Date: 12th December 2017 at 2:27pm
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York City have had some notable players also having connections with current Premier League side Burnley – and here are five of them.

York City have had some notable players also having connections with current Premier League side Burnley – and here are five of them.

1. Adrian Randall

Midfielder Adrian Randall became the Minstermen’s first-ever six-figure signing when arriving from Burnley for a club record £140,000 on Boxing Day 1995.

Wiltshire-born Randall began his career with AFC Bournemouth before making over a century of appearances for Aldershot.

His performances there alerted the attentions of a number of other clubs, including Manchester United, until joining Burnley for £40,000 in December 1991.

Randall went on to make over a hundred appearances while helping the Clarets towards a couple of promotions before signing for York four years later.

A talented and strong-running ball-player, he made 38 appearances and scored twice during his twelve months at Bootham Crescent – that ahead of moving to Bury for £100,000 and later appearing with Forest Green Rovers.

2. David Loggie

Striker David Loggie was already a prolific goalscorer for Burnley’s reserves when York spent £20,000 to acquire his services in the summer of 1978.

The Minstermen had been forced into making a sixth application for re-election to the Football League at the end of the previous season, and manager Charlie Wright reacted by recruiting seven new signings in a bid to turn around their fortunes.

Having also previously appeared several times for the Clarets’ first-team, Loggie was joined at Bootham Crescent by defenders Roy Kay (Hearts), Jimmy Walsh (Watford) and Steve Faulkner (Sheffield United), former England youth international midfielder Peter Stronach (Sunderland), winger Neil Warnock (Barnsley) and striker Barry Wellings (Everton).

The tall and lean 21-year-old proceeded to register on his home league debut for City in a 5-3 victory against Portsmouth, but his eventual return of just eight goals in 42 appearance that season proved rather disappointing given his reputation.

As a result he was to be less of a fixture in the side after that, and his final tally of 56 games and eleven goals for the club presented little evidence of the success he was about to enjoy with top Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam.

Loggie was also a regular goalscorer during later stays at Lierse (Belgium), AZ Alkmaar, Willem II and Cambuur Leeuwarden, while continuing his rewarding European adventure.

3. Chris Brass

Chris Brass had already been a regular favorite at Burnley by the time he signed for York in March 2001.

Born in Easington, County Durham, Brass had represented the Clarets for seven seasons while making over 150 appearances in either defence or midfield.

But he quickly settled after being appointed skipper at Bootham Crescent before also being named as Clubman of the Year in 2002-03.

The next season witnessed his selection as player-manager at the age of just 27, although it proved a costly decision with York disastrously surrendering their Football League place under his leadership in May 2004.

The following November, Brass was relieved of his managerial responsibilities but continued to be typically whole-hearted out on the pitch, until a serious ligament injury the next month sadly ended his regular playing days for City after 166 appearances and eight goals.

He later turned out for Harrogate Town, Southport, Bury and Hyde United, before spells as coach, assistant manager, caretaker manager and first-team manager at Gigg Lane.

4. Paul Barnes

One of the club’s greatest-ever goalscorers who was snapped up from Stoke City for a then joint-record £50,000 deal in July 1992.

The Leicester-born marksman had begun his career at Notts County, making over a half-century of league appearances until joining Stoke in 1990. But opportunities were to prove restricted and unfortunately not helped by injury.

Typically Barnes scored on his York debut in a 2-0 victory against Shrewsbury Town, the first of twenty-one goals as the Minstermen stormed to promotion with a memorable Wembley play-off final victory against Crewe Alexandra.

Those included a brilliant four-goal haul during a snow blizzard while facing Scunthorpe United and a trademark hat-trick at Third Division leaders Barnet.

Barnes was again leading goalscorer with twenty-five in all competitions the following year as promoted York once again made the play-offs. That also brought him the prestigious ‘Clubman of the Year’ award.

In September 1995, City shook the entire football world with Barnes scoring twice in a famous 3-0 victory at Manchester United in the League Cup, before duly knocking them out of the competition in the return leg.

Having finished as top scorer in each of his four seasons at the club – and with a final total of 85 goals in 179 games including four hat-tricks – he went on to sign for Birmingham City for a reported £350,000 in March 1996.

Barnes later played for Burnley, Huddersfield Town, Bury and Doncaster Rovers, but deservedly remains a legendary figure at Bootham Crescent.

5. Nick Pope

Amongst the most popular of loan players to have ever represented the club – and undoubtedly one of the absolute best – the young goalkeeper appeared a typically routine signing when joining York on a month’s deal from Charlton Athletic in November 2013.

The 21-year-old already had a string of temporary spells to his credit with the likes of Harrow Borough, Welling United, Cambridge United and Aldershot Town by the time he was handed the first-team gloves at Bootham Crescent.

However, Pope found himself recalled by his parent club after making just a couple of appearances, although City manager Nigel Worthington was soon back on his case when bringing him back in January for the remainder of the season.

Pope was to prove absolutely sensational, with a maturity well beyond his tender years being matched by an obvious natural talent. He maintained an incredible sixteen clean-sheets in 24 appearances as York proceeded to grind out victory after victory – often by just a single goal.

That witnessed them surging up virtually the full length of the table and into the end-of-season play-offs, only to suffer a narrow semi-final defeat after former City hero Matty Blair netted a second-leg winner for Fleetwood Town.

Next moving on loan to Bury, Pope immediately helped them towards promotion from League Two before signing a three-year deal with Premier League newcomers Burnley for an undisclosed fee in July 2016.

It now appears only a matter of time before a young player still hugely acclaimed by appreciative York fans becomes a regular in the England squad.

Paul Barnes scored twice in a famous 5-0 victory at Blackpool in December 1993

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