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1  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Looking ahead ... on: June 05, 2018, 08:05:41 PM
I was told told the national leagues start on the 4th Aug, a week ahead of the NPL who have clearly learned nothing from last years fixture chaos after the bad weather
If so that will be the earliest we have ever started a competitive season.
2  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Looking ahead ... on: June 05, 2018, 02:16:43 PM
I notice that the League fixtures are currently scheduled to be published on July 4th. I presume the season proper will start on August 11th - does anyone have definite information on that? Any thoughts as to opening fixture - Hereford away would be the stuff of nightmares as far as I'm concerned so the pessimist in me thinks that's what we'll get landed with! By the by - does anyone know if we're going to be required to play the equivalent of the old NPL Champions v League Cup winners (Peter Swales Memorial Trophy was what I think it was called) as a pre-season game?
3  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Liam Goulding on: May 27, 2018, 09:33:15 PM
I can see his Dad now, as a teenager, scoring at the Golf Road End against York in January 82 - first goal (if memory serves) in a 4-3 thriller. Sadly, his career at Alty never really recovered from the pasting he got in the next round at Burnley. Here's wishing Liam as much success as Shaun Densmore (another son of a former player) has had with us!
4  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: another signing to be announced tonight on: May 22, 2018, 10:20:50 PM
In April 1977 we played Scarborough 5 times in 23 days - the NPL, The Trophy semis first and second leg, the first replay at Rotherham, and the second replay at Doncaster.
Equalled in 1964 (a leap year, by the way) with a saga v Witton - 22 Feb CSC2 (a) 0-0;26 Feb CSC replay (h) 3-3; 29 Feb CCL (a) 1-3; 2 Mar CSC 2nd replay (h) 2-0; 16 Mar CCL (h) 3-0.
5  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: another signing to be announced tonight on: May 21, 2018, 09:12:05 PM
A much improved player on the evidence of the three games I saw him play last season. He is now running straight lines rather than the ever-decreasing circles he tended to find in his previous spell here; he is a competitive/combative player (delete according to choice) which we need; and he was certainly the best midfield player on the pitch in at least one of the games last season. I think Williams Mk II will be an asset.
6  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: John Laidlar: the end of an era on: May 19, 2018, 09:57:08 AM
I echo everything that has been said about John and his monumental efforts on the Club's behalf. I also hope that his successor(s) will ensure that the site does not lose its unique quality; slick and modern-looking is all very well but it's the content that counts, not the presentation. Too many club websites are too samey, too mass-produced. My university had as its motto "Do Different". I hope this watchword will hold good for our website in future.
7  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Favourite grounds . on: May 15, 2018, 07:46:55 AM
I don't have a real favourite among the grounds, though if York really are going to move out of town one more trip to Bootham Crescent is something to relish, but in terms of days out York, Hereford, Kidderminster & Southport are top of my list. I'd like to get to Darlo this time - didn't make it last time we played them & it would make three different venues in the same town after Feethams & the White Elephant Arena.
8  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Conference North Taking Shape on: May 12, 2018, 09:28:51 AM
Great-it will be a notch for me and I suspect many others. A pain in the arse to get to mind from Alty or London.
Not really - trains 9.30 or 10.30 ex Piccadilly arrive Hereford 11.36 or 12.36, return trains 17.58 or 19.00 ex Hereford. Nice town; not been there for ages - looking forward to it. Hope the new regime is more accommodating to visiting supporters than the old one was, though.
9  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: The first season of the APL on: May 10, 2018, 09:45:03 PM
Since then four of the teams have gone bump and Worcester asked to be double relegated
Four's a conservative estimate - Telford are now reformed as AFC Telford, Maidstone decamped to Dartford, went bust & dragged Dartford with them & are now effectively a reformed club, Nuneaton Borough reformed  as Nuneaton Town, Scarborough went bust & Scarborough Athletic are another restart, Kettering lost their ground & effectively reformed, AP Leamington sank without trace & reformed as Leamington FC, Wealdstone lost their ground, Worcester are in the sorry state they're now in, and as for the green slime ...
10  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: The first season of the APL on: May 10, 2018, 03:00:07 PM
Interesting also to look at the home League match attendances for that season (in chronological order) - not as high as one might have thought;
Telford 1497; Maidstone 1433; Nuneaton 1875 (Stepney's debut); Bath 1744; Gravesend 1826; Boston 1831; Barnet 1558; Scarborough 2521 (Boxing Day); Vics 2135; Weymouth 2285; Kettering 1591; Bangor 1471; Stafford 2324; Wealdstone 1622; Yeovil 2038 (Easter Monday); Worcester 2672; Barrow 1839; AP Leamington 2453; Redditch 2004.
We didn't play a League game at home between 29th December (Vics) & March 1st (Weymouth) & in fact only played two away League games over that period (at Vics & Boston) - 2 FA Cup-ties, 4 FA Trophy games, 3 Senior Cup matches & 2 League Cup-ties took precedence. There was also just over a month between the Nuneaton & Bath home games & exactly a month between Barnet & Scarborough. We crammed 8 League games into March & another 6 in April, leaving just the one in May (plus the League Cup Final 2nd Leg at Vics, about which the less said the better!).
11  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Conference North Taking Shape on: May 07, 2018, 02:44:41 PM

The FA tend to work on straight lines across the country west to east. If Lynn beat Slough they will almost certainly be placed in the North - Lynn is north of Telford & only marginally south of Stafford. As Lynn came 2nd in their league I would like to see them gain their just reward, as Ashton did, & it would also be a new ground to visit & an excuse for me to spend some time in a part of Norfolk I don't know.


Mike,
If we do end up in the same division as King's Lynn, would that engender Alty's first competitive fixture in Norfolk?
In a word - yes!
12  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Conference North Taking Shape on: May 07, 2018, 01:09:25 PM
The FA tend to work on straight lines across the country west to east. If Lynn beat Slough they will almost certainly be placed in the North - Lynn is north of Telford & only marginally south of Stafford. As Lynn came 2nd in their league I would like to see them gain their just reward, as Ashton did, & it would also be a new ground to visit & an excuse for me to spend some time in a part of Norfolk I don't know.
13  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Full-time and proud? on: May 07, 2018, 12:58:09 PM
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.
14  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: evo stick play offs on: May 01, 2018, 04:11:44 PM
Grantham and Ashton were both very hospitable clubs, hopefully they both make the final.

Anyone but Warrington.
100% agreed.
15  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Marine : Match Thread on: April 24, 2018, 03:12:52 PM
For those who travel by tram, it looks like there's a reduced service today - Piccadilly trams are terminating at Timperley but Bury trams are going through to Alty according to TFGM - they say there's a track fault at Alty. Allowing a bit extra time sounds like a good idea ...
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