HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are saddened to hear of the passing of ex Halesowen Colts U-14 coach and longtime Yeltz supporter John Wilson.
John passed away on August 27th with his wife Sue and children Ross and Kate by his side.
John's son Ross was a regular player for our youth team in the early 2000's.
All at the club pass on our condolences to Sue, Ross, Kate and his grandchildren at this sad time.
Halesowen Town v Wolverhampton Casuals
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB would like to confirm the match details for the friendly game against Wolverhampton Casuals on Thursday 27th August 2020 7.45pm ko.
Although this game was originally to be all ticket there are approximately 60 tickets left for this fixture which will be made available to pay on the gate strictly on a first come first served basis, priced at £5 each, children under 12 years of age will be admitted free with a paying adult. The capacity for this game is 200.
For this fixture only the Old Hawne Lane turnstiles will be open and will close at 7.45pm prompt, no one will be admitted once the turnstiles are closed.
Once inside the ground fans are asked to observe social distancing measures and be patient when queueing at the café or in the bar.
The James Grove Lounge has a strict one way system in place which has been trialed over the last seven weeks. Due to restrictions only 24 people are allowed to sit inside the lounge at any one time, and once you have been served no standing is allowed inside.
Hand sanitising stations will be placed around the ground and if you decide to sit in the Harry Rudge stand please ensure you observe social distancing and only sit together with your own family or social bubble.
We hope you enjoy the game and have a safe visit to the Grove.
Up The Yeltz
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 Council Ratify non-league null and void decision
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB can confirm the FA council has met to discuss to decision to null and void the 2019-20 season.
The FA Council’s vote today was overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying the decision.
the statement from the FA can be read here http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/apr/09/fa-council-statement-090420
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FA Trophy suspended
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB have been informed by the FA that this season's competition is postponed until April 3rd, disappointing news, but I think a decision we all expected, the health of our players, staff, volunteers and fans is paramount at all times.
We will keep everyone informed of this rapidly changing situation.
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.
Change of club ownership
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB would like to announce that Directors Karen Brookes and Keith McKenna are now officially joint owners of the club.
Colin Brookes who purchased the club from the Lynch family on June 29th this year will continue with his role as Club President and director.
Colin stated ‘’It was Karen and Keith who originally planned to purchase the club from the Lynch family, but after many setbacks it came to their notice that although the £50,000 sale had been agreed and solicitors appointed the Lynch family were inviting other parties to buy the club.’’
It was then agreed that Colin Brookes should step in with the help and assistance of Vice Chairman Dave Hawley to purchase the club, this was finally agreed on June 29th 2018.
Colin has asked that it is put on record that he would like to thank Karen and Keith for their financial input and hard work over the past few months, he has also paid tribute to the hard working committee and especially he thanks all the fans for their support and for donating almost £14,000 which was a massive help to kick-start the start of the season for the club and for Karen and Keith.
Colin ended by urging all the fans to continue their support to the club and to make Halesowen Town Football Club one to be proud of once more.
Up The Yeltz
HALESOWEN TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB are delighted to announce that the sale to purchase the club from the Lynch family is now complete.
Following lengthy, drawn out negotiations the club are proud that the new owner of Halesowen Town Football Club is Club President Mr. Colin Brookes.
Colin will need no introduction at all to everyone at the club, a football man through and through with over 60 years in the game and a passion for Halesowen Town that holds no bounds and his purchase will be seen to usher in a new dawn at the Yeltz together with a boost of optimism at the Grove coming as it does just prior to the beginning of pre-season for the 2018-19 season.
Colin’s daughter and club Chair Karen Brookes will continue in her role and she will be joined by Keith McKenna as Directors of the football Club. The deal also includes the purchase of the JG Lounge, our function room and bar on match days.
We caught with a delighted Colin Brookes who stated ‘’The last five months have been the most stressful period in my 25 years plus at Halesowen Town and today is a very special day in my life, I am so please for Karen, who has worked wonders at the club over the past 12 months, Keith has linked up with Karen a few months ago and I am sure they will become a very successful partnership in the future of Halesowen Town Football Club. My special thanks to Vice Chairman Dave Hawley who has been by my side at all the meetings with The Lynch family, my thanks to Neil, Emma and John, the Yeltz Committee who have been so supportive and hardworking during this period. My final message goes out to all our loyal fans who have stayed with us during this difficult period. The Club is now back where it belongs, with the people of Halesowen, the hard work now begins, let’s all work together and take our great club into a new and successful period, I hope to see as many of you at the forum on Sunday and we can have a real knees up. Football’s coming home. Best wishes, Colin.’’
Karen Brookes stated ‘’I am delighted that the fruition of all the hard work of the Committee, Academy, groundstaff, management and players has allowed us to purchase the club and get the club back to where it belongs, personally for me it’s a triumph.
Keith McKenna echoed those words and added ‘’for me the hard work starts now, in the committee and backroom volunteers we have a fantastic team to drive the club forward’’
Colin, Karen and Keith will be hosting a fans forum on Sunday 8th July from 12.30pm where you are all invited