Future Ground Developments
Looking Towards The David Longhurst Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Main Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Popular Side (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Grosvenor Road End (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Other Places Of Interest
Bootham Crescent Location Map
|What's Bootham Crescent Like?|
|The ground hasn't seen any
major investment for a number of years now, which has
resulted in it looking a little tired in places. However
it does have character, something that a lot of newer
stadiums lack. On one side of the ground is the Main
Stand. As you would expect it is the tallest stand at
the ground, but only runs for around two thirds of
the length of the pitch, with open corners to either
side (one of which houses the supporters club). It is a covered all seated stand
and to the rear it has windshields to either
side. It also has a number of supporting pillars
running across the middle.
Opposite is the Popular Stand. This is a simple affair, being small and covered. It too has a number of supporting pillars this time running across the front. On its roof is a rather basic looking television gantry. At one end is the David Longhurst Stand, which is a fair sized covered terrace, which has a row of supporting pillars across its front. Opposite is the open terraced Grosvenor Road End, reserved for away supporters. The ground is completed with a set four modern looking floodlight pylons.
|The prospect of moving to a new stadium at
Monks Cross has moved a step closer with planning
permission being granted for the scheme. As part of a
larger retail development, a new 6,000 capacity all
seated stadium will be built which will be home to both
York City Football Club and York Knights Rugby League
Club. The 'York Community Stadium' as it has been
christened, has drawn mixed reaction from fans, as Monks
Cross is located over four miles away from the centre of
York. More information about the scheme and an artists
impression of how the stadium will look can be found on
Community Stadium website.
|What Is It Like For Away Supporters?|
Away fans are placed in
the open Grosvenor Road Terrace, where just over 2,000
fans can be accommodated. A further 300 seats are made
available to away supporters in the Popular Stand,
which unlike the open terrace is at least covered.
After paying to enter the terrace and going through a
line of stewards who seemed on my visit to be
searching most fans going in, you can then pay a £1
transfer fee to go into the seated area. Away fans in
both the seats and terracing share the same
refreshment kiosk and toilets. The latter for men seem
to have been there since the ground opened. The
urinals are open air and are of the 'stand up against
a brick wall variety', whilst women have a portakabin
affair. On my last visit the refreshment kiosk was
doing a brisk trade of meat pies (£2.90) & mushy
peas served in a tray. On the whole I found York to be
friendly and the supporters get behind their team
well, making for a good atmosphere.
|Where To Drink?|
|There is a
supporters club called the Pitchside Bar, which is
situated on one corner of the
ground, that overlooks the away end. When I went they
were quite happy to allow away supporters in and
there was some pleasant banter going on between both
sets of fans. The Club serves
up to four real ales (normally
from local micro breweries) and also
has Sky Sports television. Otherwise the nearest pub is the Burton
Stone Inn which you should see on the A19 as you near the
ground. On my last visit this was very popular with
away fans. Going back down the
A19 (away from the city centre) on the left there is
another pub called the 'Old Grey Mare' which sells
Theakstons and was a lot quieter. More or less
opposite to this pub (on the other side of the road)
is a sandwich shop which sells hot pies for a
If you have a bit of time on your hands and you like real ale then it may be advisable to embark on a 15 minute stroll up the A19 and into York City Centre. If at the top of the A19 you proceed through the old Bootham Bar (Gate) into the old town you will quickly reach on your right a York Brewery outlet called the 'Three Legged Mare' (known by the locals as the 'Wonkey donkey'). Although a small modern bar it has a great range of real ales on offer, plus a selection of continental bottled beers. Joe adds; 'There is also the 'Hole in the wall' pub just before you reach the Three Legged Mare on the opposite side and their food comes highly recommended. Alternatively before you get to Bootham Bar/Gate turn left on to Gillygate, where there is Wackers fish and chip restaurant, which has won a number of awards'.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
From The South:
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.
A1 From the North:
Take the A19 and follow the directions as above.
If you arrive early enough then there is street parking to be found in a number of side roads off Burton Stone Lane. Otherwise you may have to travel a further distance away from the ground as there are a number of residents only parking schemes in operation in the general area, or you could seek out a pay and display car park in the city centre and walk back out to the ground.
Map showing the location of the Bootham Crescent Football Ground (at the bottom of this page).
|Grosvenor Road End|
mainline railway station is a good 20 minute walk away
from the ground. People intent on using a taxi should
be aware that Saturday traffic in York is best
avoided. Walking route from York station thanks
to Ninety-Two Club member Dave Dansie: From the car
park attached to the station (there is no need to go
through main station exit), take the new pedestrian
footpath that emerges close to the Post Office
building. Turn left, turn left again when you reach
the river and cross the Ouse on the footbridge
alongside the York-Scarborough railway line. Once over
the bridge, turn left at the Abbey Guest House into
Marygate car park and follow the footpath, the railway
is to your left. At the far end of the car park, the
footpath goes under the railway, turn right into
Bootham Terrace (beware traffic!) and walk up the rise
to the main road. Turn left, cross the road and
Bootham Crescent is the first turning on the right.
There is a newsagent's shop on this corner. This
journey is not recommended for wheelchair users as
there are steps at both ends of the Ouse bridge.
Scenic route: Leave the station and turn Left. Follow the City Walls on your right until you go under them and then continue to follow with them on your left. When they stop, cross the river and continue ahead until the traffic lights (York Minster ahead). Turn left into St Leonards place and follow until the next traffic lights (Art Gallery on left). Turn left and you are on Bootham (A19) Follow this for about a third of a mile passing on your right The Exhibition and Bootham tavern pubs then lots of big Edwardian terraces. Bootham Crescent will appear on your right with a Zebra at the top of it'.
Main Stand: Adults £19, Concessions £12
Nestle Family Stand: Adults & Over 65's: £17, Under 16's & Students £7
Popular Side: Adults £17, Concessions £11
David Longhurst Stand: Adults £16, Concessions £10
Popular Side (Seating)**: Adults £17, Concessions £11
Grosvenor Road End (Terrace): Adults £16, Concessions £10
*Concessions include under 16's, over 65's and students with proof of education status.
** Supporters pay to enter the terrace then pay an additional £1 transfer within the ground to access the Popular Side seating area.
|Official Programme £3|
Scarborough were the real rivals, but since their fall from grace, you can now take your pick from Doncaster, Darlington or Hull!
|York City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
|28,123 v Huddersfield Town
FA Cup 6th Round, March 5th 1938.
2011-2012: 3,117 (Blue Square Premier)
2010-2011: 2,485 (Blue Square Premier)
2009-2010: 2,643 (Blue Square Premier)
|Fans Reviews Of Bootham Crescent|
& Stephen Spooner (Southend
Ben Hoole (Bradford City) 2/03/13
Stuart Waring (Morecambe) 2/02/13
Luke Barber (Tamworth) 16/04/11
|Other Places Of Interest|
|York is a popular tourist attraction, having a lot of historical sites, including York Minster Cathedral which is a spectacular sight. The night life is also pretty good, so I would definitely recommend it for a weekend stopover.|
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Last Updated : 29 April 2013