A PHOTOGRAPH taken at Workington’s home game with Prescot Cables on Saturday has gone viral on the social platforms.

Gary McKeating, a regular on the Borough Park touchline with his camera, spotted a couple alone under an umbrella on the rain-soaked river end terraces.

It turned-out to be long-time fan William Baker and his young grandson Dylan who plays for Reds Under-9s.

The club are now to meet the pair and show their appreciation for their support.

Gary, who more often than not takes his photographs whatever the weather dressed in shorts and flip flops, got a soaking alongside Reds other regular snapper Ben Challis.

From under his umbrella William had observed: “The two photographers were absolutely wet through but Dylan and I were fine.

“I’d just spent a bit of money on a fancy new umbrella, the kind the Royals use and I knew it would be fine for us, and wouldn’t be blown inside out in the conditions.

“Dylan always likes to stand behind the goals so that’s where we were. If I hadn’t got the new umbrella we would have gone under cover.”

William, 62, revealed that he has followed the Reds since he was six years old while his brother Kevin, now retired, helps with pitch maintenance.

“I can remember players like Mike Rogan, John Ogilvie, Alan Tyrer and Johnny Martin from when I first started watching the Reds.

“I’ve always followed them and I’m pleased grandson Dylan is following on as well.”

Reds director Richard Lewthwaite said: “Everyone thought it was a great photo, saying a lot about supporters' devotion in non-league football.

“I’m looking forward to a chat with William and Dylan.”

The original Twitter post currently has 1.3 million views and Workington AFC's reply currently has 960,000 views. The posts has comments flooding in from across the country, and from supporters of other clubs.



Paul said: "Now that's what I call proper football fans, massive respect."

A Nottingham Forrest supporter said: "Credit to them both and a credit to the club.

"This is what supporting your club is all about."