A new chapter in a bizarre rivalry unfolds, as Redcar Athletic’s March road trip makes one final stop in Seaham.

The third in a series of outings for Carl Jarrett’s Redcar Athletic, Seaham Town Park – or the Alexandra Steakhouse Stadium – is a ground of relatively little joy.

Kindled through but two short years of extensive meetings, and of course, a great number of cup disappointments, the Steelmen and their Sunderland counterparts share a rather curious rivalry, and one that proves potentially one-sided.

Perhaps described best by one simple football cliche, a ‘bogey team,’ Seaham three times spelled Redcar’s exit from various cup competitions, a trend debunked to great relief under the reign of Gary Forster.

As Carl Jarrett took the helm in January, Redcar’s return to SR7 again proved fruitless.

Despite the best efforts of Seaham Red Star, and local electricians, an electrical failure put paid to the contest, and the new era of the coastal clash was forced to wait for another day.

Here’s everything you need to know about Redcar’s infamous cup nemesis, Seaham Red Star…

WHO ARE YA?

WHO ARE YA?

Seaham Red Star

Having met eight times across two campaigns, Seaham Red Star don’t need much of an introduction to those of a Redcar persuasion.

A Sunday League outfit in 1973, Seaham are now a self-proclaimed leading club in the Northern League, having amassed a great deal of success in the early 1980s.

Red Star clinched silverware in the Durham Challenge Cup to open the decade on the right foot, bettering such success just two years later, with a rather impressive back-to-back league and cup double in the ever-competitive Wearside League.

Riding the coattails of such triumphant years, Seaham were elected to the second division of the Northern League in 1983, enjoying prosperity across both divisions until flirting with resignation in 2002.

Having tendered their withdrawal to the league, keen local support offered the club a second chance, as the formation of a new committee ensured the Star would survive for years to come!

DID YOU KNOW: Seaham Red Star takes its name from a local pub, The Red Star, in which the club was formed.

LAST TIME OUT

Decades of head-to-head history woven through just two campaigns, Redcar tonight do battle with the Star for the ninth time since promotion in 2021.

The two coastal outfits were rather fortunately – or unfortunately – drew to lock horns in three of the last five FA competitions, with Seaham the victor each time, in circumstances of varying frustration.

In the Northern League, Donny Holdsworth’s late header at Seaham Town Park proved the start of a tremendous run of form last season, including both a thrilling comeback against Northallerton Town, and a 9-2 Boxing Day drubbing of Thornaby.

The former Steelmen forward nodded home the only goal of the game to avenge the club’s bitter cup exits, revitalising an ailing Steelmen side after a run of eight games without result.

Danny Boyle was the man in the spotlight in the reverse fixture at Green Lane, netting an impressive brace as the Steelmen secured a double of their own over their surprise rivals.

Quick to take the lead, Seaham were soon to be pegged back by the midfielder, who struck in tandem with Alfie Conway to turn the tide of the match.

A deflected effort earned Danny his second of the evening, before a late spot kick from Adam Lennox added a mere consolation for the visitors.

CURRENT FORM

With just one blip in an ever-successful eight game streak, form is a word truly back on the table for Redcar Athletic.

Sat at the summit of the current form table, the Steelmen boast five wins to boot, conceding just the two goals in such time.

Two triumphs at the expense of Whickham, a thrilling night against promotion-chasing West Auckland, and shut-outs over the struggling bottom two, Carl Jarrett’s men have proven their might against a catalogue of opposition.

Of course, that matters very little this evening, as to stretch the winning run to six games, the Steelmen will have the better a side with a history of proving a frustration.

Ambivalent in their own form, Seaham Red Star were dealt a heart-breaking blow at the KGV Stadium at the weekend, a 96th minute equaliser from the Priorymen.

The result compounded the misery of a bitter defeat to Birtley Town just days earlier, with performances often not reaping the rewards they so deserve.

TEAM NEWS

Where Saturday’s outing saw almost a full compliment on the bench, the dismissal of Kevin Burgess prompts yet another absence in a deep selection crisis.

Given his marching orders for violent conduct, the club captain will miss the next three home clashes, his suspension not yet processed for this evening’s bout.

As confirmed by the Redcar boss, a number of short-term absences near full fitness.

Anthony Bell, Joe Ferguson and Mark Anderson are back on the grass, soon to make a return in the latter stages of the season.

Jack Harrison returned to the fold on Saturday, manning the bench alongside Under-23s star Jack Williams, a pair which will prove much appreciated to have in reserve.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Joining us in Seaham this evening? Here’s all the key details you need to know.

FINDING 'SEAHAM TOWN PARK'

Known as the Alexandra Steakhouse Stadium for sponsorship reasons, and formally the Independent Utility Advice Arena, Seaham’s ground can be found using the postcode SR7 0HP, sometimes given as SR7 0BH.

ADMISSION

Admission into Seaham Town Park is priced at £6 for adults and £4 for concessions, whilst accompanied under-16s go free

Gates will open around 6:00pm, ahead of an evening kick-off at 7:30pm.

A matchday programme will be available online for the fixture.

FOOD AND DRINK

Seaham Red Star operate both a food kiosk, and a bar, which fans can enjoy using cash or card.

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