JULY 2000

  • 31/7/00...King to sign for Bath City.
  • Harriers former Villa and Albion defender Phil King is expected to join Bath City this week after reaching a settlement on his contract.
    Phil was not included on Harriers' recent tour of Denmark and has not figured in any of the club's seven friendlies.

    "We have reached agreement with him and paid up the final year of his contract," confirmed manager Jan Molby.

    King, who has also played for Swindon, Sheffield Wednesday and Asto Villa, wanted to remain part-time after buying a pub in the West Country towards the end of last season.
    He made 17 appearances, scoring three goals, for Harriers last season.

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  • 30/7/00...Reds lose.
  • Kidderminster Harriers crashed 2-0 to former Conference colleagues Northwich Victoria yesterday.
    Adie Mike scored Northwich's first goal in the 10th minute when his overhead kick deflected off Mark Shail and into the back of the net.
    Northwich scored again twelve minutes later when Mark Devlin headed home Darren Vicary's inch perfect cross to make it 2-0.
    Harriers went close a couple of times at the start of the second half but Stewart Hadley's goalbound shot was cleared off the line.

    After the match Harriers boss Jan Molby said he half expected a performance like this "The lads have worked very hard since they reported back after the summer with very little breaks. We can work on the sharpness aspect before the season begins."

    Harriers line-up:
    Clarke, Clarkson, Pope, Webb (Ducros 62), Shail, Smith, Bennett, Horne, Bird (Foster 62), Hadley, Davies

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  • 28/7/00...Harriers play Solihull Boro again.
  • Kidderminster Harriers, the winners of last seasons Worcester Senior Cup final against Solihull, will be playing against them in this year's quarter-final draw.
    The date for this match has yet to be confirmed.

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  • 28/7/00...2nd leg of cup-tie announced.
  • Kidderminster Harriers have today announced that the second leg of the Worthington Cup tie against Walsall has been designated 'all-ticket'.
    The match, to be played at Aggborough Stadium, will take place on Tuesday 5th September (KO 7.45pm).
    Tickets for supporters will go on sale on Friday 11th August, season ticket holders have until Thursday 21st August to claim their ticket and will need to produce voucher 'A' from their season ticket book to do so.
    Any remaining tickets not taken up by season ticket holders will then go on sale to the general public the following day.

    The club have reduced admission prices for this game and they will be on sale from the club reception (open Monday to Friday - 9.15am to 4.45pm), they are priced as follows:

      Main Stand (seating area)
        Adults £10
        Concessions £5

      Terraces (standing area)
        Adults £8
        Concessions £4

    The first leg (Tuesday 22nd August - KO 7.45pm) at Walsall's Bescot Stadium will not be all-ticket.
    Entrance for Harriers fans will be pay-on-the-gate.

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  • 28/7/00...Transfer talk.
  • The Harriers may be forced into the transfer market again according to Jan Molby.
    The Harriers boss has already recruited five players this summer, with Andy Brownrigg and Phil King the notable exits as Molby prepares for an assault on the Football League.
    But with all the minor injuries that have plagued Harriers on their tour of Denmark Molby may be forced into the transfer market again.

    "We probably won't make any more signings before the start of the season. The only way I can see us making any more moves is if either Scott Stamps or Craig Hinton fail to make the start of the season," said Molby.

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  • 27/7/00...Harriers finish tour on successful note.
  • Andy Corbett scored two goals as Harriers romped home to a 4-0 win against Hornbaek.
    Along with a goal from Barry Horne and a sixth goal of the tour for Tony Bird, Harriers completed their tour of Denmark on a high.
    Corbetts' first goal came in the 23rd minute with a simple tap in and his second was a diving header from a Dean Bennett cross.
    Sandwiched in between in the 33rd minute he layed on the pass for Horne to slip the ball past the keeper for his first goal in Harriers colours.
    The fourth goal was another blaster from Tony Bird in the 70th minute.

    In the final half hour a certain Jan Molby came on to replace Paul Webb, and showed he has lost none of his passing ability which made him a hero at Liverpool.
    "I was man of the match, wasn't I?" said Jan, "I haven't played for three years and I still showed them how it's done!"

    Harriers line-up:
    Murphy (Brock, 46), Clarkson, Barnett, Webb (Molby, 61), Pope, Davies, Bennett, Horne, Bird, Peterson, Corbett.

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  • 26/7/00...Petersen calls it a day.
  • Ex Harrier, Rene Petersen, will probably make his last appearance in professional football in tonights friendly against Hornbaek.
    Rene, who played for the Reds last season until becoming homesick, has been told by specialists that he can no longer play full time football because of a damaged groin.
    Since leaving Aggborough last December he has played for Peter Schmeichels club, Hvidovre, and Belgian club, Diest.

    Rene said "I had an operation on my groin three years ago and altough it was OK for the first year , it has got worse and worse.
    I had no problem with it at Kidderminster last pre-season but then it flared up again....if I continue to play on I would have problems for the rest of my life.

    Jan Molby said "Rene is still our player and he will make a guest appearance for us tonight.
    It is a shame because he is very talented but he wanted to retire

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  • 26/7/00...Another good result.
  • Harriers achieved a creditable 0-0 draw at Farum last night, against a team that are favourites for the Danish first division title.
    In a full blooded game Harriers only managed one shot on target, but this time the suspect defence held firm, allowing Farum only four efforts on goal all game.
    Although Adie Smith received a boot in the face from Neilsen for the first time this week no injuries were reported.

    Harriers line-up:
    Clarke, Clarkson, Pope, Webb, Shail, Smith, Bennett, Horne, Bird, Foster, Hadley.

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  • 25/7/00...Cup date announced.
  • Walsall have informed the Harriers that the Worthington Cup first leg will be played at bescot Stadium, Walsall, on Tuesday August 22nd.

    The date of the second leg due to be played at Aggborough, week commencing September 4th, will be announced soon.

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  • 25/7/00...Reds win 2-1.
  • Harriers beat Vordingborg, 2-1, last night in Denmark.
    After going 1-0 down to another badly defended goal early on it fell to to youngster, Ben Davies, to save the Harriers blushes with a superb 20 yd shot from a Dean Bennett pass.
    Two minutes after half time triallist Lars Hjortshoej put the Harriers 2-1 up.
    Also making appearances for us were another two Danes, Thomas Christensen and Morten Fjordbak.

    Craig Hinton picked up an injury to his hip, but it is not thought to be serious.

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  • 24/7/00...Danish striker on trial.
  • Harriers, who have been crippled by injuries on their Danish tour, have invited a fellow countryman of Jan Molby's to play for them in the remaining three games this week.
    "Lars Hjortshoej is a goalscorer and a sharp player" said Jan " He will be training with us and will play some part.
    He's a free agent, so wouldn't cost us a fee.

    The injury list is getting longer each day;

    Scott Stamps.
    Thigh muscle.
    Andy Ducros.
    Ian Foster.
    Paul Webb.

    Jan Molby has asked to borrow players from first division side, Farum, if the injury situation gets worse.

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  • 24/7/00...Harriers draw Walsall in cup.
  • Harriers take on Walsall in their first taste of derby action when they go to Bescot in the week commencing August 21st, in the first of two-leg games in the 2000-2001 Worthington Cup.
    Harriers - currently on tour in Denmark - will be making their Worthington Cup debut.
    Walsall have so often been giant-killers in the competition, but will be seen as the big fish in a tie that concludes at Aggborough in the week starting September 4.

    Other ties of interest to local fans are;

    • Wolves v Oxford.
    • Swansea v WBA.
    • Southend v Birmingham City.
    • Shrewsbury v Preston.
    • Watford v Cheltenham.

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  • 23/7/00...Reds win thriller.
  • Tony Bird got a hat-trick for the Harriers in Denmark yesterday, in their 4-3 win against FB Copenhagen of the Danish 2n Division.
    FB took the lead in the 17th minute when Nicolay Peterson turned Steve Pope and fired the ball past Brendan Murphy in the Harriers goal.
    Then Bird got the first of his three goals, in the 21st minute, when he scored with an angled shot in to the back of the net, following a superb pass from Scott Stamps, who was later taken off injured.

    Dean Bennett got Harriers second three minutes later when he headed home Barry Horne's cross at the far post.
    Bird got back in the act on 65 minutes when he headed home Ben Davies' right wing cross.

    Bird scored his fifth goal in three games two minutes later when his header bulleted into the roof of the net after another Ben Davies cross.

    FB Copenhagen pulled two goals back through Martin Olsen on 70 and 75 minutes.

    Andy Ducros came on for 17 minutes, but took himself off after his troublesome groin injury showed signs of playing up.

    Harriers line-up:
    Murphy, Clarkson, Stamps (Ducros 52) (Corbett 69), Davies, Shail, Pope, Bennett, Pope, Bennett, Horne, Bird, Hadley (Foster 63) (Smith 81), Hinton.

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  • 20/7/00...Brownrigg can't make his mind up.
  • Harriers midfielder Andrew Brownrigg has finally agreed to a £25,000 move to Scottish First Division side Greenock Morton.
    Brownrigg, who joined Harriers last summer on a free transfer from Rotherham United, had originally turned down the Scottish side's advances but decided in favour of the move late last night.

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  • 20/7/00...2-0 Defeat in Denmark.
  • Kidderminster Harriers lost 2-0 to Jans hometown team, Kolding,in their pre-season trip to Denmark.
    Kolding, managed by Jans brother Torben, missed a penalty with the scores level at 0-0 before Morgens Hjorth put the Danish side ahead in the 57th minute.
    Two minutes later Torben Jensen made it two from the penalty spot.

    Torben Molby said after the match; "In 8 to 10 yrs time Jan will either be leading Denmark into a championship as national manager or be manager of a Premiership club because he knows so much.
    He sees everything, thats one of his strengths - and he can cope with different types of players.
    But it's better for him to stay with Kidderminster for a while because he's still learning and he sees real potential there - I think he can take them into Div 2

    Adie Smith was the only casualty with a bruised leg.

    Harriers line-up: Brock, Clarkson, Stamps, Davies, Shail(Capt), Smith (Barnett, 52), Bennett, Horne, Bird, Foster, Hinton.

    Harriers next game of the tour is against FB Copenhagen on Saturday.

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  • 19/7/00...Brownie stays.
  • Andrew Brownrigg has decided to stay at Aggborough rather than move to Greenock Morton.
    The midfielder travelled to Scotland yesterday to speak to Morton boss Allan Evans but chose to stay with Harriers after failing to agree personal terms.

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  • 18/7/00...Barnett to leave Lincoln.
  • Lincoln City have released ex Kidderminster Harriers player, Dave Barnett, on a free transfer.
    Barnett still has one year to run on his contract, but despite that has been told by manager Phil Stant that he has no real future at Sincil Bank, and the 33 year old is currently training with non-league Nuneaton Borough.

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  • 18/7/00...Gimme that shirt.
  • New signing Brendan Murphy has told Tim Clarke to forget about being number one at Aggborough.
    Brendan, who joined Harriers from Irish side Dundalk on a free transfer, insisted that he has not come to England simply to play reserve team football.
    He said: "Everyone wants to be in the first team but we will see what happens in the pre-season games, and if I get my chance I aim to take it."
    Murphy, who has league experience from spells at Wimbledon and Bradford City, added that Jan Molby played a big part in convincing him to move to the West Midlands:
    "He has a big reputation in the game. I liked his character and what he had to say impressed me."

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  • 18/7/00...Brownie off to bonnie Scotland.
  • Andy Brownrigg may be going to Scottish First Division club, Morton, in a £25,000 transfer deal.
    It is thought that his first team opportunities will be limited this season, after the arrival of Horne and Ducros, and Webbies decision to turn full-time.
    Andy scored the winner against Rushden last season, after coming back from injury.
    He had also signed an extension to his contract at the end of the season.

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  • 18/7/00...Harriers win 4-1.
  • Harriers won 4-1 at Eton Park, the home of Burton Albion, last night with two goals each from Tony Bird (left)on (53 mins, 55 mins) and Ian Foster (70 mins, 75 mins).
    Bird, who replaced Hadley, scored his first with a diving header and he rounded Burtons keeper for his second.
    Fosters second was helped in with an assist from ex Swansea man, Bird, when he squared it for Foster to score.
    Andy Garner got a consolation goal for Burton in the 86th minute.
    Jan Molby said after the match "I was delighted. Its always difficult coming to places like this...
    I think its a measure of how far we have come since last summer when we've put four goals past a good non-league side".

    Harriers line-up: Murphy (Brock, 46 mins), Clarkson, Stamps, Webb (Davies, 65 mins), Shail, Smith, Bennett, Horne, Corbett (Foster, 46), Hadley (Bird, 46 mins), Hinton (Ducros, 65 mins)
    Att: 589.

    All in all, a good start from the Harriers.

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  • 17/7/00...1st game tonite.
  • Harriers play their first pre-season friendly tonight at Burton Albion.
    Almost all the first team will be there and they will all be hoping to get a run out, including new record signing, Andy Ducros.
    Thomas Skovjberg will not play because of his long term leg injury.
    And Tim Clarke is out with muscle strain.

    I cannot go but hopefully I can get a match report on this page tomorrow.

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  • 14/7/00...Ducros joins Harriers.
  • Kidderminster Harriers have broken their transfer record this afternoon with the capture of Andy Ducros from Nuneaton Borough for £100,000+.

    This is £70,000 more than the previous record of £30,000 paid to Bromsgrove Rovers for Dean Bennett in January 1999.

    Molby has been keeping tabs on the highly rated midfielder/forward for some time now.
    A number of other clubs have made enquires about the former Coventry player but in a secret meeting yesterday, Harriers' Chairman Lionel Newton and Jan Molby, came to an agreement involving a three-year deal with Nuneaton and the 22-year old Evesham born player.

    Lionel Newton said: "It's one hell of a signing. Jan has been tracking Andy for a long time now and he is over the moon that we've secured his services. Andy has attracted a lot of attention from higher league clubs recently and Jan sees him as a vital piece in next season's jigsaw....this news will prove to the rest of the Third Division that we want to be a force to be reckoned with."

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  • 13/7/00...Friendly cancelled.
  • The club have been forced to cancel their pre-season friendly against 2nd Division Peterborough United that was due to be played on Wednesday 2nd August.
    This will mean Harriers fans will not get the chance to see Peterborough's new signing, Richard Forsyth.

     Barry Fry, Posh's manager has just signed Fozzie on a  free transfer from Blackpool.

     The reason given by the club for the cancellation was  the building of the new Police Control Room, and  associated crowd safety?

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  • 12/7/00...Horne puts pen to paper.
  • Jan Molby has finally completed the signing of former Welsh skipper Barry Horne on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday.
    Horne will provide Harriers with the experience lacking since the loss of Mike Marsh from the Harriers camp.
    The 38 year old has signed a 12 month deal.

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  • 11/7/00...Fozzie at Peterborough?
  • Barry Fry has invited Richard Forsyth for a trial at Peterborough United, with a view to him replacing Steve Castle.
    Fry took the 29 year-old into the Football League when he was manager at Birmingham City after seeing him play for the Harriers.
    After a £200,000 transfer, he then had two very successful seasons at Stoke, scoring 18 goals in 115 games.
    When the management there changed he left to join Blackpool on a free transfer, where he failed to find his form.
    Fozzie, who would be available on a free transfer, trained with the Posh squad as they began preparations for the new campaign.
    "He's a very good motivator," said Barry Fry, "he scores goals and covers the whole field.
    He'd be a tremendous signing on a free transfer, but we'll have to see how he shapes up in training."

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  • 11/7/00...Squad numbers.
  •   1    Tim Clarke   (GK)
      2    Ian Clarkson   (Defender)
      3    Scott Stamps   (Defender)
      4    Paul Webb   (Midfield)
      5    Craig Hinton   (Defender)
      6    Adie Smith   (Defender)
      7    Dean Bennett   (Midfield)
      8    Barry Horne   (Midfield)
      9    Tony Bird   (Forward)
    10    Ian Foster   (Forward)
    11    Thomas Skovbjerg   (Midfield)
    12    -------
    13    Brendan Murphy   (GK)
    14    Andy Ducros   (Midfield)
    15    Mark Shail   (Defender)
    16    Steve Pope   (Defender)
    17    Ben Davies   (Midfield)
    18    Gary Barnett   (Midfield)
    19    Ian Bogie  (Midfield)
    20    -------
    21    Stewart Hadley   (Forward)
    22    -------
    23    -------
    24    Andrew Corbett   (Forward)
    25     -------
    26    Stuart Brock   (GK)

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  • 11/7/00...A bit of Oirish.
  • 24-year-old goalkeeper Brendan Murphy has signed for Kidderminster Harriers on a two-year contract from League of Ireland side Dundalk.
    He formerly played for Wimbledon and Bradford City's youth side.
    Jan Molby said: "Brendan is a very good goalkeeper. I didnít think two would be enough particularly if one of them gets injured. I feel happier having three on board and Brendan is the final piece as far as goalkeepers go."

    Jan also hopes to confirm the arrival of Barry Horne shortly, he joined the rest of the team in training today.
    He is expected to fill the role played by the (already a Harriers legend!) Mike Marsh.

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  • 10/7/00...Harriers fancied.
  • The bookies rate Jan Molby's Kidderminster Harriers side very highly, at 14/1, to win the Third Division Championship.
    Darlington are favourites for the title at 4/1, whilst Cardiff (7/1) and Blackpool (8/1) are strong bets bearing in mind they were relegated last season.
    Brighton and Hove Albion, under the management of Micky Adams, are also 8/1, just ahead of Barnet at 12/1.
    Local neighbours Shrewsbury Town at 66/1 are favourites for the drop.

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  • 10/7/00...Triallist from Chelmsford.
  • Kidderminster Harriers have offered a trial to Chelmsford Cityís highly-rated striker Ollie Berquez.
    The 20 year old hotshot, who hit the net on 31 occasions in just 49 appearances for Chelmsford last-term, is set to play in a trial game for the Harriers against Banbury United (date tba.).
    If he impresses in that game, then he will be asked to link up with the club for an extended trial spell.
    Berquez has attracted interest from many Football League clubs, but the League newcomers are currently favourites to land him, subject to the striker's performances.

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  • 5/7/00...Rochdale match, now on a Friday.
  • The home fixture with Rochdale on Saturday 7th October, has been moved forward to Friday 6th October, 7.45pm K.O.
    This is to avoid the World Cup Qualifier between England and Germany.

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  • 5/7/00...Gulls game definitely all ticket.
  • The Harriers first ever match in the Football league has been declared all-ticket.
    Seat and terrace tickets for the match against Torquay United on Saturday 12th August, 3.00 pm K.O. go on sale on Monday 24th July.
    The ticket office is open from 9.15am-4.45pm and credit card bookings will be taken in person or via the telephone. Normal admission prices will apply for this game.

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  • 3/7/00...Shail finally signs.
  • Jan Molby has finally landed Bristol City defender Mark Shail on a free transfer.
    Harriers have been in talks with Shail for some time now, these have ended with the result of a two-year contract.
    He spent seven years at Ashton Gate following a £70,000 switch from Yeovil Town, playing in the famous FA Cup win over Liverpool at Anfield in 1994.
    He captained City for a while, but his final seasons were plagued by injury, with several knee operations. Despite being fit enough to play, Shail hasn't appeared for Bristol's first-team since January.
    Mark is quoted as saying;
    "I had some great times at City, but it was time to move on. I still feel fit and have plenty to offer.
    Two or three clubs were chasing me, but I was very impressed by Kidderminster and their manager Jan Molby. I'm sure their first season in the League will be a good one."

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