Ex-Scarborough skipper ‘gutted’ after Chelsea award stolen

0404106r. Folder 24. Pic Kevin Allen. Grim faces at the end... Ashley Lyth (left) and Scott Kerr (Check).
0404106r. Folder 24. Pic Kevin Allen. Grim faces at the end... Ashley Lyth (left) and Scott Kerr (Check).

When ex-Scarborough FC captain Scott Kerr led his fallen side off the field against Chelsea, he pipped a team of millionaire superstars to be named man of the match.

However, the former skipper has been left “devastated” after burglars stole one of his most prized possessions - the magnum of Champagne he received for picking up the award.

The midfielder, who captained Scarborough FC when they hosted the Premiership giants in the 2004 FA Cup clash, said no amount of money could replace his memento of the game widely regarded as the biggest in the now defunct club’s history.

And the callous thieves have not only robbed him of a treasured memento - they have also deprived him of a chance to share his award with his young son one day.

Kerr said: “There had been loads of occasions over the years when me and my mates had returned home from a night out, and they had all said ‘crack it open’, but I had always said no.

“I had always planned on opening it up to celebrate when my son turned 18, but I won’t have the chance now’, said Mr Kerr, who is now the vice-captain of York City.

The thieves are believed to have hit his Leeds home on the afternoon on Saturday, October 27.

Neither the midfielder or his four-year-old son Finlay were at home at the time, with Scott almost 200 miles away playing for York at Southend.

Besides the bottle, the thieves also stole a wristwatch, cash, golf clubs, a TV and some computer equipment.

Mr Kerr claims that neighbours spotted a car parked outside of his property. However, he doubts that his treasured award will be returned to him.

“I just know some little chavs will open it up and get drunk on it, and it means absolutely nothing to them.

“There are plenty of normal of bottles that they’ve left which mean absolutely nothing, that’s the annoying thing.

“I’m just absolutely gutted about it all.”

He added: “Things like laptops and televisions, they can be replaced - that’s why you have insurance.

“But for something like that - you could give me a thousand pounds for it but it’s not going to make things any easier.”

Over 5,000 fans packed into the McCain Stadium to watch the tie in January 2004.

The all-star Chelsea side featured England internationals Frank Lampard and John Terry, and World Cup winners Marcel Desailly and Emmanuel Petit.

The magnum of Champagne was one of two major souvenirs he kept from the fourth-round tie, with the heroic non-league Scarborough side going down 1-0 to a John Terry header.

“After the game, Frank Lampard gave me his signed shirt, which I thought they had also stolen,’ added Kerr.

Luckily, it turned up in my wardrobe, as they hadn’t looked in there.”

However, he still has fond memories of the game, adding: “You still hear about it from the Scarborough fans, and it means a lot to them, especially with all that they’ve been through.”

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said that they are investigating the burglary.

Enquiries are ongoing and any witnesses or anyone with information should contact PC 2931 Gareth Pervin at North-East Leeds police via 101.