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Worcester: 10 Things

Posted: Thu 16 Feb 2017
Author: Ben Armitage

Following FC Halifax Town’s impressive 2-0 victory at home to Nuneaton Town earlier in the week, the Shaymen are now unbeaten in six games and have re-entered the race for a play-off spot.

Town’s incredible turnaround since the start of the year has seen them defeat fellow promotion chasers Salford City and Chorley FC, and now attention turns to the next fixture away at Worcester City.

Before then, however, let’s look at some things you may not have known about Saturday’s hosts. 

1. After the club’s establishment in 1902, City were originally named Worcester Rovers before changing their name to the one they use today.

2. Between 1938 and 2004, The Blues played most their trade in the southern leagues until the Conference North’s formation in time for the 2004/05 season.

3. Just four years later, they were moved into the Conference South due to no southern teams being relegated from the Conference National. They were later re-instated to the Conference North following the demotion of several northern clubs.

4. Worcester City have not actually played in Worcester for four years. After vacating St George’s Lane in 2013, the Blues ground-shared with Kidderminster Harriers until last season. They now share Bromsgrove’s Victoria Ground as of the start of the 2016/17 season. 

5. In terms of having their own stadium, Worcester have submitted plans for a 4,130-capacity ground with an all-weather, artificial pitch along with facilities for the community. The plans are yet to be approved by the City of Worcester council.

6. Worcester’s largest recorded victory is a mesmerising 19-1 demolishment of Bilston Town back in 1931. Coincidently, their largest defeat also includes nineteen goals. Although, City were not able to score against opponents Wellington Town and had to settle for a 19-0 loss. 

7. Despite spending the bulk of their history in non-league football, Worcester managed to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup during the 1958/59 season. However, it was to be the furthest the club would ever reach in the competition, losing 2-0 away to Sheffield United.   

8. Actor Kit Harrington, most notable for his role as Jon Snow in the hit television programme Game of Thrones, lived in Worcester and attended Chantry High School.

9. The CAMRA Worcester Beer, Cider and Perry festival, which takes place in August, is in the top ten largest CAMRA festivals in England with attendances of around 14,000 people each year.  

10. Finally, in the mid-1600’s, The Battle of Worcester was the final battle of the English Civil War as Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army defeated King Charles I’s Cavaliers.