15 to 21 August, 2003
The full list of United Reserves' fixtures at Moss Lane is here.
The Alfreton site says, "On the opener against Altrincham, Reds' Director of Football Dave Rushbury said: 'I thought we would struggle to break them down - as they are a strong, well established side - but with a little more composure going forward I thought we could have gone on and won the game. Overall, I thought we were the better side and the defence were outstanding. Tony Hemmings was less than six inches away from giving us the lead midway through the second half and only a terrific stop under the angle fromthe ‘keeper prevented Mick Godber’s injury time free-kick from notching us a winner. It was that tight'".
NL Daily says that "Spennymoor United have confirmed they have made a formal application to join the Nationwide Conference North... First Division neighbours Bishop Auckland, however, won't be applying, even though the champions of that division are put into a play off with Premier Division clubs for a Conference place".
Burscough report that "John Norman, has left Victoria Park, having been released by mutual consent". Frickley, whom we meet on Saturday have "signed 20 year old striker Mark Vickerage, who impressed during pre-season. Mark has been playing with Brodsworth in the NCEL but was signed on UniBond forms with Bradford Park Avenue last season and played for them in their opening League game last Saturday. Unfortunately, however, central defender Paul Marquis faces being out of action for around 3 weeks with the injury that forced him off halfway through the first half on Saturday".
The Man of the Match award went to Ian Craney, who captained the side last night, but Dave Gardner, who came on at 0-1, had an important role too, as he was involved in all of the Alty goals.
Of course, you can travel every mile in style with Go Goodwins coaches who supply the vehicles for the STAR supporters' away travel scheme.
The Yorkshire Sports site quotes BPA manager Trevor Storton after defeat of his weakened side by Hucknall on Saturday as saying, "They tell me Hucknall are paying big money, for transfer fees and wages. I would back my first-choice team against them on the evidence of what I saw on Saturday".
In their bid to bounce back from relegation, Colwyn Bay have signed former Shrewsbury, Bury and Wrexham man Dean Spink (35). He also had a spell as Assistant Manager at Chester City before playing at Kidsgrove Athletic.
Mattie Hughes is pictured above in the thick of it, versus Crewe, in pre-season, in another of Andy Boyers's excellent action photos. Also seen, left to right are Gary Talbot, Mark Maddox and Peter Band.
Match report here.
Saturday's gate of 511 at Alfreton (not 599 as on the UniBond site) was the highest in the Division. The Alfreton site also has some pictures and a match report.
Ashton United have signed experienced centre-back John Dyson, formerly of Huddersfield Town and Nuneaton Borough. The Harrogate site reports that Richard Dunning "has signed for Harrogate Town from Whitby Town".
Southport report that "new 1st team signing Danny Jarrett (formerly with Alty Youth) broke his leg in a collision with another Southport player" in a reserve game.
The Cherry Red (£7.95) is as ever a source of information on dozens of leagues. For example, there is even a full table for Division Nine of the Bournemouth League. Amongst the fascinating club names whose details you can find in this book are Caledonian Strip Mills of the Northants Combination, Wrockwardine Wood of the W. Midlands League and Betteshanger Welfare Reserves of the Kent County League Division 2 East. The volume also lists rule changes for 2003/4 approved by FIFA - these include "Players must not reveal undershirts which contain slogans or advertising" and a change which allows the team which wins the toss for a penalty shoot-out not to have to take their penalties first.
The Sky Sports volume enables you to track ex-Alty players now in the League; for instance, you can confirm that Paul Edwards of Wrexham must be one of the few ex-Robins to gain full international caps after leaving Moss Lane - he has two for Trinidad. The volume also shows that Danny Adams has now played 121 times for Macclesfield whilst Kevin Ellison has appeared 34 times for Stockport, but Nicky Daws has made a really impressive 437 league appearances for Bury and Rotherham.
The UniBond Handbook includes the usual features, such as the full League fixtures, but this year it also contains details of the proposed new Conference feeders. The handbook also lists the offences which referees must report to the League Secretary and these include "both teams playing in striped shirts" (though this seemed to be allowed when Frickley met Altrincham in 2002-03).
In the Football League, Paul Ellender scored for Boston and Kevin Ellison played 52 minutes for Stockport. Danny Adams played for Macclesfield, as did Paul Edwards for Wrexham. Mike Politt and Nicky Daws both played for Rotherham United.
Frickley's site says that Athletic have signed "centre half Mark Lafferty from Ossett Albion and... Daniel Sheriffe from Glasshoughton Welfare". Yorkshire neighbours Wakefield & Emley have reported a "a £37,338 deficit but chairman Peter Matthews pointed out that the figure from the last 12 months featured various items of expense which were non-recurring, and he expected the financial situation to improve this year", according to IC Huddersfield. Emley have signed "Chris Bowler (ex-Rotherham Utd), Huddersfield-based Shaun Hazleden (ex-Newtown, League of Wales), Calum Selby (ex-Barnsley and Rotherham), Ian Twitchen (Pontefract Collieries) and Tom Cudworth (TNS, League of Wales)" over the summer.
Stalybridge Celtic are to build a health and leisure centre on part of their car-park, a development which will improve the Club's finances in the long term.
Gateshead report that they have signed Ben Ryan, a striker, from Spennymoor United but who has also been at Barrow.
IC Newcastle says that Blyth manager Paul Baker "is backing former Blackburn midfield man Graham Fenton to be a hit with the Spartans. 'Graham is not one of those players who comes into non-league football expecting an easy ride. He is a Geordie lad who wanted to come home and settle down with his family'".
The Southport Visiter reports that Port manager Steve Walsh believes his "squad has a lot of talent, especially going forward. We have a lot of pace which will be a big asset. I intend to out-score opponents, and we will have an attack-minded approached. We are geared to go forward, I want to win games with style, having our supporters appreciating the quality and entertainment within the side and coming back for more".
Harrogate Town "will be ready for Burscough. We'll give them total respect and we've done our research on them. It will be a very tough game but we're going there to win", says manager John Reed. "We have a great squad this year and if we stay clear of injuries we will do well". he added. "Reed has pin-pointed Southport, Barrow and Worksop and Stalybridge Celtic as the contenders for the league... Head coach Neil Aspin also believes the standard of the league has improved due to the influx of Nationwide League players", reports Harrogate Today.
Whitby Today says that the possibility of building above the existing clubhouse is not being ruled out" by Whitby Town as they seek to meet Conference criteria. "Midfielder Richard Dunning is likely to leave the club and Whitby's playing of midweek matches on Wednesday instead of Tuesday this season means fireman Tom Reid is unavailable and has re-joined Pickering Town... Aaron Wilford's departure and Lee Ure's fitness worries as he takes a serious knock every other game he plays and Craig Skelton's continued spell at Billingham Town mean the Seasiders look lightweight up front".
Jason (31) joined the club in September 1998 from Hyde United as an understudy to right-back George Shepherd but he made his mark mainly on the right of midfield with his pacy runs and his good ability in the air. Manager Graham Heathcote described Jason today as a "fantastic servant of the Club, who played from the heart". He emphasised that Jason had been an integral part of the 1999 UniBond championship side. Sadly, Jason's last three seasons at Altrincham were blighted by injury and he started only 58 league games in that time. His injuries included hamstring damage at Worksop (Sept. 2000) from which he returned, only to pick up a nasty double injury at Bamber Bridge (25/11/00) in his 100th appearance for the Robins. Jason was sidelined again in January 2001 but returned to the first team, only to be injured once more (March 2001). He underwent a hernia operation in December 2001 and after trying a comeback, he was ruled out for the rest of that season. In 2002-03 he returned to first-team action but injury again restricted his appearances. However, he was back in action again in the 2003/04 pre-season games. With his friendly attitude to supporters, Jason was one of the most popular players at the Club and many Moss Laners, not least Graham Heathcote, will be sad to see him go and will wish him a happy future. Jason made 150(+27) appearances and scored nine goals for the Club. His previous clubs included Marine, Witton Albion, Northwich Victoria, Runcorn and Caernarfon Town, as well as Ternia in Belgium.
Twenty-year Andy Tunnicliffe joinded Alty in March 2002 on loan from Manchester City and made an impressive debut as a late substitute at Hucknall, only to break his leg early in the next game at home to Hyde, which was his first start for the Robins. Andy worked very hard to regain his fitness and returned to competitive action in 2002-03, mostly as a substitute, and he finally made his second start for the club in November 2002. After a spell at Trafford, Andy returned for the Alty game at Bradford PA on 29 March 2003. He was a speedy and hardworking player who could play on the wing or up front. In all, he made 6 starts and 18 substitute appearances for Altrincham. Manager Graham Heathcote respects Andy's wish for regular first-team football and he and the Club are grateful to him for his loyal service at a difficult time for the Club.
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"Whitby Town have signed Darlington midfielder Adam Reed who notched up approaching 200 games for the Quakers either side of a move to Blackburn Rovers in 1995/96 when they were defending their Premier Division title. The 28 year old failed to make an appearance in the Premiership and returned to the North East three years later", states the UniBond site. The same source also says that "Stalybridge Celtic have re-signed midfielder Kenny Mayers just weeks after transferring him to Hyde United. The Celts have also landed 6ft 4ins Hucknall Town midfielder Steve Lenagh who won the Dr Martens League with Kettering Town in 2001/2002".
Spennymoor have lost experienced League midfielder Nick Richardson to Ossett Town, where he will become player-manager. Southport have signed former England Youth International Neil Whitworth (31). He made one appearance for Manchester United in 1990-91 after moving from Wigan Athletic.