On this day – 26 July

A look through the diaries to recall Reds’ pre-season matches on the 26th July in previous years…………


Gavin Skelton made his first return as an opposing manager when he brought a Queen of the South side, including Jim Atkinson, to Borough Park.

In a match played in heavy rain throughout, the Dumfries outfit emerged worthy winners despite Tom Kilifin opening the scoring after just three minutes.

Two players who would subsequently sign for Workington, Steven Rigg and Dean Brotherston, scored the goals which swung the game in Queens favour to complete a 2-1 victory.


Premier League referee, Jon Moss, made his first ever appearance at Borough Park when he took control of the Carlisle United fixture (pictured).

Again, the United fans turned out in force and a gate of just under 800 was announced, boosting the club coffers considerably.

Yellow-shirted United scored a goal in each half to finish 2-0 victors with Josh Gillies and Courtney Mappen-Walter finding the target.

BBC Radio Cumbria covered the match with James Phillips, John Walsh and ex. Reds boss, Tommy Cassidy, part of the commentary team.


A very wet miserable day greeted our game at Dunston FB and the match was just as drab.

It finished as a 0-0 draw and neither side even looked capable of breaking the deadlock.


Reds got their hands on the Chas Kendall Trophy following a straightforward 3-0 home win over Barrow, managed by Kenny Lowe at the time.

Gavin Skelton and Glenn Murray were amongst the substitutes that night with Graham Goulding, Stuart Williamson and Wayne Johnson sharing the goals.


We welcomed Newcastle United to west Cumbria and over a 1,000 spectators turned up to see the Geordies second string in action.

The Black & Whites looked on course for a win after taking a first half lead but two well taken goals from Newcastle born, Paul Campbell, helped Reds record a very satisfying victory.

Jeff Clarke and ex. Red, Derek Fazackerley, were in charge of the United squad.

  • The Rotary Club of Workington organised a visit from a Liverpool Legends team with a Reds Old Boys XI providing the opposition on this day in 2009. A crowd of 1,958 turned up and witnessed Workington REDS (playing in blue) emerge 1-0 winners against the ‘other’ Reds, thanks to a fine Graham Anthony goal which left Bruce Grobbelaar helpless.

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