Wemb-glee lifts York City to the delight of manager Gary Mills

Fans queue for Wembley tickets

Fans queue for Wembley tickets

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

YORK City manager Gary Mills believes Wembley fever has given his side “a big boost” ahead of tomorrow’s home match with future FA Trophy final opponents Newport.

City players have been greeted this week by the sight of fans queueing up for tickets at Bootham Crescent for the May 12 showpiece and Mills feels that will inspire his players rather than prove a distraction as the club looks to secure a Blue Square Bet Premier play-off place with four fixtures to go.

Tomorrow’s game is also important for Newport, who know a victory will stave off the threat of relegation should Hayes & Yeading United fail to win against Mansfield at the same time.

On the Wembley effect, Mills said: “You can’t stop people talking about Wembley and it gives everybody a big boost to see the ground busy as we enter a very important last two weeks of the season. Everybody is here because we are going to Wembley and it’s all exciting.”

Mills has warned Newport to expect a better display from City following last week’s 2-1 defeat at Spytty Park in this season’s first league meeting between the clubs.

• From Back Page He added: “It was a difficult night there. The pitch wasn’t great and we did not play how we can.

“I want them to see a different side here tomorrow. I saw how capable my side are at Alfreton and we need to bring that to this game.

“Both teams need three points and I’m glad we need them for a different reason to Newport.

“If we win, we stay fourth and nobody else can do anything about that, so it’s important that we get the three points.”

Jason Walker (hamstring) and Ben Gibson (illness) have both returned to training after missing Monday’s 2-0 victory at Alfreton.

But one player who will not play a part tomorrow or, for the rest of the season, is Ben Swallow. He has been released prematurely by the club.

The City boss did not want to divulge the reasons for Swallow’s departure but The Press understands the issue with the former Bristol Rovers winger was related to training ground punctuality.

Mills said: “He won’t be taking any part in the rest of the season even though he’s still contracted to us.

“I’ve got a great set of players here and we have a great spirit and belief in the dressing room and I don’t want anybody upsetting that.

“We are planning to go to Wembley twice and either you want to be a part of that or you don’t.

“It disappoints me because, if he learns things, he could have a good future in the game.

If he doesn’t, there won’t be any managers who will put up with certain antics.”

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12:15pm Fri 13 Apr 12

haxbyycfc says...

Best news i've heard for a while! Swallow never offered us anything we didn't have elsewhere in the squad and Mills is right to get him out. We can't afford for anyone to upset our tight-knit squad, especially someone who hasn't contributed hardly to what we have achieved so far! I'd go for same squad as Alfreton, all proved to be effective!
Best news i've heard for a while! Swallow never offered us anything we didn't have elsewhere in the squad and Mills is right to get him out. We can't afford for anyone to upset our tight-knit squad, especially someone who hasn't contributed hardly to what we have achieved so far! I'd go for same squad as Alfreton, all proved to be effective! haxbyycfc
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12:16pm Fri 13 Apr 12

rogue84 says...

no tears shed regarding swallow, not just for his very below par (brief) performances but if he wasn't arriving on time to training then Millsy is left with no other choice.
most of us would be sacked for persistent lateness so he should be let go as well. good decision all round to part company.
can't wait for the game tomorrow, a win leaves us within a finger tip of of confirming a top 5 place....don't fancy going to cambridge and braintree with the pressure of HAVING to get 6 pts.
no tears shed regarding swallow, not just for his very below par (brief) performances but if he wasn't arriving on time to training then Millsy is left with no other choice. most of us would be sacked for persistent lateness so he should be let go as well. good decision all round to part company. can't wait for the game tomorrow, a win leaves us within a finger tip of of confirming a top 5 place....don't fancy going to cambridge and braintree with the pressure of HAVING to get 6 pts. rogue84
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12:22pm Fri 13 Apr 12

OLD - HEAD says...

It was a gamble signing Ben Swallow. The Manager obviously thought that he could transform him, but that has not happened. City dont need that kind of player at the club.
It was a gamble signing Ben Swallow. The Manager obviously thought that he could transform him, but that has not happened. City dont need that kind of player at the club. OLD - HEAD
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12:46pm Fri 13 Apr 12

tomwillo1 says...

Dissapointed about Swollow, thought he would have been a good signing but if he wasnt turning up to training then i suppose he deserved to get released! Big game tomorrow, Come on City!
Dissapointed about Swollow, thought he would have been a good signing but if he wasnt turning up to training then i suppose he deserved to get released! Big game tomorrow, Come on City! tomwillo1
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1:34pm Fri 13 Apr 12

ian923 says...

This is going to be a very tough game tomorrow and we need an early goal to allow us to settle- 2 would be even better but Newport are no mugs and fighting for survival.I predict a tight game as 3 points are equally as vital to both teams.Wembley is a totally different scenario.Get behind GM and the lads tomorrow and make some noise! I Don't expect too much support travelling from Newport so let's be loud and proud. Come on City!
This is going to be a very tough game tomorrow and we need an early goal to allow us to settle- 2 would be even better but Newport are no mugs and fighting for survival.I predict a tight game as 3 points are equally as vital to both teams.Wembley is a totally different scenario.Get behind GM and the lads tomorrow and make some noise! I Don't expect too much support travelling from Newport so let's be loud and proud. Come on City! ian923
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2:18pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Sir Alex says...

Maybe not many Newport tomorrow but fair play they have already sold 10,000 Wembley tickets!!!
Maybe not many Newport tomorrow but fair play they have already sold 10,000 Wembley tickets!!! Sir Alex
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2:21pm Fri 13 Apr 12

duffy says...

Sir Alex wrote:
Maybe not many Newport tomorrow but fair play they have already sold 10,000 Wembley tickets!!!
Not sure where you have got that from. The guy on their forum from the ticket office the other day said around 2000. Ok they have gone on general release since but 10,000 ?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Alex[/bold] wrote: Maybe not many Newport tomorrow but fair play they have already sold 10,000 Wembley tickets!!![/p][/quote]Not sure where you have got that from. The guy on their forum from the ticket office the other day said around 2000. Ok they have gone on general release since but 10,000 ? duffy
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2:23pm Fri 13 Apr 12

duffy says...

Ok just take another look at the Newport site. I would take that with a huge pinch of salt.
Ok just take another look at the Newport site. I would take that with a huge pinch of salt. duffy
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2:25pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Sir Alex says...

www.the-exiles.co.uk
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www.the-exiles.co.uk / Sir Alex
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2:31pm Fri 13 Apr 12

eborexile says...

After last Saturday and the response from some on these pages, I was reminded of the Scottish guy from Dad’s Army.
There were those who had given up on the play-offs despite the team still being in 4th place with a favourable goal difference and games in hand over most.

The doom mongers may eventually prove to be right but their attitude is not exactly conducive towards creating the confident positive atmosphere we need to maximise our chances.
I sometimes suspect that they subconsciously want to glory in the self righteous “told you so”.
Others are just trolling and won’t be too upset if we fail.
I consider such contributors as negative clap-trappers.

Me? Rather than taking after Pte. Fraser, I’m more like Cpl. Jones who wants to lend support.
“Don’t panic…don’t panic” is my mantra…but boy am I getting nervous!

I just hope the nerves don’t spill over onto the pitch as we need the team to be confident in their own abilities and not try desperate long ball tactics.

Whatever the team, we all need to be positive so let’s get behind them for every minute that remains in this compelling season.
After last Saturday and the response from some on these pages, I was reminded of the Scottish guy from Dad’s Army. There were those who had given up on the play-offs despite the team still being in 4th place with a favourable goal difference and games in hand over most. The doom mongers may eventually prove to be right but their attitude is not exactly conducive towards creating the confident positive atmosphere we need to maximise our chances. I sometimes suspect that they subconsciously want to glory in the self righteous “told you so”. Others are just trolling and won’t be too upset if we fail. I consider such contributors as negative clap-trappers. Me? Rather than taking after Pte. Fraser, I’m more like Cpl. Jones who wants to lend support. “Don’t panic…don’t panic” is my mantra…but boy am I getting nervous! I just hope the nerves don’t spill over onto the pitch as we need the team to be confident in their own abilities and not try desperate long ball tactics. Whatever the team, we all need to be positive so let’s get behind them for every minute that remains in this compelling season. eborexile
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2:41pm Fri 13 Apr 12

rogue84 says...

apparantly David McGurk has confirmed he's out for the remainder of the season - did think that was coming. Doig & Smith at the back for (hopefully!) our remaining 8 games!
apparantly David McGurk has confirmed he's out for the remainder of the season - did think that was coming. Doig & Smith at the back for (hopefully!) our remaining 8 games! rogue84
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3:50pm Fri 13 Apr 12

JamesHinch says...

Great news that Walker's back in training. Hopefully we can get into play-offs before FGR match so he can we can use that for his match practice before the head to heads. Wouldn't rush him back this week.
Great news that Walker's back in training. Hopefully we can get into play-offs before FGR match so he can we can use that for his match practice before the head to heads. Wouldn't rush him back this week. JamesHinch
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3:50pm Fri 13 Apr 12

haxbyycfc says...

Sir Alex wrote:
Maybe not many Newport tomorrow but fair play they have already sold 10,000 Wembley tickets!!!
Doubt that is true, especially as it was stated the 10,000 mark was reached on the first day of sales! that's like saying we sold Wembley out last time we went!
[quote][p][bold]Sir Alex[/bold] wrote: Maybe not many Newport tomorrow but fair play they have already sold 10,000 Wembley tickets!!![/p][/quote]Doubt that is true, especially as it was stated the 10,000 mark was reached on the first day of sales! that's like saying we sold Wembley out last time we went! haxbyycfc
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6:12pm Fri 13 Apr 12

giggs08 says...

Who is the legend singing York City state of mind on you tube?
Quality!
Who is the legend singing York City state of mind on you tube? Quality! giggs08
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6:50pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Head of Bomber Command says...

We will win tomorrow if Gary puts out a side to attack with pace as at Alfreton. Good news on Jason and Gibbo, on Swallow, he sounds a bit like Nelthorpe to me, potential with nay brains.
We will win tomorrow if Gary puts out a side to attack with pace as at Alfreton. Good news on Jason and Gibbo, on Swallow, he sounds a bit like Nelthorpe to me, potential with nay brains. Head of Bomber Command
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7:35pm Fri 13 Apr 12

duffy says...

Let's not beat around the bush, Swallow was a stupid signing. The guy had only just been kicked out early by another conference club and we then agree to pay his wages until the end of the season. So he now sits at home pulling in I'm sure a nice wad from city while doing nothing.
Mark this one alongside Ashikodi as weird signing of the season.
Let's not beat around the bush, Swallow was a stupid signing. The guy had only just been kicked out early by another conference club and we then agree to pay his wages until the end of the season. So he now sits at home pulling in I'm sure a nice wad from city while doing nothing. Mark this one alongside Ashikodi as weird signing of the season. duffy
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8:45pm Fri 13 Apr 12

huntingtonagitator says...

Gary Mills is not perfect, and he'll be the first one to admit it. Not all signings are going to be up to what the gaffer thought they might be. There's no accounting for the way some of the players will or wont blend with the squad and hindsight is a great thing. I said before the season started that something special was going to happen this season, just on the basis of watching a few 'friendly' games. It was obvious to me that the players GM had brought to the club initially were the type of players that could play neat attractive football, and not your 'lump it' types. Hence the position we are in now. Yes, the winter pitches at certain grounds, injuries, illness, s***e referees, have all played a part in nearly derailing City's campaign. Other teams supporters on the BSP site have posted comments like "York don't know how to stop winning at crucial times." That is a massive compliment to Gary and the team. Barring the loss of Walker and Kerr, I think the team we put out at Alfreton is as close to our strongest that we have, with Moke now stepping up to a more mature level. I think (and sincerely hope), that Moke plays at Wembley. All that space to use his electrifying pace and trickery! God! I can't wait. This team are way superior to Foyles flops who just didn't get off the bus until the second half last time at Wembley. Loving Chuitar's rap by the way, gonna watch it again in a min, what a laugh. Come on you mighty reds!!!
Gary Mills is not perfect, and he'll be the first one to admit it. Not all signings are going to be up to what the gaffer thought they might be. There's no accounting for the way some of the players will or wont blend with the squad and hindsight is a great thing. I said before the season started that something special was going to happen this season, just on the basis of watching a few 'friendly' games. It was obvious to me that the players GM had brought to the club initially were the type of players that could play neat attractive football, and not your 'lump it' types. Hence the position we are in now. Yes, the winter pitches at certain grounds, injuries, illness, s***e referees, have all played a part in nearly derailing City's campaign. Other teams supporters on the BSP site have posted comments like "York don't know how to stop winning at crucial times." That is a massive compliment to Gary and the team. Barring the loss of Walker and Kerr, I think the team we put out at Alfreton is as close to our strongest that we have, with Moke now stepping up to a more mature level. I think (and sincerely hope), that Moke plays at Wembley. All that space to use his electrifying pace and trickery! God! I can't wait. This team are way superior to Foyles flops who just didn't get off the bus until the second half last time at Wembley. Loving Chuitar's rap by the way, gonna watch it again in a min, what a laugh. Come on you mighty reds!!! huntingtonagitator
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9:08pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Head of Bomber Command says...

All that space to use his electrifying pace and trickery! God! I can't wait.............

Wembley is 115 x 75, City's pitch is 115 x 74.
All that space to use his electrifying pace and trickery! God! I can't wait............. Wembley is 115 x 75, City's pitch is 115 x 74. Head of Bomber Command
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10:25pm Fri 13 Apr 12

huntingtonagitator says...

Head of Bomber Command wrote:
All that space to use his electrifying pace and trickery! God! I can't wait.............

Wembley is 115 x 75, City's pitch is 115 x 74.
Exactly HoBC! That extra 1 yard makes all the difference! (Jeez, there's always one smartass). Forgive me for getting carried away.... I'M just bloody excited OK!
[quote][p][bold]Head of Bomber Command[/bold] wrote: All that space to use his electrifying pace and trickery! God! I can't wait............. Wembley is 115 x 75, City's pitch is 115 x 74.[/p][/quote]Exactly HoBC! That extra 1 yard makes all the difference! (Jeez, there's always one smartass). Forgive me for getting carried away.... I'M just bloody excited OK! huntingtonagitator
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8:13am Sat 14 Apr 12

Head of Bomber Command says...

huntingtonagitator wrote:
Head of Bomber Command wrote:
All that space to use his electrifying pace and trickery! God! I can't wait.............

Wembley is 115 x 75, City's pitch is 115 x 74.
Exactly HoBC! That extra 1 yard makes all the difference! (Jeez, there's always one smartass). Forgive me for getting carried away.... I'M just bloody excited OK!
No problem as I forgive you. I was just pointing out it is not that much different to our pitch size really. I too am really looking fwd to the game because for once we are actually favs to win a match at Wembley.

I want a second trip there too.
[quote][p][bold]huntingtonagitator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Head of Bomber Command[/bold] wrote: All that space to use his electrifying pace and trickery! God! I can't wait............. Wembley is 115 x 75, City's pitch is 115 x 74.[/p][/quote]Exactly HoBC! That extra 1 yard makes all the difference! (Jeez, there's always one smartass). Forgive me for getting carried away.... I'M just bloody excited OK![/p][/quote]No problem as I forgive you. I was just pointing out it is not that much different to our pitch size really. I too am really looking fwd to the game because for once we are actually favs to win a match at Wembley. I want a second trip there too. Head of Bomber Command
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9:14am Sat 14 Apr 12

paintitred says...

duffy wrote:
Ok just take another look at the Newport site. I would take that with a huge pinch of salt.
http://www.southwale
sargus.co.uk/news/96
49050.County_fans_sn
ap_up_10_000_Wembley
_tickets/


10k it is
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: Ok just take another look at the Newport site. I would take that with a huge pinch of salt.[/p][/quote]http://www.southwale sargus.co.uk/news/96 49050.County_fans_sn ap_up_10_000_Wembley _tickets/ 10k it is paintitred
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9:21am Sat 14 Apr 12

duffy says...

It seems so. I'm just not sure how they managed to sell 7000 tickets in the four hours they had them on general sale before that tweet. All extra money for us.
It seems so. I'm just not sure how they managed to sell 7000 tickets in the four hours they had them on general sale before that tweet. All extra money for us. duffy
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9:32am Sat 14 Apr 12

paintitred says...

duffy wrote:
It seems so. I'm just not sure how they managed to sell 7000 tickets in the four hours they had them on general sale before that tweet. All extra money for us.
couldnt agree more. but Newport have a massive catchment area . and it is the "day trippers final" not sure how quickly the tickets flew out of our office for the 2009 F a trophy final once they went on general sale. but i doubt very much they will continue at that level of sales. I seriously think that a high % of york supporters will be waiting to see if we are in the play off finals too. not every ones budget will stretch to 2 wembley trips in 8 days. those with kids will more than likely have too choose. the play offds will take priority. If the unthinkable happens and we dont get to the 20th may final there will be a late surge for trophy tickets.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: It seems so. I'm just not sure how they managed to sell 7000 tickets in the four hours they had them on general sale before that tweet. All extra money for us.[/p][/quote]couldnt agree more. but Newport have a massive catchment area . and it is the "day trippers final" not sure how quickly the tickets flew out of our office for the 2009 F a trophy final once they went on general sale. but i doubt very much they will continue at that level of sales. I seriously think that a high % of york supporters will be waiting to see if we are in the play off finals too. not every ones budget will stretch to 2 wembley trips in 8 days. those with kids will more than likely have too choose. the play offds will take priority. If the unthinkable happens and we dont get to the 20th may final there will be a late surge for trophy tickets. paintitred
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9:38am Sat 14 Apr 12

big boy york says...

really gutted no ones showing the final as im unable to go sky had it for years setanta did us in 09 and itv4 did last year but then again its us & newport less than 20k there would be on if luton had got there i bet
really gutted no ones showing the final as im unable to go sky had it for years setanta did us in 09 and itv4 did last year but then again its us & newport less than 20k there would be on if luton had got there i bet big boy york
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9:58am Sat 14 Apr 12

paintitred says...

big boy york wrote:
really gutted no ones showing the final as im unable to go sky had it for years setanta did us in 09 and itv4 did last year but then again its us & newport less than 20k there would be on if luton had got there i bet
B B Y , i understand that Newport fans are pointing to S4C to show the match. they show regular welsh premier matches. i think they showed an Wrexham F A cup match earlier this season
[quote][p][bold]big boy york[/bold] wrote: really gutted no ones showing the final as im unable to go sky had it for years setanta did us in 09 and itv4 did last year but then again its us & newport less than 20k there would be on if luton had got there i bet[/p][/quote]B B Y , i understand that Newport fans are pointing to S4C to show the match. they show regular welsh premier matches. i think they showed an Wrexham F A cup match earlier this season paintitred
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4:04pm Sat 14 Apr 12

big boy york says...

cheers for that paintitred suppose it will be the only option
cheers for that paintitred suppose it will be the only option big boy york
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