I've seen us play there on seven occasions since yet no matter how many times I visit that ground those memories of Jimmy Mullen's Claret and Blue Army will never fade away when, three minutes into stoppage time, there was time for a winner maybe.
A couple of years later we won an FA Cup replay there and one season on we drew 2-2 in the League Cup having won the first leg at home 1-0.
Tonight, nine seasons after that last cup tie there, and in York's second season back as a league club, we return for this first round fixture.
|Kieran Trippier to play in a virtually unchanged team|
On occasions we've gone into games in these early rounds with a much changed side. Last season for the second round tie against Plymouth Eddie Howe made ten changes to the team that had played three days earlier against Huddersfield in the league with only Charlie Austin, who scored our goal, retaining his place.
Sean Dyche has said that won't happen tonight and suggested that we might make a couple of changes. With both Michael Duff and Ben Mee still ruled out I'd certainly expect, more or less, the 18 to be very close to those who were on duty on Saturday.
That team was: Tom Heaton, Kieran Trippier, Kevin Long, Jason Shackell, Danny Lafferty, Ross Wallace, Dean Marney, David Jones, Junior Stanislas, Danny Ings, Sam Vokes. Subs: Alex Cisak, Luke O'Neill, David Edgar, Brian Stock, Scott Arfield, Keith Treacy, Ryan Noble.
York, like Burnley, got their season underway with a home game but they were able to collect all three points as Ryan Jarvis scored the only goal of the game in the first minute of stoppage time.
Our hosts found themselves in a relegation battle last season, having won the Conference play-off final against Luton in 2012. With three games to go they were in the bottom two but then, under new manager Nigel Worthington, rescued their season, ending it with three wins against Northampton, Southend and Dagenham & Redbridge leaving them four points clear in 17th place.
Having kicked off the new season with another win, Worthington is in no mood to change things and he's likely to start either ten or all of the team who played on Saturday.
The exception could be 35-year-old Richard Cresswell. "I'll be working with him to see where we are at before tonight's game," Worthington explained. "If it is the right thing for him and the team, he will play.
"I know he will want to play so it might be a case of getting the super glue out to stick him back together at some point. I've told the youngsters though that they had a masterclass in what to do on a football pitch on Saturday and that's why he's here, to help the youngsters learn by picking things up from him."
One young forward who won't be involved tonight is Wes Fletcher who joined the Minstermen this summer having been released by the Clarets.
Worthington confirmed he was on the mend having suffered an ankle injury in pre-season and could be fit for Saturday. I'll imagine Wes, whose two first team appearances for Burnley were both in this competition, will be hugely disappointed to miss out on the chance of playing against his old team mates.
York's team against Northampton was: Michael Ingham, Lanre Oyebanjo, Chris Smith, David McGurk, Ben Davies, Sander Puri, Craig Clay, Tom Platt, Ashley Chambers, Ryan Jarvis, Richard Cresswell. Subs: Ryan Bowman, Chris Kettings, Daniel Parslow, Michael Coulson, Lewis Montrose, Jamal Fyfield, Tom Allan.
Last Time We Were There
It is fifteen seasons since we last played York. The home game came first and ended in a 1-0 defeat although it will remain more memorable because of the outburst from Stan Ternent after the game.
The then Burnley manager said in his after match press conference: "It's not personal, it's business-wise. Steve Blatherwick, Lee Howey, Mark Winstanley and to a lesser degree Michael Williams, because he will never win the crowd over, will not play for Burnley Football Club again.
"They are not right for Burnley and they are not coming from where I am coming from. They are on the transfer list. They can go on a free transfer. I want them out of the place. They are no good to me."
None of them ever did play for the first team again but things didn't improve and when we got to York on Boxing Day 1998 we were seriously struggling. In the three previous away games, at Preston, Bournemouth and Fulham, we had conceded 13 goals and a relegation battle was very much on the cards.
The revival was some way away, but at least, as the rain poured down, we got a point at Bootham Crescent although we did concede another three goals as Ternent scrapped his favoured five at the back and went with a 4-4-2 system.
This was much, much better. After Richard Cresswell missed a sitter it was Andy Payton who struck first, beating Bobby Mimms with a curler from 25-yards.
It was 1-0 to Burnley at half time but York grabbed an equaliser ten minutes after the break through Wayne Hall. Burnley were soon back in front as Mark Robertson hammered home but then York turned it round with two goals to go in front themselves., both from Rodney Rowe.
It looked like a defeat but just before the end, and just before Payton was substituted, we grabbed our third as Payton was credited with turning in a Gordon Armstrong effort on the line. In truth it was Armstrong's goal, it was over the line before Payton got there, but Payts claimed it and we got ourselves a point.
Incredibly, we suffered only one more away defeat all season, at Wycombe, with a late unbeaten run saving us from the drop.
The teams were;
York: Bobby Mimms, Wayne Hall, G Himsworth, B Jones, L McMillan, Tony Barras, M Garratt, S Jordan, Richard Cresswell, G Connelly, Rodney Rowe. Subs not used: G Rennison, A Dawson, R Prendergast.
Burnley: Paul Crichton, Ally Pickering, Chris Brass, Brian Reid, Steve Morgan, Mark Robertson, Mark Ford, Gordon Armstrong, Phil Eastwood (Peter Swan), Andy Cooke, Andy Payton (Kevin Henderson). Sub not used: Rune Vindheim.
Previous Games against York
|Last 20 Years|
|1993/94||Division 2||h||2-1||10,236||Eyres(2 1pen)|
|FA Cup||a||3-2||5,720||Heath, Joyce, Eyres|
|h||3-3||8,731||Winstanley, Francis, Nogan|
|h||7-2||9,975||Moore, Barras(og), Brass, Cooke(3), Payton|
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