ON THIS DAY: 18 December – Darlo hit for six

Reds hit six against Darlo but suffered two cup defeats on the 18th December in previous years…………………

Jimmy Dailey would eventually become Workington’s highest scorer in the Football League and, although he had scored regularly in his first twelve months at the club, he had never scored more than one goal in a league match for Reds.  

That all changed on this day in 1954 with our Scottish centre forward scoring four times as we recorded our best ever win over Darlington.

A 5,002 crowd savoured the 6-1 victory and saluted the new goal king of Borough Park.  Jimmy’s four goal blast was supplemented with further goals from Jackie Bertolini and Ernie Whittle.

That formidable trio, pictured above (Whittle, Bertolini and Dailey) were in great form that season scoring 42 of our 68 league goals with totals of 16, 9 and 18 respectively.

The win completed a league double as we had already won at Feethams on the opening day of the season.

More recently in 2004, a first ever meeting against Ilkeston Town didn’t go to plan.  It was a Northern Premier League Cup tie with the Derbyshire outfit in the division below us.

Inspired by the much travelled Nigel Jemson, he scored the opening goal, Ilkeston cruised to a deserved 3-1 victory.

Reds did equalise through Gary Cohen but two late goals clinched the win for the visitors.

David Hewson

Two years ago, a talented centre forward called Reuben Jerome scored against Workington in an FA Trophy replay.  He was on target for former club, Ramsbottom United, who earned a trip to Weymouth in the next round after dumping Reds out of the competition.

Nic Evangelinos scored Rammy’s second goal in their 2-0 victory.      

Worse was to follow after the game with the popular David Hewson tendering his resignation as the Reds boss!

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