Athletic honour for fab four

FOUR legends of local football are to become honorary members of Scarborough Athletic FC.

The club are keen to honour the quartet who, when connected with Scarborough FC, brought the former club huge success.

Jeff Barmby, Colin Appleton, Harry Dunn and Neil Warnock have all said they are delighted to accept the honour.

Barmby was a striker who signed for Boro from Goole Town in 1969. He went on to become a fans favourite, scoring 156 goals in just over 300 matches in an eight- year spell.

His son Nicky became an England international while at Spurs. Jeff is now an electrician and has done work at Premiership club Hull City's KC Stadium, where his son now plays.

Appleton, a left-half, made his Boro debut back in the 1951-52 season as a 16-year-old.

He left Boro to enjoy a successful career at Leicester City - including two FA Cup finals - but came back to Scarborough in the early 70s to take a player-coach role.

His appointment saw the kick-start of the most successful time in the club's history, which included four trips to Wembley. Appleton was player-coach for the FA Trophy win against Wigan Athletic in 1973, and manager of the successul sides of '76 and '77.

The only final he was not involved with was the 4-0 loss against Matlock in 1975, when he was a coach at Grimsby. He also managed at Swansea, Exeter and Hull City, and now lives in Scarborough.

Defender Harry Dunn holds the appearance record for Scarborough FC, having played in more than 900 matches between 1963 and 1983.

Fittingly, 900 fans watched his testimonial against Hull City before he left the club.

He featured in all four Wembley FA Trophy finals, lifting the trophy in the 1976 and 1977 finals as captain.

Neil Warnock will always be known as the manager who took Boro into the Football League in 1987.

He joined Boro from Burton in the summer of 1986 and rebuilt the entire squad, bringing in such players as Steve Richards, Ian Bennyworth, Kevin Blackwell and Stewart Mell.

After leaving Boro during the 1988-89 season he managed Notts County, Torquay, Plymouth, Oldham, Bury, Huddersfield and eventually Sheffield United where he spent seven years, taking them to the Premier League. He is currently manager of Crystal Palace.

Although the honour gives the member no share or voting priveliges, each honorary life member will receive free entry to matches with hospitality, a certificate and, when the club returns to play in Scarborough, and recognition on an engraved plaque in the clubhouse.