The Glassboys round off their pre-season programme this Saturday with a trip to Evo-Stik NPL Division 1 South Chasetown. Kick-off is at 3.00 pm.
Having never met until Stourbridge were relegated into the Midland Alliance in 2000, the two sides developed something of a rivalry over subsequent years, culminating in both winning promotion to the Southern League in 2005/06 - Chasetown as Champions of the Alliance and Stourbridge as runners-up, just two points adrift.
The Scholars went on to finish in the two seven of the Southern League Midland Division for the next three seasons, with two unsuccessful play-off campaigns along the way, although during that period our paths diverged when the Glassboys won promotion to the Premier Division through the play-offs in 2007/08.
A switch to the Northern Premier League for the 2009/10 season brought immediate success for Chasetown as they gained promotion to the Premier Division as play-off winners at the first attempt, but relegation followed two seasons later and they have remained in Division 1 South since, despite again suffering play-off defeat in 2012/13.
The Scholars also made a name for themselves through their FA Cup exploits during this period, reaching the First Round Proper in 2005/06 when they took Oldham Athletic to a replay, and then getting to the Third Round Proper in 2007/08. This time they eliminated League One Port Vale after a replay before going down 3-1 at home to Championship Cardiff City.
More recently, they also enjoyed a tremendous run in the 2010/11 FA Trophy, reaching the Quarter Finals before succumbing to Conference Premier Mansfield Town, having earlier disposed of another Conference outfit, Grimsby Town.
The Scholars finished 13th in Division 1 South last season, one spot down on the previous campaign, and will be doubtless be looking to improve on that when the new season gets under way.
The Scholars Ground
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