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Date: 16-10-06 Harriers draw Blood(s) in the FA Cup
It's that time of the season when the hopes of the fans, and the board, anchor on the Harriers making waves in the FA Cup.    We can either take it all the way, or as far as possible, as we did a couple of years ago when we played neighbours Wolves.    Going back even further will we ever forget, or be allowed to, that epoch making Cup run of 1993/94, that saw us beat Birmingham City at St Andrews and then to eventually go out of the competition in a legendary home game against West Ham Utd.

Some of us will also remember losing at such dead end places as Blyth Spartans in 1997 and Welling in 1999.

With the visit of Droylsden FC on the 28th of this month we will have to be on our guard against going out in similar fashion.    The main difference this time is that Droylsden are no underdogs and sit proudly on the top of the Conference North at this moment in time.    For the past few seasons they have been there, or thereabouts, in their efforts to climb the pyramid and a win against us, on our own turf, will do their confidence no end of good.

They include a decent smattering of ex Conference players in their ranks with the most notable being Terry Fearns, Steve Daly and Steve Jagielka.    The latter was at Accrington last season and the former two both came along the supply chain of Southport.

Droylsden are based to the East of Manchester about mid way between Stockport and Oldham but still within the Greater Manchester conurbation.    They play at the Butcher's Arms - is that where the nickname of 'Bloods' comes from or is it because of the deep red of their shirts? - and the ground holds around 3000.

They beat Skelmersdale Utd 3-2 on Saturday to claim the right to play us.

Here's a link to their website and message board for those that want to find out more about them.





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