Slade’s McCain memories

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0404108q in b/24 24/1 dave kettlewell.'A tale ot two managers Russell Slade and (right) Claudio Ranieri

Russell Slade arrived at Scarborough FC in November 2001.

It was his first permanent managerial appointment.

021633f. Folder 16. Pic Kevin Allen.'Boro v Boston.

021633f. Folder 16. Pic Kevin Allen.'Boro v Boston.

Boro were cast adrift at the bottom of the Nationwide Conference and facing relegation.

Slade led Boro away from the relegation zone in 2001/02 and enjoyed a hugely successful time during his two and a half years in charge.

The highlight of Slade’s time at Boro was probably the FA Cup run in 2003/04 which saw Chelsea visit the McCain Stadium in the fourth round on January 24, 2004.

“Obviously I have got loads of great memories from my time at the McCain stadium.

“The FA Cup games against Southend and Chelse were terrific.

“The stand-out game for me was in 2002 when we played Boston United at the McCain Stadium.

‘‘Boston were the runaway league leaders at the time and we beat them 2-0 that day, it was incredible.

‘‘Gates had dwindled to around 1,000 during that season but we had 2,200 or so people there for that game. We took 39 points from our last 19 games to move away from the relegation zone and it was a great effort by the players to stay in the Conference.

‘’Everytime you drive past the ground and you see it in it’s current state it is really disappointing.

“You just hope that the town pulls together and they get one united team back playing at a competitive level again.’’