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Will Robins be sharing their nest with City?

Evesham Editorial 27th Feb, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM United could play host to Worcester City home games from next season after bosses from both clubs met to discuss a possible ground share.

Worcester have been playing at Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough Stadium since they ended their 108-year stay at St George’s Lane in 2013.

The Conference North club have been offered a new deal to remain at the 6,250-capacity ground for a further two years. But it is understood the club’s board are unhappy with the proposed agreement and are now looking for a new temporary home for their side.

Evesham’s Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium, which opened in 2012, appears to be among those under consideration and Jim Cockerton, chairman of Evesham United, who held talks with City’s bosses last month, said he would welcome the move.

“We have had Anthony Hampson (chairman of Worcester City) come over and we’ve had a chat.” he said.

“We wouldn’t be adverse to ground sharing for a couple of years as we will only have to make a couple of minor alterations like extra turnstiles and extra toilets, so we can accommodate them quite easily.”

Although City’s average attendance has been about 500 this season, they did have more than 4,000 people cram into Aggborough for their FA Cup second round clash against Scunthorpe United.

However, Mr Cockerton insisted Evesham United would not be “overawed” having attracted almost 1,700 people for the club’s opening game at the stadium against Manchester United Legends.

“We had about 1,700 fans in here for the Man United game and we can accommodate up to 3,000,” he said. “Anthony was very impressed with our facilities as it is brand new.

“I am led to believe that they were going to have a look at Redditch and Bromsgrove as well, which don’t compare to our facilities.

“We have made an offer to them, so now it is there decision. We will need a decision pretty quickly as we will need to know what we are going to do.”

If the move gets rubber stamped, it would see Evesham return the favour to City as the Robins played at St George’s Lane for a number of years while their new stadium on Cheltenham Road was built.

John Jordan, Worcester City company secretary, added: “We have had some discussions [with Evesham and Bromsgrove] so we fully appreciate the facilities available and any work which would need to be carried out as well as outline terms should we decide to take up any offer.

“We are currently evaluating our options and hope to make an announcement shortly.”

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