Scarborough Club Profile
Scarborough's Main Stand. This is the oldest of three seated areas at the
So what is it with all these 'Boro's' in the Conference? There's Nuneaton Borough, Stevenage Borough, Farnborough and, last but not least, Scarborough. Most definitely not least, as Scarborough have traditionally been one of the better non-league clubs in the country and indeed were the first non-league club to earn automatic promotion to the Football League in 1988. Better to draw a discreet veil over their time in the League mind you - a best ever finish of fifth in the Third Division followed by their eventual relegation back to the Conference in 1999 is hardly the stuff of which legends are made. Still, they have at least got to the Football League in the first place so its hardly our place to be too critical...... Apart from their league years however the high points of Scarborough's existence came in the 1970's when in a remarkable run of success the club won the FA Trophy in '73,'76 and '77 and were runners-up in '75.
Actually, thinking about it, Scarborough's eventual relegation back to the Conference was exactly the stuff of which legends are made - but rather more for the manner in which they went down: A journeyman on-loan goalkeeper scoring for Carlisle deep into injury-time against Plymouth on the final day of the season to save the Cumbrians at the expense of the Seadogs, and the name 'Jimmy Glass' was immortalised for ever.... Well, Scarborough fans remember who he is, anyway!
One of the two identical stands behind Scarborough's goals. Away fans don't
get any terracing at the McCain Stadium, and were instead fleeced at a rate which was the highest admission price in the
Conference until Chester came along. Ex-league clubs - dontcha just love 'em? Things have now improved, we hear.
'Are you going to Scarborough fair, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme' - so warbled millionaire songsters Simon and Garfunkel somewhat nonsensically in the 70's, and how present day Seadog fans must wish that their club had even a fraction of the wealth that the harmonically hirsute duo have earned from singing about their town.... All of which is a somewhat laboured way of saying that Scarborough FC are in the financial brown stuff - again!
The Seadog's [what exactly is a Seadog? An alsatian with a lifejacket? - landlubber ed] have lurched from financial crisis to financial crisis ever since their relegation from Division 3 to the Conference three years ago, hardly helped by their penchant for installing, er, 'colourful' chairmen (the present incumbent excepted, naturally), plus insisting on remaining full-time against all common-sense on average gates of around 1,200 - it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that all that is a recipe for financial problems, if not actual insolvency.
No rocket scientists on the Scarborough board, but maybe some escapeologists evidently - last season the club managed to succesfully stave of at least two winding-up orders, including one brought by the inland revenue; and were forced to transfer-list, sell or otherwise release their better players and highest earners, including the likes of forward Steve Brodie and defender Paul Ellender, in an effort to wipe out some of their many debts. Since then some measure of financial stability has returned, but in recent weeks chairman and owner Malcolm Reynolds has been warning that the club's future is dependent on selling their current ground at Seamer Road and re-building elsewhere - the option of last resort for many clubs.
The covered side terracing opposite the main stand. This is the only terraced
area in the McCain Stadium and is for home fans only. This is where you'll hear
most of the noise generated by home supporters - the home end and main stand
tend to be fairly quiet.
Mid-table mediocrity was Scarborough's lot last season, but their eventual 12th place finish was marginally better than the 16th place we predicted for them. If this was being written before the season started like we planned, then if we were being completely honest then we would have predicted much the same outcome for them this term. In the event this is being written some 20 games into the new season and Scarborough are actually doing much better than that - 5th as we speak, top of the form table and looking a very solid outfit. They bought in wisely during the summer, including veteran strikers Keith Scott and Neil Campbell, not to forget our very own former French midfielder Olivier Brassart and it's hard to see them letting their good start to the season go to waste now. Their full-time status will also help them on the pitch at least, even if their bank manager might not like it. Final position: A play-off place.
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We've Met Before ...
Scarborough's Club Emblem. This is one of at least two at the ground. This
one can be seen outside the main gates as you come into the home end of the
|Scarborough : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Scarborough
|25/11/2000||Away||Conf||D||2-2||972||Smith 41, Way 56|
|15/09/2001||Home||Conf||D||2-2||2390||Johnson 47, Giles 77|
|07/12/2002||Away||Conf||L||1-2||1470||El Kholti 41|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Scarborough
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|01/04/2003||Doncaster Rovers||Away||Conf||W||1-0||4155||Sillah 53|
|05/04/2003||Northwich Victoria||Away||Conf||W||2-0||503||Pounder 55, 64|
|12/04/2003||Forest Green Rovers||Home||Conf||W||3-0||1147||Pounder 1, 6, Taylor 50|
|21/04/2003||Nuneaton Borough||Home||Conf||W||4-1||1395||Sillah 21, Gilroy 53, Weatherstone 66, Taylor 86|
Highest League Attendance: 3435, vs Doncaster Rovers, 26/12/2002
Lowest League Attendance: 824, vs Telford United, 01/03/2003
Average League Attendance: 1379
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||1
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||2
||Games Without Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||2
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Draw: ||17
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||17
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||26
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||LLWLWW
|Away Results Sequence: ||WLWWLL
||Overall Results Sequence: ||WWWLWL
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The McCain Stadium,
Telephone Number : 01723 375094
Fax : 01723 366211
Clubcall : 0891 121650
Chairman : Malcolm Reynolds
Press Officer :
Fixtures Secretary : Jade Sprintall
Team Manager : Russell Slade
Capacity : 6408
Covered Terrace :
Record Attendance : 11,130 vs Luton Town, F.A Cup, 1937-38
Nicknames : The Seadogs, The Boro
Midweek Games Played : Tuesdays
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Directions To The Ground
The second painting of Scarborough's Club Emblem. This one is situated on
the side of one of the home end stand, and as such it will be unusual for
any away fans to get the chance to see this.
The ground is situated south of Scarborough town centre on the main York to
Scarborough Road (A64), 0.5 miles south of the town centre on the left (heading North).
If driving, be aware that parking in Seamer road is non-existent, not legally anyway.
The Police advise that you use the Weaponness Valley Road Coach and Car Park which
is in a side road north of the ground. To get there, go northbound past the ground, then
turn right at the traffic lights into Valley Road. This road bends to the right and under
the railway bridge, after which you should turn right into Ashburn Road. It's signposted
in the area as a coach and car park so should be relatively easy to find.
From the car park, you can get a short-cut to the ground, by walking away from the car
park entrance and joining a footpath that runs south and parallel to the rail track. At the
underpass turn right and walk under the tracks, then turn left when you get to Seamer Road.
From the South and West (which lets face it must mean everyone!) leave the A1(M) at York
and take the A64 bypassing York City Centre. Head through the villages of Rillington,
Sherburn and Ganton (all fully furnished with pubs). At the Springwood Oak caravan tour park,
roundabout turn left (towards Scarborough and Seamer, A64). Head over three more roundabouts
and you will find the ground 0.2 miles on the left.
General : Scarborough Central is the nearest station and is just over
one mile from
the football ground and is situated in the town centre. There are some good
pubs to ease the walk from the station though. If taking a bus, you'll find the No.15
runs once every 15 minutes during the day time and once per hour after 6:00pm leaving on
the hour. On the way back you catch a No. 7.
If walking from the station, turn left out of the main station entrance passing the
Victoria Hotel on your right hand side. After 0.5 miles you will reach the Tap and Spile
on your left hand side. Turn left here into Seamer Road and the ground is 0.7 miles
down this road on the right hand side.
From Yeovil : It is not possible to do Yeovil to Scarborough as
a day trip by train. The journey up is feasible on a Saturday morning (with
a 6:17am start!); however, you will not get a train home on the day.
From London : The journey time going up is typically a rapid
3 hours from Kings Cross and changing at York with trains leaving every 30
minutes. Going back, the trains are back to one per hour and a journey time
of 3hrs 45mins with the same change at York. Presumably the line from York is back open. It was closed by a landslip for our visit last year.
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Food & Drink
Club Bar :
Situated inside the ground on the Seamer Road side of the main stand. They allowed visiting supporters admittance to the clubhouse (for 50 pence) last
season. The bar is situated in the home end, so how exactly they enforce segregation at kick-off time is difficult to say. For our visit (post match): all the beer was...... OFF, except for some disgusting lager; coke was........ OFF; lemonade was........ OFF; crisps were......OFF; and they shut the bar down at 5.30, and were enforcing departure at 5.35 by switching the lights....... OFF. Though hardly surprising since they had nothing to sell. Small wonder they are in such a financial mess if that reflects their business acumen.
The away end (the McCain is segregated) has a tiny hole in the wall in the depressing concrete corridor behind the stand that pretends to be a food outlet. Just as with their clubhouse there was little on sale, and it all looked thoroughly unpleasant.
Local Pubs :
Unlike most northern, or southern for that matter, seaside towns where pubs are a soul and palette destroying mix of disco 'fun' pubs, chain
pubs, and naff theme bars, Scarborough has a host of proper boozers. What also stands out is that bar prices are generally designed for the smaller pocket - or
the annual influx of Scottish tourists.
The Scarborough Flyer, the nearest pub to the ground - and about the worst in town. If you are walking from
the station, you'll pass this on your right hand side as you walk down Seamer
Road. If you have already reached the ground, walk towards the town centre,
and it is on your left hand side.
There are several pubs within walking distance of the ground. The nearest is the
Scarborough Flyer on Seamer Road between the football ground and the town centre.
They do Bass there and have a pool table available, and being the nearest is predictably
crowded on match days.
Get further into town and there is a veritable feast that awaits you. The Hole In The Wall (does cider and vegetarian food) in Vernon Road, the Indigo Alley (Taylor Landlord but no food) in North Marine Parade, and the Jolly Roger in Eastborough can all be recommended amongst others. Down on the harbour front the Newcastle Packet and The Lancaster have been recommended to us by locals. Cider Jaaarn may be tempted by the latter as it's run by two Forest Green supporters!
However we won't be looking past the Tap and Spile on the junction of Seamer Road and Falsgrave Road (heading
towards the station). This place is first class. There's an excellent and large range of real ales on tap,
and proper cider to look after us West Country folk! Cheap food in hefty
portions is available at lunchtimes, and there is a non-smoking room where young families
are welcomed. The landlord was of pleasant disposition, as were the locals.
Diagonally opposite the Tap and Spile is the New Tavern which we know very little
about, so visit it and let us know what it is like inside! Moving towards the station on
Falsgrave Road, again on the opposite side to the Tap and Spile, is The Ship Inn
which again has a reputation for dirt cheap food. Its a single roomed pub where again
families are welcome.
The Tap and Spile : Beer, Scrumpy and Cheap Food! Paradise! This pub is
on the junction of the north end of Seamer Road and Falsgrave Road.
More chances to stuff yourself silly come in the form of Raffels which is on
the junction of Belgrave Crescent, on the south (Tap and Spile) side of the road. This is
a more up-market affair with a restaurant-like feel, and is generally a popular place with
tourists as well as football fans. Once again families are welcomed here.
Finally, close to the station, you'll find the Lord Rosebery, a big Wetherspoons
place built on two levels of a Victorian Building, where inside you will find plenty of
real ales, some farmhouse cider, and food served round the clock.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
High, they’re so used to tourists they can probably hold a conversation with a Geordie.
Don’t mention how you’ll always remember that Jimmy Glass goal....
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Local Guesthouses and Hotels
Far too many to list! Go to A1 Tourism's
online guide to Scarborough's many guesthouses and hotels for further information.
Tourist And Other Local Attractions
Scarborough has been immortalised in the enduring folk lyric 'Are you going to Scarborough
Fair?' Should this crop up in conversation during your visit politely reply 'No, I am
going to the football ground.'
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