Rugby Club chief rules out ground-share with Boro

Scarborough Athletic line up at Scarborough RUFC's Silver Royd HQ.
Scarborough Athletic line up at Scarborough RUFC's Silver Royd HQ.

Scarborough RUFC chief executive Graeme Young has ruled out any potential deal for Scarborough Athletic to play at Silver Royd.

Following fresh delays to the proposed Weaponness Project and withering crowds for Boro’s home games at Queensgate, rumours have been rife that the club could switch to a temporary home at Scarborough RUFC’s HQ on Scalby Road until Scarborough Borough Council finally delivers on their promise to bring football back to the town.

But Young has quashed any such rumours, insisting that the club’s primary concern is the welfare of its members and that any ground-share would simply be impractical.

Young said: “I think it will be in the best interests of everyone to see Scarborough Athletic playing football back in the town. Everyone wants to see football played in the town again.

“It’s not realistic (a ground-share), and as far as I’m aware the directors of the football club realise that as well.

“It isn’t that we don’t support the football club, but as a rugby club we have several teams at all age groups, including four senior teams and a veteran teams.

“Therefore the first team pitch is in use every Saturday and Sunday and it wouldn’t be a possibility to play football on there too.

“Midway through the season, while the turf would be acceptable for rugby to be played on it, it wouldn’t be up to the standards required for a football match at that level.

“It is a practical issue. I think it’s important that the wider football community understand that it’s not us simply not wanting to help out, it’s just not practical.

“We hope the football club gets back to town soon and we wish them all the best in their bid to do just that.”

Young insists that while a ground-share won’t be happening, the club will continue to offer Boro the chance to host one-off games at Silver Royd.

“We’re happy to host the one-off pre-season friendlies for the club to have games in the town every year and until the club get a permanent base in the town, we’d be more than happy to continue hosting them.”