DEPARTED PLAYERS 2015-16

Players & Staff who departed Altrincham in season 2015-16
or in pre-season 2015


Formerly no.25
Peter CAVANAGH (d.o.b. 14 October 1981, in Bootle)

On 29 July Peter signed for Altrincham. He had previously played 161(+6) league games for Accrington (2001-10), 38(+1) for Fleetwood Town (2010-12) and 47(+4) for Rochdale (2012-14). He proved an astute signing and his experience was an integral part of a generally successful season for Altrincham in 2014-15. He was released at the end of the season and joined Southport but before playing took a job on the Everton coaching staff.

Altrincham appearances: 30(+6), 0 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.

After a few appearances in pre-season, a hip problem prevented his starting a game in 2015-16. It then emerged (Sepetember 2015) that Grifith had a degenerative hip condition and had been advised to retire from professional football. With the involvement of the PFA, Griffith's contract was terminated at a significant cost to the club.

Altrincham appearances: 1 substitute appearance of five minutes duration (plus four added minutes at the end of the game).


Formerly no. 27
Jonny MARGETTS (d.o.b. 28 September 1993, Doncaster)

Altrincham signed Jonny on loan from Tranmere Rovers on 22 January 2016. He started out at Hull City from where he had loan spells with Gainsborough Trinity, Harrogate Town and Cambridge United before moving on to Tranmere Rovers in summer 2015. A spell on loan at Stockport County followed before he joined The Robins. In his month at the club Jonny scored twice in his six starts for Altrincham.

Altrincham appearances: 6, 2 goals


Formerly no. 26
Dylan MOTTLEY-HENRY (d.o.b. 2 August 1997)

A right-winger, Dylan signed on a one-month loan from Bradford City on 15 January 2016. He originally played for City at youth level before graduating to the first team squad late in 2014. Dylan made his first-team debut on 6 April 2015 as a Football League substitute. He signed a professional contract with Bradford City in May 2015. Dylan was recalled by his parent club after making six appearances, five of them from the bench.

Appearances to June 2015: 0.


Formerly no. 23
Josh OLLERENSHAW (d.o.b. 5 October, 1990, height 6ft 5ins)

Josh Ollerenshaw of Hyde United signed National League forms for Altrincham in late September 2015, allowing him to serve as emergency cover, if required, for Tim Deasy. Josh was on Alty's books at the start of the 2011-12 season but did not make any first-team appearances before moving on to Curzon Ashton in September 2011.

Josh started out with Oldham Athletic from where he had loan spells with Salford City, Mossley and Northwich Victoria before signing for Curzon Ashton. After some two years at Curzon Ashton, he moved to Colwyn Bay. Fleetwood Town then signed him and from there he went on loan to Warrington Town then back to Colwyn Bay. A loan period with Buxton followed before he joined Stalybridge in early 2015, where he had dual registration with Skelmersdale United. He then joined Hyde.

Josh's decision to join the armed forces led to the termination of the registration at the end of September 2015.

Altrincham appearances: 0.


Formerly No. 22
Andrew PARRY (d.o.b. 13 September, 1991)

Following the injuries to centre-backs Luca Havern and Tom Marshall, Altrincham signed Andrew Parry from Luton Town initially on a one-month loan until 23 September 2015; this was later extended for a further month. Following youth experience at Blackburn Rovers, Andrew played at Radcliffe Borough before moving to Kettering Town for a brief spell in 2011-12. 67 appearances for Southport in 2011-13 were followed by 23 for Luton Town during their promotion season from the Conference (2013-14). In 2014-15 he had loan spells at AFC Telford United (14 apps) and Southport (4 apps).

John Still, the Luton manager, said, "Andrew can play centre-half, right-back and in central midfield and, since I've been at Luton, he's played in all three positions so we know what strings he's got to his bow". He soon proved a dependable partner to Scott Leather at the heart of the Alty defence. But two injuries disrupted his stay at Moss Lane and he returned to Kenilworth Road before completing his extended stay.

Altrincham Appearances: 10


Formerly no.17
David PARTON (d.o.b. 22 November, 1992, in Stoke on Trent, height 6ft 0in)

Dave joined Altrincham from Newcastle Town on 6 June 2014. He had joined the Staffordrshire Evostik League Division 1 South club in 2011 and established himself as an impressive keeper. He started out at his home-town club, Stoke City. Whilst at Stoke, Dave had a loan spell with Worcester City in 2010-11 season. He made several appearances in 2014-15 and proved a dependable replacement for Stuart Coburn.

Altrincham appearances: 15(+1), 0 goals


Formerly no.14
Kyle PERRY (d.o.b. 5 March 1986 in Birmingham)

On 29 May 2013, Altrincham FC announced that they had agreed terms for 2013-14 with striker Kyle Perry, who was with Nuneaton Town in 2012-13. Having been at Walsall, Kyle joined AFC Telford United (2004-06), where he made 68 appearances, scoring 32 times. Spells at four Midlands teams followed; Sutton Coldfield Town (on loan), Hednesford Town, Willenhall Town and Chasetown. Indeed, Kyle was in the Chasetown side which knocked Port Vale out of the FA Cup and the Valiants later signed him (January 2008), when current Alty boss Lee Sinnott was their manager. He went on to make 31 appearances for the Burslem side.

The BBC in 2008 reported that "Port Vale striker Kyle Perry has praised manager Lee Sinnott for rescuing his career. Sinnott brought Perry to Vale Park from Chasetown in January after he helped the Southern League Division One side knock the Valiants out of the FA Cup. The 22-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke, 'He saw my ability and believed in me so I can't thank him enough for that. He pulled me back into league football and saved my career'".

A forward by trade, Perry has been asked to play on the left of midfield on occasions and, although he would prefer to play up front, "I can compete in both positions", he said. "I'm put out there because I'm tall and I can whip a ball in when I get the chance".

Following a loan spell with Northwich Victoria (2009), he spent 2009-10 at Mansfield Town (40 games, 9 goals) and 2010-11 at Tamworth (40 games, 17 goals), before signing for Lincoln City (2011-12). 2012 saw him have a loan spell at Telford before joining promoted Nuneaton Town for 2012-13. During that season he had loan spells with Hereford United and Tamworth.

Many of his appearances both in 2013-14 and 2014-15 were from the bench and in each campaign he amassed a respectable goals to time on the pitch ratio. However, Kyle was released at the end of the season and joined Hednesford Town. Altrincham appearances: 38(+53), 22 goals.


No.26
Jimmy PHILLIPS (d.o.b. d.o.b. 20 September 1989)

Gateshead winger James (Jimmy) Phillips arrived at the J. Davidson Stadium on loan, from 18 March 2016, till the end of the current season. Jimmy had recently been on loan at Macclesfield.

He has made more than 120 appearances in the Football League for Burton Albion, after he had started his career with Stoke City. The Potters loaned him to Alfreton Town and Stafford Rangers before his release from the Britannia Stadium in summer 2009. It was then that he joined Burton.

In March 2014 he had another loan spell with Alfreton Town, in the Conference. In summer 2015 he signed for Gateshead and in February 2016, he went to Macclesfield Town on loan. After 2 starts and two more appearances from the bench, injury curtailed his stay at Altrincham.

Altrincham appearances: 2(+2)


Former Manager
Lee SINNOTT (d.o.b. 1965)

Altrincham Football Club appointed Lee Sinnott as their new manager on 23 May 2011. He resigned w.e.f. 9 March 2016. Based near Hull, Lee's dedication was such that he made a 200-mile round-trip several times a week to attend training sessions and games at Moss Lane.

Lee arrived at Moss Lane with managerial experience of the Blue Square Bet (Conference) North, having been boss of Farsley Celtic when they were promoted into that division. His sustained success at the West Yorkshire club led to a move to be manager at troubled Port Vale in 2007-08. Prior to his appointment at Altrincham, Lee had been out of football management since leaving Bradford PA in October, 2009.

Lee began his playing career at his home-town team, Walsall. His other league clubs, as a six-foot two-inch defender, include Watford, a club then in the top-flight and managed by Graham Taylor. Lee played in the FA Cup Final for the club in 1984. He has also played for Bradford City, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town, Oldham Athletic and Scarborough. In all, he played in 527 Football League games.

He moved to Bradford City in 1987 and later returned to First Division football with Crystal Palace (under Steve Coppell) before returning to Valley Parade in 1993. Next, he signed for Huddersfield Town, where he was captain under the managership of Neil Warnock. After that, he joined Oldham Athletic before agreeing a loan move back to Bradford City.

In 1998–99, he joined Scarborough in the Football Conference, where he played for a season before retiring.

His first season at Moss Lane saw Altrincham finish eighth, whilst 2012-13 saw an improvement as an exciting brand of football led to a fourth-place finish. Unfortunately, Altrincham lost their semi-final play-off with Brackley Town. However, promotion was acheived in 2013-14 when Altrincham again improved on their league position, finishing third before winning the Promotion Final against Guiseley. Further improvement was evident in 2014-15 as Altrincham finished comfortably clear of the relegation spots and, but for a poor run of results in the run-in, they would have finished in the upper portion of mid-table.

However, long-term injuries to four senior players in 2015-16 meant that the team found itself in the relegation zone in March 2016. On 9 March the Club announced that the manager and Club had parted.


Former Assistant Manager but remains at Club as a coach
Neil TOLSON (d.o.b. 25 October 1973)

Neil became Altrincham FC's Caretaker Manager after the resignation of Lee Sinnott in March 2016 and, prior to that, had been Lee's Assistant Manager. Before joining Altrincham neil had been manager of troubles Hyde FC/Hyde United until ll April 2011. He joined Altrincham as Assistant Manager following the appointment of manager Lee Sinnott in summer 2011. Previously Neil had been at Hyde as a player, from 2003, before becoming assistant manager in 2007 and then player-manager at Ewen Fields in September, 2008.

Neil was born in Walsall and his path crossed with Lee Sinnot when both were playing for Bradford City in 1994. As a player Neil was a striker, who topped York City's goalscoring chart for 1996–97. In non-League, he has played for Leigh RMI, whom he left in January 2003 before signing for Kettering Town, but he moved on to Halifax Town shortly afterwards.

In almost 200 appearances for Football League clubs, Neil played for Walsall, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City and Chester City before his spell at York. After York, he also spent two years at Southend United (1999-2001) before he joined Leigh.

Neil was caretaker at Altrincham for the final eleven games of the 2015-16 season but the team was relegated on the last day of the campaign and the new regime of Neil Young and Gary Jones was announced the following day.


Formerly no.15
Greg WILKINSON (d.o.b. 3 October, 1989)

A central midfielder, Greg established himself in Altrincham FC folklore when he scored the goal which won the Skrill North promotion final against Guiseley in May 2014, just 22 seconds after joining the game in the final minute of extra time. He had been brought on for the penalty shoot-out as he is a calm finisher, a quality he exhibited when he scored several important goals earlier in 2013-14 season.

Having started his career at Curzon Ashton, he joined Manchester United's Academy at Carrington, under Paul McGuiness and Rene Meulesteen, where he remained for four years, playing in the same side as Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley. After being released he played for amateur club East Manchester in the Manchester League, as well as Curzon Ashton's youth team, where he played mainly at centre back or right back.

He signed for Steve Burr at Stalybridge Celtic at Christmas, 2007. Under Celtic's subsequent manager Jim Harvey, Greg was at the time the youngest captain ever of the Bower Fold club.

Greg joined Altrincham from Stalybridge on 18 October 2013. In all he made 165 appearances and scored 21 times for Celtic. Greg has Alty ancestry as his great uncle, Nick Boland, played for Altrincham in the 1930s, after joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers; he moved on to Southport.

Prior to his memorable goal against Guiseley, in the latter part of the 2013-14 season Greg had featured exclusively from the bench and this continued to be the case in 2014-15. Consequently, Greg went on loan to stockport County at the start of 2015 and remained there till the end of the season.

After briefly joining FC United, he joined AFC Telford United in August 2015. Altrincham appearances: 14(+20), 6 goals.


Formerly no.18
Sean WILLIAMS (d.o.b. 20 January 1992, in Liverpool)

On 17 May 2014, Altrincham FC announced that agreement had been reached for Colwyn Bay midfielder Sean Williams to join Altrincham. Sean has had two spells with the Bay, having also played for FC Halifax Town where he was part of their promotion squad from Conference North. Prior to that he had spells with Stockport County, Vauxhall Motors, Hyde and Skelmersdale United. Sean was released at the end of the season and like ex-Alty team-mates Kyle Perry and David Parton, joined Hednesford Town. Altrincham appearances: 25(+12), 0 goals