From the Boardroom: South Shields

Scarborough Athletic Chairman Trevor Bull with his programme column as part of the matchday programme for the South Shields home game on Bank Holiday Monday.

Good afternoon everyone and a warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of South Shields FC to the Flamingo Land Stadium for this afternoon's Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North encounter, we hope you enjoy your day.

Like ourselves our visitors today have spent some time in exile, they are also now "back home". I'm sure like me many of you enjoyed watching them win the FA Vase at Wembley last season and marvelled at the size of their traveling support. They have with them today the largest away support we have ever hosted in our 10 year history. I've heard that many of them enjoy a pie and a pint, so that's good news for our catering partners.

Scarborough and South Shields have shared some great players in their histories. In my early years watching Boro there was always great excitement when we signed someone from South Shields as they had a great track record of providing us with quality players. When Colin Appleton was recruiting a team to take us to Wembley, he targeted a lot of North East players and our FA Trophy winning team in 1973 contained several from our visitors today. In goal was Bert Garrow, who at that time was the largest goalkeeper I'd ever seen, very agile, but none of the opposition ever messed with Bert. In midfield we had Gerry Donoghue who became over the next 9 years a firm favourite of many Boro supporters. He was a tenacious all-action player who played in 3 Wembley finals, made 389 appearances and was player of the year in 1979. Up front was Malcolm Leask, the scorer of our first goal in the FA Trophy final of 1973. He went on to score 41 goals in 118 appearances being our top scorer for both seasons he spent with us.

We have another visit from South Shields to look forward to on the 7th of October when we both start this years journey in the FA Trophy. I'm looking forward to an exciting game today between two teams that are determined in their efforts to get promoted this season. When we next meet in the league on New Years Day up at Mariners Park we will have a good idea how it's going.

Enjoy the game.
"Up the Boro"

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