FC Halifax Town welcome Solihull Moors to the MBi Shay Stadium this Saturday as the Shaymen look to secure another vital three points to take a big step towards National League safety.
The visitors present a stern challenge for Jamie Fullarton’s side, who find themselves immersed in a relegation scrap, and a loss for Town could see them be sucked into the battle to beat the drop, too.
With that being said, here are ten things you may not know about Saturday’s opponents:
- Solihull Moors FC is a merger between former teams Solihull Borough and Moor Green.
- Despite forming in 2007, the two parent clubs were founded in 1953 (Borough) and 1901 (Moor Green) and made the decision to merge as a result of an arson attack at Moor’s ground. The two clubs had been ground-sharing at Damson Park since 2005. With both clubs struggling to bring in the required gate sales to sustain the two clubs, a merger looked the smartest option.
- In the 2008/09 season, while the first-team struggled to entertain, the youth team were unstoppable, winning their domestic league and even beating Wellington 18-0 in a qualifying for the FA Youth Cup. Five members of their youth set-up signed for the first-team over the course of that season.
- Prior to his passing in 2011, former manager Bob Faulkner had been in charge of the team (including Moor Green) for an astonishing 25 years.
- Former manager Marcos Bignot decided to bring himself out of retirement at 37 and play himself against Droylsden after a catastrophic start to the season culminated in one win in six. Moors took all three points in that game and won 4-2, kick-starting their season.
- The club went through a major reconstruction, with a full youth and ladies team set up by the management, with the total number of teams expanding from just three to 27 in the space of a season (2013/14).
- Last season was Solihull’s maiden appearance in the National League, as they finished 16th.
- The club’s National League North promotion campaign was certainly one to remember, as the club went unbeaten from the start of the season until December, and lost just one away game all season.
- Current manager Mark Yates began his long and industrious playing career at Solihull’s geographical rivals Birmingham, where he was part of the youth team and went on to play 54 times for the Blues.
- If results continue to go against Solihull for the remainder of this season, they could be relegated for the first time in the club’s short history.
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