Workington Reds is set to stream a virtual recreation of their “most famous match” with a view to smashing their home attendance record and raising funds for worthy causes.

The most historic of the club’s matches took place in 1958, when Borough Park hosted Workington Reds versus Manchester United.

The FA Cup third-round tie took place on January 4, 1958 and featured the iconic Busby Babes, including names like Duncan Edwards, Tommy Taylor and Roger Byrne.

Tragically, just weeks later many of the Babes were killed in the Munich Air Disaster.

Workington Reds faced the cream of the crop in the cup clash. The Busby Babes were so named as they were the new blood of the side at the time, recruited by then manager Matt Busby.

Workington Reds’ chairman Les Byers said that the club has been hard at work to recreate the historic clash. The virtual game will be streamed live on YouTube on Saturday, May 30.

Fans are being asked to pay a £2 donation to watch the game, with all ticket proceeds split between Workington Reds’ Covid-19 Survival Fund and NHS charities.

Workington Reds hope to top 21,500 fans in virtual attendance beating their previous home crowd record.

Mr Byers said: “This is a bold undertaking for us, when you consider our average crowd is now little more than 500 fans.

“As well as the Workington supporters, we hope football fans everywhere, particularly those from Manchester United, will help break our ground record, enjoy the game, save our club and help the NHS.”

He said: “Small football clubs like ourselves, playing in the lower leagues, do not benefit from generous TV payouts. Virtually all our revenue comes through our turnstiles and cash spent on food and drink. Now, with all games on hold, our share of any money raised from this online match is absolutely essential to our survival.

“But equally important, the club will be giving 25 per cent of all profits to the NHS, to show our thanks and express our gratitude for their incredible bravery in recent weeks.”

Despite staying tight-lipped about how the game has been re-created, Mr Byers revealed that the production will have all the trappings of game day.