Players & Staff who departed Altrincham in season 2017-18
or in close-season 2017
Nicky CLEE (d.o.b. 30 August 1983, in Huddersfield)
Nicky originally joined from Hyde United on 17 July 2009 before being released by Neil Young at the end of 2015/16. He re-signed for the club, from Harrogate Town, on 16 December 2016. Nicky is primarily a left-winger but can also play at left-back, as well as being an accomplished cricketer.
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 wass 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. However, 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 before moving on briefly to Harrogate Town, from where he rejoined Altrincham.
Having signed a contract till the end of 2017-18, he asked to be released from that in May 2017 and left the club. Curiously, he finished the season in goal after Tim Deasy was injured during the last match of the 2016-17 season at Tamworth.
Altrincham appearances: 239(+53), 37 goals.
John CYRUS (d.o.b. 10 October, 1991)
A tough-tackling and commanding centre-back John Cyrus, signed for Alty in early June 2016 from Frickley Athletic. He had been Player of the Year at Frickley in 2015. John had joined Frickley in July 2014 from Barnsley club, Shaw Lane Aquaforce, having previously played for Emley. He made his Altrincham debut on 6 August 2016 at home to Darlington and became a regular starter with several impressive performances. John left the club in May 2017. Altrincham appearances: 37(=1), 4 goals.
Sam PATTERSON (d.o.b. 29 October 1993)
The Robins signed versatile former Barnsley and Shrewsbury Town defender Sam Patterson from Bradford Park Avenue. He is equally comfortable at right-back or as a holding midfielder.
From Barnsley, he spent a month on loan at F.C. Halifax Town in late 2013. He was released by Barnsley in the summer of 2014 and moved to Bradford Park Avenue. In August 2015 Sam signed for Shrewsbury Town but was released in January 2016 and returned to Bradford Park Avenue. Pre-season of 2016 showed him to be a very reliable right- or left-back. He made his Altrincham debut on 6 August 2016 at home to Darlington and was a regular starter in the first half of the campaign but lost his regular starting place later in the season. Altrincham appearances: 32(+5), 1 goal.
Damian REEVES (d.o.b. 18 December 1985, height 5ft 10ins)
Doncaster-based Damian was signed by Graham Heathcote on 26 June 2010.
Despite playing in a struggling and eventually relegated side at the highest level of non-league football, in his first season at Moss Lane Damian nevertheless netted 19 times in just 35(+11) games. He started his first game for Altrincham on the opening day of the 2010-11 season at Luton. Despite not starting more than three successive league games at a stretch in the first half of the season, Damian became a permanent starter for the second half of that campaign.
In 2011-12 a rich vein of form saw him hit 44 goals, all in the league, to become the country's highest scorer at the club's level or above. It looked as if that haul might earn him a move to a League club but, after a summer of rumour and speculation, he re-signed for Altrincham on 22 July 2012. His scoring continued in 2012-13 with another phenomenal haul of 41 goals in all competitions and in 2014-15 he was again the team's leading scorer by a considerable margin.
Damian is an Academy graduate of Leeds United, where he first played under Alty boss, Lee Sinnott. Subsequently, he played Conference football with Farsley Celtic, Histon and Northwich Victoria. A Liverpool supporter, Damian broke his leg badly whilst at Leeds, after which he moved to Farsley under Lee Sinnott. He spent two years from August 2006 to June 2008 at Farsley where, in his first season he scored 23 goals and, the following season, the Yorkshire club's one campaign in the Conference, he played 44(+2) games in all competitions, scoring 11 Conference and 3 cup goals in FA competitions.
At Histon he played 13(+9) games and netted 5 times, before leaving in January 2009 to move to Northwich Victoria, where he made 7(+2) appearances.
After Vics, Damian went to Alfreton Town in 2009-10, followed by a spell at AFC Telford United and a loan spell with Bradford PA. At Telford he scored four goals in 17 appearances. For Alty in 2014-15 season he scored 21 times in all competitions.
Outside football, Damian is a self-employed plasterer and, before establishing himself in football, he had a basketball trial with Sheffield Sharks. Damian lost his place in the starting eleven early in 2015-16 but regained it and scored several goals before the end of the calendar year.
However, his appearances continued to be intermittent until the run-in to the end of the 2015-16 campaign. In 2016-17 he started only 27 of the 46 league games and, on expiry of his contract, he opted to leave the club at the end of that season. Despite this disappointing end to his Altrincham career he had become the club's second-highest ever scorer with 166 goals accrued at a rate of one in every two appearances.
Appearances to June 2016: 278(+54), 166 goals.