Tag: Worcester City

The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Predictions: Conference North

Last year was pretty clear cut in the Conference North, Alfreton were pretty much definitely going up despite having a ridiculous backlog of games, the play-off places were fairly clear early on and Redditch were dropping like a stone from around February time, but this season it looks set to be a bit closer at both ends of the table and closer still in the middle. Along with relegated Altrincham and Histon there are the promoted pair of Colwyn Bay and FC Halifax, and the 22nd most northern team at Step 2 – Bishop’s Stortford, shifted over the north/south divide in the fall-out from Rushden and Diamonds’ demise. Bishop’s Stortford, like Histon and like Worcester before them will soon wise up to the difference between the two Step 2 leagues (Gloucester have only ever known the Northern side of the imaginary moving line which hovers over the Conference’s map). PROMOTION CONTENDERS It would be hard to bet against  FC Halifax Town being somewhere near the top of the table, The new boys have bulldozered their way back up the table and boast hot-shot striker Jamie Vardy as one of their key assets and laughed off an offer from Stockport to take him of their hands for a rumoured £50,000. Manager Neil Aspin has made a few key signings and if the Shaymen are as good as all their fans claim...

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The (Conference) North/ South Conundrum

When is Worcester further south than Gloucester? When did Bishops Stortford become a northern town? How is it right for a part-time football team to travel 8,000 miles a season? Welcome to a geography lesson, Conference style. The outpouring of angst over Bishops Stortford being shifted from the Blue Square North from the South has been so great it has almost overshadowed the other news from the Conference AGM, the bit about Rushden and Diamonds being expelled. The Hertfordshire-based club are now appealing being swapped from one Step 2 league to the other, or to use the words of the Conferences bigwigs “transferred from Conference South to Conference North on a geographical basis,” just weeks before pre-season. Obviously the town has not been uprooted and shifted up towards Sheffield, but Bishops Stortford is officially in the north now, subject to the club’s appeal. If they win the appeal or decide to resign from the league – the two options currently on the table – a number of things could happen, Stafford might be reprieved or it could be Lewes or maybe the Conference North will run with fewer teams, its not especially clear and as we shall see, clarity and common sense doesn’t really seem to come into it at any point. And aside from the shock and anger from the club ,the Bishops Stortford situation has once again...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

Well, it’s late on Sunday night so it’s time to catch up on some more non-league videos of the week for this weekend. Our first match comes from the relegation battle at the bottom of the Blue Square Premier. With four relegation places, it’s pretty tight at the foot of the table and Hayes & Yeading United occupied one of those positions at the start of the match. They were at home yesterday afternoon against Kettering Town, who sit in the places just above the relegation places and could probably still do with a win or two just to guarantee their safety for next season. Our second match is from the Blue Square North and has a hint of the local derby about it. AFC Telford United are still chasing promotion to the Blue Square Premier at the end of this season and a win at mid-table Worcester City could put them top of the table with games in hand on the two club immediately below them in the table, Boston United and Nuneaton Town, although it is fourth-placed Alfreton Town, who have games in hand on all of the other clubs at the top of the table, that they will perhaps be looking at as their biggest rivals for the league title. Finally, we’re off to Scotland to the West of Scotland Super League First Division, for the...

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Worcester Sauce

On the day that the England team are due to get a pasting in a World Cup qualifier, it feels apt that we should be dropping in on another team in crisis with a link to St George. St George’s Lane, Worcester, was the venue of one of the FA Cup’s greatest upsets. Liverpool weren’t quite the giants that one might expect when they visited Worcester City for an FA Cup Third Round match in January 1959. The match was postponed initially because of a frozen pitch, but over 15,000 people packed into the tiny ground on a Thursday afternoon for the rescheduled fixture. Worcester raced into a 2-0 lead before Liverpool pulled a goal back, but the goal was no more than a consolation. Worcester City held on to win 2-1, and went on to lose 2-0 against Sheffield United in the next round. Liverpool sacked their manager and replaced him with a certain Bill Shankly. Just over five years later, they were crowned as champions of the Football League. Fifty years on, and nothing much has changed for Worcester City. They still play at St George’s Lane, in the Conference South, into which they were transferred from the Conference North at the end of last season. The club, however, has become the centre of a widespread protest by supporters over how it is being run, with a...

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