Altrincham FC Ladies, 2013-14


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Above: Altrincham FC Ladies line up before the game against Macclesfield Town in December 2013.

Altrincham FC runs an open-age Ladies' team which plays in the Cheshire Women's & Youth League, Division Two.

The venue for home matches this season is to be confirmed. Spectators are welcome at all games, which normally take place on Sundays at 2pm. For details of matches and times, please see the fixtures list below.

There is a separate website for the Altrincham FC Juniors and social activities.


Keith Edleston

John McManus

Chris Bullock
  • Manager - Keith Edleston
  • Assistant Manager/Fitness Coach - John McManus
  • Administration/Coach - Phil Taylor
  • Coach - Chris Bullock


Aspiring lady footballers are invited to e-mail the Ladies' Team Manager, Keith Edleston, giving details of their footballing background.

8 July 2014


Keith Edleston advises that Altrincham FC Ladies' team will take on Merseyrail Bootle LFC on Sunday, 17th August, k.o. 2pm. The match is at the Delta Taxis Stadium, Vesty Road, Bootle, L30 1NY.
15 May 2014


Altrincham FC Ladies confirmed a third-place finish in the league with a 4-2 win away to Runcorn Linnets Ladies in their final match of the season.

Phil Taylor's report on the game is to be found here. As Phil says, it has been an excellent season for the Ladies in both league and cup competitions.

9 May 2014


Altrincham FC Ladies won 9-0 on Sunday at home to Whitchurch Alport, thanks to goals from Cloe Allsop (4), Tracey Blanchard-Webb (3), Aimee Gibson and Hayley Macardy.

Courtesy of Phil Taylor, there is now a report on the game. It can be found here.

27 April 2014


Altrincham Ladies lost the Cheshire Women's & Youth League Challenge Cup Final by the narrowest of margins at Lostock Gralam this afternoon. Their opponents, Crewe Alexandra Ladies lifted the cup, winning 1-0, thanks to an extra-time goal in the 107th minute. Alty were without 41-goal leading scorer Tracey Blanchard-Webb, who had suffered concussion in her previous game.

Above: Alty Ladies take to the field, alongside several young mascots.

Despite the defeat, the Ladies have done very well to reach this Final within three years of the team's formation.

Match report here.

21 April 2014


Altrincham Ladies secured a 1-0 win at the J. Davidson Stadium against AFC Stockport on Sunday. Next up is the cup-final at Lostock Gralam FC next Sunday (27th) against Crewe (2pm).
17 April 2014


Phil Taylor had a major task on his hands in recording all fifteen goals in the Altrincham FC Ladies' recent win (13-2) over Heswall. His report is here. Pictures from the game can be seen on Mike Ripley's website.

Next match for the Ladies is a home fixture v AFC Stockport, next Sunday, April 20th. This game is being played at Moss Lane as part of the Beer Festival and kick-off is at the later time of 3pm.

13 April 2014


Keith Edleston advises us that in Sunday's league match, his Altrincham FC Ladies side beat Heswall LFC 13-2. The goalscorers were Tracey, whose hat-trick took her to a total of 41 goals this season, plus hat-tricks from both Aimee and Cloe A (x3). The other goals were scored by Sam B., Brogan, Heather and Sarah. Player of the Match was Aimee Gibson. The Players' Player of the Match was Sam Briggs. A match report is to follow from Phil Taylor.
6 April 2014


Following a narrow 2-1 defeat by Wilmslow last time out, Alty Ladies host Heswall next Sunday (13th, 2pm).

Phil Taylor's report on the Wilmslow game is here.

1 April 2014


Above, Alty Ladies and Runcorn Linnets line up before their game last Sunday, which Altrincham won 4-3. Phil Taylor's match report is here.

25 March 2014


Phil Taylor's report on the Alty Ladies' impressive 7-2 win at Heswall describes a game in which the visitors led 7-1 at the interval but "lost" the second half 1-0!
21 March 2014


Courtesy of Phil Taylor, reports on the matches against Stockport County Ladies in January and Warrington Wolverines, last Sunday, have now been added to the website. Links can be found on the Fixtures page.
11 March 2014


Above: Altrincham Ladies, pictured by Michael Ripley, after their Cheshire Women's & Youth League, Challenge Cup, Semi-Final, win over Urmston Meadowside, last Sunday.

Phil Taylor has kindly provided a report on the match, which is here.

Following their excellent semi-final win, Altrincham FC Ladies will meet Crewe in the final of the Cheshire Women's & Youth League, Challenge Cup, to be played at Lostock Gralam FC (behind the Slow & Easy) on Sunday April 27th. Kick-off is 2pm. All support will be very welcome!

Before that, the next fixture in the league is this coming Sunday (16/3/14) when the Ladies are away to Warrington Wolverines, a fixture which was abandoned earlier in the season. Kick-off is 2.00pm.

10 March 2014


Altrincham FC Ladies continued their recent run of good results as they won again in their semi-final of the Cheshire Women's & Youth League Challenge Cup. Phil Taylor writes that "We have now reached the Final without having conceded a goal on the way". He adds that "The Altrincham Ladies were, once again, successful this afternoon defeating Urmston Meadowside 2-0. Goals from Tracey Blanchard Webb, one in each half and an exceptional team performance mean that, in only the third year since inception, Alty Ladies have reached the League Challenge Cup Final. Another notable fact is that the Ladies have reached the final without having conceded a goal in the competition". Phil's match report will follow soon.
4 March 2014


Altrincham FC Ladies beat Irby Ladies on Sunday, 9-2, with goals from Tracey Blanchard-Webb (4), Hannah Shufflebotham (2), Sam Briggs, Cloe Allsop and Chloe Brereton. Next up, is the League Challenge Cup Semi Final away at Urmston Meadowside.

Courtesy of Phil Taylor, there is a full report on the game against Irby here.

Manager Keith Edleston adds that he would like to thank Irby Ladies' manager, Rob and his girls, "because whenever we play them they are courteous, friendly and play the game the right way, despite numbers not being available at times. They are a great advert for women's football and how a club should be run and, if Rob leaves at the end of the season to pursue his university and job commitments, it will be a massive loss to the Cheshire Women's and Youth League and to women's football in general".

26 February 2014


Phil Taylor has kindly provided a match report on the Ladies' 5-0 win in the Challenge Cup last Sunday, against Chester City Ladies.

Right: James Lobley's image from the game against Chester City Ladies.

24 February 2014


After a long lay-off, caused by the weather, Altrincham FC Ladies celebrated a return to action last Sunday with a 5-0 cup win over Chester to advance to the semi-finals of the Cheshire Women's & Youth League Cup competition. They now meet Urmston Meadowside, at home on Sunday, 9 March. Next Sunday, 2 March (2pm), the Ladies host Irby in a league game.
29 January 2014


Altrincham FC Ladies lost 4-0 away to Crewe Alexandra on Sunday.
21 January 2014


Altrincham FC Ladies bowed out of the Cheshire County Ladies' Challenge Cup to the holders, Stockport County, last Sunday. County won the game 13-1, which was only Alty Ladies' second defeat of the season.
12 January 2014


Today's Altrincham FC Ladies' cup match, away to Chester, has been postponed. Phil Taylor advises us that "The pitch, which was waterlogged, has frozen over. The game will have to be rearranged. Next week we travel to Stockport County in the Cheshire County Cup".
6 January 2014


Altrincham FC Ladies' match, away to Warrington Wolverines, was abandoned after 23 minutes on Sunday. More on this here, courtesy of Phil Taylor.
18 December 2013


Altrincham Ladies won 5-3 at Wilmslow on Saturday and are now joint top of the division.

Right: Lizzie Brereton receives her Player of the Match Award from Dave of the Blue Dog Bar. Photo courtesy of Keith Edleston.

Courtesy of Phil Taylor and Keith Edleston there is a match report on the Ladies' 5-3 win at Wilmslow.B>18 December 2013

16 December 2013


Altrincham FC Ladies' manager Keith Edleston reports that his team won 5-3 away at Wilmslow on Sunday. "Made me age a bit today with us being 3-0 up at half time and Wilmslow pulling it back to 3-3 before we regrouped and scored two late goals.It was a very tough game and one where we weren't at our best but to go to the third-placed team and to win without playing well, well I'll take that every day", he said.

The goalscorers were Heather Scott, Cloe Allsop, Chloe Brereton and a brace from Tracey Blanchard-Webb. Player of the match was Lizzie Brereton. The Ladies' next game is on 5th January, away to Warrington Wolverines.

2 December 2013


Above: The two teams line up before the game to show their support for the Mark Maddox campaign on behalf of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Keith Edleston, manager of the Altrincham FC's Ladies' team, has kindly provided a report by Phil Taylor from Sunday's County Cup Preliminary Round game, in which his team overcame Macclesfield Town Ladies 2-0. The next round is due to be played on the 12th January, though the opponents are not yet known.

Right: Katherine McIntyre (Cyprus) receives her Player of the Match award from sponsor, Dave, from the Blue Dog Bar.

Next up for the Ladies is a trip to Wilmslow for a rearranged League fixture next Sunday. Kick-off is at the more usual time of 2pm.

2 December 2013


The excellent season for the Altrincham FC Ladies continued on Sunday when they won, 4-2 away, at Whitchurch Alport. The scorers were Nat Thornley and Tracey Blanchard-Webb, who hit a hat-trick. The nominated Player of the Match was Sam Briggs. A full report, from Phil Taylor, is here.

Describing himself as "a very happy manager", Keith Edleston said, "It was a very long day but, overall, worth it for bringing home the three points". Altrincham, with seven wins and one defeat from their eight games, lie fourth on the league table.

Phil Taylor adds that "Next up for the Ladies is the Cheshire County Cup fixture versus Macclesfield Town FC Ladies, who play a couple of levels above us. Although an Altrincham home game, the match is to be played on the enclosed pitch at Crossford Bridge, Sale, in order to comply with the requirements of the Competition. Kick off is at the earlier time of 1.00pm".

28 November 2013


Altrincham FC Ladies'manager Keith Edleston reports that his team has "been drawn in the Quarter Finals of the Challenge Cup away to Division One Chester City Ladies FC. The game is to be played at The Cheshire County Sports Club on Sunday the 12th January with a 2pm k.o."
26 November 2013


Alty Ladies won 1-0 at Blacon on Sunday. John McManus's match report is here. The next game is away to Whitchurch Alport this Sunday.
17 November 2013


Altrincham FC Ladies overcame Blacon Ladies 6-0 in today's Cheshire Women's League second round cup match at Beech Avenue. To a first-half hat-trick by Tracey Blanchard-Webb were added goals by Cloe Alsop, Sam Jones and Chloe Brereton. Report here.
16 November 2013


Kevin Thompson advises us that there is an "Opportunity to get your question on England Women's Football answered by the Senior England Goalkeeping Coach, Keith Rees. All you have to do is go to the Alty & Sale Sport website, click on the contact page and send your question with your name. The deadline is 24 November and the interview with be recorded and broadcast on 2 December in the Alty and Sale Sport Show".


10 November 2013


Bad weather again put paid to the Ladies' match, this Sunday, versus Heswall, the pitch being declared unfit after heavy rain and frost over night.

The next scheduled match is a cup match, at home to Blacon Ladies, next Sunday (17th) at Beech Avenue, 2pm.

3 November 2013


Rain has put paid to to today's scheduled match between Alty Ladies and Wilmslow Town. The next match is on Sunday, 10 November, at home to Heswall, at Beech Avenue, Timperley, at 2pm.
28 October 2013


Above: The two teams pose with posters for the Motor Neurone Disease Association's campaign, which is being led by former Alty captain Mark Maddox.

There is now available a match report, courtesy of Phil Taylor, (and a further photo), on the Ladies' 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra, last Sunday.

21 October 2013


Altrincham FC Ladies had another impressive win last Sunday. Courtesy of Phil Taylor there is a match report on the game, against Wallasey Athletic Ladies, here.

Phil also advises us that "Next up for the Ladies is a home League fixture versus Crewe Alexandra Ladies next Sunday, October 27th, kick-off 2pm as usual. This will be a very tough assignment for the Ladies as Crewe are, as yet, unbeaten this season, having conceded only one goal so far".

Above the Alty and Wallasey Athletic Ladies display the Motor Neurone Disease Association's poster showing former Alty captain Mark Maddox, who is helping to publicize the work of the charity in helping sufferers from the disease.

15 October 2013


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Above: Altrincham FC Ladies line up before the game against Stockport.

On Sunday, Altrincham FC Ladies defeated AFC Stockport 3-0 in the First Round of the Challenge Cup, with a hat-trick from the prolific Tracey Blanchard-Webb. In the second round the Ladies, play Blacon LFC on the 17 November at Beech Field, Timperley k.o. 2pm

A match report on the Ladies' First Round win over AFC Stockport, kindly provided by Phil Taylor, is to be found here.

12 October 2013


The Ladies' next game is on Sunday 13 October at 2pm at Beech Avenue, Timperley: ALTRINCHAM LADIES v AFC STOCKPORT in the Cheshire Women's & Youth League. Spectators welcome.
9 October 2013


There is a match report by Phil Taylor on the Alty Ladies' most recent game, at home to Warrington Wolverines. It can be found here, along with a photo of Dave from the "Blue Dog Bar", Altrincham, presenting Louise and Hannah with their free drink for having played so well. Tracey Blanchard-Webb was "Woman of the Match" and was presented with a bottle of wine for her performance".


The next match for Altrincham FC Ladies is this Sunday (13th) at home to AFC Stockport in the Challenge Cup, at Beech Fields, off Langham Grove, Timperley WA15 6DY. Kick off is at 2pm. is award at Alty Ladies' home fixtures this season.
7 October 2013


Keith Edleston, manager of Altrincham FC Ladies advises us that his team suffered a narrow 4-5 defeat on Sunday to Warrington Wolverines. Keith says that it was a "very entertaining game, one which swung from end to end throughout the 90 minutes. Goalscorers were Tracey Blanchard-Webb (x2), Nat Thornley and Hannah Shufflebotham. The Player of the Match picked by The Blue Dog Bar was Tracey Blanchard-Webb. There will be a full report to follow tomorrow".

Above, the teams line up before kick off.

29 September 2013


Sunday's Altrincham FC Ladies game at Nantwich was postponed as the Dabbers were unable to raise a team. The Ladies are at home to Warrington Wolverines next Sunday at Beech Avenue, Timperley (2pm).
22 September 2013


Altrincham FC Ladies made it three wins out of three with an impressive 5-1 away win against Irby FC on Sunday. They have now scored 13 times this season, with a four-goal haul from Tracey Blanchard-Webb taking her season's tally to eight. Alty's other goal at Irby came from Hayley Macardy. Manager Keith Edleston reports that Player of the Match was Beth Crellin. A full report on the match will appear on the website in the next day or two.

Next up, the Ladies are away to Nantwich Town Ladies on Sunday, 29 September, at The Weaver Stadium (2pm). 15 September 2013


Today's match between Altrincham FC Ladies and Whitchurch Alport has been postponed as the opposition could not raise a side. The next game is On SUnday 22 September, away to Irby.


A report on the Alty Ladies' victory last Thursday against AFC Stockport is here, courtesy of John McManus.
13 September 2013


The league fixtures have been amended since they were first issued and, as a result, Altrincham FC Ladies will now have a game this Sunday (15th, 2pm) against Whitchurch Alport Ladies at Beech Avenue, Timperley.


The Ladies came back from a goal behind to defeat AFC Stockport Ladies 3-1 on Thursday. Report to follow...
9 September 2013


Altrincham Ladies came back form 0-2 to win their opening league match of the season 5-2, at home to Balcon Youth Ladies. Courtesy of John McManus and Keith Edleston, there is a match report and a team photo here.
2 September 2013


Manager Keith Edleston reports on his Altrincham FC Ladies pre-season game.

"The Ladies took on AFC Oldham in a hastily arranged preseason fixture as their opponents had cancelled on them late in the day. So, on Sunday morning we made the short trip over to Heywood Sports Centre, near Bury. Our squad had some new debutants and it was a good time to 'blood them in' against higher (Div. 1) opponents.

We kicked off the game and it was obvious from the start it was going to be a tough game but we settled down and, on 27 minutes, a flowing move down our right saw Chloe Alsop put a lovely ball through for Brogan Walsh and she fired in a shot from outside the box, which flew into the net to make it 1-0.

We had settled down into the game and were playing some nice football but the game still was finely balanced with Oldham also playing some good stuff. Just on the stroke of half time a shot from their centre-forward caught in the wind then hung and dropped into the net leaving Lizzie a bit 'miffed' as she had the shot well covered!

Half time 1-1

We then decided to change the team around to let more players gain some valuable game time. We started the second half kicking into a strong wind that had arrived and Oldham picked up the pace. It was getting a lot harder and Oldham, showing their First Division strength and guile, were knocking the ball around well. On 56 minutes they scored from a ball which split our defence and then, on 59 minutes, a shot was saved by Lizzie, who managed to push the ball out but, then, we didn't react quickly enough and the striker followed up to make it 3-1.

We decided to make some more changes and experiment with some players playing in different position, in preparation for our new season and the game settled down into a end to end affair. But Oldham saw the game out to finish 3-1 winners.

Squad: Lizzie Brereton, Sam Briggs, Louise Edleston, Caroline Moran, Sarah McManus, Heather Scott, Gail Simpson, Beth Crellin, Kathryn Mcintrye, Brogan Walsh, Chloe Alsop, Hayley Macardy, Sam Jones, Becki Hailes, Kate Rawthore (and Chloe Brereton injured but made the journey as a supporter, well done Chlo!)

All in all, a great game of football for us. We learnt from it, players got game time and the debutants settled in well. A big thanks go to Becky from AFC Oldham for giving us the chance to play and their players and staff for making us feel very welcome; hope you go on and have a great season Ladies. For us, one more training session to go then the big kick off this Sunday when the Ladies take on Blacon Youth at Beech Fields in Timperley, 2 pm ko. Hope to see you there!"

28 August 2013


Altrincham FC Ladies are pleased to announce that they have a sponsor for their polo travel shirts. The new sponsor is Richie Bentley Catering Services. Richie's company provides the matchday catering at the J. Davidson Stadium, as well as offering other outside catering services. Ladies' Manager Keith Edleston says, "We thank Richie for his kind sponsorship and hope we can promote his business throughout the North West this season".
18 August 2013


Manager Keith Edleston reports that "We have some new signings to announce that will enhance our squad; Lizzie Brereton, a goalkeeper from AFC Urmston Medowside, Beth Crellin, a midfielder from Glossop North End, Chloe Alsop and Becki Hailes, both forwards from Unicorn FC, Chloe Brereton, defender and Tracey Blanchard-Webb, a forward from AFC Oldham". Welcome to the Club!