Remembering the glory days – Grantham Town kit goes retro red for next season

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To mark the 40th anniversary of the biggest game in the Gingerbreads’ history – the third round FA Cup tie against Middlesborough – Grantham Town have decided to commemorate the occasion with a brand new all red kit for the 2013-14 season, similar to the kit worn on that historic day.

In January 1974, the Gingerbreads reached the third round of the FA Cup and were given a home tie against Football League Division Two league leaders Middlesbrough, managed then by the legendary Jack Charlton.

In the previous round, Grantham had set a record score for a non-league side on a league ground, beating Rochdale 5-3 in a replay.

The Gingerbreads’ performance that night led to Charlton declaring himself “worried” at the prospect of a trip to Lincolnshire.

A crowd of more than 6,570 packed themselves into the London Road ground on January 5, 1974.

Unfortunately, the Gingerbreads were defeated 2-0 by the league side, but after the game Charlton said “by heck, they gave us a fright”.

Both sides went on to finish their league seasons well. Middlesbrough won Division Two to gain promotion to the top flight of English football.

The Gingerbreads, meanwhile, finished runners-up in the Southern League Premier Division – at the time, the top tier of non-league football.

Grantham Town commercial manager Stephen Cardy said: “This will be a one-off kit for the 2013-14 season only, to celebrate that famous day in Grantham’s football history.

“We are sure everyone will be happy with the design we have chosen, hopefully it will stir some memories for certain people and encourage them to continue their support for the club.

“We’d love a local Grantham company to sponsor the kit and team for the new season and hopefully we can go some way towards reaching that level of success again.”

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