Save The Reds - Keep The Spirit Of Shankly Alive

by Workington AFC in Workington, England, United Kingdom

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 11th August 2020 at 10:42am

Bill Shankly's former club, Workington AFC, is fighting for its future because of Covid-19. Please help to save Shankly's original Reds.

by Workington AFC in Workington, England, United Kingdom

Thank you for all your help so far in saving Bill Shankly's former club, Workington Reds, in our centenary year.


We are pressing on with preparations for the season, training is going well and we are all remaining confident - but until fans are allowed back into the ground, we have no income - and that's why we urgently need to fundraise to ensure we can get through the season.


The great Bill Shankly famously said: "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death... I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” 

For Shankly’s former club, Workington AFC, YOUR support could make the difference between surviving our centenary year or not.

We're really hopeful that people who have idolised Shanks will get behind this urgent campaign. 

Already, we have received videos of support from Liverpool legends John Aldridge, Alan Kennedy and Jimmy Case.



The Spirit of Shankly is very much alive at Borough Park, home of Workington 'Reds'. Shanks came back to open the lounge named after him in 1980 and said it was a greater honour than winning any of his trophies with Liverpool FC:

As you'll have seen in the video at the top, Shankly proudly said:

"Sometimes people forget what a man has done.

"But Workington didn't forget."


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Bill Shankly's legacy lives on at Liverpool FC. Jurgen Klopp has just guided Liverpool to the Premier League title with seven games to spare. We now need the spirit of Shankly to survive at Workington Reds. 



Workington should have been champions too!

Liverpool FC have of course just romped home with the Premier League title. Workington were also comfortably top of their league and on course for promotion.

But the Covid-19 pandemic robbed the club of the financial rewards of the Northern Premier Division. The campaign was declared null and void with Reds 10 points clear at the top.

With no fans coming through the gates, Reds face an uncertain future. 

Supporters have rallied round superbly and raised enough money to get the new season up and running, whenever that may be.

But with no sign yet of fans returning to the stadium, much more money has to be raised to get The Reds through to the end of next season - which is our centenary year, and should be full of celebrations.

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Coming off the pitch after another big home win in the Bet Victor Northern Premier League last season - a campaign cruelly ended early with Reds at the top.


If it's not possible for fans to come back for a while, and it's not possible for the Reds to survive to the end of the season, it would be a tragedy for supporters, players and staff, but also for the legacy Shankly created.


Shanks playing football with the local kids on a day off from management!


How Bill Shankly Made A Lasting Impact At Workington

Workington had only been a League side for two years and had struggled at the bottom for both seasons, when Shankly took over in January 1954. 

Shankly had to do much of the admin work himself at the club, answering the phone and letters, and going to the bank each week to collect the payroll.

On the pitch, the 1953/54 season saw Shankly lift Workington to 20th position, and the team played an attractive brand of football. The next season saw them finish a respectable eighth in Third Division North, with average attendances rising from 6,000 to 9,000. 

Shankly had changed Workington's fortunes and, as an ambitious manager, was ready to step up. He took charge of Liverpool in 1959, when they were in the Second Division, and built the team into a major force in England and Europe.

Workington has never forgotten Bill Shankly, and in his honour we hope that we will Never Walk Alone. 

We hope dearly that all those who cherish the memory and legacy of the late, great Bill Shankly, can come together to support and save the Reds of West Cumbria.



The Future of Workington AFC

We believe the Workington Reds can have a bright future because we have great support from the younger generation, and excellent players and staff in our youth teams.

You'll have seen in the video two marvellous young Reds fans - supporters of both Liverpool and Workington. Their names are Oliver Garrett (aged 7) and Rebecca Wilson (10), and their passion for both clubs is something we don't want to lose.

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Your support is greatly appreciated

Thank you so much, for whatever amount you can afford to donate towards our survival fund, either as a straight donation or taking advantage of one of our fantastic rewards.

Shanks also said: "Above all, I would like to be remembered as a man who was selfless, who strove and worried so that others could share the glory."

He certainly did that for Workington AFC. And for Liverpool. 

Thank you for helping us Keep The Spirit of Shankly Alive at the Reds of West Cumbria.

Workington AFC. 'The Reds'

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EXTRA TIME: The Tale Of Two Bills

After Bill Shankly’s reign at Borough Park, he forged a solid friendship with groundsman Billy Watson, that lasted into the Eighties.

Billy had been two years into his long association with the club as groundsman when Shanks arrived as manager in January 1954.  They became firm friends and remained so, even when the Scot became manager of Liverpool.

Groundsman Billy was occasionally invited down to Anfield or Melwood to spend a day with the players as Shankly’s guest.

It was a special day, therefore, when Shanks returned to Borough Park in 1980, to open a lounge named in his honour, and the two were seen on the pitch together for the first time in 25 years.

Enjoy the full video interview with the Two Bills here...



"Workington didn't forget"


Please help us save Shankly's Reds of West Cumbria.

Scroll back up the page to see the donation options.

Thank you!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

'Access All Areas' Matchday Tour

A must for any Reds fan, a great present, and one for visiting groundhoppers. You'll get: • Admission to a Saturday match of your choice • Access all areas guided tour with a Borough Park historian • One complimentary drink in The Shankly Lounge • A souvenir Workington AFC pin badge • Photo posted on workingtonafc.com • Meet the managerial team and/or player • Max 6 people per tour • Saturday games only, subject to availability

£10 or more

Receive Our Official Thanks On The Reds Website

If you can spare a tenner to help our survival cause, we will send you our official gratitude with a name-check on the Workington AFC website.

£10 or more

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Signed Liverpool 2017 team football - draw entry

As our clubs have a common bond with Bill Shankly, we are delighted to offer the chance to win an official Liverpool FC football signed by Jurgen Klopp's team of 2017. These items usually sell for a lot of money at auction, so we are giving you the chance to own it for just £10. There will be a maximum of 100 'tickets' sold, so you've got a better chance of winning than in most competitions!

£15 or more

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'I Supported Shankly's Reds' Workington AFC Mug

Drink with pride with an 'I Supported Shankly's Reds' Workington AFC Mug.

£15 or more

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Unique Centenary Football WAFC T-Shirt - Children

Have a look in the Updates column to see this unique design based on our Workington AFC centenary football (also in the rewards). Sizes now available for adults and children.

£20 or more

Receive A Personal Thanks In Our Match Programme

If you can donate £20 or more, thank you! We will print your name in one of our match programmes next season, giving official thanks for helping to save Workington Reds. You'll also get recognition on the Workington AFC website.

£25 or more

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Unique Centenary Football WAFC T-Shirt - Adults

Have a look in the Updates column to see this unique design based on our Workington AFC centenary football (also in the rewards). Sizes now available for adults and children.

£35 or more

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Workington AFC Away Shirt

We've got a limited stock of our amber away shirt. Don't miss your chance to own one and help to Save The Reds.

£50 or more

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Replica Workington AFC 'Reds' Centenary Shirt

Wear your loyalty to Shankly's Reds with pride - get your own First Team Replica Home Shirt for the 2020/21 Centenary Season. Choose your size. £50 donation covers costs, postage and packing, and gives us about £25 profit.

£100 or more

Get On The Roll Of Honour In The Shankly Lounge

This is your chance to be a permanent part of the famous history of Workington AFC. Have your name included on a Roll of Honour on the wall inside The Shankly Lounge - the very room Shanks opened in his own honour.

£100 or more

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Centenary Collectors' Item, Leather Mini Football

Limited edition, hand-made, beautiful mini size (6-inch) traditional football in real leather. Specially commissioned for Workington AFC's centenary year. Available early to boost our appeal. Price includes postage and packing. See Updates section for. more details and picture.

£150 or more

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Leather Size 5 Football, Centenary Collectors Item

Limited edition, hand-made, beautiful full size 5 traditional football in real leather. Specially commissioned for Workington AFC's centenary year. Available early to boost our appeal. Price includes postage and packing. See Updates section for. more details and picture.

£250 or more

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Be A Match Ball Sponsor

Sponsor the match ball at one of our home games, and get the VIP treatment all day. *Subject to availability

£3,500 or more

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Exclusive Sponsor of The Shankly Lounge in 2020/21

This is a really special reward. Pledge £3,500 and become the Exclusive Sponsor of the Shankly Lounge for our centenary season. You will get your branding / recognition in the Shankly Lounge, and on all our online channels. You will also receive 4 season tickets for the 2020-21 season. Your party of four will be served a complimentary pre-match lunch and refreshments at each home game.

£25 or more

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Workington AFC T-Shirt

Wear your loyalty to Shankly's Reds with pride by snapping up one of these WAFC T-shirts.

£25 or more

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Unique Centenary Football WAFC T-Shirt

Have a look in the Updates column to see this unique design based on our Workington AFC centenary football (also in the rewards).

Let's make 'Save The Reds - Keep The Spirit Of Shankly Alive' happen

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