Ex. Toffee visits Borough Park

It’s now fifty-one years since Dave Irving became Workington’s highest out going transfer when the Maryport striker signed for Everton in a £28,000 transaction.

Having come through the ranks at Borough Park, Dave matured quickly and was soon scoring regularly in George Aitken’s Fourth Division team.  The England Youth international netted on his Football League debut, heading home Workington’s first goal in a 2-1 win at Cambridge United, fifty-three years ago.

He got his big break in January 1973 when a productive two-month goal-scoring spree culminated in a dream move to Everton, with transfer negotiations completed at Forton Services on the M6.

First team opportunities were limited in his near four years at Everton, first under Harry Catterick and then Billy Bingham, and he subsequently played for Sheffield United, Oldham Athletic and Shamrock Rovers.

The next few chapters of his career were life changing and he represented many American teams as a player, then several more in a coaching capacity.

Dave returned to Borough Park mid-way through the ’78-79 NPL campaign, during the States off-season, with his tally of goals including a hat-trick against Worksop Town. 

Now based in Mississippi, Dave is looking forward to watching the Matlock Town match at Borough Park next Saturday.

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