We take a look at the Minstermen...
After the opening few months of the season, York City fans would have been forgiven for believing survival was the main aim. But a stunning run of form saw them rise up the table over the second half of the campaign, before eventually finishing in 7th, securing a play-off spot. After a 1-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town in the first-leg at Bootham Crescent, they were unable to overturn the scoreline, despite dominating for periods of the away leg.
Former Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington was appointed as manager in March 2013 following the sacking of Gary Mills. A 1-0 win on the final day of the season secured their safety. During his first full season in charge, Worthington led the club to a play-off place, just falling short in the semi-finals. As a player, he spent the majority of his career with Sheffield Wednesday.
THE MEN TO WATCH
Striker Jake Hyde has joined from Barnet, having bagged 12 goals in 27 games for the Bees last season. The 23-year-old had impressed in non-league earning the move.
Anthony Straker is a man Blues fans will know very well. Having made the decision to leave Blues to join the Minstermen, his pace will cause defences problems once again next season, but this time in the red of York.
Michael Coulson signed a new deal with the club this summer after an impressive campaign. After missing the previous season with a serious injury, he returned to score seven goals in 36 appearances.
WHAT’S HAPPENED THIS SUMMER
Jake Hyde, Anthony Straker, Femi Ilesanmi and Jason Mooney have all joined the club, while Michael Coulson has signed a new deal.
Player of the Season last year Lanre Oyebanjo has left to join Crawly Town, while full-back Marvin McCoy has come in from Wycombe to replace him.
Of the previous 45 meetings, Southend United have won 15, with York City winning 17 times. There have been 13 draws, including the 0-0 at Bootham Crescent last season.
Blues won 2-1 at Roots Hall.