AFC Alsager was established in 2012 by a small group of local residents frustrated at the lack of footballing opportunities for young people in the town.
Mike Cross, having seen the potential of community football in other areas, and inspired by his nephew’s desire to play, was keen to create something that had real long term potential for anyone in Alsager who wanted to play, have fun and develop as a footballer. With a few others, he set up a Saturday morning club initially running it from Wood Park. This quickly became popular with many children and parents alike and new youth teams started to form.
The club switched Saturday morning training to the former MMU Campus playing fields and an open age adult side – our ‘First Team’ was also created at this time. The popularity of the new community focused club grew and attracted more players and more parents willing to become coaches, with the club supporting them to become FA Level 1 Qualified. The growth of the club, along with fully qualified and accredited coaches meant that club was able to apply for, and successfully obtain the accolade of FA Charter Standard Community Club, the highest of the Charter Standards available.
Today, season 2018/19, the club has had one of its best seasons to date. Our First Team, The Mighty Mighty Swans, has won the League and Cup Double, securing promotion to the next rung of the footballing ladder. The youth teams are all performing exceptionally well. Our under 15 Aces and under 13 Tigers both won their respective Leagues, while under 15 Storm won their second league title in as many seasons to win back to back promotions.
The under 11 Red Star and 13 Panthers have both won their League Cups and the under 16’s Cobras retained the District Cup by winning the trophy once again. With the newly created facilities on the old MMU site coming on stream soon, the establishment of ‘Wildcats’ – our new section for girls – and explorations for providing walking football for the older player, the future looks very bright for the small club that packs a big punch.
We are total grass roots football: a community club, run by the community for the community, in the community. If you want to get involved, get in touch. We are always looking for volunteers and would welcome your support.