Well marketram has mentioned Workington quite a few times in his posts so I think it's time we put him right on one or two points.
"Workington are not short of a bob or two" - Oh if only that were true. We run a squad of about 24 players and 23 of them are either Cumbrian or live here so when we play away we travel as a group and every away game is a costly business, in fact I would say what we spend on travelling each season would comfortable pay for two or three players for the M62 clubs. We got our best ever sponsorship deal from Zebra Claims this season but most of that went on bringing over two players from Australia (Fifita and Horton) and housing them and their families. To date we haven't had the best of returns on that investment but we live in hopes. Four of our squad were only signed this season from the Cumbrian Amateur game and obviously are still getting used to the move up. Take out injured players and yes, we do sometimes rely on one or two players from Wigan but very rarely get players for the positions we need cover for.
Over the season we have had 12 players from Wigan who have filled 34 places out of a possible 323 available in our 19 matches. You picked out Ryan Hampshire but do you know how many games he has actually played for Town this season? He played 1 match at home to Sheffield at the start of the season. Lewis Tierney (10 games) has played most games of the Wigan players for us and most of them have been out of position on the wing. We haven't had the best of deals with Wigan as they frequently name players we are getting, who then get named in our match-day 19 players but then we find the day before the game one or two have been withdrawn back to Wigan.