Police ‘safety fears’ prompt Stockport County board to miss must-win match at champions-elect Kidderminster

By Matt Davies

The Stockport County board will be absent from the club’s must-win match at title-chasing Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow after police advised them to stay away.

Should Ian Bogie’s side fail to win at Aggborough, the Hatters will drop out of Blue Square Premier, just two years after they were relegated from the Football League.

Harriers’ chairman Mark Serrell issued a short statement via his club’s official website explaining the reasons for the County board’s failure to travel.

“This week, as with any other game staged here, both clubs have been in close communication with their respective safety and police teams,” he explained.

“We have been asked to confirm by West Mercia Police that the Board of Directors of Stockport County, upon police advice, will extremely reluctantly not be travelling to the fixture.

“As Chairman of Kidderminster Harriers I have to say that whilst this is unfortunate we do feel it is a decision that will help maintain the family-friendly and positive atmosphere enjoyed here at Aggborough – by both home and away supporters.”

The Hatters are expected to take four coachloads of supporters to the game in what could be a pivotal moment in the history of the club.

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