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Another team on the football scrapheap?

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Rather than my usual haunt at Premier League Birmingham City, tonight I’m at Worcester City football club. This Blue Square south side face the very real possibility of not existing past this season.

With £1.5 million owed to the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the club running to a deficit of £100,000 a year for the past decade, the club have now reached a breaking point and teeter above the brink of administration.

The club average a crowd of just 523, and have sold their ground, St. Georges Lane, for £3.5 million, taking some of this as advance payment to continue the survival of the club until the end of the season.

It’s not to say that Worcester is a city that cannot support its local teams. Local rugby team, Worcester Warriors, had an attendance of 7000 for their last home match against London Irish.

Disharmony between the clubs fans and board has been blamed for fans staying away from the club, and local publications such as Worcester News have ran campaigns for the club, asking fans to come back, to prevent the club disappearing.

If anything, the club are just another product of the financial crisis which is taking hold of football. The case of Portsmouth football club has been widely publicised and there are examples of this across all the football leagues. Worcester are simply not financially viable in their current form. With a wage bill of £3500 a week, they need a crowd of around 700 on a weekly basis. With no ground from next season, and plans to move to a new stadium failing to materialise, it’s hard to imagine Worcester being entered into the 2010/2011 season.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

March 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

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  1. Interesting. Good to hear about the lesser known struggling teams.

    AndyBCFC

    March 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm

  2. My name is Piter Jankovich. oOnly want to tell, that your blog is really cool
    And want to ask you: is this blog your hobby?
    P.S. Sorry for my bad english

    PiterJankovich

    March 30, 2010 at 9:43 am


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