Club granted permission to return to Woodside Road
Following a series of remedial works on the artificial surface at the Bibby Financial Services Stadium, FIFA and the FA have granted the club permission to return there to play first team fixtures.
Forced to play the first five Bostik League Premier Division matches away from home, the club have been playing home matches at Nyewood Lane – home of Bognor Regis Town, since the 3G pitch failed three FIFA tests in the summer.
The club was shut down for 9 days in the past couple of weeks as contractors worked on the pitch in an effort to rectify the issues causing it to fail FIFA’s tests.
Following a test earlier today the club have been informed that they will be allowed to return and Saturday’s first team fixture with Metropolitan Police will take place at the Bibby Financial Services Stadium.
The performance of the pitch will continue to be monitored over the course of the season and beyond to ensure the current solution is a long term one.
Chairman George Dowell is delighted to be returning: “It’s just been an awful situation and I’m so glad that we can finally come back”. “I can only place on record my sincere appreciation for the patience of the supporters and sponsors during our time away – I can’t wait to welcome you back for the game this weekend”.
Admission for Saturday’s game will be £5 for all, with under-16’s going free. Despite this situation causing the club to lose a large amount of revenue, Dowell was keen to do something to help get the buzz back around the club.
“It’s not something we’re really in a position to do given the income we’ve lost during the period playing away but we just want to get back to where we were before”. “If it helps us get people back watching Worthing then that’s the main thing”.