YORK City fans will have the chance to hear from former midfielder Lee Bullock as the Hospital Ball podcast finishes its fifth series tomorrow.

With City fan and Hospital Radio commentator Dan Tait conducting the interviews, the Ball show garnered something of a cult following in its first few series and received wider exposure during the spring lockdown.

Previous episodes have seen Gary Mills conduct one of his first interviews since leaving Bootham Crescent, BBC commentator Guy Mowbray and a much talked-about piece with Martin Foyle.

In tomorrow's programme, Bullock will look back at the ups and downs of his first stint with the Minstermen, subsequent moves to Cardiff City and Bradford City, and his less-than-fairytale return to York in 2012.

Now at Whitby Town, where he has been for seven years, Bullock gave personal thanks to the York fans who bought tickets for what became a behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly.

"That was brilliant," he said. "I got to speak to a lot of York fans who rang up. We sold about 400 tickets to York fans. The amount of supporters who didn't take a refund was outstanding and I think we made about £700 or £800 from that.

"Personal thanks and thanks from the club to the York City supporters who were - as they always are - brilliant in backing their club."

Bullock signed with the Minstermen as a young teenager and speaks highly of the role of the influence of coach Brian Neaves, as well as cleaning Richard Cresswell's boots before his record move to Sheffield Wednesday.

As a youth team player, Bullock starred in a lesser-known European trophy victory and featured in the FA Youth Cup against a West Ham United side flush with future stars.

He made his senior debut against Wrexham in the FA Cup. Despite it being an "unglamorous" bow for the 17-year-old midfielder, he went on the claim a Young Player of the Year award that season.

Four years on, Jon Batchelor arrived at the club, bringing with him some notable changes - as well as a few questionable signings.

Bullock said: "I just thought, 'What's going on?'

"All of a sudden, this bloke's coming in with these racing cars and stupid ideas. I never spoke to him. I don't think he knew who I was - I don't think he knew who any of us were.

"The first day's training, you look at (the signings) and think, 'What on earth's going on here?'

"It wasn't the York City I knew."

Bullock got 27-year-old player-manager Chris Brass's 2003/04 tenure off to a good start with a long-range rocket at Huddersfield - a goal he admits to not seeing until quite recently - but after four games, the season took a downturn.

He scored on his debut for Cardiff, where he found himself playing with media-magnet Japan international Junichi Inamoto, before moving on to Hartlepool.

A move followed to Bradford City, who he says have a special place in his heart, before he returned to York for a loan-loaded reprise.

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