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Kidderminster Harriers: 10 Things

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 30 Mar 2017
Posted in First Team

Victory at the Aggborough Stadium will not only be a rewarding 266 miles around trip for players, media team and fans alike but will creep Billy Heath’s side to within two points of the Harriers in second with a game in hand.

Dan Godfrey wrote a previous ’10 things’ segment about the club in the reverse fixture back in November, which can be found here  

Below is a new addition of ’10 Things’ – which looks beyond the boundaries of our opponents.

Taking a wider approach on the topic, Kidderminster itself is world famous to produce quality woven carpets. Although the industry was in decline by the late 1970s, the town once had the highest concentration of carpet manufactures in the world, at its peak employing around 20,000

The town is oddly noted for its high record lows in temperature. According to records they have an average July low of 11.7 °C, yet the temperature has never fallen below 5 °C in that month. The coldest and warmest July nights were both recorded in 2015.

Three miles east of Kidderminster’s ground lies West Midland Safari Park. The drive-through segment of the park gathered bad rep last summer, when a group of Rhinos charged into a family SUV.

Peter Collins, former Formula One driver was born in Kidderminster. During his career, Collins drove for the HWM, Vanwall, Maserati and Ferrari teams and won three of his 33 Grands Prix, one of which the 1958 British Grand Prix.

Tragically his promising career was cut short during the 1958 German Grand Prix, when Collins spun off the track and sustained a fatal head injury in the accident that followed.

Returning to football, Kidderminster is home to Alun Evans, who during his career became Britain’s most expensive teenager when Liverpool signed him £110,000 in 1968.

Harriers (at the time of writing) boast the best defensive record in the league- conceding 34 goals so far, this season. The Shaymen have conceded seven more with 41 whilst league leaders AFC Fylde have leaked 54 for the campaign.

The club have previously reached the 5th round of the FA Cup as a record. This season’s campaign they fell way short – losing 1-0 to Blackpool in the first-round proper.

Kidderminster’s home was shared for three years by fellow National League North side Worcester City (2013-2016).

Striker Arthur Gnahoua leads the goal scoring charts for Kidderminster with eleven league goals, twelve in total.

Kidderminster’s population is approx. 55,530 . They would need to build 9 Aggborough Stadiums to accommodate.

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