Sunday, 20 November 2016

York City F.C. - Bootham Crescent

York City F.C.
York City F.C.
Bootham Crescent Stadium
Grosvenor Road
YO30 7AQ

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Ground Number: 33
Date: Saturday 29th October 2016
Score: York City F.C. 2-2 Sutton United F.C.
Competition: Vanarama National League Premier
Attendance: 2,037

So once again Sutton have an away game and I have only just started to freshen up from our long away trip to Southport last week and this weekend I will be going even more north than Southport as this weekend Sutton are playing away to York City and I was really looking forward to this game.
As York City were relegated last season from the football league, we made this fixture a priority because it would allow us to go to another city up north, visit another ex-football league stadium and will allow us to get another away game under our belt and it was also important that we go this game because it means that we do not have to come all this way to groundhop to York in the future for groundhopping.
So I was really excited for this game because I will be going more north than I have ever been before and the furthest north I had previously been is Southport which is where I went last week. So it was a couple of days before the game and me and my dad went online and booked the train tickets and we was going to get the train from Kings Cross straight to York. It was kind of weird booking the train tickets only a few days before the game because we normally book train tickets for away games weeks and possibly months in advance but this time, we left it to the last few days. After booking the train tickets, I looked into the history of York City FC as I don't know a lot about them.
York City were originally founded in 1908 as an amateur side but the club we reformed in 1922 as a professional side. The clubs nickname is the Minstermen due to the Minster cathedral in York. The club play in the colours of blue and red and they play their home games at Bootham Crescent which has a capacity of 8,256 and there are 3,409 seats. In the 2003/04 season the club was relegated to the Conference Premier and they played in the Conference Premier until the 2011/12 season which was the season when they were promoted back to the football league. The club remained in the football league for the 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and the 2015/16 season but they were relegated at the end of the 2015/16 season and now they play in the Vanarama National League Premier. York were in the football league from 1946-2004.
The day of the game finally arrived and I woke up nice and early at 5:30am and quickly got dressed and brushed my teeth and we was in the car and on our way to South Wimbledon tube station at 5:50am. We got to South Wimbledon at 6am and we got on the tube up to Kings Cross St Pancras feeling very tired but we got to Kings Cross at 7am. We then collected our train tickets from the machines in the station and we then went and had a McDonalds breakfast. We finished our breakfast and walked back to the station and the platform that our train was at was announced at 9:15am and we got on the train and found our reserved seats and I plugged my phone in as it needed charging then I put my headphones in and listened to music for most of the journey.
We finally pulled away from Kings Cross at 9:29am. Around half way through the journey we decided to get up and walk down to the buffet car and get something to drink and me being me decided to get a bottle of coke. By this time I was feeling fully awake and not long after this the train started slowing down and we finally arrived in the beautiful city of York at 11:34am. York train station is one of the most beautiful stations that I have ever been to and the roof and architecture of the station is something that anyone should be able to witness. Like many of the people going to York we followed the crowd which was towards the Minster and we got a few photos of the beautiful cathedral and the surrounding areas and started walking to the ground. We did get a bit lost and walked down a wrong side road and we asked for directions and 10 minutes later we found ourselves at the wonderful Bootham Crescent.
As we got to the ground early we decided to go in a free house pub right next to the ground and we had to pay £1 to get in and we got some drinks but me being 16 still but nearly 17 meant I had to deal with a J20. We sat in the pub for around an hour and had a friendly talk with the York fans and at around 1:30 we headed into the away fans bar inside the ground and we saw that Paul Doswell (Sutton manager) was there and we said "hello" and sat down in there for 5 minutes. We then went back outside and waited for the turnstiles to open and the turnstiles finally opened at just before 2pm. I paid £12 as I am classed as a student as I am at college and my dad paid £18 as he is an adult. We then walked into the ground and took some pictures.
Bootham Crescent has a capacity of 8,256 and there are 3,409 seats. Bootham Crescent hasn't seen any major investment for a number of years now, which has resulted in it looking a little tired in places. However it does have character, something that a lot of newer stadiums lack. On one side of the ground is the York Pullman Main Stand. As you would expect it is the tallest stand at the ground, but only runs for around two thirds of the length of the pitch, with open corners to either side (one of which houses the supporters club). It is a covered all seated stand and to the rear it has windshields to either side. It also has a number of supporting pillars running across the middle. 
Opposite is the Benenden Popular Stand. This is a simple affair, being small and covered. It too has a number of supporting pillars this time running across the front. On its roof is a rather basic looking television gantry. At one end is the David Longhurst Stand, which is a fair sized covered terrace, which has a row of supporting pillars across its front. Opposite is the open terraced Prostate Cancer UK Stand, reserved for away supporters. The ground is completed with a set four modern looking floodlight pylons. (Description of Bootham Crescent is sourced from Football Ground Guide).
After taking some pictures of the ground I put up my two flags and seeing as we had a small section of the ground I was limited to where I could put my 18ft flag so I put both of my flags over a metal support bar that people lean on and the flag looked really good. 10 minutes later my mates Johnnie, Theo, David and Gabriel arrived and they also put their flags up. Then I went to the tea bar and got a bottle of coke. Then the teams come out and the York fans had some large hand waving flags which looked really good.
During the game Sutton were chanting for the whole 90 minutes and an amazing 138 fans had travelled from South London to York. Sutton were creating the better chances and were awarded a penalty and Jamie Collins stepped up and put Sutton 1-0 up. Then a few minutes later Sutton full-back George McLennan gave the ball away and York equalised and at half time it was 1-1. Then during half time I got a cheeseburger which was not the best but was better than the pie I had at Southport last week.
After I had finished my pie, the Sutton fans were singing don't look back in anger and a bit of oasis which was one of the highlights of the day. The second half started and York were dominating and then out of nowhere in the second half York took the lead from long distance and then with only minutes to go it looked like it was gonna be our lucky day as Ross Stearn was tripped inside the box and Sutton were given another penalty and Jamie Collins stepped up again and with minutes to go Sutton made it 2-2 and the full time whistle went and it finished York City 2-2 Sutton United.
Whilst walking back to the station we had a chat with 2 of the York fans and they were very friendly and we wished each other the best for the rest of the season. When we got back to the station the Sutton squad were there are most of them said `hi` to us but they was not on the same carriage as us. We got on the train that would take us back to London at 5:52pm and we left York at 5:59pm. Like the journey to York I listened to music and charged my phone and we finally got back to London Kings Cross at 7:54pm and we got the Victoria Line from Kings Cross to Stockwell and then got the Northern Line back to South Wimbledon and we finally got back to the car at 8:41pm. After getting back we went straight to bed and slept the good day away.

Stadium: 8/10
Bar: 7/10
Food and Drink: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Friendliness: 10/10
Value For Money: 8/10
Overall Rating: 7.8/10

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