Club eye top derby crowd

31/1/09 Sport'Scarborough v Brid at Silver Royd'Crowds on the balcony watching the game'0905119k
31/1/09 Sport'Scarborough v Brid at Silver Royd'Crowds on the balcony watching the game'0905119k
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SCARBOROUGH RUFC are aiming to topple their attendance record when they play host to Yorkshire One derby rivals Bridlington on Saturday.

Silver Royd brought in well over 1,000 fans when Scarborough hosted Brid in 2009, and there was also a hefty gate when they took on Knottingley in the 1999 National Cup quarter-finals.

31/1/09 Sport'Scarborough v Brid at Silver Royd'The teams run out onto the new pitch for the first time..'0905119a

31/1/09 Sport'Scarborough v Brid at Silver Royd'The teams run out onto the new pitch for the first time..'0905119a

The spice of this derby clash could also prove to be a big draw, and the club are already preparing for a busy afternoon and an attendance that could match a number of Championship sides.

Chief executive Graeme Young said: “We play at level seven of the rugby pyramid, but a normal game for us matches the attendances that teams get in level three.

“When we play in derby fixtures or cup games the crowds always tend to go up because needle brings in the interest.

“We are expecting our biggest crowd of the season against Brid, I would imagine that it would be 750-plus, but you never know it might be higher.

“A couple of years ago we had the floodlit game that was postponed against Brid, then when they came to replay the match the crowd was over 1,000.

“The only other time I can remember that happening was at the old ground, in a game against Knottingley in the National Cup.

“It should be a great game of rugby and a great day out for anybody who fancies an afternoon out.

“We are already stocking up on programmes and food for the afternoon in anticipation of quite a few coming down.”

The RFU have also appointed a level four referee for the fixture instead of a level seven official, due to the derby nature of the clash.

Scarborough will be looking to stun their table-topping rivals, who have only lost two of their 14 fixtures so far this season.