Date: 27th April 2018 at 1:02pm
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Despite currently being at its lowest-ever status, York City FC continues to have a wide and varied appeal across the greater football community.

The latest set of European supporters paying a special visit to Bootham Crescent were from Italian Serie ‘C’ club Reggiana on Friday.

Fabrizio Ravanelli is an ex-Reggiana player

Based in Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, the ‘Granata’, as they are known, were actually founded three years prior to York in 1919 – and reformed as recently as 2005.

Their nickname indicates there is at least one direct connection between the two clubs, namely their shirt colour of maroon, also incorporated in two separate periods by City between 1922-33 and 1970-78.

Historically, their shorts are dark blue, similarly adopted by York at various times during their 96-year existence.

Reggiana are also interestingly known as ‘Teste quadre’ (or ‘Square heads’), and have actually spent most of their history operating in the Italian second division.

However, they also have three seasons in Serie ‘A’ between 1993-97, with a highest final ranking of thirteenth. During the 1920’s they’d already been a top-flight club for four years in the old Italian first division.

Amongst their more famous ex-players are one-time Middlesbrough striker Fabrizio Ravanelli, and Brazilian World Cup winning goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel, with Carlo Ancelotti their most notable former manager.

The arrival of European visitors to Bootham Crescent is certainly not uncommon, with followers from Arnhem (Netherlands), Malaga (Spain), Pisa (Italy) and Norway similarly taking in the magic during the current month alone.

And it doesn’t stop there with an Argentinian family¬†also later taking the opportunity to call in for club souvenirs.