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Altrincham FC First Team / Rangers interested in joining the Conference
« on: January 15, 2013, 01:23:23 PM »

Bizarre statement from Lee. I'm not sure how they've got the club responses either. But the whole thing is a bit disconcerting.

If Rangers want to come to England, fine. But they can start at the very bottom like any other new team joining the pyramid.

Altrincham FC First Team / Halifax Away
« on: November 12, 2012, 11:58:55 AM »
In the Trophy...

Altrincham FC First Team / I think we're at that stage now...
« on: August 30, 2012, 01:37:56 PM »
Where we can start dreaming of signing established players who've yet to find a club in time for the opening games of the season.

Lewis Chalmers, anyone? Still hasn't got himself a gig...


The bit at 12 seconds is particularly impressive.

 :D  :D

Altrincham FC First Team / Carl Piergianni
« on: August 23, 2012, 07:32:58 PM »
Released by Stockport. They wanted to keep him as back-up, but are skint.

We need a bit more on the left...and he can play centre-half too...

Altrincham FC First Team / Attendance at Chester Tonight
« on: August 22, 2012, 09:58:51 PM »
3,007 there to see them beat Workington 1-0.

Potential for one of our biggest crowds in years when we play them on Bank Holiday Monday?

Altrincham FC First Team / Danny Glover
« on: May 24, 2012, 10:11:59 PM »
Rumours abound that we're [Chester] in for Danny Glover of Nuneaton too, 20 goals at this level the past 2 seasons, apparently its between ourselves, Alty & Macc for his services according to a Nuneaton fan over on DC.

Altrincham FC First Team / HUGE set of fixtures on Saturday
« on: March 08, 2012, 01:39:56 PM »
We've got a great chance to pick up three points at home to Bishop's Stortford, but look at the other games involving our playoff rivals:-

Boston vs Stalybridge

Gainsborough vs Nuneaton

Gloucester vs Guiseley

Hyde vs Halifax

Points will be dropped. This playoff thing is on  ;D

Altrincham FC First Team / Good Set Of Results For Us Today
« on: February 18, 2012, 05:35:54 PM »
So we laboured to our own win, but draws and losses for several of the teams around us leaves us within striking distance.

Good chance for us to make progress on Tuesday.

Altrincham FC First Team / Cheshire Senior Cup
« on: September 22, 2011, 12:59:08 PM »
A Chester fan on thefootballforum says the FL clubs are on it this year. Is that right?

Altrincham FC First Team / Andy Mangan
« on: June 01, 2011, 01:02:59 PM »
Signs for Fleetwood. So that's Brodie, Mangan and Vieira on the books for next season.

Seems sustainable...

I thought I'd throw my ideas out there to see what people think. Rather than a "who stays and who goes" type thread, I thought I'd see what people think as the overall strategy for this club in the coming years.

First off, I want Ken and Bimmo to stay. They nearly did the business for us after a terrible start and deserve a proper chance to show they can do it.

Basically, whilst I fully understand comments flying around in some other threads about not throwing the towel in next season, as well as trying to stay positive and talk about a playoff challenge, I'd much rather we put absolutely no pressure on the management to make the playoffs next season. What I really want is for Ken (and Bimmo) to have a good scout around in an attempt to change the way we play in order to improve our long-term prospects. If this means a season of inconsistency and some strange results, then that's fine. It's a small price to pay for long-term success.

I thought one very telling point in the season was when we released Jimmy McCarthy. Ken openly admitted he liked the look of him, but due to the looming threat of relegation, needed someone who could score immediately. So, he had to release McCarthy rather than try to nurture and develop his undoubted ability.

What I'd like next season is for us to bring in some talented footballers who can knock the ball about comfortably. Perhaps people like McCarthy, but also other lads from the Wirral, Wales, Cambridgeshire of wherever our chaps have contacts. It is noticeable to me that teams like Wimbledon and Newport came up playing a good brand of football. Subsequently, they've fared well in the BSBP, including when Wimbledon were a part-time side (one of our common excuses). Teams like us and Southport who have tried to survive on the back of hoofing have been found wanting. Now, I don't blame Graham, Ken or anyone else for this. After all, it's no good trying to overhaul the playing style when you're just trying to keep your heads above water. But the comfort of knowing we should be in no danger of relegation from the Conference North offers the opportunity to make a proper change to our style for the better.

Those players that continue to hoof despite the manager's pleas can be discarded over time, replaced by lads who like to play the game on the deck. I genuinely think this would give us the best possible chance of moving forward, even if it meant a tough 2011/12 season while we adjust.

Any thoughts? I think about half of our current squad could play a part in this transformation. The other half may have to be shipped out, but given the way this season has gone, will anyone be bothered? Oh, and we must try to shame Michael Twiss into leaving the club. He has shown absolutely no desire or pride since arriving. We could pay two young, neat and tidy Scouse midfielders with a fiery streak for the money we give him.


Altrincham FC First Team / The Great Escape
« on: April 23, 2011, 09:31:29 PM »
So we're all absolutely gutted and rightly so. My eyes were actually watering earlier. But I've just looked at the table and fixtures...all is not lost.

Basically, we need to overhaul two of Southport, Forest Green and Tamworth. A big, big ask considering we're 4 points from safety. However, if we pull off the unexpected against Grimsby (and we've pulled out surprising away wins already - Mansfield anyone?), we'll be looking at the results picked up by the other three. "Who are they playing?" I hear you ask. The answer is Wimbledon, Darlington and Wrexham respectively...

To my mind, that would leave us with some sort of chance on the final day. Who are we playing? The second worst side in the division on our own patch. Southport will have a tricky away tie at Kettering, whilst Forest Green and Tamworth play each other...they can't both win.

I know, I know, there's a hint of clutching at straws about it, but my initial assumption at 4.50pm was "not quite mathematically, but we're down". Actually studying the table suggests otherwise. We can, somehow, still escape. We must keep fighting.

Altrincham FC First Team / Newport Matchday Thread
« on: April 23, 2011, 01:29:30 PM »
Horrible day to be an exile. I'll be chewing my fingernails off as well as working from home (boo).

Still, thankfully we have Radio Robins  ;D

The range of possible situations/emotions at the end of the day is incredible. We could be in with a great chance of survival going into the final two games, one of which is at home to Eastbourne. We could also be relegated today with an unfavourable set of scores. We could also be somewhere in between.

Come on lads!

Altrincham FC First Team / Rushden in serious trouble?
« on: April 03, 2011, 11:11:27 AM »

Full-time on gates of 1,100 doesn't work? Who knew?

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