The video at the foot of this blog shows highlights from York City's 4th round FA Cup tie on 23rd January 1971 against a Southampton side that would end up finishing 7th in the old First Division. Southampton won the replay 3-2, before bowing out of the competition following a 1-0 defeat at Liverpool in the 5th round.
The first game against Southampton was memorable for the York faithful, and the season ended with City finishing 4th in the 4th Division, and securing promotion, mainly on the back of an impressive series of home results, with only Oldham Athletic taking the points (it was still the "good old days") away from Bootham Crescent.
However, the reason for attaching the video is because my Mum has recently unearthed some of my old school books, one of which was a diary of sorts, and included this entry from Monday 25th January 1971 - with no alterations to my spelling... I was six, give me a break!!
"On Saturday I played football and I got very dirty and I kept telling Mummy to get the rolled oats to make some biscuits. When I had played football I went in to have tea. I had a biscuit called crunch. On Sunday I watched soccer and it was York City versus Southampton and six six goals were scored. In the second half when Ron Hillyard the goalkeeper had let a goal in number nine of Southampton whos name was Rob Davis scored the second. So it was 2-0 to Southampton then 2-1 3-1 3-2 and last of all a magnifisant header by Paul Aimson got the equliseng goal so it was 3 all and York again have to play Southampton. And I supose that even if Southampton win nobody will forget that day when York drew against Southampton."