Ardent fans John Catton and Stephen Beck weighed in as York City checked out the duo's footballing skills.

The larger than life supporters paid for the privilege to be put through their paces and train alongside their Minstermen heroes.

Catton and Beck bid £190 for the opportunity to train with their heroes in an auction in aid of City player Wayne Hall's testimonial fund.

City manager Terry Dolan admitted he was impressed by the duo's commitment, if not their silky skills.

"We had a real fun day with John and Stephen," said the City manager.

"I thought they showed promise but they are not quite what I am after for next season!"

Beck admitted it was a day to remember for both him and Catton too.

"It was a brilliant experience and the club really looked after us and I think the players took it in good heart and enjoyed it as well," he said.

"We weren't pushed too hard but I don't think we will be so quick to criticise the players from the sidelines from now on!"

Beck and Catton rarely miss a Minstermen match despite being based in the south of England - making it a 400-mile round trip for every home game.

They are also committee members of the thriving London and the South Branch of the York City Supporters' Club, the organisation founded by Catton in 1996.

Updated: 10:26 Wednesday, April 04, 2001