All you need to know ahead of Bootham Crescent trip
York City v Luton Town
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 27th February 2016, kick-off 3pm
Live online commentary on Hatters Player
• Hatters won one of last 14 meetings with York
• Town gone six games without a win at Bootham Crescent
• No Hatters side have scored on last six visits to York
• Been 556 minutes of football since last Luton goal at York
• York one place off the bottom of League 2
• Town aiming for first back-to-back wins under Nathan Jones
WHO? York City, aka the Minstermen from Bootham Crescent, York, Yorkshire. First founded in 1908, City won promotion back to the Football League in 2012 at the Town’s expense, winning at Wembley 2-1 in the Conference Play-Off final thanks to goals from Ashley Chambers and Matty Blair.
WHERE? Bootham Crescent has been City’s home since 1932 but the club are expected to move into a new Community Stadium with the local rugby club in the next few years. Hatters fans have the choice to standing on an open terrace behind the goal or in covered seats in the Popular Stand beside the pitch.
TICKETS. If you’re reading this before 2pm on Friday you can buy in advance from the Luton Town ticket office. Alternatively you can pay on the turnstile at Bootham Crescent. Click here for full ticket details.
HOW TO GET THERE. From the Maple Road car park to the Bootham Crescent main entrance it’s a good three-and-a-half hour drive and the best part of 185 miles. You can go via the M1 or A1 north, but coming off the A1, 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 you turn left into Burton Stone Lane. Then take the first right into Grosvenor Road for the ground. The satnav for the ground YO30 AQ. The Bobbers are also running a coach to York. Their fare is £29 adults, £26 concessions. Call 01234 856542 to book your seat.
HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? The Town hold an overall advantage in head-to-head record between the two sides, winning 11 to York’s nine. However, the Hatters have won just once in the last 14 meetings – a 5-0 win at Kenilworth Road when York played a midfielder in goal! The Hatters last won at Bootham Crescent in September 2001 but in the six games since the Town have failed to win and failed to score. It’s been 556 minutes since Ian Hillier scored the winner for the Hatters in that 2-1 victory.
THIS TIME ROUND. The Minstermen have struggled this season and find themselves deep in relegation trouble at the foot of the table. City axed manager Russ Wilcox in October after nine games without a win and hired former Scotland international Jackie McNamara as boss. The Hatters were held to a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road in October with Cameron McGeehan’s penalty earning the Town a point. York sit in the relegation zone, level on points with Yeovil, who lie one place above the dreaded dotted line.
KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU. The Town have two former City players on their books in the shape of midfielders Alex Lawless and Jonathan Smith. Smith played and was sent-off for York in the Town’s last win against City – that 5-0 win at Kenilworth Road in January 2011. Lawless was part of the York side that beat the Town in the 2009/10 Play-Offs, before his move to Kenilworth Road the following season.
TOWN TEAM NEWS. It’ll be a case of as you were for the Town this weekend squad-wise. The Hatters have no new injury worries after last week’s 2-1 win over Hartlepool. Stephen O’Donnell limped off in the close stages of that victory but should be fine for Saturday.
LIVE AND ONLINE. As ever, we’ll be reporting live from Bootham Crescent. Build-up starts at noon, so get on our early blog on the Wall for all the latest updates. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for photos, videos and all the behind-the-scenes action. Hatters Player subscribers will be able to listen to live commentary from just before 3pm with Simon Pitts in the press box. Post-match, remember to check out the official website, YouTube channel and Player for reports, interviews and photographs and don’t forget to tune in later in the weekend for all the highlights in glorious HD!