Match Preview | Wigan Athletic (H)

By Brad Saxton | Image by Bernard Platt

The Minstermen will look to cause a cup upset in the Emirates FA Cup on Friday night under the lights at the LNER Community Stadium as we set to take on League One side Wigan Athletic in the Second Round of the competition (7.45pm kick off). 

Playing at this stage of the competition for the first time in thirteen years, the Minstermen will hope to carry on their run in the competition this season in front of the BBC TV cameras.

City have so far played four games in this season’s competition, having needed replays to see off Needham Market and Chester FC in the Fourth Qualifying and First Round proper respectively.

Neal Ardley’s squad also head into Friday evening’s encounter having only suffered one defeat in their last seven games in all competitions.

Friday’s opponents Wigan Athletic head across the Pennines to North Yorkshire hoping to book their place in the Third Round of the competition, having beaten Exeter City 2-0 away from home in the last round.

On Tuesday evening, Wigan dispatched Fleetwood Town 3-0 at the DW Stadium which sees Shaun Maloney’s men extend their recent unbeaten run to six games in all competitions.

That run extends further, having only lost once in eleven appearances, which came as a 3-2 defeat at home to Charlton Athletic at the end of October.

Having suffered an eight-point deduction at the start of the season, the club have had an impressive start to the season as they now sit in 14th place in League One, creating a six point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

Match Sponsor

The Minstermen welcome Ryedale Joinery LTD as match sponsor for our latest home game against Wigan Athletic on Friday evening.

We hope everybody connected with Ryedale Joinery LTD enjoy their evening with us at the LNER Community Stadium.


Save time, buy online! Supporters can purchase advance tickets online, over the phone on 01904 950950, or in-person from the LNER Community Stadium.

Reduced ticket prices are available for this fixture, and they’re priced as follows:

  • Adults – £15.00
  • Concessions (Over 60s) – £10.00
  • Students (with valid ID card) – £10.00
  • Under 18s – £5.00
  • Carers* – FREE

* Free ticket offered to carers accompanying ticket holders with a disability.

Please note that a £1 surcharge will be made for tickets purchased on match day. We highly recommend booking online in advance of the match.

The fixture is NOT all ticket and pay on the day is available. However, we encourage online sales.

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.

South Stand tickets have SOLD OUT, with the East Stand close to doing the same. Larger group bookings can be made in the West Stand, with tickets available right up until kick off.

Away Fans 

Wigan Athletic fans will be situated in the North Stand and the West Stand Overflow (WG, WH, WI & WF) for Friday night’s fixture.

Tickets for the away end are not being sold via the football club, with Wigan selling their own allocation of tickets.


We are pleased to announce that Guy Mowbray and Andy McMillan will join Iain Dunn as our two hospitality guests for Friday night’s fixture.

City supporter Guy Mowbray has become a well-known commentator in the world of football, having worked for the BBC since 2004 and has covered games on the biggest stages in competitions including the Premier League, Champions League and the World Cup.

Mowbray started his career on local radio station BBC Radio York, before building up his CV working for organisations such as Eurosport, ITV and TNT Sports.

Joining Mowbray will be Minstermen legend Andy McMillan, who played just under 500 appearances for the club.

The former City right back is the second-highest appearance maker for the football club, and he was named Clubman of the Year at the end of the 1995/96 campaign.

McMillan also played in two of the Minstermen’s biggest cup shocks over recent decades in the League Cup; the 3-0 win at Old Trafford against Manchester United in 1995 and the 3-2 win over Everton at Bootham Crescent in 1996.

Hospitality bookings have now closed for this fixture. Doors open at 6pm for Hospitality diners on Friday, with non-dining hospitality opening up for guests at 6:30pm.


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.

Match Programme and 50/50 Draw

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 recent loan signing Luke Daley and much more!

50/50 Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase ahead of the game, 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

Foundation Fan Zone Stage (sponsored by Jorvik Radio) Act

The Sunset Radio will provide the pre-match vibes in the Fan Zone.

Hailing from York, England The Sunset Radio were born as a punk rock guitar band, but now with new members and a fresh approach to song writing the band have reinvented themselves to deliver a more mature and adventurous sound.

Drawing inspiration from classic rock tracks of the 20th century and infusing it with their own twist on a modern pop song, The Sunset Radio have a raft of anthemic hits up their sleeve ready to release into the world.

Instagram: @TheSunsetRadio

Facebook: @TheSunsetRadio

Spotify: The Sunset Radio

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 are valid on the service.

Keep updated with 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:

Matchday Information/FAQs

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