Twelve victories in total this season; seven games undefeated and six clean-sheets; three straight wins and already on the verge of passing manager Nigel Worthington’s pre-campaign points target with still ten games left to play; and even the totally unexpected bonus of a late dash towards the play-offs.
|“York City are once again appearing as a seriously competitive Football League outfit – which is all their loyal fans have ever really demanded”|
Suddenly the future is decidedly red as vast shades of optimism increasingly swirls around an understandably buoyant Bootham Crescent ahead of this weekend’s arrival of lowly Wycombe Wanderers.
Perhaps it should be recalled there was also a similar atmosphere some nineteen months ago, when the relegated Chairboys provided the Minstermen’s first opposition following their jubilant return to the Football League. On that occasion, York were hastily unseated and seriously second-best at either end of the pitch as their slicker opponents ran-out as comfortable 3-1 victors.
However, Nigel Worthington’s massively revamped version of that original prototype is a vastly different beast this time around: bigger, stronger, smartly (even crudely) efficient, and certainly more streetwise; with a developing swagger being interspersed by moments of real inspiration and skill.
The York machine is suddenly moving at full throttle in terms of results and the trusty natives are understandably becoming more thrilled by the minute. At the same time the always measured Worthington continues to oversee their admirable renaissance with an immovable calm, instead simply feeding their hungry followers a hugely understated “there’s nothing to get excited about” response.
At least with that remark the genial Northern Irishman might for once just be a little wide of the target, especially given the desperate heartaches of little more than twelve months ago. Either way the recent progress witnessed has been a true joy to behold, and under his shrewd guidance allied to wonderful and tireless club owners, York City are once again appearing as a seriously competitive and increasingly established Football League outfit – which, after all, is all their loyal fans have ever really demanded.
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