23 to 29 November, 2003
There are now 20 potted biographies of Altrincham's pre-War players here, courtesy of Terry Rowley.
Vauxhall Motors, whom we meet on 20 December in the UniBond League Challenge Cup gave former Robin, Paul Robertson (left), his debut in the last round against Rossendale, says IC Cheshire. Manager Owen Brown noted: "It was pleasing to keep a clean sheet as the goals had been flying in from all over the place when I came here. You can't sort something like that out in 10 minutes but, hopefully, some of the things we're trying to implement are now coming into place". It was Vauxhall's first clean-sheet for almost two months.
NL Daily reports that Alfreton Town, has lost the services of left-back Jake Buxton... Buxton has been recalled from his loan period at North Street by Mansfield Town - ironically just after The Stags had agreed to extend the talented defender's original month's loan".
Referring to last Saturday's game at Bradford, Graham Heathcote said "I think the first half was a bit of a non-event for us. It's all about how you react to that and I thought we reacted well. We did well to level the match and could have nicked it with a late goal. We could have had a penalty in the last five minutes but we didn't and you have to admit that a draw away from home is a good result".
As for this Saturday's game Graham told SAM "The two league games we have played against Southport have been very tough and I do not see Saturday being any different. It's clear they will want to control the match as much as we do. We're not the kind of team that is going to score lots of goals so it is important that we remain tight at the back".
However, there are problems in defence as "Gary Scott's mystery knee condition is no nearer a diagnosis" and "Mark Maddox's heel problem shows no sign of improvement and is likely to require two or three days complete rest after each game".
In contrast, This is Lincs says that "Boston United skipper Paul Ellender... appears settled at York Street now after spending three months on the transfer list at the end of last season".
Hucknall Today reports that "Living legend Brian Clough has given his seal of approval to the remarkable renaissance at Hucknall Town. For Clough... has agreed to open Town's new social club... The £100,000 social club has been built behind the club's Watnall Road stand and replaces the old antiquated 'Shed', which has been demolished... Not only will it raise the profile of the football club, it is also intended as a money-spinning venture that will enable Town to be more self-financing, rather than rely on [chairman] Holmes and his team of sponsors".
The NW Evening Mail says that AFC Barrow "boss Lee Turnbull hopes to hang onto striker Ian Arnold, despite an approach from Gretna... But their seven days notice has now expired and Turnbull has heard nothing since. AFC’s chief said today: "Whether Ian Arnold stays with us, goes to Gretna or plays for Real Madrid, his work commitments are stopping him from playing regular football".
Nick Welton is set to leave Moss Lane in January because work commitments are taking him to London. Nick was signed from Mossley on 9 September 2003. He has made only 2 starts for the club but has also been a used sub on 10 occasions. He has scored twice, both in the final moments at Gateshead in the Trophy, where his goals converted a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win.
Alty are also set to lose Rod Thornley for at least two months. Having played all season with a persistent knee problem, Rod is expected to have an operation in the next fortnight. He hit 16 goals in 29 appearances last season, 31 in 56 starts in 2001/02 and 9 in 9 games in 2000/01. So far he has 4 goals to his name this season in 20 starts.
Last week Graham Heathcote ensured that there will be attacking cover at Moss Lane by bringing in Marcus Hallows (on loan) and Stuart Wright, to compete with Niell Hardy and Steve Lunt for the striking positions.
Alty's only victory over Vauxhall came in the same UniBond Cup competition on 11 December 2001 when goals from Rod Thornley and Danny Murphy secured a 2-0 win, in front of just 114 spectators on a cold Tuesday night.
The unofficial Burscough site confirms that "Following on from the visit of the ground grading committee from the Conference, Victoria Park meets the required standards for the new Conference North".
After last night's game, 95 goals have been scored in Radcliffe's 23 league games; just 46 goals have come in Alty's 19 matches - only Lancaster fans have seen fewer league goals, 45 in 18 matches. Altrincham have now used 31 players this season, 8 of whom have now left Moss Lane. 12 different players have scored our 28 league and cup goals. Peter Band, Ian Craney and Chris Adams are our only ever-presents this season, with 24 starts.
From Vauxhall's official site comes news that the club have signed "goalkeeper Mike Kinsella, who was released by Southport... Mike also works as a goalkeeper coach with Everton's youngsters. Also signing... was midfield battler Carl Spellman... from Kidsgrove".
"Darlington's bid to take a look at Blyth winger Wayne Phillips may be put on the back-burner because of the flu bug threatening the Spartans' dressing room. 'There is a possibility Darlington will look at Wayne in a reserve match this week, but the lad is not well'", said manager Paul Baker to IC Newcastle.
This is Lincs says that "Gainsborough Trinity manager Paul Mitchell will delve into the transfer market this week after the Blues' injury problems mounted against Marine on Saturday. Left-back Adam Burley... looks set to be out for a month and joins defender Stuart Reddington (hamstring) and winger Chris Adam (groin) on the sidelines. And with winger Paul Eshelby having left to join former Blues' boss Phil Stant at Ilkeston Town, Mitchell's squad is becoming increasingly threadbare". Manager Paul Mitchell said, "We only have 13 [fit]. Now Adam has left us short again and we have no-one to cover the area he plays in. But we are looking to strengthen and I shall try to add a couple of loan signings later this week".
Worksop's striker Gary Townsend "has turned down a move to Hucknall Town. Worksop had agreed an undisclosed fee with their Notts rivals and had given them permission to approach Townsend. But the 27-year-old, who is in his testimonial year at Worksop, failed to agree personal terms with Hucknall". The Tigers' manager Steve Ludlam said, "It is up to us now to work together and bring him back to his best because on his day Gary is as good a striker as anyone in this league", reports Worksop Today
Alty Youth deservedly gained a last gasp 2-1 victory away to St Helens Town yesterday. Kieran Lugsden scored both goals. His first came after 10 minutes and the second, seen above, was 3 minutes from the end. Kieran is far right in blue shirt, with Steve Lunt in centre-picture.
Match report on Youth Page.
Match report here.
There is a match report of Saturday's game at Bradford on the Bradford PA website.
Dave Richards, Chairman of the Football Foundation, said, 'Both clubs sharing a state of the art community stadium makes great sense and it is good to see this realised for football in Ashton. We are putting £520,000 into the new stadium and are prepared to consider additional help for a study centre'.
Roy Oldham, Leader of Tameside Council, said, 'The new stadium will be finished by July 2004 for the start of the next season'... Harry Galloway, Chairman of Curzon Ashton, said, 'We were originally going alone on this project but when the Council approached us, as head lease holders, to consider ground share we were delighted to embrace the idea'... John Milne,
Vice Chairman of Ashton United, said, 'It is the ambition of Ashton United FC to compete at the highest achievable levels of soccer... Given the restrictive infrastructure of our present stadium, we feel that the possibility of playing in a brand-new, purpose built stadium affords us the best opportunity of realising our ambition'".
Mario Daniel, now known it seems as Mario Sergio Daniel, has signed for Mossley. Mario, a Trinidad and Tobago youth international, played 1+4 games for Altrincham in 2000-01 and 3+5 in 2001-02, scoring twice.
The Pink quotes the Macclesfield chairman as saying "We are keen to retain the services of Danny Adams beyond the end of the current season", whilst on the letters page there is a photo of Danny and a correspondent berates Macc for only giving Danny a one-year contract. The writer describes Danny as "without doubt the best left back in the division".
Another ex-Alty Danny, McGoona, was a sub for Caernarfon Town yesterday. Paul Ellender (Boston), Steve Hawes (Worksop), Adam Farley and Steve Porter (Droylsden), Tony Sullivan (Lancaster), Chris Timons (Gainsboro') and Terry Bowker (Stalybridge) all turned out yesterday. Also, Leroy Chambers netted for Droylsden whilst Rob Matthews scored for Mossley in the Vase. Ryan Hevicon got two more for East Manchester and in the NW Counties former Alty reserve Sam Baker netted for Abbey Hey and Gareth Strange scored for Atherton LR, whilst in the Vase, Ryan McMahon kept goal for St Helens Town, for whom Paul Glynn, who has played for Alty's first team this season, also played.
The Northern Echo says that "The UniBond League is seeking a meeting with Bishop Auckland to discuss their future plans, both short and long term. It is understood that the UniBond League has '"numerous areas of concern' but Bishops are confident they can satisfy demands. Meanwhile, the sale of Kingsway appears to have reached deadlock again, and at least one more year at Dean Street [Shildon] is on the cards".
Harrogate Town report that former Northwich Vic, Mark Barnard has joined them. He "was reported to have joined Belper Town earlier this week after being released by Northwich Victoria, however Harrogate Town have captured his signature".