Shock at tragedy of club stal­wart, 59

The Scarborough Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL GRE­GORY Daniel.gre­gory@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @mr­daniel­gre­gory

Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic boss Steve Kit­trick has led the tributes to chair­man Dave Hol­land, who trag­i­cally died at 59.

Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic boss Steve Kit­trick has led the tributes to chair­man Dave Hol­land, who trag­i­cally passed away this week.

Hol­land, 59, was ad­mit­ted to in­ten­sive care on Sun­day night af­ter suf­fer­ing a brain haem­or­rhage and the club re­leased a state­ment on Tues­day af­ter­noon con­firm­ing he had passed away.

The club were forced to play their Evo-Stik Divi­sion One North fix­ture against Os­sett Town at Queens­gate only a mat­ter of hours later, with a minute’s si­lence ob­served ahead of the 0-0 draw.

Boss Steve Kit­trick paid an emo­tional tribute to Hol­land af­ter­wards.

He said: “I’m gut­ted for ev­ery­one at the club. He was a mas­sive in­flu­ence on me com­ing here and we’ve lost an ab­so­lute top, top bloke.

“I spoke to him ev­ery sin­gle day. I spoke to him Sun­day and he was look­ing for­ward to Tues­day’s game.

“It’s a very dif­fi­cult time for ev­ery­one.

“My heart goes out to his fam­ily and to Wendy, it’s a very, very sad day.”

Kit­trick was full of praise for Hol­land, who he says will be sorely missed by ev­ery­one at the club.

He added: “You have to re­alise, Dave was on the bus with them and Satur­day, and he in­ter­acted with ev­ery­body.

“Ev­ery game you’d walk off the pitch and he shook ev­ery­body’s hand.

“This club, my­self and ev­ery player has lost a good friend.

“He’s the man that went and put the kit out, washed it and did ev­ery­thing else, he was pas­sion­ate about this club and he had this club at heart.

“We spoke on Satur­day on the bus back from Lan­caster, and he was very posiand tive.

“He’ll be sorely missed I’m gut­ted.”

Kit­trick’s tribute was echoed by one of Boro’s longest­serv­ing play­ers, Matty Bloor.

Bloor said: “It’s been a difchard fi­cult few days.

“In non league ev­ery­body’s in it to­gether, it’s a close-knit group.

“We had a lot of con­tact with­Dave,hewasal­wayspitch­side af­ter ev­ery game, win, lose or draw and he’d shake ev­ery sin­gle player’s hand.

“If you played, didn’t play or were in­jured, he’d have a lot of time for ev­ery­one. It’s been a sad time for the play­ers.

“But ul­ti­mately and more im­por­tantly, our thoughts go out to Dave’s fam­ily.”

Hol­land took over as chair­man in April 2011 af­ter the death of Richard Adam­son, and cur­rent club di­rec­tor Ge­off Osguthorpe paid tribute to the count­less num­ber of hours he ded­i­cated to the club dur­ing his ten­ure.

“I’m stunned and gob­s­macked by the news,” said Osguthorpe.

“He seemed fine on Satur­day and we had a meet­ing Fri­day night too.

“My thoughts go out to Wendy and Dave’s fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time.”

The mes­sage that Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic boss Steve Kit­trick gave to his play­ers be­fore Tues­day night’s EvoStik North clash with Os­sett Town was “Do it for Dave”.

Dave Hol­land, the long-time chair­man of Boro, had sadly passed away just hours be­fore the home fix­ture af­ter a short ill­ness.

This sent shock­waves around the club, but ev­ery­one from play­ers, staff, board and the fans pulled to­gether to make sure the game went ahead and pro­vided a fit­ting tribute to a man who, in his ten­ure, had be­come Mr Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic.

Three points would have been ideal on the night, but Boro’s play­ers still gave their all in a bat­tling goal­less draw against an in-form Os­sett.

The game moved away to a slow start, the first chance ar­riv­ing af­ter 11 min­utes when Os­sett’s Jake El­lam whipped in a vol­ley at the Boro goal, which was held by keeper Joe Green.

Os­sett were given the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to take the lead af­ter 17 min­utes when de­fender Matt Lu­cid blocked Alex Peter­son’s drive on the line with a com­bi­na­tion of body and arm.

Ref­eree Darren Whatling bran­dished a yel­low card for Lu­cid and pointed at the spot, but the ac­ro­bat­ics of Green man­aged to push Ash­ley Jack­son’s kick to safety.

There was lit­tle more to re­port from the open­ing half, apart from a late scuf­fle that re­sulted in a book­ing for for­mer Boro man Steve Ri­d­ley and a great last-gasp chance for Boro.

Matty Turn­bull got his head on a free-kick into the box, but Chris Bolder’s toe was ag­o­nis­ingly short of turn­ing the ball home.

Boro had a use­ful open­ing when the sec­ond half kicked off, with Benny Igiehon burst­ing free, but the big striker lifted his ef­fort over the bar from the edge of the box.

The hosts con­tin­ued the press, Niall Flint see­ing his low drive blocked and then Ja­cob Hazel danced around keeper Leigh Over­ton, but he couldn’t fire home from such an acute an­gle.

The cre­ativ­ity be­gan to van­ish in the clos­ing stages, with only a loop­ing Lu­cid ef­fort caus­ing is­sues.

One thing was clearly ev­i­dent af­ter an emo­tional 90 min­utes, if Boro con­tinue to fight like this then their play­off hopes and chair­man Hol­land’s dreams of pro­mo­tion, are still an achiev­able aim.

Dave Hol­land 1957 - 2017

A minute’s si­lence was im­pec­ca­bly ob­served by fans and play­ers alike fol­low­ing the sud­den death of Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic chair­man Dave Hol­land (above) Pic­tures by Paul Atkin­son

Boro striker Benny Igiehon tries to win the ball back in the 0-0 draw

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