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Notable kits of yesteryear

Workington5 July ~ It is probably safe to say that Workington are the only team to have sported a fried egg on their shirt. Their red home Spall shirt (and their sky blue away kit) was sponsored by the Channel 4 programme The Big Breakfast for 1995-96. In the summer of 1995 the TV show were looking to adopt a non-League club and contacted the Northern Premier League (NPL) to find out who the "worst team" in the league were. Having finished the previous season third bottom of NPL Division One, Workington were chosen.

Channel 4 launched their "sponsorship" on the evening of August 2, 1995, filming Workington's friendly with Carlisle United. Throughout the season, the club were given air-time on the Friday sports bulletin and their results were read out on Monday mornings, with the league table analysed. Channel 4 filmed two of Workington' FA Cup ties, including an 8-1 thrashing of Hebburn, with footage shown to breakfast-time viewers.

The management team and players appeared on the show and one of the presenters, Gaby Roslin, became an honorary member of the supporters' club; guest Robbie Williams even posed in the shirt for one of his calendar shots. Workington received no money from the show but they became a household name for millions of viewers. As they struggled on the pitch, however, their league position was shown less and less and interest dwindled. Workington finished the season sixth from bottom. Andy Ollerenshaw

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