Blue Square Bet North club Worcester City are poised to announce where they will be playing football….
…..next season — with Kidderminster Harriers expected to get the nod over Bromsgrove Sporting.
City have spent the past few months looking at various options for a temporary home once they leave St George’s Lane, where they have been based for 108 years, in June.
Officials have considered four potential venues — the others being Worcester Warriors’ Sixways stadium and Evesham United’s new ground — and the final decision is due any day following talks with both Kidderminster and Bromsgrove.
Harriers’ Aggborough stadium ticks all the boxes for City who want to use a ground that will allow them to play at their current level but also be good enough for the Conference Premier should they achieve promotion.
The club are also keen to generate as much match-day revenue as possible to make up for the anticipated lower attendances.
Although moving to Aggborough would not be cheap, money would need to be spent on Sporting’s Victoria Ground to bring it up to City’s level.
Chairman Anthony Hampson said he wanted to “give the club the best chance of survival over what is likely to be a turbulent few years.”
He said: “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.”
Hampson and his fellow directors will hold a question and answer session with fans in the Harry Knowles Lounge following Saturday’s match against Workington at the Lane.
The City chief added: “The board fully accepts that supporters will have their own preferences.
“However, it is sure that supporters will recognise the importance of this decision and wishes to assure supporters that its final decision will be one which, taking all factors into account, it genuinely believes is in the best interests of the football club.”
City held talks with Warriors but felt the option was “unrealistic” due to “a number of issues which would need to be resolved…at what is currently a designated rugby-only facility.”
Evesham United’s Jubilee Stadium was discounted because of a “less accessible” location and not being able to stage Conference Premier football.
Property developer St Modwen gained planning permission in January for a new City ground at Nunnery Way but the process has been delayed because a bridle path needs to be diverted.
Careys New Homes are due to build on the Lane when it is pulled down next year.