ON THIS DAY: December 13 – Change of scenery

A look through the archives to see what was happening to Reds on December 13 in years gone by…

The temporary closure of Borough Park in 1986 meant a return to Lonsdale Park and, on this day 34 years ago, Reds played the first of five matches at the stadium ‘next door.’

The irony of it all was bizarre as Lonsdale Park was in a far worse state than BP!

Burton Albion were the first visitors for our return to the ground, where we played pre-1937, in a Northern Premier League President’s Cup tie.

Paul Groves, still in the game after a distinguished career, scored for Albion in the first half but Kevin Rowntree headed home the second half equaliser.

Two members of our current coaching staff were on the score sheet on this corresponding day.

Brian Dawson

Back in 1999, Brian Dawson scored a spectacular winner to clinch an FA Trophy replay success over Bilston Town and then dedicated the goal to his grandfather who had passed away earlier that day.

The goal secured a 3-2 victory with John Borg and Darren Wilson also finding the target for Reds.

More recently, in 2007, Steven Rudd scored the only goal in a Cumberland Cup tie at Whitehaven as we eased through to the next round.

There was a thrilling FA Trophy match on the Borough Park mud in 2008 with Reds overcoming King’s Lynn by the odd goal in seven!

Phil McLuckie

Phil McLuckie opened the scoring with his first goal for the club and Gareth Arnison netted twice in a fluctuating encounter.

At 3-3, Reds faced the prospect of a midweek replay in Norfolk but the fear of making that journey inspired a late winner – a debut goal for Darren Campion who had just joined us on loan from Carlisle United.

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