NINE things you might not know about Sheffield United's FA Cup opponents Worcester City

by Pete McKee
by Pete McKee
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Sheffield United welcome National League North side Worcester City to Bramall Lane on Saturday in the first round of the FA Cup.

But what do we know about the West Midlands outfit?

They no longer play their games in Worcester

In 2013, the club left St George's Lane after 108 year when the ground was sold and since then have been playing their games at Aggborough, the home of Kidderminster Harriers.

They are sometimes referred to as 'The Faithful'

The football team picked up the city's nickname, which goes back to the English Civil War of 1642 to 1651. It was given the name due to its unflinching loyalty to Charles II.

Worcester City fan

Worcester City fan

They were once managed by FA Cup royalty

Ronnie Radford, whose famous goal for Hereford against Newcastle you are bound to see at some point over the course of the next few months, took charge of City as player manager in 1974. Incidentally, Radford began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, but never made a full appearance.

And another FA Cup great played for them too

Peter McParland, who scored both goals in Aston Villa's FA Cup final win over Manchester United in 1957, spent two years at Worcester City between 1965 and 1967

Aggborough, the home of Kidderminster Harriers, where Worcester City play their games

Aggborough, the home of Kidderminster Harriers, where Worcester City play their games

Their first ever full time boss was from Sheffield

Frank Womack from Stannington took over as player manager in 1928 and led the team to the Birmingham League title before jumping ship a year later to join Torquay. Womack had made his name as a player at Birmingham, whom he had joined from Rawmarsh Albion, now known as Rawmarsh Welfare.

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Ronnie Radford's famous goal

Ronnie Radford's famous goal

Their current star striker played in the World Cup

Deon Burton is, of course, well-known round these parts having made over 100 appearances for Wednesday, but many won't have known that, now 39 he is still banging in the goals. Burton was a Jamaica international and it was his goals which helped take his adopted country to the World Cup in France in 1998. It was Burton's two goals against Gateshead in the last qualifying round which took City to this stage.

They have a bit of giant-killing pedigree

Back in 1958, while playing in the Southern League, wins over Chelmsford City and then Fourth Division side Millwall, Worcester were paired with Liverpool, who were in the second tier at that stage. The Reds, who featured would-be Boot Room legend Ronnie Moran in the side, were expected to win easily but were defeated 2-1 in front of 15,000 fans at St George's Lane. Later that year Liverpool manager Phil Talyor left the club. He was replaced by Bill Shankly.

Their biggest home crowd came against Sheffield United

Worcester moved into the fourth round following that win over Liverpool were they were eventually knocked out by Sheffield United in front of a record home crowd of 17,042. The Blades won 2-0 and saw off Arsenal in the following round before going out to Norwich City in the quarter finals.

And Worcester's cup shocks don't just stretch that far back

A year ago, almost to the day, Worcester City beat Coventry City 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena in the first round of the FA Cup. From there they took Scunthorpe to a replay, drawing 1-1 and with the second encounter also finished one apiece, the Iron eventually came through 14-13 on penalties - the longest ever FA Cup shoot-out.