Club Profile

First Played: 1999-00

Win Rate: 36% (from 14 games)

Last Updated: 01 July 2022

Manchester has the Theatre of Dreams and Scarborough had the Theatre of Chips. And we didn’t half enjoy our trips to the North Yorkshire seaside. Who doesn’t like to be beside the sea? That line sounds good, actually. Might write it into a song. Need another line to follow it up with, though. And a chorus. And another verse.

Anyway, it’s been a while since we hit up Scabby. It’s a great summer trip.

After relegation from the Football League in 1999, the Seadogs saw their luck deteriorate over the next eight seasons; relegated once again to Conference North in 2006 and then shut down in 2007 with debts reported to be £2.5m. In the 14 times we met them, Boro’ only found ourselves on the losing side once. Draws were quite common though, to be fair.

A new club is now in the process of building back up to where the Seadogs once left off. And, after playing away from the North Yorkshire resort in its first years, that phoenix club is now back home; the first football being played in Scabby for more than a decade.


Scarborough: The Facts

Who are Scarborough?

Formed in 1879, the Seadogs had a long story to tell. But, as ever, we don’t have the time to tell it for you. So, we’re going to stick with the important bits. Funnily enough, it was ‘cos the town’s cricket team needed something to do in the winter that the club came to be.

For the first 100 years-and-a-bit, the Seadogs were a non-league team; starting out in the Northern League and members of the Yorkshire Combination, Yorkshire League, Midland League and North Eastern League over the years. There were even a few titles along the way. Not a lot, but enough to keep the trophy cabinet free from dust.

In 1968, the club were founder members of the Northern Premier League. And it started a nice little spell for the Seadogs. While the 1972-3 league title eluded them, the FA Trophy did not. The pot came back to the Athletic Stadium twice more  (1976 and 1977) too. And, in 1979, they were among the non-league elite who formed the Alliance Premier League.

It capped a slow-burning first 100 years for the club, to be fair. But the first decade of their second century barely past the halfway stage before things stepped up a gear; promotion to the Football League under the leadership of Neil Warnock. In fact, they were the first to be promoted to the League as Conference champions. There’s your quiz answer.

Why do we know Scarborough?

The Seadogs had a 12-year run in the Football League, twice coming close in the playoffs for promotion to the third tier. On the first occasion, they were edged out by Leyton Orient in only their second campaign as a Division Four side. The next time was after the league had now been renamed Division Three; Scabby thrashed by Torquay United in 1997-8.

But then it all went wrong.

From promotion pushers to relegation in the space of a season, goalkeeper Jimmy Glass scored the last-gasp goal for Carlisle United that condemned the Seadogs to rock bottom of the table. And, with it, came relegation to the Conference. It was a return to non-league football for the North Yorkshire side. And it had changed a bit since they’d last been there.

Scarborough: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
Overall 14 5 8 1 23 16 7 23 36%
Home 7 3 3 1 9 5 4 12 43%
Away 7 2 5 0 14 11 3 11 29%
League 14 5 8 1 23 16 7 23 36%
Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a 0%

* league points only

Scarborough: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Saturday 08 April 2006

Saturday 19 November 2005

Saturday 19 February 2005

Saturday 20 November 2004

Tuesday 06 April 2004

Saturday 11 October 2003

Saturday 22 March 2003

Saturday 30 November 2002

Saturday 09 March 2002

Monday 10 September 2001

Saturday 18 November 2000

Saturday 19 August 2000

Saturday 06 November 1999

Saturday 28 August 1999

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