LUKE Molloy is looking to uphold a family tradition in Worcester football – by helping the red half of the city surpass his dad’s old club.

The Raiders wide man is the son ex-City centre-half Paul Molloy, a hometown favourite at St George’s Lane in the 90s. 

Molloy Snr made 124 City appearances from 1994 to 1998 as part of an impressive CV which included him being revered at Gloucester City, Redditch United and Stafford Rangers.

And while playmaker Luke, who describes himself as “Worcester through and through”, wants the best for both clubs, his aim is to help make City’s noisy neighbours top dogs.

“Worcester City was a massive club when we were all growing up,” he said.

“Our ambition is to be bigger than them but Worcester as a whole, the whole community should come together for both teams and us playing from Sixways in such a good setting is brilliant for the whole city.”

As for living up to the old man’s big reputation, Luke tries not to overthink it.

“He played quite a few times at a really good level, everyone brings it up but he doesn’t put any pressure on me, he is brilliant,” he added.

“I have played football since I was four or five years old and he has always been there supporting me every step of the way. It is great for the Molloy name to carry on in local football.

“I might go further back the older I get but I don’t think I will be playing centre-half – not ever!

“To be honest the only pressure I feel is what I put on myself. I speak to my dad about football, he is a football man and we are a football family but there is no pressure.”

It has been a flying start to the season for Raiders with 10 points from four West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division games.

A 6-0 demolition of struggling Wem Town last weekend brought up three wins in a row with another City favourite in the opposition dugout tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm) as Sean Geddes brings his Cradley Town team to Sixways.