FIRST TEAM NEWS
Jack’s back holme
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are very pleased to announce the latest player to sign a contract and commit his future to the club.
Following on from yesterday’s announcement of the signing of Joe Palmer the Yeltz can now confirm that Jack Holmes has signed contract forms with the Club.
Jack joined the club originally on loan from Burton Albion having impressed against us in a Birmingham Senior Cup tie at the Grove and went on to become a fans favourite and made two substitute appearances in the 2019-20 FA Trophy run.
On re-signing for the Yeltz Jack had this to say, ‘’I’m excited to be signing another deal with Halesowen Town, they’re a great club and have shown me a lot of support. I can’t wait for the new season to get started and for the fans to be back watching us play!’’
‘’Jack is a little diamond,’’ Paul Smith stated, ‘’if covid hadn’t hit us, I honestly think he would be back in full time football by now. I’m delighted he has signed a deal for another year. A very very exciting prospect, another young, hungry and talented footballer that has committed to the club.
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Jack commits his future to the Yeltz
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce their first contract signing ahead of the forthcoming 2021-22 season.
Academy graduate Joe Palmer has signed a first team contract with the Yeltz.
Joe has impressed all the way through his time with the Academy, U-18’s and U-21 teams and thoroughly deserves his contract.
On signing his new contract Joe had this to say, ‘‘I am delighted to sign for the first team after being at the club since I was young. I have grown up playing for this club and I am excited and grateful to see where this will take me.’’
We caught up with Manager Paul Smith on his first signing ahead of the forthcoming season, ‘’this is a massive signing for the club, as Joe is the first player from our full time Academy to sign a contract at the club.
He is a local lad that has worked his way through our age groups. He has stood out in our under 18’s and our under 21’s, and has excelled in our Academy.
He is a fantastic finisher and will only get better.
There is no better proof of the pathway we are developing at the club, than an academy player signing a first team contract.
It just shows that our model is working.
I’m hopeful he will be the first of many going forward.’’
Director of Football Keith McKenna was full of praise for Joe’s progress, ‘’I am delighted to see Joe go through our footballing process and sign for the 1st team at such a young age. Congratulations.’’
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Joe Palmer signs his First Team Contract
The Gaffer Commits
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce that First Team Manager has committed his future to the Yeltz.
The beginning of the 2021-2022 season will be Paul Smith’s third at the helm at the Yeltz, but the global pandemic brought a premature halt to the previous two seasons, the 2019-20 being particularly frustrating with Halesowen Town heading towards a potential promotion and The FA Trophy semi-final moved from two legs to one.
His brand of football and quality of signings soon made Paul a very firm fans favourite.
On committing his future Paul had this to say, ‘’ I’m delighted to have agreed terms on another contract at this fantastic club. I’m a very ambitious Manager, and I am extremely lucky to have found owners and a club that share my ambitions.
Through no fault of our own it’s been a very frustrating couple of years since I arrived, although we already have some fantastic memories to cherish, all that has made us even more determined to bring success to our amazing Yeltz faithful.
I have a very special relationship with the owners that continues to grow, that’s based on honesty, integrity and a desire to improve every facet of the football club year on year.
I feel we have done that but have so much more to do.
We all can’t wait for the new season to commence and continue our journey.’’
We caught up with Director of Football Keith McKenna, ‘’Great news that Paul has committed his future to Halesowen Town and really looking forward to working together to drive us up the leagues. Both Karen and I have been markedly impressed by the professionalism, dedication and organisation of the team and the staff under Paul’s guidance and we are privileged to have him on board. We are excited for the season ahead and can’t wait to get started.’’
We are sure all Yeltz Folk will be excited by this excellent news, we are sure we are in the right place to hit the ground running once the league season begins.
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New Assistant announced
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Assistant Manager.
Martin Sockett, ex Rugby Town and Redditch United Manager has agreed to join Paul Smith’s backroom staff as Assistant Manager.
On making the announcement Paul Smith had this to say, ‘’I’m delighted Martin is joining the club, I’ve worked with him for a number of years previously. He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and most importantly he is someone I can trust. He will come in now and work alongside myself, snapper and the coaching staff, he will then take on the full role once John leaves us at the end of May.’’
Upon his arrival Martin had this to say, ‘’ I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to work again with Paul, having had successful times working with him previously at Bromsgrove and Redditch. He is one of, if not the best Managers around. We have had a great working and personal relationship for a number of years. Added to that the opportunity to work together at such a great club as Halesowen is unbelievably exciting, and with the momentum which has already been created over the last two seasons, I hope I can bring my experience and knowledge to add to what has already been created, to get the club back in the upper echelons of non-league football where they belong.’’
Director of Football Keith McKenna added, ‘’Both Karen and I are delighted to welcome Martin to Halesowen and wish him every success. Great pedigree and a valuable addition to the backroom staff.’’
We are sure you will all join us in welcoming Martin to the Grove.
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Halesowen Town Football Club can confirm that defender Jamie Ashmore re-joins The Yeltz, after a short spell at Southern League Central Premier side Barwell where he made 7 appearances and scored once. Ashmore made 37 appearances for The Yeltz last season.
Welcome Home Jamie
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that George Forsyth has today accepted an offer from a national league side.
During his two spells with the Yetlz George pulled on the shirt 35 times, and despite missing most of last season through injury he came back strong at the beginning of this campaign.
We would like to thank George for his efforts while with us.
We will be retaining George's Southern League registration.
On Foz's departure Paul Smith stated, ''I’m disappointed to be losing George, especially as he has only recently returned from a long term injury. That said I understand his reasons. and this is a great opportunity for him. A fantastic lad who I hope does really well.''
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HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to welcome back a former fans favourite midfielder.
First Team Manager Paul Smith has moved to re-sign midfielder Ashley Sammons.
Sammons scored 9 goals for the Yeltz last season in 41 appearances including 2 goals in our historic FA Trophy run away at Evesham United and Bradford Park Avenue.
Ashley left the Yeltz to join Stratford Town at the beginning of the season but Paul Smith has brought him back in time for the re-start of the season.
‘’It was right at the time for Ashley to leave when he did, Smith stated, ‘’some of his decisions he made before he left were not acceptable. That said, I’ve been looking for a like for like replacement since he left and not even my black book has found one! He is that good. After talks to clear the air, it was clear he was desperate to return, and I was as eager to have him back. We have both learnt lessons and that’s what it’s all about. Welcome back Sammo.’’
Ashley added, ‘’ As the Gaffa explained, we have both learnt lessons and I’m buzzing to be back at Halesowen with the boys. I truly believe I have unfinished business here and I can’t wait to step out in front of the Yeltz fans once more.’’
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HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted that a Yeltz Academy student has come through the ranks and signed for the first team.
Striker Joe Palmer has signed forms for the first team after impressing in his time at the Academy, in a spell that also saw Joe break through into our youth and U-21 teams.
Indeed, Joe scored a hat trick in the U-21's 7-0 victory away at Bewdley Town.
This is a testament to Joe's hard work and shows the pathway available to all our Academy Students.
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HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have today signed a new player to ease the club's injury troubles.
Ex Solihull Moors and Leamington Front man Jordan Murphy has today signed and is available for tomorrow's FA Trophy clash against Corby.
Murphy began his senior career with Walsall and has also enjoyed spells at Worcester City, Kidderminster Harriers and Telford United.
This is what Manager Paul Smith had to say about his latest signing, ''Delighted to be able to sign someone of Jordan’s pedigree. Hugely experienced yet still only 24. He has been out the game with injury for a while but is now fully fit and raring to go.''
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HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have today dipped into the loan market as the first team squad has been depleted by Injury and suspension.
The Yeltz have today completed the loan signing of Melis Bushaj from Solihull Moors, Melis can play either as a left back or in central midfield.
Manager Paul Smith had this to say, ‘’ We have an injury list longer than I’ve ever had before. It’s ridiculous. We have struggled through over the last fortnight, but losing Josh Hawker on Saturday and now Macauley manning to tonsillitis means we now have 8 missing. Huge thanks to Jimmy Shan for letting us have Melis, and I hope to bring further reinforcements in in time for Saturday.’’
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HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can today confirm that following talks between Jamie Ashmore and Manager Paul Smith its been mutually decided that Jamie will be moving on to pastures new.
We would like to thank Jamie for all he has done in the time he has been here.
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Holmes is home
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce Jack Holmes has signed a contract for the club for the up coming season.
Jack became an instant fans favourite after he joined us on loan from Burton Albion and he featured in the latter stages of our FA Trophy run.
Manager Paul Smith had this to say about his latest signing, ''Jack is the best young prospect I have ever worked with. I rate him that highly. I'm delighted he has decided to continue his development with us.''
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can this morning confirm that Ashley Sammons has left the club following discussions with the management. We would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best going forward.
On Ash’s departure Manager Paul Smith stated, ‘’Ashley has been fantastic for us. Unfortunately for him there is some serious competition in the positions he wishes to play. Like any player he wants to play regularly, which unfortunately I can’t guarantee.
He moves on with my best wishes and thanks for all he has done.’’
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From U-21 to the first team it's a Shaw thing
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce that a U-21 team player has today signed first team forms with the Yeltz.
Midfielder Billy Shaw has come impressed Manager Paul Smith throughout his reign and has featured in the first team's pre-season scoring in the recent victory at Rocester FC.
We caught up with Paul Smith to discuss Billy's signing, ''Billy did very well last year within our youth set up, he deserved a chance this pre season, he has come in and not looked out of place amongst some very good midfielders. This is a fantastic opportunity for him to learn and push on. A top prospect.''
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Squad List 2020-21 Season
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm their squad list for the eagerly awaited 2020-21 season.
The majority of the null and void 2019-20 season squad have been retained with a few additions to strengthen and add competition to the squad.
Here is the squad in full:
Paul Smith can also confirm the retention of his backroom staff with John 'Snapper' Snape as Assistant Manager, Craig Nicholls as First Team Coach, Josh Coney as Goalkeeping Coach and new addition Anita Sargeant as Physio.
Sponsorship of players and staff will be available for the 2020-21 season, full details will be released soon.
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HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce that they have agreed terms and strengthened their defence ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Left footed centre half Ash Carter agreed terms following today’s open training session at the Grove.
Manager Paul Smith was quite obviously delighted with the club’s latest acquisition and stated, ‘’with Piggo moving on I felt it important to bring in a replacement. In Ashley we have a fantastic one. Naturally left footed which will add balance to our defensive options. I now feel the squad is complete.’’
We caught up with Ash to get his thoughts on signing for the Yeltz, ‘’ I’m delighted to have signed for the club, it is clearly heading in the right direction on and off the field which is something I’m looking forward to. I’m looking forward to enjoying football again and playing with some new and old faces. After a few offers and calls none stood out to me more than when I first spoke with Paul and it seems to be the perfect fit. I’m looking forward to the new season whenever that may be and focusing on getting the club back up the pyramid to where it should be.’’
Welcome to the Yeltz Ash.
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Flash, Bang Wallop what a signing
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce the signing of an exciting new striker from a highly ranked step 3 club.
Forward Richard Gregory has signed from Bromsgrove Sporting and agreed terms to join the Yeltz for the forthcoming season.
Rich scored 16 league goals as Bromsgrove’s captain last season and was a much sought after player by many clubs.
Manager Paul Smith was delighted to capture his signature, ‘’when Greg’s dropped me a line to say that he couldn’t agree terms with Bromsgrove, and was I interested I jumped at the chance. When a player of his calibre comes along it’s important you act. He is a fantastic player, the perfect fit for the target man I’ve been searching for….A massive coup for the club.’’
Rich was equally as excited to sign, ‘’ Really looking forward to linking up with the lads and I’m Looking forward to working with the Gaffa again. I’m really excited about what’s happening at the club, and hope to be a big part of the clubs future success.’’
We are sure you will join us in welcoming Rich to the Yeltz.
He wears a magic hat
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted that another player has agreed terms for the 2020-21 season.
Andy Parsons joined George Forsyth in signing following the first training session.
Parso quickly became a fans favourite in the expunged 2019-20 season and the Yeltz faithful will be delighted that he has committed his future to the club.
On signing Andy commented, ‘’I had one of my most enjoyable seasons ever and we have unfinished business. I can’t wait to be part of it. The fans and everyone at the club made me feel like I'd played for them for years this season and I cannot wait to see them all again!’’
Paul Smith was equally please with his latest signing, ‘’The life and soul of our dressing room party! A fantastic season last season and he has been set fitness targets throughout the summer that he has hit every time. Fantastic to have him back with us for another season.’’
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Foz signs up
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce the latest player to commit to the Yeltz for the eagerly awaited 2020-21 season.
Midfielder George Forsyth agreed terms following the squad’s first training session since lockdown and Paul Smith was delighted with his latest signing, ‘’I was excited when I signed George last summer. Unfortunately, he missed pretty much the whole season with injury. He is now back fully fit and will be like a new signing to us. What a big one it is.’’
Foz was equally delighted and commented, ‘’It was a no brainer to sign I can’t wait to give something back to the Gaffa and Snap for showing a lot of belief in me after a tough season with injuries but that’s all behind me now and It’s only made Me stronger mentally and hungrier to make this a successful season for the club.’’
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Double Yeltz signing
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce that two players have agreed terms ahead of the 2020-21 season, whenever that may be.
Joshua Hawker was the first to sign terms today, despite interest from other clubs, Paul Smith was quick to comment on Josh’s signing, ‘’Josh sometimes goes under the radar with his performances, but to those in the know he has been a crucial piece of the jigsaw over the last 12 months. It was very important to me that we retained Hawks and I’m delighted we have.’’
On re-signing Josh commented, ‘’I’m delighted to have re-signed back at Halesowen, one of the easiest decisions I’ve had to make during my time in football. The fans, everyone behind the scenes, the Gaffer and the boys. This club is special! Up the yeltz!!’’
Following hot on the heels of Hawker, the club are equally delighted Dan Westwood has signed terms for the upcoming season.
On his second signing of the day Paul Smith stated, ‘’Dan came in just before the season came to an abrupt end. His goal scoring record speaks for itself, and I’m confident he will score hatful’s of goals in our side.''
On completing his signing Dan stated, ‘’after watching what has happened to Halesowen from afar over the last twelve months it was a no brainer to sign. That though was cemented after I spoke with the gaffa. Fantastic opportunity and I can’t wait to get going.’’
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Player departs as another commits
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can today confirm that Jordan Piggott has decided to leave the club.
We would like to wish Jordan all the best for the future, and thank our 'Tipton Cafu' for playing his part in a special season.
Paul Smith commented, ''We offered Jordan a contract for this coming season and unfortunately he turned it down. I completely understand he wants to climb the levels, he has all the ability to do so, that said it's vital for our club's success we have players who want to be here. So we have agreed to part ways. Jord is a great lad and I'm sure he will do well going forward.''
In other news the club are delighted that striker Luke Yates has signed a contract for this forthcoming season after becoming a firm fan's favourite.
Manager Paul Smith was equally enthusiastic about his latest signing and stated, ''I am delighted we have Yatesy for another season. A fantastic talent still with so much improvement available to him. He will play another huge part this season.''
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HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that after a wonderful season it's been mutually agreed that Montel Gibson will be leaving the club now his contract has expired. Montel has been brilliant for us and we are sorry to see him go. We wish him all the best and hope to watch his career progress.
Following Montel's departure Paul Smith commented, ''Montel has a desire to get back into the pro game, I'm delighted we have been able to help him focus on his football, and give him a fantastic platform that he can now move up from. He leaves behind a fantastic group of players that I am actively looking to strengthen in the coming weeks.''
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Rob rolls in
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB continued their squad building for next season with the signing with a fans favourite centre half putting pen to paper.
Defender Rob Evans has joined McCone, Bunn, Hewitt and Cobourne to commit his immediate future to the Yeltz.
Evans quickly became a fans favourite and who will forget his worldie at Maidenhead United coupled with that pinpoint pass to set up Molyneux’s winner at Halifax.
Paul Smith was delighted to have captured Rob’s signature, ‘’ We call him our Rolls Royce. I’m sure the other defenders won’t mind me saying he is technically the best defender I’ve ever had. He is a pleasure to watch when he steps out and breaks lines. Delighted he has committed for another season. A fantastic player.’’
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HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce the latest player to put pen to paper for next season.
Striker Simeon Cobourne has today signed a contract to commit himself to the Yeltz for the 2020-21 season.
Sim pitched in with some very important goals for the Yeltz none more so than the winner at Barnet in the FA Trophy that will stay uppermost in the minds of everyone for many years to come.
Manager Paul Smith commented, ‘’Sim has stepped up to this level and took to it like a duck to water. He is a natural goalscorer that has made a massive impact to this side, and added hugely to the group as a lad since he arrived. He was top priority and I’m delighted he has agreed a deal.’’
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Reece signs up
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB would like to announce the latest player to sign a contract as Paul Smith builds his squad for the 2020-21 season
Attacking midfielder Reece Hewitt becomes the third player to put pen to paper on a contract for next season.
''Before his operation Reece was arguably our best player,'' Paul Smith stated, ''a player I’ve had for a number of years and he is still getting better and better. To have him back fully fit for a full season will be huge for us.''
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Second player commits to the Yeltz
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to have secured the services of a fans favourite on contract for the 2020-21 season.
Midfield general Robbie Bunn joins captain Paul McCone in committing his immediate future to the Yeltz.
‘’No surprise to me that Robbie has been one of our most consistent performers this season,’’ said Manager Paul Smith, ‘’this being his first season at the club and the fans love him already. People forget how young he still is. Fantastic player and person it’s great to have him back on board for next season.’’
We hope to bring you news of more players committing over the next few weeks.
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Skipper commits to the Yeltz
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce the first player to commit his future to the Yeltz.
Club captain Paul McCone has agreed contract terms until the end of the 2020 - 21 season. Our no-nonsense number 5 has been a massive influence on the squad so far this season and Paul Smith was more than keen to secure his services going forward.
‘’I was very surprised to have the opportunity to sign Paul in the summer,’’ Paul Smith commented, ‘’I knew how good he was. What he has done has surpassed even my expectations. He has been outstanding so far this season, and has led the players brilliantly. It was crucial to me and the club to get the skipper tied down, I'm delighted to have done that. He will be the first of a number of players I'm looking to get deals agreed with in the coming weeks.’’
We asked Macca for his reasons on committing for the next term, ‘’ When the opportunity came to join Halesowen at the start of this season it was one I grabbed with both hands. The way the season has gone so far, it is a testament to what the gaffa, snapper and his team bring to the club, so to stay on for the forthcoming season was a no brainier for me. Hopefully we can keep moving forward with the support from the amazing fans, the 12th man has been incredible this season. I personally can’t thank them enough for making me and my family feel so welcome. I can’t wait to get back playing and hopefully as a team, we can get the club back up the leagues where it belongs.’’
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HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have completed the signing of a prolific striker.
Paul Smith has captured the signature of 29 year old Dan Westwood.
Westwood joined West Midlands League Premier Division side Shifnal Town at the end of November 2019. He had two spells with Total Motion Midland League Premier Division outfit Sporting Khalsa and scored over 100 goals in two seasons for Wolverhampton Sporting.
Westwood has also played higher in the non-League Pyramid with AFC Telford United and Stafford Rangers.
On Dan's signing Paul Smith commented, ''Dan is a natural goalscorer, with the amount of games we have remaining if and when the league recommences he will play a vital part in the run in.''
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to have secured loan extension of exciting young striker Jack Holmes from his parent club Burton Albion until the end of the season.
Jack has so far scored once in six Yeltz appearances since impressing Manager Paul Smith in our Birmingham Senior Cup tie against Burton Albion in January.
Paul Smith commented, ‘’Jack has made a huge impact on our group since arriving. I’m delighted to have him here until the end of the season. He will play a big part.’’
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Young Brewer joins the Yeltz
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to have captured the services of a young striker from a Sky Bet League one team.
Burton Albion youngster Jack Holmes joins the Yeltz on an initial one-month loan, subject to league and FA confirmation, after impressing Manager Paul Smith when the Brewers visited the Grove recently in the Birmingham Senior Cup.
On completing the loan signing of the young Brewer Paul Smith had this to say, ‘’We played Burton a week ago. They had some fantastic young talent on display. I was really impressed. One stood out above the rest and that was young Jack. He was outstanding. I’m sure he will make a huge impact. Many thanks to Dan Robinson at Burton for his help with this. My hope is going forward our clubs can forge a closer relationship.’’
We welcome Jack to the Grove.
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have today recalled Isai Marselia from his loan spell at Sutton Coldfield.
During his time there he has scored 16 goals in 24 starts.
On his recall Paul Smith commented ''Isai has done brilliantly at Sutton, playing at our level and scoring regularly, in a side that without being disrespectful, are having a challenging season. He will give us another fantastic option going into a very busy second half of the season.''
Lewis on loan
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can today confirm that Lewis Wright has joined step 3 side Alvechurch on loan.
Lewis was one of Paul Smith’s first signings in the summer making 5 starts and 8 substitute appearances, scoring one goal, the winner against Dereham Town in the FA Trophy in September.
Paul Smith added, ‘’Lewis is still very much part of our plans, he has found pitch time hard to come by in between various niggles recently. He is now fully fit but needs minutes to get back to full sharpness. This arrangement with our friends at Alvechurch benefits all parties.’’
The loan is initially until January 28th and we wish Lewis all the best in his spell there.
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to welcome back an attacking midfielder and former fan’s favourite to the squad.
Ahmed Ali re-joins the Yeltz and will be available for selection for Saturday’s game against Aylesbury United subject to League ratification. He is also available for our forthcoming FA Trophy game against Maidenhead United.
Ali joined us in 2018 and scored 4 goals in 21 Yeltz appearance with the most remembered being the winner in the 1-0 win over Stourbridge in March 2018.
Paul Smith was delighted to team up with Ahmed once more, ‘’Ahmed is a fantastic footballer who I have worked with on numerous occasions before he went to Qatar. As soon as he made me aware he was returning it made perfect sense to bring him in on the back of losing Reece Hewitt. It's one thing signing players when you are struggling. It's another when you can add a player of Ahmed's quality to an already impressive squad who are flying. He will improve us again. Huge thanks to Keith and Karen, who as ever have helped get this over the line.’’
We are sure you will all join us in welcoming Ahmed back to the Grove.
Striker off to Church
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that stiker Ethan Jones has today left the club to join Alvechurch.
Ethan has made 9 appearances for the Yeltz scoring once. Following Ethan's departure we caught up with Paul Smith who had these words about the departing striker, ''Ethan has had a stop start time with us with a number of niggling injuries. He is now back fit but the form of our strikers means he is finding game time hard to come by. We wish him all the best at Church.''
Simeon gives his thanks
With a couple of starts under his belt we caught up with new signing Simeon Cobourne for his thoughts so far, “I'm delighted to sign for such a fantastic club like Halesowen Town, Thanks to the gaffa who’s giving me the opportunity to play for the club with some very good players, I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds. The fans have been nothing but brilliant since I have joined the club, the welcome I have received has been amazing. Hopefully I can contribute with my goals and assist to help the team win the league and reach our full potential.''
Smith Bolsters his squad
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have today completed the signing of an attacking midfielder as Paul Smith prepares himself for the winter months at the Yeltz.
McKauley Manning, 22, has signed from Coventry United and is registered in time for inclusion in tomorrow’s squad against Grantham Town in the FA Trophy.
As another Macca joins us Manager Paul Smith had this to say, ‘’Macca is a player I know well from my short time at Highgate United. He will be the first to admit he hasn't yet reached the levels his talent deserves. He has settled down and has been very impressive at Coventry United this season. He deserves a chance at our level. Can I thank Terry and all at Coventry United for their cooperation in this.’’
New striker is a treat for the Yeltz
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce the signing of Simeon Cobourne from Romulus.
Cobourne has scored 18 goals in 15 games so far this season. He has an impressive record of over 140 goals in his last 90 appearances. He will be available on Saturday pending league ratification.
After training tonight, we caught up with Paul Smith, ‘’Sim is a natural goal scorer, he has been prolific at step five and fully deserves a chance at step four. I’m delight he has chosen Halesowen Town as his destination. I have high hopes for him.’’
Striker joins the Reds
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can today confirm that Jamie Lucas has joined Redditch United on loan subject to FA approval.
Jamie departs on an initial one month loan with an option of an extension to the loan or a permanent move.
Jamie Joined us as part of the Paul Smith evolution in the summer but has struggled to hold down a regular place.
Striker leaves the Yeltz
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that this morning Paul Smith and Lee Hughes have mutually agreed that it would be best for both parties for Lee to move on.
Lee scored 13 goals in 51 appearances for the Yeltz, his goals and influence helped to keep us at step 3 during the 2017-18 season and had a ten-game spell as Player Manager towards the end of last season, sadly just one win and four draws were not enough to stave off relegation.
On Lee’s departure Paul stated ‘’Lee has been fantastic since I arrived at the club, a top player and he has helped immensely with the young squad we have here. I’m gutted he is moving on. I do completely understand though, he needs and wants to be playing week in, week out as he nears the end of his playing days. The form of others hasn’t allowed him to do that here. We wish him all the best going forward.’’
We are sure you will all join us in wishing Lee all the best for the future.
Lee in action against Bedworth last weekend
Dual registration for duo
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have today agreed the short-term dual registration of Kartel O’Neill-Martin and Isai Marselia to Highgate United in order to get game time within Paul Smith’s squad.
Paul commented ‘’It’s important that the players on the fringes of the starting 11 are playing games and are staying sharp ready for their chance. Highgate are a club I know well and with good people involved. It’s a perfect short-term fix.’’
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that after impressing during pre-season and training Jordan Piggott has now signed for the Yeltz.
Locally born Jordan, 20, began his footballing career with West Bromwich Albion before moving north of the border to join Dundee in 2017 and was signed by East Fife on loan later that year.
On his release from Dundee Piggott then Joined Bangor City in the Welsh second division.
Paul Smith had this to say about his new signing. ‘’I am really pleased that International Clearance has now been cleared. Jordan has great ability to play in a number of positions. His versatility will be a big plus for us.’’
Jones has been gone too long
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have today completed the signing and return to the Yeltz of forward Ethan Jones subject to international clearance.
Local born Ethan, 21 began his career with Shrewsbury Town and has also enjoyed spells at Tranmere Rovers, Stourbridge, Newtown and enjoyed a short spell with us scoring once in 9 appearances.
On his latest signing Paul Smith Stated ‘’Ethan has arrived late into our pre-season, although a little behind the others fitness wise his quality has really stood out. A strong powerhouse of a striker, that offers us another dimension in the final third.’’
Young midfielder departs
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have today agreed to release young midfielder Luke Rowe.
Luke, 18, recenty joined us from Coventry City and Paul Smith had this to say on his departure. ‘’Unfortunately due to the impressive performance of others in his position, he has found time limited since arriving. He is looking to play week in week out, so i've reluctantly let him go. someone will be getting a good footballer and a great lad. Good luck Luke.’’
On the dotted line
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce that Montel Gibson has tonight signed a contract with the club.
With six goals in his last two games, including four at Boldmere St. Michaels Paul Smith acted swiftly.
Paul was obviously very excited when we caught up with him tonight. ‘’Montel’s performances in both training and matches to date have been of the highest standard. I know he had the ability but needed to check that he now had the application and desire. With a number of clubs already expressing an interest it was important to secure his services as part of this talented squad.’’
We have today caught up with Montel who had this to say ''Firstly I just want to say a big thank you to the Gaffer and to the club for giving me this opportunity. I'm delighted to sign for such a good club and really look forward to getting us back to where we deserve to be. The fan base is fantastic and I am looking to excite them. I have worked with the gaffer before and he always believed in me and I know he can get the best out of me. When he offered me the contract I was over the moon and cannot wait to repay his faith in me.''
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to welcome back last season’s leading scorer.
Paul Smith has brought back Lee Hughes to offer some experience and fire power to the Yeltz.
Lee has scored 13 goals in 49 appearances and ended last season not only as the club’s leading goal scorer with 10 goals but was also the Yeltz Player Manager.
On his latest signing Paul Smith stated ‘’Lee’s pedigree is therefor all to see. His record speaks for itself. He still has plenty of goals left in him. He also wants to help improve the young crop of strikers we have signed. If they listen and learn he will help them no end. His experience and knowledge is gold.’’
New signing and one returns
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can today confirm two more additions to the squad.
Paul smith has moved swiftly to sign a goalkeeper and bring back a player from last season.
Goalkeeper Bradley Catlow Becomes the second keeper to Join the Yeltz having previously played under Paul Smith at Highgate United.
A giant of a player Brad will be a commanding figure in the box.
The Yeltz are also delighted to welcome back Kartel O’Neill-Martin. Attacking midfielder Kartel was a product of our very successful Youth team. After breaking into the first team and scoring on his debut Kartel played for Stafford Rangers and Rushall Olympic before returning to the Yeltz at the tail end of last season.
On his latest two signings Paul Smith commented ‘’Brad is a keeper I worked with at Highgate United for a short period of time. I’m delighted now to have committed goalkeepers at the club. On meeting all of last years squad individually Kartel’s attitude stood out. A great talent that deserves to be part of the club going forward.’’
Double Yeltz signing
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce a double signing this evening.
Montel Gibson is an exciting young striker who most recently played for Bedworth United.
Gibson, 21, began his footballing career with Notts County making five league appearances for the Magpies. This was followed by spells at Ilkeston Town and Redditch United before joining Bedworth in 2018.
The Yeltz have also signed wide midfielder Reece Hewitt. Reece has played for Bromsgrove Sporting, Redditch United and Highgate united.
We caught up with Manager Paul Smith to comment on the latest signings, on Montel he stated ‘’Monts is a player I worked with at the beginning of last season. Ability wise he is right up there. His issue was separating his social life with his football. He has this now under control and if so, he will be a massive asset for us.’’
On Reece, Paul stated ‘’Reece played a huge part in my successful Bromsgrove Sporting side. He has recently had a back operation and is now back to full fitness. I’m sure he will excite the Yeltz Faithful.’’
Midfielder added to growing squad
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have quickly moved today to secure the services of a highly rated and much sought after midfielder.
Ashley Sammons has joined us today having previously played for Rushall Olympic.
Solihull born Sammons, 27, began his footballing career with Birmingham City coming through the Academy and youth team ranks before making one first team appearance in the League Cup, during his time with the Blues Ashley also represented England at U-17 level.
Ashley has also played for Hereford, Worcester City and Solihull Moors, but his most successful spells have been for Redditch United where he made over 100 appearances scoring nearly 50 goals.
On the club’s latest signing Paul Smith stated ‘’Ash is a player of huge talent and ability, a massive signing for the club who will play a major part in what we are trying to do.’’
Bunn’s a keeper
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to unveil their latest signing.
Paul Smith has moved swiftly to secure the services of goalkeeper Brendan Bunn from Coventry United.
Bunn has previously played for Highgate United and Bromsgrove Sporting.
Paul Smith was extremely pleased to secure a keeper and stated ‘’Brendan is a young keeper I have had a couple of times before. He won’t mind me saying on both occasions I didn’t think he was ready. He has now had a tremendous season playing for Coventry United. I now think it’s his time. He will be one of two keepers we will sign. It is vital we have competition in all positions including in goal.''
Yeltz capture midfield dynamo
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce our latest signing Robbie Bunn, he joins us on contract for an undisclosed fee from Redditch United.
He was voted Players player, and supporters player of the year last season. There were a number of clubs in for Robbie, and we are delighted he has decided to join us.
We caught up with Paul Smith just prior to the signing being announced ''firstly and most importantly my thanks to both Keith and Karen. I identified Robbie as a target and they have backed me. Without their support this signing wouldn't have been possible.
I can count on one hand the midfielders I saw last season at step 3 that are as good as Robbie. A tremendous talent and a great lad who I'm sure will prove to be a significant signing for us.''
Smith adds to midfield
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that today they have added to their ever-growing squad.
Experienced midfielder Josh Hawker Joins the Yeltz having started his playing career with Birmingham City.
Hawker, 25 has also played for Leamington, Hereford, Rushall Olympic and more recently Redditch United.
On his latest signings Paul Smith Commented ‘’Josh had a disrupted season through injury last year. He played the last dozen games for me after I signed him from Rushall, he was fantastic. That was only part fit. He is 100% now and I am excited about this one.’’
Up and down the Stourbridge Road
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are tonight delighted to announce the signing of an experienced defender.
We have tonight signed ex-Stourbridge captain Paul McCone who is seen as a massive coup for the Yeltz.
Centre Half McCone left Telford to rejoin Stourbridge back in 2017. McCone is dropping down a division to sign with Paul’s growing squad.
On the signing a delighted Paul Smith commented ‘’To attract a player of Paul’s calibre shows where we are going as a club.’’
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are pleased to announce the return of an attacking player from last season.
Jamie Molyneux has rejoined the Yeltz following his spell with us last season where he scored once in 6 appearances.
On Jamie’s arrival Paul Smith stated ‘’Jamie is an experienced attacking player that I’m excited about working with. He will cause a lot of problems for the opposition. A great addition to an ever improving group.’’
Smith finally gets his man
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to have secured the services of a striker who has been on Paul Smith’s radar for a long time.
Jamie Lucas has joined us on contract having previously played for Weston-Super-Mare, Bath City and Brackley as well as loan spells at Gloucester City, Boreham Wood and Woking.
Welsh born Lucas, 23 started his footballing career with Bristol Rovers making four first team appearances.
Paul smith was keen to point out why Lucas was such a target ‘’All managers are after a couple of strikers that will get you 25-30 goals a season. Jamie has all the tools to achieve this.’’
Yeltz Back line confirmed
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have again moved swiftly today to secure the signings of two experienced targets.
Rob Evans and Andy Parsons have both joined Paul Smith’s growing squad.
Centre half Evans is another of Paul Smith’s old players from the Trico stadium and having joined them from Coleshill Town, a no nonsense, solid central defender Rob will be a perfect fit at the Yeltz.
Andy Parsons completes the centre half duo alongside Evans in another ex-Redditch United pairing, Parsons was at Alvechurch when they successfully gained back to back promotions and is another solid uncompromising player.
On welcoming the players to the Yeltz Paul Smith commented ‘’Rob is a cultured centre half who won a Player of the Year award for Redditch United last year. Another player that fits the mould of the type of player I’m after. Parso brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. He is the life and soul of the dressing room. His comedy value is as important to me as his footballing ability.’’
Squad taking shape as Smith adds two more
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm the addition of two more players as Paul Smith looks to build his squad for the upcoming 2019-20 season with the signing of two experienced defenders.
James Bowen and Jamie Ashmore are joining the Yeltz to form a solid partnership at the back that will form the backbone in what will hopefully become a swift return to step three.
Attacking full back Bowen, 23, last played for Redditch United and has had spells at Gloucester City, Hereford, Stafford Rangers, Solihull Moors and Leamington.
Birmingham born Bowen began his footballing career with League two side Cheltenham Town where he made four first team appearances.
Right Back Ashmore started his playing career with Walsall Football Club and has enjoyed spells at Sutton Coldfield Town, Alvechurch and Redditch United.
Jamie, like Bowen, likes to get forward at every opportunity giving support and service to the Yeltz front line.
Manager Paul Smith was delighted with the club’s latest signings ‘’On the back of securing Lewis right it’s great to get another top full back into the club. James has a great left foot and will play a huge part this season.’’ On Jamie he added ‘’Jamie played more games than most for me last season. His consistency in performance is outstanding. He is a winner and it’s important to have players like him at the club.’’
Yeltz in double swoop
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce two new signings ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Luke Yates has joined us on contract having had a successful season Alvechurch and Redditch United.
The talented 19-year-old wide attacking player has caught the eye of a few EFL clubs and played in a U-23 game for Sheffield United last year and is seen as the ideal number 10 player
The Yeltz have also moved swiftly to secure the services of defender Lewis Wright also on contract.
The 23-year-old has been on the books of Solihull Moors, Tamworth and Hednesford Town.
Paul Smith was delighted to be able to capture the young right-back with a number of sides looking to sign the Midlands based player.
On completing the two signings Manager Paul Smith stated ‘’I am delighted to have signed Luke again. He is a real talent with endless prospects. I’m confident he will become a huge fans favourite. Lewis was one of the best full backs at step 3 last year in my opinion. He offers us huge versatility as he can also play in a number of other positions. A quality addition.’’
There will be several more signings over the next few days as Paul looks to build his squad.
Smith’s first signing
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce Paul Smith’s first signing since he took charge of the Yeltz.
Paul has moved swiftly to sign George Forsyth on contract and beat off competition from several other clubs.
George who can play at both centre half and central midfield began his footballing career with Wolverhampton Wanderers and following a spell as a schoolboy at Shrewsbury Town joined Kidderminster Harriers.
Following a successful spell with the youth team Forsyth signed a contract with the Harriers and spent time out on loan to several clubs including a 16 game spell with the Yeltz in the 2015-16 season.
George signed for Gloucester City in 2017 and followed this up with a successful loan and then permanent move to Worcester City before signing for Stourbridge in early 2019.
Commenting on his first signing Paul Smith stated ‘’George is a player I’ve tried to sign on a number of occasions, unfortunately without success till now. He is a fantastic player and at a great age to learn and improve. I’m delighted we have beaten a number of clubs to his signature. To be attracting a player of George’s calibre shows the club is going in the right direction again.’’
Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks as more new signings appear on our website and social media channels.
Brags joins the 200 club
Club Captain Danny Bragoli recently joined the Yeltz's 200 club when he completed his 200th appearance away at Rushall Olympic.
Brags made his first competitive appearance in a Yeltz shirt at the beginning of the 2014-15 season and quickly became a fans favourite with his no nonsense approach. His father, wife and son Diego are regular visitors to the Grove and have witnessed his progress.
He took over the captain's armband soon after and showed his leadership skills to squad members young and old.
Danny joins an illustrious list of names in the 200 club including current Assistant Player Manager Asa Charlton.
Brags was presented with an engraved salver and a bottle of his favourite drink by his sponsor Tony Sprikuts, Karen Brookes and Keith Mckenna.