Neil Warnock’s fond Boro memories

Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock

Premier League manager Neil Warnock, the man who took Scarborough FC into the football league, says he has ‘‘nothing but fond memories’’ of his time at the Athletic Ground.

Warnock, who is now in charge of Queen’s Park Rangers and manages the likes of Joey Barton and Shaun Wright-Phillips, won the Conference title with Boro in 1987, making them the first team to win automatic promotion to the Football League.

Warnock said: ‘‘What we did at Scarborough is still one of my biggest achievements in football.

“It was an amazing time, never to be forgotten.

“It was brilliant how we all came together to win promotion. We had absolutely no right to win the league, we were a bunch of misfits and most of the players were free-transfers but the camaraderie we had in that group was great.

‘‘I will never forget the celebrations on our open top bus trip after we won the title.

‘‘Football was a different game in those days, we had a fireman (Stuart Mell) playing up front!’’

Warnock took QPR to Wolves on Saturday and the trip evoked memories of his time at Boro.

He added: “Only last week I was talking about Scarborough FC to my QPR lads.

“As our bus pulled up outside Molineux on Saturday, I told them that this was where I managed my first ever game in the football league. A lot of them didn’t even know I had managed Scarborough.’’

Despite the fact that Warnock is now a high profile Premiership manager Scarborough FC is still very close to his heart.

Warnock continued: ‘‘I still follow Scarborough’s progress and I was disappointed to see them get knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend. I keep in touch with a lot of the lads who played for me.

“I owe everything to Scarborough and I really hope that the hardcore group that are keeping the club together can get the club back playing at a decent level again.’’