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Red Rewind: Avenue visit recalls former heroes

Red Rewind: Avenue visit recalls former heroes
York City will be attempting to record a first victory at Bradford Park Avenue in over half-a-century this weekend.

The latest occasion that the Minstermen came out on top at the home of their West Yorkshire neighbours was by a 3-1 scoreline way back in September 1963.

Since then they've drawn twice on their travels and lost three times (including the last two) - although there have admittedly been no further meetings from the seventies onwards.

For their most recent triumph of '63, City's attack was led by magnificent record all-time goalscorer Norman Wilkinson, while their defence featured record number of appearances maker, legendary centre-half Barry Jackson.

However, it was former Republic of Ireland and Leeds United inside-forward Noel Peyton scoring twice for the visitors that particular afternoon.

The Dublin-born playmaker had already made over a century of appearances at Elland Road, and also represented his country at senior level on half-a-dozen occasions, until joining York a couple of months earlier.

But a series of unfortunate injuries were to restrict him to 41 games and five goals at Bootham Crescent, including just three appearances in his second and final season.

The visitors' other goalscorer in their Park Avenue success was Billy Rudd, whose uncle Jimmy had already represented the club with massive distinction in the forties.

While the elder Rudd was a brilliantly attacking outside-left, nephew Billy proved an extremely skillful inside-forward who made over two-hundred appearances during his four seasons at York.

Indeed Rudd was the inspirational captain as City incredibly turned their third-from-bottom finish (and second re-election application to the Football League) in 1963-64 into glorious promotion just twelve months later.

An average league gate of more than seven-thousand were to pack inside the Crescent for that glorious next season, which virtually doubled the figure for their earlier re-election campaign.

Those fans witnessed a supreme York side winning a club record twenty home league games, including a scintillating final fourteen in a row, while incredibly dropping only five points all season.

York City: Tony Moor, Barry Wealthall, Tommy Heron, Alan Woods, Barry Jackson, Jack Fountain, Wally Gould, Noel Peyton, Norman Wilkinson, Billy Rudd, Malcolm Lang

Goals: Peyton (2), Rudd

Att: 5,843

Video Link: British Pathe

Record goalscorer Norman Wilkinson famously scored twice against Spurs

Writer:Vital York City
Date:Friday August 11 2017
Time: 2:55PM

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