Friday, 19 July 2013

13 April 2013 - Brighouse Town v Scarborough Athletic

Saturday 13 April, 2013. The "BIG ONE" at the summit of the Northern Counties East Premier League. Brighouse Town, second in the table, hot on the heels of a Scarborough Athletic who had been on a run of twenty seven consecutive games unbeaten in the League.  Both clubs featured prolific goalscorers, Tom Matthews (Brighouse Town) and Ryan Blott (Scarborough Athletic), who by the season's end had scored seventy-six NCEL goals between them. A record attendance of 1059 at The Dual Seal Stadium, made up by almost 800 supporters from Scarborough braved the cold and sleet on an afternoon where the League wouldn't be won, but the victors would take a giant step towards promotion. 

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Competition : Northern Counties East League : Premier Division
Result : Brighouse Town 0 Scarborough Athletic 2
Attendance : 1059* Record Attendance

*Capacity at The Dual Seal Stadium is given as 1000*

"Boro, Pie & Peas"

Frank Brown
A Scarborough Athletic supporter from Leeds, Previously featured in our Thackley AFC v Scarborough Athletic visit back in January.

The Dual Seal Stadium, filling up as visiting supporters make their presence known.

"Far From The Madding Crowds"
Rudy Funk (Scarborough Athletic Manager) and Darren France (Assistant) talk pre-match tactics.

Brighouse Town v Scarborough Athletic


The Dual Seal Stadium 
Full To Capacity

"Fast Asleep"


"Ladies & Gentlemen"

"Icy Stares From The Tuck Shop"

"You Want Onions .... ?"

"Rain Stops The BBQ"

The Tuck Shop is dead, everyone's watching the match!


Dave Morgan

"Still 0-0 - Half Time Texting"

"We've won, 2-0!"



Brighouse Town 0 Scarborough Athletic 1
Ryan Blott scores his 37th goal of the season. 

Brighouse Town 0 Scarborough Athletic 2
Jimmy Beadle nets "The Seadogs" second and celebrates amongst euphoric Scarborough Athletic supporters. 

Brighouse Town 0 Scarborough Athletic 2
Final Whistle scenes at The Dual Seal Stadium.

The promotion race isn't yet over, four matches and twelve points to play for.

"The Officials"

Players, Back Room Staff and Manager Rudy Funk celebrate with the Scarborough Athletic supporters.

This is how the NCEL Premier League looked after the match.

1 : Scarborough Athletic P 40 Pts 96 GD 79
2 : Brighouse Town : P 38 Pts 87 GD 56

A Brighouse Town victory would have seen them only three points behind and with two games in hand, the importance of the result is evident in the scenes from the photographs above and below.

"Three Points Closer To Promotion"

Scarborough Athletic Chairman, Dave Holland embraces captain, Tony Hackworth as the players, staff and Rudy Funk leave the pitch. 

Chairman & Manager


Special Thanks to Dave Holland and Rudy Funk for giving us access to the Scarborough Athletic changing room for the photographs below.


"Argentina '78 ? No, Brighouse Town, 2013"


Dean Windass & Dave Holland (Scarborough Athletic Chairman)


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