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New Plaque installed for Rugby League Legend

The Eppie Gibson plaque in Workington town centre

Washington Square Shopping Centre have funded a blue plaque for Rugby League legend Eppie Gibson. The plaque has now been installed near The Entertainer Toy Shop in Workington Town Centre.

Richard Ashcroft, Washington Square Shopping Centre Manager said ‘today we were delighted to welcome Eppie Gibson’s widow, Mrs Marie Gibson, to Washington Square Shopping Centre.

Eppie Gibson was a Workington Town Legend, he was a member of Gus Risman’s 1952 Challenge Cup winning side and was part of an incredibly talented and successful town team, the likes of which we are unlikely to see again. We consider it to be very fitting that Eppie’s blue plaque is displayed opposite the one for Gus Risman at the top of Risman Place.

It is our absolute privilege to honour another of Workington Town’s greats in our Shopping Centre.’

Eppie was born in Northumberland in 1927 but moved to Cumbria a few weeks after his birth. He was signed by Workington Town in July 1947 and was put in the first team at stand-off, where he made such an impression that within two months he had played for Cumberland and England.

Eppie’s county career stretched over a dozen years and brought him seventeen caps.

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