They think it’s all over for ‘The Shed’ ... It is now!

The 'shed' is now gone, taking just one hour to demolish.    Pictures by Andrew Higgins  113847a
The 'shed' is now gone, taking just one hour to demolish. Pictures by Andrew Higgins 113847a

DECADES of sporting history has become a pile of rubble with the demolition of the Shed stand at the former McCain Stadium.

Traditionally in years gone by it was the place for die-hard Scarborough FC fans to gather to shout at the opposition.

The work is part of a project to demolish the venue with two of the stands rebuilt at the ground of Featherstone Rovers RLFC.

Paul Coventry, a former Featherstone Rovers player and current project officer, said that The Shed was similar to a stand at his home ground. He added: “It was called the Bullock Stand. That’s where I used to get most of the abuse from.”

He said that demolition work was progressing well. He said: “The main stand will be the next item that goes and then it’ll be the demolition of the clubhouse.”

Mr Coventry said that they were also carrying out preparatory work for the other two remaining stands which will be dismantled in a couple of weeks.

The once-proud ground, which has hosted football superstars such as Frank Lampard and John Terry, has fallen into a state of disrepair and been subjected to regular vandalism since Scarborough FC went out of business in 2007.

The work started on Monday, just days after Scarborough councillors approved the method of demolition at the derelict stadium in Seamer Road. It is expected to take four weeks to complete.

It could be as long as 12 months before the stands are rebuilt at the West Yorkshire ground, which was originally built in the 1920s, because the club still needs to submit a planning application for the work.

The Seamer Road site had been targeted by trespassers who were breaking into the site to dig up old bottles.