Leigh sad over Stadium demise

HAPPY DAYS ... for Leigh Walker at Boro
HAPPY DAYS ... for Leigh Walker at Boro

IT was a sad day for former Boro goalkeeper Leigh Walker when he returned to Scarborough last month to see a demolished McCain Stadium.

Walker, 31, was in between the sticks when the Seasiders produced their famous FA Cup run in 2004 which resulted in them losing out 1-0 to Premier League giants Chelsea in the fourth round.

Walker said: “I was back in Scarborough to take my daughter to the Sea Life Centre and I stopped off at the McCain Stadium to see exactly what was going on there and I was shocked to see there was nothing left at all.

“It really hit home just what happened to the club when I saw that and it did leave me feeling sad for some time.

“I had some of my best memories as a footballer at Scarborough, especially the FA Cup run when we played Chelsea.

“It was quite a funny story because their keeper Carlo Cudicini signed my shirt and then my mum put it in the wash.

“It all turned out okay though because they kindly sent me another signed shirt.”

Walker has now retired from the game after spells with the likes of Tamworth, Grantham, Belper and FC Sheffield following his departure from Boro.

He added: “I have got a young daughter and my own business in Sheffield which keeps me very busy.

“I do miss it a bit but I probably could not reach the level I was at again because once you are out of the game a while you tend to get a bit stale.”

Walker now lives in Barnsley but works in Sheffield but he is still close to some of his former Boro team-mates.

He lives in the same property development as former striker Jake Speight and is still best friends with ex-midfielder Tyrone Thompson.

He explained: “Tyrone (Thompson) has been my best mate for a number of years now and I actually brought him to Scarborough.

“We are both Sheffield lads and have know each other years and Jake (Speight) lives above me, but I rarely see him because he is at Wrexham.

“I also still talk to Karl Rose who lives in Barnsley.

“I had a wonderful time at Boro and there were some very good players and staff there.

“The likes of Steve Baker, Matty Redmile, Mark Hotte and and Brian Hodgson the kit man, were all integral parts of the team and Russell Slade was a top manager who has gone on to have a good career.

“I would not change my time with Boro apart from how I left under Neil Redfearn but I will always have fond memories.”