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In the Sunderland squad (on loan from Everton) for this afternoon's League One Play-Off Final at Wembley is one Nathan Broadhead, who happens to be the grandson of the former Alty, Oswestry Town and Bangor City striker Tony Broadhead, whom some of us will have watched play for the Robins during the seasons 1971/72 to 1974/75. He was Alty's leading goalscorer during the 1971/72 NPL season.




Altrincham FC First Team / 44 years ago today...
« on: April 29, 2022, 06:21:07 PM »

Alas, four members of that 1978 FA Trophy-winning team are no longer with us.

Altrincham FC First Team / Beryl Fox RIP (former club employee)
« on: March 06, 2022, 03:53:45 PM »

During my weekly cheerful ritual of reading the death notices in The Messenger in order to check whether I receive a mention, I espied the name of one Beryl Fox of Hale who had died at the age of 92.

I recalled a lady by that name working alongside the late Derek Kennerley in the old Altrincham FC Pools Office, which was located under the main stand.

You used to be able to gain access to it via an entrance on Moss Lane and during the 1970s and 1980s I recollect booking on the coach for various away games there by pressing a bell which duly summoned either of those long-standing employees from behind a sliding window.

I have since been advised that the club's erstwhile secretary Dave Baldwin has confirmed that this is, indeed, the Beryl Fox who worked at the club (apparently, she took the club cat with her when she left her job!).

A blast from the past there. Anyone else remember her?


Condolences to her family and friends.

Altrincham FC First Team / Quickest goal that Alty have ever conceded?
« on: February 06, 2022, 07:23:55 PM »

Have Alty ever conceded a quicker goal than the one which transpired in truly gruesome detail inside 20 seconds against Woking yesterday afternoon?

I've been racking my brains through the increasingly blurred images of over five decades of watching Alty and the following goal at FCUM on New Year's Day in 2017 came to mind as possibly constituting the previous fastest goal against the Robins that I have witnessed:

(From John Laidlar's match report)

"FC United had barely kicked off on a bright but cold afternoon at Broadhurst Park when they found themselves a goal to the good. After an advance on their right flank, the ball found its way to Gilchrist, who scored with a shot from 15 yards past the exposed Deasy, with just 38 seconds on the clock."

Can anyone else dredge up any other candidates?

We need Brian Flynn's eidetic memory for all things Alty to shine here!

Altrincham FC First Team / Joel Senior
« on: February 02, 2022, 10:32:18 AM »

Unfortunate news from Salford City v Carlisle United last night:

"There was concern for Joel Senior when he stayed on the floor after he'd stuck out a leg to stop Thomas-Asante, and a stretcher was needed to take him from the pitch."


Altrincham FC First Team / 60 years on...
« on: December 25, 2021, 12:37:14 PM »

The last occasion on which Alty played a match on Christmas Day:

25th December 1961
Cheshire County League

Winsford United 1  Altrincham 1

Alty goalscorer: Paddy Fagan.

I wonder if there are still any Alty supporters out there who attended this fixture....or have ever experienced watching the Robins play a match on Christmas Day during another season?



Presumably, this signifies that Trafford Council may have been persuaded to increase the capacity for this fixture?


On this day 40 years ago.

Does anyone recollect anything about this nondescript 0-0 draw other than the freezing conditions?

I'm still astounded that this match ever took place:


Extended mix....

(Just a bit of gallows humour. Please donít send an anonymous email to Trafford Council complaining about itÖ).

1. The Style Council: Walls Come Tumbling Down!

2. Men Without Hats: The Safety Dance

3. David Bowie: The Informer

4. Pink Floyd: Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)

5. David Byrne: Donít Fence Me In

6. Morrissey: November Spawned A Monster

7. Northside: Shall We Take A Trip

8. Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Accidents Will Happen

9. Bruce Springsteen: My City Of Ruins

10. The Housemartins: Build

11. Ultravox: Western Promise

12. The Decemberists: The Hazards Of Love 3 (Revenge!)

13. Elton John: Tell Me When The Whistle Blows

14. The Police: Donít Stand So Close To Me

15. Tom Waits: Whatís He Building?

16. Miley Cyrus: Wrecking Ball

17. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis: Shattered Ground

18. Big Thief: Capacity

19. Kenny Loggins: Danger Zone

20. Kevin Rowland: Concrete And Clay

21. Radiohead: Climbing Up The Walls

22. Bob Dylan: Everything Is Broken

23. Windsor Davies & Don Estelle: Whispering Grass

24. Leonard Cohen: Closing Time

25. EinstŁrzende Neubauten: Kollaps

And just remember to take comfort in the words of the great Leonard Cohen:

"There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."

So, any other suggestions..?

Altrincham FC First Team / Tonight's capacity is now 1,390...!
« on: November 16, 2021, 04:45:53 PM »
Altrincham FC Co-Chairman Bill Waterson writes:

A further review of our procedures and safety standards sees the capacity for tonight's Emirates FA Cup first round replay with Gateshead set at 1,390.  The game is now sold out as we have reached this capacity.  There will be no tickets available on the night at the ground.

The ground will be configured as follows for this game; Main Stand capacity 480, Chequers End 640 and Community Sports Hall terrace 170, while the Family Stand will accommodate Gateshead supporters up to overall capacity. The Golf Road and the Popular Side will be closed to spectators tonight.

Access to the Chequers End terrace will be through the turnstiles at that end of the ground.  Access to the Main Stand and the CSH terrace will be through the Golf Road turnstiles.  Access to the Family Stand will be though the turnstiles to the right of the Main Stand.  Disabled access will be through Gate 4 as per usual.

Given the escalation in security levels following the terrorist attack in Liverpool over the weekend, your bags will be searched on entry to the stadium this evening.

You may also be subject to a personal search on arrival.  Please bear this in mind when arriving at the ground and turn up early.  Please leave bags at home if you can.  There will be frequent messages over the public address system, so please pay attention to those.

Turnstiles will be open from 6.30pm.


I've just managed to unearth the programme from the aforementioned fixture against the predecessors of this evening's visitors.

Goals from John Hughes, Roy Hughes and Ian Morris saw Alty secure a 3-0 victory in front of an attendance of 3,200 (don't mention that figure to Trafford Council).

All of which, of course, paved the way for us to draw Everton away in the Third Round.

Let's hope for the same scoreline this evening.

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