Workington Town chairman on Championship survival aim & stadium hope

John Pleasants Workington Town
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Championship club Workington Town have appointed John Pleasants as chairman in a full-time capacity after previously being interim chair.

Pleasants returned to the West Cumbria area five years ago after retiring from his role as a global commercial director in the pharmaceutical industry.

He has been a Workington fan for amost 60 years and played rugby union for Workington Zebras in the 70s and 80s.

Workington Town chairman on potential new stadium and 2022 hopes

On becoming Town chairman, Pleasants said: “I have always been a sport nut, both playing and watching; and to be in my current position is a dream come true, although I don’t underestimate the challenge.

“I believe firmly that we need a new sports stadium for the Town and Reds (FC) if we are to develop fully the potential of both clubs.

“I’m currently a member of the Sports Village project team; so I’m definitely at the sharp end of the process to make the current vision for a stadium and community pitch a reality.

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“I think I have the business skills and people management experience to make a significant contribution to the Town as chairman. But I am also a good listener and am always prepared to listen to other peoples opinions and ideas.

“This season will be a real challenge for us as a club in the Championship, but we are up for the fight; and so long as the fans continue to support us; and believe in what we are doing, then I am sure we can succeed.

“Success for me this year is firstly survival, and with the wind in the right direction; and good home crowds to finish in the top half of the table.

“This year we have to continue to put a solid foundation in place at the club, based on a sensible business strategy that will allow us to keep strengthening the playing squad; and to also be at the heart of the whole community of West Cumbria.”

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