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
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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.