DANIEL PARSLOW says Wednesday's benefit game at Bootham Crescent will be the perfect way to thank the York City fans for their support of his memorable career at the club.

The benefit game sees a ‘2012 Wembley Twice’ XI come up against a ‘Daniel Parslow York City All Stars’ XI at 7.30pm, with funds from the match going to Parslow’s benefit year and to the brain injury charity Headway.

Parslow was forced into an early retirement this summer following a concussion injury suffered back in February while playing for York.

Since then, Parslow has campaigned for proper concussion protocols to be brought into professional football, raising huge awareness of the issue.

But, tonight, he says, it is all about celebrating his time at York City, where he spent 11-and-a-half-years and was part of the 2011/12 side, which won promotion to the Football League through the play-offs and also lifted the FA Trophy - both at Wembley Stadium.

“Pretty much everyone from the 2012 promotion squad, bar a few, will be playing in the game,” said Parslow.

“Unfortunately, James Meredith can’t make it as he’s gone back to Australia. But pretty much everyone else will be coming.

“It’s going to be great to have that group all back together. That week of winning at Wembley twice in the space of seven days will live with me forever.

“I know it’s a period of recent history at York that’s looked on very fondly. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everybody to see that group back together.

“Then the other time is an all-stars mix of ex-York City team-mates of mine. Through my 11-and-a-half seasons at York, I’ve played with so many great players and lots of them have gone on to play at a higher level.

“But, they’ve all agreed to come back for one night. It’s something that I’m really looking forward to. I can’t wait.

Organising such an event has been a hectic process for Parslow and his team, though he says once the whistle blows, he’ll be focusing on enjoying the occasion.

“I think it is a game that I do want to savour,” said the Welshman. “It will be quite a surreal moment.

"It’s one that I will try and take in every second of because these occasions don’t happen very often.

“I’m very proud and honoured that the football club have offered me the benefit year, with the game being the marquee event of that.

“I was fortunate enough to have represented York City for such a long time. It’s a fantastic way to say goodbye and to thank the fans because I never had the opportunity to do so with the injury.

“Obviously with the injury happening back in February and not being able to get back out on the pitch again, the game will be a great way to thank every single one of them.

“I’m very proud to be in the top 10 appearance-holders for York City and to be the only player to have won the Billy Fenton Memorial Trophy three times.

“To have won promotion with York City and Cheltenham Town as well, I know that I did my best.”

It is likely that Parslow will start on the bench for the game, with the effects of the concussion still limiting his involvement on the field.

He added: “It’s a tricky one because I’m still in recovery after the head injury. I don’t think I’ll be able to start the game, let’s put it that way.

“I’m hoping to step out on the pitch at some point and to thank every single fan that comes and every player that I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the pitch with too.

“I do miss playing football. In my last season, I wasn’t playing as much, I was out of the team but I do miss it.

“I think I especially miss that buzz surrounding the new season. That was hard.

“But, I’m enjoying going to watch the football still and I’m doing some commentary for BBC Radio York which I’m thoroughly enjoying.

“It’s nice to see the game from a different perspective. I’m not completely cast aside from the game, in that aspect.

“I’m still looking for a role in sport. I’ve done a sports science degree. I’m hoping to stay involved in sport.”

Tickets for the game are available to buy on the gate and are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children and seniors.