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4th December 1982 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 November 2012 21:29

30 years ago today, Halesowen Town played Bridgnorth Town in the FA Vase at The Grove. Since we had first entered the competition in 1975, our best season had been in 1977/78 when we won through 4 rounds before exiting away at Oldbury United.

When Manager Paddy Page sent out the following line-up against Bridgnorth, nobody could have foreseen the dramatic transformation that was to take place at our football club and would see us rocket from an ordinary West Midlands League outfit to one with national recognition;

Phil Caldicott, Mark Penn, Stuart Edmonds, Mark Lacey, Les Randle, Robert Shilvock, Malcolm Hazelwood, Don Smith, John Woodhouse, Paul Joinson, Lee Joinson. Sub: Geoff Moss

In front of 235 fans Don Smith netted the only goal of the game but it proved to be of such huge importance that over the next 4 years we would only lose twice, the 1983 Final and away at Denaby United on New Year’s Eve 1983, before our last Vase match, which was a 3-1 defeat to Rocester Town on 27th January 1987. This fantastic run included 3 Wembley Final appearances, 2 of them victorious in 1985 & 1986, and saw us travel the length and breadth of the country overcoming all before us.

Don Smith was to lose his place in our first choice side to Geoff Moss but remained a valuable squad member never failing to deliver when selected, 61 goals in 105 appearances including 2 hat-tricks. None of his goals can have been more precious to The Yeltz than the one 30 years ago today. Below Don is pictured (left) at Wembley 1985 with Harry Rudge (centre) and Richard Heath (right).

Don Smith Wembley 1985

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