Workington A.F.C.

Workington A.F.C.

Football club infobox
clubname = Workington

fullname = Workington Association Football Club
nickname = The Reds
founded = 1921
ground = Borough Park
capacity = 3,101 (500 seated)
chairman = Humphrey Dobie
manager =
assistant manager = Viv Busby
league = Conference North |
position = Conference North, 14th
season = 2007-08

Workington A.F.C. are an English football club from Workington, Cumbria. They are in the Conference North, and play their home matches at Borough Park, which has a capacity of 3,101 (500 seated, 2,601 standing). The club play in red, and are known locally as the Reds. Their rivals are Carlisle United and Barrow A.F.C. to a lesser extent.


The original Workington A.F.C were one of the founder members of the Cumberland Association League in 1890 and played at Lonsdale Park. In 1894 they moved to the Cumberland Senior League, and in 1901 joined the Lancashire League. However, the league closed two seasons later, and they returned to the Cumberland Senior League. In 1904 the club were admitted to the Lancashire Combination, but in 1910 seasons they decided to economise and join the North Eastern League. However, after only one season, the club folded.

The new Workington A.F.C. were born in 1921 and immediately joined the North Eastern League. During the 1933/4 season, the club managed its best-ever FA Cup performance, reaching the 4th round, before losing to Preston North End. Later in the decade, the club moved to its present home, Borough Park. In 1951 the club were voted into the Third Division North of The Football League replacing New Brighton.

Their first season in the League was a sign of things to come; the club finishing rock bottom, and only improving by one place the following year. Between 1954 and 1955 the club was managed by Bill Shankly, later to go on to success with Liverpool F.C. During the 1957/8 season they played the Manchester United team known as the Busby Babes at home in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, attracting a record crowd of 21,000. However, at the end of that season, the club dropped into the Fourth Division when the League was reorganised.

In 1964, player-manager Ken Furphy led them to 3rd position, earning promotion to the Third Division. During both the 1963/4 and 1964/5 season, they made it to the quarter-finals of the League Cup, where they lost to West Ham and Chelsea (in a replay) respectively. During the latter cup run, the club beat Cumbrian neighbours Barrow 9-1, a record which remained until the mid-1980s.

In 1966 they finished in 5th place, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Second Division, but next year finished bottom, and were relegated back to the Fourth Division. In 1974 and 1975 the club finished 23rd out of 24 and in 1976 they finished bottom. In 1977 the club won only four games, and again finished bottom of the League with attendances falling well below the 1,000-mark. This poor run led to the club being voted out of the League in the summer of 1977, being replaced by Wimbledon.

The club dropped into the Northern Premier League (NPL), but failed to trouble the top teams, never finishing higher than 7th, before they were relegated to the NPL First Division in 1988. They continued to struggle, eventually being relegated to the North West Counties League in 1998. However, the club managed to win the League at their first attempt (also their first ever championship). After a 2-0 defeat at Kidsgrove Athletic on 27th February 1999, Manager Peter Hampton set the squad a challenge, win their last 14 games and they would win the league. Sure enough after winning the next 13 games Workington squared up to league leaders Mossley at Borough Park in front of a 2,281 spectators, a league record only beaten by the formation of F.C. United. Workington ran out 2-1 winners with goals from Stuart Williamson and substitute Grant Holt. Workington became the first club to return to the NPL First Division at the first attempt.

As a result of a 7th place finish in 2004, the club moved up to the NPL's Premier Division during the Non-league restructuring. They then continued their upward movement by winning the first-ever NPL promotion play-offs (after finishing in 2nd place) to win promotion to the Conference North.

Following a mid-table finish in their first season in Conference North, the 2006-07 season saw Workington finish in third place and qualify for the promotion play-offs where they lost 2-1 against Hinckley United.

Current first team squad

(R) - Denotes Reserve Team/Academy Player

Notable former players

Former Managers

:"Listed in order from 1950 to present:" [Allen, T., Reds Remembered P142]


Honours list

* Best Season in Football League - 1965/66 (5th in Third Division)
* Promotion From Division Four - 1964 (3rd Place)
* Football League Cup Quarter Finals - 1964, 1965
* Best Season in FA Cup - 1933/34 (4th Round Proper)
* Best Season in FA Trophy - 1999/00 (5th Round )
* Best Season in FA Vase - 1998/99 (6th Round)
* Best Season in Conference North - 2006/07 (3rd Position)
* Best Season in Northern Premier League - 2004/05 (2nd Position)
* Northern Premier League Playoff Winners - 2004/05
* Northern Premier League Presidents Cup Winners - 1984
* Northern Premier League Presidents Cup Runners Up - 2004
* North West Counties Football League First Division Champions - 1998/99
* Cumberland County Cup Winners - 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1925, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1968, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2007
* Cumberland County Cup Runners Up - 1886, 1892, 1900, 1901, 1903, 1909, 1924, 1927, 1930, 1947, 1969, 1979
* North Eastern League Runners Up - 1939
* North Eastern League Challenge Cup Winners - 1935, 1937
* North Eastern League Challenge Cup Runners Up 1938
* Northern Premier League Fair Play Award - 2000/01

External links

* [ Official site]
* [ Unofficial site "The Popular Side"]
* [ The Popular Side You Tube Channel]
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