Kidderminster Harriers Club Profile
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Club Background; We've Met Before; Club News; Club Statistics; Club Information; Directions To The Ground; Web Resources; Food And Drink; Local Amenities


Kidderminster Harriers : Club Background
Kidderminster Harriers were formed in 1886, initially incorporating a rugby and athletics club - hence the Harriers part of their name - and were admitted into the Birmingham & District League as one of 12 founder members in 1889. Even the most die-hard Harriers supporter would have to concede the club's record in their early years - well, right up until the 1970's if we're being honest - was mediocrity personified. They won the B & D League once - in 1938 - and joined the Southern League a year later, but were back in the bosom of their previous league by 1960.
The Main Stand, built in 1994
The Main Stand, completed too late to get Kiddy Football League status in 1994.
Photo 2004 Ciderspace

By 1970 they had returned to the Southern League where once again they did nothing much until 1983, when they finished runners-up to AP Leamington. They got lucky then - Leamington were refused promotion and Kiddy moved up to the Conference in their place, and this was the point that the modern era of relative success at Aggborough began.

The Harriers won their first national trophy in 1987 when they defeated Burton after a replay to take home the FA Trophy. They reached the final twice more after that but lost on each occasion, the first of which still stands as the FA Trophy final record crowd of 34,842 when they were defeated by Wycombe Wanderers. They made their mark across the border as well, reaching the Welsh Cup final in 1986 and 1989, losing both times to Wrexham and Swansea City respectively.

The 90's began badly for Kiddy, the club surviving relegation by the skin of their teeth in '92 thanks to a final day 0-3 away win at Gateshead. Two years later however and the picture was somewhat different: The club reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, 8,000 squeezing into Aggborough to watch Premiership side West Ham win 1-0, and a few months later the club won the Conference title but suffered heartbreak as they were refused permission to enter the third division on a technicality, as their ground had not been deemed suitable for league football on the cut-off date of December 31st - though of course it was considered suitable to host a Premiership side in the FA Cup. No, common-sense was not a factor in the decision making process at the time.
The East Stand, opened in 2003
Newest addition to Aggborough, the East Stand holds 2,040 and is shared betwen home and away fans.
Photo 2004 Ciderspace

Kiddy regrouped, got their ground up to scratch and a couple of years later were challenging again, only to miss out on the final day of the season to Macclesfield, and that after being a clear 15 points ahead of the Silkmen at one point. Two poor seasons followed and finally, in the summer of 1999, the club appointed former Swansea boss Jan Molby as manager. Five consecutive losses at the star of the season suggested that the club had made a mistake taking on the Dane, but the board held their nerve and the rest is history. Molby took the Harriers to the Conference title for the second time in their history and this time there was nothing to stop their promotion. Since then Molby has departed, and briefly returned, and the club have consolidated their position in Division Three - hardly setting the Football League on fire, but never being in any danger of slipping back into the Conference either. For years they have been pleading poverty with former chairman Lionel Newton in particular fulminating against the impossibility of funding a professional football team on the relatively low gates that Kiddy attracts, but they seem to be learning how to cope - Kiddy have been one of few Football League sides to declare a profit in recent seasons.
The College End Terrace
The away terrace packed with Yeovil fans.
Photo 2004 Ciderspace

Prediction Corner: However therein lies a problem. With aforementioned gates, living within their means entails stringent budgeting in all areas, including of course the team. Recent managers have all been struggling on mimimal resources, and survival is becoming more difficult. More struggles for Kiddy this campaign; and it could be too much as the amount of deadwood providing others in the lower reaches a safety net is weeded out season by season. Sadly, as we've always rather liked them, Kidderminster to take the drop this time.

Kidderminster Harriers : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Kidderminster Harriers

23/10/1948HomeSLW4-0Hargreaves(2), Blizzard, Bryant
20/04/1949AwaySLW6-1Hamilton, Coffey, Bryant(3), Wright
20/08/1949HomeSLW8-0Bryant(5), Wright, Coffey(2)
03/09/1949AwaySLD4-4Hamilton, Davis, Bryant, Foulds
18/11/1950AwaySLD1-1Mansley
01/02/1951HomeSLC1L0-2
28/04/1951HomeSLW4-2Wright, Rae(3)
22/08/1951AwaySLL0-2
03/10/1951AwaySLC1W1-0Own Goal
15/12/1951HomeSLL1-2Case
06/09/1952HomeSLD1-1Peart
11/04/1953AwaySLW2-0Lunn, Hawkins
26/08/1953AwaySLL0-2
17/09/1953HomeSLW2-1Clarke(2)
22/12/1954AwaySLL1-5Reid
27/12/1954HomeSLW9-1Clarke(2), McKay, Ryan(2), Fraser(2), Reid(2)
26/12/1955AwaySLL2-4Fidler, Reid
27/12/1955HomeSLW10-0Fidler(3), Squires(2), Reid(2), Easton, Fraser, Elder
20/10/1956AwaySLL0-2
02/03/1957HomeSLW3-2Long, Elder, McKay
10/10/1957AwaySLL1-6Alexander
11/01/1958HomeSLW3-2Alexander, Riseborough(2)
19/09/1983AwayAPLW2-1626Elliott, James
13/02/1984AwayBLT3AW2-1479Finnigan, Doherty
18/02/1984HomeAPLD1-11199Doherty
29/02/1984HomeBLT3BW3-1585Doherty, Brown, James
24/09/1984AwayGOLAL0-3621
02/02/1985HomeGOLAD0-01390
22/08/1988AwayGMVCD2-21348Doherty 14, Randall 83
31/12/1988HomeGMVCL1-32373Donnellan
27/09/1989HomeGMVCW3-12051Shail, Lowe, Blackman
26/03/1990AwayGMVCL2-31044Wallace, Spencer
23/04/1990HomeBLTF1W3-01609Wilson, Spencer, Wallace
02/05/1990AwayBLTF2D1-11009Conning
27/08/1990HomeGMVCW2-03828Wallace 21, Dent 72
10/12/1990AwayBLT2L2-3672Carroll 38, 65
02/03/1991AwayGMVCD0-01048
12/10/1991AwayGMVCD1-11305Spencer
20/01/1992AwayBLT3W2-1681Cooper, Carroll
25/01/1992HomeGMVCD1-12111Spencer
22/02/1992HomeFAT3W3-12679McDermott, Carroll, Robinson
20/02/1993AwayGMVCD1-11257Spencer
06/03/1993HomeGMVCD2-22159Shail, Wilson
15/01/1994AwayGMVCW3-23812Spencer, Wallace, Wilson
02/04/1994HomeGMVCL0-12835
10/12/1994HomeGMVCD1-12011Wilson
04/02/1995AwayGMVCL0-31622
23/09/1997HomeConfW1-02129Pickard
28/02/1998AwayConfL1-31868Pickard
31/08/1998HomeConfW3-12112Patmore 10, 57, Smith 36
07/11/1998AwayConfW1-02007Patmore 19
17/08/1999HomeConfW1-02473Foster 31
09/10/1999AwayConfL0-41769
26/12/2003HomeDIV3L1-25640Gall 58
07/02/2004AwayDIV3W1-03255G Williams 64
07/12/2004HomeCCL2W2-14639Lindegaard 38, Stolcers 83
16/04/2005AwayCCL2D1-14014Davies 61
23/07/2008AwaySWCCW2-0


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Kidderminster Harriers

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
1765732910812425727141711586


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Kidderminster Harriers : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Kidderminster Harriers : Club Information
Aggborough Stadium,
Hoo Road,
Kidderminster,
DY10 1NB
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01562 823931
Fax : 01562 827329
Clubcall : 0930 555815
Email : info@harriers.co.uk


Chairman : Colin Youngjohns
Press Officer : Steve Thomas
Fixtures Secretary : Roger J Barlow
Team Manager : Stuart Watkiss
Capacity : 6,238
Seated : 3,140
Covered Terrace : 3,360

Record Attendance : 9,155 v Hereford Utd, 1948

Nickname : The Harriers

Ticket Prices : Seats - 16 adults, 11 conc; terrace - 13 adults, 8 conc. Away fans are accomodated in the South Terrace and in 2 blocks of the brand new East Stand.

Disabled Info : 11 spaces allocated for both home and away wheelchair users are located at pitch side in the north end of the Main Stand. Spaces are partially covered, assistants sit behind. More places can be made available at the away end if needed. Parking: Three places allocated for wheelchair users adjacent to the stadium within 20 metres of entrance point. There is an overflow car park across the road to the stadium. A segregated area is used as a drop off zone for ambulant and visually impaired supporters.

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Kidderminster Harriers : Directions To The Ground
General

Travel information courtesy of Harriers Online

By Road

From the South
M5 to jct.6, follow signs to outskirts of Kidderminster (A449).
At roundabout by high rise flats take right turn, then at Hoo Rd take left turn up the hill past flats.
Aggborough is about 1 mile on left.

From the East
M42 to jct.1 (Bromsgrove), go through Bromsgrove.
Follow signs for Kidderminster (A448), go straight over first roundabout at Mustow Green, then after 2 miles at next roundabout take left turn,along Spennels Valley Rd.
Turn left at third roundabout under viaduct, follow dual carriage way to next roundabout then go all the way round so you turn back the way you came.
Turn left at Hoo Rd then 1 mile further is the ground.

From the North and Birmingham
M6/M5 to jct.3, take A456 to Kidderminster.
At traffic lights at Land Oak turn left to next set of lights.
Turn right towards town center, then left at junction before roundabout.
After 1 mile ground is on right.

Car parking is in short availability. There is some at the home end of the ground, this is free.
There is a small car park immediately behind the away end, but it is small and there is a fee.
Parking in near by residential streets is discouraged by the police

By Rail

(Information) 0345 484950 (24 hrs).

Walk down Comberton Hill towards the town centre and take the left turning just before Motorway Tyres near the bottom of the hill. Walk up Hoo Road for approximately half a mile to the Stadium.

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Kidderminster Harriers : Web Resources
Web Sites

Kidderminster Harriers Official
Harriers Online
Harriers Net
Statto's Kidderminster Harriers Site
Mr Harry Urz
KHFC Independent Supporters Trust

Web Message Boards

Harriers Online - unofficial forum, anyone can post.
Harriers Net - unofficial forum, registration required.
E-Mail Mailing Lists

To join the original KHFC mailing list, email majordomo@mcc.ac.uk. The instruction is SUBSCRIBE HARRIERS. The mailing list is maintained by Simon Bonnick.

To join the Topica based KHFC mailing list, click here and follow the instructions.


Local Press

Kidderminster Shuttle
Express & Star
Evening News

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Kidderminster Harriers : Food & Drink
General:

Aggborough is one of those increasingly rare grounds, a true urban stadium. The downside is that parking anywhere close is a nightmare unless you get there very early to grab a place in the small adjacent car park; the upside is.....everything else. No out-of-town soulless trading estate or despicable retail park here, but a proper community feel. There are plenty of pubs, eateries and shops, that people would actually choose to use on days when there isn't a football match to attend, within a reasonable walk.

The location of the ground means there's a plethora of choice, with all the town's facilities available, though it is quite a steep pull up the hill from the centre to the stadium. Should be little trouble finding somewhere that suits your palate and pocket. It's also less than ten minutes from the railway station. Comberton Hill on the way from the station to the ground has a number of eating places covering most of the cosmopolitan range. What is recommended as the best chippy for miles around, Captain Cod, can be found here.

Club Bar:

The Supporters' Club at Aggborough admits away fans. Food inside the stadium was the best we came across at any ground last season. Not wishing to patronise them, but if a 'little' outfit like Kiddy can deliver an excellent range of good quality hot food in decent portions at reasonable prices why the hell are fans dished up the horror show that is catering at the majority of football clubs? We hope that the Kiddy books show that you can resist the temptation to serve up your 'captive' market utter shite at rip-off prices by increasing turnover and making profits because supporters want to eat your fare, rather than suffering it only if they are truly desperate.

Local Pubs:

The Harriers Arms - semi-detached from Aggborough Stadium
The Harriers Arms - semi-detached from Aggborough Stadium
© Hugh Gleave
Harriers Arms: As the name and address give away, absolutely adjacent to the ground (behind the Reynolds Stand) and obviously very busy on matchdays. A Banks pub. We've seen suggestions that it operates a "Home Fans Only" policy, but not for us last season. We must be seen as a friendly bunch......
Harriers Arms, Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1NB. Tel: 01562 639112. Map: Click Here.

The King and Castle - next to Kidderminster mainline station
The King and Castle - next to Kidderminster mainline station
© Hugh Gleave
King & Castle: The pub is a recreation of a 1930's GWR refreshment room. A hundred yards or less from Kidderminster mainline station it's ideal for those arriving/leaving by train. Saturday opening is 11-11, with food at lunchtimes and in the evening until 8.00 p.m. The single room bar has Batham Best Bitter, Highgate Dark and Wyre Piddle's Royal Piddle as regulars. The Royal Piddle is brewed only for this pub and the price is staggeringly (pun intended) low at a pound - that's ONE English pound a pint! There are usually several guests on as well. Children are welcome.
King & Castle, Severn Valley Railway Station, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1QX. Tel: 01562 747505. Map: Click Here.

Penny Black: There are two Wetherspoon pubs in Kidderminster. This is the one in the very centre of town and not too long a walk to the ground. The other, the Hare & Hounds, is on the northern outskirts in the Broadwaters district. Those familiar with the J.D. Wetherspoon concept will know exactly what to expect. However worth noting is that, rather against the trend of the chain policy in the last year or so, children are still not allowed in either of these pubs according to the information on the chain's website, though that has not always proved reliably up to date. All Wetherspoon pubs I've come across have been wheelchair friendly.
Penny Black, 14-18, Bull Ring, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 2AZ. Tel: 01562 861041. Map: Click Here.

The Crown: Country style pub just a bit further along the Old Chester Road (A449) from The Viaduct, near the junction with the southern end of Hoo Road. There is a lounge and bar area, with the lounge primarily dedicated for eating. The bar boasts a large screen TV, and a pool table. There is a big beer garden, though this aspect may not feature too high on your list of desirable features even in April.
The Crown, Old Chester Road South, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1XL. Tel: 01562 746712. Map: Click Here.

The Railway Bell Hotel: If arriving by train one of the first places you'll see on exiting the station and heading for the ground. Not sure what sort of clientele it attracts, but two huge shaven headed gentlemen in dinner jackets were already standing outside vetting the punters by 6.00 p.m.
The Railway Bell Hotel, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1QN. Tel: 01562 515680. Map: Click Here.

Renamed from The Boar's Head since this photo was taken.
Renamed from The Boar's Head since this photo was taken.
© Martin Baker
The Tap House: Was The Boar's Head but renamed. Town centre pub (opposite Safeway supermarket) open 11.30 a.m.-11 p.m. and pretty convenient for both the stadium and the railway station. Regular beers are two varieties of Banks, Camerons Strongarm and Pedigree. There are usually guests as well, and Weston's Old Rosie cider. Good value food is served lunchtimes. Wheelchair and child friendly.
The Tap House, 39, Worcester Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1EW. Tel: 01562 68776. Map: Click Here.

The Viaduct Inn: Close to the ground as the crow flies, but the other side of the railway line and a reasonable haul round for those without wings. Large pub with bar and a lounge, the latter mainly set out for those eating. The food is in the home-cooked style, and prices are reasonable. There is also a pool table and a large screen TV.
The Viaduct Inn, Old Chester Road South, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1XH. Tel: 01562 740137. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

High. Kidderminster seems to be mostly populated by Mr and Mrs Average Middle Englander. Generally pleasant, no discernible accent, or many views of much interest. Verging on the boring if truth be told......

Top-Tip :

Enjoy eating in the ground - and it's not often, if ever, that we say that.

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Kidderminster Harriers : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Tourist And Other Local Attractions

Kidderminster lies at the southern end of the Severn Valley Railway - Britain's premier steam line, and is the birthplace of Sir Rowland Hill, founder of the Penny Post. The town is also famous around the world for its carpet industry.

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