Club Statement Regarding Approach From AFC Telford United
Solihull Moors can confirm that they have received an official approach from AFC Telford United to speak to Marcus Bignot about the vacant managerial position at the New Bucks Head. Club chairman Trevor Stevens has been contacted by officials from the Vanarama Conference club, and after a brief discussion between Marcus and senior members of the club, we are delighted to confirm that the manager will be staying the AutoTech Stadium.
A spokesman said: “Solihull Moors can confirm that an approach from Telford United to speak to manager Marcus Bignot has been received. We are pleased to confirm that Marcus has declined the current opportunity to speak to the Shropshire club about the position.”
Marcus said: “It’s flattering to be the subject of such an approach, but we have been on a journey together at this football club. It is growing and going in the right direction. Although I am ambitious, I feel that the club has shown commitment to me by adding Stefan Moore to our squad and this is my way of demonstrating commitment to them.”
The club will be making no further comment at this time.
Bignot Adds Moore Firepower
Solihull Moors Football Club are delighted to announce that Stefan Moore has agreed to join the club from fellow Vanarama Conference North side, Leamington FC. The former Aston Villa and QPR striker will join up with his teammates for training this week as the team prepares for their last match before Christmas away at Colwyn Bay this Saturday.
Moors' Manager Marcus Bignot said "It is fantastic news for everyone at Solihull Moors that Stef has agreed to join. He brings a wealth of experience from the professional game and has proven that he can score goals at all levels including this one.
Having worked with Stef at a professional level it was always my intention to work with him again and the timing is now right to do so. This addition will give everyone here a huge boost as we look to improve on our current league position going into the second half of the season.
With the forward players we now have at our disposal I'm confident we can continue to be the leagues highest goalscorers and have the leagues top goalscorer at the end of this campaign. That will certainly be two of our goals we want to achieve with Omar, Stef and co. come the end of the season".
|Dartford 2 - 0 Solihull Moors
Saturday 13th December 2014 - FA Trophy 1st Round
Solihull travelled to Kent for their first ever meeting with Dartford hoping to spring a surprise against their struggling Conference Premier opponents who came into the game on the back of six defeats and having not kept a clean sheet for 25 games . Moors could not have tried harder but paid the price at the end of 90 minutes for the failure to convert any of the many well worked onslaughts at goal.
Marcus Bignot had a full squad from which to choose and once the team had taken a few minutes to acclimatise themselves to the ground and the speed of the hosts, it was Moors pushing for the opening goal. Darren Byfield had the first real chance on 8 minutes but it was a straight forward take for keeper Brown. Ryan Beswick’s 18 yard effort again caused no problem but Brown needed his wits about as Bogle was denied with 15 minutes played. Again as Beswick advanced, Brown produced a finger tip save as his defender, under pressure, miss kicked the ball towards his own goal
Noble’s free kick mid-way through the half was foiled by a low diving header from Rob Elvins whilst Beswick’s curling corner (one of many) needed a two handed punch from the keeper as it bent towards to top right hand corner. Liam Daly was just wide from a Jay Denny free kick and again on 30 minutes when he nodded down another Beswick corner which was scrambled off the line. Michael Nottingham’s fine run down the right flank ended when his cross eluded everyone and Beswick has a penalty shout waived away when he was hauled back as he advanced on Brown. With five minutes of the half remaining Harris launched a flyer from all of 40 yards which skied over Tony Breeden.
The Darts looked more up for the fight as the second half got underway but the first chance fell to Moors when Omar Bogle could not reach a fierce clearance from Breeden despite the Home keeper slipping as the Moors striker approached. Byfield's cross was headed straight at the keeper by Beswick, but then everything changed on 54 minutes when Junior English was harshly adjudged to have brought down Driver 12 yards out. Dartford Captain Bradbrook coolly sent Breeden the wrong way as the hosts opened the scoring.
Moors response could not have been more emphatic as from the restart Solihull pushed forward with flowing one touch football, but Darryl Knights could only watch as his 15 yard effort beat Brown only to rebound off the upright and away to safety. Beswick headed wide on the hour mark whilst Byfield’s hard low shot from the right produced an equally good save from Brown. However, Moors were caught on the break on 74 minutes when Hayes collected a long pass across the pitch, found Tom Bradbrook (the captain’s brother) whose low drive into the right hand corner gave Breeden no chance for Dart’s second goal.
As Solihull threw everything forward Manager Bignot made a treble substitution with ten minutes remaining as on came Fleet, Taundry and Langdon but despite keeping up the pressure to the bitter end Solihull could find no way through.
Many thanks to Carol White-Griffiths for the match photos.
Full Time: Dartford 2 - 0 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0-0)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (Reece Fleet 80), Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (Dominic Langdon 80), Darren Byfield (Richard Taundry 80), Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Darren Acton, Aitor Espejo.
Last weekend saw the start of ‘Football Remembers Week’. Over that weekend and during this coming week there are a series of events being organised by the Premier League, The FA, The Football League and The Football Conference to commemorate one of the most iconic moments of the First World War, the 1914 Christmas Truce football matches.
The first Football Remembers Week activity of is called ‘A Moment in History’. To celebrate the spirit of the Christmas Truce football matches of 1914, football teams across the country were asked last Saturday to have a pre-match group photograph taken together. All 22 players and the match officials for our game against Lowestoft had their picture taken together prior to kick-off.
See all the photos from across the country
The Christmas truce was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. Through the week leading up to Christmas, parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches; on occasion, the tension was reduced to the point that individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers bearing gifts. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many soldiers from both sides independently ventured into "no man's land", where they mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs. As well as joint burial ceremonies, several meetings ended in carol-singing. Troops from both sides were also friendly enough to play games of football with one another, in one of the truce's most enduring images.
The Christmas truces were particularly significant due to the number of men involved and the level of their participation – even in very peaceful sectors, dozens of men openly congregating in daylight was remarkable – and are often seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent events of human history.
With Worcester City requiring a replay in their FA Cup tie, the league fixture between Worcester and the Moors scheduled for Tuesday 16th December, will now be rescheduled for a later date.
Solihull Moors 3 - 3 Lowestoft Town
Saturday 6th December - Vanarama Conference North
Lowestoft finally gained promotion last season after being in the play offs for four consecutive years. Geographically it is a long journey every week for the Trawlerboys but 8 o‘clock starts are the norm with their “local” derby against Boston a mere round trip of 212 miles or four and a half hours driving time. In the last week they have travelled approaching 1000 miles for three away matches but Moors hopes of exacting retribution for a 2-0 defeat on the second game of the season were about to come undone in drastic fashion.
Prior to the match; both teams merged together for a photo to mark 'Football Remembers' on a day when all teams came together to celebrate the spirit of the Christmas Truce football matches of 1914. From that moment on for 40 minutes Moors dominated with Beswick and Knights in particular cutting through the Trawlermen’s defence.
In the fifth minute Beswick dispossessed Hayles and put through Bogle but keeper Jones saved well with his legs. With the visitors on the back foot Solihull pressed forward again and within a minute Darryl Knights put in a trade mark cross from the right for Ryan Beswick to head home into the top corner of the net. Beswick could have made it two when Bogle put him through but the agile Jones tipped the ball over the bar, whilst Liam Daly headed inches wide from the ensuing corner.
Lowestoft’s first meaningful attack came in the 13th minute with Reed firing into the side netting from a tight angle. It was then Bogle’s chance to add to this season’s tally when he cut back to take the ball on his rig
ht foot but with just the keeper to beat the shot lacked any real pace. With eleven minutes to run before the interval Knights crossed from the left for the incoming Reece Fleet, the Moorsman waiting for keeper Jones to commit himself before sliding the ball into the corner for the second goal.
On 39 minutes Bogle was clear with a one on one with Jones who brought him down giving referee Richardson no option but to red card the keeper whilst the league’s leading scorer stepped up to convert the penalty for number fifteen this season. That should really have sealed the match but with Bogle himself being booked for undue celebration for his goal, the big man might well have been sent off himself when he clattered Haynes-Brown from the back. Nevertheless the balance of the game seemed to have changed and with 60 seconds left James put a free kick in from the right and there was Jarvis to power head a goal back for the visitors despite Breeden’s best efforts to get a hand on it.
With Aitor Espejo on for Bogle at half-time, Moors were still in a strong position against the ten men and Beswick was first into the action but shot wide. Then with only three minutes of the half played Solihull hearts were well and truly in their mouths as Lowestoft scored again; Reed drove a stinging shot at Breeden and as the keeper parried the ball, in slid Ainsley to convert.
Espejo saw a good effort go just wide on 57 minutes but The Trawlerboys were on a roll and on 65 minutes disaster struck again for Moors; Jarvis put Haynes-Brown through on the left who set up Reed with a cross that was not defended, needing only a side foot to bury it. Almost from the restart Reed could have added another but his lob over Tony Breeden was just wide.
Solihull at last found their spirit as they tried to hit back with substitutes Rosser and Langdon providing cover whilst Daly lead the attack and Richard Taundry’s 20 yard volley just flying over with four minutes left. In three minutes of added time Moors threw everything at Lowestoft but despite laying siege to the goal area it was too late and they had to settle for a point.
The draw sees Solihull remain in fifth place in the league. Next week they take to the road to Dartford, Kent for the first round proper of the FA Trophy. They will need to put this disappointing result well behind them by then.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 3 - 3 Lowestoft Town (Half Time: 3-1)
Goals: Ryan Beswick (4mins), Reece Fleet (33), Omar Bogle (38 pen)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Richard Taundry, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (Keenah Rosser 75), Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield (Dominic Langdon 77), Reece Fleet, Omar Bogle (Aitor Espejo 46), Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Owen Story, Darren Acton.
Solhull Moors 2 - 1 Redditch United
Saturday 29th November 2014 - FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
Whilst it is fair to say that the league is Solihull’s top priority, Moors exit from the FA Cup at the first attempt was a disappointment and a good run in the FA Trophy would help erase that memory. In recent years it has taken the eventual winners of the cup, York City and Wrexham to overcome the mighty Moors and hopes were raised on Saturday that high flying Southern league Redditch United would not rain on Solihull’s parade.
Dom Langdon almost made the perfect start for the home side when he headed goalwards after just 3 minutes, but a full stretch save from keeper Hornby saw the ball parried to Ryan Beswick, and although he converted the opportunity referee Yates blew for off-side. Redditch were fast down both flanks with the impressive Sammons just over the bar from 18 yards, whilst the pace of Hylton would need careful watching throughout the game.
With a third of the half played it was Beswick again just over-reaching a defence splitting Jordan Gough pass but watching his shot go wide, and it was the midfielder once more playing a pivotal role as Moors broke the deadlock on 23 minutes. As Moors broke from defence, captain for the day Liam Daly launched the ball into the Redditch box and with Beswick sweeping in, Hornby had no option but to come out only to watch the ball sail agonisingly over him, as it touched the outstretched foot of Mutton and in over his head.
Daly headed over the bar on 33 minutes and Solihull were unfortunate not to extend the lead when Owen Story took the ball past two defenders before shooting inches wide for the far post, whilst just evading the incoming Omar Bogle. As half time approached both Sammons and Hylton went close for the visitors but at the break Moors held onto the one goal lead.
Tony Breeden was soon in action after the restart seizing a high dangerous cross, but on 55 minutes a goal mouth scramble saw first Daly, then Langdon and Reece Fleet all unable to convert from close range. Michael Nottingham brought out another terrific save from Hornby as he headed Beswick’s curling free kick. Solihull extended their lead just before the hour mark when Hornby parried Daly’s header from a long Langdon throw, but only so far as Beswick who hit home from six yards.
Darryl Knights had the ball in the net with a superb strike on 63 minutes adjudged off side, but Redditch were searching for a way back with Daly clearing off the line on 68 minutes, and a menacing cross fortunately evading not only the back four but the Redditch attack as well. However the visitors’ persistence paid of with twenty minutes to go when substitute Spencer was not picked up and he blasted the ball past Breeden from 15 yards.
Moors were content to sustain the pressure, hitting Redditch on the break with Bogle and Beswick both having chances, and despite four minutes added time fully justified their narrow win to go into the hat for the next round.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 2 - 1 Redditch United (Half Time 1-0)
Goals: Own Goal (21mins), Ryan Beswick (59)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Richard Taundry, Liam Daly(c), Dominic Langdon, Owen Story, Reece Fleet, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Rob Elvins, Darren Acton, Darren Byfield, Junior English, Aitor Espejo.
Grant Recieved for “Kick Moor Ball”
Solihull Moors is delighted to announce that The Club has been awarded a grant of £20,000 from the Football Conference Trust to pursue it’s “Kick Moor Ball” initiative, part of the Community Moors Programme. Working closely with Solihull MBC Neighbourhood Activity Programme and the West Midlands Police, The schemes objectives are:
• To increase community participation in sport
• To increase community participation for those with disabilities
• To provide quality coaching sessions at little or no cost in deprived areas
• To develop partnerships with local community groups and commerce
The FCT grant will be fundamental in financing the Kick Moor Ball project to;
• Establish Two Disability Football Sessions for Disabled Groups - Targeting 40 players with Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Severe Learning Difficulties plus Open Age (Pan Disability and Walking Football). It is planned to establish teams in the Pan Disability League. The club is working closely with Midlands based charity SoLO and The Birmingham County FA.
• Implement Four Holiday Programmes in North Solihull - Following on from the Successful Summer Camp last August at the John Henry Newman College in Chelmsley Wood there will be another four courses for children in the 7 – 16 age group. Each camp can accommodate 50 children.
• Introduce A Social Inclusion Project in Chelmsley Wood - Building on the success of the project in Smith’s Wood funded through Solihull Council’s Neighbourhood Activity Programme it has been suggested that another Coaching Programme be held in Chelmsley Wood. Jay Denny (pictured left), one of the Senior playing Squad of Solihull Moors, has been at the forefront of this initiative which has received positive feed back from West Midlands Police.
The overall purpose of Solihull Moors Community Project is to deliver a fully inclusive Sports Development Programme which is available to all community groups in the Borough. The Social Inclusion Initiative will encourage young people of all abilities to remain or return to education, improve their prospects and have a sense of community belonging. In this way it seeks to reduce unemployment, crime, obesity and marginalisation. The project would not have possible without the generous contribution from the Football Conference Trust.
“I was delighted to welcome the news in respect of the grant allocated to Moors from the Football Conference Trust. This will enable us to bring about many things particularly in the North of the Borough and bring our various services to those who ordinarily wouldn't be able to participate. We will be able to continue with our Disabled Section and increase participation through more Social Inclusion and also Development centres and centres of Excellence. These plans are in motion already with a new Social Inclusion football course starting at North Solihull Sports Centre on Friday evenings as well as centres of football Excellence commencing on 5th December for U11's to U14's at the same venue. It’s a very exciting time to be part of Solihull Moors". Mark Fogarty, Solihull Moors Community Development Officer
“The strong valued partnership between Solihull Moors, Solihull Police and the local authorities has been the driving force in the success of this Sports intervention programme within the community. All of us are working together to make Smith’s Wood a better place for everyone - the success of this project is just one example of the great partnership working we are all involved in to make this vision a reality”. Police Sergeant Heathcote from Solihull Police
“The social inclusion football sessions have been a real success in engaging young people of all abilities to get involved in sport. The grant awarded to Solihull Moors provides a fantastic opportunity for us to build on the achievements already made and deliver further sporting activities to young people in the area. This is a great result and well done to everyone involved". Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen MBE, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Community & Partnerships
“We are really excited to be working with Solihull Moors. This is such a fantastic opportunity for our members. We have been looking for a suitable opportunity for some time due to the popularity and demand for a football group. The children are going to benefit hugely from this”. Katie Gallagher Children’s Project Manager SoLO
"We are continuing to enlarge the Community aspect of our club and increase the number of children we already currently reach in the Solihull area. With this generous grant from The Football Conference Trust, I am particularly pleased that we have been able to launch new initiatives to our social inclusion programme. We would like to thank the Football Conference Trust for their support and long may it continue.” Trevor Stevens Chairman of Solihull Moors
For further information, contact Mark Fogarty, Community Development Manager. 0121 705 6770 or 07564 926231, email:
The Football Conference Trust is a charity created to support and develop community programmes at Football Conference clubs. It is a partnership between the Football Conference, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association. The Premier League and the PFA have each committed to support the Trust until 2017. They have each contributed to a total fund to £5.2m.
Solihull Moors 2 - 0 Gainsborough Trinity
Vanarama Conference North - 22nd November 2014
The deluge of rain early Saturday morning had no adverse affect on the wonderful playing surface at the Autotech Stadium and with the added bonus of some low November sun, this was a perfect afternoon for the Mighty Moors to again face their old adversary Gainsborough Trinity, one of the oldest non league football clubs with a history dating back to 1873. The two sides have met 14 times, drawing on three occasions and with Trinity edging ahead with 6 wins to Solihull’s 5 -The perfect time for Moors to make up for the mid week disappointment at Guiseley and restore parity.
Gainsborough had a good opening 10 minutes and a chance to take the lead almost from the kick off when Darren Stamp, signed during the week from Guiseley, should have tested Tony Breeden but allowed the ball to run wide and Moors to clear. Quinn shoved Bogle down from behind signalling that the visitors were more than aware of his potential threat but Solihull weathered the storm and were quickly into gear. Bogle was enjoying his return to the team after England duties and lashed the ball goal wards on 12 minutes from a Ryan Beswick knock down and then tested Budtz from 12 yards. Junior English’s lob took a deflection for a corner as Moors piled on the pressure with Knights, Byfield and Beswick linking well.
On 26 minutes Jordan Gough nut megged his defender passed to Knights to deceptively flick the ball to Beswick who crossed to the waiting English to side foot home for Solihull’s opening goal. Trinity did their best to get back but were being caught in the off side trap whilst at the other end Bogle saw his goal bound 18 yard effort cruelly deflected and again as half time approached the big striker launched a shot from 35 yards out which was just wide of the upright. Trinity’s free kick around the Solihull wall found Breeden perfectly placed whilst Bogle had the final say before the interval, this time skimming the wrong side of the left hand post.
Batson headed over for Gainsborough after the restart but effectively Moors put the match to bed on 58 minutes when Rob Elvins intercepted a wayward clearance and produced an inch perfect pass to Knights on the left flank who ran at the retreating defence before unleashing a thunderbolt into the net.
The visitors rallied and a good run down the left flank and hard cross from Davie eluded everyone including his forwards, whilst on the hour mark Forrest’s shot was well taken by Breeden. Bogle brought out another fine save from Budtz on 70 minutes and the shot stopper was there again to deny Michael Nottingham from 30 yards but although the parry fell to Bogle he was adjudged off side. Trinity wasted a header in front of goal as the match went into added time whilst a speculative effort from Bateson was cleared by English.
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (c), Darren Byfield, Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Owen Story, Deale Chamberlain, Reece Fleet, Richard Taundry, Dominic Langdon.