Sixty-five years ago, Workington hosted probably the greatest game in the club’s history when they took on Matt Busby’s Manchester United in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup at Borough Park, Workington.
The Third Division (North) outfit took a shock lead, Clive Colbridge scoring during the first half, only for United to recover and seal a 3-1 victory thanks to a Dennis Viollet hat-trick.
The attendance of 21,000 generated receipts of £2,236 from which United’s rail fares (£42) and hotel expenses (£31 10 shillings) had to be deducted as well as the referee’s expenses (£11 3 shillings) and those of the linesmen (£10 15 shillings). The ‘profit’ for each club amounted to £678 15 shillings.
The previous season, Workington made their exit from the competition against Goole Town, illustrating the highs and lows of the FA Cup.