Dave Holland - a personal tribute

A few weeks ago Boro supporters were looking forward to an exciting end of season run-in as we chased for honours on three fronts, a promotion play-off push and the latter stages of two cup competitions. Now, none of this matters at all. The tragic death of our chairman Dave Holland has cast a huge shadow over the club, and put into perspective just how unimportant and insignificant football really is, when compared to a human life.

I can't claim to have been a close friend of Dave, but I did get to know him quite well over the course of the past six years or so since he took over as club chairman, following the earlier passing of our former chairman Richard Adamson in 2011. Dave always struck me as a very nice guy -  genuine and caring, with a real passion for doing his best to help get Scarborough Athletic back home to Scarborough, to end our ten long years in exile down the coast in Bridlington. I didn't always agree with him, but I always respected him, and I thought he did an amazing job as club chairman, in very difficult and trying circumstances.

Unlike a lot of other club chairman, Dave always mingled with supporters at matches, and, whether home or away, he was always available to talk to fans, answer questions and explain decisions. He never forgot that, first and foremost, he was just like the rest of us, a supporter of the club. One of my happiest memories of being in his company, was behind the goal at last season's League Cup final against Marine at Farsley Celtic,  after we had just taken the lead, and the Boro fans were jumping about with joy. Dave looked around at the scenes of jubililation, and said to me, "This is what our club means to people, this is why it's so special".

Not only was Dave a genuine supporter, he was also a wonderful ambassador for the football club. He projected a good image of the club, not just in his meetings with fellow football supporters and directors and officials of opposing clubs, but also in his dealings with Scarborough Borough Council in negotiations to bring the club back home to Scarborough next season. More than all that though, he was a good, decent person who was always polite, courteous and dignified. He was the same age as me, and whenever we met he always took the trouble to ask about my health. I thought very highly of him, and like many other people, I am absolutely devastated at his death.

Rest in Peace Dave, you will never be forgotten.

Steve Adamson


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