The 2012/13 season kicks off on Saturday, with the first round of the Capital One Cup. York City will travel to the Keepmoat Stadium for the first time in what is being called the grand re-opening of the venue.
Management will have officially been handed over to Doncaster Rovers in time for the Yorkshire clash.
Who are York City?
York City were formed in 1908 and officially joined the league in 1922. Currently managed by Gary Mills, the ‘Minstermen’ were promoted via the Conference Play-Offs last season. This was their second visit to Wembley of the season as they also won the FA Trophy there only a matter of weeks earlier.
They play at Bootham Crescent in York city centre, but plans are in place to move to a new venue at Monks Cross.
We’ve met before…
The last time the ‘Minstermen’ visited Doncaster was on April 24th at Belle Vue. Rovers had already been won promotion to the Coca-Cola League One against Cambridge 2 weeks earlier.
Rovers beat York in the game, winning 3-1. Gregg Blundell opened Rovers’ scoring after only 5 minutes. Chris Brown scored in the 8th and 57th minute to ensure the win.
Rovers were crowned Champions the following week with a draw at Boston United.
New signings David Syers, David Cotterill, Robbie Blake and Rob Jones are all available to make their full Doncaster Rovers debut. Shelton Martis has been absent all through pre-season so it looks unlikely he will be ready for the beginning of the season.
Brian Stock is supposedly moving to Burnley, however the deal seems to have stalled. It is unlikely he will feature, even if the move isn’t complete.
There is also plenty of time for new permanent or loan signings to be made before the game.
One-to-watch – Matty Blair
Blair joined the ‘Minstermen’ at the beginning of last season from Kidderminster Harriers. The 22 year old midfielder made 37 appearances last season and netted 10 times. This included a goal in their FA Trophy final win over Newport County and also on their Play-Off Final victory over Luton Town.
Tickets are still available for the clash. Prices are as follows;
Junior (12-16) £5
Under 11 £5
*Concessions include 60+, 17-20 and Disabled.