This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn the
No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
City slicker: Paul Barnes was the scourge of Manchester United. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Here blogger Max Benson, of yorkcityfc.com, selects York's
five best No9s… and one to forget!
5. Paul Barnes
A pain in the neck for defences and referees alike, Barnes was
pivotal to City's 1993 play-off-winning side. More famously, he
scored twice at Old Trafford in 1995 as the Minstermen humiliated
Manchester United 3-0 in the League Cup. His innate scoring ability
was craved by managers and Barnes had spells with Birmingham and
Burnley before helping Doncaster back into the league aged 35.
4. Alf Patrick
Who doesn't love a local hero? York born and bred, Patrick was the
first City player to reach 100 goals and the five he scored in a
6-1 win over Rotherham remains the most in a game for the club.
Turning down overtures from Sheffield United and West Ham along the
way, he will be remembered as one of the Minstermen's most loyal
3. Paul Aimson (1964-66 &
Regarded more highly by supporters than he ever realised, Aimson
fired the Minstermen into the old Third Division after signing from
Manchester City in the summer of 1964. He repeated that
debut-season tally of 26 goals in 1971, again leading City into the
third tier. As complete a forward as you could find outside the top
2. Keith Walwyn
Universally adored at Bootham Crescent, 'Big Keith' scared the
living daylights out of opposition defences for six years in the
1980s. A bulldozer of a forward with a heart of gold, he remains
the club's second most prolific scorer with 140 goals in 291 games.
Signed for £4,000 from Chesterfield in 1981, he forged an
unforgettable partnership with John Byrne.
1. Norman Wilkinson
Where to start? The youngest member of the Happy Wanderers side
that reached an FA Cup semi-final replay against Newcastle in 1955,
Wilkinson remains City's leading scorer of all-time with 143 goals
over 12 years of unmatched service. A proper club man if ever there
was one, his achievements with the Minstermen may never be
And the worst...
Not technically a No9 with the advent of squad numbers, Rogério is
still impossible to ignore. A chilling reminder of City's darkest
days under a delusional, asset-stripping owner - the Brazilian was
part of a laughable plan for the club to raid South America for
'talent'. A handful of substitute appearances, no goals and an
inability to speak English made for an embarrassing six months at
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