Local football cup finals could be making a return to the town, The Scarborough News can reveal after discussions with Scarborough RUFC.
The rugby club’s £4million Scalby Road base could be used as a venue for local league finals after their chief executive Graeme Young admitted it would be something the club would look into in the future.
Since the demise of the Athletic Ground on Seamer Road in 2007, Scarborough & District League finals for both Saturday and Sunday leagues have had to be held at Bridlington Town’s Queensgate base, Pickering Town’s Mill Lane ground, or at alternative local league grounds in the Scarborough.
This move would see clubs able to play cup finals under floodlights back in the town.
SRUFC chief executive Young said: “While we wouldn’t be able to host a football match next week, we are certainly open to looking at having one-off, prestige fixtures of other sports at Silver Royd in the future. Of particular interest would be the hosting of an American Football match.
“Realistically we would need to upgrade our existing rugby posts to hinged aluminium sets which would allow for easy removal. This is one of a number of improvements we will consider in due course.
“When the new posts are in place, the major practical obstacle will have been overcome”
“The floodlighting at Silver Royd uses the same lamps as those at Wembley and the lux values are far superior to those used at the old Athletic Ground, where a lot of finals were held.”
The chairman of the Scarborough & District Saturday League, Alan Burnett, has joined a host of local managers and secretaries in backing the possible plans.
Burnett said: “I’d definitely be prepared to go up and meet with the rugby club and see what they’ve got to offer.
“Rugby and football are both played on a grass pitch so I’d go up with an open mind.”
Sunday League secretary Tony Walker would also be willing to hear more. He said: “Factors include cost and accessibility but we’d consider it.
“It’s nice to have finals where there is seating and to have it in town would be a bonus too.”
Edgehill FC secretary and Scarborough & District Saturday League committee member Alec Coulson threw his backing behind the idea.
Coulson said: “I think it would be absolutely brilliant to have cup finals at the rugby club. The facilities are superb, they’ve got a bar, seating, parking and it’s in Scarborough.
“It seems the perfect solution. I used to love going to the Athletic Ground and playing under floodlights.
“We would certainly be up for going to the rugby club.”
Ryedale manager John Reed is also keen on the idea of finals being hosted at Silver Royd.
Reed said: “It sounds like a great idea and I can’t see any reason why we wouldn’t do it.
“It’s not a million miles to get to Scarborough and finals should be there if they can be. It seems a good idea and I hope it can happen.”
Andy Spivey, manager of first division champions West Pier is also backing the plans.
Spivey added: “It doesn’t matter if it’s a rugby club really as long as the facilities are good. It’s in town too which is better.”
Newlands boss Shaun Mancrief added: “It would be a great idea. I’m all for it. Pickering and Bridlington are great but are out of town.”