The Cumberland Football Association has confirmed that this week’s County Cup ties will be preceded by a minute of applause in memory of their chairman who died suddenly on Sunday.
Fred Conway was probably the best-known figure on the local football scene and very popular within the county and beyond. His passing at the weekend came as a shock to all with many tributes sent to the CFA from grassroots clubs to Carlisle United.
Workington and Windscale will honour Mr Conway’s passing ahead of the Cumberland Cup 2nd Round tie at Borough Park on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Meetings between the two clubs in the Senior Cup have been few and far between over the years but there was a dramatic tie at Borough Park three years ago when Reds won 3-2 in fortunate circumstances.
Nathan Waterston (2) and Millenic Alli scored the Reds’ goals that night but those stats only tell half of the story. Windscale were awarded a last-gasp penalty and, in the same incident, Workington ‘keeper, Lewis Casson, was sent off. Owen Woodburn had the opportunity to level the scores and take the tie into extra time but blasted his spot-kick over the bar giving Reds a reprieve they hardly deserved.
Danny Grainger will shuffle the pack for Reds first fixture in this season’s competition and game time will be given to first team squad members who haven’t featured recently along with some members of the Development Squad. The manager is also hoping to play a trialist in the match against a Windscale team enjoying a decent campaign in the Wearside League.