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Friday, 24 October 2014

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£3,500 for Reds programmes

Rare: Reds v Man Utd

By Gemma Fraser

A RARE collection of Workington Reds match programmes were snapped up at auction – by none other than chairman Dale Brotherton.

Mr Brotherton and his father Bill paid more than £3,500 for 500 programmes, buying 16 out of 20 lots at Mitchell’s fine art auction in Cockermouth.

The collection spans from the 1940s pre-Football League era up to 1977 and includes one of the club’s most memorable matches – the FA Cup clash with Matt Busby’s Manchester United on January 4, 1958.

Mr Brotherton, 35, will add the new programmes to his already impressive collection, bringing the total up to around 1,000.

He told the News & Star: “I’m interested in building up a collection of Reds memorabilia up to the end of our Football League days, partly because of my association with the club, but also because of a genuine interest in its history.

“My Dad and I have started collecting in the last 18 months.

“We’ve found out certain things that we didn’t know just by looking at the programmes.

“Ultimately we want to keep collecting and one day put it in a Reds museum.”

The programmes came from a private collection belonging to a Whitehaven man. Mr Brotherton said most of them were in good condition.

In November another collection of rare Reds programmes was sold at Sotherby’s in London for well over the asking price.

Local and national buyers paid £7,860 to purchase the programmes, with one set making £2,800.

Mr Brotherton, who lives just outside Dalston, joined Reds as match secretary six years ago when the club was in serious debt. The Football Association declared it insolvent the same year.

He and a consortium began a campaign to oust chairman Bill Wilson. Soon after debts were cleared.

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