In a quiet backstreet pub in 2005, the dream of two drunken men was about to became a reality. Darren Redmond and Stuart Telford had thought the idea of a Sunday League Football team of their own was something they had to do. So, relying on friends and more drunkards, they scraped together a team.
They soon joined the ranks of the Coronation League and a buzz of excitement swept the camp. This excitement didnt last long as only 9 players turned up for the first match which ended in a 13-0 drubbing.
The dream in tatters after just 90 minutes didnt deter them from continuing their campaign which resulted in loss after loss of games and players.(the team used 11 goalkeepers throughtout the season) New players were brought in and a new coach was appointed which resulted in them winning and drawing a few more matches, which stopped the rot. But this didnt stop the team from finishing 3rd from bottom.
The team that started the second season (2006/07) were near enough a completely different outfit that had started the season before, with more new players being signed up and a permanent goalkeeper being found for the team too. (not in photo) The team also found a new sponsorship for the club and by request of the sponsor, they changed their name
This new name seemed to bring a change of attitude to the team. A more positive and determined side hit the fields every week. Tidy and intelligent football was being played and the team seemed to gel as the weeks went by. Going nearly 4 months unbeaten and only losing 6 games all season saw 'The Motors' finished third in the table. This earned them a well deserved promotion. The club also found themselves a new home for the next season
The 2nd Season as AFC Smallbone Motors (3rd overall) was very different to the 1st. Only winning 4 league games all season was down to a lack of commitment and preparation by the team. with half the team absent throughout the season, it was impossible to maintain a balanced line up. Although the club enjoyed their best ever cup run, falling in both the Quarter Finals and the Semi Finals, they still finished second from bottom in the league.
The team that started the second season (2006/07) were near enough a completely different outfit that had started the season before, with more new players being signed up and a permanent goalkeeper being found for the team too. (not in photo) The team also found a new sponsorship for the club and by request of the sponsor, they changed their name.
The new name to start the 4th season might have brought a change of fortune to the club, however, it wasnt to be.
There was a high turnover of players this season that led to a very unsettled side throughout. Training became an issue as player attendance tapered out after christmas and the run of bad luck continued though to the end of the season.
The football being played was of a good standard, and many games saw the Dale take the lead through good play. However, due to lack of fitness within the squad and lack of training together they couldnt hold on for the full 90 minutes.
Sadly, this season saw two long term players announced their retirement. Andy Young and Mark Townson had both been present since the first season and had contributed well as team players.
After his first season in charge as manager, Kevin Redmond knew that the second season would be tough. Having reflected on this season he intended to set the team back on the path to success.
The start of this season the club took to the field looking very professional in new kit, and having the backing of Bournville College, their new sponsorsA bit of a mixed season was had by the team who finished 8th in the league. Once again the season was littered with player absence both in training and match days which didnt bode well for results.
At the end of the season both Kev and Daz Redmond decide that enough was enough and decide to fold the team to pursue other avenues.
Kev later that year founded his own coaching company
The year 2010 saw coach Kev Redmond put Paschendale on the map with the launch of his own coaching company, which has seen Paschendale get involved with coaching football to open age male and female teams, college and university teams, under 10s and under 8s, as well as encouraging and promoting sport in local schools by providing PPA cover, ensuring that all children are introduced to the enjoyment of sport. This has been an exciting time for Paschendale, who will be taking on the coaching of the newly formed Paschendale FC male Sunday and Power League teams that will come into existence in 2011
Paschendale FC were back on the map and with a bigger, much younger squad, and for the first time in the Clubs history started the season with 2 teams: an 11 aside playing in the Warley & District League and a 6 aside playing in the Rubery Elite LeagueThis season saw the team take shape and although we had some up and down performances on the pitch throughout the season, a style of play began to develop which led to the team finishing the season 5th in the league.
However, the 6 aside team outperformed itself, taking part in two 10 week competitions, winning the league on both occassions, giving the club its first footballing silverware
Sunday 11 aside
Second season in the Warley & District League . First half of the season saw the team top the table with performances that saw results of 6-1, 7-1, 7-3, 6-3, 5-0, 8-1. However, this was another hard fought season having to work around some seriously bad weather that saw us play 5 matches between December and March!.
Results in the half of the season saw us plummet down the table, winning only 2 games in 13. However this doesnt tell the full story as some decent performances were witnessed at times where we should of won, but conceded in the dying moments of the game
Players started to drop like the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan as the season went on and many games at the end saw us start with 8/9 or 10 players. Overall we finished 11th
Monday Night 6 aside
Second season in the Elite Leagues – Colmers Farm, where we entered 3 campaigns over the season.
The season's first piece of silverware came after securing 1st place, losing only one game. This was the 3rd successive time Paschendale had won the title and needed a new challenge. We quickly jumped leagues and entered the Tuesday Night Leisure Leagues 6 aside at Leasowes, Halesowen
The club dropped out of the next competition, However, competed in the 2 afterwards with a new team, finishing in 4th place in both competitions.
Tuesday Night 6 aside
The old Monday night team embarked on their first Tuesday night campaign as they joined the Leisure Leagues at Leasowes school.
Winning 8 of their 10 games, but unbeaten throughout and scoring 75 goals, they took the title on the first time of asking and picked up the second piece of silverware for the club.
The teams second attempt saw them finish 3rd after a very close finish to the league
FA Charter Standard
The club also achieved the FA Club Charter Standard Award which is a best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection and sets a benchmark for quality for all grassroots clubs.
This was achieved due to the hard work put in by Club Treasurer/Secretary Melanie Marks and Club Chairman Kev Redmond.
It is the Clubs intention to build upon this over the coming years. There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Award for organisations to recognise the different standards being produced by clubs.
The entry level is an 'FA Charter Standard Club', which has been achieved.
The next step is an 'FA Charter Development Club', which is awarded to clubs clearly enhancing the quality and scope of the football they offer.
Sunday 11 aside
The season took on a new look with our kit sponsor the Royal Mail providing the team with a new kit and Mel Marks taking over the Club Secretary role. The team started with a solid 20 players but were to lose only 4 of them over the season. This created a solid foundation for the squad during the season and the they took full advantage of it with some tidy football on the field, although the season did have its inconsistencies the general performances were of a decent standard.
Just after Christmas, Player/Manager Kev Redmond took a step back from his managerial role, to allow Andy Dunn to step forth and take control of the team for the second half of the season.
The team finished 5th in the League which is a vast improvement on previous season. However, their crowning glory came in the Gary While Memorial Cup. A quarter final game when to extra time after an injury time equaliser keep the dream alive for the 'Dale. Penalties ensued and up stepped Jamie Humphrey to save several shots (9 in total for the season) to secure a semi match against top of the league. All 11 players who turned up to the game gave their all in a match that end up 6-4 to the 'Dale.
The Gary While Cup Final
On came the final v Oldbury Cottage played at Halesowen Town FC. Having lost 8-0 in the 3rd game of the season to them, the odds were against us. Ant Ellis missed an opportunity to put Paschendale ahead after 15 seconds, missing an open goal! The game evened out but it was the opposition who took the lead. However, the lads went into the break 1 apiece pulling a goal back before half time.
Some inspiring speeches at half time sent the lads out fired up, dominating the second period and have them score the only goals of the half . Some last ditch defending in the final 10 minutes, which saw Oldbury bombard our goal with shot after shot, saw us come out 4-1 winners. Brilliant achievement by all involved
Monday Night 6 aside
This season the club was represented by an A & B team in the Elite Leagues. The season started with the A team finishing runners up. The second competition of the year saw the introduction of the B team, who went through many players trying to sustain a solid squad. Once again, the A team finished runners up and the B team finished 6th.
The third competition of the year proved to be a decisive factor in how the rest of the season was to pan out. Finishing 4th and 6th, the teams were changed around and strengthened.
The B team finished 6th again and it was decided that to further strengthen the team they would move to the Thursday night league which allowed more players to become available to them. However, the newly rearranged A team went on to win the league (pictured).
On the last campaign of the season the A team missed out on back to back trophies coming runners up, but still some good performances coming out of a successful year
Sunday 11 aside
This is was the first season since the founding of Paschendale that there wasn't a Redmond at the Helm. Due to other engagements control of the A team was passed over to the capable hands of Andy Dunn, Dave White, Joe Hodgson and Claire Ellis.
This was also the teams first season in Division 4 after being promoted the previous season. Unfortunately, the team struggled to keep a regular team throughout the season which resulted in games being lost due to constant squad rotation. On a positive note, the team put on some quality performances, which was seen in the games they both won and lost.
However, the team done enough throughout the season to maintain their Division 4 status, finishing mid table.
Thursday 6 aside
2 players who used to play as part of the Monday night outfit, Jordan Strevens and Aiden Salter took it upon themselves to form a Thursday night team to compete in the Elite Leagues 6 aside competition.
They took the league storm, winning their first 4 games. However, games that were a certain win on paper resulted in a few draws. With 3 teams battling away for the title, it came down to the last two games, which Paschendale won, winning the league by 3 points.
Unfortunately the Thursday league folded due to a lack of teams, so this was the only 6 aside competition entered this season
Paschendale Mens A Team
Paschendale Mens B Team
Paschendale Ladies Team
Paschendale 6 aside - Colmers