How nutty Nige saw off the Seadogs

You get to go to some weird, wonderful and woeful (T********) places following the Arsenal. But I put Scarborough firmly in the wonderful bracket. More for the experience than the place itself (can a club ever have had a better nickname than the Seadogs?). Alas, the club went out of business three years ago and I have just read that the demolition of Scarborough’s Athletic Ground is imminent.
Me and Brad went up there – before it was renamed the McCain Stadium – for a League Cup game during the 1992–93 season and managed to persuade the box office wallahs that we were mates of Tony Adams and that the seats put by in his name were indeed for us. I have always felt slightly guilty about this and often wondered how TA’s pals got in that night.
The game wasn’t a classic but was memorable because of the fog. Or sea mist. Whatever it was it enveloped the ground so we, sitting in the main stand, could only see half of the pitch. So when nutty Nige hit a 30-yard screamer to give us a 1-0 win, half of us saw it thunderously fly from his boot and the other half saw it go in. We cheered the goal in stages that night.
I think that was the season we went on to win the League Cup and FA Cup (both against Sheff Wed) so it seems to fit nicely that AW has said we are going for all thr trophies this season. We expect a strong outfit up in Geordieland next week then, boss!
Nothing like a cup tie at a lower league ground and amongst my favourite trips away in this category are Hartlepool, Hereford, Grimsby, Yeovil and Cardiff, while York and Wrexham are memorable for all the wrong reasons of course.

LOGIN to Comment
LOGIN to Comment