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Steve Aspinall was signed in early July 2003 from Vauxhall Motors, where he had been during much of the previous two seasons. He is the son of John Aspinall, who played for Tranmere Rovers and Altrincham in the 1980s and managed Bangor City. Steve started his career at Poulton Victoria and, like his father, was also on Tranmere's books. He has also been at Runcorn, (whom he joined from Bamber Bridge in December 2001), Chorley, Winsford, Vauxhall Motors and Macclesfield Town. Though Steve originally played as a central midfielder for Alty, he performed so well at right-back when Gary Scott was injured, that he kept the position. Steve was the first-choice penalty-kick taker and also regularly took free-kicks and corners. Towards the end of 2004-05 an ankle injury sidelined him for several games and he underwent an operation on it in summer 2005. His comeback for 2005-06 was hindered by continuing ankle/foot problems and he did not start his first Conference game until Christmas 2005 but re-established himself afterwards as a regular starter either in central midfield or at right-back. In 2006-07 he started regularly at right-back. Steve was unable to retain ar regular place in 2007-08 and went on loan to Ashton United in early 2008 and was released at the end of the season. An often unsung player, Steve was nevertheless an integral part of the team which gained promotion and consolidated Alty's position back in the Conference. In 2008-09 he joined Colwyn Bay. Career appearances for Altrincham: 158+18, 20 goals (inc. 18 pens).
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Altrincham signed striker Jody Banim on a month's loan from Burton Albion on 27 January 2009. He was already well known at Moss Lane, having been based for several years in the North West and even having a brief spell as a trialist at Altrincham in 1997. He started out as a youngster with Manchester United and was a trainee at Old Trafford in 1995/96 season before being released and joining Trafford FC. A brief trial at Altrincham in 1997 followed but he moved on to Flixton in 1998. In 2001 he joined Radcliffe Borough where he made 125 appearances and scored a phenomenal 97 goals, netting in 14 successive matches in one spell.
In December 2003, his performances prompted a move for £20,000 to Shrewsbury Town who were in the Conference at that time. After 9+(8) games for the Shrews in their promotion season, he joined Accrington Stanley and Droylsden before arriving at Stalybridge Celtic in 2005. He rejoined Radcliffe in March 2006 on loan before rejoining Stalybridge and then Droylsden, again, in August 2007 for their promotion into the Conference. Last season at Droylsden he made 37(+4) appearances and scored 10 times. From February to April 2004 he was on loan at Torquay United where he made 3(+5) appearances without scoring. In May 2008 he joined Burton Albion. Jody made his Alty debut as a sub against York on 27 January, 2009. At the end of his loan spell he returned to Burton who soon released him. Jody rejoined Droylsden. Career appearances for Altrincham: 2+1, 1 goal.
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A tall right-back/midfielder, with a long throw, Richard joined Altrincham FC on 18 January 2008. A former Northwich Victoria player (from 2005), Richard had previously been at Radcliffe Borough. He made his Altrincham debut as a sub, the day after signing, at home to York City. His first goal was the winner against Forest Green Rovers on 11 March 2008. After making five starts in the first ten games of 2008-09, he was released, following the arrival of Shaun Densmore, on 26 September 2008. He then had brief spells at Radcliffe Borough and Stalybridge Celtic before joining New Mills in spring 2009.Career appearances for Altrincham: 9(+7), 1 goal.
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Winger, Lee Elam, joined Altrincham on 24 July 2008. He turned down a full-time deal at York City but opted, instead, to join Altrincham on a part-time basis to develop a career in coaching youngsters. He ended 2007-08 season at Exeter City. Bradford-born Lee started his career with Guiseley before moving to Southport in November 1998, then Morecambe (August 2002) and Halifax (May 2003). After a move to Yeovil he had a loan spell at Chester before heading south to join Hornchurch in Essex. Next, a brief spell at Morecambe led to his joining Morecambe in November 2004. He then went to Crawley and Weymouth before joining Exeter. In all, he made 240 starts and 43 sub appearances for the above-mentioned clubs, scoring 40 goals in the process. Lee made his Alty league debut as a used substitute on 9 August 2008 and, as he regained fitness, his performances briefly earned him a starting position. But after failing to keep a regular place he asked to leave and joined Northwich Victoria on 16 January 2009. Career appearances for Altrincham: 14(+13), 0 goals.
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Jordan signed for Alty on 23 January 2009 on a one-month loan and went into the squad for the game at Burton, the next day. He was born in Swinton and stands 5'9" tall. Jordan started out at Stockport County and made one Football League appearance for them in March 2005. After a successful first season at Macclesfield in 2006-07, during which he made 42 first-team appearances, he followed manager Paul Ince by going on loan to MK Dons, where he made 13 appearances. This season, back at Macclesfield, he had started 3 league games and made two sub appearances before arriving at Moss Lane. Jordan made his Alty debut as a late substitute at Burton on 24 January 2009. He returned to Macclesfield at the end of his loan in February 2009. Career appearances for Altrincham: 1(+3), 0 goals.
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After a prolific burst of scoring for the Reserves, Pat was signed up on Conference forms in October 2005. Pat graduated to the Reserves and first-team squad from local football with Fletcher Moss FC in south Manchester. He made his first-team debut as a sub at Burton Albion in October 2005 whilst continuing to score regularly for the Reserves, reaching 27 goals by as early as the start of February 2006. Pat signed NW Counties forms in February and played the odd game for Trafford whilst also continuing to be named as a substitute for Altrincham. In 2006 pre-season he also played several games on loan to Radcliffe Borough as well as playing for Altrincham. During 2006-07 he was an irregularly used substitute in the Conference and had another six-match loan spell at Radcliffe before being released at the end of the 2007-08 campaign. In 2008-09 he was playing for Vauxhall Motors but moved on to Ashton United in 2008-09 from where he signed non-contract forms with Alty to help them out in an injury crisis. Career appearances for Altrincham: 7(+33), 0 goals.
Picture courtesy of Gavin Rathbone Career appearances for Altrincham: 7(+33), 0 goals.
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Born in Plymouth, Alex started his professional career at Swindon Town in 1997. He moved to Bristol City for 1998-99 season but City loaned him to Forest Green Rovers in August 2000. He later signed for FGR (1 January 2001) following a month's loan at Yeovil Town. Dagenham & Redbridge bought him in 2003 and later loaned him to FGR whom he joined permanently in February 2004. He had three months with Leigh RMI at the start of 2004-05 and then went to Halifax Town in November 2004, until the end of July 2005 when he returned to FGR. In January 2007 he started a six month stay at Chester City before spending three months with York City (July-October 2007). He made 191 league appearances for FGR and netted 46 times. Alex made his Alty league debut, scoring at Woking on 9 August 2008 and, when selected, figured mostly on the right-wing. After a period on the sidelines, Alex went on a month's loan to Stalybridge Celtic at the end of January 2009. He returned from loan and was a used sub in the Cheshire Senior Cup Final win on 23 March but had his contract cancelled by mutual consent and joined Stalybridge Celtic. Career appearances for Altrincham: 11(+17), 3 goals.
Val joined Altrincham Reserves during 2004-05 having been out of the game after leaving Halifax Town in April 2004. He had joined the Shaymen, for whom he made 19 appearances and scored 2 goals, from Northwich Victoria on 4 December 2003. Val started his career at Hyde United after moving from local amateur football. In June 1998 he joined Northwich and later moved to Hednesford Town. After a brief loan spell at Southport, he joined the Vics again in October 2001 and was their captain at the start of the 2002-03 campaign. In autumn 2004 Val impressed in the Alty Reserves and made his first-team debut on 23 October 2004. He immediately established himself as a strong-tackling regular in central midfield, where he formed a formidable partnership with Eddie Hussin. Val scored some crucial goals in the 2004-05 promotion play-offs and also played impressively in 2005-06 but a foot injury sidelined him in April 2006, though he had recovered for pre-season in summer 2006. Val was suspended for three games in September 2006 and also missed games with injury in the latter part of the season. Likewise, his involvement in 2007-08 was interrupted by injury in October 2007 and he underwent an operation on his knee in February 2008. Val returned to action as a used substitute on 24 March 2008 but was again sidelined by injury for the run-in and the start of 2008-09 season. After a couple of games getting fit at Witton Albion, Val had recovered sufficiently to be named in the squad against Wrexham on 4 November 2008 but he opted to leave the club on 4 December 2008 to seek regular football elsewhere. He made just one cup appearance for Alty in 2008-09. Career appearances for Altrincham: 112(+5), 9 goals.
Altrincham took on Andy Ralph as their second goalkeeper in the last week of July, 2008, after he had played in some of the pre-season games. Manchester-born Andy started out as a trainee with Tranmere Rovers before being released in 2002. After trials with Chester City he joined Vauxhall Motors, where he broke his arm early in the campaign of 2002-03. However, Andy was the Motormen's keeper in their FA Cup win over QPR in November 2002 when his save in a penalty shoot-out was a vital factor in the outcome. He later joined Northwich Vics, from where he went on loan to Witton Albion in March 2005. After being briefly at Bangor City (summer 2005), Andy was with Marine for a couple of years or so until the summer of 2008. Though still relatively young, Andy has the experience and ability to compete with Stuart Coburn for the first-choice jersey. He made his league debut for Altrincham as a half-time substitute for the injured Stuart Coburn against Histon on 1 November 2008, having previously started two cup matches for the Robins and then made his BSP debut for Alty on 15 November 2008 at Forest Green.
After a series of steady performances, Ralph gave away again to Stuart Coburn. To keep match fit he briefly was loaned to Trafford in early 2009 but in February he emigrated with his job to Australia. Career appearances for Altrincham: 10(+1)..
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Winger Carlos Roca signed for Altrincham on 25 February 2008 from Stalybridge Celtic, a club he joined early in the 2007-08 season having previously been at Northwich Victoria from 2005, initially on loan. At Northwich he played 85 times and scored 11 times. Before that Carlos had a year or so each at Carlisle United and at Oldham Athletic, for whom he made 11 first-team appearances in 2004-05. He never started a game for Altrincham but made a number of appearances from the bench. In mid-June 2008 he joined FC United of Manchester. Career appearances for Altrincham: 0(+7)
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Gary made his debut for Altrincham on 3 October 2000 as a midfielder (v. Stalybridge). Born in Liverpool, he began his career at Tranmere Rovers but moved to Rotherham United on 7 August 1997. He then played for Marine and Leigh, who released him after he had made 9 Conference appearances. After two games in Alty's midfield, his first appearance for Altrincham at right-back was at home to Leek Town (10/10/00) and he opened his scoring account with two goals at Hyde (16//10/00). Gary played for the Unibond XI against the F.A. XI (22/11/00). Defensive experiments meant that he was an irregular rather than ever-present member of the team at the end of 2000-01 but he became a regular starter in 2001-02, either at right-back or in midfield, until injured in March 2002. He made a brief return at the very end of the 2001-02 season but re-established himself as the regular right-back for 2002-03 and 2003-04 till injury struck in late August 2003. On his return he played mostly in right midfield until a non-football facial injury sidelined him in February 2004 but he recovered to reclaim his place in April 2004. However, a knee injury sidelined him in September 2004 before he returned in October. In early 2005, Gary was playing in left-midfield or left-back but in late summer 2005 had a hernia operation. He then re-established himself in the team, initially on the left of midfield but more recently at right- or left-back before injury to his knee again sidelined him, in September 2006. After returning to action he was largely on the bench before regaining a place at right-back in February 2007 but injury limited his appearances and he had a further hernia operation in the summer of 2007 but was virtually back to fitness for the start of the 2007-08 campaign. Gary returned to the side at left-back in September 2007 but dould not regain a regular place despite his huge commitment to the club. He opted to seek first-team football elsewhere and joined Witton Albion for 2008-09. Career appearances for Altrincham: 265(+31), goals 9.
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Altrincham FC signed 6ft 1inch central-midfielder Jake Sedgemore on 3 July 2007, following his release on 16 May 2007 by Kidderminster Harriers, a club he had joined in January 2006. His career started at WBA but he went on loan to Hednesford in 1997 and then signed for the Pitmen, before moving to Hereford United in September 2001. He made just one start there before going to Northwich Vics where he spent two seasons and made 50+8 league starts before Shrewsbury Town signed him in July 2003. Two years later he moved to Bury after making 52(+14) appearances in the league for the Shrews. After 6 months at Gigg Lane (3+6 appearances in the league) he signed for Burton Albion on loan for three months, moving on to Kiddy in January 2006. Jake has also represented the British Universities' football team and is a self-employed architect, based in Wolverhampton, in his non-footballing life. He made his Robins' debut against Exeter City on 11 August 2007 and was a regular in central midfield until losing his place on the arrival of a clutch of loan players in the January 2008 transfer window. A back injury further limited his chances in February 2008. He was released at the end of the season and signed for Solihull Moors in June 2008. Career appearances for Altrincham: 24(+6), 3 goals.
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Paul Tierney is a left-sided defender/midfielder who joined Altrincham on 2 September 2008. Paul started at Manchester United and is an Eire under-21 International. Born in Salford, he joined Manchester United in July 1999 and made one first-team appearance in a League Cup match (2003), after turning professional in 2000. In all he had made 78(+14) league appearances north and south of the border before arriving at Moss Lane.
Paul has had loan spells at Crewe Alexandra (14 appearances), Colchester United (2 apps), and Bradford City (14 appearances). He joined Scottish club Livingston (25 appearances) in June 2005. He signed for Blackpool (10 appearances) in June 2006 and in July 2007 went to Stockport County in a six-month loan deal (16 appearances). He was released in May 2008 and by Blackpool. He previously played at Moss Lane for Manchester United against Alty (2003). Paul made his Alty debut as a sub at Histon on 2 September 2008 but was released on 26 September after making one start in the CSC and three sub appearances. Career appearances for Altrincham: 1(+3), 0 goals.
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Alty signed centre-back Darren Tinson in late May 2007, after he had spent the previous two seasons at Burton Albion. Darren had also previously played against Altrincham for Shrewsbury Town. He has played for several Cheshire clubs having been at Northwich Victoria before moving to Macclesfield Town for £10,000 in February 1996. He was part of the Macc side which gained promotion to the Football League and played 263 league, 29 cup and 5 other games for them, scoring 4 times in the process. He then moved on a free transfer to Shrewsbury Town where he made 90(+2) appearances in all competitions and again won promotion to the League before joining Burton Albion from 1 August 2005. He made 80(+2) appearances for the Brewers and made his Alty full debut on 11 August 2007 against Exeter City and was named Man of the Match. He became a consistent figure in central defence and captained the side. Darren was believed to be staying for another season at Moss Lane before he signed for Nantwich Town in the UniBond Premier on 5 June 2008. Career appearances for Altrincham: 51, 2 goals.
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Luke was signed on a month's loan from Tranmere Rovers on 13 October 2008. He joined Rovers on a one-year contract from Barnsley in July 2008 having been a regular in the Yorkshire club's reserves. He had made two first-team appearances for Tranmere before arriving at Moss Lane. Luke was a substitute in the Carling Cup at Grimsby Town and started a Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Accrington Stanley. Luke made his Alty debut in the Setanta Shield against Farsley Celtic on 13 October 2008 and his BSP debut as a late sub at Weymouth five days later. Following his loan, Luke returned to Prenton Park after playing in the CSC on 11 November 2008, having made three starts in cup competitions and one substitute appearance in the Blue Square Premier. Career appearances for Altrincham: 3(+1).