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1  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: RIP Kenny Palin on: Today at 12:57:24 PM
Wow, I started supporting Alty around 41 years ago (old gitdom is upon me like an unwelcome vagrant) and like most others on this thread, Kenny is an ever present memory. Rarely without a smile on his face and as others have pointed out, almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Such a simple joyous view of life; the world would be a brighter place if more of us had the same outlook.

If I believed in an afterlife, Kenny would be roaming around with a small transistor radio, smile on face, telling anyone and everyone the latest Rochdale score.

2  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Stay away fans and atmosphere on: March 16, 2018, 07:06:45 PM
Why don't we just throw this league as it's all pally pally at this level and we can stand or sit where we want around the ground? What's the point in getting promoted where we might have to face an away contingent of more than one man and his dog and possibly impose segregation? Why don't we all just sack it off and go and watch Knutsford?

What's the point in ambition? What's the point in trying? Just lie back, relax, roll a fat one and enjoy the ambience of the empty stands. Get some old sofas for the Golf Road end and we can all become couch locked, comfy in our stagnation.
3  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Stay away fans and atmosphere on: March 16, 2018, 01:47:28 PM

I'm trying to point out that no matter what level we are playing at there will always be someone who thinks we should be further up the hierarchy. Yes, it can happen. Wigan springs to mind but it's rare and I really can't see it happening when we are so close to Eastlands and Old Trafford. In the meantime I'm happy to be entertained

Most are happy to be entertained. Most also realise that Championship/Premiership is definitely unobtainable for a club of our size and our catchment area (given the teams already in the same catchment area), but that shouldn't stifle some level of ambition to compete at the highest level possible.
4  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Stay away fans and atmosphere on: March 16, 2018, 01:22:51 PM
It really does depend on what your aspirations are Matt. Ultimately you are looking at winning the Premiership. I'll be long gone before then. I'm not interested in watching a bunch of players trying to con a referee. I'm much happier watching honest endeavour in non-league football  trying to win a match.
I do go and watch professional football from time to time and find myself laughing at the players antics. I think I am embarrased for them.
This is the main point as far as I for one am concerned. I don't think anyone is looking at the Premiership (!), by the way, but for a number of people - certainly a number of those with whom I associate, who tend to be non-shouters by instinct - one of the major attractions of Alty FC is precisely that it isn't and doesn't aspire to be full-time or Football League. Take my own case - if I wanted to watch full-time Football League I could walk to a League One ground from where I live in less than 20 minutes and there are three more within easy reach. If I wanted ersatz Football League I'm a 15/20 minute bus ride away from FCUM; if I wanted Premiership the Wastelands are a bus ride and a short walk away. I don't wish to watch either. Quite apart from the local link through family and almost 50 years attendance at Moss Lane, what I want to watch are real people (rather than over-hyped, over-paid & under-talented 'superstars') giving 100% in an effort to win a match; where I want to watch from is pitch-side rather than at a distance; and I want the freedom to stand where I wish & with whom I wish. All of these Alty FC has given me and will, I hope, continue to do so. If we had got into the League in 1980 or 1991 I suspect "suck it & see" for a season would have been my rather reluctant approach, but that situation is unlikely to recur.
Alty's natural home at the moment is probably the Conference North, although it is perfectly reasonable & realistic to aim for a place in the National division. The down-side of that for me is the degree of restriction it places on spectators and the 'tribal' element that gets more pronounced the higher up the ladder you go. Don't get me wrong - I'm quite prepared to be 'tribal' when we play Macc or Vics - that's called local rivalry & might even extend to Stockport, but in the main I & many of those with whom I associate go to games to watch both sides, enjoy each other's company & be entertained rather than indulge in histrionics.
Let's hope the present management can get us back into the division in which I believe we belong, & take it from there as & when it happens.  

I think for me and many others this is missing the point. I was also there through the 'glory years' when we won the league 2 years in succession and only missed out on league football because turkeys don't vote for Xmas. I was absolutely gutted.

The point is 'your team is your team' so the analogy of walking down the road to watch another team at a higher level just doesn't wash with me. I watch League of Ireland football over here and although I just like watching live football I can never get as enthused by another team in the same way I can by Alty.

The comment by the grinning cat about Premiership football is ridiculous beyond belief,  but at the same time what is the point in supporting a team if there is no ambition to progress further? Are you saying that stagnation is the ideal? Find a level, whether that be Conference North or National level and just happily stay there for evermore? If that happens whilst still striving then fair enough, but where is the incentive for players or managers if there is no plan or hope for progression?
5  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Meet the Board on: March 13, 2018, 11:39:09 PM
Have also added two questions for the board on www.sli.do

Can anyone confirm if they have agreed to accepting questions via this format?

They agreed, but yet to see anything public.

6  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Meet the Board on: March 13, 2018, 05:38:52 PM
Have also added two questions for the board on www.sli.do

Can anyone confirm if they have agreed to accepting questions via this format?
7  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Workington match thread on: March 12, 2018, 12:51:59 PM
Whatever our fixture list looks like, Shaw Lane are still 3 games behind us. Their game tonight is already off!

I think we need to recognise Warrington as the chief threat at this point, Shaw Lane have far too much left to do. Warrington's pitch drains superbly and they're creeping back into form.

Indeed. but they also have the same number of league games to fit in as ourselves.
8  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Stourbridge - Match thread on: March 08, 2018, 04:27:25 PM

Stopping people airing their concerns doesn’t change things though. This isn’t Berlin in 1985. I’d just rather football discussion wasn’t  tainted with it. For my mind, the two issues are completely separate

That was my point exactly. Sick and tired of every thread descending into the same old sh*te. There is a time and place to air grievances and it isn't every thread and it certainly isn't by getting personal and there has been FAR too much of that. I have a vague recollection of when this forum was a pleasant place to be and that doesn't mean I'm happy clappy or any other insult that some may want to throw. I also want change at board level and the sooner the better, but I don't see tainting every thread on here as in any way advancing that cause.
9  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Stourbridge - Match thread on: March 07, 2018, 11:58:40 PM
Unfortunately this forum died a long time ago and many don't come on here at all anymore and even more just pop on occasionally and don't bother to post anymore. It used to be a place for lively banter and constructive (for the most part) debate. It has become totally caustic and unwelcoming. It's one of the few things that can't be levelled at the current board.

It is a shame because the team are doing well and the manager and players deserve immense credit. It should be possible to celebrate that fact whilst still recognising that there is much wrong at board level. There appears to be no such thing as constructive debate anymore and everything descends to the level of being personal.

I have been on many forums and have rarely seen trolling to the level that continues on here.
10  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: where did you end up ? on: March 03, 2018, 04:52:52 PM
One of our last stints in the Conference National we were due to play Mansfield away and as one of my wife's friends lived in Lincolnshire, we booked flights over and stayed with them. The game was called off on the Saturday morning and my wife's friend's husband seemed obsessed with finding me a game to watch, even though I'd told him it didn't matter. Drove to Notts County to find the game off and then on to SC**thorpe to find their game had been called off very late. Had a drink in their club bar with some of their fans who were most bemused by me (than again maybe that's just me and nothing to do with my predicament).

I nearly booked flights over for today's game...glad I didn't.
11  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: shaw lane OFFafarce on: March 03, 2018, 12:08:16 PM
According to the leagues twitter. 5” inches of snow, or ‘a semi’ as I call it
Semi? What do you mean

Detached house  Wink

I'd be worried if it was detached.
12  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Cheshire Senior Cup Quarter Final Date on: March 01, 2018, 06:53:47 PM
Yeah, sack it off...tin pot. Put out the Ladies (no disrespect to them....just the Cheshire FA).
13  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Rochdale on: March 01, 2018, 05:00:34 PM
I really shouldn't be like this but I still never  want them to win all these years post re election fiasco

They were the recipients but it wasn't their fault - it was LOOOOton  Wink

.....and GRIMsby
14  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Remaining fixtures on: February 27, 2018, 10:59:32 PM
I’m not saying they were wrong to do it, just pointing out to Jamie that whilst they’re “not complaining” (which coincidentally I haven’t heard our club do either) they’ve disregarded a competition to make way for “more important” fixtures.

I know you weren't Sir and I fully agree with your post.
15  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Remaining fixtures on: February 27, 2018, 09:46:26 PM
Number of Tuesdays and Saturdays remaining this season : 17
Number already scheduled for a fixture : 14
Fixtures TBA : 2

If Shaw Lane is off on Saturday (£50 to a bag of pig manure says it will be), there will therefore be no free dates for either subsequent rearrangements , or additional cup ties.

We can't afford to beat Winsford or we're practically guaranteed at least one week with three matches.

Just as well we're not still in the Trophy eh?
not really, Warrington have played the same games as us but you don't see them complaining

We shouldn't be treating the trophy with such disrepect

They also tossed off the CSC last night though Jamie, don’t forget.

Yes, and quite right too. I sincerely hope we do the same.
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