APRIL 2001

  • 29/4/01...Close season friendlies announced.
  • The club have announced the friendlies for the close season and two of them could be against Premiership clubs.

    The most interesting one could see the return of Lee Hughes when WBA visit on 28th July and the other could be the visit of Birmingham City on 1st August.

      Full list below;

    • Bromsgrove Rovers (Away) Saturday 14th July

    • Halesowen Harriers (Away) Monday 16th July

    • Evesham United (Away) Wednesday 18th July

    • Redditch United (Away) Saturday 21st July

    • Bristol City (Home) Tuesday 24th July

    • West Bromwich Albion (Home) Saturday 28th July

    • Birmingham City (Home) Wednesday 1st August

    • Halesowen Town (Away) Monday 6th August

    These are all subject to confirmation and times.

    And the good news is that the new season will restart on Saturday August 11th.

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  • 27/4/01...Heading for a hat-trick of wins against Hartlepool?
  • Harriers are hoping for their third win in a row tomorrow when Hartlepool are the visitors to Aggborough.

    After wins against Plymouth (3-0) and Cheltenham (3-1) in the past two weeks and a 3-1 win at home to Shrewsbury a few weeks previous it looks like we can't stop scoring.
    Lets see if we can keep it up.

    There are only two injuries in the Harriers camp, Drewe Broughton and Paul Webb, both are suffering from hamstring injuries.
    Webby has less chance than Drewe of making an appearance tomorrow.

    Gary Barnett said;
    "It's probably only 50-50 with Webby but we are far more hopeful of Broughton.
    It shouldn't be a problem for him."

    Jan Molby expects a tough game against a Hartlepool side who beat us 3-1 at home in November.

    He said;
    "They have had a fantastic season and it more or less kicked off around the time we went up there.
    I was very disappointed by the fact that we lost as we were 1-0 up at half-time and absolutely cruising. Then they hit us from two corners and a rebound from a penalty, but that started their good run and it's no coincidence that they are up there again.

    "They are a good team and big and strong, so it will be another difficult game for us.
    But we have got confidence at the moment and the lads are really enjoying it."

    Harriers (from);
    Clarke, Stamps, Hinton, Smith, Bennett, Skovbjerg, Medou-Otye, Ducros, Hadley, Mackenzie, Doyle, Durnin, Broughton, Corbett, Davies, Brock, Webb, Shail, Clarkson.

    Hartlepool boss Chris Turner is expected to name the same squad that beat Scunthorpe.
    Turner is keen to pick up three points as his side pushes for a vital play-off spot.

    He said;
    "We're trying not to worry about the results of teams around us and concentrate on our own game and get the vital points." Hartlepool (from);
    Williams, Barron, Westwood, Lee, Knowles, Clark, Miller, Stephenson, Tinkler, Lormor, Henderson, Midgley, Henderson, Sharp, Hollund, Easter, Fitzpatrick.

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  • 25/4/01...Mike Marsh hangs up his boots.
  • Harriers hero, Mike Marsh, has finally retired from playing football after a fall out with Southport chairman Charles Clapham.

    Mike had received an insurance payout for a knee injury and could not afford to pay it back so he joined Southport at the start of the season after being unable to join with the Harriers in their debut League season.

    Marshie was disappointed as he said;
    "I have really enjoyed my time at Southport and I would like to have gone out properly, but the chairman has forced my hand."

    Mike had a long career in football having played at many clubs at the very top including Liverpool, West Ham and Coventry City.

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  • 25/4/01...Jan told to watch his step.
  • Jan Molby was fined 500 + costs yesterday after remarks he made to the fourth official at the recent game at home to Cardiff City on Sunday 25th February.
    The touchline ban that was expected was not given after Jan pleaded not guilty to foul and abusive language.

    Jan, who was warned about his future conduct, said;
    "I'm disappointed with the decision but its in the past now, I just want to concentrate on Saturday's game".

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  • 24/4/01...Ian Foster admits defeat.
  • Ian Foster has admitted that his season is over for now but he says that he will be working to get himself fit for next season.
    Even to the extent of missing out on a holiday during the close season.

    Ian has missed most of the Harriers debut season in the Football League due to a hamstring injury that is taking longer to get over than he thought it would.

    "I am going to miss the rest of the season now so all I can do is work and work during the close season to get it right.
    I'm not going to get any holidays this year as I'll be doing rehab.

    It's been the most frustrating time of my career.
    I've never had an injury as bad as this.
    It's been a nightmare.

    All I can say is roll on next season."

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  • 20/4/01...When the Red Red Robins go crashing.
  • Harriers travel the short distance to Cheltenham tomorrow for a game that I think means more to us than games against Shrewsbury.

    We have played the Robins many times in recent years, more times than we have played Shrewsbury.
    There is also the connection with Graham Allner and Mark Yates to consider, but most of all there is the pride and prestige we gain by beating Cheltenham.

    Again there are no major injury worries for Jan to contend with so it should mean that the team that played so well in that emphatic win against Plymouth last Monday should be the team that starts.
    Drewe Broughton is back after suspension and Ian Clarkson has recovered from influenza so he may make the squad but not necessarily the starting line up.
    Jan may continue with Parfait at the back and keep Craig Hinton as captain although he may be tempted to drop Andy Ducros back into midfield at the expense of Doyle and play Broughton upfront.
    With Cheltenham being a big side it may pay to have a bit of strength in front of goal.

    Cheltenham have no injury worries so should be at full strength along with their loan signing from Bristol City, Greg Goodridge, who has just come back from international duty with Barbados.

    Their other two loan signings Mark Sertori and Gavin McCann will also be in the squad.

    Ex Harrier Mark Yates is favourite to win the Cheltenham player of the year award and according to the Robins Nest website it is:
    "looking like he will win the 'player of the season' vote by a canter.
    Yates has been in excellent form particularly over the last 3 or 4 months and his goals have helped keep the Cheltenham side in the play-off contention zone.
    A goal tomorrow would certainly bring a broad smile to the face of the ex-Birmingham player."

    Click here for more on the Robins Nest views

    Cheltenham (from);
    Book, Higgs, Duff, Banks, Sertori, Walker, McCann, Goodridge, Howells, Yates, Milton, MacDonald, Grayson, Alsop, McAuley, Griffin, Devaney.

    Jan Molby knows that this game will be for the fans;
    "The players know that tomorrow is the one that the supporters want us to win.
    We would love to go there and just for our fans produce another performance like the one against Plymouth last Monday.

    Cheltenham are a good, big strong team and they are having a good run.
    They had a good result at Blackpool on Monday, but when they came to Aggborough by half time we should have been three or four nil up. But that's been the story of our season.

    We would like to take a lot of fans there tomorrow.
    It's going to be a big gate because Cheltenham are pushing really hard for a play-off place."

    Craig Hinton added;
    "It's a local derby and everyone is up for it.
    Hopefully, we can build on Monday's win and if we play as well then I cannot see why we can't beat them.

    They are beatable.
    They are a physical side compared to us, but when we played them earlier this season we were all over them in the first half and then in the second half they came back."

    Harriers (from);
    Clarke, Stamps, Hinton, Smith, Bennett, Skovbjerg, Medou-Otye, Ducros, Hadley, Mackenzie, Doyle, Durnin, Broughton, Corbett, Davies, Brock, Webb, Shail, Clarkson.

    Referee Mr H Webb (Rotherham)

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  • 15/4/01...Plymouth preview.
  • Scott Stamps will be back in his usual left back position for tomorrows match at home to Plymouth, after being missing for the last two because of suspension.

    Drewe Broughton is serving the last day of his suspension and so he will be available for next Saturdays local derby at Cheltenham.

    So, apart from Broughton, it should be a full turnout for the Easter Monday clash (ko 3.00pm) without any injuries reported after the defeat at Chesterfield.

    Harriers will be hoping for the chance to avenge the 4-0 thrashing at Plymouth on January 30th.

    Jan Molby said:
    "They played very well that day, although we played well too funnily enough.
    Even their manager after the game said how they won 4-0 he'll never know.

    But that was another defeat and at the moment we keep getting beaten. There's not enough resistance, teams keep scoring against us and our replies are not what they should be."

    And after yesterdays defeat Jan said;

    "I thought in the first half Chesterfield played excellently.
    Their tempo was good and we didn't quite live with it.

    We thought we had ridden our luck and would come in at half time level, but a goalkeeping error gifted them a goal and that obviously won them the game.

    I think the players don't know how to get out of the bad run we've been in.
    We've just got to get the basics right and the results will come."

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Clarke, Clarkson, Stamps, Smith, Medou-Otye, Webb, Hinton, Bennett, Mackenzie, Ducros, Shail, Davies, Skovbjerg, Durnin, Doyle, Hadley, Bird, Corbett.

    In the Home Park camp Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock said that after the defeat at the hands of Brighton he will make changes for the game at Kidderminster.

    He said that Sean Evers will start the match;
    "I have kept Evers in cotton wool too long, it is now time for him to get into the thick of the action.
    Javary will also start."

    The only real Plymouth doubt will be David Friio who was passed unfit for the Brighton game and will examined tomorrow morning.

    Plymouth (from):
    Larrieu, Elliott, Wotton, Taylor, Beswetherick, Phillips, Adams, O'Sullivan, McGlinchey, McCarthy, Evans, Sheffield, Stonebridge, Javary, Guinan, Meaker, Evers, Friio, McGregor.

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  • 13/4/01...Harriers hoping to spoil party.
  • The Harriers travel to Chesterfield tomorrow hoping to spoil the ex league leaders celebratory party.

    Chesterfield were hoping that they would have been clinching the championship title by beating the Harriers but now they will be celebrating having gotten away so leniently by the FA inquiry.
    The club were only docked 9 points and fined 20,000 after allegations of fraud and malpractice although they were expecting to be relegated to the Conference.

    The loss of points barely affects them because it only drops them three places and leaves them 5 points in front of fourth placed Hartlepool.

    Harriers task of getting anything from them tomorrow is made harder because of the absence of Drewe Broughton for the next two games because of suspension.
    Scott Stamps will also be missing for the same reason, although he will be back for the Easter Monday game at home to Plymouth.

    Contenders for Drewes place will come from Stewart Hadley, Tony Bird and Andy Corbett with Hadley being the favoured choice.

    Apart from Ian Foster we have no injury worries.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Clarke, Clarkson, Smith, Medou-Otye, Webb, Hinton, Bennett, Mackenzie, Ducros, Shail, Davies, Skovbjerg, Durnin, Doyle, Hadley, Bird, Corbett.

    Chesterfield (from):
    Pollitt, Breckin, Edwards, Beckett, Reeves, Richardson, Ebdon, Blatherwick, Payne, Simpkins, Howard, Armstrong, Beaumont, Williams, Ingledow, Willis.

    Referee: P Danson (Leicester)

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  • 11/4/01...Cheltenham IS all-ticket
  • Cheltenham have finally pulled their finger out and told the club officially what Cheltenham fans knew two weeks ago, that the game at Whaddon Rd on 21st April will be all ticket for Harriers fans.

    Tickets will go on sale from the club ticket office this Friday.

    • Adults 10
    • Students and over 65's 6
    • Under 14's 3

    There are no seats available.

    The club (Harriers) have apologised for the lateness of this announcement as they were only informed by Cheltenham today.

    I told the club two weeks ago!

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  • 6/4/01...Reds hope to continue 10 yr run.
  • Harriers go to their first ever league game at Macclesfield tomorrow and they will be hoping to continue their record of never having been beaten at the Moss Rose.

    Macclesfield spent 10 years in the Conference but got promoted to the Football League four years ago.
    In their very first season they gained promotion to the second division but only lasted for one season before going back down again.

    They now just about hold their own even with low gates and very little income.

    Harriers will be hoping to build on last weeks emphatic 3-1 win against Shrewsbury with their first double and the first away win since Darlington last October.
    But we will have to do it without Scott Stamps who will be starting a two match ban after being sent off against Exeter and maybe Thomas Skovbjerg who has been having treatment for a back injury all week.

    Macclesfield will have a few missing tomorrow through injury and suspensions.
    Midfielder Karl Munroe has been given a seven match ban for two red cards and will miss the first game of next season.
    John Askey and Chris Priest are both out injured so there might be an influx of young players making their debuts, Matt Woolley, Rickie Lambert, Darren Connell and Paul O'Neill.

    Jan Molby thinks that midfielder Kieron Durkan is the one to watch if we want to come back with a win.
    "He is the one who makes them tick.
    I think he's their star, but we'll go there and see if we can build on our performance against Shrewsbury last Saturday.

    It would be nice to get a double tomorrow, but it's going to be difficult with it being away from home."

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Clarke, Clarkson, Smith, Medou-Otye, Webb, Hinton, Bennett, Mackenzie, Ducros, Shail, Davies, Skovbjerg, Durnin, Doyle, Hadley, Broughton, Bird.

    Macclesfield (from):
    Martin, Hitchen, Tinson, O'Neill, Ingram, Durkan, Keen, Wood, Tracey, Glover, Abbey, Wilson, Whitehead, Came, Shuker, Lambert, Adams.

    Referee: T Jones (Cumbria)

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