The 1988/89 season saw Northern League side Guisborough Town reach the FA Cup First Round proper for the first and only time in their history.

Shaun Wilson


The tie versus Division 3 side Bury was switched to Ayresome Park and a crowd of 5,990 saw the Football League side progress to the next round after a 1-0 win.

Ironically it was local lad Phil Parkinson, now Sunderland manager, who scored the goal in the 3rd minute.

Parkinson was actually missing his brother’s wedding in Guisborough so he could play in the game!

The result doesn’t quite tell the whole story though. Guisborough’s skipper, former Boro player Ray Hankin was booked in the 37th minute after discarding his captain's armband.

It was actually a team mates sweat band that he had used in the absence of an armband but he felt it was too tight so hurled it off.

Furious with his yellow card, Hankin then launched a verbal tirade at the referee with such ferocity that a second card followed and an early bath ensued!