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Bolehall Swifts
Bolehall Swifts
Full name Bolehall Swifts Football Club
Nickname(s) The Swifts
Founded 1953
Ground Tamworth
Ground Capacity 2,000 (500 seated)
Chairman England Les Fitzpatrick
Manager England Dave Haywood
League Midland Football Combination
Premier Division
2012–13 Midland Football Combination
Premier Division, 8th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

Bolehall Swifts Football Club are a football club based in Tamworth suburb of Bolehall, Staffordshire, England. They were established in 1953 and joined the Midland Combination in 1980, currently playing in that league's Premier Division, having spent two years in the Midland Football Alliance in the mid-1990s.

Local rivals include Tamworth and Atherstone Town. The team are currently managed by Dave Haywood, and the current club captain is Nick Heath.

History

Bolehall Swifts were founded in 1953, and took their name from its estate, and that of two local teams who were successful in the area, and the birds which by coincidence came every summer to fly high above its original headquarters "The Amington Inn". The first dressing rooms was an old double-decker bus which was a feature at the rear of the Jolly Sailor public house where the Swifts first played their games in the Tamworth & Trent Valley League, winning the League Shield and the Agnes Durham Cup in 1953/54. It was 1956 before the Swifts won their next major trophy and that was the Coleshill Charity Cup, and then went on to win a number of local charity competitions, but not until 1976 did they first win the Fazeley Charity Cup which is traditionally played on Good Friday. The late Mick Hill was the Manager who brought them the first victory in that most sort after local competition.

After leaving the Jolly Sailor ground, which is near the Castle Grounds in Tamworth, the Swifts played their home games on Morrows field, behind the Gate Inn Amington. But in 1959 purchased the old allotments from a local farmer, just over seven acres, in Rene Road Bolehall, for the princely sum of £350. Two pitches were established there, a tea bar and dressing rooms were built, with most of the work being done by locals. It was August 1961 when the first competitive match was played on the Rene Road Ground and that was against Tamworth WMC It was developed as a sports and social club in l975/76 and has never looked back. From the T&TV League the Swifts moved on to the Sutton District League, the City & Suburban League, the Mercian League and the Staffs County before joining the Midland Football Combination in 1980/81.

An excellent season was l984/85 when Swifts became Champions of the Midland Football Combination Division 2, and won the Challenge Vase and the Fazeley Charity Cup again. In 85/86 came promotion to the Midland Football Combination Premier Division. In 1994/95 Swifts became Founder Members of the Midland Alliance, but had two struggling seasons before finding themselves back in the Midland Combination. Ron Tranter took charge 1996/97, With John Capaldi at his side they brought success in season 1997/98. Swifts finished third, sharing 83 points with second placed Southam United and also won the League Challenge Cup. In 2001/02 they brought the Walsall Senior Cup to the Swifts beating Tividale on penalties at the Bescot Stadium home of Walsall.


Season 2002/03 saw John Capaldi and Tony Edmead, Manage and Coach as Swifts finished 4th in the Premier Division with Nine wins in succession (86 points from 42 games). Swifts were also Team of the month in March 2003, and reached the division on 25 March 2003 for seven days. Ron Tranter along with coach Paul Barnes took the reins of Management for the 50 years anniversary season 2003/04. Season 2004/05 saw Rob Masefield take control and the following season Rob appointed Paul Barnes as his second in command and together they reached 6th in the Premier Division, scoring 90 League Goals equalling club record in the Premier Division. The club have had a number of managers since then, including Peter Frain, who was in charge from 30, January 2010 until end of the season. The current manager is Daren Fulford, the former Atherstone Town Manager took over from the start of 2010/11 season.

Marc Albrighton of Aston Villa used to watch Bolehall Swifts as a youngster, and decided to help the club out, by putting some of his own money into improving the club, he organised for the first team squad to have brand new Nike tracksuits and polo shirts. Albrighton also decided to support Bolehall's man of the match award, providing the monthly winner with top-of-the-range pair all boots, he said his decision came as he wanted to put something back into the community. [1]

On 17 August 2012, manager Daren Fulford named former Kidderminster Harriers player Nick Heath as the captain, for the forthcoming season, following the decision for Michael Swann to step down for family commitments, with Jamie Abbott taking the vice-captain role. [2]

Stadium

The club plays at the Rene Road Ground, the pitch facilities boast an all seated "WELCOME TO BOLEHALL SWIFTS STAND" and the "FOUNDED 1953 STAND" opposite the dressing rooms. Metal fencing, replaced roped off areas and season 2008/09 the Football Committee raised funds to concrete entrance and standing areas all around the ground. The Floodlights were officially opened some years ago by Mark Hughes then of Manchester United. New dressing rooms were built nearer the pitch with other social facilities enclosed. These too have been vastly improved in recent seasons by the Foothall Club.

Players

As of 25 August 2013

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Pete Maguire
England GK Tom McNulty
England DF Dean Crowley
England DF Greg Dickie
England DF Dan Getliff
England DF Adam Goodby
England DF William Holyland
England DF Tom Starkey
England MF Jamie Abbott (vice-captain)
England MF Terence Carpenter
England MF Steven Day
England MF Billy Fagg
England MF Conor Fulford
No. Position Player
England MF Scott Goodby
England MF Daniel Hales
England MF Craig Haywood (player-assistant-manager)
England MF Dave Haywood (player-manager)
England MF Nick Heath (captain)
England MF Alex Pollard
England MF Tom Willmore
England MF Dave Yonwin
England FW Ashley Bennett
England FW Joe Obi
England FW Chris Sturridge-Packer
England FW Kyle Turner
England FW Troy Wallen

Officials and coaching staff

As of 6 April 2013

Club officials

Position Name
President England Jim Latham
Chairman England Les Fitzpatrick Vice Chairman England Chris Mellors Treasurer England Colin Jeffrey Club Secretary England Phil Crowley
Programme Editor England |- Committee/Dressing Room Steward England Matthew Fitzpatick
Committee England Dave Crump
Committee England Maruchi Lilburne
Committee England John Rhodes
Committee England Geoff Smith

Committee Wayne Grant Committee Ade Caulwell

Current staff

Position Name
Player-Manager England Dave Haywood
Player-Assistant Manager England Craig Haywood
First Team Coach England Rob Masefield
Sports Therapist England Kim Wood
Physio England John Cole
Fitness Coach England Tony Fulford

Managerial history

See Bolehall Swifts F.C. Managers

Manager Period
England Mick Hill
England Roger Brown 1993–1994
England Ron Tranter 1996–2002
Scotland John Capaldi 2002–2003
England Ron Tranter 2003–2004
England Rob Masefield 2004–2007
England Paul Barnes 2007–2008
England Gary Walker 2009–2010
England Peter Frain 2010 [3]
England Daren Fulford 2010–2013 [4]
England Dave Haywood 2013–present

Honours

Records

  • Longest Serving Player: Ryan Allmark 387 appearances 212 goals

References

External links

  • Official Website
  • Club Website
  • Non League Daily - Team Info

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