A look at how the Minstermen are preparing for the new season
Who’s in charge?
Russ Wilcox goes into his first full season in charge of York City. The Englishman had an 18-year playing career at a number of clubs, including Hull City, Preston North End and Scunthorpe United, making 502 appearances overall. He then returned to Scunthorpe as a manager, but despite leading the Iron back to League One he was dismissed early last season before heading to Bootham Crescent.
One thing that Russ Wilcox will be seeking to change this year is the number of stalemates with 19 draws during the season, the most by any team in League Two. This meant that the Minstermen collected 52 points across the season, finishing in 18th place. York couldn’t put together any cup runs after suffering first round defeats to Barnsley (JP Trophy), AFC Wimbledon (FA Cup) and Doncaster Rovers (Capital One Cup).
So far this summer the Minstermen have added five players to their squad. They are goalkeeper Scott Flinders from Hartlepool United, defender Eddie Nolan from Scunthorpe United, midfielder James Berrett from Yeovil, ex-Wolves’ defender George Swan and striker Vadaine Oliver from Crewe Alexandra. Goalkeeper Michael Ingham and midfielders Josh Carson and Tom Platt have all agreed new contracts.
York City used to be regular opponents when we were in the Conference Premier, but this season’s fixtures will be our first against them in the League. In the promotion-winning Conference campaign in 2010-11, the sides drew 1-1 at York and 2-2 in the final game of the season at home.
How far is it?
It is a 514 mile round trip to Bootham Crescent, which we will make on March 25th, 2016.