Alan Deakin Tuesday, July 18, 2000 17:51 GMT
season, and hope springs eternal. And I suppose that this club has
as much reason as any to be optimistic for the 2000/1 campaign.
Judging from the form shown in the last sixteen games of last
was finally recognised in the April Team of the Month award, it
would be reasonable to expect a better start than witnessed in the
opening ten games.
only 1 win and 1 draw saw ‘Church languishing in the bottom three,
and FA Vase, Challenge Cup, County Vase and Smedley Crooke cup hopes
already lying in tatters. Indeed, ‘Church failed to win a single cup
game last season, despite ultimately showing well in the Worcester
Senior Urn tie against Studley BKL, which the latter won after replaying
an abandoned game.
For the 2000/1 season Alvechurch have resigned from the Midland Floodlit
Cup (which had dwindled to the participation of a mere quartet) and
applied to enter the Midland Invitation Cup, in which the club have
in the past had no success. Previous competitions have brought defeats
at Westfields, Birstall United and Stafford Town, and the club did
not enter last year.
The foundation of the successful side fielded at the back end of last
season has been retained. To it, Mick Preece has added Nick Lamorte
(Kings Norton Town) and hopes to sign former players Dean Meyrick
and Simon Redhead who both starred for rivals Studley BKL last term..
Scott Crane is the only serious casualty from the side, although in
reality his consistency last term was curtailed by sporadic absences
due to suspension and non-availability on many Saturdays that limited
his appearances to 12 games (7 goals).The impressive Barry Simpson
has attracted the attention of Doc Marten's side Redditch United,
but everyone is still hopeful that he will pull on the Gold and Black
of Alvechurch when the season finally gets off the ground.
Another hurdle to overcome this season will be the bitter disappointment
at not winning the Programme of the Year award. The premier Division
award had been won for the past three years, with the overall award
also coming this way on two occasions. The accolade this time around
was carried off by Studley BKL, so some changes are afoot this season
to regain apparent lost ground.
Past copies of the award winning programme can be obtained by contacting
the Secretary. Two first class stamps to cover postage would be appreciated.