My only previous trip to Bootham Crescent came during our glorious league winning season of 03-04. Unfortunately the day will forever live in ignominy as the away end toilets were broken, which resulted in a steady stream of brown coloured water collecting at the bottom of the terraces. On their return to York, Rovers will be without their own shit puddle, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, due to injury.
Joining ATS on the treatment table are (deep breath): Mathieu Baudry, Joe Wright, Harry Middleton, Craig Alcock, Gary McSheffrey and, of course, Paul Keegan. The injury situation at the Keepmoat has become so grim that a proposed friendly game against Kidderminster had to be postponed, much to the relief of anyone that had taken leave of their senses and had been toying with the idea of attending a pre season match between Doncaster Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers.
York City were sadly relegated out of the football league last season, finishing bottom of the league in the process. The Minstermen have since acted swiftly to force an upturn in fortunes this summer, bringing in no less than 15 new faces, with 14 players leaving the club, including former Rovers loanee Michael Ingham.
Our Yorkshire cousins received a 6-0 shellacking from Middlesbrough in their first pre season game but have since recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Stalybridge Celtic before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at Bolton. Rovers will be looking to build on their impressive performance in the 2-2 draw against Newcastle United but preventing further injuries will probably be Darren Ferguson’s main priority. The injury to Harry Middleton is particularly galling as this season is vital to the academy graduates progress. If there is one silver lining to Middleton’s injury, the fact that it pushes a move for Paul Green ever closer, is surely it.
Whilst friendly games should always be taken with a pinch of salt, York City were a League 2 club last season so this should be a good opportunity for Rovers to gage the potential performance levels of some of our divisional rivals.