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#3214911 Jack Stearman

Posted by GaryHall on 15 October 2015 - 04:57 PM

Jack has worked hard for the club and his work in the community has been first class. I am sure I speak on behalf of KISS members and committee in wishing him a happy and successful future.

#3162949 Newcastle Thunder at home

Posted by GaryHall on 23 July 2015 - 12:24 PM

The objective of the meeting on FEBRUARY 19th 2015 was to give Knights supporters the opportunity to see what was on offer for Rugby League at the new stadium. In the same way as York City supporters were given an opportunity to see what was on offer for Football at a meeting in the Pitchside Bar in August 2014.


In terms of what the meeting achieved it highlighted that there is going to be a fantastic facility on the site of Huntington Stadium,albeit with some retail.

A stadium which if the current stewards of the club had the foresight and ambition to move forwards we could have a club challenging for the top,rather than languishing in the lowest league playing at a amateur clubs ground in front of 450 people.


Regrettably some people had a different agenda and used that meeting to enhance their own and others political persuasions to be critical of the Labour council in power at the time. 

#3162096 Newcastle Thunder at home

Posted by GaryHall on 21 July 2015 - 07:23 PM

Who are the so called "good" people who are working hard on the future of the club. You cannot be seriously referring to the owner and the board of directors who have done their utmost to destroy professional rugby league in York. What have they achieved in the seven moths since they were appointed?

The team are doing well in spite of the fact that we have the most unprofessional set up. Credit to the players and coaches for that, York City Knights should not even be in this league. If the owner had invested in the future in 2005 when we first got promotion we would be at the top of the Championship looking to enter Super League at the Community Stadium. Instead we are scratching around playing at an amateur clubs ground with sponsors sat on folding dining chairs, the whole set up is actually embarrassing. Take off the rose tinted shades.

#3160262 Whitebank not a graveyard for Hornets.

Posted by GaryHall on 18 July 2015 - 07:23 PM

York should be playing at York City's Bootham Crescent ground before moving into the new  £40 million Community Stadium being built on the site of Huntington Stadium however for some reason known only to the owner of the Knights, he has refused to sign up to an agreement which will give the Knights a fantastic opportunity to move forward. In the meantime the Knights are playing at Heworth ARLFC which is a superb venue for amateur RL but not worth the £15 being charged by York City Knights.


Posted by GaryHall on 07 July 2015 - 10:40 AM

Because we haven't signed up for a deal that includes use of a stadium that is NOT ACTUALLY AVAILABLE WHEN WE NEED IT

Had the Knights agreed to the contract to play at Bootham Crescent/Communuty Stadium and train at St Johns in October last year the fixtures would have been mutally arranged between the clubs and the RFL to allow maintainance of the Bootham Crescent pitch. As happens at all other shared grounds.

#3151348 Former York and Great Britain Forward Edgar Dawson

Posted by GaryHall on 02 July 2015 - 06:43 PM

One of the first players to be inaugurated in to the York RL Hall of Fame, Edgar Dawson has died. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.



#3150995 PLAY OFFS ?

Posted by GaryHall on 02 July 2015 - 10:16 AM

When I called the RFL they confirmed to me that the play-off final is at Widnes on 4th October.

#3150103 what's the big secret

Posted by GaryHall on 30 June 2015 - 02:12 PM

York City Knights did too from gates of 300-400 in the latter days of Wasps to and average of 1900 within 3 years, pity that we fell into the wrong hands.

#3149537 what's the big secret

Posted by GaryHall on 29 June 2015 - 11:15 AM

So the RFL would refuse membership to a club playing at a £40 million leisure complex with a stadium capacity of 8000 seated with access to training facilities and ambition but allow a club with no ambition to continue playing at an amateur club with seating on fold up dining chairs for about 40 people.

#3149416 SWINTON

Posted by GaryHall on 29 June 2015 - 08:09 AM

All about opinions, but can't agree in any way shape or form that Swinton are a poor side - seen both games against them now & they look a very good side to me

Massive well done to Fordy & the lads - few of us all said Jack Aldous should have got MOM, but loads of outstanding efforts, Jordan Howden is class in everything he does & apparently loves playing down here

Thanks again to Heworth for looking after us so well, got a bit better view this week by standing on the bank

Spoke to JG after the game, he seemed fairly positive to me, and the other directors are still working hard to get stuff sorted

I see you edited out your comment about not many staying away, Colin. As I have said Heworth excellent venue, for watching amateur rugby league, but York City Knights are supposed to be a professional club, although so far this year the off the field activities have been far from professional and while the club is owned and influenced by the current regime I cannot see that the situation will change.

All credit to the players and coaching staff they deserve better.

#3148239 YCK Reserves Released

Posted by GaryHall on 27 June 2015 - 12:38 PM

Sorry to admit that last year Mr G fed me questions to ask of James Alexander as he wouldn't do it himself , I was taken in at the time but thankfully I have seen the light , the man is an embarrassment to Rugby League & to OUR club more than anything , he is doing all this for his own infamy & families monetary gain , I paid for my season ticket last year & love watching this great young squad Fordy has put together but it leaves a sour taste knowing that any monies spent on anything related to the match day are going in his grubby pocket !!! If he has any integrity which I doubt ! He will sell up & disapear & allow this great club of OURS to go forward & thrive before he completely destroys it !!!! I find it difficult that some people are still taken in by the man , that fact he hasn't responded to any requests to go on the radio be it BBC RADIO YORK or MINSTER FM says it all for me

I too was taken in by him, and was fed questions to ask council officials, when the petition was given to the council in January and he was not there and his daughter (also a director) declined to be photographed. I started to ask questions of my own which led to the public meeting at New Earswick in February. From the moment that meeting was announced my family has been lambasted by that man.

#3125818 Future ?

Posted by GaryHall on 20 May 2015 - 02:17 PM

I have decided that I will go on Friday night, I had made a decision that after being abused by Guilldford and his directors at Clifton Park that I would no longer support the Knights until Guildford and his fellow directors resigned and the club was in the hands of people with honour, integrity and business acumen.
However, why should they stop me enjoying watching the club I fought so hard to save and re-establish. I am NOT supporting the Guildford regime.
I am supporting York RL as I have done for 53 years. I will continue to raise money with the rest of the KISS commitee for the benefit of the players and coaching staff.

#3082091 New Stadium.

Posted by GaryHall on 03 March 2015 - 01:18 PM

Now 6 days - surely the bl**dy council could give us clue...or don't they have any?



This is not of the councils doing, they offered a deal which you have seen. The owner of YCK turned down the deal, the new directors are now trying to reopen negotiations.

An analogy. Imagine you are buying a car from Coopers BMW and you agree the deal and then you go go back the following day and ask them to put mud flaps on they agree, then a couple of days later you go back and ask for floor mats and they decide enough is enough and say take it or leave it and you leave the negotiation.


Is it up to the vendor to open the negotiation again?

#3077487 tonights meeting

Posted by GaryHall on 23 February 2015 - 01:29 PM

Just to clarify the room hire for the meeting was paid for by me personally, not by KISS.

#2997484 Oldham at home Sunday

Posted by GaryHall on 17 September 2014 - 06:24 PM

Undoubtedly the best referee in the league, saw him referee the Castleford V Bradford game recently gave an impeccable display.