FA Cup first round, 1972

StockportvWorkington38018 November ~ Two struggling north-west stalwarts of the old Fourth Division met at Edgeley Park in a bid to slap a layer of gloss on what would turn out to be mainly unremarkable campaigns for both clubs. Stockport prevailed, and went on to win at Rotherham before falling to Hull City in a third round replay. In the league, they finished 11th. Workington were two points below them in 13th, preceding the three miserable seasons in Division Four's lower reaches that saw them elected downwards to non-League football.

In his programme column, Len Noad of the Stockport Express believed that a win would be "no easy task, for Workington are a solid, no nonsense side" (read: Workington are dogged, defensive and dirty). However, if the home fans "really let themselves go and give the players every encouragement" then County had a chance (read: stop moaning and get behind the lads). 

In fact when 13,000 had turned up earlier in the season to see them put West Ham out of the League Cup, defender Tommy Spratt said that the roar of “County, County” had "enabled them to dig deep into their reserves of stamina" (read: why can't we play like that every week?).

That's as much background to this game as you're going to get out of this frugal pamphlet, unless you want to know that Workington's Alan Tyrer only missed one game last season, or that referee Peter Baldwin of Redcar is "interested in tennis, squash and referee coaching". Maybe, on the day, the fans could be overheard commenting: "I say, I think the match official Mr Baldwin made an incorrect decision against our team on that handball incident. However, in this instance I'm prepared to overlook the possible error, as any man who's interested in tennis and squash must be a good egg."

Carry on up your County Stockport's midfielder Ian Davidson shares his thoughts on having played at Bournemouth with Ted MacDougall. "It was a sheer delight putting one up to him in the box because you felt sure something was really going to happen." Even Frankie Howerd, a frequent visitor to Stockport's home games, reportedly blushed.

Result Stockport 1 (Spratt, pen) Workington 0

Crowd 3,332

Stockport Ogley, Ingle, Ormrod, Spratt, Hart, Fogarty, Garbett, Lawther, Ryden (sub Griffiths), Davidson, Bingham

Workington Rogan, Wilson, Heslop, Tyrer, Geidmintis, Wood, Helliwell, Irving, Hall (sub Ogilivie), Goodfellow, Martin

Ian Plenderleith

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