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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Hereford players
« on: Today at 02:57:56 AM »
I forgot about Laidlar's report. They tend to be quite extensive don't they?

I'll have a look at the highlights, though they may not be extensive enough to highlight all those good tackles I remember in the second half. A pity they don't make the whole match available so I can see how much of what I believe to have happened actually occurred.

The first bit seems to be right though...:) :-[

Edit: Watched the highlights now. Yes, that was poor to concede possession there (though those were the only two serious mistakes to make it to the highlights I think). Seriously - I know Parky likes a passing game, but when Digie gets in those positions and there's not a pass on, someone really should tell him to boot it out. At least he won't give away a goalscoring chance then. Though perhaps other players need to take responsibility too and give him an option or tell him to just clear it. The trouble is there's been so many players coming in and out of the team - Furman, Fitzpatrick, White coming back from injury and now Berkoe. Easier said than done, but we need to get a settled defence and some training sessions together - hopefully they will have times to work on these things this week.

I see Digie did one good pass inside, so at least one of the good passes weren't just imagined! And he actually won a header as well - "half cleared". As I thought, he went up field a few times too. I wonder if he might actually be more effective up there, trying to unsettle defenders and scrapping for the ball? It wouldn't matter so much if he gave the ball away in those positions either.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Hereford players
« on: Yesterday at 10:02:33 PM »
I see there was something in this week's NLP about a couple of Hereford players, Afghanistan international (although UK based since age one) Maziar Kouhyar, who played in the Trophy final for them, and British Indian Dinesh Gillela, signed recently from Hayes. And Yeading. United. Absurdly, they represent 20% of British South Asians that are professional footballers. Just 10 out of 4,000 pro footballers in the UK - representing  o.25% of footballers, compared to 7% of the total population . I remember a tv news item some years ago about the issues, how there was a perception among some club owners that "Asians" didn't make good footballers, and they interviewed one young lad who had broken all sorts of records in an amateur league, and yet had failed to get a trial at any professional club.

I assumed things would have changed by now, but apparently not. Hereford manager Josh Gowling, who wrote the article talked of unconscious biases, and one wonders if there is still a problem. There may be genuine reasons of course why South Asians are less likely to make it in the professional game, but at the same time, one might reasonably ask if enough is being done to make a path for them into the game. A couple of British Pakistani lads where I used to work - one was quite a decent football player, the other a cricketer and a real athlete (they were from Ashton). meanwhile, a boy from Altrincham's Kerala Catholic community (i.e. Indian) said he wanted to be a formula one driver.

There must be plenty of South Asians who would make good footballers, including many locally. The club have been talking about improving scouting for players - is it an issue they have considered, going out looking for players from this untapped community, scanning amateur leagues or even 5-aside leagues, trying to create an environment that would attract them? Surely it is a matter worth considering, besides which if there are really "unconscious biases", it would be the right thing to do. Wolves have quite a big group of "Asian" supporters, and Hereford are clearly benefitting from their South Asian players - are there things for us to learn?


In other Hereford related news, the FACupFactFile Team Award special 150th anniversary award for the non-league club that have had the biggest impact on the competition went to Hereford United, pipping Altrincham and Yeovil Town. Apparently 17 consecutive 1st round appearances is rated more highly than four consecutive third round appearances. I still say Alty had the best ever result though, the only team ever to win away at a first division club (since the third division started) coming from behind, even if Hopkins did help a bit!

And former Hereford player Mustapha Bundu recently starred at the Africa Cup of Nations for Sierra Leone in their 0-0 draw with champions Algeria. Who says Hereford players can't come good!

As for that other former Hereford player Kennedy Digie, I have reviewed some previous match highlights, and clearly there are a lot of  bad mistakes that need to be cut out (although I stand by my comment thatafter the second Torquay goal he did ok - prove me wrong!). I wonder now if the fact of not having a settled team in recent times has been a contributory factor to mistakes from him and other players as well. If you have a settled team who all know each other's games, it must make it much easier to know where to pass, and what to do in given situations. I assume that Parky just sees the big strong lad and assumes that with time and coaching he can learn to cut out the worst of the mistakes. We will see. Maybe...

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But only for 9 minutes last night. See here.

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/19871853.blackburn-fan-taken-ill-game-stable-condition/


So among others that is Blackburn, Sheffield, and Wigan just fairly locally affected by these sudden collapses recently, plus relating to this club the heart attack at the County game, and a match officiated by Altrincham referee Anthony Taylor last year.

We know now that collapses and deaths among players worldwide increased in 2021, and are starting to get an idea of why this might have happened, but I have still not heard figures for games affected by fan collapses. My general impression is that there have been more of these incidents than in previous years, including of course two Premier League games in one day last year, and certainly, I don't remember there being so many of these cases in the past, and as I say, I don't remember there being any previous heart attacks when I have been watching Alty. However, I could be wrong, and it would be interesting to get confirmation of the actual numbers and whether  there is a significant increase.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Kennedy Digie
« on: January 23, 2022, 12:46:57 AM »
Ok I'll look at his record. He came into a team that had just lost three matches in a row. He played a part in three of the first five matches he made the squad - three draws including against Chesterfield and Boreham Wood. We then lost three out of four matches where Digie didn't come on, and after that, After that he played in the next 5 matches (full games in four, third sub v Barnet where he played "5" minutes). We should have drawn today but got well beat by strong Wrexham and County sides (and remember Coounty also scored 5 against Bolton). So if he is being judged on  results, really he is being condemned for 3 matches we were always likely to lose (particularly as the team had inadequate preparation time for two of them) plus a few minutes against Barnet.

The thing about Digie is he is very good at winning the ball and mixing it with the big lads. If you don't get the ball back, you're under long periods of pressure. Obviously some things he's not so good at, but I still say he can do a job for the team (though it was mainly after the second goal I was watching him). I'll look forward to the highlights and see if I can spot all those mistakes.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Kennedy Digie
« on: January 22, 2022, 08:24:12 PM »
The Stockport fans really got into him in the second half of our recent home humbling by County, he didn’t look up to it that day but as it was Stockport I was prepared to cut some slack, doesn’t seem any different today against a far worse side. Soft goals have been repeatedly conceded all season though so you can’t lay it all him but what I wouldn’t give for some Graham Heathcote style sh*thousing/bus parking from this team at the moment, we just are incapable of defending properly for 90 mins.

Worse than Stockport (in common with probably a lot of league 1 and 2 at the moment) but still 4 wins in 6 now, and I still think we were unlucky not to get something today. Obviously a disappointment, but not a disaster. We're not getting turned over at the moment apart from by County where the odds were stacked against us (no Hulme, trying to integrate new players, less time to prepare for the game etc.).

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Kennedy Digie
« on: January 22, 2022, 08:15:10 PM »
Saw him play 3 times now and within the first 20 minutes it was pretty obvious hes not a footballer. For someone so tall his heading is atrocious. You're just waiting for a mistake from him. Bare in mind he couldn't get in Herefords team. Bizarre persistence by parky.

To me, it seemed he was very strong at winning the ball (on the ground at least) in defence and the middle of the pitch (perhaps why he spent periods further up the pitch). Good stamina too I think. I used to play a similar sort of game. The  sort of unglamorous role that is easily overlooked but much valued by managers. Considering people have been complaining about us being outmuscled by teams, I can see why Phil persists with him. Not as good in the air as Heskey of course, but maybe a similar sort of thing. Spectators used to say how rubbish he was, but managers liked him, players liked to play along side him.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Kennedy Digie
« on: January 22, 2022, 08:07:08 PM »
Mainly the second half I was particularly looking at him to be fair, but it rather proves my point about Peers. Probably every player on the pitch made mistakes (Hulme for example made a typical good run in a tight spot but then played a poor ball) but Digie makes one mistake that cost us and gets hammered for it. Anyway, maybe I'll watch the highlights and see if there's anything to change my mind.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Kennedy Digie
« on: January 22, 2022, 06:24:24 PM »
Very possibly, I was certainly watching from a different position. I'll maybe watch the highlights back later, but I can't think of anything very wrong he did, it's certainly not his fault we lost (and as I say we might easily not have lost on another day).

(P.S. I'd like to know what sort of people we get in the sponsors' lounge giving ironic motm awards. A City fan maybe, who had previously voted for Gary Neville as their motm... :) ).

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Altrincham FC First Team / Kennedy Digie
« on: January 22, 2022, 06:18:17 PM »
I was keeping a bit of an eye on him today. I was going to say he played well. And sure enough, he ended up getting man of the match, and was well worthy of it. He didn't put a foot wrong (at least when I was watching), he was assured, solid in the tackle, and his distribution seemed fine today. My only quibble is I'm still not quite sure how to pronounce Digie or what would be a good song for him (one Kenny Digie maybe?!). He may not be Hannigan, but he's jolly good, and it'd be a pity if he ended up like Tom Peers, not getting the credit he deserves.

As for the match itself, I thought we were genuinely unlucky today, and just didn't get the rub of the green. There was plenty of attacking play pushing for an equaliser, we hit the bar, and I still don't know how we didn't score that late chance (though admittedly Torquay probably should have scored from close range too). We conceded a couple of sloppy goals, perhaps understandably with an experimental back line, but that will sort itself out in time, and I still think we have enough to stay up barring disaster, and maybe even improve on last season (which, by the way, must never be repeated).

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Non Altrincham FC Talk / More on teenage mortality.
« on: January 20, 2022, 09:02:03 PM »
In an open letter from the Health Advisory and Recovery Team (some may say not actual evidence - I think they are reasonable evidence) that gives a good summary of the issues.

https://www.hartgroup.org/open-letter-to-the-mhra-regarding-child-death-data/

Unfortunately, all we know is that there has been a significant increase in mortality in young males (aged 15-19). The letter goes through some of the points that need answering and that must be answered to allay concerns about current government health measures. One day, we will have this information and be able to decide if lives have been lost unnecessarily, although of course there are some things that are already fairly well established with regards to younger males. Without the information requested in the letter, it is questionable whether younger males can give properly informed consent.

This page summarises who HART are for those interested:

https://www.hartgroup.org/bios/

I should also say that while some things remain unknow about this worrying rise in mortality among this demographic, it seems all too certain that if current plans to force tens of thousands of "unvaccinated" health workers out of their jobs are followed through, people will die as a result. People who will mostly have natural immunity by now anyway, and are apparently no more likely to test positive for "covid". For me, this is a huge concern in an already short staffed health service.

I emphasise that the calculations will be different for high risk groups (including younger people in at risk groups) and that these emergency use "vaccines" may offer some benefit to them, though it is still worth researching the issue, talking to medical professionals etc. as medication is rarely risk free.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Torquay Match Thread
« on: January 20, 2022, 08:42:23 PM »
I'm not forecasting the team, just hope the 2/3 training sessions have worked wonders and we turn up positive and get at Torquay from the off. Positive result would be nice.

#coyr

Things hopefully back to normal at home for the first time in weeks so we have no excuse. Torquay will be a good measure of where we are at now. I still think we have enough to stay up comfortably. Other teams have problems too.

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Non Altrincham FC Talk / Final figures for 2021 footballer deaths.
« on: January 18, 2022, 08:16:01 PM »
See here.

https://dailyexpose.uk/2022/01/15/2021-footballer-deaths-increased-by-300-percent/

Not actual evidence of course. Still, a worrying non-trend if the figures are correct - they represent a total for 2021 over two and a half times higher than the next highest figure in the previous 12  years and nearly four times the average figure of the previous 12 years. Note the figures include professional (or semi-professional!) footballers over 16.

Obviously calculations will be very different for high risk groups, but I repeat that young healthy males would be well advised to research possible risks.

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Non Altrincham FC Talk / Ballgirl collapses at Australian open!
« on: January 18, 2022, 04:02:22 AM »
https://xyz.net.au/2022/01/ball-girl-collapses-at-australian-open/
Also the Mail, Yahoo etc. if that's more your thing.

(Apparently she was "fully vaccinated" - as we've seen, it's quite hard to be at the event otherwise).

Not actual evidence of course. Still, I've watched a fair few matches at Wimbledon over the years, and don't ever remember a ballgirl collapsing. Those who would talk about killing might like to consider the harm that has been inflicted upon healthy children at virtually no risk of death from "covid" throughout this nonsense. And I dare say the ONS will one day get round to releasing the number of 12-17 year olds who have died within 28 days of a "vaccination" (if any).

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Non Altrincham FC Talk / Interesting piece by Dr. Robert Malone...
« on: January 15, 2022, 12:58:09 AM »
https://rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/how-bad-is-my-batch

Not actual evidence or anything,  only the considered view of an inventor of mRNA technology. Still, good advice from him nonetheless - "read the literature"!

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: He is getting it so wrong
« on: January 12, 2022, 07:07:52 PM »
Stubborn seems to be a word used quite a lot recently in relation to PP. I get the impression he reads this forum and takes very little onboard of the opinions of the supporters, which by the way, I have zero problem with. The problem I do have is that the opinions expressed on here and around the ground all seem to be one and the same, and that’s play your flipping players in their correct positions in a formation that they’re all understanding of!

My second issue seems to be that his recruitment is based on three things -

1- Played for Nantwich, a la Morgan, Mullarkey
2- Played for him previously - White, Hancock, Hulme, Osborne
3- A miles past his best journeyman - LS, Pringle, Furman

It’s like sentiment plays a massive part in his ability to want to retain players or re-sign players who he already knows. Look how offering EVERYONE new two year deals after promotion.

I might be in a minority here but it feels like PP is stuck in a rut after being here for so long, and he’s just hoping things turn without any real plan.

I shouldn’t think PP come anywhere near this forum. Good times or Bad

He definitely does.

I seem to remember catching Graham Heathcote scanning the forum once so I wouldn't be surprised.

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