Five former Blues set for York showdown

Dave Winfield is one of five ex Wanderers who could face his old club tomorrow

Dave Winfield is one of five ex Wanderers who could face his old club tomorrow

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

AN OLD boys' reunion is on the cards for Wanderers as they face York City tomorrow.

No fewer than five former Wanderers are in the Minstermen squad and all of them are likely to be in the side that faces their former employers.

Marvin McCoy, who was released by Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth at the end of the last season, and ex skipper Dave Winfield are both likely to line up in front of giant goalkeeper Jason Mooney, who used to work as a barman at Adams Park before signing a playing contract.

Former loanee Anthony Straker and midfielder Lewis Montrose - who both contributed to Blues' promotion to League One in 2011 - could also feature for a City side who were beaten in last season's promotion play offs.

York have drawn all four of their league fixtures so far but Ainsworth said that isn't a reflection of the quality former Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington has at his disposal at Bootham Crescent.

City made a slow start to the last campaign before going on a 17 match unbeaten run to clinch a place in the play offs, where they were beaten by Fleetwood Town.

Ainsworth said: "We know they'll be strong. They're a really good side and what they did last year was exceptional.

"When we played them early in the year they were languishing around the bottom, similar to us, and I said it was a good point when we got that one. I wasn't surprised to see they ended up in the play offs.

"Nigel Worthington's a good manager so we'll be up against a tough team. He's managed in the Premier League, he's very astute with his signings. They had a slow start last year but ended up in the play offs.

"There's no way I'll be looking at York as one of the teams that's going to be struggling in this league. They are going to be one of the teams at the top end, without a doubt."

The Wanderers chief added: "It's always going to be an interesting one with so many old boys in there. We know them in detail, so that helps, but we do know most players in this league and know what their strengths and weaknesses are.

"You've also got the added factor people want to prove people wrong, or show their ex clubs what they are missing. There's plenty of factors involved.

"We've got to go up there and be professional and be together. The hard work that's been coming out lately has been superb - if we can keep that up I'm sure results will follow."

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