History Of York City Club

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York City Football Club was first founded in 1908 as an amateur side,[5] although some sources state the roots of the club can be traced as far back as 1897 when the York and District League was formed.[6] The club joined the Northern League in 1908, but left after two seasons to form the Yorkshire Combination (a proto-Yorkshire League). The club turned professional in 1912 and joined the Midland League, where they played for three seasons, rising as high as tenth position. They played their final season in 1914–15 before folding in 1917 during the First World War.[7]

York City squad of 1922
The club was re-founded in 1922 by members of the former club. They founded a limited company and gained admission to the Midland League, where the team played in for seven seasons, achieving a highest finish of sixth, in both 1924–25 and 1926–27.[8][9] York were elected to play in the Football League in 1929, and spent the following 22 seasons in the Third Division North, from 1929–30 to 1957–58.[8] The club ended the majority of seasons in the bottom half of the table until the 1950s, when they reached fourth in both the 1952–53 and 1954–55 seasons.[8]

The club fared better in cup competitions and built a reputation for "giant killing",[10] the earliest example being in the 1937–38 season's FA Cup, when the team, then playing in the Third Division North, managed to knock out First Division West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough.[11] They met Huddersfield Town in the…