Scarborough Town fold after tough campaign

Scarborough Town line-up before they sealed the Humber Premier Division One title last season. The club announced yesterday that they have folded.
Scarborough Town line-up before they sealed the Humber Premier Division One title last season. The club announced yesterday that they have folded.
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Scarborough Town Football Club have ceased to exist after a tough season in the Humber Premier Division.

Town officials have held numerous meetings to discuss the future of the club, who struggled to raise a team and lost their manager Derek Exley during the latter stages of the 2012/13 campaign.

The club released the following statement on Monday evening: “It is with great sadness Scarborough Town has announced that the club has withdrawn from the Humber Premier League and will henceforth cease to exist.

“The club points to a number of factors which have influenced this course of events.

“The Humber Premier League is a ‘step seven’ league in the national football pyramid system and all member clubs must fulfil a number of FA requirements. Scarborough Town had already spent a large four-figure sum on updating facilities at its base at the McCain Sports Ground in Eastfield but there were further FA requirements for 2013-14 which the club does not have the finances to implement.

“The poor weather conditions during the current season led to eleven postponements and a large fixture backlog. As the McCain Sports Ground is unavailable after the end of April due to cricket commitments, the club had been forced to make arrangements to play its remaining home games at venues such as Filey, Malton and Bridlington as there is no suitable facility anywhere in Scarborough.

“his was an additional financial commitment which the club could not have foreseen.

“In previous seasons there had been a great deal of interest in the club, and match attendances were regularly in three figures, culminating in a home crowd of 428 when the club clinched the Wearside League championship on 8th May 2010.

“At this point the club were promoted to the Northern Counties East League but were forced to withdraw due to the lack of suitable football facilities anywhere in Scarborough.

“Since then, interest in the club has waned and matches in the Humber Premier League have failed to attract attendances of more than a few dozen.

“The committee, players and spectators are frustrated by the fact that they are in a dead-end situation in the Humber Premier League because, however successful they may have been on the field, the club would be ineligible for promotion to a higher level because of the aforementioned lack of a suitable football venue in the town. The club would in fact have welcomed the opportunity to play at the proposed Weaponness Sports Village if this were to come to fruition, despite a reluctance to play on the proposed artificial surface.

“The club would like to thank its sponsors, advertisers, players and supporters past and present. The club had an extremely successful period of existence, winning three league titles and two league cups since its formation in 2008.

“The club’s rationale was to provide a team playing in the town of Scarborough at the highest level possible. The club hopes that Scarborough Athletic will soon be able to move into town to take over this role and wishes Athletic every success in the future.”

For more reaction from Town’s decision to fold, see Thursday’s Scarborough News.