Former Middlesbrough defender Dean Gordon, now playing for non-league side Workington, embarrassed himself at the weekend by turning up at the wrong ground. The former England U21 man rang his manager, Darren Edmondson, from Alfreton Town’s Impact Arena less than two hours before kick-off to ask where the rest of the Workington team was. They were in Workington, 190 miles away, preparing for their home match against Alfreton. Gordon had mistaken the fixture for an away game. “I thought Dean was going to tell me he was stuck in traffic or he had been in an accident,” explained Edmondson. “But he just asked me where we were. I told him we were at the ground and asked where he was. “When he told me he was in Alfreton I couldn’t believe it. I had to bite my lip but we had a laugh about it.” However, the laughter didn’t last as a Gordon-less Workington crashed to a 3-0 defeat with, the 36-year-old's absence forcing the home side to change formation with no other defenders available. The result leaves Workington in 15th place in the Blue Square North table. Gordon made Workington his third club of the season and 13th in five years when he signed on a week-to-week basis earlier in March. As well as playing for England U21s and costing Middlesbrough £900,000 in 1998, he has plyed his trade for Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, Coventry City and Reading. The new issue of FourFourTwo is out now, featuring: • Interviews with Kaka, Arshavin, Terry, Motty, Stam, Dave Mackay & the Chuckle Brothers • The Top 50 Football League Players • Football’s Top 20 Hoaxes • The Best Youth Team Ever • Inside The Damned United • Swansea vs Cardiff Plus a FREE 36-page England supplement
30 March 2009
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