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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Minute's silence for Workington Town director

Workington Town held a minute’s silence ahead of the game with Sheffield Eagles to mark the death of director Frank Gilmour.

Frank Gilmour photo
Frank Gilmour

Mr Gilmour, 61, who had been a director for 10 years, died at the weekend after being ill for a year.

Today tributes were paid to club stalwart who in his younger days also played football for Workington Reds having earlier been a consistent marksman for the former Marsh Boys’ Club in Workington.

In the 1977/78 season, Reds’ first after losing their Football League status, Mr Gilmour made four starts with six sub appearances in the Northern Premier League.

He scored 14 goals for the Reds’ reserves team that season in the West Cumberland League.

But later he became a firm fan of Workington Town and regarded it as an honour when he was invited onto the board in 2004.

A club statement said today:“It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Frank Gilmour, a hugely popular and very recent director of the club and a Town supporter in every way.

“Frank joined the board 10 years ago, usually preferring to stay very much in the background, but during this time he was a tireless worker on behalf of the club and was hugely influential in board meetings.

“His no-nonsense approach to any club issues, coupled with a mischievous and unique sense of humour, were a major part of the club’s progress in so many areas on and off the pitch.

“We have all lost a huge stalwart of the club and for many of us a close and highly respected friend.

“Our thoughts go to Frank’s wife Val and all the family at this very sad time.”

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