Things didn’t look good for York until Russ Wilcox arrived late in 2014 to stem the flow of defeats, the master of the unbeaten run pulled some great results out of the bag to ensure York finished 18th and lived to fight another day in League Two.
Last Season: League Two (18th)
Manager: Russ Wilcox
GKs: Michael Ingham, Scott Flinders
DFs: Marvin McCoy, Femi Ilesanmi, John McCombe, Keith Lowe, Dave Winfield, George Swan, Eddie Nolan
MFs: Michael Coulson, Luke Summerfield, Russell Penn, Josh Carson, Anthony Straker, Tom Platt, Lindon Meikle, Ben Godfrey, Callum Rzonca, James Berrett
FWs: Ben Hirst, Emile Sinclair, Jake Hyde, Vadaine Oliver
In: Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra), George Swan (Wolves), Scott Flinders (Hartlepool United), Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United), James Berrett (Yeovil Town)
Out: Wes Fletcher (Motherwell), Ryan Jarvis (Released), Lewis Montrose (Released), Daniel Parslow (Released), Jason Mooney (Accrington Stanley)
First Six: Wycombe Wanderers (A), Hartlepool United (H), Yeovil Town (H), Exeter City (A), Mansfield Town (H), Newport County (A)
Likely Lineup: (3-5-2) Flinders – Lowe, Winfield, McCombe – Nolan, Berrett, Penn, Summerfield, Carson – Hyde, Oliver
A word from…David McGurk
On finally settling at York It was a relief yeah, I’d wanted to join the club but it had never materialised. At the end of the season Billy made the deal happen and it was good to finally settle down and get involved on a permanent basis.
I had one or two niggling injuries early on but was able to recover and start playing regularly which was great for me at a time when I needed to be playing.
On the importance of consolidation They do need to make sure that they’re not struggling like last season but I think the club have that ambition to do more than just survive.
We had a good season when we first came up and the club have shown huge ambition with the new stadium and some of the managerial choices over the years. The football league is so unpredictable so there are never any guarantees but I think there is a good foundation there and some good players, it’s a great group of lads.
On Russ Wilcox His record up at Scunthorpe certainly speaks for itself and I think with someone like him the club have every chance. I don’t know him personally but it seems to have had a good effect on the lads there.
On the difficulty of a changing squad It is difficult when players are coming and going, especially in pre-season. Usually you go away or have some sort of training camp which makes things easier but then you’ve got players coming and going on loan during the season.
But if the players coming in are of a good quality and better than the ones going out then it’s not too much of a problem, as a player who was there a while there’s always a certain buzz seeing new faces come in during pre-season and starting work with them.
On recruitment and pushing on Like I was saying, they’ve let a few players go which happens but they’ve brought in a few players with good experience at that level. The manager has obviously identified who he wants and I’m sure he’ll be looking to strengthen as much as possible before the season starts.
The Offside Rule Podcast Prediction: Hard to foresee another season of struggle given the potential they showed before last season. Russ Wilcox is a great manager at this level who has made some decent signings this summer, it could be a much more positive year in Yorkshire.
Key Player: Keith Lowe – The experienced defender couldn’t have settled any better at York and has even added goals to the team. At 29, he’s in the peak years of his career and will be crucial once again to York’s hopes this season.
One to Watch: Josh Carson – At 22, the Northern Irish winger is only getting better and has been one of York’s key attacking players over the last couple of seasons. He can really start to push on now.