Despite two new chairmen arriving and the appointment of experienced coaches in the consequent years, Stourbridge were relegated to the Midland Alliance in 2001. Within three seasons the club lifted the League Cup and two league titles under Mark Harrison and then Joe Jackson. The club were refused promotion because of the ground grading regulations of the time.
It was the final day of my monthly long weekend off work. I had booked tickets in advance to Birmingham to visit some new clubs, enjoying a relaxing ale or two and to conclude the day at the Halesowen Town v Hednesford Town Pre Season Friendly.
I continued and did a full lap of the arena. It was well worth a look as I love both sports. I imagined a time when many clubs shared facilities in the way the clubs of Stourbridge did. I pondered on the ridiculous nature of some of the ground grading stipulations, especially bearing in mind some fine stadiums I’d visited around the world which would fail under the FA’s jurisdiction.
Stourbridge 0 Sutton Coldfield Town 1 (Monday 10th October 2016) Northern Premier League Premier Division (att: 529)