Historical Football Kits

 

Kidderminster Harriers

Formed 1886

Promoted to Division Three 2000. Relegated to the Nationwide Conference 2005.

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Kit History

 

 

Kidderminster Harriers

 

1886

 

Merged with Kidderminster Olympic in 1891

kidderminster harriers fc 1886

1886-1891 t

 

 

Kidderminster

 

1891

 

Formed by the merger of Kidderminster Harriers and Kidderminster Olympic.

 

Wound up 1892.

1891-1892

 

 

Kidderminster Harriers

 

Re-formed in 1892

kidderminster harriers fc 1892

1892-1900 t

kidderminster harriers 1903-04

1903-1904 u

kidderminster harriers fc 1900

circa 1920 t

kidderminster harriers fc circa 1920

circa 1920 t

kidderminster harriers fc 1923

1923-1928 t

kidderminster harriers fc 1928

1928-1929 t

1929-1950

early 1950s a

1953-1956 d r

1956-1960

1960s a

1960-1967

kidderminster harriers 1967-68

1967-1968 q

kidderminster harriers early 1970s

early 1970s

kidderminster harriers 1976-77

1976-1977 m

Litesome
kidderminster harriers 1977

1977-1978 m

Adidas
kidderminster harriers 1978

1978-1980 m

Umbro
kidderminster harriers 1980

1980-1981 m

Umbro
kidderminster harriers 1981

1981-1982 m

kidderminster harriers 1982

1982-1983 m

kidderminster harriers 1983-84 kit

1983-1984 f

Le Coq Sportif

1984-1985 k

Le Coq Sportif
kidderminster harriers fc 1985

1985-1986 s

kidderminster harriers 1986

1986-1987 s

1987-1988 p s

Scoreline

1988-1989 c s

Scoreline

1989-1990 f s

Scoreline

1990-1991 k s

Influence
kidderminster harriers fc 1991

1991-1992 s

Hero

1992-1993 b s

Hero

1993-1994 b k s

MG Sportswear

1994-1996 e k s

MG Sportswear
kidderminster harriers 1996

1996-1997 p s

MG Sportswear

1997-1999 b o s

Patrick

1999-2001 b

Le Coq Sportif

2001-2003 b p

Le Coq Sportif

2003-2004 b

Admiral

2004-2006 a b l

Nike

2006-2007 a l

Nike

2007-2008 a l

Nike
kidderminster harriers 2008-09

2008-2010 a

Nike
kidderminster harriers 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 a

MG Sportswear
kidderminster harriers fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 a

MG Sportswear
kidderminster harriers fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 a

MG Sportswear
kidderminster harriers 2013-14

2013-2014 a

MG Sportswear
kidderminster harriers 2014-15 change kit

2014-2015 a

Joma
kidderminster harriers 2015-16

2015-2016 a

Joma
kidderminster harriers 2016-17 1st kit

2016-2017 a

 

Background

The club traces its roots back to a rugby and athletics club formed in 1877. After a merger with Clarence rugby club in 1880 the name Kidderminster Harriers and Football Club was adopted but it was not until 1886 that the rugby code was dropped in favour of the association rules.

In 1889, The Harriers and their local rivals, Kidderminster Olympic, became founder members of the Birmingham & District League attracting over 7,000 people to their derby games. In 1891 the two clubs amalgamated to form the professional Kidderminster FC. The new team was admitted to the Midland League and entered the FA Cup for the first time but they had overreached themselves financially and resigned at the end of the season when Kidderminster FC was wound up.

kidderminster harriers fc old crestIn 1892 Kidderminster Harriers were re-formed as an amateur club and re-entered the Birmingham & District League. Although they had little success on the pitch the Harriers did court the occasional controversy. England internationalist Jesse Pannington played once for them before resolving his differences with West Bromwich Albion in 1910 and in 1924-25 Stanley Fazackerly and George Getwood, both prominent Wolves players in dispute with their club, signed up. In 1927 the club secretary, Pat Davis, admitted offering a bribe of 10/- (£0.50) to the players of Burton Town to throw the last game of the season. The match was drawn and Davis escaped with a temporary ban.

During this era the club used the arms of Kidderminster Borough Council as their official crest but this was never worn on their shirts.

In 1938 the Harriers won the Birmingham League for the first time and the following season stepped up to the Southern League. They played only two matches before football was suspended for the duration of the Second World War. After struggling at the higher level in the post-war period, Kidderminster resigned in 1960 and rejoined the Birmingham League.

Details of the clubs colours before 1967 are very sketchy and no photographic evidence has been found prior to the early 1950s so early entries are to some extent provisional.

Between 1964 and 1972 the team won the West Midland League four times as well as eight county cup kidderminster harriers fc crest 1983competitions at senior level and in 1972-73 they rejoined the Southern League.

In 1983, the Harriers finished as runners-up behind AP Leamington who thereby earned the right to be promoted to the Alliance Premier League. Leamington’s ground, however, was not up to standard and Kidderminster were awarded their place instead. To mark their promotion a crest, of sorts, was introduced, consisting of the club's name embroidered in stylised form.

Having reached the highest level of non-league football rather fortuitously, the club now established themselves as one of the strongest in the country outside the Football League. They twice reached the Welsh Cup final and won the FA Trophy in 1987. The halved shirts and black shorts worn when the club was formed were reinstated in 1986. In the FA Trophy final that season against Burton United they had to switch to white shorts to avoid a clash and these became first choice the following season.

The Harriers were also losing FA Trophy finalists in 1991 and 1995.

In 1994 they beat Birmingham City at St Andrews and Preston North End at home to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup where they were narrowly defeated, 0-1 by West Ham who were then in the Premiership. At the end of the season they were Conference champions but were denied promotion because their Aggborough kidderminster harriers fc crest 1997stadium did not meet League standards.

In 1997 a new crest was introduced consisting of a harrier (a sort of hawk) grasping a football and the letters "KHFC" embroidered around the ball. The version shown here was used when embroidered onto a red background while the version shown for 2008, with the colours reversed out, was used when placed on a white background.

kidderminster harriers fc crest 2008Further improvements at Aggborough were made including a 1,100 all-seat stand and new floodlights. The halved shirts were dropped and in 1999 their long serving manager, Graham Allner left the club to be eventually replaced by former Liverpool and Denmark star, Jan Molby. The Dane's impact was immediate and in 2000, Kidderminster Harriers won the Conference championship for the second time. On this occasion there was no obstacle to their promotion to the (new) Third Division so Harriers became the first Worcestershire club to play in the Football League.

After finishing comfortably in mid-table between 2001 and 2004, Harriers slipped up in 2004-05, finishing six points adrift in 23rd position and they were relegated back to the Conference.

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