On this day – 15 November

A look back through the archives to see what was happening to Reds on the 15th November in previous years……

If you ask any Workington supporter in the sixty plus age bracket what his favourite Borough Park goal was, the chances are he, or she, would opt for Johnny Martin’s FA Cup stunner against Rochdale back in 1969.

Johnny Martin

That brilliant solo winner from the undisputed ‘King of the Derwent End’ was scored on this day fifty one years ago.  Reds hadn’t made the best of starts to the ’69-70 season and wins had been few and far between.  The Cup success was a timely booster to all at the club and even more so because of that memorable winner from Johnny (inset). 

No one recalls who scored Reds’ other goal in that match so, for the record, I’ll remind all that it was Jimmy Goodfellow as Third Division Rochdale were beaten 2-1.

Reds have been involved in three draws on this corresponding day – two of which could be considered ‘high scoring’.

In 2014 we were on FA Trophy duty at Witton Albion (pictured above) and, due to a closure of the M6, arrived ten minutes after the scheduled kick-off time.  The start was delayed a further twenty five minutes as a consequence.

Thankfully, the patient home supporters were rewarded with an eventful match as the teams shared six goals.  Matty Tymon netted our first, but also missed a penalty, and was joined on the score sheet by Jake Simpson and Phil McLuckie.

We were reduced to ten men for the last few minutes after substitute Alex Salmon was shown a straight red for a lunging tackle.

Six years earlier in 2008, we were involved in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Hyde United – and the game was televised!

We had opened the scoring, then found ourselves 2-1 down, bounced back to lead 4-2 only to concede two late goals and so record our first such draw for fifty one years.

Anthony Wright, Jonny Wright (2) and Shaun Vipond shared our goals with the latter’s a fine individual effort following a run from his own half.

A twenty minute highlight package appeared on Channel M, a Manchester TV company. The other draw was mundane in comparison to the games at Witton and Hyde with our 2003 visit to North Ferriby United resulting in a 1-1 score line.  Craig Johnston’s second half equaliser, via the penalty spot, salvaged a point after Ferriby had gone in front inside two minutes.

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