Scarborough Athletic FC will be holding the End of Season Awards Evening from the comfort of your own home on Saturday 2nd May.
We will be celebrating the 2019-20 season, looking back on the rollercoaster of emotions the season brought us. All from the comfort of your own home. The event will be broadcast on facebook and twitter from 7.30pm.
Whilst the season came to an abrupt end, we have a lot to celebrate. The opening of the new Adverset Stand in August 2019, a long awaited and much needed build after some hard work, enhanced the Flamingo Land Stadium with additional seating, shelter, vastly improved sidelines and giving the Community Stadium a new identity when arriving for the first time.
Also, the opening of OneStop in Scarborough Town Centre in October 2019 has provided our club with a sound platform to provide supporters accessibility to make purchases of replica shirts and leisurewear fifteen hours every day! Thank you to Danny and Craig Wilson for their continued support and cooperation in developing the partnership, which has been mutually beneficial to date.
Results on the field were indifferent, a number of 0-0 home draws and two away league wins before Hyde came to town in October, when Boro made the breakthrough home win. The following week, Boro went to Bamber Bridge, with a last minute goal from Ryan Watson sealing the points, which were John Deacey's final points as Manager of Scarborough Athletic. Six consecutive defeats, including another defeat at Atherton in the FA Trophy and a 5-1 home drubbing by Dunston UTS signalled time up for John Deacey after seven months in charge.
The Scarborough Athletic Board of Directors acted quickly to appoint a new manager, however before this, Boro entertained Staithes Athletic in County Cup action at the Flamingo Land Stadium after switching the tie. Dave Merris took charge and Boro were down to the barebones after an injury crisis. Unusually, Goalkeeping Coach Tom Morgan had to be used as a spare striker in the game.
Darren Kelly was appointed manager shortly after this. His first game in charge, just a local Derby fixture with Whitby Town. After winning the game 2-1, the fans adored him. Darren Kelly's Boro went on to discover a new lease of life, playing 17 league games in the new era, winning 10, drawing 2 and losing 5 of those games, whilst progressing to the North Riding Senior Cup Semi-Final with Marske United in a bid to retain the historic Cup.
Scarborough Athletic FC Under-19 endured a tough start to the season, with a younger squad. Boro entered the FA Youth Cup however fell at the first hurdle to Brigg Town. In the league, results were not echoed to the previous season. With a number of games of the season remaining however, it was very possible the league could have been reclaimed. However, this is all immaterial given the current climate, when football becomes secondary.
The season came to a premature end, with the current crisis impacting clubs financially to great severity. A fighting fund was launched and has helped to raise over £21,500 through donations and the virtual games in order to safeguard our community club in the short term. Players and staff came to a resolution on their pay ensuring the survival of Scarborough Athletic FC and our debts were obligated. Still, the only thing that is certain is the uncertainty as to when football may resume and when it is safe to do so, we will all be thirsty. Until then, keep up your amazing support of our club and please stay safe.
We hope you enjoy the Awards, the event is FREE, however atypical to any celebration, you can enjoy a bottle of fizz, however without the headache! You may have had your tea, but who can say no to pie and peas? The 50:50 Draw will take place at the end of the Awards evening. You can buy your tickets here. All proceeds support our club.
A number of awards are up for grabs, nominated by supporters, Darren Kelly and the players themselves. Enjoy the show from the comfort of your own home. Recipients of the awards will also be performing their acceptance speeches from their own homes.