PREVIEW: Alfreton Lowdown

access_time 9 years ago
SUNDAY’S FA Cup with Budweiser meeting with Alfreton Town with be the O’s first ever game against the Reds, so has done some digging to tell you all you need to know about the non-league club. 
Founded: 1959
Nickname: The Reds
Ground: Impact Arena
Capacity: 3,600
Manager: Nicky Law
HISTORY: The present-day Alfteton Town was formed in 1959 as a merger of Alfreton Miners Welfare and Alfreton United Football Clubs.
Starting life at their new North Street (now known as the Impact Arena) ground, the club began in the Central Alliance Division One (North), quickly progressing to the Midland Counties League.
After three League titles, the Midland and Yorkshire Leagues merged with Alfreton now in the Northern Counties East League.
They moved up to the Northern Premier League and back down again, but a period of sustained success began in the early 2000s as the club rose up three levels to reach the Conference Premier for the 2011/12 campaign.
They finished 15th in their first season in the top tier of non-league football. This year’s FA Cup run has matched their best ever, as the only previous time they reached the second round was in the 2008/09 season.
FORM: Alfreton are currently midway in the Conference table, sitting 12th with 25 points from their 19 games.
They warmed up for Sunday’s Cup meeting with a 3-1 home defeat to Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Trophy last Saturday, while their last League game ended in a 1-1 draw at Hyde United.
The Reds are currently on a three-match unbeaten league run, having defeated Newport County and Woking in recent weeks.
FA CUP RUN: Alfreton entered the FA Cup at the fourth qualifying round stage and were handed a tricky tie at home to fellow Conference outfit Gateshead.
The Reds triumphed by a 2-0 scoreline to set up another match against one of their league rivals in Round One.
This time a trip to Wrexham was on the agenda and Alfreton progressed in a high-scoring affair, netting four of the six goals at the Recreation Ground.
TICKETS: Tickets are available in advance, priced at £16 adults and £11 concessions by calling 01159 392090 ext 107 between 9am-2.30pm Monday-Friday. Tickets on the gate are priced at £18 adults and £12 concessions.
GETTING THERE: By road: (147 miles from Brisbane Road) Exit the M1 at junction 28 and take the A38 towards Derby. Follow for two miles and then take the slip road onto the B600. Turn right at main road towards the town centre and after 0.5miles, immediately after the Catholic Church on the left, turn left into North Street. The ground is 150 yards down on the right hand side.
By rail: Alfreton station is a 15 minute walk from the ground.