York City did battle with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Aston Villa in the 1970s as the club spent two seasons in the second-highest tier of the English game.

The club had never scaled such heights before and never have since but a team boasting the likes of Jimmy Seal, Chris Jones and Graeme Crawford clinched promotion on the back of a club record run of 21 games unbeaten.

City’s back four also equalled a Football Club record by going 11 league fixtures without conceding a goal. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and the Minstermen were relegated under ex-Manchester United boss Wilf McGuinness in 1976.

Browse over 400 photos from the first half of the 1970s below...