Scarborough: A Football Town Divided

The summer wouldn’t be the summer without a flurry of crises in non-league football, and this year trouble is brewing in Scarborough, a town with more than its fair share of history when it comes to clubs falling into difficulties. Scarborough FC, a Football League club as recently as 1999, were wound up during the summer of 2007 after having been relegated into the Conference North with debts in the region of £2m. From this mess emerged two clubs – Scarborough Athletic, who took a place in the Northern Counties East League, were formed by the club’s supporters trust that summer and play their home matches at nearby Bridlington Town FC, while Scarborough Town, formed by former members of the Scarborough FC Supporters Club, followed them a year later, playing their home matches at the Pindar Leisure Centre in Scarborough. Athletic have been promoted into the Premier Division of the NCEL, whilst Town, who started out as a youth team playing the George Pindar Community Sports College, started a mens team at the start of the 2008/09 season in the Teesside League, swiftly gaining promotion to the Wearside League. Having won back to back promotions, Town sought further promotion and wished to enter the Northern League at Step 6 of the non-league pyramid, but the FA Leagues Committee placed them into Division One of the NCEL instead. One of...

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