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Derek Trail - a player admired for his skill PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Thursday, 17 December 2020

trail with reds 67.jpgDEREK Trail, who played with Workington for two seasons in the Fourth Division, has died at the age of 74.

The Leith-born winger was a talented footballer, admired by Reds team-mates for his ball skills, so much so that he was always the first pick for five-a-sides in training.

Dave Butler, Reds skipper at the time, said: “Derek had tremendous skill on the ball and a lovely left foot. When we were picking teams for training games he was always the number one pick. He scored lots of five-a-side goals.

“Throughout my career with Reds and Watford, and then working as a physio at Tottenham and QPR, I haven’t seen many who had the same skill on the ball. Maybe you have to talk Paul Gascoigne to appreciate how clever Derek was.

“I just don’t know why Derek couldn’t transform that five-a-side form into the full game, because he would have played a lot more than he did. I just remember him as a nice lad with great skill on the ball.”

Trail started his career with Rangers in his native Scotland and played four senior games before moving on to Falkirk in 1966.

He was unable to command a regular place and in 1967 he joined the Reds, encouraged to move south by fellow Scot Bobby Brown who was caretaker boss at the time.

In his first season he played 19 games, scoring one goal as Reds had to apply for re-election after being relegated from Division Three the year before. Under Brian Doyle, the following season Reds climbed to twelfth and Trail played 25 times with four more goals.

After being released he joined Hartlepool for a season, playing 39 times, before spending time in Australia where he played for Sutherland.

When he returned to his native Scotland he ended his career with four games for Meadowbank Thistle and the final one for Alloa in 1976.

Derek, who enjoyed his time at Workington, has made several visits over the years and stayed involved with football by working as a scout for Rangers.

In this team picture from the 1967/68 season Derek is on the extreme left of the front row. Dave Butler is second right on the front. 

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