Joint Statement on behalf of Stourbridge FC and Halesowen Town FC
Both Clubs wish to confirm in the strongest possible terms, our joint dismay and utter frustration at the abandonment of last nights Brookes-Clark Shield 2nd leg friendly.
The safety of players, management, match and club officials, our volunteers, stewards and staff is of paramount importance to us as clubs, but the behaviour of a small minority of the juvenile section of the crowd meant this was no longer possible, despite repeated requests for calm.
We would like to apologise to the genuine supporters of both clubs for the decision taken, but despite the best efforts of both Clubs over recent years, there appears to be a section of people who insist on causing disruption at these fixtures, who do not attend any other fixture played by either club.
Both Clubs will now talk about how the format of the Brookes-Clark Shield can potentially work in future.
Until Investigation by both Clubs have been completed, no further comment will be made.
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to confirm that First Team Manager Paul Smith will be staying with the club next season.
Since joining the Yeltz in the summer of 2019 Paul has brought a harmony back to the club and has seen the average attendance more than double.
His first season in charge brought frustration as the season was declared null and void following the worldwide Covid pandemic, a season that potentially would have bought promotion and a possible Wembley Cup final with a two-legged semi-final. A cup run never to be forgotten.
The 2020-21 season ended before it hardly got started with only 12 games played before Covid again took hold.
The 2021-22 season saw Paul Smith’s men never out of a play off spot all season, ending cruelly with a semi-final playoff defeat.
But regular crowds of over a thousand were a testament to how the club, and indeed the town had grown under Paul’s tenure.
On securing Paul’s services Director of Football Keith McKenna had this to say, ‘’Karen and I are delighted to announce that Paul Smith will continue as manager of our club. We are all disappointed that we haven’t been promoted but can see Paul is more determined than ever to get us into the next league above and has our full support.
The hard work begins today….’’
‘’I’m delighted to have signed another contract with the club for this coming season.’’ Paul Smith stated.
‘’Although we didn’t achieve our goal of promotion on the pitch, the growth and development of the club in the three years since my arrival is clear for all to see.
Keith and Karen’s support and drive are infectious, and it was a very easy decision for me to make to work alongside them again.
The club has come a long way in such a short space of time, yet this is just the beginning.
I’m more determined than ever to achieve the goals on and off the pitch that we have all set out to get.
It’s been a brilliant three years so far and I am excited to see what next season brings.’’
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Saturday 12th March 2022 Corby Town Away
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are extremely disappointed to receive reports of anti – social behaviour and racist chants on board one of our Official Supporters coaches on the way back from the game at Corby Town on Saturday 12th March 2022.
Racism has no place in society let alone in football, and we are disgusted that a very small minority of people see it necessary to behave in this manner.
Travel bans aboard our Official coaches have been handed to those identified, and investigations continue to identify others involved, and the identity of those people have been sent to the remaining away clubs we have to visit this season, as well as strict conditions placed on any future visits to the Grove.
Anyone found to act in an anti-social manner or that makes racist or homophobic gestures will be banned from the Grove – zero tolerance.
In conjunction with Dudley Council and West Midlands Police we have a drop-in centre at the Grove where individuals can report any instances of Hate Crime.
We are extremely grateful to our fans that stepped forward and reported this incident on Saturday and we apologise to our true supporters who had to witness and listen to this appalling behaviour.
We have always promoted the Grove as a safe place for supporters of both teams to come without fear of bigotry and we pride ourselves as being a very family friendly club. No place for Racism – Kick it out. Up the Yeltz.
Incidents at Ilkeston Town Football Club – Saturday 29th January 2022
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are aware of incidents during and after the game at The New Manor Ground on Saturday 29th January 2022.
We are currently working alongside Ilkeston Town and their Chairman David Hilton to help to identify the culprits involved and would ask our fans for assistance should they know who it is that is involved with the incursion onto the pitch, the throwing of the flare and the disturbances outside the ground afterwards.
Anyone who is identified from the CCTV footage we have will face a banning order from the Grove and may face further prosecution.
As a club we pride ourselves in having a very solid and well-behaved fan base, unfortunately we cannot account for a very small minority.
Any information we receive will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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