COMING HOME: Tommo looks back

In the first of our Coming Home articles to build up to the opening game on Saturday, we spoke to Scarborough Athletic legend Dave Thompson to talk about his memories of his time at the club, including THAT goal against Teversal back in August 2007.

Scarborough Athletic legend Dave Thompson is thrilled that the club are finally returning to town after ten years in exile.

Former Boro midfielder Tommo, who wrote himself into the history books by scoring in the first league game against Teversal back in 2007/08, is looking forward to attending the opening game against a Sheffield United XI at the new Flamingo Land Stadium on Saturday.

“It’s an amazing facility. The pitch looks fantastic, it’s jaw dropping actually! I’m so pleased for the fans to be back home after so long away.

"It’ll be great for the youngsters of the town to be able to play the junior finals on the main pitch like I used to do at the old ground and to support Scarborough Athletic again."

Tommo made the switch from Pickering Town to join his hometown club Scarborough Athletic when the club started in the NCEL Division One back in 2007/08. It was an easy decision to make and led to some great times in the number 8 shirt of Boro.

"I’ve got some great memories from my time at the club, I wouldn’t change a thing! The fans were amazing, they were always there for the team even with the extra travelling they had to do. Brian was class, a lovely bloke and a great family. He brought the club together and it’s such a shame he won’t be there to see the first game."

The midfielder is best remembered for scoring the first competitive goal for Scarborough Athletic, latching on to a through-ball, drawing the keeper before slotting the ball into the bottom corner to spark wild scenes of celebration among the travelling Boro supporters, dressed in suits to recognise the fans owned status of the club.

“I’ll never forget that first league game against Teversal, with my terrible haircut! To score the first league goal was just unbelievable. It’s one of those goals that stays with you, it means a lot to me and a lot to Scarborough. For a Scarborough lad to do it as well, it was an incredible feeling! The game was boiling, it was a shame to lose it, but it was a great first season with a top group of lads."

Now Tommo is looking forward to the opening Scarborough Athletic game at the new ground on Saturday.

"I’m going down with my dad on Saturday, just like we used to do at the old ground. It’ll be good to see some familiar faces and say hi to everyone again."

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