Family takeover finally completed

By David Watters

Former chairman Colin Brookes was confirmed as the new owner of ex-EVO-STIK League club Halesowen Town on Friday.

The Yeltz stalwart and president, his daughter and chairwoman Karen Brookes and investor Keith McKenna, finally announced their syndicate's takeover after completing the purchase of the 145-year-old Southern League Premier Central Division-bound club from the Lynch family following months of protracted negotiations.

After being in danger of folding after ex-owner Steve Lynch was hit with a two-year ban by the Football Association last year, Brookes told fans he was delighted to end months of uncertainty throughout last season's EVO-STIK League Premier Division campaign.

The deal also includes the purchase of the JG Lounge, function room and bar on matchdays and Brookes hailed the dawn of a new era at club as the trio prepared to host a forum for fans at The Grove from 12.30pm on Sunday.

Brookes, pictured, said: "The last five months have been the most stressful period in my 25 years plus at Halesowen Town and today is a very special day in my life. I am so please for Karen, who has worked wonders at the club over the past 12 months. Keith linked up with Karen a few months ago and I am sure they will become a very successful partnership in the future of Halesowen Town Football Club.

"My special thanks to vice chairman Dave Hawley who has been by my side at all the meetings with the Lynch family, and my thanks to Neil, Emma and John, the Yeltz committee who have been so supportive and hardworking during this period.

"My final message goes out to all our loyal fans who have stayed with us during this difficult period. The club is now back where it belongs, with the people of Halesowen, the hard work now begins. Let’s all work together and take our great club into a new and successful period. I hope to see as many of you at the forum on Sunday and we can have a real knees up. Football’s coming home."

Karen Brookes said: "I am delighted that the fruition of all the hard work of the committee, academy, groundstaff, management and players has allowed us to purchase the club and get the club back to where it belongs. Personally for me, it’s a triumph."

Keith McKenna added: "For me the hard work starts now, in the committee and backroom volunteers we have a fantastic team to drive the club forward."

The Yeltz were moved sideways into the one of the new Midlands divisions at Steps 3 and 4 of the National League System that were created by the FA this summer in the biggest shake-up to the Non-League pyramid since 2004 and the creation of the two tier Football Conference.

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