TITLE WINNING MEMORIES
Friday May 13, 2011
After the Reds had been presented with the Blue Square Bet North title, acting matchday secretary Bill Draper has kindly submitted the following reminiscences:
"It was good to see a few former Alfreton Town players in attendance on Saturday, representing at least three different decades.
Mick Bagnall was as excited as anyone having been a key member of the famous 1969/70 Midland League title-winning team, while Kev O'Kine represented the 70's without looking a day older, and regular supporter Tony Henson was a record ATFC transfer to Chesterfield back in 1981.
And last but not least of course director Sean Egan who played in the 70's and 80's.
Mick was in the Reds' team that defeated Grantham 2-1 to lift the Midland League title on Easter Saturday, 1970, although the holiday came a week earlier and Alfreton still had six more league games to play.
Scorers were Frank Parker and Ken Ford and the very familiar line-up (which was unchanged for the ninth game on the trot) was: John Mycroft; Pete Johnson, John Blackburn, Mick Bagnall, Dick Bate, Gordon "Nudger" Needham, Alan Woodard, Fank Parker, Bill Naylor, John Harrison, Ken Ford. Unused sub: Alan Roberts.
Referee: Mr. A. Pugh (Kirkby-in-Ashfield) Attendance: ,1118
As our attendance on Saturday easily surpassed that of 31 years earlier it prompted me to search for a better home League gate, with the only one approaching that figure being Shepshed Charterhouse in May 1982 (my penultimate game as secretary), which was 1,342 and saw the visitors lift the Midland League title thanks to a Sammy Chapman goal.
Unfortunately my figures are very sketchy prior to 1981 but I cannot recall another league game that would have attracted a higher attendance.
Therefore, inconclusive though it is, I would say that the Redditch game was
the biggest home League since the early 60's when around 2,000 was the norm."