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On this day in our history: 14 April 2007 – Consett find a striker to fill the boots of Michael Mackay

Consett were homing in on their best finish in the Northern League 1st Division for 30 years on this day back in 2007 – with the help of a striker who was helping to fill the goalscoring void left by Michael Mackay.

The prolific Mackay had left to turn pro with Hartlepool United for a club record transfer fee on February 7 after plundering a remarkable 43 goals in 33 games, including an incredible 21 in his last 10.

Young striker Andrew Appleby had done his bit since Mackay’s departure, with five goals in four games, but manager Kenny Lindoe wanted more experience, and got his man when he snapped up the 2nd Division’s top scorer, Ian Robson from Whickham.

With 30 league goals so far that season, and an impressive 128 in 176 starts overall for the Lang Jacks, the 27-year-old seemed an ideal replacement, and hit the ground running with a debut goal for the Steelmen in the 1-1 home draw with Sunderland Nissan on 14 March.

After drawing a blank in an away defeat at Durham City he did even better in the next home game, scoring twice in a 5-0 win over Bishop Auckland at Belle Vue Park on 21 March.

After another blank in another away defeat, this time at Tow Law, Roppa kept his remarkable scoring sequence going by scoring three in his third home game, the 4-0 win over Ashington on 28 March.

He broke his away duck in the 2-1 win at Shildon on 31 March, but was then ineligible for the Durham Challenge Cup final on Good Friday, having already played in the competition for Whickham. Instead, he watched his new teammates beat Chester-le-Street 3-2 to lift the trophy.

Consett’s slender hopes of a first-ever Northern league title were ended when they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Whitley Bay, but they still had plenty to play for when already-relegated Darlington Railway Athletic arrived at Belle Vue Park on Saturday, 14 April.

Robson – small in stature, but with a stunning turn of pace – didn’t disappoint his new fans, and grabbed another hat-trick in a 6-0 win, with David Pounder getting two goals and Michael Brown completing the scoring.

Robson would score three more times in the last four games of the season, to finish with a scoring record which stands comparison with any in the club’s history – 13 goals in the same number of matches.

Sadly for Consett, he decided after completing the 2007-08 pre-season to return to where his heart lay, and rejoined Whickham, where he went on to become a real club legend.

Consett finished the 2006-07 in 4th position – their best in the Northern League since 1977 – but for all his vital contribution, Ian Robson became a footnote in the club’s history when supporters saw what came next – the prolific strike partnership of Mattie Moffat and Steven Johnson.

Consett’s line-up v Darlington RA: 1 James Platten, 2 Neil Wilkinson, 3 John Ewart (sub Kraig Wilkinson), 4 Jonjo Dickman, 5 Carl Piecha (sub David Robson), 6 David Johnson, 7 Craig Robson, 8 Steven Brown, 9 Ian Robson, 10 David Pounder, 11 Michael Brown.