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Altrincham FC First Team / Amazing what Parky's done
« on: December 14, 2020, 04:39:01 AM »
Especially given the stream of injuries. We actually have more points than at this stage last season, and the same as the season before.

And I still say that Peers can make an impact. $ goals already isn't it? And from limited game time. I seem to remember a darting run into the box against Dagenham and Redbridge and Leytonstone and...   He seems to make things happen, and find the space to get a shot away. That depressing home defeat to Bromley (or whoever it was) where we hardly had a shot - I reckon if he'd been playing, he might just have been the man to make something happen against a tightly packed defense. Yes, we'd love to still have Jordan Hulme (and let's be honest, John Johnston) but I think Peers is better than some make out - and part of a squad that has had a decent start at GMVC level.

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Altrincham FC First Team / poll: watching Altrincham fc first team again
« on: November 03, 2020, 11:40:38 PM »
Not counting Barnton or Radio Robins  :)

I was going to include an option for after next season, but if that is the case, we're pretty much screwed I reckon!

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Altrincham FC First Team / Playing next season
« on: September 11, 2020, 08:54:07 PM »
weather not withstanding of course!  ;D

With the current situation and October 3rd only a few weeks away, I tend to think it will be option 5 - if we are lucky. There seem to be just too many forces ranged against a return to sanity, sadly. If we could only have some certainty on this matter, we need (almost) never mention this wretched "political" virus on here again. If only...

It would be good to know what plans, if any, are being made by the club and the league, FA etc. against each eventuality. Presumably any option (apart from the first) would be problematic in different ways for the club.

Of course other options are possible, but 6 is enough for now.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Gatherings of more than 6 banned in England
« on: September 08, 2020, 10:42:48 PM »
on BBC news, I think I heard that right. Exemptions include "some team sports".

Does this mean we can forget about watching Alty at Nantwich then, or will exemptions include crowds of up to 600 for a step 3 club?

I make no apologies for repeating that this madness has to stop, or it will be devastating for football and quite a lot of other things besides.

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I don't know whether it's too early to discuss this or what other people think, but I strongly feel there should be some sort of permanent tribute to Ecky at Moss Lane. He did so much for the club during the darkest times, and he really was the heart and soul of the Golf Road End for many years.

As I understand a new fans area is being created between his beloved Golf Road End and the popular side, I would like to suggest naming this in his honour. After all, he is everything you would want a fan to be and more - just look at the way he inspired the team this season. I suspect, knowing him, he wouldn't want the Golf Road End named after him, and I dare say to some people it will always be the Golf Road End. But this new feature will create its own history and I feel it would be the perfect tribute to him. I don't know yet what the area will consist of exactly, but tributes etc. might be included to other supporters who have left us in recent times. We will sorely miss his presence, and it would be nice to feel that he is still part of the place in some way.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Tell you what
« on: May 12, 2011, 06:49:08 PM »
All this slaGGING OF hEATHCOTE'S RECORD  is ridiculous. Because of Heathcote you're in the Conf north? yes, instead of the NPL where you were headed when Heathcote took over (well you know what I mean). Up to 2006 he was doing great, as for three relegations, the firest was obviously a joke, the others by one goal after pre season disruption. Last season, they had a perfectly good team til they lost three or four players pre season.

If some people are so upset because of his other actions (the so called money grabbing, offensive behaviour etc.) then maybe you're best off without him, but to compare him with bin laden is ridiculous, as is calling him a bad manager, and I for my part would rather stay aty home thaqn watch footbAALL WITH PEOPLE WHO TAKE THIS EXTREME ATTITUDE.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Heathcote is not clueless.
« on: November 19, 2009, 06:58:40 PM »
So there  ;)

Anyway, the best thing we can do now is move on.


"just my opinion"

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Altrincham FC First Team / When is Johnson likely to be back?
« on: October 06, 2009, 04:40:01 PM »
He's the last major player still injured isn't he, and I feel that with him back, and without too many injuries, Alty can realistically challenge for the top half this season (especially with a cup run) - which would be a tremendous achievement, although I'm taking nothing for granted.

And on another topic, I was just reminded that Dicks played for Birmingham in 1986. He goes into management and his first game with Grays - a 3-0 defeat by Alty! He must be sick of the sight of ALty! (and as for "Seasman...)


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Altrincham FC First Team / In defence of Coburn
« on: October 01, 2009, 06:54:10 PM »
Whilst some might say it was a bad mistake for Gateshead's first goal, I would point out that it was firstly, a "rasping" shot, secondly, along the ground, and thirdly, near his feet, meaning he could neither palm it away easily or get into a position where he could easily catch it, and it is all too easy to spill such shots - goalkeeping nightmares are made of shots like that. At the end of the day, Stu has basically proven to me in recent times that he is still a class act at this level.

Another quick point. Graham said that some people need a reality check. Without a doubt he is right of course. There probably won't be too many times when Altrincham are tenth in the Conference at this stage of the season, and you should be making the most of it.   In my opinion/criticism  :)

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Altrincham FC First Team / To whom it may concern
« on: January 15, 2009, 01:02:25 PM »
Sorry about my drunken ramble before in which I mentioned "it" again.

I will try and be more careful in future (and more sober  :) ), I'm afraid I get a bit carried away sometimes.

Regards, and a happy new year to all


COME ON ALTY

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Altrincham FC First Team / FAO Jezza
« on: January 12, 2009, 07:55:26 AM »
Sir, you mentioned some time ago a "consensus" before Lewes that Heathcote should have until Christmas to turn it around.

For the record, I estimate about 20 forum users (at least) were callikng for change between Stevenage and Lewes. One person also said "you'll never hear the last of it if we lose to Lewes".     If on the other hand we go on a great run and are top half by January.

Looking back I think what most annoyed me is that we'd had to go through all this last season aswell. I just hope this doesn't happen next season. Whilst I have raised my expectations a bit, I am still delighted just to be in the Conference. We have only the 24th biggest crowds in non-league after all and probably less counting core support.

Ah, if only people had listened to Dino before Lewes - lets get right behind the team tommorrow,we can win this one. i would urge supporters not to get involved with heathcote, even if things go wrong

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Altrincham FC First Team / Rushden ref
« on: December 03, 2008, 04:23:42 AM »
Having watched the game I'm not convinced he got an awful lot wrong. And too bad if he did, in my opinion it's a cop out ot blame the ref, he just doe his job to the best of his ability. Of course some decisions can have a big effect on matches like on Saturday but he can only give what he sees, and the more abuse refs get, the more we'll have a shortage of offiicials. And fair play to Phil for trying to clarify refereeing decisions.

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Altrincham FC First Team / For the record
« on: November 28, 2008, 05:15:38 AM »
I was sober on Saturday morning. I'm not now though, although I'm planning to give up alcohol (what's the time to do with it anyway?)

Anyway there's no point doing a Southport (or a City for that matter) - we all want what's best for Alty after all so let's not fall out over it. I was really annoyed about certain stuff (which I won't go into here) but I'm getting over it now, let's move on. And remember I said I had better things to do than to defend 'Coate's record, and I wouldn't have mentioned it again if things had't escalated. All I want is what's best for Alty and I was worried about what might happen if Graham, Graham, Grahame and Geoff decided to walk out. Hopefully it's sorted now anyway.

Cheer up people, this could still be our best season since 1995 AD (and Luton was the first time we didn't lose to a league side over 90 minutes since 1994). Hopefully I'll see you again some day.

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Altrincham FC First Team / let me put this another way
« on: November 22, 2008, 08:19:09 AM »
When we got vdeducted 18 points, we may have had an increase in crowds(although there's no hard evidence of this) from the publicity and sympathy but the FA  were still wrong.

When Maunders left us in trouble, it may have led to increased supporter involvement but he was that we got to the conference three years ahead of schedulestill wrong.

According to the fondly held belief of the protesters at the Lewes game we started doing better because of the protests.. (again no hard evidence) - doeswn't mean the protests were right.

I would remond people we got promoted 3 years ahead of schedule - and we've been holding our own most of the season. So the tactics were wrong (at least first half) against Stevenage  (and put right soon enough) - Ishould darn well hope the tactics were wrong - I would hate a manager to be so scared of taking risks that he didn't try different things eith a bunch of new players until hed hit on a winningt formula, as you'll see if you learn a thing or two about footbnall.

Ok, there may have been other factors, which I won't go into here, but -

GRAHAM HEATHCOTE'S RED AND WHITE ARMY

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Altrincham FC First Team / Geoff Goodwin and Peake.
« on: November 18, 2008, 01:25:05 PM »
To be fair to Colin, Geoff mainly blamed the Accrington chairman for the Robinson debacle, without which we certainly wouldn't have had three "relegations", and probably not even one.

Speaking of Geoff, how are things with him? The last I heard, he was quoted in the NLP in the aftermath of Lewes saying he wished he hadn't bothered (with Alty) and how annoying it is people who don't know him saying things about him etc.

To borrow a phrase, this is not good enough. He basically saved us and turned the club around and people should not be implicitly or directly having a go at him like this. I hope it's sorted out. This was the main reason why I was worried about the Heathcote protests. I can take you spoiling my season or even forcing a good manager out, but Geoff deserves better after all he's done.

GRAHAM HEATHCOTE'S RED AND WHITE ARMY!

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