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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Paul Charlton joins Workington Town Hall of Fame

Paul Charlton greeted his induction into Workington Town’s Hall of Fame with the words“I couldn’t ask for any more.”

The 69-year-old full-back legend is now based in Australia’s Gold Coast and is on a brief trip home. And he is delighted to take his place in the hallowed Hall alongside fellow Town greats.

“It’s amazing, you can’t put a price on it,” he said.

Charlton joined Town from Kells in 1960, and went on to make the full-back position his own. In 1969 he transferred to Salford for a world record cash transfer of £12,500 and proved great value for money, scoring 99 tries in 234 games for the Red Devils.

He returned to Town as player-coach in 1975 and guided the club to promotion in his first season, going on to lift the Lancashire Cup two years later.

“Workington gave me an opportunity as a young kid and stuck with me,” added Charlton, who earned 19 Test caps and was a member of Great Britain’s World Cup-winning squad in France in 1972.

“You pick up good manners along the way and go with the flow. You just have to buckle down and hope it works out, and that’s what happened to me.”

He is still in weekly contact with son Gary, the current Workington Town coach.

“Prior to the season I said it wouldn’t happen right away, players had to gel, and that team spirit would come later,” said Charlton Snr.

“It’s towards the end of the season that you have to fire, and that’s what is happening at Workington at present.

“Everything’s falling in to place and they seem to have a good blend.”

The former full-back believes that if Town do not earn promotion this term with their young side, they will certainly seize their chance next term.

To check ticket availability for the Vice-President event, phone Tony Boyd on 07850 552229.

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