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Minster Man becomes York City's patron

Monday 02 July 2007

York City FC has announced today that the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is to become the patron of York City Football Club - known locally as the Minster Men.

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Dr. Sentamu, who purchased his new season ticket in May, followed the team throughout last season following his arrival in York as Archbishop and has become a regular at home matches.

Accepting the club's invitation the Archbishop said: "Football can be a great force for unity in a city such as York. The Chairman and directors of the club have invested time, money and effort into re-building this club with the community at its heart. I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to become part of that project.

I am hopeful that this season York will find its way back into the Football League and that I will be able to support the club in its search for a new home for future generations of fans. And as the original man from the Minster I am of course delighted to lend my voice in support of the Minstermen."

Jason McGill, Managing Director of York City Football Club, said "We are extremely honoured the Archbishop of York has accepted our invitation to become the Club's patron. He is an inspirational figure who has taken a keen interest in the Club and our role in the community and we really welcome his involvement.

This is an exciting time for York City with the prospect of a new stadium for the Club and the community and we are delighted the Archbishop will be joining us and our fans on this great journey. "

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