“You have made us proud” York tells the Minstermen

YORK is today waiting to hear if there will be an official celebration of the winning promotion of the Minstermen during their centenary.

The congratulations, led by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Chris Cullwick, began circulating via social media as the final whistle sounded at the LNER Community Stadium.

They came from all sectors of city life and beyond, from politicians, schools, businesses, undergraduates, the military, police, charities, the voluntary sector, religious organizations and sports and others.

It’s been 10 years since York City FC, now based at the LNER Community Stadium, held a bus parade.

It was in 2012 when in one season he won the FA Trophy and promotion to the Football League after an eight-year absence.

In 2015-26 and 2016-17, a double relegation plunged him into the National League (North) where he remained until yesterday’s match.

Following the 2-0 win over Boston United in the play-off final, Cllr Cullwick tweeted: ‘Amazing News’.

York Central MP Rachael Maskell said: “Great news for York City FC and all of York. You have made us proud.”

Applefields High School for Students with Additional Needs tweeted: “Dear York City FC, well done to all of you from all of us. Most importantly, thank you for what you have done to advocate for Jack and students like ours across the city and region. We can’t thank you enough. (Ps can you bring the trophy?)”

His pupil, loyal Minsterman fan Jack Ratcliffe, 15, led his team down the field in the play-off final.

Then the club itself said: “Jack, you have been a symbol of our success this season. Thank you for your amazing reports which inspired the team to promotion”

Elsewhere, praise for the Minstermen came from the Yorkshire Regiment, the Little Vikings, York Gin who toasted success with a drink or two, the University of York student newspaper, Visit York and York Hospital Radio .

York Shed Seven said: “Yes!! Well done York City FC. We are making progress”.

Yorkshire TV personality Harry Gration tweeted: “Brilliant news for York City FC. Delighted for their supporters! Welcome to the National League and one step away from where they belong…”

Reverend Matt Woodcock, from BBC Radio 2’s Thought for Today, tweeted: ‘Wow! and filled its character count with endless heart-eyed emojis.

York Mosque and Church of Our Lady of Acomb both tweeted their congratulations.

Among the many schools singing the ministers’ praise was Archbishop Holgate School who singled out his former pupil, York City goalkeeper Ryan Whitley, Mount School for Girls, who spoke of ‘watching the ‘Looking forward to the future, exciting things ahead’, and Alex Reed, Principal of a primary school in Manchester, who tweeted; “Awesome”.

Outside York, Milan Mikulka, business editor of Hospodarske (Economic) newspaper in Prague tweeted: (in Czech) “Sunderland promoted York promoted, good day today.” Others tweeted their congratulations in Greek, French, Spanish and Italian.

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