WORCESTER City boss Carl Heeley has hit out at the ‘five per cent’ of the club’s fans who ‘travel from Worcester with the sole intention to abuse players’.
The Blue and Whites chief spoke out in defence of his players, in particularly midfielder Junior English, after City lost 3-1 to National League York City at Bootham Crescent in the first round of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
Heeley praised the majority of the City supporters and offered his apologies after the defeat but slammed the minority for their actions.
“The frustration for me is we brought a decent support, I need to apologise to 95 per cent of them because they are great,” he said.
“But why oh why do we have to put up with five per cent who are total idiots who leave Worcester, sometimes in the early hours of the morning with the sole intention of abusing individual players.
“It’s an absolute disgrace and I am sick to the back teeth of them. I wish they would come and speak to me. It’s never happened in 22 years and it drives me crazy.
“The abuse Junior English gets and some of the things I heard on Saturday were a disgrace and I hope the considerable majority of our fans point them out because we can do without that.”
The City chief praised English for his contribution after the former Solihull Moors man came off the bench to score a consolation goal in the defeat.
And although admitting York ‘blew us away’ with two goals in the first 15 minutes, Heeley said he would have enjoyed tackling their former Football League opponents two or three weeks ago in the midst of the Minstermen’s poor run of form.
“We started to show little signs to get back into the game but at 2-0 down it was always a mountain to climb,” he added.
The Blue and Whites return to league action on Saturday (December 17) with a trip to lowly Gainsborough Trinity.
City will be looking to continue their good recent form against National League North strugglers which has seen them pick up much-needed wins in recent weeks.
Trinty have lost four in a row in the league and have shipped 44 goals in their 20 games this season.