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1  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: EFL to allow supporters this weekend on: September 22, 2020, 12:30:26 PM
Telegraph journalist Jim White:

"Just spoke to the chairman of a National League side. The league has said it is now not going to start without fans. But furlough ends next month. Which means there is going to be wholesale redundancy for players, coaching staff and administrators. Disaster looms for many clubs."
2  General Category / Non Altrincham FC Talk / Re: COVID-19 and associated discussion on: September 20, 2020, 10:13:36 PM
Well, the greyhounds demise was sped up by COVID, but the dog track was already scheduled for demolition so they were finished anyway. The speedway are fine by the way, they're playing fixtures (if that's the right term) in the shiny new stadium next door.
3  General Category / Non Altrincham FC Talk / Re: COVID-19 and associated discussion on: September 19, 2020, 10:26:20 AM
Oh, it's going to be absolute carnage, no doubt. I think the non league football landscape is going to change hugely in the coming 12 months. It gets worse the lower down you go though. The Counties have already lost two teams, FC Oswestry and Shelley and I expect there'll be many moire to come. There's certain things that can be done, streaming games etc, which have the potential to mitigate the losses. The lower down you go, the harder that gets though.

By the way, who do you mean by Belle Vue? There was never a club by that name?
4  General Category / Non Altrincham FC Talk / Re: COVID-19 and associated discussion on: September 18, 2020, 11:31:09 AM
I'll join in with some COVID stuff, given I'm one of those who demanded your exile!

I see Connah's Quay manager and noted maniac Andy Morrison has bent the rules with regards pandemic protocols. What's your take, Hugh?

5  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Macclesfield on: September 18, 2020, 10:21:31 AM
The thing about Bon Accord being a cricket team who entered by accident is a myth. They were just an inexperienced football team. (The cricket club sometimes mentioned wasn't formed until a month after this game).

Bon Accord is an old Scottish battle cry used for sports clubs sometimes. There's a modern club near Motherwell, Shotts Bon Accord.

Anyway...Macclesfield seem to have gone the way of the original Bon Accord club!
6  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Triallists on: September 16, 2020, 10:17:12 AM
I'm not actually sure Lundstram was ever on the cards for 2020/21 to be honest, it was only hope that kept his name in the mix really? Fair play to Crewe for allowing him to come back and complete the job here, but he's a great young prospect for them and they clearly want to have him around the first team squad - at least for now. Time to move on I think.

That said, I agree there appears to be a Lundstram shaped hole in our squad. He took us up a level and without him I do fear we may miss what he provided for us. Then again, it's on Willo now to step up and make that role his again. We're 180 minutes into pre-season. Let's see what happens and how we progress.

Moving on to last night's trialists, I thought the right back, Joel Senior, was really impressive particularly in the first half. I'd like to see him again.

Senior was really impressive in local football for a while before his move to Burnley. He played for Maine Road in the counties from about 16 and was considered one of their best players. He moved up to FCUM and was pretty good for them too, though I think he was sometimes deployed at wing back which didn't suit him at the time. I'd imagine the year of professional football will have done him the world of good.

What position did he play last night, do we know? I think he's mostly played right back, and I can't imagine we need a third.
7  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Parky downbeat after Nantwich on: September 14, 2020, 10:49:51 AM
This forum is getting really tedious with all this now. There's a time and a place. Can't you see a thread about a friendly performance and the manager's reaction shouldn't be clogged up with all this?
8  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Cheshire Senior Cup 1st Round Draw on: September 10, 2020, 06:47:03 PM
We have this exact conversation year after year. I normally quite enjoy it as a fun little diversion and a chance to see some reserves play. This year? We can do without.
9  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Season tickets 2020/21 on: September 06, 2020, 11:24:09 PM
I was talking to a St Mirren fan today who buys a season ticket every year...but never actually goes.

It is not just Alty that has great fans.

I've seen the "highlights" of St.Mirren's games on "Sportscene" over the last three years or so. I think I understand why he stays away  Cheesy

St Mirren are my local and I watch them live maybe once a month (plus all their highlights for my job, pity me). They do have one of the most boring attritional styles of play known to man. Think Alty away at Luton 2010/11 opener every week.
10  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Fans Attending Games on: September 06, 2020, 10:47:36 AM
Fans have been attending games at various levels recently. The North West Counties clubs have been playing in the FA Cup and League Cup games in the past couple of weeks with fans present. I'd imagine it's down to the numbers expected.
11  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alex Stepney on: September 06, 2020, 10:32:04 AM
I wonder how many other European Cup winners have played at Conference level or below?

*I notice on his Wikipedia page it says that he had 17 games on loan at Altrincham. Who from? Say his previous club was Dallas Tornado.

He was on loan from Dallas Tornado! In fact, we had two goalkeepers on loan from them.

"Of the seven members of the Robins’ second string who would make their first team debuts at the Moss Rose on that evening, the most significant was undoubtedly Billy Phillips, the promising 23-year-old 6ft 1in goalkeeper with black curly hair and a moustache who had been Alex Stepney’s understudy at Dallas Tornado in the North American Soccer League (NASL).

Born in Long Island, New York on 9th August 1956, Phillips graduated with a degree in Physical Education from Adelphi University, Nassau County, NY in 1978 but then reputedly proceeded to quit his job as a teacher to play soccer with Dallas Tornado for 50 dollars a week. The NASL club had paid his expenses to travel to England with Alex Stepney in September 1979, in order that he could continue to improve his game under the tutelage of the former Manchester United goalkeeper."
12  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Retro kits now available on: August 26, 2020, 09:27:08 AM
These look amazing!
13  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Squad line-up on: August 23, 2020, 07:19:59 PM
Haven't Phil and Sorvs still got two years remaining on their current contracts?

That doesn't mean they can't leave.
14  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Squad line-up on: August 23, 2020, 12:51:41 PM
Jack is right that we didn't tend to go for 2 year contracts in the past. I also think it's incredibly naive to suggest that players will cheerfully cancel their contracts for free if needed. I wouldn't expect them to either.

I'm not necessarily criticising the contracts we've given out. I trust the management and like all of our current squad. But I think trying to claim there are no downsides to it at all is something of an excess of optimism. It's a new approach that carries benefits and some possible risks. Let's be realistic here.
15  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Signing! on: August 20, 2020, 07:26:39 PM
I'd be inclined to trust our consistently successful management team when it comes to squad building to be honest.
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