Solihull Moors Club Profile
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Solihull Moors : Club Background

The Main Stand at Damson Park
The Main Stand at Damson Park.
Photo © 2013-16 Stadiums and Cities

Solihull Moors were only formed in 2007, as a merger of Moor Green and Solihull Borough. Their Damson Park ground was previously the home of the latter club, and if you're a hardcore supporter of Yeovil Town Ladies then you'll have already been there, as they host Birmingham City Ladies there as well. Solihull is situated eight miles South-East of Birmingham city centre.

The merger of the two clubs came about partly due to an arson attack on Moor Green's original ground that rendered that venue unusable. They moved in with Solihull during 2005 and ground-shared with them up until January 2007 where their Board of Directors determined that they had to either find the money to rebuild their ground, or form a permanent merger with Solihull. The end result was that the merged club took Moor Green's Conference North divisional place, whilst Solihull Borough's 3,050 capacity ground became the home of the new club.

Moors won the National League North Division at the end of the 2015-16 season as Champions and so began the 2016-17 campaign at the highest level their merged club has ever occupied. It is also the highest level that their previous two incarnations have been at, meaning that this is new territory for them. Needless to say, a more visible profile creates its own challenges, and after our November 2016 FA Cup First Round tie, they lost their manager Marcus Bignot to Grimsby Town. As such they are now entering a new era and have brought in Keith Bertschin as their new Head Coach, although the signs are that this is an interim solution and that they may make a further announcement by the time we reach Damson Park.

Solihull's side includes former Yeovil Town midfielder Darryl Knights, who was part of Yeovil Town's 2006-07 League One Play-Off Final squad that played Blackpool at Wembley Stadium, as a young Ipswich Town loanee - a deal that was later turned into a permanent acquisition. Now aged 28 years old, he has been on Solihull's books for four years, having sandwiched spells with Kidderminster Harriers and Newport County between him leaving Huish Park in the summer of 2008, having failed to significantly break into Yeovil Town's first team. He was suspended for the initial November 2016 FA Cup tie, but will be available for the replay.

Covered seated area behind one goal
Covered seated area behind one goal.
Photo © 2013-16 Stadiums and Cities

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Solihull Moors : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Solihull Moors

05/11/2016HomeFAC1D2-22118Hedges 8, Khan 52
15/11/2016AwayFAC1RD1-11460Zoko 93


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Solihull Moors

HomeAwayOverall
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Solihull Moors : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Solihull Moors : Club Information
Damson Park
Damson Parkway
Solihull
B91 2PP

For those using Sat Nav, Solihull recommend that you consider using 'B92 9EJ' instead of the postal address 'B91 2PP'

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0121-705-6770
Fax :
Email: info@solihullmoorsfc.co.uk
Chairman : Trevor Stevens
Secretary : Tim Delaney
Safety Officer :
Web Site / Programme Editor :
Manager : Keith Bertschin (as Head Coach)

Capacity : 3,050
Seated : 500
Covered Terrace :

Record Attendance : 1,995 vs Tranmere Rovers, National League, October 22nd 2016
Colours : Blue and Yellow Hoops, Blue Shorts
Nickname : The Moors

Ticket Prices :

Ticket prices for our 2016-17 FA Cup First Round Replay are set as follows:

Adults: £14.00; Over-65s and Students (with NUS ID) and Aged 12-17: £8.00; Under-12s: FREE

There will be no advance sales - you can turn up and pay cash on the night from any of the Damson Park turnstiles and it seems they'll let you go wherever you fancy in the ground. The Under-12s ticketing offer is only available if they are admitted with a paying adult - otherwise you'd pay the Concessionary rate.

Disabled Info:

Solihull advise that Disabled Supporters should call in advance of the game on 0121 705 6770 to reserve a space. They have a disabled viewing area with disabled facilities, but there is limited space and to access it supporters need to be escorted from reception on the day.

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Solihull Moors : Directions To The Ground

Inside the covered seated end there is also a standing area
Inside the covered seated end there is also a standing area.
Photo © 2013-16 Stadiums and Cities

General

Solihull is situated on the South-East side of Birmingham, close to the ring of motorways that circle the city. It is worth stressing that Damson Park is around three miles north of the Solihull town centre - it is actually closer to Birmingham International Airport and the National Exhibition Centre (N.E.C.) complex.

By Road

For those using Sat Nav, Solihull recommend that you consider using 'B92 9EJ' instead of the postal address 'B91 2PP'

From The South/West:
This will be the route most people will take from the Yeovil area, or if you're coming from the South-East via the M40. Get on the M42 heading towards Birmingham Airport (eastbound).
Leave M42 at junction 5. Take the first exit at the roundabout towards Solihull, onto the A41. Stay on the dual carriageway until you reach two sets of traffic lights close together. Turn right at the second set of traffic lights onto Yew Tree Lane which leads onto Damson Parkway. Go past BUPA Spires Parkway Hospital on your left and follow Damson Parkway for just over one mile to the roundabout at the Jaguar Land Rover Works. Turn right at the roundabout and the ground entrance is 100 yards on your left.

From The North/East:
This will be the route you'll need if you've come from the North, or if you're coming from the South-East via the M1 and the base of the M6.
Leave the M42 at Junction 6 and follow the A45 for two miles towards Birmingham. Go past Birmingham Airport on your right and then past the Allen Kia Garage on your left. At the traffic lights, take the left hand filter lane onto Damson Parkway. Continue for approximately one mile until you reach the roundabout at the entrance to the Jaguar Land Rover Works. Go around the roundabout and back down the other side of the dual carriageway for 100 yards and the ground entrance on your left.

Parking

There is parking at Damson Park at £2.00 per car. However, once this car park fills, the gate is shut and no further vehicles are able to park around the ground. Damson Park is just off a dual carriageway, and a private road for the Land Rover works, so if the main car park does fill up then you'll need to walk a reasonable distance to the ground.

Solihull's own advice if their car park is full is to park at the NCP Car Parks at Birmingham Cargo Airport Terminal and the Travelodge Hotel next to it. Needless to say, commercial car park charges apply, and we suspect these will be 'airport rate' charges. You've then got a mile walk back via the dual carriageway route, so allow extra time if you're parking up that way.

Solihull also suggest that local street parking is 'not recommended'. In terms of the Damson Parkway that is certainly true - it's a dual carriageway so if you park on there, the police will get involved. However, if you drive south of the ground to Elmdon Heath, you'll find a lot of residential roads and cul-de-sacs that appear to be unrestricted. However, if you do choose that area don't park on junctions or across peoples driveways! Again, you're looking at a 10-15 minute walk to get from there to the ground.

By Rail

The nearest stations are Solihull Station and Birmingham International Station. However, both are around three miles from the ground. You'll either need a taxi, or one of the bus services mentioned below.

Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.

By Bus

The 966 bus runs between Solihull Town Centre and Birmingham International Airport and so is good is you have come in by public transport or have chosen to park away from the ground. There is a stop listed on the timetable for the Land Rover works entrance that is about 100 yards from the ground. In the evening buses run only around once every 60 minutes, so you'll want to view the timetable. Wider information on the 966 route can be found here.

Solihull do list an S1 bus service, which is a circular route servicing the Town Centre and going out as far as Damson Parkway, but as this bus stops by early evening, it isn't going to get you home for an evening game.

By Taxi

A selection of Solihull taxi companies can be found here.

Much of Damson Park is open flat standing areas, although this side has had a small temporary Stand put in since this photo was taken
Much of Damson Park is open flat standing areas, although this side has had a small temporary Stand put in since this photo was taken.
Photo © 2013-16 Stadiums and Cities

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Solihull Moors : Web Resources
Web Sites

Solihull Moors FC
The main club website for Solihull Moors.


Solihull Moors Vital
A lot of Vital network websites are unmanned, but this one is being looked after by genuine Solihull fans, writing their own articles, and so is worth a visit or two.


Web Message Boards

Solihull Moors Football Forum
Bulletin board style forum for Solihull fan discussions.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Birmingham Mail
The Birmingham Mail cover Solihull Moors with their own dedicated sports section for the club.



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Solihull Moors : Food & Drink
General :

With Damson Park being two and a half miles from the centre of Solihull, rather in the middle of nowhere, and blocked off from the west, north and east by the Land Rover factory, Elmdon Nature Park, two golf courses, Birmingham Airport and the National Exhibition Centre complex, desirable places to drink and eat close to the ground are in extremely short supply. The ‘Beer Revolution’ seems to have pretty much passed Solihull by so far, with the limited number of pubs that do exist being mostly from the dull national chain and tied house sectors of the market. There is a micro-brewery in Solihull called Silhill Brewery (website here) but as the best chance of finding their beers in their home town seems to be in the local Wetherspoon, this appears more to confirm than deny Solihull as a drinking backwater.

NOTE: You may find a pub called the Old Colonial mentioned around the internet as being the closest pub to the ground - ignore that, as it's closed and is not expected to reopen. Acres is now the closest pub (see below) if a drinking hole of convenience is your priority.

Club Bar :

Solihull has a clubhouse just outside the ground which welcomes away supporters. The bars are divided into four areas - three downstairs and one upstairs - and they vary what is open from match-to-match depending on what sort of a crowd they've got coming and what other events they've got on. If the game is not segregated, they often open the gates at half time to allow people to grab a half-time pint by leaving the ground.

Local Pubs :

Acres: Formerly Golden Acres until 2013. This appears to be the closest pub to the stadium, 0.8 miles away. A 1960’s estate outlet, it does seem to be a bit more appealing than the image that may conjure up. Hosts three changing real ales from small independent breweries alongside more mainstream offerings. Evening food is provided by a sub-contracted Chinese operation. Has a garden, smoking area and some parking. Opening is 1.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 1.00 p.m. – midnight on Friday; and noon – midnight at the weekends.
Acres, Rowood Drive, Damson Wood, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 9NG. Tel: 01217111659. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Greville Arms: Half a mile further away from the stadium than Acres (above). From one of the many chains run by Mitchells & Butlers, in this case one at the more down-market end: Sizzling Pubs. Does a couple of real ales: Marston's EPA and Marston's Pedigree. Rather than wasting time describing its execrable features here, click on the link provided. If that’s your sort of pub, enjoy. Opening is 9.00 a.m. (alcohol from 11.00 a.m.) – midnight every day. Food served 12 noon to 9.00 a.m. everyday.
Greville Arms, Cornyx Lane, Elmdon Heath, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 2RB. Tel: 01217118031. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Olton Tavern: Furthest pub in this guide, at about 2.5 miles away from the ground, on the north-west side, going out on the road between Lode Heath and Sheldon. It's an Ember Inns (Mitchell and Butler offshoot) pub that serves food all day, and as well as the Marston's range of beers they usually carry, you can expect Purity Pure Ubu, Sharp's Doombar and Wychwood Hobgoblin plus a range of guests that take you up to eight or nine handpumps in total, plus two real ciders, which include Rosie's Pig. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.00p.m. with them working against a midnight extension on the three weekend nights.
Olton Tavern, Lode Lane, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 4NU. Tel: 01217420515. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Red House: A Thwaites pub, usually carrying their carrying Lancaster Bomber, Original and Wainwright as its real ales. 1.6 miles from the ground. Opening is 12 noon – 12 midnight. Food is served lunchtime and evenings (can’t find more detailed times than that). Beer garden and parking.
Red House, 34, Hermitage Road, Silhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 2LP. Tel: 01217118856. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

White Swan: Not that Wetherspoon don’t have some merits, but it is depressing when they are probably the best outlet for beer in a town. A little over five minutes walk from Solihull Railway Station, on the western side of Solihull town centre. Usually has a Silhill Brewery beer on. Opening: 8.00 a.m. - midnight Sunday to Thursday; 8.00 a.m. - 12.30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
White Swan, 32-34, Station Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3SB. Tel: 01217115180. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

This is Brummie land, even if you're not quite in the city itself. Brummie accent vs Yokel accent doesn't have a lot in common, so we're probably just smiling and nodding a lot.

Top-Tip :

If you're turning up close to kick-off, allow for the possibility of Solihull's car park being full. If that happens, then you're going to need to add on an extra 20-30 minutes to find an alternative space around a mile away, and then need to walk to the ground.

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Solihull Moors : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Solihull is considered to be one of the posher ends of the greater splurge of Birmingham. There's a fair number of famous people from the town, including newsreader Michael Buerk, actress Felicity Kendall, TV host Don Maclean and BBC Broadcaster Simon Mayo. In the musical world, they produced folk singer Nick Drake, Britpop people Ocean Colour Scene, and New Wave bands Swell Maps and Spizzenergi (and their various aliases). In sporting circles, they are responsible for the birth of Will Grigg, the education of TalkSport broadcaster Jim Proudfoot, whilst West Ham United vice-Chairman Karren Brady and football pundit Andy Townsend live in the area. Rearrange of these people in true 'Norwegian commentator' style, if we do happen to give Solihull any sort of a 'beating'.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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