DEPARTED PLAYERS 2014-15

Players & Staff who departed Altrincham in season 2014-15
or in pre-season 2014

Matt DOUGHTY (d.o.b. 2 November, 1981, in Warrington)

A left-back, Matt first joined Alty from Halifax Town in mid-June 2008, having been with the Shaymen since July 2004, a club he had joined from Rochdale. He had previously also played for Chester City, for whom he signed professionally when just 16. Matt was a regular for Chester for two seasons (1999-2001) making 53(+17) League/Conference appearances for them.

In 2001, he had moved to Rochdale and had a trial with Southampton but a broken leg halted the prospects of a move to Hampshire. At Rochdale he made 93(+12) appearances in the League. Another broken leg sadly hampered the 5ft 8inch defender's career at The Shay but he still managed 119(+12) league appearances for the club.

Matt made his Alty league debut on 9 August 2008 and he became one of the team's most consistent players, as well as its penalty taker, but he sadly suffered cruciate ligament damage against Salisbury City in February 2010. This injury effectively ended his initial spell at Moss Lane. After leaving Altrincham, Matt joined Witton Albion before moving on, in March 2011, to Hyde.

In 2012/13, Matt played regularly at left-back, as well as making some appearances on the left side of midfield, where his crossing ability was beneficial to the side. In 2013-14 Matt figured in most of the first 17 league games but, thereafter, made only sporadic appearances. A knee injury curtailed his involvement and for the same reason he elected to leave the club at the end of the 2013-14 season. He later enjoyed an FA Cup run (2014-15) wuith Warrington Town. Altrincham appearances: 137 (+18), 6 goals.


Formerly no. 15
Anthony GRIFFITH (d.o.b. 28 october, 1986 in Huddersfield)

On 17 July 2015, Altrincham boss Lee Sinnott signed Anthony Griffith, having previously secured the signature of the tall defensive midfielder in 2008 when he had been manager of Port Vale. A Montserrat international (4 caps), Griffith had started out at Halifax Town and in 2005 turned professional with Doncaster Rovers, From Rovers, he was loaned to Oxford United, Darlington and Stafford Rangers, before arriving back at Halifax, on loan (2007-08).

He was signed by Port Vale for 2008-09 season and was Club Player of the Year in 2010. He went on to make more than 200 appearances for the Burslem club. Anthony's success in the Potteries earned him a move up the ladder to Leyton Orient in summer 2012 but he returned to Vale for 2013-14. Next, after one game for Harrogate Town, came a move to Shrewsbury Town but he moved on to Carlisle United in January 2015.

A hip problem severely limited his appearances in 2015-16. It then emerged that Grifith had a degenerative condition and had been advised to retire from professional football. After the involvement of the PFA, Griffith's contract was terminated at significant cost to the club.

Altrincham appearances: 1 sub appearance of five minutes plus added time.


Formerly no.21
Jeff KING (d.o.b. 19 December, 1995)

Midfielder Jeff is the nephew of former Altrincham FC manager and captain, John King. He was first named in the first-team squad on 12 April 2014, against North Ferriby United, and continued to play for the Altrincham FC youth team, which he had joined during the 2013-14 season. After being on the bench for several games he went to get match experience at Kendal Town before leaving Altrincham and ending the season at Trafford FC.

He made his debut in the Cheshire Senior Cup at Tranmere on 18 March 2014. Appearances to June 2014: 1, 0 goals.


Max POUNCEY (d.o.b. 14 September 1995)

Max's five-goal haul in Altrincham's FA Youth Cup match against Nostell Miners' Welfare in October 2013 underlined his goalscoring potential. Already a Cheshire County FA player, Max signed first-team forms at the end of October 2013. He went on loan to Prescot Cables on 16 December 2013 but returned in time to make his first-team debut in the Cheshire Senior Cup in March 2014. In summer 2014 he joined the first-team squad for pre-season training and was assigned a squad number. In August 2014 he went on loan to Abbey Hey and subsequently left the club. Appearances to June 2014: 1(+1) 0 goals.

Carl RODGERS (d.o.b. 26 March, 1983, height 6ft 2ins)

Carl signed for Altrincham on 16 May 2012, after six seasons at FC Telford United, where he was the longest-serving player. Carl's previous clubs included Chester City (2002), Caernarfon Town (2002-03), TNS (2003-04) and Colwyn Bay (2004-06). A trainee electrician and part-time worker in the fast-food industry, Carl's hobby is being a disc jockey. A strong presence in central midfield he also popped up with some important goals in his inaugural season. His first appearance in 2013-14 saw him deployed as substitute striker and he scored a fine goal, against Worcester City.

During 2013-14 he was in and out of the side but an influential run of nine games towards the finale was a significant factor in the club's promotion. However, a hamstring problem saw him sit out the play-off games. At the end of the season he announced that he was moving to Australia. Altrincham appearances: 62(+22), 8 goals.

James WALSHAW (d.o.b. 12 February, 1984 in Dewsbury)

On 27 May 2013, Altrincham signed James Walshaw, who had ended the previous season at Guiseley, where he had netted 10 league goals in 29 appearances. James had joined Guiseley, initially, towards the end of the 2008-09 season and the following season he had scored 27 times for them (including 13 penalties!). He was again top-scorer at Guiseley, with 32 goals, in 2010-11. A move to Darlington followed but, after a loan spell at FC Halifax Town, he was re-signed by the Nethermoor club in early 2012 when The Quakers hit financial trouble.

His earlier career included spells at Yorkshire clubs Ossett Town, Bradford PA, Farsley Celtic (2007/8) and Wakefield.

2013-14 saw James finish as the club's and the league's top scorer, with 29 goals plus 3 in cup matches. Sadly, he elected to leave at the end of the campaign and he joined Harrogate Town. Altrincham appearances:39(+8), 32 goals.


No.12
Mike WILLIAMS (d.o.b. 27 October 1986)

Altrincham agreed terms with left-sided or central defender Mike Williams in early June 2013. Mike's first two games for Alty in August 2013 confirmed his versatility, as he played respectively at left- and centre-back. Sadly, a cruciate ligament injury sidelined Mike after just five league starts and one sub appearance in the 2013-14 season..

He had arrived at Moss Lane from Kidderminster Harriers, where he had spent the previous three seasons. After starting his career at Wrexham, where he made 60 league appearances, he was released by the Dragons at the end of 2009–10 season and then signed on at Aggbrough.

Mike appeared 13 times for Wales's under-21 team and, in 2009, received a Wales cap for playing for their semi-pro international side. He had recovered his fitness by the early summer of 2014 and played the first 45 minutes of the 2014-15 season. Though named on the bench for a few subsequent games, he was not able to make another first-team appearance due to various injuries. On medicial advice he announced his retirment on 22 September 2014, having been warned that continuing in football would lead to a need for a hip replacement. Altrincham appearances: 6(+1), 0 goals.