Sunday, November 16, 2008

York City in shirts

On Tuesday night big Phil will be in town for the game between Cambridge United and York City. I was getting a bit bored with the club focus format, so here is a more visual and even more potted history.

York city were formed in 1909, but were disbanded and reformed after the first world war and wore the maroon and white shirts at the top. In 1929 they got into the league at the expense of Ashington who were relegated and Mansfield who won the Midlands league, but got less votes than York, who finished ninth. They also changed to brown and white shirts as a reference to the town's confectionary history. They then changed for red shirts, as the brown and white stripes were said to clash too often with their opponents.

In 1974 they got all the way to division 2 and released the shirts with the big y to celebrate the fact.

In 2002-2003 they almost went to the wall after being taken over by someone who didn't really have any cash and who was a car racing fan, hence the daft chequered flag part of the design. A year later the fans took over the club and York returned to red and this year they are wearing the red and blue halves.

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