A Brief History
Scarborough FC were formed in 1879 and for most of their history, hopped between divisions in England’s lower leagues, winning the FA Trophy in 1970, beating Wigan and Dagenham on the way to the title. They also enjoyed reasonable success in the FA Cup, reaching the Third Round three times in around 40 years or so, also taking part in the short-lived Anglo-Italian Cup, where they defeated Parma and Udinese in consecutive years. They were one of the founder members of the ‘Alliance Premier League’ otherwise now known as the Vanarama Conference, along with teams such as Yeovil, Barnet and Boston United. Under Neil Warnock, ‘The Seadogs’ were promoted to the Football League in 1987, for the first time.
After achieving relative success in the League Cup, with good runs in the competition in 1989, where they beat Chelsea and in 1993, where they narrowly lost to Arsenal at the McCain Stadium, locally known as ‘The Theatre of Chips’. The club lost out to Torquay in the Division 3 Play-Offs in 1997/98 season, recording their best League finish, however, the next season wasn’t as successful. With the club embroiled in a relegation battle with Carlisle United, which went down to the final day. As Scarborough’s match with Peterborough ended 1-1, fans invaded the pitch in celebration as a Carlisle win at home to Plymouth would be the only result that would take them down. In dramatic scenes at Brunton Park, Carlisle goalkeeper Jimmy Glass wrote his name into football folklore with a stunning last minute winner for The Cumbrians, keeping them in the league and relegating the Seadogs for the first time in their history. After this moment, the club failed to challenge for promotion back to the Football League and with around £2.5m in debts, were wound up in 2007.
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A New Dawn
The new club, Scarborough Athletic were formed in the same year that the old one collapsed, achieving promotion from the Northern Counties East Premier Division in 2012, they currently play in Bridlington due to the lack of an adequate stadium in Scarborough. They finished 20th in the Northern Premier Division One in 2015/16, their lowest finish since their promotion.
My challenge is to bring The Seadogs back up to the Football League on Football Manager 2017. Using the Editor, I have scheduled a move back to Scarborough in the McCain Stadium from 2017, bringing them home and hopefully thrusting success and league football back to the North Yorkshire coast and to the ‘Theatre of Chips’.
The league is looking tight this year, with a lot of strong teams such as Hyde and Ramsbottom United. Despite this, we’ve been predicted a 2nd place finish this year. The media have picked up on big names in the league, such as Andy Bishop, Jonathon Greening, Class of 92 star Gareth Seddon and former York keeper Michael Ingram.
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