Farewell – The Theatre Of Chips.
It was confirmed on Thursday that the former football ground of Scarborough FC, The McCain Stadium as it was latterly known, is to be levelled and a tender has been released inviting companies to bid for the contract that will seal the fate of the 112 year old ground.
Most realists knew that the ‘Theatre of Chips’ never really stood any chance of hosting football matches once it closed in 2007. But that doesn’t stop the feelings of disappointment by football fans across the town. The way Scarborough FC folded is a still a point of contention with some believing the council could have helped more and others believing the club got itself into its own mess after years of mismanagement. However I’m not going to get into the politics of the situation. What has happened has happened.
But with Scarborough Athletic, the club that rose from the ashes of Scarborough FC, currently playing home games in Bridlington and looking to move back home to Scarborough it is a shame nothing could be done to save the Athletic Ground.
I don’t profess to be Scarborough’s biggest fan. In fact I’m not at all. But I spent many Saturday afternoons paying £3 or £4 to get in and watch Scarborough with my mates as a youngster in the town. Those were the days when Scarborough was a football league club. In fact they almost got out of the old 3rd Division (now League 2) at the right end as they played in the play offs around 1998 against Torquay. Scarborough lost and the rest as they say is history. Scarborough were relegated from the football league for the final time in 1999. Of course I’m sure you’ll be aware Scarborough were the unlucky team who, on the final day of the season, suffered relegation after Carlisle’s goalkeeper, Jimmy Glass, scored a 96th minute goal against Plymouth to save the Cumbrian club from relegation.
From there it was pretty much one struggle after another for Scarborough. The last moment of glory for the club came in the F.A Cup in 2004. After beating Southend United 1-0 in a 3rd round replay (the last match I attended at the ground) Scarborough drew Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea at home in the 4th round. John Terry scored the only goal of the game in front of a packed McCain Stadium.
Where the money from that game went is anyone’s guess but it was meant to give the club financial security for 10 years apparently.
Anyway on hearing the news that the ground is going to cease to exist in the very near future I decided to go and take some photos of the place where many a Saturday afternoon was passed by myself and some friends.
The main entrance, locked forever.
The Main Stand as viewed from ‘The Cow Shed’. This stand is in far the worse condition of them all. The club house to the right has its windows smashed.
The Away End which is in fantastic condition considering the ground has been left to rot for 4 years.
The away turnstiles as viewed from the pitch.
The (in)famous Cow Shed as seen from the Away End.
The Cow Shed – Some of the back of the stand are now missing. It was always the place with the best atmosphere in the ground.
A closer view of the Main Stand. As you can tell from the picture it doesn’t look the best. You used to have to pay an extra pound or two to ‘upgrade’ to a main stand seat!
Believe it or not this is where the players used to emerge from.
One of the dressing rooms. I must admit I’m not sure if this was the home or away one. Maybe someone knows?
The showers, though there are no shower heads anymore! Just some nice tiles ruined by Sanex stickers.
The (sort of) view the players would have seen when entering the field of play.
Back outside and the side of the Main Stand.
A stand that is doomed, yet has little wrong with it. The away end again.
Away End, to the toilets.
The back of the away stand. Lots of cans of beer and aerosols. Not good.
The away end toilets
The Home End from the away end. Olivers Mount in the background.
The Home End and Cow Shed. Where the hardcore would watch the Seadogs from.
Running the line, in front of the Cow Shed.
Looking up towards the VIPs
View from the corner.
The only way in these days.
Back outside the old ‘McCain’ Proud to Support sign above the main gates.
Where all the home support entered the ground.
Home End toilets.
RIP Scarborough FC and the Theatre of Chips.
Posted on October 23, 2010, in Football and tagged athletic ground, cow shed, football ground, mccain, mccain stadium, scarborough, scarborough athletic, scarborough fc, scarborough town, seadogs. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.