1) From the seventeenth century at least it was a custom among workmen generally to club together when purchasing drink, and the noun 'club' can be compared in such contexts with the modern ‘kitty’.
1700 Hey and Wilkinson were at his and clubbed for ale, Bradford
1725 Jonas Horsfall being known to Benjamin Smith proposed to clubb for some ale with him, Ilkley. The use of ‘club’ as a noun in some colliery accounts may refer to such agreements: 1715 due to him that he laid down for Club then 1s 0d
due to Rich. for 2 Clubs 2s 0d, Farnley.