Connections: Kidderminster Harriers/Grimsby Town

THE Mariners and Kidderminster have shared some memorable players and managers over the years. Here is a look at those that have had an impact at both Blundell Park and Aggborough.

Former Grimsby Town captain SHAUN CUNNINGTON finished his playing career with Harriers after injury-hit spells in the 90s with West Brom and Notts County. Shaun made ten appearances for Kidderminster, scoring once, in two seasons and later became the club’s caretaker manager in 2004. Ironically he was replaced by another former Mariner in the shape of STUART WATKISS.

Watkiss spent nearly two years at the helm at Aggborough after a fairly successful spell in charge at Mansfield. With the club rooted to the foot of League Two, Stuart couldn’t mastermind their escape and off-field wrangling and financial problems largely marred his spell.

Well-travelled defender CRAIG ARMSTRONG spent the final months of the 2003/04 season on loan at Blundell Park from Sheffield Wednesday and after two stints with Cheltenham and further appearances for Bradford and Gillingham, the versatile performer spent the closing stages of the 2008/09 season at Aggborough, playing seven times.

Young striker JONATHAN ROWAN saw his promising Grimsby career curtailed by injuries and he joined Kidderminster in the summer of 2004 on non-contract terms. Regrettably the Grimsby-born frontman never made an appearance for Harriers and he was released from the club in January 2005.

MARC GOODFELLOW spent the remaining months of last season on loan at Aggborough from League Two outfit Burton Albion. The former Stoke man made ten appearances for the club, having earlier in his career enjoyed a similar spell at Blundell Park, where he had moved to from Swansea City in January 2006.

Promising young midfielder SIMON HESLOP made the first of many loan moves away from parent club Barnsley in 2006, arriving at Kidderminster for a 22-game spell. Two years later the Yorkshireman arrived at Blundell Park in League Two for a three-month loan spell but a lack of fitness and a change in management meant that he made just eight appearances in the black and white shirt.

Goalkeeper GARY MONTGOMERY joined Harriers on loan from Coventry City in 2002, making two appearances. Later in his career, after a spell with Rotherham, Gary joined the Mariners as competition for the number one spot alongside Phil Barnes. Gary made just five appearances in two seasons with Town but impressed on each occasion and was on the bench as they were runners-up in the 2007/08 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final.

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