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Harriers and Worcester tie-up ground deal
10:22am Wednesday 30th January 2013 in News
WORCESTER City will play at Aggborough during the 2013-14 campaign after agreeing a deal with Kidderminster Harriers.
The two clubs have put pen to paper on a formal one-season arrangement with an option to be extended to a second campaiggn, with Worcester set to pay the Reds a set sum on a match-by-match basis for the hire and use of Aggborough.
City had been looking at a number of options, including playing at Bromsgrove Sporting, but after months of talks they have tied up a deal with their Worcestershire neighbours.
Harriers chairman Mark Serrell said: “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.”
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 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.
He said: “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.”