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First visit but long history

First visit but long history

York City's most recent home encounter with weekend opponents Bradford Park Avenue, although back then the forerunner of the current club, was a fourth division fixture in September 1969.

The hosts triumphed by a 4-1 scoreline on that occasion, courtesy of goals from Billy Hodgson, Kevin McMahon, Phil Burrows and Mick Mahon in front of a 4,523 attendance. Other famous names in their starting line-up that day were Barry Jackson, Chris Topping, Phil Boyer and Paul Aimson.

Bradford sadly failed to achieve re-election to the Football League at the end of that particular season having finished bottom of the table for a third successive year - and were replaced by Cambridge United.

Four years later Park Avenue were unfortunately liquidated, but immediately reformed as a Sunday League outfit, until in 1992 merging with a newly-formed Bradford club that had been playing regular Saturday football for the past four years.

York's 4-1 victory that September was actually a fourth in succession against their West Yorkshire visitors, having similarly accounted for them 4-2 the previous season. Ted MacDougall struck twice that day along with Archie Taylor and debutant Tom Sweenie - with a 5,250 crowd watching on.

That was in fact the only goal scored for the club by Scottish-born former Leicester City midfielder Sweenie, who managed just a handful more appearances despite earlier finding himself on the books of both Arsenal and Huddersfield Town.

Also in the City team on that occasion was York-born winger Chris Dale, who totalled only five games for the club ahead of later spells with Scarborough and Bridlington Trinity.

Just over six months earlier City had gone even better, emphatically thrashing their county rivals 6-2; McDougall again claiming a brace that was matched by Scottish inside-forward Tommy Ross, with Roland Horrey and Andy Provan similarly netting in front of 4,009 supporters.

Newly-relegated City were also 3-1 winners during their previous campaign; Horrey and Provan once again on the scoresheet alongside a Dave Dunmore penalty - with 5,453 in attendance.

In total, York played the former Bradford club nineteen times at home in all competitions, winning eleven and drawing three times.

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Writer:Vital York City
Date:Friday January 12 2018
Time: 3:45PM

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