0 Ex-Workington Reds groundsman Billy Watson dies

The football stalwart, who looked after the Borough Park pitch for a staggering 39 seasons and was a close friend of iconic Liverpool and Reds manager Bill Shankly, had been suffering from cancer.

He was one of the most respected groundsmen in the country and turned down chances to ply his trade at the highest level to stay in west Cumbria.

Mr Watson brushed shoulders with some of sport's biggest names - including Manchester United legend George Best when he visited Workington.

He was so close to Shankly that when he left Borough Park to manage Huddersfield Town in 1955, he offered Mr Watson a job. And it was an offer he repeated when he took over at Liverpool, giving his friend the chance to look after the pitch at Anfield.

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