ONE hundred years on and Silhill Football Club continues to go from strength to strength in the Birmingham & District AFA.
Founded in 1908 by a group of Old Boys from Solihull Grammar School, Silhill were elected into the Birmingham AFA three years later and have remained competitors ever since.
The club started playing on a pitch on Lode Lane but moved to Warwick Road in 1914 - the venue where they lost their first Senior Cup Final 1-0 against Kings Heath.
But in 1934 Silhill moved to their current home; Sharmans Cross Road.
Playing in the Birmingham & District AFA on Saturday afternoons, Silhill teams also enter the Amateur Football Alliance London Cups and the Birmingham County FA Saturday Junior Cup.
First team league success at Sharmans Cross Road has been quite limited as Silhill have only won the AFA Championship in 1961 and 1973.
But their hard work has paid off this year as the club witnessed arguably its most successful all-round campaign with three trophies last season.
While their first team battled to an impressive win over Billesley United, their fourth string were triumphant in the London Minor Cup.
Elsewhere the ever-improving third side beat Village to lift the Birmingham AFA Minor Cup.
Fittingly all the trophies were won in 2008, as the oldest amateur football club in Solihull celebrated their centenary year.
A number of exciting events have taken place throughout the year but chairman Roger Hudson said the visit of 1966 World Cup winner George Cohen OBE at the clubs centenary dinner was a day that he will always remember.
"It's a very special year for us and an honour for me to be chairman during this historic month," he said.
"We've had a good year, which was topped off recently by the centenary dinner.
"George Cohen is a lovely guy and it was wonderful to hear about his experiences with England at the world cup.
"The whole night was a total success and it was lovely to see so many old faces re-united."
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