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Players & Staff who departed Altrincham in season 2011-12 or pre-season 2011


Formerly no. 19
  • Mark BEESLEY (d.o.b. 5 December 1980)

    Loan signing Mark Beesley joined Alty from Fleetwood Town on 26 November, 2010. His loan runs till 3 January, 2011.

    A striker, Mark Beesley started out with Preston North End where he made one first-team appearance before joining Chester City for more than three seasons, followed by a spell at Hereford United in late 2003. In 2004 he signed for Forest Green Rovers before going on loan to the Giant Axe where he played for Lancaster City before returning to FGR. From there, he was bought by Cambridge United but in summer 2010, he joined Fleetwood Town.

    Alty tried to get him on loan earlier in 2010-11 but the loan regulations got in the way at that time. In the interim he went on loan with York City in early October, but the arrangement was terminated by City's new boss, Gary Mills. He made his Alty debut as a sub at Cambridge on 27 November 2010. At the conclusion of his loan spell, Mark signed for Altrincham on 7 January 2010 but was released at the end of the season. He later joined his home-town club, Burscough. Altrincham appearances: 13(+10), 5 goals.


  • Formerly Ass't Manager
  • Stuart BIMSON (d.o.b. 29 September 1969)

    Stuart became Altrincham's assistant manager on 14 October 2010, having serving in an acting capacity for four weeks before that. Ken McKenna got to know Stuart when the current Alty manager joined Gary Brabin at Cambridge United as scout. Stuart was already on the coaching staff there.

    His playing career had started at Prescot Cables and Ellesmere Port before he joined Southport in 1989. From there he went to Macclesfield Town (1991) before spells with Bury, Lincoln City and Cambridge United (2003-05).

    In 2005 he played for Canvey Island and moved on to Chelmsford City when the Essex side were demoted. From 2006–2008 he managed Bedford Town before becoming first-team coach of Cambridge United. Financial cuts cut short his role at the Abbey, alongside manager Gary Brabin. After being a scout for Barrow during 2009-2010 season, he joined Altrincham (despite being based in Cambridge), and was appointed assistant manager. With manager Ken McKenna, he helped to get Altrincham to the brink of Conference National survival. But when Altrincham were relegated at the end of the 2010-11 season, Stuart left Moss Lane.

  • Ryan BROWN (born 15 March 1985 at Stoke-on-Trent)

    Ryan Brown left Altrincham following the New Year's Day game at Droylsden in 2012 and joined Stafford Rangers. He was signed by Altrincham on 16 February 2010 from Northwich Victoria as emergency cover till the end of the season following the serious injury to Matt Doughty earlier that month. Ryan had earlier been made available by Vics as he was one of their three full-time players who they needed to move of their payroll. Ryan joined Port Vale at the age of nine and went on to represent Staffordshire Boys. Ryan was also briefly with both Manchester United and City. He made his first-team debut for the Valiants in May 2003. After 38 league appearances he was released by manager Martin Foyle in May 2005.

    He went to Leek Town and, from there, to Northwich Victoria, in June 2006. He later signed a two-year contract extension in April 2008 but injury limited his appearances in 2009-10. Earlier in his career he suffered a major facial injury which included fractures of the eye socket, face and skull whilst playing for Vale against QPR.

    After a handful of appearances from the bench, Ryan established himself at left-back from March 2010 but in 10-11 pre-season featured mainly in midfield. Though a regular for much of the early part of the season, Ryan was mainly named on the bench after January, until regaining his place just before the end of the campaign. 2011-12 likewise saw him begin the season as a regular starter at left-back. Outside football, he works as an engineer in Stoke on Trent. Altrincham appearances: 62(+17), 1 goal.

  • Joe COLLISTER (d.o.b. 15 December 1991)

    Altrincham FC signed Wirral-born goalkeeper Joe Collister from Tamworth, on 27 January 2012, for an initial one-month loan period.

    A product of Tranmere Rovers' youth system, Joe made his League One debut as a substitute in September 2009 and made 14 appearance in all for his local club. He was released at the end of the 2010–11 season and joined Tamworth for the 2011-12 season. From there, he went to Barwell on loan in late September 2011 before making his Tamworth debut on New Year's Day, 2012. Joe had played at Moss Lane previously, having kept goal for a Tranmere Rovers XI against Altrincham in a pre-season game in 2010.

    Joe made an impressive start to his Alty career with a third-minute penalty save at Gainsborough on 28 January 2012 but his one-month loans was interrupted by two postponements. Altrincham appearances: 4. Image, altrinchamfc.com.

  • Anthony DANYLYK (d.o.b. 19 June 1982, at Stoke-on-Trent)

    Anthony asked to be released on 20 December 2011, despite having started every league game for Altrincham in the 2011-12 season, except one, for which he had been suspended.

    Anthony was captain of Leek Town before he joined Altrincham on 8 June 2008. He started his career at Stoke City before being released and signing for Stone Dominoes. He joined Leek Town in March 2002. Anthony made his Alty league debut as a used substitute on 9 August 2008 and soon made a good impression as a ball-winning central midfielder. Despite stepping up two rungs in the Pyramid, Anthony quickly made himself at home at Blue Square Premier level.

    The latter part of his 08-09 season was disrupted by two suspensions and injury. He then started 09-10 mainly as a sub but re-established his starting place in September 2009 and was a regular starter more or less for the rest of the season. In 10-11 he again varied between starting and being on the bench but unfortunately suffered a double forearm fracture in training on 12 April 2011, which ended his season prematurely. In 2011-12 he has been a regular starter and captained the side on a number of occasions.

    Outside football Anthony is a civil servant, employed by Job Centre Plus in Stoke on Trent. Altrincham appearances: 130(+21), 3 goals.


  • Formerly no.10
  • Chris DENHAM (d.o.b. 14 September 1982, in Manchester)

    Pacy and skilful former Droylsden forward Chris Denham (born 14.9.82) signed for Altrincham on 8 June 2008. He started his career at Prestwich Heys before enjoying a prolific season at another North Manchester club, Stand Athletic. During that season he also had a loan period at Bamber Bridge. In August 2002 Chris joined Stalybridge Celtic before signing for Radcliffe Borough in July 2003. By December of that year he had returned to the Bower Fold. He has likewise had two spells at Droylsden, whom he first joined in in June 2005 before rejoining in October 2005 after a brief at Ashton United in between. Chris made his Alty league debut on 9 August 2008 and was soon demonstrating his willingness to run at the opposition to create attacking opportunities for the team. An eye injury sustained at work as a tiler ruled him out from October 2008 and he was only cleared to resume training just before Christmas that year. He returned to action in January 2009 but went on a month's loan to Stalybridge Celtic in February 2009, to regain match fitness. On his return to Moss Lane in March 2009 he was sidelined by a groin injury picked up at Stalybridge. Chris's injuries meant that he started just one league game between mid-September 2008 and April 2009, when he came on as a substitute against Kidderminster Harriers. But with a regular run in 2009-10 he became Alty's top scorer as the side went into October's games, before injury again sidelined him briefly.

    2010-11 season was also blighted by injury, with Chris only fit to make two league starts between October and February before being diagnosed as needing an operation on his groin problem. He started only 13 games in 2010- and over three campaigns injury limited him to just 57 starts. Chris rejected the offer of new terms for 2011-12 and joined Chorley. Altrincham appearances: 57(+25), 19 goals.

  • Adam DODD (d.o.b. 14 May, 1993)

    Adam, a graduate of Blackpool's youth system, joined Altrincham on a month's loan from The Seasiders at the end of November 2011. He is a left-back or left-sided midfielder. He made his Alty debut as an impressive substitute, on the left wing, on 3 December at Halifax and started his first game, at left-back, on Boxing Day at home to Droylsden. He returned to Bloomfield Road after Altrincham's gane on 7 January 2012, in which he was a starter. Photo www.altrinchamfc.com. Altrincham appearances: 3(+2)


  • Formerly no. 30
  • Craig DOOTSON (d.o.b 23 May, 1979, in Preston)

    Signed on 21 January, Craig's previous club was Harrogate Town, from where he had been loaned to Fleetwood Town. He began his career at Deepdale, with his home-town club, Preston North End in 1998, and moved from there to Bamber Bridge before joining Leigh RMI. Injury curtailed his appearances at Hilton Park from where he joined Stalybridge Celtic in summer 2002. Three years later he went into the League with Bury but unfortunately lost his place after breaking his arm.

    Next, came a loan spell at Hinckley United in early 2006, before Bury released him. After this, three seasons were spent with Hyde United before a move to Alfreton Town for 2009-10, from where he moved to Fleetwood, in November 2009. Craig left Fleetwood after deciding to play part-time and he signed up for Harrogate Town but returned to Fleetwood on a three month loan which had just expired when he arrived at Moss Lane.

    After a debut in the Cheshire Senior Cup on 8 February, Craig started his first league game for Alty at Kidderminster, four days later, and saved a penalty in that game. He was released at the end of the 10-11 season and joined Kendal Town. Altrincham appearances: 14.

  • Adam FLYNN (d.o.b. 12 October, 1984, at Whiston, Merseyside)

    Altrincham FC agreed terms with Haydock-based central defender Adam Flynn early in June 2011. He had been the Southport captain when they were promoted back to the Conference national level in 2010 but his work commitments, as Head Coach at Liverpool FC's International Football Academies, conflicted with his availability to play for the Port and he was transfer listed in November 2010. Nevertheless, Adam went on to start 25 games for Southport in 2010-11.

    As a player, Adam graduated through the Liverpool Academy to Prescot Cables and Burscough, from where manager Liam Watson took him to Haig Avenue. His early season in 2011-12 was disrupted by suspension and injury. But, following the departures of Robbie Lawton and Anthony Danylyk, Adam took over the captaincy of the Altrincham side in December, 2011, before an ankle injury interrupted his season and, though named five times on the bench after that, he did not play again before being released on 8 March 2012. Altrincham appearances: 15.

  • Adrian HAWES (d.o.b. 23 November, 1987)

    Adrian Hawes is a 6ft 3inch central-defender, who arrived from Alfreton Town, initially on a month's loan, on 1 December 2011. This was further extended to 25 February 2012 but he returned to his parent club before Alty's game on 18 February 2012. His career first took him from Nottinghamshire club Heanor, via Hucknall Town (Feb. 2009) and trials with Motherwell and Dagenham & Redbridge (2009), to Eastwood Town (May, 2010). A loan at Frickley followed, before he signed for Alfreton in July of 2011. In 2010-11 he made 26(+1) appearances and scored six goals for Eastwood. He made his Alty debut on 3 December 2011, at Halifax. Appearances to June 2011: 0. Photo: www.altrinchamfc.com Altrincham appearances: 10, goals 1.


  • Formerly no. 14
  • Dale JOHNSON (d.o.b. 3 May 1985, at Ashton-under-Lyne)

    Dale originally signed for Altrincham on 6 June 2008 after finishing 2007-08 season in the Blue Square Premier on loan to Droylsden after a prolific spell at Hyde United. He spent three years at Hyde, after joining from Woodley Sports. A tall and mobile central striker, Dale is good in the air and holds the ball up well. After making his first start on the opening day of the 2008-09 season, Dale was an intermittent rather than regular starter until November when he got a run of games from the start and established himself in the first eleven. He began the 2009-10 season as a regular starter but suffered knee ligament damage in mid-September which was diagnosed in mid-October as a ruptured cruciate ligament. Dale sadly missed the rest of 09-10 season as a consequence but returned for the start of the 2010-11 pre-season. However, after six matches of the new campaign he was released on 1 September and re-joined Hyde FC.

    However, on 18 March 2011 he returned to Moss Lane from Ewen Fields, as Hyde attempted to reduce their wage bill. He scored four times in 7(+6) starts after his return but opted to leave at the end of the season, despite being offered new terms. He then re-joined Droylsden (July, 2011). Altrincham appearances: 54(+23), 10 goals.

  • Paul JONES (d.o.b. 3 June, 1978 in Liverpool)

    Centre-back Paul signed for Altrincham in 16 July 2011 after playing well in two pre-season games following his release by Barrow at the end of 2010-11 seson. He had made 87(+4) Conference appearances for the Bluebirds, where he was captain. He started out at Tranmere Rovers, from where he went on loan to Blackpool. His first spell at Barrow came in the 1997-98 season in the Unibond Premier League.

    Next, Paul joined Leigh RMI - then in the Conference - and moved on up to Division Two with Oldham Athletic for whom he played seventeen games in 1999-2000 season. Injury limited his appearances before he left Boundary Park in 2002.

    Paul rebuilt his career, firstly, with Hyde United, before re-joining Barrow AFC for 2006/07 season in Conference North, where he even had a spell as a temporary player-manager, alongside the Bluebirds' currewnt bosses Darren Sheridan and Dave Bayliss. In March 2011, Paul joined Droylsden on a short-term loan.

    After the club made an indifferent start to the 2011-12 season, Paul was released on 5 September 2011 and joined Vauxhall Motors. Altrincham appearances: 7.


  • Formerly no.4
  • Marc JOSEPH (d.o.b. 10 November 1976)

    Signed by Alty on 5 August 2010, Marc Joseph is a former Rotherham United defender, who impressed in 2010 pre-season, where he mostly figured on the left of the back-line. He is a former Antigua and Barbuda international who, before playing for The Millers, was with Blackpool, who released him in May 2007. Marc was a virtual ever present in the first half of the 10-11 season, until suspended for a sending-off at Tamworth in January, 2011. He was one of Alty's most consistent performers and scored several important goals but Marc opted to leave the club at the end of 2010-11 and subsequently signed for Kendal Town.

    Outside Altrincham FC, Marc is a football coach for Blackpool Council. Altrincham appearances: 44(+2), 5 goals

  • Robbie LAWTON (d.o.b. 14 June 1979, in Liverpool)

    Robbie is a tall, powerful and hardworking midfielder who occasionally also featured at right-back. He was signed in June 2006 from Vauxhall Motors, where he was the captain, and was also previously with Marine and Caernarfon Town. On arrival at Moss Lane, he immediately became a regular first-team starter, operating mostly on the right flank, before moving to centre-midfield during that initial season. Robbie first played as captain from mid-September 2006, a role he held more or less continuously from then till his departure.

    By profession, he is Head of PE and a psychology teacher on Merseyside and one of the physically fittest players in the squad as well as a great ambassador for the club. Robbie completed a full century of starts in under two seasons with Alty but a pelvic problem necessitated an operation in August 2009, which kept him out of the side. He returned in mid-October before suffering further injury, which disrupted his 2010-11 season. However, Robbie re-established himself as a regular starter well before the season ended.

    In 2011 pre-season he also proved his ability in the back-line of the defence as he looked forward to adding to his more than 200 appearances for Altrincham which, after Stuart Coburn, made him the club's longest-serving player. But, after being limited by injury and selection to nine appearances in the first 18 games of the season, Robbie decided to leave on 21 November 2011 following discussions with manager Lee Sinnott regarding his future. Off the field, Robbie was a great ambassador for the club and his "Captain's Log" articles in the matchday programme were a model of articulate and humorous writing about the ups and downs of a football club.

    Robbie had joined Marine by 25 November 2011. Altrincham appearances: 217(+14), 9 goals.

  • Mark LEES (d.o.b. 23.7.1988)

    Altrincham FC's fourth new signing of the close season, former Hyde defender Mark Lees, joined the club on 13 June 2011. Mark made his Tigers' debut in August 2009 and his previous clubs as a youth player included Mossley, Curzon Ashton and Stalybridge Celtic. He then joined New Mills, Buxton and Ashton United before arriving at Ewen Fields. A versatile player, Mark featured at left-back and in midfield in pre-season. Outside football, Mark is taking a second year course at Salford University in Sports Science; he also coaches in schools. Having started the season on the bench, Mark soon established himself as a versatile member of the back four, but latterly figured on the bench, which led him to opt for the hope of more regular starts at Stalybridge Celtic, for whom he signed on 17 March 2012. Altrincham ppearances: 24(+3), 1 goal.


  • Former Manager
  • Ken McKENNA

    Former Alty striker Ken McKenna became the acting manager on the departure of Graham Heathcote on 14 September 2010 and was confirmed in post on 14 October 2010. Ken had become Altrincham assistant manager on 9 July 2009, succeeding Graham Barrow, after a spell scouting for Cambridge United. Ken hit 56 goals in his 100 matches in the Conference for Altrincham (1990-92) before moving into management in Wales.

    His playing career began at Poulton Victoria before he joined Tranmere Rovers, where he made four Football League appearances. He joined Telford United in 1983 and fitted in a spell at Runcorn before rejoining Tranmere Rovers in 1987. Next he rejoined Telford United before arriving at Altrincham for 1990–91.

    After a spell with Barrow, Ken joined Conwy United and then Bangor City before signing for TNS in 1998 becoming player manager in 2000–01. Under his control, TNS were three times runners up in the Welsh Premier League before he won three successive league titles between 2004–05 and 2006–07. After gaining European experience with TNS, he left in 2008 and briefly managed Cammell Laird.

    Ken almost managed to keep Alty in the Conferemnce but failure to beat Eastbourne Borough on the final day of the 2010-11 season meant relegation. Ken opted to leave and was subsequently appointed assistant manager at Morecambe in League Two.

  • Astley MULHOLLAND (d.o.b. 19 January, 1988)

    Former Altrincham FC Youth striker, Astley Mulholland signed Conference North forms for the club in mid-August 2011, having been a leading player in Alty Youth's 2005-06 side. In 2010-11, season, he played for our neighbours Flixton in the NW Counties League, hitting more than 40 goals. This led to interest from league clubs including Carlisle United and Crewe Alexandra, as well as Kidderminster Harriers in the BSB Premier and an unnamed Belgian club. Earlier his non-League career had included spells at Abbey Hey and Ashton United.

    Astley featured throughout Alty's pre-season in 2011 but had previously encountered Alty boss Lee Sinnott at Leeds United's academy. He was named on the bench for every Altrincham game in season 2011-12 until he decided to leave for FC United of Manchester on 10 October 2011, just after he had scored his first goal of the season against Boston United. Altrincham appearances: 0(+9), 1 goal.

  • Josh OLLERENSHAW (d.o.b. 5 October, 1990, height 6ft 5ins)

    Josh, progressed through Oldham Athletic's centre of excellence and youth set-up before he received a professional contract at Boundary Park. He appeared for the Latics' reserves and was also on the first-team bench on a number of occasions. In October 2010 he had a loan spell at Mossley and, the previous season, he was on loan at Vodkat League club, Silsden. Josh featured in Alty's pre-season and signed for the club in early August 2011. But he did not make any first-team appearances before moving on to Curzon Ashton in September 2011.

  • Jack REDSHAW (d.o.b. 20 November 1990, height 5ft 6ins)

    Altrincham FC signed speedy and skilful striker Jack Redshaw from Salford City on 13 October 2011. Jack's football career began with Manchester City, whom he joined at the age of nine before receiving his first contract at the age of 18. He turned out for Manchester City's first team against the United Arab Emirates in a friendly in November 2009 in Abu Dhabi.

    After trials with Blackpool, he joined Rochdale, for whom he made a first-team debut as a used substitute in League One in August 2010. But in January 2011, he left Spotland by mutual agreement as his first-team appearances were limited to two games.

    Jack signed for Salford City in March, 2011, and scored almost as many goals as he made appearances for the rest of the season. He made his Alty debut as a used sub against Vauxhall Motors on 15 October 2011 and soon started scoring, bagging four goals in his first 8 appearances. Jack made such an impression at Alty that Morecambe came in and signed him on 22 January 2012. However, on 26 January it was agreed hat Jack would return to Moss Lane for a one-month loan. After 3(+1) more games and a further goal, Jack finally left for the Shrimps after the fixture on 25 February 2012. Altrincham appearances: 14(+5), 9 goals. Photo: www.altrinchamfc.com


  • Formerly no.2
  • James SMITH (d.o.b. 17 October 1985, in Liverpool)

    James, a former Stockport County defender, joined Altrincham on 7 November, 2008 after a brief spell with Vauxhall Motors. He had previously played a trial match for Altrincham in the abandoned friendly against Wrexham in September 2008. He made his full debut against Stalybridge Celtic in the Cheshire Senior Cup on 11 November 2008. James started his career at Liverpool where he made his first-team debut inthe Carling Cup in 2006. Three months of 2007 were spent on loan with Scottish club, Ross County. He joined Stockport in August, 2007 and played in their Wembley League Two play-off win. After an assured debut for Altrincham against Stalybridge in the Cheshire Senior Cup (11 November 2008), James made his BSP debut in the win at Forest Green Rovers, four days later, and soon established himself as a regular on the right side of the back line until suspended for three games near the end of the season. He was extremely consistent in 2009-10 but suffered a three-match man based on YouTube video evidence of an FA Cup game against Mansfield Town and then missed some games with ligament damage. Not the tallest of central defenders James is nevertheless extremely good in the air. Injury and suspensions curtailed his appearances in March and April.

    A regular Man of the Match, James's season was disrupted by a badly cut knee and then a hamstring problem in November, followed by suspension in February. James, who is a taxi driver in his non-football life, sometimes captained the side in the absence of Robbie Lawton and Stuart Coburn. He elected to move on at the end of 2010-11 season and joined reprieved Southport back in the Conference national division. Altrincham appearances: 67(+1), 0 goals.

  • Brian SUMMERSKILL (d.o.b. 10 September, 1991 in Liverpool)

    Altrincham FC signed midfielder Brian Summerskill from Northwich Victoria on 17 June 2011. Brian had played for the Vics in their CSC final game against Alty the previous season. Brian joined Northwich in November, 2010, from Wrexham, where he had been a regular in the reserves. He made 16(+4) appearances for the Vics and was previously on the books of Crewe Alexandra and TNS. As a youngster, he was Kirkby Schoolboys’ Player of the Season. After making just one start and seven substitute appearances for Altrincham, Brian went on loan to Nantwich Town for 28 days from 4 November 2011, a spell which was extended until he returned to the Altrincham squad on New Year's Day, 2012. However, after making just one more appearance from the bench, Brian was released on 2 February 2012. Altrincham appearances: 1(+8), 0 goals.

  • Liam TOMSETT (d.o.b. 27 October, 1992)

    Altrincham FC signed Liam on a one-month loan from Blackpool on 21 December 2011 and he returned to Bloomfield Road at the end of that period. He is a central midfielder who, after six years at Bloomfield Road, signed with Blackpool's youth department in May, 2009. Liam made his first-team debut for the Seasiders in the third round of the 2010–11 FA Cup in January, 2011 and signed a professional contract in the summer. He was allocated Charlie Adam's former no.26 shirt at Blackpool. Liam made his Alty debut at home to Droylsden on Boxing Day, 2011. Photo www.altrinchamfc.com. Altrincham appearances: 5.

  • Rob WILLIAMS (d.o.b. 6 July 1987, at Blackpool, height: 6ft 5ins)

    Centre-back Rob rejoined Altrincham, initially on a one-month loan, from AFC Telford on 6 September, 2011. The loan developed into a 93-day period at Alty, expiring in December 2011. He had left Moss Lane in summer 2011 after two seasons as a virtual ever-present in the Altrincham team. His move to Telford was marred by a pre-season injury which prevented him starting a Conference game for them before his return to Moss Lane.

    He originally signed for Altrincham on 28 July 2009, having started out at the Lytham Football Academy and played for Blackpool Wren Rovers as well as Lancashire Colleges' under-18 team. He was also an England Colleges' under-18s trialist before he joined Welsh club TNS's scholarship programme in 2005. In 2006, he became a regular member of their first team squad.

    Robbie moved to Welsh Premiership side Newtown AFC on loan in November 2006 and made 11 league starts for them before re-joining TNS in February 2007. He was in the TNS squad for the UEFA Champions League in both 2006/7 and 2007/8 and gained a Welsh FA Cup winner's medal and a Welsh Premier championship medal for the 2006/7 season. He signed full time for The New Saints in May 2007 and re-signed for them for the 2008/9 season. Between November and December 2008, he played 9 games on loan at another Welsh Premier club Caersws, before returning to TNS in January 2009 In the Welsh Premier he made a total of 34 (+10) appearances and scored twice.

    Robbie made his Conference debut as a sub on the opening day of the 2009-10 season against Ebbsfleet United and soon established himself as a regular starter. He won the first of his 3 Wales Under-23 semi-pro caps in March 2010 when he scored against Portugal and he has also played against England and Poland. Appearances for Altrincham: 106(+8), 9 goals.



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