Workington Reds are thanking fans far and wide after receiving donations and messages of support from across the world.

The club launched a new appeal recently to keep the spirit of Bill Shankly alive as it aims to raise £50,000 in much-needed funds to stay afloat after the coronavirus hit the club hard.

It has now hit a fifth of its target with £10, 867 raised.

And Reds are hoping their shared history with Liverpool, surrounding legendary manager Bill Shankly, who led both clubs, will help them as they battle to keep their club going.

Some top names from Liverpool’s past have joined the cause and fans across the world are also getting behind the Borough Park outfit.

One message to the club read: “From a Liverpool Red who now lives in Adelaide...Good luck YNWA.” And another added: “I am in the US, but I would never let one of Shankly’s walk alone.”

The club has also had supportive messages from the Liverpool Supporters’ Club in Minneapolis, as well as a Bury fan, who added: “As a lifelong Bury fan I know the heartbreak of losing one’s club. Best of luck to you all.”

And one Liverpool fan added: “I was just seven-years-old when I met Bill Shankly at Anfield 48 years ago. I didn’t know he had a connection with Workington AFC until I saw the appeal.

"Happy to help keep his spirit alive at your club.

"Good luck.”