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Alfreton Town: 10 Things

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 6 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team


FC Halifax Town come into the match extending their unbeaten run to four matches after the 0-0 draw at Brackley Town on Tuesday.

1)   The Reds’ forward Adam Priestley is an international footballer playing for Gibraltar. Priestley has made over ten appearances for the recently FIFA recognised country, with his last coming against Cyprus in November of last year.

2)   Back in 2015 Alfreton had new investors in the shape of Texas-based Legend Football Partners. The American based businesses used Google to find the Reds. Yes, you read that right, they used the popular search engine Google.

3)   Keeping with the theme of American investors. Players who join Alfreton will have the chance to train and play in Texas with the Fort Worth Vaqueros, whose owner, Michael Hitchcock, is one of the three American board members at the Derbyshire club.

4)   The club’s record transfer fee received is courtesy of Aden Flint and Swindon Town back in January 2011. The Reds received £150,000 from the EFL League One side for the goal scoring defender, who is now playing in the Championship for Bristol City.

5)   Current manager Russ O’Neill took over as manager at the Derbyshire side back in February, after former manager of nearly ten years Nicky Law, took up a role at Premier League side Burnley, as the head of national recruitment for the U17-23s.

6)   The record attendance at North Street of 5,023, was set back in 1960 when the Reds beat Matlock Town 2-1 on April 23rd.This figure, at the time, broke the Central Alliance League attendance record – which folded back in 1985.

7)   John Harrison may be an unfamiliar name to all the Shaymen faithful but he’s far from that when it comes to Alfreton Town. The former Reds player holds the record for number of appearances and goals scored – with 560 outings, scoring 303 goals in that time.

8)   Alfreton’s highest ever league position was back in the 2013-14 campaign, when the Reds, managed by Nicky Law finished 11th in the National League Premier.

9)   The Derbyshire side recently unveiled plans to move to a new all-seater stadium soon, but this would depend on their return to and then success in the Conference National.

10)And finally, Bill Draper – remember the name because you’ll be telling everyone down the pub about him – as of 25th December 2015 had attended 1,872 consecutive matches. The Derbyshire Times correspondent has only missed 13 games since 1966, remarkable!

FC Halifax Town welcome Alfreton Town to the MBi Shay on Saturday April, with kick off scheduled for 3:00pm.

You can catch all the build-up and live match commentary on Shaymen Player HD from 2:45pm, as well as full match updates on the Shaymen Wall and our official Twitter feed @FCHTOnline.

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