Martin Dowey’s column: Thank you for being a top boss

Brian France gets a standing ovation at his testimonial game
Brian France gets a standing ovation at his testimonial game

Being a sports reporter is made an awful lot easier by working with good people.

Scarborough Athletic’s first manager Brian France definitely slotted into that category.

From the first time I spoke to Brian on the day he took over the club, to his sad departure in 2010, Brian wasn’t just another manager, he was a mate.

You could have a 50 minute conversation over the phone about team news, but only about five paragraphs were printable.

Much of the talking would be about my family and the game of football. You could ask him anything (within reason) and he would have an answer for you.

I can imagine he was great to play for as well. Although I wasn’t a member of his playing squad, he would help out with any problems I had.

When my dad passed away he took me aside and made sure I was okay, which at the time I really appreciated and needed.

He wasn’t just a nice guy though, he was a good manager.

When Brian and Darren took over the reins in July 2007 they had nothing.

They had no team, apart from Ryan Davies, who they plucked from a trials session.

Brian brought together a side that would bag the NCEL division one title and also pushed on in the FA Vase.

He was responsible for hauling Scarborough football back up after the depression of losing Scarborough FC in 2007. For that I and a great number of other people would like to thank him.

I’m sure he would have still been manager now, but for the horrible accident at Liversedge.

Brian will be sadly missed in the game. If you asked anyone about him they always had an anecdote.

I and everyone at the Scarborough News send their deepest condolences to Brian’s family at this sad time.