Reflecting, statistically, on the 2023-24 campaign

Before we draw a line under last term and condemn all the facts and figures to the archives, let us sift through what was a very eventful season.

We used a very high turnover of players throughout the campaign with no fewer than 56 pulling on a Workington shirt in league, FA Cup, FA Trophy and Cumberland Cup action.  That included no fewer than seventeen players who made their Reds league debut, ten players who turned out on loan and several members of the Development Squad who got an opportunity in the early rounds of the Cumberland Cup.

Jim Atkinson and David Symington (39 starts each) featured prominently throughout as did Greg McCaragher (33 starts and 10 appearances via the bench) and Scott Allison (32 starts and 8 outings as a substitute).

Greg McCaragher

Six individuals captained the team including Conor Tinnion (18), Scott Allison (2), Sam Smith (3), David Symington (22), Dan Wordsworth (1) and Bobby Carroll (1).

The four Carlisle United lads that represented us on loan – Jake Allan, Sam Hetherington, Aran Fitzpatrick and Josh O’Brien – all played against us in the Cumberland Cup Final but the likes of Joe Bunney, Kofi Moore and Camron Gbadebo also played for Reds and against us at some point.

Steven Rigg had the misfortune to be sent off twice during the course of the season and, strangely, both were against Morpeth Town.  In the home and away matches, he picked up two yellows in each to record a rather unusual double.  Others who saw red included Joe Bunney (two yellows), Sam Smith (two yellows), Bobby Carroll (straight red), Conor Tinnion (two yellows) and Danny Grainger for a total of 7.

The team picked up 66 yellow cards with the chief offenders: Conor Tinnion 9, Bobby Carroll 7, David Symington 6, Jim Atkinson and Ceiran Casson 4.

Twenty-three different players shared the 88 league and cup goals we scored with Dav Symington (26), Steven Rigg (12) and Scott Allison (10) all reaching double figures.  Jim Atkinson became the first Workington goalkeeper we know of to score with a header.

Conor Tinnion (11) and Dav Symington (10) led the way in terms of goal assists with Kitt Nelson and Brad Hubbold (7 each), Fin Wallbank and Greg McCaragher (6 each) also regular providers. 

Sam H and Dav – both made excellent contributions throughout the season

Scott Allison netted four goals in the league win over Ashton United and bagged a hat-trick in the FA Cup success over Prestwich Heys.  Cain Pears scored a hat-trick in the Cumberland Cup victory over Dearham United.

Reds were awarded 8 penalties with Lewis Reilly (2), Cain Pears, Jamie Devitt and Joe Bunney converting but Conor Tinnion (two saved) and Dav Symington (missed) squandered their opportunities.

We conceded 6 spot-kicks, five of which were converted and one was missed. 

An almost unbelievable 29 different starting back-four combinations were fielded in 2023-24 with the McCaragher/Little/Smith/Fitzpatrick quartet the most frequently used on seven occasions.

That included 16 different centre-back duos with Jordan Little and Sam Smith finally becoming the settled pair, and making their eleven appearances together in the last twelve games.  The next ‘most used’ combination were the retirees, Dan Wordsworth and Sam Smith who started eight matches together.

In total, 19 different players started in the back four which, obviously, is the main reason for our poor defensive record.

Kitt Nelson

Reds recorded league doubles against Basford United (5-3 at home, 3-0 away) and FC United of Manchester (2-1 at home, 3-1 away) but were beaten home and away by Radcliffe (1-4 and 1-3), Gainsborough Trinity (2-3 and 2-4), Hyde United (0-1 and 0-2) and Atherton Collieries (2-3 and 3-4).

The three away wins at Bradford Park Avenue, Basford United and FC United of Manchester were first time successes at the respective venues.

Workington played on a 3G surface eight times – at Morpeth Town, Ilkeston Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Basford United, Marine, Hyde United, Worksop Town and Macclesfield.

The record run of six successive draws in November and December formed part of an eight match (WDDDDDDW) unbeaten sequence which was the best of the season, contrasting with that seven match (LLLLLLL) losing spell towards the end of the campaign.

An aggregate figure of 18,163 passed through the turnstiles for the twenty league, one FA Cup, one FA Trophy and five Cumberland Cup ties producing an average of 673, which was up on last year’s average.

The league average at home was 742 from an aggregate figure of 14,845.

The league average away was 837 from an overall figure of 16,745.

Workington, who missed out on one home gate following the unfortunate demise of Marske United, was the seventh best supported club in the NPL Premier Division.

Mileage for our twenty-one away games totalled 6,210.

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