Andy McMillan has admitted it will be an “emotional day” as he plots the downfall of his old club York City tomorrow.

Only 1960s stalwart Barry Jackson has played more times at Bootham Crescent than McMillan, whose 492 appearances included the club’s only win at the old Wembley stadium, as well as famous League Cup victories against Manchester United and Everton.

But the South African-born 49-year-old, who was a fans’ favourite throughout the 1990s and later took charge of the academy, will take his place in the visitors’ dugout for this weekend’s National League North clash against part-timers Alfreton Town, where he is now assistant manager.

On that prospect, McMillan confessed: “It will be a bit strange turning left instead of right and I’m expecting it to be an emotional day. I’m going back in a first-team capacity and I’ve wanted to work with senior players for a long time.

“A lot of York fans have been in touch with me since I went to Alfreton wishing me all the best and I’m looking forward to, hopefully, coming back and putting on a good show. I’d never want York to lose in any other circumstances, but you have to be professional and we’ve got to try and get something out of the game.”

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