Redcar Victoria

Redcar Victoria were reformed in 1938

The Original Team

There were actually two teams in the town that went by the name of Redcar Victoria. The first team were formed around 1905. At this time they were in the Marske and District League, competing against Coatham Grammar School Old Boys, Redcar Zetland and Redcar Juniors. Only a couple of years later, they boasted “the best team in the town”. Then playing in the Cleveland League, they achieved something so few Redcar teams had managed when in 1909 they competed in the FA Amateur Cup.

Playing in a national competition was a rare achievement for a Redcar team, and they gave their home fans a show when they drew 4-4 with Thornaby St Patrick’s. Although the replay was another close-run thing, they bowed out after a 3-2 defeat. This was the first and only time the Vics would enter the Amateur Cup.

Mention of the club slows down after that, but not before an almighty fracas in a game against Lingdale Swifts turned so violent that the perpetrators ended up in court. One Lingdale player and one fan were fined for their part in the affair, which was alleged to have begun after a tussle in the goalmouth during the game. After a heated exchange on the sidelines William Coverdale, a Vics player, was struck so hard in his stomach that he was knocked unconscious. Thomas Burneston, another Vics player, was also assaulted.

The two Lingdale men were found guilty, but not before telling their side of the story. They alleged that Coverdale was offering £5 to anyone from Lingdale who wanted to fight him. When Joseph Overy, the Lingdale player, suggested that Coverdale didn’t have £5 to put down, his response was apparently: “Yes I have. I will put you down too.”

The Reformed Club

Redcar Victoria were reformed in 1938, originally competing in the Cleveland League. They finished bottom of the league in their first season and entered Division Two the following year. The club played their home games at a ground on the Coast Road, compared to the old club who competed on Redcar Lane.