This one is a little bit away from my usual fare but it’s for a great cause which I have a very slight and tenuous connection to.
Worcester City football club are currently homeless. After their ‘proper’ home St George’s Lane was sold to property developers in 2013 the club have been playing their ‘home’ games at Aggborough the home of local rivals Kidderminster Harriers.
Back when I was at University and attempting to become and sports writer one of our assessments was a trip to watch Worcester City at their old home and I’ve kept half an eye on their progress ever since. As a football fan, no football club should be without a home, especially one which was always so central to the local community.
Worcester City Supporters Trust, an organisation set up by a group of extremely dedicated fans, have been working tirelessly for the last 3 years, on a plan to help the club to return to the city. Thousands of pounds and hundreds of hours have been spent on a detailed planning application for a 4,419 capacity community stadium at Perdiswell, Worcester.
The current Conservative leadership and the council’s managing director, Sheena Ramsey is known to have reservations about Perdiswell. Before Christmas, she told club representatives the authority was looking at possible “alternative sites” for the club, despite a planning application for a 4,419-capacity stadium still working its way through the system. Both the Club and Supporters Trust are still waiting on these alternatives.
This was the tipping point for the club’s supporters and the “Fighting Fund” is now in full motion, to trigger a response from local councillors.
Worcester City FC supporters have come together to write, record and release CityPunk, the song is based on Ewan MacColl’s Dirty Old Town.
You can get the song here https://citypunk.bandcamp.com/
More info can be found at the following links.