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City Connections: Leeds United

City Connections: Leeds United
Continuing the series with five players who have also played up the road at neighbours Leeds United.

1. Peter Lorimer

Former Leeds legend Peter 'Hot Shot' Lorimer sensationally joined York in September 1979 following a six-month spell at Toronto Blizzards.

The Minstermen fought off serious competition from a number of other clubs to secure a player who had already made over 600 appearances and scored in excess of 200 senior goals during sixteen years at Elland Road.

He went on to tally 32 appearances and register on nine occasions for a struggling City side, until being sent-off on his final appearance against Tranmere Rovers in March 1980.

Following a further stint abroad with Toronto, York then decided against renewing his contract and Lorimer later returned to former club Leeds at the age of 37. He went on to break their individual goalscoring record with an eventual tally of 238 goals from 676 games.

A truly great player who still produced moments of real inspiration at City, the Dundee-born winger also earned 21 Scotland caps while scoring four times.

York and Leeds remained his only two professional clubs in this country.

2. Albert Johansen

Another noted winger who joined York from Leeds in the early seventies was Albert Johansen.

The South African-born outside-left made 172 league appearances and contributed an impressive 48 goals during almost a decade at Elland Road.

However, with the emergence of brilliant Scottish international Eddie Gray, plus a succession of frustrating injuries, Johansen decided on the short move to York in 1970.

He went on to claim five goals in 33 appearances for City until announcing his retirement. Those included him featuring in both epic FA Cup ties against First Division Southampton.

Sadly his later life proved deeply troubled while suffering an addiction to alcohol and poor health. He tragically died alone in Leeds of meningitis and heart failure in 1995.

Nevertheless his legacy remains in helping pave the way for subsequent black players to similarly reach the top of the professional game in this country.

Once again York and Leeds were his only two professional clubs in England.

3. Chris Fairclough

Chris Fairclough was an excellent centre-back who made York City his final club ahead of retiring from the game.

Having begun with hometown outfit Nottingham Forest, where he made 134 appearances and scored twice, the England Under-21 international joined Tottenham Hotspur in June 1987.

Fairclough switched to Elland Road a couple of years later, going on to play a significant role in Leeds once again becoming League champions in 1992. He made in total 240 appearances and scored 23 goals.

There were further spells for the stylish defender at both Bolton Wanderers and Notts County before initially joining York on loan in March 1999.

He made that permanent over the next summer and numbered 41 appearances in total for the Minstermen, until retiring a couple of years later.

4. Richard Cresswell

Richard Cresswell made Leeds his latest Yorkshire club when arriving in a £1m-plus move in August 2005.

But it was at Bootham Crescent where Cresswell had made his name and notably earned his first England Under-21 cap against France in February 1999.

Having initially progressed through City's youth system, the Bridlington-born marksman struck 24 goals in 111 appearances for the Minstermen while including 83 starts.

Nineteen of those goals arrived in an explosive final season and prior to a club record received £950,000 switch to Premier League Sheffield Wednesday in March 1999.

There was then a later stay at Leicester City, for whom he actually struck against York in an FA Cup tie, until making 206 appearances and scoring 57 goals for Preston North End.

Cresswell next maintained a similar level of strike-rate at Leeds with eleven goals in 44 games; those prior to moves to Stoke City, Sheffield United and finally an emotional return to York on loan in March 2013.

He promptly scored on his second City 'debut' from the penalty spot in a 2-1 defeat at Torquay United, and was to prove key in them ultimately retaining their Football League status. His contribution earned him a permanent deal over the summer.

However, an unfortunate eye condition and knee injury were to seriously restrict his future involvement, and Cresswell retired from playing in December 2013 with just 13 appearances and a couple of goals marking his second spell at Bootham Crescent.

Again returning to City in April 2104, first as a commercial, academy and community development consultant and then Head of Football Operations and in turn first-team coach, 'Cressie' also had a single game as caretaker manager in October 2015 - a 1-0 defeat at Crawley Town.

5. Mark Tinkler

Midfielder Mark Tinkler was a leading prospect signed from Leeds in the late nineties.

Having originally progressed through the Elland Road youth system while also being a key member of their successful FA Youth Cup winning team, Tinkler was handed his first-team debut as an eighteen-year-old in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United.

However, the youngster was to be restricted to only 25 appearances during four seasons with the West Yorkshire club, and subsequently joined neighbours York for £75,000 in March 1997.

He went on to fully establish himself within his new surroundings and make 103 appearances while scoring seven goals, before then following former City manager Alan Little to Southend United.

Tinkler later recorded over 200 senior games and 34 goals for Hartlepool United, those ahead of briefer stays at both Livingston and Whitby Town.



Mark Tinkler equalised late in an eight-goal thriller at Southend

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Writer:Vital York City
Date:Monday October 30 2017
Time: 7:17PM

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