Friday, May 25, 2007

FC United should be big pull says Yates


KIDDERMINSTER Harriers boss Mark Yates believes the intriguing friendly with FC United could be the biggest pull of their pre-season programme.

As well as hosting League One outfits Cheltenham and Walsall, Harriers face the side formed by breakaway fans of Manchester United.

Yates will also send a side to Bewdley Town to help the ambitious West Midlands League club open their new main stand.

The Kidderminster manager said: "The FC United one is a coup for us really because I think out of all the three teams coming to Aggborough they will bring the most support.

"They're a well-run, well-supported football club and it will be nice to have them here."

Yates is also delighted to welcome his former club, Cheltenham, where he was a midfielder, and this season's League Two champions Walsall.

Pre-season fixtures, Saturday, July 15: Rushall Olympic (a) 3pm; Sunday, July 16: Bewdley (a) 3pm; Saturday, July 21: FC United (h) 3pm; Tuesday, July 24: Cheltenham Town (h) 7.45pm; Saturday, July 28: AFC Telford (a) 3pm; Tuesday, July 31: Walsall (h) 7.45pm; Saturday, August 4: Hinckley United (a) 3pm.

Meanwhile, Harriers are introducing a new away strip, featuring yellow shirts, blue shorts and blue socks, which is likely to debut in the game with FC United. The previous blue and white kit will just be used as back-up.

Yates added: "The home kit will stay the same as it was, except that we'll be wearing white shorts rather than the black."