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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Workington Town and Whitehaven set new date to contest Ike Southward trophy

The Ike Southward Memorial Trophy will be contested between Workington Town and Whitehaven on Good Friday, March 29, the first time that the two sides meet in Championship One next season, and not as a pre-season friendly.

Ike Southward photo
Ike Southward

In a joint statement issued by Town and Haven, the clubs said that they regretted they will “not be in a position to play the pre-season Ike Southward Memorial fixture” at the usual time of year.

Rugby league legend Southward, who starred on the wing for Workington Town, Oldham and briefly Whitehaven, was once transferred for a world record fee, and went on to coach Town as well as serve on the club’s board. He died aged 71 in June 2006 and an annual match between the two west Cumbrian clubs is played in his memory.

The statement went on to add: “The expectation was that the game would initially be played over the Christmas/New Year period.

“However, with Workington having nine players unavailable through injuries and suspensions, this has not been possible.

“Town are not likely to have any dual-registration players to ease the situation until at least mid-January.

“With Town due to play Widnes on the January 13, and Whitehaven already committed to play Barrow on January 20, and their pre-season team-building and fixture in Carcassone the following weekend, it hasn’t been possible to plan a pre-season game.

“However, both clubs recognise the importance of the game in memory of Ike Southward.

“With that in mind, the first league game at the higher level between the two clubs at Derwent Park for many years will be a fitting tribute and will see the winners lift the Ike Southward Trophy.

“Next year’s game will, hopefully, be played at the Recreation Ground with a provisional date set of the Sunday, December 29.

“Whitehaven are now scheduled to play two pre-season games but will endeavour to fix up a home friendly on the January 13. However, this may prove difficult at this stage.”

Town will face Haven in the Championship on Good Friday at Derwent Park in front of the Premier Sports TV cameras.

A kick-off time is yet to be confirmed.

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