Sheffield United: The Worcester City lowdown

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Nigel Adkins has been researching them ever since the first round draw.

So who are Worcester City? What makes them tick? And where are the threats they pose?

Well, the FA Cup certainly seems to bring out the best in Carl Heeley’s side.

Last season, they ended Coventry City’s hopes of a march on Wembley before giving Scunthorpe United a mighty scare at Aggborough; their adopted home since 2013.

The National League North side, who not so long ago found themselves in National League South thanks to the location of those teams relegated from the Conference, also knocked Liverpool out of the competition 56 years ago. That result set-up their only previous meeting with Sheffield United who, in front of a record 17,042 at the old St George’s Lane ground, succeeded where the visitors from Anfield had failed.

Founded in 1902 following the liquidation of another local club, Berwick Rangers, City appointed Heeley as their manager midway through the 2009/10 campaign. Previously Richard Dryden’s assistant, he played over 500 games for the club before becoming a coach and admitted it was “an honour” to be handed the job.

Heeley, who initially took charge on a caretaker basis, has attracted the likes of Deon Burton and Lee Hughes to City in recent months. The first person ever to manage them was Frank Womack who hailed from Sheffield. Or Stannington to be exact.