HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB would like to make the following statement:
You will all be aware of the decision of the FA to expunge the season for all Step 3 - Step 6 leagues and the implications for our football club.
To say the Club is disappointed by this decision would, as you can imagine, be a gross understatement, given all of our hard work both on and off the pitch this season.
We received no pre-warning of the FA announcement, neither were we consulted by either our league or the FA before they reached their decision and then broadcast to the world.
So that you are aware we will be, in the strongest possible terms, making representations to both our league and the FA.
As for the FA Trophy semi-final we have had no further news on what’s happening, but believe that the FA still hope to complete the FA Trophy competition.
As soon as we have any news on either front we will share it with you.
To all our fans, sponsors and our local community we wish you and your families well in these difficult times. Be safe.
Karen Brookes & Keith McKenna
The Gaffer signs up
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted that Manager Paul Smith has pledged his future to the Yeltz.
The club have stated previously that Paul had agreed to pledge his future to the club, but yesterday Paul put pen to paper on a 12 month rolling contract as the club looked to secure his services in what so far has been a successful first season in charge, despite all football being suspended the Yeltz are on course promotion and still have the Semi-finals of the FA Trophy to play when football resumes.
We caught up with both Karen Brookes and Keith McKenna following Paul’s contract signing, ‘’ I am delighted that Paul Smith has signed a longer term deal with the club,’’ said Keith, ‘’he is without doubt one of the best managers in non-league football and a great asset to Halesowen Town.’’
Karen added, ‘’ This is a brilliant move for our football club and we are delighted to secure Paul’s services for the medium to long term. Paul is an excellent manager whose achievements this year so far have exceeded all our expectations. We look forward to getting back to football as and when the country has overcome this awful virus. Our fans will be delighted to know he is already planning for next season.’’
Paul Smith was equally happy about securing his future with the Yeltz, ‘’I’m delighted to have found owners and a board that share my desire, hunger and ambition to improve every facet of the football club. No personal agendas, all they care about is the best interests of this fantastic football club. That goes a long way for me.’’
‘’We are in the middle of a magical first season, that has been built on a togetherness from top to bottom,’’ Paul added.
‘’The way the Yeltz faithful have welcomed, supported and backed me since I arrived has felt very special. That also played a massive part in making the contract very easy to sign. This club is only going in one direction, and I’m honoured and privileged to be given this opportunity to play my part. This is just the beginning.’’
Assistant Manager and backroom staff announced
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted that Paul Smith’s Assistant Manager and backroom staff can be announced and will see a familiar face returning to the Yeltz.
Former fans favourite John Snape has accepted the role as Assistant Manager.
John made 284 appearances for the Yeltz between 1992 and 1998 scoring 25 goals.
Following his arrival John said “I’m delighted to be back at the club, a club that means a lot to me. Added to that to be working alongside a top young manager in Paul I feel there are exciting times ahead for the club, I can’t wait to play my part.”
We caught up with Paul Smith to discuss John’s arrival “I’ve known ‘Snapper’ for a number of years and as soon as I knew he was interested I was delighted, during our meeting to discuss the role, his passion, desire and knowledge really impressed me, a tremendous player in his day, who has more recently done brilliantly managing Worcester City.’’ Paul added ‘’It’s a fantastic appointment for the club, and one I think will be greatly received by the fans’’
As well as ‘Snapper’ joining the club as Assistant Manager Paul has been busy finalising his back-room staff.
Craig Nicholls will be joining the Yeltz as First Team Coach; he had a similar role under Paul at Redditch United and completing the backroom staff will be Goalkeeping Coach Josh Coney who again was with Paul at The Reds.
Pleased that he now has his staff in place Paul stated “As soon as I arrived, it was very important that I secured these two coaches. I took them into my previous club with me, their coaching methods and ideas are the best that I have ever worked with. They are two hard working, driven, ambitious coaches that are meticulous in their work. They will be instrumental in our push for success this coming season.”
Physio Gavin Blackwell will continue to be part of the backroom set up however Richard Evans-Hadley and Craig Harris have left the club.
We would like to thank both Richard and Craig for their hard work at the Yeltz and wish them well for the future.
New Yeltz Manager unveiled
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce and introduce their new manager to the Club.
Paul Smith has been unveiled as the man the Yeltz are looking for to get them back to where they belong, following this season’s relegation heartache.
Smith joins us after a spell as manager at Redditch United where last season he met the clubs remit of survival which he achieved comfortably and was in charge of the Reds in his penultimate game against the Yeltz at the Grove on Easter Monday.
Paul, who lives locally, started his Managerial Career with Alvechurch where he made more than 250 appearances as a player. Following this he moved to manage Studley before, in 2014, he joined Bromsgrove Sporting in what would prove to be his most successful spell as Manager.
He led the Rouslers to second place in Midlands League Division one. The following season saw more success, another second place was gained alongside two cup final appearances.
The next season, if it could be, was even better, Smith led the Rouslers to the League Championship and were unbeaten in the league all season and he was a game from Wembley as Bromsgrove Sporting lost in the semi-final of the FA Vase against Cleethorpes Town.
Smith left Bromsgrove in March 2018 and joined Highgate United for a while before joining Redditch United in September 2018.
Paul will take over in preparation for pre-season taking over from caretaker Management Duo Lee Hughes and Asa Charlton.
Smith will confirm his backroom staff in due course and beat off many applicants to be appointed as First team manager of the Yeltz. On confirming the appointment Director of Football Keith McKenna said “I am delighted that we have secured the services of Paul Smith as our new Manager of Halesowen Town FC and am certain he has the credentials to take us back up to the Premier Division and above. He is meticulous and communicates very well on and off the field and has a great understanding of all levels of the game and will bring an exciting brand of football to the grove.
Paul Smith said ‘’I feel honoured and privileged to be appointed manager of Halesowen Town. Keith and Karen’s drive and passion for the club really excited me. That, added to the fantastic fan base the club has, makes this feel like the perfect fit for me. My immediate goal is to get a squad together that can compete for a return to step 3, and that the Yeltz fans can relate to and be proud of.’’
We are sure every Halesowen Town fan will welcome Paul to the Grove.
An open message to Kettering Town supporters
On Saturday Kettering Town visit the Grove in a game that could see them clinch in the League Title.
Halesowen Town football Club would like to point out the following to make your day an enjoyable one.
Parking – There is no supporters parking at the ground, there is local on road parking and car parks in Halesowen Town Centre which is approximately 10 minutes’ walk to the ground. If parking near to the ground please park responsibly and respect our local neighbours, on a match day local parking enforcement officers are usually patrolling the area.
The Grove – we are on Old Hawne Lane in Halesowen B63 3TB, admission costs are as follows: Adults £10, Concessions (60+) £7, 16-18 yrs £5, U-16 £3 and U-12 free when accompanied by a paying adult or concession. We have covered and uncovered terraced areas and a covered stand, The Harry Rudge Stand, there will be no fans segregation.
Refreshments – In the ground we have the James Grove Lounge fully stocked with Lagers, Ciders, IPA’s and Ales, as well as soft drinks and JC’s cobs, we also have a guest ale on from a local brewery at every home game. We have a café inside the ground where hot food and drink are available and a well-stocked programme shop for any collector.
Pitch incursion – As you will all be aware it is an offence to enter the field of play during the game and doing so could land either or both clubs with a fine or points deduction from the League. As a club we are mindful of the importance of the game for everyone associated with Kettering Town. At the end of the game we are looking to open one of the pitch side gates to allow fans onto the field of play once the Halesowen players and match officials have left the pitch should you wish to celebrate your potential league championship win.
We hope you enjoy your visit to the Grove.
Management duo leave the Yeltz
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can this morning announce that Management duo Rob Smith and Larry chambers have left the club by mutual consent with immediate effect.
Their 18 games in charge have produced just two wins and ten points leaving us second bottom in the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central.
We would like to thank Rob and Larry for their time at the Yeltz.
Striker Lee Hughes has been appointed as first team Player Manager until the end of the season.
Joining Lee in the dugout and returning to the Yeltz is Asa Charlton as Assistant Player Manager along with Craig 'Chopper' Harris who will join Lee Brown and Richard Evans-Hadley on the coaching staff.
Lee's first game in charge will be the crucial home game against Hitchin Town on Saturday, we hope that you will all continue your fantastic support and get behind Lee and his team following this announcement.
Left to right: Asa Charlton, Lee Brown, Craig Harris and Lee Hughes