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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: RELEGATION RUN IN - updated 2/4/08
« on: April 03, 2008, 09:50:01 AM »
Stay positive everyone, we can do this - we had to win 3 (and a half) away matches to get to this division after all and we can do it again.

I don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet, but I think it might be an idea to sponsor the coach again(like with Exeter and Torquay), we will want all the support we can get down at "Ebbsfleet" and Weymouth.

Taking my own advice about positivity - my take on the other teams.

Farsley - are not that good - they had 2 points from 4 games before the win against fellow strugglers Weymouth, and, Droylsden apart, their run in is fairly tough.

Weymouth - have to get four points ahead of us from two extra games (one of which is away to Aldershot) to be out of reach of us by the time we play them. And they have won only two of the last 14, at home to an irratic Stevenage, and the home derby against Exeter.

Northwich, Stafford excepted, have a fairly tough run in, and still need to make up 3 points on us. Their much vaunted unbeaten run is, I think, looking shaky, with draws against Histon and York with late equalisers, and a one goal win against ten man Oxford. I think it is quite likely that they will only get 9 more points or less. Once they lose, I think their form will dip.

Halifax have been on a terrible run and have perhaps the toughest run in of the four.

As for our matches.

Kidderminster - they were on a good run when they played us last time, and with the midweek match for Kidderminster giving Graham a chance to watch them, I don't see why we can't get a result again. Besides, I'll be blowed if we're going to get relegated by these lot again.

Burton will also have been watched I expect, and were beaten the other night. We seem to do fairly well at these teams with a strong home record for some reason (Crawley, Salisbury), and are certainly capable of getting something at Burton.

Salisbury - a mid table team at home (where we only have one defeat this year), already nearly beaten them etc. - clearly we could win this time.

Ebbsfleet - our best chance yet to win there. We will be well rested - as opposed to Ebbsfleet (who we will no doubt have a chance to watch) who have a few matches to make up. Hopefully they will be out of the promotion race and have an eye on the trophy final.

Weymouth - we have plenty of experience of these high pressure matches, and I think we can do it.

Altrincham FC First Team / Sounds like Heathcote's in the clear to me.
« on: March 31, 2008, 04:01:30 PM »
Not wishing to preempt Grahame, but from what I've read, sounds like he didn't exactly knock anyone over. It also sounds like the referee and Torquay don't want to take it any further, which is probably the best thing for both clubs. I remember the story about John KingL: some player going on to him all game about how hard, he was, Kingy got him in the tunnel after the game, the lad didn't take it any further, admitting "I'd been asking for it". As I remember it.

As for the incident with Tracey a dew years back, aparently Dave said something about his family - I'd be upset too, and I mean about Graham's family, not just mine.

At the end of the day, those who wanted Graham sacked anyway will say he should be sacked for this, I don't see the need myself. And I hope the story in the Torquay paper doesn't turn out to be true.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Skipper [Gary Wright}
« on: March 18, 2008, 10:48:25 AM »
All the best Gary, and thank goodness our Ian and co were there to help you.

Hope you're back with us soon.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: exeter
« on: February 28, 2008, 03:27:52 PM »
On the match itself - Graham was scouting for Millwall wasn't he? So do you suppose that on Saturday, Graham went to watch Exeter while Graham went to the Torquay match?

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: exeter
« on: February 28, 2008, 03:25:56 PM »
Save him the back 5 seats and bring some cushions  :) ;D

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: 46 points anyone? (oops)
« on: February 28, 2008, 03:21:53 PM »
We will probably be alright now I think. We have the management team and squad in place to do it, we are a match for anyone on our day as Torquay showed, we just need to avoid major problems now.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Situation Arising
« on: February 28, 2008, 03:17:57 PM »
Let's bring back the Cheshire league, that will give plenty of local matches.

Those were my sentiments when the Isthmian people wanted to block the Conference South, and I can't help feeling regionalising would be a step backwards. (Of course rising petrol prices may force it eventually anyway, but til then...)

Remember how much better the Conference North was than the Unibond "village" league. Of course, if we could get all the best northern teams, we could have quite a strong northern division, but we probably wouldn't. And you can be sure that league clubs will be less willing to get relegated to the Conference if it is regional and they are playing the likes of Harrogate and Vauxhall on relegation. Never mind a third promotion place, we could be lucky to keep the two we've got.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Kingy ...........
« on: February 06, 2008, 02:47:26 PM »
A big blow to lose King. It's a good thing it's Droylsden and Farsley next!

Of course it also affected the England team who I make no apologies for saying we should all care about. Who knows what might have been achieved in 1958 and 1962 without Munich?
 People talk about Pele but there was some fantastic English talent that came to grief that day. Very sad.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: I bet Karl Munroe is delighted...
« on: February 06, 2008, 01:53:51 PM »
On the bench in what exactly?

Don't worry, no doubt they'll be saving him for Saturday where he'll probably play out of his skin...

Altrincham FC First Team / Taking some positives from last night
« on: February 02, 2008, 10:58:06 AM »
Firstly, ending our losing run against Woking - at least 5 and possibly more last time we were in the Conference - I remember losing 7-1 when one Clibe Walker was playing.

Also, Woking had won 2 and drawn once in their last three games, most recently ending Crawley's four match winning run with a draw, and before that beating Weymouth away.

Obviously I would have liked a win, but Woking are no mugs, and were startingto look like the Old Woking, some dangerous players on the break.

At least Graham will have a chance to watch Droylsden before we play them. I presume Karl will play. I gbenuinely think that Graham are better coaches than Dave and whoever else he's got, better tactically and whatever,  and I think it will be of more benefit to us knowing about Karl than it will be for Karl to know about us, although he will surely improve their defence.

Altrincham FC First Team / Relegation battle
« on: February 02, 2008, 10:46:59 AM »
P.S. I need to know, someone at work is convinced we'll go down, but I can't see it, especially since King signed for another month.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Atmosphere at Cambridge
« on: February 02, 2008, 10:12:52 AM »
Amazing atmosphere from Cambridge, four sides making noise - brilliant. The best home atmosphere since Yeovil in the Conference (apart from possibly Aldershot which was just one area making noise). After York singing for 90 minutes now Cambridge - I couldn't believe it!

It is funny that 30 coaches to Wolves should be mentioned. Apparently when we played Wolves we took about 100 coaches (but still a similar amount of fans - smaller coaches and less cars in 1966 I suppose)

Altrincham FC First Team / I'm loving it.
« on: January 11, 2008, 03:57:06 PM »
From where I'm stood, what a great week!

Out of the bottom four at last, a very good appointment as assistant manager, Heathcote's future confirmed, and the pitch held up well on Tuesday night in a severe test.

My analysis of the season so far:

1st 10, we struggled and were always likely to, with a lot of new players, and changing division at the AGM.

Next 8, we did well enough to look like staying up.

Then a poor run of 5 league games as the restrictions of the transfer window started to bite.

Now with money in the bank and new players in the transfer window allowing us to catch up where we fell behind in the summer, I fully expect us to continue our recent form and stay up fairly comfortably.

So far, since we got back, we have been playing with one arm tied behind our back as we get out of debt, plus we have had AGM nonsense the last couple of seasons. When we see the real Alty next season I think we can push towards mid-table at leat.

As for crowds, full-time/part-time etc.: the fact is, we did average nearly 2000 the first time we won the Conference, and 5000 was "not unusual" in the late 1960's (when City and Utd were successful incidentally). In 1990/1, we averaged over 2000 from January when we looked like going up. And we have a higher base support than then.

Well, Shotton is effectively full-time, if we get a few more like him next season, I think we can challenge. As for people living within their means, I think it will be more than just Conference chairmen who have to learn to live within their means over the next few years. I'm afraid football crowds have probably reached their peak and will probably not be so high in the foreseeable future. I would expect some teams to return to part time, although there's a few big clubs below the Conference.

As for Graham Heathcote, his position should never have been in question, he has made us the best fully part time team in England whilst struggling with debt etc. and there's no reason why he should not make us even better from now on. I think personally that we should follow Crewe's example sooner than Newcastle United's.

I would prefer this to a passionless manager who looked like he didn't care

on course for best finish since 96 stop the slaggin

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