A 78-year-old man is not letting age stand in the way of fundraising for his favourite club.

During the past 41 years well-known Jimmy Woolaghan has played for, served and supported Workington Town RLFC.

Over the decades he has turned his hand – and feet – to all sorts. Now he is putting the miles in to raise funds for his beloved club.

Daughter Vicki MacDonald said: “I’m so proud that my dad wants to support the fundraising for Workington Town.

“This month, five mornings a week he will walk 3.5 miles from his home, over the town slag bank and back.

“The club has always been a massive part of our life and he wanted to do what he could to help at these difficult times.

“Teams here are not wealthy and at the moment they are unable to raise any money on the gates or in bars.”

Jimmy, of Findlay Place, usually trains at Ted’s Gym in John Street.

“This gets me out the house, I don’t want to be stuck at home and enjoy getting out early in the morning,” said Jimmy.

Vicky added: “Dad has served at his beloved second home of Derwent Park for 41 years, not just for the first team.

“He has assisted with the A team and academy set ups and has also been fitness trainer, Buffer’s caddy, kitman, water carrier and masseuse.

“His love for the game is unquestionable.

“On one occasion, he even played for the away team to make up the numbers and got his nose broken in a tackle by his own teammate, Joe Sullivan.

“Up until the outbreak of Covid19 he would train five days a week at Ted’s Gym. He never sits still, so this is a positive, healthy way of burning his energy off for a good cause.

"To me he’s an inspiration and I hope to be like him at his age. In my opinion he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame!”

A club spokesman described Jimmy as “an integral part of our backroom staff at Derwent Park”. For details about how to support him, go to www.townrlfc.com