ALTRINCHAM FC DEPARTED PLAYERS/STAFF 2018


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Players & Staff who departed Altrincham in season 2019-20
or in close-season 2019


Nathan ARNOLD (d.o.b. 26 July 1987)

Altrincham announced the signing of experienced wingman Nathan Arnold on 9 June 2019. It came after he had spent several months out of the game, following a spell at Boston United.

He began his career at Mansfield Town where he made more than a hundred appearances between 2005 and 2009. After a season with Hyde United he racked up another century of appearances for Alfreton Town (2010-13).

Next, he joined Cambridge United and, from there, he had a loan at Grimsby Town, a club he subsequently joined in 2015/16 season.

After that he joined Lincoln City and after a brief loan at Salford City he played for Boston United in the early part of 2018-19. Following three appearances out of the first five fixtures of 2019-20, it was announced on 21 August 2019 that Nathan was leaving by mutual agreement with the club.

Altrincham appearances: 2(+1), 0 goals.

Conor BRANSON (d.o.b. 14 November 1991)

On 19 June 2019, Altrincham signed Conor, the Manager's Player of the Season at Bradford (Park Avenue) in 2018-19, for an undisclosed fee. In addition to his modfield capabilities, Conor can also play in the back line.

Conor was a mainstay of BPA's play-off challenge in 2018-19 and made 40 appearances for Avenue that season, netting twelve goals. His career started at Barnsley. After his release by The Tykes, he joined Guiseley, for whom he played eight times and, then, he joined the Nike Academy in 2011 before spending time in the USA (2015-18). In The States he played for Pittsburgh Riverhounds and he acted as assistant coach at Charleston Golden Eagles and Marshall Thundering Herd.

He then returned to the UK and joined Bradford (Park Avenue) for 2018-19. Conor lost his place early in the 2019-20 season at Altrincham and on 13 September he signed for Alfreton Town who paid a fee for his services.

Altrincham apearances: 5(+3), 0 goals.

Yusifu CEESAY (d.o.b 21 March, 1995 in Barcelona, Spain)

A tall, powerful and speedy left-winger, Yusifu rejoined Altrincham for a second loan spell in time to make his second debut, against Farsley Celtic, on 31 August 2019.

In 2018-19 Altrincham had been his fourth National North loan-club of that campaign season when he arrived from Blackpool on 6 February 2019. This move had immediately followed a month's loan at Nuneaton, whilst earlier in the campaign he had also spent loan spells at Boston United and AFC Telford United. Earlier, Ceesay had first emerged at Sporting Khalsa, in the Black Country, before a move to Alvechurch.

Blackpool signed him in September 2018 before loaning him out for spells at the three National League clubs mentioned above, as well as for a couple of months back at Alvechurch in autumn 2018.

He remains based in the Birmingham area (2019). After impressing on his second spell at Alty Yusifu was sidelined by a hamstring injury in mid-September 2019 and did not receover before his loan spell ended on 4 January 2020. Sadly this second loan comprised just 3(+2) games.

Appearances to June 2019: 16(+4), 3 goals.

Matthew CHADWICK (d.o.b. 27 October, 1992)

Altrincham's signing of Matthew, a left-footed striker, was announced on 1 March 2019. Some ten days' earlier he had stated that he was leaving Ashton United, where he had enjoyed two spells. In 2018-19, before joining Altrincham, he had made 21 appearances for the Hurst Cross side, netting seven times. He had previously played for several clubs in the Tameside and Manchester area, including Stalybridge Celtic, Mossley, Chadderton, Radcliffe Borough and Salford City.

His debut was delayed by whiplash injuries from a car accident but he made three starts and three more appearances from the bench in 2018-19. In summer 2019 he figured in the pre-season friendlies but was not offered a contract at their conclusion.

Altrincham appearances: 3(+3), 0 goals.

Ben HARRISON (d.o.b. 29 October 1990)

Ben Harrison is a centre-back who signed for Altrincham, from Nantwich Town, on 16 May 2017. Previously he had enjoyed a lengthy stay at Witton Albion, where he racked up more than 200 appearances. Earlier he had played for two other Cheshire teams, Barnton and Lostock Gralam. He had a brief spell at AFC Telford United early in the 2015/16 season before returning to the Dabbers in September 2015. Ben soon impressed with his reliable performances in pre-season and the season proper. Having been an ever-present, a knee injury sadly curtailed his season in April 2018.

Unfortunately, the knee injury recurred in a reserve game in August 2018 and Ben faced a lay-off before signing dual registration forms and playing for Trafford FC. After returning to Altrincham, hee suffered a recurrence of his injury at FCUM and that sidelined him again. On 18 March 2019 it was announced that Ben had gone to his former club, Witton Albion on a one-month loan.

Despite taking part in several pre-season games in July 2019, it was announced on 22 July 2019 that Ben was leaving the club. On 2 August it emerged that Ben had rejoined Nantwich Town.

Altrincham appearances: 49(+6), 2 goals.

Ashley HEMMINGS (d.o.b. 3 March 1991 in Lewisham, London)

Winger Ashley Hemmings returned for a second loan spell at Altrincham from AFC Fylde on 16 August 2019. His loan initially extended to 5 January 2020 but on 18 October it was announced that he had been released by The Coasters and was leaving to join another full-time club.

On his first stay, Ashley arrived on 4 December 2018 on a one-month loan, which was cut short on 31 December when he was recalled. He had joined Fylde earlier in 2018 after a brief spell with Salford City. However, he has a rich Football League pedigree. Having played four times for England's under-17s, Hemmings then had loan spells from Wolverhampton Wanderers at Cheltenham Town (2009), Torquay United (2010/11) and Plymouth Argyle (2011/12). He racked up 33 appearances in that period, 23 of those games being for Plymouth.

2012-14 saw him at Walsall, where he made 56 appearances but, after a loan at Burton Albion (2014), he joined Dagenham and Redbridge (2014-16), for whom he played 80 times. Mansfield Town (2016/17) and Boston United (16 goals in 41 appearances in 2017/18) were his next employers before his move to Salford City (2018) and then AFC Fylde. Ashley made an impressive debut as a substitute against Telford on 8 December 2018 and despite his curtailed stay, he made a positive impression.

Ashley's second loan spell at Altrincham began with a start against Brackley Town on 17 August 2019. He made a further eight league and three cup appearances befofe his second loan spell came to its premature end.

Altrincham appearances: 15(+1), 3 goals.

John JOHNSTON (d.o.b. 28 September 1994)

John Johnston was manager Phil Parkinson's first signing in mid-May 2017. A tricky right-winger, with electrifying pace, John finished 2016-17 season at Salford City, a club he had joined in 2016. His career started at Kidsgrove Athletic, before he moved to Leek Town in July 2013.

His good performances at Harrison Park led to a move to Crewe Alexandra in January 2014 but they immediately loaned him back to Leek till the end of the 2013-14 season. John's form was rewarded when he was named as the Evo-Stik League First Division South Young Player of the Year for 2013-14. In that same season he actually played against Alty when Leek won at Moss Lane in the FA Trophy.

At the end of November 2014, Crewe then loaned John to Alfreton Town who, in January 2015, signed him themselves. A month's loan to Salford City came in January 2016 and he signed for the Ammies later in 2016. A loan spell under Phil Parkinson at Nantwich followed before he was recalled to Salford. Four goals in his first six competitive appearances endeared him to the Altrincham faithful and his mercurial performances on the wing were a continual source of entertainment. He has also converted several penalties for the team.

2018-19 again saw his energy and dribbling skills being a vital part of the team and he weighed in with fifteen goals in that season. Alty fans were shocked by his departure to Chester FC, announced on 24 January 2020, after the Deva club had triggered a release clause in Johnston's contract. A "substantial" fee was reported to have been paid and Chester winger Craig Mahon moved in the oppositie direction. Altrincham appearances: 122(+7), 39 goals.

James POOLE (d.o.b. 20 March 1990, in Stockport)

James Poole is a 5ft 11inch inside-forward who Altrincham signed from Salford City on 16 May 2017.

He started out at Macclesfield Town (2005) before spending five years on the books of Manchester City (2006-11) where he was in their FA Youth Cup winning side. Whilst at City he had loan spells at Bury (2010) and Hartlepool United before signing for the North East coast club who were then in League Two. He made almost a hundred appearances for Hartlepool (2011-14), which preceded a spell at Bury in 2014–2015 season.

Whilst at Gigg Lane, he made five appearances on loan in the Conference for Dover Athletic. James then joined Salford City, in September 2015, and scored regularly for the Ammies. He missed the opening game of the 2017-18 season through a suspension but soon started to make impressive performances after that. However, injury caused him to miss a few games in September 2017, before he re-established himself as an inventive number ten. But a knee injury ruled him out for the closing month or so of the championship-winning campaign.

James was not fit to re-start the season 2018-19, following an injury in late 2017-18 season. He finally made a league start in the 13th league game of 2018-19 before missing the next ten fixtures. He then appeared as a late substitute at Boston on 5 January 2019. James went on loan to Hyde, to regain match fitness, in January 2019, but picked up a hamstring injury which further delayed his return to action for Altrincham.

On 19 June 2019 it was announced that Poole was emigrating to Australia to join Melbourne City.

Altrincham appearances: 37(+16), 14 goals.

Ethan WALKER (d.o.b. 28 July, 2002)

The youth-loan signing by Altrincham of Preston North End's Ethan Walker, till the end of 2019-20 season was announced on 12 December, 2019.

In 2018-19 Ethan's 11 goals in 24 appearances made him the Preston youth team’s top scorer for the second year in a row. He had first appeared for the youth team as a 14 year-old left-winger.

Ethan made his first-team debut as a used substitute against Aston Villa on 29 December 2018, which made him Preston's youngest ever player in a league match. He made his Alty debut on the left-wing at Farsley Celtic in an FA Trophy tie on 14 December 2019.

However, it was announced on 14 January 20202 that he had been recalled by Blackpool. he had made two starts for Alty in the FA Trophy ties against Farsley Celtic. In the away game he was subbed after 59 minutes and in the home game after 72 minutes. In the league he made one start, at home to Kidderminster Harriers, being subbed after 73 minutes, and he came off the bench in the 75th minute against Blyth Spartans. Otherwise, he was an unused substitute in five other league fixtures.

Altrincham appearances: 3(+1), 0 goals.

Elliot WYNNE (d.o.b. 6 November, 1997)

Before signing for Altrincham in late July 2018, Elliot had previously impressed when playing against Altrincham for Abbey Hey in the Emirates FA Cup in 2017. He was also Lancaster City's keeper when Alty won 2-1 at The Giant Axe in April 2018. As a teenager (2012), Elliot was with Oldham Athletic before moving on to Rochdale.

From Spotland, he joined AFC Fylde and later he gained a junior scholarship at Fleetwood Town, from where he went on loan to Lancaster City and Glossop North End. Next he joined Gorton club, Abbey Hey, where he played in 2017-18 season. Elliot won his place as first-choice keeper in late August 2018 but gave way to Tony Thompson in October. On 4 January 2019, it was announced that Elliot had gone on a month's loan to Trafford FC and this was extended in early February.

He returned to Moss Lane in early March 2019 but was released in late May 2019. On 31 May 2019 Farsley Celtic announced that Elliot had signed for them.

Altrincham appearances: 10.