Axed Knights boss wins coach of year title

York Press: Gary Thornton who will take over as head coach of York City Knights RL team at the end of the season. Picture David Harrison.NB: alternative expression head and shoulders available. (10940241)

12:35pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

YORK City Knights achieved a memorable clean sweep of awards at the Kingstone Press Championships presentation ceremony last night - the most noteworthy being Gary Thornton's Coach of the Year gong.

Thornton axed as York City Knights boss - with assistant James Ford tipped to take the helm

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5:02pm Monday 29th September 2014

GARY THORNTON insists “there is no ill-feeling” despite being told he is to be replaced as York City Knights boss following their play-off exit.

Rundown of Gary Thornton's time in charge of York. Plus his last task - attend Coach of the Year awards

York Press: Coach Gary Thornton  surveys his new realm at the helm of  York City Knights

5:24pm Monday 29th September 2014

YORK City Knights’ decision to axe Gary Thornton came just 18 hours after his side were knocked out of the Championship One promotion play-offs by arch-rivals Hunslet – whom they had beaten three times in the regular season.

BREAKING: York City Knights boss Gary Thornton to be axed

York Press: York City Knights coach Gary Thornton

11:28am Monday 29th September 2014

GARY THORNTON has been axed as York City Knights boss, The Press can reveal.

Magnificent seven for York City Knights all stars

York Press:

9:59am Monday 29th September 2014

SEVEN Knights players were today named in the Championship One 'All Stars' team.

Coach Gary Thornton's York City Knights future in the balance after play-off exit to Hunslet Hawks

York Press:

8:11pm Sunday 28th September 2014

GARY THORNTON has suggested his future might not be at York City Knights after seeing them crash out of the Kingstone Press Championship One promotion play-offs.

Knights boss backs table-toppers for play-off tie

York Press:

11:28am Saturday 27th September 2014

HEAD COACH Gary Thornton ruled out any kneejerk reaction ahead of tomorrow's do-or-die showdown with arch-rivals Hunslet - instead keeping faith with the side and structures that took York City Knights to top spot.

Eaton’s plea for no controversy in York-Hunslet tie

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11:27am Saturday 27th September 2014

"I HOPE that the team who perform better on the day win - and nothing else comes into the equation."

Hunslet Hawks hail ‘quality’ of York City Knights

York Press: Hunslet Hawks' Jimmy Watson

9:52am Friday 26th September 2014

HUNSLET Hawks are wary of a "quality" York City Knights side heading into Sunday's Kingstone Press Championship One final eliminator.

How can York City Knights turn play-off pain to joy? Ace half-back Smith gives his view

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9:35am Friday 26th September 2014

COMPOSURE and commitment is key - even if it means a boring match.

Knights captain faces no action over ‘bite’ claim

York Press: York City Knights boss Gary Thornton

12:10pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

SKIPPER Jack Lee is to face no action from Rugby Football League chiefs over allegations of biting - but it hasn't lessened the anger felt in the York City Knights camp over the accusation.

Counter accusation as Jack Lee denies allegations of biting in York City Knights' opening play-off loss to Oldham

York Press:

9:02pm Sunday 21st September 2014

YORK City Knights expect an allegation of biting against Jack Lee to come to nothing - and have suggested the accusations could be part of a ploy to unsettle their skipper or even get him suspended for the rest of the play-offs.

Three York City Knights aces in running for league's Player of the Year award, with boss Gary Thornton also on shortlist for Coach of the Year

York Press: ‘Knights future out of my hands’ says Thornton

12:15pm Monday 22nd September 2014

YORK City Knights have no fewer than three of the four nominees for the Kingstone Press Championship One Player of the Year award.

Knights set fair for semi-final showdown

York Press:

12:41pm Saturday 20th September 2014

GARY THORNTON has warned fans not to expect another rout when Oldham return to Huntington Stadium this time with a Grand Final place up for grabs - though he still reckons his vibrant York City Knights side will prevail.

Semi-final play-off: Oldham boss sticks with underdog tag

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12:29pm Saturday 20th September 2014

OLDHAM boss Scott Naylor insists York and Hunslet remain the favourites to reach the Championship One Grand Final - despite the Roughyeds’ fine form and compelling win over the Hawks last week.

Knights captain targets quick passage to Grand Final

York Press:

12:56pm Thursday 18th September 2014

CAPTAIN marvel Jack Lee is determined York City Knights reach the Championship One Grand Final at the first attempt this weekend - and not have to do it the hard way like in 2010.

Oldham no pushovers - Knights coach

York Press: York City Knights - zxc

11:18am Wednesday 17th September 2014

GARY THORNTON has admitted his surprise that Oldham not Hunslet will be coming to Huntington Stadium on Sunday - but he has warned his York City Knights side they will face a team in form.

Knights stalwart revels in play-off buzz

York Press:

12:10pm Monday 15th September 2014

MICK RAMSDEN reckons winning the play-offs is a better way to go up than through automatic promotion - and he believes York City Knights have the big-game hunters to celebrate such success come October 5.

Knights forwards Austin Bell and Josh Tonks push claims for play-offs spot

York Press: Knights’ Austin Bell makes ground

1:24pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

FORWARDS Austin Bell and Josh Tonks' claims for a shirt in York City Knights play-off semi-final have been bolstered by inclusion in the Kingstone Press Championship One Team of the Week.

Knights chief says ‘bring em on’ in play-offs

York Press: Gary Thornton

2:20pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

HEAD coach Gary Thornton says he doesn't care who York City Knights get in the Championship One promotion play-offs - but he expects it to be arch-rivals Hunslet Hawks.

Knights coach hails spirit of the champions

York Press:

1:38pm Monday 8th September 2014

GARY THORNTON hailed his York City Knights side's ability to "pull games out of the fire" as they sealed their Kingstone Press Championship One title-winning campaign with a tenth straight victory.

York City Knights 38, London Skolars 28

York Press: York City Knights V London Skollars. York's Pat Smith and Ed Smith at the end of the game with the Leauge cup. Picture David Harrison. (10083029)

1:10pm Monday 8th September 2014

THE Championship One league title was already in the bag and, leading 26-10 at half-time against London Skolars, York City Knights' last game of the regular season also seemed won.

Knights prize guys focused on promotion mission

York Press: Gary Thornton

1:48pm Saturday 6th September 2014

HEAD coach Gary Thornton insists his York City Knights players should celebrate in full their "fantastic achievement" when they collect the Kingstone Press Championship One trophy tomorrow – but the party won’t take focus off the real goal.

Community stadium deal ‘leaves Knights 70 per cent worse off’

York Press: Community Stadium - new

2:06pm Thursday 4th September 2014

TITLE-WINNING York City Knights' future well-being has been put in doubt because of the deal they get when moving into the shared new community stadium.

Knights boss applauds his title winners

York Press: Gary Thornton

11:30am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

HARD-FOUGHT title triumph has been acclaimed by York City Knights coach Gary Thornton - but with a warning.

Jack Aldous named Knights Player of the Year

York Press: York City Knights V Hemel Stags. Jack Aldous tackles hard.
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2:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

“HE won it hands down – that shows the respect his peers have for him.”

Broken rib sidelines Knights ace James Haynes

York Press: York City Knights - zxc

1:46pm Friday 29th August 2014

JAMES HAYNES has paid for his heroics at Hunslet - potentially being sidelined for the all-important play-offs.

Knights' James Ford eager to end playing career on a high

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12:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

JAMES FORD insists he is to hang up his boots at the end of this season - and is desperate to go out on a promotion high.

Ryan’s mighty as top Knights scoop awards double

York Press:

1:03pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

YORK City Knights' wonderful comeback win at arch-rivals Hunslet Hawks has been capped by an accolade double.

Knights hero James Haynes admits he wanted to "cry for his mum"

York Press: York City Knights - zxc

1:12pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

HEROIC James Haynes admitted he wanted to “cry for his mum” as he played through the pain barrier to help York City Knights seal top spot in Championship One.

Boss Gary Thornton hails "terrific spirit" as York City Knights fight back to beat promotion rivals Hunslet Hawks and all but seal top spot

York Press: Jubilant York City Knights players celebrate their comeback victory over Hunslet HawksPicture: Gordon Clayton

1:20pm Monday 18th August 2014

“IT was never in doubt!” So declared Gary Thornton, tongue in cheek, after watching his York City Knights side score two converted tries in the last five minutes to win 20-18 at Hunslet and all but secure the Championship One league leaders’ crown.

Hunslet Hawks 18, York City Knights 20

York Press: York City Knights' James Ford touches down in the first half against Hunslet HawksPicture: Gordon Clayton

8:20pm Sunday 17th August 2014

WHEN York City Knights last won the third tier title, the then National League Two in 2005, they did so courtesy of a momentous comeback at South Leeds Stadium.

Knights hit back ahead of crunch tie against Hunslet

York Press: LUKE WHO'S SIGNED FOR HUNSLET: Hard-hitting Luke Hardbottle, a tackling machine in his time at York, is returning to England early next month after three years in Australia - and will join arch-rivals Hunslet in time for the promotion play-offs

1:39pm Saturday 16th August 2014

GARY THORNTON has hit back in the battle of wills against arch-rivals Hunslet by declaring squads, structures and spirit win titles – not late-in-the-day new signings.

Knights aim for Hawks hat-trick

York Press:

1:12pm Saturday 16th August 2014

YORK City Knights boss Gary Thornton insists his team will go all out for a Hawks hat-trick tomorrow - despite knowing a bonus point would be enough for top spot.

Castleford hit Knights with double blow

York Press: York City Knight's Ben Reynolds during the match against Hunslet Hawks. Picture : Garry Atkinson (9268992)

1:50pm Thursday 14th August 2014

PARTNER club Castleford have hit York City Knights with a double-whammy ahead of their "biggest game of the year" - recalling in-form dual-registration duo Ben Reynolds and Brad Day.

Knights do it the hard way

York Press: TRY TIME: Ryan Backhouse crosses for York City Knights against Gateshead Thunder

12:59pm Monday 11th August 2014

GARY THORNTON says he will take it "as a positive" if York City Knights' rivals load their teams with dual-registration or loan stars in the race for promotion from Championship One.

York City Knights 34, Gateshead Thunder 30

York Press: Josh Tonks scores York City Knights' third try in their 34-30 victory over GatesheadPicture: David Harrison

12:37pm Monday 11th August 2014

YORK City Knights overcame a fright - and the biggest test of this record-equalling run to date - as they held on to beat visitors Gateshead 34-30.

Knights' Ed Smith evades ban

York Press: Ed Smith

1:02pm Monday 11th August 2014

ED SMITH has evaded a ban following his red card at Gloucestershire All Golds last week - after the home club's video equipment broke down meaning their was no evidence to show at the player's disciplinary hearing.

Knights home in on best-ever winning sequence

York Press: Gary Thornton

12:47pm Saturday 9th August 2014

YORK CITY KNIGHTS will equal a club record if they beat Gateshead Thunder tomorrow in the Kingstone Press Championship - but head coach Gary Thornton says it will count for nothing if his side are not promoted at the end of the campaign.

Thornton puts his trust in departing Knights skipper Jack Lee

York Press: York City Knights' Jack Lee dives over to score a try against Hunslet Hawks

11:59am Friday 8th August 2014

GARY THORNTON is putting his trust in Jack Lee and has backed his skipper to give his all for York City Knights' promotion challenge - despite his impending switch to title foes Hunslet.

Talisman Jack Lee rocks York City Knights - by signing for arch-rivals Hunslet Hawks

York Press:

4:59pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

YORK City Knights have been rocked in the build-up to both the play-offs and next week's clash with arch-rivals Hunslet by the news inspirational skipper Jack Lee is to quit at the end of the season - and join the Hawks.

Iain Morrison gets back in mix to lift Knights

York Press:

1:28pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

PACK enforcer Iain Morrison might yet be back for the all-important business end of York City Knights’ season – but fellow prop Nathan Freer almost certainly won’t following his latest worrying setback.

All Golds win comes at a cost as Knights' Ed Smith sees red

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1:09pm Monday 4th August 2014

GARY THORNTON hailed seventh heaven for his York City Knights side – but fears this latest victory may have come at a big cost due to an all-in brawl and another Prince of Wales Stadium red card.

Gloucestershire All Golds 18, York City Knights 42

York Press: York City Knights' Kriss Brining gives chase as Gloucestershire All Golds break awayPicture: Lewis Mitchell

12:20pm Monday 4th August 2014

YORK City Knights completed a splendid hat-trick of revenge missions – despite lightning striking twice at the Prince of Wales Stadium.

Knights coach strengthens pack

York Press: FLYING PICKETS: Joe Pickets is back in the York City Knights ranks for tomorrow’s home clash with Hunslet Hawks

2:32pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

YORK City Knights boss Gary Thornton has hailed the recruitment of Josh Tonks as perfectly timed to bolster the push for promotion - especially given that big-hitting Joe Pickets is soon to depart.

‘We will make sure there is no repeat’ - Knights boss

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2:30pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

GARY THORNTON insists York City Knights will travel to Cheltenham with no trepidation despite it being the scene of their last defeat.

York City Knights ace James Saltonstall helps Italy to beat Russia in top-of-table Euro clash

York Press: James Saltonstall, representing Italy in the Azzurri's World Cup warm-up match against England last autumn

11:07am Monday 28th July 2014

YORK City Knights ace James Saltonstall played at full-back as Italy went to the top of the European Championship 'B' table by beating previously unbeaten Russia 22-18 amid heavy rain in Gemona.

Pack close in on Knights

York Press: York City Knights - zxc

12:48pm Monday 28th July 2014

YORK City Knights saw their lead at the top of Kingstone Press Championship One cut to three points as title rivals Oldham beat Hunslet Hawks.

Knights ace Colton Roche lauds leaders’ tough defence

York Press: York City Knight's Colton Roche during the match against Hunslet Hawks. Picture : Garry Atkinson (6523253)

12:05pm Friday 25th July 2014

DEFENCE is the best form of attack for York City Knights ace Colton Roche.

More resources will go into promoting rugby league's new-look lower tiers, say the RFL

York Press: It is safe to say Ralph Rimmer, pictured, and Mark Moore do not see eye to eye

4:57pm Thursday 24th July 2014

RALPH RIMMER insists resources to market rugby league's restructuring will bolster the third division and not just focus on Super League or promoting the new league system.


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