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30 YEARS AGO: FA TROPHY FINAL REPLAY

12 May 2017

AFTER a not so thrilling game at Wembley in the original final the second game delivered something which many Albion fans will remember for a long time despite the result.

The Final replay took place 30 years ago today at the home of West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, with over 10,000 Brewers fans made the trip hoping to see the side get their hands on the FA Trophy.

 

Albion were simply superb in the game but all the breaks seem to fall for Kidderminster.


Paul Groves thought he had gave the Brewers the lead in the early stages but his goal was disallowed for a push on Kevin Collins.

 

Kidderminster seized the initiative when Davies’s effort before half-time cruelly deflected off of Alan Kamara and beat Martin New in net.

 

The Albion refused to give up and forced the Harriers keeper Jim Arnold into a series of fine saves.

 

However, with 13 minutes remaining the Harriers frontman Davies helped himself to a second goal as the Brewers pushed forward.

 

Driven forward by Paul Bancroft the Brewers pulled one back as Paul Groves struck with a far-post header.

 

The Brewers continued to press and got a late penalty as Kidderminster skipper Graham Mackenzie handled inside the area.

 

Up stepped Bancroft who had been on penalty duty all season, however this time his effort wasn’t good enough as Arnold went down to his right and saved the penalty meaning it would be Kidderminster who were victorious.

 

*Extracts taken from Rex Page’s book Wellington Street to Wembley.


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