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Season Preview - Coventry Alvis

4 months ago By Web Master

Today's club in focus is Coventry Alvis, who gained promotion from Division 2 alongside the Bears last season.

Coventry Alvis FC

The Midland Daily Telegraph and The Coventry Herald both record that on the 1st September 1928 Alvis FC, played in the Coventry Combination, against St. George’s at the headquarters of Alvis works in Birmingham Road, Coventry.

The Alvis team read: - P. Moore, Barnes, Jackson, Robson, Jones, Jackson, Smith, A. Moore, Pakeman, Kirby and Buckingham. The referee Mr W. Pardoe.

On the 29th April 1929 they won their first Trophy 2-1, the Midland Daily Telegraph Junior Cup, attendance 731.

During the war years there was still record of Alvis FC playing in the Coventry Works Association Sports League. There is little record until 1951/52 seasons when the Sphinx Cup was won.

In the 70’s and 80’s the league changed its name having several titles, The Coventry Alliance, The Coventry Suburban League and The Football Alliance.

The 89/90 season Alvis moved from the redundant factory site at Holyhead Road, Coventry to The Butts Stadium now the home of Coventry Rugby Club. Being called Alvis SGL FC.

Then next year they were on the move again to Sports Connexions at Ryton, before finally moving into the replacement Alvis Sports and Social Club at Green Lane Finham, Coventry, playing in the Coventry Alliance Mitchells & Butlers Football League. The old factory site in Coventry is now a shopping complex, called The Alvis Retail Park.

Alvis FC applied to join the Midland Combination in 1993 playing there until 2001 before returning to play in Division 2 of the Coventry Alliance League. During their time in the Midland Combination Alvis erected covered accommodation for 150 spectators.

2002/03 season saw Alvis promoted to the Coventry Alliance Division One as champions and this being the start of the current resurgence of the club.

Promotion to the Coventry Premier League came in 2005/06.

In the 2008/09 season Alvis not only won the Coventry Alliance Premiership title, but in their first appearance in a major final they won the Coventry Charity Cup with Nick Farquharson scoring both goals the second being a late winner.

The following season Alvis continued with their successful run, claiming The Coventry Alliance Premiership, the Birmingham Saturday Vase and the Premier Shield.

Season 2010/11 was pivotal in the clubs current history, whilst finishing runners up they took the decision to re-join the Midland Combination, and were placed in Division One, finishing fifth in their first season.

This opened the door to what was probably the most successful and historic season in the clubs existence, winning The Midland Football Combination Division 1 Title and two Ricoh Arena Finals, The Coventry Telegraph Cup and The Coventry Charity Cup, a unique Treble.

The club was forced to ground share at Southam United following promotion to the Midland Combination Premier Division and after consolidation in 2013/14, a disastrous 2014/15 season saw the club relegated with just 14 points from 38 league games.

Eighty-five years after the club was founded, virtually to the day, planning permission was granted for floodlights at their ground at Green Lane Finham, but despite winning the MFL Division 2 title having gone the entire league season unbeaten in the 2015/16 season, promotion was denied on ground grading issues. Following works being undertaken throughout the 2016/17 season, the Green Lane ground was passed for step 6 and promotion was achieved as runners-up to Paget Rangers in 2016/17.

Founded:- 1928
Nickname:- The Tankmen
Ground:- Green Lane
Capacity:- ??
Record Attendance:- ??
Best FA Cup Performance:- N/A
Best FA Trophy performance:- N/A
Best FA Vase Performance:- N/A
2016/17 League Performance:- 2nd Midland Football League 2nd Division
Top Scorer:- Dildale Linton (23 goals)

Coventry Alvis – The Last 6 seasons

SeasonLeaguePldWDLFAPTSPos
2011/12MFC 134186106746605th
2012/13MFC 134292312232891st
2013/14MFC P34148126979509th
2014/15MFL 1384232321231420th
2015/16MFL 22623309321721st
2016/17MFL 23019655929632nd

Updated 17:03 - 12 Jul 2017 by Web Master

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