The most prestigious domestic cup competition in world football, the Steelmen's history with the Emirates FA Cup is one of little success.

A club still early in its development, Redcar have only been applicable for a place in the competition since 2021, with tomorrow’s trip to Tadcaster the start of just their third bout.

Victory over the Brewers would be the Steelmen’s second Emirates FA Cup triumph, following an emphatic 4-1 win over Hemsworth Miners Welfare in their competition debut.

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Here’s a look back at Redcar Athletic’s short, and certainly not sweet, history in the Emirates FA Cup…

DEBUT DELIGHT

Redcar Athletic had the privilege of hosting their inaugural Emirates FA Cup venture at home, as Hemsworth Miners Welfare were the visitors to BM Bi-Fold Green Lane.

The Steelmen struck first in the tie, with then captain Jordan Rivis slotting home from the spot to claim the honour of the club’s first goal in the prestigious competition.

Hemsworth found themselves a lucky equaliser to restore parity heading towards the break, but the inevitable Isaac Walker kept his composure to steal the lead right back.

Redcar ran away with the tie in the second period, with a second for Walker, and a spectacular solo goal for Owen Clarkson booking Steve Connolly’s side a spot in the Preliminary Round.

WATCH | Redcar Athletic 4-1 Hemsworth Miners Welfare

SEAHAM STRUGGLES

An emphatic Emirates FA Cup debut booked the Steelmen a date with Seaham Red Star in the Preliminary Round, the furthest the club has reached in the competition in either campaign.

The tie took place at Seaham Town Park, with the hosts looking set to progress at the halfway mark, as a double from Dawson sandwiched a simple finish from Isaac Walker.

A poor challenge on Eglinton gifted the Steelmen a man advantage, and the travelling fans were given their moment of joy when Bobby Rye prodded home with two minutes on the clock to force a replay.

That same euphoric feeling was notably absent at Green Lane the following week, as a full strength Seaham swept Athletic aside with some ease.

Goals from Weldon, Heywood and Lennox sent the Steelmen packing, with another Jordan Rivis penalty the lone consolation on a grim evening on home soil.

RETURN OF THE RED STAR

Last season, revenge was on the table for Redcar, as Seaham were to be the opponents in both the Emirates FA Cup, and the Isuzu FA Vase.

The Steelmen had the honour of opening the competition, hosting their cup nemesis at Green Lane for Friday night football with over 450 fans lining the terraces.

REPORT | Redcar Athletic 1-2 Seaham Red Star

The Steelmen crashed out of the Emirates FA Cup after a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Seaham Red Star.

A goal either side of a Sonni Coleman penalty secured the visitors passage into the preliminary round of the competition, condemning Redcar to another bitter evening, exiting a cup competition in front of a home crowd once again.

Redcar had the lion’s share of opportunities in the early exchanges of the tie, with Seaham goalkeeper Jennison on hand to deny Coleman in the opening minutes, gathering well from an Owen Clarkson attempt moments later with bodies lurking in the area.

Isaac Walker beats his opponent. (Photo: Harry Cook)

The Steelmen soon lost a foothold in the contest, conceding the opening goal 18 minutes in from a corner, Mark Robinson tucking the ball away after a headed attempt at the back post accidentally became a teasing cross.

Seaham’s lead lasted only ten minutes, however, with Redcar forward Sonni Coleman earning a spot-kick after being forced to ground in the area, burying the penalty comfortably by sending Jennison the wrong way.

The second period flowed in a similar vein to the first, with clear-cut chances very much at a premium for both sides.

With just under 20 minutes to go, Seaham capitalised on a golden opportunity to gain the advantage, skipper Tommy Bott rolling the ball into an empty net after Simpkin  denied an initial attempt from Mark Robinson.

The Steelmen scrapped to try and find another equaliser but struggled to turn possession into any sort of offensive pressure.

Coleman came closest to drawing Redcar level in the 75th minute, bearing down on goal with only the keeper to beat, with Jennison getting down well to deny the forward from a tight angle.

One headed effort from Sonni Coleman later, the referee’s whistle sounded, and the cheers rang out from the Seaham section as they progressed into the next round of the Emirates FA Cup, knocking the Steelmen out for the second year in a row, in front of their own fans.

Unfortunately, Redcar fared even worse in the Isuzu FA Vase, coming away from Seaham Town Park having been utterly humiliated, as the side rock bottom of the Northern League progressed with a 4-1 victory.

Its fair to say there was a lot of happy faces when Seaham was not the name that came out of the hat this year…

AN EYE TO THE FUTURE

Tomorrow afternoon’s clash with Tadcaster Albion will be the Steelmen’s fifth Emirates FA Cup outing, and for those wishing to attend, travel details can be found here.

Should Gary Forster’s side progress, a trip to face either West Allotment Celtic, or Sunderland RCA would follow.

We’re just relieved it isn’t Seaham…

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