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The story behind the picture – Civic Reception

Not since the Ken Furphy promotion season had Reds achievements been recognised by the local council.

So it was a privilege to be granted a Civic Reception after winning the North West Trains League title back in 1999.

The Mayor of Allerdale, Councillor Mrs J McKeown, invited all the players, officials, directors and their respective partners to Allerdale House in recognition of the championship success.

And following a welcome speech from Mrs McKeown, the Mayor of Workington, Councillor Joseph Robinson, said a few words before Reds chairman, Bill Wilson, thanked Allerdale on behalf of the club.

A well presented buffet and drinks made for a pleasant evening before the playing staff signed the visitors’ book and had their photographs taken with the two mayors.

The event took place on Sunday 16th May, 1999 – almost a fortnight after Reds had obtained a narrow 2-1 win over Mossley to clinch the title in a ‘winner-takes-all’ decider on the last day of the season.

The picture shows Bill Wilson with the championship trophy, Allerdale officials, manager and assistant, Peter Hampton and Keith Hunton, and players Liam Bell, Andrew Casson, George Dixon, Nigel Dustin, Alan Gray, Marc Green, Jeff Henderson, Mathew Henney, Martin Kirkby, Russell Meighan, Stuart Millar, Brett Swift, Lee Taylor, Stuart Williamson, Darren Wilson and Keith Mason.

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