Director’s rallying cry to Boro fans ahead of home opener

Scarborough Athletic director Geoff Osguthorpe has issued a rallying cry to fans ahead of tonight’s opening home Evo-Stik North fixture of the season against Harrogate Railway at Queensgate, 7.45pm kick-off.

Tuesday, 19th August 2014, 10:22 am

Osguthorpe is hoping that the supporters turn up in numbers as Rudy Funk’s team aim to open their account in the new section after slipping to a 4-1 defeat at Salford City on Saturday, despite having made a promising start to the game.

The treasurer said: “I am really looking forward to the new season and to playing some new sides in the northern section and hope the switch North will help encourage more fans to back us as we really need their support through the home turnstiles this season, starting with tonight’s match.

“Rudy Funk has assembled a good competitive squad which we hope is capable of challenging for this year’s play-offs and will give our fans something to really look forward to this season.

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“The board want to back the manager and provide the strongest footballing budget possible without detriment to the club finances. In order for us to provide a strong competitive squad we will require our average crowds to be in the excess of the 400 mark this season and hope the fans and trust members back us starting with our opener against Harrogate Railway.”

He added: “We are about to report a manageable trading loss for the previous financial year, but cannot repeat that this season. If we cannot change the falling trend in home attendances, then this will impact on this season’s budget and our aim of getting into the play-offs.

“Our commercial team are doing a fantastic job generating revenue from other operations but we are limited to what can be achieved while still playing out in Bridlington

“The fans so far in our journey have been magnificent, and we need them now more than ever as we edge closer to our return home to Weaponness which will help us considerably off the field, moving forward.”

Admission for the game is £9 for adults and £5 for concessions with under-11s admitted free.

The Boro bus to Queensgate costs £3, leaves the train station at 6.30pm, calling at Falsgrave, Seamer and Cayton en route to Queensgate.