Bridlington Town - Queensgate
(plus Scarborough FC, Whitby Town & Filey Town)
It's a bit of a cheat this one, as I didn't actually watch a match at Bridlington Town, or any of the other three grounds for that matter. In the Summer of 2001, on a family holiday in Scarborough, I snuck off alone for the day to drop in for a nosey around a selection of the non-league football grounds in the area.
The McCain Stadium in Scarborough itself was first on the list. Back in 2001 it was still a viable football ground, although hosting non-league football; Scarborough FC's 12-year tenure in the English Football League having been terminated following relegation in 1999. The club toiled on until drowning in a sea of debt in 2007. The ground has since been left to decay.
|Panorama of The McCain Stadium, Scarborough in 2001.|
|Panorama of The Turnbull Ground, Whitby Town in 2001.|
Indeed, I fell into converation with one of the groundsmen working at Queensgate who was bemoaning the amount of cash the club had just had to shell out to lay hardstanding, apparently a requirement of the pyramid level the club were either at, or about to move into. His view was the introduction of the football pyramid in England had been a windfall for companies who develop football ground, and precious few other folks.
|Panorama of Queensgate, Bridlington Town in 2001.|
I did not take pics of The Filey Community Sports Club ground, but I do have camcorder footage online of the ground, plus the others above, if you are really keen.