Alvechurch

Nickname: The Church

Directions to ground: Click here to open link

Website: http://www.alvechurchfc.club/

Last meeting: Home 4-2 defeat; 1979/80 FA Trophy replay

Previous meetings: External link to Fishponder’s site

History: (wikipedia)
Alvechurch F.C. was founded in 1929 and played in the local park prior to a move to Lye Meadow. In November 1993 they folded, but a group of supporters resurrected the club under the name Alvechurch Villa in 1994. The name changed back to Alvechurch in 1996.

Alvechurch reached the 1st round of the FA Cup in 1971–72 after five replays in their 4th round qualifying tie with Oxford City. The tie lasted eleven hours making it longest in the history of the FA Cup. The scores were 2–2, 1–1, 1–1, 0–0, 0–0 and 1–0 to Alvechurch. This tie was included in the Guinness Book of Records – now never to be beaten after the advent of penalty shoot-outs at the end of the first replay.

Two years later the club achieved their best ever result in the FA Cup, beating King’s Lynn 6–1 in the Second Round before losing 4–2 to Bradford City in the Third Round. This tie was the first FA Cup tie to be played on a Sunday.

Alan Smith, the Arsenal and England footballer played for Alvechurch, as did Republic of Ireland and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker David Kelly.