Date: 18th October 2017 at 3:45pm
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Five randomly-selected players with direct connections between York City and AFC Bournemouth – including three of the best strikers ever witnessed at Bootham Crescent.

Five randomly-selected players with direct connections between York City and AFC Bournemouth – including three of the best strikers ever witnessed at Bootham Crescent.

1. Micky Cave

Following a glorious promotion to the old Second Division [now Championship], York proceeded to shatter their transfer record to bring in highly-rated midfielder Micky Cave from Bournemouth for £18,000 in August 1974.

Having made his debut against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, Cave went on to score fifteen times in 109 games while including a Clubman of the Year award in 1975-76 – until returning to former club Bournemouth in February 1977.

He originally started out with hometown side Weymouth before subsequent periods with Torquay United and the Cherries; later moving to the United States and playing in both Seattle and Los Angeles ahead of accepting a coaching role in Pittsburgh, where he tragically died aged 38 from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in November 1985.

However, will always be remembered as a robust and technically gifted midfielder demonstrating an excellent passing range during his couple of seasons at York – one of which marked a particularly golden period at Bootham Crescent.

2. Ted MacDougall

Few had really heard of Liverpool’s reserve centre-forward Ted MacDougall when York manager Tom Lockie snapped him up for a reported fee of £5,000 in the summer of 1967. He went on, though, to become one of the greatest goalscorers of his era while on target over 250 times in the Football League alone.

Appropriately MacDougall netted on his City debut in a 1-1 draw against Workington and went on to finish as top scorer in both of his two seasons at Bootham Crescent. His 40 goals in 90 games included a hat-trick against Port Vale in March 1968, before later being on target in six successive Fourth Division fixtures.

However, a fee of £10,000 then took him to Bournemouth in the summer of 1969, where he was to later reunite with former City strike partner Phil Boyer. While on the south coast, MacDougall plundered 103 goals in 146 League games – and also incredibly struck nine times in a single FA Cup tie against Margate.

The Inverness-born marksman had following spells at Manchester United, West Ham United, Norwich City and Southampton, while also representing Scotland at full international level on seven occasions.

3. Phil Boyer

Phil Boyer was the ‘other half’ of a truly remarkable goalscoring partnership. And it was York directly responsible for creating one of the finest-ever double acts in football when manager Joe Shaw snapped him up from Derby County for £3,000 in July 1968.

Possessing natural ball skills, Boyer soon proved himself a big favourite of the City faithful and notably flourished when linking up with the prolific MacDougall – a combination that was to successfully continue during later days at Bournemouth, Norwich City and Southampton.

He went on to become a virtual ever-present at Bootham Crescent, until his record of 34 goals in 126 games led to then promotion rivals Bournemouth paying a club record received £20,000 fee in December 1970.

The Nottingham-born marksman later added Manchester City to his list of clubs, while scoring 159 goals in 520 Football League appearances and being capped by England in 1976.

4. Paul Aimson

Arguably the most complete centre-forward to ever proudly draw the York badge across his chest. He enjoyed two superb spells at Bootham Crescent while twice helping them towards promotion from the Fourth Division.

Aimson actually finished as top scorer in four of his six seasons at the club, while including five hat-tricks in his overall tally of 113 goals in 248 games – making him the fifth-highest marksman in City’s history.

The Macclesfield-born striker began his career with Manchester City, achieving a number of senior appearances until joining York for a modest £1,000 in the summer of 1964. He immediately scored on his debut in a 2-1 win against Rochdale, and ended his first season with a magnificent 30 goals in 48 games while on the way to promotion.

However, having then registered a further 21 goals in 36 appearances, Aimson joined Bury for a £10,000 fee in March 1966. There were to be further stops at neighbours Bradford City and Huddersfield Town, until City paid £8,000 to take him back in August 1969.

He responded with 31 goals from 51 games while achieving a second promotion in 1970-71; also helping the club into the fourth round of the FA Cup, where he scored in both meetings with First Division opponents Southampton.

Later in his career, Aimson took in spells with Bournemouth and Colchester United, until retiring from the game in 1974. He died in January 2008, aged 64.

5. Ian Davidson

Born in Goole, Ian Davidson was a stylish midfielder who joined York from Hull City in June 1969.

Davidson had already made a number of first-team appearances for the Tigers prior to his City debut at Newport County the following August. He went on to become an influential member of the 1970-71 promotion team, while also starring in their progression into the FA Cup fourth round.

Having already netted in a 2-1 victory at non-league Boston United in the second round, Davidson then scored both goals as City next shocked Second Division Bolton Wanderers 2-0 in front of a 10,882 Bootham Crescent gate.

In total he made 102 appearances and struck eight goals for York, until in July 1971 becoming the latest moving to Bournemouth, with striker Eddie Rowles travelling in the opposite direction.

Davidson had a later spell with Stockport County before then dropping into non-league football to finish his career.



Paul Aimson and Ian Davidson both starred against Southampton in the FA Cup

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