Tracking back to November 1984 and the Minstermen smashing their record transfer fee to bring a prolific goalscorer to Bootham Crescent.
Free-scoring Dale Banton has become York City’s record signing after joining the club in a £50,000 deal from Aldershot.
The 23-year-old is set for an immediate debut this weekend at Lincoln City – and is viewed as an ideal replacement after the highly-rated John Byrne left in a £100,000 switch to top-flight Queens Park Rangers last month.
Kensington-born Banton was the leading marksman in the Fourth Division on 28 goals at the end of his first season with Aldershot – that following his arrival from West Ham United.
Manager Denis Smith and director Colin Webb watched the prolific forward scoring during a 4-0 victory against Newport County in the FA Cup on Tuesday evening.
However, they had already seen their first bid for the player turned down last month, while their latest attempts were initially delayed as Banton and accompanying wife Cheryl missed their connecting train at King’s Cross. But upon arrival they were promptly greeted with a grand tour of the great city.
“I don’t know whether it was my persuasive talk or the fact that they liked the look of York, but the main thing is that a long journey has come to an end,” Smith told The Press. “Things were hectic to say the least and I thought I was going to lose him.
“But he was impressed with our set-up and also the way we played against Aldershot last season. I am sure he will turn out to be a very popular signing for he is an exciting player who has a proven goalscoring record.”
“It’s been a bit of a problem getting things sorted out, but I am pleased everything has gone through now,” Banton admitted. “I am looking forward to playing for City.
“They like to go forward and score goals as their record shows and that’s just the way I like to play, So I am excited at the prospect of turning out for them.”
Rewind Extra – November 1984