Big thanks to the fans

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SCARBOROUGH Athletic’s first-ever boss Brian France was the happiest man in Queensgate yesterday.

A crowd of 414 gathered for a testimonial match for France, who was forced to retire due to a head injury towards the end of last year.

Son Darren, who rejoins the coaching staff at Boro next season as assistant manager, said: “My dad was just overwhelmed by the occasion.

“He really loved every minute of it.

“We can’t thank the club and the fans of Scarborough Athletic enough.

“It was a great turn-out and I know that my dad really enjoyed coming back to see all of the familiar faces.”

Brian’s wife Beryl added: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported Brian, myself and the rest of the family over the past nine months since Brian had his illness.

“Brian has lived and breathed the game forever, and it is now very difficult for him to be away from the game he loves so much and not be involved with Scarborough Athletic.

“It was a job he loved and something I know he misses terribly.

“The overwhelming help and friendship has been wonderful for us, it is great to know that so many people care.”

The Scarborough Old Boys won the game against the Ex-Tigers by a 5-3 scoreline.

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