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We're Rooting For You, York

Posted on 13 June 2012 | Narrative

Will Harris has a story to tell about a big passion in his life – our city’s football club – and his experience of one of their big days in 2012.

“I have supported York City FC since I was twelve years old – my Dad took me to my first game, as he had been taken by his Dad when he was a similar age.

I was hooked – the noise, the crackle of atmosphere, the smells of tea, effort, Bovril, hope, cigarette smoke and broken dreams. I’ve followed them up and down the country and the leagues ever since.

The twelth of May 2012 saw York take on Newport County in the FA Trophy Final, played at Wembley Stadium.

Drive down, passing cars displaying City scarves and flags, cheery thumbs-up from families on coaches. Pre-match drinks with the usual crew, the loud ones even louder than usual and the quiet ones still quieter. In the sun, thinking of the boys lifting the Trophy aloft.

Walk up Wembley Way, a vivid Technicolor mixture of red and blue for City and yellow and black for Newport. Through the click-click-click of the metallic turnstile. Excited buzz from the faithful, the day-trippers and the simply curious. Voices bouncing off the enclosed cavities underneath the stands.

Walk up the steps, see the lush, inviting green pitch and the thousands of faces, emotions ranging from confidence, through excitement to fear. I can feel the tension take hold of my legs. “COME ON” shouts my mate. “COME ON” I bellow back. The anthems are done. The phoney war is over. The whistle blows. Game on.”

Postscript – City defeated Newport County 2-0 with second-half goals from Matty Blair and Lanre Oyebanjo. They would return to Wembley just eight days later to contest the Conference Play-Off Final against Luton Town on 20th May 2012 – which they won 2-1, courtesy of goals by Ashley Chambers and another second-half strike by Matty Blair.