March 27, 2023
FOOTBALL - Thorndike believes Alvechurch's unforgettable FA Cup run highlights the club's potential

PRESIDENT Richard Thorndike believes that Alvechurch’s advance to the second spherical of the FA Cup highlights the soccer membership’s potential as Church prepares for the essential second half of the season.

Alvechurch memorably beat League One aspect Cheltenham City within the first spherical earlier than narrowly shedding to third-tier membership Forest Inexperienced Rovers within the second spherical.

Church was supported by greater than 1,500 followers in Cheltenham and 1,200 in Forest Inexperienced, and so they invested the prize cash from their excellent operating into repairs at their present Lye Meadow dwelling.

However as Thorndike stays dedicated to transferring the entire membership’s groups to The Hayes, Church awaits a call on whether or not they can proceed to develop their proposed new dwelling.

Thorndike stated: “There may be pleasure within the place, we had 1,500 followers following us to Cheltenham and our restrict of over 1,200 followers adopted us to Forest Inexperienced, which reveals what we are able to do.

“We instantly invested a few of our prize cash in repairing the dodgy projector, and in Lye Meadow we’re simply sealing cracks, it is not match for objective.

“Video games are vacationed often, we wish to spend money on flooring coverings for the video games to begin, we wish to spend money on among the surrounding infrastructure however it will simply be a waste of cash.

“This FA Cup run has introduced us again into the limelight and maybe put it within the minds of the Bromsgrove Planning authority for us to see precisely what we are able to do.

“We’re nonetheless fairly divided, a few of our groups have to coach at Yardley Wooden in Solihull, some groups prepare at Newman Faculty in Bartley Inexperienced and a few prepare at Redditch.

“We simply desire a dwelling for us and the FA Cup run underlined what the potential of our soccer membership is.”

Regardless of their spectacular FA Cup streak, Church finds themselves within the decrease tiers of the Southern League Premier Central desk, regardless of having a handful of video games for the groups round them.

And Thorndike insists staying in seventh place is the membership’s speedy precedence, however Ian Lengthy’s aspect will proceed to harbor compelling hopes for the playoffs because the fixtures are busy and fast-forward.

Thorndike added: “It’ll be robust. [to reach the play-offs] however you need to have a purpose in any other case it is not sensible, above all staying and sustaining that standing within the Southern League Premier Central is an absolute precedence.

“Behind our minds we glance again at what we did within the final 5 minutes of the final sport of the season final yr, earlier than that we had a bumpy season and infiltrated the playoffs.

“When all is claimed and achieved, our bread and butter is the league, we discover ourselves in and across the relegation zone, the matches we have now, a couple of wins have given us a little bit of a sigh of aid.

“I’ve at all times been warned to get folks again into regular soccer mode, taking part in in entrance of fifty or 60 followers as an alternative of 5 – 6 thousand followers, which typically hurts the gamers and the membership.

“Gaffer has achieved sufficient to get us out of this, now we have now to maintain going and attempt to get the league up.”

Evaluating Church’s season as a complete, Thorndike now hopes to extend the variety of followers for the membership’s dwelling video games.

“Total it has been an important season, I’d do that season yearly if I might, we had an unbelievable cup run, we have been within the public eye like by no means earlier than throughout my tenure.” make certain.

“We competed properly with the groups above us, beating Cheltenham and shedding marginally to Forest Inexperienced, displaying that this places us in a area we have by no means toured earlier than.

“Earlier than these FA Cup video games, we did not know these additional followers existed, we did not even know there was potential, it was only a finger within the air and simply guess, now we all know the followers are there.

“My present job is to attempt to supply our sport day one thing that individuals will wish to come go to and spend cash on.

“If we are able to comply with up with 5 p.c of the away result in these two video games, which is able to add 60 or 70 extra followers to our door, and that might be nice for us.

“I imagine we’d have extra followers if we had higher amenities, extra indoor house and higher entry for followers with disabilities.

“We’re open to the weather that the matchday supply at Lye Meadow will not be nice, the bathrooms are shabby, we have to change the portacabin exterior, any rain or chilly climate and the crowds disperse instantly.

“Our first dwelling sport after the FA Cup had solely 189 folks strolling via the door, which was actually disappointing given the quantity of people that adopted us to our FA Cup video games, even on a chilly Tuesday evening.

“I imagine we’d have extra followers if we had higher amenities, extra indoor house and higher entry for followers with disabilities.”

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