YORK City’s under-funded academy has received a £1,000 boost from the family of former keeper Joe Berridge.

With next season City’s third since being relegated from the Football League for a second time, the club will receive no central funding for their youth department.

That money amounted to £260,000 during their first campaign back in the non-League game and, after suffering back-to-back relegations, last term saw that amount halved.

The Press understands that the Minstermen have asked all parents of scholars to try and raise £600 in sponsorship money during the 2018/19 campaign and the four-figured donation from the Berridge family, which was handed over during the final home league match of last season against Leamington, will also serve as a welcome gesture.

Joe Berridge played for City’s reserve team in the 1920s when the club was based at Fulfordgate and played in the Midland and Yorkshire Leagues.

His son John, who was a lifetime Supporters’ Trust member, bequeathed the sum of money in his will after dying at the age of 83 following a short battle against cancer.

Joe’s grandchildren Martin, Graham and Kevin, as well as great-grandchild Euan, all attended the cheque presentation at Bootham Crescent, which was made to City sporting director Dave Penney.