A battle has been launched to save a Worcester sporting landmark associated with WG Grace.
The original black and white timbered pavilion at Boughton Sports Ground, home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club before their move to their current home at New Road in 1899, is under threat from the bulldozer.
The ground has been used by various company works' teams since Worcestershire made their move to New Road 107 years ago and was in constant use for sporting events until it was closed in 2005.
But plans to now demolish the pavilion and redevelop the site have come up against fierce resistance from city planners and conservation officers.
The pavilion forms part of the redevelopment site of the former Kay's factory site by developers SJS Property Management.
Coun Martin Clarke, cabinet member for urban renaissance, said: "It is so disappointing because the building is capable of renovation and would ensure the continuation of the sporting history of the site that goes back over 140 years."
WG Grace made his one and only appearance in Worcester, playing at Boughton for a Worcester-shire XI, at the ground in 1870.
It was also the site for the f irst appearance in Worcester by an Australian touring team eight years later.
Paul O'Connor, Worcester City Council's planning manager, said: "Worcester prides itself on its glorious past and this building forms an integral part of the city's sporting history.
"That is why it is on the council's list of buildings of local significance, but unfortunately, that does not give it protection.
"We are currently waiting to hear from English H eritage who we are hoping will designate it as a listed building.
"But, to prevent its imminent demolition, we are in the process of imposing a Building Preservation Notice and will continue to work with the developers to seek its retention and renovation," he added.
The notice mmeans the building is treated as a listed building for six months.