In Edition Three of this season’s Read Moor bi-weekly round-up, there’s plenty to get your teeth stuck into…

And let’s get straight to it with a piece of footballing history that was fondly remembered on Saturday afternoon.

With Moors hosting Southend United in the National League, the ex-players association at the Shrimpers were able to track down long-time Moors season ticket holder, Bob Bennett.

For those unaware, Bob was a former centre forward and turned out for the likes of Scunthorpe United, Wimbledon, Northwood and Saturday’s visitors, Southend.

Bob was contacted by Dave Brabbing and Dave Bishsop ahead of the game and they arranged to meet for a pre-match drink in the Trevor Stevens Suite.

Little did Bob know, he was to be presented with a very special memento – a framed match report of Southend’s famous League Cup tie with Chelsea in 1972, a game in which Bob made his debut.

A familiar face around Damson Park, Bob went on to play two more times for Southend that season in games against Walsall and Aldershot.

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Women – Moors edge nine-goal thriller

Solihull Moors Women 5-4 Burton Albion Women

A run of six winless games came to an end in dramatic fashion, as Solihull Moors Women edged Burton Albion Women in a nine-goal thriller on Sunday afternoon.

Moors twice gained a two-goal lead, but the visitors fought back, only for Lois Jefferies to rifle home a last-gasp winner to secure all three points.

Still under the stewardship of Interim Manager Richard Steeples, Moors took an early lead just two minutes into the game. The two Jess’s, Lowe and Lundie, combined before the latter picked out her strike partner Kathryn Pagan who was there to find the net.

Moors doubled their advantage shortly after, as Jefferies made no mistake from 12-yards following a foul on Pagan inside the area.

The Brewers were in no mood to lie down and take defeat – two goals of their own in the space of 14 first-half minutes found them level at the interval.

Yet, there was more drama to come in the second period. Lundie put Moors back in front, before Pagan notched her second of the afternoon with little over 20 minutes remaining.

If Steeples and his side thought that was that, they had another thing coming. The visitors pulled level once again with two goals in quick succession, making for a tense finale at the Abacus Lighting Community Arena.

And despite leaving it late, Moors returned to winning ways as Jenna Roberts played a superb ball down the channel that found its way to Jefferies who smashed home – cue wild celebrations!

Steeples’ side have a break from league action this weekend, as they travel to Leafield Athletic in the FA Women’s National League Plate (Preliminary Round) on Sunday afternoon (2pm kick-off).

Under 18’s bounce back in style!

After their first league defeat of the season last weekend at the hands of Boldmere St. Michaels, Anthony Hasker and his group of players were looking for the perfect response as they welcomed Bournville U18 Girls to Tally Ho on Saturday morning.

Little did the players, and the coaching staff realise what was to lie in store though, as Solihull Moors U18 Girls bounced back to second in the table after a ruthless display which saw them put five past the brave visitors. This gave Ant and his side a platform to build upon once more as they continue to keep pace with those at the top.

Foundation

Phil Base completes 1,000-mile walk

At the start of the year, fundraiser Phil Base embarked on the challenge of walking 1,000 miles, all in aid of the Solihull Moors Foundation.

And last week, we are delighted to say that Phil successfully reached his target.

Moors welcomed Phil as the club’s Star of the Day at Saturday’s game against Southend United, where supporters were able to show their appreciation during a half-time presentation.

Upon completion of the challenge, in an interview with SMF, Phil said: “I feel great now that it’s all done, but I actually wish it was longer!

“Interestingly, I have been working out all the numbers – 154 walks over six months, nearly 1,500 hours!

“Getting across the 500-mile mark was the one. There were times where I was at 300/350 miles and the numbers just weren’t going down.

“What’s helped me was having all of the people around me. If I did it on my own, I don’t think I could have done it.

“The reason I did it for the Solihull Moors Foundation was because of my association with Becci (Fox).

“Becci has done a lot with my children who are both autistic – I believe that Solihull Moors do great work with autistic, disabled and less-privileged kids. Hopefully any money raised can help support that.”

You can watch the full interview with Phil HERE

A reminder that the JustGiving page, which is closing in on £2,000, is still open for donations HERE

Once again, we’d like to congratulate Phil on a magnificent achievement and thank him for the incredible amount of money and publicity he’s raised for the Foundation.

World Cerebral Palsy Day

In celebration of World Cerebral Palsy Day, we’d like to shine the spotlight on the amazing Ross Lowe.

Part of the CP and Adult Pan Disability Team, Ross is now embarking on a new adventure as he begins studying at University.

A huge congratulations to Ross and we wish him all the best with his studies. Although this means Ross won’t be able to attend our weekly sessions on a regular basis, we can’t wait to welcome him back during the half-term holidays.

Discover how much it means for Ross to have a place to play football by watching THIS VIDEO

Events & Hospitality

Breakfast with Santa

It’s never too early, is it? Santa is making a very special breakfast visit to Solihull Moors this Christmas!

Enjoy a full traditional English breakfast and continental buffet served with unlimited tea, coffee and juices.

Children under the age of 12 will get to meet Santa, get their face painted and receive a small festive gift.

Tickets are priced at just £12 each, with the following dates available:

Saturday 11th December
Sunday 12th December
Saturday 18th December
Sunday 19th December

Doors will open at 9:00am, with last entry at 10:30am – the event will run until 12:00pm.

This event will be extremely popular, so early booking is advised where possible – simply get in contact with our events team to book: events@solihullmoorsfc.co.uk

Commercial

Going, going, gone! Time for the bidding to commence with this season’s player sponsorship auction now LIVE and the deadline extended until next week.

Joe Sbarra is clearly a man in demand, the attacking midfielder has already received three bids on his home shirt sponsorship.

But there are several players still yet to receive bids – you could be the person to nip in there and make your mark.

Bids start at £200 per player for the home shirt and £125 for the away, as for the final price, well that’s entirely up to you.

Click the following link https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/solihullmoorsplayerauction2021 and away you go, it is that simple!

Elite Academy

The all-important details have now been confirmed for Moors’ third round qualifying tie in the FA Youth Cup.

Following the 5-0 success over Evesham United in the last round, Mike Fowler’s side have been drawn to face Rugby Town away from home.

The tie will take place on Wednesday 13th October, with a kick-off time of 7:30pm.

For those fans wishing to make the short trip to Butlin Road to support the lads, tickets are priced at just £3 for adults and £2 for concessions.