High-profile former York City keepers
York City have managed to sign yet another high-profile goalkeeper for their stature – this time former England call-up Scott Loach on loan.
The Minstermen have been able to attract a number of top players over the years, perhaps due to the lure of living in a historic and picturesque city.
Champions League winner Jonathan Greening and Richard Cresswell came through the club’s academy, while the likes of internationals Peter Lorimer, Chris Iwelumo, Clayton Donaldson and Joe Hulme have also turned out for them.
Meanwhile, Graham Carr (father of comedian Alan), pundit and Countdown contestant Clarke Carlisle and maverick manager Neil Warnock have all had spells for the Yorkshire team too.
That is despite having never been higher than the second-tier in their 109-year history. They were once in the same division (2) as Manchester United in 1974/75, though.
Now languishing in the National League relegation zone, they are 8/11 with betway to go down in successive seasons, though are in a good run of form of late.
But it is the keeping department where York have thrived over the years, largely thanks to their former coach Pete Glanville, who helped develop a number of goalies during his 23 years of service until 2013 – and now enjoys his time playing tennis for Clifton-based team York Tennis Club.
So, read on to find out other high-profile York City keepers that previously played for them…
One of the most high-profile former York City keepers is Leeds-born Stockdale, who came through the Minstermen’s academy.
Like Loach, he’s had England call-ups, though is yet to earn a senior cap.
It might be a surprise that Stockdale was released by York, after unsuccessful loan spells and fitness issues.
Now on the books of Brighton and Hove Albion, he’s played a big part in their bid for promotion to the Premier League this term.
The Seagulls are 9/4 with Paddy Power to win the Championship.
No doubt the most notable former goalie once on the books of York is Robinson, who had 42 England caps.
The ex-Leeds United, Tottenham and Blackburn Rovers stopper is still going, and is the reserve keeper for Premier League side Burnley.
Robinson never actually played for York, as fellow Yorkshire outfit Leeds snapped him up as a teenager.
Unlike the above two players, Kiely wasn’t born in Yorkshire and didn’t come through York’s academy.
However, he did start his senior career with the Minstermen, and gained promotion with them to the third-tier in 1992/93.
After nearly 250 appearances for them, his talents were finally noticed, and he went on to play in the Premier League with Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth and West Bromwich Albion.
Salford-born Kiely also made 11 caps for the Republic of Ireland, and was a member of their 2002 World Cup squad.
Born in York, Culkin came through his local team’s academy, but like Robinson was bought by a bigger club before he could make senior appearances for them.
Man Utd were the side that came calling for the then-youngster, just a couple seasons before they also signed Greening.
Culkin was less successful than Greening, though, managing just one appearance (the shortest Premier League debut in history), but he did pick up two Charity Shield runners-up medals.
He’s now on the books of FC United.
Another born in York, it wasn’t until later on in Mimms’ career that he turned out for his hometown club.
He finally played for the Minstermen during his latter years, initially on loan, after spells with the likes of Everton, Sunderland, Manchester City and Tottenham.
Mimms was also part of Blackburn’s PL title winning squad, but didn’t make enough appearances to earn a medal.
He’s now Hull City’s goalkeeping coach.
The first southerner on our former York City keepers list, Pope only had a loan spell with York from Charlton during the 2013/14 season.
The 24-year-old is now on the books of Burnley, along with Robinson.
Former Northern Ireland quarter-centurion Fettis spent most of his career in Yorkshire, for both Hull and York.
He interestingly played a couple times as a striker for the former, but is perhaps now most famed for being Man Utd’s academy goalkeeping coach.
Former Red Devil and Barcelona legend Victor Valdes once credited Fettis with staying in the game during some dark days at Old Trafford.
“I want to say in a public way thank you to the U21 coach Alan Fettis,” Valdes said.
“Without him I may have given up football. He made me keep going and stopped me when I was thinking about bringing my career to an end.”
Gosney is not able to boast much of a playing career, making just 70 Football League appearances for York (on loan), Portsmouth, Birmingham City and Exeter City.
But he is famed for coming up with former England international Darren Anderton’s nickname ‘Sicknote’, while the duo were at Pompey together in the early 1990s.
Remember when York famously knocked the mighty Man Utd out of the League Cup back in 1994?
Well academy product Warrington was on the bench for the Minstermen for the first leg, which they won 1-0.
After an injury to Kiely, he took the gloves for the home match. York lost 3-1, but still went through on aggregate.
Sheffield-born Warrington later went on to play for the likes of Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United, and now aged 40 is still on the bench for Grimsby Town as a player/coach.
Leaning begun his career with York-based amateur clubs York Railway Institute and Rowntree Mackintosh, before joining the Minstermen in 1985.
His playing career was nothing to really shout about, having turned out for the likes of Sheffield United, Bristol City and Lincoln City, but he’s now a reputable keeping coach.
Sporting talent clearly runs in the family, as his son is Jack is a highly rated top order batsman for Yorkshire.
Leaning Jr was also sponsored by York City fans during his first season for the famous cricketing county.