League allocations 2024-25

There will be plenty of familiar opponents for Workington following the release of the league allocations for next season.

The structure of the Premier Division has panned out very much as expected after the various promotions, relegations and the odd lateral movement.

Hebburn Town

And the mileage will be much the same as last season with Reds set to travel just 128 miles more than they did during the 2023-24 campaign.  There will be three journeys – Basford United, Ilkeston Town and Mickleover – in the 200 plus mileage category but, in contrast, two trips – Hebburn and Lancaster – under 100.

Stockton Town

There will be first time encounters against Hebburn Town and Stockton Town, following their respective elevation from the NPL East Division, so two venues set to welcome Reds for the first time. The season proper will start on 10th August with the fixtures for the new campaign due to be announced in mid July.

OpponentMileagePrevious
Ashton United145Obtained four points from them last term, including a 5-0 home win.  The head-to-head has produced 10 wins for Reds, 13 for Ashton and 5 draws.
Bamber Bridge112‘Brig scored less goals than Reds, conceded more goals than us but finished above us in the table.  Met 14 times previously in the NPL – Reds have won 4 times, Bamber 7 with 3 draws.
Basford United203Finished seven points behind Reds and seven above the drop zone.  In the 4 meetings to date, Basford completed a league double over Reds in ’18-19, we did the same to them last season.
Blyth Spartans102Haven’t won there too often in the league but the Scott Allison inspired 4-3 play-off success eight years ago will live long in the memory.  Bit unlucky to be relegated from National North having amassed 50 points.
FC United of Manchester139Now met four times in NPL with Reds victorious on three occasions including a double last term.  Aggregate attendance for the previous meetings – 7,600!
Gainsborough Trinity184Top eight finish last term and a league double against Reds.  Met 24 times in the NPL, Trinity winning 11 of those, Reds managing 4 wins with 9 matches drawn.
Guiseley125Resumed battle with Guiseley last term and our final day victory was our first against them at Borough Park for twenty-one years.  The NPL head-to-head shows 8 wins for Guiseley, 4 for Reds with 4 draws.
Hebburn Town97The two teams have never met at first team level but will now after Hebburn’s superb title winning campaign in NPL East last term.  Our Youth team once won 13-0 at the Hebburn Sports Ground where admission this term will be one of the cheapest in the Premier Division.  Another welcome trip up the A69!
Hyde United148Enjoyed a good, solid season last term but just missed out on the play-offs. Completed a league double over Reds and knocked us out of the Trophy too.  We have now crossed swords twenty times in the NPL with Hyde winning 12, Reds 4 and 4 finishing all square.
Ilkeston Town204Will be one of the longer trips next-term yet, until last season, Reds had enjoyed plenty of success at the New Manor Ground.  Never lost to them in the NPL until our seventh meeting and have won seven of eight encounters so far.
Lancaster City86Our closest rivals, shortest journey and a long-established fixture since we obtained our very first NPL point against them in 1977!  Took four points from City last term and the overall NPL record now reads: City 12 wins, 11 victories for Reds with 9 draws.
Leek Town167Promoted to NPL Premier after winning the West title by a ten-point margin to resume friendly hostilities which began in the late 80s.  They have a good record in Cumbria, ours is pretty decent in Staffordshire.  We lost our first five games against them but are now unbeaten in the eight, most recent tussles.
Macclesfield156Lost three out of four against the ‘new’ Macc so will be hoping for that elusive first win in the new season.
Matlock Town199Long established opponents whom we have met fifty times in the NPL.  We won the 50th encounter back in February – our 20th in the series.  Town have beaten us 26 times, including eleven successes in Cumbria.  They lost three more matches than us last term, scored five fewer goals yet finished above us in the table!
Mickleover202Known as Mickleover Sports when we met previously, the Derbyshire club rejoin NPL Premier after a lateral movement from the Southern League Premier Central Division.  Reds have emerged winners on 3 occasions, Mickleover have won 4 times with one match in the series drawn.
Morpeth Town102Met for the first time in the NPL last season, losing in the north east but salvaging a point in the return after twice going behind.  Like Reds, they conceded 81 league goals last season!
Prescot Cables143Cables earned their Premier Division place after being promoted from West Division, via the play-offs.  We have met 10 times previously in the NPL, Reds obtaining 6 wins in the series with the other 4 games resulting in a draw.
Stockton108Also promoted last season via the play-offs in East Division and, even then, after a penalty shoot-out.  Never met previously in NPL but our Youth team played there a few years ago in the FA Youth Cup.
Warrington Rylands136Pipped us to the West Division title in 2022 and reached the play-offs last season.  We have lost both away games at Rylands and drew the two matches at Borough Park, so still to taste victory against them.  Lost only one away game last term.
Whitby Town140Both games last season finished all square making it five draws overall in the series.  In the 16 encounters so far, Reds have won 6 times, Whitby have 5 wins to their credit.
Worksop Town176Finished 5th last season and obtained 4 of their 70 points at Reds expense.  The head-to-head shows Town with 19 wins to their credit, Reds have won 15 times and 8 games have resulted in a draw.

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