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New Season News
Alan Deakin  Tuesday, July 18, 2000  17:51 GMT

New 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 season, which 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.

Then, 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.