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Molby's Tigers tamed


The Non-Leaguers did themselves proud yesterday;  the massive giants from Humberside were absolutely played off the park by Dog And Duck Rovers who have only just been promoted from the Express and Star League Division One South.

It was good to see what a real football club is like wasn't it?  We all marvelled in absolute timidity at the 'honours' that the Tigers have won over the years, Division Three (North) twice in the inter war years and then their last trophy in 1966 when they won Division Three again, if this is a big club then what does that make Liverpool, Manchester United, Wolves, Nottingham Forest or even Brighton?

The sooner the Hull following realise how big they actually are then the better it will be for them.  Just cast a glance at their average attendance only 5 or 6 years ago, 3,413 in the 96/97 season, we can only have had about 1,000 less and we were still in the Conference.  That sort of attendance now, would only put them in the same bracket as the likes of Boston, Darlington and even Shrewsbury;  maybe this is the 'former prominence' that the portly fellow Mr Youngjohns was referring to in his column in yesterdays programme.

Hull City is a massively overrated football club as a whole.  Their swollen attendances that they enjoy at the present time will disappear as rapidly as they appeared, and when Mr Pearson with his 'Tigers' number plate on his car becomes tired of pouring his millions into the abyss that his club will quickly become he will soon depart.  After all he only bought the club because he 'felt like owning one', how long before he doesn't feel like it anymore?

Our very gifted squad seemed to share this attitude that Hull aren't as big as they'd have us believe, Mr Molby and his 'real' football club barely worried us.  The second game in a row that Kidderminster has entirely bossed a match against a supposedly 'bigger' club.

Lee Ayres, Scott Stamps and Mark Clyde, total transfer outlay 0, totally dominated the front line of Elliott, Branch and Jevons, all of which have scored goals in the Premierships of either Scotland or England and aren't exactly earning paltry sums of money.  This is the perfect example that money can't buy success, Pearson take note.

The noise that greeted a certain Dane's arrival on the away bench epitomised the anger that Kidderminster fans felt for the way he lied his way out, his cupped hand to his ear summed up his arrogance.

Sam Shilton seemed to have a point to prove, but he's been playing like that for weeks and he is like a new signing.  He provided vital balance and his crosses with both feet caused a constant nuisance for the back-line of the Tigers.

The late arrivals of Johnson and Dudfield was too little too late and how many more of these demoralising defeats can there be for the expensively assembled squad of Jan Molby and his pint-sized sidekick Gary Barnett.

Molby's answer to this display is an attempt to bring in Chris Kiwomya, the former QPR striker, if this move fails to improve City's fortunes then Molby could be sharing a pint with Barnett in the last chance saloon, it evidently wouldn't be the first time that he has enjoyed a trip to a public house.

On to Macclesfield, after two massive wins we all hope that we continue the wining run and don't return to the land of 0-0 draws, we certainly have the ability and if we play as well next week as today, there are few sides in the league who will be able to contain us.  Lets also hope it won't be another 9 months until we enjoy that sort of attendance again, it's the highest crowd at Aggborough since the Luton game, and in my opinion a much more enjoyable result than that fateful Mad Hatters Tea Party.

FT. 1 - 0

Harriers  subs   cards      Hull City  subs   cards 
Brock     Musslewhite  
Clyde     Edwards  
Stamps   Ashbee  
Williams   Anderson  
Hinton     Whittle  
Ayres   Green  
Melligan     Elliott  
Flynn   Jevons  
Broughton   Branch  
Henriksen   Regan  
Shilton     Keates  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Danby     Glennon  
Joy     Dudfield  
Foster     S Smith  
A Smith     Williams  
Bennett     Johnson  

REFEREE:
Mr E Ilderton (Newcastle)


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