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Award For Youth & Junior Setup
( 7 Votes )
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:49

BCFAOver 150 Grassroots Football Coaches, Referees and Volunteers were at St. Georges Park, the home of English Football on Monday for the Birmingham County FA Grassroots Awards. These awards give Birmingham County FA the opportunity to celebrate another great year for Grassroots Football across the County and to say thank you to the thousands of volunteers who make it what it is.

 

Attended by high profile guests such as Kelly Simmons, Director of National Game and Women’s Football and Les Howie, Head of Grassroots Coaching at the FA, the ceremony was a combination of the FA Community Awards, presented by McDonalds and some additional Birmingham County FA awards.

 

The winners of this years award for Charter Standard Development Club of the Year went to Solihull Moors recognising the fantastic achievement of achieving Charter Standard Development status in August 2013, only 9 months after they initially became a Charter Standard Club, testament to the hard work from Tim Delaney​ (Football Secretary and former Head Of Youth Development)​, Claire Graham​ (Youth Development Secretary)​, Paul Mason​ (Youth Development Officer)​ and the rest of the Youth Development team involved at the club.

 

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"This Award is a credit to all the many good hard working people devoted to the success of Solihull Moors Youth and Junior and indeed the whole club." Chairman Trevor Stevens


The club initially started out in the 2012/13 season with just 2 teams and now currently supports over 30 teams, both boys and girls from Under 9’s upwards.

 

Download the BCFA Video Presentation (13MB, external link)

 

"Well done to everyone involved you should be very proud of the contribution you have made to the Club and to be recognised for this is well and truly deserved. I'm very proud of where this Club stands within Football and the Community." Manager Marcus Bignot

 



 
New League Title Sponsors Announced
( 1 Vote )
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:44

imageVanarama, the market disrupting van leasing business is the new title sponsor of the Football Conference. The partnership was launched today in the presence of member clubs and will see the commercial vehicle specialists take the naming rights for all 1,476 games a season across the three divisions in 2014/15. To mark the launch of the partnership, Vanarama will bring back the competitions traditional name after a 7 year absence. From the start of the new season the league shall be known as the Vanarama Conference, Vanarama Conference North and Vanarama Conference South. The deal is a statement of intent for Vanarama joining Barclays Bank plc and Sky Bet as one of only three title partners of the top tier of English football. Vanarama will use the Vanarama Conference platform to further build rapid UK wide awareness and understanding of the Vanarama business via the League’s established national; regional and social media platforms.

 

Vanarama.co.uk is part of the Autorama Group of companies. Vanarama are specialists in van, pickup truck and car leasing, where customers lease their vehicles instead of buying them. A company of football fans, Vanarama will support the sponsorship with a series of fan-based initiatives. The first of these initiatives is for each club’s community scheme to earn from every car or van leased from Vanarama, or one of its sister companies through a special Club offer. The partnership was negotiated by sports marketing agency SportQuake who will also assist in managing and delivering the national sponsorship campaign. SportQuake specialise in helping consumer brands and rights owners to deliver commercial and cultural value through sport. This year SportQuake has already completed over 100 football partnership deals including major transactions with all 20 English Premier League clubs. The first game in the new Vanarama Conference will take place on Saturday 9th August 2014 seeing Bristol Rovers FC host Grimsby Town FC at 12.45pm live on BT Sport.

 

image2Andy Alderson, Vanarama.co.uk’s Managing Director, said: “With the Construction sector predicted to play a major role in the growth of the UK economy over the next few years Britain’s van drivers, our customers, will be at their busiest since the peak of 2007. Our research shows a clear fit between our customers and football fans UK wide and as soon as I became aware of this unique opportunity to become such an important part of the national game I just had to get involved.”


Brian Lee, Chairman of the Football Conference said: "I am sure I speak for the whole of the Football Conference family, in welcoming such a competitive and innovative brand as Vanarama, to become our new Title Sponsor. We all look forward to working with Andy and his first class committed team to establish a partnership going forward which will be of major benefit to both over the next few years. Branding is a key element in this sponsorship for Vanarama, who will now be able to link their rapidly growing name, allied to our national sport through our position in it, backed with vibrant media coverage".

 

 


 
Moors In Olympic Win
( 24 Votes )
Saturday, 26 July 2014 19:12

rushall1The last time Moors played Rushall was back in January 2102 when they won away by a solitary late goal in the Birmingham Senior Cup on a pitch so cold that hardly anyone thought the match would start, let alone finish, as evening temperatures plummeted. This time the weather could not have been more different with breaks needed in both halves for the players to take on water.

Moors started much the brighter of the two teams with keeper Gemmell keeping his side in the game with a series of smart saves. The first denied a well-hit volley from Junior English, and moments later cutting out a dangerous cross from Owen Story. Moors were hit on the break when Ntamark, just signed on a years loan from Hednesford, found Marshall clear in the box but the centre forward stumbled as he looked to shoot. The Pics best chance came from Ntamark minutes later but Tony Breeden was equal to the shot and it was again the Solihull keeper on 33 minutes reacting well to deny a Winwood cross.

Solihull came straight back but Liam Daly's header was foiled by the impressive Gemmell, and it was the shot stopper again on 34 minutes producing a terrific double save from Darryl Knights and then Omar Bogle. Moors persistence finally paid off with the break through five minutes before the interval when Daly met a pin-point corner from Knights, giving the keeper no chance at the far post. It could have been two goals seconds later but once again the home side had their keeper to thank as he parried a powerful strike from Bogle

rushall2With Manager Marcus Bignot making just the one chance during the interval (Braithwaite for Rosser) Rushall substituted four players including Gemmell who made way for new signing from Walsall Liam Roberts but he could only watch helplessly as in the 46th minute a Knights volley rattled the under side of the bar and bounced away to safety. However the home side were now in the thick of things and Breeden did well to reach a low shot from Mugisha with 5 minutes gone. Craner went close whilst Mugisha tested Breeden again.

Moors soaked up the pressure and with 14 minutes left on the clock, Bogle beat the offside trap to shoot low past Roberts into the net. It was the big centre forward again with the chance for his second of the afternoon blocked by Smith. The final opportunity for the Pics fell to Craner who fired wide.

Many thanks to Steve Walker for allowing to publish his match photographs.

Solihull Moors: Breeden, George, Rosser (Braithwaite 46), Denny (Taundry 72) Daly, Elvins (c), Fleet (Brown 72), English (Gueyes 53), Bogle, Knights (Byfield 78), Story.

 


 
Late Equaliser Earns Draw
( 1 Vote )
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

Moors previous visit to Highgate saw them let a two goal advantage slip as they were dumped out of last season’s Birmingham Senior Cup at the first attempt. Now with ex-Solihull favourite Gary Birch as their manager, Marcus Bignot used a blend of youth and experience to keep the pre-season unbeaten record on track.

Solihull looked the stronger team as the opening half progressed, but not for the first time the attacks were not providing answers in the final third. Darren Byfields' stunning eighteen yard drive on 11 minutes skimmed across the bar, whilst a well directed header from Aaron Brown from a Trey Braithwaite in-swinging corner produced a good save from the keeper. On 22 minutes Darryl Knights found Brown in space inside the box, but his stinging shot was again well saved. On the half hour mark Michael Taylor was robbed by a finger tip save from a Keenah Rosser cross, but the waves of attack invited the Highgate break which duly arrived on 40 minutes. Lei Brown found himself on the edge of the box and under pressure unleashed a screamer which hit the inside of the right hand post and into the goal.

Gate looked more confident as the second half gained momentum and it was end to end play as Moors sought to redress the balance. The away fans held their breath on 56 minutes as Rosser was involved in a last ditch tackle as Gate advanced, but after some three minutes he gingerly got to his feet and although limping was able to see out the match. Lewis Hayden had the ball in the net on 55 minutes but it was disallowed.

Near the hour mark Cooper and Guyues were on for Hayden and Taylor and Moors were having better success down the left flank. Brown hit the post on 63 minutes, and a chance fell to Byfield minutes later but to no avail, whilst Chamberlain in the Moors goal produced some brave saves to keep his side in with a chance. Then with just seconds remaining Solihull were awarded a corner and the dangerouse in-swinger took a deflection off a defender and crept into the net.

Solihull Moors: Chamberlain, Rosser, Cleary, Taundry, Tunnicliffe, Ballinger, Brown, Hayden (Cooper), Taylor (Guyues), Braithwaite, Byfield.

 


 
New Polo Shirts Available
( 7 Votes )
Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:40

Brand new club polo shirts are now available to purchase at the club from reception.

Both white and royal blue shirts are available at £15 each, or £25 for two.

 


 

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Moors Win 2-1 (Twice!)
( 10 Votes )
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:23

juniorenglishA fruitful Tuesday evening for Solihull Moors saw them defeat both Hemel Hempstead Town and Gresley by two goals to one. With players requiring match fitness, two fixtures were needed to give the whole squad the required playing time.


In the game at the Autotech Stadium, Conference South newcomers Hemel took the lead on 23 minutes when a shot from the edge of the box went through a packed area and left Tony Breeden unsighted as the ball found the right hand corner, but Moors were straight back at their visitors; just five minutes later in a sweeping move down the left flank Darryl Knights crossed the ball into the path of the oncoming Owen Story but before he could get his head onto it for a strike at goal it was handled by Thorne for a Solihull penalty. Liam Daly stepped up to smash his second from the spot in three days. Junior English (pictured right) fired in on 33 minutes but keeper Walker just managed to divert it with a finger tip save.

On 53 minutes Aaron Brown saw his goal-bound effort rattle the underside of the bar, and it was the new signing again four minutes later going close as he bulldozed his way passed two defenders. James Potten for the visitors put through a dangerous cross in the box on 59 minutes with Rob Elvins averting the danger and Junior English cleared the resulting corner. Almost immediately with The Tudors pressurising the Moors defence, a loose ball hit Breeden’s right upright but thankfully away from danger.

On 60 minutes Hemel changed their entire team whilst for Moors Darren Byfield was on for Elvins with the versatile Brown taking up his position in the back four. With Knights and Story leading attacks down both flanks Moors were stumbling in the final third and had Breeden to thank on 71 minutes when he produced the save of the match as a close range effort from Cox looked on it’s way in.

Having weathered a period of sustained pressure from their visitors Solihull broke with 12 minutes left on the clock, with Daly finding English in the box with a one on one with Walker, he rounded the keeper and riffled home the winner with his left foot. Moors might have put the game to bed two minutes later when English was brought down on the edge of the box, but Walker was equal to a low driven free kick from Daly

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Keenah Rosser, Jo Ballinger, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (Darren Byfield), Jay Denny, Aaron Brown, Junior English, Darryl Knights, Owen Story.

 

 

deale_chamberlainMeanwhile at Gresley, a strong Moors side also ran out 2-1 winners courtesy of goals from Omar Bogle and Michael Taylor. Solihull opened the scoring inside seven minutes, Trey Braithwaite's free-kick headed into the top corner by Bogle. However Gresley equalised within three minutes, breaking down the left, and Eric Graves heading Mulonga's cross past Chamberlain. Moors were fortunate to go in level at half-time as they had to thank keeper Deale Chamberlain (pictured left), who produced a fantastic save to deny O'Connell from the penalty spot, after a handball call given against Richard Taundry. Solihull made a number of substitutions in the second period, but deservedly scored a winner on 73 minutes, Michael Taylor dancing into the area and shooting in off the left hand post.

 

Solihull Moors: Deale Chamberlain, Matthew Hobbs (Lewis Rankin), Jordan Gough (Nick Cleary), Richard Taundry (Jack Moss), Michael Nottingham, Sam Delaney (Torin Coleing), Lewis Hayden, Alex Cooper, Omar Bogle (Kieran Nesbitt), Michael Taylor (Troy Smith), Trey Braithwaite.

 

 


 

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Recruiting: U11s Boys
( 2 Votes )
Monday, 14 July 2014 08:10

sol_moors_badge_2013New players are required in all positions (except goalkeeper) for the forthcoming season. We are currently in Division B of the Central Warwickshire Youth Football League and are looking to strengthen the team in all areas. Boys need to be currently in year 5, moving to year 6 in September. Coaching is based upon learning the game in a fun environment, with a strong working ethic and focus on technical excellence. Our coaches are FA Qualified and CRB Certified.

 

All Solihull Moors FC Youth & Junior Players enjoy free match-day passes (including two adult family concession season ticket passes) to Solihull Moors 1st Team, Conference North home league games at the Autotech Stadium. They may also have the opportunity to lead the team out as a mascot on their Birthday, and to represent the club as ball boys on match-days.

 

If you want to be a part of the borough’s premier football club, or for further information please contact Nick Jamieson on 07967354940.

 

 


 

 
Friendly Result: Moors 2-0 St Albans
( 14 Votes )
Sunday, 13 July 2014 10:14

stalbansaaronbrownThis was the first ever meeting between Moors and newly promoted Conference South outfit St Albans City. Manager Marcus Bignot was without the injured Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick and Jordan Gough, but took the opportunity to view most of the pre season squad on a sunny afternoon at The Autotech Stadium.


Aaron Brown headed over on seven minutes from a Keenah Rosser cross, and it was the new signing again going close on 19 minutes. With Darryl Knights feeding the attack from central midfield St Albans were on the back foot and they had to wait until the mid-way point in the half before their first meaningful attack when Howard Hall shot over the bar. Owen Story was playing on the right with Junior English at centre-forward, and the man signed from Brackley was finding space to run at the Saints defence and looked dangerous. Corcoran then headed over for the visitors after half an hours play.

 

stalbansliamdalyOn thirty five minutes Dom Langdon’s header from a Knights corner was on target but lacked the power to worry keeper Welch, and as the first half ebbed away Knights chipped the keeper but was just wide of the upright. English was ruled off-side to prevent a one on one, whilst Langdon headed over from a Brown cross.

 

Club Captain Rob Elvins was on for Rosser from the restart and immediately Brown was through but skewed his shot wide, whilst Ward went close as Tony Breeden made an excellent save. The breakthrough came eight minutes into the second half after good work from Knights to Story resulted in a dangerous cross to the waiting English but an interception by Saints Tom Ward resulted in an own goal giving the stranded Welch no chance. A left footed bullet a few minutes later from English was well saved.

 

With half an hour to play Marcus Bignot made a host of substitutions bringing on Taundry, Braithwaite, Cooper, Denny, Taylor and Ellis. Almost immediately Alex Cooper was brought down in the box and Liam Daly stepped up to smash the penalty into the right hand corner of the net sending Welch the wrong way. St Albans upped their game as full time approached and Loick Pires was close on 86 minutes. Then with the last kick of the match Frendo’s shot looked on it’s way to a consolation goal before the agile Breeden produced the save of the day to send Moors in with a win and clean sheet.

 

Solihull continue their pre-season schedule on Tuesday when another Conference South side Hemel Hempstead Town are the visitors to the Autotech Stadium, 7.45pm kick off.

 

 


 

 
Friendly Result: Moors 1 - 1 Harriers
( 16 Votes )
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:58

kiddy1Marcus Bignot’s starting line-up contained seven new faces of new signings and youth team call-ups, but there were no signs of ring-rust as they started the game against their higher-tiered opposition brightly, and opened the scoring after just 12 minutes. Owen Story, in his first game since arriving from Brackley Town, latched onto a loose ball and squared to former Walsall forward Darren Byfield, who provided the pass for Darryl Knights to slot home past former Moors keeper Jasbir Singh.


At the other end, Harriers’ striker Reece Styche was causing problems with his height, and his headers created great chances for Callum Gittings and Nathan Blissett but on both occasions Moors keeper Deale Chamberlain produced fine saves. Liam Daly, returning for his second spell at Solihull, was also called upon to deny Ahmed Obeng with a brave block, before Obeng limped off with a serious-looking leg injury which stopped play for several minutes.


kiddy2After the interval, both teams struggled to find rhythm as the managers made many substitutions. The visitors eventually found the equaliser in the 66th minute – Craig Reid running onto a through ball and chipping the ball over Chamberlain. The match went quiet as the clock ran down, but Moors thought they had won it with just a few minutes remaining when Kidderminster keeper Daniel Lewis spilled a routine catch, Michael Taylor was in the right place to tap home from close range, only for Josh Gowling to make an incredible block.


The two teams had to settle for the draw, which Moors will see as an acceptable way to start preseason friendlies before the real campaign begins on August 9th against Colwyn Bay.


Moors’ next fixture is at home to St Albans City on Saturday, July 12th (3pm kick off).

 

 

 


 

 
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