Windass fever hits Queensgate

BIG NAME ACQUISITION ... Scarborough Athletic's new signing Dean Windass came off the bench in Boro's 2-0 home NCEL Premier win against Selby Town on Saturday, to the delight of the club's fans
BIG NAME ACQUISITION ... Scarborough Athletic's new signing Dean Windass came off the bench in Boro's 2-0 home NCEL Premier win against Selby Town on Saturday, to the delight of the club's fans

DEAN Windass fever swept across Queensgate on Saturday, and rightly so.

The veteran striker made his long-awaited debut for Scarborough Athletic, and the 35 or so minutes he played will have helped the club no end.

Not only will the former Hull man have sparked a little bit more interest off the field, but his mere presence will have also helped out on the pitch.

I spoke to Boro striker Ryan Blott on Sunday night and he told me that he really enjoyed the whole experience.

Not only did he say that Dean was great to play alongside, but he also added in the dressing room to a team spirit that must be quite high already.

Boss Rudy Funk was buzzing when he rang me to tell me the news on Friday. He revealed that he might even get the chance to learn a thing or two from the former Premier League star himself.

Dean retired from the game three years ago, but if you look at it, he didn’t really pack in altogether.

We see him week in week out talking to Jeff Stelling on Sky’s Soccer Saturday, and he has been turning out for the likes of Sheffield United and Middlesbrough in Masters Football.

Prior to that, Dean was a much-feared striker in the Football League, scoring 200 goals in league matches alone in a career that spanned 19 years.

Bringing all that to a NCEL League club is a huge coup, even if he will only be playing sporadically.

It is great that Dean does actually want to offer his services because a lot of former pros shoot off into the distance and are never seen on a football field again.

Here is a man who has turned out alongside players like Paul Ince and has been played under managers like Neil Warnock. It must give you a boost when one of his pin-point passes meets your feet.

We are not yet sure if Dean will be available for Saturday’s FA Vase clash at Parkgate, but I do know that I won’t be there.

Rudy has already promised me a win in South Yorkshire, so I’ll actually get to see Boro in the FA Vase this season.

Instead of a jaunt to Parkgate I’ll be jetting off to Bolton to cover Danny Price make his pro boxing debut.

I have covered Danny’s boxing and football efforts for a good number of years now and let’s hope that his fighting skills can get the town back on the map, like we hope that Boro will in the future.

The only worry for me is the chance that we may be winging our way across the country a little behind schedule.

That will no doubt be due to the fact that it takes my colleague Daniel Gregory his usual five or six hours to get himself prepared for such an occasion.