Well it's that time again. The new season is nearly upon us and preparation is already underway. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work & support. I have really enjoyed what turned out to be a surprisingly good season. 6th place was a very good finish under difficult circumstances. I hope this gives us a good platform to build on to aim for a higher place this term.
I think we are starting to create a good team spirit amongst the lads. I feel this is one of the most vital areas when building a team and one that is overlooked by so many managers. Equally important is the spirit and collectiveness of everyone off the pitch. In this I include Manager, Coach, Parents, Grandparents, Auntie, Uncle, Brother, Sister and anyone else who comes to watch the boys play their football. Positive encouragement & support is what the lads need to hear. Keep telling them how good they are and eventually they will start to believe it. Watch their confidence grow.
There are of course a couple of people I forgot to thank publicly for their help. Firstly Ade. You are a brilliant coach and fantastic with the lads. Your tactical awareness and knowledge of the game is outstanding for someone so young. I really appreciate your input and help. Thanks mate. Secondly my good lady wife Debbie. Behind every man who thinks he can do it is a woman who actually does. Thank you to my very own Microsoft Office Debbie.
Onward and upwards. A new season brings a new kit. Thank you kindly to MORGAN TIMBER & BOARDS of Kidderminster for your sponsorship this year. The new kit will be revealed at our first game of the season on September 6th. Joining us at this game will be two of the bosses of Morgan's. Lets hope we can impress the them with a good performance.
We have 3 friendly fixtures during our pre-season preparation. Firstly we welcome Northside Tigers to Ribbesford Meadows on Saturday 9th August. They are a new addition to the Stourport Boys League who are run by Ade Wise. Ade always prepares his teams very well and I'm sure this will be a tough opening test for us. Next up are Mostyn Rangers on Saturday 16th August. I hold Mostyn very dear as I played for them for 5 years between U11's & U16's. Mostyn can count themselves very unlucky to have lost 1-0 & 2-1 to us over the season with last minute goals on both occasions. I know Justin has had his lads training all summer so they will be looking to redress the balance. Finally we visit Warndon Whippets at Perdiswell Leisure Centre on Saturday 23rd August. Having played against Anthony's team twice we have yet to produce a winner, but there should be plenty of goals if previous encounters are anything to go by having drawn 2-2 at home and 3-3 away.
1957-1958 KIDDERMINSTER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS Worthing Comrades
SATURDAY SENIOR CUP
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LEAGUE DIVISION CUP WINNERS
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1986/87 SUNDAY SENIOR LEAGUE CUP-RunnersUp
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1992/93 K'MINSTER HOSPITAL MINOR CUP- Winners
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TENBURY CUP - RunnersUp
TONY TRANTERS CUP- Winners
K'MINSTER LEAGUE MINOR CUP - RunnersUp
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WORCESTER COUNTY CUP - Runners Up
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2003/04 WORCESTER COUNTY CUP CHAMPIONS
2004/05 WORCESTER COUNTY CUP CHAMPIONS
WEST MIDLANDS (Regional) League Division One runner up