Nostalgia – programmes from Welsh Cup classics No 1: Kidderminster v Llanfairpwll (1988)

Kidderminster Harriers printed Llanfairpwll FC’s name in full on the programme cover for the 1988/89 Welsh Cup tie between the clubs. ILLUSTRATION: Mark Jones

Football historian, author and renowned memorabilia collector Mark Jones of Prestatyn is Grassroots North Wales’ very own Santa this Christmas.

Nostalgia enthusiast Mark is providing a series of articles on programmes for some of North Wales’ more interesting Welsh Cup ties over the years, all ones that will never ever happen again.

To kick off our 12 Yuletide Welsh Cup memories we travel back to November 1988 when Llanfairpwll were the third round visitors to Kidderminster Harriers, who were then top of the Vauxhall Conference.

Kiddy were out for revenge as they had lost 2-1 at home to Llanfair in the 1986/87 Welsh Cup third round – perhaps the greatest result in the islanders’ history.

In the 1988/89 competition Llanfair had overcome Rhos United 2-0 and Conwy United 2-1, both at Cae Gors, to set up their visit to Aggborough, but the high-flying Harriers were this time too strong for the Anglesey side who put up a battling display before bowing out by a respectable 3-0 scoreline.

Rob Shilvock scored twice and Paul Bancroft added another for Graham Allner’s team. The tie was watched by 846 spectators.

PROGRAMME IMAGE PROVIDED BY MARK JONES

The programme also spelt Llanfair’s name out in full on the cover which was a nice touch by the Worcestershire side.

Harriers then beat Abergavenny, Cardiff City and Hereford United to reach the final where they had their wings well and truly clipped 5-0 by Swansea City.

THE HOSTS – KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS

Kidderminster were on a run of four straight league wins in the Conference before welcoming Llanfairpwll to Aggborough on November 26, 1988.

On the Saturday before taking on the Ynys Môn side, Kiddy had defeated Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 at home.

Managed by Graham Allner, who was Harriers boss between 1983-98, two well-known names in the squad that day were goalkeeper PAUL JONES and defender COLIN BRAZIER.

Chirk-born Jones started his career at Bridgnorth Town before joining Kidderminster in 1986.

Paul Jones. Picture: Getty Images

He made 242 appearances for the club, with whom he won the FA Trophy in 1987.

In 1991, Jones moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £60,000 and later represented Stockport County and Southampton, as well as having a short stay on loan at Liverpool.

Jones also won 50 full caps for Wales.

Brazier began his career with Wolves as an apprentice in 1973, turning professional two years later.

Although he managed 91 appearances for the team over five seasons, he was never able to become a regular player.

His best run of games came in the latter half of the 1979-80 season; he was included in the matchday squad for the 1980 League Cup Final at Wembley, but ended up as an unused substitute as Wolves defeated Nottingham Forest.

He played his last game for the club in February 1982.

The defender also featured in the Football League for Birmingham City, Lincoln City and Walsall, and in the North American Soccer League for the Jacksonville Tea Men.

Brazier spent three seasons with Walsall before joining Conference club Kidderminster Harriers in 1986, aged 29.

With Kiddy, Brazier won the FA Trophy in 1987 and was capped by the England semi-professional team. He finished his career at Tamworth.

PROGRAMME IMAGE PROVIDED BY MARK JONES

THE VISITORS – LLANFAIRPWLL

With neither the Welsh Premier or Cymru Alliance having been born in 1988, Llanfairpwll were playing at the joint-highest level for North Wales clubs not competing in the English pyramid – the Welsh Alliance League.

The Anglesey club and Kidderminster had “previous”.

Captained by the great Allan Jones (Ali), Llanfair had celebrated a famous 2-1 Welsh Cup victory at the Conference club’s ground two years earlier, at a time when prolific Harriers marksman Kim Casey, who scored 44 times that 1986/87 campaign, was at large. Casey scored the home side’s goal that day.

Phil Holland and Dave Owen wrote themselves into Llanfairpwll folklore by scoring the away goals on a foggy night in Worcestershire. Colin Redmayne was sent off for time-wasting and the crowd was 705.

Two years on and Now Parry’s squad was still packed with quality players.

Richard Jones (right). Picture kindly provided by GARETH JONES

RICHARD JONES (Rich Bach) from Bodedern had played for Llanfairpwll in a 1-0 Welsh Cup defeat to Football League side Shrewsbury Town the season before.

At this time, Rich was attracting the attention of Football League clubs, including Leeds United and Shrewsbury.

Regarded as an all-time Anglesey great, the attacking midfielder also wore the colours of Wrexham, Bangor City, Cemaes Bay, Porthmadog, Llangefni Town, Gwalchmai, Bodedern, Amlwch Town and Holyhead Hotspur in an illustrious career.

Legendary centre-back, the late ALLAN JONES, needs no introduction.

Classed as one of the finest defenders to kick a ball on Ynys Môn, Ali achieved outstanding successes as a player for Llanfairpwll and Llangefni Town and later managed Glantraeth to the Welsh Alliance title.

Colin Jones, Redmayne, Peter Kasparek and Frank Donohue were all key faces in that Llanfairpwll side of 1988/89 who also starred in a Llangefni shirt.

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