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First & Last: Leamington

A look at previous meetings between Harriers and Leamington…



Harriers in action against Leamington at Aggborough

Meetings between Harriers and Leamington date back to the 1970s when the two clubs competed in the Southern League.

The two first met in 1973, a Southern League Cup clash saw Harriers fall to a 2-0 defeat away from home, before avenging that loss just a week later with a 3-2 victory on the day – among the goals were both Brendan and Peter Wassall.

There were more goals flying around when they met again in the league at Aggborough just four months later, 331 in attendance as Brendan Wassall again found himself on the score sheet in a 2-2 draw against the side then playing as AP Leamington.

Leamington then, for a number of seasons, looked to have Harriers’ number. Over the course of three of four seasons following those games, Harriers barely registered so much as a goal against them in league or FA Cup meetings – it wasn’t until 1982, in the Southern Premier, that the Reds came out on top again, a 3-1 win in which Phil Mullen notched.

It would be the better part of 35 years before the two would cross swords in competitive action, the National League North bringing them together again.

Harriers triumphed in last season’s Aggborough match thanks to goals from Joe Ironside and Emmanuel Sonupé, while Andre Brown netted in a 1-1 draw at the New Windmill Ground some ten months ago.


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