Better days lie ahead for City says chairman Hampson

Worcester News: Better days lie ahead for City says chairman Hampson Better days lie ahead for City says chairman Hampson

CHAIRMAN Anthony Hampson has revealed that Worcester City’s release from the St Modwen contract has saved the club from “certain administration”.

The Blue and Whites announced earlier this week that they had agreed to rip up the deal with the property giant, which had tied City to moving to Nunnery Way until 2017.

It has been heralded as “great news” that will give the Skrill North club a future beyond the end of this season and end fears of going out of business.

Under the terms, the club will get back an undisclosed percentage of the £1.266 million they paid St Modwen for land and infrastructure costs.

That will allow them to settle a six-figure capital gains tax bill on the sale of St George’s Lane, which has been triggered by the contract being ended, and have some left over for any future stadium.

Until this week’s developments, City had secured an extension on paying capital gains until 2015 but were unlikely to get another and would not have been able to afford the bill.

It is thought the board were not prepared to start the 2014-15 campaign knowing the club might not have the funds to finish it, resulting in administration at the end of the current season.

But with that no longer an issue, Hampson is looking forward to a brighter future.

He said: “It gives us certainty that we do have a future because without that agreement the club would have gone into certain administration in May next year.

“It’s great news, it gives us a great deal of hope and I think with the spirit now back in the club we can build for a future.”

It has also been revealed that talks between club officials and Worcester City Supporters’ Trust will take place later this month over the fans’ group’s proposed community stadium at Perdiswell.

Hampson said: “We’ve managed to negotiate a way forward which will provide a certain amount of funds which will give us a platform to move to a new facility.

“We need to look at those plans in detail, we’ll be having meetings with them in the next two weeks to discuss those plans and to see what the costs are and their proposals for the structure of a community-led club.

“We will have some money to put into a stadium and it certainly secures the future of the club.”

Manager Carl Heeley said: “Our destiny is in our own hands now and credit to the people who’ve worked to get that done.

“It’s all systems go now, let’s see if we can get the club back into the city because we’ve got to become a force again.”

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10:11am Thu 5 Dec 13

Andrew Guy says...

On 5 January 2012 when Worcester City Council planning Committee considered the planning application from St Modwen, Anthony Hampson told the councillors the club was both "willing and able" to relocate to Nunnery Way. The councillors then voted to approve the application by just one vote. Many present considered Mr Hampson's intervention to have been pivotal in the decision reached by the planning committee, yet what he said appears now to have been somewhat misleading. Badly done Anthony, badly done.
On 5 January 2012 when Worcester City Council planning Committee considered the planning application from St Modwen, Anthony Hampson told the councillors the club was both "willing and able" to relocate to Nunnery Way. The councillors then voted to approve the application by just one vote. Many present considered Mr Hampson's intervention to have been pivotal in the decision reached by the planning committee, yet what he said appears now to have been somewhat misleading. Badly done Anthony, badly done. Andrew Guy

11:03am Thu 5 Dec 13

liketoknow says...

the whole sorry episode still takes some believing. let's hope this supporters trust gets up and running and lessons have been learned
the whole sorry episode still takes some believing. let's hope this supporters trust gets up and running and lessons have been learned liketoknow

12:23pm Thu 5 Dec 13

CityBlueBoy says...

Andrew Guy, The club are no longer tied to this Nunnery Way deal, time to stop posting your rubbish and focus on something else !
Andrew Guy, The club are no longer tied to this Nunnery Way deal, time to stop posting your rubbish and focus on something else ! CityBlueBoy

12:28pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Worcester Lad says...

Now let's forget the past and look forward to a bright future both on and off the field. I hope that a lot of supporters will get behind the lads and the Trust to PUT THE CITY BACK IN WORCESTER.
Now let's forget the past and look forward to a bright future both on and off the field. I hope that a lot of supporters will get behind the lads and the Trust to PUT THE CITY BACK IN WORCESTER. Worcester Lad

3:18pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Doogie 46 says...

Andrew Guy has never been remotely interested in the football club - for whatever reason, his aim has always clearly been to stop the Nunnery Way development at all costs and if that damaged WCFC so be it - and I for one don`t have a problem with that. He is entitled to fight for his cause.
However I do have a problem with his attacks on Anthony Hampson - over the last few years there have been rumours that the club`s directors were bullied into supporting the project, and banned from making any public statement casting doubt on the viability of the development. I think it is fair to say that Mr Hampson was under duress when he made the statement to which Andrew Guy refers.
The last few weeks have been fantastic for City - St Modwens gone and some great results on the field - well done the directors. management and players (and not forgetting the Supporters Trust whose plans have given the club the chance of a decent future)
Andrew Guy has never been remotely interested in the football club - for whatever reason, his aim has always clearly been to stop the Nunnery Way development at all costs and if that damaged WCFC so be it - and I for one don`t have a problem with that. He is entitled to fight for his cause. However I do have a problem with his attacks on Anthony Hampson - over the last few years there have been rumours that the club`s directors were bullied into supporting the project, and banned from making any public statement casting doubt on the viability of the development. I think it is fair to say that Mr Hampson was under duress when he made the statement to which Andrew Guy refers. The last few weeks have been fantastic for City - St Modwens gone and some great results on the field - well done the directors. management and players (and not forgetting the Supporters Trust whose plans have given the club the chance of a decent future) Doogie 46

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