Boro chairman Bull's plea for patience ahead of "a difficult season"

Scarborough Athletic chairman Trevor Bull has issued a statement surrounding the club's frustrating fixture issues - with Tuesday night's FA Cup clash now being played behind closed doors and the next two home games being switched to away from home.

Monday, 21st September 2020, 7:50 pm
Updated Monday, 21st September 2020, 7:56 pm
Trevor Bull

Bull's statement said: "We know it’s been frustrating for you waiting for news, however we were in a difficult position in that we were having to reach agreement with at least two other parties for each future match and also had communication restrictions that we had to adhere to.

"We all know it’s going to be a difficult season so we ask you to be patient, and be assured that at all times we will update you as soon as we can.

"So here’s what we do know, firstly the FA Cup game on Tuesday.

"Our stance has always been that we can’t play matches behind closed doors for financial reasons. However with this being an FA Cup tie, both teams do receive some money from the FA win or lose and if we failed to play we would have been eliminated from the cup.

"We are “live streaming” the match via a “Pay per View” channel and selling an online programme along with holding a “virtual” Golden Gamble.

"Not only is this to help generate some of the lost income from the game, but it is also a great chance for our fans to get close to the action.

"With regards to our opening two home league fixtures, we have, following negotiations with the clubs involved and the league, arranged for these fixtures to be reversed.

"We must thank all involved for their support in making this happen in a tight timescale over the weekend. This arrangement will ensure that we will still be scheduled to have our 21 home league fixtures and thereby not not lose any of our budgeted income.

"Tuesday evening will no doubt be a frustrating time for supporters knowing there’s an important match at the stadium and not being allowed to attend.

"Please can we ask everyone not to be tempted to go down to the ground or the “donkey field” to try and see a bit of the game.

"This would have the immediate impact of slowing our return to allowing supporters in the ground. We have an opportunity here to show how much we care for our club and our community by staying away.

"Instead either watch the game online via our pay per view channel or listen to it on Coast & County Radio. Wherever you are we know you’ll be cheering Darren and the boys on.

"Stay safe everyone - Up the Boro."