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1  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Grahame Rowley interview on: September 07, 2018, 11:25:21 AM
"We appointed the assistant manager but ended up being relegated."

Not quite an adequate account of that period.
2  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: FCUM Match Thread on: August 15, 2018, 05:39:16 PM
Too slow allover the pitch.
Despartly need Poole or Hancock back.
Having 2 CBS on the bench is a bit bizzare
I would imagine that the reason for having the two centre-backs on the bench was the expectation that one or more of the returning defensive trio wouldn't last the game, whereas in fact they all did. Harrison made a couple of vital tackles in the first half to prevent the opposition scoring, which I would have thought balances out any blame re the winning goal (he wasn't the only one backing off - the opposition gained possession midway inside their own half & proceeded unchallenged from there). All the indications seem to be that Hancock may not be ready till Bank Holiday weekend & Poole wasn't doing much more than running last night, so he may be missing until Daniels' loan runs out (at which point a one-way train ticket back to the Potteries would be my suggestion - he may have something but I haven't seen it in the two home games). Not having been at Spennymoor I don't know how much the energy expended there influenced the tempo last night but it may well have done. We certainly missed Richman in midfield, but fair play to him for as I understand it suggesting that he wouldn't be any use even on the bench given the hamstring tweak.
Two more thoughts - don't take the league table seriously until everybody's played ten games (i.e. till the Cup comes around); & the manager was right when he said there will be ups & downs.

Surely the reason we had two centre backs on the bench is because we only had 16 fit and available players and four of them are centre backs?
3  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Daniels and Thompson on: August 15, 2018, 10:53:29 AM
Daniels is only here because Poole isn't fit.

Give Peers a chance. He is strong, works hard,gets back and has a good shot on him.

He never showed anything tonight.

Once again, he was the only attacking option on the bench.
4  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Southport Match Thread on: August 06, 2018, 11:39:20 AM
Is Bannister definitely still with us? He's not in the squad list (while Downing for example is).
5  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Leamington Match Thread on: August 05, 2018, 09:58:35 AM
Surely the manager's got to be making changes earlier than 80? We've got a great squad, let's use it.

I never felt last season that we had many attacking players on the bench who could give us something different. Seemed like it was usually Tom Peers and that was it. Same yesterday. Iím disappointed we havenít signed a quick striker.
6  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Favourite grounds . on: May 15, 2018, 06:11:27 PM
Weíve been once, twice, three times to Wembley!
But letís not get in to which one!
7  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Full-time and proud? on: May 09, 2018, 09:11:52 AM
When we were the champions of non league football nearly 40 years ago, overseas players were practically non existent in English football. Now they're commonplace even in the National League.
There were 92 full time clubs then - there are more like 120 now. I know a handful of part time clubs get along OK at level 5, but basically the dividing line for our club is where it has always been : at the break point between full time and part time football.
As part timers we can realistically hope to make it into the National division. The hard part will always be staying there.
Remember how we scoffed when Boreham Wood went full time on gates of 400 ? Who's laughing now ? Patience is needed, because I'd rather continue as we are and still exist, than overreach and go down the pan.
A succinct and accurate summary of the position. To reach the National division is a realistic goal; to be solvent and extant is, however, my highest priority for the club.

It would be succinct and accurate if it wasn't total bollocks to be fair.

Does this influx of foreign players and expansion of full time clubs only affect Altrincham?? Is our line always to be drawn from whatever other people do? If Wythenshawe Town go full time do we happily sit back cuckolded while they rise above us and we settle down to our nice little level?
Sorry Ballers, you're missing my point. The majority of players in Conference National these days would have been playing in League 2 (or the 4th Division) had we not introduced Johnny Foreigner and his pals into the English game on the back of obscene amounts of money being pumped into it.

The barrier for us was always traditionally the point where full time football ceased to be the norm, and players had other jobs outside the game. AND IT STILL IS !

Unfortunately the number of full time clubs has increased by about 30%, and we will struggle to break into the clique unless we go full time. Right now we don't have the money to do that, so we need to make it our biggest priority to attract extra finance.

The change at the top level of football only affected us because we have not changed accordingly in order to at least maintain our position on the football ladder. We hold fast to the part-time model as team after team around us has found a way to go full-time or semi-full-time and flown past us.
8  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Goal of the Season 2017/8 on: April 26, 2018, 08:52:01 PM
Surprised Harrop's goal v Sutton C isn't in there. It definitely looks better than the Ashton one given the camera angle.
9  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Altrincham v Marine | Tonight on: April 25, 2018, 08:39:11 AM
Surely we should switch this game to Marine or another venue to give the pitch the best chance of being playable on Sat?
10  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Buxton - Match Thread on: April 18, 2018, 08:40:11 AM
Official news will confirm but itís safe to say heís done for the season. This is bad. Hampson back Thursday is a god send.

ADDED: Itís his hamstring, thatís confirmed. Needs to be assessed but first signs are itís a tear. f**ks sake.

So Tom Hannigan is now our only fit centre half. Some sort of irony there.
11  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Barwell : Match Thread on: April 14, 2018, 09:04:05 PM
Goal of the season contender from JJ Superb performance from the whole Team,Credit to Barwell gave it a good go in the first half hour.

 If Warrington drop points in the week and we beat Buxton we go to Shaw Lane On Thursday and a Victory will crown us Champions (I Think)


Speaking with Brian Flynn earlier, we believe we can actually win it on Tuesday night if:

- We win
- Warrington lose
- Grantham fail to win

Thatís right. And a Warrington draw would effectively do it given our respective goal differences.
12  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Stourbridge - Match Thread on: April 08, 2018, 05:17:18 PM
Have we made a mistake by having such a thin squad at this stage? Should we have strengthened more or recalled some loan players or were we just unlucky with the timing of Harrison and Pooleís injuries?
13  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Lancaster - Match Thread on: April 07, 2018, 07:48:20 PM
Ill knit the bunting when its mathematicaly confirmed

But that's when we'll need the bunting to be ready. I for one don't want to have to wait for you to knit the bunting to start celebrating.
i consider my self told

You could maybe knit the bunting now but not tell anyone? Perhaps even deny it if asked?
14  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Lancaster - Match Thread on: April 07, 2018, 05:52:20 PM
Ill knit the bunting when its mathematicaly confirmed

But that's when we'll need the bunting to be ready. I for one don't want to have to wait for you to knit the bunting to start celebrating.
15  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Marine - Match thread (weather, covers) on: April 02, 2018, 03:13:35 PM
I think it was said on Thursday that the drains arenít the problem, itís that the water isnít working its way through the pitch as it should in places. So presumably if we could prevent water getting into the pitch, that would help greatly.
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