Boro return home after 10 years in exile

Saturday 15 July 2017 will last long in the memories of everyone associated with Scarborough Athletic as the club returned to play back in the town after 10 years in exile.

2,038 supporters packed into the newly named Flamingo Land Stadium to witness the occasion as Steve Kittrick’s side hosted a Sheffield United XI ten years to the day since the club played its first game at Hunmanby after rising from the ashes following the demise of Scarborough FC.

The result of the game, a 4-1 victory for the Blades youngsters, failed to dampen the spirits of the home supporters as they celebrated having football back in Scarborough once again at the new ground forming part of the £15 million Sports Village development.

Gordon Gibb from Flamingo Land was joined by Gary Verity from Welcome to Yorkshire and Club Chairman Trevor Bull to cut the ribbon to officially open the new ground, before the teams emerged to the tune of Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys are Back in Town’ flanked by over 150 players from the clubs junior sides.

A poignant minute’s applause was held before kick-off to remember those who started the journey back in 2007 and are now not around to see the team play back in the town. Boro skipper Dave Merris handed former Scarborough FC legend Harry Dunn a wreath to be placed in their memory at the new facility.

Scarborough-born midfielder Jimmy Beadle had the honour of scoring the first goal for the club at the new ground as he fired into the roof of the net from close range just before half-time.

Fans of the club who have travelled through to Bridlington for the last decade to play ‘home’ games will remember the day for a long time to come, with a sea of red descending down to the new ground along Seamer Road just like they had done years earlier for games at the old Athletic ground.

The last ten years have heralded two promotions whilst in exile, but to be sustainable going forward the club had to return home. Supporters didn’t think it would take ten years to happen, but they can now enjoy seeing the Seadogs showing the potential of the club now it has a place back in the town to call home once again.

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