Kidderminster Brian Murdoch Harriers pie man dies: The group of a man celebrated for his football arena pies have been "overpowered" by accolades following his demise at 81 years old.

Brian Murdoch, whose privately-owned company has taken care of fans at Kidderminster Harriers for almost 60 years, passed on Saturday, the club said.

The long lasting Harriers fan was known for his "unique character and warmth", a club representative said.

His pies consistently bested diagrams as the most costly pie in British football.

In any case, a few fans protected the cost, saying they were a scrumptious supper produced using new fixings.

Club representative Matty Paddock said the Harriers Pies and Aggborough Soup had a "clique continuing in football".

Talking in 2012, Mr Murdoch said he would "not bargain" on quality.

Kidderminster Brian Murdoch Harriers pie man dies

"Barcelona have Messi, Real Madrid have Ronaldo and Kidderminster have our pies," he said.

Neil Male, Harriers CEO, stated: "I know the amount Brian and his family's food business intended to the fans here - for those coming to matches at Aggborough, he was a consistent for some, numerous years and he'll be unfortunately missed."

Fans saluted Mr Murdoch on Twitter, with Brighton fan Simon Harris tweeting: "Perhaps the best thing about being an enthusiast of a lower alliance club is the away days. The neighborhood fans and staff at little grounds that have an energy for it that you simply don't get at the 'huge clubs'."

BBC Sport columnist Ged Scott said Mr Murdoch was a "flawless guy" who consistently had the opportunity to visit.

"Indeed, even once in a while really during match days at half-time at Aggborough, when it was unmistakably all hands to the siphon in the background in his booth," he said.

Mr Murdoch had been unwell for a very long time, and leaves his significant other Joan, four kids and 11 grandkids.

His little girl Helen will keep on maintaining the cooking business at Aggborough, when the National League North side is permitted to let allies once again into the arena.

Kidderminster Brian Murdoch Harriers pie man dies

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Ex-Harlequins lock Merrick, 28, joins after a season at French Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne and gives cover to Graham Kitchener, who is recuperating from a pressure break of the foot.

He played in excess of 100 games for Quins in a six-year profession at The Stoop.

Free head prop Thomas, 30, begun last season at Championship side Doncaster prior to joining Harlequins.

"Both George and Marc will give significant cover to us in what will be a challenging season," Warriors' overseer of rugby Alan Solomons told the club site.

"George is a huge man with stores of Premiership experience and we are generally blessed to have made sure about his administrations," he added.

"Marc is an accomplished player and a decent scrummager who comes to us after a spell with Harlequins.

"The two fellows have fitted in well here at Sixways and I have almost certainly that they will make their imprint. I anticipate working with them."

Worcester have not uncovered the length of agreement either player has marked.

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