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25 June 2016

SUMMER FUN AT ALTY

Courtesy of Altrincham FC Community Co-Ordinator, Judy Henson, we have the accompanying poster which shows an event-packed summer of Fun Weeks for four to twelve year-olds. (Click on poster to enlarge it).

Judy adds that "For the first time ever, we are offering Manchester United and Manchester City stadium tours as well as National Football Museum tours, Movie Monday, Wildlife Wednesday, ice skating, swimming, golf and arts/crafts. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please telephone 0161 928 1045 or send an e-mail at your earliest opportunity".

ALTY AWAY KIT

Ian Senior has provided the accompanying images of the 2016-17 Altrincham FC away kit. Ian adds that the kits is now "sublimated" which means that it is "a completely printed kit, with no embroidery or individual logos. It is the latest technique".

ALTRINCHAM FC

AWAY KIT

2016-17

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

Nuneaton Town report that they wish "to take the opportunity to wish Lathaniel Rowe-Turner the best of luck at his new club, Torquay United. Lathaniel joined us on loan from Kidderminster Harriers last season and was a consistent performer in Boro's defence. Terms were offered to the defender to become a Boro player although Lathaniel has decided to join his former team in the Conference National."

According to the Chester Chronicle, "AFC Telford United manager Rob Smith claims Elliott Durrell will be signing for Chester FC. Smith had hoped to tempt the 26-year-old to New Bucks Head but has now told the Shropshire Star that move is dead in the water.

Durrell, who netted 14 times for National League North side Tamworth last season, has been linked with Boston United and FC Halifax Town as well as the Blues... Smith said, 'He’s going to Chester, as far as I’m aware. If he calls to tell me he’s not, then I’d be amazed. If he [had] wanted to sign for us there was something there a while back, but not now... There comes a time where we need to move on.

'Elliott wants to speak to this club and that club and I will only focus on players who are serious about coming to Telford and that’s what we’re doing. I’m not prepared to wait and wait forever because, if you do that, you miss out on people. It’s probably been a period of five or six weeks on and off and we can’t afford to do that'.

Shrewsbury-based Durrell began his career at Telford before moving to Hednesford Town, where he scored 104 goals in 240 games. He transferred to Wrexham for an undisclosed fee in January 2014 but departed at the end of 2014/15 season having been restricted to 30 appearances, claiming he had not had a 'fair crack of the whip'.

Meanwhile, Telford have signed ex-Chester forward Tom Peers... Warrington-born Peers left the Blues in March to sign for Hednesford where he previously had a spell when Smith was manager and has now linked up with him again.

' 'I took Tom on loan to Hednesford the year before last and he’s very versatile,' Smith told the Shropshire Star. 'He can play down the middle or wide and will give us that flexibility. He’s also strong and powerful and he’s looking to bounce back at a higher level. He’s quite a physical player, he works hard and he’s got goals in him so he’s a very good acquisition'".


24 June 2016

GET YOUR SEASON TICKET NOW!

Time is running out... Altrincham FC is offering a £10 discount on season tickets purchased before the end of June 2016.

Season Tickets: a £10 reduction applies on the Adult/Concessionary ticket prices shown below, if purchased on or before 30 June 2016

  • Standing: Adults £250 Concessions £145
  • Seating: Adults £290 Concessions £155
  • 12-16 year olds: £60
  • Under 12s: £30
And don't forget that a 2016-17 season ticket will get you into the pre-season friendlies at the J. Davidson Stadium, FREE of charge! To date, the home friendlies are...

  • Sat. 16.7.16 @3pm v CHESTER FC
  • Tue. 26.7.16 @7.45pm v CREWE ALEXANDRA
  • Fri. 29.7.16 @7.30pm v BURNLEY XI

The away friendlies announced so far are as follows....

  • Sun. 10.7.16 @2pm v Widnes, at Halton stadium
  • Tue. 19.7.16 @7.45pm v Trafford, at Shawe View

PATRONS AIMING FOR 150 MEMBERS

Chairman, Grahame Rowley, writes "Many thanks to all the supporters who have joined the Patrons' Scheme in the last few weeks - we have smashed the 100 barrier now and are well on the way to our target of 150 for the 2016-17 season. If you haven't joined yet please consider joining - your support will be much appreciated".

As previously publicised, for the 2016-17 season, Altrincham FC is again running its Patrons' Club. Chairman Grahame Rowley said at the time of the launch ...

"We’re now asking for people to join the 2016-17 Patrons' Scheme.

For the bargain sum of £50, your name will appear throughout the season 2016-17 in the matchday programme for every home game and on the club’s official website as a Patron of the Football Club.

In August, every Patron will be entered into a prize draw with the winner being match sponsor for an appointed game along with 9 guests. Second prize will be hospitality for 5 people and third prize hospitality for 3 people in the Sponsor Lounge; the value of the 1st prize is £550.

If you are interested in becoming a Patron again this season or joining for the first time please forward a cheque payable to “Altrincham FC” for £50 for the attention of Grahame Rowley.

If you require further information, please speak to me on 07720-606897 or e-mail me.

We need your support even more for the forthcoming season, so please help the club through the close season by joining up today.

Thank you.

Grahame Rowley, Chairman.

A full list of the 2016-17 Patrons is to be found here.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

Confirmation comes in the Chester Chronicle that "Danny Hattersley, who spent two months on loan with Chester FC last season, has signed for former Blues' boss Neil Young at Altrincham. Hattersley made eight appearances without registering a goal during his spell from FC Halifax Town, although some fans credited the 24-year-old with bringing the best out of Ross Hannah, who scored seven times in eight games alongside the ex-Southport forward.

Hattersley departed Halifax at the end of the 2015/16 season and there were rumours linking him with a return to Chester, however The Chronicle understands he was never on Jon McCarthy's radar. He follows former Blues team-mate Craig Hobson in moving to Altrincham, who are aiming to bounce back from relegation to the National League North.

Young was named as Lee Sinnott's successor at the start of last month and has overhauled the squad with 12 new signings, including Jamie Menagh and Sean Miller, who worked under him at Chester".

The Halifax Courier reports that "Jamie Vardy has signed a new four-year contract at Leicester, meaning Halifax will miss out on a sell-on windfall they would reportedly have received had he moved to Arsenal. Vardy looked set to join The Gunners for £20m, a move which according to Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley would have resulted in Halifax receiving [a] share of the sell-on fee his club would have had".

From the Boston Target we learn that "One of Boston United's new signings, midfielder Shane Clarke, is set to miss most of next season after suffering a recurrence of an Achilles injury. Clarke suffered the injury while running ahead of joining up with his new team-mates for pre-season training, which starts on Saturday.

The former Lincoln City and Gainsborough Trinity midfielder spent a large part of last season out with an Achilles problem, but was thought to have recovered. After completing his return to the Pilgrims, Clarke said, 'I had two good seasons at Tamworth until my injury. My rehab has gone really well and I will be taking a full part in the pre-season'...

But after Clarke's setback, manager Dennis Greene faces having to look for another midfielder. 'He's had to have an operation so he'll be out for six to nine months', said Greene. 'I'll speak to him on Saturday to see where we stand. If he can't play we'll get someone else in. If we were three months into the season and he was playing well, it really would have been a blow. But he hasn't kicked a ball for us, so I don't know how much of a blow it is'.

However, Greene has ruled out a move for in-demand midfielder Elliott Durrell, who is wanted by both Chester and AFC Telford United. Reports in Shropshire have linked Boston with the player, but while Greene rates the 26-year-old highly, he expects the Shrewsbury-based middleman to join a club closer to home... 'I'm not in for him', said Greene. 'He lives in Shrewsbury, so he's not someone we're looking at'".

Meanwhile, AFC Telford United "have completed the signing of former Chester FC forward Tom Peers. The 20-year-old former Chester academy product signed for the club on Thursday afternoon. Warrington-born Peers has been with the Blues since 2010 and his prolific scoring record for the club's youth teams led former manager Neil Young to give him his first-team debut aged 17.

Tom had a productive spell on loan at 1874 Northwich in 2013-14 scoring 5 goals in 7 appearances which was then followed by a move to Rob & Larry at Hednesford Town. Tom enjoyed his spell at Hednesford scoring 3 goals in 9 appearances. Peers bagged eight goals in just nine games for Marine and that prompted Steve Burr to recall him in March 2015...

Peers was delighted to sign for the club this afternoon. 'AFC Telford United is a massive club with a huge fan base and I can’t wait to get started... I know Ben Bailey, Jack Rea & Sean Williams so it’s always nice to know a few of the lads when joining a new club'".

The National League tells us that "FC Halifax Town has announced the signing of goalkeeper Tom Nicholson from North Ferriby United. Nicholson follows Josh Wilde, Tom Denton, Liam King as well as manager Billy Heath making the switch from the newly-promoted Vanarama National League side. The Shaymen have also revealed that Kevin Roberts and Richard Peniket have signed new deals with the club.

Twenty-six-year-old former Cambridge United defender Roberts joined the Shaymen in 2014 having being part of their play-off winning team. Former Tamworth frontman Peniket joined the Shaymen in the summer of 2014 but missed most of the second half of his first season with a serious injury. The 23-year-old has previously played for Hereford United, Kidderminster Harriers and AFC Telford United."

Elsewhere, "Curzon Ashton`s captain Alex Brown has announced his retirement from football. The midfielder has called time on his playing career after spending the last two years of his career at the Tameside Stadium... He has decided to retire in a bid to allow more time to his business and also his family.

Brown has also represented Hyde United, Chester, Droylsden and a host of other local teams... The first-team captaincy will now be resumed by goalkeeper Hakan Burton, who steps up from his position as vice-captain".


23 June 2016

ALTY SIGN STRIKER

Altrincham's joint Press and Media Officer, John Edwards, writes "Neil Young has increased his attacking options for the new season by signing striker Danny Hattersley from FC Halifax Town.

The 6ft 3in frontrunner is eager to recapture the form that attracted the attention of several Football League clubs a couple of years ago and is confident he can do it in Altrincham colours after agreeing to add his height and power to Young's new-look Robins squad.

Reflecting on his latest acquisition, Alty boss Young commented 'I'm very happy to be able to bring Danny to the club, as he is someone I have tried to sign at my previous two clubs. He brings good experience, even though he is only 24, and, although his move to Halifax never really worked out, the fact remains that, only 18 months ago, he was being looked at by Football League clubs.

'He has so much to offer, and, given confidence and matches, I think he will be a great addition to our squad. At only 24, 6ft 3in tall and hard-working, he fits the profile of player we are looking to bring to the club.

'We have also agreed a contract with an experienced holding midfield player from the Football League who can also play at centre-back. Once his current contract has finished, we will be able to announce that one as well.'

Hattersley's ability has never been in question, and when Southport signed him from Stockport County for an undisclosed fee, then-Sandgrounders' manager Alan Wright said, 'We have got a real talent on our hands. Danny has all the attributes to be a major force at our level and further up the football pyramid.'

Halifax loaned the Bradford-born forward to Chester last November and, though he failed to score in his two-month stay, he was widely credited with being instrumental in helping fellow-striker Ross Hannah bag seven goals in their eight appearances together. It's that knack of making an impact for others, as well as himself, that Young hopes to bring to the fore and put to full use as his rebuilt Alty squad heads for what promises to be an intriguing campaign in the Vanarama National League North".

OLD BOY

We read in NL Pitchero that "Farsley Celtic have announced their first signing for the new season, as James Walshaw re-joins the club. Walshaw played for the Celts through their rise to the Conference... He has since played with Darlington in the football League, as well as spells with Guiseley AFC, FC Halifax Town, Harrogate Town, [ALtrincham] and most recently Shaw Lane AFC."

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The National League reports that "Wrexham will receive £50,000 after former goalkeeper Danny Ward made his first competitive start for Wales. Liverpool's Ward, 23, won his third cap as a replacement for the injured Wayne Hennessey in the Euro 2016 win over Slovakia.... A product of Wrexham's academy, Ward was signed by Liverpool in January 2012.

The National League side also received £100,000 when Ward made his Liverpool debut against Bournemouth in April. Fellow Welsh club Newport County will also benefit financially after former striker Conor Washington made his competitive debut for Northern Ireland... as a substitute against Poland in Euro 2016."

The NL Paper says that "Macclesfield Town assistant manager Efe Sodje has left the club after being told there isn’t enough money to keep him at Moss Rose. The 41-year-old former Macclesfield defender re-joined the Silkmen as assistant to John Askey in the summer of 2013.

A year later, he briefly left the club due to budget constraints but returned soon after. However, the former Nigeria international has now been told again that Macc can’t afford to keep him around. Boss Askey has agreed a new rolling contract with controlling shareholder Amar Alkadhi... Askey, currently on a family holiday, told the Macclesfield Express, 'I’m waiting to speak to someone and see if we can try to do something but, from my point of view, we need to keep things as they are... I’d have thought that, from a financial point of view he’s well worth keeping on. Efe does attract people to the football club. I want to find a way for him to keep his job. At the moment I’m told we don’t have the money so I hope we can generate it and keep Efe'.

There has been some positive news on the pitch for the Silkmen, however, with Irish centre-back Neill Byrne signing a new one-year deal."

The Lincolnshire Echo reports that "Wycombe Wanderers and Boston United have reached a deal for striker Dayle Southwell without the need of a transfer tribunal. Southwell has signed a two-year deal with Gareth Ainsworth's side after the Chairboys beat Oxford United and Lincoln City, among others, to the signing of the highly-rated 22-year-old, who has scored 54 goals in the last two seasons for the Pilgrims.

While Southwell's contract expired this summer, Boston are entitled to a fee because the player is under the age of 24 and an agreement has been reached without the need of a tribunal. The fee will be undisclosed. Pilgrims chairman David Newton... said, 'We are delighted that Dayle has progressed to such an extent where he will now be playing professional football at League Two level'...

Wycombe boss Ainsworth is delighted, [saying]... 'He's a physical striker who knows where the goal is and I'm confident that his all-round play will benefit us'".

Meanwhile the Boston Standard reports that "Boston United have added to their defensive options wiith the arrival of Kalern Thomas and Herve Pepe-Ngoma...

'They are both good young players with lots of potential', [said manager Dennis Greene]... 'They give us options at the back and they both have the ability to go on and be big players for Boston'. Thomas, 22, spent last season in the National League North with Corby Town. Twenty-year-old Pepe-Ngoma was a trainee with Leicester City and has first-team experience with Corby and Kettering Town.

A goalkeeper remains top of Greene’s wish list ahead of the new season. Meanwhile, midfielder Grant Roberts will remain at the Jakemans Stadium after the 25-year-old penned a one-year deal extension. However, two players definitely not staying are defender Zak Mills and former skipper Scott Garner.

Mills has signed a two-year contract with Grimsby Town while Garner has penned a deal with rivals FC Halifax Town. Greene has also revealed that a handful of trialists have agreed to link up with the club in pre-season. The manager is once again looking for young players keen to impress who he believes can make the step-up".

We learn from the Shropshire Star that "Goal-getter Elliott Durrell insists there is no reason why he wouldn’t sign for AFC Telford United. The free-scoring midfielder has held talks with boss Rob Smith and is a free agent after leaving Tamworth at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old, who is based in Shrewsbury, has had interest from Chester and Halifax as well as Boston United. But he is tempted to return to Telford, where he started his career, saying, 'I’ve had a conversation with Rob. It’s clear for everyone that he got the best out of me in my time at Hednesford Town If the deal is right, there’s no reason why I wouldn’t go back to Telford. But, at the moment, I’ve had other things on my mind so it’s been put on the back-burner. I’ve just had a new-born baby so that’s taking up quite a lot of my time...

'I’ve got a few offers. There’s been quite a lot of interest from Boston and Halifax, those sort of clubs. Rob’s asked me to call him when I’m in the right frame of mind, because with the new-born my head has been all over the shop... I have to play as high a standard as I can, but there’s nothing to say I wouldn’t sign for Telford'".

We learn from Gloucester Live that "Matt Williams is expected to leave Gloucester City as he prepares to embark on a new adventure in Australia. The defender, who was named team captain at the start last season, will return for the Tigers' first pre-season training session on Thursday night but has not re-signed and is likely to move Down Under.

Centre-back Sam Avery will miss the first two to three weeks of training as he recovers from an ankle operation, while full backs Billy Jones and Mike Green have both left.

However, the rest of last season's squad are expected to be present at their Hartpury College training base along with new faces Craig Reid, Ethan Moore and Keiran Thomas as Gloucester begin preparations for their eighth season in National League North. Manager Tim Harris will also cast his eye over some trialists, including released Cheltenham Town winger Karnell Chambers, but he is prepared to bide his time over new signings with over six weeks still to go until the campaign gets underway on August 6.

He said, 'I've spoken to two or three who have got trials with League clubs and spoken to League managers who are going to have eight to 10 people going on trial so the chances are those managers will sign one or two at the most. When you look at Newport, Bristol Rovers, Forest Green and Cheltenham there will be a lot of players who are left over in our vicinity. The pleasing thing is we've got a nucleus and most areas filled. We have got several trialists coming over that we are hopeful on'...

He said, 'I'm really chuffed the way things have gone. The hard core of last year have stayed together. We've signed two lads from Cinderford who are good lads and deserve to be playing at this level and personally I think they can play higher... We've added a couple of goalscorers. Joe Parker and Luke Hopper did really well last season as well so things are looking brighter. Craig Reid brings us nous and experience. He's 30-years-old, he was prolific at Newport and he's capable of scoring goals out of nothing. We sold him to Stevenage at Newport and he helped them win promotion so he's going to be a great acquisition'".

According to the Chorley Citizen, "Former Manchester City left-back Stephen Jordan will be the latest new arrival at Victory Park this summer, he has signed a pre-contract agreement and will officially move to Victory Park when his Fleetwood Town contract expires in July. The 34-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the club, with 233 career appearances including 78 in the Premier League for City and Burnley...

Jordan is the sixth new face to join during the close season, following other new Magpies Adam Blakeman, Matt Challoner, Sefton Gonzalez, [and ex-Alty duo] Scott Leather and Josh O’Keefe. The club have also named announced the appointment of David Chadwick as the manager of the newly-formed development squad... A club spokesman, said, 'The club received over 40 applications, all of a very high standard, for this new role'... Chadwick will be familiar face to many at The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium following his many appearances against the Magpies for FC United of Manchester...

He was actually a Chorley player in the mid-1990’s, being a regular in the reserve team... He joined ex-Magpie [and ex-Alty man] Phil Power as assistant manager at Salford City before the ‘Class of 92’ took over at Moor Lane".

Over at FC Halifax Town we learn that "The Club confirms the departures of Kristian Thackray (Physiotherapist) and Ian Helliwell (Kit Man)... The new members of Billy Heath's team will be named shortly.

From a sad note, we move on to news regarding players. We are delighted to welcome back Kevin Roberts who has signed a new two-year deal and Richard Peniket who has extended his previous contract for another season. We also welcome goalkeeper Tom Nicholson from North Ferriby".

The Worcester News tells us that "Supporters' plans to take over the ownership of Worcester City will be unveiled at a “'very important' open meeting tonight [Wednesday]. Shareholders and members of Worcester City Supporters’ Trust are being invited...

The Trust’s directors will present their plans for a community-owned club... The meeting has been arranged after City’s board agreed to vote on changing the ownership model of the club on Thursday, July 7. A spokesman from the Trust, who have also come up with plans to create a stadium at Perdiswell Park, saidd... 'The club face an uncertain future and many years of loss-making have seen the club's finances cause shareholders concerns. This has been the successful approach for many football clubs, such as FC United of Manchester, Lewes, Newport County and Dorchester. Community ownership in the form of a CBS would allow the club to seek investors as part of a community share offer. It would also allow the club to attract community grants to develop a community sporting facility back home in Worcester'".


22 June 2016

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The National League reports that "FC Halifax Town has announced the signing of 26-year-old defender Scott Garner. The 6'2" Coventry-born defender started his career at Lincoln City but made his name at Mansfield Town before joining Grimsby Town in 2010 before having a loan spell at Alfreton Town in February 2011.

Cambridge United signed him a two-year deal in June 2012 and had loan spells at Lincoln City and Boston United during his time at Abbey Stadium. He joined Boston on a permanent deal in 2014 and has played two games for the England C side. Garner has signed a two-year deal with the Shaymen and follows the signings of Steven Drench, Josh Wilde, Tom Denton and Liam King as new boss Billy Heath continues his preparations for the 2016/17 season. "

Kidderminster Harriers "have nailed down another member of their squad for the new season with the news that James McQuilkin has penned a new deal at the club. The 27 year-old finished last season strongly with a string of impressive displays and stunning goals, ending the term with six to make him the team’s joint top scorer.

In total, he’d made 21 appearances after joining in November to start what is his second spell with Harriers".

And the National League confirms that "There are a number of changes this coming season which alter the way the 24 clubs in the Vanarama National League will be required to operate in respect of player registrations.

There will be no longer any 'Transfer Window' in August or January and with the removal too of 'Emergency Loans', clubs will now be permitted to loan a player at any time during the season in line with those terms which has [sic] been applied with [sic] clubs in the Vanarama North and Vanarama South. There will still be a limitation on the number of loans and no club will be able to name more than five players in any one competition fixture".


21 June 2016

ALTY ON TOUR IN BARCELONA

Newcastle-based Altrincham supporter, Adam Martell, sent the above photograph in which he is proudly wearing the club's alternative white strip of several seasons ago. He played at the Nou Camp in Barcelona last week with his workplace side who were soundly beaten but had a great time nonetheless. Adam says, "Having been based mostly in Newcastle for the last seven years, reluctantly the famous red and white stripes of Alty are a bit too Sunderland-esque and have had to be swapped for away and alternative kits!"

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

The Worcester News reports that ex-Alty striker "Kyle Perry has vowed to lose weight and come back 'fitter', 'sharper' and 'more mobile' in a bid to recapture his goal-scoring appetite. The 6ft 4in striker weighed in at 18 stone last season and was mainly used as a target man during his two-month stint at Worcester City...

The 30-year-old (left, in action for Alty against Grimsby Town), who joined City from Hednesford Town in March, is aiming to get himself in the best possible shape to achieve his aim. I was not playing at 100 per cent last season,' said Perry, who has agreed a new deal to stay at Worcester. 'I was asked to do a job and felt I did that. Now I am here for next season, I am champing at the bit to get going again. I can be fitter, lighter, sharper, more mobile and score more goals. If I am going to be playing, I am going to be scoring. I have been a 20-plus goal-scorer for years, so Carl (Heeley) and Snaps (John Snape) know what I am about.'

Perry has played for a number of non-league clubs throughout his career, including Tamworth, Nuneaton Town and Altrincham, and has regularly found the back of the net... He said, 'The summer gives me the chance to get my fighting weight back, get out of the blocks running and really give it a go. I am 6ft 4in and 18 stone, so I am looking to be trimmer, but I was 18-and-a-half stone when I scored 15 in the Conference for Altrincham. I am a big lad but I am hungry for goals'.

Perry... revealed he had also been carrying an injury in the latter part of the campaign. 'I sprained my ankle two weeks before I joined and let them know but I have been playing on it,' he said. 'I have offered what I can but they know I have scored goals for fun in this league and above for years... I can see Worcester are writing a new chapter with the move to Bromsgrove. I turned 30 this year, so I am at my peak now and want to write another chapter myself'".

According to the Chester Chronicle, "Two former Chester City players have been crowned world champions. [Ex-Alty duo] Lee Elam and Tim Ryan, who served the Blues during the 2000s, were part of the England squad that won the Senior World Cup in Thailand.

The pair travelled to Chiang Mai with Harrogate Veterans, a team made up of ex-professionals, semi-pros and amateurs... The squad included the likes of Andy Hessenthaler, Barry Hayles, Gareth Ainsworth, Jason Price, Peter Beagrie and Tranmere favourites Ged Brannan and Kenny Irons. Elam moved to Chester on loan from Yeovil Town in March 2004... The now 39-year-old's career took in spells at Southport, Morecambe, Halifax Town, Exeter City, Altrincham and Northwich Victoria.

Ryan, now 41, signed for the Blues in summer 2009 from Darlington".

From Gloucestershire Live we learn that "Former Cheltenham Town winger Karnell Chambers will join Gloucester City for pre-season training... Chambers spent time at Evesham United before being released by Cheltenham at the end of his two year scholarship. He has also been attracting interest from Scottish club Ross County."

At Kidderminster Harriers, "Boss John Eustace says the remit for incoming striker Mani Dieseruvwe is quite clear... Former Chesterfield hit-man Mani made his intentions clear when he signed for the club on a one-year deal on Monday... The player himself admits he’s not been a prolific goal-getter in previous seasons but is confident he has what it takes to change that...

'We are going to give him the opportunity to score a lot of goals and it is down to him', says the boss... 'I think the whole club should be excited that we have someone like that coming in. League clubs and National League clubs wanted to take him but he wants to come here and score goals'".


20 June 2016

PROPOSED REFORM OF PLAY-OFFS

The National League says "At the Annual Congress of The National League, a number of proposals were put to member clubs for their response concerning play-offs and Promotion Finals in all three Vanarama divisions. The league is also keen to learn the view of supporters too in what might seem a radical move by including more clubs in play-off matches and having all three Promotion Finals in one day at Wembley. For those wishing to comment on the specific details in these proposals, they are requested to click on our Facebook".

In short the proposal is to widen the play-offs to include teams finishing second to seventh and to have the three final play-offs (for the National, North and South) all played on one day at Wembley.

The NL Paper quotes Altrincham chairman Grahame Rowley on the proposals. He said, "It keeps clubs' and supporters' interest going, even if your team hasn't started the season brilliantly. Having the top seven clubs involved, rather than the top five as it is currently, allows extra hope to live. It gives more opportunity for teams to be involved and crowds should rise because of it.

I can see some negatives. Clubs will have to pay their players for two weeks longer and there will be some who'll be annoyed if the team finishing second lose out on promotion to the team who finish in seventh but that's football. ...

"If you're a smaller side who dream of reaching the Football League, then your chances are enhanced... It's really good that the National League are thinking about things and looking for ways to keep the competition interesting and current...

It will be difficult to stage three games there [Wembley] in a day but, if it can be done, then why not look at it?... The North final can't be up first. It's not fair on those travelling to start at midday".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

In its excellent rundown of all the teams in the National League North, Gloucester City report on Brackley Town who "face another season in the National League North under manager Kevin Wilkin. Wilkin made his way to St James’ Park in October 2015, where he had been out of management for eight months following the termination of his contract at Wrexham...

The Saints and Wilkin have not been slow in delving into the transfer market, with a number of new bodies coming in. The first trio of Steve Diggin, Adam Walker and Jack Bowen at the end of May paved the way. It appears that Brackley are investing in youth this season with David Moyo and Matt Lowe entrusted by their new manager, whilst Ellis Myles returns to St James’ Park for a second stint.

Alex Gudger and James Armson have also made their way to Northamptonshire, on a day where five new faces were revealed at the beginning of this month. It’s clear that Brackley are looking towards the right end of the table following last year’s near [relegation], hence a real statement in defence.

Gaz Dean was a big part of Solihull Moors’ success last term and re-join his former manager at Nuneaton for 2016/2017... Retention has also been key for the Saints, as Glenn Walker, who played every game last season bar one for the side, re-signs".

At Gainsborough Trinity "Busy boss, Dominic Roma, kept up his squad rebuild with the ninth signing already of a hectic summer... Roma has recruited Welsh defender Ioan Evans, who is currently away in Sweden gaining experience as part of the League Football Education programme. A former Sheffield United scholar, Ioan has represented Wales up to U19 level...

Ioan linked up briefly with league rivals Boston United, prior to his stint in Scandinavia... Dom described Evans as 'a tall, strong, aggressive centre half that has an excellent pedigree'... The nineteen year old central defender has aspirations to get back into the Football League...

'Gainsborough Trinity Football Club are a team going places. I have a great deal of respect for the manager, Dominic Roma. My old boss speaks highly of him'" said the player."

From the National League we learn that "Fleetwood Town have completed the signing of goalkeeper Matty Urwin from neighbours AFC Fylde. The 22-year-old, who has previously played for Blackburn Rovers and Bradford City, admitted... 'It is an opportunity I could not pass up... I started out at Blackburn Rovers from a young age up until 20. I left Blackburn and I have been at a few different non-league clubs. I spent one season at Bradford City...

'I was at AFC Fylde last season as we reached the play-offs but we didn’t quite reach our goal of winning promotion'".

Barrow's Holker Street Newsletter reports that "Barrow AFC have announced that they will be training at Hopwood Hall near Rochdale next season, a venue used during Dave Bayliss and Darren Sheridan’s time at the club. The Barrow coaching staff had expressed reservations over the 3G facility at Lancaster University, which had been used, because it was seen to have been possible cause for a number of injuries their players sustained last season. Paul Cox told the Mail... 'We need to get on grass, it’s as simple as that. It’s what we play on. It’s lovely having a 3G or 4G pitch to play on, but we need to play on grass. We do that until it’s too heavy and then we have the use of the 3G there. We’ve got the best of both worlds. It’s a fabulous training venue.'

He also believes having a training base nearer to Manchester as an advantage, adding, 'When you talk to agents, the first thing they ask is where you are training. With Lancaster and Barrow, you can just tell you are going to have to work really hard to convince the players to come up there. When you talk about Manchester, it’s a lot easier to get to. The motorway system is great to get there, so it will be a lot better for recruitment'"

And the Holker Street Newsletter adds that "Stephen Vaughan has decided it’s time for the football world to feel his generosity again, and has been unveiled as the new shirt sponsor for Bangor City, in the Welsh Premier League. Strange thing is, the Welsh papers who gleefully reported on the devil incarnate trying to ingratiate himself into another football club, had him appearing in a photo released by the club with others involved with the club’s takeover, but the club’s website cropped him out of the picture, perhaps they were aware of the bad publicity".


19 June 2016

ALTY SIGN LEFT-BACK

Altrincham’s joint Press and Media Officer John Edwards writes, "Neil Young has added a left-back to his array of new signings after snapping up teenage prospect Callum Charlton from Huddersfield.

Bradford-born Charlton, 19, has the versatility to operate anywhere on the left flank, and Alty boss Young welcomed him to The J.Davidson Stadium by saying, 'Callum is a left-back who can also play as a winger. He is very quick and dynamic and will fit in well here.’

The pacey left-sided specialist first took the eye at Brighouse Town and joined Championship side Huddersfield on a one-year contract 12 months ago, after impressing during a six-week trial. Huddersfield’s Development Coach, Frankie Bunn, said at the time, ‘Callum did well in his trial period with us and has potential that is worth exploring, so we are delighted he has joined us. He possesses genuine pace, a good attribute for any player who likes to get forward, trickery and a decent delivery.’

When Charlton became available at the end of his Huddersfield contract, Young wasted no time strengthening Alty’s left flank and adding to a new-look squad that is rapidly taking shape ahead of the new season".

Callum is pictured, right, courtesy of John Edwards.

SPONSOR AN ALTY SHIRT!

As Alty's players will not have squad numbers or wear their names on their shirts next season, the Altrincham FC shirt sponsorship scheme will be a little different for 2016-17.

You are still invited to sponsor your chosen player's shirt, home and/or away for 2016-17. At the end of the season you will receive the signed shirt which bears the player's most commonly worn number.

To sponsor a player, please contact the club on 0161 928-1045 or e-mail your request.

It is just £150 to sponsor one shirt or £250 for two!

WORKING DAY

Saturday witnessed the second Working Day at the J. Davidson Stadium as getting on for 20 volunteers gave their time to carry out maintenance jobs at the gorund which ranged from painting, concreting and welding to weeding the terraces and pitch surrounds.

Volunteers were rewarded with hot pies, beans and sausages provided by club caterer Richie Bentley. Altrincham FC also wishes to thank everyone who gave their time to help.

Also demonstrating that the close season is a far from quiet one at Moss Lane, the above image shows how the away turnstile block has been demolished and is being replaced by a new structure.

Meanwhile, the grass is growing well on the pitch, as shown in the image below...


18 June 2016

COME ALONG ON SATURDAY!

Altrincham FC Director, Neil Faulkner, reminds us that there is another "working weekend on Saturday 18th June from 10 am to 4 pm. We are continuing the works started on the 4th June to improve and tidy up our ground. With nearly 20 supporters down to help out during the day great progress was made, many thanks to all our volunteers who have made a big difference already.

The Ground committee had a meeting last night (Tuesday) and made an updated list of the urgent works that are required. As you can imagine, the list has grown from two to three pages-long. So there is plenty to do as Pete Foster outlines below.

Whatever help you can give, even a couple of hours, enables us to tick off more jobs from the list. Many thanks for your support.

Neil Faulkner"

Earlier, Peter Foster wrote that "As supporters will realise, there are always maintenance jobs that are required at the ground. Sometimes these have to be done professionally. However, whenever possible, we try to do the jobs ourselves as it reduces expenditure, and consequently increases the playing budget.

We have earmarked Saturday 18th for the second such event, when we are hoping to complete remedial work including: rubbish removal, woodworking, concrete repairs, oiling, painting, welding, cleaning, weeding/strimming etc. If you have any time over these days, and/or if you have equipment, or a vehicle that is suitable for moving rubbish to the tip, please email, or ring the Club on 0161 928 1045 and leave your name and contact details, and we will get back to you.

In addition to these jobs, there will be plenty of internal painting and decoration required to public and changing areas throughout the summer, and any help with this work will be gratefully received at any time. Thank you".

The Working party on Saturday 18th June will commence at approximately 10am and will last until the work that can be done is completed, or till 4pm, whichever is the earlier. Many thanks for your help".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

According to Kent Online "The National League have scrapped transfer windows – much to Maidstone’s delight. Stones manager Jay Saunders has welcomed the surprise move... Previously, the league operated summer and winter windows, in line with the Premier League and Football League, meaning clubs could only sign players until the end of August and throughout January...

But rule changes, confirmed at the annual meeting last Saturday, mean Stones remain free to make signings until the end of March. Boss Saunders said, 'The transfer window going is a massive bonus. With the window in place, it makes life that little bit harder, especially in your first year up. We’ve got untried players and we need to see whether they can do it at that level. When you’ve only got until the end of August to bring people in, you end up running with a bigger squad in case there are lads who can’t make the step up. Now it’s gone it takes the pressure off because we’ve got a lot of young lads who haven’t played at this level before... With no window, it means we can be a little more patient.”

At Boston United "midfielder Grant Roberts has officially put pen-to-paper on a new one-year contract at The Jakemans Stadium. The 25-year-old has scored six goals in 62 appearances for the Pilgrims. He will be entering his third season with the club after making his debut in January 2015 against Colwyn Bay."

The Evesham Journal says that "Talks over the future of Worcester City FC under the council's new Labour leadership have officially kicked off, it has emerged. A new 'working party' including club bosses and politicians has held its first set of negotiations in a bid to try and solve the team's controversial city exile.

Labour leader Councillor Adrian Gregson... said he now expects to stage more talks 'at regular intervals' until a solution is found. 'We're committed to bringing the football club back to Worcester and will work with them to realise that ambition,' he said...

Anthony Hampson, the club's chairman, Rob Crean, secretary of its Supporters' Trust and Green Councillor, Louis Stephen, were also involved in the initial talks. Conservative Councillor Marc Bayliss, who leads the opposition Tory group, has already said his party will not take part in the talks, but also wants the team to come back to Worcester and is prepared to assist the club if necessary.

The Trust's current application for a 4,100 capacity stadium on Perdiswell Park is not being discussed during the sessions, with the sessions purely aimed at establishing any possible alternatives.

The Worcester News revealed last month how the city's two Green Party politicians, who are actively opposed to Perdiswell, want the Labour administration to find another site - and have suggested taxpayers' money be used to help fund the club's costs towards a fresh planning application. But the council has released a statement saying Perdiswell 'will still be considered as an option'...

The application for a new ground on Perdiswell Park, submitted in April 2014, has been bogged in difficulties and has attracted around 1,400 public comments, with more than 1,000 of them in support. Petitions both for and against the Perdiswell stadium bid have attracted 1,000 names each."


17 June 2016

FA CUP DATES

The dates for the various Rounds of the FA cup competitions for 2016-17 are as follows.

FA Cup

  • 2Q Sat Sept 17
  • 3Q Sat Oct 1
  • 4Q Sat Oct 15
  • 1P Sat Nov 5
  • 2P Sat Dec 3
  • 3P Sat Jan 7
  • 4P Sat Jan 28

FA Trophy

  • 3Q Sat Nov 26
  • 1P Sat Dec 10
  • 2P Sat Jan 14
  • 3P Sat Feb 4
  • 4P Sat Feb 25
  • SF Sat Mar 11 & 18
  • F Sun May 21

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

The Lincolnshire Echo reports that "Midfielder Gavin Rothery becomes Dom Roma's eighth signing of the closed season for Gainsborough Trinity. The 28-year-old joins Gainsborough after five years at former club Guiseley and the Trinity boss reports the sought-after player could have gone elsewhere as a number of National League North clubs were chasing his signature.

'I have played against Gavin loads of times and he always impressed me as a very clever footballer', said Roma. 'He takes up some really good positions and has a lot of goals in him. He can play in a midfield three or as a number 10 in behind the strikers so he gives us a bit of flexibility'.

Roma says his eighth signing of the closed season will be the final outfield player to join the club, at least until the club's trials at the end of this month. However, the Blues' boss is still searching for a second goalkeeper... Said Roma, 'That will be it now as far as outfield players are concerned. I am still trying to bring in another goalkeeper but I might have to bide my time.'"

At Stockport County, "manager James Gannon has added to his strike-force with the signing of ex-County trainee Josh Amis from Northwich Victoria. Amis arrives with a growing reputation as a versatile young attacker with a keen eye for goal.

County boss James Gannon said, ' It is important that we have the type of striker that offers physical presence in central attack to compliment our other types of attackers. Josh can act as a target man but I think he offers more than just that, as at Northwich Vics he offered a mobile, strong running, point attacker who has the physical skills to break behind defences and between centre backs. This is a step up for Josh from Evostik North for Josh, but it's a step I feel he can make back at a club he knows well'...

"21 year old Josh was a YTS at Stockport County FC and formed a great partnership with Danny Whitehead in County's Youth team. He then moved to Preston North End FC when the County youth structure was dismantled, and from there Northwich Victoria took him on work experience before securing his services permanently three seasons ago".

According to the Worcester News, "Worcester City’s Sam Minihan has decided to move on and not accept the offer made to him by the club. Full-back Minihan, 22, has graduated from Loughborough University and is moving back home to Rochdale in Lancashire. This is a major reason for his decision.

City manager Carl Heeley said, 'There has been an offer on the table for Sam since the end of the campaign and I had agreed a level of flexibility with him to try to mitigate the logistical challenges. Although he really wanted to stay, it was not practical to do so and he has advised me he is going to accept an offer from a club nearer to his North-West base... Additionally, there are a number of potential new recruits offers have been made to and we are awaiting their decisions.'

Minihan made 44 appearances for City in 2015-16, scooping the Players’ Player and Young Player of the Season awards".

The Halifax Courier confirms that "Defender Matty Brown has signed a new two-year deal with FC Halifax Town. The former Chester FC centre half joined the Shaymen last season under former manager Neil Aspin following his departure from the Vanarama National side. The 26 year old, who had previously played for Marine and Chesterfield, made 29 appearances for Town last season."


16 June 2016

LADIES' FIXTURES

Keith Edleston, manager of Altrincham FC Ladies, informs us of his team's early games of 2016-17...

  • 7th August: v Bury LFC (Dev/Squad), Away 2pm
  • 14th August v Rhyl LFC, Away 2pm
  • 21st August v Leigh RMI LFC, Home 2pm
  • 28th August v Tranmere Rovers LFC, Away 12 noon

PATRONS AIMING FOR 150 MEMBERS

Chairman, Grahame Rowley, writes "Many thanks to all the supporters who have joined the Patrons' Scheme in the last few weeks - we have smashed the 100 barrier now and are well on the way to our target of 150 for the 2016-17 season. If you haven't joined yet please consider joining - your support will be much appreciated".

As previously publicised, for the 2016-17 season, Altrincham FC is again running its Patrons' Club. Chairman Grahame Rowley said at the time of the launch ...

"We’re now asking for people to join the 2016-17 Patrons' Scheme.

For the bargain sum of £50, your name will appear throughout the season 2016-17 in the matchday programme for every home game and on the club’s official website as a Patron of the Football Club.

In August, every Patron will be entered into a prize draw with the winner being match sponsor for an appointed game along with 9 guests. Second prize will be hospitality for 5 people and third prize hospitality for 3 people in the Sponsor Lounge; the value of the 1st prize is £550.

If you are interested in becoming a Patron again this season or joining for the first time please forward a cheque payable to “Altrincham FC” for £50 for the attention of Grahame Rowley.

If you require further information, please speak to me on 07720-606897 or e-mail me.

We need your support even more for the forthcoming season, so please help the club through the close season by joining up today.

Thank you.

Grahame Rowley, Chairman.

A full list of the 2016-17 Patrons is to be found here.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

The Lincolnshire Echo reports that "Boston United chairman David Newton has backed Dennis Greene to overachieve again next season...

Despite announcing an increase to Greene's playing budget earlier this summer, Newton insists United are still not among the wealthiest clubs in the division. With big-spenders like Harrogate Town and Fylde set to be joined by promoted, ambitious pair Darlington and Salford City, the fight for promotion promises to be intense.

Manager Greene will go into the 2016/17 campaign armed with a new two-year contract after leading Boston to the play-offs for the second consecutive season. Greene has been rebuilding his squad as several of his key players leave for pastures new.

The Pilgrims boss has already made six signings this summer, with more on the way. And Newton does not expect a repeat of the mistakes of last season when the goalkeeping and left-back positions were not satisfactorily filled until mid-season.

'We want stability,' said Newton. 'We've had too many managers for various reasons. We had a good chat with Dennis at the end of the season and he understands the areas where we think we went wrong, and I think he agrees...

We want to start the season well rather than having to play catch-up... But some of our targets we don't actually get because we can't afford them or because of geographical reasons... We're certainly not going to have a top-five budget. I don't think we had a top-five budget last season, in fact I know we didn't.

'That's why he [Greene] is still here and doing well with us... Last season we went backwards at the start and then caught up again.'

Newton has strengthened Greene's budget by increasing ticket prices, a move which has been met with a largely positive response from supporters...

Added Newton, That's actually our first increase while we've been in this league. We put them down when we got demoted and then put them back up when we got promoted. So this is our first increase in nine years at this level... We want to give Dennis the best opportunity we can'".

More comes in the Boston Standard which tells us that "Boston United have signed right back Kalern Thomas. The 22-year-old spent last season with Corby Town...

Manager Dennis Greene is close to completing the nine signings he has earmarked for this summer. He looks to be on the brink of bringing another young, yet-to-be-named defender to the Jakemans Stadium, which would leave him with just a keeper on his wish list as Fabian Spiess looks unlikely to accept the deal on the table.

Attackers Waide Fairhurst and Callum Chippendale, midfielder Shane Clarke and defenders Courtney Wildin, Nat Brown and Joe Maguire have all penned contracts with the Jakemans Stadium club this summer...

'We’re a great place for young players to make a name for themselves,' he said. 'You look at players like Carl Piergianni and Dayle Southwell, after playing for Boston there isn’t anyone in non-league football who doesn’t know all about them... It’s the same for (Jay) Rollins, (Kaine) Felix and other players we’ve had here; Boston is a great platform for them to make everyone take note'...

Greene is adamant that he wants a full-time keeper rather than looking to the loan market".

According to the Worcester News, "Harriers' utility man Zaine Francis-Angol has hinted he is pushing for a move away from Aggborough. The former Motherwell player, who is contracted to Kidderminster until the end of next season, told The Herald in Scotland he is trying to line-up trials...

He had a trial with German giants Hamburg in December that did not result in an offer... The gifted left-sided player could be a key man for manager John Eustace.

He said... 'There is a chance of getting an opportunity at a club, whether it's in Scotland or England. I have a few trials lined up just now but you have to take every opportunity that comes your way. I was at Kidderminster Harriers last season in the Conference. It was a short-term deal that I then extended. It wasn't the greatest season. We got relegated at the end of it but it was good to get back playing.'"

Meanwhile, Kidderminster Harriers report that "boss John Eustace has made a double addition to his Harriers squad... with the acquisition of a new striker and wide player.

Striker Andre Brown has penned a one-year deal with the club after his release from Crewe Alexandra. The powerful hit-man was a graduate of the prestigious youth set-up at Alex, and spent much of last season cutting his teeth at non-league level with a spell at Worcester City...

Also joining Harriers is wide player Sam Austin after his departure from Burton Albion. 19 year-old Sam also picked up key experience of the North in 2015/16 as he impressed whilst with AFC Telford United, before going on to Leamington to finish the season... Sam also joins us for a year...

They become our second and third signings of the week, hot on the heels of experienced defender Wayne Thomas".

From Nuneaton Town we learn that "Striker Rob Duffy has left the Boro after one season with the club. Duffy has been studying for the past four years and...is now moving into full-time employment...

Zeus de la Paz is the latest player to commit his future to the Boro. The goalkeeper had an option in his contract and will be at the club for the forthcoming season."

Also manager "Kevin Wilson has added to his defensive options by signing 20-year-old Alex Penny. The Nuneaton-born centre half has joined Boro on a one year dea... He said, 'I was with the Hull City academy from the age of eleven, but then joined Stourbridge and Hinckley...

'I was born in Nuneaton near to the ground, but moved away when I was quite young. In a strange way it does feel like I’ve come home... I’m physical, light on the ground and good in the air and I’m ready to test myself at this level'...

Boro manager Kevin Wilson said... 'We need someone strong and powerful at the back who can play a bit as well so I’m delighted we’ve signed him'".

Bradford PA "top scorer Chib Chilaka has left the club to join rivals Harrogate Town. Chilaka scored 38 league goals in three seasons at the Horsfall Stadium, finishing top of the club’s goalscoring charts in each of the last two campaigns...

He joins former captain Simon Ainge in moving to Wetherby Road this summer".


15 June 2016

RESERVES' PRE-SEASON GAMES

Chris Rowley has announced the pre-season games for the Altrincham FC Reserves. They are as follows...

  • Saturday 2nd July: v AFC Youth Team @Partington Sports Village, Chapel Lane, Partington, Manchester M31 4ES, 2.30pm K.O.
  • Saturday 9th July: v 1874 Northwich @ Egerton Football Club, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, WA16 6SL, 2pm K.O.
  • Saturday 16th July: v FC United of Manchester (Away), Broadhurst Park, Manchester, Moston M40 0FJ, 2pm K.O.
  • Tuesday 26th July: v Rochdale Sacred Heart (Away), Fox Park, Rochdale, OL16 2UB, 7pm K.O.
  • Saturday 30th July: v Mersey Valley FC (Away), Banky Lane, Sale, M33 5SL, 3pm K.O.
  • Monday 1st August: v Middlewich Town (Away), Finney's Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire CW10 9DR, 7.30pm K.O.
  • Saturday 6th August: v Curzon Ashton (Away), Tameside Stadium, Richmond St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 9HG, 2.30pm K.O.

The match against 1874 Northwich is against their first team and takes place on the day before Altrincham's first team faces Widnes. The matches against FC United and Curzon Ashton are against their development squads.

VANARAMA EXTEND THEIR SPONSORSHIP

A National League press release is reproduced below...

"The National League announced at the formal meeting of Clubs who assembled at their Annual Congress at Celtic Manor on Saturday 11th June the following.

Vanarama have extended their existing Title Sponsorship deal.

The new deal will be a 12-month rolling contract which in the first instance will see them continue at least for a fourth year up to June 2018. This was excellent news for clubs to receive when announced to the meeting.

Andy Alderson MD (pictured above) said 'The rebrand exercise taken by The National League 12 months ago has in part helped our own brand image grow in and outside our industry. Our profile and recognition has risen beyond our expectations. We look forward to continuing to work closely with everyone connected with the League and our early decision to extend to 2018 validates how partnerships can flourish if the mix is right".

Charlie Clapham, Vice Chairman of the League, commented, 'Since Vanarama joined with us two seasons ago our partnership; and above all else our friendship, has grown and this news was a massive boost to everyone present at Congress. Thanks to Andy and all his wonderful staff'".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

NL Pitchero reports that "Tamworth have confirmed that Lee Smith has agreed to sign for next season. Smith joins fellow members of last season`s squad James Belshaw, Andy Burns, Stephen Tomassen, Louis Ezewele, Paul Green, Ellis Deeney, Jed Davies, Connor Taylor, Ellis Deeney, Danny Newton, and Ross Dyer, along with new recruits Jack Lane, Stephan Morley and Greg Mills.

Smith's 2015/16 season was heavily disrupted by a serious injury when he had to have his spleen removed.

He battled back from this, and returned to action ahead of schedule, going on to make several appearances over the Christmas period, and starting each of the last five games of the season."

Elsewhere,"Popular defender James Clifton has accepted Nuneaton Town's offer of a second season by penning a one-year deal.

Clifton, who missed the last four games of last season through injury, said, 'I was really disappointed not to be available for the run-in, especially as we were still in with a shout of the play-offs...

'I love being here. The set-up is excellent and the fans have made me and my family feel very welcome... The style of football we play suits my game and the coaching is second to none. As a defender you want to learn from the best and in Steve Chettle we have someone here who has played in defence in the Premier League'".

At the Bower Fold, Stalybridge Celtic have announced the signing of central defender Nick Ryan. Twenty-three-year-old Ryan joins from Burscough and becomes Liam Watson's second signing of the summer for Celtic.

Ryan follows the earlier arrival of Andy Owens from Marine AFC along with the majority of last season`s squad, who have re-signed".

Meanwhile, "Vastly experienced defender Wayne Thomas has become Kidderminster Harriers’ first signing of the summer after inking a one-year deal at Aggborough.

The former Stoke City and Southampton man has racked up more than 550 career appearances at all levels of the game and knows the non-League scene inside out after spells with the likes of Worcester City and Tamworth...

Thomas, 37, is also very familiar with the management team here at Aggborough, having been able to call upon boss John Eustace as a team-mate back in his days at Stoke, and having played under new head of coaching Matt Gardiner at Worcester.

The Gloucester-born centre-back also counts Torquay United, Burnley and Doncaster Rovers among his other clubs".

Meanwhile, "FC Halifax Town have confirmed the signing of striker Tom Denton from North Ferriby United on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The former Huddersfield Town man follows in the footsteps of new manager Billy Heath and left-back Josh Wilde from the 2016 National League North play-off victors.

Denton struck 21 league goals last term to assist the Villagers’ promotion-push and he was also a key figure as they famously claimed the FA Trophy in 2015...

The prolific striker, who turns 27 next month, has also scored goals for Wakefield, Mossley AFC and Worksop Town. Also joining Denton in making the switch from North Ferriby is their former skipper, [ex-Alty loanee] Liam King. King becomes Billy Heath’s third signing from his former club, and fourth overall, after the arrival of Guiseley AFC’s goalkeeping stalwart Steven Drench for an undisclosed fee."

In their series on their league rivals for 2016-17, Gloucester City have an excellent review of Altrincham.


14 June 2016

ALTY HELP "KIT AID"

Now based in the south of England, Alty supporter Alan Moorhouse has been doing some charity work for Kit Aid in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Alan explains that "They take second-hand kits and sent them off to the needy in Africa. Every month they have a batching session and I help outm occasionally. I have also been to Gambia and handed out kit to local teams (Football Gambia charity) and this year I am doing the same in Zambia, for the Baraka Community charity. Whilst sorting through a pile of donations to the charity last Saturday, I was pleased to find, amongst thousands of shirts, two full kits donated by Altrincham FC".

Seen right, is Alan with one of the donated Alty kits. To learn more about Kit Aid, please visit their website here.

OLD BOY

At Colwyn Bay, "Carl Rodgers and Jordan Fagbola have decided to leave the club."

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

Gloucester City are reviewing their opponents for 2016-17 and concerning AFC Fylde they say "It’s exciting times... with our league rivals AFC Fylde moving into their new ground, and chasing promotion once more... They were formed as recently as 1988 as Kirkham & Wesham before the name AFC Fylde was taken up in 2008...

It will be a new ground for us to visit next term, as a new sports complex, Mill Farm, which looks stunning, has been opened this week...

We here are of course hoping to move into a ‘new’ ground, by moving home to Meadow Park...

Over the summer they have lost a few key players, including captain Tom Hannigan, Ben Hinchliffe, Adam Sumner, Danny Lloyd and Brad Barnes. They have however recruited well with Barrow’s Steve Williams and Brendon Daniels from Harrogate Town.

They have had a bulk of the squad remain from last season as well as adding Crawley Town’s Andy Bond... as the club begin to operate on a full-time basis for the first time, from the start of the 2016/2017 season".

And as for AFC Telford United, Gloucester City tell us that "A side who have yo-yo’d from the National League in recent years... The Bucks won the National League North title in 2014, which is surprising to see them finish a point away from the drop zone last season...

Over the summer they have had both ins and outs, including this week losing centre-half Curtis Tilt to National League side Wrexham, however they have been able to bolster their ranks with former Altrincham man Sean Williams. They have also managed to sign Callum Gittins from recently relegated Kidderminster Harriers as well as 20-year old Michael Monaghan who scored 22 goals for Burscough last term...

Striker Josh Wilson re-signed in February and scored seven goals to help the side remain in the league, and he could be a vital player next season for the club".

And on Alfreton Town, Gloucester City say "Alfreton Town will be looking to push on this season and return once again to the National League... They returned to the National League North in 2015 following a disappointing campaign where they had previously reverted to their part time status...

They have some quality in the side, including goalkeeper Matt Duke who has Football League experience... At the other end of the pitch Joe Ironside can be a threat, and will have to step up his goal ratio due to the reds’ top scorer Sam Jones earning a move to Gateshead...

Long-serving manager Nicky Law will be delighted with the summer capture of Paul Clayton for a second spell, a man who knows all about winning the National League North having done it will Law and Alfreton in 2011. However, they have lost the services to Andi Thanoj who has opted to join league rivals Harrogate Town".

Meanwhile, Boston United "have signed centre-half Joe Maguire from Nuneaton Town. The 24-year-old... has put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract".

According to the Worcester News, "Worcester City have arranged a general meeting for shareholders to discuss and vote on the club's future constitution. The meeting was requested by Worcester City Supporters' Trust and has been set for Thursday, July 7...

The Trust had been looking to force a general meeting after not hearing back from the football club. They have proposals to “save City” and want a vote from shareholders on proposed changes to the club's constitution. The trust believe a new ownership model will keep City, who have about £530,000 left in the bank and are ground-sharing with Bromsgrove Sporting, alive".

The Nuneaton News confirms that "Joe Maguire has swapped the Boro for Boston this summer as he looks for a new challenge in his career. The former Nuneaton captain, who lost the role to midfield man Shane Byrne halfway through the campaign, has decided against signing a new contract at Liberty Way...

The defender added, 'I had played under Kevin Wilson for five years, first at Ilkeston and then at Nuneaton. I loved that, I love the man. What he has done for me and what I have learnt from the likes of him and his assistant Steve Chettle, I cannot thank them highly enough. But, the time has come for me to try and new challenge now...

'I knew I couldn't commit to the full-time aspect at Nuneaton anymore. I am training to become a financial adviser and cannot commit to the daily training. That was why I needed that change. To get away and get to a place where I could continue to be part-time and also continue to challenge in this league'...

He said, 'I was out of the team when I thought I was doing okay last year, it was tough for me to take. It knocked my confidence if I am being honest. I didn't understand the decision and it was one of them. It got to me a bit... I think getting dropped like that got me thinking about something new and I knew that Dennis Greene had always wanted me at Boston. He must do because I believe they are paying a fee for me. I'm not sure how much it is'".

At Nuneaton Town, "Jordan Keane has committed himself to the Boro for the new season by signing a one-year deal. Keane, who can play in defence or midfield, said, 'The club has so much potential'...

Meanwhile Keane’s brother, Cieron, has decided to move on.The left sided player declined Kevin Wilson’s offer to stay at Nuneaton for financial reasons".

In Lincolnshire, the Boston Target reports that "Manager Dennis Greene is searching for a new goalkeeper after revealing Fabian Spiess is set to leave Boston United.

The expected departure of the German stopper is another headache for Greene, who is also set to lose striker Dayle Southwell, captain Scott Garner and key defender Zak Mills. Another defender, Carl Piergianni, has left the club to go travelling.

After goalkeeping issues during the first half of last season, Spiess impressed after joining the club in January and had been offered a deal for next season.

'Fabian won't be staying,' confirmed Greene. 'It's the travelling, he lives in Stoke. It's a headache trying to find a replacement for someone you want to keep, but we'll find someone'.

The departure of several key players has forced Greene into a rebuilding job. Southwell, the Pilgrims' top scorer for the last two seasons, is poised to move into the full-time game, and he could be followed by Mills, who is also attracting attention, with National League Barrow believed to be interested.

Meanwhile, Garner has been linked with a surprise move to... Brackley Town. However, Greene has also made several signings, with defenders Nat Brown and Courtney Wildin, midfielders Shane Clarke and Joe Maguire and forwards Callum Chippendale and Waide Fairhurst joining the club...

Added Greene, 'We half expected players to leave at the end of their contracts after two good seasons. There was always going to be interest from outside'".

Worcester city are "getting To Know: Kyle Perry". He told the website, "I live in Cannock, just north of Birmingham. I've played pro-football for the last 8 years and went semi-pro 2 seasons ago when I joined Altrincham. I enjoy the many arts and music and would describe myself as an honest person who wears my heart on my sleeve. I’m now 30 years old and 6’4.

I work as a freelance graphic designer, working from home. I also front a function and wedding band. I love being on stage. I play guitar and love writing and playing music. I've toured the UK a whole bunch and played with some great bands. I love being creative. I'm very passionate, driven and love to put on a show.

My little boy is my absolute world. I'm a single Dad with a 3 year-old son, so spending as much time as possible with him is really important to me. I'm a big family man...

I just have a burning fire inside that doesn't do anything by halves... I think last season was a write off. It was a real rough crack. I was performing and scoring goals but I wasn't having a good time at Hednesford. There was a lot of instability, with 4 managers in a matter of months".

Our neighbours, Stalybridge Celtic report that "Players signed on for the 2015/2016 season are confirmed as follows; Danny Burns, Aaron Chalmers, Aidan Chippendale, Oliver Crowley, Adam Farrell, Matty Hughes, Tony McMillan, Alec Mudimu, Darius Osei, Andy Owens, Nick Ryan, John Shaw, Chris Simm, Steve Tames, Danny Wisdom, Dale Wright, Peter Wylie"

Even closer to home, Salford City "managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley have added to their squad again as midfielder Sam Walker arrives from FC Halifax Town

The Ammies have agreed an undisclosed fee for the services of former Curzon Ashton skipper Sam Walker (29). A dynamic and creative midfielder, Sam spent four seasons with 'The Nash' and captained them...

And Curzon Ashton, "can confirm the retained player list from the 2015/16 season, who will be joining us for pre-season. The list of players below will be joined by new arrivals Michael Potts, Jack Truelove, Paul Ennis, Iain Howard, Ryan Hall and Jonny Higham for our pre-season schedule...

There have been very few departures from last season's squad. As announced last week, Matty Warburton has completed a transfer to Salford City, while Mike Norton has called time on his playing days.

The players who will be returning to Curzon are as follows...

  • Goalkeepers: Hakan Burton, Cameron Mason.
  • Defenders: Matt Flynn, Jonathan Hunt, Danny Shaw, Simon Woodford, Connor Hampson, Benito Lowe, Andy Watson.
  • Midfielders: Chris Rowney, Alex Brown, Liam Tomsett, Jordon Wright, Joe Guest, Matty Crothers, Ryan Watson.
  • Forwards: Ryan Brooke, Niall Cummins, Dan Cockerline, Connor Hughes."


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