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Design AFC’s mascot!

Posted on November 30 2018 at 2:27:20


AFC offers the chance to win goodies such as a season ticket.

Alvechurch FC needs a new mascot! The club is inviting design ideas from boys and girls aged under 13, with the five best designs shortlisted and voted on by the public on social media.

Draw your idea, give your mascot a name and send your entry in to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by December 10. The winner will receive £100 prize money, a season ticket for AFC, a new football, a photograph with the first team squad, and the chance to accompany the mascot at a home match.

Alvechurch are still riding high in the league, climbing to fifth as we went to press thanks to wins against Barwell, St Ives Town and Bedworth. However, it’s been a different story in their cup campaigns, with the club crashing out of the remaining two competitions.

First was the JW Hunt Cup defeat at the hands of Bilston Town. ’Church’s line-up featured seven players aged 19 or younger (including 16-year-old Ben Cassidy) and it proved to be boys against men, with AFC putting up little fight and only pulling two late consolation goals back from 5–0 down.

After 66 minutes Alvechurch legend and assistant coach Keith Rostill came on, looking for the two goals that would take the club’s all-time leading scorer to the 250 landmark his career deserved, but it wasn’t to be.

Three days later AFC faced Stratford Town – the team who had dumped them out of the League Cup – at home in the FA Trophy qualifying round, ending in a tight 1–1 draw.

The replay saw Stratford totally dominate the first half to lead 3–0 at the break. Despite a better second half, ’Church, feeling the absence of both Mitch Botfield and Aaron Lloyd, were unable to breach the Stratford defence.

AFC were hoping for better luck as they prepared to meet Stratford yet again – this time in the league – on November 27.

*  The club would like to welcome Tim Delaney to Lye Meadow as football operations manager. Tim joins after a successful spell at National League side Solihull Moors and brings a wealth of experience.

Forward Yusifu Ceesay and centre-back Ashley Carter, who both played a major role last season, have returned to AFC. Yusifu attracted the interest of several clubs before signing for Football League side Blackpool, and has now been loaned to ’Church on an initial month’s deal.

Ashley joined National League North side Nuneaton Borough at the end of last season, where he was a constant starter, but after discussions between the two clubs he will be back in an AFC shirt once more.

However, recent signing Trea Bertie has returned to Racing Club Warwick.

Congratulations to central midfield player Mitch Botfield for winning the Player of the Month award for October. Mitch played a significant part in the league matches with his creativity and vision, scoring three goals in consecutive matches.

*  For more info or sponsorship enquiries, please contact Trevor Ball at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit
Follow the club on Twitter @Alvechurch1st

The directors, management and players would like to wish all supporters a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Above: Celebrating the 2–1 away win at Rushall Olympic (Photo/ Ian Macvie)

All league fixtures unless stated

Sat Dec 1  3pm  Biggleswade Town (A)

Tues Dec 4   7.45pm  Halesowen Town (A)

Sat Dec 8  3pm  Rushden & Diamonds (H)

Sat Dec 15  3pm  Lowestoft Town (A)

Tues Dec 18  7.45pm  Leiston (H) 

Sat Dec 22  3pm  Royston Town (A) 

Wed Dec 26   3pm  Redditch Utd (A)

Sat Dec 29  3pm  Tamworth (H) 

Tues Jan 1  3pm  Banbury Town (A) 

Sat Jan 5  3pm  Stratford Town (A) 

Sat Jan 12   3pm  Halesowen Town (H) 

Sat Jan 19   3pm  St Neots Town (A)

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