OCTOBER 2000

  • 31/10/00...Harriers to play Burton Albion in FA Cup.
  • Burton beat Boston 3-2 tonight to earn themselves a trip to Aggborough to face the Harriers in the first round of the FA Cup.
    The match will be played on November 18th.

    The cup game chosen to be on Sky Sports 2 that weekend will be the tie between Cardiff and Bristol Rovers.

    No surprise there then!!

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  • 31/10/00...Popey to be let go.
  • Crowd favourite, Steve Pope, has been placed on the transfer list by Jan Molby.

    The former Crewe Alexandra defender had never fully recovered from the knee injury he received in the summer of 1998.
    Popey first joined the Harriers Harriers in February 1997 on loan for 3 months and at the start of the following season he signed for the club permanently.

    At the start of this season he developed an eyesight problem that may mean a corneal transplant in the future.
    And with his way back into the first team blocked by the form of Mark Shail, Adie Smith and Craig Hinton it has been decided to let Steve go on a free transfer or loan.

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  • 31/10/00...Plymouth date confirmed.
  • The re-arranged game with Plymouth has been pencilled in for Tuesday November 21st.
    The original fixture was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

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  • 28/10/00...Harriers play Burton or Boston in FA Cup....Spooky huh!
  • Harriers have been drawn to play either Burton Albion (Dr Martens) or Boston Utd (Conference) in the AXA Sponsored FA Cup 1st round proper.
    Todays match finished 1-1 and the replay will be at Burton on Tuesday night.

    Harriers played both teams in pre-season friendlies beating Burton 4-1 with 2 goals each from Tony Bird and Ian Foster, and drawing with Boston 1-1 (Foster).

    The match will be played at Aggborough on Nov 14th.

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  • 28/10/00...Club to take legal action against Morton.
  • Kidderminster Harriers have started legal action over the alleged non-payment of 25,000 from Scottish club Greenock Morton for the summer transfer of Andrew Brownrigg.
    Andy joined Morton in July but has yet to play a game for them and the Harriers say they have not received any monies from the fee yet.

    An agreement was made between the clubs that stated that the Harriers would receive 5,000 on August 12, with the rest of the money to follow in four equal monthly payments plus a 1,500 loan Brownrigg owed Harriers.

    Harriers chairman Lionel Newton said:
    "I have contacted our solicitors and we will be starting legal proceedings to retrieve the money.
    We have still not received any payment and we have made the Football Association and Football League aware of the situation."


    Brownrigg was reported to have been sacked by Morton after claiming he had not been paid since September and has been on the Harriers forum to give his side of the story.

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  • 28/10/00...Plymouth game called off.
  • Todays game at Plymouth Argyle was called off at 1.00pm because of a waterlogged pitch.
    It is not known yet when the re-arranged match will be played.

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  • 27/10/00...Harriers hoping to bowl Plymouth over.
  • Ian Foster should start tomorrows game at Plymouth on the bench.
    And for the first time in many weeks it looks like the Harriers may have an almost full strenth squad to choose from.
    With the exception of Steve Pope and Thomas Skovbjerg everyone else is fit and raring to go.
    Although Foster made an earlier than expected return on Tuesday against Chesterfield after recovering from hamstring problems, he is likely to begin among the substitutes on Saturday.

    Jan Molby said:
    "He had a little bit of treatment and massage on Wednesday, but he was fine and there was no reaction.
    He'll start on the bench as the first game back is always the one you can get away with, but the hard work starts now for him."


    Stuart Brock will also be on the bench following his knee injury.
    He had no reaction after playing the second half of the midweek reserve game against Hereford United.

    Jan Molby said that he thought that Plymouth would be strong contenders for the Third Division title, but that has proved not to be.
    "I thought Plymouth were going to be really strong and, of course, they have still got time.
    Since the caretaker manager Kevin Summerfield has taken over they have had some better results.
    They have got good players and after a very slow start they are beginning to find their feet.
    Last season they only lost once at home which was in the last League game of the season, so it's going to be very tough for us."


    Harriers from:
    Clarke, Clarkson, Stamps, Webb, Hinton, Smith, Horne, Foster, Ducros, Shail, Durnin, Bennett, Hadley, Murphy, Bird, Bogie.

    Plymouth from:
    Hodges, Wotton, Taylor, Adams, Beswetherick; O'Sullivan, Leadbitter, Barlow, M Phillips, McGregor, McCarthy, Sheffield, McCormick, Barrett, Fleming, Nancekivell, Guinan, Gritton.

    Referee: R Beeby. (Northampton)

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  • 25/10/00...Jan says it was a mistake.
  • Jan Molby admitted his decision to play Ian Foster last night after a seven week lay-off was "a gamble that did not pay off."

    To the surprise of the crowd Foster was an unexpected addition to the starting line-up for last night's 2-0 defeat against Chesterfield, despite having not played since Brighton on August Bank Holiday.
    He was replaced by Stewart Hadley after just 52 minutes last night, obviously not match fit.

    Jan said:
    "It was a gamble that did not come off.
    Ian has trained with us several times and has worked hard. I just hoped that his pace and movement would cause them problems.
    But that's it, it's forgotten about now."


    Jan said that Ian would not be playing in tonight's reserve game at Hereford.

    Again Jan was critical of the team's first half performance.

    "For the first half hour we were nowhere and the players should be disappointed with their first half performance.
    But in the second half we were much better and we matched them for half an hour when we created several chances to have got back in the game, although the second goal was the end for us."


    Harriers had their fifth successive goal conceded from set play and Molby knew where to place the blame.

    "Of course it is a concern to concede another goal from a setpiece.
    We didn't have a man on the line but we had a 6ft 5ins goalkeeper there and the ball has gone in the centre of the goal.

    We have handed them the goal on a plate."

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  • 24/10/00...Foster to return?
  • Ian Foster may be a surprise addition to the squad tonight for the visit of League leaders Chesterfield.
    Scott Stamps is definitely missing, after going off injured at half time on Saturday, and Adie Smith is doubtful with a bruised foot.
    Jans options then would be to play Barry Horne at left back, a position he has played before in his career, and Ian Bogie in midfield.

    Jan wants 'something extra' from his team tonight, after complaining about the lack of urgency against Exeter on Saturday.

    " I know as a player that for some games you are able to find that little bit extra.
    Apart from the Blackpool game, my players have not been shown up and they will not want to be shown up tonight."


    "I think it will be our toughest test, it's on a par with Walsall because they were big and strong and play at a high tempo and Chesterfield are the same".

    "They look a very powerful outfit and it's going to be difficult for us, but we'll certainly give it a good shot".

    Harriers (from);
    Murphy, Clarke, Clarkson, Smith, Hinton, Shail, Horne, Bogie, Webb, Bennett, Ducros, Hadley, Bird, Foster, Durnin, Corbett, Davies.

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  • 22/10/00...Jan bemoan's lack of urgency.
  • Jan Molby said that a lack of urgency was the reason for having to settle for a 0-0 draw against Exeter City yesterday.

    Molby said:
    "All the things that were good about us at Darlington we forgot to do.
    One of the things that let us down in the first half was our crossing. They were lazy crosses.
    If we had whisked a few in it would have caused them more problems, but we didn't do that.

    You have to give Exeter some credit for their defending, but there was no urgency in our play and, because of that, we didn't cause them an awful lot of problems."


    This was the Harriers' fourth goalless draw of the season and was a disappointing result in Jan's eyes, particularly after the 2-1 victory at Darlington on Tuesday.

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  • 20/10/00...Durnins got a Sugar Daddy!.
  • It looks likely that John Durnin may be staying on at Aggborough when his loan period ends after the Cheltenham game on November 4th.

    A local businessman is about to step in and offer the funds to pay Johns wages for the first month, this will hopefully release funds to extend his stay for a bit longer.
    After being such a success so far, scoring a total of 6 goals for the Reds in reserve and first team games, it will be beneficial to team spirit to see him staying a bit longer.

    "It's no coincidence we have scored 5 goals in 2 games since he has been here.
    He has given the whole place a lift"
    said Jan.

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  • 20/10/00...Tomorrows team news.
  • Dean Bennett and Tony Bird are both doubtful for tomorrows clash with Exeter City.
    They received knee injuries at Darlington and will have last minute fitness checks.
    Dean also had a bang on the head that needed hospital treatment but that does not seem to be a problem now.

    Gary Barnett and Steve Pope have both been passed fit but they are not expected to be named in the line-up anyway.
    Definitely out will be Stuart Brock (knee) and Ian Foster (hamstring.

    The good news about Ian is that he has now started training with the team again but is still some weeks away from full fitness.

    Harriers (from);
    Murphy, Clarke, Clarkson, Stamps, Smith, Hinton, Shail, Horne, Bogie, Webb, Bennett, Ducros, Hadley, Bird, Durnin, Corbett, Davies.

    Exeter (from);
    Van Heusden, Whitworth, Buckle, Curran, Ampadu, Roscoe, Tomlinson, Rawlinson, Campbell, C Roberts, Zabek, Naisbett, Power, Inglethorpe, D Roberts, Breslan, Cornforth.

    Referee; M Warren (Walsall)

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  • 20/10/00...Darlington, no action to be taken.
  • The club have decided that there will not be any action taken over the incident at Darlington on Tuesday evening in which John Durnin was head butted.

    As revealed exclusively (kind of) last night on this website, the referee did not see the incident involving Durnin and Darlington's Martin Gray and so it will not be reported.

    Jan said;
    "There's nothing we can do if it's not included in the referees report.
    Thats the end of the matter as far as we are concerned.

    Whether I'm happy enough is not an issue".


    Chairman, Lionel Newton, when asked if the club would take the matter further said;
    "It's not in the best interests of the club and we won't be submitting anything to the FA.
    I've spoken with the Darlington chairman and as far as I am concerned the matter is closed".

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  • 19/10/00...The ref didn't see a thing!!
  • Darlington's Martin Gray could escape a Football Association charge after the bust up following Tuesday night's win at Feethams.
    The Football League have now received the referee's report and there is no mention of the incident.

    Molby himself is set to be hauled before FA disciplinary chiefs with the referee reporting the him for misconduct.
    It is believed that Jan was involved in several heated exchanges with the referee both throughout the game and at the end and could be hit with a fine or touchline ban.

    Now it all depends on whether Molby carries out his threat of reporting Gray to the FA.

    Maybe he should now drop it, the odds seemed stacked against him.

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  • 19/10/00...Darlington manager calls the kettle black.
  • Darlington's manager, Gary Bennett, has retaliated in the war of words with Harriers manager, Jan Molby.

    After the game on Tuesday night finished Jan told the press that he would report Darlington to the FA for their players strong arm tactics, he would also report the fourth official for not doing his job properly.
    Jan says that when John Durnin was attacked in the players tunnel the fourth official was nowhere to be seen.

    Now Gary Bennett has said that he will make an official complaint about Molby, calling him a "disgrace" and inciting the home fans.
    Bennett said;
    "What I will say is that Jan Molby didn't behave as he should have done.
    As a manager he was a disgrace. From the start he was not happy with the officials and he was inciting our fans.
    After the game he was still going on. I thought his whole approach was wrong".


    Bennett said that he did not see the headbutt incident and he would wait until he had seen the referees report.



    Notice that he does not mention the tactics of his own players.

    I saw this from a Darlington fan on their forum after the match;

    "Our indiscipline is really most alarming - out of the North East teams we have the worst disciplinary record according to the Sunday Sun - and after tonight's red card for Elliot and the alleged head-butt in the tunnel by Gray - well I think a fine imposed by the FA might just be on the cards.
    Get your act together Bennett - keep the players in order for Christ's sake."

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  • 18/10/00...Molby to report Darlington to FA.
  • After last nights bad tempered game at Darlington, in which Harriers won 2-0, Jan has threatened to report the home team to the FA for their "disgraceful behaviour".

    Dean Bennett needed hospital treatment after an elbow in the face, as did Barry Horne.
    Then in the tunnel after the match, John Durnin was headbutted in the mouth by Darlingtons, Martin Gray.
    Jan's main complaint is against the fourth official who he say's was no where to be seen.

    It is the fourth officials task at the end of a game to stand in the tunnel and make sure that nothing happens as the players leave the pitch.

    Molby said;
    "Darlington were a disgrace. They were very physical and the challenges late in the game on Bennett and Horne were terrible.
    It's a pity those incidents overshadowed what was a great display against a very good side in a brilliant match that was a credit to the Third Division".


    "We'll certainly be taking the matter further with the FA".

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  • 17/10/00...Adie back for trip oop north.
  • Adie Smith should be back in the reckoning for tonights game at Darlington after missing out on Saturday with a foot injury.
    Adie missed the 3-3 draw at Lincoln after he hurt his foot in training last Friday, but he trained yesterday with no problems.

    Also out will be Stuart Brock (knee), Gary Barnett (hamstring), Steve Pope (ankle) and Ian Foster who has started light training after the manipulation therapy on his troublesome hamstring last week.

    Jan Molby thinks that the game this evening will not be easy;
    "It's going to be an extremely difficult game for us.
    They play good football and are unbeaten at home. They have the best defensive record in the 3rd Division."


    Harriers man of the match against Lincoln, Andy Ducros, said;
    "It's another tough away game for us.
    If we can get anything out of it we'll be quite pleased."


    Harriers team:
    Murphy, Clarke, Clarkson, Stamps, Smith, Hinton, Shail, Horne, Bogie, Webb, Bennett, Ducros, Hadley, Bird, Durnin, Corbett, Davies.

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  • Harriers wanted Walsall striker.
  • The Harriers had an approach to sign striker, Siggi Eyjolfsson, turned down by Walsall last week.

    Harriers wanted to take the 26yr old Icelandic forward on loan but Walsall were not keen on the idea of letting Eyjolfsson leave Bescot on loan said they were only willing to let him go if it is on a permanent basis.
    Harriers did not have the money to make a cash offer and signed John Durnin on a one month deal instead.

    Walsall did not say what kind of fee they were looking for, for Eyjolfsson, who will be out of contract at the end of the season.

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  • 16/10/00...Super 'Cowshed' planned.
  • The Harriers are planning to build a new all seater stand to replace the Bill Greaves stand within the next two years.

    Football League rules state that any club gaining promotion to the league must have 2000 seats in place within three years.
    The existing main stand, the 'Reynolds Stand'??? has seating for 1,200 fans so when the new stand is built it should easily meet the League requirements.

    It is hoped that the funding would come from the Football Foundation as did the funding for the extension to the main stand.
    The soon to be opened Police Control Room, Reception and Club Shop cost 340,000 of which 233,000 came from the Foundation.

    The new stand should cost about 1m to 1.5m to build with a grant of 65% + private funding.
    It would probably take the name of the major sponsor.

    Although I think that it should be named the 'Mercer Stand' after the late Ray Mercer who worked behind the scenes at Aggborough for many years.

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  • 16/10/00...Jan says it was a 'Horror Show'.
  • Jan Molby said that Harriers defensive performance against Lincoln on Saturday was a 'Horror Show'.
    Jan said that he was disappointed not to win the game.

    "The spirit was there but if we have aspirations we needed to win.
    If we had played like we have in five or six games this season we would have won, but with kamikaze defending like that it is very difficult".

    It was a horror show. to score three goals away from home and not get three points is criminal".


    Molby praised both Andy Ducros and new loan signing, John Durnin for their contributions to the first goal.
    "It was a fantastic ball from Ducros, 60 yds across the field...I knew John was going to score because thats what he lives on...in the second half he and Ducros ran the show for us".

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  • 13/10/00...Durnins' in + Team news.
  • John Durnin has agreed to join the Harriers on, initially, a months loan but it could be extended if Jan thinks that he could do a job for the Reds.
    The 35yr old striker signed a 1 month contract this morning and goes straight into the team for the trip to Lincoln tomorrow.

    Jan Molby hopes Durnin's arrival will help solve Kidderminster's goalscoring problem, which hasn't been helped by Ian Foster's long term absence through a hamstring injury.
    Durnin scored a hat trick in Harriers' 4-4 Central Conference draw with Worcester City at Aggborough and helped to make the fourth goal.

    "I know all about John from my days at Liverpool and he is a proven goalscorer,"
    said Molby.
    "John is a player who probably should have gone on and done a lot more but he is now at an age where he knows he hasn't got much longer left at this level.
    But he is very fit and mobile, holds it up well, knows where the goal is and has the record to prove it. All the players have been very impressed by him in training this week."


    "If he does well he could stay here for the season."

    Lincoln are also finding goals hard to come by, having scored only once in their last four games.
    Jan says that it will not be an easy game.

    "They haven't scored many but they have the best defensive record in the bottom half of the table.
    It's a bit of a carry on from the old John Beck days because they like to get it forward very early, and it will be very intimidating for us.
    But we have to be equal to that and make sure we keep it when we come under pressure."


    Back in the team tomorrow should be Ian Clarkson who is fit again after his hamstring injury.

    Assistant manager Gary Barnett said:
    "His rehabilitation has gone well and everything our physio Jim Conway has asked him to do he has done.
    Hopefully he'll have no reaction to it and if he doesn't then he'll be in the squad tomorrow."


    Also back may be Tim Clarke who could replace Stuart Brock who hurt his knee in training yesterday.
    Tim has not played since August 26.

    Dean Bennett should also play after having not suffered any reaction to a groin injury during the clash with Rochdale, although the problem is being closely monitored.

    Out of the reckoning along with Brock is Defender Steve Pope who rejoined the casualty list again this week when he injured his ankle in the 4-4 Central Conference draw with Worcester City at Aggborough on Wednesday night.

    Lincoln are also having scoring problems and have signed Grimsby winger Kingsley Black on a month's loan, which could mean a change to their usual 3-5-2 formation.
    But they are without central defenders Steve Welsh (groin), Scott Eustace (inflamed tendon) and Anthony Henry (foot) and midfielder Peter Gain (knee ligaments).

    Striker Lee Thorpe, last season's 17 goal top scorer, is not ready despite playing 75 minutes of their reserves' 5-5 draw at Shrewsbury on Wednesday.
    Thorpe was involved in the challenge which broke Ian Clarkson's leg in a Lincoln v Northampton game 3yrs ago and the striker was taken off after just 15 minutes the last time the sides met, apparently for his own safety.

    Jan Molby said of the trip to Lincoln:
    "They are a big, direct and physical side.
    They have had a little bit of a mixed start to the season, but they have had a couple of good results at home.
    Again it's one of those places where if you don't stand up and be counted then they will turn you over.
    But, on the other hand, if we can get it down and play then we will have a chance".


    Jan thinks that defender Steve Holmes is the biggest threat to the Harriers hopes of their second away league win of the season.

    "He's done a good job for them over the years and he gets his fair share of goals from centre-half.
    He's a real danger from corners, long throws and free kicks.
    Normally, it's not centre-halves you have got to look out for in terms of goalscoring, but we will have to keep an eye out for him."


    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Stamps, Webb, Hinton, Smith, Bennett, Horne, Bird, Ducros, Shail, Bogie, Clarkson, Murphy, Hadley, Davies, Corbett, Pope.

    Lincoln (from):
    Marriott, Barnett, Brown, Holmes, Smith, Mayo, Walker, Finnigan, Miller, Gordon, Dudfield, Logan, Bimson, Schofield, Mawson, Peacock, Lewis, Lindley, Stergiopoulos.

    Referee: M Clattenburg (Durham)

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  • 12/10/00...Striker lined up.
  • Harriers have striker John Durnin lined up to help them out in the goalscoring department for this weekends clash with Lincoln City.

    Durnin, 35yrs old, who has previously played for Liverpool, WBA, Oxford, Portsmouth and Carlisle, played in last nights reserve match against Worcester and scored an hat trick.
    He is out of contract at the moment and is training with Tranmere Rovers.
    Durnin is a prolific goal getter having scored 80 goals in 374 games.

    There are two other players who are being looked at.
    An Italian, 20yr old Luigi Pasquale, has been training with B'ham City and Rory Prendergast, a 22yr old who has formerly played for Rochdale, Barnsley, York and Oldham.

    It is very unlikely that chairman Lionel Newton will allow all three to be signed.

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  • 11/10/00...Klash of the K's.
  • Harriers will entertain Kingstonian in the Non-League equivalent of the Charity Shield, in which the Conference champions face the winners of the FA Trophy.
    The match will be played at Aggborough on November 7th.
    The Harriers should be favourites to win the game, with Kingstonian curreFntly struggling near the foot of the Conference.

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  • 10/10/00...Jan and Jim receive awards.
  • Jan Molby has been named Non League Manager of the Year for guiding the Harriers to promotion last season.
    The award, given by the Non-League Club Directory is added to the Mail on Sunday Conference manager of the year award which he received at the end of last season.
    There was also an award for the Harriers physio Jimmy Conway who won an award for his work with Kidderminster and England's non league team.

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  • 8/10/00...Fozzie can't stand watching.
  • Fozzie say's that he can't wait to play again because he hates sitting watching his team mates play.
    It's now been 8 weeks since Ian last played and he says;

    "I could tell you exactly how many games I've missed and how long I've been out, it's that frustrating"

    Now the Harriers top scorer from last season wants to get his hamstring injury sorted out this week.

    "Watching the lads train is so frustrating, I just want to be out there.
    When we were on Sky TV last week it made it worse, there's nothing more frustrating for a footballer than to be injured; it's a nightmare".


    Ian said that he didn't have any problem watching Champions League or Liverpool games on TV but he didn't like watching the Harriers because;

    "They pay my wages and I want to do my bit".

    Ian's hamstring went in the 2-0 victory at Brighton at the end of August.
    He has not trained with the first team since then and is due for another scan this week.
    The first scan he had didn't reveal anything and he is due for another this Wednesday.
    After this one his consultant will put him to sleep and try and stretch the hamstring.
    If that fails then the only option is an operation.

    For those people who think that footballers have an easy life then Ian wants to put them right.

    "I have been in every day; Monday afternoons, early mornings and every weekend for treatment.
    It's agony, and you don't get to see the lads!"

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  • 8/10/00...Barry Horne strike threat.
  • Harriers star midfielder Barry Horne has threatened to bring all the players out on strike.

    Don't worry, it's not just Harriers players it's all Britains footballers if the transfer system is scrapped.
    Bazza's other job is players' union chairman and he has said that he will back the plans to go on strike in a bid to save the transfer system should the EC carry out plans to scrap it.

    FIFA and UEFA have joined forces with various FAs throughout Europe who are all united in their aim to dissuade the EU from their belief that all players should be allowed to hand in their resignations and move for nothing as and when they like.
    And the Professional Footballers' Association are prepared to go to war to protect the majority of their members, with Horne insisting:

    "If contracts are not honoured there will be anarchy.
    In the past we've balloted members about the possibility of strike action over a couple of issues and it is something we may have to consider again."


    Reports in the Sunday press state that top players, such as Manchester United duo Ryan Giggs and Teddy Sheringham have already backed the proposed strike plan.

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  • 7/10/00...Jan says.
  • After last nights game finished 0-0 against Rochdale Jan Molby said that he still thinks that the goals will start coming soon.
    Only four Div 3 teams have scored less goals than the Harriers (10) so far, Carlisle (8), Darlington (10), Lincoln (9) and York City (7).

    Jan says that he is not blaming his strikers because he feels that the midfield is playing too deep.
    "At times I feel sorry for our midfielders.
    They can't support the front players because we are defending too deep, so there is too much of a gap.
    But that is something that will gradually improve.

    I am quite happy with our defending, we just have to look at ways of getting more out of the forwards."


    Jan continued;
    "We've tried a new combination with Dean Bennett and Tony Bird but it didn't quite work.
    They tried very hard but you only had to look at Rochdale's two front men. They keep hold of the ball and knew where and when to pass.
    Thats what we are lacking."


    On the possibility of new players Jan said that he often goes on spying missions;
    "We have to be on the look out for whatever reason. Something might happen and you have to know where to go in case we sell somebody, and we can bring someone else in, or if a player is unhappy at not being in the team.

    We have got a list of players if anything changes that we could possibly look to bring in".


    Molby said that if he did sign anyone then they would come from the Football League.

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  • 6/10/00...Team news for tonight.
  • Good news for the Harriers with the news that Dean Bennett should be available for tonights game against Rochdale.
    Dean will take a late fitness test to determine his availability tonight.

    Definitely out is Ian Clarkson.
    The skipper limped off during last weeks defeat by Blackpool with a hamstring injury and may be missing for the next 2 to 3 weeks.

    Adie Smith will take over the right back position and Steve Pope will be on the substitutes bench.

    Jan Molby has warned the team that they must be on the guard against second placed Rochdale.
    He feels that Rochdale strikers Clive Platt and Tony Ellis will be the main threats to Harriers tonight.
    He said:
    "Platt is a big awkward front man and in Ellis they have got a 35-year-old who has scored a lot of goals in Division One, Two and Three.
    He's just an out and out scorer.

    But they defend very well too. They play 4-4-2 and break very quickly.

    Steve Parkin has assembled a very strong squad over the past year or so and the fact they are doing so well hasn't really surprised me.
    They have started the season very well and have a tremendous away record so well will have to be in top form night if we are going to beat them.

    As well as defending well and deep they catch people on the break and they score goals."


    With an update on Tim Clarkes injury Jan said that he is still some way off after his knee operation.

    "Tim has just being doing rehabilitation work with our physio Jim Conway so the longer he's out without doing any goalkeeping work them the longer it's going to take him to get back.
    You are probably talking about another 10 to 14 days before he's anywhere near match fitness."


    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Stamps, Smith, Hinton, Pope, Shail, Horne, Bogie, Webb, Bennett, Ducros, Hadley, Bird, Corbett, Davies, Murphy.

    Rochdale (from):
    Edwards, Evans, Baylis, Monington, Todd, Flitcroft, Jones, Ware, Hadland, Platt, Ellis, Gilks, Hill, Buggie, Ford,Davies, McAuley, Oliver, Coleman.

    Ref: M North (Poole)

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  • 5/10/00...Jan to play for Liverpool again.
  • Jan Molby is to take advantage of the international break this weekend to play for Liverpool in the Masters of Britain finals.
    The former Anfield midfielder/superstar is part of the expected Liverpool squad for the first ever finals of the six-a-side competition for ex-professional players over the age of 35.

    Liverpool will be joined by Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal from England, along with Aberdeen and Celtic from north of the border.
    Other likely stars include Ian Wright, Chris Waddle, Mark Chamberlain, Chris Woods, John Barnes and Ian Rush.

    The competition is to be played at the Nottingham Arena on Sunday evening.

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  • 5/10/00...Jan IS looking for a striker.
  • Jan Molby is looking for a striker to help out with the clubs lack of goals.
    He has taken a look at veteran striker, Jimmy Quinn, formerly of Swindon, Reading, Peterborough and countless others.

    I don't know how old he is now but he must be nearer 40 than 30!

    At the moment he is seeing out his career at Northwich Victoria in the Conference.
    Jan has decided not to pursue him any further.

    Harriers seem resigned to losing Ian Foster for at least another six weeks, it looks likely that he will be having an operation on his hamstring injury.

    The club have also turned down Forest Greens offer to take Steve Pope on loan because he will be needed on the bench for the next few weeks, although he lacks match fitness.

    Jan said;
    "He needs games but we can't afford to be without him at the moment".

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  • 5/10/00...Rochdale old boys.
  • Harriers may not have played Rochdale before but a few of our players have in one way or another.

    Tim Clarke who may well be in goals for the Harriers on Friday has played on loan for Rochdale back in 1992.
    Clarke joined Dale on loan from Huddersfield and played two games for the club.

    Stewart Hadley played at Mansfield under Rochdales present manager, ex Wolf, Steve Parkin.

    And a name from the past, Kevin Rose, who was the Harriers keeper in the Allner years.
    While at Spotland he almost scored twice, both at corners, Schemeichel style.
    One when he went up front for a corner away at Bury, he won a header which was then finished off by right back Andy Thackeray.
    And the second when he had an effort cleared off the line, which was later proved to have crossed the line by some distance.

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  • 4/10/00...Ton up Hinton.
  • Craig Hinton will have played his 100th game for the Harriers this Friday, if he plays.
    Craig, who will be 23yrs old next month, was signed by Graham Allner in September 1998. He made his debut against Forest Green.

    "Craig is probably the best footballing centre half in the lower divisions.
    It would take a special club to prise him away. But we are not looking to sell him".

    Said Jan.

    Hinton has a famous uncle in the ex England, Wolves, Derby and Notts Forest winger, Alan Hinton.

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  • 4/10/00...Jan denies interest in Tranmere striker.
  • Jan Molby has said that there is no truth in the rumour that he is to take 19yr old striker, Perry Taylor, on loan from Division 1 strugglers Tranmere Rovers.
    Taylor, who has yet to break into the first team at Prenton Park, was sent out on loan to Irish club Derry City for 4 months last season by John Aldridge.

    Molby and Aldridge played together at Anfield in the 1980's.

    Jan said;
    "I know of him, but he's not on my list".

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  • 3/10/00...Two more on the sick list.
  • Defender, Ian Clarkson, and midfield man, Dean Bennett have both been ruled out for this Friday's match against second placed Rochdale.
    Clarkson received a hamstring injury against Blackpool and it appears that Bennett has been carrying a groin injury for some time now.

    Neither Clarkson or Bennett trained on Monday along with Ian Foster who had gone for another scan on his hamstring problem.
    The first team is now down to 15 fit players.

    Jan said;
    "At the moment, fingers crossed, the injured players will return soon.
    Injuries are part of the game but it doesn't make our task any easier."


    Adie Smith is likely to take Clarksons place this Friday but it is not known who would replace Bennett.

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  • 2/10/00...Doyle not coming to Aggie.
  • Jan Molby has said today that he will not be allowed to sign Coventry youngster, Daire Doyle, after he was told by chairman Lionel Newton there was no more money in the kitty.

    Doyle, who has played in two reserve games on trial for the Harriers scoring a hat trick in one, had been told by City manager, Gordon Strachen, that he would be free to go.

    It appears that the club could not take him on loan either, even though Molby has said that he would like to take a promising young player on loan rather than buy one outright.

    It seems that the cheaper option is still too expensive!!

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