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3721  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Note To Raffo.... on: October 20, 2007, 11:44:55 AM
Cult.....what were you doing out at that time of night?

The youth of today!!!
3722  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Worst Alty striker? non productive fun on: October 20, 2007, 11:34:31 AM
I think that four of Tunna's five goals were:-

Bromsgove Rovers (A)....lost 4-1 on his debut the week after Port Vale beat us in the FA Cup
Kettering Town (A)........drew 1-1
Wycombe Wanderers (A)..won 2-0...the day Wycombe won the Conference & Martin O'Neill apologised to about 6,000 Wycombe fans on the pitch after the game.This goal was on both Sky News & BBC News.
Farnborough (A)........won 5-2 on the last game of the season

I'm struggling for the fifth one though & I'm a bit vague about the Farnborough one as well!!
3723  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Mick Carmody........Groundhog Day!!! on: October 12, 2007, 07:35:55 PM
No 'Handcart' no 'Carmo'......what is this coming to?!?!?

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight!
3724  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Mick Carmody........Groundhog Day!!! on: October 12, 2007, 10:19:59 AM
I spoke with Mick Carmody last night on the phone to invite him to play in the Legends game on Tuesday.He will be there but unfortunately will not be able to play due to.........a hamstring injury!!!!!!!!!! This was sustained in a Gaelic Football match that he played in.......for eight minutes......about three weeks ago!!!!

Mick must have the worst hamstrings in Football History!!!
3725  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alty on Setanta - help pls on: October 12, 2007, 09:45:48 AM
Unless you are a Virgin customer, in which case you can get Setanta as part of your package for no extra cost,you need to call Setanta directly on the number on the home page of their website.You do not need any extra cards & it takes about 30 minutes to get you connected.You get all of the Setanta Channels (8 in total I think,including Setanta Ireland).

The cheapest way of getting all the Sports packages is through Virgin,particularly if you bundle in your home phone,broadband & mobile, but the drawback is that you cannot get Sky 1,Sky 2 & Sky Sports News currently on Virgin........this was a big issue for the other members of my family as most of their favourite programmes are on Sky 1 & Sky 2 & therefore we are currently still on Sky............the kids & wives of today!!!!
3726  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / New Loan Signing.......it's a striker.......details on ClubCall NOW!!!! on: October 11, 2007, 06:18:54 PM
09066 555902
3727  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: I think that we have progressed during the last six years!!!!! on: October 09, 2007, 06:38:12 PM
Yes & they were without the 'Wunderkind' Thomas!!!!!!
3728  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Potential Proof that Daryl Clare is Satan himself!!!!!!!! on: October 09, 2007, 06:34:37 PM
I knew someone would make that comment......but you were an outsider Phil.......where was Pikesley?

You are of course bang on the money!
3729  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / We are 9/2 to win on Betfair!!!! on: October 09, 2007, 06:30:16 PM
That's a good price even if we do have such a poor home record & Burton are unbeaten away!
3730  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Potential Proof that Daryl Clare is Satan himself!!!!!!!! on: October 09, 2007, 11:06:10 AM
By my calculations Daryl Clare has played four full games against Alty & one as a substitute.In 394 minutes he has scored 6 times which is a goal every 65.6 minutes.

If he scores for the first time in the 72nd minute tonight then he will have notched 7 goals in 466 minutes which is an average of a goal every 66.6 minutes!!!!!!!!!

I hope that this is not too much of an Omen!
3731  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / I think that we have progressed during the last six years!!!!! on: October 09, 2007, 10:47:24 AM
ALTRINCHAM (0) 0 TRAFFORD (0) 1

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UniBond League Cup match, played on Tuesday, 9th October, 2001, at 7.45p.m.





SCORERS:
48 mins: Joe MURRAY (penalty) (Altrincham 0 Trafford 1)


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REFEREE: Mr P M Ireland
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ATTENDANCE:
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TEAMS:
9.10.01 ALTRINCHAM versus. TRAFFORD
7.45pm Red and white striped shirts, black shorts and socks   All yellow, with black trim
1. Dale NEWBROOK 1. Mark MOLYNEAUX
2. Dave SWANNICK 2. Darren BLORE
3. Chris ADAMS 3. Matt WRIGHT
4. Mark MADDOX 4. Joe QUINN
5. Mark SERTORI 5. Darren QUICK
6. Steve HAWES (capt.) 6. Bobby JONES 
7. Jeremy ILLINGWORTH 7. Joe MURRAY
8. Jason GALLAGHER 8. Anthony HOGAN (capt.)
9. Carl FURLONG 9. Dean BUTTERWORTH
10. Lee POLAND 10. Tony FRY
11. Danny MURPHY 11. Peter WESTON
12. Rod THORNLEY 12. Billy McCARTNEY
14. Gary SCOTT 14. Chris HOUGHTON
15. Ian CRANEY 15. Chris PATTERSON




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BACKGROUND
This was Trafford's first ever competitive match at Moss Lane. Altrincham had won their first Cup Group match at Runcorn and had gone seven games without defeat, whilst Trafford came into the game after a heavy home defeat in the UniBond First Division to Gretna last Saturday. Before the game Bernard Taylor and Graham Heathcote received the UniBond Club of the Month award for September and as the official photos were taken, Trafford player/manager Mark Molyneaux crept up behind the recipients to get himself onto the photograph!
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SUMMARY

There was plenty of enterprise but few direct shots at goal in this match and it took a penalty kick to separate the sides. Altrincham struggled to find a rhythm but Trafford, even without Emmett, Varley and Southworth, performed far better than they had on Saturday when trounced 4-1 at home by Gretna, Altrincham started with only five of the players who had begun the game at Accrington on Sunday and the new formation created several chances but failed to take them.


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TEAM NEWS
 
Altrincham started with just five of last Sunday's initial line-up. Coburn, Hulme and Locke were rested, whilst Craney, Thornley and Scott were relegated to the bench. Trafford were without Emmett, who broke his ankle recently, and Southwood and Varley who picked up knocks last Saturday. Dale Newbrook (left), the current Altrincham Reserves' and last year's Youth Team goalkeeper, made his first-team debut between the posts in a competitive match.




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MATCH REPORT

 Altrincham kicked off and played the ball around quite fluently in the first few minutes but coach Graham Heathcote was not impressed. "That's all very nice but we didn't get the ball into the box", he shouted to Steve Hawes (2 mins). Trafford, too, started neatly, but it was Lee Poland who had the first meaningful shot with a low strike which Molyneaux gathered easily after Gallagher had set up the attempt (4 mins). Trafford responded with a good turn and shot by Butterworth, which went narrowly wide after Blore had fed Weston on the right (5 mins). Then, a mis-pass by Sertori gave Jones a 20 yard shot which he lofted well over Newbrook's bar (6 mins). However, Jones's effort was much nearer the target than the next effort, from Furlong, who, from a pass by Swannick, shot the ball over the Golf Road roof and about 20 yards to the right of the target (6 mins). Poland then had another opportunity, after 9 minutes, when from Furlong's ball from the right, he advanced into the area but shot across goal. The play was end to end as Trafford now put together a good passing move but no shot resulted from it. Bobby Jones, in particular, was making an early good impression in central midfield for the visitors who were well supported in the modest crowd by a vocal group of fans behind the Alty goal and also in the stand.

Furlong, as ever, was getting involved and was unlucky to get nothing when a Trafford defender fell on top of him (13 mins). Soon after Butterworth had shot wide from a Wright feed, Furlong again needed treatment after being tripped on the edge of the penalty area. However, Molyneaux held Hawes's resulting free-kick well. Adams, Murphy and Poland then combined but Poland's final cross was over-long (17 mins). Twice inside two minutes Trafford player-manager, Mark Molyneaux had to move smartly off his line to kick clear from, first, Furlong and then Poland (21 mins). At the other end, Maddox dived in near the halfway line, missed the ball and Butterworth fed Murray whose crack at goal from outside the box went too high. Illingworth was then flattened to win a free-kick on the edge of the Trafford box which led to Adams getting in a shot which Molyneaux saved well (24 mins). Poland then had the ball in the net but only well after the whistle had gone for a push by Furlong inside the Trafford penalty area as Altrincham were now beginning to assert themselves. But a foul by Sertori on Quick led to a Hogan header which went close to the upright (27 mins) as Trafford successfully attempted to come back into the game with some nice approach play and crisp passing. A Trafford cross from the left was well hooked out of the area, for Altrincham, by the retreating Adams, a former Trafford player. A Murphy ball soon evaded Quick and sent Poland into the area, left of goal. However, Poland stumbled slightly and pulled his shot well wide of Molyneaux's left upright (32 mins).

Murphy next sent a header to Molyneaux as Altrincham tried to get the breakthrough. There was then a stoppage for Furlong to be treated once again (36 mins) as Mr Ireland gave Jones and Hawes a lecture for niggling each other. Butterworth got in a shot at the other end but it was blocked before it could trouble Newbrook, whose main role in the game so far had been to kick clear back-passes rather than deal with shots. Furlong gave way to Thornley (40 mins) before Butterworth was judged narrowly offside as Trafford tried to set him free on the right (41 mins). Before the interval Murphy twice needed treatment; firstly for a head injury and then for a leg injury after being fouled. The goalless half ended with Graham Heathcote approaching the referee to voice his opinion about the performance of the officials. Altrincham had had the better chances of the half but had not taken them. However, Trafford had given a good account of themselves in a performance that was much improved on last Saturday's.


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HALF-TIME: ALTRINCHAM 0 TRAFFORD 0

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The second half opened brightly and Illingworth and Thornley soon linked to win an Alty corner. But Quick then played a fine ball for Hogan, whose low cross was cleared by the Alty defence. Blore next played an excellent ball forward to Weston, on the right, and the Trafford man advanced on goal. As he cut into the penalty area at speed, Maddox blocked his way but referee Ireland saw this as a foul rather than obstruction and pointed to the spot. Newbrook, who hadn't had a save of note to make so far, soon found himself picking the ball out of the net as Murray hit the ball to the keeper's right, as Dale went to his left (48 mins). Soon after, a snap half-volley from Illingworth cleared Molyneaux's crossbar then Hogan got in a shot which Newbrook fielded comfortably. A foul on Hawes by Jones led to the Trafford's man booking for what the referee clearly signalled was an accumulation of infringements rather than this incident alone. Illingworth was then substituted by Craney in midfield (55 mins) before Swannick made a neat interception and was fouled by Hogan, 40 yards from the Trafford goal (57 mins). Sertori knocked on the free-kick to Thornley, whose shot was beaten out by Molyneaux at the near post. Then, moments later to Altrincham's annoyance, the referee stopped play for an Alty free-kick when Thornley was advancing in a potentially menacing position. Though Alty were pressing, especially up the left side, they were not creating many clear cut chances. Jason Gallagher and Danny Murphy were having a quiet second half, so few inroads were being made on the flanks. The ref took Jason and Fry aside for a lecture after a minor spat before Murray tried a shot, which was blocked (64 mins). Weston had a better effort which went narrowly wide from 20 yards as Trafford began to get back into the game. However, Sertori broke up the next attack and fed Thornley whose shot rolled harmlessly to Molyneaux. Thornley then collided with Hogan but the referee spotted a foul by Swannick amidst the same incident and booked the young Alty full-back. It was a bad sixty seconds for Swannick for he was immediately substituted by Gary Scott (69 mins).

After Hawes had been dispossessed, Newbrook saved well from Fry's shot (69 mins) and then Houghton replaced Blore for the visitors (70 mins). Trafford now enjoyed some good passing play and won a corner off Gallagher on their left side which resulted in a goal-kick to Altrincham. Adams then won a corner at the Trafford end after a nice flick 45 yards out from Craney, near the right touchline, from a Thornley pass. Graham Heathcote next instructed Rod Thornley to move to the left and "get under Quick's feet for the final 15 minutes". Scott was then fouled by Hogan, who had a good game, but the referee now took the name of the Trafford player (78 mins). After Hawes had been penalised, a Trafford free-kick found its way to Butterworth whose low cross came out to Fry on the edge of the box but his shot was deflected over the bar for a corner on the left. From this, Jones hit a shot over the terrace roof into Golf Road (80 mins). A brief exchange between Maddox and Hogan led to a lecture for both from Mr Ireland before Alty won a corner off Wright's head (83 mins). Gallagher soon won another flag-kick on the same side as Trafford were now penned back in their own half. A third corner followed, won by Murphy as he raced into the box. From this corner, Poland's downward header seemed to be creeping into the net until Molyneaux, moving the wrong way, stopped it with his feet (86 mins). Chris Patterson now replaced Fry for Trafford (86 mins) as Altrincham continued to press. However, on the break, after Craney had lost the ball, Jones, Patterson and Murray combined for Hogan to send a low, half-hit shot across goal (87 mins). With Butterworth prostrate with cramp on the edge of the Alty penalty area, Mr Ireland waved play on before Molyneaux could put the ball into touch from a Murphy header to allow the trainer to come on (88 mins). Butterworth was replaced by McCartney as the game was deep into what eventually turned out to be five minutes of added time.

Whilst this was far from a vintage performance from Altrincham, it must be remembered that it was a side showing many changes from last Sunday. The newcomers generally made solid rather than striking contributions to the game. Against them, Trafford played some good football, with Jones and Hogan taking the eye and Quick and Quinn also solid at the back. Debutant Dale Newbrook was kept busier with his feet than with his hands but he handled the ball cleanly when called to do so. His counterpart Mark Molyneaux was the busier keeper but Altrincham were unable to take any of their chances and the UniBond First Division side, themselves depleted by injury, showed admirable determination to win the game.


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FULL-TIME: ALTRINCHAM 0 TRAFFORD 1


3732  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Burton Albion on: October 08, 2007, 08:22:24 PM
Phil-Daisy did in fact put her forecasts in last week........she said that we would win 4-1 tomorrow & by the same scoreline at Salisbury on Saturday!!
3733  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Little and Senior on: October 03, 2007, 07:31:56 PM
Bizarrely enough we had three wingers on the pitch in the first half last night (Potts/Logan/McGore).

Funnily enough I don't think Pottsy will be in the engine room role on Saturday!!!
3734  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / It's amazing how many Alty players are mentioned here!! on: October 03, 2007, 07:28:20 PM
I came across this on a Crewe website relating to fans stories involving Crewe players.I am certainly a little concerned about Richard Norris.....particularly as he was our emergency physio!!!!!

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Fans Area - Claim to

By Mike Lawson
Date: 9/7/2000

 

     
Write Up Memories Why CAFC? Songs Exiles

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Fans Area
Fans Claim to Fame

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Add your claim to Fame by filling out the form at the bottom of the page. A Big Thankyou to Wilko for providing most of these claims!

Steve Anthrobus
When Stevie Anthrobus made his debut for the club, I was one of the many who clamoured after big Steve's autograph before the match. As I got there early, I managed to get his autograph and had a fairly long chat with him (although I suppose he should have been warming up) and he was a great bloke. Shame he didn't really set the place on fire. (Chris Thompson January 2001)

1. I went out with Danny Murphy when I was 18
2. Craig Hignett bought me a drink on my 19th birthday
3. Also the best one is that after Wembley against Brentford I had
Fran Tierney, Terry Mcphillips, Jamie Moralee, Brian Launders and a
few of the others back to mine for a party
4. Oops forgot about this one, I also had a party after one of the
Tuesday night matches and Kevin Street, Richard Norris, Ben (ex-aussie youth goalie), and a few others were all their but Streety and Richard
Norris outdid themselves by wearing my little sparkly dresses and
shoes round the house all night and I was awoken in the morning by a
still drunk Streety singing along to the Cocktail Film (Natalie K Sept 00)

Alan Tarbuck
My mum once shared a bus home after a game with Alan Tarbuck and he paid for her bus fare. (Julie Thomas August 2000)

Colin Chesters
In 1981 I bought my first set off golf clubs from an ad in the Crewe Chronicle. The seller was one Colin Chesters, piss-poor frontman for the Mighty Railwaymen at the time. [David Owen, February 2000]

Geoff Crudgington
When I was living in the south-west, I played cricket for Plymouth against Tavistock. The 'Tavy' captain was none other than Geoff Crudgington, the ex-Alex custodian. It has to be said that the old maestro is a bit large these days, but he is a decent cricketer as we found out to our cost. Considering that he's probably suffering chronic backache from his days at the Alex (he did have to pick the ball out of the net a few times!), he spoke very highly of the club. (Pat Griffin, from SDL37)

Wynn Davies
None other than Wynn Davies cleaned my carpets in Bolton back in 1980. In fact, he cleaned them twice - the second occasion they didn't even need doing. He was wonderful (talking football, that is, although the carpets weren't bad either), and he remembered in detail his career at the Alex. It was Phoenix from the Flames time as he leaped in the air to recreate his equalising header at Hartlepool, banging his head on the door frame in the process. (Don Astley, from SDL37)

Paul Edwards
My wife's best friend, Andrea used to go out with Paul 'The Eagle' Edwards. She's now married and runs a pub in deepest, darkest Wales! From memory, he was bloody boring company when we went out as the occasional foursome. [David Owen, February 2000]

Darren Foreman
My claim to fame is that when I was Darren Foreman's girlfriend and I was the same size feet as him (5 1/2), so I used to wear his new boots in for him to stop him getting blisters. That's devotion for you. (Ms R. Morton (maiden name))

Dario Gradi
When I was working at Peter Wilson's (auctioneer sale rooms) in Nantwich, Dario Gradi came in to pick up a table he had bought and I helped him carry it to his car (well, the large purpley-blue-type-thing) and helped him put the table in! (William J Lee)

About ten years ago, I was in Split Ends hairdressers in Mill Street and Dario Gradi was having his hair cut by the bloke who's now the roving mike man and Grrr-esty's friend at the Alex. (Andrew Brown)

Craig Hignett
I got Craig Hignett in trouble with his (then) girlfriend by mentioning to him on a Sunday lunch-time what a cracking night on the lash (at the Cheshire Cat) we'd had with Chris Cutler, Francis Joseph and one or two others. Craig had neglected to mention that he'd lied about his location and supposedly had had a quiet night in front of the telly with us. [David Owen, February 2000]

Colin Little
Roundabout the 12th December 2000, I was pulling off the Alex carpark having just collected my tickets for the C.Palace game and who should swing round the corner talking on his mobile while doing so Colin Little narrowly missing my front end, I wont say what I called him at the time but didnt realise it was him until he got out of his car. (Kelly Lawton December 2000)

"Last season, when I was walking towards the ground, I was almost knocked over by a lunatic driver, guess who the driver was? Colin Little. I am also good friends with Dario Gradi's next-door neighbour, while I was over at my friend's house, I was invited to play football in Dario's back garden. He is a normal guy when you talk to him!" (Steff Cooper)

Colin Little drives past me at the bus stop in Wythenshawe every night. (Plus we saw Gus Wilson carrying a bunch of flowers outside Levenshulme railway station last week.) (Phil Yeomans, again).

A mate from my school is Colin Little's cousin. (Kristian Miles)

Steve Macauley
"At the fateful away match against Brentford (hahahahaha!) at Easter 1997 (when Shaun Smith scored from the half-way line), just before the game started, Steve Macauley gave me an Smarties Easter egg, and patted me on the head, saying 'we're going to win 2-0 today'." And, of course, we did. (Peter Cooper, aged 14)

Mark McCarick
When paying my window-cleaner one Friday, he admired my replica top and asked how long I'd been a fan. Well, I've been a fan since 1982, which meant I'd seen him play - step forward Mark McCarick. Can you remember the crow's nest that Dario had installed on the main stand a while back? ... it apparently caused friction on the pitch as subsequent instructions were all too audible. One such altercation directly led to his departure. For a reasonable fee, I'm sure he'd be delighted to clean your windows - if you don't live too far from Winsford! (Richard Sandland, from SDL37)

Dave McKearney
"My current partner Anna ... used to date former full-back Dave McKearney. She was forced to dump the combative Scouser because of his little-known obsession with the "Herbie" series of films. The crazy Volkswagen beetle had McKearney strangely fascinated." (Dale McDonald)

David Platt
"Back when I was 12 or 13, we used to play football in the yard next to the Scout Hut down Bedford Street whenever we weren't in school. David Platt on his way to or on his way back from training at the Alex sometimes saw us in there and came across and had a kick about with us. This happened on quite a few occasions. In fact, thinking about it, I'm pretty sure he picked that move up where he volleyed the ball past the Begium keeper in the World Cup, from us! (Mark Rutter)

My Mum washed David Platt's windows to raise money for my sister's school. She said all she got was a cup of soup all day... (Daniel Rigden)

For my work experience while I was at school, I worked in the Stores Accounts Department of Rail House. One of the people who I worked with was the then girlfriend, now wife, of David Platt! (Andrew Brown)

Some years ago I was drinking in the Barrel (Crewe hostelry) at dinner time with a fat City supporter mate of mine. In the bar was David Platt with a couple of other Alex players. My mate decided to give Platty the wind up by telling him that he had heard City were interested in him. 'Thats right,' replied Platty, 'They need someone to sweep the terraces and fetch the pies at half time!' An example, I think, of Mr Platt's intelligence. (Andrew Steele)

Mark Rivers
"I woz selling biscuits for Brownies to raise money around my town when I knocked on this door and Mark Foran answered and bought a couple of boxes of biscuits. (Sarah Reeves)

My wife worked at Safeways in Nantwich with Mark Rivers' sister at the time he was signed as a 12-year-old by Dario. Whilst working in a garage in Nantwich in 1989 David Platt came in so natually I got his autograph - for my son! (P Smith)

Years ago my mum bought a car off Mark Rivers' Dad (Julie Thomas)

Ashley Westwood
The man who sold us our car was in a tug of love for Ashley Westwood's girlfriend. (Phil Yeomans)

Gareth Whalley
My wife Alice teaches Gareth Whalley's nephew and one of the other teachers at the school lives next door to Gareth's mum and dad (he used to get very annoyed because Gareth broke one of his fence panels kicking a ball against it). (Phil Yeomans)

 
 
3735  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Looks like Weymouth away on a Tuesday night then... lovely on: September 28, 2007, 05:00:52 PM
This is obviously very disappointing news, however at least we have six months to try to rearrange the game for a Saturday if both clubs are not playing e.g.F.A. Cup/Trophy dates.
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