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Supporters work on recovery project at Bootham Crescent

By Dan Simmonite | 22nd October 2021

York City supporters volunteered their time to help with an archaeological dig and recovery project earlier this week at Bootham Crescent.

Unfortunately, previous records of ashes are urns buried at the ground were destroyed by a previous regime, and since the move to the LNER Community Stadium, Stadium Development Director Ian McAndrew has worked to make sure the Club leads the project to recover and relocate the ashes before the sale of the site.

Families permitting, fans whose ashes are recovered will eventually be reinterred in a Bootham Crescent 'legacy area' near to a preserved section of the Popular Stand once the ground is redeveloped for housing.

York City Stadium Development Director Ian McAndrew said: “The fans interred at the ground are part of the York City family. It is really important that their remains are located where possible and treated with dignity.”

On Monday and Tuesday ashes of three further York City fans were uncovered behind the goal line at the David Longhurst Stand end of the ground. An earlier dig in June located the remains of as many as nine fans.

Negotiations between York City Football Club and Persimmon Homes are ongoing, and an update will be provided once Bootham Crescent is sold, and a handover date is agreed.

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