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Worcester Warriors owner purchases second club

West Midlands Regional League clubs can look forward to kicking off at the Sixways home of the Worcester Warriors after the co-owners of the rugby giants bought the Worcester Raiders!

Football will be played at Sixways when the 2020/21 season kicks off in September after Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham announced they’d become joint majority owners of the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division club on Wednesday.

“Our vision has always been to make Sixways a multi-sport centre and to maximise the use of the excellent facilities we have here,” Whittingham said.


“The COVID-19 lockdown has given us the chance to look at the business and our plans for the future. We have probably accelerated a few of our plans as a consequence including bringing Worcester Raiders to Sixways.

“They are a young and ambitious club with a progressive committee who are excited by the prospect of playing their home matches in a stadium of Championship football standard.

“We believe that Raiders are the right fit for what we are trying to achieve here. We want to strengthen our links with the local community and broaden our appeal and Raiders, who were formed as a youth team only 19 years ago, already have an excellent community programme.

“In addition to increasing the use of the stadium we also have the potential to increase overall attendance at Sixways over the season by more than a third.

“This is a very positive and significant step for the club as we continue to build a sustainable business with rugby at its core. We hope that Warriors supporters will join us in making Raiders feel at home here.”


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Three clubs have no clear owner:

Exeter Chiefs: N/A

Club states that it remains owned by 700 members, the shares held by John Lockyer, Bob Staddon, Paul Derbyshire and Ian Pugsley acting as trustees.

Leicester Tigers owner: N/A

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Northampton Saints owner: N/A

No overall controlling party.

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