I stopped keeping this site up-to-date many years ago, so if you've ended up here I'm afraid there's nothing much of interest to see any more.
Other Halesowen Town websites:
21st Century Stuff
I made a Yeltzland app for iPhone/iPad and Android, which lets you read all about the Yeltz in one place.
You can also add the Yeltz fixture list into your calendar - instructions can be found here.
News Stories 1997-2006 ...
- Index of stories (to help you find stuff quicker)
Follow Your Instinct
Even older than the original Yeltzland website, we wrote a HTFC fanzine between 1991 and 1994.
I've started scanning in the originals, and you can download the PDFs from the FYI home page.
Review of the 1995-96 season
Re-live one of the greatest seasons of the mighty Yeltz's long history in DJ's comprehensive review
Why are we called The Yeltz?
Friendlies Harrow 5 Yeltz 5; Yeltz 1 Kiddy 2
The friendly season is in full swing now, with just 2 weeks (hurrah!) to the start of the new season. Saturday brought an amazing 5-5 draw at Harrow Borough - full details in the match reports section.
Then on Monday we lost 2-1 to 3rd Division - and doesn't that still sound strange? - Kidderminster. We went one down to an early goal, two down just after the break before getting one back through Dennis Bailey (yes he is back).
Some disappointing new yesterday:
Onwards and upwards - two friendlies left now. Blues visit The Grove on Wednesday, and then Boston United are the visitors on Saturday.
"Dave Barnett has departed from his position as Player-Coach at Halesowen Town Football Club to take up a full time appointment as under-19 Academy Coach at Nationwide 1st Division Birmingham City. I would like to wish Dave all the best in his position at the Blues. His work during our time together has been first class and on behalf of everyone at Halesowen Town, I would like to thank him and wish him every success in the future." Brendan Phillips
Friendly Halesowen Harriers 0 Yeltz 4
Another nice victory against lowly opposition - this time a 4-0 victory at the other end of the Stourbridge Road against the Harriers. Goals scorers were O'Goal, Andy Jones (2) and Andy Spencer.
Friendly Stratford 1 Yeltz 4
Another experimental team, but things do seem to be coming together a bit. Goals from Giddens, Taylor, Donaldson and Otto led to a convicing 4-1 victory - and it's nice to see us knocking a few in. More details, as ever, in the match reports .
You might have missed - and be vaguely interested in some photos from the Albion game , like the squad photo here provided by Dave Johnson (Thanks!)
This week's friendlies include a trip down to the Tanhouse Stadium to meet the Harriers on Tuesday, then down South to play Ryman League Harrow Borough on Saturday. Exotic!
Friendly Yeltz 0 WBA 1
In a promising performance against a pretty strong Albion side, the mighty Yeltz were a little unlucky to lose 1-0 to the First Division side. Much more detail as usual in DJ's match report .
The friendlies are coming thick and fast now, with a trip to Stratford on Saturday, followed by a shorter one on Tuesday to the Harriers. Just 3 weeks to go now until the real thing.
Match Report from DJ
Halesowen Town: Piearcy; Skidmore, Burnham, Smith, Barnett, L. Collins, Hall, Spencer, Giddings, Jones, Hines. Subs: Knight, Bailey, Colwell, Shaw, Otto, Crawford, Carter, Donaldson, Garvey.
West Bromwich Albion: Jensen; Lytlle, Quinn, Jordao, Butler, J. Chambers, A. Chambers, Oliver, Taylor, Dobie, Adams. Subs: Turner, Adamson, M. Collins, Scott, Briggs.
Referee: R Smith (Hasbury) Attendance: 700 (estimated)
Halesowen made the early running against a stronger than expected Baggies line-up and Neil Smith headed a Les Hines cross into the arms of Brian Jensen in the 11th minute. Jensen then raced off his line to beat Kerry Giddings to the ball after a clever flick from youngster Andy Spencer.
The Yeltz missed a glorious chance to take the lead on the hour when skipper Lee Collins touched the ball to Andy Jones but he blasted his chance high from close range.
Albion were forced to work hard but won the game in the 65th minute as Jordao calmly slotted a left wing pass beyond Jason Piearcy with Halesowen exposed for the first time.
The Yeltz pushed hard for a late goal and substitute Ricky Otto hit the bar from Andy Spencer's looping cross in the 70th minute. Lee Knight then brought a fingertip save out of substitute goalkeeper Chris Adamson and Adamson was kept busy with two curling efforts on target from Otto and a drive from Alfie Carter.
Friendly Yeltz 0 Stourbridge 0
Nothing to get too excited about, except perhaps the amazing size of our squad at the moment. A 0-0 draw against local sort-of rivals Stourbridge Town and a chance to assess lots of potential new players. If your interested, DJ has added a full match report .
Next up are the Albion, kickoff Thursday at 7.30pm down The Grove.
Match Report from DJ
Halesowen Town: Piearcy; Skidmore (Colwell 45), Burnham (Carter 45), Taylor (Bradley 45), Knight (Shaw 65), L. Collins (Barnett 45), Hall (Jones 45), Crawford (Gallagher 75), Spencer, Bailey (Donaldson 65), Hines (Otto 45). Sub: Garvey.
Stourbridge: Arnold; Black, A. Dodd, Hamilton, R. Dodd, I. Jones, Gray, M. Jones, Baker, Watson, Pulisciano. Subs: Casson, Briscoe, Dale, Blake.
Referee: M. Weaver (Warley)
Halesowen named a strong starting line-up, captained by Lee Collins. The only absentees were Kerry Giddings and Neil Smith (holidays), Tim Clarke (Champions League duty) and Ross Collins (thigh strain). The Yeltz also used the opportunity to unveil the new all-blue home kit, ironically sponsored by Stourbridge chairman Mark Serrell's company, Plumbing World.
However, Halesowen struggled to break the stalemate with Stourbridge and the Midland Alliance visitors deservedly earned a draw. The Halesowen strikeforce could not take advantage of Les Hines and Matty Hall whipping over early crosses from each wing and in the 15th minute it was Stourbridge's Nathan Pulisciano who met a long cross from Mark Jones, but his header curled just wide of the mark. Hall produced several good runs from the right wing for Halesowen during the game, but his 25th minute effort ended with a weak shot.
Stourbridge's best chance fell in the 57th minute when ex-Conference striker Brian Gray made an incisive run but his shot was gathered at the foot of the post by goalkeeper Jason Piearcy. A misunderstanding between Piearcy and Lee Knight then almost gave Stourbridge a breakthrough in the 61st minute. Ten minutes later the Glassboys substitute Leon Blake turned well but shot just wide.
With a much changed Halesowen line-up in the final quarter, Andy Jones drilled wide and Jim Arnold in the Stourbridge goal saved a lob from Andy Spencer before Ricky Otto went close to converting a late right-wing cross.
Halesowen now go forward to meet West Bromwich Albion at The Grove on Thursday 26th July, kick-off at 7.30pm.
Friendly Yeltz 2 Causeway 1
First friendly out of the way - a 2-1 win against tenants Causeway United with a team of young triallists, the goals being scored by Alfie Carter an ex-Walsall striker due to train up at Rochdale this week.
The week's other main story is the bizarre news of a Halesowen player starring in the Champions League. Tim Clarke has been loaned out to Barry Town for their European campaign, and played a major part in their 2-0 first leg win. If they get through, I believe they play Porto in the next round.
Next game is on Saturday with a friendly against Stourbridge Town that I'm sure they'll make a lot more of than we will.
Match Report from DJ
Halesowen Town: Garvey; Colwell, Gavillet, R. Gallagher, Shaw, Bradley, Asher-Powell, Martin, Thomas, Parnell, Carter Subs: Beckford, Slater, Weston
Causeway United: Vaughan; N. Skidmore, Jones, Hall, Saunders, R. Shilvock, Baker, Young, Dixon, Richards, Kirkham Subs: Parker, Eveson, Siddaway, M. Gallagher, M. Shilvock, Woods
Referee: B. Priest (Hayley Green)
Halesowen manager Brendan Phillips used the first outing of the season to run the rule over a number of on-trial youngsters. And it was ex-Walsall striker Alfie Carter who impressed most, notching two goals in a narrow victory over ground-share outfit Causeway United of the Banks's Premier.
Carter struck the post from a free-kick in the 13th minute before giving Halesowen an 18th minute lead by calmly slotting home a cross from Ryan Asher-Powell in a move started by Clinton Thomas.
Causeway produced a sweeping attack on the half-hour when Ian Kirkham broke down the left but Simon Dixon side-footed his cross just wide. Matt Richards then headed Anthony Baker's cross into the arms of Halesowen goalkeeper Mark Garvey's just on half-time.
Causeway's line-up had a familiar feel from last season, although substitute strike pair Paul Parker and Adan Eveson, both signed from Lye Town, caught the eye in the second period. Eveson equalised in the 67th minute with clever chip over goalkeeper Garvey. But the Yeltz youngsters restored their lead three minutes later when Thomas put Carter clear on goal to finish superbly to cries of "Get Carter!" from the terraces. A late lob from Parker fell just wide and Carter almost completed a hat-trick in the last minute but he hit straight at substitute goalkeeper Siddaway from close range.
The fixture list for the league has now been published, and thanks to Doc's sterling efffort of sending them to the mailing list I've been able to add them to the site .
A few highlights I'll pick out: we start at home to Gresley on August 18; Boxing Day is away to Redditch and the last away game is at Mangotsfield - the rest you can see for yourself on the full list
The Causeway game on Saturday is definitely ON . The ground staff as ever have been putting in the work to ensure everything will be ready for Saturday.Very exciting in a sad sort of way :-)
The club's new sponsors will be Plumbing World - owned by Stourbridge Town Chairman Mark Serrell. After Ron Moseley had won the raffle, he generously offered to auction it off, and Mr. Serrell bid a further £2000 to win. All in all, a brilliant scheme by the club which I believe has raised more money that was received from Hamer Ford last year.
The Jolly Boys syndicate invested the remains of their funds into sponsoring Stuart Skidmore's kit for the season, and I guess we're taking it in turns to wash it.
Other snippets of news (courtesy of DJ Yeltz):
- Lee Knight , a central defender, arrives from Redditch United and a fit 35 year old Mark Taylor , formerly with Brendan Phillips at Nuneaton Borough has also signed up.
- Dennis Bailey, Michael Crawford and Clinton Thomas are all back training with the club.
- Lord Andy Bradleycb has been invited back to train with the squad from Saturday
There's huge excitement in these parts as Monday July 2nd brings the big shirt sponsorship raffle . The Jolly Boys have 2 tickets out of 50 (cost £200 each) and if we get picked in a 'Crinkley Bottom' style draw we get our logo on the kit this year. A brilliant idea, and I really hope we win. The draw's in the club on Monday evening.
The new blue kits are out (logoless at the moment of course) and can be ordered from the club for£32 shirt, £15 shorts. More financial news - To watch the mighty Yeltz's promotion charge next season will cost £5.50 for home games . We've got the money for the new floodlights from the Football Trust, and will have a lovely pylons at each corner of the ground. We're also getting more cash in from having a mobile phone mast near the halfway line, presumably off the pitch on the side.
We've signed Lee Collins, brother of Ross from Moor Green and two forwards, Kerry Giddings and Andy Jones. The squads still a bit unknown at the moment, but we'll try and bring you a reasonably complete list as soon as someone can work it out.
Not long now. First friendly is on July 14 against old friends Causeway.
Firstly, the friendly against Alsager has been replaced by a 'fun' day at The Grove plus a friendly against Causeway. Also, the League Cup draw has been made - we're away at Bilston .
The usual complicated promotions and relegations have now been sorted out, and the final list of Western Division teams has been announced: Atherstone United, Bedworth United, Bilston Town, Bloxwich United, Chippenham Town, Cinderford Town, Cirencester Town, Clevedon Town, Evesham United, Gloucester City, Gresley Rovers, Halesowen Town, Mangotsfield United, Racing Club Warwick, Redditch United, Rocester, Shepshed Dynamo, Solihull Borough, Stourport Swifts, Sutton Coldfield Town, Swindon Supermarine, Weston-super-Mare.
It's believed that the Boxing Day/Easter Monday games will be against the mighty Stourport Swifts. Brings it home how we've fallen, doesn't it?