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City`s Very Survival in Jeopardy

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Chairman Anthony Hampson says he fears for Worcester City’s chances of survival in exile at Kidderminster Harriers….

…..without sufficient numbers taking up the Blue Square Bet North club’s £100 season ticket offer.

City have just one more game left at St George’s Lane before their home of more than a century is knocked down for housing in June.

They have launched the cut-price ticket scheme, which runs until May 3rd, in a bid to attract fans to Aggborough next term but have so far sold only around forty of a hoped-for 1,500.

Hampson reckons they need to shift at least 500 or the very existence of the club could be on the line.

He said: “Worcester City have been very lucky in the past years to have a pretty good fan-base and now we need those people to come and support us while we’re at Kidderminster.

“If they don’t come along then, frankly, it will be extremely difficult to keep the club going.

“We’ve only managed to sell something like forty season tickets and unless people get behind the club we will have serious problems going forward into next season. It will make it very unviable, there’s no point in pretending that you can run a club without support.

“I’m sure that sponsors will come forward and I’m sure there will be some support for the club but the directors need the comfort that the fans will come to Aggborough.

“If they don’t then we have serious doubts about being able to maintain the club in its present form.”

The City chief is expected to make a public appeal to fans on the pitch at the final match of the season against Chester on Saturday, April 27th.

Hampson added: “A minimum requirement as far as I’m concerned would be 500 season ticket sales which I know is a very big ask.

“Hopefully the season ticket sales will reflect greater interest in the club than we have at the moment.

“I know it’s going to be a problem to survive, it was always going to be a problem, and that’s the stark situation.

“It will be difficult to keep it going if it’s not viable.

“The Conference rules of being able to produce a break-even budget which is what they now require, and very sensibly so, means that clubs need to prove that they have viability.”

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