JUNE 2000

  • 30/6/00...Torquay game all ticket?
  • The Harriers Board will decide this week on whether Harriers' first ever match in the Football League - against Torquay United - will be made all ticket.
    Football League guidelines say that any Harriers matches that are expected to attract more than 5,000 spectators will be declared all-ticket events.

    Sales of season tickets are still going well and beating all previous sales records.
    Over 500 tickets have already been sold, a rise of around 100% on the previous year's total, and that figure is expected to continue to rise further in the forthcoming weeks.

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  • 30/6/00...Blackpool game on SKY
  • Kidderminster Harriers' league clash with Blackpool has been chosen by Sky television for live coverage.
    The clash has been moved forward one day to Friday 29th September (KO 7.45pm) to accommodate the presence of the TV camera's.
    The game will earn Harriers an extra £30,000 revenue from the satellite company whilst Blackpool will receive around £10,000.

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  • 30/6/00...Biggie & Hughsie..Together?
  • Former Harriers stars Lee Hughes and Marcus Bignot could be reunited at West Brom next season.
    They were together at Aggborough until 1997 when Hughes joined Albion and Bignot left for Crewe.
    However, West Brom boss Gary Megson may be ready to swoop and reunite the duo at the Hawthorns.

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  • 22/6/00...Peterborough friendly date confirmed.
  • The friendly against Peterborough Utd has been confirmed for Wednesday August 2nd at Aggborough.

    For the full list of friendlies click here.

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  • 22/6/00...Div 3 Fixtures announced.
  • Kidderminster Harriers first match as a Football League side will see them playing Torquay United on Saturday 12th August at Aggborough.
    The Harriers last game against Torquay was a FA Cup defeat in 1994.

    The next home game will be against old Conference rivals Halifax Town on Saturday 26th August.
    Away trips in August will be against Scunthorpe United on Saturday 19th August and Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday 28th August.

    Our local derbies against Cheltenham Town will be at home on Saturday 4th November and away at Whaddon Rd on Saturday 21st April.

    Harriers travel to Cardiff City on Saturday 23rd September and will entertain them at Aggborough on Saturday 24th February.

    On Boxing Day, December 26th, the Harriers will play Mansfield Town at home.

    The final game, of what we hope will be a successful season, will be the long haul up to York City on May 5th.

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  • 19/6/00...Midweek games changed.
  • With the 2000/2001 fixture list due to be released on Thursday, the club has said that midweek games next season will be switched from Monday to Tuesday nights at the request of the Football League.

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  • 19/6/00...It's official, we are in the Football League.
  • Lionel Newton has confirmed that the club had now officially been accepted as a Football League club following the end-of-season Congress at the weekend.

    "I have to say everybody I spoke to was very welcoming and offered us their congratulations and best wishes.
    Kidderminster Harriers has a very exciting future ahead and I can't wait for the season to start"

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  • 19/6/00...Harriers get cash windfall.
  • Kidderminster Harriers have been informed that they will receive £370,000 from a new television deal that was announced by Ondigital and ITV.
    They have agreed a £315 million three-year deal with the Football League for exclusive rights to matches from the start of the 2001/2002 season.

    ONdigital will be the main broadcaster and will show a minimum of 88 First, Second and Third Division matches in addition to Worthington Cup games. ITV regions will broadcast 15 regional matches each season.

    The Division One play-off final, one semi-final from the Worthington Cup and The Worthington Cup final will be shown nationally.

    ITV will broadcast their regional live games at 2pm on Sundays.

    Harriers are also set to receive a further £100,000 from another major Football League sponsorship deal that is expected to be announced very soon.

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  • 15/6/00...Friendly with the 'Posh'.
  • Harriers have confirmed they are in talks about a possible friendly match with Division Two new boys Peterborough United at Aggborough.
    Though, contrary to reports stating otherwise, this fixture has not been confirmed.

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  • 15/6/00...Clarkson looks like he's staying.
  • Harriers' Assistant Manager Gary Barnett has today criticised reports in the local press that defender Ian Clarkson could be leaving Aggborough in a shock move to Nuneaton Borough.
    Barnett has said that Clarkson has agreed a two year full-time deal with Kidderminster after completing a medical on an old leg injury that appeared to have halted his career as a professional footballer.
    Clarkson is expected to put pen to paper on the new deal within the next few days once a settlement, in the region of £20,000, has been agreed with his Insurance Company.
    29 yr old Clarkson has decided to stay at Kidderminster after leaving professional football following a broken leg playing for Northampton Town two years ago.

    Following an agreement on the remainder of his contract, Midfielder Shaun Cunnington been released on a free transfer, and has already been linked with the Bromsgrove Rovers managerial vacancy.

    Steve Taylor has also been released on a free transfer and looks like he will be joining Evesham Utd.

    Les Hines is in talks with both Stevenage Borough and Solihull Borough.

    Other news is that Phil King will be staying with the club after failing to agree a settlement on the remainder of his contract, and will join the rest of the squad when training commences at the new facilities at Westhead Park, Wolverley, on July 10th.

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  • 7/6/00...Jan signs two.
  • Jan Molby has, this afternoon signed two more players to add to his squad for next season.
    Molby has, as expected, signed Swansea City striker Tony Bird.
    25-year old Bird who also played for Gary Barnett when he was manager at Barry Town and was then sold to Molby while he was at Swansea City, has signed a two year deal having been released by the Third Division Champions on a free transfer at the end of the season.
    The Cardiff born striker, who has also played Cardiff City and Merthyr Tydfil, scored 22 goals in 60 appearances for Swansea.

    Molby has also signed defender Mark Shail, who was released by Bristol City at the end of the season.
    Shail, 32, began his career at Worcester City before moving to Yeovil and then Bristol City.
    The 6ft 1in centre back had a knee injury at Ashton Gate but is now on his way back to full fitness and is ready to help Harriers make an impact in next season's Third Division.

    They join Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Horne as additions to next season's squad.
    Horne has verbally assured Molby he will sign a deal with the Harriers before the start of the new season.

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  • 7/6/00...Jan Molby signs 4 yr deal.
  • Manager Jan Molby has signed a new four deal with the club.
    Despite the press linking him with vacancies at almost every other club in the football league,
    Jan has committed himself to Kidderminster Harriers' intentions to become a force in the Third Division.

    Molby, who leaves for Holland and Belgium on Friday to work for Danish TV at Euro 2000, said;
    "Lionel Newton first approached me about signing a new deal a few months ago but I didn't think it was that important back then as we had to keep focused on events on the pitch.
    Now we've won the league and most of the existing squad have signed new deals, I'm delighted we've been able to agree a new four year deal."

    Jan also remarked about rumours of interest from other clubs by saying;
    "You're never going to stop speculation, especially at this time of the year, but it means nothing. It's flattering to hear you're name bounded about but I'm only concerned about making Kidderminster Harriers become a more professional outfit on the pitch. We've done well so far but there is far more progression needed to be made."

    Chairman Lionel Newton said;
    "It is testimony to him and Kidderminster Harriers that he has turned down the advances of other clubs to stay here. I am sure he will go on to achieve more success with us…as he was one of the brightest up and coming young managers in the game today. The Board and I wish him every success for the future."

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  • 6/6/00...Paul Webb agrees to stay.
  • Paul Webb has confirmed he will sign a new full-time deal with Kidderminster Harriers.
    Webb, who joined Harriers from Bromsgrove Rovers in 1994, has handed in his notice with his current employers and will sign a two-year deal with the further option of a further year.

    Jan Molby was delighted at the news:
    "This is a big gamble for him by giving up the security of his job but I think the pull of League Football was just too much to resist in the end. I'm delighted he is going to sign....I think full-time football we benefit him and I'm sure we'll see an even better player next season."

    Other news from Aggborough is that former Aston Villa defender Les Hines is currently in discussions with Stevenage Borough. Molby also said that further contractual talks are taking place with Steve Taylor, Shaun Cunnington and Phil King.

    Jan also said that he is himself hopeful of signing a new deal within the next 48 hours after further discussions with Chairman Lionel Newton.

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  • 4/6/00...Harriers scoop the Conference 'Oscars'.
  • Kidderminster Harriers have grabbed most of the awards in the Nationwide Conference end-of-season Congress in Stratford-upon-Avon.
    Manager Jan Molby picked up the Mail on Sunday Manager of the Year award for getting the Harriers into the Third Division.
    And Mike Marsh, who has now left Harriers to join Southport, received the league manager's vote when he collected the Mail on Sunday Player of the Year award.

    The last Harriers player to win this award was Lee Hughes in 1997.

    Jan Molby and Mike Marsh both picked up cheques for £1,000 plus a trophy for the mantlepiece.

    And Adie Smith and Mike Marsh were also named in the Mail on Sunday Team of the Year.

    The matchday programme team of Steve Thomas and Mark Searl won the Mail on Sunday Programme of the Year for the second year running.
    The club also receive £1,000 and a trophy as a reward for this achievement.

    Here is a full run down of all the awards:

    • Mail on Sunday Manager of the year.
    • Jan Molby (Kidderminster Harriers)

    • Mail on Sunday Player of the year.
    • Mike Marsh (Kidderminster Harriers)

    • Mail on Sunday Goalscorer of the year.
    • Justin Jackson (Morecambe)

    • Mail on Sunday Programme of the year.
    • Kidderminster Harriers

    • Mail on Sunday Team of the year.

    • Goalkeeper
      Adam Sollitt (Kettering Town)

      Tarkan Mustafa (Kingstonian - now Rushden & D)
      Adie Smith (Kidderminster Harriers)
      Ian Wright (Hereford United)
      Paul Underwood (Rushden & D)

      Mike Marsh (Kidderminster Harriers - now Southport)
      Geoff Pitcher (Kingstonian)
      Stewart Drummond (Morecambe)

      Carl Alford (Stevenage Borough - now Doncaster R)
      Justin Jackson (Morecambe)
      Warren Patmore (Yeovil Town)

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  • 1/6/00...Drucie joins Woking.
  • Mark Druce today joined Conference side Woking on a free transfer.
    Druce joined Harriers in January 1999 for a fee of £10,000 from Hereford Utd.
    He was never really accepted by the Harriers fans or Jan Molby, although he did score some important goals for us including an hat trick against Southport in Nov 99.

    In total he scored 9 goals for us in 36 appearances.

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  • 1/6/00...Webby may be staying.
  • Harriers Captain, Paul Webb, may now be staying at the club for the next 2 years.
    32 yr old Paul is to decide soon on a 2 yr extension to his contract so he can fulfill his ambition to play in the Football League.
    He has said that he would not leave his job as a warehouse distribution manager for just 1 yr but
    has been persuaded to change his mind by Jan Molby.

    Other good news from Aggborough is that Ian Foster will not need an operation on his groin
    now, it is expected to improve with exercise and physio.

    And the other good news is that winger Thomas Skovbjerg may be back in action by Christmas.
    His knee damage is responding well to treatment and he is now eight weeks ahead of schedule.

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