Evening, Happy Harry here. Port Vale then. A curious bunch of opponents in a way in that we have only met 20 times since 1970. And in the future what may the statisticians make of us only meeting once in the 2019/20 season, eh…..lest we forget. Personally I have always been a little dubious of sides wearing white and black but that might be a Cambridge City thing going back to the 1960s. A mate did tell me that Vale’s third colour is amber so not all bad.
20 October is actually worth mining down Cut Throat Lane for. In terms of our league history we first saw action in 1971, our second season in D4. if you come away from the north west wilds of Borough Park and Workington then a 1-0 victory would have always seemed the sweeter. We have been in home action eight times on this day, the most recent being v the Hatters back in 2012, not a happy day. With local derbies in mind we’re concentrating on 1972 and another set of U’s who were disposed of comfortably 3-0. A Bobby Noble own goal set us on our way and John Collins and Bobby Ross finished things off in front of 4,465. Given the trauma inflicted upon us by Col U in our early days of D4 life then a welcome about turn.
Finally, fancy a bit of trainspotting some time? Well be grateful for Danny Boyle. He’s 64 on the 20th. Raise a flag!
Bye for now, Harry
Click on the photo below to read The Beautiful History of Workington
Below see Peter Phillips who scored the winner against Workington in 1971. Click on the photo to read his story
The match day programme below is here for your indulgence. Click on the cover and re-visit 1973