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Club History

No previous history can be found at present about the club before the 1971/72 season when Alsager FC joined the Mid Cheshire League and they finished 12th in their first two seasons. Following the 1972/73 season the club changed their name to Alsager Town and thirteen years later they were still members of the Mid Cheshire League and for most of that time had competed in Division One. For the start of the 1986/87 season they changed their name again, this time to Alsager United. They finished runners up in their second season under the United banner but for some reason they disbanded. Twelve months elapsed before the club re-formed for the 1989/90 season as Alsager United joining the Crewe League Premier Division. After two seasons the club moved back to the Mid Cheshire League Division 2 back under the Alsager FC banner, for the start of the 1991/92 season, They remained there until the end of the 1997/98 season when they moved to the Springbank Vending Midland League. Alsager finished runners up in their first season and were promoted to the North West Counties League Division 2 for the start of the 1999/2000 season. After just two seasons they again decided to change their name back to Alsager Town. The name change proved to be lucky for them as they finished in the runners-up spot with promotion to Division One. They remained in that league until the end of the 2005/06 season when they finished in third place. Due to changes being made by the FA to the non-league pyramid system Alsager were invited to step up to the Northern Premier League Division One which they did, finishing their first season in a creditable 14th place. Further changes were to be made by the FA to the non league system which saw Alsager Town move side ways in to the Unibond League Division One South. Another 14th place finish was the outcome but the club fell foul to the ground grading regulations and with required work not completed they were relegated back to the North West Counties League Premier Division.

Due this set back the top management of the club walked out. Former chairman Peter Clegg stepped in taking control of the club . Clegg appointed former Witton Albion reserves coach, Neil Gill as manager.

For two seasons Neil Gill did a good job in keeping Alsager Town in the N.W.C.F.L Premier Division and then in early 2011 with finances tight the players expenses budget had to be cut and then later stopped completely. This was followed by the news that there were to be major changes at the club at the end of the season. Neil Gill, his assistant, the players and the committee walked away.

Acting Chairman Mike Cross had to Act quickly and Alsager’s remaining committee voted for change. Terry Greer the former Chairman of Biddulph Victoria was elected to be the new Chairman. A new management team and playing staff had to be found. Stepping into the fray were Damian Grocott and Andy O’Connor they began the job of keeping Alsager Town in the N.W.C.F.L. Premier Divison. They worked hard to keep the status of the club secure which they did with three games in hand.

For the 2011/12 season the club is looking to move forward with a new committee which was installed at the AGM in May their aim being to improve the club in all aspects on and off the pitch.

With things going well off the pitch, new showers had been installed, the dressing rooms and some of the club house re-decorated. The ground in general had been given a face lift when on the night of the Monday 11th July a catastrophic fire destroyed the office and part of the dressing rooms and club house, the whole building had to be demolished due the asbestos construction. The electricity was cut off due to the damage caused with the switch boxes etc. Following the disaster the committee have worked tirelessly to get things in to place so that football could return to The Town ground.

The committee of the N.W.C.F.L. were superb in the way they switched fixtures for The Bullets due to their problems, 99% of their games were played away from home until the November. A rebuilding programme got underway and things went well both on and off the pitch for the 2011-12 season due to the massive help from BAE Systems and their contractors, who helped in rebuilding the changing rooms so that football could return.

At the end of the season John Brown, manager of the first eleven resigned as did the manager of the reserves. Chairman Terry Greer soon had replacements with former Tottenham Hotspur player Andy Turner taking over the reigns of the first team and Andy Ratcliffe Congleton Towns former Reserves Manager taking over the reserves who had just been promoted by invitation to the Staffs County Senior League Premier Division.

Terry’s gang (The workers) then set about completing work around the new changing room complex which included the interior painting. Planning permission was sort after to build a new club house and virtually 12 months to the day that permission was granted. Then in late 2012 the Football Foundation granted Alsager Town over £85,000 and the new clubhouse was built and it opened on Boxing Day 2012. The season ended with the club well away from the relegation zone finishing in 15th place.

Things didn’t go well for the club at the start of the 2013/14 season and the team spent months fighting it out at the bottom of the league and then unexpectedly Andy walked away in the new year. Phil Parkinson was set on to halt the run of poor results, he pulled it off with a run of three wins during April catapulting us out of the relegation zone.

With well under way to improve the team for the 2014/15 season, Phil resigned, Chairman Terry Greer offered the vacant post to Phil’s two assistants Danny Griggs and Craig Dove, They accepted and have brought in a number of experience players so the club is looking forward to a better season

Dove resigned due to a works promotion and then Griggs resigned in the new year to go and work with Parky at Nantwich Town. The team were run by a caretaker manager, club coach Callum Carey until a new management team of Will Ryder and Steve Harper were set on with 6 games left to play. The club finished well out of the relegation area and again it is hoped that the new season will bring better results

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