A YORK-BORN post-war footballing hero will be immortalised in his home city.

One of three streets on the new housing development on the former home of York City will be named Alf Patrick Court, say developers Persimmon.

Following submissions put forward by fans of the club, York based housebuilder Persimmon has had the proposal formally approved by City of York Council and Royal Mail.

The ground which opened in 1932, was the home of the Minstermen until the club’s final competitive match there in December 2020.

As previously revealed, Persimmon have said the three street names and four three-storey apartment buildings will all honour players and managers who graced the turf and dugouts of Bootham Crescent.

The Press, working with Persimmon and the players' families, will reveal the name of each individual and their story in the coming weeks - with the third in the series being Alf.

A York native, Alf Patrick signed for City in 1946 after serving with the Royal Engineers during the war.

York Press: Alf Patrick on the pitchAlf Patrick on the pitch (Image: Newsquest)

After making his debut at the age of 25, Alf went on to net a career total of 117 goals in only 241 appearances and was leading scorer in each of the first four post-war seasons. He is the only City player to score five goals in a Football League fixture (against Rotherham in November 1948), and shares the club record of six hat-tricks. Added to this, he was the first forward to score a century of League goals for the club in peacetime, reaching the milestone against Grimsby Town in April 1952.

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Many of Alf’s goal-scoring feats remain unsurpassed and his unassuming personality ensured he remained a welcome visitor to Bootham Crescent long after he hung up his boots. He retired from football in 1955 and spent some time helping with the third team which competed in the Yorkshire League. Patrick was also a keen local cricketer, playing for Dringhouses, and was an active member of his community in Woodthorpe throughout a long and happy retirement.

York Press: Alf Patrick in August 1994 looking back on his career Alf Patrick in August 1994 looking back on his career (Image: Newsquest)

A remarkable man, Alf reached a century of years before passing away shortly after reaching the landmark. A minute’s applause was held during York’s FA Cup tie against Buxton in November 2021.

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Steve Patrick, son of Alf said: “I think fans really appreciated the effort and enthusiasm my dad put into playing.

“He always said, if you don’t shoot you don’t score, and is probably best remembered for his five goals against Rotherham.

“I remember him taking me to matches through the players’ and officials entrance before going into the enclosure to watch him play. I know he would be proud as punch that his name lives on at Bootham Crescent for generations to come.”