City reprieve is a thing of the past

City reprieve is a thing of the past

City reprieve is a thing of the past

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HEADING to the Football Conference’s annual meeting waiting for their future to be decided is a situation Worcester City have first-hand experience of.

While it is Hereford United whose fate has been at the forefront of this weekend’s gathering at Newport's Celtic Manor, only four years ago it was the Blue and Whites in the spotlight.

Back then, City were granted a reprieve from relegation in Conference South because Farsley Celtic and Chester City had gone out of business in other divisions.

Although that scenario had pretty much ensured Worcester’s survival before Conference chiefs met to rubber-stamp the line-ups for the following campaign, City nevertheless know what it is like to be caught up in the wrangling.

Let off the hook, that no doubt made them determined never to be in that situation again and their finishes in Conference North have been respectable in the seasons since.

During that time, Carl Heeley’s side secured seventh place in the 2011-12 campaign and last season the team dragged themselves out of the bottom three to finish a creditable 15th.

Financially, it has been a well-documented struggle post-St George’s Lane but they have rallied to a level of stability in exile at Aggborough.

How different City’s circumstances are now compared to the farcical scenes that have been played out at historic rivals Hereford.

In the same four-year period, the Bulls have been on a downward spiral under the chairmanship of David Keyte. They dropped out of the Football League and have continued their demise to the point where they find themselves at the Conference’s mercy.

Meanwhile, Worcester have extended their early bird season ticket discount until Thursday, July 31.

Before that date, prices are £210 for adults, £150 concessions, 16 to 21-year-olds £100 and under 16s £20.

There is also the 10-game ticket for £100 and a gold ticket, which includes some hospitality and away travel, for £400.

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