ALTRINCHAM FC DEPARTED PLAYERS/STAFF 2018
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Players & Staff who departed Altrincham in season 2020-21
or in close-season 2020
Steven DRENCH (d.o.b. 11 September 1985 in Salford)
Altrincham signed experienced and reliable goalkeeper Steven Drench from Bradford (Park Avenue) on 28 January 2019, following the Yorkshire club's unexpected decision to allow players to leave. After starting out at Blackburn Rovers (2005), where he now works as a coach, Steven played for Morecambe (2006-08) alongside Alty assistant manager Neil Sorvel when the Shrimps gained promotion to the Football League. Next, he joined Southport (2008-09), and subsequently followed Port manager Gary Brabin to Cambridge United on loan.
After leaving the Sandgrounders he signed for Leigh Genesis where he played 45 times (2008–10). A trial at York City came to nothing and, instead, he joined Guiseley, racking up well over two hundred appearances and earning promotion, before moving on loan to FC Halifax Town and then to Bradford PA in 2017, following former Lions' manager Mark Bower to the Horsfall Stadium.
He made his Alty debut against FC United of Manchester on 9 February 2019 but after two further games Steven was sidelined by injury and Tony Thompson resumed as first-choice till the end of the season. Steven started 2019-20 as first-choice keeper but in the sixth game ruptured his Achilles so endured a long recovery period and he made no further appearances for the club.
At the end of the extended 2019-20 season Steven moved on to Farsley Celtic.
Altrincham appearances : 9.
Elliott DURRELL (d.o.b. 31 July, 1989 in Shrewsbury)
Experienced midfielder Elliott Durrell's arrival at Alty was announced on 11 February 2020. He became Phil Parkinson's fifth signing of 2020, having just completed a short-term contract at York City, a club he had joined in summer, 2019.
His early career was at Hednesford Town before he joined Telford United (2007-08). He then returned to Hednesford Town (2008-14). These years included loan spells with Rushall Olympic (2008) and Evesham United (2011). From The Pitmen he joined Wrexham (2014-15) followed by spells at Tamworth (2015–2016), Chester (2016-17) and in the Football League with Macclesfield Town (2017-19) before he joined The Minstermen.
He made an impressive start at Alty, winning and scoring a penalty on his debut as a second-half substitute at Spennymoor, before netting with his first touch as, again, a used substitute, four days later at Blyth. Then a wonder goal at Hereford in his first start, and third outing, maintained his goalscoring record. He went on to score again in game no.4 before hitting a double against Chester in his fifth outing in July 2020.
After failing to add to his tally in the final two play-off games, he departed to a former club, Wrexham, with a record of having scored more goals than the number of games he started for Altrincham.
Altrincham appearances : 5(+2), 6 goals.
Max HARROP (d.o.b. 30 June 1993 in Oldham)
A lively and skilful central midfielder or winger, Max joined Altrincham on the eve of the opening game of the 2017-18 season. His career had begun with Liverpool FC's Academy, before he moved to Bury, where he made his Football League debut in March 2011. At the end of that year he went on loan to Blyth Spartans. After returning to Gigg Lane, another loan followed, at Hinckley United.
After he had been released by Bury, he joined Nantwich Town in the summer of 2013. However, he left for Ashton United in March 2015 but, at the start of the following campaign, he was at Ramsbottom United. However, he rejoined Nantwich in 2016. His energetic performances and long-range shooting soon made him a popular figure with supporters of Altrincham.
His regular starts were curtailed by injury in February 2019 and of his 41 games in 2018-19, 13 were from the bench. Having got back into the side he was sent off in January 2020 and suspended but the 2019-20 season saw Max's starts again limited, to just nine, with a further 18 appearances from the bench. His departure was announced on 12 August 2020.
Altrincham appearances : 63(+44), 12 goals.
James HOOPER (d.o.b. 10 Febriary 1997)
On 8 February, Altrincham announced the signing of Timperley resident James Hooper on non-contract terms. Following a broken collar-bone, it was stated that James was not immediately available to play and would remain at his former club, West Didsbury & Chorlton on dual registration. However, some ten days later, he signed dual registration forms for Witton Albion in the NPL.
James started out as a professional with Rochdale (2015), where he was their youth team Player of the Season (2014-15). He progressed to play twice for Rochdale in the EFL before loan spells with FC United and Stockport County.
From Rochdale he joined Carlisle United on a short-term deal, making one League Two appearance for the Cumbrians, before moving on to FC United od Manchester and then Radcliffe Borough (2017) where he became the club's leading scorer that season (2017-18). In summer 2018 he rejoined the professional ranks at Salford City. Later that year he moved on to Chorley, where his games included a late substitute appearance against Alty in January 2019. Early in 2019-20 season he rejoined Radcliffe.
At Alty, he was first named in a first-team squad in the Play-Off Eliminator against Chester FC on 19 July 2020 but he did not manage to get off the subs' bench in that game or, subsequently, before being released in August 2020 and signing for Witton Albion.
Altrincham appearances : 0
Craig MAHON (d.o.b. 21 June, 1989 in Dublin)
Dublin-born winger Craig joined Alty from Chester FC on 24 January 2020, as John Johnston departed in the opposite direction. Craig had just been on loan at Ashton United as he recovered from injury but, before that, he had been the record appearance-maker (239 games) at Chester FC since the formation of the club from the ashes of the defunct Chester City. He had played ten games for Chester FC in 2019-20 in all competitions prior to his move to Moss Lane.
Craig had been a target of Phil Parkinson in summer 2019 but had elected to remain at Chester at that time. He had joined Chester FC in May 2013 from Vauxhall Motors, having previously been with Wigan Athletic (2008/9). At Wigan he had a loan spell with Accrington Stanley in League Two (2008/9) and became a Republic of Ireland youth international. Having been released by Wigan, Craig joined Salford City in 2009 before arriving at Burscough (2010). He had made 24 appearances for the Ammies before his move.
Early in 2010/11 season he joined Vauxhall Motors, where he made 117 appearances, before joining Chester in May 2013. Initially, when he joined Chester FC, he went on loan to AFC Fylde, before establishing himself at the Deva Stadium. He went to Ashton United on loan in December 2019 before joining Alty.
Craig was released by Altrincham on 14 August 2020, having made eleven appearances, latterly mostly from the bench.
Appearances to August 2020: 6(+5), 0 goals.
Lewis WALTERS (d.o.b. 28 March 1995)
Lewis made his debut for Alty in the pre-season friendly at Atherton Collieries on 16 July, 2019. He opened his goalscoring account in the following friendly, against Blackpool, before missing the next game to go on trial, allegedly at Barnet.
He returned to play part of the following match against AFC Fylde, who were his most recent club. His previous clubs were Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Barrow and Guiseley. Leeds-based, Lewis had trials at Carlisle United in summer 2018.
After two league starts for Altrincham and two appearances from the bench, Lewis went on loan to Buxton in early September 2019. He returned briefly, without appearing again for the Altrincham first team though he did turn out for the Reserves. On 15 October he started a month's loan at Ashton United before moving on to Trafford, where his initial loan was extended in December to cover the period to 18 January 2020.
In November 2019, Lewis was named Trafford's Player of the Month. He was recalled from his loan in January 2020 after making nine starts for the Shawe View club, in which he scored four goals. On his return he netted a well-taken goal at Telford in early February, 2020.
However, the club announced his release on 14 August 2020.
Altrincham appearances : 3(+7), 1 goal.
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 and, from there, he went on loan to Droylsden.
However, he returned to Moss Lane in time to be named on the bench against Chester FC in the play-off game on 19 July 2020. He was on the bench for the remaing two play-off games but left the club again at the end of the 2019-20 season on 1 August 2020.
Altrincham appearance: 10.