Date: 17th May 2018 at 4:34pm
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Should you ever need any reminder of precisely why you love York City and how the club always remains magic, then take a look at this incredible photograph.

It shows the late and very great Keith Walwyn gently cradling a young supporter proudly clad in his York tracksuit and eagerly clutching onto his beloved City scarf.

Meanwhile, just behind that pair is another Bootham Crescent hero in fellow striker John Byrne – once again in that true classic kit.

During the promotion and title-winning season of 1983-84, Walwyn and Byrne played alongside each other in all but one of York’s 46 league games while netting 52 goals between them.

In fact the only time that prolific pair were separated was for a 3-2 victory at Hartlepool United in November, when with the iconic Walwyn absent, strike partner Byrne suitably responded with a double alongside defender Ricky Sbragia.

By the end of the campaign the Minstermen had totalled an astonishing 101 points – the first Football League club ever to achieve that landmark – while netting 96 goals; Byrne finishing with 27 and Walwyn 25.

That left them a full sixteen points clear of runners-up Doncaster Rovers after a club record 31 victories, including thirteen away from home, which was another all-time best.

Magnificent York had actually gone top of the table in late October, and were never caught on their way to a first major domestic honour.

York City – The Centurions, 1983-84:

  • York City became the first-ever Football League club to reach 100 points
  • New club records of most wins (31), most away wins (13) and most goals (96)
  • City were never outside the top two and once top of the table on 29th October, never caught
  • For the second successive season they lost only once at home and had an identical record from twelve months earlier W18 D4 L1
  • They remained unbeaten at home in the league from 16th October 1982 to 12th November 1983
  • On two occasions they record five successive away league victories
  • For the first-time since the ‘Happy Wanderers’ era of 1954-55, City had two players, John Byrne (27), Keith Walwyn (25), netting over twenty league goals
  • But it was superb centre-back John MacPhail named as their player of the season
  • York’s average home league attendance was 5,008 and included their biggest in eight years of 11,297 against runners-up Doncaster Rovers.