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Footballing folklore to be preserved at former home of York City FC

15 December 2022

The history of the former Bootham Crescent football ground is set to be preserved with streets and apartment buildings on the new development to be named after York City heroes.

Having received the necessary approvals from City of York Council and Royal Mail, Persimmon is now able to formally announce the names as chosen by York City supporters.

In addition to the two street names already previously mooted, it can now be revealed that the third street on the new development will also be named after a fan favourite following consent from the local authority.

As well as three street names, four three-storey apartment buildings will also honour some of those players and managers who graced the turf and dugouts of Bootham Crescent.

Earlier this year fans and residents were asked to put forward their suggestions of deceased individuals whose memory should be honoured at the site with nearly 200 submissions received.

Over recent months, Persimmon has worked with former York City Stadium Development Director Ian McAndrew and the York City Supporters’ Trust to collate those suggestions and put forward the seven names now approved by the council.

Scott Waters, Managing Director, Persimmon Homes Yorkshire said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce the names of seven York City heroes to be etched into the fabric of the new Bootham Crescent development.

“Given the special memories thousands of fans will have, we always wanted to ensure that the legacy of both the ground and the people who played and worked here was preserved in a fitting manner. We’ve therefore been working closely with the club and the Supporters’ Trust over the last two years to make sure that the views of fans have been at the heart of the process in finalising these exciting legacy plans.

“It’s been great to hear how delighted and rightly proud the families of those individuals put forward by the fans are and we’re looking forward to welcoming all the families back to see the street and building names be officially unveiled.

“In the meantime, we also continue to work with the Supporters’ Trust on plans for a York City memorial garden and will be providing further updates on this in the new year.”

Paul Bowser, York City Club Historian said: “Bootham Crescent was a cherished place of pilgrimage for York City supporters, and a constant in the sporting heartbeat of this city.

“It is wonderfully fitting that so many parties have come together in recognition of the need to commemorate its footballing and social history. There were many worthy nominations suggested for those who had contributed to the rich history of York City FC and Bootham Crescent, none more so than the names being unveiled.”


Find out more about the Bootham Crescent development here. 

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