Last Saturday’s FA Trophy success was just the start of a momentous week for York City. The Minstermen take on Luton Town in the Conference playoff final this weekend, with a place in the Football League up for grabs. Prior to that, though, they will find out whether their plans for a new community stadium have been approved. Both events are huge for the future of the club.
The 2-0 win over Newport County was City’s first Trophy success, having lost the 2008-09 final to Stevenage Borough. Goals from top scorer Matty Blair and Lanre Oyebanjo secured the win, and manager Gary Mills will be looking to 19 goal top scorer Blair delivering again in the playoff final. He has certainly proved himself to be a big game player, adding to his goals in both the Trophy and playoff semi finals with his headed goal against County.
Before the playoff final, though, comes the council’s decision regarding the stadium. The decision will be made on Thursday, May 17th, and there is no indication which way the sixteen councillors will vote. The plans are for a 6,000 capacity stadium, plus shopping centre and superstores. The club are desperate for the deal to go ahead so they can move out of the ancient Bootham Crescent ground, which has been their home since 1932. Unusually, planning officials have not given recommendations to the council on whether to accept or reject the proposals.
Clearly, this is a huge week for The Minstermen, and could go down as the greatest in the clubs’ history.