In Praise of the Aggborough Pie Hut

Supporters’ survey fails to do justice to Murdoch’s delectable dishes

Regular readers may be familiar with some of my ramblings on The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic®, whom I have followed home and away through thick, thin, thinner and thinnest of times. In nearly 20 years of supporting them, I have been to a fair number of grounds and tried several epicurean delights from Blyth to Weymouth.

At Bower Fold, their pies come from the excellent G. and N. Carr’s The Bakers (branches on Mossley Road in Ashton-under-Lyne and Ridge Hill Lane in Stalybridge). In the last three seasons, Ashton United have eschewed the Hollands pies in favour of Carr’s offerings. Very few trump the ‘Bridge’s offerings, which has improved steadily since they opted for Yorkshire Tea as well as Tower Burgers.

In what is probably the Champions League of terrace treats is the pie hut at Aggborough, home to Kidderminster Harriers and (at present) Worcester City. What has made the newspapers is the price of their pies.

£4.50.

Yes, that is quite a jump from £2.00 at Bower Fold, or £2.99 at Edgeley Park. Before you put your tin hat on and shout obscenities whilst jumping up and down on a GWR Pannier Tank engine from the nearby Severn Valley Railway, do some homework. (Today’s edition of the Express and Star features the terrace food legend Brian Murdoch).

£4.50 at Aggborough gets you the equivalent of two bog standard half time pies. It is big enough to share with another fan, but if you’re travelling from for example Barrow-in-Furness, one portion will put you on till Vickerstown or Biggar. I doubt as if you’ll still be hungry six hours later, let alone three and a half. Needless to say, yours truly had one of the Aggborough pies to himself and he wasn’t hungry till midnight. After a few post-match scoops to console himself from another away loss.

It is worth pointing out that they are a meal in their own right. I wish they did some for take outs, to put in the freezer in a nice Tupperware box. For consumption in the office instead of my usual sandwiches.

What’s more, £4.50 doesn’t only get you their legendary cottage pie. Their steak one (that I had) is another popular choice. They even do chilli-con-carne with rice at the same price! Plus there’s the other thing: meat and vegetables are sourced from local butchers and market gardens. Which, like at Bower Fold and Hurst Cross with local bakeries, lowers the carbon footprint and keeps local businesses flourishing.

The same could also be said of the soup, which I also had the pleasure of trying. It was the most gorgeous beef soup I ever had at a football ground. And it compared well with my father’s home made soups. That, along with the pies is highly recommended!

Oh, and if you’re going to Aggborough this coming Saturday, don’t ever leave the ground without pausing at Murdoch’s Kitchen. His pies are well worth the £4.50, and they’re big enough to share with a friend if you cannot manage a full one. Don’t forget to try the soup!

The next fixture at Aggborough will be Worcester City versus Harrogate Town in the Vanarama Conference North (k.o. 3.00pm). Both Severn Valley Railway and London Midland railway stations are 10 – 15 minutes walk from the ground. Regular trains from the latter station continue to Worcester Foregate Street and Birmingham Moor Street.

S.V., 16 October 2014.

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  1. I’ve found some pictures of the Kiddy pie. They look good but I can’t see a veggie option. Sadly something lacking at most football grounds. Happily the Seasiders won’t be returning to Aggborough (I hope) anytime soon. The best soup I’ve had at a football match was at Halifax’s wonderful Shay at the tramshed end. Much better than Blackpool’s rotten performance that afternoon.

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    1. Hi Mark,

      It is sad when the food offerings at home and away grounds are surpassing our favoured footballing sides’ performance on the pitch.

      I wonder if the vegetarian choice at many football grounds is an afterthought at refreshment points from the Etihad Stadium to Goredale Avenue [Abbey Hey’s ground]. Sometimes, the Mars bar or Kit Kat may be the only option.

      However, there is one football ground which is a real exception in terms of vegetarian provision. That of The New Lawn, Nympsfield, home of Forest Green Rovers. The owner of the club runs an alternative energy company and only offers vegetarian options at The New Lawn’s refreshment points. Bad news if you crave a steak pie, but he is probably the only club owner who has looked at the environmental impact of running a fifth tier footballing side.

      The best soup, besides Murdoch’s Kitchen’s efforts, comes from my club, The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic. At almost every game, the pie hut has home made vegetable soup. That I opt for a half time owing to 1) upping my weekend’s veg intake; and 2) it is gorgeous and more flavoursome than a Bovril or Oxo that can be purchased at almost any football ground from Stamford Bridge to Surrey Street.

      Bye for now,

      Stuart.

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