From the Boardroom: Workington (02/09) and Sheffield FC (05/09)

The latest programme notes from Scarborough Athletic FC Chairman Trevor Bull for the Workington and Sheffield FC matches

Scarborough Athletic 1-0 Workington AFC

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to all involved with Workington AFC to the Flamingo Land Stadium for this afternoon’s Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round game, we hope you enjoy your day.

Today’s game was made possible by our dramatic replay win up at Marske United in the last round. A very late Michael Coulson penalty to equalise and send the tie into extra time, before an even later winner, again from Michael to send the travelling Seadogs home happy and relieved to be in the next round. This means we are officially on an FA Cup run for the first time in years, long may it continue.

Our visitors today have had to wait a long time since their last trip to Scarborough. The last time was almost exactly 11 years ago on the 9th September 2006, when at the McCain Stadium they beat Scarborough FC 1-0 in the Conference North as it was known in those days. We did get our own back later in the season; when we made the long trip to Workington and returned home with a 1-0 win of our own, the goal being scored by a certain Tony Hackworth. Also in the Boro team that day was our very own, very young, Jimmy Beadle.

That of course was the summer that our old club folded and Scarborough Athletic was born. Like Scarborough, Workington’s best FA Cup run saw them reach the 4th Round back in 1934. However as we often talk fondly about the day Chelsea came to town, they have their own special memory. In 1958 they hosted Manchester United in front of 21,000 people. This was only 8 weeks before the ‘Busby Babes’ were involved in the Munich Air Disaster that shocked the football world. One of us will be in the draw on Monday for the next round and more FA Cup glory.

Of course every round won takes teams like us nearer to a potential glamour tie as in each round the teams from higher leagues join in the action. The accompanying prize money and gate receipts wouldn’t go amiss either.

“Up the Boro”

Trevor Bull
Chairman - Scarborough Athletic FC

Scarborough Athletic 5-0 Sheffield FC

Good evening everyone and a warm welcome all involved with Sheffield F.C. to the Flamingo Land Stadium for this Integro League Challenge Cup Preliminary Round game, we hope you enjoy your time with us.

After a very exciting game on Saturday with our 1-0 Emirates FA Cup victory over Workington AFC from the Premier Division of the Evo-Stik League, we’re back in cup action tonight. I believe that our win on Saturday technically makes us “giant killers” for the first time in many years. I’m looking forward to Monday lunchtime when we find out who we’ve got in the next round. This is when the National League North teams come into our draw, so there’ll be some big clubs in there and I’m sure many of you will be hoping for us to be drawn out of the velvet bag with a particular team. If I had a preference, how could I not relish the prospect of playing York City and re-lighting all those memories of games gone by!

Tonight’s match against the oldest football club in the world also brings with it the prospect of a tasty tie in the next round. The winners of tonight’s game will play away to our next door neighbours Whitby Town. So the opportunity of an “East Coast Derby” is there for us to grab.

I have fond memories of visiting Sheffield FC when we played them in the season that the powers that be decided that we were a “Southern club” and placed us in the Evo-Stik South. A very friendly club as I remember it, with the anomaly that the clubhouse was in fact the Coach and Horses pub just outside the ground. This was no problem for the travelling Seadogs due to the excellent range of beers available!

One last thought from me is that tonight, in the space of less than eight weeks, we complete a hat-trick of matches against Sheffield teams. Having been beaten by United and Wednesday in pre-season, I’m hoping that we can break the sequence tonight and march on to Whitby.

“Up the Boro”

Trevor Bull
Chairman - Scarborough Athletic FC 

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