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Scarborough Athletic Football Club was formed on 25th June 2007 following the liquidation of Scarborough FC. The new club was set up by the Seadog Trust, a group of supporters who originally started the trust with the aim of gaining fan representation on the board of Scarborough FC. However, as a result of the old club’s liquidation, the Seadog Trust moved quickly to ensure a football team continued to represent the town at the highest level possible. On 25th June 2007, Scarborough Athletic were accepted into the NCEL Division 1 for the 2007-2008 season, and an agreement was reached for the club to use Bridlington’s Queensgate stadium as part of a ground share with no suitable stadium able to be used in Scarborough.
The Club appointed the experienced Brian France as manager. the former manager of North Ferriby United brought with him his son Darren as his assistant. Brian started to bring in players for the forthcoming season, favouring a mix of players from his former club, as well as some local players unearthed at an open trial held within days of the club’s formation.
A training game against Edgehill at Hunmanby’s Sands Lane Ground finished 0-0, before the club’s first full fixture – a friendly at Northallerton Town. The match finished 2-2, with Shaun Chadburn taking the honour of the club’s first ever goal.
The team’s first ever League match came in the NCEL Division One at Teversal on August 11th 2007. Boro fans marked the occasion by dressing up in suits to show their status of co-owners of the club through their membership of the Seadog Trust. Dave Thompson entered himself into the history books as he netted the club’s first competitive goal, but a last minute winner saw Teversal claim a 2-1 win.
The team’s first few weeks in existence saw its elimination from several cup competitions, coupled with inconsistent league form. Highlights from the first season included an 8-0 thumping of Borrowash Victoria and the club winning through to the North Riding Senior Cup Semi Final. The club finished the season a respectable 5th.
The 2008-2009 season saw the club claim its first promotion and championship, despite suffering a slow start to the league season. they proceeded on a tremendous run of form.
As well as the league, the club also progressed in the FA Vase, with victories over Birtley, Esh Winning, Sunderland Nissan and Blackstones, before unluckily losing to Bideford in the fourth round.
Promotion was achieved with a 2-1 win at Teversal on March 21st, with the championship secured a week later at home against Brighouse Town. Nearly 800 were in attendance to see the club lift the league trophy after the game against Leeds Carnegie on April 18th. The club still had the chance of a league and cup double, but the side finished the season as beaten finalists in the President's Cup after a 3-2 aggregate loss to Nostell Miners Welfare.
Promotion to the Northern Counties East Premier Division in such convincing fashion meant fans started the new season looking for the club to challenge for a second successive promotion. The season started badly with 2 consecutive defeats. However, the team regrouped and produced a run of 9 successive wins, which saw the team and its fans dreaming of more silverware. However, a 4-3 loss away at Parkgate was the start of a collapse in the team’s away form. the highlight of the season was a 13-0 win against Brodsworth.
2010-11 began with much promise, but a huge blow was suffered when manager Brian France was hit in the face with the ball at Liversedge, and later suffered a brain haemorrhage from the injury sustained. As the weeks went on it was clear Brian was going to be unable to continue, and Paul Olsson took over as manager in November 2010. Results were up and down, and in March Olsson left the club by mutual consent. he was replaced by current boss Rudy Funk.
In the summer he brought in a strong back-room team, with Darren France, who had previously left the club but was now fit to return after the all-clear from cancer. Denny Ingram and James Earl forming a strong coaching team. The playing squad was overhauled, with a new batch of players coming in to compliment those who had stayed from the previous season.
Rudy Funk's first season in charge saw the team have a fairly successful season, but some inconsistent performances saw them always playing catch up to eventual champions Retford United and perennial rivals Bridlington Town, who finished 10 and 11 points ahead respectively.
The 2012-2013 season though will certainly live long in the memory of many Boro fans as they finally clinched the NCEL title and promotion to the Evo Stik Northern Premier League, Funk kept the majority of his squad , but made some very astute signings which included Peter Davidson, Andy Milne, Jimmy Beadle and Paddy Miller, despite early cup exits, Boro suffered only 2 league defeats all season.
Despite this they were pushed all the way by Brighouse Town, who matched them step for step, it all boiled down to a promotion decider between the 2 clubs on a rainy day in April when more than 800 Boro fans travelled to the Dual Seal Stadium, despite a nervous first half, Boro's experience finally paid dividends and a goal apiece from Ryan Blott and Beadle saw them virtually over the line, promotion was achieved the following week with a home victory against Retford United.