CLUBS BID FAREWELL

As the 2012/13 season came to a close, a number of football clubs in England bid their respective stadiums an emotional farewell, ready to move onto pastures new next term.

Blue Square North club Worcester City was one of those, as they brought 108 years of football at the historic St George's Lane ground to an end.

More than 4,000 fans turned up for the last-ever match at the Lane, which they lost 1-0 to Chester, and the club will now prepare themselves for a move to Aggborough, which they will share with Kidderminster Harriers.

A cloud of uncertainty remains as to whether the club will be able to source the funds needed for a new stadium, with planning permission already granted for them to build a 3,000-seater stadium on the outskirts of Worcester.

Elsewhere, Barnet waved goodbye to Underhill – their home since 1907 – to move to The Hive, which is currently the Bees' training ground.

The club reached a point where they had to leave the famous slope of Underhill behind them because of lease issues, and The Football League ratified their move to The Hive, which is hoped will hold up to 5,100 people next season.

An agreement with Harrow Council will allow the club to use the Edgware venue for 10 years, but chairman Tony Kleanthous insists their aim is to find a more permanent home.

Non-league Cambridge City also departed their ground – Milton Road – and will share with neighbours Histon next season, while Ryman South club Sittingbourne moved out of Bourne Park, as they prepare to share with Woodstock Sports.

Posted on 30/04/2013