Stourport Swifts 2016/2017 season..
As another season ends we can look back and assess how we have done.
The Midland Premier League is a tough Division, and we went through a patch where it looked grim for us, but credit to Mark, John and the team for a strong finish to the season which saw us pull clear of the bottom three and finish a creditable 13th in the end, and take the Worcester Infirmary Cup – our first trophy in 19 years.
Our performances of late give us a great platform to build on for next season, and with a few additions to the squad I think we can develop into one of the best teams in the Division.
From a crowd perspective, our attendance average was down from 88 last season to 77 this season, but this was due in the main to the absence of Hereford in our league this year, where we had previously enjoyed two bumper home crowds in the league and league cup.
Our last two home games saw us break the 100 mark, and that is a figure we need to exceed to enable us to accelerate our plans for the team and the club.
Our crowd average will be improved next season as Bromsgrove won Division One, going the entire League season undefeated, and reaching the semi final of the FA Vase. Congratulations to them, and we look forward to seeing them at the Walshes next season.
We will also see the benefit of Worcester City in the Midland Premier League, as they have elected to drop two steps in the non league pyramid after their relegation from the National League North.
Only four teams managed to beat us twice this season, Coleshill Town, Coventry United, relegated Walsall Wood and Highgate United. Highgate emerged as our bogey team for the season, also putting us out of the Worcester Senior Urn and the League Cup, and sticking a total of 15 goals past us and only got 3 in reply. One to look out for next season!
In total we scored 91 goals in 52 matches, and conceded exactly 100. We used four different goalkeepers, with Dominic Richards returning for the last 20 games, coinciding with our best run of form.
Of the 52 games, Jim Hanson made 50 appearances, with 47 starts, and Matt Fulloway and Paul Hurrell both had 45 starts.
In terms of goals, Joe Phillips finished top scorer with 16, Dan Sweeney with 9, Jim Hanson with 8, and a creditable 9 also from Matt Fulloway at centre back.
If you attended all Swifts matches and you live in Stourport, you would have travelled a total of 1,970 miles this season, with Heanor Town our longest trip at 176 miles, and our closest being Lye Town at a mere 26 miles round trip.
The Sunday side also finished 9th in the Premier Division of the Kidderminster League. Considering we lost several key players from last season, including Matt Hanson with a broken leg in September, this was another good season, with more young players coming through. We look forward to seeing Matt back in action next season. Losing Jack Bailey for a few months with a broken collar bone was another big setback. A tip for everyone on a night out, - don’t jump out of your taxi, especially if it’s still moving….
Only Woodside, Waterfall and Grange Athletic beat us twice in the league this season.
We had good cup runs in all 4 competitions, but failed to get past the quarter finals in any of them.
Midland Premier League - Home Attendances 2016-2017 Season
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|Stourport Swifts - Appearances and Goals 2016/2017|
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Swifts win Worcester Infirmary Cup
BACK ROW (left to right) Jack Pearlman,Jack Bailey,Joe Phillips,Matt Fulloway,Rion Francis-Mills,Joe Colley,Jim Hanson,Callum Grant,Paul Hurrell,Ben Priest,Dan Sweeney,
FRONT ROW (left to right) Alex Perry,Sam Beasley,Reece Wager,Alex Smith,Harry Beaumont
Swifts fans Martin Shannon and Keith Roberts with the Worcester Infirmary Cup. The Cup is the one on the right!
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
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: Ian Sword,Sylvia McDonald
1st Team Manager : Mark Phillips
Assistant Manager: John Dowdeswell
Sunday Team Manager: Ian Johnson