Reflecting on this time of the year in the past

No game for the Reds’ first team this weekend, due to the sad mid-season demise of Marske United, so a good opportunity to reflect on what happened to the team during the corresponding week over recent years.

Back in 2013, we were in Blue Square North action at Borough Park with Histon making the long trek up from Cambridgeshire for a Saturday afternoon fixture.

Reds got off to the best possible start, taking the lead after just twenty-five seconds and going on to emerge comfortable 3-1 winners.  Gareth Arnison netted that early goal, and grabbed another, with Jonny Wright also on target.

Attendance was just 304 but most of the punters went home happy.

Goal scorer Arni, a key player for Reds at that time, was also in form at this time of the year in 2011.  He scored both our goals in a 2-2 draw at Guiseley on a damp, misty Tuesday night in West Yorkshire.

Top scorer Garet Arnison in action v. Histon

James Walshaw had twice given Guiseley the lead but an Arni header and then a fine team goal, finished off by our prolific frontman, salvaged a point.

A 2-0 Conference North defeat at Southport on a Tuesday evening then a County Cup defeat at Gillford Park forty-eight hours later in 2010 appeared to have scuppered our season in mid-March.

But after the setback at Haig Avenue, Reds pieced together an eleven-match unbeaten run (9 wins and 2 draws) to finish 4th and secure a play-off place.

Seventeen years ago in 2007, Reds came from behind to win by the odd goal in five at Kettering Town.  Craig Johnston had opened the scoring with a clever lobbed goal from thirty yards out, The Northamptonshire outfit bounced back to lead 2-1 but goals from Kyle May and Steve Birks saw us finish 3-2 winners for our one and only success at Rockingham Road.

Steve Birks

We faced another long Tuesday night trip to Alfreton Town in 2006 and with a makeshift team (the unfamiliar names of Gary Prosser, Alan Weaver, Aaron Rogers and Aaron Jewell were included on the team sheet) emerged deserved 3-1 winners against the Reds of Alfreton.

Darren Edmondson scored our first goal, equalising Alfreton’s opener, then a Matty Henney brace secured a fine win with a happy team bus getting back to Borough Park about 2.30am!

Darren Edmondson

A Workington victory had been recorded the previous year, 2005, with first half goals from Gary Cohen and Matt Henney helping us to a 2-0 success at Radcliffe Borough in a Unibond League Premier Division encounter.

The team was faced with a Monday night trip to Stocksbridge Park Steels in 2003 and only a handful of Reds fans were present to witness a comfortable 2-1 victory.  Craig Johnston netted both Workington goals in the team’s first ever win at Bracken Moor.

Craig Johnston

There was a west Cumbria v. Humberside flavour to a sporting double header in Workington back in 2002.

Whilst Reds were being held to a 1-1 draw at Borough Park by North Ferriby United, Hull were riding against Workington Comets over the road at the Derwent Park speedway track.

A healthy contingent of Workington supporters made the short trip to Gretna in 2001 and they were rewarded with a Workington victory.  The Black & Whites opened the scoring when former Reds player, Mark Dobie, converted a penalty then Marc Green levelled matters and Gavin Skelton’s first goal for the Reds secured a win by the odd goal in three.

Gavin Skelton

Forty-seven years ago in 1977, Workington were celebrating another fine away win, a 3-0 success over Rochdale in a Football League Fourth Division fixture.

The significance of that victory was it being our last-ever win in the Football League, home or away.

Sadly, there were very few Workington supporters in the 1,737 crowd but they witnessed our first away win of a wretched season thanks to goals from Ted Coleman, Eddie Prudham and Chris Kisby.

Chris Kirby

More recently, 2023 in fact, Reds’ fine sequence of eight unbeaten away matches (7 wins, 1 draw) came to an abrupt halt when we crashed to a 3-0 defeat against City of Liverpool at Bootle.  Featuring for Reds twelve months ago were a number of players who have since left the club: Wordsworth, Birch, Mugalula, Jerome, Nugent, Leslie and Farmer.

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