Worcester City F.C.

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Full nameWorcester City Football Club
Nickname(s)City, The Blues, The Faithful
Founded1902
GroundClaines Lane
CapacityTBC
ChairmanSteve Goode
Manager Tim Harris
League Midland League Premier Division
2019–20 Midland League Premier Division (season abandoned)

Worcester City Football Club is an English football club based in Worcester, Worcestershire. The club play in the Midland Football League, the ninth tier of English football. [1] Established in 1902, the club play at Claines Lane.

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Worcester City's most notable successes include an FA Cup First round victory against Coventry City [2] and a third round win, in the same competition, against Liverpool F.C. [3]

History

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Worcester (blue and white shirts) in action against Dover Athletic in 2009

The club was formed on 9 September 1902 when, following the liquidation of another local side, Berwick Rangers, Worcester Rovers amalgamated taking the present name of Worcester City F. C. [4] taking over Berwick's fixture list in the Birmingham & District League. Initially they played on Pitchcroft on an enclosed area called Severn Terrace (behind the modern day Swan Theatre). [4] They played there until the start of the 1905 season. [4] It was in 1905 that they reached the first round of the FA Cup, losing 6–0 at home to Watford. In 1924–25 they won the league for the first time, and the following season reached the FA Cup first round again, losing 2–0 to Kettering Town in a second replay at St Andrew's. The club won back-to-back league titles in 1928–29 and 1929–30, also reaching the FA Cup first round in the former, losing 3–1 at Walsall.

In 1938 they joined the Southern League. In 1940 they won the Southern League Cup beating Chelmsford 7–3 over two legs under the guidance of former Fulham F.C. legend Syd Gibbons. During World War II the club returned to the Birmingham & District League for two seasons.

After the war Worcester rejoined the Southern League. In 1958–59 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup again. After beating Chelmsford City in a replay and then Millwall 5–2 in the second round, they were drawn against Liverpool. A 2–1 win saw Worcester qualify for the fourth round against Sheffield United. They were defeated 2–0 in front of a record home attendance of 17,042 at St George's Lane.

In 1973–74 the club were relegated to Division One North of the Southern League. They returned to the Premier Division as Division One champions in 1977, and in 1978–79 won the title. The following season they became founder members of the Alliance Premier League, finishing third in their first season. However, they were relegated at the end of the 1984–85 season.

The 1973–74 season saw City reach the quarter-final of the FA Trophy (reached 5 times in the club's history). They beat Taunton Town 1–0 away from home and then a 5–1 home win over Bletchley saw the club reach the third round. Having beaten Sandbach Ramblers 4–1, City progressed to the last eight where a 2–0 away defeat followed a goalless draw against South Shields ended their cup run. Also in 1973–74 Worcester played in the Welsh Cup for the first time, losing in the quarter-finals to Stourbridge In 1975–76 City were drawn against Shrewsbury Town in the quarter-finals at home and took them to a replay after a 2–2 draw, losing 3–0 in the replay. In the 1978–79 season, Worcester reached the semi-finals after beating Cardiff City 3–2 in the quarters. They again played Shrewsbury, this time losing 2–0 away.

The club remained in the Southern League Premier Division until 2004, when a fifth-placed finish earned them a place in the newly established Conference North. In 2008 they were moved to the Conference South after no southern teams were relegated from the Conference National. In 2009–10 they finished in the relegation zone, but were reprieved after several other clubs were demoted or folded – these clubs were all based in northern England so Worcester were transferred back to the Conference North.

On 9 November 2014, In the FA Cup first round, Worcester went to the Ricoh Arena and beat Coventry City 2–1. This earned them a second-round away tie against Scunthorpe United four weeks later. City secured a replay at Aggborough after a 1–1 draw, in which Daniel Nti equalised immediately after half-time with a strike into the roof of the net in front of the 2,200 travelling fans. The replay also finished 1–1 and, some 2½ hours after kick-off, Scunthorpe won 14–13 on penalties, setting a record for the longest shoot-out in FA Cup history. [5]

Worcester were relegated from National League North at the end of the 2016–17 season, but they asked the FA to be further relegated to the Midland League citing rising costs while also focusing on trying to find land in Worcester for the club to move back to the city. [1]

Stadium

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Entrance to St George's Lane

The club used to play at St George's Lane. The ground had four main areas; the Dressing Room End and the Canal End (which was used for away fans), the Main Stand (containing all 1,121 seats) and the Brookside Terrace, including The Shed. The capacity was 4,523.

The ground's record attendance is 17,042 from a fourth round FA Cup game against Sheffield United in 1959.

The ground was vacated in June 2013, as it has been sold to a housing developer. The sale of the ground was aimed at helping to fund the building of a new 6,000-capacity ground to be built at Nunnery Way on the edge of Worcester but the sale of the ground failed to provide sufficient finances to pay for such a stadium. [6] On 30 January 2013, it was announced that Worcester would ground-share with Kidderminster Harriers at their Aggborough ground from the 2013–14 season. [7]

Worcester City decided to terminate their arrangement with Kidderminster and move to Bromsgrove and groundshare the Victoria Ground with Bromsgrove Sporting F.C. from the start of the 2016–17 season. [8]

New stadium

In 2013 previous plans for the club's new stadium to be built out of the city at Nunnery Way were shelved. The Worcester City Supporters' Trust have since tabled plans for a multi-use sporting facility on land currently occupied by Perdiswell Sports Centre, close to the city centre. Being a modest stadium with a capacity of 4,130, it would consist of a covered stand with 500 seats and two covered, terraced stands to hold 130 each (the capacity could be increased to 5,540 if tiered terraces are utilised). The proposal includes a full-size, all-weather and flood-lit artificial pitch, alongside three existing grass pitches. It would incorporate community facilities, in conjunction with the proposal of a new swimming pool. A full planning application was submitted to the City of Worcester Council and was rejected. [ citation needed ] New plans were drawn up for a new stadium at Parsonage Way, but this land was unfeasible.

In late 2019 it was announced that City would be returning to Worcester for the start of the 2020-21 season and playing at the Worcestershire FA headquarters at Claines Lane.

Players

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Gabriel Bajrami
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Dan Jezeph
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Luke English
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joe Hawkins
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Sam Hall
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Craig Jones
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Nat Kelly
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Dan Okojie
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jamie Smith
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Liam Lockett
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Kurtis Mewies
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Connor Mooney
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Josh Willis
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Chris Withington
FW Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Marco Adaggio
FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Sean Brain

Management and coaching staff

Current staff

PositionName
Manager Tim Harris
Assistant ManagerMarlon Walters
CoachGaz Rogers
Goalkeeping Coach
Physio Shannon Kincade

Managerial history

List of Worcester City F.C. managers
ImageNameNationalityFromToPWDLGFGAWin%HonoursNotes
Frank Womack Flag of England.svg  England May 1928July 1930000000!
Joe Smith Flag of England.svg  England 19301932000000!
Edward Elgar [ citation needed ]Flag of England.svg  England May 1932July 1932000000!
Alex Hair Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 19321934000000!
Jack Whitehouse Flag of England.svg  England 19341935000000!
Frank Keetley Flag of England.svg  England 19351936000000!
Jack Russell Flag of England.svg  England 19361937000000!
Syd Wallington Flag of England.svg  England 19371938000000!
Syd Gibbons Flag of England.svg  England 19381946000000!
Bob Jackson Flag of England.svg  England 19461947000000!
Jack Vinall Flag of England.svg  England 19471950000000!
Percy Percy Flag of England.svg  England 19501953000000!
Bill Jones Flag of England.svg  England 19531957000000!
Roy Paul Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 19571958000000!
Bill Thompson Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 19581962000000!
Danny McLennan Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 19621962000000!
Bill Jones Flag of England.svg  England 19621968000000!
Eddie Stuart Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1968December 1971000000!
Wilf Grant Flag of England.svg  England December 19711973000000!
Graham Newton Flag of England.svg  England 19731973000000!
Bill Jackman Flag of England.svg  England 1973July 1974000000!
Ronnie Radford Flag of England.svg  England July 19741975000000!
Nobby Clark Flag of England.svg  England 19751984000000!
Bobby Shinton Flag of England.svg  England 19841984000000!
George Armstrong Flag of England.svg  England 19841985000000!
Ian Cooper Flag of England.svg  England 19851986000000!
John Jones Flag of England.svg  England 19861986000000!
George Rooney Flag of England.svg  England 19861989000000!
Doug Grifiths Flag of England.svg  England 19891989000000!
Steve Fergusson Flag of England.svg  England 19891990000000!
Ally Robertson Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 19901991000000!
Dave Boddy Flag of England.svg  England 19911991000000!
Martyn Bennett WBA.JPG Martyn Bennett Flag of England.svg  England 19911992000000!
George Rooney Flag of England.svg  England 19921998000000!
Graham Allner Flag of England.svg  England 19981999000000!
John Barton Flag of England.svg  England 1999January 2005000000!
Dryden, Richard.jpg Richard Dryden Flag of England.svg  England November 200717 January 2010000000!
Carl Heeley Flag of England.svg  England 13 March 20102017000000!

Records

Honours

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References

  1. 1 2 "Worcester City drop down non-league Pyramid". BBC Sport. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  2. "Coventry City 1-2 Worcester City". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2019. Worcester City striker Sean Geddes struck twice as the non-leaguers pulled off a shock FA Cup first round win against 1987 winners Coventry City.
  3. Broomy, Mark (29 June 2009). "No. 89: Worcester City 2-1 Liverpool – 1959". This is Anfield. Retrieved 7 October 2019. The 15th of January, 1959 will always be remembered as one of the most embarrassing defeats in Liverpool Football’s Club history when Worcester earned a distinguished place among the FA Cup giant-killers when they defeated Liverpool, of the Second Division.
  4. 1 2 3 Not Just a Racecourse Judd Doughty Worcestershire Life June 2010 p42
  5. Worcester City 1 – 1 Scunthorpe
  6. Worcester City Football Club sells ground, Planning Resource, 7 April 2008. [ dead link ]
  7. Harriers and Loyals agree to groundshare, Blue Square North, 30 January 2013.

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