SPORTS DESK COMMENT: Boro feel the pinch thanks to lengthy exile

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The BBC have gone to town this week on the price of being a football fan - something that sits aptly with the situation in these parts at the moment.

Football’s greatest philospher Eric Cantona once said: “You can change your wife, your politics, your religion, but never, never can you change your favourite football team.”

Never has a truer statement been said, but at the same time it has become nigh on impossible to give your full backing to the club you love.

Many Premier League clubs are now lost causes because they seem to have totally lost touch with the fans who keep them on their quest for the Holy Grail of European football.

Did you know the cheapest ticket to watch Burnley play at Turf Moor is £35?

As you plunge through the levels to the Evo-Stik North and the world of Scarborough Athletic, their plight just underlines the problems of modern day football.

On Coventry City’s exile to Northampton from their Ricoh Arena, they only took 2,750 fans to watch their League One games.

If that is the case with the former FA Cup holders from a city seven times the size of Scarborough, then what chance do Boro have during their exile?

The key for any football fan is the fact that they want to see a winning team.

At this moment in time Boro are winning, having scooped 18 points out of a possible 21 at Queensgate and so they fit perfectly into that criteria.

Despite this, the gates have dipped, and having spoken to finance director Geoff Osguthorpe last week, a budget cut looms.

At the moment there is nothing Boro can do, no matter how you dress it up.

The 40-mile round-trip to Bridlington just looks to be a bridge too far and that is linked with the entry fee of £9.

In stark contrast, I had the pleasure of making a welcome visit to Scarborough Rugby Club last Friday to take in the impressive British and Irish Cup tie between Yorkshire Carnegie and Rotherham Titans.

This was a feat to behold by Scarborough RUFC and it was enjoyed by a huge cross-section of fans, including the hierarchy of Scarborough Borough Council.

The rugby club have worked tremendously hard on their ground and they deserve the huge accolades they receive from the RFU.

Their success only underlines the absence of a football ground in Scarborough - one that could give Boro the chance to flourish.

Lets hope that while the councillors scoffed terrine and drank their wine, a thought was spared for the club peering in from the cold.