In Loving memory of Bill Beddow who played for the Baggies….
Bill’s son Chris has sold his late father’s memorabilia to family friend, Roger Harris, a lifelong Albion and Halesowen Town FC fan and through the kindness of his heart has donated the funds to the Club.
Chris sent a cheque for £450 which assisted in the purchase of our much needed new red mower. A very kind gesture from the family and very much appreciated but all at HTFC (especially our groundsman, Ant)
RIP – Bill Beddow.
The Northern Premier League has a bright future after striking up a deal with Wiseman Lighting to become its official lighting partner.
Wiseman are the leaders in setting new standards in sport lighting and were the first installers of LED sports floodlighting in the UK.
They work with clubs at all levels to deliver projects from inception to completion, including supporting clubs with sustainable and innovative financial solutions.
NPL chairman, Mark Harris, said: "We've been looking for a lighting partner for some time. Every year, we do a survey with all of our clubs to find out from them what sort of partnerships would meet the demand and lighting came very high this year.
"We have been looking for the right type of company over the years and we think Wiseman's is a perfect fit.
"It is beneficial to absolutely everybody. Our clubs benefit from superb service in terms of floodlight inspections, but more important the necessary guidance towards funding availability for LED systems and upgrades.
"From a league perspective, it is a great brand to be involved with and we look forward to growing it over many years."
The deal was officially launched ahead of Atherton Collieries' home game with Nantwich Town on Tuesday night, the first league game played under the new lights that Wiseman have installed at the Skuna Stadium.
A number of other NPL clubs have already also made enquiries with the new lighting partners.
Colls chairman, Paul Gregory, said: "Wiseman came recommended by the FA, we knew we needed new lighting and everything moved on quickly. They've been an absolutely brilliant company to deal with from start to finish.
"I can't believe what a difference the new lights have made. Before them it was a bit like watching football through a stocking! I would recommend Wiseman to every club in the football pyramid, they have been a fantastic company to work with, innovative and thoroughly professional."
Wiseman was established in 2013 by Harry Riste, who has more than 30 years experience in the industry.
They have installed LED floodlights across the football pyramid, as well as in other sports such as rugby, athletics, hockey and tennis.
On the partnership announcement, Harry Riste said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Northern Premier League who's ambitions to help and support their member clubs are aligned with our own business aims. The exceptional quality of the LED product we offer alongside our high level of support will allow clubs in the NPL to transition to the latest floodlighting technology with ease."
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce that Yeltz TV will again be fully operational for the forthcoming season.
Following Dan Carter’s departure, we can confirm that Kieran Corcoran has agreed to be behind the camera for the 2021-22 season.
Yeltz fan Kieran first came to everyone’s attention with his superb documentary, ‘’ The Final Whistle? (COVID 19 Stopping Play in Halesowen)’’ which he produced as part of his university course.
‘’It is so important that the fans and backroom staff have access to match highlights’’ General Manager Dave Hawley stated, ‘’when Dan Carter announced he would be leaving due to his family commitments we knew we had big shoes to fill, In Kieran I feel we have filled them, and we know he will bring his own personal touch to the highlights he produces.’’
‘’I am looking forward to the season ahead,’’ Kieran commented, ‘’this is a great football club with an amazing community and incredible fan base. After the success of the documentary, I am excited to get started and look forward to meeting everyone along the way. #uptheyeltz’’
This will be the third generation of Yeltz TV first started by Ben Bullock, Matt Ponter and Craig Harrison back in 2014 then Dan Carter in 2019.
We are sure you will all welcome and support Kieran in his new role.
If you haven’t already done so have a look at his documentary here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1xOpB1EF1A&t=15s
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Kieran interviewing Keith McKenna for his documentary
Double Yeltz departure
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that yesterday’s No.9 Derby was the last game for two from the club.
Assistant Manager John ‘Snapper’ Snape leaves us due to work commitments abroad.
25 goals in 283 appearances in the 90’s lifted Snapper to legend status with the Yeltz faithful, a status continued with the later generation of Yeltz fans when he re-joined the club as Paul Smith’s assistant in 2019.
The two seasons that followed were both interrupted by the Covid pandemic, but that FA Trophy run will forever stay in the minds of Yeltz fans and the non-league football world for a long time to come.
Also leaving us is Yeltz TV’s Dan Carter who leaves us after two years at the club.
Dan has lifted our highlights package to a whole new level and is up there with the best of non-league highlights shows as well as live streaming games for us.
Dan followed Paul Smith from Bromsgrove in the summer of 2019 and was very quick off the mark to show us the level of his work.
His whoop of delight when that Rob Evans shot hit the back of the net away at Maidenhead United and his highlights throughout the FA Trophy run means that these highlights will never go away.
Paul Smith took to Twitter to say, ‘’Mixed emotions today, fantastic to pick up silverware, but we say goodbye for now to Snaps and Danny Carter. A Manager tries to find people he can trust, believe me they are tough to find. I’d trust my life with these pair. Thank you for being in my corner.''
We are sure you will all join is in wishing Snapper and Dan all the best for the future.
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2021-2022 Club Allocations
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm that the allocations for the 2021-2022 season are now complete.
From next season we will be competing in the Northern Premier League Division 1 Midlands still at step 4 of the non-league pyramid, administered by the Pitching In Northern Premier League
Details of who our opposition are for the forthcoming season will follow.
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Trevor Argent Obituary
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB is saddened to hear news of the passing of ex-defender Trevor Argent who died on Thursday at the age of 80.
Born in 1940, Argent made his first appearance for the Halesowen Reserves at the age of 15 after he was pulled from the sidelines to make up the numbers. However, he would have to wait another three years to make his first team debut after he departed for Stourbridge in the summer of 1956.
A right-sided full-back or half-back, Argent proved more than capable against players double his age. In 1959 he returned to the Grove for his first stint among the Halesowen senior ranks. During his first two seasons he drifted in and out of the side before eventually settling into the full-back position. He became a regular feature during the first half of the 1961/62 campaign before Kidderminster Harriers requested his services in January 1962.
However, in an interview before his passing, Argent himself described his one season with the Harriers as a “disaster” and left shortly after. He played for Dudley and Lye Town before, in 1967, returning to Halesowen where he saw out his playing career. He made a total of 118 appearances.
After he hung up his boots in 1973, he coached Stourport Swifts and Oldswinford, but his affiliation with Halesowen did not end there. He retuned once more to the Grove as a scout for Stewart Hall and was responsible for the signing of two Yeltz legends, namely John Snape and Mark Bellingham. Argent was also an excellent cricketer and later chairman for Halesowen CC.
Former Yeltz chairman Ron Moseley said “Trevor was a good, true friend, someone you could always rely on to do the right thing, never afraid to take the lead driving ideas forward, and eager to offer support and encouragement.
“I was proud to have worked with him and have him on my team during my chairmanship. Trevor was a legend, a local lad who gave so much to and for local sport.
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Rest in peace, Trevor – memories of our good times will live on forever.”
Our thoughts are with Trevor’s family and friends at this sad time. A true Yeltz legend, may he rest in peace.
John Snape stepping down as Assistant Manager
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can today confirm that snapper will soon be leaving to lead an engineering project abroad for twelve months. He will remain as part of Paul Smith's backroom staff, supporting from afar.
We would like to wish him all the very best in his role and very much look forward to seeing him down the Grove on his return.
Snapper had this to say, ''my work commitments are taking me away for a short time, from a very special relationship I have with Halesowen Town and the Gaffer of this fabulous football club. I don't think I would ever get those matchday butterflies in the management side as I did as a player, but this club certainly has given me that over the past 18 months. I must step down in light of my working commitments knowing the club has fabulous owners in Karen and Macca, a pitch to die for, a squad of unbelievable quality, talent and character, led by a man manager who will stop at nothing to bring successful times to the Grove. I would like to thank everybody for the last 18 months and especially Paul for bringing me in. Finally I wish my replacement the best of luck at the football club.''
Paul Smith added, ''John has been instrumental in everything we have done at the club since arriving. It's been a pleasure working with him, a fantastic football man and an even better friend. I'm delighted he is stopping on, his input via video analysis of us and opposition will be another huge positive. An exciting new challenge awaits him abroad, and although I'm gutted to be losing him as my assistant, I'm equally delighted for him with this brilliant opportunity. We must now start the process of finding his replacement, huge shoes to fill.''
Anyone interested in the role as Assistant Manager to Paul Smith please send your details by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Montel the Mariner
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are extremely pleased to announce that an ex player has joined an EFL League two club.
Montel Gibson has today completed his signing to Grimsby Town of League 2.
Despite last season being declared null and void Montel scored 31 goals in 46 league and cup appearances and we are sure that this explosive form is what put Montel in the shop window and firmly on the radar at Blundell Park.
First Team Manager Paul Smith had this to say on Montel’s deal, ’’We are all delighted Montel is back in the full time game with Grimsby. He came in last preseason a bit of a lost soul, and having lost the love for the game.
What a turnaround in 12 months!
His hard work and commitment to our club, added to the coaching from our staff and love from the Yeltz faithful, have been the ingredients for him to showcase his undoubted talents.
He knows how much he means to the club and me personally.
I hope he continues to work hard, stay grounded, listens and learns. If he does, I’m sure he will thrive and go on to even bigger things.’’
We would like to put on record our thanks to Montel for all he achieved and we wish him well in the next chapter in his career.
FA competition rule change
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm a recent change in the rules for FA competition games which include the FA cup and FA Trophy regarding alcohol consumption within the ground.
From this season supporters will be permitted to take alcoholic drinks outside the bar providing that it is drank from a plastic cup.
All drinks served at the Grove for FA Cup competition games will be served in plastic glasses before and during the game.
No alcoholic drinks will be allowed in bottles or cans and none will be allowed to be brought into the ground. If anyone is found trying to bring alcohol into the ground it will be disposed of and the person bringing it in may be refused entry.
We will also challenge anyone in the ground trying to purchase or bringing their own alcohol into the ground to prove their age with a valid ID.
Our turnstile operators and Stewards reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol.
It is the intention of the club that everyone who visits the Grove enjoys the game and their time with us.