A look through the archives to see what was happening to Reds on 28 March in previous years…………………
Reds should have been playing at Marine today in what would have been a tasty North West encounter at College Road – a 3rd versus 1st encounter.
Well, back in 2005 we were winning at Marine – for the first time ever, in fact. Craig Johnston and Mathew Henney scored the goals in a 2-1 Easter Monday success.
But we haven’t won on this day since losing at Northwich Victoria (1-4) in 2006, Alfreton Town (0-3) in 2009, Buxton (1-2) at home in 2015 and at Blyth Spartans (0-3) at 2016.
The Buxton encounter at Borough Park was ‘notable’ in the sense that it was the first NPL game at Workington to be officiated by a female referee. Helen Byrne had the honour of taking charge on a day when Sam Smith skippered the side for the first time. Unfortunately, and certainly nothing to do with the referee’s performance, we ended up pointless with Gareth Arnison scoring our consolation goal via the spot.
We have to go back to 1932 to find the only hat-trick scorer from a Reds player on this particular day – Billy Charlton’s threesome helping us overcome West Stanley 6-0 in a North Eastern League fixture at Lonsdale Park.
In 1963, our first and only Hungarian player, Johnny Haasz, scored the only goal of the match v. Doncaster Rovers via the penalty spot.