Tributes to Conor and Scott

Congratulations on what has been a great career, Scotty.

One of the very best players I have worked with and watched over the years and to become one of Workington’s record all-time scorers speaks volumes of his football ability.

It was my pleasure to work with Scotty – one of the nicest lads in the game.  He has gone above and beyond the normal for the club on many occasions.

I wish you all the very best for the future and thank you for everything you have done for the club and me personally.  I am sure you are looking forward to spending more time with your family.

Best Wishes

Steven Rudd

In my time with Reds, it was an absolute privilege to work with Conor.

He sets the standards in everything he does, his commitment to the club has been unquestionable and he has consistently been one of the best players in non-league for many years now.

Workington have been very fortunate to have had him as part of their club for such a long time.
I’d like to thank Conor for everything over the years, he has sacrificed so much for the club, will be a massive miss and irreplaceable.

I wish him all the very best for the future and know he will love spending time with his family and two young boys.

Congratulations on a great career Tinners.

Best wishes

Steven Rudd
Conor Tinnion

I think Conor and Scott’s records and achievements say it all and it has been fantastic to see how far they have developed as a players’ but, more importantly, as good human beings.

Their commitment to the Reds alongside busy work schedules and family life has been second to none.

Good luck for the future.

Gavin Skelton

Conor and Scott are Workington legends and, along with Goose’s retirement, another two shirts impossible to fill.

‘Ginger Messi’ – you don’t get a nickname like that for nothing.  A fantastic player and outstanding finisher, just about trademarked the ‘Scotty Scoop’ over the ‘keepers head.  Congratulations on a great career, legend.

‘Tinners’ became captain when I arrived and has been a great leader and player for us and fully deserved to lift the trophy last year after our promotion.  Enjoy your retirement skipper.

Two legends, two great lads!

Happy retirement.

Jim Atkinson

It was a pleasure to play with Tinners and Scotty during my time at Workington.

Two of the best players I’ve played with in non-league and the careers they have both had says it all.

Great people off the pitch and I wish them nothing but the best moving forward.

Reuben Jerome

Two great lads who have made my time here amazing.  We have had our ups and downs together but created memories that will last forever.

It has been a pleasure and I wish you all the best in retirement.

Dav Symington

Congratulations to Conor and Scott on their fantastic careers.

It was a pleasure to share a dressing room and then go on and manage both players.  Their commitment to the club was second to none and they always led by example – on and off the pitch.   

Their departures will be a huge loss to the club.

Lee Andrews

They are both quality players in their own right and their team mates would always look to them for inspiration in big games.

More importantly, they are two great lads who will be a massive miss to the club, on and off the pitch.

Enjoying getting your feet up and enjoy retirement, you certainly deserve it.

Gari Rowntree

It was a pleasure to play alongside Tinners and Scotty, both of whom were a joy to watch.

Top players but great lads too.

I wish them both all the best in their future endeavours.

Rob Wilson

Conor has been an outstanding member of the squad, leading from the front as captain and a fine role model for the younger players alongside.

Whether it was a swivel of the hips to send an opponent the wrong way, a precise dead-ball finish from what we came to regard as ‘Tinnion territory’ or his endless appetite for work he left his mark on countless games.

Even when things weren’t going right for the team, he could still be immense.  The recent game against Atherton Collieries, when the team was awful, saw ‘Tinners’ producing a master class.

Covering every blade of grass is a phrase that can sometimes under-play what is achieved in all those areas of the pitch.  But he did that and was simply the best player by a country mile – and this with a body aching for a rest ahead of his impending retirement.   

Conor you have given loads of pleasure to Workington fans in your time at the club and will be greatly missed.

Best wishes in your retirement.

John Walsh

The ‘Ginger Messi’, the Brough Poacher, will long be regarded as one of the finest goal scorers in Reds’ history.

His record of 155 goals puts him right up there in the all-time list of Workington marksmen and, but for recurring injury absences, goodness knows how high he could have got.

I recall one of the first goals he scored for Reds.  Put through, the ‘keeper was coming out and going down to block any shot when Scotty just dinked it over him into the net.

At the time I thought, “he will do for me” and he’s certainly done for the club admirably ever since.

Like Conor, and Goose who departed earlier in the season, his later years have been handicapped by old knocks and ailments.  But he has continued to go out and give it his best shot – showing he was still more than capable of knocking in the goals.

As well as that first goal he scored I remember, in particular, a wonderful solo goal at Blyth Spartans in a play-off win, a hat-trick of penalties in an FA Cup tie and a superb FA Trophy winner against Hartlepool.

Scott has been an integral part of the Reds squad for so long now, with his goals and commitment, he has been yet another refreshingly loyal servant who goes into retirement with our thanks and enjoyment at watching him In a Workington shirt.

John Walsh
Scott Allison

‘Tinners’ has grown and matured into one of the best local non-league players at this level and above of our generation.

He has adapted and changed his game yet there is so much ability it is frightening.  Combine that with an attitude to win at all costs, it makes him one of the all-time greats for Reds.

Had the privilege to play alongside him, handing out a few rollockings in the process, and then, more fondly, became his manager where we developed a great relationship and a strong bond.  

Conor was everything you could ask for as a player and the type any manager would feel lucky to have.

As everyone will say, a true gentleman, a great friend whom I can’t thank enough for the sacrifice and effort he gave during my time at the club.

Enjoy retirement mate, you deserve it.

David Hewson

Scotty is the silent assassin – quiet but deadly yet possibly one of the nicest people you will meet in football.

Another local player with an abundance of talent which he managed to consistently showcase year after year.  Could have gone higher up the leagues but opted to remain and show his commitment to the club.

The volume and calibre of goals this lad has scored puts him up there amongst the very best and justifiably gets him the name ‘Ginger Messi’!

Can’t thank him enough for all he gave to the club during my time, a manager’s dream.  I wish you all the best in your well-deserved retirement.

David Hewson

What a huge miss Scotty will be, he has been a loyal servant to the club over the years, scoring an unbelievable amount of goals along the way – the goal v Hartlepool being the one that sticks out to me!

I had the pleasure of playing with Scotty for a long time and to finally get a promotion together was amazing. Scotty fully deserves his retirement and can finally rest those old groins.

A club legend that will be sorely missed!


It seems a long time ago that a young Conor Tinnion walked in to the CUFC Youth Team dressing room with his long hair full of blonde highlights, and his sparkling white boots. A far cry from the tough, weathered central midfielder we see today.

It has been an absolute pleasure playing with Conor over the past 15 years. He is one of the most technical players I have played with, he makes keeping the ball look so easy and you will never see him hiding on the pitch, however important the game is.

Conor is a natural leader, demanding high standards on and off the pitch, something that will be a huge miss in the changing room.

These are some of the many reasons why he was made our club captain, it was a privilege to play under him and he thoroughly deserved to lift the play off trophy last year.

Conor is my best mate in football, brilliant crack on a night out and he deserves all the plaudits coming his way. A true Workington Reds legend!


Workington AFC have had the great fortune to retain the loyal service of two such local talents as Conor Tinnion and Scott Allison over the past decade.

Not only in the number of appearances they have accumulated in Reds colours but for their ability and consistent high standards both on and off the field.

Losing a further two club legends is a massive blow to the club, and they will be difficult to replace.

I am sure club Directors and officials past, and present would join me in wishing them both a huge thankyou and best wishes in their well-earned retirement.

Phil Norman

Tinners and Scotty are two lads anyone would want in their team and thankfully, for my eleven seasons with the Reds, I’ve had them as team mates.

For talent and commitment, they stand out above everyone else and maintaining their standards for as long as they have is nothing short of remarkable.

The service they have given to this club won’t go unnoticed and they deserve to be given a great send off on Saturday.

We’ve had our ups and downs together but I couldn’t think of two better lads to be with to go through it all.

Legend is a term threw around a bit easy these days but they definitely come into that category – on and off the pitch. I’ll miss them but, thankfully, I’ve made two great friends away from football too!

Sam Smith

It’s been a pleasure to play alongside these two for the past five seasons.

Both are a huge part of this team, on and off the pitch, and will be missed by everyone around the club.

I’d like to thank them for all the help they’ve given me over the years and wish them all the best for the future.

Ceiran Casson

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