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1  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Workington match thread on: March 14, 2018, 12:20:41 PM
I think we need to be careful how much we nitpick some of the ladsí performances tonight. They were all part of the same XI that blew Stourbridge away last Tuesday - letís not go all Championship Manager on the back of a disappointing evening. They should be afforded the opportunity to regroup and respond on Saturday.

Weíve set ourselves a high standard and our failure to reach that in the first half is what cost us. To their  credit Workington looked prepared for much more than we threw at them. It was nowhere near good enough and they donít need us to tell them that, they certainly donít need a few crackpots booing them off at half-time. Weirdos.

Completely different team in the second half. Much more like it. Again, not to the level weíve hit at times this season but we arenít a team of robots. Weíre humans and weíre top of the league by six points still. Iíll take that in anticipation of a big response against Bridge.

100% agree.

I would also say it's a timely reminder that although it's useful if Warrington and Shaw Lane drop points, it's up to us to keep going. If we carry on winning, there's nothing they can do. We need to keep the focus on ourselves and 3 points on Saturday gets us going again.
2  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Ashton Match Thread on: February 24, 2018, 08:12:53 PM
Draw fair result. 1st half we seemed to be controlling the game without really creating much, and never really got going 2nd half.

After the best ref we had all season last week, this one was up there as one of the worst I've seen, and I'm never one to usually have a go at refs. Our penalty was never one, the free kick for their 2nd was never one, and I don't think I've ever seen the full time whistle blown when the ball has gone out for a corner. You always see if they have gone past the allocated time that they allow the final passage of attacking play to be completed.

4 points against a top 5 side is good for me. Same return from the 2 games against Shaw Lane should see us further strengthen our position, and dare I say it one hand on the trophy.
3  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Mason Walsh returns from loan on: February 17, 2018, 06:17:25 PM
To clarify, the Birmingham Senior Cup is not classed as a 1st team game, so is banned from the reserves but can play 1st team. The rules the Cheshire Senior Cup should be.
4  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Home Advantage on: February 03, 2018, 06:28:00 PM
Has everyone forgotten that Altrincham got promoted in 1999 on an absoutely dreadful pitch where the drainage issues were a lot worse than the ones experienced so far this season?

Was going to say the same. And how many many teams do you see full stop, never mind at this level, switch Home games to another ground? It is extremely rare, as it is the nature at this level. Should Shaw Lane be playing at Oakwell given the amount of games theyíve had off?? Weíre in a great position, and when we get the home games on the pitch will be in a position to suit us anyway
5  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: GAME OFF on: January 20, 2018, 04:03:18 PM
The supporters coach is nearly back, but as someone who was at the ground I can confirm they did try to get it on, with volunteers helping out since 12. Spoke to them in the bar before we headed back. Itís just one of those things for me, in some refs opinions itís playable, in others not playable. Their manager was also gutted it was off, so none of this bollocks that they wanted it off.
6  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Ins and Outs on: December 22, 2017, 09:54:02 AM
We paid for Andy "Spud Van" McDonald as well, but I can't remember if that was before or after Peter Band.

Andy (right) is a skilful central midfielder who signed for Altrincham from Witton Albion in late July, 2002 for a small fee, reportedly provided by a club benefactor.

Peter (left) signed from Hyde United for a small fee in July 2002.

I'd say McDonald just. Seem to remember both fees were only 1k?
7  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Shaw Lane (A) on: October 20, 2017, 11:45:04 AM
I'm thinking of cheering on Shaw Lane. Go back to the Barnsley game, and the following Tuesday was Macc away. Admittedly that's when everyone could see we needed to strengthen in numbers, but it was an After The Lord's Mayor performance. A similar thing to happen to Shaw Lane would do nicely.
8  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Damian Reeves on: May 02, 2017, 12:27:19 PM
166 goals in 278 (+54 sub) appearances. Exactly a goal every 2 games. That stat says enough.

Thank you and good luck at your next club.
9  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Altrincham FC appoint Phil Parkinson as manager on: April 28, 2017, 10:02:47 PM
The before and after records of our last five managers (excluding caretakers) doesn't make pretty reading:

Lee Sinnott
Previous managerial job: sacked by BPA
Next managerial job: none

Neil Tolson
Previous managerial job: sacked by Hyde
Next managerial job: none

Neil Young
Previous managerial job: sacked by Stockport
Next managerial job: none

Jim Harvey
Previous managerial job: sacked by Halifax
Next managerial job: none

Matt Doughty
Previous managerial job: none
Next managerial job: N/A

That's why I'm quite pleased we've gone for someone like Parkinson. It makes a refreshing change to employ a up-and-coming manager on the back of relative success elsewhere, rather than one on the way down. Hopefully he will, eventually, go on to even better things after doing a good job here too.
Incidentally, when was the last time an Alty manager left us to go on to a 'better' job? I've been watching over 25 years and can't think of one during that period, unless I'm missing someone really obvious.

Anyway, his first target must be to break the curse of the 'first game' as an Alty manager. Again I might be missing someone really obvious, but I don't think an Alty manager has won their first game in charge for nearly 15 years? In fact, Neil Young could hold the record as the only Alty manager, of the seven different managers during that time, who didn't lose their first game in charge?




Ken McKenna?

If you're being lenient Graham Barrow?

Cheers mate, brought back memories of McKennas first game. 45 seconds in away at Eastbourne, walking through their fans and we concede!! Lose 5-0
10  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Mr and Mrs Rocky Robin on: March 27, 2017, 02:08:36 PM
Thanks  Smiley. When we booked the date back in September 2015, never expected to be out of the country on honeymoon to not see us get relegated to Evo-Stick!!
11  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: The Vocal Minority on: March 18, 2017, 11:24:59 PM
The sad thing for me is the people who love this club are no longer at games, as they cannot bear to see our plight and what is happening here. One of my fellow supporters, who I have known since I started supporting 20+ years ago, went to Droylsden vs Glossop instead. That for me is a worse fact than those who chose to walk out today. Actions need to be put in place at the top before this decline becomes terminal. It's all well and good saying appreciating the loyal support, but it's extremely difficult to win them back when they go in to the wilderness.
12  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Through thick and thin. on: October 29, 2016, 09:21:29 PM
Give up Nasha.  You should be banned for sensible posting.

It is too late though

Indeed it is too late on the pitch, and me saying that when I've always been a 'half full glass' man says a lot. I meant too late before the apathy spreads and people like myself will no longer be there anymore.
13  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Through thick and thin. on: October 29, 2016, 09:01:34 PM
Due to other commitments this season, mainly saving up for a wedding, I've only been to 2 away games this season, Harrogate and Stalybridge. Today I couldn't make anyway, but when I saw the final score I just laughed. No anger, no thinking we are in the do do. Just laughing at where our once proud club finds itself.

I've followed the team up and down the country for the last 22 years, and I don't feel or want to go away games. I don't even get excited going to Moss Lane, only looking forward to see friends. The worst thing about this whole situation is that it isn't just the known forum moaners who aren't happy, it's now also long standing, hardcore supporters, who have and still do give any help they can to the club. For me that is the saddest thing, and something that needs to be sorted before it's too late.
14  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Meet the boards. Meet the managers, on: September 25, 2016, 10:13:46 PM
I appreciate most of the concern was probably about the repair of what's happened with the team but did anyone ask how much is still owing on the community centre and when at the current rate of income it is likely to be paid off?

I think the hall is a great asset but wonder how long it will be before its actually putting money into the club.

Happy to be corrected but I don't think it's a case of paying off the CSH then all profit goes into the playing side.


Again I understand that is is just the bar taking and food sales that benefit the club. I stand to be corrected but that is what I was told when I asked somebody close to the club

That's fair enough but if the team and the CSH both needed funds then choices would have to be made. I'm surprised that more noise wasn't made about the Hall having been paid for. That's a good news story surely.

As it hasn't been fully paid up. There is a loan for 25k that will be paid 2017/18.
15  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: First game thoughts? on: August 06, 2016, 11:09:44 PM
Far more positive than negative to take away from the game, and it's been a while since come away from Moss Lane saying that:

Lawrie looks hungry again, defensively we looked solid and bar the goals cannot remember Dawber making a clear cut save.

Yes, we didn't create much ourselves, but the feeling that when Reeves (not his sort of game, the change fully justified) gets clicking I think we will be fine. We'll need more players to support him with the goals, but I'm confident the burden won't be solely on his shoulders.

No reason why we can't move further in to this season with a positive attitude and being there or thereabouts
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