It’s been a while since the end of the season and we last heard from Bill Shaw or the folks at Walsall Wood Football Club – I can rectify that right now with the following wonderful message from Bill Shaw, who’s written a catch up note, a brief explanation of the start of the season and and is also appealing for help at the club.
Thanks to Bill for this, I love running the Woodmen’s news, reviews and events – please keep them coming, and apologies for being a little late with this.
I’m sure I speak for all of Walsall Wood and Brownhills in wishing them all the best for the next season.
Hope you are enjoying the varied Summer weather, from the Blog it would appear you are still managing to get out and about this lovely Midland countryside of ours. Living as I do now in Barlestone we are beginning to get to know the forgotten part of the country – Leicestershire, there are some lovely character villages around here and a host of gourmet pubs and eating houses, but what is it they say ‘You can take the lad out of Clanger but you can’t take Clanger out of the lad’.
[I love Leicestershire, and have spend many hours cycling around it; from Ashby, Twycross and out to Ibstock and Billa Barra, it’s always a good ride. Leicester itself is a city of which I’ m very fond – Bob]
No matter what fancy name you call it, a starter for a Clanger lad is always either soup or prawn cocktail and anything other than fish and chips or steak and ale pie is known as a main course (or dinner) is still known as ‘That foreign muck’ as Lynn’s dear old Nan used to call it.
Anyway my old mate I digress, nothing new there then I hear everyone saying, but on to all things football, we have some high profile friendlies arranged at Oak Park, kicking off on Saturday 11th July with the visit of Hednesford Town, that is quickly followed on Tuesday 14th by the visit of near neighbours Rushall Olympic.
Various away games follow, you will have probably seen from the club web site that there appears to be some fixture clashes on some away dates, but next season we have an Under 21 team and they will be fulfilling some of the fixtures.
Local games include Lichfield City on Saturday 18th followed by my second love Pelsall Villa on Tuesday 21st. The last home game currently is another big one on Tuesday 28th with Conference Kidderminster Harriers the visitors, the current crop ends with us visiting Ellesmere Rangers in the lovely Shropshire lake district on Saturday August 1st, if the weather is good that day why not take a trip up the A5 with a picnic and explore another lovely part of this wonderfully diverse and picturesque country of ours?
The season starts on Saturday August 8th and if anything the League looks harder to win this season than last, but rest assured folks the Wood aren’t in there just to make the numbers up, we are hoping to be serious title contenders come the end of the season on Saturday April 30th 2016. For all the football romantics out there the FA CUP, not VASE kicks off on Saturday August 15th with us looking to go further than the preliminary round this time, if nothing else the money helps, but we all know the magic of the Cup is still alive and a good run would do wonders for everyone in the area, we can dream can’t we.
Bob can I ask a huge favour, would you run this plea for us.
Is there any lady or gentleman out there aged 16 or over who would like to be involved in the ‘Wood phenomenon’? We are looking for someone to help in the kitchen on match days throughout the season which runs from Saturday August 8th to Saturday April 30th next yea. It’s mainly Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening at present, initially on a voluntary basis, but that could change as the club moves forward.
It’s an opportunity to become an important part of the new community spirit being generated at Oak Park and have some fun in the process.
If you have a few hours to spare and think this is for you, either call into the club during opening hours or call Lynn on 07767 125582 for an informal chat.
You know it makes sense and let’s face it, it’s For The Good Of The Wood.
Thanks in advance Bob, I have been quiet for nearly a month- after all.
Thanks to Bill for that – if you want to help, you can contact the club on the number supplied, comment here or mail me at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com and I’ll pass any enquiries on.
For the good of the wood!