Report in CONTACT Magazine - Spring 1975
At the time of writing, the Bank are enjoying a fairly successful season. On the Cup side, we have qualified for the Cup Final in the PM President's Cup and the Quarter Finals in the TSB Cup. In the League, the Bank have not been out of the first five places all season.
In the PM President's Cup the bank play the league leaders, Newey Goodman, In a league match earlier in the season the Bank lost 5-3 to Newey Goodman despite having a 2-1 half-time lead.
In the TSB Cup, the Bank qualified for the Quarter Finals by finishing runners up in their section. We now meet the winners of Section 4, still to be decided between Sheffield, Manchester and Altrincham.
In the South Birmingham Sunday League, the Bank's performances have improved vastly. The team has been strengthened by the addition of R Cridge, M Murray and E Slattery to the side and also the return of M Reed, in goal after a year's retirement from the game. Thanks must go to D Horner for filling the No. 1 position during Mike's absence.
John Mace once again heads the scoring lists and is well placed to beat the Club record of goals scored in a season set by I Galloway. Scorers of goals this season are as follows:-
Mace 36; Dugdale 13; Slattery 9; Jones 8; Burke 5; Glenn 4; Murray 3; Hinz 3; Lewis 2; Byrne 2; Burnett 1; Horner 1
The Bank are currently lying fourth in the league with the following record:-
P W D L For Ag Pts
16 11 1 4 51 21 23
The following players have played for the Bank in competitive games this season: M Reed, R Cridge, K Prentice, R Lewis, M Glenn, M Murray, D Burke, T Hinz, A Dugdale, J Mace, P Murray, R Campbell, M Jones, A Byrne, D Horner, P Burnett, M Davies, C Riordan, E Stokes, M Orton, S Griffin, R Garner, R Lovell and R Parker.
The Club also sends its thanks to A Byrne who left the staff in January. Tony served the Club as the Secretary for two years and we wish him well in the future.
Looking ahead to the 75-76 season, the Club will be needing new players - several players have hinted that they will not be available next season. Interested members should contact myself at Erdington branch.
The sale of Pontoon units, on which the Club depends for finance, was disappointing. Any member of Staff requiring information about the Pontoon should contact R Atkins at Shirley branch.
On that sour note, may I wish you all an enjoyable summer holiday.
Report in CONTACT Magazine - Summer 1975
At the time of writing, the league season has been completed for two months and preparations for the coming season are well in hand.
Last season was satisfactory; the Bank finished as runners-up in the Cup competition and third in the league.
The team reached the final of the President's Cup against Newey Goodman - the first time the bank team has qualified for a final in a domestic competition. John Mace, the Club's leading scorer, had to pull out of the final two days before through illness. Despite this setback the team played very well but lost 2-0 after extra time.
In the league, the Club finished with the following record:-
P W D L F A Pts
1) Newey Goodman 19 17 2 0 99 23 36
2) Saints 21 15 3 3 97 41 33
3) BMB 21 14 3 4 66 28 31
Top scorer was again John Mace with 29 league, 9 cup and 7 TSB goals. This earned John the Footballer of the Year Trophy for the fourth time in six seasons. M Glenn and R Lewis finished a close second and third. A special mention to M Murray, R Cridge, E Slattery and M Jones on completing their first season with the Club. All did the Club credit.
In the TSB Cup, the bank failed to reach the final for the first time since entering the competition for years ago. The team reached the quarter final before being eliminated in a replayed match with Sheffield.
At the AGM, D Horner became the new Club Chairman, K Prentice - Secretary and Team Manager, M Glenn - Team Captain and Assistant Secretary.
Several of the players from last year's team will not be playing next season. Anyone who would like to play for the Club should contact me at Erdington branch. Next season the Club will again be competing in Division 2 and will be allowed to use two substitutes in matches - this will give more people a chance of playing.
Unfortunately the Club will not be entering the TSB Cup due to high travelling costs.
May I wish everyone, on behalf of the Club, a restful holiday.