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Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 11 December 2020

centenary launch.pngWorkington Reds have launched their Centenary Club ahead of next year’s special celebrations to mark 100 years.

Dave Bowden, who will take over from Les Byers as chairman on New Year’s Day, has been a prime mover in establishing the Centenary Club for supporters.

At today’s launch he said: “Needless to say 2020 has been an unimagineable year for us all, and particularly Reds fans when almost certain League success was snatched away at the final hurdle.

“As we approach 2021, and a hundred years since the formation of the current club, it is of vital importance that we celebrate this milestone with our magnificent fans in a unique way.

“The importance of the relationship between supporters and football clubs has never been so crucial.

“The Centenary Club is a key initiative for this special year and is an opportunity for us to look forward to enjoying each other’s company whilst discussing all things Reds.

“We want as many fans as possible to get involved in this rather special Club as we celebrate a wonderful past and look forward to a bright future.

“There will be plenty of events to attend and support but the committee, all fanatical Workington supporters, welcome additional ideas and suggestions to mark the celebrations.”reds 1921.png

Older supporters might recall a Centenary Reunion dinner in the Washington Hotel back in 1984 which was a hugely popular event, so it’s worth explaining why there’s a second centenary celebration.

The original club was formed in 1884 but disbanded in 1911 and although there were various attempts to revive the sport in the town through the formation of Workington Central, Workington United and Workington Athletic, none survived.

It wasn’t until Thursday, January 20 1921 that a public meeting was held in the Masonic Hall that the club we support today was officially born.

The committee was formed in March and the first friendlies were played in May at Lonsdale Park, one of them against Preston North End.

With the North Eastern League re-organising, it was a good time to apply and along with Darlington reserves, Preston Colliery and Seaton Delavel the new Reds were accepted.

There was one condition attached, however, and a pretty tough one for a new club. As Workington were well outside the natural geographical catchment area they had to guarantee to pay travelling expenses (from Newcastle) to their visitors!

The first team, and quite a sizeable squad they had, is shown above with a wonderfully sharp picture from 1921 which suggests it might have been ahead of a trial game or an official club photograph for the launch. 

So, 100 years on, Reds are ready to celebrate with a number of events planned over the 12 months.

Icing on the cake would be clinching the promotion that was so cruelly denied last season.

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