League champions for the first time in over 40 years
The Bell AEI beat Woodlands 7-0 to clinch the Coventry Alliance Premier title for the first time in over 40 years. The Dunchurch based side lost just one league game in a fantastic season and won their last nine games on the trot to pip Whitnash by one point.
This fantastic run came on the back of being beaten by Whitnash at the Richo Stadium in the Coventry Charity Cup final. This year’s squad was made up of last year’s AEI and Stockton sides after Tommy and Alan Young left Stockton to manage The Bell AEI this term.
The combination of the two sets of players made for a very strong squad this season and it was that depth of talent that got the side through an incredible run in of nine games in 25 days. Even injuries to skipper Sean Castleton and keeper Lubos Sabel missing the last three games could not knock them off course.
The second team also had a great year winning the Foleshill Cup and potentially grabbing promotion to Alliance Division 1.
Chairman Pete Glover paid tribute to both sides: “It’s been the most successful season the club has had for many years, great to win the Premier League, a feat not even achieved in the days of Terry Branston’s great sides. Well done to Tommy and all the lads.”