York City

Ground Name: KitKat Crescent 
(But still referred to by many fans as Bootham Crescent)  
Capacity: 9,034
Address: 
Bootham Crescent, York, YO30 7AQ
Main Telephone No: 01904 624447
Fax No: 01904 631457
Team Nickname: The Minstermen
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Home Kit Colours: Red & White
Official Web Site: 
www.ycfc.net
Unofficial Web Sites: 

Minstermen Online
York City South
Harrogate Minstermen
Minstermen.net (Rivals Network)
Red & Blue Forum

What are the grounds like?

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 Grosvenor Road End, reserved for away supporters. The Main Stand on one side of the ground is the tallest stand at the ground and is a covered all seated affair. This Stand is about two thirds of the size of the pitch in length, with open corners to either side (one of which houses the supporters club). To the rear it has windshields to either side. Again this stand has a number of supporting pillars, as does the all seated Popular Stand opposite. This is a simple affair, being small and covered. On its roof is a television gantry that looks to have been put together with scaffolding. The ground is completed with a set four modern looking floodlight pylons.

What is it like for visiting supporters?

Away fans are placed in the open Grosvenor Road Terrace, where just over 2,000 fans can be accommodated. A further 300 seats are made available to away supporters in the Popular Stand, which unlike the open terrace is at least covered. After paying to enter the terrace and going through a line of stewards who seemed on my visit to be searching most fans going in, you can then pay a transfer fee to go into the seated area. The good news is that unlike the photographs on this page taken in 2004, the Club have at last seen sense and reduced the size of the fencing around the away end, which was a throw back to the 1980’s, much improving the view of the playing action  Away fans in both the seats and terracing share the same refreshment kiosk and toilets. The latter for men seem to have been there since the ground opened. The urinals are open air and are of the ‘stand up against a brick wall variety’, whilst women have a portakabin affair. On my last visit the refreshment kiosk was doing a brisk trade in meat pies & mushy peas served in a tray (40), plus also available were cheeseburgers (50) and hot dogs. On the whole I found York to be friendly, they get behind their team well, making for a good atmosphere.

Where to drink?

There is a supporters club on the corner of the ground, that overlooks the away end. When I went they were quite happy to allow away supporters in (for a small fee of 50p) and there was some pleasant banter going on between both sets of supporters. Otherwise the nearest pub is the Burton Stone Inn which you should see on the A19 as you near the ground. On my last visit this was very popular with away fans and this was helped by a large screen showing SKY television in the back room. However it was very crowded, but the front room of the pub was more bearable. Going back down the A19 (away from the city centre) on the left there is another pub called the ‘Old Grey Mare’ which sells Theakstons and was a lot quieter. More or less opposite to this pub (on the other side of the road) is a sandwich shop which sells hot pies for the bargain price of 75p.

If you have a bit of time on your hands and you like real ale then it may be advisable to embark on a 15 minute stroll up the A19 and into York City Centre. If at the top of the A19 you proceed through the old Bootham Gate into the old town you will quickly reach on your right a York Brewery outlet called the ‘Three Legged Mare’. Although a small modern bar it has a great range of real ales on offer, plus a selection of continental bottled beers.

How to get there and where to park?

A1 From The South:
Take the A64 to Scarborough and York. When you near York, join the A1237 Ring Road and continue on it until you reach the junction with the A19. Turn right at the junction and take the A19 towards York City Centre and keep going until you get to a pub on your left called the Burton Stone Inn, at which point youturn left into Burton Stone Lane. Then take the first right into Grosvenor Road for the ground.

A1 From the North:
Take the A19 and follow the directions as above. 

If you arrive early enough then there is street parking to be found in a number of side roads off Burton Stone Lane. Otherwise you may have to travel a further distance away from the ground as there are a number of residents only parking schemes in operation in the general area, or you could seek out a pay and display car park in the city centre and walk back out to the ground. 

By train

York mainline train station is a good 15-20 minute walk away from the ground. Thanks to John Atkin for providing the following directions from the station to the ground: ‘Leave the station and turn left. At the traffic lights turn left into Station Rise. After the Royal Mail HQ turn right into an alley (Do not go into the tunnel under the railway). The railway is now on your left. Follow the footpath down the alley way, over the foot/rail bridge crossing the river and through the car park all with the railway still on your left. Now go under the railway and turn right immediately. You are now in Bootham Terrace with large terraced houses on your left and the railway on your right. At the top of this slight hill you come to a T junction with Bootham (the A19). Turn left, walk about 100 yards and cross the Zebra crossing. Bootham Crescent is straight ahead. 

Scenic route: Leave the station and turn Left. Follow the City Walls on your right until you go under them and then continue to follow with them on your left. When they stop, cross the river and continue ahead until the traffic lights (York Minster ahead). Turn left into St Leonards place and follow until the next traffic lights (Art Gallery on left). Turn left and you are on Bootham (A19) Follow this for about a third of a mile passing on your right The Exhibition and Bootham tavern pubs then lots of big Edwardian terraces. Bootham Crescent will appear on your right with a Zebra at the top of it’.

Local Rivals

In the current league Halifax Town.

Fixtures

For the York City fixture list click here (to take you to the BBC Sports Website)

Record and Average attendance

28,123 v Huddersfield Town
FA Cup 6th Round, March 5th 1938.

Average Attendance:
2006-2007: 2,859 (Conference National)
2005-2006: 2,871 (Conference National)
2004-2005: 2,331 (Conference National)