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1  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Meanwhile, in a town not far away.... on: June 01, 2018, 04:16:24 PM
I'd be surprised if they wanted Phil. Not a dig at him - things are going well and he has done everything asked of him so far. But looking at it on paper his main achievement has been guiding us to winning a league we never should have been in the first place. Our budget was, comparatively, enormous. If we have a very successful campaign next season I imagine there will be plenty of interest, but for the time being i can't see him stepping up to the football league.
2  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: another signing to be announced tonight on: May 21, 2018, 07:07:49 PM
I'm slightly baffled. He wasn't any use last time. Maybe he'll fit into this set up better.

I think a lot of people were disappointed when he left. And he did play for us in the Conference Premier remember
3  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Next season's squad on: May 18, 2018, 11:52:32 PM
Lawrence Taylor has signed for Trafford for next season.
4  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Favourite grounds . on: May 16, 2018, 08:29:48 AM
New venues for me are potentially Spennymoor, Darlington, York, and Hereford. I haven't been to FCUM, and won't be doing unless it's crucial.

I may also skip three other grounds I'm not keen on : Bradford PA, Boston, and Brackley.

What's wrong with Boston??
5  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Another new signing on: March 24, 2018, 01:00:13 PM
see mian site
Thomas Westall from Ramsbottom United to Altrincham


That's just one of our reserves who has been on dual reg. He's been in a few of our cup squads this season.
6  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Halesowen Town : Match thread on: March 23, 2018, 08:09:10 PM
After the game on Wednesday I can't see Merrie or Bailey-Jones offering anything better than we have.
Merrie is lightweight and struggled when pressed and pushed.
Bailey-Jones has no pace which is strange for a 'winger'.
Harrop once again the best player on the pitch he must start.

To be honest, I thought Palma was much more impressive on the wing on Wednesday. All the more impressive given he had played and scored for Trafford the night before.
7  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Another new signing on: March 21, 2018, 01:11:42 PM
You're a bit late to the party with this post. Thought we'd signed a centre forward there!
8  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Mickleover- Match Thread on: March 19, 2018, 09:35:41 AM
I'd like to have Richman and Moult in at midfield with Harrop in at number 10. For me, Poole hasn't quite offered enough in the previous games and it's contributed to our underwhelming offensive play.
9  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Mickleover- Match Thread on: March 12, 2018, 11:53:48 AM
I know it wouldn't work because of ground grading etc but I'd love to see us use Heywood Road as an alternative venue. I suppose Trafford is a more realistic option as others have already suggested. Maybe Valley Road, Flixton's old ground could be used?
10  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Stourbridge - Match thread on: March 06, 2018, 03:41:35 PM
Not going to be able to make it for KO - does anyone know how late the gates stay open for?

Turnstiles normally open til half time. If they're closed just bang on a gate and speak to a steward.
11  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alty re sign Sam Heathcote on: March 02, 2018, 07:17:26 AM
He was reasonable cover in the conference, he'll be reasonable cover in this league.
So why did we release him?


He was signed on as a squad player in pre season along with  Brownhill but decides he would prefer to go elsewhere and play every week.
12  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alty re sign Sam Heathcote on: March 01, 2018, 09:36:36 PM
He was reasonable cover in the conference, he'll be reasonable cover in this league.
13  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Last Season's Squad - Where are They Now? on: February 14, 2018, 11:59:03 PM
Great research and there were certainly some which were new to me even though I try to keep track of former players! A couple of pieces of extra information, rather than corrections, are that Adam Sumner has returned to Lancaster from his loan at Ramsbottom while Luis Morrison (who doesn't seem to have used his double-barrelled name anywhere else) has recently been loaned out to Sheffield after making only a couple of appearances at Alfreton all season.
Also, you don't seem to have mentioned Simon Lenighan (although I can understand why you might not want to as he was pretty unspeakable). After leaving us, he returned to Warrington Town, before moving on to Shaw Lane and then Glossop North End.  He has only made a couple of appearances there early this season so I assume he has moved on.

Ah yes, forgot to write up my notes on Lenighan! If you'd believe it he is playing conference football for Guiseley! I'll add your updates to the list.
14  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Last Season's Squad - Where are They Now? on: February 14, 2018, 09:37:23 PM
What with Neil Young being appointed caretaker manager of Halifax, I thought it might be interesting to track down what happened to the players involved in last season’s mess. Obviously I’ve not included anyone who still plays for us. If I’ve forgotten anyone or made any mistakes do let me know.

Goalkeepers

Andy Dawber – After being released midway through last season, Andy pitched up at Crewe Alex where he acted as cover. He left Crewe at the end of the season and went on to sign for Charnock Richard in the North West Counties League. He played a handful of games for them but hasn’t been in their line up recently.

Callum Preston – Played one game for Alty, the 6-0 defeat to AFC Fylde before being released. Much like Dawber, Preston was given a chance to join a football league club (Stevenage) before being released at the end of the season. Preston did appear to land on his feet somewhat as he joined Wrexham and has made some first team appearances for them this season.
 
Stuart Tomlinson – Matt Doughty stated that Tomlinson would be leaving the club to pursue opportunities at a higher level. This doesn’t seem to have happened though, as Tomlinson is still without a club.

Defenders

Callum Charlton – For reasons that were never properly explained, Callum was never registered and so did not feature in a single match day squad. He has now signed for Ossett Albion and was recently called up to play for the “Yorkshire International Team”.

John Cyrus – Played fairly consistently throughout last season before returning to Frickley at the beginning of this season.

Harry Cain – Was impressive in pre season and managed a goal in the FA Trophy game vs Macclesfield. Signed for Prescot Cables but has recently been out through injury.

Jon Moran – The loanee centre back from FGR was unceremoniously dropped by Jim Harvey in place of Danny Hattersley. He remains with his parent club.

Wayne Thomas – The veteran centre back had a short loan spell from Kidderminster Harriers. Was appointed manager of Rushall Olympic but was sacked after their defeat against us this season. He returned as a player for Worcester City earlier this season and was sent off on his debut.

Adam Sumner – Signed for Lancaster City after leaving Alty and has recently joined Ramsbottom on loan.

Luis Morrison Derbyshire – Had a brief spell under Jim Harvey before departing for Alfreton Town.

Clayton Mcdonald – Signed for Nantwich on leaving Alty, now appears to be operating as a centre forward.

Danny Hall – After an underwhelming first stint at the club he returned for an equally uninspiring second spell. Joined Stalybridge after leaving Alty before departing for Droylesden. Now plying his trade at Mossley.

Simon Garner – Neil Young’s intrepid player coach. Memorably torn to pieces playing as a wing back against AFC Fylde before leaving with the rest of the Young management team. He played for Trafford a while last season before retiring from playing.

Josh Doherty – Signed for Alty on loan from Leyton Orient and impressed during his brief time at the club.  After being released by Orient, he returned to Northern Ireland where he turned out for Ards. Now back in the football league playing first team football for Crawley Town.

Sam Patterson – Sam has not joined another club since leaving Alty at the end of last season. Quite the decline for a 24 year old who had recently been in the football league.

Kyle Brownhill – Signed from Hyde on the recommendation of Graham Heathcote, Kyle appeared to be a decent acquisition and was even signed on as cover by Phil Parkinson. However, he departed for Ramsbottom in pre season and has subsequently joined Hyde.

Sam Heathcote – Yet another player to leave Alty for Ramsbottom, Sam has subsequently been deployed mostly as a centre forward since taking the step down. Scored against us in the FA Trophy earlier this season.

Chris Lynch – Remained with Alty throughout pre season and even managed a substitute appearance early in the season before signing for Atherton Collieries.

Andy Mcwilliams – Now playing for Buxton.

Midfielders

Charlie Joyce – An early Neil Young signing, Joyce had been slated for league football during his time at Southport but made only 6 appearances for Alty before being released midway through last season and is yet to join a new club.

David Lynch – After leaving Alty early last season, Lynch joined Halifax and gave a scathing interview about the dressing room culture at Altrincham. Earlier this season he was purchased by Southport for a nominal fee.

Billy Hasler-Cregg – Made only a handful of appearances for Alty but returned to Moss Lane for a brief trial spell this summer. Turned out for Glossop North End this season before joining Congleton Town where he has recently signed a contract.

Curtis Obeng – Signed for Alty under Jim Harvey and played several games before taking the step up to Solihull Moors in the Conference Premier. However, over the summer period he announced he would be retiring aged only 29.

Nicky Clee – Despite signing a contract to the end of the 2017/18 season, he departed for Bradford Park Avenue in close season.

Jamie Menagh – Made a single substitute appearance under Neil Young before departing to play for Airbus UK. Later played for Marine but now seems to have dropped out of football.

Alan Goodall – Enjoyed brief spells as both manager and captain last season but probably looked most out of place playing as a centre back under Jim Harvey. Announced his retirement at the end of last season.

Elliot Newby – Probably one of the best players to turn out for Alty last season. Despite the club’s best efforts to keep him after his loan spell, he understandably decided to sign for AFC Telford instead.
 
Gary Jones – No longer playing, presumably retired.

Greg Wilkinson – After rejoining Alty under Jim Harvey, he signed for Stalybridge Celtic.

Fabio Bassangue – No introduction needed for this legend. Unfortunately he appears to have vanished off the face of the earth after tearing it up at Moss Lane last season.

Forwards

Andy Owens – Andy joined Alty from Stalybridge last season and scored on his debut against FCUM. However, he failed to maintain form and was ultimately released, joining Skelmersdale. Recently he signed for Connah’s Quay, one of the more successful teams in the Welsh Premier. He could be playing in the Europa League come the summer!

Tomi Adeloye – Probably one of the surprise success stories from this list...Tomi joined Alty on the recommendation of then Chester manager John Mccarthy under Matt Doughty after a positive trial at Chester. However, he was released shortly after making his debut with Doughty stating “I just wanted a bit more from him effort wise.”
This season, Adeloye took the step up to the Conference Premier with Hartlepool. He made 12 appearances before leaving the club as his temporary deal could not be renewed under the terms of Hartlepool’s transfer embargo.

Danny Hattersley – Left for Warrington Town but has now left the country for Australia and is no longer playing.

Khuis Metz – Metz, a loanee from Burnley, made a single appearance for Alty playing 45 minutes under Neil Young at Halifax before returning to his parent club where he remains.
 
Emile Sinclair – Scored against Curzon Ashton barely a minute in his debut but failed to maintain consistency. Has played for four different clubs since leaving Alty: BPA, Scarborough, Ossett Town and Goole.
 
Nyal Bell – Had a brief, disappointing spell on loan under Neil Young before returning to his parent club Gateshead where he remains, having also had a loan spell at Chester.

Craig Hobson – Now playing in the Welsh Premier League for Aberystwyth where he seems to be scoring a fair few.

Micah Evans – Left Alty and signed for Witton Albion.

Phil Marsh – Signed for Runcorn Town after leaving Alty and is now playing for Rhyl FC in the second tier.

James Lawrie – Finally left Alty after many years of erratic performances and signed for Hednesford Town.

Damian Reeves – As we all know, now playing for Shaw Lane.

There’s an interesting mix there with a handful of players going on to better things and plenty pitching up in the depths of non league. What strikes me though is the amount of players who simply retired after last season, some of them supposedly in the prime of their careers and having played league football in the past. Whether the mess at our club killed their careers or their lack of desire contributed to our demise I can’t say.
15  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Sean Miller on: February 14, 2018, 07:24:50 AM
He was our top scorer from midfield despite missing half the season and pretty sure he has no association with Doughty other than having once played under him.

You are like a tabloid newspaper on here, you sensationalise everything.
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