incident at Kenilworth Rd was bad but in the past. There is no real animosity between the fans and ribald banter is to be encouraged but let's not build this up into something it isn't.
Hardly bitter rivals! The incident at Kenilworth Rd was bad but in the past. There is no real animosity between the fans and ribald banter is to be encouraged but let's not build this up into something it isn't. long distance depressive

2:39pm Tue 28 Feb 12

Wind Mills says...

For me the rivalry is nothing to do with what happened at Kenilworth Road in the playoffs. Its to do with the fact that EVERY Luton fan you talk to thinks they have some god given right to play League football and that they are MASSIVE Club thats too big for Non League Football. Apparently they are only down here because of the points deduction they recieved, and not because they are poor side. If that was the case they would still have been high enough to stay up after the points deduction or would have gone straight back up.
Get over it Luton fans, just admit you're down here becuase like evey team you deserve to be.

CTID
For me the rivalry is nothing to do with what happened at Kenilworth Road in the playoffs. Its to do with the fact that EVERY Luton fan you talk to thinks they have some god given right to play League football and that they are MASSIVE Club thats too big for Non League Football. Apparently they are only down here because of the points deduction they recieved, and not because they are poor side. If that was the case they would still have been high enough to stay up after the points deduction or would have gone straight back up. Get over it Luton fans, just admit you're down here becuase like evey team you deserve to be. CTID Wind Mills

3:38pm Tue 28 Feb 12

walwynwasgod says...

Bath away game re-arranged for Tuesday 27th March and Cambridge Tuesday 17th April according to their Websites.
Bath away game re-arranged for Tuesday 27th March and Cambridge Tuesday 17th April according to their Websites. walwynwasgod

3:44pm Tue 28 Feb 12

The Legend Of Keith says...

I don't like Luton one little bit. The playoff incident only severed to compound this view.

Saying this, I don't like Hull, I don't like Leeds, I don't like Crawley, I don't like pretty much any side from t'other side of the pennines (esp Bury).

However, I do like rivalry in football and grudges, no matter how old, give a little spice to match day and the desire to get one over on the oppo. This was a lot more easy to discover in the league, but harder in the conference against such outfits as Hayes or Tamworth. For a team like York, with no natural or recurring derby games anymore, these grudge matches take their place and should be encouraged.
I don't like Luton one little bit. The playoff incident only severed to compound this view. Saying this, I don't like Hull, I don't like Leeds, I don't like Crawley, I don't like pretty much any side from t'other side of the pennines (esp Bury). However, I do like rivalry in football and grudges, no matter how old, give a little spice to match day and the desire to get one over on the oppo. This was a lot more easy to discover in the league, but harder in the conference against such outfits as Hayes or Tamworth. For a team like York, with no natural or recurring derby games anymore, these grudge matches take their place and should be encouraged. The Legend Of Keith

3:53pm Tue 28 Feb 12

Southern Exile says...

I'm not against rivalry just Flett making a mountain out of a molehile all the time...
I'm not against rivalry just Flett making a mountain out of a molehile all the time... Southern Exile

5:16pm Tue 28 Feb 12

Colin Pratt says...

Wind Mills wrote:
For me the rivalry is nothing to do with what happened at Kenilworth Road in the playoffs. Its to do with the fact that EVERY Luton fan you talk to thinks they have some god given right to play League football and that they are MASSIVE Club thats too big for Non League Football. Apparently they are only down here because of the points deduction they recieved, and not because they are poor side. If that was the case they would still have been high enough to stay up after the points deduction or would have gone straight back up. Get over it Luton fans, just admit you're down here becuase like evey team you deserve to be. CTID
Exactly right and slightly off topic for which I apologise....this is an argument I have with a Newcastle supporter - they also think they are a big club, too big not to win a trophy and have a god given right to be a top side. Anyhow this is a rivalry and people shouldn't blame David Flett for inflaming the situation - it was their fans that scared the sh1t out of a lot of our fans a lot of whom were kids/women, with that dreadful behaviour and I'm sure you would all agree that stuffing them in FT and PO's will be the wish of every City fan. FACT.
[quote][p][bold]Wind Mills[/bold] wrote: For me the rivalry is nothing to do with what happened at Kenilworth Road in the playoffs. Its to do with the fact that EVERY Luton fan you talk to thinks they have some god given right to play League football and that they are MASSIVE Club thats too big for Non League Football. Apparently they are only down here because of the points deduction they recieved, and not because they are poor side. If that was the case they would still have been high enough to stay up after the points deduction or would have gone straight back up. Get over it Luton fans, just admit you're down here becuase like evey team you deserve to be. CTID[/p][/quote]Exactly right and slightly off topic for which I apologise....this is an argument I have with a Newcastle supporter - they also think they are a big club, too big not to win a trophy and have a god given right to be a top side. Anyhow this is a rivalry and people shouldn't blame David Flett for inflaming the situation - it was their fans that scared the sh1t out of a lot of our fans a lot of whom were kids/women, with that dreadful behaviour and I'm sure you would all agree that stuffing them in FT and PO's will be the wish of every City fan. FACT. Colin Pratt

6:20pm Tue 28 Feb 12

McArthur Crown says...

So will the second leg even take place on the Saturday at 3pm?

There's a St Patricks Day parade in Luton on that day apparently, and the police are always keen to mess up a 3pm KO down there for us.

Club confirmation imminent I hope re trains down there etc.

@DeltaOuttaYCFC
So will the second leg even take place on the Saturday at 3pm? There's a St Patricks Day parade in Luton on that day apparently, and the police are always keen to mess up a 3pm KO down there for us. Club confirmation imminent I hope re trains down there etc. @DeltaOuttaYCFC McArthur Crown

8:49pm Tue 28 Feb 12

joejamestom says...

Well yes we are rivals bitter probably not but we are experienced in the "welcome" available for away fans & players at theirs. I can quite happily put any remembered animosity to one side as its a game of football not a tribal war. What I will say is that I believe after last time is that I am not prepared to risk having frightened wife & kids after spending a considerable sum of money to go watch what should be entertainment. So perhaps we will watch it on TV somewhere in the company of fans who aren't there for aggro and can face the result whether favourable or not. All the same I hope we show them how the game should be played and come away deserved winners.
Cmon City!!
Well yes we are rivals bitter probably not but we are experienced in the "welcome" available for away fans & players at theirs. I can quite happily put any remembered animosity to one side as its a game of football not a tribal war. What I will say is that I believe after last time is that I am not prepared to risk having frightened wife & kids after spending a considerable sum of money to go watch what should be entertainment. So perhaps we will watch it on TV somewhere in the company of fans who aren't there for aggro and can face the result whether favourable or not. All the same I hope we show them how the game should be played and come away deserved winners. Cmon City!! joejamestom

11:48pm Tue 28 Feb 12

YorkCity4Life says...

Let's get a nice 2-0 result at home and hold our own down there and we'll be going to Wembley once again :)
Let's get a nice 2-0 result at home and hold our own down there and we'll be going to Wembley once again :) YorkCity4Life

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