Addition to the President's Club
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce and addition to the President's Club.
Long time Yeltz Fan Lew George has agreed to the invitation made by Club President Colin Brookes to become a Yeltz Vice-President.
Lew has been a familiar face at the Grove for many seasons and has been a great presence welcoming visiting officials and match sponsors in the boardroom this season.
Lew will join Robert and Ron Moseley, Stuart Tidesley, Mick Serge, John Slater and the late Bob Tromans as Vice-Presidents.
Welcome to the President's Club Lew.
Emirates FA Cup 3rd qualifying round October 5th 2019 12.30pm ko
On Saturday 5th October Halesowen Town take on Altrincham in the FA Cup 3rd qualifying round in front of the BBC cameras at the Grove.
Please take time to read these important points regarding the game.
The kick off time has been moved to 12.30pm to allow the game to be streamed live on the BBC Sport website, app and iPlayer.
The turnstiles will be open from 10.30am and turnstiles will be open at both the Old Hawne Lane and Stourbridge Road ends of the ground. We would recommend that you get to the ground early, the James Grove Lounge and café will be open inside the ground before and during the game with the lounge remaining open after the game for a post-match drink.
Admission will be pay on the gate only; no tickets will be issued for this particular game and season tickets are not valid. Admission prices are as follows: Adults £10, Concessions (60+) £7, 13-18 yrs. £4, U-12 free with paying adult / concession.
On the day there will be our usual stewards along with a number of stewards from a local Premier League team, there will also be a Police presence on the day for your protection. The stewards and police have the right to search anyone coming into the ground and reserve the right to eject or refuse entry to anyone who they feel has or will cause unsociable behaviour.
Bringing a pyrotechnic device into any arena in England is a Criminal Offence, and we simply do not understand why any individual would choose to do so, given the potential dangers they possess; not only to other supporters within the ground, but also to the safety of ground infrastructure. Anyone entering the ground who is found to be in possession of, or indeed discharging any pyrotechnic will be ejected from the ground and could find themselves subject to prosecution. This could also have serious implications for both clubs.
The consumption of alcohol purchased within the ground is allowed to be taken on to the terracing and seating areas, this however must be in a plastic glass. No bottles or cans of alcoholic drink will be allowed to be taken on to the terracing and stand and no alcohol will be allowed to be brought into the ground as per FA rules.
The car park at the Grove is for players of both teams, officials and team coaches only, there is parking in town which is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the ground and on road parking around the ground. We would please ask that you respect our neighbours if you park on residential streets and ensure you park legally as parking enforcement teams are usually in force on match days.
We hope both sets of fans enjoy what promises to be a great game of football and the presence of the BBC give great exposure for both clubs.
Beeb at the Grove
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce that their Emirates FA Cup 3rd qualifying round tie at home to National League North side Altrincham on Saturday October 5th has been chosen to be streamed live on the BBC Sport website, app, red button and iPlayer.
The BBC visited the Grove today to ensure that the facilities were up to their expected standards and in a meeting with General manager Neil Broughton it was quickly decided that the Grove was without a doubt a very suitable venue.
As a result of the coverage the game will be moved to a 12.30pm kick off.
We caught up with Director of Football Keith McKenna who was obviously delighted with the BBC’s decision. “This is a great day for everyone associated with Halesowen Town FC and helps raise the profile of the club and the Town of Halesowen itself. We are very much looking forward to the game and can only thank the BBC for choosing us to feature on their famous FA Cup football channel.''
The Yeltz were already anticipating a bumper crowd for this game and the added bonus of the TV cameras will only serve to highlight its importance with both teams battling to be in the draw for the 4th qualifying round and just one game away from the lucrative 1st round proper.
We would also like to go on record to thank Altrincham FC for agreeing to the kick off time switch.
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are looking for half a dozen volunteers to help us fork the pitch and replace divots after our home games at the Grove.
This will be on a voluntary basis but we will make sure you get a drink and some food in the bar following the game.
If you are willing to help please let one of the club staff know at tomorrow’s game.
Yeltz Groundsman receives commendation
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are extremely proud to announce that groundsman Anthony Brettle has been commended for his work By the FA at this year’s Groundsman of the Year ceremony that took place at St. George’s Park.
Ant was commended at both Southern League level and all clubs within Steps 3 and 4.
The Grove has seen massive investment and work over the last couple of season’s and Ant’s hard work is now starting to pay dividends and we are sure all Yeltz fans will agree that Ant's awards are thoroughly deserved.
New Physio arrives
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that Bradley Thomas has joined the club as our new Physiotherapist.
Brad completed his degree in sports therapy and rehabilitation in 2012 and has worked in Non-League football ever since. Starting off at Evesham United Brad then joined Paul Smith at Bromsgrove Sporting before having spells at Montpellier and Littleton in the Midlands Football League. He has also spent time with the Bristol Rovers centre of excellence as well as working alongside the Worcester Wolves basketball team and several football ‘legends’ games. He has also set up and is running his own private injury practice.
Welcome to the Yeltz Brad.
Physio Leaves the Yeltz
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that club Physio Gavin Blackwell has this morning left the Yeltz.
Gavin first moved to Halesowen Town in 1989 in order to take up a position at his boyhood club.
During his first spell with Halesowen Town he went on to gain promotion to the Southern League Premier, lift the Worcestershire Senior Cup and Birmingham Senior Cup as well as reaching the FA Cup First Round on four separate occasions.
In 2017 Gavin made his return to the Yeltz with whom he has now clocked up well over 800 games in the dugout.
We would like to thank Gavin for all his help over the years and wish him well for the future.
Finn’s in Town
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce that Finn the fabulous has agreed to be our mascot for our friendly against Stourbridge on July 20th.
Finley has been poorly off and on for nearly 3 years now but has befuddled the experts until recently when a gene test enabled them to diagnose him with haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). He is not A typical of the disease which is why diagnosis was so tricky, but also why we are lucky that he is still here! However, the medication he is on (steroids & immunosuppressant) won't keep him alive indefinitely & his only hope of a cure is chemotherapy & a stem cell transplant. This isn't a guarantee, but it's a chance we are clinging to! However there are only 2% of the UK & 0.4% of the world on the stem cell register.
Just to make him extra special, Finn has a rare tissue type which will make finding him a donor even trickier. To become a donor, it means filling out a form & taking 3 swabs from the inside of the cheek. If you are lucky enough to be a match for someone, in 90% of cases, it's as easy as giving blood, the cells are extracted & you get the blood back. In less than 10% of cases, it involves a small operation to extract from the bone marrow. This is all it takes to potentially save a life! Anyone of reasonable health & aged 17-55 can join the register & be a life saver in waiting either by going to DKMS.org.uk or by coming to our donor drive.
We are inviting football fans, players and staff from Halesowen, Stourbridge and beyond to come to the game and becoming a donor.
We will have volunteers at the game from 12.30pm on the 20th so please come and take the swabs and see if you are a match for Finn the Fabulous or anyone else that is in need of a donor.
A message from Karen Brookes 28th June 2019.
Ladies and gentlemen, firstly may I apologise for the delay in announcing the outcome of the badge vote (I have been extremely busy with my day job and I needed to discuss with my partner in crime). I would like to thank everyone who took the time to contact me and to register a vote.
The voting has been neck and neck all through the process, I have now had the opportunity to count and re-count all the qualifying votes that were sent to me by the 24th May deadline.
The result is a tie of votes between the old and current badge (91 votes each).
Having discussed today with Keith we have decided, that the current badge will remain on the kit.
I know some of you will be disappointed by this decision but given the financial costs involved in replacing the kits across all teams (including the junior teams), all signage and other branded materials, we have decided that it is cost prohibitive at this time. Importantly also 50% of our fans that voted wanted the current badge to remain.
However, in recognition of how important this issue is to our fans, we will be offering a range of ‘retro’ merchandise i.e. T-shirts, Polos, Caps, sweatshirts, jackets etc that will feature the old badge (which has already been recreated by our supplier to enable this).
We may also consider offering a sublimated supporters kit for the 2019-20 season that will be in the style of the current home kit but with the old badge. This would be subject to us having firm orders of at least 30 to fulfil our suppliers’ minimum order requirements. These must be ordered and paid for in advance and currently have a lead time of 4-6 weeks for delivery. Details of this offer will be available soon – watch this space.
I hope you will get behind Paul Smith, John Snape and the management team and playing squad as we look to get this great club back where it belongs.
Up the Yeltz
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are pleased to announce the return of a familiar face to the club.
Steve Evans returns as our Official Club Photographer, a position he held for many years before leaving in 2014 to follow the fortunes of his son ex-Yeltz goalkeeper Paul Evans.
The Yeltz have been without an Official Photographer since Craig Harrison left us and Steve's arrival will give the club great visual media.
We welcome Steve back to the Grove.
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are pleased to announce their pre-season friendly line up ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Amongst others, the Yeltz welcome to the Grove National League side Solihull Moors who narrowly lost in the play-off semi finals.
Kidderminster Harriers of the National League North will also be visiting us along with a tasty No.9 derby friendly at home to Stourbridge.
We have a couple more friendlies to confirm, but this is the list so far.
Saturday July 6th 3pm Solihull Moors (H)
Tuesday 16th July 7.30pm Boldmere St. Michaels (A)
Saturday 20th July 3pm Stourbridge (H)
Saturday 27th July 3pm Kidderminster (H)
Tuesday 30th July 7.45pm Alvechurch (H)
We are confident that the quality of opposition we will be facing in these friendlies will hold us in good stead for the season ahead and we are sure all Yeltz fans will get behind Paul Smith and the team from the off.
Step 4 League allocations
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that they have been allocated provisionally into the Southern League Division One Central at step 4 of the league pyramid for the forthcoming 2019-2020 season.
Joining the Yeltz next season will be AFC Dunstable, Aylesbury United, Barton Rovers, Bedford Town, Bedworth United, Berkhamstead, Biggleswade, Coleshill Town, Corby Town, Daventry Town, Didcot Town, Kempston Rovers, Kidlington, North Leigh, St. Neots Town, Thame United, Wantage Town, Welwyn Garden City and Yaxley.
There will be a few new grounds for many of the Yeltz faithful to visit next season as we look to push for promotion under the leadership of Paul Smith.
We managed an early catch up with Paul who stated ‘’we go into the coming season in a new league. One we aim to be challenging in the upper echelons of. With that expectancy, the size and history of our club bring new hurdles. We become a big fish. Hurdles my staff and players look forward to tackling immensely.’’
This allocation will be subject to final Southern League approval at the AGM
The end of a long and tough season that sees us relegated. We are now working hard on planning for next season in terms of appointing the right management team at The Grove, with the view to seeking to bounce back into the premiership at first attempt.
Additionally, the work on the pitch (verti-draining; seeding/feeding and completion of the sprinkler system) and ground improvements (new gents, ladies/disabled toilet facilities) commence in earnest this week.
May I take this opportunity of thanking all our loyal fans for continuing to support the team and football club both home and away despite our poor results. This season we have seen a 25% increase on attendances which is a credit to you all and is very much appreciated by Keith and myself.
Many of you will remember at the beginning of this season I gave a commitment on behalf of Keith and myself that we would put to the vote the ‘badge’ for our football club. I am therefore making good on this promise to allow all fans to register their vote on whether they wish to:
1. Retain the current, relatively new badge -
2. Revert to the old badge -
As I advised at the recent Fans Forum - given we purchase the kits for two seasons (2018/19 and 2019/20) due to the significant expense, any change in the badge would not appear on ‘players kits’ until 2020/21 season, though clearly if the decision was to revert to the old badge (2) we could ensure that all shop sales/orders, for fans, had this badge on for next season (2019/20).
Each fan has one vote and should forward an email to:
Indicating in the subject header of your email either: Badge 1 (Retain the current, relatively new badge) or Badge 2 (Revert to the old badge) and provide your details in the body of the email - name; address. If this information is not included the vote will be invalid.
Deadline for registering your vote is:
24th May 2019
If anyone does not have access to an email account please personally hand in your vote at the presentation evening on the 4 May 2019 (voting box will be provided) or post your vote to the club address by Friday 24th May 2019:
FAO Miss Karen Brookes
Halesowen Town Football Club 1873 Limited
Old Hawne Lane
All votes will be counted and the outcome notified by Tuesday 4 June 2019.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to let me know.
Chairman & Director
Halesowen Town Football Club
New Vice President appointed
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce that John Slater has been appointed to the position of Vice President.
John has been involved with the club for 34 years having joined in 1984 and has of late been the club matchday treasurer and a very popular figure at the Grove.
John joins Robert and Ron Moseley, Mick Serdetschniy, Stuart Tildesley and the late Bob Tromans as Club Vice Presidents and Colin Brookes continues as Club President.
Many congratulations John on your appointment.
Chaplain returns to the Yeltz
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have tonight welcomed the Reverend Ken Hipkiss back to the Yeltz as Club Chaplain.
Mr. Hipkiss will offer both spiritual and emotional wellbeing to players and supporters alike. He was a comfort to Dot in her final days and took the service when Doc Jones passed.
We hope you will all welcome Ken back in his honorary role.
Mr. Hipkiss pictured in his days as West Bromwich Albion's Chaplain
Hinks Joins the Academy
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are pleased to announce Steve Hinks as our new Academy Manager.
Hinks bring a wealth of experience to the Yeltz and will be looking to strengthen the Academies intake for the coming season.
Well respected as a UEFA qualified coach Hinks brings with him a no nonsense approach which made him an admired coach throughout non-league.
Steve Hinks during his Barwell days (Picture courtesy of Barwell FC)
NEW INVESTOR ANNOUNCED
Saturday 24th February 2018
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce the name of their new investor unveiled on the pitch at half time at today’s 3-2 win against Matlock Town.
Ex Halesowen Town player and current Youth Team Manager Keith McKenna joined Chairwoman Karen Brookes on the pitch as Black Country Radio’s Adam Parkes Introduced Keith to the Yeltz faithful as the new investor and part owner of Halesowen Town Football Club.
Birmingham based Businessman Keith is no stranger to Yeltz fans young and old and has recently brought success to our Youth team who, along with other members of the Youth management team, gained promotion last season to the Midlands Floodlit Youth League Premier Division where they sit in a very respectable 4th position following the 2-0 win over local rivals Stourbridge FC last week.
All parties are hoping to have everything complete by the end of March meaning the club will have new owners by the end of the season.
NEW INVESTOR TO BE UNVEILED
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that after lengthy discussions they are in a position to name the investors that are in place to complete the purchase of the club.
Halesowen Chair Karen Brookes will be making the announcement exclusively on the pitch with Black Country Radio’s Adam Parkes before the game against Matlock Town FC on Saturday 24th February.
This is an exciting chapter in the history of our great club and we would encourage as many of you to join us on Saturday as possible to share in this great news.
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB Chairperson Karen Brookes has some very exciting and important club news to convey to you all so we’d recommend you come to the Grove tomorrow for the game against Rushall Olympic.
Karen will be on hand before, after and even during the game to let you all know the news and answer any questions that she can.
Karen held an Interview on Black Country Radio with sports presenter Adam Parkes.
During the interview Karen revealed that she had been in talks with a second investor with regards to buying the club.
Karen also mentioned that she has been in communication with the current owners and they had agreed to sell the club and the offer had been accepted.
It is hoped now that everything will move at quite a pace as all parties are hoping to get the deal complete by the end of February.
Further to the Fans Forum on Sunday 14th January 2018 It has been agreed that the club will set up a Crowd Funding page to raise the funds necessary to allow the Brookes family and the fans to gain control of the club.
A Crowd funder has now been set up, please support your club and give what you can to secure the future of Halesowen Town Football Club.
Go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/halesowentown to view and donate
Fans Forum Update
Following on from the Fans Forum held at the Grove on December 19th 2017 Halesowen Town Chairman Karen Brookes is now in a position to update fans with the latest progress.
The latest Fans Forum will be held in the James Grove Lounge at the Grove on Sunday 14th January 2018 commencing at 12.30pm.
As well as Karen's statement fans will also be welcomed to ask any questions you may have.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Fans Forum - Message from Karen Brookes
As I have been walking around the ground at home and away matches chatting to fans they have expressed that they are keen for greater transparency and openness concerning such things as: the running of the Club, our finances, ongoing ground developments, on the pitch performance and our future. They also advised me that they would appreciate the opportunity to ask questions.
Therefore, I will be holding a fans forum at The James Grove Lounge on Tuesday 19 December 2017 @ 18.45pm.
I would welcome as many fans coming along as possible, as I need as many fans behind the Club and supporting us if we are to move forward in the manner we would wish.
I will ensure we put some cobs / nibbles on and I will put £200 behind the bar, when it’s gone it’s gone (one drink each fan).
So if you really care about your Club come along and support us on Tuesday 19 December 2017.
Best regards, Karen Brookes
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have received notification from the FA today regarding a flare thrown from the Halesowen Town section of supporters during the Northern Premier League Premier game against Stourbridge on Saturday 7th October 2017.
The Football Association has considered the matter and will not be taking any formal disciplinary action against the club on this occasion. However, we have been advised that the club could face disciplinary action if further reports of spectator misconduct are received and the FA will reserve the right to refer to this current matter in such circumstances.
The club would like take this opportunity to reiterate that Supporters should be aware that any form of pyrotechnic (flares, smoke bombs, fireworks etc) are banned at football matches and use of these at a match (whether in the ground or not) is a criminal offence and can lead to ejection, arrest, criminal record and a banning order.
Halesowen Town will continue to work alongside Stourbridge to identify any offenders and accept the Football Association’s ruling.
The Football Association now considers this matter to be closed and the club will not be commenting further on this incident.
The club's position on pyrotechnics following the events at Stourbridge.
There were incidents during the game at the War Memorial Athletic Ground on Saturday where two flares were thrown onto the pitch after a goal from each team, one blue and one red, one striking a Halesowen Fan.
The club will be working with Stourbridge Football Club, K2 Security and West Midlands Police.
The club are investigating the incidents and if Halesowen Town Football Club supporters are identified as being responsible then appropriate steps will be taken.
If anybody can provide information regarding these incidents please contact the club at email@example.com
We have been in contact with the injured fan over the weekend and are awaiting her instructions.
THE VAST MAJORITY OF OUR FANS SUPPORT THE CLUB IN THE RIGHT WAY - LET'S KEEP IT LIKE THAT!
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have been notified of claims of abusive comments made against an opposition player during yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Sutton Coldfield Town.
The comments were allegedly made following Daniel Bragoli's red card and were aimed at the injured player, James Beresford.
The club would like to apologise to James and everyone at Sutton Coldfield Town and will be investigating this matter further, taking relevant action where necessary.
Dot's funeral arrangements
Following Dot's passing on Wednesday we have been given the arrangements for her funeral.
Tuesday 29th August at 11.30 at the Two gates Ragged school church Cradley, Halesowen B63 2HY, then to Stourbridge crematorium at 12.20.
The wake will be at Laurels private club in Colleygate.
Dot expressed a wish that no black ties be worn, if anyone wishes to wear their Halesowen shirt or scarf then that is fine too, just no black ties.
It has been requested that there be no flowers, but a donation made to her chosen charity which is for arthritis research, the club have set up a Just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dotharrold
This season would have been Dot's 60th year supporting the Yeltz, let's all give her the send off she deserves.....
''3 points to Wigan'' - Dot Harrold 17th May1943 - August 2nd 2017
Everyone at the club is saddened by the news that long time Yeltz fan Dot Harrold Lost her battle against illness in the early hours of Wednesday 2nd August.
Dot was one of the true characters of the club and anyone who had the good fortune to meet her certainly will have a lasting impression of her, and many a linesmen has gone away from the Grove with a flea in his ear.
Her illness and disability never saw her shy away from her love of her club and I am sure we all have a personal memory of her.
We will be looking to hold a minutes silence for her at our first home league game against Barwell on Tuesday August 15th, but I am sure, like us, you will hold a moments thought for her today.
Her funeral arrangements will be relayed to you all once we have them.