March 11 2018: rabbit run

Dave Bussey in West Auckland calls attention to Rogerston AFC’s 25-0 win over Race AFC on Saturday, thus starting a Welsh rabbit running so hard that it finishes up in Scotland.

The Northern League’s record score is a mere 21-0, South Bank against North Skelton Rovers on April 29 1895, on occasion on which Rovers arrived late and probably wished they hadn’t bothered at all.

Scorers aren’t recorded, but the Bankers had a full back called Jasper Hacker. Has ever a footballer been more gloriously named?

South Bank also put 16 past Scarborough in 1919 – “a game too one-sided to be interestng” said The Northern Echo – their squad including Bishop Auckland lad Bill Murray, who won England amateur honours against Belgium before playing forDerby County amd Boro and spending ten seasons with Hearts.

Nicknamed Tiddly, though in a sober sort of a way, he ended up at Dunfermline.

I really can’t remember the highest scoring game I ever attended, but saw Consett beat Guisborough Town 12-0 in October 2005. What happened there, then, boys?

At any rate the Dunfermline connection continues because it’s now where former Esh Winning goalkeeper Lee Robinson wears the gloves. Signed by Barry Fleming from Herrington Juniors, Lee played just a few games at Esh at the start of 2003-04 before being snapped up by Rangers.

Chiefly he warmed the bench, had a spell with Swedish club Ostersunds – for whom former Thornaby player Curtis Edwards, son of the Darlington RA manager, now stars – and made 159 appearances in three spells with Queen of the South. He was named the Scottish Football League goalie of the season in 2013-14.

Many another North-East Sassenach has ended up in the Scottish League, of course, none more memorably than former Stanley United and Bishop Auckland goalkeeper Allan Ball who made a record 731 apearances for Queen of the South and, at 75, still lives in Dumfries.

His only booking, memory suggests, came in a Christmas Day game in which, upset at a ruling by referee Tiny Wharton – a huge man, of course – he was heard to mutter “Jesus Christ” and was cautioned for blaspheming on the Lord’s birthday.

We’ve come an awfully long way from Rogerston.