Supporters the key for new man Bolder

Chris Bolder, right, has joined up at Scarborough Athletic with Gary Bradshaw, left, and Paul Foot                                                            Picture: Hull Daily Mail
Chris Bolder, right, has joined up at Scarborough Athletic with Gary Bradshaw, left, and Paul Foot Picture: Hull Daily Mail

The pull of the Scarborough Athletic fans was one of the major reasons that persuaded midfielder Chris Bolder to commit to the club.

Bolder was one of four players to step out of the North Ferriby exit door to join Boro, the others being Paul Foot, Gary Bradshaw and Steve Ridley.

Having played in front of over 30,000 for Grimsby Town in the Championship early in his career, Bolder is looking forward to stepping out in front of Boro’s fanatical fanbase.

“I was in a similar position to the other lads because I had offers from the Conference North, but the size and ambition of Scarborough Athletic was just too much,” said Bolder.

“If you look at the support the club gets, it is frightening.

“I have heard people saying that we could take 400 fans to the friendly at FC Halifax Town, which is unbelievable.

“If we start well and kick on then we could creep up to the 1,000 figure for home games, which would be great for the players.

“FC United have always said that their fans win them points over the season and I believe that is the case.

“When so many people are behind you it really spurs you on.”

With both Bolder’s former club North Ferriby and new side Boro winning promotion, the midfielder feels that there should be enough momentum to hit the ground running in the Evo-Stik South.

He added: “A winning mentality breeds in players. North Ferriby won the Evo-Stik Premier last season and Scarborough won their league so we have to look at hitting the ground running once again.

“If you look at the squad that the manager (Rudy Funk) is putting together, it really bodes well.

“It is all about competition for places. Clubs sometimes have 11 or 12 good players, which is great, but you need a good bench at the same time.

“The passion of Rudy Funk will be another huge factor. He is a great bloke and he is so excited about what is happening at the club.

“We just need to fulfil our potential as players, which we will obviously be desperate to do.”

As many players get older they tend to move further back, but Bolder’s box-to-box style has allowed him to flourish further forward.

“I started out as a defensive midfielder, but I’ve moved further forward in recent seasons,” he added.

“I’m now more of a box-to-box player who chips in with a few goals.

“I scored 18 the other season, so to do that next season would be great. If I can manage to reach double figures then I’ll be happy.”