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6th January 2004 15:22

Kidderminster, who reached the FA Cup 5th round in 1993-94, then were denied promotion to the FL due to ground regulations, is a team quite new to the Stags fans as they eventually in the 1999-2000 season gained entry to the league as Conf champs. (Incidentally, the same fate happened to Macclesfield in 1994-95, promoted to the League two seasons later). Therefore, the Stags and the Harriers have only faced each other in league fixtures in two seasons before the opening day of the current season. And all league games have been close encounters when it comes to results, as the stats below show. The first league encounter took place at Aggborough on Boxing Day 2000, when Durnin scored the only goal of the game early on. But about a month later, the Stags took revenge by winning 2-1 courtesy of goals from Greenacre and Boulding in front of just 1,712 spectators, an attendance figure way below the ones of the last two-and-a half seasons. In the 2001-02 promotion season, both games ended 1-1, at Kidderminster early on that term due to a Greenacre strike. The 2001-02 Stags highest goal scorer was then sent off in the home game, one that sadly was marred by poor refereeing of a certain Paul Danson – according to the Stagsnet report. But after the red-carding of Greenacre, the Stags still managed to get a draw. A goal by Pemberton just three minutes from time (one of many late point-winning goals that season) secured the 1-1-draw in a night game where the attendance was 4,321. And that game was one of the last before the Stagsnet statistical previews started.

The teams faced each other on the opening day of the current season at Kidderminster, where the Harriers were lucky to win 2-1, the winner being a Bo Henriksen penalty some fifteen minutes from time while Corden hit the net with a screamer for the Stags.

Although Kidderminster Harriers reached the first round of the FA Cup on serveral occasions in their non-league days, they have never faced the Stags in the FA Cup. A competition in which Kidderminster were on the verge of kayoeing Premiership wooden spoonists Wolverhampton last Saturday at Aggborough – while the Stags went out at home to Division One Burnley.

While being in the lower half of the Third Division, only one side has managed to score more than two goals against Kidderminster this season. That happened on September 27, 2003, when Hull inflicted the heaviest-ever Kidderminster league defeat by trouncing the Harriers 6-1 at home. On the other hand, Kidderminster haven't scored more than two goals in any league game so far – while the Stags have scored in all but two league fixtures this season, hitting five on two occasions so far, including the biggest win so far – the 5-0 rout of Scunthorpe on August 26, 2003.

Despite being the fourth league season for Kidderminster, yet a number of players have appeared for the Harriers and the Stags during this short time. Below are some interesting details.
One of them, Adam Willis, played for the Harriers against the Stags on the opening day but is currently loaned out to conf side Burton Albion. Matt Gadsby didn't play in that game while Andy White is currently on loan to Kidderminster. Mark Blake starred for the Stags in BOTH games against Kidderminster in 2000-01 but for the Harriers against the Stags on September 1, 2001 – and was yellow-carded in all three games! On the other hand, Neil MacKenzie represented the Harriers in both games AGAINST the Stags in 2000-01 while Colin Larkin was on loan to Kidderminster from Wolverhampton in 2001-02 without ever facing the Stags.

Simeon Hodson and Steve Prindiville played for Kidderminster before finally getting promotion to the league in 2000, all others listed below have played for both sides in league fixtures.

Played for both sides: Mark Blake, Matt Gadsby, Stewart Hadley, Simeon Hodson, Colin Larkin, Neil Mackenzie, Adam Murray, Steve Prindiville, Andy White, Adam Willis

Home: P 2, W 1, D 1, L 0, GF 3, GA 2
Away: P 3, W 0, D 1, L 2, GF 2, GA 4

Home games Away games

2000-01 2-1 2001-01-23 0-1 2000-12-26
2001-02 1-1 2002-01-29 1-1 2001-09-01
2003-04 (at Aggborough) 1-2 2003-08-09

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)


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