York begin what is likely to be their final season at Huntington Stadium this Sunday against Swinton – and they want to make it a fortress.
All being well, the Knights will move to Bootham Crescent, the home of York City FC at the end of this year for two seasons before both clubs then move in to the brand new Community Stadium in 2015.
“It’s probably our last season at Huntington Stadium and we certainly want to make it one to remember for our fans” Said Mick Ramsden, who has spent the majority of his 22 year rugby league career as a player and now assistant coach at the ground.
“I have a lot of good memories of this place, not least the Knights first ever game v Hull KR ten years ago, and lifting the National League Two trophy in 2005. I would like to make a few more before we move out!
“We are confident in our potential as a team that we can make Huntington Stadium a really difficult place for teams to visit this year. I thought we showed enough evidence of that yesterday [at Whitehaven] where we showed great spirit to come back and get a bonus point. A few errors ultimately cost us that game but we will work on them in training and move on. This year’s squad is made of strong stuff and I have no doubt they will improve, starting this Sunday at home to Swinton.”
The Knights have enlisted the help of the famous ‘New York Brass Band’ to give the fans an atmospheric boost off the field this Sunday. They are a Rugby League loving 7-piece, with a line-up of percussion, sax, trumpets, trombones and sousaphone.
To help swell the numbers off the field, the Knights are once again running their ‘kids for a quid offer, where any child under the age of 16 can watch the game for just £1! Knights fans can now also buy a ‘super ticket’ which will enable them to attend any 5 league games of their choice and gain entrance via the Jockey Lane turnstiles. Season ticket holders can also bring a friend for just £10 using the voucher from their booklets, and Hull FC season ticket holders can also attend for just £10. Entry will be via turnstile 2 only on production of their season ticket card. (Kids for a quid will also use turnstile 2)