‘The surge of pure joy, when the referee blew the final whistle, will remain with me for ever’
Lifelong fan Robert Beaumont endures the longest 48 minutes of his life to watch York City gain promotion back to the Football League in the play-off final against Luton Town at Wembley
If last week’s FA Trophy victory was memorable and emotional, then yesterday’s defeat of Luton (horrible, horrible Luton) was something else completely. With perfect symmetry it was the climax of the finest week in York City’s history.
Eight years of pain in the Conference, caused partly the disgraceful regime of Douglas Craig, are over and we are a Football League club again. How wonderful to be able to say that. The surge of pure joy, when the referee blew the final whistle, will remain with me for ever.
It had all started so badly. Once again Gary Mills had sprung a selection surprise, dropping FA Trophy hero Paddy McLaughlin and playing three defenders in midfield. Within a minute we were a goal down.
But City’s reaction was amazing. We bombarded the Luton goal and could easily have scored, notably with a brilliant Walker header, before Ashley Chambers’ stunning strike. Then Matty Blair does what Matty Blair does best, he scores a goal that shapes our season yet again.
Cue a Luton bombardment and the longest 48 minutes of my life. Eleven heroes stemmed the tide with Oyebanjo, Ingham and skipper Chris Smith utterly outstanding. They defended immaculately and ensured our beloved club was back where we belong.
We owe a massive debt of gratitude to Gary Mills. He has transformed York City and done so by playing attractive and often scintillating football.
Thank you Gary and thank you Jason and Sophie, without whom there might well not be a York City – or days like these.
The stars tweet…
— Michael Ingham (@ingdog24) May 20, 2012
Wow so happy!!! twitter.com/jamie7reed/sta…
— Jamie reed (@jamie7reed) May 20, 2012
— Matty Blair (@MattyBlair17) May 20, 2012
We are going up say we are going up. YEAHHHHHHHHHH. twitter.com/DavidMcGurk5/s…
— David McGurk (@DavidMcGurk5) May 20, 2012
— Ashley Chambers (@ashchambo) May 20, 2012
I love football and I love my team twitter.com/MosesAshikodi/…
— moses ashikodi (@MosesAshikodi) May 20, 2012
On top of the world finally Football League get in boom!! yfrog.com/ocaw7gwj
— Jon Challinor (@ChalJonNor) May 20, 2012
— David Cooper (@1Coopster) May 20, 2012