Keep those turnstiles clicking – 100,000 support Reds

It’s ten years since Workington lost their place in Conference North (now National North), after spending nine decent seasons at that level.

After relegation at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, the general feeling was that WAFC would struggle to arrest the slide but nothing could be further from the truth and the last decade has been a very positive period for the club thanks to an ever-growing fanbase.

A packed Town End

It’s Reds’ third stint in the Northern Premier League but, by far, our most productive association with a league we first became members of in 1977, following our failure to be re-elected to the old Fourth Division.

But after our final season in the Conference, when our average attendance was just 356, the club has made a remarkable recovery on and off the pitch.  That’s not to suggest we are financially sound and self-sufficient – it remains a constant struggle to keep the club afloat – but it has definitely been a good, solid time in the club’s recent history.

After losing our Premier Division status in 2019, the following two seasons were hit by the world-wide pandemic and football was of secondary importance.  It was a tough period for countless businesses and sporting clubs but the last three seasons has seen an upturn in fortunes.

We have recorded remarkably consistent figures at the turnstiles over the last three campaigns with more supporters on the terraces last term than in any of our previous thirty-six seasons in the NPL.

Play-offs final (Dav on the attack)

Indeed, it is with pride that we announce that 100,000 fans have passed through the Borough Park turnstiles throughout the last decade, 42,000 in the last three seasons alone!

Many non-league football clubs have certainly enjoyed an attendance boom after the two Covid interrupted seasons and we are one of those who have benefitted.

The chart below shows how the crowds at Borough Park have fluctuated over the last ten years, culminating in last season’s best ever figures in the NPL.

A DECADE IN THE NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE

Season2014-152015-162016-172017-182018-192019-20 *2020-21 *2021-222022-232023-24
Highest2,6031,4056766386896734001,3261,6701,029
Lowest329333285189202309393301568412
Aggregate12,61411,88210,3538,7737,8977,7621,59314,02414,02814,845
Average548517450381395485398738738742
Position2nd5th4th12th21st1st2nd2nd3rd17th
PremierPremierPremierPremierPremierNorth WestNorth WestWestWestPremier

  • Covid disrupted season

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