A New Book Featuring Kidderminster Harriers F.C.


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I don’t know if Harriers have ever featured in a novel before but they have now! Some of you may know that lifelong Harriers’ fan, Martyn Woodward, has been busy scribbling a book. He’s just finished it so I asked him about his Harriers’ connections and where Harriers fit into his book, ‘God’s Daughter’.


“Well, the first thing to say is that I was born in Kidderminster and that I lived and went to school in Bewdley and Kidderminster. Although I’ve now lived in Essex for a number of years, I’ve never let go of my roots – and Harriers are part of that. The book is based in a few different places but Worcestershire is one of the main locations – Habberley Valley, Bewdley, Ombersley and Upton-upon-Severn all feature – and so do Harriers!


In the book, Harriers are on a Cup run. It’s set in 2017 and it starts with Harriers having just put out Liverpool in the Third Round (Liverpool are in The Championship, having been relegated because of financial irregularities). The Cup run sets Harriers on a run to the Fifth Round where they get to play at The Olympic Stadium against West Ham. You’ll have to read the book to see if we get revenge for 1994 and make it through to the Sixth Round this time!


So, that’s the Harriers’ strand of the story but it’s not the main plot. The central character is called Stella Hughes. She’s a TV presenter who lives in Bewdley. Here’s what my blurb says …


Stella has charisma, pink hair and a blossoming career as a TV presenter. But as her fame grows life gets complicated thanks to an unwilling lookalike, a Turkish Elvis impersonator and a mysterious woman in blue… How long can she keep her biggest secret hidden from the world?  


And that’s it. It’s my first book and I hope some folk out there will be interested enough to give it a try. It’s available online at Amazon as a Kindle Book – and you don’t need to have a Kindle to read it. On the Amazon Kindle site you can download a piece of software that enables you to read a Kindle book on most any laptop/tablet/PC/whatever – and it’s all very easy. I don’t have a Kindle myself and I’m not a techy person but I found it very straightforward to download.


The book costs £1.02, which is a funny price – it was meant to be 99p but I didn’t understand that 3p had to be added on for VAT! You can also preview the book by reading a bit of it first, as you can with all Kindle books.


Oh, and I almost forgot that part of the book’s dedication is to Robert Plant, who once sat next to me at Aggborough!”


If anyone reads his book and likes it, then please let Martyn know on the Facebook page he has set up for ‘God’s Daughter’, where all feedback is welcome. You can find the page at:




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