THERE is plenty of renewed hope and optimism surrounding Alvis Sporting ahead of their third season in the Midland Football League thanks to the return of popular first team coach Damian Cassidy.
A combination of poor results on the pitch and a series of off-field problems saw Alvis relegated to Division Two.
One of the biggest issues facing the club last term was the fact that they were forced to play home games at other grounds, some of which at times were 40 miles away from their Green Lane headquarters.
This was due to legal problems concerning upgrades to the Green Lane floodlights and one of the stands.
Inevitably the team’s performances declined with the loss of players as well as the coach.
But those problems off the field have now been resolved with the installation of floodlights this month and the new stand will be erected soon afterwards.
Many of the players who were part of the team during the greatest period in the club’s history have returned.
And with the addition of promising new signings working hard under Damian Cassidy, Alvis have had a positive pre season which culminated in the 6-0 victory against Racing Club Warwick last Saturday.
Alvis begin their league campaign at Tamworth based Coton Green on August 15 and they are scheduled to play their first home game at Green Lane against Kenilworth Town on Bank Holiday Monday (August 31).
Both new and old supporters are being encouraged to attend as Alvis opens a new chapter in its history.