Scarborough Athletic chairman Trevor Bull has described their return to their hometown as “a truly remarkable occasion”.
Saturday saw the Seadogs open their new Flamingo Land Stadium home and play their first game in Scarborough for ten years in a 4-1 defeat against a Sheffield United XI.
A crowd of over 2,000 witnessed the historic match, with Seadogs midfielder Jimmy Beadle becoming the first Scarborough player to score for the club in their new home with a close-range finish just before half time.
It was an emotional occasion too, with a minutes applause taking place prior to kick off as the club remember several key figures that began their journey home back in 2007, although were no longer around to celebrate the end of that journey.
The defeat was irrelavant, with the game bringing an end to supporters travelling to Bridlington for “home” games.
And two days after the game Bull reflected on a historic day for the club.
He said “We would like to thank all our volunteers, supporters and everyone involved on Saturday for the part you played in making our first match back home a truly memorable occasion. It will take a few games for us all to learn how our new home works, so thank you for your patience and adherence to the guidance given by our stewards, who were also experiencing the ground for the first time”
Seadogs boss Steve Kittrick thanked the club’s supporters for helping them return to Scarborough and admitted that he is hoping to celebrate their new home by securing promotion into the Evo-Stik League’s top tier.
“It’s been all about the occasion of playing back home, I’ve got to say thank you to all the supporters who came along to see our first game back in town to support us.
“Our aim is to get out of this league this year and we’ll be putting the hard work in before the season starts to try and make that possible by the end of April 2018. We’ve set ourselves the target of going up and the pressure is on because we’ll have the expectations of a big home support this season but there’s no reason why we can’t be right up there.”
Scarborough Athletic’s next home game is against former landlords Bridlington Town in the Dave Holland Trophy on Tuesday night.
Their first competitive game at their new home coming on Saturday 12th August against Hyde United.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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