FANS who can’t make it to Wembley tomorrow will be able to watch the game live on Setanta Sports at 2pm at a number of York pubs.
One place they won’t be able to see it, however, is at City’s own KitKat Crescent ground.
There are no plans to show the game on a big screen, said club secretary Nick Bassett. “Everybody that works for the club wants to be there, at Wembley! We’ll all be there, shouting ‘come on, city!’”
The club has laid on 21 official coaches to take fans down to Wembley.
But there will be many more coaches than that taking the trip down the M1, Mr Bassett said – between 50-70, he believes.
In total, about 13,000 tickets have been sold to York City fans. And if the turntstiles do good business tomorrow, there could be as many as 15,000 City fans at the home of football to roar on the team.
Among them will be city council leader Andrew Waller, who will be with a council contingent. “I have watched some of their games, not a huge number, but I’m going to Wembley and will be cheering them on,” he said. “It’s a big occasion for the whole city.”
Across York, pubs with Setanta are preparing for a busy afternoon.
Pubs where you will be able to watch the game include The Melbourne in Cemetery Road, The Light Horseman in Fishergate and the Five Lions in Walmgate, as well as several others.
The White Horse in Bootham, not far from the KitKat crescent ground itself, will also be showing the game. “There are a lot of the lads going down for the game itself, but we’ll still have a good crowd here,” said landlord Dan Murphy.