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Bootham Crescent was the home of York City Football Club from 1932 to 2021.

The final competitive game to be played at the historic ground saw York City host Guiseley in the National League North, with centre back Josh King scoring the final goal in a 1-0 victory for the Minstermen. A charity match between the supporters was then played in April which raised £4,000 for local causes.

The ground shut it's gates for the final time on 1st December 2021 at the end of the second day of walkarounds for supporters and the people of York. The club is currently in advanced negotiations with Persimmon Homes over the sale of the site which is expected in early 2022.

 

You can read the latest update on Bootham Crescent here.

 

 

Legacy Plans for the site

Earlier in the year, the club announced legacy plans for the eventual housing development which will be built upon the Bootham Crescent site. The exciting plans are being used by Historic England as a benchmark for how other sports/clubs and other leisure places might approach a ground redevelopment.

 

The legacy plans for the Bootham Crescent site include;

- Retention of a section of the Popular Stand terrace and tunnel to provide a lasting legacy of the stadium and create a focal point for memory and orientation.

- Naming of places in the site; the club and Persimmon Homes have submitted a request, to City of York Council, to name 6 places within the development including roads, walks and apartments all paying respects to past legends of York City FC – ‘David Longhurst Way’ and ‘Keith Walwyn Walk’ have both been agreed in principle.

- Creation of a Memorial Garden which will provide a home for existing memorials, caskets and ashes (subject to family wishes).

- Marking out part of the centre circle, within in the Public Open Space, will sit where the current centre circle sits in the ground and will align with the retained section of terrace and provide a further place for orientation.

- Recreation of the flagpole and ‘five-minute flag’; another unique historic feature of Bootham Crescent was the lowering of the club flag to signal that there were five minutes to go before the end of each match. The flag flew from a flagpole originally located between the south-east corner of the pitch and the main entrance. A new flagpole will be erected, flying a replica of the club flag as a permanent and symbolic reminder of fans’ allegiance to Bootham Crescent.

- Retention and consolidation of the boundary wall around the site, which was originally in place for the cricket pitch, will be retained but where concrete blockwork has been added to the summit this will be removed. Where necessary, consolidation will be undertaken using reclaimed bricks from elsewhere on the site.

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