Saturday, 7 August 2010

Stone Old Alleynians (England)

The Old Alleynians were originally formed as an Old Boys club from the Alleynes Grammar School in Stone in Staffordshire in 1962. Former pupil Dave Bonnett figured that it would be a good way to keep in touch with his old school chums and got the team subsidised by the institution's Old Boy's Society to buy shirts - although they had to supply their own socks and shorts.

But despite being made up mainly of teenaged recent school levers and the odd teacher they soon made their mark on the local leagues and started picking their way up the divisions. In 1966 they won their first silverware when they took the Mid Staffs League Division One title with their third 100+ goal tally running.

They changed their name in the mid nineties after their second string started doing well and the local FA deemed that they had to have distinct and different names. The reserves became Alleynians FC, while the seniors added their home town to the front of their name and they from then dubbed the rather regal sounding Stone Old Alleynians. During the club's most successful period on the 1970s they played in yellow and green, but for the last 15 year have reverted to the far more agreeable black and white stripes. Their Springbank Park ground has recently been renamed the Motiva Stadium, and they currently play in the West Midland League Division Two, the twelfth tier of the English game.

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