ALTRINCHAM FC DEPARTED PLAYERS/STAFF 2018
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Players & Staff who departed Altrincham in season 2018-19
or in close-season 2018
Anthony DWYER (d.o.b. 13 December 1996)
Anthony was manager Phil Parkinson's first new signing of summer 2018 when he joined on 17 May 2018. Ironically, his last game of the 2017-18 season had been against Altrincham for Hednesford Town, a club he had joined in March 2018 from AFC Telford United. He had joined Telford in the summer of 2017 before his move to the Pitmen in March 2018.
Anthony has dual Montserrat and England eligibility. He started out at Mansfield Town in the Stags' under-19s in 2015/16 before joining Stafford Rangers in November 2016. He soon moved on to Matlock Town and also had a spell with Ilkeston before he joined AFC Telford United.
Anthony's departure from the club, by mutual agreement, was announced on 6 July 2018, without his having made an appearance.
Altrincham appearances: 0.
Sam HEATHCOTE (d.o.b. 5 August 1997)
Sam was a junior striker at Manchester United and, following his release, he graduated through Altrincham's youth team and reserves to sign Conference forms, as a back-up for the first-team, in March 2015. Converted to a centre-back in the Alty Youth and Reserves' teams, he was first included in the first-team squad for 2015-16. The son of former Alty player and manager, Graham Heathcote, Sam has represented Cheshire County FA Youth.
He made a remarkable debut for the first team, coming on as an injury-time substitute against eventual champions Cheltenham Town on 5 September 2015. Within some ninety seconds he had scored the winning goal! With his opportunities in the first team limited, after making 5(+4) appearances in 2016-17, Sam went on loan to Hyde United. On his return he re-established himself as a regular member of the matchday squad.
Latterly, Sam has become a popular coach with the Altrincham FC community venture. On 26 July 2017 it was announced that Sam had opted to leave the club after manager Phil Parkinson had indicated that he could not be promised a regular place in the starting eleven. He then joined fellow ex-Altrincham team-mates Kyle Brownhill and Jerome Wright at Ramsbottom United where he reverted to a striker's role. However, he made a welcome return to Altrincham on 1 March 2018 but moved to Hyde United in May 2018 in search of more regular starts. Altrincham appearances: 35(+26), 1 goal.
Laurence TAYLOR (d.o.b. 5 September 1996)
A dependable central midfielder, Laurence made his first-team debut in the Cheshire Senior Cup on 3 February 2016 and on 6 December 2016 he also started the first-team FA Trophy match against Blyth Spartans. Prior to that he had been captain of the Altrincham FC Youth team, with whom he won the league, and after that was a Reserves' player. Laurence again signed first-team forms, for then manager Jim Harvey, in September 2016 and made several appearances in cup competitions before he made his league debut on 14 January 2017. He was named Altrincham FC Man of the Match on his debut and, the same day, it was announced that he had signed a contract with the club until the end of 2017-18 season. By the latter part of 2016-17 season he was a regular starter in central midfield but his 2017-18 season was affected by injury in September 2017, which sidelined him for several weeks.
Laurence went on a month's loan to Hednesford Town at the end of November, 2017 and, after a brief return to Altrincham, started a month's loan at Trafford in mid-January 2018, which was renewed in mid-February. In the close season of 2018 he signed for our Shawe View neighbours. Altrincham appearances: 25(+6), 0 goals.