Match Preview | Southend United

By Brad Saxton | Image by Matthew Appleby

The Minstermen return to the LNER Community Stadium this weekend when we take on bottom-of-the-league Southend United. 

Neal Ardley will be hoping his side can build on last weekend’s 2-2 draw at home against Boreham Wood at home as we go in search for our first win of the season.

Despite currently sitting bottom of the Vanarama National League table after a ten point deduction, Southend head into this weekend’s encounter in fine form having taken a possible thirteen points from twenty-four in their opening eight league games.

Kevin Maher’s side are currently unbeaten in their last two league games, having beaten Kidderminster Harriers (2-1) and drawn away at FC Halifax Town (1-1) last weekend

We are pleased to announce that this weekend’s fixture is a Designated Foundation Fixture, with many activities taking place around the ground building up to kick-off.

York City vs Southend United will be played on Saturday 16th September, kicking off at 3pm. Here is all the information you need to know ahead of this weekend’s fixture.

Key Messages
  • Car park opens at 11am
  • Directors’ and Jorvik lounge hospitality opens for guests at 12:30pm. LNER Lounge opens at 1pm.
  • Turnstiles open at 1:30pm – please arrive early, save time and buy online to avoid queues.
  • Scan the QR code on your season ticket/match ticket upon arrival at the correct turnstile.
  • For ticketing queries please contact [email protected] or call the Ticket Office directly on 01904 942232, or visit during opening hours.

Save time, buy online! Supporters can purchase advance tickets online, over the phone or in-person from the LNER Community Stadium.

Advance ticket prices for this fixture are as follows: 

Adult – £22

Concession (60+) – £17

Student – £10 (Can only be bought from ticketing office with Student ID to be shown)

Age 14-18 – £10

Age 8-13 – £7

Age 2-7* – Free

Age 0-1* – Free (Can only be bought from the ticketing office in advance. East & West Stand top 5 rows only)

Carers** – Free

* Please Note – Prices for Adults, Concessions, Students, Ages 14-18 and 8-13 will increase by £1 if purchased on matchday.    

The fixture is NOT all ticket and pay on the day is available at the ticket booth located at the exterior of the West Stand. However, we encourage online sales due to anticipated queues.

All supporters purchasing online must input a valid email address on their account in order to receive their ticket. When logging in to the online system, you can use your email address as your supporter number.

Foundation Fixture

We are pleased to announce that this weekend’s fixture is a Designated Foundation Fixture, with many activities taking place around the ground building up to kick-off.

Following the support of Persimmon Homes, we were able to offer a number of free tickets leading up to this fixture aimed at young people’s groups within the City of York.

As mentioned above, we’re pleased to be able to bring a number of activities leading up to kick-off, which include;

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Kick about on mini-pitches outside the stadium (ages 7-9 & 10-13)
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Face Painting (adjoining the mini-pitches)
  • 1:30pm – 3pm: Market Stall raising awareness about Smoking Cessation (in conjunction with City of York Council public health team) (in Fan Zone)
  • 2pm-2:45pm: Foundation Fan Zone Act: Jonny Cole

We are pleased to announce that former York City striker Iain Blackstone will join Iain Dunn as our hospitality guest for Saturday’s fixture.

The 59-year-old started his career at North Yorkshire rivals Harrogate Town, before moving across to the Minstermen, where he would go on to spend four years with the club.

After making well over 100 appearances for the Minstermen, he went on to play for Scarborough and Southport later in his career.

Bookings for hospitality tickets for this fixture have now closed.

Doors open at 12:30pm for Hospitality guests.


Matchday parking spaces in the Monks Cross Park & Ride car park can be booked here for £5.

A full guide to parking around the LNER Community Stadium can be found here.

Please note, parking spaces in other areas of the Vangarde Shopping Park site are restricted to a maximum of 2 hours on matchdays.

We ask that any supporters planning on parking in residential areas to please respect our neighbours, pay attention to any parking restrictions, and avoid blocking access to any driveways.

Matchday Programme and 50/50 Raffle

A 52-page physical matchday programme is available for this fixture and will be sold at every open turnstile by programme sellers for £3. This week’s edition features an exclusive interview with defender Callum Howe and much more!

50/50 Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase ahead of the game, as well as online by clicking here, from sellers in high-vis jackets at every open turnstile right up until kick-off, with some great prizes up for grabs.

  • 1st Prize: Main Cash Prize
  • 2nd Prize: £50
  • 3rd Prize: £25
  • 4th Prize: Two tickets to a ‘Fish and Chip Cruise’ with City Cruises York
Foundation Fan Zone Stage Music – Sponsored by Jorvik Radio

Local musician Jonny Cole will be performing in the Fan Zone ahead of kick-off at this weekend’s game at the LNER Community Stadium.

The 19-year-old has worked his way up on the music scene within the City, performing at events such as the Merchant Adventure Hall Beer Festival (hosted by YO1 Radio), Wiggi Fest and the BrewYork 7th Year Birthday Bash.

For more information on his music journey, head to his Instagram profile here.

Y22 Bus Service

The Y22 Shuttle Bus service, kindly organised by York City Supporters Trust and First York, will be running for this fixture.

The Y22 service runs from two hours before kick-off and after the game until the ground is clear, up to 90 minutes after the full-time whistle. This increases the frequency of buses running between Stonebow in the City Centre and the Monks Cross Park & Ride stop, as well as freeing up capacity on the existing number 9 route.

Fans wishing to use the service will need to purchase the Y22 tickets from the First Bus app, which are priced at:

  • Adult return: £3.50
  • Child/Concessionary return: £2
  • Adult single: £2
  • Child/Concessionary single: £1

No other tickets will be valid on the service.

Previous Meetings

The two club’s have a rich history of meetings, which dates back to the Football League days.

Last season, both York and Southend went head-to-head on three separate occasions. Kevin Maher’s side got the better of the Minstermen last season, securing two 2-0 victories over City which came at the LNER Community Stadium and Roots Hall in the National League.

However, City got the better of Southend in our most recent meeting, which came as an FA Trophy 5th Round win in February earlier this year, where goals from Fraser Kerr and Lennell John-Lewis saw the Minstermen advance into the Quarter-Finals of the competition.

How to follow the game

As always, the best way to follow the game is in the ground. If you can’t make it to the LNER Community Stadium however, here are some alternatives:


For full travel information please click here.

For Car Parking information please click here