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Saturday 17th December 1988
Midland Combination Premier
Coleshill Town 1 v 0 Solihull Borough
Scorer: Carl Melvin.
SUNDAY MERCURY WROTE
A match winning 85th minute goal from substitute Carl Melvin maintained the recent improved form of Coleshill in this important relegation battle. Melvin was fouled on the 18 yard line and he scored direct from the free kick.
P19 W5 D4 L10 F24 A36 Pts14 Pos10/18
Wednesday 21st December 1988
Birmingham Senior Cup Replay
Birmingham City 1 v 1 Coleshill Town – Town won 3-2 on penalties.
BIRMINGHAM EVENING MAIL WROTE:
BRUM IN SHOCK KO
Birmingham City’s misery continued when they were ousted from the Birmingham Senior Cup by middle of the table Midland Combination side Coleshill Town at St Andrews. The match last night was decided on penalties after the game ended 1-1. Coleshill won 3-2. Birmingham trailed to a Tate goal in the first half but Colin Robinson equalised to take the game into extra-time.
SPORTS ARGUS WROTE
CUP OF CHEER FOR COLESHILL
Coleshill Town have given their very best against the aristocrats of the Football League this season – yet still find themselves in the bottom three of the Midland Combination’s Premier Division. Town astonished everyone when they beat Blues in a Birmingham Senior Cup replay at St Andrews. Birmingham were fielding an incredible ten men with first team experience but could not defeat Town who sealed victory in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw. And today the team, which had to be completely re-built last summer, was taking on Wolves at Molineux – in front of an expected 5,000 crowd. Few of Ronnie Mason’s team had played against professional opponents before they drew 0-0 in their first meeting with Blues at Coleshill. But Chairman Harry Davies said: “We matched them man for man and certainly showed more effort.” The BSC has been a welcome relief in a traumatic season for Coleshill. When Davies and his wife Sheila, who is secretary of the club, returned from holiday in the summer, he found manager Keith Shrimpton had departed to Paget and taken virtually the whole team. He took on Ronnie Mason from Knowle and as he tried to re-build Coleshill, the team took a frightful hammering in their first few matches. Now Mason has got the side in order and despite their lowly status they still have high ambitions and do not even consider relegation a possibility. Davies said: “I think Ronnie has done a grand job and there is definitely great enthusiasm running through the club. I am absolutely sure we will not be relegated.” Off the pitch, Coleshill secured a tremendous £12000 sponsorship from Walker Homes and now hope to improve their Pack Meadow ground. They have also attracted a Sunday side Dragon Strollers to the ground which means more cash flowing in. Davies admitted the club had gone through lean years but emphasised it was financially secure and said he now believed it could go from strength to strength. “Ronnie Mason assures me we will be in the middle of the table by the end of the season – and who knows what will happen from there.”
Fixture Saturday 24th December
Coleshill Town v Chelmsley Town
Coleshill Town played in the Birmingham Youth & Old Boys League Mercian Division.
P12 W4 D1 L5 F19 A17 Pts9 + two unknown results.
The Coleshill Chronicle stopped publication in December 1963 but was bought by Tamworth Herald and reintroduced once again as the Coleshill Chronicle on 24th January. Several results are missing over this period. However one result known but no details was a Coleshill Charity Cup defeat to Stockingford Allotments.
Saturday 13th December 1913
Birmingham Youth & Old Boys League Suburban Division
Coleshill Town 6 v 2 Moseley Friends Institute
Coleshill Chronicle Wrote: Coleshill were involved in an attractive match with Moseley Friends Institute, Coleshill winning 6 goals to 2.
P7 W3 D0 L3 F24 A15 Pts6 One unknown result.
Fixture Saturday 20th December
Coleshill Town v Austin Motors – Second Round of Holder Shield.
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