By Tony Dewhurst

A goal in each half saw off the threat of Luton Town in the Blue Square Premier Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium in May and returned York City to The Football League after an eight-year absence.

Victory completed a memorable nine days for the Minstermen, in which they won the FA Trophy, had permission granted for a 6,000-seat community stadium and then regained their League status.

Some hat-trick, and one that left Chairman Jason McGill in tears on the Wembley turf.

"Promotion has changed everything - it has put York City back on the map," said Paula Stainton, York City's Community Development Officer.

"It makes me emotional thinking about it, because we all knew how much it would mean to our community programme and the McGill family who have always supported our work in the community.

"The other day a gentleman came in with his grandson and said that he used to come to Bootham Crescent years ago, but had stopped going.

"He just wanted to look inside Bootham Crescent again and afterwards we showed him the community office, the work we were doing there, and before he went he thanked us and said that he felt part of York City again.

"He was at our first game of the season versus Wycombe Wanderers and hopefully we've made that lasting link with him."

If you could bottle up and sell Paula Stainton's enthusiasm and her thirst for hard graft and application, you would make a cool million.

Ably assisted by Football Development Officer Danial Parker and Community Coaches Darren Kelly, Simon Wood, Scott Smith and Mike Revill, she leads by example.

Last season, York's community team visited over 100 primary schools in York, Selby and Rydedale, coaching 15,000 children.

"We've worked incredibly hard over the past three years, building up the community, adding new projects each year," she said.

"We are a fantastic team together - the community coaches are the face of York City in the community.

"They are real heroes to the children, fantastic role models and totally committed to getting the York City message out.

"Before, when we did summer camps and school activities, you didn't see too many of the kids wearing York City shirts.

"Since promotion, though, many of the local children are wearing them. We are seeing a lot more kids at the games, generally getting more involved with York City."

York's community motto is positivity, pride and passion - but most of all they are a family club with a keen sense of community participation.

Paula added: "Promotion has given York City the opportunity to work with The Football League Trust and to be part of the incredible campaigns they run like the npower funded 'Respect' and 'What's your Goal?' programmes.

"That will take us to a new level in terms of what we do in the community because The Football League Trust network is so supportive and we are thrilled to be involved in the work they are doing.

"We've already got our names down for the npower Football League Kids' Cup and Girls' Cup and we are talking to our groundsman about helping us host work placement students for 'What's Your Goal?'"

York's comfortable boardroom charts a rich football history. A photograph of Keith Houchen's last-minute penalty, which provided the winner against Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup on a bone-chilling January day in 1984, takes pride of place.

But even that could be just a memory soon. York plan to leave Bootham Crescent, their home since 1932, for a new stadium - Monks Cross - on the outskirts of the city for the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

"It will make a world of difference to the Community Scheme because it is very difficult to grow the club here because of the location, surrounded by houses," said Paula.

"The Community Scheme spends a fortune on venue hire, so we would make a huge saving by having our own facility to host events.

"The new stadium will incorporate 3G pitches on site and an indoor sports hall. It will be unbelievable really. This is a special time for York City and we are all looking forward to the next chapter."