harriers-online preview
22nd march 2002 


  • York City (away ko 3:00pm)

    It's time to get the Viking hats out of the loft again cos tomorrow we're off to the City of York.

    Last season this was our final game of the season but it all fell flat with a 1-0 defeat and the last appearances of John Durnin, Tim Clarke, Neil Mackenzie and most of all Tommy Skovbjerg.

    This time our visit's come a bit earlier but there's no better time to visit York than in the Spring.

    Except Summer, Autumn and Winter.

    We are part way through a run of away games that has seen us goalless and pointless, we need to correct this in time for the biggie at Cheltenham this Tuesday and what better way than getting something out York City.

    We should see the return of Scott Stamps and Andy Ducros to the squad with Richie Appleby, Dean Bennett, Lee Ayres, Colin Larkin and Bo Henriksen having late fitness tests.

    Craig Hinton has missed training this week after that horrendous tackle by Luton's Paul Hughes last week.
    Although he bravely continued to play on his ankle was sore afterwards.

    Ian Joy, Sam Shilton and Tony Bird will also be in contention for places after covering for the past few weeks.

    We will be looking for only our second League double ever after the showing at Aggborough earlier in the season when we beat a poor York side 4-1 to kick start our surge up the table.

    There was a debut goal for Abdou Sall, a brace for Drewe Broughton and one for Ian Foster in this win that saw Jan Molby use the 4-3-3 system for the first time.
    After that game we racked up 9 wins out of 12 and gain Jan the manager of the Month award for November.

    The only downside was the poor crowd at Aggborough, only 2002 bothered to turn up for our best scoreline of the season.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Danby, Joy, Stamps, Smith, Clarkson, Sall, Ayres, Hinton, Ducros, Williams, Appleby, Davies, Henriksen, Broughton, Shilton, Larkin, Foster, Bird.

    York are a club who had a bad Christmas.

    Former chairman Douglas Craig's decision to sell the Club was announced at the AGM just prior to Christmas, then on January 8th he announced that he intended to sell the club for a asking price of 4.5 million.

    He said that if a buyer did not come forward the Club would cease to exist beyond the end of the campaign, despite its debts being comparatively small to many other Nationwide League clubs.

    At this news the fans were galvanised into action and, after contacting Supporters Direct, formed a rescue committee and eventually a trust.

    They gained a high profile from all of this and the Fulham owner Mohammed Al Fayed agreed to donate Fulhams share of the gate receipts form their FA Cup game. This was believed to have been around 30,000.

    The club have since been bought by car racing tycoon John Batchelor and are now looking towards a more stable future.

    Visit Yorks Trust website by clicking here

    On the pitch things haven't been too good either.

    They lie third from bottom in the league and apart from last Saturday when they beat Darlington 2-0 at home they have lost three in a row away to Luton, Plymouth and Cheltenham plus Exeter City on Tuesday night.

    They also hold the current record for lowest scorers at home in the 3rd Division and second worst in the league. That record is held by freshly relegated Stockport County.

    Leading scorer Michael Proctor, who scored against us in the 4-1 win will be available after being out injured. As will Nick Richardson and Darren Edmondson.

    York (from):
    Fettis, Howarth, Brass, Potter, Parkin, Basham, Hocking, Brackstone, Bullock, Wood, O'Kane, Emmerson, Mathie, Nogan, Fielding, Darlow, Proctor, Smith, Richardson, Edmondson.

    York City

    York City
    York City

    Chat about this preview here
    links to some york city websites:

    official site
    message board

    if you came to this page via another website
    then please click here to visit

  • Site © 1999- Harriers-Online.co.uk - all rights reserved  
    This site is 100% unofficial and in no way represents the views of Kidderminster Harriers FC