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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Help former Workington Reds kit man net charity cash

A former Workington Reds kit man who is battling cancer will host a fund-raising event for charity tonight.

READY FOR CHARITY NIGHT: Workington Reds fan Bill Doran

Bill Doran, 75, of Garfield Street, Workington, has invited former Reds managers Tommy Cassidy and Les O’Neill, as well as ex-chairman Dale Brotherton, to be special guests at A Football Talkin, which will be held at Workington Royal British Legion at 7.30pm.

Mr Doran has been battling cancer for the past 15 months and wanted to give something back to Prostate Cancer UK, which has supported him.

He has been a Reds supporter since 1949, when he was just 11. He used to serve tea during matches from 2001 to 2003 and became the team’s kit man from 2003 to 2007, while Mr Cassidy was manager.

Mr Doran said: “It was brilliant, especially under Tommy Cassidy. I am pleased they have all agreed to come to the event. I hope lots of people turn up.”

Mr O’Neill, a former Newcastle United and Carlisle United midfielder, managed Reds from 1989 to 1991. Mr Cassidy, who also played for Newcastle United and was a Northern Ireland international, was manager from 2001 to 2007 and Mr Brotherton was chairman from 2000 to 2006.

The trio will talk about their experiences and answer questions from the audience.

There will also be a football quiz, raffle and auction. Admission is £5.

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