At the traditionally packed press conference, Manager Nick Evans announced the squad for the Arthurian League's Representative Team.
When Eyebrows were raised at the composition of the squad (no Tonbridgians at all, no Baby Beddows, no Alex Robinson, several other stalwarts missing), Evans replied that this was due to the demands of the Forest v Tonbridge clash in the Premier Division together with the general injury crisis affecting the ALRT squad.
However, Evans then revealed that he would be handing debuts to Messrs Lawrence, Moss and Hillgrove from the Old Alleynians.
Having personally been a witness to their giant killing brilliance (in a pulsating Arthur Dunn quarter-final) Nick admitted that he had no qualms about the Alleynian Musketeers being able to make the step up.
More worrying for AL observers was the suggestion that Assistant Manager Billy "Billotelli" Jenkins would be bringing his kit for a cameo appearance.
Some thought this was as bad as naming Lord Mufty as a substitute (as had happened when the ALRT played the SAL) but Evans dismissed those fears with characteristic elegance.
"Shevjenko", he argued, would not be distracted if the opposition lined the pitch with cupcakes - as had happened to Lord Mufty when the ALRT played the SAL.
In case you wish to attend, the match details are as follows:
Ford Sports & Social Club
Aldborough Road South,
Ilford IG3 8HG
The squad is as follows:-
Jack Francis – Old Foresters (GK)
Billy French - Old Foresters
Tom Redmayne – Old Etonians
Rob Hawkin – Old Salopians
Andy Moss – Old Alleynians
Jack Haverson - Old Foresters
Miles Hillgrove - Old Alleynians
Daryl Noble - Old Foresters
Tom Kelly - Old Salopians (Capt)
Fred Richardson – Old Harrovians
Tim Downes – Old Carthusians
Josh Lawrence – Old Alleynians
Lachie Shaw Stewart – Old Etonians
Char Avelle - Old Foresters