Scarborough Athletic F.C.
|Full name||Scarborough Athletic Football Club|
East Riding of Yorkshire
|Capacity||3,000 (740 seated)|
|League||Northern Premier League Division One North|
|2015–16||Northern Premier League Division One North, 20th|
Scarborough Athletic Football Club is an English association football club representing Scarborough, North Yorkshire but currently based in Bridlington. The club are playing the 2016–17 season in the Northern Premier League Division One North, which is in the eighth tier of English football. They play at Queensgate, in Bridlington, a ground which is shared with Bridlington Town. A permanent move to a ground in Scarborough is expected by the summer of 2017. The club was formed on 25 June 2007 following the winding up of Scarborough Football Club.
- 1 Background
- 2 History
- 3 Players
- 4 Managers
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 Performance
- 8 Records
- 9 Reserve team
- 10 U19s team and Youth Development teams
- 11 Supporter activities
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
A covenant existed on the McCain Stadium that restricted its use only to sporting activities. Scarborough failed to convince the Scarborough Borough Council that its proposals to sell the McCain Stadium to a housing developer would raise enough money to pay off the debts and build a new ground. Scarborough were wound up in the High Court with debts of £2.5 million on 20 June 2007, ending its 128-year existence as a club. The Seadog Trust (a supporters' trust established in 2006) then formed Scarborough Athletic to carry forward the spirit of the former club.
Following the liquidation of Scarborough, Scarborough Athletic was founded as a continuation or rebirth of the previous club by a supporters' trust named The Seadog Trust. They took on the same red kit, nickname, motto and official club logo from the original club. The Trust successfully applied for membership of the North Riding County Football Association and the Northern Counties East League on 25 June 2007. Due to the unavailability of any suitable grounds in the town, a ground-sharing agreement was made with Bridlington Town. On 29 June the club appointed former North Ferriby United manager Brian France as their first manager, who brought with him many former Ferriby players.
The NCEL Division One years
For their debut season the club entered the Northern Counties East League Division One (NCEL1). The club's first ever game was a friendly against Edgehill FC on 15 July 2007. The game ended in a goalless draw and was played in Hunmanby, North Yorkshire. Three days later, 20-year-old Shaun Chadburn gained the distinction of scoring the first ever goal for the new club in a 2–2 draw at Northallerton Town. Their first competitive game, a NCEL1 fixture, was away to Teversal on 11 August 2007. The game ended in a 2–1 defeat in front of 427 fans and saw David Thompson score Scarborough Athletic's first ever league goal.
The new club had mixed results early in the season, but on 24 October it was announced the club was to face a 6-point deduction and a £300 fine for fielding ineligible players earlier in the season. This decision was later upheld by the FA and so despite a run of six wins in eight matches, the club found themselves lying in 10th place in early January 2008. A strong end to the season saw the club finish with an unbeaten 12 match league run, securing a 5th-place finish.
After a slow start to the following season, gaining just one point from the opening two league games, Scarborough Athletic then embarked upon a, club record, 27 match unbeaten league run which saw them surge to the top of the table. On 8 November 2008, Ryan Blott scored a club record five goals in a league match at Yorkshire Amateur. By the end of February 2009 the club had moved into a commanding lead at the top of the NCEL1 table and on 21 March 2009, following a 2–1 victory at Teversal, they were guaranteed promotion to the Northern Counties East League Premier Division (NCELP). Three days later the club were confirmed as champions after a 3–0 win at home to Brighouse Town.
The NCEL1 trophy was presented to the team after the final home game of the season, against Leeds Carnegie, on 18 April 2008. A game which ensured they remained unbeaten at home in the league throughout the entire season. The club also reached the 2008–09 Northern Counties East League Presidents Cup final but lost 3–2 on aggregate to Nostell Miners Welfare after drawing the away leg 1–1 and losing the home leg 2–1. The 2008–09 season also saw Scarborough Athletic enter the FA Vase for the first time. They reached the 4th round before losing at Bideford.
The NCEL Premier Division years
The club once again had a slow start to the season, but a long winning streak followed, which took them to the top of the table by the end of September. A series of inconsistent results then followed, mainly away from home, and the club eventually finished the season in fifth place. In November a 'landlords vs tenants' match at Queensgate between Bridlington Town and Scarborough Athletic attracted a division record of 1,082 fans and in April, Athletic hit 13 goals without reply against relegated Brodsworth Welfare – a record for the club and division. This season also saw Scarborough Athletic enter the FA Cup for the first time, although they fell at the first hurdle, losing 2–1 at home to Guisborough Town in the extra-preliminary round.
In preparation for the 2010–11 season, Scarborough Athletic played their first ever game in Scarborough, a friendly against local league side Eastfield St. James. On 24 July Athletic beat Merthyr Town 2–0 to win the inaugural Supporters Direct Shield at the New Bucks Head home of A.F.C. Telford United. The club recorded their first ever victory in the FA Cup after beating Ryton 1–0 in the Extra-Preliminary Round on 14 August 2010. On 21 September, first team coach Paul Olsson was appointed acting manager to cover for Brian France who underwent a lengthy period of hospitalisation following a brain injury. On 19 November Olsson's managerial position was made permanent after it was revealed France would be unlikely to return before the end of his contract. League results were very inconsistent during the season, and on 31 March 2011 it was announced that Olsson had left the club by mutual consent and was replaced by former Teversal, Rainworth Miners Welfare and Shirebrook Town manager, Rudy Funk. The club finished the season in 10th place.
On the first day of the 2011–12 season Scarborough Athletic beat Parkgate at home 4–2 to register the club's first ever opening day victory, followed by a 1–0 victory at Tadcaster Albion. The club's September was largely successful, with the exception of a disappointing 3–0 FA Cup exit to Tadcaster Albion. October was also successful in the league, but the club exited the FA Vase. A tough November saw Athletic pick up their first league draws of the season and their third defeat, but by the end of November they were top of the table – a position which could be attributed to 12 wins from their opening 17 league fixtures. December, however, was hugely disappointing with just 1 point from 4 games. Results improved in the new year but by the end of March Athletic found themselves too far behind the two clubs at the top of the table and, thus, out of promotion contention. On 14 April 2012 Ryan Blott hit 5 goals in a game for the 2nd time, this time against Armthorpe Welfare. A strong finish saw the club finally end the season in, a club best, 3rd position.
The 2012–13 season was very successful for Scarborough Athletic which culminated with the club being crowned Champions of The Northern Counties East League Premier Division. Athletic made a good start to the season losing only one of their opening 14 league games. By the end of September they were sitting in second place, a point behind the leaders in a tightly contested table. Athletic's fine form in the league continued to the end of the year and with the help of a 2–1 Boxing Day victory over their landlords Bridlington Town, they entered 2013 as league leaders. The consistently good run of results continued into the latter half of the season and Athletic eventually went on to record a 26-game unbeaten league run that consisted of 20 wins and six draws and on 30 March a Bridlington Town vs Scarborough Athletic meeting attracted a crowd of 1,569, a new club and divisional record, eclipsing the previous best set by the same fixture three seasons previously. Despite the great form, Athletic were still not sure of promotion until the penultimate week of the season due to the good form of second place Brighouse Town. On 13 April 2013 Athletic visited Brighouse Town for a first vs second place clash which they won 2–0, a result that put them 9 points clear at the top of the table with just two games remaining (Brighouse had four games left to play). The following week Athletic beat Retford United 2–0 at home whilst Brighouse Town could only draw their game and, amidst great scenes of celebration, the league title was Scarborough Athletic's.
The NPL Division One years
Following promotion from the NCELP Scarborough Athletic competed as members of the Northern Premier League with the club entered to play in the Northern Premier League Division One South for the 2013–14 season. The club also entered the FA Trophy for the first time winning through three ties to eventually go out at the 3rd Round Qualifying stage. Boro made a slow start to life in the NPL, with just one win from their first seven matches; however they did reach the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup for the first time. However, from late September onwards results showed a dramatic improvement, and twelve wins from the next fifteen league fixtures lifted Boro into play-off contention by the start of the new year. Results were inconsistent from January onwards and by the end of March Boro were realistically out of the play-off chase & the season ended with the club in 7th place.
Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season Scarborough Athletic were moved laterally from the Northern Premier League Division One South to compete in the Northern Premier League Division One North. The team got off to a good start and at the half-way stage of the season, Boro had won thirteen, drawn one and lost eight games which placed them just outside the play off zone. Once again they reached the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup after replay victories over North Shields (on penalties) and Ashington before bowing out of the competition having lost 1–0 at Curzon Ashton. Early in November Rudy Funk unexpectedly resigned his position as manager to be succeeded by his erstwhile assistants Paul Foot and Bryan Hughes who both took on the role as joint-managers. The team continued their good form into the second half of the season but, with the season coming to an end results dropped off and they eventually ended the campaign in 6th place just two points shy of the play-offs. It was however their highest placed finish since formation. On 6 April a league game against promotion chasing Darlington attracted a crowd of 1,118, the current record home attendance.
The 2015–16 season began in a positive fashion with the team winning their opening four games without conceding a goal. An unexpected drop in form followed and on 23 December both joint-managers left the club by mutual consent. Club captain Matty Bloor took on managerial responsibility for two games until Steve Kittrick was appointed permanent manager on 5 January 2016. Boro finished the season in a very disappointing 20th place (although 12 points clear of the team below them). The club were eliminated from the FA Cup and Trophy at the preliminary round stage of both, the poor league season was partly compensated for by the club reaching the final of the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup
The 2016-17 season had a slow start, and an inconsistent set of results in their first ten games left them in mid-table by the end of September, but by mid-November, a strong sequence of results saw them placed top of the table. For the second season in a row the team exited the FA Cup and FA Trophy in the preliminary round.
- As of 3 December 2016.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
As of 3 December 2016. Only competitive matches are counted.
|Brian France||29 June 2007 – 21 September 2010||143||86||21||36||60.13|
|Paul Olsson||21 September 2010 – 31 March 2011||36||18||5||13||50.00|
|Rudy Funk||31 March 2011 – 3 November 2014||179||94||35||50||52.51|
|Paul Foot and Bryan Hughes||4 November 2014 – 23 December 2015||56||24||11||21||42.86|
|Matty Bloor (Caretaker)||23 December 2015 – 5 January 2016||2||0||0||2||00.00|
|Steve Kittrick||5 January 2016 - Present||50||18||10||22||36.00|
- Northern Counties East League Premier Division
- Champions 2012–13
- Northern Counties East League Division One
- Champions 2008–09
- Northern Premier League Challenge Cup
- Runners-up 2015–16
- Northern Counties East League Presidents Cup
- Runners-up 2008–09
- Supporters Direct Shield
- Winners 2010–11
League and cup history
Average league attendance
Top league goalscorers
||Northern Counties East League Division One||32||18||7||7||80||45||+35||552||5/17||—||—||—|
||Northern Counties East League Division One||36||29||5||2||121||24||+97||92||1/19
||Northern Counties East League Premier Division||38||22||4||12||100||57||+43||70||5/20||EP||—||2|
||Northern Counties East League Premier Division||38||15||9||14||69||61||+8||54||10/20||P||—||3|
||Northern Counties East League Premier Division||38||23||5||10||96||50||+46||74||3/20||1Q||—||1|
||Northern Counties East League Premier Division||42||30||9||3||129||49||+80||99||1/22
||Northern Premier League Division One South||40||18||7||15||73||57||+16||61||7/213||2Q||3Q||—|
||Northern Premier League Division One North4||42||23||6||13||80||61||+19||75||6/22||2Q||1Q||—|
||Northern Premier League Division One North||42||10||8||24||40||64||-24||38||20/22||P||P||—|
||Northern Premier League Division One North||21||11||4||6||38||25||+13||37||1/22||P||P||—|
1: EP = Extra-Preliminary Round, P = Preliminary Round, 1Q = 1st Qualifying Round, 2Q = 2nd Qualifying Round, 3Q = 3rd Qualifying Round
2: 6 points deducted
3: Eastwood Town resigned mid-season, resulting in two expunged victories and a reduction of teams from 22 to 21
4: Moved laterally by the FA from the Northern Premier League Division One South to the Northern Premier League Division One North.
5: Latest table. Updated 19 November 2016
|2009–10||Extra-Preliminary||Lost 1–2 at home to Guisborough Town|
|2010–11||Preliminary||Lost 2–1 at Chester-le-Street Town|
|2011–12||1st Qualifying||Lost 3–0 at Tadcaster Albion|
|2012–13||Extra-Preliminary||Lost 1–0 at Spennymoor Town|
|2013–14||2nd Qualifying||Lost at Penrith FC 4–3 on penalties|
|2014–15||2nd Qualifying||Lost 1–0 at Curzon Ashton|
|2015–16||Preliminary||Lost 2–0 at Consett AFC|
|2016–17||Preliminary||Lost 3–2 at Tadcaster Albion|
|2013–14||3rd Qualifying||Lost 6–0 at AFC Telford United|
|2014–15||1st Qualifying||Lost 0–4 at home to Darlington 1883|
|2015–16||Preliminary||Lost 4-0 at Kendal Town|
|2016–17||Preliminary||Lost 2-0 at Shaw Lane AFC|
|2008–09||4th||Lost 1–0 at Bideford|
|2009–10||2nd||Lost 2–5 at home to Bridlington Town|
|2010–11||3rd||Lost 0–3 at home to Spennymoor|
|2011–12||1st||Lost 2–0 at Parkgate|
|2012–13||1st||Lost 3–2 at Thackley|
- Best FA Cup Performance: 2nd Qualifying Round 2013–14 and 2014–15
- Record Victory: 13–0 over Brodsworth Welfare, 24 April 2010
- Record Home Victory: 13–0 over Brodsworth Welfare, 24 April 2010
- Record Away Victory: 10–0 over Lincoln Moorlands Railway, 15 September 2012
- Record Defeat: 0–6 at Thackley, 16 April 2013 and at AFC Telford United, 16 November 2013
- Record Home Defeat: 2–6 v Barton Town Old Boys, 25 August 2007 and 1–5 v Guisborough Town, 22 November 2011
- Record Away Defeat: 0–6 at Thackley, 16 April 2013 and at AFC Telford United, 16 November 2013
- Record Attendance: 1,118 v Darlington 1883, Northern Premier League Division One North, 6 April 2015
- Longest unbeaten run: (League) 27 games, 23 August 2008 to 14 March 2009
- Longest unbeaten home run: (League) 35 games, 9 February 2008 to 9 February 2010
- Longest unbeaten away run: (League) 13 games, 25 August 2008 to 11 March 2009 and 10 October 2012 to 13 April 2013
- Most games won in a row: (League) 15 games, 25 October 2008 to 7 March 2009
- Most games lost in a row: (League) 9 games, 14 November 2015 to 23 January 2016
- Record Goalscorer: Ryan Blott, 231
- Most Goals in a Season: 42, Ryan Blott, 2008–09.
- Most goals scored in a match by one player: 5, Ryan Blott v Yorkshire Amateur, 8 November 2008 & v Armthorpe Welfare, 14 April 2012
- Most appearances: Ryan Blott, 376 (341 starts and 35 as substitute), 20 October 2007 to 29 April 2016
A reserve team existed from June 2008 until October 2014 when lack of player availability lead to the reserves withdrawing from all competition early in the 2014–15 season. The reserves played in the Humber Premier League and were promoted from the First Division to the Premier Division (as runners up) in the 2012–13 season. Home games were played at Rotsea Lane, Hutton Cranswick, East Riding of Yorkshire, the home of Hutton Cranswick United FC from formation until the end of the 2009–10 season and then from 2010–11 onwards at the Community Sports Club complex in Filey, North Yorkshire.
Reserve team performance (league)
|2008–09||Humber Premier League Division One||24||9||3||12||63||60||3||30||7/13|
|2009–10||Humber Premier League Division One||22||9||2||11||48||70||−22||29||7/12|
|2010–11||Humber Premier League Division One||22||9||4||9||66||45||21||31||6/12|
|2011–12||Humber Premier League Division One||26||10||7||9||62||49||13||37||6/14|
|2012–13||Humber Premier League Division One||30||22||4||4||93||39||54||70||2/16||Promoted as Runners-up|
|2013–14||Humber Premier League Premier Division||28||10||3||15||50||76||−26||33||10/15|
|2014–15||Humber Premier League Premier Division||6||1||0||5||8||18||−10||3||NA||Record Expunged|
Reserve team performance (cups)
|Season||Cup Competition||Round Reached||Notes|
|2008–09||Humber Premier League Cup||2nd Round||Lost 1–3 at home to St Andrews Police Club|
|2009–10||Yorkshire Old Boys Shield||2nd Round||Lost 3–1 at Ealandians FC after Extra Time|
|2009–10||Humber Premier League Cup||2nd Round||Lost 2–0 at Chalk Farm FC|
|2010–11||Yorkshire Old Boys Shield||2nd Round||Lost 1–2 at home to Gildersome Spurs OB|
|2010–11||Humber Premier League Cup||2nd Round||Lost 0–4 at Hall Road Rangers Reserves|
|2011–12||Humber Premier League Cup||1st Round||Lost 2–1 at Hessle United|
|2011–12||Yorkshire Old Boys Shield||1st Round||Lost 3–6 at home to Alwoodley OB|
|2012–13||NRFA Saturday County Cup||1st Round||Lost 4–1 on penalties at University of York FC|
|2012–13||Humber Premier League Cup||Quarter Final||Lost 0–3 at home to Reckitts AFC|
|2012–13||Yorkshire Old Boys Shield||Semi Final||Lost 2–3 at home to Stanningley OB FC|
|2013–14||NRFA Saturday County Cup||1st Round||Lost 3–1 at Stockton Churches Portrack|
|2013–14||NRFA Senior Cup||Preliminary||Lost 5–3 at Dringhouses FC|
|2013–14||Humber Premier League Cup||2nd Round||Lost 0–4 at home to Driffield EI|
U19s team and Youth Development teams
Scarborough Athletic U19s side was formed during the 2010–11 season. The club affiliated the team to the North Riding FA in August 2010, but were unable to enter the side into a league in time to play competitive football for that season although some friendly fixtures were played.
From the 2011–12 season the U19s entered the Northern U19s Alliance League with home fixtures played at the Mill Lane home of Pickering Town. The current U19s manager is Ian Wilson. The 2011–12 season also saw the formation of the U16s and U12s teams, both of whom entered the Hull Boys Sunday League. The Under 16s achieved success in their debut season, winning their league and reaching two cup finals, one of which they won.
For the 2012–13 season, three further youth teams were formed at U18, U14 and U13 level, resulting in six age-group teams in total.
On 4 November 2009 the club launched the Back2Boro scheme which has two main objectives: to raise awareness of the club's lack of a permanent home, and to raise funds to help finance a return home to Scarborough. The club had its own online radio service called "Seadogslive", which provided live match commentaries on selected home fixtures and occasional away games. This service was discontinued in 2010. Scarborough Athletic has an occasionally published fanzine entitled Abandon Chip!, which has been continued from the original club.
In April 2016, the club launched its first ever 'frame' football team, for youngsters with cerebral palsy. Season one, concluded in October 2016.
Relationship with Scarborough Town F.C.
Both Scarborough Town and Scarborough Athletic were formed after the demise of Football League club Scarborough F.C. in 2007. Whilst both teams were run by former supporters of Scarborough F.C., Scarborough Town was based around the former club's Centre of Excellence and selected only players from the local area.
Scarborough Athletic had a reserve side that, in 2011–2012, competed against Scarborough Town in the Humber Premier League Division One. Scarborough Town won both league games by a wide margin, 5–1 and 6–1.
While efforts were made to develop positive links between the two clubs, there was said to be a level of antagonism amongst fans, before Scarborough Town disbanded, in 2013.
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