Kidderminster Harriers Football Club and Worcester City Football Club are pleased to formally announce the signing of a ground-share agreement which enables City to play their home games at Aggborough Stadium from the start of next season.
As everyone will be aware, City are facing up to life without a permanent home at the end of this season as their historical stadium at St George’s Lane faces demolition after more than a century of memorable semi-professional football .
Worcester officials have studied a raft of options in depth with a view to where to play their football while their long-term future is mapped out and we are now able to confirm that Aggborough
Stadium, the home of Kidderminster Harriers on Hoo Road, Kidderminster, will stage their matches for at least the 2013/14 season.
The two clubs have agreed a formal one-season arrangement with an option for this to be extended to a second season, with Worcester City set to pay Harriers a set sum on a match-by-match basis for the hire and use of Aggborough
City Vice-Chairman Colin Layland, commented that the formalising of the arrangement with Harriers is a short-term arrangement with the long-term future of Worcester City Football Club in mind.
“The process we’ve been through to reach this stage has been exhaustive and I cannot stress enough that all factors, considerations and opinions have been taken into account.
Important though it is, the Worcester City Board has been keen not just to look at this issue from a purely financial perspective. Despite the difficulties facing the Club, the Board remains ambitious and wishes to compete at the highest possible level during its period of ground share. It also wishes to give the Manager the opportunity to continue to play the attractive brand of football and attract the standard of player we have become used to.
“We really feel that this move allows Worcester City to retain some of its ambition but while also guarding its future.
“The Board is extremely grateful to Mark Serrell and the Board at Kidderminster for the help they’ve given us in setting up this agreement because it really does demonstrate a lot of County solidarity.
“Of course there is rivalry between the two clubs on the pitch but in truth this really does strengthen the relationship between the clubs.”
Harriers Chairman Mark Serrell added: “We’re very pleased to finally have this agreement in place at last because it’s probably been the world’s worst-kept secret while we’ve been going through negotiations!
“We have come to an arrangement that suits and benefits both parties but one of the overriding aspects of it for us at Kidderminster was the opportunity to help out one of our fellow local teams at what has been an incredibly difficult time for Worcester.
“Every detail has been very carefully thought about and I would assure both sets of supporters that from our perspective it is not aimed to be an arrangement that generates profit for the Club - rather all the income we receive from it will go towards maintaining the surface at Aggborough
and the work involved in that.
“We look forward to welcoming Worcester City to Aggborough
next season and hope that, however long they are with us, they leave to take up their new, permanent home in a healthy and vibrant state.”
Both clubs wish to state that, particularly from a Worcester City perspective, further details with regards to match-day detail – ticketing, travel and more – will be released in due course as the finer points are ironed out.