President Mike Lax
SVP Simon Farrell
1st XI - Simon Griffith
The team finished 9th in the Premier League, a small improvement on last season. Unfortunately we drew too many games where we should have held on to leads. Player availability has been very good and hopefully we can keep the squad together next season, including new signings made in March, who made a big difference.
We must improve next season and turn draws into wins.
2nd XI - Ian Bird
The 2nd XI finished second place in Division 4 which will be enough to get us promoted. It has been a very tough season, particularly with games having to be rescheduled due to weather and Vets Cup. This was compounded by injuries to a number of players, making it very difficult to field a settled side. Andy Etheridge has retired and we thank him for his commitment over the years, and we hope Karl Rogerson can make a full recovery from a very nasty knee injury. There are a lot of positives to take from the campaign: the older guys continued to demonstrate their quality, with Swiss in particular having a great season in goal and John Berry’s own goal against Old Wulfs just pipped Neil Nolan’s screamer for goal of the season. This season was notable for the under 30’s starting to step up: congratulations to Sam Bird on being voted player of the season, Ash Donavon being top scorer, Arron Willis having another excellent season and Kieron Sylvester improving as the season went on and demonstrating real potential. My thanks to Andy Hughes for all his efforts and unfaltering optimism. Thank you to all those players who turned out regularly and to those who filled in towards the end when we needed them and to the other managers and committee members (especially Gwyn) who have helped throughout the season.
3rd XI - Jason Clarke
The 3rd XI had a baptism of fire, jumping two divisions to start the season in Division 5, where we finished 13th out of 14. Initially matches were close for long periods, but when the tempo and physical demands grew towards the end of the game, the team faded. As the team and players got to grips with the increased requirements, we saw performances improve, but results cruelly did not match the efforts the team were displaying.
We then had the craziest end of the season fixture list the 3XI have ever known, with 8 games in April alone, (a word of praise for Gwyn Jones
who worked miracles to squeeze all the games in). With a change in captain, Declan Coyne and some new regular squad members: Shak Barnaby, Raf Chambers and Rob Green, we saw a pick up in form. We won 4, drew 1 and lost 1, out of the final 6 games.
Player of the season was Paul Anderson who showed a will to win, strong tactical awareness and leadership characteristics, whilst maintaining high levels of performance. Top goal scorer goes to Ryan Tibbins.
Finally thank you to all club members who represented the 3XI this season, hopefully the nucleus of team can be retained to give the squad a competitive chance next season.
4th XI - Richard Edgington
The fourth team were winning games, but losing friends, culminating in the embarrassment of an abandoned game. This resulted in the resignation of the manager, who was the cause of all things bad within the team and the banning of all but 4 of the team from the Club.
We pulled together to rebuild the team from scratch and it is a credit to the Club that we fulfilled all our fixtures whilst rebuilding our reputation with referees, opponents and league officials finishing 12th out of 15 teams in Division 6.
Vets - Will Mathews
The Vets had a great season, coming through a tough group, consisting of Wake Green, Walsall Phoenix and Glades, unbeaten. A comfortable 2-0 victory in the quarter final against Wake Green, set up a tough semi-final against last season's winners Cresconians. A stunning goal from Steve Saunders secured a very hard fought 1-0 win. Unfortunately the final was one step too far and we lost 2-0 to a very good Shirley side.
125 Year Anniversary - Andy Stevens (Football Club President)
Next season marks 125 years since the football club was formed. We will be marking the occasion with a Family Fun Day and spectacle game consisting of a highbred 1st XI and Vets XI HGSOB team, facing off against a Birmingham & District AFA Select XI made up of players from the three other oldest amateur clubs in Birmingham - namely Wake Green, Walsall Phoenix and Silhill FC. This will take place on SATURDAY 15 JULY 2017 at our ground 47A Romilly Avenue, Handsworth Wood, B20 2AT (opposite the school playing fields). There will be events and games for the kids, refreshments and food for all spectators, live music and revelry! All readers are welcome and encouraged to come along and join in.