On this day – 18 May

A light-hearted fun day and league action back in the sixties are two Borough Park events which took place on the 18th May…………

The stunning team picture above is a special gathering of Workington Reds Old Boys from the last few decades with our former heroes (actually, they are still our heroes) still looking the part after squeezing into the slim-fit navy blue shirts.

The photograph was taken twelve months ago prior to a match between a Reds Legends XI and a much younger, current Workington team.  The game was the centre piece of an excellent Fun Day which brought smiles back to faces after a few tears had been shed throughout a pretty miserable relegation campaign.

Facing the camera:

Back row (left to right) Mathew Henney, John George, Marc Green, Billy Gilmour, Gareth Arnison, Jonny Wright, Lee Andrews, Kyle May, Stuart Williamson, Keith Hunton, David Hewson, Ian Milburn, Lee Hoolickin, Will Varty and Darren Edmondson.

Front row (left to right) Darren Hopper, James Irving, Darren Wilson, Graham Goulding, Nigel Dustin, Mark Boyd, Anthony Wright, Kevin Rowntree, Craig Potts, Martin Henderson and Craig Johnston.

But, despite the wealth of talent in their ranks, they lost the Tony Hopper memorial match 4-0 with Kieran Maguire (2), Thomas Houghton and Sheldon Mossop finding the target against their illustrious predecessors.

Other than those who took part in the game, the likes of Noel Hodgson, Billy Robson (both of whom have sadly passed away since), Peter Foley, Malcolm Rice, Kenny Wallace, Gary Messenger, Tony Stones, Ian Johnston and Neil McDonald were introduced to the crowd before kick-off.

Back in 1963, we were still in league action as the protracted ’62-63 Fourth Division season was drawing to a close.

Dave Carr and Jackie Swindells

Our match on this day was against York City with Sixties Reds emerging comfortable 3-0 winners against the ‘Minstermen’, completing a league double in the process. Dave Carr netted twice, his 16th and 17th league goals of his first season with us, and Jackie Swindells also scored but their efforts were watched by the lowest crowd of the campaign, just 1,200 supporters passing through the turnstiles.

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