League Two - York return to Football League

Sun, 20 May 17:00:00 2012

York's eight-year exile from the Football League is over after they beat Luton 2-1 in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final at Wembley.

FOOTBALL York City's Ashley Chambers celebrates scoring their first goal in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final win over Luton - 0

The Minsterman, relegated in 2004, were beaten finalists two years ago, but went one better on Sunday afternoon as goals from Ashley Chambers and Matty Blair wiped out Andre Gray's early goal.

Luton were ahead after just 71 seconds thanks to Gray, but York took control and Chambers drew level in the 26th minute. And they took just 69 seconds of the second half to take the lead - though the goal that turned out to be the winner should have been ruled out for offside.

Larne Oyebanjo launched a long throw into the area, Jason Walker flicked on and Blair advanced a yard past the last defender and tucked home.

Luton were unable to respond in the manner that the Minstermen did after going behind so early in the first half, and James Meredith headed over and Chambers brought a save out of Mark Tyler as the Minstermen pushed.

The Hatters eventually stirred and Gray should have levelled, but just three yards out he inexplicably missed his kick twice and York cleared their lines, while some heroic defending from Oyebanjo denied John Kissock.

Luton threw everything forward in the final minutes in a bid to force extra time, but York held firm to seal their return to the Football League.

PA Sport

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  1. Well done. I wanted Luton to go up but York played much­ better. Just a shame that the 1st goal wasn't a­ foul, although Luton should have defended the resulting­ free kick better and the 2nd one was a good 3 yards­ offside. But overall York deserved it. We need to­ get better linesman for these games. The offiside for­ Yorks goal wasn't difficult to see at all he even­ had the different shades of grass to help and he still­ missed it.

    From alan s, on Mon 21 May 8:02
  2. they cheated both dodgie goals one clearly off side by­ a country mile looks like the fa are still robbing­ luton

    From JAMIE, on Sun 20 May 21:26
  3. Congrats York!!! All the best in League 2. Cambridge­ United Fan, Ollie and his Dad

    From Ollie, on Sun 20 May 21:07
  4. Great News Guys. You could play your games at­ Darlington.

    From Barry, on Sun 20 May 21:04
  5. well done York

    From Angela Oxbrow, on Sun 20 May 20:18
  6. Well done York. Good to see you back

    From Zecca, on Sun 20 May 20:04
  7. Well done York !! From a Rotherham fan Look foreword to­ seeing you at the new York stadium..

    From Simon, on Sun 20 May 19:46
  8. As a Lancastrian who went to college in York my­ congratulations to you on your promotion to the league.­ many happy memories of a period where B'burn came­ to play you in the mid sixties in the league cup and­ that amazing claret strip which had a Y shape in white­ across it. Michael Owen Hardacre

    From , on Sun 20 May 19:22
  9. Where will the parade start from and where will it go?

    From , on Sun 20 May 19:15
  10. Another offside goal.Sure it wasn't Chelsea playing­ ?

    From RICHARD, on Sun 20 May 19:12
  11. John the Watford fan. They were playing on a­ local pitch but Sunday afternoon.

    From RICHARD, on Sun 20 May 19:11
  12. Congratulations York City i used to go and watch york­ when i lived in Harrogate the supporters and the club­ are now back where they deserve to be l'm an­ Ipswich Town supporter who lives in Essex but i always­ keep an eye on the Minstermens results and hoped that­ the day would come that they got back in the league.­ Well done and this is one tractorboy that has a little­ reason to smile this season.

    From MICHAEL, on Sun 20 May 18:59
  13. also well done from a bantam. Yorkshire forever

    From The Reporter, on Sun 20 May 18:39

    From simon, on Sun 20 May 18:37
  15. Well done York. I went school with Chambers (at the­ front in that pic). Good player.

    From del, on Sun 20 May 18:31
  16. welldone york from a stokie

    From malcolm c, on Sun 20 May 18:19
  17. congrats york steve grimsby

    From steve fisher, on Sun 20 May 18:10
  18. Followed york for years and great to see them back­ where they belong. Credit to all the sides in the­ league and for the refreshing congrats from other teams­ supporters - refreshing

    From graham, on Sun 20 May 17:58
  19. well done lads now we have another proud Yorkshire team­ back where they belong.HULL CITY TIGER.

    From Colin, on Sun 20 May 17:55
  20. Welcome back YORK CITY,from a Morecambe supporter.

    From YAHOO, on Sun 20 May 17:44
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