Herefordshire derby clashes excite AFC Ludlow boss Dave Cooper

Ludlow Advertiser: AFC Ludlow manager Dave Cooper. AFC Ludlow manager Dave Cooper.

AFC LUDLOW will be facing four Herefordshire sides in West Midlands League Division One next season.

Newly-elected manager Dave Cooper is excited about the prospect of matches against relegated Bromyard Town, Bartestree, Hereford Lads Club and Ledbury Town.

Cooper confirmed that Ludlow will be playing their home matches on the AGP surface at the Showtime Stadium.

He guided Ludlow to the Division Two title last month and will among 17 club representatives travelling to Walsall Football Club this Saturday to collect the trophy.

“The new league constitution for Division One looks very exciting, with 17 teams, and four from Herefordshire, which will be like derby matches for us,” said Cooper.

“Bromyard Town have been relegated from the Premier Division and we are looking forward to playing against our friends from Bartestree,” said Cooper.

“Some new players have been in contact with us, including a lad who used to be on the books of Coventry.

“We will be trying to arrange some friendly matches at home and we will be finalising those at our committee meeting next Monday.

He added: “We are very much on the look-out for new sponsors.”

The new league season for AFC Ludlow gets under way on August 9.

Cooper said 12 people attended the AFC Ludlow’s annual general meeting on Monday night and there were few surprises.

Officers elected were: President: Leonard Rees; chairman: Roger Wilding; vice-chairman: Mike Seaborne; secretary: Rachel Cooper; treasurers: Mike Seaborne and Tim Moriarty; match-day secretary: Kate Woodhouse and Rachel Cooper.

Constitution for West Midlands League Division One for 2014/15 season: AFC LUDLOW, BARTESTREE, BROMYARD TOWN, BUSTLEHOLME, HANWOOD UNITED, HEREFORD LADS CLUB, LEDBURY TOWN, PENNCROFT, ST MARTINS, SHENSTONE PATHFINDER, STONE OLD ALLEYNIANS, TEAM DUDLEY, TRYSULL, WEM TOWN, WORCESTER RAIDERS, WRENS NEST, WYRLEY.

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