David McGurk adds ‘calmness’ for York City - Ingham

York City's David McGurk

York City's David McGurk

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RECALLED centre-back David McGurk has brought a “calmness” to the York City back line since his return to the team three games ago, according to goalkeeper Michael Ingham.

After back-to-back clean sheets in McGurk’s first two outings in almost a year – against Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion – the Minstermen were unable to make it a hat-trick on the former Darlington defender’s 300th appearance for the club against Exeter City on Saturday as they lost 2-1.

Ingham said: “TY (McGurk) has been brilliant since coming back into the side after having to play a patient game following his injury.

“He’s been a great servant to the football club and everyone loves him because he’s a great lad in the changing room. Everybody knows what he’s about.

“He reads the game so well and has that knack of being in the right position before the ball arrives there. He’s strong in the air, quite quick for a big man and can clear with both feet.

“He’s got all the attributes and has probably been unfortunate not to have played at a higher level in his career but you could say that about quite a few players. He brings a calmness to the side and was a big factor in the two clean sheets we kept before the Exeter game.

“I’m delighted that he’s got to 300 games and hopefully it will be Pars (Dan Parslow) next and then me.”

Parslow, on 280 appearances for City, along with Ingham, who has 262 to his name, are both expected to face host team Cheltenham this Saturday, along with McGurk.

The Robins currently lie fourth in the League Two standings but that does not intimidate Ingham, who said: “I’ve played at Cheltenham before in my career.

“It’s a tough place to go with a tight ground and tight pitch. It’s a bit like a Conference ground really with small stands and stuff like that.

“They are doing well but we always seem to rise to the occasion against the top teams and we don’t fear anybody in the division. The standard in League Two means there are 24 teams who can beat each other on their day.

“Every game we play is competitive but I’m thoroughly enjoying the challenge and, if we play like we have done over the last four games, then the results will come for us.”

With 20 fixtures left to play and City sitting six points behind the play-off positions, Ingham is also in no mood to give up the fight for a top-seven place, adding: “The gaffer is looking at bringing players in during the window and this might sound stupid to some people, but we still have our eye on the play-offs.

“If we go on a run, we can still get in there but we need to improve our consistency and grind out more results.

“It’s a steep learning curve this season but, if the gaffer can get two or three players and bring in some competition, we are probably one of eight or ten teams that could go and nick one of the last two play-off places.”

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12:48pm Wed 9 Jan 13

joejamestom says...

Well considered comments from Ingy a good goalie which he certainly is knows who he likes to see ahead of him on the pitch. He also showed maturity in not naming positions in which competition is required to up the performance levels.
Ty Pars & Ingy offer a very good solid foundation to build any team on.
Well considered comments from Ingy a good goalie which he certainly is knows who he likes to see ahead of him on the pitch. He also showed maturity in not naming positions in which competition is required to up the performance levels. Ty Pars & Ingy offer a very good solid foundation to build any team on. joejamestom
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1:10pm Wed 9 Jan 13

You're Fired says...

Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.
Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous. You're Fired
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1:42pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Robert Davro says...

You're Fired wrote:
Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.
Mills confirmed at a question and answer session that Banjo frustrates him because he's never fit. There's your answer.
[quote][p][bold]You're Fired[/bold] wrote: Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.[/p][/quote]Mills confirmed at a question and answer session that Banjo frustrates him because he's never fit. There's your answer. Robert Davro
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2:02pm Wed 9 Jan 13

old_school_minsterman says...

You're Fired wrote:
Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.
Haha love this! Calamity Parslow is a good squad player, nothing more. Can't pass more than 5 yards, usually sideways or backwards and has no pace.
[quote][p][bold]You're Fired[/bold] wrote: Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.[/p][/quote]Haha love this! Calamity Parslow is a good squad player, nothing more. Can't pass more than 5 yards, usually sideways or backwards and has no pace. old_school_minsterman
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3:23pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Tug job says...

old_school_minsterma
n
wrote:
You're Fired wrote:
Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.
Haha love this! Calamity Parslow is a good squad player, nothing more. Can't pass more than 5 yards, usually sideways or backwards and has no pace.
Yet DP was mentioned in the NLP's team of the week on several occasions, has won numerous man of the match awards and has won international honours. In addition, GM continues to pick him for the first team. Would all of this happen if he was really that poor a player?
[quote][p][bold]old_school_minsterma n[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You're Fired[/bold] wrote: Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.[/p][/quote]Haha love this! Calamity Parslow is a good squad player, nothing more. Can't pass more than 5 yards, usually sideways or backwards and has no pace.[/p][/quote]Yet DP was mentioned in the NLP's team of the week on several occasions, has won numerous man of the match awards and has won international honours. In addition, GM continues to pick him for the first team. Would all of this happen if he was really that poor a player? Tug job
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3:28pm Wed 9 Jan 13

ian923 says...

Dave McGurk has brought an element of stability to the teams defence.He is assured and unflappable and when fit should always be playing. Considering he has not played for a year Mills must feel like he has a new signing now he has brought his skills to the defence. He has been a rock in our defence for years and cannot be ignored. As far as the play offs are concerned we need to go on a good run now till the end of the season but as I have said before I will be happy to consolidate our position in this league for our first year back.Nice to see McReady back playing and well pleased for Pottsy who is combative and playing well.He has a good attitude despite being put on the transfer list.I think Blanchett is surplus to requirements and am surprised no Conference team has come in to prise Reedy away.We need to persevere with Tom Platt and Tom Allan but we do have a decent squad of good footballers even though we are missing Michael Coulson and Ash Chambers at the moment.
Dave McGurk has brought an element of stability to the teams defence.He is assured and unflappable and when fit should always be playing. Considering he has not played for a year Mills must feel like he has a new signing now he has brought his skills to the defence. He has been a rock in our defence for years and cannot be ignored. As far as the play offs are concerned we need to go on a good run now till the end of the season but as I have said before I will be happy to consolidate our position in this league for our first year back.Nice to see McReady back playing and well pleased for Pottsy who is combative and playing well.He has a good attitude despite being put on the transfer list.I think Blanchett is surplus to requirements and am surprised no Conference team has come in to prise Reedy away.We need to persevere with Tom Platt and Tom Allan but we do have a decent squad of good footballers even though we are missing Michael Coulson and Ash Chambers at the moment. ian923
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3:52pm Wed 9 Jan 13

SamYCFC says...

Parslow is an over used squad player. His best position is RB but Oyebanjo is better than him. Hopefully we've seen the last of Parslow in a midfield birth, that was quite painful to watch him sh*t himself whenever he got the ball and quickly pass it sideways.
Parslow is an over used squad player. His best position is RB but Oyebanjo is better than him. Hopefully we've seen the last of Parslow in a midfield birth, that was quite painful to watch him sh*t himself whenever he got the ball and quickly pass it sideways. SamYCFC
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4:38pm Wed 9 Jan 13

old_school_minsterman says...

SamYCFC wrote:
Parslow is an over used squad player. His best position is RB but Oyebanjo is better than him. Hopefully we've seen the last of Parslow in a midfield birth, that was quite painful to watch him sh*t himself whenever he got the ball and quickly pass it sideways.
My season ticket nearly got binned when Parslow was playing midfield! He was shocking! We had Potts and J.Smith not in the squad and Parslow playing midfield! Oh dear!

The Parslow fan club in the Pop Stand were loving it everytime he 50p headed it straight to the opposition or sliced a pass into touch!

He does try hard and give 100% though!!
[quote][p][bold]SamYCFC[/bold] wrote: Parslow is an over used squad player. His best position is RB but Oyebanjo is better than him. Hopefully we've seen the last of Parslow in a midfield birth, that was quite painful to watch him sh*t himself whenever he got the ball and quickly pass it sideways.[/p][/quote]My season ticket nearly got binned when Parslow was playing midfield! He was shocking! We had Potts and J.Smith not in the squad and Parslow playing midfield! Oh dear! The Parslow fan club in the Pop Stand were loving it everytime he 50p headed it straight to the opposition or sliced a pass into touch! He does try hard and give 100% though!! old_school_minsterman
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4:38pm Wed 9 Jan 13

old_school_minsterman says...

SamYCFC wrote:
Parslow is an over used squad player. His best position is RB but Oyebanjo is better than him. Hopefully we've seen the last of Parslow in a midfield birth, that was quite painful to watch him sh*t himself whenever he got the ball and quickly pass it sideways.
My season ticket nearly got binned when Parslow was playing midfield! He was shocking! We had Potts and J.Smith not in the squad and Parslow playing midfield! Oh dear!

The Parslow fan club in the Pop Stand were loving it everytime he 50p headed it straight to the opposition or sliced a pass into touch!

He does try hard and gives 100% though!!
[quote][p][bold]SamYCFC[/bold] wrote: Parslow is an over used squad player. His best position is RB but Oyebanjo is better than him. Hopefully we've seen the last of Parslow in a midfield birth, that was quite painful to watch him sh*t himself whenever he got the ball and quickly pass it sideways.[/p][/quote]My season ticket nearly got binned when Parslow was playing midfield! He was shocking! We had Potts and J.Smith not in the squad and Parslow playing midfield! Oh dear! The Parslow fan club in the Pop Stand were loving it everytime he 50p headed it straight to the opposition or sliced a pass into touch! He does try hard and gives 100% though!! old_school_minsterman
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4:46pm Wed 9 Jan 13

old_school_minsterman says...

Tug job wrote:
old_school_minsterma n wrote:
You're Fired wrote: Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.
Haha love this! Calamity Parslow is a good squad player, nothing more. Can't pass more than 5 yards, usually sideways or backwards and has no pace.
Yet DP was mentioned in the NLP's team of the week on several occasions, has won numerous man of the match awards and has won international honours. In addition, GM continues to pick him for the first team. Would all of this happen if he was really that poor a player?
Haha nibble nibble...or is that a massive bite!?

International Super Danny P. Wales non-league D side, 84th Team?!
[quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old_school_minsterma n[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You're Fired[/bold] wrote: Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.[/p][/quote]Haha love this! Calamity Parslow is a good squad player, nothing more. Can't pass more than 5 yards, usually sideways or backwards and has no pace.[/p][/quote]Yet DP was mentioned in the NLP's team of the week on several occasions, has won numerous man of the match awards and has won international honours. In addition, GM continues to pick him for the first team. Would all of this happen if he was really that poor a player?[/p][/quote]Haha nibble nibble...or is that a massive bite!? International Super Danny P. Wales non-league D side, 84th Team?! old_school_minsterman
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6:27pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Tug job says...

old_school_minsterma
n
wrote:
Tug job wrote:
old_school_minsterma n wrote:
You're Fired wrote: Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.
Haha love this! Calamity Parslow is a good squad player, nothing more. Can't pass more than 5 yards, usually sideways or backwards and has no pace.
Yet DP was mentioned in the NLP's team of the week on several occasions, has won numerous man of the match awards and has won international honours. In addition, GM continues to pick him for the first team. Would all of this happen if he was really that poor a player?
Haha nibble nibble...or is that a massive bite!?

International Super Danny P. Wales non-league D side, 84th Team?!
You're missing the point,which is that national selectors saw something in DP's ability that warranted a number of international appearances. The level isn't the important thing, it's the fact that he has been selected several times over and above other players. Other managers and neutral commentators have spoken highly of DP over the years. Do you really expect full internationals to play for a small club like City? (Although I can remember Peter Scott playing for us).
[quote][p][bold]old_school_minsterma n[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old_school_minsterma n[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You're Fired[/bold] wrote: Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.[/p][/quote]Haha love this! Calamity Parslow is a good squad player, nothing more. Can't pass more than 5 yards, usually sideways or backwards and has no pace.[/p][/quote]Yet DP was mentioned in the NLP's team of the week on several occasions, has won numerous man of the match awards and has won international honours. In addition, GM continues to pick him for the first team. Would all of this happen if he was really that poor a player?[/p][/quote]Haha nibble nibble...or is that a massive bite!? International Super Danny P. Wales non-league D side, 84th Team?![/p][/quote]You're missing the point,which is that national selectors saw something in DP's ability that warranted a number of international appearances. The level isn't the important thing, it's the fact that he has been selected several times over and above other players. Other managers and neutral commentators have spoken highly of DP over the years. Do you really expect full internationals to play for a small club like City? (Although I can remember Peter Scott playing for us). Tug job
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11:14pm Wed 9 Jan 13

joejamestom says...

At least there is a discussion going about Dan but be honest with yourselves was the Ty DP combo about the most effective CB pairing we have had in recent memory?
Dan seems to be amongst the fittest in our squad has certainly put his head where it hurts & is so much more able on the ball than either Doig or Smith so fair enough not a first choice RB or midfielder but always gives everything wherever he is required to play,
I suspect GM is realising what good players our stalwarts are given the number of managers they have seen pass by, feel free to disagree but they are still here.
At least there is a discussion going about Dan but be honest with yourselves was the Ty DP combo about the most effective CB pairing we have had in recent memory? Dan seems to be amongst the fittest in our squad has certainly put his head where it hurts & is so much more able on the ball than either Doig or Smith so fair enough not a first choice RB or midfielder but always gives everything wherever he is required to play, I suspect GM is realising what good players our stalwarts are given the number of managers they have seen pass by, feel free to disagree but they are still here. joejamestom
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12:57am Thu 10 Jan 13

GreenshawGrinder says...

At last, somebody who talks some sense. We need squad players who stay fit, care about the club and are prepared to put their head on the line. Step forward Danny P. !!!
At last, somebody who talks some sense. We need squad players who stay fit, care about the club and are prepared to put their head on the line. Step forward Danny P. !!! GreenshawGrinder
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12:37pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Colin Pratt says...

I have taken the liberty to question Michael Ingham on the Twitter. I believe he is a great keeper at this level but have to take issue with his comments on a play-off ambition and City going on a run. It just will not happen. I hope, as Michael says, I'm a good omen and motivator for City to prove me wrong again.
@ca_pratt1955
I have taken the liberty to question Michael Ingham on the Twitter. I believe he is a great keeper at this level but have to take issue with his comments on a play-off ambition and City going on a run. It just will not happen. I hope, as Michael says, I'm a good omen and motivator for City to prove me wrong again. @ca_pratt1955 Colin Pratt
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4:18pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Phil, Leeds says...

old_school_minsterma
n
wrote:
You're Fired wrote:
Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.
Haha love this! Calamity Parslow is a good squad player, nothing more. Can't pass more than 5 yards, usually sideways or backwards and has no pace.
Oh dear, here we go again slating Dan P again. Put a different record on mate. He's played 280 games for us, give him some credit. I'm glad it was Fyfield and not Pars who gave Exeter the second goal on Saturday otherwise Pars would have received dog's abuse from the usual culprits on here.
[quote][p][bold]old_school_minsterma n[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You're Fired[/bold] wrote: Parslow a good player to build a team round? He's a good player to build a bench round, in league 2 he shouldn't be anywhere near the first XI. It amazes me every week he keeps Banjo out of the team. Ridiculous.[/p][/quote]Haha love this! Calamity Parslow is a good squad player, nothing more. Can't pass more than 5 yards, usually sideways or backwards and has no pace.[/p][/quote]Oh dear, here we go again slating Dan P again. Put a different record on mate. He's played 280 games for us, give him some credit. I'm glad it was Fyfield and not Pars who gave Exeter the second goal on Saturday otherwise Pars would have received dog's abuse from the usual culprits on here. Phil, Leeds
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