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1  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: 1874 Northwich Match Thread on: January 10, 2018, 09:27:14 AM
We are now in the quarter-finals; Hyde & Stockport also won their games this week; Alsager v Stalybridge (along with Winsford v Warrington) was postponed. The other outstanding (?) ties are Stockport Town (who I think used to be Woodley, then Stockport Sports?) v Cammell Laird, Runcorn Linnets v Crewe & Sandbach United v Nantwich. Cheshire FA website has no details of draw or dates for next round as yet. The venue for the final seems to rotate between Wincham Park and Nantwich these days, by the way.
2  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: 1874 Northwich Match Thread on: January 08, 2018, 01:16:35 PM
The last Match Report for a Reserve game on the website is 01/12/17. It featured the following names:
1. Andrew JONES, 2. Harry SHERIDAN, 3. Tom WESTALL, 4. Ryan BARRY, 5. Billy NUGENT, 6. Ethan BROOKS, 7. Max POUNCEY, 8. Scott SMITH, 9. Will SMITH, 10. Joel SWIFT, 11. Rhain DAVIS. Subs: 12. Rob KENNERLEY, 14. Joe ROEBUCK, 15. Alex LOVELL, 16. Denico WALTERS, 20. Cameron TERRY
Perhaps we may see a couple of these included in tomorrow's squad. Tom Westall and Rhain Davis have both featured before of course.
Just as a matter of record - that is actually the last time the reserve team played a game. I agree that it would be good to see some of them on the bench at least. I think Barry, Pouncey & Swift have also been on CSC team-sheets before now & Terry was on the bench once earlier this season? 
I would imagine that Deasy will keep goal; the two Joneses (Callum & James) might well be in the back four; Miller will play; Peers & Richman might be starters. Hampson is presumably still not fit & even if he were, would it be worth risking him? White might or might not need more game time - as I haven't seen him play as yet I have no valid opinion on that matter. I imagine Harrop will be in the squad in some shape or form.
At this point it seems to me that the most important thing is to get the game played - and given that there's another CSC tie scheduled there tonight (Winsford v Warrington I think) that might be in some doubt. We shall see ...
3  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Farsedly Celtic - Match Thread on: January 05, 2018, 01:02:46 PM
Illness prevents my attending - I think I'm fated never to get to Farsley ... - but all the best to all those travelling & let's hope the performance is as professional & the result as good as the last game I saw (Boxing Day at Marine).
4  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: What a load of rubbish on: December 20, 2017, 04:34:15 PM
Downright poor. Once we scored  (great strike from Hulme) we seemed to think we'd done the job and dropped deeper.
On the 13th.January the league may rearrange a fixture. The options are Barwell at home or Stafford away.
Of the two I'd prefer Stafford away. There would be a certain logic in bringing that one forward as Stafford are still in the League Cup & March 10th (the date currently set for that game) is designated for League Cup semi-finals - mind you, it seems to me that logic doesn't necessarily play any part in Evo-Stik League fixture "planning". Moving Barwell forward from mid-April has far less reason behind it & at the moment we might be better served not playing at home, given the state of the pitch & particularly the surrounds last time I saw it.
(Can't comment on last night as I wasn't there!)
5  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: weather or not the snow will fall !! on: December 09, 2017, 09:45:41 AM
For what it's worth this is the current BBC online forecast -
light snow thru 11 am, then cloud, then light rain shower around 1 pm, then sleet by about 2pm, turning to light snow by 5pm & lasting thru the evening.
I still think they're guessing ..
Hope the decision is made in the next 45 minutes - I'd have tp set off earlier than usual today for various reasons ... fingers crossed still!
6  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: weather or not the snow will fall !! on: December 08, 2017, 04:15:31 PM
BBC online forecast for Alty on Sat is roughly as follows -
dry overnight, temps 0-1C
light snow by 8 am
heavy snow by 11am
sleet by 2pm
respite by 4pm, but light snow again by 5pm lasting into the evening.
Doesn't look good - but Sunday looks worse still!
Keeping my fingers crossed that they've erred on the bleak side ...
7  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Shaw Lane AQUAFORCE- Match Thread on: December 06, 2017, 09:52:07 AM
On a par with Dootson
Dootson seems to be doing well for himself - currently goalkeeping coach at Salford.
"Those who can do. Those who can't teach".
... and those who can't teach teach teachers.
8  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Should Saturday's match V Shaw Lane be segregated? on: December 05, 2017, 03:34:37 PM
"You have 100 or so fans on that open end who would have otherwise been stood with us making some noise."
I don't quite understand this bit. Surely these 100 or so fans have chosen to stand at that end. If they wanted to stand and make some noise with you, that would have been their location of choice?
Couldn't agree more!
9  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Should Saturday's match V Shaw Lane be segregated? on: December 05, 2017, 02:27:30 PM
I think voters should be encouraged to share their reasons.
I'm quite happy to share mine - once I've come through the turnstile I expect to be allowed to go where I please, sit or stand (this season) as I please, with whom I please, given that I keep the peace. Therefore I'm not in favour of limiting anyone's access to any area of the spectator accommodation. The only valid reason for a 'sterile area' would be safety considerations, and with a ground capacity of 6,000 or so that doesn't come into the equation. As I've made a conscious decision not to use the bar myself this season any opinion I might have on access to that area is irrelevant.
Shaw Lane's average gate (according to the statistics in the Mickleover programme from last Saturday) is 210. 10% of that would be a reasonable base figure for away support - hence their offering the spare seats on the team bus to supporters, I guess. Double it to allow for the special character of this match - even so you arrive at a likely figure of under 50.
As has been said elsewhere on this thread, we have had a number of away games (most recently Sutton Coldfield & Mickleover) where the travelling support has appeared to outnumber the home following. There has been no segregation at these matches. It simply isn't the norm at Level 7, which like it or not is where we are.
A further very minor point - it has been mentioned on another thread that this season the away turnstiles basically haven't been used. They would require manning - presumably not volunteer labour?
Hope that helps.
10  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Unbeaten run on: November 27, 2017, 07:47:14 PM
We went 28 unbeaten in 90/91
That 28 was league games only to be pedantic. There was an FA Cup defeat to Huddersfield and the FAT SF defeats to Wycombe amidst that 28 games (presumably also defeats in the Bob Lord Trophy and Cheshire Senior Cup somewhere too as we won neither that season). Not to knock what is rightly lauded as one of the clubs finest ever seasons. To be fair the current crop are looking like they could establish a few modern day records.
Just to flesh out the bones a bit on this - we'd gone out of the BLT to Barrow before the run started; from Oct 6th 1990 to April 24th 1991 we were unbeaten in League games (from a 2-2 home draw with Yeovil to a 0-1 defeat at Barrow, which was our third game in five days); the only games lost over that period were 1-2 v Huddersfield (h - FA Cup 1st Rd (Nov 18th 1990)), 0-2 at Macc (CSC semi-final 2nd leg, March 11th 1991), & 1-2 (a) & 0-2 (h) v Wycombe in the Trophy semi (April 6th & 13th 1991). From Oct 6th 1990 to March 11th 1991 we were unbeaten by any other non-League club. That's one hell of a series of targets for the present squad!
11  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Unbeaten run on: November 27, 2017, 05:37:28 PM
What's the club record for games unbeaten?
What's the club record for home games unbeaten?
In terms of league games, in the first season of the Alliance Premier League, we were unbeaten at home, winning 16 & drawing 3.
The following season, we lost 0-3 at home to Nuneaton on what I think was the second Saturday of the season. I think that we opened that season away from home at Stafford (3-1 win), so assuming that we may well have had a home midweek game, which, if we did, we didn't lose, the answer, in terms of league games is 20 league games unbeaten at home, plus any unbeaten home league games at the end of the 1978/79 season.If we weren't at home in a league game in that first midweek of the 1980/81 season, then the answer is 19 league games unbeaten at home, plus any unbeaten home league games at the end of the 1978/79 season, which was the season that we finished 2nd to Mossley in the Northern Premier League.
what about the year before the apl.....how did we end the year?....are there not more unbeaten games to add on the other side??
We actually finished our 1978-9 home programme with a 0-1 defeat by Macc (April 30 1979) and opened the 1980-1 home season with the APL Challenge Shield game against Vics, which we also lost 0-1 (Aug 18 1980). Brian is right about the Stafford game; the Nuneaton game was indeed the second Saturday of the season & was effectively run by Jon Sammels (ex-England international, as I remember?) for Boro, so that unbeaten run consists entirely of the League games in 1979-80. 
12  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Mossley Match Thread on: November 26, 2017, 03:58:12 PM
Miller & Amis are on loan at Colne & therefore unavailable to us; J. Jones was injured last week, not in the squad yesterday - would we want to risk him?; Short is presumably still injured as he hasn't featured for some considerable time.
Deasy, C. Jones, Taylor, Walsh, Bembo-Leta, Sheridan surely definite starters; Peers & Hannigan probably need the game time; who fill the other three places (left-back & either one midfield & one forward or two midfielders) I leave entirely to the management's judgement!
Mossley played at home yesterday so the pitch will have taken some wear. Last weather forecast I saw suggested milder tomorrow but then turning colder. We could do with getting the game played so as to get another game off Richman's ban & to avoid the fixture backlog getting any worse, but may struggle to play Tuesday. If it does go ahead, I'll be there - apart from Ashton it's my most local game!
13  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alfreton- Match thread on: November 22, 2017, 09:39:25 PM
Do we know if Hampson will be allowed to play?
Given that he played against Ramsbottom and has been here less than a month, he will be eligible on Saturday.
14  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alfreton- Match thread on: November 22, 2017, 04:15:56 PM
Is richam suspended?
Was looking forward to this until i found out i was going to liverpool chelsea as part of work....
Simon Richman will presumably be serving the first game of a three-match ban on Saturday. The suspension will have come into effect yesterday (Tuesday) & should be over & done with after the Mickleover game a week on Saturday, so he would miss the Trophy game, any replay or the League Cup game next midweek, & one League game. We will miss him, but at least it should only impact on the one League match.
15  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Cheshire Senior Cup on: November 16, 2017, 09:36:47 PM
... who play at Winsford.
If they play at winsford then we will have to rearrange as they are at home on the same day
The games are supposed to take place in the week ending Jan 13th. One could play Tuesday & the other Wednesday, or one pair of clubs might agree to play the following week.
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