On-loan Middlesbrough midfielder Alex Pattison is hoping to create more fond memories of Bootham Crescent following his loan move to York City. The 85-year-old stadium already holds a special place in Pattison’s heart, as the first ground he played at with Boro’s first team.

That was in a pre-season friendly during July 2016 and Pattison played his part in a 6-0 success by teeing up former England striker David Nugent for one of the goals. Now, he is looking forward to being part of a victorious home dressing room, ahead of Saturday’s National League North visit of Blyth Spartans.

“That game was my first experience playing with Middlesbrough’s first team and it went well,” Pattison enthused. “It was a good game and the pitch and stadium are fantastic.

“They’re not National League North standard and I want to win there with York now. Nor does the 20-year-old Championship reserve mind dropping to the sixth tier of the English game, as he seeks his first string of regular senior outings.

“This league is a very good standard and, hopefully, after getting some games under my belt, I can get a League club in January or catch the gaffer’s eye at Middlesbrough,” Pattison reasoned. “I want to play men’s football.”

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