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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Plymouth Argyle: 10 Handy Facts on FA Cup opponents Stourbridge

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This weekend the Pilgrims host to Stourbridge in the First Round of the FA Cup, but how much do you know about your opponents?

Stourbridge started their FA Cup campaign with a 2-1 win at Bewdley in the first qualifying round before travelling to Barwell and easing past them 2-0. Their first home game of the FA Cup was against Evesham and the visitors left the West Midlands with their tails between their legs after a 5-0 spanking. But here are 10 handy facts on Stourbridge Football Club.

  • Stourbridge play their league football in the Evostick Southern Premier Division. They are currently seventh in the table, but with two games in hand on their rivals six points would see them rise to the top.
  • The club are nicknamed the Glassboys reflecting the town’s links to the cut glass industry. Reportedly started in the 17th century by French glassmakers, Stourbridge was an attractive area to glassmakers due to its rich natural resources of coal and fireclay for lining the furnaces.
  • Stourbridge is located on the outskirts of the Black Country in the West Midlands and is about 15 minutes away from Birmingham. The club play their home games at the War Memorial Athletic Ground, which they share with the local cricket team.
  • The Glassboys are managed by former Shrewsbury Town, West Brom and Aberdeen winger Gary Hackett. He has been at the helm of his hometown club since 2003, first as joint manager with Jon Ford until 2005, and enjoyed many successful seasons at the club.
  • Gary Hackett led Stourbridge to the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in 2010 and took on nearby Midland rivals Walsall. The Glassboys went down 1-0 in front of 2,014 fans at the War Memorial. Can Hackett create more history at the club this weekend?
  • Stourbridge were formed in 1876 and were originally known as Stourbridge Standard. They are believed to have dropped the Standard a decade later.
  • 2005 was a successful season for the Glassboys. They reached the final of the Birmingham Senior Cup for the first time in 30 years and gained promotion to the Southern League after six years. Unfortunately they failed to cap a remarkable double as they lost the final to Willenhall Town, but striker Mark Bellingham smashed the club’s scoring record by notching an incredible 61 times that season.
  • Turning away from football for a minute, Stourbridge is linked with a few famous faces. Former Coronation Street star Johnny Briggs, who played Ken Barlow’s love rival Mike Baldwin, lives in the area, Robert Plant, lead singer with rock giants Led Zeppelin, went to school in the town and indie rockers the Wonder Stuff, who had a number one smash with Vic Reeves called Dizzy, were formed there.
  • Stourbridge’s home kit is red and white strips, ala Stoke City and Sunderland, while their away strip is yellow shirts and green shorts, ala Norwich City. Gary Hackett will be hoping they can put in a Premier League display against the Pilgrims.
  • Ben Billingham is the club captain but defender Stan Smith has the most FA Cup experience behind him. He was part of Chasetown’s heroic FA Cup run in 2007. Ryan Rowe is also a player Plymouth will have to be wary of as the striker has seven goals to his name this season.

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