Match Preview | York City vs Needham Market

By Brad Saxton | Image by Aaron Badkin

The Minstermen kick-start their Emirates FA Cup campaign this coming Saturday when we welcome high-flying Southern Premier League side Needham Market to the LNER Community Stadium in the Fourth Qualifying Round.

Neal Ardley’s side head into this weekend’s fixture hoping to start a run in this season’s competition and aim to replicate last season’s success in reaching the 1st Round proper of the competition for a third season in a row.

This weekend’s visitors will make the long trip up North hoping to cause an FA Cup shock as they look to reach the First Round of the competition themselves for a second successive season in a row.

So far this season, the Southern Premier League side have beaten FC Romania (3-0), Hashtag United (1-0) and Peterborough Sports (3-0 in a replay, originally 0-0) to book their place in the last qualifying round of this season’s competition.

Key Messages
  • Car park opens at 11am
  • Directors’ Lounge opens for guests at 12:30pm. LNER Lounge opens at 1pm, which is where diners will be situated due to the closure of the Jorvik Lounge.
  • Turnstiles open at 1:30pm – save time and buy online.
  • Scan the QR code on your match ticket upon arrival at the correct turnstile.
  • For ticketing queries please contact or call the Ticket Office directly on 01904 950950, or visit during opening hours.
  • A period of silence will be held before kick off to remember the innocent victims of the devastating events in Israel and Palestine.

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

City fans will be seated in Blocks EE-EI in the East Stand and the South Stand, whilst Needham Market fans will be in the West Stand Overflow.

Reduced ticket prices for this fixture are as follows:  

  • Adults – £14.00
  • Concessions (Over 60s) – £9.00
  • Students (with valid ID card) – £7.00
  • Age 14-18 – £5.00
  • Age 8-13* – £3.00
  • Age 2-7* – FREE
  • Carers** – FREE* Must be accompanied by a paying adult.** Free ticket offered to carers accompanying ticket holders with a disability.

Please note that a £1 surcharge will be made for tickets purchased on a 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 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.


We are pleased to announce that former York City midfielder Neal Bishop will be joining us as our hospitality guest ahead of this weekend’s fixture.

After originally coming through the youth set-up at Middlesbrough, Bishop joined the Minstermen in January 2006 and he would go on to spend the next eighteen months with the club. He managed to help the club reach the 2006/07 Nationwide Conference playoffs and earned the Clubman of the Year award for that season ahead of a move to League Two side Barnet.

Since leaving the club, he has featured in the Football League for Notts County, Blackpool, Scunthorpe United and Mansfield Town, before recently stepping into management where he had a short stint with Northern Premier League side Gainsbrough Trinity.

Bookings for hospitality tickets for this fixture have now closed.


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 reduced 32-page physical matchday programme is available for this fixture and will be sold at every open turnstile by programme sellers for £2.50. This week’s edition includes an FA Cup exclusive interview with midfielder Paddy McLaughlin 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: 4 tickets to York Dungeons

Foundation Fan Zone Stage Music – Sponsored by Jorvik Radio

We’ll be joined by Rick Miles ahead of kick-off on the Foundation Fan Zone Stage ahead of this weekend’s fixture.

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 this service.

For full travel information please click here.

Previous Meetings

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides during this weekend’s fixture.

Live Stream

The Minstermen’s Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round fixture against Needham Market will be available to live stream on 24/, the operator of National League TV.

Supporters, both domestically and internationally, can live stream the fixture on the day of the game if you cannot attend the LNER Community Stadium.

Priced at £7, supporters can purchase the game at any time, even during the fixture if you miss kick off! Just click here to purchase online now.

If supporters have any issues or questions, please email livesupport@247.tv24/ have this manned during live broadcasts (from two hours before) and is checked during business hours at other times.

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: