Its’ not often an ex Stratford Town player shakes the footballing world but it’s fair to say that Will Grigg did just that when netting the winner in Wigan Athletic’s shock FA Cup winner against runaway Premier league leaders Manchester City. Will signed for Town back in September 2007 and made his first team debut in a 0–0 FA Cup qualifying draw versus Hednesford Town on 15th September. He started the replay and was substituted after 58 minutes. Grigg scored in a league match versus Biddulph Victoria on 29th September and again versus racing Club Warwick on 7th October. The following summer he signed for Walsall.
Former Town loanees Wayne Thomas and George Forsyth are now spearheading Worcester City’s promotion push in the Midland Football League Premier, and several other former Town players are also plying their trade in the same division. Former captain Joe Halsall is turning out for Coleshill this season alongside Rob Evans, Luke Edwards and Luke Barlone, whilst forward Jamie Molyneaux has recently swapped Hereford based Westfields for Highgate United. Meanwhile Richard Gregory has joined Bromsgrove Sporting and found the net 17 times in 13 games at the lower level after brief spells with Leamington and Stafford Rangers. Charlie Faulkner netted on Saturday for Coventry Sphinx in a 2-1 over Loughborough University, the Sphinx line up also including Chris Sterling. City rivals Coventry United meanwhile have former Town custodian Richard Morris between the sticks.
Former midfielders Josh O Grady and Josh Holford are also playing in the Midland League. O’Grady was on target in Racing Club Warwick’s 2-1 win over Coventry Copsewood on Saturday in Division 1, whilst Holford is with Coventry based Division 3 leaders GNP sports.