1st TEAM ARCHIVE
Date – Saturday 12th September 1981
The above date was when Old Dunstablians (now AFC Dunstable) took to the field to play the clubs
first ever game. The club was formed by teachers of Manshead School Dave Neasham & Neil Smith along with ex pupil Gary PoIer. The team was made up of a mixture of teachers, current & ex pupils playing in the Dunstable Alliance Football League Division One, the first game was against Leedon with the game finishing in an entertaining 3-3 draw.
So here is the squad for that first game, in no particular playing order.
Mark BarreI. Chris Bolton. Andy Fowler. Steve Georgio. Anthony Homeden. John Mullen. Brian
Rigby. Glenn Rudd. Neil Smith. Jonathan SmiI. Darren Snee. Mark Walker.
Other players who played that season are Paul Marlow, Lee Blinco, Mick Robinson, Andy Downie & Warren Tomlinson. Even though Dave Neasham and Gary PoIer missed the first game, they played every other game that season. Paul Marlow ended up top scorer with 22 goals. The team finished 3rd in the table with The Pheasant winning the league & Edlesborough runners up.
Now after all these years, the club have massive gratitude to Dave, Neil & Gary for forming the club in 1981 and without them, thousands of players would not have had the opportunity to represent our great club.
2017-18. Bedfordshire Premier Cup – 28th July 2017 at Creasey Park Community Football Centre
AFC Dunstable 2 Luton Town 0
Team line up:
Jamie Head. Courtney Massey. Newman Carney. Terry Griffiths. Ryan Frater. Lee Close. ChrisOan
Tavernier. Moses Olaleye (cpt). BJ ChrisOe. Nathan Frater. Jermaine Hall.
Subs: Adiel Mannion. Roy Byron. Tom Silford. Marcus Campbell. James Bishop.
Goals: Nathan Frater (32). Adiel Mannion (68)
Substitutions: 57 mins – Adiel Mannion for BJ Christie, Tom Silford for Lee Close, 78 mins – Roy Byron for Jermaine Hall.
2016-17. Bedfordshire Senior Cup Final – 4th April 2017 at Kenilworth Road Luton Town FC
Dunstable Town 0 AFC Dunstable 2
Team line up
Gary Malone. Courtney Massey. Danny Murphy. Bill Morgan. Leon Cashman. Newman Carney. Josh
Humbert. Moses Olaleye (cpt). BJ Christie. Nathan Frater. Jermaine Hall.
Subs. James Bishop. Adiel Mannion. Roy Byron. Brandon Carney. Terry Griffths
Goals: BJ Christie (12, 32)
SubsOtuOons: 86 mins – James Bishop for Moses Olaleye, Adiel Mannion for Jermaine Hall, 90 mins – Roy Byron for BJ Christie
MOM – BJ Christie
2015-16 Spartan South Midlands Premier Division Champions
Registered 102 points scoring 118 goals & conceding only 33 to win the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division title.
London Colney & Hoddesdon Town pushed us all the way but unbeaten from January 2nd to the end of the season wore them down which was 22 games.
BJ Christie notched 50 goals & Jermaine Hall hit 26. The team scored 143 goals in all competitions. Also got to the final of the Bedfordshire Senior Cup only to lose 2-1 to an injury time winner v Barton Rovers at Kenilworth Road.
2007-08. Bedfordshire Senior Trophy Final – 2nd April 2008 at Cranfield United FC
Bedfordshire Senior Trophy Final 2008
AFC Dunstable 1 Caldecote 0
Retained the trophy with a goal from Chris Hemmings
Team line up
Joe Cox. Chris Hemmings. Tom Moloney. Richard Harker. Ross Morrisey. Craig Butler. Dan Aradi.
Gareth Seeley (cpt). Gary Capehorn. Gareth Harnaman. James McCarthy.
Subs: Kevin Taylor. Jonathan Cooper.
Goal: Chris Hemmings
2006-07 Spartan South Midlands Division Two Champions
Great season as the Spartan South Midlands Division Two title was won & the Bedfordshire Senior Trophy with a 4-1 win over Bedford United.
In the league the team scored 124 goals in only 30 games & in all competitions James McCarthy scored 70 goals in 44 appearances.
The team was managed by the “Butler brothers”
21st July 2012 The David Preece Memorial Trophy
AFC Dunstable invited Luton Town to take part in a friendly game in the memory of David Preece. The Hatters sent a full strength squad which showed as they were 6-0 up by half time. The final score was 7-1. Their squad includednfamiliar AFC names Newman Carney & Alasan Ann. Also in the Luton team was Andre Gray who went on & played in the Premier League for Burnley & Watford.
The game drew a crowd of 1,146, which is a record attendance for the new Creasey Park. Some things never change as BJ Christie got AFC’s goal.
2006-07. Bedfordshire Senior Trophy Final – 3rd April 2007 at Leighton Town FC
Bedford United 2 AFC Dunstable 4
Goals: James McCarthy (2). Richard Harker. Ikeme Ojulah
Spartan South Midlands Division 2 Champions & Bedfordshire Senior Trophy Winners
2003-04 Spartan South Midlands Division Two Champions
Back then the club was Old Dunstablians FC.
Winslow United pushed the OD’s all the way but eventually fell away as the season got to the business end.
Winslow did though get revenge as they beat the OD’s 1-0 in the final of the Division Two Cup on May 11th.
1989-90. Bedfordshire Junior Cup Winners – 21st April 1990 at Leighton Town FC
Leighton Athletic 1 Old Dunstablians 1 (Old Dunstablians won on penalties)
This was the clubs first trophy after an exciting final which went to penalties.
Team line up.
Kirk Standaloft, Brian Coombes-Prole, Kirk Haydon, Keith Preedy, Tony Montague, BreI Alligan, Neil Rigby, Richard Alligan, Dave Crawford, Ian Alderson, Dave Fullerton.
Subs. Pete Stacey. Tom Cooksey. Adrian Yule.
Goal: Ian Alderson
Through the years…