York City South’s recent revelation that young striker Flynn McNaughton’s debut made him the 1,000th player used by the club since entering the Football League in 1929 was certainly a highly interesting statistic.
As was the accompanying list of his predecessors hitting notable landmarks, beginning with former midfielder Luke Summerfield (no. 900) back in August 2014.
His father Kevin was of course also a playmaker during his own playing career at the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Shrewsbury Town, while there is also previous family history in terms of Shaun Pejic (no. 800), whose own father Mel and uncle Mike both appeared for Stoke City amongst others. Shaun is probably most remembered wearing the specially produced purple City shirt commemorating their FA Trophy final appearance of 2009.
Prior to him in the list was young midfielder Kane Ashcroft (no. 700), maker of just four appearances for City and who tragically died from cancer at the age of just 29 in October 2015.
The paternal link then reappears with York-born Neil Woods (no. 600), whose father Alan had already proved well-respected during his own playing days at Bootham Crescent, while Phil Kitching (no. 500) was a locally performing midfielder hastily signed by manager Bobby Saxton in 1987 after inheriting an absolutely threadbare squad that was always destined for relegation.
Travelling back over a further decade and Peter Creamer (no. 400) was a defender briefly on loan from Middlesbrough and with later spells including Doncaster Rovers and Hartlepool.
Back in the ‘swinging sixties’, Denis Walker (no. 300) helped York to promotion while making over 150 appearances as a stylish ‘inside-right or left-half’ having begun his career with Manchester United.
One of two goalkeepers securing a landmark number is Des Thompson (no. 200), whose father George was also a keeper for City during their Midland League days. Des was later transferred to First Division Burnley.
And the remaining place is filled by fellow shot-stopper Norman Wharton (no. 100), who was first-choice in the role during the three years leading up to the war and while playing 134 games.
The landmark list and dates:
1000th McNaughton, Flynn 31/03/2018 (sub);
900th Summerfield, Luke 09/08/2014 (sub);
800th Pejic, Shaun 21/02/2009;
700th Ashcroft, Kane 01/05/2004 (sub);
600th Woods, Neil 08/08/1998;
500th Kitching, Phil 15/08/1987 (sub);
400th Creamer, Peter 08/11/1975;
300th Walker, Dennis 22/08/1964;
200th Thompson, Des 10/02/1951;
100th Wharton, Norman 29/08/1936;