Worcester City F.C.

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Worcester City
Worcester City FC logo.png
Full name Worcester City Football Club
Nickname(s) City, The Dragons, The Blues
Founded 1902
Ground Aggborough, Kidderminster
Ground Capacity 6,250 (3,140 seated)
Chairman Anthony Hampson
Manager Carl Heeley
League Conference North
2013–14 Conference North, 15th
Current season

Worcester City Football Club is an English football club based in Worcester, Worcestershire. The club participates in the Conference North, the sixth tier of English football. Established in 1902, they have spent the majority of their history in non league football. The team plays at Aggborough, Kidderminster after leaving St George's Lane in 2013.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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).[2] They played there until the start of the 1905 season.[3] 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 Millwall 5–2 in the second round, they were drawn against Liverpool. A 2–1 win saw Worcester qualify for the fourth round, where they lost 2–0 at home to Sheffield United, setting their record attendance of 17,042.

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 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 they 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.

Stadium[edit]

St George's Lane
Location Worcester, England
Owner Shareholders
Capacity 4,523
Construction
Built 1905
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. 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, although due to poor negotiating by the incumbent board of directors, the sale of the ground failed to provide sufficient finances to pay for such a stadium.[4] On 30 January 2013, it was announced that Worcester would ground-share with Kidderminster Harriers at their Aggborough ground from the 2013–14 season.[5]

New stadium[edit]

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. It would comprise of a modest stadium with a capacity of 4,130 - including a 500 covered seated stand and 2x 130 covered terraced stands (which could be increased to 5540 if tiered terraces are utilised). It would incorporate community facilities, in conjunction with the proposed new swimming pool.

The new plans would also include a 3G full size all weather flood-lit pitch and 3 existing grass pitches.

Full planning application has been submitted for this plan to the City of Worcester Council which is currently awaiting validation.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 23:18, Friday October 24, 2014 (UTC)

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

No. Position Player
England GK Nathan Vaughan
Cape Verde GK José Veiga
England DF Connor Gudger
England DF Jacob Rowe
England DF Joshua Smith
England DF Wayne Thomas (captain)
England DF Tyler Weir
England DF George Williams
Pakistan DF Shabir Khan
England DF Graham Hutchison
England DF Jamie Smith
England MF Tristan Dunkley
England MF Connor Gater
England MF Danny Jackman
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Steven Leslie
England MF Dean Waldron
England MF Sean Geddes
England MF Ellis Deeney
England MF Ebby Nelson-Addy
England FW Ben Maund
England FW David McDermott
England FW Mike Symons
England FW Daniel Udoh
England FW Nick Wright
England FW James Lemon
England FW Daniel Nti
England FW Aaron Williams

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager England Carl Heeley
Assistant Manager England Matt Gardiner
Coach England John Snape
Goalkeeper Coach England Ashley Kingdon
Physio England Lawson Mayor
Kit Manager England Chris Andrews

Managerial history[edit]

List of Worcester City F.C. managers
Image Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win% Honours Notes
Womack, FrankFrank Womack  England May 1928 July 1930 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Smith, JoeJoe Smith  England 1930 1932 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Hair, AlexAlex Hair  Scotland 1932 1934 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Whitehouse, JackJack Whitehouse  England 1934 1935 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Keetley, FrankFrank Keetley  England 1935 1936 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Russell, JackJack Russell  England 1936 1937 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Wallington, SydSyd Wallington  England 1937 1938 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Gibbons, SydSyd Gibbons  England 1938 1946 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Jackson, BobBob Jackson  England 1946 1947 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Vinall, JackJack Vinall  England 1947 1950 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Percy, PercyPercy Percy  England 1950 1953 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Jones, BillBill Jones  England 1953 1957 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Paul, RoyRoy Paul  Wales 1957 1958 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Thompson, BillBill Thompson  Scotland 1958 1962 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
McLennan, DannyDanny McLennan  Scotland 1962 1962 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Jones, BillBill Jones  England 1962 1968 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Stuart, EddieEddie Stuart  South Africa 1968 December 1971 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Grant, WilfWilf Grant  England December 1971 1973 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Newton, GrahamGraham Newton  England 1973 1973 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Jackman, BillBill Jackman  England 1973 July 1974 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Radford, RonnieRonnie Radford  England July 1974 1975 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Clark, NobbyNobby Clark  England 1975 1984 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Shinton, BobbyBobby Shinton  England 1984 1984 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong  England 1984 1985 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Cooper, IanIan Cooper  England 1985 1986 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Jones, JohnJohn Jones  England 1986 1986 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Rooney, GeorgeGeorge Rooney  England 1986 1989 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Grifiths, DougDoug Grifiths  England 1989 1989 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Fergusson, SteveSteve Fergusson  England 1989 1990 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Robertson, AllyAlly Robertson  Scotland 1990 1991 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Lines, PhilPhil Lines  England 1991 1991 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Martyn Bennett WBA.JPG Bennett, MartynMartyn Bennett  England 1991 1992 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Rooney, GeorgeGeorge Rooney  England 1992 1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Allner, GrahamGraham Allner  England 1998 1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Barton, JohnJohn Barton  England 1999 January 2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Dryden, Richard.jpg Dryden, RichardRichard Dryden  England November 2007 17 January 2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Heeley, CarlCarl Heeley  England 13 March 2010 Present 0 0 0 0 0 0 !

Records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Not Just a Racecourse Judd Doughty Worcestershire Life June 2010 p42
  2. ^ Not Just a Racecourse Judd Doughty Worcestershire Life June 2010 p42
  3. ^ Not Just a Racecourse Judd Doughty Worcestershire Life June 2010 p42
  4. ^ Worcester City Football Club sells ground, Planning Resource, 7 April 2008.
  5. ^ Harriers and Loyals agree to groundshare, Blue Square North, 30 January 2013.

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