Hero Quayle plans comeback

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Next year will be the 10th anniversary of one of the biggest goals in Scarborough FC’s history.

The close-range finish by Mark Quayle on Tuesday January 13 2004 booked the club’s path through to the FA Cup’s fourth round where they hosted Premier League giants Chelsea.

A lot has happened in the game since that chilly evening, but Quayle can still remember the pressure then the explosion of joy like it was yesterday.

“I can remember it vividly, it is something I’ll never forget,” said Quayle, who now runs his own property business in Liverpool.

“I had never seen a non-league ground as packed as it was and the whole thing was set up perfectly because the draw to play Chelsea had already been made.

“I have never been as focused in my life as when that ball fell to me, the concentration to put that ball in the net was unbelievable.

“When I hit it I can remember the silence and then the rush of the roar from the crowd.

“It was one of those special moments. League goals were always great, but cup goals, especially that one, were something else.

“It might have been down to the players I shared it with. There are a lot of clichés for moments like that, but they are there for a reason.”

Quayle learned a lot from that moment and also from the rest of a career that spanned 10 clubs and 13 years and he is now looking to put that back into the game.

He said: “I have had a break from the game, but after a while you tend to miss the changing room and football itself.

“I did my UEFA B a while ago and now I’m looking at updating things and moving my qualifications on.

“I’d love the chance to come back into football as a manager or a coach at any level of the game.

“Obviously there are a few options like starting low down at a bigger club or higher up at a lower team, I’ll have to see what comes up.

“I took a lot from my time in the game, especially my time at Scarborough because as well as the joy of the FA Cup run there were a few challenging situations.

“We had the ups and downs of the finances, but we had a fantastic dressing room where everyone wanted to play for each other.

“The possible problem at the time was the fact that we couldn’t get 100 per cent up for every match.

“Obviously in the FA Cup games we were playing on adrenaline, but when it came to playing away at Forest Green under floodlights on a heavy pitch, it was a challenge to pick up your game.

“From my point of view there has to be a deep structure in place that makes sure your players are ready to go before every game.

“It is all about maintaining high standards, which will be something I would be keen to look at if i was given the opportunity to get back into the game.”