Archaeologists believe they may have found the ashes of three more York City fans, in a second dig at Bootham Crescent.

The ashes were uncovered yesterday behind the goal line at the David Longhurst Stand end of the ground on the first day of the new dig. An earlier dig in June located the remains of as many as nine fans.

Led by archaeologist Jason Wood, volunteers have spent yesterday and today peeling back the topsoil near the goalmouth at the Longhurst end and beside a section of the Popular Stand. "We know from what families have told us that most fans wanted their ashes interred in the goal at the Longhurst end," Mr Wood said.

The club's stadium development director Ian McAndrew said the fans interred at the ground were 'part of the York City family'. It was 'really important' that their remains were located where possible and treated with dignity, he said.

Families permitting, fans who ashes are recovered will eventually be reinterred in a Bootham Crescent 'legacy area' near to a preserved section of the Popular Stand once the ground is redeveloped for housing.