Town call it a day

Scarborough Town news
Scarborough Town news

A host of former Scarborough Town players and managers have expressed their disappointment after the club folded earlier this week .

Town endured a tumultuous season in the Humber Premier Division and the club released a statement this week confirming the news that they will cease to exist.

This is the second time the club have withdrawn their playing side after they quit following the break-up of Mitch Cook’s old squad after planning permission at Pindar School was denied and their squad dispersed.

Former boss Cook was disappointed to hear the news. He said: “This whole thing only underlines how much the town of Scarborough is crying out for football facilities.

“It was originally set up at Pindar School, which would provide a pathway for local youngsters into senior football.

“It was a successful venture as the under-19s won the league twice and a cup, then Town won the Teesside League and the Wearside League.

“We were accepted into the NCEL but then our progress was stopped. Once things like that are stopped then it is difficult to get them going again - that proved to be the case.

“It is a huge shame because there were some good people involved in the club.”

Town secretary Sean Hunter blamed the lack of commitment from some of the players this season. He said: “There was a nucleus of players from last season’s double side who were always available and committed to every game, they were let down by ‘ the better players’, who came in this season, players who weren’t as committed or reliable especially with the local leagues reaching its climax and some of them went pot-hunting.”

Shaun Rennison then took the reins for the club’s first season back in action, winning the league and cup double, before handing over to his assistant boss Derek Exley.

Exley said: “It started really well under Mitch and we tried to take it on when the club reformed after a year out.

“It is a shame because it was a club that gave players the chance to step up.”

Ben Luntley, who played both seasons for Town after they re-formed, said: “This was always going to happen really.

“Apparently the league were going to relegate us anyway and the club couldn’t go anywhere because of the lack of facilities in town.

“We had a good squad last season, but as soon as we had nothing to play for, lads just went back to their local sides.”