Castlecroft based football club, AFC Wulfrunians, are currently embarking on their longest cup run in the FA Vase, reaching the Fourth Round – a match they will play this weekend when they host Nuneaton Griff at the Castlecroft Stadium.
The FA Vase is the Football Association’s cup competition for football clubs playing in leagues below step 4 of the National League System, and Wulfs are hoping to attract a big crowd in Saturdays game to get behind the players and secure a place in the draw for the fifth round. Prior to this weekends fourth round fixture, the furthest Wulfrunians have progressed was the third round during the 2012/13 season, when they were knocked out by Borrowash Victoria, Borrowash running out 3-2 winners after extra time at the Castlecroft Stadium (match report).
Wulfs were narrowly beaten last weekend by a good, table topping Hereford side, and will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday.
The match kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday 9th January, with adult admission costing £5 and children and concessions at £3 – excellent value for money. A match programme is also available on the gate, refreshments are available and (especially on a cold day) supporters can spend time in the bar (with a full view of the pitch) and a drink / snack.
Wolverhampton youngsters are going to have something special – something that other towns and cities in the Midlands do not have. That something is The Way, our brand new youth zone that is all ready for its opening to the public in January 2016.
West Wulf had a preview of the excellent facilities today which offer something for children with virtually any interest. We’re talking sport – football (outdoor astroturf pitch), boxing & martial arts (boxing ring, punch bags), gym, sports hall including full size basketball nets offering space for indoor football, hockey, netball, badminton and so on, a gym and a brilliant climbing wall. We’re talking dance – there’s a dance studio offering space for dance and drama. There’s space for arts and crafts. Music (a recording studio). Film and multimedia. A kitchen, an enterprise and employability area and a health & beauty area. On top of all this, The Way promises to be a place to meet and just relax – there’s a café on site too – there really is something for everyone.
The clever use of space and the general layout – how one area plays into the next and the links between these areas really make The Way an interesting prospect and a boost for Wolverhampton.
Wolverhampton Youth Zone is a charity and as such has benefited from the support of the likes of the City of Wolverhampton Council, The Morgan Foundation, The Onside Foundation, The Queen’s Trust and Keltruck to name just a few. Robert Plant has recently also announced his backing.
What’s more, the enthusiasm staff and in particular that of General Manager, Alice Davey, shines through. She’s passionate about the youth zone and Wolverhampton, putting her background to good use here.
The Way is looking for volunteers – even if you can only manage an hour a week, consider donating your time. The future of Wolverhampton children could depend on in..
For more information about events, availability and costs, visit the website of The Way here.
See our previous post, ‘The Way’ here.
You won’t be short on things to do, no matter the weather this bank holiday weekend in Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire, as various venues are putting on some treats that you won’t want to miss.
Thursday 27 August 2015
Hail to the Ale – It’s the Battle of the Brewers weekend at Hail to the Ale in Claregate, with various beers from Beowulf Brewery and Blythe Brewery facing off against each other between Thursday and Monday – and you’ll get to vote on which you prefer. Three beers each over the weekend, average score wins.
Friday 28 August 2015
The Claregate, The Swan at Compton and The Bull at Codsall – Guest Beer Festival weekend at The Claregate, The Swan at Compton and The Bull at Codsall begins – this isn’t a beer festival with vouchers and stacked casks though – the pubs will instead be serving a variety of beers from breweries other than those in the Marston’s stable on their numerous hand pumps. Expect to see Okell’s Saison, Isle of Arran Blonde and Oakham Ales’ Bishop’s Farewell amongst many others between Friday and Monday. Miss an ale at one pub? It’s only a short jaunt to the others..
The Dog & Gun – Live entertainment and activities at The Dog & Gun in Tettenhall this weekend from Friday until Monday in aid of and organised by Compton Hospice including music and a children’s magician.
The Chindit – Live music from Rumours Of Spring on Friday evening at The Chindit on Merridale Road, not far from Bantock Park.
Saturday 29th August 2015
AFC Wulfrunians – Wulfs host Romulus in the FA Cup at the Castlecroft Stadium, 3pm kick off and £5 / £3 entry.
West Park – Party in the Park is at West Park running Saturday and Sunday this weekend – featuring a fun fair and two live stages with various events such as Wolverhampton’s Got Talent and a special guest from Big Brother amongst various events over the weekend.
Combermere Arms – Live music from Caloca at the Combermere Arms in Chapel Ash on Saturday evening.
The Claregate – A hit music selection from DJ Jamin and a free buffet at The Claregate’s party night – sure to be a winner alongside the pubs Guest Beer Festival. Music starts at 9pm.
Sunday 30 August 2015
Royal Oak – It’s Oak Fest at the Royal Oak on Compton Road near Chapel Ash this Sunday – SEVEN live bands throughout the day and evening, including Angry Lennox and Lakhota. Free entry and in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
Giffard Arms – Yet more live music, this time with a small admission to raise money for Compton Hospice and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, it’s Giff Fest at the Giffard Arms, with bands such as Ronin, Under A Banner and The Whiskey Syndicate, this is one not to miss.
The Crown Inn, Codsall Wood – It’s Bank Holiday Fun Day at The Crown Inn, with a bouncy castle, live music and a barbecue, free entry but donations to Cancer Research UK welcome.
Monday 31 August 2015
Wolverhampton City Centre – In Queen Square and St Peter’s Gardens, it’s Seaside In The City, including free ice cream and candy floss, deckchairs, palm trees, a coconut shy and a beach.. let’s hope we get the weather!
AFC Wulfrunians finished the season on a high with a 3-0 home win against Alvechurch with departing forward Andy Thompson notching a hat-trick to move ahead of Jamie King as the seasons top scorer with a total of 20 goals in all competitions this season. Wulfs are sure to miss Thompson, who is soon to move abroad for work.
Subbed off not long after scoring his third, Thompson battled away winning tackles and almost everything in the air and looked like he was hungry for more. Wulfs will have to learn to live without the frontman, whose total goals for the club hit 47 today. Also departing is centre back Dave Asbury after an impressive 171 appearances for Wulfs.
Todays win sees the club finish in their highest ever league position, one better and on more points than last seasons eighth place finish, and Steve Palmer’s men can go into the summer break confident that the club is moving forward.
Basford United were crowned champions of the Midland Football League Premier Division, finishing on 95 points, with Heath Hayes, Tipton Town and Loughborough University all being relegated.
AFC Wulfrunians close their season tomorrow afternoon with the visit of Alvechurch to Castlecroft Stadium. Wulfs sit in seventh place in the Midland Football League Premier Division and a win will see them cement that position to finish a place higher than last season. Only Boldmere St Michaels and Westfields can overtake Wulfs, but Steve Palmer’s side will be looking to finish the season on a high in front of a home crowd after Tuesday’s defeat at Stourport Swifts.
Wulfs have faced Alvechurch twice this season, both home and away with honours even, Wulfs winning 3-2 at home in the FA Cup back in August and Alvechurch ending up 1-0 winners in the league in early December. Kick off tomorrow is 3pm, with adult admission at £5 and concessions £3. Match programmes are available for £1 and there is a bar serving hot and cold drink and snacks within the fully covered 500 seater stand.
Nottingham side Dunkirk, fresh from a string of four wins in a row, held AFC Wulfrunians to a one all draw at Castlecroft Stadium yesterday. In a closely fought match, it was Mitch McDonald who opened the scoring for Wulfs on 60 minutes, but the home sides lead was only to last five minutes as Brandon Gwinnett scored an excellent half volley from the edge of the box.
Dunkirk went close to taking the lead when Nick Hawkins crashed a brilliant shot off the crossbar. Wulfs went close late on when the returning Kyle Brady saw his shot saved by Dunkirk ‘keeper Jake Want.
Full match report by Luke Wilcox can be read here.
Castlecroft based club, AFC Wulfrunians slumped to their third defeat in a row away at high flying Coleshill Town in front of 75 supporters on Saturday. Wulfs fell behind after just 3 minutes and despite dominating play for long periods were two down before a reply from Demetri Brown shortly after half time set up an interesting second half. Unfortunately for Wulfs, Coleshill restored their two goal cushion and Wulfs ‘keeper was called into action shortly before the final whistle, saving a penalty from Mykel Beckley. Wulfrunians’s current run is a million miles away from their start to the year which saw five victories out of Wulfrunians’s first six league games of 2015. Wulf’s last win came away at Lye Town in February, which was followed by a 1-1 draw at Walsall Wood. Defeats followed at home to Long Eaton United (0-5) and away at Kirby Muxloe (1-0). Wulfs, currently sitting in tenth position in the Midland Football League, are hoping that this Saturdays trip away to Coventry Sphinx will be more profitable, bringing a return to winning ways as the season nears its culmination.
Elsewhere, several local sides are battling it out in the West Midlands (Regional) League. Sporting Khalsa are looking odds on for promotion – six points clear with four games in hand of second place AFC Bridgnorth. Eighth place Wolverhampton Casuals suffered a local derby defeat at home to Wolverhampton Sporting Community on Saturday, a much needed win for Sporting as they attempt to haul themselves away from the relegation zone. Sporting goals came from Chaponda and Grey, putting the club in eighteenth position. Bilston Town slipped to their second defeat in a row, losing 0-4 to promotion chasing Gornal Athletic. Elsewhere, Willenhall Town lost 1-4 at home to Wellington and struggling Wednesfield, rooted to the bottom of the table, held Shawbury United to a 1-1 draw at home.
West Wulf aims to publish regular reports on local football as part of our Sport section, with a particular focus on AFC Wulfrunians who we produce video footage for.