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RIP Archie Styles (1939 - 2018)

By Steven Coney

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Stour player and coach Archie Styles.

Archie, born in October 1939, joined West Bromwich Albion after leaving school in 1956.

He made one first-team appearance for the Baggies before departing in 1960 and playing for Wrexham, Hereford and Kidderminster Harriers.

Archie joined Stour as a player in August 1967 but injuries restricted his appearances in his first two years at the club.

He later became coach of the Glassboys for the 1969/70 season, replacing Terry Morrall.

During his time in charge, Stour had their best ever run in the FA Trophy, making it to the quarter-finals in 1970/71.

The Glassboys were handed four away ties in the five rounds they played in, forcing replays against Romford and Chorley.

Crowds of over 2,000 witnessed replay victories at the War Memorial Ground with Stour eventually falling at the quarter-final stage to Yeovil Town.

A Non-League heavyweight at the time, Yeovil won 2-0 in a game that saw two Stour players taken to hospital.

Archie, who lived in Pedmore during his time with the Glassboys, left in May 1972 but was a very popular man with supporters and officials alike.

Everybody at Stourbridge FC would like to pass on our condolences to Archie’s family and friends.

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Updated 14:03 - 19 Jan 2018 by Nigel Gregg

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