I CALL IT A DAY FOLLOWING 40 YEARS REPORTING ON SCARBOROUGH RUFC

12 Apr

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THE SHOWGROUND NEWBY – SCARBOROUGH’S HOME UNTIL 2009

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SCARBOROUGH IN ACTION AT SILVER ROYD – THEIR HOME SINCE 2009

Having chronicled the fortunes of Scarborough Rugby Club for just over forty years I’ve decided that tomorrow’s game with Bradford & Bingley will be my penultimate report for the SCARBOROUGH NEWS due partly to health issues.

Starting with a report for the SCARBOROUGH EVENING NEWS on the Scarborough-Thornensians game in February 1979 through to the 34-32 defeat of Percy Park on the 30th of March this year I have had a wonderful time following the ups and downs of the club. That has included three Yorkshire Shield Cup finals one of which we won, two National Intermediate cup semi-finals, both of which we lost and six promotions.

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CAN YOU RECOGNISE ANY OF THE PLAYERS FROM THIS GAME AT NEWBY?

With the inception of league rugby and the COURAGE CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIP in season 1987/1988 Scarborough were placed in Yorkshire Division One. They won their opening league game against Driffield with scrum half Charlie Hopper touching down the winning try for a 10-6 final score. Fortunately for Scarborough the referee was unsighted as Charlie’s attempt to touch down a chip and chase was bounced off the ground. Justice was eventually done and they were relegated at the end of the season.

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SEASON 2008-2009 SKIPTON  VS SCARBOROUGH AT SKIPTON

And it was many years before they regained their Yorkshire One status but Yorkshire Two was won in 1998-1999 and they moved back to Yorkshire One staying there until season 2001/2002 when they were promoted with Hull to North Two East thanks to some superb rugby from the redoubtable Marcus Edwards and his teammates. Many of that side retired and the Seasiders were relegated to Yorkshire One then Two before returning to Yorkshire One from where they were promoted to NORTH ONE EAST last season. There were plenty highs and lows including a record-breaking 3-116 defeat at the hands of tomorrow’s opponents Bradford & Bingley and the club’s record victory; a 125-0 defeat of Wibsey which saw the Bradford-based club drop out of league rugby for a couple of seasons.

 The Scarborough team celebrates victory in last season’s Yorkshire Shield Final

The National knockout cups were great fun over the years and took me to places as far apart as Billericay in Essex to Whitehaven in Cumbria not to mention our game against Derby University when I managed to injure one of our players when he crashed off the pitch and ran into me taking pictures on the running track surrounding it!

During the nineties and early two thousands I also covered Scarborough’s games on radio on YORKSHIRE COAST RADIO and BBC RADIO YORK.

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YORKSHIRE COAST RADIO’S WIRELESS WAGON PLUS MY GRANDCHILDREN

Moving to Silver Royd in 2009 the Scarborough Evening News/ Scarborough News stopped sending a photographer to our games and for five years I was Photographer/reporter and twitter broadcaster for the paper. If they’d given me a broom I could have…………etc etc!

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MARCUS EDWARDS STRETCHES TO SCORE AT NEWBY IN 2001

This is by no means a history of the last forty years at the club and I think that to pick anyone out would be unfair as the demands of rugby today are so much higher than forty years ago as are the skill levels. However I have to say that Marcus Edwards will always stand out in my memory as probably the most complete, skilled and innovative player I’ve reported on in my four decades following the club. Oh yes and don’t forget my all time favourite the redoubtable TOM FISH who is still playing now!

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TOM FISH MUDDIED BUT NOT BLOODIED FOLLOWING THE FINAL GAME AT NEWBY

If required I’ll continue my monthly column for the Scarborough Review and look forward to reporting on the play-off game with Blackburn in the Scarborough News. I will of course continue with this blog and my twitter feed whilst enjoying my rugby with a pint in my hand and among my mates at Silver Royd.

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SCARBOROUGH KNOCKED BLACKBURN OUT OF THE INTERMEDIATE CUP 2015

PICTURE: ANDY STANDING

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COACH SIMON SMITH PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

I’ve had a terrific forty years and I’ve enjoyed every moment, especially the last two seasons under the one and only Simon Smith; nirvana!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Responses to “I CALL IT A DAY FOLLOWING 40 YEARS REPORTING ON SCARBOROUGH RUFC”

  1. Neil Digby April 14, 2019 at 8:36 pm #

    After 40 years reporting for the Scarborough News/Evening News, hopefully the psper will carry on the great work and repitts that you have provided over the years. I’ve been reading your on SRUFC matches for the last 32 years since I came to my first match at Newby in 1988 as a 16 year old. Infact you were one of the first people I met when I came to Newby getting me involved with the club from being on the door collecting match admission to getting me involved playing for the 3rd and occasional 4th team during the 1990’s.

    All the best for the future.

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