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Ron Atkinson arrived at The Grove shortly after noon on Saturday, 20th October and spent 20 minutes with Nigel Pitt, Mark Serrell and Morell Maison before joining the Board Room Press Conference, with Ron Atkinson lining up with Nigel Pitt and Morell Maison to take questions. 

Those present at the conference included representatives from Hamma & Glamma (film producers), Sunday Mercury, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Evening Mail/Sports Argus, Express and Star/Sporting Star, Halesowen News, Non-League Paper, Non-League Daily, BBC Midlands and Nuts magazine. 

Q: Why Halesowen Town?

Ron Atkinson explained that he’d worked together with Morell previously at Kettering and also on ‘other projects’ and had enjoyed it. After they left Kettering he told Morell that if he got fixed up again and needed any help to let him know – whether on team matters, training or anything else. He had a call from Morell on Tuesday (after returning from holiday on Monday) to ask him to do exactly that. If he’d thought a week ago he’d be at Halesowen he’d have said you have rocks for brains! But he eventually said OK. Basically he had been press-ganged into it! As Ron’s mobile rang he quipped ‘that’ll be about the England job’ 

Q: How long will you stay?

Ron: No idea! But I know Morell has plans, he wants to be up in the main Conference in two years. One thing is for sure, it will be a rollercoaster. 

Q: Did the Kettering experience put you off?

Ron: Well, it was like trying to be a Middle East peace broker over there. But one thing is for sure, Morell will work very hard for this club and has a great enthusiasm for the game. If he wants me to help out, then I will, in whatever capacity he wants. But I want to make clear I will be acting in a consultancy role to Morell, I will not be a Director of Football. 

Q: How much time will you spend at Halesowen and what will your role be exactly?

Ron: I’ll spend as much time as I can, when I’m available, either for training or at games, but my exact role has not been defined. Incidentally, it’s strange that the manager of today’s opponents Roger Ashby was one of the best lads I worked with very early on. 

Q: How will you achieve the plans and will there be money available?

Morell: It’s not just about money, it’s about the players you bring in, it’s about everyone working together, hard work and the infrastructure of the club. Money in itself is no guarantee of success alone. 

Nigel: There will be investment. It’s time for Halesowen Town to move on from the previous eras. The infrastructure is there and the arrival of Ron and Morell is a breath of fresh air. This club belongs in the Conference. It is time for the community and the businesses of Halesowen to back and support us. We are now going to be a high profile club and one to be proud of. 

Q: Who will be the majority shareholder in Halesowen Town?

Nigel: Negotiations on this matter are continuing and we have stated we will make further announcements by November 1st. 

Q: Will you be choosing the team?

Ron: Morell will have the final say on the players and team selection. 

Q: What about the infamous race comment?

Ron: I have nothing to say on that matter. My record with players over the years stands up for itself. And I’m going to Tony Daley’s 40th birthday party later. 

Q: Is it good to be back in football?

Ron: After Sky TV and Kettering, there have been chances to get back into football, but I haven’t taken them. 

Morell: I’ve spent some months in Brazil, USA and Holland studying coaching practices and academies. I’m involved in the academy business myself. Two Kettering youngsters have gone onto the Football League and were sold for considerable money such as Rene Howe to Peterborough. 

In summary, Nigel concluded it was a new journey for the football club and a testing journey. He re-iterated his desire for the local community to show its support for this was the best opportunity we’ll ever have. 

Following the press conference, Ron Atkinson made himself available for individual press interviews and a photograph session on the pitch and in the Harry Rudge Stand.

Posted by Dave Johnson.


Before this Saturday's match with Brackley Town there will be a press conference in The Grove boardroom, starting 12 noon, to confirm the appointment of Ron Atkinson as Director of Football at Halesowen Town.

Further news regarding the new owners of the Club will be announced by 1st November 2007.

Hamma & Glamma Productions (www.hammaglamma.com) will be present to film Saturday’s events at The Grove and will follow Ron Atkinson throughout the day as well as filming the game itself. The company have been granted access to all facilities of the ground and will be interested in talking to fans as well as those involved in running the club. The pilot filming will be with a view to producing a possible future ‘fly-on-the wall’ TV series showing the rise of a non-league football club.

19/10/2007 - WORCS SENIOR (updated draw)
Round 1
Tuesday 23rd October 2007
Stourport Swifts 3 Malvern Town 1
Round 2
To be played on or before Wednesday 19th December 2007
(extra time and penalties if necessary)
Kidderminster Harriers  v   Stourport Swifts
Evesham United              v  Worcester City
Stourbridge                      v   Halesowen Town
Redditch United               v   Bromsgrove Rovers

18/10/2007 - w/c 15/10/2007

New Yeltz boss Morell Maison  took his first training session at The Grove on Tuesday evening and introduced midfielder Darren Caskey on a 3-months loan from Kettering Town as player-coach. Morell has also raided his former club to sign young striker Nathaniel Waite and defender Kevin Spencer.

Following the announcements by the Club this week, Halesowen Town Supporters' Association have issued a press release which can be seen by clicking here.

15/10/2007 - NEWS RELEASE
Further to our earlier news release (see below), the Directors of HTFC are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Morell Maison as 1st team manager with immediate effect. We are looking forward to working with Mr Maison in his quest to take the club forward.
Details of Morell Maison can be seen by clicking here.

The Directors are delighted to announce an agreement in principle to sell their shareholding in Halesowen Town Football Club Limited to a new owner.
In anticipation of the terms of the takeover, it is with regret that we must inform you of the departure of Martin O'Connor and Graham Hyde with
immediate effect.

On behalf of the Supporters, Players, Committee and Directors we would like to place on record our sincere thanks to them for their hard work,
commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism during their time at the club.

We believe that the new owners will enable the club to progress through the football pyramid building on its strong foundations. We are looking forward to working with them during this exciting period in the Club's history.

We anticipate further developments during the next few days and these will be communicated in a full press release as soon as possible.

For further press information please contact Mark Serrell, Director, on: 07966 494009.

Posted by Mark Serrell, Director.

14/10/2007 - MORELL MAISON
Having been a useful centre-half at Southern League level, Morell Maison entered management at Milton Keynes City in the Southern Midlands Premier League in 1995. After coaching in Belize he returned to Milton Keynes City in 1998 when they were in the Southern Midlands Intermediate League and got them promoted back to the Premier. 

Before managing Buckingham Town in 2000, Morell completed his coaching badges and stayed at Buckingham for 6 years, developing the club both on and off the field. Offers from Kettering Town to manage their Reserves under both Paul Gascoigne & Kevin Wilson were turned down as he was at the time so deeply involved at Buckingham. However, when Kevin Wilson left Kettering Morell was appointed first team manager there and spent a successful 15 months taking them to the verge of the play-offs last season, 2006_07. 

Morell is impressed by the current situation the current Directors have created at The Grove and looks forward to moving the Club upwards to the Conference. He will meet our squad on Tuesday evening and eagerly awaits the Brackley FA Trophy match on Saturday.

08/10/2007 - w/c 01/10/2007
Our match away to Banbury Utd, postponed from 13th October, has been rearranged to Tuesday 30th October, ko 7.45pm.
After 6 starting appearances and scoring once this season, defender Ed Booth has been transferred to Sutton Coldfield Town.

03/10/2007 - LAWRENCE WOOD

It is with great sadness that Halesowen Town announce the passing away of former Club President and Chairman, Lawrence Wood.

Aged 64, Lawrence passed away yesterday in Nethercrest Nursing Home, Netherton where he had been for the last 2 weeks.

The funeral will take place at Stourbridge Crematorium on Monday 15th October at 2.10pm. All proceeds from donations will be to The Georgina Unit and can be made via the undertakers A J Timmins, The Clockhouse, 142, Stourbridge Road, Halesowen, West Midlands. Tel: 0121 550 1345

03/10/2007 - ERREA CUP 2ND ROUND
To be played week commencing 29th October 2007

Berkhamsted Town         vs.               Aylesbury United
Bridgwater Town             vs.               Chippenham Town
Cinderford Town             vs.               Malvern Town
Evesham United              vs.               Gloucester City
Godalming Town             vs.               Farnborough
Hillingdon Borough         vs.               Windsor & Eton
Leamington                    vs.               Bedworth United
Marlow                           vs.               AFC Hayes
Oxford City                      vs.               Didcot Town
Romulus                         vs.               Willenhall Town/Sutton Coldfield
Uxbridge                         vs.               Dunstable Town
Taunton Town                 vs.               Gosport Borough

28/09/2007 - BEDWORTH PROGRAMME 24 09 1960

A good FA Cup run has always been vital, as the programme from the last FA Cup tie between the 2 sides shows. The previous match had realised £16 from the gate, which only provided £5 for both clubs after expenses.

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