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1  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: How's this for a weird old boy update? on: July 03, 2020, 10:35:23 PM
Odd place.
At least the manager and his family won't be able to sell the ground they play at. I believe it's owned by the Gibraltar FA, has a plastic pitch and is used by all 12 league members. 😉😂😂
That's rightt. It's by the airport, on the isthmus connecting Gibraltar to Spain. There were plans for a new stadium elsewhere, but, apparently, the existing Victoria Stadium was developed instead.

Are the Vaughan family ticking countries or something? They have now"operated" in England, Wales, Malta and Gibraltar

I should mention we have had a full Gibraltar international play for us too, of course, in the form of Danny Higginbotham.
2  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Testing on: June 28, 2020, 08:18:14 PM
You are right to say there are risks, but we have to assume for now that the playoffs are going ahead.  We are in daily communication with the National League and with most of the Playoff clubs; North and South.  We will spend money in a controlled way to make sure we are more than ready when the games are finally confirmed.    There's a lot to do, and we are jumping through every hoop we need to in order to enter the Playoffs in the best possible shape
I don't think any criticism should be aimed at our board nor the board of any other clubs. However, it can be aimed at the National League and the FA for their perennial inability to come to a decision, though I do understand that our board may not wish to comment!
3  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: RE; Mike Farrelly on: June 26, 2020, 06:07:38 PM
Very sad news. Like everybody else, I immediately think of the Wembley goal in 1986 as one of the great moments in the club's history.
4  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Play-offs Update on: June 20, 2020, 11:32:35 PM
It appears that Boston's lease on York Street ends on June 30th and the new stadium isn't ready yet. They could extend the lease for another month or hire Peterborough or a ground in Yorkshire (a long way from Boston, but more convenient for their manager and players at a match played behind closed doors). Alternatively, the National League could switch any fixture to the other team's ground.
There are a lot of uncertainties yet.
5  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Play-offs Update on: June 20, 2020, 10:29:01 PM
So, am I right in thinking that we are now in the slightly odd position of hoping that one of Chester or Brackley decide not to take part? It's all very confusing.
I would hope they both duck out.
We would then play York away, and Boston would welcome Gateshead..
Not sure what would happen if  only one of Chester and Brackley say they want to go in the playoffs.
I think that's incorrect. York who "finished" second would entertain the lowest team, Gateshead, while we would travel to Boston (unless they have to play at Doncastet or somewhere).
If only one dropped out, then Gateshead would travel to the lowest other qualifier, which would be either Chester or us, in a single preliminary round match.
6  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: RE: Players contracts on: June 19, 2020, 09:29:46 PM


I was disappointed to read that Redditch United had beaten us to the signing of Kyle Perry.

He can be useful in a play-off game.....


Talking of which, I don't think anyone has picked up Greg Wilkinson since he was released by Stalybridge Celtic just before the lockdown started....
7  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Provisional Playoffs on: June 18, 2020, 12:03:32 AM
I know some of this was tongue-in-cheek, but any external involvement from other clubs would surely be seen as bringing the game into disrepute and bring with it tough sanctions

So do I have this right

4th v 7th and 5th v 6th................presume 2nd (York) play winners of 5/6 and not 4/7
Yes, that's what I understand, although it changes of course if you don't get six clubs in the playoffs.
Chester have had a successful fundraising campaign, Gateshead are a full-time club, but I am not so sure if Brackley Town can compete while they build a new clubhouse, even if government regulations allow the playoffs to take place.
8  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Awards on: May 31, 2020, 11:14:29 PM
I enjoyed watching that. Well done to everybody involved.

Only one of my votes, for young player of the year, went to the eventual winner, but that indicates the extent of talent currentlt at the club.
9  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Rhyl FC on: May 18, 2020, 09:47:58 PM
The new club will be playing at Belle Vue, Rhyl, and have hopes of buying the ground.

https://www.rhylfc.co.uk/news/new-rhyl-phoenix-club-cpd-y-rhyl-1879-secures-belle-vue-ground
10  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Rhyl FC on: May 16, 2020, 08:33:24 PM
The fans have voted that the new club be called CPD Y Rhyl 1879. I haven't seen anything to say where or in which they league they will be playing.

 https://clwbpeldroed.org/2020/05/15/rhyl-fans-association-cpd-rhyl-1879/
11  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Rhyl FC on: April 22, 2020, 09:38:56 PM
If they start a new club it would be a great day out for a friendly.

(I especially like the shops that sell the - errm - suggestively shaped rock!)
My mind boggles, but they seem very confident a phoenix club will be formed. However, given the problems the old club had with the ground's owners, I am not sure where they would play. A groundshare with Prestatyn Town seems the most obvious, but that is just me speculating. However, you might have to go out of your way to get your rock. Cheesy

We have played them a lot of times in the Cheshire County League (and now we miss Royton Mike who would have been able to quote the total record between the clubs). The local paper (since lost, unfortunately) from when my parents got married in 1962 had a report from the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round when we lost 3-2 at home to Rhyl in front of 5800, no less.
12  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: NL update on: April 10, 2020, 11:45:23 AM
Didn't one of the clubs on the wirral volunteer a couple of seasons ago?  Vauxhall Motors?

BPA could swap with South Shields
They could try, but the FA control league membership, and I am sure the likes of Truro, who I think have got the best PPG at Step 3, would object to a deal like this.

Vauxhall Motors did drop down, but they went right down to the West Cheshire League. They have been working their eay back up, and are one of the clubs worst hit by the FA's ruling as they would have been promoted.
13  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: NL update on: April 10, 2020, 09:18:22 AM
I don't think they can volunteer to drop down as the FA have said that all leagues as steps 3 to 7 are null and void and all leagues will have the same formation for next season (quite a kick in the teeth for the players, supporters and volunteers at successful clubs).

In practice, a couple of clubs have already so there will be vacancies, but a club who decide to drop down could potentially find themselves in the West Yorkshire League so I can't see it happening.
14  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Other non-league football cancelled and results expunged on: March 26, 2020, 09:31:10 PM
Means no trip to south shields or FC united and confines Tamworth to another year of exile!

Any club like Jersey who've already won promotion, should be promoted.

I agree with the last point, which I think also applies to Vauxhall Motors closer to home.
There will be a vacancy because of Bury (and possibly others lower down the leagues) so I think there will still be the occasional promotion as this filters down through the divisions. The FA have put back their reorganisation a season, which may be bad news for new clubs Bury AFC and FC Isle of Man.
15  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alty to Win the League on: March 10, 2020, 11:11:33 PM
Sounds madness but it is definately possible now I feel. Will be an interesting end to the season now that we are in form and others are losing form it seems.

Yes, I really did not expect us to be 9 points behind the leaders with a game in hand at this stage, with King's Lynn stuttering, too.
It's a tough task, but is all in our own hands considering the number of other top teams to play, provided, of course, that Coronavirus does not intervene.
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