Memories of Hucknall Town’s infamous FA Vase tie at Warrington

TED MULLANE, who was manager of Hucknall Town for their infamous match at Warrtington Town 28 years ago.
TED MULLANE, who was manager of Hucknall Town for their infamous match at Warrtington Town 28 years ago.
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Memories will come flooding back for seasoned Hucknall Town supporters who watch the live FA Cup match on BBC TV tonight (Friday).

For it is set to feature non-league Warrington Town, who hosted one of the most infamous matches in Town’s history back in 1986.

The two teams clashed in the quarter-finals of the FA Vase. But the tie was remembered not only for its result -- a 3-1 defeat for The Yellows -- but also for hooliganism, which erupted in Warrington’s clubhouse at half-time and appeared to be triggered by the miners’ strike of 1984/85.

Said Town boss Ted Mullane at the time: “All I wanted to do was find my family and go home.”

Warrington, who are managed by Shaun Reid, brother of ex- England player Peter Reid, have reached the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

They play Exeter City in tonight’s tie.