There’s Only One Arthur Bottom was first published as an almost-daily email newsletter in July 1997 and has been distributed continuously since.
Subscriber numbers peaked at more than 1,100 when the club’s future was threatened by potential closure in 2001 but typically, more than 800 subscribers, living in more than 30 countries, receive current issues.
Editor Josh Easby started the newsletter from New Zealand (where he lives today) but has variously produced and distributed it from the United Kingdom, Australia and (briefly) Italy.
Over the years, TOOAB subscribers have variously supported the club in many different ways, using the newsletter at times to share ideas that have helped the club and to raise money which has been used to buy much-needed equipment (for the physio room), sponsor members of the youth team and to sponsor senior players’ kit.
Subscribers (who often call themselves ‘Arthurites’) sometimes meet for pre-match/post-match drinks and have arranged functions together.
The opinions expressed in There’s Only One Arthur Bottom do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher, nor is this newsletter endorsed in any way by York City Football Club.
Wherever possible, the contributions by subscribers are published unaltered. However, submissions will be rejected or amended if they are potentially defamatory or contain language likely to offend other subscribers.
Unless good reasons are given, anonymous submissions are rejected. The publisher reserves the right to reproduce contributions to this newsletter on any website associated with the newsletter.