A disastrous season in League 2 saw York City finish bottom of the table and the club now face an uncertain future in The National League.

The Minstermen have endured a tough four years in the Football League since their promotion in 2012 with a number of players failing to live up to expectations at Bootham Crescent.

The72 have analysed the players who have signed for the club over the past four years on a permanent basis and have put together a starting eleven which would simply put shivers down many fans’ spines.

Jason Mooney (Goalkeeper)

The 6 foot 8.5 inch Northern Irish stopper signed for York City in summer 2014 after turning down a new deal at Tranmere Rovers. The player arrived in North Yorkshire with a good reputation after receiving a glowing reference from The Minstermen’s former goalkeeping coach Andy Collett but collapsed under the pressure of first team football and was dropped within weeks of his debut after suffering a first half horror show against Cambridge United at Bootham Crescent, a match which saw Mooney hauled off at half time.

Danny Blanchett (Left Back)

Former Burton Albion and Peterborough United full back Danny Blanchett signed for City on a free transfer in summer 2012 after The Minstermen’s promotion to the Football League. Former City manager Gary Mills labelled his new signing as ‘better than James Meredith’. Blanchett replaced the outgoing Meredith but turned out to be a huge flop with the player looking weak while displaying poor overall positioning. The Wembley born full back made just four appearances for the club before being released.

Clarke Carlisle (Centre Back)

Veteran defender Clarke Carlisle joined York City on a short term deal in August 2012. It was hoped that the then Professional Footballers’ Association chairman would bring further experience to The Minstermen’s defensive line however Carlisle looked anything but solid at the heart of defence with the player looking like his best playing days were beyond him. Carlisle soon left Bootham Crescent to link up with close friend Aidy Boothroyd at Northampton Town.

Marvin McCoy (Right Back)

After enduring a torrid season at Wycombe Wanderers, Antigua and Barbuda international right back Marvin McCoy looked set to drop down into non league with a move to former club Wealdstone believed to be on the horizon. Former York City manager Nigel Worthington made the shock decision to offer to player a deal at Bootham Crescent and McCoy soon regularly became accountable for the side conceding some weak goals. The player was transfer listed but left the club in January after failing to secure a move away from North Yorkshire.

Anthony Straker (Winger)

Winger Anthony Straker joined City in summer 2014 after rejecting a new deal at Southend United. The player arrived at Bootham Crescent on the back of some excellent performances for former club Southend United but Straker rarely looked fit or interested during his time with York City. The winger was loaned out to Motherwell for the second half of last season and despite being given a second chance by The Minstermen, Straker failed to grasp his lifeline and left the club in January.

Craig Clay (Midfielder)

Nottingham born midfielder Clay was signed by former City boss Nigel Worthington in the close season in 2013. The player joined The Minstermen after suffering an injury plagued season with former club Chesterfield and Clay failed to make any real impact at City, adding very little character to the central midfield. After just 10 very ordinary performances for the club, the midfielder left Bootham Crescent and has since dropped into non league football playing for FC Halifax Town, Worksop Town and Grimsby Town.

Eddie Nolan (Defensive Midfielder)

Utility man Nolan signed for York City last summer to join up with former boss Russ Wilcox whom he played under during a spell at Scunthorpe United. The former Republic of Ireland international was signed to cover the right back and central defensive and midfield positions. Nolan suffered niggling injuries at the start of his Bootham Crescent career and never really made an impact in the side. The player looked shaky in his preferred right back role although a solid performance at Stevenage in central midfield was one bright note prior to his release by current City boss Jackie McNamara.

Lindon Meikle (Winger)

Pacey winger Lindon Meikle signed for the club in summer 2014 after turning down a new contract at former club Mansfield Town. Meikle arrived at York City following a successful three year spell with The Stags having helped the club to promotion to the Football League in 2013. The winger’s time at Bootham Crescent saw the player often frustrate fans with Meikle clearly having plenty of speed and trickery but being unable to display footballing qualities on a regular basis. After a catalogue of uninspiring timid performances, the player was transfer listed and later released by the club.

Oli Johnson (Striker)

Striker Oli Johnson was one of York City’s most exciting signings following the club’s 2012 Wembley double success. Having won promotion with Norwich City previously in his career, Johnson was expected to help fire The Minstermen to a successful first campaign back in the Football League. Sadly the striker spent more time in the medical room rather than on the Bootham Crescent turf and the player was released after making just seven appearances for York City in eight months at the club.

Emile Sinclair (Striker)

Journeyman striker Emile Sinclair is perhaps one of the most disliked players of all from The Minstermen’s time in the Football League. The former Nottingham Forest apprentice was signed on an 18 month deal by former City manager Russ Wilcox and despite scoring on his debut, the player became something of a headless chicken and netted just once more in 25 appearances. Sinclair was loaned to non league club Guiseley in February and the curtain is finally set to close on the player’s truly terrible spell in North Yorkshire upon the expiry of his contract this summer.

David McDaid (Striker)

Derry City youngster David McDaid signed for York City for a small fee in January 2013. The striker arrived in England after a successful spell in the League of Ireland but McDaid failed to make the step up to League 2 level and endured a disastrous spell with York City. With The Minstermen struggling to find wins since the New Year, McDaid was brought to the club to help guide City to safety but the Northern Irishman made little impact and left the club in the summer after making just four substitute appearances and failing to score.

York City recorded just one top half of the table finish during their time back in the Football League and regularly found themselves fighting against relegation. Four years of damage was too much to rebuild as the club lost their league status following a dreadful 2015/2016 campaign.


About Author

I am Dan Pentland and I am a York City season ticket holder and volunteer for men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dpentlandawaydayspcuk/