YORK City will kick off their promotion bid to the Vanarama National League in the National League North play-offs next weekend.

After all six clubs confirmed their entry into the play-offs, York now know the route which would see them return to the top flight of non-league football after three seasons at Step Two.

The Minstermen will host the winner of Altrincham vs Chester - who face off on Sunday, July 19 (1.30pm) - on Saturday, July 25 (3pm) at Bootham Crescent.

Should they progress to the final, they would host either Boston United, Brackley Town or Gateshead on Saturday, August 1.

While fans will have their eye on the other matches taking place and the different possible permutations, here’s a reminder of how York have previously fared against the five clubs whom they may come up against.

Boston United

Boston finished third after the National League’s points-per-game (PPG) Ordinary Resolution.

The two sides faced one another twice before the regular season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic, with York coming out on top at Bootham Crescent while Boston won at York Street.

The first meeting came towards the end of York’s incredible 19-match unbeaten start to the season.

In the penultimate game of that run in October, the teams met at Bootham Crescent with York prevailing as 2-1 winners to stretch their lead at the top of the table to eight points.

City’s two leading scorers this season, Alex Kempster and Jordan Burrow, put York into a two-goal lead after 50 minutes.

Five minutes later, Jay Rollins struck but the Minstermen held on to secure all three points.

The reverse fixture in early February saw York arrive at Boston behind leaders King’s Lynn and they missed the chance to return to top spot in a 3-1 defeat.

It was the first time that City had been beaten by two or more goals in a competitive game since January last year.

York got off to the best possible start when striker Kurt Willoughby scored for the third time in two games early on.

But a deflected Frank Mulhern shot cancelled out that lead and Brad Abbott and Andi Thanoj secured Boston the points.

Brackley Town

York have only faced Brackley once this season, triumphing in a 1-0 win at Bootham Crescent.

A stunning long-range strike from Andy Bond was enough to secure City their first home win of the season in round three of the season.

Brackley were one of the in-form sides when the season was suspended having gone unbeaten in their previous seven games.

The Minstermen though may take some confidence from a strong recent record against Brackley, with four wins recorded from the two clubs’ last six meetings.


Altrincham are the only club to have twice beaten York this season, knocking Steve Watson’s side out of both the FA Cup and the FA Trophy.

In the space of less than two weeks, Alty scored two 1-0 wins at York at Bootham Crescent in November.

In the first meeting, a late Tom Peers goal ended York’s 19-match unbeaten run while in the latter Peers was again the sole goal-scorer.

City did have joy when the sides met in the league though, easing to 3-1 win on the opening day of the season thanks to goals from Jordan Burrow, Joe Tait and a James Jones own goal.

York were set to face the Manchester-club for a fourth time at Bootham Crescent in their next scheduled match prior the season’s suspension.


Finishing ahead of Spennymoor into the final play-off spot after PPG were Chester, the only side out of the five that York have completed the double over.

In October, striker Dan Maguire sealed a 1-0 victory for York at the Deva Stadium with his first goal for the club following his summer move from Blyth Spartans.

City then backed that up with a 4-2 win on home soil with new loan signing Kurt Willoughby bagging a double and Sean Newton and Kieran Green also on the scoresheet.

Chester have not beaten York since a 2-0 defeat in 2000 in the then known Football League Third Division.


The North East club are the only club in the five that York have not beaten this season.

The clubs met back in late August at Bootham Crescent and Gateshead managed to hold City a 1-1 draw and prevent a fifth straight win. Jordan Burrow’s strike in the fourth minute put York ahead only for Connor Oliver to equalise before half-time.

Prior to that August clash, Gateshead had won all four of their meetings with York, including a 6-1 thrashing on the opening day of the 2016/17 season, in which York would be relegated to the National League North.

Gateshead were eighth when the season was suspended but leapfrogged Spennymoor Town into the play-offs after PPG.