Graham Potter makes Boro return

Former Scarborough Football Club attacker Graham Potter made a celebrated return to the town this week.

Potter was not here to offer his services to Boro's strike-force, but instead he opted to return to his former stamping ground to celebrate his 70th birthday.

While Potter, who turned out for Boro in the 1960s and 1970s, prepared for dinner at the Golden Grid on Scarborough's seafront, Boro chairman Trevor Bull sneaked in to present him with a shirt and chat about old times.

A delighted Potter said: "It is my 70th birthday and I have lot of grandchildren to celebrate with. I was asked where I wanted to go and Scarborough drew me back.

"We live a number of miles away in Brighton, so there were a few places that I could have gone, but I wanted to come back to Scarborough. We are spending a week in Filey and having lunch at the Golden Grid because my father used to like to come here."

Potter has a number of highlights from his time at Boro, but one night at the Athletic Ground stands out for him.

He added: "There were plenty of great memories of my time at Scarborough.

"I was here for two or three years, but the highlight football-wise would have actually been a game that we lost. We played Macclesfield in the quarter-final of the FA Trophy before Scarborough had their rich vein in the competition a few years later.

"There were about 5,000 people at the game. We were 2-1 with a minute to go and they scored a scrambled goal. Then Colin Appleton, who was the best player you ever played with, mis-kicked, which was so unlike him, and they won the game.

"It was a defeat, but what a game of football to be involved in.

"I then became ill, so I couldn't play for a time, and I decided to leave to follow my dream of being an architect in London.

"After that Scarborough won the Trophy a few times at Wembley and I was actually there for the game against Wigan, which was great to see.

"You always think though that I could have been out there. But never mind, I had great times and made some great friends.

"I'll be up again soon hopefully to see some of the old boys."

Potter has been staying in touch with how Scarborough Athletic have been getting on as a fan from afar.

"It was such a shame what happened to the old club and the old ground, it was horrible," he added.

"When I was there the club was run really well, they were buying players for good money and they were right up there in non-league football.

"It is great to see that Scarborough Athletic are pushing on now, I follow them on-line and I really want to come up and watch them in action.

"It was great to meet the club's chairman Trevor and have a chat about old times with him."


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