There’s been some discussion over whether this is definitely York. The background – industrial-looking – is perhaps not how we picture York. But these men worked at the gasworks on Foss Bank, and the buildings in the background look very much like the photos of those long-demolished buildings in Jane Hatcher’s book The Industrial Architecture of Yorkshire.
Obviously they’re not dressed for work. They’re on their way to the FA Cup semi-final – York City v Newcastle – at the Hillsborough ground in Sheffield, which took place on Saturday 26 March 1955. Hence the scarves and rosettes and the YORK badge on the front of the car.
I’d like to be able to place this photo more exactly, so it can be pinned on historypin.com. Does anyone recognise which part of Foss Bank/Heworth Green/Layerthorpe this was taken from? It can be enlarged.
The match they watched – on what looks like a sea of mud – is preserved by britishpathe.com, and viewable online.
A report of the match on the official club website notes that it was ‘a gruelling cup tie played in terrible conditions’ and that York City had made history by becoming the first Third Division side to force a semi final replay.
I’m sure many people out there remember the game. But I’m hoping that people out there also remember the gasworks on Foss Bank …