DEPARTED PLAYERS 2016-17

Players & Staff who departed Altrincham in season 2016-17
or in close-season 2016

Oluwatomisin ("Tomi") ADELOYE (d.o.b. 17 February 1996)

Striker Tomi Adeloye signed for Altrincham on 12 January 2017. Although born in Sidcup, Kent, he was on the books of Stoke City as a youth player but, before moving to the Potteries team, he had been with London clubs Charlton Athletic and then, from December 2013, Millwall.

He joined Stoke City in summer 2014 and, Whilst there, Tomi had a loan spell with Macclesfield Town, returning to Stoke in February 2015 after making one appearance in the CSC in which he scored twice. Next, he moved to Chelmsford City in September, 2015, following his release by Stoke. He spent almost four months with Dover Athletic from November, 2015 before joining Welling United in February 2016.

He then played for Leatherhead at the start of 2016-17 before he went training with Chester FC. Tomi made a promising debut at home to Gainsborough on 14 January 2017 but was released on 2 February 2017, after three more appearances from the bench. Altrincham appearances: 1(+3) 0 goals.

Alan Fábio BASSANGUE (d.o.b. 8 March 1993 in Guiné-Bissau)

Fábio Bassangue was born in the former Portuguese West African colony of Guiné-Bissau but he played in the mainland Portuguese league for Lisbon suburban club Odivelas before signing for Algarve outfit, Portimonense SC, in the Liga Pró the country's second division. Next, he had a spell at another Algarvian club, Grupo Desportivo da Lágoa, (then in the third level of Portuguese football), before he moved to France. There, he played for Arceaux Montpellier before joining Welsh Premier club Airbus UK Broughton in August 2016.

After international clearance had been obtained, his signing for Altrincham was announced on 26 August 2016 and he made a 17-minute debut the following day before being substituted. Altrincham appearances: 1.

Nyal BELL (d.o.b. 17 January 1997 in Manchester)

Nyal Bell joined on a month's loan from Gateshead on 19 August 2016. A 6ft 2in. forward, Bell had earlier in summer 2016 joined Gateshead from Rochdale and penned a two-year contract with The Heed. He had made three appearances for Rochdale's first team but was also loaned to Droylsden and Chester FC in 2015-16. He made three appearances for Chester.

Altrincham appearances: 2(+1), 0 goals


No. 18
George BOWERMAN (d.o.b. 6 November 1991 in Sedgley, West Midlands)

George initially appeared for Alty as an unnamed "trialist" striker in the pre-season game against Wigan Athletic on 14 July 2015. His signing for the Club was confirmed on 1 August 2015. A very mobile front man, he started out as a trainee at Walsall (2010-13), where he made 13(+37) Football League appearances and scored nine times. He went on loan to Redditch United in early 2011 before making his Walsall debut at the start of 2011-12 season.

Following his release from the Bescot Stadium, a two-month spell at Woking followed in the early part of 2013-14 season. At Kingfield he made two appearances for the Conference club. In October 2013 he arrived at Accrington Stanley where he was released in July 2015. He made 12(+5) League appearances for Stanley and netted three times.

He made a strong start to his Alty career with three goals in August 2015. George was mainly deployed on the left wing but, after 30 appearances (15 starts) and four goals, George went on a month's loan to AFC Telford United on 22 January 2016. Soon after his return to Moss Lane, he was loaned to Stourbridge for the remainder of the season, at the end of which he was released.

Altrincham appearances: 15(+17), 4 goals.

Callum CHARLTON (d.o.b. 13 November, 1996)

Callum Charlton came to Altrincham from Huddersfield Town on 18 June 2016 and figured in pre-season games. He played at left-back in those games. He had first made his name at Brighouse Town and then joined Huddersfield on a one-year contract. However, he did not figure in a first-team squad though he did turn out for the Reserves. Altrincham appearances: 0.


No. 11
Nicky CLEE (d.o.b. 30 August 1983, in Huddersfield)

Altrincham signed Nicky Clee from Hyde United on 17 July 2009. He is primarily a left-winger but can also play at left-back, as well as being an accomplished batsman for Marsden CC near Huddersfield. Nicky was also first in the queue to go in goal should such an opportunity arise.

It was a former Alty boss, Gerry Quinn, who took Nicky from Ossett Albion, whom he had joined in 2002-03 from local football, to join Ashton United in the 2003-04 season.

The following summer he moved to Hyde United, where he made his debut at the end of July 2005. Nicky made 147(+12) appearances and scored 21 goals in all for the Tameside club.

As well as his trickery on the ball, which unlocks defences, he has a very long-throw in his armoury. Nicky soon became a fans' favourite at Moss Lane and has scored some memorable goals for Alty.

His non-football job is as a finance assistant in a Huddersfield company. His start to 2015-16 was affected by an injury picked up in pre-season but he started his first game in October. But after a series of substitute appearance his season was curtailed by the need for an operation. He was released by new manager Neil Young in early May 2016 and joined Guiseley but returned to Altrincham late in that year.

Altrincham appearances: 220(+50), 36 goals.


No.1
Stuart COBURN (d.o.b. 5 May, 1976, in Manchester, height 6ft 1in, weight 14st.)

The Club's all-time appearance record holder, Stuart is the Club's senior semi-professional and hugely popular with supporters. He first joined the Club from neighbours Trafford in 1997/98 season, having been at Shawe View since 1994/95, after earlier spells at Irlam Town and Maine Road. Injury meant that Stuart played only nine games in his first Conference season (99/00) which saw the Robins relegated.

In May 2002, the lure of Conference football took him from Alty (then in the Northern Premier League) to Leigh RMI on a two-year contract. However, Leigh surprisingly released him in October 2003 after he had been voted their player of the season. He rejoined Alty on 17 October 2003 and made his (second) Alty debut at Hyde United on 21 October 2003.

Stuart can also make several claims unmatched by other keepers; he has scored twice whilst playing in goal, (once for Alty [at Runcorn] and once previously), has an outfield league-match substitution to his name, (in April 1998 versus Emley)... and was once suspended in mid-season for picking up five yellow cards!

In his private life, Stuart is manager of a hire shop business in Altrincham. Stuart was injured against Dover in the fifth match of 2015-16 and was sidelined with a groin tear. After a gruelling recovery schedule, Stuart sadly announced his retirement on 23 April 2016. Altrincham appearances: 687(+2), 1 goal.


No. 19
Ryan CROWTHER (d.o.b. 17 September 1988 in Stockport)

On 29 May 2014, winger Ryan Crowther agreed to sign forms for the Club for the 2014-15 season. He was previously with FC Halifax Town.

As a youngster he had started out at Stockport County, before he joined Liverpool (2007-09) where he figured regularly in their Reserves. After a brief spell at Stalybridge Celtic in 2010, he joined Ashton United, then moved across Tameside to Hyde. A spell at Fleetwood Town followed before he was released in January 2014, after which he joined FC Halifax Town. Injury affected his season but in the latter part of the campaign he was a regular used sub or starter.

After several appearances from the bench, Ryan secured a starting position in September, only to be injured in October. Recurrent absences through illness and injury limited his effectiveness and it was not till April 2016 that he completed his only full 90 minutes in the league in that season. He was released at the end of the season and joined Ashton United. Altrincham appearances: 43(+28), 5 goals.

Andrew DAWBER (d.o.b. 20 November 1994, in Wigan)

Andrew's signing by Altrincham manager Neil Young was announced on 17 May 2016. Initially, Andrew had come through the ranks at Accrington Stanley where he attracted interest from Manchester United, with whom he trained at their Carrington training base.

He made his Stanley debut in the Football League Trophy and was named Man of the Match. In August 2013 he spent a month on loan at Marine, folowed by a similar spell with Clitheroe.

He left Accrington in March 2015, having made six senior appearances, and joined Fulham on a one-year deal, where he played for their Under-21 side.

He enjoyed a loan spell at Aldershot Town whilst with the Craven Cottage club in September 2015 before a one-month loan at Bishop's Stortford in February 2016. He started 2016-17 as first-choice keeper but lost his place when Tim Deasy returned to Moss Lane. His release was announced on 30 January 2017. On 10 March 2017, Crewe Alexandra announced that they had signed him. Altrincham appearances: 15(+1).


No. 17
Tim DEASY (d.o.b. 1 October, 1985)

On 7 May 2015, Altrincham announced the sgining of Tim Deasy from Northwich Victoria. Tim had previously signed dual-registration Conference forms for Altrincham on 13 March 2014 whilst still playing for Northwich Victoria. However, he did not make an appearance for Altrincham before that season ended.

His career began at Macclesfield Town, where he made three first-team appearances before leaving in summer of 2006. From there, he signed for Stockport County but moved on on at the end of the 2006/07 season, without making a first-eleven appearance..

For 2007-08 he joined Barrow, where he gained promotion to the national level of the Football Conference. In all, he made 93 appearances for the Bluebirds before leaving Holker Street in summer 2010. He moved east to Gateshead, for whom he made 55 appearances before his release in April 2012. Next, came a spell with Bradford Park Avenue (19 appearances), a club he left at the end of the 2012-13 season. After that he joined Northwich Victoria.

Unexpectedly, he was released by new manager Neil Young, despite winning the Supporters' and Players' Player of the Season awards for 2015-16. Tim joined Guiseley for 2016-17 but, following Young's resignation, he rejoined Altrincham on 2 September 2016.

Altrincham appearances: 47.

Josh DOHERTY (d.o.b. 15 March 1996 in Newtownards, N. Ireland)

A left-back, Josh joined Altrincham on a one-month loan just before the league game at Nuneaton on 13 September 2016 in which he made his debut for the club. His parent club is Leyton Orient. He had joined Orient in summer 2016 after being released by Watford, for whom he had made one first-team appearance as a substitute on May 3, 2014. Altrincham appearances: 5(+1), 0 goals.

Simon GARNER (d.o.b. 15 August 1982)

Accrington-born Simon was appointed as coach at Altrincham in summer 2016. The son of a former manager and chairman of Clitheroe, Simon started out as a player at the Lancashire club. A former captain at Northwich Victoria, in October 2013 he became player-manager at Clitheroe. A left-sided midfielder, Simon also played for FC Halifax Town (2012), Chorley (2012/13), Fleetwood Town, Stalybridge Celtic and FC United of Manchester.

In addition to his coaching role. Simon also made three appearances at left-back for Altrincham. But when Neil Young resigned the managership after six matches of the 2016-17 season, Simon also left the Club on 28 August 2016. Altrincham appearances: 1(+2), 0 goals.


No.3
Adam GRIFFIN (d.o.b. 26 August, 1984 )

Altrincham signed left-back Adam Griffin from Hyde FC, where he had been captain, on 13 December 2013. He made his Altrincham debut in a friendly against Southport, the next day, and then immediately established himself as the first-choice left-back at Moss Lane for the rest of the season and for the whole of 2014-15. Prior to his time at Hyde, Adam had amassed nearly 250 Football League appearances in a career which had seen him play for Oldham Athletic, Oxford United and Stockport County. He has also had a season with Darlington.

With his only goal for the club, Adam won the Alty Goal of the Season competition in 2014-15, a stunning volley. He later joined Ashton United. Altrincham appearances: 125, 1 goal.

Danny HALL (d.o.b. 14 November 1983, height 6ft 2ins)

Just ten days after playing against Alty for Curzon Ashton, Danny returned to the club which he had joined previously in summer 2012. Before that he had been a key memeber of Hyde FC's championship winning side in 2011/12.

His previous clubs include Oldham Athletic, Scarborough, Shrewsbury Town, Gretna, Chesterfield, Darlington, Crawley Town, Forest Green Rovers and Stockport County. His Football League appearances include 57(+7) outings for Oldham, 28(+14) for Shrewsbury Town and 30(+2) for Chesterfield. Danny also made 14(+1) Scottish Premier League appearances for Gretna.

He was also at Crawley Town when they won the Conference in 2010/11, though he spent a part of that campaign on loan at Forest Green Rovers. He was released in summer 2013 and joined Carlisle-based Celtic Nation before moving on to Curzon Ashton. But after just 3(+1) appearances in his second spell at the club, Danny was released on 10 November 2016. Altrincham appearances: 44(+4), 1 goal

Jim HARVEY

Jim Harvey became manager on 6 September 2016 following the departure of Neil Young. But after just one league win, his contract was terminated on 6 December 2016.

Billy HASLER-CREGG (d.o.b. 11 September 1996, in Burnley)

On 25 May 2016, Altrincham announced Billy Hasler-Cregg's arrival for the 2016-17 season. Previously, he had progressed from Rochdale's Academy to sign professional terms at Spotland in June 2015 and was assigned a first-team squad number.

Billy is a winger, who can operate on either side of the pitch. Last season (2015-16) he did well during a seven-match loan spell with Droyslden. He is a good corner and dead-ball taker as well as a hardworking player. After two appearances from the bench, Billy went on loan to Droylsden for a month. Billy made a further substitute appearance but left the club on 23 November 2016 and joined Stalybridge Celtic. Altrincham appearances: 0+3.

Danny HATTERSLEY (d.o.b. 8 April, 1992 in Bradford)

Danny joined Altrincham on 23 June 2016. A 6ft 3in striker, his former club was FC Halifax Town, though he was loaned for two months to Chester FC from November 2015. Danny had joined the Shaymen on loan in September 2014 before signing for them in February 2015.

His previous clubs included Southport, who signed him in June 2013 after a loan spell, from Stockport County for an undisclosed fee. He was with The Hatters in 2012-13. He made his Altrincham debut on 13 August 2016 at Harrogate Town. But in October 2016 he left by mutual agreement and joined Warrington Town.

Altrincham appearances: 3(+3).


Formerly No.5
Gianluca HAVERN (d.o.b. 24 September 1988 in Gorton, Manchester)

Gianluca Havern signed for Altrincham in early July 2012. He spent his early footballing days at Stockport County, where he was captain of their under-18 side. Whilst at Edgeley Park he went on loan at Radcliffe Borough and Ashton United, before making his Stockport County debut in May 2008, a game in which he also scored.

Released by County in January 2009, he briefly joined Mansfield Town, before returning to Stockport County. He left Edgeley Park, again, at the end of August 2010 and joined Mossley before moving on to Ashton United. By June 2011, he had signed for Hyde, where he was a key member of their Conference North championship-winning side last season.

In 2012/13 he re-formed a partnership with fellow ex-Hyde defender Danny Hall and, in the absences of Shaun Densmore, captained the side. Throughout 2014-15 he was a consistently outstanding performer, generally in partnership with Scott Leather until the latter's suspension led to an equally fruitful partnership with Tom Marshall at the heart of Altrincham's defence. He again deputised for Shaun Densmore as captain when Alty's right-back was injured.

Season 2015-16 started badly for him with a hamstring problem in just the second match of the campaign, which sidelined him. However, he returned to the side in mid-September but was released in May 2016. For 2016-17 he joined AFC Telford United where he was named captain. Altrincham appearances: 181(+1), 6 goals.

Grahm HEATHCOTE

Graham Heathcote has performed numerous roles for Altrincham Football Club since 1970, his latest being coaching assistant to the management duo of Matt Doughty and Robbie Lawton. Initially, Graham was an accomplished midfielder whose exploits included scoring a penalty in front of The Kop when Altrincham took on Liverpool in an FA Cup Third Round tie, He was a member of the Altrincham team at the highpoint in its history to date. Subsequently, Graham became assistant manager to the legendary John King, and then to Bernard Taylor, before himself occupying the hot seat for almost eight years (2002-10) during which he took the Club back into the national level of non-League football. He was also the Club Secretary for many years and has even acted as groundsman.

After spells managing at Trafford FC and Stafford Rangers, outside football Graham has acted as groundsman at Altrincham Grammar School.

Gary JONES (Assistant Manager)

Gary Jones, (not to be confused with the subsequent arrival at the Club of Southport loanee Gary Jones), arrived at Altrincham as assistant manager to Neil Young, on 1 May 2016. The pair had worked together previously at several clubs, including Colwyn Bay, Chester FC and Stockport County. When Neil resigned on 28 August 2016 after the first six fixtures of 2016-17, Gary also left the club.

Charlie JOYCE (d.o.b. 3 October 1993)

Charlie became manager Neil Young's first signing for Altrincham when his capture was announced on 8 May 2016. An energetic midfielder, he had spent the previous campaign with Southport whom he joined in 2012/ He enjoyed a loan spell at Stalybridge Celtic in February 2016. He made his Altrincham debut on 13 August 2016 at Harrogate before mutually agreeing with the club to terminate his contract on 31 October 2016. Altrincham appearances: 3(+3).

Scott LEATHER (d.o.b. 30 September, 1992 in Manchester)

Scott swept the board with three Player of the Season awards at Moss Lane in summer 2014. A local lad, he signed on a non-contract basis for Altrincham on 19 July 2012, having only figured for 29 minutes on his Altrincham debut a friendly against Morecambe two days earlier.

A central-defender, who can also play at right-back, Scott spent some eight years at Crewe Alexandra before he moved on to Preston North End in 2009. He made two League appearances for the Deepdale club but was released by Preston at the end of 2011-12 season. Before joining Altrincham in summer 2012, he had a trial with Barrow.

Though initially mainly named on the bench in 2012-13, Scott seized his chance when injuries and suspensions gave him a chance and he showed his versatility by playing across all of the back four positions. On 4 December 2012 was rewarded with a contract. For 2013-14 he was a virtual ever-present and weighed in with some important goals. A sending off during 2014-15 cost him his place at centre-back but he got back into the side as a more than capable right-back. Off the field, Scott is a lift engineer.

Scott re-established himself as first-choice centre-back early in 2015/16 following Tom Marshall's injury. Injuries to team-mates meant that he also figured in the right-back role early in the season. He was offered terms for 2016-17 by new manager Neil Young but opted instead to sign for Chorley.

Altrincham appearances: 155(+24), 7 goals.

Simon LENIGHAN (d.o.b. 13 May 1994)

Simon joined Altrincham on 4 November 2016 from Warrington Town. He started out with Leeds United (2012-15). From Elland Road he had loan spells with FC Halifax Town (February -June 2014) and Alfreton Town (February to April 2015). He then joined Rotherham United on a free transfer. Simon made his Alty debut on 5 November in the FA Cup at Lincoln City. He was released on 8 December 2016. Appearances to June 2016: 3.

David LYNCH (d.o.b. 5 May 1993)

Left-sided central midfielder David's arrival at Altrincham was announced on 23 May 2016. A former Burnley player, David was Burnley's young Player of the Year for the 2010/11 season. In 2013/14 David played for Workington and has also played for Burscough. He joined Clitheroe in summer 2014, when Alty coach Simon Garner was manager at the Lancashire club and became captain there. He made his Altrincham debut on 6 August 2016 at home to Darlington and was aregular starter before the arrival of Jim Harvey as manager. On leaving Altrincham, David signed for FC Halifax Town. Altrincham appearances: 9(+1).

Phil MARSH (d.o.b. 15 November 1986 in St Helens, Lancs)

Phil Marsh joined Altrincham in September 2016 but his international clearance, after playing for Bala Town, delayed his debut till 2 October 2016 when he made an immediate impact as a substitute against Morpeth Town in the FA Cup. Earlier in his career, Phil had had previous experience under Jim Harvey's management at Stalybridge Celtic.

As a youngster he joined Manchester United (2003) before spells with Blackpool, Northwich Victoria, Hyde United, Leigh Genesis, FC United of Manchester, Stalybridge Celtic, where he made 75 appearances and scored 40 times. Next he joined Forest Green Rovers and, after a loan at Hereford United, he joined Guiseley. In 2013–14 he went on loan at Stalybridge and Barrow before brief stays at Salford City and Ashton United. More recently he played in Wales, first at Cefn Druids before joining Bala Town. He was released on 8 December 2016 and joined Runcorn Town. Appearances to June 2016: 2(+7).


No. 16
Tom MARSHALL (d.o.b. 16 November, 1987 in Lichfield)

On 20 December 2013, Altrincham signed 6ft 4inch central defender Tom Marshall from Stafford Rangers. Tom started out at Hednesford Town where he made 170 appearances for The Pitmen, from the age of 17. He was then signed by Eastwood Town (summer 2010) but a shoulder injury, sustained in a car accident, hindered his progress. However, he moved to Tamworth, where he had two spells (2010-11 and 2012-13), with a period in between with Kidderminster Harriers (2011-12).

Whilst at Aggbrough he was loaned to Brackley Town during their promotion push to the Conference North. He made 72(+4) league appearances for Tamworth, where he had a spell as captain, and started 23 times for Kidderminster in the Conference National. Outside football, he is a fellow member of the rock band "Stubblemelt" with ex-Alty striker Kyle Perry.

His first season at Altrincham was upset by injury but he proved a reliable defender, making most of his appearances from the bench. In 2014-15 he became the regular centre-back partner of Luca Havern after Scott Leather lost his place through suspension. Such was his success that he became the Supporters' Player of the Season 2014-15. As well as displaying aerial prowess, Tom possesses a powerful shot.

Sadly he suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle in just the fourth match of the 2015-16 season and this kept him out of action all through the campaign. He was released by new manager Neil Young in May 2016.

He was gaoled in September 2016 for involvement in the supply of drugs, an offence committed before he joined Altrincham and of which the club had been wholly unaware.

Altrincham appearances: 53(+13), 3 goals.

Jamie MENAGH (d.o.b. 14 September, 1993)

On 25 May 2016 it was announced that Liverpudlian, Jamie Menagh, had joined Alty for the start of the 2016-17 season. For Neil Young he was a familiar face, having already played in the Conference for the Alty boss at Chester FC and Stockport County. Jamie joined County in late 2015, having previously played on the left-wing for Witton Albion.

Whilst at Chester, after Neil Young had left as manager, he went on loan to Marine in January 2015 before signing for the Crosby-based club for 2015-16.

Before joining Chester from Prescot Cables in October 2013, Jamie had been with Blackpool and was on the point of joining Stoke City on a two-year deal when Potters' manager Tony Pulis was sacked and the deal fell through. He is a midfielder who can play centrally or out wide. Jamie is also an accomplished dead-ball taker.

He made his debut as a used substitute at Gainsborough on 20 Aogust 2016 but by 25 August he had signed a two-year contract with Airbus UK Broughton. Altrincham appearances: 0(+1).

Khius METZ (d.o.b. 19 September 1997 )

Khius signed on loan from Burnley on 8 August 2016. He has great pace and has represented the Republic of Ireland under-19s. Khius made his Altrincham debut on 6 August 2016 at FC Halifax Town but was then sidelined by injury and returned to his parent club.

Altrincham appearances: 1

Jon MORAN (d.o.b. 20 June 1997)

Jon Moran joined Altrincham on a one-month loan from Forest Green Rovers on 25 August 2016. In June 2016 he had joined FGR from Nantwich Town, having previously progressed to the Crewe Alexandra under-18s. He is comfortable as either a central defender or right-back. His loan spell ended in the third week of September. Altrincham appearances: 5(+1)

Luis MORRISON-DERBYSHIRE (d.o.b. 22 July, 1994, height 6ft 3ins)

Luis's signing was announced on 11 November 2016, his previous club being Greenwich Borough. He was on schoolboy forms at Arsenal and Stevenage before a spell with Jalkapalloseura FC YPA in Finland (2014) and he also played for Umea in Sweden before returning to England for trial spells at Leeds United, (where he turned out for the Development Squad), Derby County, Wrexham and Newcastle United. He joined Farnborough in January 2014 and also played for Maidenhead United, Hampton & Richmond, Grays and Concord Rangers in 2014 to 2015 before joining Canvey Island. After ten appearances for the Essex coast team, he joined Greenwich Borough in September 2016. After one appearance he was released on 8 December 2016 and by New Year was at Buxton. Appearances to June 2016: 1

Elliot NEWBY (d.o.b. 21 November 1995 in Barrow)

Winger Elliot Newby joined Altrincham on an initial one-month loan from Barrow on 29 December 2016, which was extended for a further two months.

Elliot had earlier made 19 appearances on loan at Workington in 2015/16 season. He is an attacking right-sided midfielder, who was on Bolton Wanderers' books as an Academy youngster before returning to Barrow, his hometown club. He made an impressive debut for Alty at FC United on New Year's Day, 2017. Elliot continued to impress and scored five times in 16 appearances for the Club before a questionable red card marked his final game, away at Bradford PA on 25 March 2017.

Altrincham appearances: 14(+2), 5 goals.

Curtis OBENG (d.o.b. 14 February 1989)

Curtis joined Altrincham on 4 November 2016. He had very recently joined Macclesfield Town (27 October 2016) from Swansea City. Curtis was at Wrexham from summer 2009 till January 2012 when he moved up to Swansea City and he spent nearly five years at the Premiership club. He was released in October 2016 but, whilst with the Welsh club, he had loan spells at four Football League clubs, namely Fleetwood Town (3 months), York City (one month), Stevenage (more than 3 months) and Newport County (3 months). Curtis made his Alty debut on 5 November in the FA Cup at Lincoln City. After one more appearance, from the bench, he left to join Solihull Moors on 22 November. Altrincham appearances 1(+1).


No. 14
Josh O'KEEFE (d.o.b. Whalley, Lancashire, 22 December, 1988

Signed by Altrincham in mid-May 2015, a former Midderminster Harriers midfielder, Josh is left-footed and an experienced penalty-taker.

Early in his career, Josh was at Walsall before he moved to Lincoln City. A loan spell with Southport followed before he joined Hereford United and then Kidderminster. Loan spells at AFC Telford United and Chester FC have also added to his experience.

His start to 2015-16 was a mixture of starts and sub appearances and he was not helped by an injury on 5 September which sidelined him for a spell. Having then re-established himself in the side he was suspended for three games after a sending off at Forest Green.

His appearances continued to be limited till the end of the campaign, at which point he was released. Josh joined Chorley for 2016-17.

Altrincham appearances: 20(+11), 1 goal


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 earlier been on loan at Macclesfield.

He 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 just two starts and two more appearances from the bench, injury precluded his further involvement.

Altrincham appearances: 2(+2)

Callum PRESTON (d.o.b. born 7 November 1995, in Stafford)

Callum was signed on 2 August 2016 after his release earlier in the summer by Crawley Town, for whom he had made ten League Two appearances in 2015-16. He has played for Wales under-19s' team, having started out at Liverpool and Welsh club TNS before joining Birmingham City in 2008. In 2014 he had a brief loan spell from Birmingham at Worcester City before signing on loan for AFC Telford United in early 2015. Birmingham released him in summer 2015 and he joined Crawley Town, from where he was released at the end of 2015-16 season.

He made his Altrincham debut on 16 August 2016 at home to AFC Fylde. He left the club by mutual agreement shortly afterwards and by 17 September 2016 he had signed non-contract terms at Stevenage. Altrincham appearances: 1.

Michael RANKINE (d.o.b. Doncaster, 15 January 1985, height 6ft 2ins)

Altrincham FC signed Michael Rankine on the expiry of his contract at Gateshead on 1 July 2015. He spent 2014-15 season at Gateshead, for whom he scored the only goal when they beat Altrincham at the International Stadium!

Curiously, Michael almost joined Altrincham ten years earlier. Indeed, he scored for Altrincham Reserves at Bradford PA on 14 December 2005. six days later, he again played for Alty, this time in a friendly game, away at Witton Albion, having at that time been on the books of Scunthorpe United (2004-06). However, he started out at Doncaster Rovers and played locally for Armthorpe Welfare.

Michael's career includes two spells with Barrow (2003-04 and 2004-05), Alfreton Town (2006), Rushden & Diamonds (2006-09), Bournemouth (on loan 2008), Aldershot Town (2011-13), Grimsby Town (on loan 2012-13), York City (2013) and Hereford United (2013-14).

Michael settled into good form in mid-August and he was often deployed as a lone front man. He ended the season as the club's leading scorer with 16 goals, 13 of which came in the league. On 22 May 2016 it was announced that Michael had rejected the terms offered to him to stay at the club for 2016-17. Michael signed for Guiseley for 2016-17.

Altrincham appearances: 34(+10), 16 goals.

Emile SINCLAIR aka HUTTON (d.o.b. 29 December 1987 in Leeds)

A Leeds-born striker, Emile launched his senior career at Nottingham Forest, where his early efforts were rewarded with a two-year contract midway through their League One promotion-winning campaign in 2007-08. After loan spells with Brentford, Mansfield Town and Macclesfield, he joined the Silkmen and made 63(+15) appearances for them.

In August 2011, Peterborough paid an undisclosed fee for him, awarding him a three-year contract in the process. From there he had loan spells with Barnsley and Doncaster before he again moved for substantial money two years later, when League One Crawley splashed out £100,000 to sign him on a two-year deal.

Following a loan to Northampton Town he signed for The Cobblers before a free transfer took him to York City. In 2016 he left Bootham Crescent, at the end of an 18-month contract and had a spell on loan at Guiseley in early 2016. He joined Altrincham on 26 August 2016. Emile's Alty career started with a goal just 35 seconds into his debut against Curzon Ashton! But he was released after barely more than a fortnight at the Club. He immediately joined Bradford PA.

Altrincham appearances: 3(+1), 1 goal.

Adam SUMNER (d.o.b. 4 December, 1991)

Left-back Adam Sumner arrived at Altrincham, on non-contract terms, from AFC Fylde on 19 August 2016. He had previously been with Northwich Victoria but had started out at Fleetwood Town. From there he had loans with AFC Blackpool, Kendal Town and Northwich Victoria and joined the Vics in summer 2011. In November 2011 he joined AFC Fylde.

After three starts he lost his place and asked to be released in mid-September after around three weeks at Moss Lane. He then joined Lancaster City. Altrincham appearances: 3

Wayne THOMAS (d.o.b. 17 May 1979 in Gloucester).)

Wayne joined Altrincham, on loan from Kidderminster Harriers, on 28 October 2016, having appeared three times for the Midlands club earlier in the season. His professional career started at Torquay United (1995-2000), where he made more than 100 first-team appearances. Almost 200 outings with Stoke City followed, before 50 games for Burnley in 2005-07.

2007–2010 was spent with Southampton, who paid £1.2 million for his services. This was followed by a spell at Doncaster Rovers. After a spell playing abroad (Greece) he briefly joined Luton Town in 2013 before he experienced a loan spell at Rochdale. 2013–2014 saw him at Tamworth and 2014–2016 at Worcester City (where he even kept goal once) before he moved to the Harriers in 2016.

Wayne made two league starts for Altrincham but his involvement in cup competitions was ruled out by his parent club and he had returned to Kidderminster by 24 November 2016. Altrincham appearances: 2

Greg WILKINSON (d.o.b. 3 October, 1989)

Greg's second spell at Altrincham started on 15 September 2016 but his release was announced on 20 January 2017 after adding 11(+5) games and two goals to his career record in the 2016-17 season (see below).

A central midfielder, he had originally joined Altrincham on 18 October 2013 from Stalybridge Celtic, where he had made 165 appearances and scored 21 times.

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 from the bench 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 had exhibited when he scored several important goals earlier in 2013-14 season.

Greg's great uncle, Nick Boland, played for Altrincham in the 1930s, and, after joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers he moved on to Southport.

Having started his career at Curzon Ashton, Greg 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 and current Alty boss, Jim Harvey, Greg was at the time the youngest captain ever of the Bower Fold club.

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 when he moved on to AFC Telford United. Altrincham appearances: 25(+25), 8 goals.

Neil YOUNG (Manager)

Neil Young was unveiled as manager of the club on 1 May 2016, following the departure in March of Lee Sinnott and the subsequent period as caretaker manager of Neil Tolson. Neil had previously enjoyed managerial success at Colwyn Bay (with whom he won prompotion to the NPL), Chester FC (where he enjoyed three promotions, including reaching the Football Conference) and Stockport County. Sadly, after three creditable draws at the start of the 2016-17 season, the team lost the next three fixture disappointingly and on 28 August 2016 Neil resigned from his position and announced his retirement from football management.