THIS WEEK 16, 25, 50, 75 and 100 Years Ago.
Saturday 10th September 1994
Skol Midland Combination Premier
Coleshill Town 3 v 2 Wellesbourne
Scorers: Jonathan Johnson, Jimmy Stafford, Andrew Green.
SUNDAY MERCURY WROTE
Coleshill Town battled to their first league win of the season with a 3-2 victory over Wellesbourne at Pack Meadow. Coleshill took the initiative after 35 minutes when Jonathan Jouhnson latched onto a Jimmy Stafford cross. Stafford himself grabbed Coleshill's second with a 70th minute free kick on the edge of the area after Wellesbourne had equalised a quarter of an hour earlier. Andrew Green sealed the points in the 75th minute before Wellesbourne were gifted a late consolation after a bad clearance from goalkeeper Carl Clinton.
Record So Far
P3 W1 D0 L2 F4 A9 Pts3 Pos 16/18
Next Week Home to Meir KA in the Mid Com Challenge Cup
Saturday 14th September 1985
Midland Combination Premier
Walsall Borough 0 v 0 Coleshill Town
SUNDAY MERCURY WROTE
The best opportunity of the game fell to the visitors ten minutes into the second half when Hanson beat his marker and rounded the Borough goalkeeper but saw his shot cleared off the line by Jepson. In the 83rd minute a well positioned referee initially awarded Coleshill a penalty then changed his decision to a free kick outside the box after consulting a linesman.
THE ARGUS WROTE
Walsall Borough had to settle for a point in their re-arranged fixture against Coleshill.
Record So Far
P10 W2 D3 L5 F10 A17 Pts7
Next week Home to Smethwick Highfield in the FA Vase
Saturday 10th September 1960
Birmingham Youth and Old Boys League Mercian Division
Sheldon Athletic v Coleshill Town
I have found no result or report as yet but I will keep looking and update as and when.
Coleshill British Legion were forced to drop down one league from the Mercian league and will now share Town's ground at the Memorial Park.
Next week Coleshill Town visit rivals Coleshill Hall in the Mercian League Senior Cup.
Coleshill started the 1935/36 season in Division 1 of the Sutton and District Amateur League. The league consisted of four divisions, Div 1 & 2 for teams with private grounds. Div 3 for teams within a five mile radius of Erdington. Div 4 for Reserve teams. Mr Jack Rowley was secretary of the league and had been since the start some 20 years previous. At their 20th Annual Meeting, President Mr F. Mills showed a balance sheet with a loss of £1 12s 4d for the previous season.
In Div 1 with Coleshill Town were: Coleshill Hall, Hurley FC, Four Oaks A.S, Saltley Rangers, Leighswood Prims, Walsall Gas, Walsall Co-Op, Stoneware, Hams Hall and Hill Rovers. Coleshill Rovers were in Div 2 and both Town and Hall ran reserve teams in Div 4.
Saturday 14th September 1935
Sutton and District Amateur League Division 1
Hill Rovers 0 v 2 Coleshill Town
Scorer: Finlan 2.
Coleshill Chronicle and Castle Bromwich Advertiser Wrote
Hill Rovers put up a good fight against Coleshill Town but the latter won by two goals to none. The home forwards missed many chances. Finlan scored both goals for Coleshill.
N.B. I think Watchman was League Secretary Jack Rowley.
A meeting of the Coleshill Charity Cup Committee took place at the Coach and Horses September 12th. President Dr Arthur Cant, Chairman Mr W. Wood, Hon Sec Mr H.W. Edwards, Committee Dr J Cant, Major Ferry. The Coleshill Charity Cup was a major event in Coleshill with the final always taking part on Easter Bank Holiday Monday and always attracted a large crowd. The Cant family were connected with the cup for many, many years. More about the C.C.C. in the coming weeks.
Record So Far
P1 W1 D0 L0 F2 A0 Pts2
Saturday 10th September 1910
Birmingham Youth and Old Boys League Senior Division 1
Coleshill Town 2 v 1 Minworth
Scorer: A. Wright 2.
COLESHILL CHRONICLE WROTE
Minworth were entertained at Coleshill on saturday last to open the "Rabbits" home programme and as Coleshill opened the season at Minworth the week previous, when they were just beaten, after a keen and interesting game, this fact coupled with delightful weather was responsible for a good attendance. Both teams differed a little to what did duty in the first encounter. The Coleshill Team was:
Goal: W. Barker, Backs: C. Shaw and W. Caswell, Half backs: Haycock, J.C. Clare (captain) and E. Clive, Forwards: E. Sly, C. Watkins, A. Wright, Lewis and C. R. Williams.
Referee Mr Owen of Saltley.
Coleshill opened in promising style, when they started the ball rolling down the slope. They forced their attack with immense pressure. The visiting backs were firm and presented a stern front to the efforts of the home forwards and were eventually successful in driving the opposition back, Hatton transferring play. Then the Minworth forwards came along in excellent style and "Tubby" was called upon to clear, which he did easily. Coleshill retaliated and a beautiful move by the Coleshill forwards enabled Wright to secure possession and beating his man he worked his way into a capital opening and from some 30 yards range crashed the ball into the corner of the net leaving Hinton powerless to deal with the shot. It was a magnificent goal, in fact one of the best seen on the ground for a long time and Wright came in for a warm reception. This reverse acted as a tonic to the Minworth team and they gave Coleshill's defence a tremendous lot of work to do but Shaw and Caswell at the back with a splendid trio of helpers in front of them were playing a great game. The visitors perseverance however at last was rewarded. Green got possession on the right and running well in, beating all opposition, came sailing for goal. Barker ran out to meet him when he centred the ball beautifully to the foot of Kelly who shot it into the net like lightning and put the game on even terms. Minworth undoubtedly deserved their reward for they were playing a great game and on the run of the game were holding their own well. In fact, "Jack seemed as good as his master." First one and then the other holding the advantage for a time. Coleshill got down on the right and McCormack fouling one of the Coleshill forwards close in, the homesters were awarded a penalty. This was entrusted to Caswell and although he sent in a grand shot, Hinton brought off a magnificent save and so a golden opportunity was lost. Each team tried desperatley after this but half time arrived: Coleshill 1 Minworth 1.
The second half opened quietly as compared with the first and Minworth were the first to become dangerous, Barker having to kick away and then Kelley shot over. From the goal kick Coleshill got away on the left and Williams raised feelings of apprehension when he made speedy tracks for the Minworth goal. However his final effort went wide. From a little mid field play the visitors caused the home defence a lot of trouble and Kelly got in a long shot but Barker cleared with a flying kick. It was a most even and interesting game with very little to choose between the teams. It was always exciting for both custodians and some capital shots to deal with. Coleshill were awarded a foul in midfield and Caswell placing the ball beautifully into goal, Wright dashed up and headed it past the goalkeeper, amidst tremendous enthusiasm. With time drawing near, Minworth made strenuous efforts to get on even lines again and only the grand kicking of Caswell and the worrying tactics of the Coleshill halves, prevented them, and when the whistle blew Coleshill had won a grand game by the near margin of two goals to one.
Perhaps a draw would have been a more fitting result. Certainly it was hard lines on Minworth not to share the points for taking the game all through it was even. From the start to the finish it was brimful of excitement.
For the Coleshill side all played a hard and persevering game, but there is still room for improvement. Clarke will have to be brought back to the intermediate line for he certainly is a better man than Haycock. The chief feature of the match, especially in the second half, was the magnificent kicking of Caswell but this player must learn to be less hasty or trouble is in store for him. Wright at forward scored two grand goals and is undoubtedly a good addition to the team. Clare and Clive as usual were great.
On the Minworth side all played a brilliant game, and they have undoubtedly the best team they have ever had, and I anticipate a most successful season for them. I only hope we shall have a few more such games at Coleshill before the season is over.
Today Coleshill recieve a visit from Aston Manor in a league game. Kick off 3.30. Coleshill are trying a new goalkeeper in Humpries and Clarke comes into the half back line and will it will be welcome news to all to hear that Jack Nichols is playing at outside right. These few alterations should greatly strengthen the team, let us hope it will. We only need good support and then we can go on our way rejoicing.
That the Coleshill Football Club are encouraged by the good attendance at Saturday's match.
That the spirit of reciprocation is in the members.
That they say "Give us good support and we will show you good football".
That they did it on saturday.
That Wright's goal was a beauty against which the custodian had no chance.
That Kelly's response was equally good.
That both were the result of grand combined play.
That although Coleshill won by the odd goal there was not much to choose between the teams.
That "Forward" expresses the view that a draw would have accurately represented the play.
That he is no doubt quite right.
That Coleshill Football Club received a bye in the first round of the Wilnecote Cup.
That in the second round they have a journey to Atherstone to meet the Amateur's of that town.
That it will be just about 12 months ago then since they beat Coleshill in the first round of the Polesworth Cup by 1-0.
That Coleshill must not let history repeat itself.
That followers of the old club will be glad to know Mr J.A. Nichols is turning out today.
Next Week Coleshill at Home to Aston Manor
Record So Far
P2 W1 D0 L1 F5 A5 Pts2
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