Memory test

With the FA Cup dominating the football scene after the Third-Round ties were spread across five days (Thursday to Monday), a little tester for all Reds supporters.

Can you remember the last time Workington featured in the Third Round of the competition – that is the 3rd Round proper not the Third Round Qualifying? 

There has been very little FA Cup glory in recent decades and it is over sixteen years since we set foot in the First Round.  The tie at Bury may have resulted in a 4-1 defeat at Gigg Lane back in 2006, but it was a memorable day for the 500 Reds fans who made the trip yet little did we realise it would be so long before another Cup run would grip the imagination.

Seeing a Reds’ goal featured on Match of the Day that night, for the first and only time, just added to the occasion.

But you have to delve back fifty-three years, 1971 in fact, to learn about Reds’ last involvement in an FA Cup-tie played in January.

Following wins over Scarborough (3-2) and Chesterfield (3-2, in a replay), the 3rd Round draw was something of an anti-climax, after a home tie v. Fourth Division rivals, Brentford, was pulled out of the velvet bag.

The big day came and went and wasn’t actually described as ‘memorable’ with the Londoners emerging 1-0 winners before a Borough Park crowd of 5,953.

It is exactly sixty years since a Workington player scored in the Third Round and that man was Jimmy Moran (featured) who netted our consolation goal in a 4-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers!

The long wait continues.

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