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Kidderminster Harriers

Aggborough Founded 1886 Harriers

A year ago Harriers come mighty close to a return to the Football League losing out on the final day of the season. This campaign will mark ten years since relegation after a taste of League Two, which they sustained for five seasons. In the mid nineties the club incredibly reached the fifth round of the F.A Cup as a semi professional outfit losing to West Ham United. A feat they almost repeated last term albeit as a professional side. The former F.A Trophy winners found last season tough going through three managers and over the summer Kidderminster Harriers had to be bailed out by their fans over ‘unexpected financial challenges’.

KHFCLast Season

Conference Premier: 7th

F.A Cup: 4th Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter Final

Top Scorer: Michael Gash

Average Attendance: 2035

Like the season before Harriers looked stronger towards the end of the campaign, although they were nowhere near to repeating the incredible 25 wins from 29 during 2012/13. Even still, considering the changes of management and the slow start a seventh place finish wasn’t too bad, but the highs of the previous season set the bar higher. Steve Burr led the Harriers up until January and was replaced by Andy Thorn who lasted just two months. Decent home form was cancelled out by below average away performances, but if their is one place they made their name it was in the F.A Cup. After scraping through qualifying by beating Bradford Park Avenue in a replay, the Harriers went on to beat Sutton United 4-1, Newport County 4-2 and Peterborough United on their own patch 3-2 in a replay. The lowest ranked team in round four went to Premier League side Sunderland narrowly losing 1-0.

The Manager – Gary Whild

Four years ago Whild was employed by former Kidderminster Harriers boss Steve Burr. Familiar with the local non league scene he had previously worked under current Harriers chairman Ken Rae whilst at Redditch United. Replacing Andy Thorn last term to become Kidderminster Harriers third boss over the campaign, Whild was promoted from within the club. He enjoyed success with Stourport Swifts as a manager and is highly rated by his chairman. As a player Whild played for Moor Green and Stratford Town and his knowledge of the lower leagues means unearthed some decent players such as Jamille Matt and Matty Blair. The objective when arriving at Aggborough was to “finish the season strongly but, equally as importantly,  carry momentum forward into the start of a new season”. Half of that job has been achieved with his side losing just twice in the final 16 games. Now for the first full campaign and a chance to finish his objective.

The Summer

Full back Jared Hodgkiss will be at Aggborough having joined from Forest Green Rovers, the 27 year old captained Rovers and made almost 170 appearances for the club. Ghanain winger Ahmed Obeng has been added to the Harriers squad joining from Northern Premier League side Rushall Olympic. Reece Styche signs a two year deal adding to the Harriers striker options, the former Forest Green Rovers man spent time with Wycombe Wanderers and is a Gibraltan international. Craig Reid became Whild’s first summer signing leaving Stevenage for the Harriers. In goal, Jasbir Singh will give Danny Lewis competition after returning to Aggborough after four years, the goalkeeper has been signed from Solihull Moors.

Whild will miss striker Anthony Malbon who scored 35 times over 107 appearances for the club. The 22 year old will team up with former Harrier, Keith Briggs at Stalybridge Celtic. Mickey Demetriou makes the step up to League Two signing for Shrewsbury Town, 24 year-old England C international is to sign for the Shrews on a two-year deal. After four years at Aggborough, Lee Vaughan leaves the Worcestershire club moving into League two with Cheltenham Town, the defender made 178 appearances for Harriers.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Kidderminster Harriers 1 Dartford 2 – Conference Premier – 21 January 2014

Two early goals ended Dartford’s three month run without a league win and completed a rare double. Max Cornhill headed in a Alex Woodyard cross with three minutes played. On loan striker Andy Pugh followed up a rebound from the on loan Alex Wall to make it two. Michael Gash pulled a goal back for the hosts but the deficit was too much.

Dartford 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0 – Conference Premier – 21 September 2013

The Darts ended a four match winless streak in style beating the Harriers at home. Jason Prior was the first on the score sheet when he scored for close range. Elliot Bradbrook doubled the lead just after half time and Danny Harris put the icing on the cake with an hour played.

Next Meetings

Saturday 16 September 2014 at Aggborough

Sunday 4 January 2015 at Princes Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

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Best Performances

10th League Two (2001/02) F.A Cup 5th Round (1993/94) F.A Trophy Winners (1986/87)

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