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Curtain coming down on Lane era
THE day Worcester City fans hoped they would never see finally ar-rived this week as demolition work started on St George’s Lane.
It has been seven months since the Blue and Whites left their home of more than a century after selling it to Careys New Homes for a shade over £3million.
But, despite leaving the stadium last June ahead of their ground-share with Kidder-minster Harriers, the club have had to watch as their former home stood empty, slowly falling to pieces.
The Wembley-based property developer, who intend to build in the region of 80 homes on the site, returned to Worcester City Council planners to make amendments to their proposal.
That, though, appears to have been resolved as cranes this week moved in to start dismantling a ground that has been a landmark in the city since 1905.
Already the turnstiles have been removed and work is continuing to reduce areas of the Lane to rubble.
Although many Worcester fans no longer set foot near the ground, the reality of it being demolished marks the end of a significant era.
Never in the lifetime of all Worcester supporters have they known St George’s Lane without a football ground and to see it being pulled down will bring mixed emotions.
For some, there is sadness at seeing a place they spent much of their childhood flattened for a housing development. For others, there is an overriding feeling of anger at how the ground was sold from under their feet by previous regimes, leaving the club in the predicament they now find themselves in.
But they still have the memories and, following the termination of the St Mod-wen contract at the end of 2013, hope that one day they will again see their club play within the city boundaries.
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