Solihull Moors: Club history

The story of Solihull Moors only dates back to 2007 when Southern Premier League side Solihull Borough merged with their tenants, Moor Green, then playing in the Conference North.

The two clubs, both based in the West Midlands town, joined together following two arson attacks at the home of Moor Green, The Moorlands, forced them to ground-share at Damson Park, the home of Solihull

Damson Park, as seen from the away end.

Borough.

After two seasons as tenants, the sides agreed to a merger at the end of the 2006-07 season with the new club taking Moor Green’s place in the Conference North from the 2007-08 campaign.

With former Moor Green boss Bob Faulkner in charge, the first four seasons of the new club were largely surviving at Conference North season.

It was not until the 2010-11 campaign when Faulkner appeared to have put together a side which began to challenge for the top spots in the division.

They were in a healthy position in the division when Faulkner died and was replaced by Mickey Moore, who had previously managed Solihull Borough.

The tragic passing seemed to galvanise the small playing squad who burst in to the play-offs before eventually fading to miss out by four points.

The run earned Moore the job at Mansfield Town and he was replaced by former Bristol Rovers player Marcus Bignot who could not maintain the momentum and Moors finished one point above the drop zone in the 2011-12 campaign.

The away terrace.

There were ninth and eighth place finishes in the following two seasons as Solihull grew off the pitch with a comprehensive youth and ladies section which led to 27 teams representing the name during the 2013-14 season.

Over the next two seasons, Bignot built a side which finished 12th in National League North in 2014-15 before an amazing start to the 2015-16 campaign saw them go unbeaten until December.

Unsurprisingly, Moors landed the title and managed to finish the campaign with only one defeat away from home to earn National League Premier status.

It was during their first campaign at this level that they faced Darren Way’s Yeovil Town in the FA Cup second round just without Bignot, who had been given permission to talk with League Two side Grimsby Town.

Having gone 2-0 ahead at Huish Park with goals from Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan, the sending off of Kevin Dawson turned the match and led to Solihull snatching a replay which they won 4-2 on penalties at Damson Park.

Bignot took a number of players with him including Jamey Osborne, the star of the first tie against Yeovil, and star striker Akwasi Asante.

The covered seating nearest the camera housed away supporters during our visit in October 2021.

His replacement, Liam McDonald, guided Moors to a 16th placed finish, but a miserable start to the 2017-18 campaign saw him replaced by ex-Bristol Rovers boss Richard Money, who quit after just 20 days with the club rooted to the bottom of the table.

Former Cheltenham Town player and manager Mark Yates came in bringing Tim Flowers, the former England goalkeeper, with him as his assistant in November 2017 and brought about a great escape.

Solihull managed a run of 12 wins in 29 matches to survive and the following summer Yates was snapped up by League Two side Macclesfield Town, where he would last just four months before being sacked after a winless start.

Flowers took over and started the 2018-19 campaign with three consecutive wins followed by a takeover by former Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales and automotive trade businessman Calvin Barnett.

This was a move which would galvanise Moors who played with swash-buckling style led by top-scorer Adi Yussuf, now plying is trade at Yeovil Town, strike partner Danny Wright and winger Jermaine Hylton.

That led to a second place finish in the 2018-19 National League only to miss out to AFC Fylde in the play-off semi-finals.

The following season Yussuf departed for League One Blackpool, largely on the strength of two goals he had scored against them in the previous campaigns FA Cup run, and was replaced by Paul McCallum, who had been the division’s top scorer with Eastleigh the previous year.

Eales’ investment also stretched off the pitch with a new main stand being built at Damson Park, but Flowers could not mastermind another assault on the top of the table and departed in January 2020.

His replacement, Jimmy Shan who had an impressive record working in the youth set up at West Brom, arrived in February 2020 and within a month the season was prematurely ended by the COVID-19 pandemic with Moors missing out on the play-offs on points per game.

Shan came in promising a new style of passing football which saw him overhaul the squad, but in a season blighted by postponements did not go well and Shan departed in March 2021.

Yates, who was in charge at Southern League side Stourbridge which had seen their season prematurely ended, returned to the club he had led to a great escape and 11 wins from the final 16 league games almost saw Moors clinch a play-off spot.

The summer of 2021 saw Yates depart back to Stourbridge to be replaced by ex-Notts County and AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley for the start of the 2021-22 season.

 


Solihull Moors: We’ve Met Before

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Solihull Moors

 

05/11/2016 Home FAC2 D 2-2 2118 Hedges 8, Khan 52
15/11/2016 Away FAC2R L 1-1 1460 Zoko 93 – lost 4-2 on penalties AET
21/09/2019 Away NLP W 1-0 1525 Wilkinson 58
04/01/2020 Home NLP D 0-0 2907
24/04/2021 Away NLP L 1-5 0 Murphy 54
27/04/2021 Home NLP W 3-0 0 Quigley 27,53,71
30/10/2021 Away NLP D 0-0 1607
Home NLP

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Solihull Moors

Home Away Overall
W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A
1 2 0 5 2 1 1 2 3 6 2 3 3 8 8

Solihull Moors: Club Statistics

LAST FIVE RESULTS

05/10/2021 Wealdstone Away NLP D 0-0 1501
09/10/2021 King’s Lynn Town Away NLP W 1-0 1009 Newton 86
16/10/2021 Hereford United Away FACQR4 W 1-0 1783 Newton 78
23/10/2021 FC Halifax Town Home NLP W 1-0 1594 Maycock 52
26/10/2021 Altrincham Away NLP W 2-1 Donawa 46, Sbarra 72

 

CLUB GOALSCORERS

Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Joe Sbarra 8 8
Andrew Dallas 3 3
Danny Newton 3 1 4
James Ball 2 2
Lois Maynard 1 1
Callum Maycock 1 1
Justin Donawa 1 1

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 2196
Lowest League Attendance: 1021
Average League Attendance: 1461

CURRENT SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 6
Games Without A Home Defeat: 4 Games Without An Away Defeat: 4
Games Without A Draw: 4 Games Without A Score Draw: 11
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 4 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: DDLWWWW
Away Results Sequence: WDLDWWW Overall Results Sequence: DDLWWWDLWDWWWW

Solihull Moors: Club Information

SportNation Stadium (Damson Park),
Damson Parkway,
Solihull
B92 9EJ
(Click for map)

Telephone Number: 0121 705 6770
Email: info@solihullmoorsfc.co.uk

Chairman: Darryl Eales
Secretary: Julia Shelton
Media Manager: Luke Turner
Manager: Neal Ardley

Capacity: 5,500
Seated: 2,131
Covered Terrace: Yes

Record Attendance : 3,681 v Leyton Orient, 22/04/2019
Colours: Blue and yellow
Nickname: The Moors

Ticket Prices

The game against Yeovil Town on October 30 has been designated a Category A fixtures with tickets bought ahead of the fixture online are priced at:

Adult: £15
Concessions(65 years+ or 18-24 years): £12.50
Under-18s: £10
Under-12s: Free with a paying adult
Disabled: £9 – adult, £5 – 16-21 years, free – under-16 years when accompanied by a full paying adult – includes one personal assistant admitted free of charge.

Tickets can be purchased on-line here. All tickets bought on a matchday will incur an additional £1 surcharge.
The away support has been allocated Block N in the Airport Stand (which is covered seating) and Blocks M and L in the Draintech Stand (which is covered terracing). These are at the far end of the stadium from Damson Parkway.

Disabled Info: To be entitled to a free personal assistant ticket, all supporters will
need to be in receipt of one of the following:

– The middle rate care component or the highest rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement or the enhanced daily living or Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

– Severe Disablement Allowance or Attendance Allowance, War Pensioners’ Mobility Allowance or War or Service Disablement Pension for 80% or more disability.

– Blind or partially sighted registration certificate (BD8 or CVI Certificate) or evidence from an eye specialist, for example an optometrist, that the individual would qualify to be registered as severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (partially sighted).

Supporters who do not have any of the above but feel they do require a carer ticket are advised to contact the ticket office to discuss their personal case further.

Solihull Moors currently offers 10 wheelchair user spaces at Damson Park. 10 accessible bays are allocated in the Damson Homes Stand and are clearly signposted. For segregated fixtures away supporters may request a space in the away end at ground level and allocation of a space would be subject to safety requirements for the fixture.

For full details of the disabled facilities available at Damson Park click – here.

Programme: some programmes, billed as ‘Limited Edition’ at £3.00 are made available to purchase – here. However, according to their website, standard 20 page matchday programmes sold around the ground are £1.50.

Official Away Travel

The Green & White Supporters’ Club is running away travel to Solihull Moors on Saturday, October 30th.

Details are as follows:

Members: Adults £24, Concessions £22
Non-Members: Adults £26, Concessions £24
Coach departs Huish Park: 8.45 a.m.

To book, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or email him on paulhadlow@outlook.com.

If you are getting in touch by email, please make it clear which match you are booking for and that you give your full name, the names of people that are travelling and a contact telephone number.

You may be asked to pay a £5 deposit to reserve your seat.


Solihull Moors: Directions To The Ground

By Road

From South and West

Leave M42 at junction 5.
Take first exit at the roundabout towards Solihull, A41,
Stay on the by-pass (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 1 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:
Leave the M42 at Junction 6 and follow the A45 for 2 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 1 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 to the ground entrance on your left.

From The East:
Follow A45 from Coventry 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 1 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 to the ground entrance on your left.

From Solihull Town Centre:
Follow the A41 (Warwick Road) past Solihull School on your left.
At the traffic lights, take the left hand filter lane into Hampton Lane.
Continue to next set of traffic lights and continue straight over 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 1 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.

Parking

Our experience is that parking around the ground is a real pain. The club has its own limited first come first served car park which fills up quickly. The charge is £5.00. Thereafter it recommends the NCP Birmingham Airport Cargo Depot carpark at £3.00. This is the other side of the A45 dual carriageway from the stadium and just under a mile (so around 20 minutes walk) away. One can also pick up the X12 bus service here (see below). The club states that parking along Damson Parkway is strictly prohibited and parking tickets may be issued. In the past we’ve found the locals taking absolutely no notice of this, squeezing their vehicles on any and every verge in the area, making the only access road to the stadium more and more difficult to navigate as kick-off approaches. We leave it to you to judge whether, if their current practice does remain the same, it’s worth taking the risk and joining them.
There are ten disabled parking bays at the ground. If eligible the contact at Solihull Moors is Jo Malin on 0121 7056770 to discuss availability and booking.

By Rail

The nearest stations are Solihull Station (Chiltern Railway and West Midlands services) and Birmingham International Station on the West Coast Mainline (both just over two and half miles away). The X12 (see below) route runs past the stadium with a journey time from Birmingham International of around 22 minutes. Solihull Station to the stadium is also best served by the X12, with a journey time of around 18 minutes.

By Bus

The bus route past the stadium is the X12 (National Express West Midlands) which runs between Solihull town centre and Birmingham via Birmingham International Airport, with services around every 20 minutes during the day and dropping to around every 30 minutes in the evening. The nearest stop is called Old Damson Lane and is right outside the stadium. Alternatively the A1 Solihull-Damsonwood Circular (operated by Diamond Bus) will get you as close as the Land Rover Works stop, which is 0.2 miles (so about five minutes walk) from the ground. This runs once an hour with the last service around 18.00.

Taxi

Given the location of the ground to the town centre one of these might be more than useful. As a bonus one of the town’s taxi ranks is pretty much right outside three of the pubs listed below, the Flute & Flagon, White Swan and Indian Brewery. A list of Solihull taxi companies can be found here. However, as a warning, have come across comments that whilst getting a taxi up to the ground pre-match isn’t usually a problem, finding one prepared to risk the post-match traffic snarl ups around stadium post-match can be more of a challenge.

 


Web Sites

Official club website

Bandwagon Fanzine – a Solihull Moors fanzine

Runboard message board – if you thought online message boards were a thing of the past, nobody told Solihull.

 

Local Press

Solihull Observer – observing on Solihull since…..well, probably quite a while.

Birmingham Mail – we’re not sure people in Solihull will thank us for saying it’s in Birmingham, but it’s covered by the local paper.

 


Solihull Moors : Food & Drink

General

With Damson Park (currently on yet another sponsorship name change to SportNation Stadium) being over two 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, places to drink and eat close to the ground are basically non-existent. The ‘Beer Revolution’ seems to just about be peaking its head above the parapet in Solihull (see Indian Brewery below), but most of the pubs and bars that do exist remain restricted to the dull international and national chains and tied house sectors of the market. There is a micro-brewery on the edge of Solihull called Silhill Brewery (website here), which has been operating since 2014 but it doesn’t have a Taproom.

The Old Colonial was the closest pub to the ground – that closed before our first visit. If you went into Acres on that trip, which had then become the closest, that changed its name to Damson (2017) – but didn’t last long under new management and closed 2018. (The building may be operating again, as Snack Shack, but can find no evidence it’s as a pub.) This means there is currently nothing closer to the ground than the The Dingle, 1.2 miles as the crow flies across Elmdon Park (though a 2.4 mile journey by road); and the Greville Arms, also 1.2 miles away (both below).

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; but most commonly it’s the two main downstairs bars. It has the usual type of offerings one expects in a football ground, in this case the likes of Coors Light, Worthington Creamflow, Guinness and Sharp’s Cold River keg cider. However, it does stock several different bottled/canned beers from the local Silhill and Sadler’s breweries. In the past occasionally had something from them on cask too, including on one of our visits; but not seen any evidence whether this remains the case or not.
Available in the away areas are the usual huts one tends to see at this level offering the usual pies/chips/teas/coffees type provision.

Local Pubs

Dingle: Let’s be up front, if this wasn’t the closest pub to Damson Park it wouldn’t receive much notice from this guide. Formerly a Harvester, it’s now part of the Craft Union Pub Company stable. A subsidiary of what has become over the last few years the biggest Pub Co. in the UK with around 5,000 outlets, Craft Union is one of its around 15 or so of its different pub brands. It’s up front about what the Craft Union wet-lead brand is pitching towards, the opening line of the spiel being that they are “sports pubs to pop on in to enjoy a cold refreshing pint of your favourite lager”. The Dingle has Sky Sports, pool, darts, parking. Lagers are mainstream international brands such as Staropramen, Grolsch, Budweiser, Heineken etc. There may be a hand pump or two in a corner serving cask beer. Opening hours are listed as from 11.00 a.m. every day, to midnight Sunday to Thursday and 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday (though should be noted the local CAMRA branch review disagrees with this, suggesting it doesn’t open until 12.00 noon). Walking to the ground it’s about 25 minutes (1.2 miles) across Elmdon Park. Driving it’s 2.4 miles.
The Dingle, Tanhouse Farm Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 9EY. Tel: 0121 7420770. Map: Dingle.

Flute & Flagon: Taken over and renamed a few years ago by the Stonehouse chain, this outlet is in central Solihull virtually next door to the White Swan and less than fifty yards from the Indian Brewery (both below) 2.3 miles from the ground. Something of a Spoons clone (one would almost think it was one at a quick glance). Breakfast served from 9.00 a.m. (until noon) everyday, with alcohol service beginning from 10.00 a.m. and the main menu kicking in from 12.00 noon until 9.00 p.m. There’s a separate children’s menu and they are allowed up to 7.30 p.m.). There’s Sky Sports and occasional live music. Outdoor seating and smoking area to the front of the pub. The regular real ale is Marston’s Pedigree, with five changing guests. Closes at 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday and 10.00 p.m. Sunday.
Flute & Flagon, 28-30 Station Parade, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3SB. Tel: 0121 7113630. Map: Flute and Flagon.

Flying Elephant: Previously in this guide as a Thwaites pub under the name The Red House, this was refurbished and reopened in 2020 under the new title. It now describes itself as a “contemporary pub and Indian Grill”. 1.7 miles (half hour walk) from the ground. It has still retained a few Thwaites beers (most of which are contract brewed by Marston’s these days). The rest of its offerings are many multinational lager brands and a couple of keg ciders. Has Sky Sports, beer garden, smoking area and parking (registration details must be entered via a console inside). Opens at noon, food service from 2.00 p.m., closes at 11.00 p.m.
The Flying Elephant, 34 Hermitage Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 2LP. Tel: 0121 7044441. Map: Flying Elephant.

Greville Arms: If approaching Damson Park from central Solihull this is the nearest pub at 1.2 miles, so around 25 minutes walking. From one of the many chains run by Mitchells & Butlers, in this case its Sizzling Pubs. Does a couple of real ales. Rather than wasting time describing its features here click on the link. Opening is 11.00 a.m. every day, closing 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday.
Greville Arms, Cornyx Lane, Elmdon Heath, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 2RB. Tel: 0121 7118031. Map: Greville Arms.

Indian Brewery: The Indian Brewery has recently opened an outlet in Solihull around five minutes walk from the railway station. It’s in the same format as their Brum branch (in Snowhill district), which have been to a couple of times, in a café style. Found the beers (which naturally include some of its own) in that one are good and the Indian food excellent. Does cask, keg, bottles and cans. Has a keg cider. Opening hours are 4.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 12.00 noon – 10.00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12.00 noon – 8.00 p.m. Sunday. Food is served throughout those hours. Only a few yards from the Flute & Flagon (above) and White Swan (below). 2.3 miles from the stadium.
Indian Brewery, 52-54a Station Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3RX. Tel: 0121 2969000. Map: Indian Brewery.

Pup & Duckling: For the micropub dedicatees, this is the one in the area, though it would be post-match only. It’s a 1.4 mile (c. 25 minutes) walk from the ground if you go through Elmdon Park. Driving, it’s 2.3 miles. Has around six constantly changing real ales on, sourced from smaller independent breweries; and six real ciders and perries. An indication of the sort of beer and cider ranges that can be expected can be seen on its Facebook page. There’s two rooms and a garden/patio area. (It feels a bit like a Coffee House inside – which might be because that’s what it used to operate as – not clear if it still does – at some other times in the week, having a dual role.) Snacks only served, but customers can bring in takeaways from outside. As you might have seen us mention before, micropubs have a bit of a reputation for not necessarily sticking to their advertised opening hours. We recall this one causing some irritation on a couple of pub blogging sites by being a case in point. Anyway, should you chance it, hours have been further reduced and are now officially declared as being 4.00 p.m.- 9.00 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 12.00 noon – 3.00 p.m. Sunday.
Pup & Duckling, 1 Hatchford Brook Road, Olton, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 9AG. Tel: 0121 2478358. Map: Pup and Duckling.

White Swan: The Wetherspoon, a little over five minutes walk from Solihull Railway Station, on the western side of Solihull town centre and 2.3 miles from the ground. Virtually next door to the Flute & Flagon and 50 yards from the Indian Brewery (both above). Serves Greene King IPA and Abbot and Marston’s Doom Bar from the Spoons house list; and five changing beers, with almost always something from Silhill Brewery amongst them. The real cider is generally Weston’s Old Rosie. Disabled access, children welcome (this varies from Spoons to Spoons but is usually until somewhen between 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.), outside partially covered seating and smoking area to the front. Opening is from 8.00 a.m. every day until midnight Sunday to Thursday and 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
White Swan, 32-34, Station Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3SB. Tel: 0121 7115180. Map: White Swan.

 


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You: The Brummie accent has been regularly voted the least attractive in the British Isles, thus any conversation with them may be a struggle for our ears.

Top-Tip: Solihull folk will deny unto death they have any connection to Brum. Make such assertions at your own risk.

Solihull: Local Amenities Solihull likes to think it’s not just a very slightly more middle-class suburb of Birmingham but a “high quality shopping, leisure and business destination which enjoys a bustling, cosmopolitan café culture”. It really isn’t. (However see Top-Tip.)

Other Points Of Interest: There’s probably more parks and trees than in some other parts of Birmingham. That’s about it.

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