Altrincham Football Club News Archive
19 August to 4 September, 2005

4 September 2005


In the NL Paper, after the Hereford game, Graham Heathcote said, "It was a well-earned point. When we play the Morecambes of this world and come to places like this, who people say are the best passing sides in the league, with all due respect we know that we are part-time and are going to come under the cosh. So, we set our stall out to do a job and we have done it, very, very well. People keep talking about the amount of possession they have against us, but we actually allow a lot of that possession by keeping our shape and discipline... We've come here and got a point so maybe people will give us a bit more respect now'".


Bulls' boss Graham Turner told the NL Paper, "Altrincham were hard to break down, but you've got to take your chances... The longer the game went on like that then the more secure Altrincham became and the deeper they got".

The unofficial Hereford site reports on Alty's game yesterday, "Speaking to BBC Hereford & Worcester's Keith Hall, Adam Stansfield admitted 'It's disappointing to draw and only get one point when we dominated the game so well and had so many chances, quite a few myself... We created six or seven clear chances'. Finishing up, he was asked about the Beckwith-Little incident 'I didn't see it, but some of the players saw Little swing at him. That's a red card usually'".

The website adds that "the referee made another important decision which once again meant that Altrincham kept eleven players on the pitch. Stansfield got the better of Gary Talbot when battling for a long ball over the top and Stansfield got ahead of the defender, only to be pulled to the ground just outside of the box. Talbot was the last defender and still the referee failed to produce a red card". This occurred after Band had been clearly pushed in the back by Stansfield so justice was done! The website ends generously, " In truth, Altrincham rarely troubled the home side but did look to be a decent outfit. If they continue to perform like that they should have no problems in staying in this division although they may need a little more firepower in attack. There were many good performances from Hereford players in what was probably their second best performance of the season".


In today's NLP Dream Team, Paul Ellender is selected by Leigh's Gareth Stoker who describes him as "a centre-half with an enormous head so he's got to win plenty in the air". Goalkeeper Ryan McMahon, sent off last week, this week saved a penalty for Prescot Cables. Another ex-Alty keeper, Andy Dibble, was on the bench for Accrington. Matt McNeil scored for Barrow, James Glendenning was booked for Vauxhall. Former Alty youths Mark Drew, Ian Taylor, Lee Shillito, Adam Girdlestone and Ben Ashmore were in Leigh's squad on Saturday. Wes Wilkinson hit the bar for Woodley. Barrie George kept goal for FC United for whom other ex-Robins who played included Josh Mitten, Ryan Gilligan and Steve Torpey.

Although Ceefax credits Ian Craney with Accrington's goal yesterday, the club website says "the identity of the second goalscorer is at the time of writing being hotly debated by some members of the Stanley squad. Paul Mullin looks likely to be given the nod" rather than the Alty old boy. Anthony Hargreaves scored for Cammell Laird and Niell Hardy did so for Curzon Ashton. Leek Town have appointed Ann-Marie Jones as sports therapist "having worked in the same position with Altrincham". reports the UniBond League.


NL Daily reports that "Just ahead of the transfer window closing, Grays Athletic signed Stevland Angus. The 24-year-old is a central defender of some experience. He started his career with West Ham United where he played alongside the likes of Joe Cole and Michael Carrick.... [He] did make his League bow whilst on loan to AFC Bournemouth during the 2000/01 season. At the end of that season he was released and eventually signed for Cambridge United where he went on to play over 130 times".
3 September 2005


Alty Reserves won 2-1 today at Leigh RMI. The Lancashire League table shows Alty are third.


An acrobatic Stuart Coburn tips this freekick over the bar at Hereford.

Match report here.

Right: Val Owen: outstanding for Alty at Hereford.

  • Accrington S. 2 Woking 1
  • Burton A. 2 Scarborough 1
  • Dagenham & R. 2 Exeter C. 2
  • Gravesend & N. 2 Southport 1
  • Hereford U. 0 ALTRINCHAM 0
  • Morecambe 0 Tamworth 0
  • Stevenage B. 1 Halifax T. 0


    SAM reports that their new Yorkshire-based striker Lutel James (right), yet to play competitively for Alty, is having a spell at a local club, Garforth Town, as he gains fitness. Other news of injured players is that Kirk Hilton may play for the Reserves next week. Karl Munroe should be fit next week but may be on the bench today, whilst Gary Talbot should be fit to start today. Bad news is that Nehru McKenzie and Colin Potts, both crocked by fouls in the Morecambe game, will have fitness tests at Hereford, with Potts the less likely of the two to play. Steve Aspinall is definitely out, as are Eddie Hussin, Gary Scott, Richard Norris and Kieran Lugsden".


    Friday 2 September
  • Forest GR 1 Grays A. 2
  • Kidderminster H. 3 Canvey Island 2
  • York C. 1 Cambridge U. 0


    A posting on the Hereford Forum quotes Hereford boss Graham Turner: “Altrincham have started the season ever so well and all the reports we have had on them are positive ones. To have beaten Aldershot away and Morecambe at home in their last two fixtures basically tells you all you need to know about their ability and therefore we will have to be at our best to get the result that we want against them... If we match our opponents for effort and commitment then that gives us the chance to play our football... Sometimes when you kick off early one team can be caught cold if the preparations are not quite right. With this in mind the players will be reporting in at 9 o’clock on the morning of the game for breakfast and then a walk to make sure that everyone has shaken off any lethargy... We cannot afford another debacle like the Grays one... Injury wise ahead of the game, long term absentees Jamie Pitman and Simon Travis remain on the sidelines, while Tamika Mkandawire and Guy Ipoua are both doubtful with knee and hamstring injuries respectively. However, we don’t think the last two injuries are anything too serious but we will have to be careful with them and that is why they are doubts for Saturday’s match. Hopefully they’ll be OK but at this early stage of the season we do not want to take any major risks".

    The official site at Hereford United quotes the club physio Wayne Jones on Tamika Mkandawire, "Tamika picked up a knock to his knee very early on during Saturday's game... [but] he managed to continue. Unfortunately he's got some medial ligament damage and ... I'd say he's 50/50 for Saturday at the moment. Wayne then confirmed that the only real injury concerns were those of long-term absentees Jamie Pitman and Simon Travis. Guy Ipoua has been in all week, and his hamstring is a lot better now so he should be fully fit for selection on Saturday... Reflecting on Ryan Green's sending off Wayne says Graham Turner has got to make a decision as to whether to stick with Rob Purdie as he did for the last 10minutes at Tamworth, or to put someone else in Ryan's place... Wayne believes it will be a big loss though".

    This is HUFC confirms that "Injuries are beginning to bite at Edgar Street -- but Graham Turner admits there is plenty in the Hereford United locker to dampen the spirits of new boys Altrincham. The Bulls were without crocked quartet Tamika Mkandawire, Guy Ipoua, Simon Travis and Jamie Pitman as they battled to a 1-0 Conference win at Tamworth last Monday... 'It could be that we have four players out injured again', said Turner. 'We were poor last Saturday, so the response at Tamworth was excellent...It has been an inconsistent start to the season'... Turner added: 'They were two very big wins for Altrincham over the Bank Holiday. It proved that they are a very capable side at this level. We must approach this game in the right manner'" .


    This Wednesday sees the final preliminary round game in the Cheshire Senior Cup:
  • Winsford United v Cammell Laird


    On Saturday afternoon (2pm) Alty Reserves are away at Hilton Park against Leigh RMI.


    "Irish goalkeeper Richard McKinney wants to join Canvey Island on a permanent basis after helping them end a depressing away run without a win stretching back to October 5th last year. McKinney arrived at Park Lane just before the campaign started to compensate for the fact that regular stopper Danny Potter was out on a two-match ban. But he has done so well that it seems certain that manager Jeff King will offer the one-time Manchester City and Colchester man a contract" reports This is Essex.


    "Stone Dominoes' founder Bob Bowers has appealed to Stoke City and Port Vale to take over the club's Yarnfield ground. Bowers' appeal comes after Dominoes' mounting problems forced them to resign from the North West Counties League on Tuesday. Bowers stepped down as club chairman in June and put the club up for sale after becoming disillusioned with personally paying players' wages. He told This is Staffs: "If there are people who want to come forward quickly then, who is to say we wouldn't get a stay of execution from the league".
    2 September 2005


    The Robins' Shop is taking orders for copies of the Non-League Directory 2006, which is available for £19.95. The club receives commission on sales so please place your order with Jenny Heslop, the shop manager (that is when she is not running the bar, or the Yankee, washing the first-team and youth team kit or keeping George in order). You can contact Jenny at the club on 928-1045. A deposit of £10 is needed. Orders must be placed by 15 September, please.


    Match report link on Reserves' page.


    SAM has interviewed Graham Heathcote about his side. "It's a bit of a juggling act at the moment but the effort I'm getting is great and they're playing some good football as well. I can't ask for any more from the players and we're just not going to get carried away because every game we've got to have that total effort and if we do we are in with a shout of winning games. We were a little bit 'backs to the wall' in the second half against Morecambe but we tend to do that in games because of our part time status. We know we've got problems in that respect but we are setting our stall out to accommodate that in the last half hour of games and not being silly and trying to bomb forward then getting caught out. I'm not sure we can ever get to the fitness levels of the full time teams because ... our lads have got to get up and go to work and don't get the rest full time lads get". He added, "For Hereford I'll have to assess the injuries and then pick a side from there. We'll do our homework on Hereford and see what they've got and then juggle it about again. Gary Talbot (right) had an injection on Tuesday so we have to wait on him, but the one thing I'm getting out of it is the players who are fit coming in and doing jobs. So hopefully, when everybody's fit the squad is big enough and strong enough to cope".

    Altrincham travel to Hereford for a noon kick off on Saturday. The clubs have only met twice before in the Conference (season 99/00) when Alty won 2-1 at Moss Lane and drew 2-2 at Edgar Street with a last minute goal from Dickie Landon, following Gavin Price's 83rd minute effort.

    The Hereford official site previews the game with Alty. "The Robins are one of an ever decreasing band of part-time Conference clubs, and they will need to battle hard against their full time opposition, although their current run of three victories in a row show signs that they might not be as out and out relegation favourites as some suggested. With Tamika Mkandawire rated as doubtful, Simon Travis and Jamie Pitman still not fully fit, and Ryan Green suspended, Graham Turner will have a major headache ahead of Altrincham's visit this Saturday, as he tries to decide how to best fill the gap left by Green in the right-wing-back position. Turner could decide to change the formation, although that would still leave players being drafted into unfamiliar positions. Possibly his best bet is to play Australian Jon Brady as Green's replacement, allowing Rob Purdie to fill the gap behind the front two. Alternatively he could give the nod for Purdie himself to play as the right-wing-back, allowing Brady to continue occupying the free role behind the front two... Brown is a likely starter ahead of Mawson in goal... Should centre back Tamika not pull through, the back 3 will remain as Beckwith, James and Blewitt, and possibly even if Tamika does return in time, Turner may not be willing to rush him back too early from his medial ligament damage... The midfield of Ferrell, Brady and Stanley... will be looking to retain their starting places, and likewise could be said for the strike partnership of Stansfield and Carey-Bertram. If Ipoua's hamstring pull is still not fully recovered then it looks as though Graham Turner will have no hesitation to rest the ex-Doncaster man. Altrincham boss Graham Heathcote faces the possibility of being without up to nine of his squad. Rod Thornley is England's masseur so is away on International duty, whilst Eddie Hussin, Kirk Hilton, Richard Norris, Lutel James, Kieran Lugsden, Gary Scott and Karl Munroe are all injured. Gary Talbot received an injection to an injury this week and will face a battle to regain fitness in time".

    The unofficial site of Hereford United reports that "With the transfer deadline passed Graham Turner has not made any new signings to bolster his squad, despite the recent indifferent performances of the team. The same site quotes the Hereford Times to the effect that "both Tamika Mkandawire (knee ligament) and Guy Ipoua (hamstring) are struggling with injuries ahead of Saturday's match with Altrincham. The report also notes that Graham Turner was attempting to sign a loan full back to cover for Ryan Green's suspension, with Simon Travis still at least three weeks from full fitness. ... Altrincham were listed as relegation favourites by most bookmakers and pundits, but the Lancashire [!!!!] club come to Edgar Street on the back of three straight wins... Rumoured to be operating on the smallest budget in the Conference, Altrincham have assembled a 26 man squad with considerable Conference experience".


    Cheshire Senior Cup - Round One
  • Alsager Town 0 Congleton Town 0, penalties 4-5


    "Stalybridge Celtic have announced the signing of defender Jordan Burke. Burke, 25, is a left back who has arrived at Bower Fold from Runcorn FC Halton... [His] previous clubs include Southport, Kendal Town and Vauxhall Motors, whom he joined from Flixton in August of 2002... He played for Altrincham before deciding to sign for Skelmersdale United in early March 2003 but he almost immediately picked up a serious injury. He returned to play briefly for Skem in 2003/04 before decamping to Burscough in early September 2003 and then onto Runcorn last year. Burke becomes the fourteenth addition to the Celtic squad since the end of the 2004/05 season".

    Accrington have got international clearance for veteran keeper Andy Dibble, signed from Wrexham. Both Steve Torpey and ex-Alty Reserve Adie Orr netted for FC United against Winsford on Wednesday in front of 2,200 at Northwich's new ground.


    NL Daily reports that "Francis Vines, manager of Crawley Town, has pulled off a transfer deadline-day coup by signing two-time Conference ‘Golden Boot’ winner Daryl Clare from Boston United for a club record fee... Vines said: “Daryl is a proven goalscorer at Conference level and I can't put into words how happy I am to sign him. Not only will he bring valued experience to the squad but I am sure that our younger strikers will learn from him".

    "Underfire Terry Brown, manager of Aldershot Town, has secured the signing of experienced centre back Greg Heald. The 33-year-old has a wealth of Football League experience with Barnet, Rochdale, Leyton Orient and Peterborough United. This season has already seen Heald feature briefly in the colours of York City, Burton Albion and, most recently, Ashton United... Also joining is Matt Gearing, a young striker from Northampton Town, who has agreed a season-long loan deal... Another signing is 27-year-old Bristol Rovers winger Ryan Williams who will also join the club on a one-month loan deal".

    . "Woking have confirmed that central defenders Stuart Nethercott and former favourite Luke Oliver have joined the Cards on loan... Oliver is re-joining Woking on a month’s loan. The England National Game defender was transferred to Yeovil in the summer" reports the club website.

    Southport's Midweek Visiter reportd that "Southport supporters who made the trip to Kidderminster were angered by the Harriers' unfair pricing policy. Kidderminster did not open the away visiting end which meant Port supporters had to pay £16 for a pitchside seat rather than the advertised £13 which home supporters enjoyed at the opposite end of the Aggborough Stadium. Secretary Ken Hilton will be informing Conference administrators about the issue this week".

    Gravesend & Northfleet"have been awarded a grant by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, supporters of the Football Foundation, for 50% of the estimated £70,000 cost of rebuilding the Northfleet End".

    Accrington Stanley "announce the signing of 20 year old attacking midfielder Romuald Boco from France. Romuald has 14 international caps and is now the captain of his national side Benin... Chairman Eric Whalley said "We are very excited about bringing Romauld into the country, he has the potential to be one of the biggest signings the club has ever made". But "winger Matty O'Neil has gone to Radcliffe Borough on a month's loan... [and] Tranmere Rovers midfielder/forward Paul Brown has signed for Stanley on a month's loan. 20 year old Paul started in the youth set up at Tranmere and has worked his way up to the first team squad.... He made four appearances last season and can play with both feet on either side of the field".

    Cambridge Utd have signed Ritchie Hanlon from Weymouth whilst Exeter have acquired Tony Scully on loan from Notts County

    This is KHFC says that Harriers' manager Stuart Watkiss "is keeping tabs on a Football League striker who could join his tribe in a temporary deal. He is happy with the last loan signing, Barnsley's teenage midfielder Simon Heslop, who impressed on his full debut at Cambridge".

    From Halifax Today comes news that "Steve Bushell hopes to discover today exactly when he will be able to resume training. The Town skipper is to have another X-ray on the leg he broke at Barnet last April... But even if he gets the all clear, it will be at least three weeks before he can join the rest of the squad in training... Of the four players who missed Monday's 1-0 win over York, Steve Haslam is the only one who has a chance of facing Stevenage on Saturday... Gary Brabin will have a scan on the knee he injured at the Lawn tomorrow or Friday and if the results are good he could be back in action next week. But both Peter Atherton (hamstring) and Greg Young (dislocated shoulder) face a further three to four weeks on the sidelines".

    This is Exeter states that Exeter City have "sealed the capture of Notts County winger Tony Scully on a one-month loan deal... Scully, who has commanded £350,000 of transfer fees during his career, started out as a trainee at Crystal Palace. In 1997 Manchester City stumped up £200,000 for the pacy wide-man, before QPR paid £150,000 to recruit his services in 1998... Another piece of transfer activity at St James's Park yesterday saw Danny Seabourne sent out on loan to Tiverton Town".

    The Burton Mail says that Nigel Clough "put in a bid in excess of £10,000 for a centre–half at a league club, but that was rejected.The Burton manager said "What we are bidding is a lot of money at our level and there are not many Conference clubs doing it. However, we have a couple of loan options and if we can add one or two players it will help".

    The BBC says that "Forest Green Rovers have handed former Norwich striker Zema Abbey a contract until the end of the season".

    1 September 2005


    Morecambe Today reports that Shrimps' manager Jim Harvey said Monday's defeat at Altrincham was like a 'kick in the stomach'... Harvey, who kept his side in the dressing room for close to an hour after the game, said he was bitterly disappointed with the result". He added, "We had enough chances to win three or four games really and we had lots of possession in good areas but... I have to give Altrincham a lot of credit for their effort and determination but we know we are more than capable of getting a result against them". The site's match report says that Morecambe "were dominant for the majority of the game... In the end it was Altrincham who took the points because it was they who took their chances".


    The Yorkshire Post says that Halifax's "Haslam, Atherton and Brabin [are] out for up to a month" and also that Scarborough "defender Steve Baker sustained a suspected fractured leg following a late challenge by Accrington Stanley midfielder Andy Proctor", last Monday. Halifax have taken Danny Forrest and defender Jake Wright (19) from Bradford C. on loan, whilst striker John Grant has signed a new contract for the Shaymen.

    The Scarborough website confirms that the club has "completed the signing of Sheffield United youngster Jake Speight, who has scored two goals in two outings for Boro after joining initially on work experience. Speight said of last season, “I had a double hernia in pre-season which obviously needed an operation, and I was out of action until Christmas. It was then hard to get back into the United set-up, and I spent some time out at Gainsborough Trinity on loan”.

    "Billy McEwan, manager of York City, is urging his side to stay positive after Monday night's sickening 1-0 defeat at Halifax Town, despite dominating the game from start to finish... 'We are sick as parrots that we have not taken anything out of the game', The manager said 'I don't know how we lost it... We've dominated the game and not won but that's football isn't it? They say there were 1,000 people from York and that's just amazing... We just keep shooting ourselves in the foot by giving away silly free-kicks and silly penalties away and at this level the officials are not fantastic and you see some bizarre decisions'", reports This is York.

    "Liam Daish, manager of Gravesend & Northfleet, expressed his frustration at so far not being able to get another forward into his squad before the transfer deadline. Daish said: 'I have spoken to many clubs and players, many of whom are quite simply asking silly money... The chairman made a formal offer on my behalf for Alex Revell at Braintree Town but that was turned down. I will keep working away though as to finish off the squad we do need another forward'. Meanwhile, the Fleet have rejected a transfer request from unsettled midfielder Andy Drury, who wants to leave before the transfer window closes. The 21-year-old is being strongly linked with a move to Barnet", says the Fleet's website.

    "Gary Owers is backing his Forest Green Rovers players to permanently shake off their 'whipping boys' tag after becoming the first team to take points off Exeter City... He said: 'We set up the team slightly differently to do a job and got exactly what we wanted - it's a fantastic point and we probably had the better chances to win it. We got here nice and early and we could sense there was going to be a carnival atmosphere. I'm sure their fans were looking at Forest Green as the whipping boys and were expecting an easy win. ... Yet we've come to the best team in the league and they didn't hurt us'", reports This is Glos.

    Confguide confirms that "Wycombe defender Stuart Nethercott has joined Woking on a four-month loan... The 32-year-old former Tottenham centre-back was a regular in Wanderers' back four last season".

    Alex Inglethorpe of Exeter City is the Conference National Manager Of The Month for August.

    31 August 2005


    The STAR bucket collection raised a magnificent £140.34 at the Morecambe game; the club thanks all who gave and collected.


    Alty players and fans celebrate one of the goals against Morecambe. Picture courtesy of Gavin Rathbone of GR Photos. Orders can be placed to purchase prints, posters and merchandise at the Robins' Shop, with the club benefitting from the profits raised.

    This is Trafford reports on Alty's wins at Aldershot and versus Morecambe. Of the latter game it says, "The Shrimpers were thwarted by a tactical masterstroke from Graham Heathcote, whose team lined up in a 4-5-1 formation, rather than the usual 4-4-2. Alty's defence, marshalled by Peter Band, suffocated the opposition's dangerous front line while the midfield controlled proceedings, proving to be both disciplined in defence and incisive in attack... And although the Robins will not expect to be in the play off picture come May, they have proved they can compete in this division whatever the odds stacked against them and relegation no longer looks to be a possibility". In its player ratings, SAM made Gary Williams the star man at Aldershot whilst Peter Band and Colin Little were the joint winners against Morecambe.


    On tonight's GMR, Graham Heathcote and Geoff Goodwin were separately interviewed. Graham talked about competing as a low-budget, part-time outfit against full-time opponents and said that whilst we could now compete for parts of games we needed to do so for 90 minutes . He stated the club's ambtion this season was "Just to survive" in the division. His aim to date has been to put Altrincham back at the top end of non-league football and that is the where we are now. Against Hereford, he said that the club "will do its homework" and will "have belief" that they can achieve something at Edgar Street. Clearly some at Hereford do not share that view for the unofficial Bullsnews says " confirmed today that Ryan Green has received a three match ban for his sending off against Tamworth on Saturday. The ban will take effect from this Saturday with the visit of Altrincham, and also include the trickier matches against Stevenage and Morecambe".

    Geoff Goodwin was interviewed both about Alty and his driving of the Australian cricketers' team coach. His guest at Moss Lane last Monday, bowler Shaun Tait was also interviewed. In a separate interview on Radio Lancashire, Tait annoyed Morecambe fans by saying how much better part-time Alty had been than full-time Morecambe!

    The Morecambe official site also has a match report on Monday's game at Moss Lane. which concludes that "Overall it was a terrible day at the office for Jim Harvey's men as once again they failed to convert the numerous chances they created".


    NL Daily says that "A penalty from Craig Midgley following a foul by Mark Hotte on John Grant was enough to give Halifax Town victory and end York City's unbeaten start to the Nationwide Conference National season in front of the Sky Sports cameras at The Shay on Monday evening".

    The BBC reports that "Aldershot boss Terry Brown wants to sign a striker and a central defender before the transfer window closes.... Brown told BBC Sport: "At the moment we are not strong enough in either penalty box. I'm hoping to sign a new centre half and a new striker before Wednesday's transfer deadline. I hoped to have some of my injured boys back by now but I still have seven or eight out. When you lose touch with the leading pack you have to make decisions. We are not in a false position, we are the worst team in the league at the moment". But "Brown has placed defender Tobi Jinadu on the transfer list.... Midfielder Bertrand Cozic and forward Bertie Brayley, who were both on short-term deals at the Recreation Ground, have left the club".

    The Aldershot News added that "Terry Brown admitted for the first time that he is fighting to save his job after this latest disaster saw Aldershot Town plummet to the foot of the table for the first time in its short but sweet history... in the face of a second successive home defeat to a part-time side this season — one which led to a chorus of boos from some disgruntled fans... He said: 'My aim at the moment is to keep myself in a job. You’re at a senior club, you’ve suffered back-to-back defeats at home against sides that, in all honesty and no disrespect to Tamworth or Altrincham, we should be beating if we have title aspirations.... I can point to a catalogue of injuries but I have to look at the bigger picture... There is more in that squad of players and I’ve got to get more out of them... Two identical right wing crosses from Altrincham’s Colin Potts within the space of seven second half minutes proved the difference between the two sides as woeful defending handed the Conference newcomers the points in an ultimate smash-and-grab raid".

    The BBC also says that "Scarborough boss Nicky Henry is hoping to sign promising teenage Sheffield United striker Jake Speight on a permanent basis... after scoring twice in two games. 'He's got pace, he's dangerous and he certainly knows where the net is'", said Henry who "has also been given a boost by the news that key defender Steve Baker did not break a bone in his leg during Monday's draw with Accrington, as had been feared. Meanwhile, Scarborough have allowed striker Jermaine Palmer, 19, to return to Grimsby following a month on loan".

    "Halifax boss Chris Wilder told the Halifax Evening Courier: "We certainly need to bring in a couple of players, we're out on our feet in terms of injuries. We are going to have to call in a few favours and use the loan system. It's difficult but we need to strengthen" after Peter Atherton, Gary Brabin, Greg Young, Steve Haslam and Steve Bushell all missed Town's win over York City.

    "Woking manager Glenn Cockerill is keen to loan out his son Liam to help him develop his game away from Kingfield. Cockerill believes the midfielder has been unfairly treated by a section of the Cards' supporters and is looking to fix up a temporary deal elsewhere", he told his club's website. And "Woking's former Arsenal midfielder Ian Selley, 31, is to see a surgeon concerning a hernia problem".

    The BBC says that "Cambridge boss Rob Newman is hoping to bring in a new midfielder, after they were beaten 2-0 by Kidderminster. 'People say to me we're a young side and we're still learning, but it's a tough old world and this game is a rat race. The midfield four we finished with was Dave Daniels, Darren Quinton, Stephen Smith and David Bridges - there's not much experience in there... and I've got to get someone in there to help them'", he said.

    30 August 2005


    A magnificent photo of Lewis Chalmers rising above the Morecambe defence, courtesy of Gavin Rathbone of GR Photos. Orders can be placed to purchase prints, posters and merchandise at the Robins' Shop, with the club benefitting from the profits raised.


    Right: Chris Adams contests possession against Morecambe, as Owen, Rose and Melling look on.

    Match report here.


    Monday's Robins' Review revealed that Trafford MBC is seeking to develop the car park at Moss Lane. If the planning application is successful, this would mean that a residential development would replace the car park and the adjacent, vacant nightclub . However, this would definitely not affect Altrincham FC's playing future at Moss Lane.


    Tommy Docherty is guest of honour at a Sportsman's Dinner to be held at the Cresta Court on Saturday, 26 November at 7.30pm. Tickets, £20, are available from Grahame Rowley or the club (928-1045). Fans will recall that the Doc was manager at Moss Lane briefly, nearly 20 years ago - and he also apparently managed Manchester United and Chelsea...


    Hereford, whom we meet at Edgar Street on Saturday, had Welsh international defender Ryan Green sent off on at Tamworth Monday so he will be suspended against Alty. But Tamworth boss Mark Cooper said, "It was a case of handbags between the two and although Green did make contact with Ward there were just a few minutes left on the clock".


    After defeat by Alty, the Shotsweb site has an interview the Aldershot boss Terry Brown. He says, "I thought through the whole game we could get something out of it, to be honest. We created enough chances to have won a couple of games, but at the moment there’s not enough belief in the final third. I suppose the most disappointing aspect from my point of view is the two goals we gave away. Both were identical to the one we gave away against Halifax... it’s a collective problem that we’ve got defending crosses that come in from the right-hand side... At the moment, we’re not good enough in either box... I think they had two crosses into our box and scored two goals; we had probably ten crosses into their box and never scored a goal...We should have beaten Altrincham... We’re still missing a top quality centre-forward. We’ve probably missed out on ten or 11. The problem we’ve got, and I would emphasise that, is that whereas we used to be in competition with non-League sides for the best centre-forwards, we’re actually in competition with the Oxfords, the Peterboroughs, the Swindons, even the Barnets, and teams like that, and the amount of times I’ve just missed out, where players will play for slightly less money but play in the Football League. And we’ve missed some quality players by the skin of our teeth". Captain Steve Watson added, "We carved out a lot of chances and there was only one team who was passing the ball... We must have put about 30 balls into their box and I don’t understand how… if you did that at any other club, they’d be getting a lot of goals. I think we’ve got to work on finishing and killing teams off, because they were there to be beaten today. They were a poor side... We need to be putting a team out there where we feel confident enough to say that Altrincham at home should be a massive game and we should be beating them into the ground. Full stop. They’ve just come up and they’ve got to be beaten. They didn’t really have any chances, it was only the two crosses that they had and they put them away...We’ve got to be saying we can’t be beaten by teams like that".

    The Times has a match report on the Aldershot v Alty game.


    Julieanne Gresty, the Alty Youth physio, puts her brother Richard and his team-mates through their pre-match routines on Sunday before the Lancaster City Youth game. See the Youth section for a match report.


    After the defeat by Alty, Morecambe captain Jim Bentley was interviewed on the More Footy site.


    This is Exeter says that "Alex Inglethorpe, manager of Exeter City, has further bolstered his promotion-chasing squad by capturing teenage striker Craig Watkins. The 18-year-old [striker]... has joined from Sutton United, with Grecians youngster Jamie Mackie going on loan in the other direction".

    NL Daily reports that "Stalybridge Celtic have announced the signing of midfielder Steve Garvey from rivals Northwich Victoria... Celtic fought off strong competition from Conference National new boys Altrincham to secure Garvey's signature". Garvey was on trial at Moss Lane this summer.

    29 August 2005


    Right: Peter Band, again gave his all for Alty today.

  • ALTRINCHAM 2 Morecambe 0
  • Cambridge U. 0 Kidderminster H. 2
  • Canvey I. 1 Dagenham & R. 2
  • Crawley T. 1 Stevenage B. 2
  • Exeter C. 0 Forest GR 0
  • Grays A. 2 Aldershot Town 1
  • Halifax T. 1 York C. 0
  • Scarborough 2 Accrington S. 2
  • Southport 3 Burton A. 2
  • Tamworth 0 Hereford U. 1
  • Woking 1 Gravesend & N. 3


    A clash with England's international next Saturday means a 12 noon kick off or Alty at Hereford. So the STAR supporters' coach leaves The Vine at 7.20am! Full details and fares here


    Alty Youth impressively beat Lancaster City 6-0 on Sunday. The goals came from Davies (26), Mulholland (30), Keogh (64), Deegan (70,81) and Williams (77). Report in Youth section.


    Above: Action from Saturday's win at Aldershot. Peter Band, left, hits the deck, as Chris Adams, arm raised, appeals for a goalkick.


  • Match report
  • Alty line-ups
  • Alty player stats


    There is now a report on the Reserves' match at Bamber Bridge, in the Reserves'section
    28 August 2005


    Alty celebrate at the end of the Aldershot match.

    Match report here.

    The Shotsweb site has an Aldershot view of Saturday's game.

  • 3pm at Moss Lane: Altrincham v Morecambe


    Alty Reserves lost 4-1 at Bamber Bridge yesterday. report to follow...


    Cheshire Senior Cup, Round 1:
  • Cheadle T. 2 Nantwich T. 1 aet.
    27 August 2005


    Right: Colin Little - scored his first of the season at Aldershot.

  • Accrington S. 1-2 Exeter C.
  • Aldershot T. 0-2 ALTRINCHAM
  • Burton A. 1-2 Canvey Island
  • Dagenham & R. 0-2 Scarborough
  • Forest GR 2-2 Halifax T.
  • Gravesend & Northfleet 0-0 Cambridge U.
  • Hereford U. 0-2 Grays A.
  • Kidderminster H. 1-1 Southport
  • Morecambe 3-0 Crawley T.
  • Stevenage B. 3-1 Tamworth

    Alty are now joint 9th in the league table but listed as 10th on alphabetical order behind Accrington.


  • York C. 2 Woking 1


    Welsh Premier reports that Bangor City have beaten Welsh Premier rivals Connah's Quay Nomads to the signature of striker Alex Hay... the 23-year-old former Tranmere Rovers frontman, who had an unsuccessful pre-season trial at champions Total Network Solutions and was also tracked by Rhyl boss John Hulse. Hay made 45 League appearances for Rushden & Diamonds, and also spent time on loan at Altrincham".


    Accrington Stanley's "New signing Craig Gallagher is ruled out of tomorrow's match against Exeter after pulling a muscle in his back. Manager John Coleman reacted quickly by trying to bring in veteran goalkeeper Andy Dibble, but unfortunately as his last club was Wrexham there was not enough time to get international clearance from the Welsh FA.... The signing would take the number of goalkeepers that have been registered with Accrington Stanley this season to an astonishing eight, with only three games played. Stuart Jones started as number one and kept two clean sheets before an ankle injury forced him to retire. Within 24 hours of the news the Jones was to leave our only other registered keeper Danny Alcock broke his arm while playing for the Reserves. Martin Fearon was promoted from the Fraser Eagle Youth Education Programme and travelled last weekend with the team, but was kept out of the squad for Cambridge by on loan Bertrund Bossu and ex Liverpool shot stopper Paul Harrisson. Bossu conceded three at Cambridge before returning to Darlington due to an injury crisis up in the North East two days later. Paul Harrisson is also not expected to play any further part in Stanley's season. Ex Everton youth team keeper Craig Gallagher was brought in only to pick up a back injury in training, with the role call rounded off by today's loan signing of Darren Randolf from Charlton Athletic and hopefully next week's addition of Andy Dibble". Dibble, of course, lost his place at Alty to Stuart Coburn several years ago.

    The BBC says that "Young Barnsley midfielder Simon Heslop is set to join Kidderminster on a month's loan. Heslop is set to link up again with Harriers boss Stuart Watkiss, who was formerly the Tykes' academy manager before moving to Aggborough as boss".

    Scarborough Today says that "Boro boss Nick Henry will be running the rule over former Sheffield United frontman Adrian Littlejohn next week. Littlejohn, 34, has been without a club since leaving Rushden and Diamonds in the summer". Also, "Nick Henry could hand teenage striker Jake Speight a debut when his side visit Dagenham tomorrow. The Seasiders have taken the 19-year-old on work experience from Sheffield United and after an impressive run-out for the reserves on Wednesday he may have forced his way into Henry's plans. Centre-back Paul Foot may also grab his first start". Henry said: "I am planning a few changes to the side just to refresh things a little... Not all of the players are firing on all cylinders at the moment".

    Herts-Essex News states that "Stevenage boss Graham Westley is anxious to ensure that the on-going race row involving Dino Maamria does not deflect attention away from his side's promotion push. The Tunisian striker has accused Woking midfielder Ian Selley of racially abusing him during last week's Conference clash... Boro' are in the process of writing a letter of complaint to the FA on behalf of Maamria... But Woking say they are fully behind Selley, who has fiercely denied the claims and is taking legal advice". Stevenage chief executive Bob Makin "confirmed that Maamria had been docked two weeks' wages, following his dismissal last week".

    26 August 2005


    Alty Youth lost a two-goal lead to lose 4-3 at home to Woodley Sports last night. There is a link to a match report on the Youth Page.


    Saturday 27th v Aldershot Town (A)

    Alty have their first overnight trip of the season when they travel down to a hotel in Farnborough for Saturday's game at Aldershot. Reserve and ex-Youth striker, Lee Hendley (18), signed on Wednesday (see below) will be with the squad.

    SAM quotes Graham Heathcote on injuries: "Other teams have been complaining about injury problems but I've got almost a third of my squad missing now... we've lost 7 players so are down to 18 now. The first week was physically demanding. We are used to playing full-time teams on a one-off basis in cup ties but playing three games one after another is very demanding for us". SAM adds that "Heathcote will wait to check on the fitness of Karl Munroe and Steve Aspinall in training this week. But Stephen Rose has yet to regain full fitness... while both Gary Talbot and Rod Thornley are injury doubts". SAM adds: "Aldershot have qualified for the Conference play-offs two years in a row and narrowly missed out in last year's semi-finals... But they have experienced a terrible start to the season and Alty will take heart from the fact they have already lost to two part time teams (Tamworth, Canvey) so far this season". But "Manager Terry Brown has brought in several players with league experience... including former Newcastle and West Ham striker Paul Kitson, as well as loan signings Scott Guyett and Chris McPhee from Yeovil Town and Brighton respectively... Dangermen: Tim Sills and Nick Crittenden.

    Aldershot report that Shots' boss Terry Brown welcomes the return of his skipper... Steve Watson to help kick-start his season — starting this weekend... The Shots' Player of the Year spent all summer on the sidelines following a groin operation in May, but made a welcome return to full training this week... Brown is hoping to introduce his trump card either for Saturday’s clash with Altrincham or Monday’s trip to Grays Athletic". Aldershot have also been without six other players but "Brown is also boosted this weekend by the return to fitness of Tarkan Mustafa, who came on as a second half substitute". But "for Saturday’s visit of Altrincham... with key striker Tim Sills suffering a foot injury and flying winger Ahmed Deen trying desperately to shake off an ankle injury", Brown still has problems. Brown commented: “It’s an absolute catastrophe isn’t it?". However, "new signings Matt Somner and Bertrand Cozic [are] already making an impact" but "Brown looks to bring in at least another centre back and centre forward". In fact, Brown is closing in on a "transfer target whom he hopes to lead the attack on Saturday alongside loanee Chris McPhee and in the possible absence of Sills... The visit of Play-Off winners Altrincham will provide a stern test for the boss... The Shots boss commented: 'Altrincham are not your usual visiting northern side who like to put men behind the ball, they are a good footballing side, who like to play in all areas of the park. They have two good strikers to be wary of and I think we could be in for an entertaining and exciting game'".

    Bank Holiday Monday, 29th V Morecambe (H) 3pm.

    BBC Sport says that "Morecambe boss Jim Harvey has given his backing to the introduction of a transfer window for the Conference. Harvey is keen that clubs survive on coaching ability now they are unable to sign players on a permanent basis after the end of August. The Shrimps boss said: "Whenever we have a problem I don't often go outside the club to solve it, I get on the training ground". Morecambe Today quotes Harvey after defeat at Exeter; "If we were short on anything we were short on a bit of luck... We probably played the best football we have played in the three matches so far". The Shrimps "face a double-header this Bank Holiday with Crawley at Christie Park on Saturday and then a visit to Altrincham on Monday. Former Shrimps player Lee Elam is now at Crawley but is rated a doubt for Saturday with a groin injury. Jimmy Kelly will miss both games after his red card at Scarborough last Tuesday". A supporters' coach will travel to Moss Lane.


    Chorley website has a report on Alty reserves' 5-1 win against them on Wednesday night.


    This is HUFC quotes Hereford manager Graham Turner: "In assessing our first three matches, 'indifferent' would probably be the adjective I would use... At Crawley, our performance was slightly untidy... There are a couple of ways of looking at life in the Conference in terms of how to play the game. You either knock it long and run after it, which I understand Exeter are doing. They have not strung two passes together yet - I have spoken to a number of people, in particular Stuart Watkiss at Kidderminster who played against them last week. From what he told me they had to sedate the ball at half-time, it was battered so much! We want to get the ball down and pass it, and pass it with a purpose. When we deviate from that pattern we look a poor side... We will continue to work at it and continue to play in the way we believe in... I'm delighted with the delivery of set-pieces, particularly corners. Three goals out of the seven have resulted from close-range efforts from corners delivered by Alex Jeannin".

    Accrington Stanley "have signed 18 year old Craig Gallagher. The former Everton youth team goalkeeper has signed on non-contract terms".

    BBC Sport says that "Hereford midfielder Jamie Pitman 29, has been sidelined so far this season with a shoulder injury but helped Hereford's reserves to a 7-0 win over Kidderminster on Tuesday". He will return to the first-team squad after another Reserves' outing.

    Cambridge News reports that "David Chick will be out of action for Cambridge United until the start of October... after suffering a foot injury in last Tuesday's 2-1 win at home to Hereford. But while Chick will be back to full fitness soon, he will play no part for United until at least their trip to Southport on October 1 as he is suspended for a month". Manager Rob Newman "moved quickly to bring Jonny Harkness in on a month's loan from Walsall last Friday... He will watch five trialists in a reserve team friendly... on Thursday. Among them are defenders Jean-Yves Anis (ex-Partick) and Tommy Laws (West Ham), midfielder Jamie Hand (Watford) and wingers Chris Jones (Leeds) and Adrian Graham (Kingstonian). Newman said: "If they're any good, we're in a position where we might be able to take them".

    This is Glos states that "Forest Green are awaiting the results of a knee scan before deciding whether to sign striker Zema Abbey on a permanent deal. The 28-year-old, who is on trial at The Lawn after being released by Torquay United... Rovers boss Gary Owers was impressed with Abbey's contribution as a second-half substitute during last week's 2-1 defeat at Altrincham".

    25 August 2005


    A report on last night's Reserves' win (see below) is now in the Reserves section.


    Following last night's ankle-ligament injury to Kieran Lugsden, Graham Heathcote has signed Lee Hendley on non-contract forms and he will be in the squad for Saturday's game at Aldershot. Last season Lee claimed Steve Lunt's youth-team goalscoring record, hitting 34 for the Youth Team and a couple more for the Reserves.


    Aldershot Town manager Terry Brown has been troubled by numerous injuries at the start of this season but so, too, have Altrincham. Of Alty's 25 squad players, only 13 are currently fit, including two goalkeepers - and some of them are carrying knocks! The "fit" ones are Coburn, Acton, Adams, Band, Hawes, Owen, Potts, Chalmers, Rose, McKenzie, Olsen, Little and Williams.

    The 11 injured players are:

  • Recovering from operations: Eddie Hussin, Steve Aspinall, Gary Scott
  • Recovering fitness and yet to play this season: Richard Norris, Kirk Hilton, Lutel James
  • Injured on Thursday night: Kieran Lugsden (right: diagnosed as ligament damage), George Melling (hopefully only a minor neck/shoulder injury)
  • Also uncertain for the Aldershot game: Rod Thornley, Gary Talbot, Karl Munroe

    In addition, Mark Maddox is suspended and last season's second top-scorer, Marcus Hallows (not allocated a squad number) is still out of action after a compound leg fracture last season.


    NL Daily reports that "Mark Cooper, manager of Tamworth, admits he has a massive battle on his hands to keep hold of star defender Aaron Brown. The 22-year-old center half is attracting serious interest from a clutch of Football League clubs... Watford are believed to be "very interested" after monitoring his progress, but the Vicarage Road outfit would face opposition from a host of other clubs".

    Cambridge United "Goalkeeper Jamie Waite (19) has signed on non-contract terms". He was briefly at Barrow last season. Portchat quotes the "Midweek Visiter" as saying that "After recent speculation linking Peterborough with Terry Fearns, Liam Watson revealed at the weekend that Accrington Stanley had made an official request to speak to the player. 'Terry's initial reaction was that he wanted to stay with us and compete for his place'", said Watson.

    24 August 2005


    Alty Reserves played some good football to beat Chorley Reserves 5-1 at Moss Lane tonight but victory was marred by injuries to Kieran Lugsden and George Melling. After scoring inside a minute, Kieran was later injured by a crude challenge and, though he managed to limp off after treatment, was later taken to hospital for checks to his ankle. George went off with what looked like a neck injury. Highlights of the game included two finely-taken goals by substitute Lee Hendley (left) who has graduated from last year's Youth team, in which he was leading scorer. The other goalscorers tonight were Nehru McKenzie and Kwame Barnett.


    STAR Travel Coordinator Mark Eckersall has sent me the following, concerning access to the bar at Aldershot Town, based on information received by Graham Heathcote: There is a bar within the away fans area called Walley's Bar. The main Phoenix Bar is "members only" and not accessible to away fans. However, entrance to Walley's is by (free) ticket ONLY, a supply of which has been sent to the club. Anyone travelling to the game on the supporters coach will receive a ticket on-board and therefore does NOT need to do anything. Supporters travelling by other means have two options to get a bar ticket if they require one:

    1) Call in the club before 16:30 on Friday 26th August 2005 to collect one.

    2)If you cannot do this, Gary Warrington will be taking some tickets down on the coach for people travelling independently (London Alty etc). When you arrive at the ground you will need to collect a ticket from him. To arrange this you can call him on his mobile and he will meet you outside the bar. If you require his mobile number please e-mail him and he will liase with you.

    Aldershot have advised that no ticket means no drink at the ground.


    Alty Reserves' first home game of the season is tonight (Wednesday) at Moss Lane (7.45pm), against Chorley. Entry is free to season ticket holders and juniors; £2 for other spectators.


    The BBC says that "Altrincham manager Graham Heathcote hopes to have summer signing Lutel James ready for action next month. Former Accrington striker James (right), 33, joined the Robins on the eve of the new season but is yet to feature for the Conference new boys following injury. 'He got an injury at the back end of last season and he needs to time to get fitter... Hopefully in two or three weeks' time, he will be ready to be in contention'", Graham said. He added: "Overall with the first three games, I have been quite pleased with the way we have started, although there is lots of room for improvement... We know we are in for a tough season but we know... the number of points we are aiming for".


    The STAR bucket collections continue to raise very welcome sums for the club and thanks are due to all concerned:
  • Accrington Stanley match - £97.44
  • Forest Green - £94.98


    Niell Hardy scored twice for Curzon Ashton on Monday.


    The Cambridge Evening News reports that "A good team doesn't become consistent until they've put six or seven good results together. We're certainly looking to do that, but we could do nothing more than win on Saturday" against Accrington. Newman added "I took Fola Onibuje off for his own good because I think they were trying to wind him up and he'd already been harshly booked through his naivety and lack of experience". The manager also "had praise for loan signing from Walsall, Jonny Harkness, who made his debut at left-back in place of the injured David Chick".

    From The Argus is news that "A vocal fan got it just right shortly after the final whistle of Crawley's undeserved defeat. 'Don't worry Reds, it will come', he shouted at the players as they jogged forlornly around the pitch... Crawley dominated large parts of the game against a Hereford side who are 9/2 favourites to win the title". Manager Francis Vines said: "You would have thought we were the ones who were favourites to win the league because we outplayed them at times". But "he does admit Crawley's lack of goals is a cause for concern", even though he "played with four strikers on the pitch for the last 25 minutes... {these] included transfer-listed Danny Davidson, who made his first appearance of the season since turning down a full-time contract in the summer... Davidson was only in the squad because Danny Ekoku was unavailable due to a mix-up with his registration at Bradford... He should not have played in Crawley's first two games but the Conference have decided to take no action".

    From This is KHFC comes news that "Stuart Watkiss cannot wait for Iyseden Christie to settle into life in the Nationwide Conference. The Kidderminster Harriers manager is expecting fireworks and goals a-plenty from the talented striker once he finds his feet. Christie played for Watkiss at Mansfield Town and smashed home 19 goals at Coca-Cola League One level... The explosive striker, a pacey customer who can hold the ball up effectively as well as twist and turn for space in the box, is still searching for his first competitive Harriers goal... The Harriers' boss said: "Iyseden has to realise he can't do it for one game or spasmodically. He's got to do it week in week out in order for him to progress as a footballer". But "Wayne Hatswell was widely regarded as the best performer in the mid-week 1-0 defeat at Exeter City. Hatswell, usually a centre-half, has been on the end of some fans' criticism in his current left-back role but has started the season well". Watkiss added, "We've already played two of the teams (Scarboro, Exeter) that are going to be there or thereabouts in this division this season and we've compared favourably to them. We're going to come across a direct style of football and we have to stand up and be counted". However, Watkiss "is less impressed with plans for the youth team... The 250-club has raised around £8,000 but more than twice that figure was needed to pay a full-time youth team manager... Instead club stalwart Phil Mullen will combine the role with his position of new business manager. The youth team... will continue to train on a part-time basis".

    The BBC reports that "Southport manager Liam Watson hopes highly-rated striker Terry Fearns will stay at Haig Avenue. Port have received an enquiry from a rival Conference side for Fearns, 27" Watson said, "There has been interest and I told him about it but he said he was happy at Southport, which is what I wanted to hear". Referring to last week, he said "I thought we out-footballed Stevenage. I know that we will adapt and go on to do okay".

    23 August 2005


    Graham Heathcote is waiting to see if Karl Munroe's calf has recovered for him to train this week, whilst Gary Talbot is another doubt. Steve Aspinall, Kieran Lugsden and Nehru McKenzie may be amongst those involved in tomorrow night's Reserves' game v Chorley at Moss Lane (7.45pm).

    Alty travel to Aldershot on Saturday. Visiting supporters can enter the ground from 1.30pm via the Redan Hill turnstile, off Redan Road in the SE corner of the ground. Away fans can use Wally's bar in the South Stand for which vouchers are issued. Cover is expected to be available for away fans in the East Bank but there is also an open terrace. Admission is £12 (terrace), £15 (stand), with concessions £7 and £8 respectively. Programmes are £2.50.

    The Yorkshire Post says that Halifax switched from 4-4-2 to 4-4-1-1 on Saturday "to counter the attacking threat of Aldershot full-backs Hassan Sulaiman and Lewis Hamilton" before going to 4-4-3 "to create more chances".

    Halifax Today also reports on The Shots' 1-1 draw at Halifax in which "it was not until the final 10 minutes that Halifax looked like getting back on top. Too much of the home side's passing was sloppy and Town manager Chris Wilder was right to pick out decision-making in possession as another area in which they disappointed. Their cause was hardly helped by a series of poorly delivered set-pieces".


    Above: Colin Potts has just scored to make it 2-0 against Forest Green last Saturday. Picture kindly supplied by Gavin Rathbone of GR Photography'

    SAM has a match report on the Forest Green game which says "Alty never seemed completely comfortable on the ball and a string of unforced errors throughout the game meant they were never able to recreate the fluent football played against Accrington Stanley. But one thing is certain, Alty are in awe of nobody in this league and despite their full time opponents' greater share of the possession on Saturday, Stuart Coburn hardly had to make a save". The Forest Green site also has a report, which says "The Rovers boss could not hide his disappointment with his team's first half display, which was at times more ponderous than the M6 traffic had been en route to the match". Manager Gary Owers said of Alty's second goal, "The linesman must have put his flag up 20 times in the first half, sharp as a tack. Then, on the one occasion when everyone thought it should have gone up, it didn't". The FGR MAD site also has a report.


    Conference TV has video highlights of the Alty v Stanley game last week.


    "Neville Powell, manager of Connah’s Quay Nomads, is in talks with former Tranmere Rovers striker Alex Hay... Hay, who trialled with Total Network Solutions earlier this month, made 45 Football League appearances for Rushden & Diamonds, and also spent time on loan at Altrincham" reports Welsh Premier.


    York City boss Billy McEwen thought his red-carded captain Mark Hotte "was just crazy and I will certainly be fining him... There was just no need for what he did" reports The Yorkshire Post. Hotte conceded a penalty from which Grays equalised in injury time.

    Accrington Stanley report that "Darlington have recalled goalkeeper Bertrand Bossu... John Coleman expects to name a replacement shortly and is also looking at bringing in a left back from a Championship side".

    East Thurrock Utd have signed "former England semi-professional international Steve West from Grays Athletic".

    "Kettering Town made an appeal to the Northamptonshire FA, and a decision was made to reduce new striker Christian Moore's suspension from 35 days to 14 days... As a consequence of Moore’s initial suspension, the FA at Soho Square are taking a look at why this anomaly can happen and are expected to close the loophole so that players in Nationwide North and South are treated in exactly the same way as those in the Conference National".

    "Canvey Island manager Jeff King has made David McGhee, 26, who can play in central defence or midfield, available for immediate transfer... [Also] King has made two young players available for loan spells. Jason Hallett, 19, is a promising young striker... [and] Midfielder or forward Leon Gordon, also 19, is another looking for regular first-team football [by going on loan]after breaking into the senior squad last season" reports the NL Daily.

    The BBC states that "Halifax Town have completed the signing of former Leeds United midfielder Brenton Leister. The 19-year-old has joined Town on non-contract terms after being released from Elland Road... He follows striker Justin Bowler, 19, in making the switch from Leeds".

    In the Burton Mail Nigel Clough "was hugely critical of Albion's performance" on Saturday. "In the last few minutes we had (Darren) Tinson giving a free–kick away that led to one goal, (Andy) Corbett giving the ball away and Webster giving a penalty away, so they are all culpable... The bottom line is that if we continue to make the decisions we made today, then we're destined to be a bottom half of the table team".

    22 August 2005


    If you missed - or just want to re-watch - the excellent game between Alty and Accrington last Tuesday or Saturday's first win, over Forest Green, you can now get a video of these and of every Conference game at Moss Lane this season. The cost is just £10 plus p&p and this service should be especially useful for our supporters "exiled" away from Altrincham. Tapes should be available for dispatch within a few days of each game being played. To order, please contact Grahame Rowley either by phone on 07720-606897 or by e-mail.


    Alty Youth drew their first game of the season, away at title holders Morecambe "A", 2-2, on Sunday. The Youth team is at home on Thursday night (at Wythenshawe Town) against Woodley Sports (k.o. 6.15pm).


    Forest Green's Club Secretary says on their forum that striker Zema Abbey "was in discussion with us up to lunchtime on Friday about signing, having trained with the club twice. And yes he moved from Hitchin Town to Norwich for £350,000. Before the club offers a contract we need to have him medically assessed but he agreed to sign non-contract and we registered him in time for the 3pm deadline. Obviously [manager] Gary Owers wishes to sign him on contract and gave him the No9 squad number but due to the lateness of signing we decided not to make it public, hoping that his presence if he did play would not be known to Altrincham". He came on as a sub on Saturday at Moss Lane.


    Altrincham FC has arranged a "Meet the new recruits" night on October 1st (7.30pm), when at least four of Alty's seven new signings this summer will be in attendance. A two-course meal will be provided and tickets are available now at £17.50. A Celebration Christmas Dinner has also been arranged at the Cresta Court Hotel for December 10th. Tickets are £40 and bookings for both events can be made via the club (928-1045). Details of club and STAR social events and the updated Patrons' Club list are here.


    If you are under 12 and support Altrincham FC, why not join the re-launched "Junior Robins", a club just for you! It only costs £5 (payable to Altrincham FC) and each member receives the following:
  • A membership certificate
  • A membership card giving 10% discount in the club shop
  • An item of Altrincham FC merchandise
  • An announcement of your birthday in the Robins' Review matchday programme
  • An invitation to the Christmas Party
  • A chance to be the mascot at a game at Moss Lane

    There will also be a Junior Robins' page in the Robins' Review and this will include a quiz and puzzles.

    To join, please either e-mail Paul Roberts or send your details and £5 subscription to Altrincham Football Club, Moss Lane, Altrincham WA15 8AP - or ring the club for further details (928-1045).


    Before this Saturday's clash, Alty's only competitive game against Aldershot Town was on 6 February 1999 in the FA Trophy 4th Round. Alty won 2-1 at the Recreation Ground, with goals from Keith Russell and Ricky Harris in front of 2,754 spectators.

    STAR is running an executive coach to the game; details on the Away Travel page.

    Alty have injury problems with Aspinall, Scott, Hussin and Hallows all recovering from surgery, and Munroe nursing an injured calf, but Aldershot are at least as badly troubled by lay-offs. Six regulars are out - David Lee, Steve Watson, Darren Barnard, Gary Holloway, Tarkan Mustafa and John Brough. After Saturday's draw at Aldershot, their first point of the season, manager Terry Brown said, "The reason we did not win this game is that we were not strong enough... We are probably a month behind the rest of the league. We are badly missing many of our senior, first-choice players and it may be the end of Spetember or later before I can field anywhere near my best side... We never seem to last the full game with two fully-fit strikers".


    Tamworth now have a 14-game unbeaten run- the best in the Conference.

    Canvey have placed defender Dave McGhee on the transfer list.

    Crawley Town "Striker Danny Ekoku was absent from the Crawley squad after it emerged that his registration with Bradford City’s youth academy had not yet been cancelled. Ekoku featured in Crawley’s first two league matches, but the club have been informed they will not face any penalty".

    21 August 2005


    Details of the STAR supporters' coach to the match at Aldershot next Saturday are now here. Please book through the club. As usual an executive coach will be provided, so why not avoid a long drive and come on the STAR coach instead?


    Former Alty Reserve Chris Curley has joined Woodley Sports from Atherton LR. Also joining our CSC opponents is Mario Daniel, from Mossley and Chris Young from Flixton. Young, Daniel and Wes Wilkinson all scored for Sports yesterday. Mike Pollitt was again in goal for Wigan in the Premiership. The CSC Round 1 starts on Wednesday with Cheadle Town v Nantwich Town.


    "Gravesend & Northfleet have signed Peterborough United 'keeper Luke McShane on a month's loan to cover for the injured Craig Holloway... Also joining in the club is 23-year-old midfielder Ashley Sestanovich, who spent last season at Grimsby where he signed from Sheffield United. Sestanovich spent part of the 2003/04 season on loan at Scarborough and scored the winning goal against Port Vale in the FA Cup run that ended at home to Chelsea. While at Sheffield, Ashley was called up for the Grenadian World Cup Squad... [and] once played Thierry Henry's body double in a Nike advert in Rome!" reports the Gravesend website.

    Confguide says that "Sheffield United have allowed 20-year-old midfielder Adrian Harper to join Scarborough on a month long loan... after the Seadogs lost the use of Chris Hughes who is out for six weeks with an injury and Neil Bishop is banned".


    Jason van Blerk was booked for Runcorn, against whom Leroy Chambers scored yesterday. Chris Downey netted twice for Mossley. Anthony Hargreaves scored for Cammell Laird in their FA Cup win. Niell Hardy was on the mark for Curzon Ashton. Peter Wright scored for Chorley.


    The Lancit Lancashire League fixtures for September have been amended and are in the Reserves section. Alty now play at Lancaster on 20 September.
    21 August 2005


    Details of the STAR supporters' coach to the match at Aldershot next Saturday are now here. Please book through the club. As usual an executive coach will be provided, so why not avoid a long drive and come on the STAR coach instead?


    Former Alty Reserve Chris Curley has joined Woodley Sports from Atherton LR. Also joining our CSC opponents is Mario Daniel, from Mossley and Chris Young from Flixton. Young, Daniel and Wes Wilkinson all scored for Sports yesterday. Mike Pollitt was again in goal for Wigan in the Premiership. The CSC Round 1 starts on Wednesday with Cheadle Town v Nantwich Town.


    "Gravesend & Northfleet have signed Peterborough United 'keeper Luke McShane on a month's loan to cover for the injured Craig Holloway... Also joining in the club is 23-year-old midfielder Ashley Sestanovich, who spent last season at Grimsby where he signed from Sheffield United. Sestanovich spent part of the 2003/04 season on loan at Scarborough and scored the winning goal against Port Vale in the FA Cup run that ended at home to Chelsea. While at Sheffield, Ashley was called up for the Grenadian World Cup Squad... [and] once played Thierry Henry's body double in a Nike advert in Rome!" reports the Gravesend website.

    Confguide says that "Sheffield United have allowed 20-year-old midfielder Adrian Harper to join Scarborough on a month long loan... after the Seadogs lost the use of Chris Hughes who is out for six weeks with an injury and Neil Bishop is banned".


    Jason van Blerk was booked for Runcorn, against whom Leroy Chambers scored yesterday. Chris Downey netted twice for Mossley. Anthony Hargreaves scored for Cammell Laird in their FA Cup win. Niell Hardy was on the mark for Curzon Ashton. Peter Wright scored for Chorley.


    The Lancit Lancashire League fixtures for September have been amended and are in the Reserves section. Alty now play at Lancaster on 20 September.
    20 August 2005


    Four goals from Dwaine Lynsey helped Alty to this win today; Griff Jones (pen), John Maloney and Kwame Barnett scored the other goals.


    Match report here.

  • Alty Line-Up
  • Alty Player Statistics

    Right: Steve Hawes, man of the match.

    Saturday 20th:

  • Altrincham 2 Forest Green R. 1
  • Cambridge U. 3 Accrington S. 1
  • Canvey Island 1 Gravesend & N. 2
  • Crawley T. 0 Hereford U. 2
  • Exeter C. 2 Morecambe 0
  • Grays A. 1 York C. 1
  • Halifax T. 1 Aldershot T. 1
  • Scarborough 1 Kidderminster H. 1
  • Southport 3 Stevenage B. 2
  • Tamworth 2 Dagenham & R. 1
  • Woking 2 Burton A. 2


    The Burscough website has a report on the Linnets' win on Wednesday night over "an Altrincham side who themselves looked above average for the Lancit Haulage Lancashire League...Burscough fielded five players with first team experience, and as such may have been expected to win... An important three points for Burscough, against an Altrincham side who were a credit to their club, referee Neil Shepherd could have left his cards at home, just a good competitive game". Alty included just one player with first-team experience, centre-back George Melling.


    Ian Senior's Sensports company has delivered fresh supplies to the Robins' Shop, including L and XL-sized away shirts.


    A Blackpool unofficial site has a curious item from a Seasiders' fan who "headed in to the murky world of Conference football! It was a bit of a barmy night, the game was at Altrincham's ground which is the nearest to my house, I had a free ticket and there were a few former Seasiders in action - despite all these reasons for attending the game, I'm sure some of you have already branded me a sad git!... The Accrington fans are complete loonies! They filled the away terrace with loads of huge flags (including one which said 'We've got Ian Craney Ha Ha' - a former Altrincham player) and that prompted the song from Alty fans 'You've got more flags than fans!. The game was actually held up after the Stanley fans through masses of streamers on to the pitch and during a minute's silence for a deceased Altrincham fan you had the farcical scene of the little 8 year old ball boys attempting to take the streamers off the playing surface. As there was so much of the stuff, the ball boys disappeared under the volume of it and you ended up with walking bails of streamers! I've never witnessed a minute's silence when there's been so much stifled laughter!". Kirk Hilton was Alty's non-playing ex-Blackpool player... The football was mightily entertaining but if you ever want to be reassured we're some way off Conference level, then go and watch a game for yourself. In the end, as is so often the case, an injustice was done when, having dominated the game, Altrincham fell for a late sucker punch and lost by one goal to nil".


    Grays Athletic say that "Steve West has left the club by mutual consent... and he is now free to sign for another club. Steve realised the likelihood of gaining regular first team football was reduced further with the arrival of Jamie Slabber".

    Accrington Stanley boss "John Coleman has signed goalkeeper Martin Fearon on non-contract terms to replace the injured Danny Alcock. 16 year old Martin... will take the first team squad number 18... Martin will travel down to Cambridge with the squad". But later the club reported that "goalkeeper Stuart Jones has left the club due to a recurring ankle injury. Jones started in both of our opening matches [incl. at Moss Lane] but has been playing with a strapping on and has also been experiencing considerable pain after each game. John Coleman has been quick to react however, signing a further two goalkeepers ... Bertrand Bossu joins us on a month's loan from Darlington. The 24 year old French goalkeeper came to England five years ago as a trainee with Barnet. He made 32 Conference appearances with Hayes before moving on to Gillingham and Torquay United... Also signed is 20 year old Paul Harrison, who was released by Liverpool... [after] working his way up to the bench in several Premiership matches last season".

    Shotsweb reports that Aldershot Town manager "Terry Brown has swooped to bolster his threadbare and injury ravaged side by adding a midfielder to the squad. Former Northampton and Kidderminster midfielder Bertrand Cozic has signed non contract ... The 27-year-old also had a short spell at Hereford United before the Cobblers took him". Also, "Former Brentford and Cambridge United defender Matt Somner has signed a one year contract with the Shots just weeks after joining Bristol Rovers on non contract terms. Despite being offered a contract by the Gas, the 22-year-old - who can also play in midfield - has decided to join Aldershot. Brown is also hoping to add at least one more player to the side" by Saturday.

    19 August 2005


    The BBCreports that "Altrincham have striker Rod Thornley available again after he travelled to Denmark with the England squad as his role as a masseur. But defender Karl Munroe misses out with a calf problem, Mark Maddox is suspended and Gary Talbot is a doubt. Forest Green defenders Abdou Sall and Jon Beswetherwick will both miss the game through suspension. Strikers Mark Beesley and Ian Foster have knee injuries with Beesley facing a long-term spell on the sidelines".


    As every game at Moss Lane is now being videoed, a copy can be made available to anyone who is interested in buying one. The cost is £10 plus p&p and this service should be especially useful for our supporters "exiled" away from the locality. Tapes should be available for dispatch within a few days of each game being played. To order, please contact Grahame Rowley either by phone on 07720-606897 or by e-mail.


    In today's NL Paper, Colin Little (right) talks about missed chances; "I'm just as guilty as the others. I missed a couple in the week... We were well beaten against Stevenage but I hit the bar against Accrington and I know I've got to put chances like that away. I never set myself a target, I just take goals as they come but I realise I'm not going to get as many chances this season as last". Of our next opponents, Forest Green Rovers, Colin said, "I'm sure when the league sorts itself out they'll be in the bottom half like us. Our aim this year is just to survive and to stay playing football at this level. We need to build as a team and as a club while wiping out the debt that we have. We don't want to have to throw money around to stay here. As long as we finish one place above the relegation zone, we'll be happy". In contrast FGR captain Jon Richardson said "Going full-time has been a big factor. Training five days a week allows you to work on fitness as well as tactics".

    Forest Green Rovers are the third of four successive opponents this season whom Altrincham have yet to beat (or, in Aldershot's case, play) in the Conference. Alty's two previous matches against FGR ended 1-1 in 1999-2000. On the Forest Green Forum the Club Secretary writes about player Matt Gadsby; "Matt's injury was the result of clash of heads and due to dizzy spells he was medically withdrawn at half time as a a precaution. He was attended by the Tamworth doctor who did not stitch the injury and was confident that the player would be able to play on Saturday with the right protection in place". A supporter adds, "The thing Gads brought last season and again this is height in midfield. With Paul Wanless as well, we now win a lot more first and second high balls in midfield and I think that is one of the reasons why we are able to play a bit further up the pitch. I guess Gosling or Rogers would replace him if necessary".


    Above: Another fine shot from Gavin Rathbone's GR Photos shows Gary Williams in action against his old club on Tuesday.

    In Friday's NL Paper, Stanley boss John Coleman admitted "Alty were unlucky to lose". Graham Heathcote added, "We certainly had enough opportunities to win the game but foootball can be cruel at this level. Hopefully, it will even itself out and we can nick a result like that. But if we play that well all season, I'll be delighted".


    Burscough report that they "beat the reserves of Conference side Altrincham 3-2 at Victoria Park. Burscough`s goalscorer was hat trick hero Gary McKevitt".


    The home game with Woodley Sports is now next Thursday (25th) at 6.15pm and not Tuesday at 6.30pm as originally announced.


    NL Daily says that "Kendal Town have announced the signing of Paul Sparrow from Lancaster City... despite an offer being made from Conference National side Southport". Last week Sparrow was quoted about the move to Southport, "It interests me very much, but I am not sure whether I am ready to make that sort of a commitment or whether I am willing to sit around and wait for an opportunity to break into the first-team".


    The Stockport Express reports on our Cheshire Senior Cup opponents. "The summer break has been a bit of a bumpy ride for Woodley Sports this year, but chairman Ian Campbell is raring to go... following a pre-season which has seen Tony Hancock resign as manager and Ally Pickering [ex-Alty] come in, the new Fieldturf Artificial pitch laid, some patchy form in friendly matches, and plans for off-field developments at Lambeth Grove gathering quite a pace",. The chairman said, "The new Fieldturf all-weather surface is starting to play really well now and I'm sure we'll start to reap the benefits soon. One of the main bonuses is that when everybody else's pitch is like a quagmire in the winter, we'll still be able to train and play on ours, it'll be in great condition throughout the year. We've also got new floodlights to be installed soon, new fencing, new railings around the ground and a new stand. These are exciting times at Woodley... I think we'll be okay... and Shaun Goodwin [ex-Alty] is sure to provide influence".

    Since taking over, Pickering snapped up Matty Taylor, Mario Daniel [ex-Alty] and Gavin Salmon [ex-Alty trialist] from one of his previous clubs, Mossley... Former Altrincham, Hyde United, Droylsden and Curzon Ashton forward Chris Young has joined from Flixton, youngsters Liam Horrocks and Aaron Ratchford have arrived from Bury and Crewe respectively, young midfielder Keiran Delaney joins from Hyde United having previously been with fellow Tameside outfits Curzon Ashton and Oldham Town, Chris Curley [ex-Alty Res.] had signed from Atherton LR, Liam Dickenson from Trafford, ex-Rochdale and Hyde midfielder Glyn Barker from Clitheroe and defender Steve Mallinson, another to have played under Pickering at Mossley, has been snapped up from Witton Albion".


    The BBC reports that "Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Danny Alcock is facing up to three months out of action after breaking his arm. The 21-year-old former Barnsley keeper, who was on the bench for Stanley's opening two games of the season, was injured in a reserve game".

    "Halifax Town have today confirmed the signing of ex Bradford City and Jamaica winger Jamie Lawrence" - once well known for his brightly coloured hair.

    Scarborough "will be missing their Captain Neil Bishop for 3 games following the failure of an appeal to the FA... Boro had sent documentary and video evidence to Soho Square to support the club's claims that Bishop had been harshly treated" when sent off.