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Kidderminster: 10 Things

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 24 Apr 2014
Posted in First Team

Kidderminster Harriers were formed in 1886 after 9 years as an athletics club.Former Southampton goalkeeper Paul Jones was a Harrier for 5 years between 1986 and 1991.

They won the Football Conference in the 1993/94 season and in the 1999/00 season.

The Harriers were denied entry to the Football League when they won the Conference in 1994 as their ground was below standards.

Kidderminster have never appeared in a major cup final but they have played at Wembley on three occasions. In 1987, they won the FA Trophy after a 2-0 win over Burton, they won the same competition in 1991, defeated Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 and lost the 1995 final to Woking by 2-1.

Aggborough was surrounded by a cycling track. The cycling track was built in the 1940s when cycle racing was really popular in the UK. The idea was to build a track that would stage big events and attract the top riders. Unfortunately, it was built on the cheap, and they never really got the angles of the banking right. The top riders said it was dangerous and stopped coming. The stadium was redeveloped in the 1990s.

The Harriers are the only team from Worcestershire to play in the Football League. This is to the great annoyance of Worcester City FC, traditionally a great rival of Kiddy’s. Worcester City have struggled since they were demoted from the Conference in 1983.

Liverpool legend Jan Mølby is former Harriers boss.

Kidderminster’s best FA Cup run came in 1993 when wins over Birmingham City (2-1) and Preston North End (1-0) propelled them into the fifth round. A crowd of 8,000 at Aggborough saw the Harriers defeated 1-0 by Premiership side West Ham side.

The Harriers’ second nickname is the ‘Carpetmen’.

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