Early days of Worcester Football Club

The Club has never been a rich club or in the top flight, though there have been occasions when they have defeated some of the best teams in the country. The Club was formed by the amalgamation of two local teams, Berwick Rangers (Bath Road) and the Worcester Rovers, so called because they had no set playing fields. The teams last played each other in 1904 on Pitchcroft.
The new established Worcester City F.C. was formed principally by the old-time Worcester sportsman, Harry Smith. Playing on the Thorneloe ground it had many successes, winning the Birmingham League, and the Key's Cup, and beating a number of First Division reserve teams, such as Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.
But there was also dark days. In 1904, when the team was due to play away at Stoke, there were no finances to meet the expenses of the match. The players volunteered to forego their wages, and the President, Lord Beauchamp, Ted Price and others, 'whipped round' to provide enough money to meet the rail fare.