Reds on the first day of the season

Reds will kick-off their 37th season of Northern Premier League Football on Saturday and, naturally, will be hoping for a good start when Ashton United travel to Borough Park.

Twelve months ago, it wasn’t quite the result we were hoping for with Mossley grabbing a 96th minute winner in soaring temperatures.  But that was our first opening day defeat in a while with five wins and two draws seeing us obtain points in the previous seven seasons.

In our thirty-six seasons as members of the NPL we have recorded 13 wins (8 home, 5 away), 12 draws (5 home, 7 away) and suffered 11 defeats (4 home, 7 away) on the opening day of the campaign.

Workington’s best ever start to a season was recorded twenty years ago when a vibrant Reds performance inflicted a 7-0 defeat upon Ossett Town.  Ten years earlier, facing Yorkshire opposition again, we suffered a 6-2 thumping at Guiseley.

Scott Allison has netted on the first Saturday four times in the past and it would be some achievement if he managed to do so again. However, win, lose or draw the outcome will not have too much influence on what lies ahead….there will be another forty-one matches to be played after Saturday!

78-79BuxtonAway4-0Barry Donaghy, Graham Gill (2), Dave Lonsdale
79-80BuxtonHome4-1Barry Donaghy, John Reach (2), Graham Gill
88-89Congleton TownHome2-0Chris Collins, Gary Messenger
97-98Whitby TownAway3-2Steve Hodgson, Terry Green, OG
99-00FlixtonHome1-0Mathew Henney
01-02Ossett AlbionAway3-0OG, Gavin Manchester, Graham Goulding
03-04Ossett TownHome7-0Brian Dawson (2), Robert Ennis, Mathew Henney (2), Ian Arnold, Tony Hopper
04-05Matlock TownHome4-0Ian Arnold (2), Gary Cohen, Mark Eccles
16-17Rushall OlympicAway2-1James Earl, Scott Allison
17-18Halesowen TownHome3-1Jack Ryan, Scott Allison, Sam Smith
18-19Stafford RangersHome1-0Jason Walker
19-20Pickering Town          Home4-1Dav Symington (2), Brad Hubbold, Ceiran Casson
21-22Kidsgrove AthleticAway1-0Brad Carroll
WAFC Opening day victories in the Northern Premier League

Rushall Olympic vs Reds – David Symington, Josh Calvert & Calum Henderson
82-83King’s LynnAway0-0 
85-86Bangor CityAway1-1Billy Gilmour
87-88South LiverpoolHome2-2Carl Burdon, Gordon Dick
89-90Farsley CelticHome3-3Kevin Rowntree, Gary Messenger, Roy Heaney
90-91Harrogate TownHome2-2Gary Taylor (2)
91-92Farsley CelticAway2-2Graeme Nicholson, Mark Pearson
92-93Great Harwood TownAway2-2Peter Harbach, Sean Sunderland
95-96Radcliffe BoroughHome1-1John Holliday
00-01Lincoln UnitedAway2-2Mike Hodgson, Barry Irving
02-03North Ferriby UnitedAway1-1Robert Ennis
15-16Sutton Coldfield TownHome1-1Scott Allison
20-21Pickering TownAway2-2Scott Allison, Reuben Jerome
WAFC Opening day draws in the Northern Premier League

Reds vs Pickering Town – Conor Tinnion & Scott Alllison
77-78Stafford RangersHome0-3 
80-81King’s LynnAway0-2 
81-82King’s LynnAway1-3Martin Harris
83-84Burton AlbionAway0-3 
84-85Gainsborough TrinityAway2-3Allan Carruthers, John Reach
86-87Burton AlbionAway1-3Wayne Harrison
93-94GuiseleyAway2-6Paddy Atkinson, Gary Messenger
94-95Worksop TownHome1-3Paul Campbell
96-97Lincoln UnitedHome2-4John Holliday, Simon Parry
14-15StamfordAway1-2Kyle May
WAFC Opening day defeats in the Northern Premier League

Alex Salmon tangles with Stamford’ skipper Richard Jones

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