City chairman vows to support Heeley’s push for promotion

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CHAIRMAN Anthony Hampson will release Worcester City’s FA Cup run prize money to aid manager Carl Heeley’s promotion quest.

City have put £12,000 in the bank following victories over Gornal Athletic and Weston-super-Mare and would more than double that if they beat Bromley in the fourth qualifying round a week on Saturday.

Hampson is determined to give the club every chance of success in their last season at St George’s Lane and will back Heeley for a possible promotion push in Blue Square Bet North despite concerns over the club’s future.

In-form Worcester are sixth in the table, only separated from fifth-placed Halifax by goal difference, and host Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday looking to stretch their unbeaten home league run to six matches.

Hampson said: “It’s up to the manager. Carl knows what he’s doing and has got a budget to work to but it’s helpful if you win this sort of money.

“It means we can certainly invest in the playing budget going on for this season. Last year we got knocked out in the second qualifying round at Godalming and it makes a big difference now to feel we have a fair wind behind us.”

Hampson knows Worcester face an uncertain future and would like nothing better than for them to bring the curtain down on 108 years at the Lane with long overdue success.

But the chief accepts the cup money is a drop in the ocean when it comes to securing the new home that City cannot currently afford and he does not pretend otherwise.

Hampson said: “As we know, off the pitch we’ve got some major problems so it would be wrong to mislead people into thinking this is the saviour of the club.”

He was full of praise for the club’s fans after the first four-figure gate of the season turned out for Monday’s 1-0 third qualifying round replay against Weston.

There could be a similarly large attendance against Stalybridge given City are admitting season ticket holders from any club for £5 as part of non-league day.

“There was an excellent crowd on Monday of 1,013 so I was delighted they came out to support us,” Hampson added.

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2:30pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Hillbilly1 says...

Good to see the Board really backing the club, and providing the kind of management that this club lacked for so many years. Thank God there are no deadweights saddling the Social Club, and the football club, with debt. Or alleged business coaches proclaiming how they "do it for free!" before resigning , twice! Or impotent men stood in fields dreaming of the football league!
However, deep into the article is the one comment that needs looking into a lot more - that the club has deeper problems securing a new home the the club currently cannot afford. Hang on one second. At the planning meeting, when asked if the club could provide a sustainable ground at Nunnery Way, Mr Hampson said "yes" and so did the man from St Modwen. So were they lying at the planning meeting in order to gain planning consent? How does this differ from a woman lying about her garage actually being a house, as was reported in the Worcester News.
Recently Mr carley you asked for some evidence of underhand dealings from the parties involved in this ground move. Well you've printed them in black and white. The club can't afford to build a ground, let alone sustain a ground! Unless of course they are told to by SMD. Why not start looking into the prohibitive contracts in place, the contractual stranglehold that means that the Chairman of the club is unable to express his or the Boards views, and therefore cannot protect the clubs own interest.
How about looking into how these contracts were negotiated, apparently by the "commercial wizardry" of a local former solicitor? What kind of commercial wizardry allows for a ground to be sold at half of the agreed value, even before any planning consent for a new ground has been heard by the planning committee? What kind of commercial wizardry fixes the price of the land purchased at Nunnery Way regardless of the sell price of SGL? You have documents which back this up Mr Carley, most of them have been in the public domain since 2005.
The supporter of Worcester City Football Club deserve better, the Board of WCFC deerve better, andthe people of Worcester deserve better.
The club was publicly doomed when Anthony Glossop said that it was the "catalyst" in this scheme. Too **** right it was, a catalyst speeds up a process, but NEVER benefits from it!
Good to see the Board really backing the club, and providing the kind of management that this club lacked for so many years. Thank God there are no deadweights saddling the Social Club, and the football club, with debt. Or alleged business coaches proclaiming how they "do it for free!" before resigning , twice! Or impotent men stood in fields dreaming of the football league! However, deep into the article is the one comment that needs looking into a lot more - that the club has deeper problems securing a new home the the club currently cannot afford. Hang on one second. At the planning meeting, when asked if the club could provide a sustainable ground at Nunnery Way, Mr Hampson said "yes" and so did the man from St Modwen. So were they lying at the planning meeting in order to gain planning consent? How does this differ from a woman lying about her garage actually being a house, as was reported in the Worcester News. Recently Mr carley you asked for some evidence of underhand dealings from the parties involved in this ground move. Well you've printed them in black and white. The club can't afford to build a ground, let alone sustain a ground! Unless of course they are told to by SMD. Why not start looking into the prohibitive contracts in place, the contractual stranglehold that means that the Chairman of the club is unable to express his or the Boards views, and therefore cannot protect the clubs own interest. How about looking into how these contracts were negotiated, apparently by the "commercial wizardry" of a local former solicitor? What kind of commercial wizardry allows for a ground to be sold at half of the agreed value, even before any planning consent for a new ground has been heard by the planning committee? What kind of commercial wizardry fixes the price of the land purchased at Nunnery Way regardless of the sell price of SGL? You have documents which back this up Mr Carley, most of them have been in the public domain since 2005. The supporter of Worcester City Football Club deserve better, the Board of WCFC deerve better, andthe people of Worcester deserve better. The club was publicly doomed when Anthony Glossop said that it was the "catalyst" in this scheme. Too **** right it was, a catalyst speeds up a process, but NEVER benefits from it! Hillbilly1

6:41pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Andrew Guy says...

I could not have put it better myself, Hillbilly1!
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The planning officer's recommendation to the planning committee was that unless the club was "BOTH willing AND able" (the capitalisation is mine not Alan Coleman's) to relocate then planning permission for Nunnery Way should not be granted.
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The club was neither willing nor able to relocate before, and it remains neither willing nor able to relocate now...
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The city councillors that voted to approve the application from St Modwen did so WITHOUT having read the financial report from KPMG (submitted as "late papers") which Alan Coleman summarised at the committee meeting as "not good reading for the football club"...
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Anyone smell anything?
I could not have put it better myself, Hillbilly1! - The planning officer's recommendation to the planning committee was that unless the club was "BOTH willing AND able" (the capitalisation is mine not Alan Coleman's) to relocate then planning permission for Nunnery Way should not be granted. - The club was neither willing nor able to relocate before, and it remains neither willing nor able to relocate now... - The city councillors that voted to approve the application from St Modwen did so WITHOUT having read the financial report from KPMG (submitted as "late papers") which Alan Coleman summarised at the committee meeting as "not good reading for the football club"... - Anyone smell anything? Andrew Guy
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