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Eric and Craig are back

24 March 2014

Whitingtons return as our guests on Tuesday

We are delighted to welcome perhaps the most famous father and son act in our history to Tuesday's game against Sheffield United as guests of the Former Players Association.

Between them, Eric and Craig Whittington made 330 appearances and scored 149 goals during their time at the club.

Eric signed for the club 43 years ago this week, on March 23 1971, and debuted in a 2-2 draw at home to Ramsgate, scoring his first goals for the club a week later against Banbury United. 

He spent two seasons at the club in his first spell before signing for Folkestone in January 1973 for a fee of £1,350.

Eric, now 67, then played for Eastbourne United and Horsham before returning to the club in August 1978. His second spell ended in March 1979 by which time he had clocked up 115 games and 67 goals for the Reds.

It was April 1990 when his son Craig joined the club on loan from Worthing and made his debut in a Southern League fixture at Cambridge City on April 4 that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Craig, who is 43, signed permanently for the club in October 1990 and his most famous day in a red shirt came in November 1991 when his two goals helped knock Northampton Town out of the FA Cup in a 4-2 win.

Craig’s goalscoring form earned him a move to the Football League in November 1993 when he signed for Scarborough. He then moved to Huddersfield Town before returning to Reds in November 1996. Craig made his final appearance for the club in November 1997 and made a total of 215 appearances, scoring 82 goals for the club.

We hope both Eric and Craig have a great night!

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