• Radiohead Civic Hall Wolverhampton

    MUSIC fans have been really spoiled at the Civic recently and the latest star name, Radiohead, really treated the audience to a stunning two-hour set. What I really like about this band is the way they move effortlessly from hard rock tunes to tuneful

  • KODS Capers Baxter College Kidderminster

    KODS entertained with an evening of songs from popular musicals, featuring many solos as well as ensemble items. Songs from South Pacific got the programme off to a rousing start and we progressed through The King and I, The Sound of Music, Joseph and

  • The Amateurs Let the Sun Shine In EP

    KIDDERMINSTER band, the Amateurs, have high hopes for their latest EP and I can see why they are feeling so confident. The three-song CD kicks off with the title track, which is quite laid-back, with a bold piano sound. Singer Matthew Colley reaches some

  • Gary Numan, Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

    Gary Numan Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton DESPITE being a big fan of Gary Numan, I have never had the opportunity before to see him perform live. And what a treat I had missed out on. Numan came onto the stage all clad in black and didn't look much different

  • Arctic Monkeys, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

    THE crowd went ape as the band of the moment hit the stage for one of the most hotly anticipated gigs for ages. Just like for The Jam back in 1977 and Duran Duran in 1980, this was the moment for the magical Arctic Monkeys. All tickets for the gig sold

  • Miss Saigon Birmingham Hippodrome

    THE intense and riveting Miss Saigon had everyone gripped to their seats. The moving and dramatic tale swiftly moves between three different countries - Vietnam, Thailand and the United States - and from the outset draws in the audience with the cast's

  • 3 Doors Down Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton. Tuesday

    3 Doors Down Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton Tuesday WOLVERHAMPTON's Wulfrun Hall was rocking as Mississippi band 3 Doors Down belted out their hits. The four-piece group, made up of singer Brad Arnold, guitarists Matt Roberts and Chris Henderson and bass

  • The Kidderminster Valentines Bewdley Pines Golf Club

    SENIORS captain's night at the golf club was a very relaxed evening, with lots of fun, Tom Morris having invited the Valentines to entertain at the end of his term in office. Presentations were made in the interval, but the rest of the evening was devoted

  • BLOOD BROTHERS Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Until Saturday

    AS a first-timer to this show, I was warned about the heart-breaking ending and had my hankies at the ready. But I wished someone had also told me about the dramatic special effects at the end which had me and everyone in my section of the theatre literally

  • PRESENT LAUGHTER Malvern Theatres Until Saturday

    SIMON Callow is perfectly cast as the devastatingly handsome Garry Essendine in this splendid Noel Coward play. Despite the fact he is nearing middle age, everyone Garry encounters - both male and female - ends up totally infatuated with him. Coward wrote

  • LAURETTA BLOOMER Kidderminster Library Friday, March 10

    THERE can surely be no better way to relax after a stressing day, or week, at work, than to listen to sublime piano playing, and we had a real treat on Friday night. The last time Lauretta Bloomer presented a programme for the Classical Music Society,

  • BLOOD BROTHERS Wolverhampton Grand Until Saturday, March 25

    BLOOD Brothers doesn't so much tug at the heart strings as pluck them with a plectrum to within an inch of breaking point as the Willy Russell classic musical makes a welcome return to the Grand. In an emotional journey that shows it is not always merry

  • TWO THOUSAND YEARS Malvern Theatres Until Saturday

    ACCLAIMED writer Mike Leigh's first new play in more than a decade is both a moving and funny tale of three generations in a Jewish middle-class family. Set against a year's worth of political and historical events, the play covers a wide range of issues

  • PETER PAN Areley Kings Players Areley Kings Village Hall

    OLD favourites, Tinkerbell, The Lost Boys and Captain Hook, were brought to life in Areley Kings Players' impressive production of Peter Pan. The performers kept an audience of all ages entertained at the opening night of their annual pantomime. Joanne

  • Billy Liar The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster Until Saturday

    THERE are plenty of laughs in the latest Nonentities production, Billy Liar, at the Rose Theatre. It tells the story of Billy Fisher who cannot stop telling tales to make his life seem more interesting. During the first two acts you learnt a lot about

  • Stephen Hough and the CBSO, Symphony Hall, Birmingham Tuesday

    AS I write this I am still on a "high" from attending this superb concert. The CBSO are always a pleasure to hear, and last night they opened the programme with Prokofiev's rousing Russian Overture. The pice de resistance of the evening, was Stephen Hough's

  • Grease Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

    HIT musical, Grease, was back by popular demand at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre and the audience loved it. The fast-paced show delivered all that it promised with back-to-back toe-tapping songs and impressive dance routines. Full of favourite tunes,

  • Cbeebies Live! National Indoor Arena, Birmingham

    AFTER two days of festive films and frequent dips into a jumbo-sized Dairy Box, I was desperate to get out of the house - even if it did involve being surrounded by hundreds of excited pre-schoolers. Hosts Justin Fletcher and Sarah-Jane Honeywell (from

  • Viennese Concert, New Year's Day, Kidderminster Town Hall

    KIDDERMINSTER and District Lions Club were responsible for organising the New Year's Day concert, and what a success it was. The Midland Concert Orchestra, led by David Joyce and conducted by Jonathan Hill, provided a rousing start with the overture to

  • Hard-Fi Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton December 7

    WHEN you see an army of ticket touts lining the streets of a venue you get the feeling the gig might be a bit special and has been eagerly anticipated. Hard-Fi, who must hold the title of band of the year, did everything and more to justify the hype that

  • Maximo Park Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall Sunday

    THERE is always a worry that new British bands with a critically acclaimed debut album might not be able to live up to the hype when they play before an audience. The biggest compliment I could pay Maximo Park was that they sounded even better live than

  • The Human League Wolverhampton Civic Hall Monday

    THE Synth City tour arrived in style at the Civic Hall and proved good music just doesn't go out of fashion - even if it is more than 20 years old. From the opening lines of Tell Me When to the last bars of Together In Electric Dreams, the band were in

  • Scrooge Alexandra Theatre Birmingham until Saturday

    SHANE Richie is best known as dopey Alfie Moon in TV's EastEnders but his tedious on-off relationship with Kat Slater is a poor vehicle for his talents. Ever since I saw him in Boogie Nights in Brum several years ago, I've been convinced that Richie's

  • Abigail's Party The Rose Theatre until Saturday

    THE Rose Theatre audience was taken back to the 1970s for a very entertaining production of Mike Leigh's popular play. Abigail's Party featured a cast of five from the Nonentities, directed by Do Evans, and was set in the home of married couple Beverley

  • Christopher Langdown Kidderminster Library

    THE latest in the Classical Music's series of "Live and the Library" recitals featured the talented pianist Christopher Langdown, making his debut for the society, but who had played at Kidderminster Library on a previous occasion. This engaging young

  • Glorious! Malvern Theatres until Saturday

    THE title of this Peter Quilter play perfectly sums up the evening's entertainment. Maureen Lipman is simply superb as Florence Foster Jenkins, an American socialite who has delusions she is a great singer but really the audiences are turning up in their

  • The Island, Malvern Theatres

    FIRST written in apartheid South Africa in the 1970s, this play still bears plenty of relevance today, long after Nelson Mandela gained his freedom and ended the country's hated regime. Based on a true story, the production focuses on two political prisoners

  • Kidderminster Valentines, Kidderminster Town Hall

    FRESH from their successful visit to Holland, The Kidderminster Valentines were in fine voice on Saturday and gave us a super assortment of music. Out of season, but a joy to hear, All in the April Evening evoked memories of that wonderful Glasgow Orpheus

  • Summer Holiday Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

    WHAT better way for a troupe of talented teenagers to spend their summer holidays than rehearsing for and starring in, you guessed it, Summer Holiday. While the youth of today are often derided for hanging around bus stops causing mayhem, this bunch of

  • The 39 Steps Malvern Theatres

    WHEN I decided to go and watch this show, I expected a night of very serious theatre. But instead I was treated, thanks to this splendid production by the West Yorkshire Playhouse, to a fast-moving and highly funny evening of entertainment. A cast of

  • When Harry Met Sally Malvern Theatres

    ADAPTED from Nora Ephron's 1969 film, this play cleverly explores meaningful relationships and how some lucky people manage to live happily ever after with their soul mates. Others, like Sally (Gaby Roslin), however, just do not seem to find happiness

  • The Magic of the Dance Malvern Theatres

    AMAZING, awesome, breath-taking, magical and sensational - these are just some of the many adjectives that could be used to describe this high octane show and I'm sure the capacity audience would have found many, many more. Fusing the best of Irish jigs

  • The Rat Pack Live Malvern Theatres until Saturday

    THE cast got a much-deserved standing ovation at the end of this superb show where the audience was skilfully transported back to 1950s Las Vegas. Henry Prego as Frank Sinatra, Nigel Casey as Dean Martin and Allie Laurie as Sammy Davis Jr brought the

  • The Keith Barrett Show Live Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton

    WHEN your jaw begins to ache it lets you know that something is, genuinely funny. Such was the effect Rob Brydon - as his earnest yet hapless alter ego, Keith Barrett - had during just under two hours with the transfer of the offbeat chat show to the

  • KODS Kapers Baxter College, Kidderminster

    I ENJOYED an evening in the company of Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society immensely, with a programme of songs which included many old favourites from the shows, plus a sprinkling of newer items. The artistes are too numerous to mention all,

  • Stepping Out Malvern Theatres until Saturday

    PATSY Palmer proved there really is life after Bianca in EastEnders with a stunning display of acting and dancing as tap dance teacher Mavis. Written by Richard Harris, Stepping Out is both funny and moving and, for a dance fan like myself, is also well

  • The Tears The Wulfrun, Wolverhampton

    HARDLY any band can fill a venue like The Wulfrun without releasing a single record - but The Tears are not just any band. Unquestionably, The Tears comprises one of the most eagerly awaited reunions in indie music, that of former Suede singer, Brett

  • Cosi Fan Tutte Malvern Theatres

    WITH its themes of deception, disguise and sexual fidelity, this opera's plot is more like a play by William Shakespeare than a musical work. But you only have to listen to Mozart's exquisite score and wonderful arias to realise this is one of the most

  • The Winter's Tale Malvern Theatres

    THEATRE doesn't come much more challenging than this production by the all-male Shakespeare company Propeller. But it is a challenge that is well rewarded with a superb understanding of this complex play exploring sexual jealousies. Michael Pavelka's

  • Manic Street Preachers Wolverhampton Civic Hall

    ONCE they sang of personal and political despair. Then they became an all-purpose rock band, rocketing into the mainstream with arena gigs and number one albums. Judging by the show at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, the Manics are struggling to balance both

  • Beverley Knight Wolverhampton Civic Hall

    PERFORMING at Wolverhampton's Civic is always a homecoming for the UK's own queen of R 'n' B, Beverley Knight. The Wolverhampton Wanderers scarf draped around her mike stand emphasises where her heart is and the audience is eager to welcome back one of

  • Kidderminster Male Choir Kidderminster Town Hall

    THE gentlemen songsters did MD Justin Parker proud when he conducted them for the last time, with excellent performances of popular songs, and some new to the choir. The men in red entered la Peter Kay and friends to the strains of Is This the Way To

  • Magic Roundabout UCI Cinema Merry Hill

    "BOING" said Zebedee, "time for bed-lam!" If you are looking for Round-about 90 minutes of pure Magic for both you and your kids then climb aboard the all new Magic Roundabout. Zebedee's evil nemesis Zeebad is released into the world and attempts to freeze

  • Cosi Fan Tutte Malvern Theatres

    WITH its themes of deception, disguise and sexual fidelity, this opera's plot is more like a play by William Shakespeare than a musical work. But you only have to listen to Mozart's exquisite score and wonderful arias to realise this is one of the most

  • 8/9/05 - Graves boosts bid

    SUMMER signing Wayne Graves is closer to a full debut after an injury-ravaged start to life with Kidderminster Harriers. The midfielder has been held back by hamstring and knee trouble but enjoyed a reserve run-out in Harriers' 5-3 victory at Tamworth

  • 7/9/05 - Watkiss banking on Heslop recovery

    MIDFIELD prospect Simon Heslop is a doubt as Stuart Watkiss looks for big improvements in Kidderminster Harriers' toughest test yet. They head to early Nationwide Conference leaders Grays Athletic, unbeaten in the first six games, on Saturday with Watkiss

  • 2/9/05 - Watkiss sweats over key striker

    IYSEDEN Christie's troublesome foot is giving Kidderminster Harriers boss Stuart Watkiss more cause for concern ahead of their latest Nationwide Conference test tonight. The Harriers striker has yet another infection around the metal plate he had inserted

  • 20/8/05 - Christie can be impact player

    STUART Watkiss cannot wait for Iyseden Christie to settle into life in the Nationwide Conference. The Kidderminster Harriers manager is expecting fireworks and goals a-plenty from the talented striker once he finds his feet. Christie played for Watkiss

  • Kidderminster Male Choir Kidderminster Town Hall

    THE gentlemen songsters did MD Justin Parker proud when he conducted them for the last time, with excellent performances of popular songs, and some new to the choir. The men in red entered la Peter Kay and friends to the strains of Is This the Way To

  • 19/8/05 - Midfield could miss O'Connor

    STUART Watkiss is the first to admit Martin O'Connor plays a vital role in his new-look Kidderminster Harriers team -- but the veteran may be missing tomorrow. The vastly experienced midfield anchorman hobbled off in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Exeter with

  • 15/8/05 - Watkiss wants that winning habit

    STUART Watkiss wants to rediscover a winning mentality at Kidderminster Harriers after they opened their Nationwide Conference campaign with a 2-1 beating of Woking. The Harriers manager's introduction of loan signing Taiwo Atieno paid off as the young

  • 12/8/05 - Watkiss pleads for patience from fans

    STUART Watkiss has appealed for early-season patience from Kidderminster Harriers' fans -- but has insisted he will not be hiding behind any excuses. Harriers enjoyed a useful pre-season of six wins, one draw and two defeats but the real business begins

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Malvern Theatres

    MALVERN-BORN actor Richard Swerrun starred as Joseph in this sparkling production of the classic Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice musical and he certainly stole the show with a deserved standing ovation at the end. Softly spoken, but with a strong and

  • 11/8/05 - Atieno wants to be loan star

    NEW Kidderminster Harriers signing Taiwo Atieno has swapped working with a boyhood idol for furthering his career in the Nationwide Conference. The strapping Brixton-born striker used to watch Paul Merson and his favourite Ian Wright from the terraces

  • Magic Roundabout UCI Cinema Merry Hill

    "BOING" said Zebedee, "time for bed-lam!" If you are looking for Round-about 90 minutes of pure Magic for both you and your kids then climb aboard the all new Magic Roundabout. Zebedee's evil nemesis Zeebad is released into the world and attempts to freeze

  • 9/8/05 - Harriers struck by delay to loan deal

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers' intended loan capture of Taiwo Atieno has been put on hold while the striker makes up his mind. Boss Stuart Watkiss wants to secure the Walsall prospect, 20, on an initial five-month loan but it is believed he may have had second

  • 8/8/05 - Harriers bag sixth victory

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers ended their pre-season friendly programme with a 2-0 success at Hinckley United. Although Nationwide North outfit Hinckley had chances, Harriers eventually clinched a comfortable sixth summer win and a valuable clean sheet. Hinckley's

  • 6/8/05 - Harriers' burning issue in defence

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers' lack of strikers has not been the only team issue playing on the minds of supporters. Boss Stuart Watkiss hopes to announce a new long-term loan front-man on Monday to help ease the attacking worries. But fans have also been scrutinising

  • Harriers 1 Cambridge United 0

    Monday, April 17, 2006 KIDDERMINSTER Harriers continued their Jekyll and Hyde run with a 1-0 win over Cambridge United. The success, secured by an own goal from the visitors' centre-half Mark Peters, confirmed their Nationwide Conference status for next

  • 5/8/05 - Russell chip sums up win

    A SUBLIME Simon Russell goal illustrated the gulf in class as Kidderminster Harriers eased to a 5-0 win at Evesham United in last night's pre-season friendly. Harriers' slick inter-passing and attacking 4-3-3 formation motored them into a 4-0 interval

  • Canvey Island 2 Harriers 1

    Friday, April 14, 2006 KIDDERMINSTER Harriers staged a battling second-half fightback but it was not enough to avoid Conference defeat at Canvey Island. The one bright spot for the Aggborough club was the form of striker Luke Reynolds who notched his

  • 4/8/05 - McPhee must shine in Harriers friendly

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers will hand trialist striker Gary McPhee a big opportunity to win a future with the club tonight (7.30pm). Boss Stuart Watkiss is continuing his hunt for forwards and is finally able to play ex-Coventry City player McPhee, 25, from

  • York 2 Harriers 2

    Sunday, April 9, 2006 KIDDERMINSTER Harriers had one man sent off and another red-carded in the tunnel after the game in a thrilling 2-2 draw at York City. But Harriers were not quite party poopers for play-off chasing City on their family fun day yesterday

  • Kidderminster Harriers 0 Grays Athletic 5

    Tuesday, March 29, 2006 A CHORUS of boos greeted the final whistle at Aggborough last night as Kidderminster Harriers trudged dejectedly off having been outplayed by a classy Grays Athletic. The final score was 5-0 to the visitors -- taking to nine the

  • 1/8/05 - Graves signs on at Aggborough

    MIDFIELDER Wayne Graves signed for Kidderminster Harriers on a 12-month deal today. The ex-Scunthorpe man, 24, will provide boss Stuart Watkiss with cover at right-back as well as being an energetic player in the engine room. Graves played in last Thursday's

  • Hereford United 0 Kidderminster Harriers 1

    Saturday, March 25, 2006 KIDDERMINSTER all but ended Hereford's faint hopes of catching Accrington Stanley at the top of the Nationwide Conference with Saturday's shock result at Edgar Street. Hereford, with an unbeaten run of 16 matches behind them,

  • 29/7/05 - Sheldon aids Harriers recovery

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers fell behind at Rushall Olympic but went on to beat last season's Midland Alliance champions 3-1. Gareth Sheldon scored two and Rushall added an own goal. Harriers will field the full first-team squad when Bristol Rovers head to

  • 27/7/05 - Watkiss continuing his striker pursuit

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers boss Stuart Watkiss is turning up the heat in his striker search after their front men drew a blank at Worcester City in last night's 2-0 defeat. Watkiss saw a strong Harriers team brought down to earth and there were worrying signs

  • Harriers numbers are up

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers have revealed their squad numbers for the Nationwide Conference campaign. They are: 1 John Danby, 2 Wayne Evans, 3 Steve Burton, 4 Mark Jackson, 5 Wayne Hatswell, 6 Daryl Burgess, 7 Martin O'Connor, 8 Terry Fleming, 9 Iyseden Christie

  • Tamworth 1 Harriers 1

    Saturday, February 18, 2006 HARRIERS' 1-1 draw at Tamworth had a distinctly Notts County feeling about it. That was because both sides' goalscorers are currently playing their trade in the Nationwide Conference on loan from Meadow Lane. Matty Williams

  • 26/7/05 - Trialist is lined up to star in county derby

    STUART Watkiss hopes to field latest Kidderminster Harriers target Wayne Graves at Worcester City tonight. The tough-tackling midfielder has been training with Grimsby after his release from Scunthorpe but Watkiss is keen to look at the 24-year-old. Graves

  • 26/7/05 - Fans set up Harriers youth project

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers and a new fans' group are joining fund-raising forces to enable manager Stuart Watkiss to set up a full-time youth team of apprentice professionals. Harriers' relegation from the Football League has meant a closer cutting of the

  • 22/7/05 - Norgrove puts focus on team

    NEW chairman Barry Norgrove admits there is no pressure on Stuart Watkiss to launch Kidderminster Harriers back into the Football League. Norgrove replaced Colin Youngjohns in the Aggborough hot-seat and called upon a period of calm on and off-the-pitch

  • 21/7/05 - Chairman goes after 32 years

    COLIN Youngjohns yesterday stepped down as Kidderminster Harriers chairman -- insisting the club is in good hands. As part of a major board-room shuffle at Aggborough, Youngjohns has resigned from the board of directors after 32 years of service. The

  • 8/7/05 - Harriers make start

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers go into the first friendly at Bewdley tomorrow (2pm) with the close-season take-over saga still hanging over them. Contracts are expected to be finally signed early next week to allow Aggborough Holdings to buy out majority shareholder

  • Harriers 1 Altrincham 1

    Monday, December 26, 2005 MARTIN O'Connor admitted one point at home to fellow strugglers Altrincham yesterday was not good enough. The Kidderminster Harriers caretaker-boss was unhappy with his players' second-half display which offered the visitors

  • 6/7/05 - Strike options pose problem for Watkiss

    CHRIS Beardsley is nearing a move to Mansfield Town but boss Stuart Watkiss still harbours hopes of retaining Mark Rawle. Kidderminster Harriers wanted to secure the two out-of-contract strikers during the summer and their absence leaves Watkiss woefully

  • 5/7/05 - Blackwood on wish list

    STUART Watkiss hopes to make winger Michael Blackwood his next Kidderminster Harriers summer signing in the next 48 hours. The 25-year-old left-sided player, who can also play at full-back, is close to an agreement after his release from Lincoln City

  • 4/7/05 - O'Connor at Aggborough

    FORMER Birmingham City and Walsall midfielder Martin O'Connor today joined Kidderminster Harriers as player-coach. The experienced campaigner, 37, has penned a 12-month deal following his release from Shrewsbury Town where he secured promotion from the

  • Kidderminster Harriers 3 Dagenham and Redbridge 1

    Saturday, December 3, 2005 A MAKESHIFT Kidderminster Harriers side delivered the goods to produce their first Conference win in nearly two months. Against similarly out-of-form Dagenham and Redbridge, Harriers forward Iyseden Christie bagged two goals

  • 2/7/05 - Boss: Blend will be crucial

    STUART Watkiss intends to successfully blend youth and experience after a hectic day of transfer dealings. The capture of right-back Wayne Evans was followed up by the equally experienced addition of his former Rochdale team-mate Daryl Burgess. Watkiss

  • Burton 1 Harriers 0

    Saturday, November 26, 2005 A LEE Bell second-half goal left Kidderminster Harriers perilously close to the Nationwide Conference relegation zone. Harriers could have few complaints about their defeat at the Pirelli Stadium and boss Stuart Watkiss held

  • Stevenage 3 Harriers 1

    Saturday, October 12, 2005 STUNNED boss Stuart Watkiss launched an attack on young referee Gavin Ward after Kidderminster Harriers slipped further down the Conference table. The official shocked Harriers with a controversial penalty three minutes after

  • Harriers 2 Darlington 1

    Tuesday, October 18, 2005 KIDDERMINSTER Harriers could do with reproducing last night's gritty LDV Vans Trophy display more often in the Nationwide Conference. They got to grips with League Two mid-table side Darlington in a 2-1 northern section first

  • Harriers 0 Halifax 1

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005 STUART Watkiss has some serious thinking to do after Kidderminster Harriers' 1-0 home defeat by Halifax Town last night. Harriers produced their second Aggborough shocker in a row following Saturday's 3-1 loss to Forest Green

  • Grays 2 Harriers 2

    Saturday, September 10, 2005 STRIKER Iyseden Christie found his scoring touch to so nearly claim a storming Nationwide Conference success for Kidderminster Harriers at early leaders Grays Athletic. But Christie's double was tainted in second-half injury-time

  • Exeter 1 Harriers 0

    Tuesday, August 16 KIDDERMINSTER Harriers were struck on the counter-attack as they lost their first away game of the season 1-0 at Exeter City last night. Stuart Watkiss' side, on the back of Saturday's 2-1 win over Woking, had plenty of the play against

  • Harriers 2 Woking 1

    Saturday, August 13 TAIWO Atieno instantly became a hero with Kidderminster Harriers' fans after a stunning 11-minute debut against Woking transformed the match. For all their impressive passing football and speed to the ball on a greasy pitch, Harriers

  • 20/5/06 - Stanley: I'm better player for City days

    JAI Stanley believes he is a much better player than the one Worcester City shelled out a record fee for. Former City boss John Barton chose to stump up £10,000 for Stanley's services in November 2003. Before his big-money transfer, the attacking midfielder

  • 18/5/06 - Preece wants Stanley's best

    MIDFIELDER Jai Stanley has committed his long-term future to Worcester City. The 27-year-old club record signing was the last of City's retained players to agree new terms to stay at St George's Lane. It was thought Stanley may look for a clean break

  • 4/5/06 - Shocked Warner vows to bounce back

    STUNNED Rob Warner remains confident of his own ability despite being told he was not good enough for Worcester City's wing-back berth. Warner was one of two players axed by manager Andy Preece after City's final Nationwide North match at Worksop, with

  • 28/4/06 - Youth to be given another chance

    ANDY Preece will continue to give his young players the opportunity to make an impression on the first team when he takes his Worcester City side to Worksop in Nationwide North tomorrow. City's young guns have caught the eye this season and -- now there

  • 26/4/06 - First-teamers play in City's Urn final

    ANDY Preece is set to field a host of first team regulars for Worcester City Reserves' Worcestershire FA Senior Urn final with Lye Town at Kidderminster Harriers' Aggborough stadium tonight (7.30). Having already featured in the Worcestershire Senior

  • 24/4/06 - Lyttle wins City award

    WORCESTER City chairman Dave Boddy hailed Des Lyttle after the veteran captain scooped Worcester City's Players' Player of the Year award. Lyttle, 34, who rejoined City from Forest Green last summer for the second spell of his career, collected his award

  • 22/4/06 - Webster is main man for City boss

    ON the eve of Adam Webster's 200th City appearance, Andy Preece admits he would not trade the striker for any other Nationwide North goal-getter. Webster will reach the landmark in front of his own supporters today as Worcester host Hyde United. And it

  • 21/4/06 - We must put on a show for fans: Des

    DES Lyttle does not want Worcester City's season to fizzle out in their last two games. After the dejection of losing their Nationwide North play-off fight, City's final St George's Lane clash of the campaign against Hyde United could prove to be an anti-climatic

  • 13/4/06 - Lyttle putting Town under big pressure

    DES Lyttle believes Harrogate Town can crumble under pressure if Worcester City get the better of their Yorkshire rivals on Saturday. Harrogate's 2-0 home victory over Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday restored their seven-point cushion over City and makes

  • 11/4/06 - Webster poised to sign new City contract

    PREDATORY striker Adam Webster is prepared to sign a new contract at Worcester City -- but admits the long-distance travelling hurts him. Webster underlined his importance to the St George's Lane club on Saturday when netting all four goals in City's

  • 10/4/06 - Webster's best in league: Preece

    ANDY Preece hailed Adam Webster as the best striker in Nationwide North after he blasted all four goals in Worcester City's 4-1 thrashing of Leigh RMI on Saturday. Webster, 25, became the first City player in 19 years to score four goals in a league game

  • 7/4/06 - Preece puts his City players to test

    ANDY Preece has challenged his Worcester City team to maintain the high standard of football they reached at Stalybridge Celtic. Preece reckons his players raised the bar in terms of quality of performance at Bower Fold. Crisp passing, excellent movement

  • 7/4/06 - Contract race for midfield maestro

    JAI Stanley has five more games to prove he is worth a new contract at Worcester City. That is the assessment of player-boss Andy Preece, who is striving to build a squad capable of taking City to promotion glory next season. Playmaker Stanley -- back

  • 6/4/06 - Seddon poised to sign on next season

    ANDY Preece believes his former Bury marksman Gareth Seddon will prove an excellent acquisition for Worcester City. Seddon, 25, made a stunning one-off appearance on Tuesday night, teaming up beautifully alongside Adam Webster and netting the opener in

  • 4/4/06 - Teenage striker gunning for goals

    TEENAGE hot-shot Troy Wood will be gunning for more glory tonight as Worcester City make a revenge mission to Stalybridge Celtic (7.45). Wood, 18 next week, blasted his first Nationwide North goal in City colours during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Alfreton

  • 1/4/06 - Hyde goes as Warmer makes his City mark

    ANDY Preece credits the emergence of Tom Warmer as a key factor behind dispensing with Graham Hyde. Experienced midfielder Hyde joined Nationwide North bottom club Hednesford Town for the rest of the season after failing to regain his place in City's

  • 31/3/06 - Webster looking for home comforts

    ADAM Webster reckons it's time to stop blaming the St George's Lane pitch and get down to halting a miserable run of home results against Alfreton tomorrow. City's play-off bid looks doomed after collecting just two points from a possible 12 at headquarters

  • 29/3/06 - Hyde to leave Lane

    VETERAN midfielder Graham Hyde is next in line to leave Worcester City. The 35-year-old campaigner, made captain at the start of the season, is seen as surplus to requirements. In a season dogged by injuries and family problems, Hyde, the former Sheffield

  • 29/3/06 - Groundsman says he was scapegoat

    FORMER groundsman Stuart Lambert has taken a swipe at Worcester City manager Andy Preece -- claiming he was made a "scapegoat" for the club's recent poor home results. Lambert quit just a year into the post following criticism of the poor playing surface

  • 28/3/06 - New groundsmen

    RICHARD Bush and Martin Knight return to take charge of Worcester City's thread-bare pitch following the resignation of groundsman Stuart Lambert. Lambert, a formerly at Worcestershire CCC, handed his notice in at St George's Lane to take up a new post

  • 28/3/06 - Striker Kelly told he can go

    LEON Kelly is set to follow Les Hines out of Worcester City after being placed on the transfer list. Striker Kelly -- who has endured a below-par Nationwide North season --has been told he can leave St George's Lane and a move is likely to materialise

  • 27/3/06 - Preece praises away-day aces

    ANDY Preece praised his players after another solid display saw Worcester City rack up their sixth Nationwide North win from eight games on the road. Adam Webster netted a brace, while George Clegg and Leon Kelly also scored, as City thrashed rock bottom

  • 23/3/06 - City ace Danks signs contract

    PROLIFIC Mark Danks admits he had no hesitation committing to Worcester City. Mirroring a move made by City goalkeeper Danny McDonnell last month, the aggressive 22-year-old penned a deal keeping him at St George's Lane until the end of the 2007/08 season

  • 18/3/06 - Boddy is adamant pitch will hold up

    DAVE Boddy believes sharing St George's Lane with neighbours Evesham United will not put any further pressure on Worcester City's under-fire pitch. Both clubs reached an agreement to ground-share throughout the whole of next season while a new 2,000-capacity

  • 17/3/06 - City have to keep play-off bid alive

    ANDY Preece admits Worcester City's play-off hopes are likely to be dead and buried if they lose to Stalybridge Celtic at St George's Lane tomorrow. City are eight points adrift of fifth-placed Harrogate Town with nine games left following last Monday's

  • 15/3/06 - Play-off dream still on: Preece

    OPTIMISTIC boss Andy Preece is refusing to dismiss Worcester City's play-off chances in the wake of their Birmingham bruising. Hopes of a top-five Nationwide North finish took a serious dent on Monday night as City slumped 2-0 to Moor Green at St George's

  • 13/3/06 - Preece banking on bumper gate

    DELIGHTED boss Andy Preece has issued a rallying call to Worcester City supporters ahead of tonight's re-arranged crunch clash against Moor Green (7.45). Following Saturday's excellent 2-0 win at Barrow, Preece is demanding the biggest attendance of the

  • 3/3/06 - Fans can carry us through: City boss

    ANDY Preece believes fan-power could be the key ingredient tomorrow for what he describes as the biggest game of Worcester City's season. For the second time in six days, City unravel the welcome mat for Moor Green although 'welcome' is unlikely to be

  • 1/3/06 - Stanley eager to take his chance

    JAI Stanley admits he may need to bide his time before aiding Worcester City's play-off push. The midfielder enjoyed his first senior start since September 10 on Monday, completing 120 minutes in the Worcestershire Senior Cup penalty shoot-out defeat

  • 24/2/06 - A magic motto is inspiring City push

    JUSTIN Thompson revealed that a dressing room motto is spurring on Worcester City's fantastic run of clean sheets. City hit the road to Hucknall Town tomorrow with ambitions of producing a fifth successive shut-out. Underlining the strength and understanding

  • 21/2/06 - City aim to end Borough record

    ANDY Preece swaps pitch problems for a striker poser tonight as Worcester City bid to shatter Nuneaton Borough's home run at Manor Park (7.45). Second-placed Borough are Nationwide North's only un-beaten side on home turf this season, providing the foundation

  • 20/2/06 - Preece blasts pitch battle

    ANGRY Andy Preece labelled the St George's Lane pitch as 'embarrassing' after his side failed to break down bottom club Vauxhall Motors on Saturday. City's player-manager said he felt sorry for supporters who paid to watch the shambolic 0-0 Nationwide

  • 16/2/06 - Warriors consider Sixways soccer

    WORCESTER Warriors chairman Cecil Duckworth has revealed an application to play football at Sixways is in the hands of rugby chiefs. Premier Rugby, governors of the Guinness Premiership, received the request at the start of the season but are yet to respond

  • 15/2/06 - Keeper is staying at the Lane

    DANNY McDonnell has set his heart on ending his playing days at Worcester City after penning a new two-year deal. McDonnell's contract extension keeps him at St George's Lane until the end of the 2007/08 season. Once that deal finishes, the popular 32

  • 13/2/06 - City chairman blasts neighbours

    DAVE Boddy insists rivals Hereford United and Kidderminster Harriers have denied Worcester City a money-spinning summer due to the re-arrangement of the Four Nations tournament. All three clubs were invited by the FA International Committee to stage the

  • 13/2/06 - Consistency is Preece's City demand

    ANDY Preece has called for greater consistency from his Worcester City troops following Saturday's eye-catching 1-0 win at title-chasing Northwich Victoria. Preece praised his players for a deserved victory in Cheshire, earned through centre-half Justin

  • 10/2/06 - Morrison demands City give their all

    ANDY Morrison talks as forcefully off the pitch as he performed on it during his days at Huddersfield Town and Manchester City. So when the former tough-guy defender issues a caution to players to roll up their sleeves, it is a warning best taken seriously

  • 9/2/06 - Boss issues a battlecry

    ANDY Preece has called on Worcester City's players to show greater fight against sides battling for their Nationwide North lives. City lost the physical battle on Tuesday night when they slipped 1-0 at Alfreton Town, a result that pushed the Derbyshire

  • 7/2/06 - Danks is targeting play-offs

    SHARPSHOOTER Marks Danks admits the dressing room banter is all about nailing Worcester City a play-off place. City can move to within nine points of the top five tonight by beating rock-bottom Alfreton Town at the Impact Arena (7.45). Andy Preece's men

  • 30/1/06 - Danks lightens gloom for City

    GLUM Andy Preece was unhappy with Worcester City's performance following Saturday's 1-1 Nationwide North draw against Workington at St George's Lane. City looked on course to chalk up three successive victories when striker Mark Danks maintained his rich

  • 26/1/06 - Play-offs back in focus

    WORCESTER City boss Andy Preece admits the play-offs are back in sight after his side completed back-to-back Nationwide North away wins. City took another massive stride to easing their relegation concerns with a convincing 3-1 victory at Hinckley United

  • 25/1/06 - Wedgbury at Blades

    WORCESTER City's academy whizz-kid Sam Wedgbury was yesterday picked in Sheffield United's reserve match against Bradford City. The talented 16-year-old midfielder, currently on trial at the Championship high-fliers, earned selection to Blades' 16-strong

  • 24/1/06 - Preece poised to back striker Danks

    LEON Kelly faces a direct battle with Mark Danks for a starting place tonight as Worcester City aim to complete successive Nationwide North wins at Hinckley United (7.45). Kelly was suspended at Gainsborough on Saturday when City registered their first

  • 20/1/06 - City striker links up with Bromsgrove

    YOUNG Worcester City striker James Smith is to sign for Bromsgrove Rovers. Smith trained with the Victoria Ground club this week and is expected to make his Rovers debut at Hemel Hempstead Town tomorrow. Bromsgrove manager Rod Brown also made a cheeky

  • 20/1/06 - Danks is lined up to figure at Trinity

    LIVEWIRE Mark Danks is poised to receive a dream debut tomorrow as Worcester City chase much-needed Nationwide North points. Striker Danks -- signed from Forest Green Rovers in mid-week -- is in line to start at Gainsborough Trinity with Leon Kelly suspended

  • 19/1/06 - Preece bags slick striker

    WORCESTER City have strengthened their artillery with the signing of Forest Green Rovers striker Mark Danks. Stourbridge-based Danks checked in at St George's Lane after scoring five goals in seven games during a month's loan spell at Cirencester Town

  • 18/1/06 - Skipper dismayed by absence

    INJURY-stricken Graham Hyde has revealed his frustration at missing a sizeable chunk of Worcester City's season. Not since the December 10 Nationwide North draw against Worksop Town has skipper Hyde led City from the start of a game. A virus left the

  • 13/1/06 - Lyttle says City can upset Trophy odds

    DES Lyttle insists Worcester City have 'nothing to fear' as they prepare for tomorrow's FA Trophy second round clash at Crawley Town. The Red Devils are favourites to secure a place in the last 16 of the competition at Broadfield Stadium. But like City

  • 12/1/06 - Preece: We're facing relegation dogfight

    ANDY Preece accepts that Worcester City are embroiled in a Nationwide North relegation dogfight. With almost half of their league fixtures remaining, Worcester sit three points off the drop-zone having won just four league games all season. City's depressing

  • 10/1/06 - Crunch time for Smith and City

    CROCKED Chris Smith faces an anxious wait over whether he requires a knee operation. Worcester City player-boss Andy Preece admits there is a 70 per cent chance that centre-half Smith damaged cartilage to his left knee during the 1-1 draw against Stafford

  • 9/1/06 - Preece nips in to sign Pearce

    ANDY Preece is confident of signing more players this week following the capture of experienced Redditch United defender Dennis Pearce. Pearce, 31, a former Notts County and Peterborough full-back, faced Worcester City in the 2-2 draw at the Valley Stadium

  • City 2 Hyde 2

    Saturday, April 22, 2006 ONE last hurrah was the least Worcester City supporters demanded on their final home game of the season. And although City's players are still smarting a fraction after losing the play-off race, they served up a St George's Lane

  • 5/1/06 - Preece steps up hunt for striker

    DETERMINED Andy Preece is stepping up his bid to complete Worcester City's first 2006 signing. Over the past few weeks, the City player-manager has been rebuffed in several efforts to strengthen the St George's Lane squad. A new striker is Preece's top

  • 2/1/06 - City aim to put brakes on leaders

    WORCESTER City will look for a better outcome today as they lock horns with leaders Stafford Rangers for the second time in seven days. Fourth-from-bottom City tackle in-form Boro at St George's Lane (3pm) hoping for a repeat of their impressive display

  • Leigh 1 City 4

    Saturday, April 8, 2006 ONLY on rare occasions do player-of-the-month awards look cut and dried within the second week. But how can anyone argue against Adam Webster picking up April's Nationwide North gong now, just 10 days into the month? Not happy

  • 30/12/05 - Smith is fighting to scare off Tigers

    LIONHEART defender Chris Smith is expected to win his fitness battle to tame Hyde United's Tigers. Smith jarred his knee during Worcester City's 1-1 draw at Stafford Rangers on Boxing Day and was substituted moments into the second-half. The centre-half

  • Stalybridge 2 City 3

    Tuesday, April 4, 2006 ADAM Webster's 89th-minute strike completed a thrilling 3-2 Nationwide North win for Worcester City at Bower Fold last night. City seemed to have tossed away victory when, after snatching a two-goal advantage through debutant Gareth

  • City 2 Alfreton 2

    Saturday, April 1, 2006 HOW appropriate that one of the strangest and most farcical moments ever to transpire at St George's Lane fell on April Fools' Day. Under no pressure inside his own penalty box, Worcester City's Adam Burley shuffled into the perfect

  • Hednesford Town 0 Worcester City 4

    Saturday, March 25, 2006 HOW often Worcester City will get to wear their ghastly third strip, nobody quite knows. But the green and yellow ensemble -- colours that look sexy on the back of Brazilians but have City's players as running advertisements for

  • City 0 Moor Green 2

    Monday, March 13, 2006 WORCESTER City face an uphill battle to reach the Nationwide North's play-offs after crashing to their first home league defeat in five months. Late goals from Dave Morrison and Phil Trainer secured Moor Green's victory in a poor

  • Barrow 0 City 2

    Saturday, March 11, 2006 FROM villain to hero in a week, Mark Danks used his feet in more productive terms to put the boot into poor Barrow. Instead of kicking out at opponents, a crime committed by the superbly-skilled yet tempramental striker against

  • 20/12/05 - City aim to turn screw on Reds

    ANDY Preece is eager to pile more misery on managerless Redditch United tonight as Worcester City look to win the first of several games in hand. City will leap-frog Hednesford Town if they beat their Worcestershire derby rivals at the Valley Stadium

  • City 1 Moor Green 1 (3-4 on penalties)

    Monday, February 27, 2006 WORCESTER City crashed out of the Worcestershire Senior Cup 4-3 on penalties last night to Moor Green. Justin Thompson and Jai Stanley both blazed over spot-kicks at St George's Lane, as rivals Moors kept their cool to book a

  • 19/12/05 - City go to Crawley

    WORCESTER'S reward for sinking Hayes is a tricky second round trip to Crawley Town on Saturday, January 14. The Red Devils, currently 18th in the Nationwide Conference, progressed following an impressive 2-0 away win at Stevenage Borough. Hereford United

  • 16/12/05 - Key men keen to shake off cup bug

    VIRUS victims Adam Webster and Nick Colley are facing a race to beat the germs ahead of tomorrow's FA Trophy showdown against Hayes. In the build-up to Worcester City's first round clash at St George's Lane, a worrying break of influenza spread through

  • 15/12/05 - Hayes in mood to end City chances

    HAYES boss Willy Wordsworth is confident of writing Worcester City out of this year's FA Trophy. Wordsworth takes the Missioners to St George's Lane this Saturday for a first round clash, aiming to halt another City cup adventure. The Nationwide South

  • 14/12/05 - Stanley targets January return

    JAI Stanley is targeting a mid-January return for Worcester City following his third knee operation. The 27-year-old midfielder begins running again later this week after undergoing surgery to trim cartilage in his right knee at Wrightington Hospital

  • 13/12/05 - Preece signs new City deal

    ANDY Preece has signed a new deal to stay as Worcester City manager until the end of the 2006/07 season. The popular 38-year-old player-boss agreed a year's extension at St George's Lane while Andy Morrison remains as assistant manager. Contract talks

  • 12/12/05 - FA Cup exploits backfire on City

    GRUMPY Andy Preece predicted more tough-to-crack opponents are on their way to St George's Lane in the wake of Worcester City's 1-1 draw with Worksop Town. City remain in Nationwide North's bottom four following Saturday's point. Striker Adam Webster

  • 9/12/05 - We must get over cup exit: Colley

    NICK Colley admits it would be 'criminal' for Worcester City to let heads drop and suffer an FA Cup hangover. City's flying winger is looking for a positive reaction from his own team-mates following last weekend's heart-breaking cup exit to Huddersfield

  • 8/12/05 - Reserves and youth triumph

    WORCESTER City reserves came back from two goals down to secure a 3-2 victory over Kettering Town at St George's Lane last night. After trailing in the Central Conference fixture, City hit back through teenage striker Troy Wood on 36 minutes and Andy

  • Crawley 3 City 1

    Saturday, January 14, 2006 NOT too many tears were shed as Worcester City bowed out of the FA Trophy in West Sussex. The Trophy carries decent financial rewards and City supporters would love to see their side 'doing a Burscough' or 'a Hednesford' and

  • 6/12/05 - City ace shrugs off talk of move

    CHRIS Smith insists he will not be distracted at Worcester City despite earning massive praise on television during Sunday's FA Cup defeat. Match of the Day commentators Jonathan Pearce and Mark Bright paid tribute to highly-rated Smith, admitting they

  • 5/12/05 - Chairman delighted despite plum draw

    WORCESTER City chairman Dave Boddy was magnanimous in defeat -- despite losing out on a possible £500,000 cash jackpot. Had City put 10-men Huddersfield Town to the sword at St George's Lane, the club would be heading to Stamford Bridge for a lucrative

  • City 1 Stafford 1

    Monday, January 2, 2006 ANDY Preece must wish Stafford Rangers are on the menu each and every week. Despite Stafford's impressive position at the zenith of Nationwide North, Worcester can point to two highly impressive and hungry displays against the

  • Hyde 4 City 0

    Saturday, December 31, 2005 WORCESTER City's dismayed supporters could be forgiven for hitting the bottle early on New Year's Eve. Not in readiness to welcome home 2006, but to help drown their sorrows to forget City's limpest performance of the season

  • 25/11/05 - Fracture leaves City striker on sidelines

    WORCESTER City's Jimmi-Lee Jones could be out for the entire season after fracturing the tibia in his right leg. Striker Jones picked up the shin injury from a block tackle during the first-half of City's 3-1 Worcestershire Senior Cup win at Stourport

  • Stafford 1 City 1

    Monday, December 26, 2005 WORCESTER City paid the price for missed golden opportunities as they dropped two Nationwide North points at leaders Stafford Rangers. City looked destined to claim their first away league victory of the season at Marston Road

  • Redditch 2 City 2

    Tuesday, December 20, 2005 WORCESTER City moved up the Nationwide North table last night after squeezing a 2-2 draw at derby rivals Redditch United. Nick Colley gave City the lead at the Valley Stadium following a fine team move, before unusually poor

  • 25/11/05 - Trophy is important to us too: Preece

    ANDY Preece is targeting a lengthy run in the FA Trophy -- insisting it carries equal importance to the more glamorous FA Cup. Worcester City mount their Trophy campaign at St George's Lane tomorrow with a third qualifying round clash against Kendal Town

  • 22/11/05 - Rookies poised for City outing

    A STRING of youth players are gearing up for their Worcester City first-team debuts tonight in the Worcestershire Senior Cup second round tie at Stourport Swifts (7.45). Andy Preece is preparing to field a young side, if the low-priority clash survives

  • City 1 Worksop 1

    Saturday, December 10, 2005 THE pantomime season arrived at St George's Lane -- although it stirred no festive laughs from Worcester City supporters. Thwarted City mustered a single point as backs-to-the-wall Worksop Town successfully strangled this Nationwide

  • Worcester City 0 Huddersfield Town 1

    Sunday, December 4, 2005 OUT but certainly not disgraced, brave Worcester City's tremendous FA Cup fairytale ended in frustration. And what a gut-wrenching moment for City supporters just minutes after their gallant heroes trooped off St George's Lane

  • 21/11/05 - Boddy has no freeze fears for cup tie

    DAVE Boddy insists freezing conditions should not prevent Worcester City successfully staging the money-spinning FA Cup clash with Huddersfield Town. Bad weather once again put paid to City's latest Nationwide North fixture, as last Saturday's fixture

  • City 1 Kendal 0

    Saturday, November 26, 2005 WORCESTER City's tremendous run of form in cup football this season continued at St. George's Lane when Andy Preece's side defeated Kendal Town 1-0 in their FA Trophy third qualifying round clash. In front of a crowd of 973

  • 16/11/05 - Preece to get cash for players

    DAVE Boddy is preparing to hand Andy Preece a slice of Worcester City's FA Cup cash bonanza to strengthen his squad. Regardless of City's result against Huddersfield Town in the televised second round tie on Sunday, December 4, the club is expected to

  • City 1 Chippenham 0

    Monday, November 14, 2005 HERO Adam Webster netted Worcester City a £91,000 FA Cup jackpot last night with the killer goal against 10-man Chippenham Town. On a night of high drama and controversy, Webster fired City into the second round of the cup for

  • 16/11/05 - Hyde sends warning to Terriers

    SKIPPER Graham Hyde -- an FA Cup finalist in 1993 -- admits he is buzzing at Worcester City's stunning assault in the famous knockout competition. The midfield veteran appeared as a Sheffield Wednesday substitute during the Wembley final and subsequent

  • 15/11/05 - Preece delight for club

    WORCESTER City boss Andy Preece hailed his FA Cup stars and admits the result has still not sunk in. "I don't think it will sink in for a while," said Preece. "It's just surreal, fantastic. But I enjoyed Saturday's victory over Hednesford more. "It just

  • Chippenham 1 City 1

    Saturday, November 5, 2005 ANOTHER draw. Another replay. And, more importantly, another crack at the FA Cup for Worcester City. A massive night at St George's Lane lies in store next Monday, not least because the victors face a mouth-watering second round

  • City 1 Barrow 0

    Saturday, October 29, 2005 WHERE would Worcester City be without their free-scoring defenders? Not for the first time this season, one of the back lads showed the way as City's strikers continue to shoot Nationwide North blanks. In last Monday's epic

  • Accrington 1 City 1

    Saturday, October 22, 2005 COURAGEOUS Worcester City are more than capable of dumping Accrington Stanley out of the FA Cup tonight -- and chairman Dave Boddy wants supporters to fuel a memorable shock. Depleted City were magnificent in securing a fourth

  • City 0 Hucknall 1

    Saturday, September 10, 2005 WHEN it rains, it pours. Right now, it is teeming down on Worcester City's parade following another soggy weekend. Already miffed by a third successive Nationwide North defeat, supporters' spirits were further dampened as

  • Worcester City 1 Droylsden 2

    Monday, August 29, 2005 ANDY Preece questioned the desire of his players after Worcester City crashed to their first home defeat of the season. City crumbled 2-1 to promotion favourites Droylsden at St George's Lane yesterday -- despite taking the lead

  • 14/11/05 - City aces must go for broke

    CONFIDENT Andy Preece has told his Worcester City stars to seize FA Cup glory in front of a huge and expectant St George's Lane crowd tonight (7.45). City enter the first round replay against Chippenham Town in high spirits following Saturday's thumping

  • 11/11/05 - City eye gate boost

    WORCESTER City will be looking for a bumper gate tomorrow as they host Midlands rivals Hednesford Town in Nationwide North (2pm). Every paying customer to the Hednesford fixture will receive a voucher entitling the holder to purchase one ticket for the

  • City 0 Hinckley 0

    Monday, August 15 CARL Heeley was controversially sent-off in his comeback at St George's Lane last night -- yet Worcester City could only muster a woeful 0-0 draw against Hinckley United. City huffed and puffed but could not blow the Hinckley house down

  • 9/11/05 - Fixtures worry Preece

    ANDY Preece admits his side is facing a gruelling fixture back-log following Worcester City's postponed clash at Redditch United last night. Officials called off the Nationwide North derby fixture at 6.10pm due to a waterlogged pitch. Heavy rain led to

  • 1/11/05 - Veteran Lyttle in cup warning

    BATTLING Des Lyttle has ordered his Worcester City colleagues to "fight fire with fire" during Saturday's crunch FA Cup clash at Chippenham Town. The veteran defender is expecting a rocky ride when the two sides collide in the first round showdown. Despite

  • 31/10/05 - City fans going cup clash crazy

    DAVE Boddy was delighted and overwhelmed by the huge demand for FA Cup tickets over the weekend. Less than 60 Worcester City tickets remain on sale for Saturday's first round clash at Chippenham, following a rush for tickets at St George's Lane. A total

  • 28/10/05 - Midfield battle is brewing for City

    ANDY Preece faces a painful midfield decision tomorrow as captain Graham Hyde returns to lead Worcester City against Barrow at St George's Lane. Veteran Hyde was absent from last Monday's unforgettable FA Cup giant-killing of Accrington Stanley -- and

  • 26/10/05 - City tickets go on sale

    FA Cup tickets will be available to certain sections of the Worcester City faithful on Friday evening. They will be able to buy tickets for the November 5 first round visit to Chippenham on a one-per-person basis at the St George's Lane social club from

  • Sir Trevor praises Danny

    "THE FA Cup is synonymous with heroic achievements and Danny McDonnell's performance at the weekend will be remembered by Worcester City fans for many years to come." Those words came from former England and West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking, now the

  • 24/10/05 - Preece stands by his rookies

    PROUD Andy Preece is backing his young Worcester City charges to capture glory and oust Accrington Stanley in tonight's FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay (7.45). City deservedly secured a return to St George's Lane following a battling 1-1 draw with

  • 21/10/05 - Hodnett ready to answer cup call

    DANNY Hodnett is poised to make his full competitive debut in tomorrow's FA Cup showdown at Accrington Stanley. The Worcester City utility man will be expected to team up alongside captain Graham Hyde and 16-year-old Sam Wedgbury in midfield amid the

  • 21/10/05 - Seven are struck by injury for City task

    FRUSTRATED Andy Preece failed to clinch a loan signing ahead of injury-ravaged Worcester City's daunting FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash at Accrington Stanley tomorrow. With the likelihood of seven City players sidelined for the Interlink Express

  • 17/10/05 - City bid for result and performance

    WORCESTER City are hoping for a change of fortune ahead of their next Nationwide North test. City host Nuneaton Borough at St George's Lane tonight (7.45) looking for a repeat of the performance that saw them lose 1-0 to leader's Northwich Victoria on

  • 12/10/05 - Champions-elect are waiting for us: Preece

    WORCESTER City are facing the Nationwide North champions-elect this Saturday -- according to player-manager Andy Preece. City host leaders Northwich Victoria, unbeaten in nine league matches, at St George's Lane on Saturday. Steve Burr's side were relegated

  • 10/10/05 - Tough test for City

    WORCESTER City have arguably the toughest task of the four local sides following today's FA Cup fourth qualifying round draw. City, Bromsgrove Rovers, Kidderminster Harriers and Hereford United were all in the hat as Conference sides entered the competition

  • 8/10/05 - FA Cup finalist is after more glory

    NOBODY has lived the FA Cup dream quite like Worcester City captain Graham Hyde. Any young footballer's wish is to play in an FA Cup final at Wembley -- and Hyde did just that 12 years ago for Sheffield Wednesday. The 34-year-old midfield veteran appeared

  • Teenage ace may win City cup call

    TEENAGE sensation Sam Wedgbury could be in line for a shock FA Cup start at St George's Lane this Saturday. The emerging 16-year-old midfielder has earned glowing praise following his two substitute appearances for Worcester City. Wedgbury, a first-year

  • 4/10/05 - Boddy hits out at England cup qualifiers

    WORCESTER City chairman Dave Boddy has slammed England's continuing policy of afternoon kick-offs -- insisting the financial affects are "crucifying" non-league football. Boddy believes more than 300 will drop off the gate at St George's Lane this Saturday

  • 1/10/05 - Stanley tormented by knee problems

    IF footballing 'gods' handed out good luck, Jai Stanley would be near the back of the queue. Worcester City's tormented midfielder is ripping his hair out -- and there is plenty of it -- while agonising over his latest knee setback. A recent scan outlined

  • 30/9/05 - Preece is chasing opening away win

    WORCESTER City have no hope of fulfilling manager Andy Preece's wish of settling in Nationwide North's top 10 after 10 matches. But summoning a first away victory of the season at the Giant's Axe tomorrow will go a long way to repairing the damage of

  • 26/9/05 - Home cup tie for City

    WORCESTER City's reward for drubbing Bemerton Heath Harlequins 7-0 on Saturday is an FA Cup third qualifying round tie at home to in-form Tonbridge Angels. The Kent club are unbeaten this season and sit second in the Ryman League Division One after chalking

  • 24/9/05 - Harlequins boss is cursing draw luck

    PICKING out a dream FA Cup date at St George's Lane actually proved a nightmare scenario for Steve Slade. Far from licking his lips at the prospect of chopping Worcester City down to size, the joint-manager of Bemerton Heath Harlequins cursed his side's

  • 23/9/05 - FA Cup is breather from City struggles

    ANDY Preece is hoping the FA Cup will take the pressure off his Worcester City players and kick-start the club's season. City must lose their mediocre league form tomorrow as lowly Bemerton Heath Harlequins arrive at St George's Lane in the second qualifying

  • 16/9/05 - Stanley has scan

    UNLUCKY Jai Stanley described his latest knee injury setback as a "complete nightmare." The 26-year-old Worcester City midfielder undergoes a scan on his right knee later today. It is the same knee that has twice required operations since Stanley joined

  • 14/9/05 - Stanley joins City's injury list

    JAI Stanley could be ruled out of Saturday's Moor Green showdown with a knee problem. The 26-year-old midfielder's right knee, which required an operation last year, was badly inflamed following Worcester City's 1-0 home defeat to Hucknall Town. He is

  • 12/9/05 - City handed home cup tie

    WORCESTER City received a boost today after being drawn at home to Bemerton Heath Harlequins in the FA Cup second qualifying round. Salisbury-based Bemerton, currently 16th in the Sydenhams Wessex League Division One, travel to St George's Lane on Saturday

  • 12/9/05 - Preece: Blame me not the players

    ANDY Preece has told Worcester City's supporters -- don't blame the players, blame me. A handful of fans voiced their disapproval in the direction of Preece and his team following Worcester's 1-0 loss to Hucknall Town on Saturday. The defeat at St George's

  • 7/9/05 - City part company with Justin

    CANADIAN international Jus-tin Thompson is unlikely to play again for Worcester City. The 24-year-old made four full appearances and came off the bench once during his four-week trial stay at the St George's Lane club. He combined turning out for Worcester

  • 7/9/05 - Clegg out for three weeks

    WORCESTER City midfielder George Clegg is out of action for up to three weeks after straining medial ligaments in his right knee. The 24-year-old was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital after breaking down in the early stages of City's reserve victory

  • 6/9/05 - Preece set to wield the axe

    ANDY Preece has threatened to wield the axe on his Worcester City squad. The St George's Lane chief was fuming after City crashed 4-1 at Harrogate Town on Saturday, the club's heaviest ever defeat in Nationwide North. Calamitous defending was the source

  • 3/9/05 - Kelly has a plan to succeed

    FRUSTRATED striker Leon Kelly is preparing to change his style of play to beat the shackles of opposition defences. The 27-year-old Worcester City frontman believes a few tweaks to his natural game is essential, especially after failing to hit the target

  • 2/9/05 - Key duo called up to trouble Harrogate

    CHRIS Smith and George Clegg are poised to be flung back into the firing line at Harrogate tomorrow as Worcester City search for a vital pick-me-up. Both missed out on Bank Holiday Monday as City's unsatisfactory start to the Nationwide North season continued

  • 31/8/05 - City ace winning his race to be fit

    CHRIS Smith is expected to win his battle for fitness in time for Worcester City's clash at Harrogate Town this Saturday. The influential defender was ruled out of Bank Holiday Monday's 2-1 Nationwide North defeat to Droylsden with an injured ankle. Smith

  • 29/8/05 - Preece backs his off-key strikers

    ANDY Preece is tipping goal-shy strikers Adam Webster and Leon Kelly to break their league duck against Droylsden at St George's Lane today (3pm). Last season's on-song front duo are yet to get off the mark in four Nationwide North matches this term.

  • 26/8/05 - Colley is setting large City goals

    NICK Colley is eyeing his first goal of the season at Workington tomorrow -- and the challenges don't stop there. The 30-year-old believes he can net 10 times for Worcester City this term and retain the honour of leading midfield marksman. Colley burst

  • 22/8/05 - Now watch us go says City boss

    ANDY Preece believes the gloves are off for Worcester City after chalking up their first Nationwide North win. Close-season signings Chris Smith and Graham Hyde both hit the target as City beat Gainsborough Trinity 2-1 at St George's Lane. Victory over

  • 20/8/05 - King Carl is bitter about red

    CARL Heeley spoke up for his fellow defenders by labelling Worcester City tough-guy Leon Kelly as one of Nationwide North's most formidable strikers. Former St George's Lane favourite Heeley is still bitter at his sending off during City's goalless draw

  • 19/8/05 - Hot-shot in a race to shake off injury

    ADAM Webster has been rated "touch and go" to face Gainsborough Trinity tomorrow. Last season's triple award-winning striker missed Worcester City's stalemate against Hinckley United with a problematic knee. And the 25-year-old's importance was highlighted

  • 15/8/05 - Preece targets quick revival

    ANDY Preece has "no fears" as Worcester City attempt to register their first league points against Hinckley United tonight (7.45pm). City crumbled to a 2-1 defeat at Kettering Town in the opening Nationwide North fixture on Saturday, with former striker

  • 12/8/05 - Kettering opener is good for City boss

    ANDY Preece believes the weight of expectation on Kettering Town's shoulders will work in Worcester City's favour tomorrow. Both clubs, highly fancied to gain promotion from the Nationwide North, come together at Rockingham Road for an opening-day showdown

  • 8/8/05 - Pre-season contests finish on a low note

    WORCESTER City are unlikely to have Kettering Town quaking in their boots after losing 1-0 in their final summer warm-up to Newport County. After showing a great deal of promise earlier in pre-season, City left their most disappointing performance for

  • 6/8/05 - City are all set for the kick-off: boss

    ANDY Preece believes his Worcester City troops are set up perfectly for next Saturday's Nationwide North opener. City face a daunting first league game at Kettering as they start their long bid for promotion. But a string of solid pre-season displays

  • 5/8/05 - Sheppard departs before final friendly

    WORCESTER City trialist Chad Sheppard is expected to sign for Willenhall Town. The 19-year-old defender has been offered a deal by the Southern League Division One West outfit after failing to make a big impression at St George's Lane. Sheppard, formerly

  • 3/8/05 - Billy's boot is City downfall

    WORCESTER City held on for 88 minutes against League Two side Oxford United before going down to a spectacular goal. Billy Beechers' superb individual strike in the 89th minute produced a flattering 1-0 scoreline for Brian Talbot's men. The U's brought

  • 2/8/05 - Clegg to miss league start

    GEORGE Clegg is unavailable for Worcester City's first two Nationwide North games -- leaving boss Andy Preece with a midfield headache. The former Manchester United trainee will be on holiday for City's August 13 opener at Kettering Town and the St George's

  • 30/7/05 - Webster is taking nothing for granted

    MARKSMAN Adam Webster reckons there's a major obstacle stopping him repeating last season's prolific feats -- actually getting his name on the team-sheet. The modest 25-year-old is taking nothing for granted and believes Worcester City's fellow forwards

  • 29/7/05 - New-look side pleases Hines

    LES Hines has given the thumbs-up to Worcester City's new-look defence and believes it could be the bedrock behind the club's promotion bid. In three out of four pre-season friendlies, player-manager Andy Preece has stuck to the trio of Chris Smith, Des

  • 27/7/05 - Harriers humbled by City

    LES Hines believes Worcester City have the credentials to ride high in Nationwide North after last night seeing off his former club Kidderminster Harriers. City shot down their county rivals 2-0 in an uncompromising friendly at St George's Lane, with

  • 27/7/05 - Kerr has call from Gravesend

    EX-Worcester City 'keeper Aaron Kerr is set to join Conference side Gravesend and Northfleet after being offered a contract. The 22-year-old Ulsterman joined City on a game-by-game basis last season to deputise for the injured Danny McDonnell. Kerr made

  • 22/7/05 - City boss sounds warning to rivals

    ANDY Preece warned Nationwide North rivals that he has a core of players "as good as any" in the league. As Worcester City gear up for tomorrow's pre-season trip to neighbours Malvern Town, player-manager Preece is counting down the days until the start

  • 21/7/05 - Preece unlikely to sign any more players

    CHAIRMAN Dave Boddy re-vealed it is "unlikely" that Worcester City will dip into the transfer market for a fourth time this summer. City completed their third pre-season acquisition when experienced Des Lyttle signed on to replace retired veteran Paul

  • 19/7/05 - Kettering back in for City striker

    CHRISTIAN Moore's move to Kettering Town is back on as both parties re-entered talks. The transfer-listed striker was absent from Worcester City's 3-1 pre-season defeat to Walsall as he negotiated with the Rockingham Road club. Nationwide North rivals

  • 11/7/05 - Shabir set to shine - coach

    ANDY Morrison believes teenager Shabir Khan will progress into a defensive gem if he avoids another injury-plagued campaign. The highly-regarded 19-year-old has yet to play a single minute of first team football since player-manager Andy Preece took over

  • 4/7/05 - Players report for duty at City

    IT was back to the grind for Worcester City as Andy Preece's troops returned for pre-season training. Under the imposing Worcester Cathedral, player-manager Preece and assistant Andy Morrison put the squad through their paces with sessions at King's School

  • 2/7/05 - Heeley relishing his return to the Lane

    WORCESTER City legend Carl Heeley admits the scheduling of his return to St George's Lane could not be better. Heeley, 35, left City this summer after 11 glittering years at the club, opting to end the final chapter of his career at Nationwide North rivals

  • 1/7/05 - Failed transfer hits Preece signing plan

    ANDY Preece admits the breakdown of Christian Moore's proposed move rules out the possibility of a third summer signing at Worcester City. Experienced striker Moore was expected to complete his switch to a rival Nationwide North club earlier this week

  • Hard-Fi, Civic Hall Wolverhampton

    THE poster at the front of the hall - Hard-Fi Rock - just about says it all. For a band with just one album - albeit the wonderful Stars of CCTV released in 2005 - their stage presence is superb and everyone in the crowd knows every song, showing how

  • The Amateurs Let the Sun Shine In EP

    KIDDERMINSTER band, the Amateurs, have high hopes for their latest EP and I can see why they are feeling so confident. The three-song CD kicks off with the title track, which is quite laid-back, with a bold piano sound. Singer Matthew Colley reaches some