Following on from our article on fellow Stags District Line AFC, we meet another member of the Stags family in Worcester County FC, all the way from Massachusetts.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Colin Norman and along with my twin brother, Brian, cofounded Worcester County Football Club. We were born to an American mother and a London born, West Ham United FC supporting father. The love of the game was instilled in us from a young age.
And tell us about Worcester County
Originally we are from Chicago, IL and have now lived in Worcester, Massachusetts (the second largest city in New England) for 3 years. We have played football our entire lives and wanted to continue to play once we moved here. Our options were limited to attempting to join the one team in all of Central Massachusetts (a combined population of 1 million people) or driving an hour every weekend into Boston to play for one of the many Bay State Soccer League teams down there. This is the same problem that many of our players who are now with us had. From that Worcester County Football Club was born!
How/Why did you become The Stags?
We got our name based off of the county we live in, Worcester County. We became the Stags because we wanted the club to have some significance to the area we represent and the only thing that we could find for the Worcester County area was the official seal. On it was a Stag. Brian and I looked at each other and thought the same immediately, we are the Stags!
Tell us a bit about the Bay State Soccer League
We decided to enter our club into the Bay State Soccer League. The BSSL is a league based mostly out of Boston, MA but accepts teams that have a home field within a 1 hour and 10 minute drive time to the Massachusetts State House in Boston. The league consists of 46 clubs split into 4 divisions (Division 1, Division 2, Division 3North and Division 3South). As a new team last year we were entered into Division 3N. Our first season was not as successful as we initially hoped and finished in mid table. Over this past winter we consolidated the roster and have added quality players that we hope will help us in our fight for promotion to Division 2.
Where do you play home games?
We play most of our home games at Worcester State University or Anna Maria College. The BSSL plays on Saturday’s from the last week of March to November with a brief summer break from July-last week of August.
How are you doing this season?
We are now 4-0 in league play and have also won our 2 matches in the BSSLs Ucal McKenzie Cup. We are sitting in second place only behind on goal difference. We hope to continue this vein of form through out the year.
Our home kit colours are Black and White stripes and our aways are pink supplied by Hummel our official apparel supplier.
Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to tell our story!
Up the Stags!!
Go and give our fellow Stags a follow over on Twitter – @WorcCountyFC