On this day – 10 December

A look through the diaries to see what was happening to Reds on the 10th December in previous years………..

Six – nil home wins don’t come along too often except in 1988.

Our 6-0 victory over Harrogate Town on this day thirty two years ago was the second successive home match that we had netted half a dozen of the best!

Mick Heaton’s first game in charge produced a 6-1 success over Winsford United then, in his third match and second at Borough Park, Reds did it again.

Harrogate probably didn’t deserve such a thrashing and, with just the one goal in the opening forty five minutes, there was no hint of what was to come after the interval.

Gary Messenger (featured image) certainly enjoyed the afternoon helping himself to a hat-trick then seeing a fourth attempt rattle the crossbar.  Bob Rice, Peter Harbach (who had scored three in the previous home match) and Graeme Nicholson completed the scoring for rampant Reds.

There have been other six goal thrillers on the 10th but, unfortunately, Reds have been on the receiving end.

In 1966 we lost 4-2 at Borough Park in a Third Division clash against Mansfield Town with Tony Geidmintis and Brian Tinnion scoring our consolation goals.

Then, in 1994, we lost a Northern Premier League fixture 5-1 at Worksop Town despite a Martin Henderson equaliser in the first half.

Our only draw was obtained in 2013 following the mother of all midweek trips – Oxford City on a Tuesday night.

Gavin Skelton
Ben McKenna

It came after an eventful day at Borough Park when Darren Edmondson left to become the new manager at Barrow.

The upshot being that Gavin Skelton was in charge of team matters for the National North fixture at Oxford and the team, despite missing two penalties (Joe Jackson and Ross Wilson both thwarted by City ‘keeper, Mark Scott), earned a welcome point in a 1-1 draw.  Ben McKenna was the Reds scorer.

There was also managerial news in 1975 with Alan Ashman installed as the new boss.    

Alan Ashman

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