Players who departed Altrincham in 2007 pre-season or in season 2007-08.

  • Peter BAND (d.o.b. 18 December 1973)

    Peter signed from Hyde United for a small fee in July 2002. He had joined Hyde United, where he became captain, from Bollington Athletic in July 1998 and was used as a striker. He made his league debut in the fourth game of the 2002-03 season when he appeared in central midfield and scored a goal. Peter soon established himself in the first team and played well in various positions, occupying every outfield role except left-back. He is a whole-hearted player wherever he plays but is probably at his best in central defence. Peter became captain when Mark Maddox was suspended in August 2004 and retained this role even after Mark's return, when he moved into midfield. He left Moss Lane for Northwich Victoria on 3 December 2004 but returned in 2005 close season. In 2005-06 he generally played at centre-back with occasional appearances in central midfield and was Alty's most consistent player in the first half of the campaign. In Spring 2006 he was deployed in several games as a striker/ target man. In 2006-07 a series of injuries limited his appearances and when he returned to fitness the form of Munroe and Rose at centre-back meant he was deployed in midfield or even up front before an injury to Stephen Rose allowed him to reclaim his centre-back berth. Following Alty's relegation in 2007, Peter opted to leave Altrincham again and he rejoined Hyde United in May of that year. Appearances for Alty: 206(+3), goals 19.

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  • Matthew BERKELEY (d.o.b. Manchester, 3 August 1987)

    Matthew Berkeley signed for Alty in early August 2007 after scoring three times in pre-season games. He had started out as a junior at South Manchester club, Fletcher Moss and was ateam-mate of Alty's Cavell Coo, whom he preceded in moving to Crewe Alexandra. After leaving Crewe, he was at Scotish club Gretna but they released him in summer 2007 after he had spent some of last season on loan at Conference North club Workington, appearing nine times for the Reds. He ensured that he would be hugely popular at Moss Lane before he even played a competitive game by hitting a hat-trick against the old foe, Northwich Victoria in 2006 and he even added a fouth goal in the return fixture. Matthew had joined Gretna on 3 October 2003 and made 1(+14) league appearances for them, scoring twice. He also played a Scottish Cup match for them and scored and is an under-20 international for St Kitts and Nevis. Matt made his BSP debut as a sub against Exeter City on 11 August 2007 but after one more sub appearance went away with the St Kitts and Nevis under-23s before returning Soon afterwards, he left and signed for Workington in BS North. Appearances for Alty: 0(+3), goals 0.

  • Justin BOWLER (d.o.b. 26 June 1986)

    A very fast wingman, Justin signed for Alty on 1 July 2006 after being released by Halifax Town. He had joined the Shaymen in August 2005 from Leeds United, where he had been a trainee. He went on to make 5 Conference starts and 13 sub appearances for Halifax, two of which were as a sub against Alty. He also played in 2 FA Cup and 2 FA Trophy games for the Yorkshire club but was injured for part of the season. Justin made his Alty debut in a friendly at Woodley Sports on 1 July 2006 but picked up an injury later in pre-season, which forced him to miss the start of the Conference season. He can play on either flank but injury and illness limited his availability in early 06/07> However, even when he regained fitness he failed to break into the first team and he was released. Appearances for Alty: 1(+7) 0 goals.

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  • Stephen BUSHELL (d.o.b. 28 December 1972, height 5ft 9in, weight 11st 6lbs)

    A tenacious central midfielder, Steve signed for Alty on 1 July 2006, having been released by Halifax Town, where he had been captain. However in 2005-06 Steve, had a loan spell at Alty from Halifax Town, starting on 24 November 2005. He made his impressive debut two days later against Tamworth. A central midfielder, Steve's loan came as he was recovering from a broken leg, suffered in April 2005. A Mancunian, his previous clubs include York City from February 1991 to June 1998. He then joined Blackpool for three years before, in August 2001, he signed for Stalybridge Celtic (then in the Conference) where he played alongside Ged Murphy, who coincidentally signed for Alty a few weeks before him. Steve joined Halifax Town in November, 2001. His previous appearances on joining Alty in 2005-06 were:

  • York City. League 157+18, 10 goals; FA Cup 5; League Cup 8+1, 2 goals, Other games 11+2, 1 goal.
  • Blackpool: League: 64+14, 6 goals; FA Cup: 5+1, League Cup 8, Other games 3+1
  • Stalybridge Celtic: League 16+2, 1 goal, FA Cup 1.
  • Halifax Town: League 120+1, 6 goals; FA Cup 3. Other games 5.

    In the absence of Eddie Hussin, Steve captained the side for 2006-07 but injuries restricted his appearances and level of perfromance during the season. Steve surprisngly rejoined Halifax on a full-time basis in the close season of 2007. Appearances for Alty : 43(+1), 1 goal.. .

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  • Tom CAHILL (d.o.b. 1986/87)

    Tom was signed on a one-month's loan from Rotherham United, starting on 1 January 2008. A former Euxton Villa (Chorley) player, Tom also had a spell at Matlock Town whilst studying Law at Sheffield University, before the Millers signed him in summer 2007 on a two-year deal. A knee operation in pre-season was a set-back to Tom making his first-team breakthrough. Tom made his Alty debut at Northwich on New Year's Day, 2008, but an injury interrupted his spell at Moss Lane. He returned to action in February 2008. After 6(+5) appearances, in which he scored once, Tom was recalled to Rotherham on 12 March 2008.

  • Lewis CHALMERS (d.o.b. 4 February 1986)

    Lewis is a young midfielder who, as well as possessing a good touch, is strong in the air and has a prodigious long-throw. He made his youth team debut in the last match of 2002/03 season and went on to captain that side on occasions. After being a regular for the Reserves in 2004-05, Lewis was an unused sub in the FA Trophy match at Gainsborough on 27 November 2004 and made his full debut on 28 March 2005 against Hinckley. By the end of 2004-05 he had become a regular member of the first-team squad. Lewis injured his ankle in mid-September 2005 at Woodley Sports but returned to fitness and started several games in the Conference in 2005-06. Lewis is also a useful centre-back where his heading is a great asset, as it is at set pieces. From early 2006 he figured mainly as a substitute before establishing himself as a regular starter when Val Owen was suspended in September. Lewis was rewarded with a call-up to the National Game XI squad in November 2006. He left Altrincham for a full-time contract at Aldershot Town on 26 June 2007. Altrincham career appearances: 63(+33), 6 goals.

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  • Sean CLANCY (d.o.b 16.9.1987, Liverpool)

    A left-back who played for Southport last season, Sean signed for Alty at the end of August 2007. He had previously turned out for Alty Reserves. Before Southport, he played for Blackpool (1 start + 1 Sub. appearance) and Burscough. He played 11 times for Southport (6+5) in 2006-07 and in the fortnight before joining Alty, he turned out for Bury and Shrewsbury Reserves. He made his Altrincham debut as a substitute at York on 4 September 2007 but was released on 27 September 2007, five days after his only start for the Robins, against Droylsden. Sean then joined Burscough. Altrincham career appearances: 1(+4), 0 goals

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  • Cavell COO (d.o.b. 7 August 1987, height 5ft 9ins, weight 11st 3lbs)

    Manchester-born Cavell Coo joined Alty in early August 2007 after his release by Crewe Alexandra. Cavell is a left-back or midfielder. He made one substitute league appearance for Crewe, against Blackpool, in March 2007. Whilst at Crewe, Cavell also had a loan spell with Woodley Sports. In his youth Cavell was at Fletcher Moss Junior FC in South Manchester where he was coached by Alty's former Reserves' boss, Neil Brown. After four games of the season, he opted to leave for regular football at Witton Albion in late August, 2007. His Altrincham career totalled just 23 minutes of competitive football. Altrincham career appearances: 0(+1)

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  • James DEAN

    A tall striker, James (22) was signed on a month's loan from Bury on 11 October 2007. He had made 3(+1) league and 1 league cup appearance for Bury in 2007-08. In 2006-07 he played against Altrincham for Northwich Victoria after joining them from Clitheroe. As well as having footballing ability, James has also been a kick-boxing champion. He made his Alty debut on 13 October 2007 at Salisbury City and scored a superb 30-yard goal in that game. Bury did not release James to play in the FA Cup for Altrincham so he made just three starts. Bury then loaned him out to Stalybridge Celtic. Altrincham career appearances: 3, 1 goal.

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  • James JENNINGS (d.o.b. 2 .9.1987 height 5ft 10ins, weight 12st 2lbs)

    Left-back James Jennings had made 5 starts and 7 sub appearances for Macclesfield Town before arriving at Altrincham from the Silkmen on a 93-day loan, effective from 1 January 2008 to 2 April 2008. Prior to that had made a single first-team appearance for Macclesfield in 2007/08 as a used substitute. James is a product of the Manchester City academy and spent 7 years at City but was released the age of 15 and joined Macclesfield's Centre of Excellence. He graduated through their under 16s' team and then became an apprentice at the club. Manager Brian Horton signed him on contract at Macc for the start of the 2006/07 season. His career started at Reddish Vulcans (Stockport) James made his Alty debut at Northwich on New Year's Day, 2008 and soon impressed, with a good ability to cross the ball as well as to defend. He was an ever-present for 10 games until he was suspended for a match in late February and before he could play again, Macclesfield sacked their manager and new boss Keith Alexander recalled James to the Moss Rose.

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  • Carlos LOGAN (d.o.b. 7 November 1985, height 5ft 10ins weight 12st 6lbs)

    Carlos Logan is a speedy wide-left player, who is willing to take on defenders. He is the brother of Manchester City's Shaleum Logan (currently on loan at Scunthorpe). Following his release by Darlington, Carlos signed for Alty at the end of August 2007. His career started as a trainee at Manchester City before having a loan spell with Chesterfield (2004-05, 6+3 appearances). Next came a free transfer to Darlington in August 2005 (2005-07, 27+15 appearances) from where he went on loan to Bradford City (2006-07, 3+1 appearances). Carlos went off injured after just under an hour of his Alty debut at home to Aldershot Town on 1st September 2007 but recovered in time for the next game. After failing to establish himself as a regular starter, Carlos went to play for an Irish club just before the Droylsden game on 12 February 2008. Altrincham career appearances: 13, 2 goals.

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  • Karl MUNROE (d.o.b. 23.9.1979)

    Karl signed for Alty on 24 July 2005 after pre-season trials. He was with Oldham Athletic as a schoolboy and also played for Manchester Boys alongside Wes Brown. He then joined Swansea City as a YTS trainee and made one appearance for the first team. In 1999 he left on a free transfer for a brief spell at Haverfordwest. After a trial with Brighton, he signed for Macclesfield in summer 1999 and played in central midfield. Karl spent much of 2004-05 at Halifax Town but in March 2005 he moved to Northwich Vics, having been sidelined at The Shay by injury. Six-footer Karl, who hails from Cheetham Hill, made his Alty debut as a sub at right back in a friendly against Morton on 16 July 2005 but he has since also played at centre-back. Injured in the opening game of the season, Karl returned to action in mid-September 2005 but was sent off at Burton and suspended in November 2005. He suffered an ankle injury in December which sidelined him for several months but returned to action in the Spring though not as a regular starter. However, injuries to Band and Talbot allowed him a run as a starter at centre-back in September 2006, a chance which he took very well to become a regular starter for the rest of the season. Suspension in September 2007 meant he lost his place to loanee Ryan Shotton and after a handful of further appearances, he was released on 14 January 2008. Appearances to June 2007: 71+15, 2 goals.

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  • Colin POTTS (d.o.b. 26 February 1978)

    Colin is a skilful right-sided wing-man whose former clubs include Rochdale, Morecambe, Chorley and Bamber Bridge. Before joining Alty he was also at Lancaster City (from Nov. 2000) before moving to Stalybridge in May 2003 and then on to Northwich Victoria in November 2003. In February 2004 he returned to Stalybridge for 3,000. After spending the summer training with Southport, Colin rejoined the Vics in early August 2004, but almost immediately made his Alty debut in a friendly against Blackburn Rovers on 6 August before signing for the Robins four days later. He made a strong, early impression at Moss Lane and established himself in the team on the right flank from where his crosses laid on several goals. Injury often limited his appearances in 2005-06 to less than ninety minutes a game and he underwent a double hernia operation in July 2006. Colin, who runs a carpet business in Preston when not playing football, went on loan to Burscough in early September 2006 to regain match fitness, having played part of a Reserves' game for Altrincham the previous week as the first stage in his rehabilitation. After three games for Burscough, Colin played his first 90 minutes of the Conference season against Woking on 16 September 2006. However, doubts about his fitness led to his playing a game on loan to Chorley in late 2006 before he elected to seek regular football elsewhere as manager Graham Heathcote could not guarantee him regular football, having made just seven starts and four appearances from the bench in 2006-07. Colin left to get regular football and joined Barrow, after his departure from Alty had been announced on 11 December 2006.

    But Colin returned to Moss Lane for pre-season trials in 2007 and after working hard to regain fitness, he was re-signed on 30 July 2007. However, a knee injury kept him out of the team in November 2007. After 13 sub appearances in the BSP and one cup start, Colin was released on 20 December 2007. Altrincham career appearances: 82(+38), 13 goals..

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  • Stephen ROSE (d.o.b. 23 November 1980)

    Stephen was a junior with Manchester United before having a loan spell at Bournemouth. He then progressed via Bristol Rovers to Chester City, for whom he played in the Conference in 2001-02, before being released in May, 2002 and joining Alty. Stephen made his UniBond debut on 17 August 2002 and established himself as a virtual ever-present starter. He is a versatile player who has appeared at centre-back, full-back and, in 2003-04, regularly in central midfield for Altrincham. In 2004-05 he played at left-back as well as in left- and central-midfield before breaking his leg at Worcester on 30 October 2004. Stephen returned to action in 2005-06 pre-season and started in the Conference at right-back but injured an ankle on a buried sprinkler on the pitch at Crewe Alexandra in November. He recovered to figure chiefly as a reliable substitute in 2005-06 but took his chance back in the first team when Gary Talbot and Peter Band were injured in September 2006 and forged a good partnership with Karl Munroe at centre-back until he lost his place through injury. He returned to the side intermittently for the rest of the 2006-07 campaign. Stephen started 07-08 on the bench and injury then limited his appearances to just one start and one substitute appearance before he was released on 24 October 2007. Altrincham career appearances - 151 (+17), 1 goal.

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  • Russell SAUNDERS (d.o.b. 3rd January 1989, Bury, height 6ft 2ins)

    Russell was an emergency loan signing from Wigan Athletic on 21 September 2007 following injuries to Stuart Coburn and Richard Acton. According to the Wigan website, Russell is a "highly promising young keeper who impressed sufficiently during his two years as a scholar to be offered professional terms in the summer". Russell's debut on 22 September against Droylsden was eventful; his first action was to face a penalty after 9 minutes and then he was stretchered off after 60 minutes after pulling a muscle, putting him out for 6 to 8 weeks. As a result of his only being on a month's loan, that was the end of his Altrincham career. Altrincham career appearances: 1

  • Andy SCOTT (d.o.b. 27 June 1975)

    Andy Scott signed in late January 2007 after he played a trial game at left-back for Altrincham Reserves on 24th January. However, he can play in a variety of other positions including centre-back and in midfield. Andy had been at Kidsgrove Athletic since the start of the 2006-07 season but, before that, he had played for a variety of clubs against Altrincham in the past, including Leigh RMI, Stalybridge Celtic (from 1999), Southport (from January 2002), and Lancaster City (from June 2003) - the last three clubs all being under the management of Phil Wilson. A former youth international, Andy had spells with Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City and Rochdale as a youngster. He made his debut on 27 January 2007 at home to Kidderminster and was to be part of the squad had the relegation to Blue Square North come about but he was released after Alty's reprieve had been announced. He joined Hyde United and then went to Radcliffe Borough on loan. Career appearances for Alty: 6 (+1), 0 goals.

  • Dalton STEELE (Assistant Manager)

    Dalton Steele was Altrincham's assistant manager until December 2007. He was originally appointed to this role on 23/10/02 when he moved to Moss Lane from his job as the Flixton FC manager. He resigned on 29/11/03 but returned to the job in mid-May 2004. Dalton has extensive knowledge of local football having also previously managed Winsford United, Chorley and Droylsden. Outside football, Dalton works as a Health and Safety expert. However, Dalton resigned his post in December 2007.

  • Gary TALBOT (d.o.b. 6 October 1970)

    Gary Talbot originally signed for Alty towards the end of the 1998/99 season from Winsford United. He is a commanding centre-back and a prodigious header of the ball, who is also a threat to opponents' goals at corners and free-kicks. His former clubs include Rhyl, Barnton, Wilmslow Albion and Witton Albion. He was sold by Alty to Northwich for a fee of 2,500 on 25 January, 2001 in the wake of Alty's financial rescue package, announced that week. He became the Vics' captain but was released and re-joined Altrincham for the 2002-03 season when he was a regular first-teamer and occasional captain. He played consistently well for Alty once again in 2004-05 and captained the side on several occasions. A foot injury caused him to miss several games in the 2005-06 season but he returned to regular action in January 2006 after a three-month lay-off only to suffer a calf injury in September 2006. To regain fitness Gary was loaned to Kidsgrove Athletic (January 2007) but after taking part in the closing games of the season for Altrincham, Gary was released when it became clear that we would not be relegated at the end of the 2006-07 season. Gary then briefly joined Leek Town in the UniBond Premier division during the summer of 2007 before retiring from the game.Career appearances: 263(+18), goals 19.

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  • Rod THORNLEY (d.o.b. 2 April 1977)
    Rod was signed from Congleton Town before his official debut against Droylsden on 17 March, 2001. He had been top scorer for the NWCL side. Before signing at Altrincham, he had played two games for the club, a friendly against Doncaster and a reserve game against Ashton, in which he scored.

    Rod's brother, Ben, played for Manchester United, Aberdeen and Blackpool, whilst Rod himself works for United and for the England national side as a masseur, a role which sometimes obliged him to miss Altrincham games.

    His other former clubs include Warrington Town, Doncaster Rovers and Salford City. Rod re-signed for Alty for 2001-2 and went on to hit 20 goals in his first 20 games, ending the season with 31 goals. He is a speedy and hard-working front-man with good ball-control. He was also the side's penalty-taker and became team captain for 2002-03 season. Although he missed quite a few games through injury and had to have an operation in December 2002, he still finished the season as top-scorer. He missed much of pre-season 0f 03-04 due to his work commitments and, though hampered by a knee problem, played on till succumbing to another operation in December, 2003. After a brief return, Rod had a further knee operation in April, 2004. He started the comeback trail with reserve team appearances in September, 2004 and came on as a first-team substitute in October, 2004 and was starting games again by January, 2005.

    In 2005-06 he initially struggled to regain full fitness and played only an intermittent role in the Conference until Christmas, 2005. Indeed in 2005, he briefly went on loan at Radcliffe Borough but came back and re-established himself as a fairly regular starter for Alty alongside Colin Little. In early 2006-07 he was initially on the bench but then started games after Colin Little was injured before reverting to a role which varied between being a substitute and a starter. He often appeared on the left flank in 2006-07 rather than up front. After figuring once as a substitute in 2007-08, Rod left Altrincham after five matches of the season, at the end of August 2007 and joined Witton Albion.

    In addition to his contribution as a player Rod did a lot for the club in fundraising, utilizing his contacts with the stars of Manchester United and England to the benefit of Altrincham. Altrincham career appearances: 183+43, 79 goals .

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  • Gareth WHALLEY (d.o.b. 19 December 1973, Manchester, height 5ft 10ins, weight 11st 8lbs)

    Gareth Whalley, a left-footed midfielder, signed for Altrincham on 2 August 2007 after he had been released by Swindon Town at the end of last season. Before that he had spent two years at the Wiltshire club. He made 28 starts for Swindon whom he joined from Wigan Athletic on a free transfer after making 7(+1) league appearances in the Latics' promotion year to the Premiership. Prior to that he had two years at Cardiff City, making 33(+8) league appearances. In July 1998 he had moved from Crewe, where he had spent six years, to Bradford City in the Premier League for 600,000 and made 116(+17) appearances for the Bantams, before returning to Crewe on loan for a month in 2002 prior to his move to Cardiff. In all he has 341(+20) league appearances to his name. Gareth has been picked for the Republic of Ireland full squad on a number of occasions but has yet to win a cap.

    At Swindon he suffered a series of injuries culminating in an ankle problem before the start of the 2006/07 campaign. Swindon were promoted last season but Whalley was released. He was loaned to Halifax Town towards the end of 06/07 season and then, after his release by Swindon, he had trials with Bury in summer 2007. Gareth has turned semi-pro as he sets up a property business to run alongside his footballing commitments at Altrincham. He made his Alty debut against Exeter City on 11 August 2007 but was sidelined by injury in September and recurrent injuries and illness limited him to just 10 starts and 6 sub appearances before he was released at the end of December 2007. Altrincham career appearances: 10+6. .