Scarborough Football Club Mad
The Scarborough football club was created in 1879 by a team of cricket players. The team played some of its first games in North Marine Road on the cricket ground. Soon after its founding, the football club moved to a nearby Recreation Ground. The Scarborough Football Club, in 1898, then moved a little further to the Athletic Ground which is located in Seamer Road. Since 1898, the team has played their games here. In 1988 the ground got a new name and was known as the McCain Stadium.
In 1887, the Scarborough football team played in England’s national cup for the first time, which is known as the FA Cup. Before becoming a professional team, the club spent a lot of their time playing in the Northern League. In 1927, the team became professionals and joined the Midland League. In the same year, the Scarborough club was able to break many records and became champions of the Midland League. The football club was also able to make it to the third round of the FA Cup, but lost to Grimsby Town with a score of 2-1. When the team reached the third round again in 1937, 11,162 attended the game at the Athletic Ground. The club played against Luton Town and lost in replay after having a draw.
Since their performance in the Midlands League was superb, the Scarborough football club was able to join the Northern Premier League in 1968 and in the 1970’s the team was able to pull off many successful seasons. During the 70’s the club was able to win the FA Trophy three times after beating the Wigan Athletic, Stafford Rangers, and Dagenham. Specifically, the football club was successful in their 1975-1976 season. The team again was able to reach the third round, but lost to Crystal Palace. In the 1977-1978 season, the club was again able to reach the third time, but the success soon ended when the team lost against the Brighton and Hove Albion.
In the 1970s, the team was also able to play in the Anglo-Italian Cup two times. In 1976, the club came out victorious after playing Udinese and Parma in 1978. In the 1976 Anglo-Italian Semiprofessional Tournament, the team lost to the US Lecce, and this ended their tournament games.
After more years of success, the Scarborough football club was picked to join the Alliance Premier League, which today is known as the Football Conference. Throughout their years as part of this league, the club was able to win a few games, but was not as successful as they previously were. In 1987, the club was able to win the Vauxhall Conference, which named them champions and later, was automatically upgraded to be part of the Football League.
During the 1999-2000 season, the club began in the Conference, which was the same league they were apart of and won twelve years before. In the first season the club finished in fourth place and was not promoted. In 2001, the club found itself at the very bottom of the Conference. The team finished 12th in 2001 and 7th the following season. The club continues to stand as an example of massive pride for Scarborough inspiring new up and coming footballers to play within its rank. Good luck in the 2007 – 2007 season!
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