Harriers get Woking in round two of Cup
In the draw for the 2nd round of this years FA Cup, made at 3:00pm today, the Harriers have found themselves with a tough away game at our old foes, Woking.
They ran out 3-1 winners against Histon at home yesterday and will now be looking forward to a game against their old adversaries Kidderminster Harriers.
We last met on a sunny day in Woking 3 years ago when we lifted the Conference Championship. Although we lost that day the scenes of jubilation will remain in Harriers fans memories for ever.
Our last meeting in the FA Cup was back in 1993 on our way to our eventual meeting with Birmingham City, Preston and West Ham. We won 1-0 then but previous to that we took a strong Woking side to two replays in 1991. They then went on to their best ever run in the FA Cup when they played at WBA in the 3rd round and ran out winners at 4-2.
In the draw for the 4th round they were drawn at home to Everton but decided to switch the game to Goodison in front of over 34,000 spectators. Although they made a financial gain from that game it was to be the end of their run for that year. They lost 1-0.
They won promotion to the Conference that year replacing Cheltenham.
In 1996/97 another magnificent run in the FA Cup saw them beat Millwall who were, at that time, top of Division Two of the Football League and then Cambridge Utd who were challenging for promotion from Division Three.
The Third Round draw saw them set up for more glory against Coventry City and the prospect of another giantkilling.
With City leading 1-0 just minutes from the end Steve Thompson struck with the equaliser to send Coventry to a replay at the Kingfield Stadium, the home of Woking. This time the Premiership giants class told and Woking ended up as the losing side in a 2-1 thriller.
In between these exploits they played us in the Trophy Final at Wembley in 1995 when we finished as runners up in a 2-1 win for the Cards.
Since that day back in April 2000 when the Harriers fans and Jan Molby celebrated their promotion Woking have struggled to re-find the form they once had and have been perennial strugglers in the Conference. This year they seem to have turned the corner and now find themselves in halfway position in the League and the good times are slowly coming back to Kingfield.
Well, they were until now!