First & Last: Chester

A look back over a not-so-pretty history for Harriers against Chester…

Chester boss Ian Rush and Harriers manager Jan Molby in 2004 (c) Chester Chronicle

HARRIERS travel to Chester on Tuesday night – we take a look at the relatively brief history between the two sides.

Meetings haven’t been too frequent; just ten in all – the club’s spending much of their time in different divisions, the Deva Stadium outfit of course playing as both Chester City and Chester FC over the years.

The first of those ten matches came way back in early January 1976, and it wasn’t one to remember – Harriers well and truly thumped 8-1 in a Welsh Cup tie away from home.

It didn’t get much better – the teams would meet twice in the doomed 2004/05 Football League season and Harriers would go on to lose both – a 3-0 defeat on a chilly October night ultimately bringing an end to Jan Molby’s second spell as Aggborough chief. Chester were then managed by Molby’s former Liverpool team mate Ian Rush, no doubt making the heavy set-back all the more bitter for the Dane, who departed days later.

Harriers have fared moderately better against the more recent guise of Chester, but have only won two of the last seven, including the most recent meeting, a 2-0 victory at Aggborough afforded to the Reds in the FA Cup as Emmanuel Sonupé and Joe Ironside netted.

Apart from that it’s been slim pickings for Worcestershire’s finest, who’ll travel to Chester on Tuesday hoping to at least put a dent into that record.

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