VIDEO: Worksop Town fan gathers historical evidence for ‘world’s fourth oldest club’ status as he plots Tigers book

A history loving Worksop Town fan has unearthed evidence to suggest they are indeed the world’s fourth oldest club, having been established in 1861.

John Stocks has been a Tigers fan since the late 1960s, and is putting together a book on the club’s long and illustrious history in football.

Worksop Town FC 1972 - 73.  Midland League Champions.  Back row, Manager Les Moore, Phil Dolby, Paul Dolby, Adrian Wall, Colin Treharne, Sam Clarke, Sonny Radford, Chairman Fred Horne.  Front row, Nick Fenoughty, Colin Oxley, David Birkinshaw, Ronnie Reid, Wayne Beswick.

Worksop Town FC 1972 - 73. Midland League Champions. Back row, Manager Les Moore, Phil Dolby, Paul Dolby, Adrian Wall, Colin Treharne, Sam Clarke, Sonny Radford, Chairman Fred Horne. Front row, Nick Fenoughty, Colin Oxley, David Birkinshaw, Ronnie Reid, Wayne Beswick.

Any money made from the venture will be ploughed straight back into the fan-funded club.

While other football historians have cast doubt on the club’s formation being in 1861, Stocks is now certain that is when Worksop Town were born.

Fellow Tigers fans joined him at Worksop Library today with various pieces of club memorabillia and artifacts.

Stocks hopes to compile an archive for the library, and holds talks on the club’s history.

He has already discovered links to a pair of Worksop’s most famous exports in an early Tigers line-up.

“In the first recorded Worksop team there are players almost certainly related to John Parr of St Elmos Fire fame and Graham Taylor the ex England manager,” he said.

If you have information on the club’s history, contact John Stocks via email Johnstockspoetry@hotmail.co.uk