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Worcester City Football Club is an English football club based in Worcester, Worcestershire. The club are currently members of the Conference North and play at St George's Lane.History
The club was formed on 9 September 1902 following the liquidation of another local side, Berwick Rangers. They took over Berwick's fixture list in the Birmingham & District League. Three years later they reached the first round of the FA Cup, losing 6–0 at home to Watford. In 1924–25 they won the league for the first time, and the following season reached the FA Cup first round again, losing 2–0 to Kettering Town in a second replay at St Andrew's. The club won back-to-back league titles in 1928–29 and 1929–30, also reaching the FA Cup first round in the former, losing 3–1 at Walsall. In 1938 they joined the Southern League. During World War II the club returned to the Birmingham & District League for two seasons.
After the war Worcester rejoined the Southern League. In 1958–59 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup again. After beating Chelmsford City in a replay, and Millwall 5–2 in the second round, they were drawn against Liverpool. A 2–1 win saw Worcester qualify for the fourth round, where they lost 2–0 at home to Sheffield United, setting their record attendance of 17,042.
In 1973–74 the club were relegated to Division One North of the Southern League. They returned to the Premier Division as Division One champions in 1977, and in 1978–79 won the title. The following season they became founder members of the Alliance Premier League, finishing third in their first season. However, they were relegated at the end of the 1984–85 season.
The club remained in the Southern League Premier Division until 2004, when a fifth-placed finish earned them a place in the newly established Conference North. In 2008 they were moved to the Conference South, after no Southern teams were relegated from the Conference National. In 2009–10 they finished in the relegation zone, but they were reprieved after several other clubs were demoted or folded - these clubs were all based in northern England, so Worcester were transferred back to the Conference North.Stadium
The club play at St George's Lane. The ground has five stands; the Dressing Room End and the Canal End (for away fans) located behind the goals, the Main Stand (containing all 1,300 seats) alongside one touchline, with the North Side and the Shed on the other.
The ground's record attendance is 17,042 from a fourth round FA Cup game against Sheffield United in 1959.
The ground is soon to be vacated, as it has been sold to a housing developer. The sale is aimed at helping fund the building of a new 6,000-capacity ground to be built at Nunnery Way on the edge of Worcester.Current squad
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.Managerial history
- Largest victory: 18–1 vs Bilston, Birmingham League, 21 November 1931
- Heaviest defeat: 0–9 vs Wellington Town, Birmingham League, 29 August 1920
- Highest attendance: 17,042 vs Sheffield United, FA Cup, 24 January 1959
- Highest transfer fee received: £27,500 for John Barton to Everton, 1979
- Highest transfer fee paid: £10,000 for Jai Stanley from Moor Green, 2003
- All-time goalscorer: John Inglis (189, 1970–77)
- Most appearances: Bobby McEwan (596, 1959–75)
- Youngest scorer: Sam Wedgbury, aged 16 versus Bemerton Heath Harlequins, FA Cup, 2005