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Moors and Harriers first up for Blues Under-23s

Richard Beale's charges will travel to Solihull's Autotech Stadium on Wednesday 18 July, kick-off 7.30pm, before heading to Aggborough, home of the Harriers, the following Saturday, 21 July, kick-off 3pm.

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Blues Under-23s will start their domestic pre-season programme with visits to Solihull Moors and Kidderminster Harriers.  

Richard Beale's charges will travel to Solihull's Autotech Stadium on Wednesday 18 July, kick-off 7.30pm, before heading to Aggborough, home of the Harriers, the following Saturday, 21 July, kick-off 3pm.

The Midlands' two biggest non-league clubs each have former Blues players at their helm, in Mark Yates and Colin Gordon – both members of our 1991 Leyland DAF Cup-winning squad.

Yates took over at the Moors in mid-November 2017 with the club rooted to the foot of the National League table and looking destined to end their two-year stay in the fifth tier of English football.

Solihull's fortunes gradually improved under Yates and a 10-match unbeaten run towards the end of the season saw them comfortably survive, finishing 19th. 

Leading by example on the pitch was another ex-Blues man and former St. Andrew's hero, Darren Carter. The midfielder made 46 appearances and scored seven goals as the captain. 

Admission to the Solihull game has been set at £10 Adults and £5 for Under-18s. Under-12s are free with a paying adult.

Kidderminster, who are owned by ex-Blues striker Gordon, suffered play-off heartbreak for the second year running last term as they attempted to regain their place amongst the non-league elite.

Harriers, managed by former Blues schoolboy John Eustace, suffered an inconsistent start to their 2017/18 National League North campaign.

A 17-match unbeaten mid-season run helped cement fourth spot and a play-off berth, but they surprisingly fell at the first hurdle, beaten 2-0 at home by Bradford Park Avenue.

The game at Aggborough on 21 July is likely to see Blues youngster Luke Maxwell face his former employers, this friendly being part of the deal that saw the 20-year-old complete a £75,000 switch from Harriers in January 2016.

Admission prices for the Kidderminster match are yet to be confirmed.  

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