SWIFTS BATTLE BACK FOR A POINT
Stourport Swifts 2 AFC Wulfrunians 2 MPL Sat 3rd Dec Att: 161
This match looked all over after thirty six minutes, with Swifts trailing 2-0 and down to ten men. But a spirited second half fightback saw then earn a point.
In front of their biggest crowd of the season, Stourport had a nightmare start, with Demetri Brown putting the visitors in front from eight yards out after six minutes.Twenty minutes later captain Sam Beasley was sent off for a reckless challenge on Wulfs midfielder Joe Colley, and thing got worse when Kyle Brady ran through to score as half time approached and put Wulfrunians firmly in charge.
Swifts began in a determined mood after the break, and were rewarded when Matt Fulloway headed in at the far post in the 56th minute, and both Perry and Phillips went close before the Wulfs defence finally cracked again with four minutes left when Perry headed powerfully home from five yards.
SWIFTS: Richards,Hanson,Fulloway,Hurrell,Wager,Perry,Beasley,Robinson,Hudson,Lloyd,Phillips.SUBS USED: Bailey
SWIFTS LOSE MAC
Swifts' General Manager and longest serving secretary John McDonald passed away on 17th October, after a long illness. Mac, 69, had given 50 years to Stourport Swifts, and was the driving force behind the Club's progress.
Mac was honoured in 2015 by the Football Association for 50 years' service to football at a dinner hosted by the Worcestershire Football Association.
Our thoughts are with his wife Sylv, and their three children, Suzy, Andrew and Laura.
All donations to the Anthony Nolan Trust c/o B Ince Funeral Directors or visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Parkers29
HARRIERS AND SWIFTS ANNOUNCE LINK UP
Kidderminster Harriers and Stourport Swifts are working closely together during the course of the season to help continue player development and strengthen links between the two clubs.
A number of Harriers young players are due to spend time with the Swifts during the coming months to gain first team match experience with the Midland Premier League side. Dan Sweeney and George Taylor have both completed 1 month loans at Walshes Meadow, and Ben Clarke recently made his first appearance for the Swifts.
Harriers chairman Colin Gordon commented: "With no Reserve side, we have been looking for some time to find a means of giving some of our most promising players experience in a competitive environment. Some of our young, contracted players, as well as players making real progress with our Academy, will really benefit from this, and it's great for us to know that they are being taken care of at Stourport, where the set up is really good"
Swifts chairman Pip Hanson added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Stourport Swifts to increase the strength of our first team squad, and for the Harriers to give some of their promising youngsters some first team action in a competitive league"
SWIFTS ANNOUNCE NEW CHAIRMAN
Stourport Swifts elected Pip Hanson as their new Chairman at the Annual General Meeting on Friday 9th September.
Hanson was unanimously voted in on the night to replace Chris Reynolds, who sadly passed away in July. Chris's eldest son Paul, was also voted on to the Committee, along with Stuart Adey.
Hanson, 53, is married with 4 boys, and lives in West Hagley. He is Managing Director of PSI Marketing in Stourbridge.
Pip was one of the four newcomers to the Swifts committee a year ago, and hopes to continue the Club's progress over the next few years. He will continue also in his position as Treasurer.
"We have a young and talented squad, and are looking to improve further on the field, and increase our income off it" said Hanson.
Pip's two eldest sons, Jim and Matt, have both played for the Swifts over the past year, with third eldest Joe, now 18 and looking to stake a claim.
STOURPORT SWIFTS - Club Officials
President : Roy Crowe
Chairman: Pip Hanson
Secretary: Graham Haighway
Commercial Manager: Nigel Wager
Committee Members: Ian Sword, Margaret Sword, Laura McDonald, Brian Hewitt, Tony Lavery, Stuart Adey,Paul Reynolds, Ian Johnson
Life Members: Roy Crowe, John McDonald,Ian Sword
1st Team Manager : Mark Phillips
Assistant Manager: John Dowdeswell
Sunday Team Manager: Ian Johnson