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1  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Liam Goulding on: May 27, 2018, 03:50:45 PM
Welcome to Alty Liam
2  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: John Laidlar: the end of an era on: May 20, 2018, 09:45:32 AM
John, many thanks for the web service you have provided over the years; it has also been a vital link to me last year when I was ill and when I was going through depression a few years ago.

This also reflects how vital the actual club was too during my low points. It has been a roller-coaster ride, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I remember being off ill with depression and the doctor said do things you enjoyed doing. So I went to away games on the coach.

John, your link was vital to me and is an everyday priority read, same goes for RR and Alty TV.  Fully recovered from both now, but still need the vital link.
3  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: New Player???? on: May 18, 2018, 10:27:11 PM
Was he the only player to cause us problems in the last game V Hednesford?
4  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Without a benefactor is full time possible? on: May 18, 2018, 08:01:39 AM
Possibly from the eventual sell-on of Duncan, plus an good FA Cup run. Depends on what happens next season with him, and what happens with us in the FA Cup.

Would suggest we build to this in steady stages over the next couple of seasons.

I would dearly love to see us as a league club, previously I thought it would not happen in my lifetime and the nearest I got was in 80/81; now there is at least a maybe. But not too big too fast and definitely not go for broke.
5  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Retained Players on: May 14, 2018, 06:54:56 PM
I trust Phil and Neil to use their judgment and get the best players available. We as a club are now a more attractive shop window, so there is no reason why we should not look to the future positively.

I await new signings with much interest, but we have signed every player I wanted us to keep. Another centre forward, another keeper,  possibly another central defender, and a midfield/winger and we are good to go for next season, but we need to compete with the likes of York City, Stockport, Darlington and Chester. York look to have made some good signings too. With this squad, we will give anybody in this league a good competitive game.
6  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Retained Players on: May 14, 2018, 06:30:11 PM
Second that, this leaves Phil with a good chance to have a look at new signings now, whilst still leaving space for those not re-signed as yet.

Great judgment and a perfect decision in my book, be interesting to see what happens with new signings, watch this space.

I know from speaking to Phil after the presentations that I said, keep as many of this squad as you think right. He actually replied to me; quote; 'already a done deal mate'.

I know what he meant now. Well done Phil.

Trying to save money to buy a season ticket now, for next season. I don't want to pay on the door for league matches now.
7  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: 40 years ago! on: April 30, 2018, 08:36:54 PM
Anyone remember Chris Kelly the mouth from Leatherhead. Bragged how they were going to beat us before the game, and he did nowt during the game.
8  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: The 100th goal on: April 29, 2018, 01:45:48 PM
Missed the goal due to wandering fans in the main stand blocking view, thankfully will catch on AltyTV
9  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Hednesford Match Thread on: April 29, 2018, 09:37:13 AM
Oh dear, someone had a heavy night, were you a long ball hitter last night??!!
10  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / This and next season on: April 29, 2018, 09:35:07 AM
This last season will go down as one of my most memorable. I have now seen the club win 4 league championships in my era of following them - 79/90, 80/81, 98/99 and now 17/18. They have all been very special in their own way, but this was one was against all odds, making it my favourite. Yes I know it was the Evostick Premier League one, but it was against the backdrop of two previous relegations, and some very low and downbeat feelings. The board, new management and the hard core of our players, worked hard over this last season to put it right. New players came in as Phil and Neil bought in signings to take the club forward and rebuild. It had to be right, and my god it was!!

Nobody can underestimate the difficulty of a task to turn a club round from two relegations to where we are now. Phil and Neil came in, changed things and gave us fight, using core players of Tim Deasy, Simon Richman, Jake Moult and Shaun Densmore. These players have the club coursing through their veins and will walk through fire to achieve with us. They are our heartbeat and their contribution will never be under-estimated. But it was not just our original core players, we brought players in who would follow their way of thinking. That was the most difficult judgement for Phil and Neil, but they got it bang on. I think the turnaround by Phil, Neil and the lads is one of the club''s greatest achievements. After the first meeting with Phil/Neil, I thought we may turn it round, but never did I think at the time it would be in their first season. Just steady the ship, then build. But to have won it by 13 points, by playing a great game of football the way it should be played, but with oodles of added style and pazzazz. It was typical of this team to not be satisfied with 100 goals, but to have to score 101. That says it all about their attitude. A previous poster said a few games ago, how many points we may need to win the league towards the end of the season, it turned out we only needed one. The matches that stick out for me this season, are Shaw Lane at home, and Grantham away. They went into that game and most others with the intention of winning and being masters of their own destiny. I wish I could have been there to celebrate.

Carys from Chester came with me yesterday, and as she was tired, we sat in the main stand. I had a great view of the game and the presentations afterwards and Carys commented on how there was so much joy at the game and it was great to see. This from a girl who does not particularly like football. she took many photos and missed the first two goals. The first one she was putting pictures on facebook. Jakes goal she missed as she was getting a coffee, and me a pint of Jennings Cockahoop (my favourite beer). I also missed Jakes goal as a steady procession of fans used the front row behind the board seats to get from one side to the other. This became a constant nuisance throughout the game as everybody tried to get beer replenished/toilets/kids wandering around. Several of us missed the goal, me included. However, this was a one-off as we don't have beer festivals at every home game. I must admit though, on the few occasions I have done it, I did enjoy a pint while watching the game. I will miss that next season.

So what of the future now. Well, I believe we now have the infra-structure at board level to take the club forward, and that includes the current chairman.  There is much to build on, I know we will probrably keep most of the players we had this season, the team only needs one or two minor tweeks.  Phil will update us I am sure in the next couple of weeks.  So long as the club build ongoing in steady stages and stick to their five year plan our growth should continue.  I also feel that Phil and Neil are getting the club coursing through their veins (despite Neil's Macc links). I only hope that these two maintain the success, and are involved with the club long-term. The club now needs to build on it's success and maintain it's stability it has earned this season. This club is so important to it's fans, me included.  And I love the bond between players, management and supporters, my god it is priceless and pretty unique even at non-league level, and must be the envy if other clubs.

What a great day yesterday was, a great crowd, great beer, great atmosphere, great game, great presentations and a great club.

So so happy this morning! Will we ever be a league club, never have I had so much belief since the early 80's that this is achievable, but in careful stages. I just hope it happens within my lifetime. why not! Can we have it in our 10 year plan?
11  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Goal of the Season 2017/8 on: April 27, 2018, 10:27:31 PM
Could ,ale everything nul and void tomorrow if we score a blinder, let's hope it's the 100th!!
12  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: How can you choose a player of the year?? on: April 22, 2018, 01:22:07 PM
I have almost refused to vote, because I feel it will be an insult to the rest of the squad. Kenny Palin medals would resolve that for me also.

They are all just the best!! Team with class, goes for a win whatever, never mind what other teams so, that is how you win leagues.

Mark my words, they will thereabouts next season too,keep as many of the team as possible with maybe just one or two adjustments. Really looking forward to next season now. Can we have interviews highlights etc on asap as so wish I could have been there yesterday.
13  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Message for any Stafford fans on: April 22, 2018, 01:04:06 AM
Playing the likes of FCUM, Stockport and Chester next season
14  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Championi Championi on: April 22, 2018, 01:02:16 AM
Congratulations to the club, you all fully deserve this success, you have worked hard all season to provide entertaining football. Played with style and swagger, and everything that was thrown at you, you have thrown back x 2. Very very proud of the club, board, management, players and fellow fans, and our unstinting support.

Hold your heads high, might even get more than one line in the NPL tomorrow, hell I may even buy a copy. Guess they won't put this as their favourite fans-site posting of the week now.

Well done and see you next Tues/Sat!!

 
15  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Running tracks on: April 21, 2018, 07:11:25 AM
Don't like them myself, takes you much further from the action, same at Winsford.
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