The following statement has been issued by the Worcester City banner campaign and WCFC Supporters Trust following the resolution of the issue regarding the disposal of flags and banners displayed at Aggborough last season, which were removed and destroyed.
On 5 March 2016 City hosted FC United of Manchester at Aggborough; a game that was used to raise awareness of City’s struggles to bring the football club back to Worcester. Flags and banners were displayed at the game to promote the “bring city home” message.
The flags and banners remained at Aggborough for the game against Alfreton Town on 8 March 2016, however they subsequently went missing. Unfortunately a cleaner working at Aggborough removed the flags and banners shortly after the Alfreton Town game and disposed of them. Over £2,000 worth of flags and banners were destroyed. This included flags that were aquired with funds donated by City fans as part of the banner campaign and also banners purchased by WCFC Supporters’ Trust.
Attempts were made to resolve the matter with Kidderminster Harriers (KHFC), although these proved unsuccessful. KHFC refused to accept liability for the cleaner’s actions and more formal steps were required to recover the loss suffered. In June 2016 a claim was submitted to the County Court on behalf of the banner campaign and the Supporters Trust against KHFC.
The case recently settled out of court, two weeks before the case was scheduled to be heard at Worcester County Court, following receipt of a settlement offer from KHFC reflecting the merits of the claim. The offer was accepted and the matter has now come to a satisfactory conclusion.
A proportion of settlement proceeds has been paid to WCFC Supporters’ Trust with the remaining funds to be used by the banner campaign and put towards new flags in the future.
Issued on behalf of the banner campaign & by Worcester City FC Supporters Trust