York Nomad Society

The York Nomad Society sometimes referred to as YNS are a football firm linked with York City Football Club who currently play in the National League, which is the lowest nationwide division and the fifth overall in English Football. The firm are known for bringing violence to both Away and Home games up and down the country.

Former York Nomad Society member Terry Exelby was the first fan from England arrested at the 1986 World Cup after climbing into the luggage racks of a plane.


In March 2002 two York City Fans were arrested on suspicion of assault following nasty clashes at an away game against Cheltenham Town.

During a home game against Bury in February 2003 between 30 and 40 fans clashed in York with missiles thrown, the event required police dog units to finally restore some order at the game.

In October 2006 the York Nomad Society famously clashed with Oxford United fans in Oxford where over 100 fans from both fans fought near the Blackbird pub. It was deemed as pre-arranged conflict by reputable news outlet The Oxford Times.


The York Nomad Society was formed in 1981 as different way to travel to away matches for York City supporters.

The York Nomad Society would put on coached that were cheaper and allowed for breaks at local pubs for drinking. Since the 1990s however the group went from just a supporters group to a hooligan firm.


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