Old Mead's linch-pin announced as A.F.A.'s Player of the Year
Amateur Football Alliance recognise contribution of defender Alistair McCombe
On the eve of its centenary the Amateur Football Alliance which has around three hundred and fifty clubs affiliated to it has inaugurated an A.F.A. Player of the Year award and it is fitting that the award has gone to Alistair McCombe, linch-pin in the defence of Old Meadonians, Amateur Football Combination Champions and the A.F.A. representative side during last season.
Alistair who joined Meads at the beginning of last season has had a glittering football career which included Northern Ireland caps at under 15, 16, 17 and 18.
At under 16 level he played in the European Championship Finals and later played for Ireland Universities at the World Student Games.
He has played for Dundee United, Bangor (N.I.), Glentoran (N.I.), Ards (N.I.) and Ashtown Villa (Rep. Of I.). Whilst with Glentoran the team won the Irish Cup and played in the UEFA Cup in 2000/1.
Old Meadonians' David Stanner said "As a qualification of the fact that this award was fitting I add that Meads came within an ace of winning all four competitions they entered. They took the Premiership of the Amateur Football Alliance, the A.F.A. Middlesex & Essex Senior Cup, the London Old Boys' Senior Cup and were only beaten on penalties in the semi-final of the A.F.A. Senior Cup."
June 21, 2006