York City set a new club record as they ended a sorry campaign with just seven league victories following a 1-1 draw at Morecambe.
The Minstermen also go down to the National League, having won only one away game all term – an unenviable statistic that had been endured on just one other occasion during the club’s 94-year history in 1966-67.
Under-pressure chief Jackie McNamara has failed to win any of his 17 fixtures on the road since taking charge at the beginning of November and there were renewed calls for his dismissal at the Globe Arena.
In response, the ex-Dundee United chief admitted: “I could have been gone and I owe it to the chairman to get things right, change things and stamp my philosophy on the whole club, not just the first team.”
Having been recalled for the final day, out-of-contract goalkeeper Michael Ingham made a fine first-half save to deny Aaron Wildig after a mistake by Dave Winfield.
Visiting winger Josh Carson went on to blaze wastefully over from eight yards before Luke Summerfield opened the scoring with a low 15-yard shot from James Berrett’s return pass.
But Jamie Devitt crashed in a spectacular 20-yard equaliser off Ingham’s bar to level on 51 minutes.
Carson and Kenny McEvoy went on to squander great opportunities for the visitors, but Ingham also came to his side’s rescue again to deny Wildig and substitute Paul Mullin.
Morecambe: Roche; McGowan, Dugdale (Edwards, 57), Doyle, Molyneux; Goodall (Stockton, 71), Fleming; Devitt, Wildig, Ellison; Miller (Mullin, 71). Unused substitutes: Kieran O’Hara, Bailey, Oliver.
York City: Ingham; Hendrie, Winfield, Bennett, Cameron; McEvoy, Berrett, Summerfield, Carson; Fewster (Oliver, 64), Alessandra. Unused substitutes: Flinders, Ilesanmi, Riordan, Swan, Dixon, Galbraith.
Referee: R Joyce.
Man-of-the-match: Michael Ingham.