Town plan for a big future

THE growth of Alnwick Town Football Club is set to continue, with the aim of having 17 teams operating next season.

At a well-attended agm, held on Sunday, June 5, it was heard how the St James’ Park outfit intends to expand.

A new U21 team is set to operate in the North Northumberland League.

There will also be an expansion in the junior ranks.

There is set to be seven sides between U11 and U17 and five mini sides (U8, U9 and U10) operating.

The club is also planning to have two girls’ teams.

It follows the success of the first team and the reserve side, who both ended the 2010/11 season with a leap up the football ladder.

The first team, who finished second in the Northern Alliance Premier Division, have won promotion back to the Northern League while the reserve team, who took the North Northumberland League Division One title have been elected to the Northern Alliance for the 2011/12 season.

The club also had success at other levels last term, with the U16s winning both the Pin Point Recruitment Cup and the U16 Cup, the U11 side winning the Division 4 Pin Point Recruitment Cup and the U8s winning all their matches.

The U10 Panthers were runners-up in both their league and cup competitions.

The first team, which is looking forward to playing Northern League Division Two football next term, will be under the wing of the new joint manager team of Dougie McEwan and Steve Gibbard. They replace Albert Straughan who has had to step down from the role due to work commitments.

He was thanked for his work and efforts during his time as manager.

Officials were elected for the 2011/12 season, including Tom McKie who will remain as chairman, and nine members were elected to the general committee.

Anyone wanting more information or wants to become involved with the club, whether as a player, committee member or coach, should contact Cyril Cox on 0191 236 6456.

This also applies to any companies who wish to sponsor the teams or who can help with materials for the improvement work to the club’s ground.