Where does Worcester City's long-term future lie?

Where does Worcester City's long-term future lie?

Where does Worcester City's long-term future lie?

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NEWS that Worcester City have agreed a second season at Aggborough is welcome as the club continues in its enforced exile.

It gives them the stability to plan for the 2014-15 campaign without the uncertainty of where they will be playing, as was the case 12 months ago before the departure from St George's Lane.

Officials have already announced admission prices and the first season ticket was sold at the weekend, and there are still eight games left this season.

It also makes player recruitment easier for manager Carl Heeley, with the attraction of playing at a Football League standard facility a major draw.

Not that there was ever any real doubt that landlords Kidderminster Harriers wouldn't allow City to take up the option of a second term.

After all, City pay the Skrill Premier outfit around £1,000 a game to play at Aggborough, which is a tidy sum over a season for the Harriers.

But, while Worcester have a place to play next season, the main question is what happens beyond that.

Despite the club's supporters' trust having plans for a new ground at Perdiswell, nothing has yet been submitted to Worcester City Council.

Assuming they were able to do that and get planning permission by the start of next season - which is a big ask - we're still looking at a year to 18 months before a new stadium is up and running.

Whatever happens, City are going to need a ground-share arrangement for the 2015-16 campaign.

Aggborough might be their preferred option in the long run but that assumes Harriers would want a third season with the Blue and Whites as tenants, even if Worcester remained in Conference North.

Although it has generally been a success, with crowds remaining at a good level, this season has not been without its teething troubles, not least the state of the pitch.

The only other realistic long-term option would be Evesham United, which is much harder to get to when compared with the convenient transport links at Kidderminster.

It might seem premature to discuss such matters but it won't be long before they are high on the agenda.

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11:28am Wed 26 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

I can't help feeling that the parlous situation nonleague football is in out the moment is going to make any worthwhile attempt at a major investment involving a development such as the one being considered unviable.
I can't help feeling that the parlous situation nonleague football is in out the moment is going to make any worthwhile attempt at a major investment involving a development such as the one being considered unviable. liketoknow
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