27 November 2014
Randalls is located on George Street near WH Smith and the store is shown, right.
- Cream of Fresh Vegetable Soup
- Roast Cheshire Turkey (Chipolata Sausages/Chestnut Stuffing) with Sprouts, Carrots & Roast Potatoes
- Christmas Pudding & Cream
- Traditional Mince Pies
- Tea or Coffee
Red or white wine and soft drinks will be served with the meal. All this for just £10!
To reserve your place at this festive culinary extravaganza simply pick up the phone and call the Football Club on 0161 928 1045 or send an e-mail."here...
Visiting supporters can watch the game from our North Stand. It is a covered standing terrace with a capacity of 825 which is situated behind a goal next to our ticket office. There is a refreshments kiosk and access to toilets. Disabled/wheelchair spaces are available in shared areas of the Main Stand, both at ground level (through turnstiles A and B) and at first floor level (via the lift in reception).
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adult £15
- Senior £11
- Young adults (16 – 21) £7
- Juniors (U-16) £4.
Free parking for... up to two supporter’s coaches is provided within the New Lawn... Car parking is available on-site at £4 per car. Disabled parking is available by prior reservation at the front of the main stand. Disabled parking permit holders who wish to take advantage of this facility should contact our Club Admin Office on 01453 834 860 at least 72 hours in advance of kick-off to make arrangements.
Our on-site pub, the Green Man, is open 3 hours before kick-off. Your visiting supporters will always be made very welcome where a selection of hot food is available to purchase. Before and after the Game supporters can use the Green Man, or during the game /half time the refreshments kiosk within the North Stand will be open".BBC reports that "Dover Athletic have signed Bury striker James Poole on loan until January. The 24-year-old has only made four appearances for the Shakers since joining from fellow League Two side Hartlepool United this summer. Poole, who can also play on the wing and in midfield, came through the youth ranks at Manchester City but never featured for the Premier League club...
Meanwhile, Dover have handed goalkeeper Andrew Rafferty a deal until the end of the 2015-16 campaign and cancelled the contract of Jeff Goulding by mutual consent".
According to the Chester Chronicle, "Steve Burr praised his players for sticking to the plan after a scintillating second half performance saw them come from two down to win 4-2 at Dartford on Tuesday. Lee Noble scored on 15 minutes to give the Darts a lead that remained intact until the end of a first period in which the Blues kept the ball well enough without really troubling the hosts.
Elliot Bradbrook got a second for the hosts a minute after the restart but the Blues responded with a quick-fire three-goal salvo. Craig Mahon scored twice in the space of four minutes, the second coming from a sweeping team move that had Burr purring, and Matty Hughes put them in front six minutes later.
Rhys Oates notched for the second game running on 84 minutes to wrap up the points at Princes Park.
Burr told The Chronicle...'I didn't have a go at them but the lads were very frustrated at half time, but in a good way really. They were frustrated with how things were going and were asking themselves how are we losing and things like that. I said to them that this league is all about coming up against teams who want to stop you playing and earning the right to play.
I told them it was important that we kept doing what we were doing and gave them some examples, like the Bristol Rovers game on Saturday, and I thought we were excellent in the second half. In the first half I thought we passed the ball well without threatening them really but the difference in the second was that we got in behind them and down the sides. I thought some of our passing and movement was fantastic to watch.
Dartford are not a bad side at home and are difficult to beat like all sides in this division and kept going route one and looking to pick up the bits but once we got a goal back I was confident that we were going to go on and win'.
Chester are now part of a group of 10 teams separated by only six points and can make up further ground at Nuneaton Town, who are second bottom, on Saturday (3pm).
Kingsley James will miss the trip to Liberty Way through suspension and Josh O'Keefe looks unlikely to be fit, leaving the manager with a void to fill in midfield.... Said Burr, 'Ben Heneghan is still nursing a knock and Peter Winn probably won't be right so we are starting to pick up one or two injuries. We have got a few lads one booking away from a suspension too so we have to be careful but I think we have done well to get this far without losing too many players'".
Altrincham face Kidderminster on Saturday and the Tamworth Herald announces that "Tamworth have lost the services of on-loan striker Reece Styche. He returned to Kidderminster after the 2-1 win over Brackley Town on Tuesday night.
'Since Reece came here, Kiddy have loaned Michael Gash out to Nuneaton,' said Lambs' boss Andy Morrell. 'They have also sold Nathan Blissett to Bristol Rovers so they are a little bit light up top and want Reece back. He’s come and done exactly what we thought. I wanted him to lift us a little bit, give us something in attack and he’s certainly done that'".
And the Daily Post reports on "Kidderminster 1 Wrexham 1... A brilliant strike by Connor Jennings handed Wrexham a draw... After conceding within the first 90 seconds of the game, Kevin Wilkin will be pleased to have taken a draw home from Aggborough. However, despite earning a point, the Dragons' boss has officially presided over the club's worst winless run since dropping into the Conference. It's now nine games since his side last won... meaning Dean Saunders no longer has that unwanted accolade...
There have been growing signs both last season and this that Wrexham's midfield is not the dominant force it once was... Wrexham were handed a big boost before they faced Kidderminster when Louis Moult had his red card rescinded, avoiding a four game ban. Anyone with half decent vision could see that his sending off against Altrincham was a dubious decision by referee Ryan Johnson and thankfully common sense prevailed...
In his post-match interview Kevin Wilkin also revealed that Dan Bachmann is back in training, which is also a welcome development given his imperious form between the sticks."
In the Kidderminster Shuttle we read that "Manager Gary Whild hailed his players’ effort after last night’s 1-1 draw at home to Wrexham... The manager could not fault his players as they stretched their unbeaten run to three games in the Vanarama Conference.
He said, 'When it’s one-nil you need a second goal to give you a bit of breathing space and unfortunately, we had chances to do that, especially in the first half. You are always in danger of conceding and that’s what happened. I thought we did well enough to win but the effort that was put in on Saturday, you could see a little bit of tiredness in their minds'...
Verma’s 30 yard thunderbolt was the midfielder’s second of the season. Whild added, 'I keep telling Aman that’s what he is capable of doing. He was exceptional on Saturday and Tuesday and I thought he deserved his goal'".
More comes from the Daily Post to the effect that "Wrexham battled for their lives last night against a well drilled and well organised Harriers side. To their credit, some sides, especially ones on a run of poor form like the Dragons are suffering, might have fallen to pieces [after going behind], but the 274 hardy travelling fans were treated to a battling showing...
Last night’s second-half performance could be just the spark they need to turn their slump in form around".
However, "There was more misery for Wrexham as Blaine Hudson, fresh from a one-match ban, picked up his fifth booking of the season meaning he will sit out Saturday’s visit of Aldershot".
News of next Tuesday's opponents comes from Woking who lost 1-3 at Grimsby Town on Tuesday. "Woking eventually succumbed to a ively Grimsby side despite long spells of dominance but were ultimately the architects of their own downfall, conceding two poor goals. Woking arrived at Blundell Park with the news that influential centre back Joe McNerney had received a retrospective red card and three match ban for an incident during the Barnet match. Joey Jones therefore partnered James Clarke in the centre of the defence, the other change being Jack Marriott starting in place of Giuseppe Sole.
Grimsby kicked off but it was the Woking trainer who was quickly into action as after just 6 minutes Jake Cole went down clutching his leg. It soon became clear that he could not carry on and Aaron Howe replaced him between the sticks...
On 32 minutes, there was more bad news for Woking as Rendell went down clutching his foot. After lengthy treatment, he was forced off and replaced by Dean Morgan... On 67 minutes Woking reduced the arrears. From 20 yards out, Dean Morgan hit a speculative shot which, much to the joy of the travelling contingent, went past the 'keeper, clipping a post on its way into the goal. This galvanised the visitors, who began to dominate proceedings...
However, with time running out, the visitors shot themselves in the foot again... Lewis's attempted back-pass to Howe was under-hit, allowing Ross Hannah to nip in and pass to the unmarked John-Lewis who slammed home Grimsby’s third to seal the match for the home side.
This was a frustrating night for the Cards who played some attractive football at times and showed why they are up there towards the top of the league table. However, they gifted their opponents a couple of goals which, in the end, was probably the difference between the two teams...
Woking: Jake Cole (Aaron Howe 7), Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, James Clarke, Josh Payne, Scott Rendell (Dean Morgan 35), Kevin Betsy, Theo Lewis, Jack Marriott (Giuseppe Sole 75), Joey Jones, Chris Arthur. Unused subs: Keiran Murtagh, John Goddard".
Macclesfield Town report that they "will be without Matthew Barnes-Homer for the visit of Torquay United tonight after the on-loan forward returned to his parent club Whitehawk. Barnes-Homer's loan with the Silkmen had expired yesterday and, after the club was unable to reach an agreement to extend his loan, the forward has left the club.
In his loan spell, Barnes-Homer made six appearances scoring two goals against Chester and at Dartford".
26 November 2014 here. Kidderminster Harriers report that "Harriers fans will be housed in the Hale End terrace, the capacity of which is 1,434, as well as the Main Stand, which holds 1,133 supporters... On police advice, due to the ground being located in a residential area, no drums or other musical instruments are permitted in the ground".
- Braintree Town 0-1 Welling United
- Bristol Rovers 1-1 Barnet
- Dartford 2-4 Chester FC
- Dover Athletic 5-0 Nuneaton Town
- Grimsby Town 3-1 Woking
- Kidderminster Harriers 1-1 Wrexham
- Macclesfield Town 1-0 Torquay United
- Southport 1-3 Aldershot Town
here. The excellent action picture, right, is courtesy of Tom Green. Wrexham have confirmed that the club has "Just heard from the FA Wales and Louis Moult has won his appeal [against his red card versus Altrincham] so [is] free to play this [Tuesday] evening at Kidderminster."
More comes from the Leader, which says that "Wrexham striker Louis Moult has had his weekend red card rescinded... Moult was sent off two minutes after scoring in the 3-2 home defeat to Altrincham on Saturday. The club confirmed on Monday they would appeal the decision which has now been overturned by the Football Conference. Moult would have faced a four-game ban, having previously been sent off in the 1-0 home defeat to Grimsby which led to a three-match ban".Daily Post, we learn that "There was more than a sense of defiance from Wrexham defender Manny Smith as he declared ‘we are not down and out yet’. Wrexham travel to the Aggborough Stadium to take on a Kidderminster Harriers side...
Two wins in the FA Cup over Macclesfield and Woking have masked Wrexham’s poor form somewhat, but Smith is adamant there is still a lot to play for... Smith said, 'It is another big test especially after the manner that we lost on Saturday... The foundations are right, it is just putting'...
Saturday’s defeat was particularly hard on the Dragons... He added 'One or two decisions didn’t go our way and then they are going to get chances and they took them and wore us down. It is all about the response now... We will take anything. It is just the three points; it doesn’t matter about playing good football or bad football, it is all about the win and the points at the end of the day... We are not down and out yet, not by a long shot'...
It is likely Smith will be reunited in the starting line-up with Blaine Hudson, who missed the Altrincham defeat as he served a one-match ban... The pair both joined the Racecourse outfit in the summer and have struck up an excellent partnership so far... Said Smith, 'I am always learning off him; we get on well together, on and off the field'".
The Halifax Courier tells us that "Neil Aspin is aiming to add two new faces to his squad ahead of Saturday’s game with Alfreton. Aspin revealed the Shaymen have had offers rejected for 'four or five' players, but said the squad would benefit from one or two fresh faces.
He said, 'We have to look to bring in a couple of players and we need the supporters to stick by us because you have to win and lose as a club. We are going through a difficult spell but like all things in football it will turn, but it’s got to turn sooner than later. If we could bring in new players we could do with getting them in early in the week so we can train with them. We’ve had a lot of things go against us in terms of bringing players in. We’ve had about four or five offers for players this season that have all been turned down. We’ve got to look at that again going into next week. We need to bring in a new face before the Alfreton game to give everyone a boost and we’ll be trying to do that'...
Aspin revealed Halifax unsuccessfully tried to snap up striker Che Adams from Ilkeston before his move to Sheffield United. He added, 'We have been looking in the right areas because we were one of the first clubs to spot Che Adams, who went to Sheffield United, but unfortunately we didn’t get him earlier in the season... We need to get players who have played at this level, got experience at this level, probably played for bigger clubs at this level. That’s the only way we’re going to improve'".
Welling United report that "midfielder Harry Beautyman has joined League 1 Peterborough. The 22-year-old departs Park View Road on loan until January, when the switch will become permanent for an undisclosed fee. Beautyman joined the Wings at the start of last season from Sutton, for whom he caught the eye in Conference South after leaving Leyton Orient.
However, his debut season for the Wings was blighted by injury and it was only after an injury-free pre-season that Wings fans saw his true potential this campaign, Beautyman has scored 11 goals so far this season and his energetic displays made him a popular figure at the club... Beautyman is another player to progress into the Football League in recent times from Park View Road, following the likes of Fraser Franks and Ross Lafayette, who both ply their trade for League 2 Luton.
Welling boss Jamie Day said, 'Harry was a player I had tracked for a while and I was delighted to get him. He had an up and down start with injuries but we could see in training what he was capable of. He has been first-class to work with and to manage. His attitude has been fantastic and he fully deserves this chance. His goals and workrate this season have been valuable and he deserved his recent England C call-up. He will be missed by everyone at the club but it again shows that this club can work with good young players and move them onto full-time football.'"
According to the Football Conference, "Nuneaton Town have taken young midfielder Marcel Barrington on loan from Leicester City for the rest of the season. A former Stoke City youngster, Barrington, 19, is a versatile striker with outstanding pace and power who is capable of turning any match. After joining City’s Development Squad during the last campaign, Barrington has operated both through the middle and from the left, and has scored several spectacular goals, making him a difficult prospect for opposition defences.
Barrington follows Foxes team-mate, Lithuanian international Simonas Stankevicius, who joined Boro on a two-month loan late last week, to Liberty Way."
Elsewhere, "Barnet have signed goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel on a month's loan from West Ham United. The 21-year-old, who has represented Switzerland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 international level, has been at Upton Park for two years and has played predominantly in their under-21 team. Spiegel started his career with Grasshoppers of Zurich... Earlier this season he had a loan spell...with Crawley Town."
A player whom we last saw at our last opponents, Wrexham, is now at our next opponents, Kidderminster, as ""Goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi has joined Kidderminster Harriers on non-contract terms. The former Wrexham shot-stopper will provide competition to Harriers' number one Danny Lewis. Cameroon-born Mayebi joined the Red Dragons in 2011 and made eighty appearances for the club...
Before signing for Wrexham, the 28-year-old played in France for FC Metz, Cyprus with AEK Larnaca and Israel with Hakoah Ramat Gan... He said, 'The non-contract terms are good for both parties. It's good to see some familiar faces; Mark Creighton was my team-mate '".
." BT Sport will be broadcasting Bristol Rovers v Gateshead on Friday, 19 December.
According to NL Pitchero, "Busy Liam Daish, manager of Nuneaton Town, has made former Coventry City striker Courtney Baker-Richardson his third signing of the week to date. Baker-Richardson stands 6`2” and possesses electric pace and an eye for goal. Although he failed to make the breakthrough with the Sky Blues, he played in the Conference with Tamworth during a loan spell last season.
Upon his release by Coventry, Baker-Richardson signed for Romulus, for whom he has scored 7 times this season."
25 November 2014
Q: It was a lively game, Lee, wasn’t it?
A: Bizarre, really. I’ve just had a chat with the players in the changing room and given them a little bit of a rollicking, because of a few things that happened. You have to be careful what you say, but I just think the game went off on a bit of a tangent after we had played really well for the first 20 minutes. We went behind in circumstances where we should have done better and we missed a glorious opportunity at the other end, so there is a lot to talk about. I mentioned to the players that when you are a man up, whether it be 11 against 10 or 10 against nine, you still have to ask questions and put the ball in the back of the net. It doesn’t always follow that you are automatically going to make it count. Sometimes, the team who are one short will hold out. They will make it difficult for you, and the onus is on you to translate your advantage into goals.
Q: On that miss, the ball did seem to bobble just as Steven Gillespie (right) went to hit it, didn’t it?
A: Maybe so, but the goal is gaping, isn’t it? Enough said.
Q: The referee was at the centre of a lot of debatable incidents. What did you make of Scott’s red card?
A: He was stretching for the ball, and I couldn’t tell whether he caught their lad or not. Whether it warranted a red card, I don’t know.
Q: It looked, at first glance, like Scott and the Wrexham player were both off the floor as they jumped in for a 50-50 challenge. If so, wasn’t their player guilty of dangerous play as well, even though he came off worse?
A: I’ll have to have another look at it before I can answer that, but you always have to be careful what you say in these instances. The best way I can term it is, it wasn’t one of those shocking, stand-out, obvious straight reds. You would have thought the ref might have had to think about it for a few seconds before making his mind up, but, of course, the card came out in an instant. Maybe, in hindsight, he should have given himself a couple of seconds.
Q: From Scott’s point of view, is there a lesson to be learned?
A: For sure. It is a fine dividing line. Some might argue it was harsh, but the ref has interpreted it as a sending off. Scott (left) was stretching for the ball, but as I mentioned to him at half-time, you have to take great care in those situations. Another point not many people might latch on to was that there was a clear handball for their second goal. Even the lad involved admitted it. I might not have had a clear view of Scott’s sending off, and couldn’t really call it, but I did see an obvious handling in the scramble on the edge of the six-yard area, just prior to that goal. It wasn’t given and we find ourselves 2-0 down.
Q: The second red card was evidently for a stamp. That’s how the ref saw it, anyway. Did you see it that way?
A: Nah, less said about that the better. You can talk yourself into trouble, if you’re not careful, so we’ll leave it at that.
Q: So, we’re 2-0 down at half-time, but at least the numbers have been evened up. What did you say?
A: One man less each side means there is going to be more space on the pitch, so it is up to us to exploit it. What brought us the greatest joy was switching the play, and doing it consistently. You may have seen me shouting and jumping up and down on the touchline, and that was because, when you are in our situation and a man to the good, you can be impatient. You end up rushing things, and the ball scoots out for a goalkick, which suits the other team down to the ground.
By looking after the ball and switching the play, not once but twice or even three times, you start making inroads and creating opportunities to put the ball into their box. We got into those positions, especially down the left flank, probably seven or eight times, and it was through being patient.
That was the message I was trying to get across – just keep moving the ball, keep moving them around and the gaps will open up, because they will tire. That’s just human nature. Gaps will appear, and then hopefully we can exploit them.
Q: That would have been the thinking, presumably, behind sending on Ryan Crowther (right), to give us more width and stretch them even more?
A: Yeah, when they went down to nine men, we wanted to get another attacker on and get into those pockets and ask questions of them. We wanted to push the full-backs on as well. The idea was for Peter Cavanagh to sit in front of the back two and for the full-backs to bomb on, which is what happened.
We took a bit of a gamble by sending on our third sub with 30 minutes or so still left, but we were determined to give it a real go. It is rare these days that you come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2, so that’s why, I’ll be honest with you, there was half a ticking off for them at the end. It was because we needlessly made life so difficult for ourselves, through bad defending and bad finishing, after starting the game so brightly.
Q: Presumably, there was also some acknowledgement of the character that shone through in the second half?
A: Yes, of course. It’s a bit like the jam sandwich, or whatever the expression is. You know, you’re hard, then soft, then hard again. But for us to grow, we need to be addressing and remedying the points I’ve picked up on. We want to keep improving, and that’s the only way we will do it.
While I’m pleased with the way we moved the ball around during the course of scoring those three goals, we shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place.
Q: What about Adam Griffin’s delivery from the left? There were some quality crosses whipped in.
A: Griff (left) got into those positions probably a bit more than Dens (Shaun Densmore) did on the right, and we profited from it. But I’m being a bit hard on them with some of the things I’m picking up on because I have to be. It’s no good just saying ‘oh, that was brilliant’, because comebacks on this scale don’t happen every month. They come along maybe once a season or once every other season, so that’s why it’s important we stamp out the shortcomings that cost us in the first half, when we were in the ascendancy but gave them the initiative with our defending for the first goal and then our miss. We really should have converted that chance, while, for their goal, it may have been a good finish, but we shouldn’t have allowed him to get clear.
Q: Having got ourselves into bother, it was an incredible turnaround in the second half, wasn’t it?
A: Yes it was, but I’m going to sound like a right miserable old git again, because the way the final few minutes panned out annoyed me. We go 3-2 up, and then what happens? Nine men push us back for the last five minutes and leave us hanging on. I pointed out to the players what the consequence could easily have been.
Let’s say eight of our players and seven of theirs were inside the box when we were defending our goal at the end. That’s 15 players inside the area, as the ball is played in. It only has to hit someone on the backside and fall at one of their players’ feet, and it’s 3-3. How galling would that have been? That is what disappointed me.
People call it game management, and we should have managed the game better in those last five to 10 minutes. We shouldn’t have let them have that half-a-sniff. It was only half-a- sniff, but we shouldn’t have allowed them even that.
Q: It would have been frustrating to let the lead slip, wouldn’t it, because their formation was basically 4-4-0?
A: Precisely. In that situation, you put them to bed. You turn the screw completely, but, instead, we nearly let them back in it. From 2-0 down, we pulled one back, and it was like ‘flippin eck’, then 2-2 and it’s ‘flippin eck, this is great’, then 3-2 to us, and it’s ‘wow, this is unbelievable’. You can actually feel the momentum building with each goal, but then, for some reason, it just went flat. We stopped doing what we’d been doing so well. We just went flat at exactly the moment we should be saying to the opposition: ‘No chance. We’ve got you where we want you and there’s no way back. We are going to grind you into the mud. We are going to keep moving you around the park and keep you as far away from our goal as possible.’ But we are learning. We have been learning all season and will continue to.
Q: Was it good to see Damian Reeves (right) back among the goals?
A: Yes, of course. I had all this last year. I had jip off supporters. We left him out of the starting line-up for the Brackley game for tactical reasons and because he’d gone through a bit of a spell that happens with all strikers. So what did he do? I’m getting it in the ear from supporters about how he scores when he starts, blah, blah, blah, but he goes on as sub and nabs the equaliser. That can happen. Like any player, he can sometimes benefit from a breather. People may not have noticed, but we have played about four or five different systems. Not only that, Reevesie has had a big workload. I know him as well as anyone does, because I have managed him since he was 14.
He has been through a lot of legwork and he needs to be sharp to be getting on the end of chances. His confidence needs to be up as well, and it’s a fact that he has been through a couple of games where chances have come along that he would normally stick away but he hasn’t. So you think ‘just step aside a little and then we’ll put you on’, and what happens? He’s back among the goals again.
You have to work it that way sometimes, and he’s happy because he’s in double figures in the Non League Paper scoring chart. They were a poacher’s finishes today, but that’s my point. If you are back on your heels, as a defender or a striker, you are not going to react to situations as effectively. But Reevesie was really on his toes. He was ready for those chances when they fell his way, a bit like Wayne Rooney against Scotland the other night. The ball is there, he reacts like a flash and, bang, it’s in the net". 1990s.
Paddy was mentioned in "The Best of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly", a compilation from the top-selling football magazine of the 1950s to 1970s. The book has a fascinating full page about Altrincham FC, reproduced from its May 1966 issue, which tells the story of White and Swales's revival of Altrincham FC. It says...
"By 1961 the club was in a bad way financially, the ground was in bad shape, the team doing badly and the future gloomy. They [White and Swales] decided to step in... They loaned £6,000 to the club to clear its immediate debts. They·took up £2,000-worth of unissued shares and by guaranteeing wages, they succeeded in preventing the club's complete professional staff from walking out... Knowing only too well that names make news, they brought in ex-Newcastle.and Manchester United inside forward Ernie Taylor; Paddy Fagan from Manchester City and Tommy Banks from Bolton. They made Paddy player-manager, but three weeks later he was injured and never played again".
The Robins' Review for the Alty v Oswestry Town game (28/8/61) had the following pen picture:
"FAGAN, Paddy: Player Manager. Winger. 5ft 6in, l0st.7lb. Played for Eire against Scotland as recently as May. Voted fontballer of the year in Eire, 1960. First Player-Manager at Moss Lane for quarter of a century. Won F.A. Cup Winner’s Medal with Manchester City before moving to Derby County".
All at Altrincham FC express their condolences to Paddy's family.
TASC Chairman, Brian Flynn, said 'The new Community Sports Hall is looking fantastic and is set to play a pivotal role in supporting the development of Altrincham Football club in the short, medium and long term. In all honesty, it's probably a better facility than many of us imagined it could be and it's going to be a superb asset for the people of Altrincham.
Unfortunately, appeals for financial funding have not been as successful as hoped for and the potential impact of this is that the finishing touches to the project are not as impressive as the building itself. By this, I mean the essential interior work that needs to be done, specifically installing a sound system and television projector and distribution system, as the plan is to have a large screen at either end of the hall... the total cost of which is £10,000.
The main beneficiaries of these facilities will be our supporters, who will use the bar on matchdays, and I am calling on 100 people to contribute £100 each to help us put the cherry on the cake of this project. The official opening of the hall is less than a month away and it's probably unrealistic to expect to raise all of the £10,000 before the first matchday that the new bar will be open for on the Saturday before Christmas. Therefore, we are asking for 100 people to make a contribution of £100 or commit to setting up a standing order of £10 per month for 10 months, with the first payment being made in December. In achieving this, we will be able to invest in the equipment needed to make the bar matchday experience at the J.Davidson Stadium, second to none!
Every one of the 100 people who contributes to this cause will be recognised for their support, with their name being included on a high quality, glass-fronted list of Alty fans, which will act as a permanent reminder of the people who helped this project reach the finishing post.
Please support us in this mission by contacting me for payment/standing order details by email (email@example.com) or phone (0161 610 1193/07860 561011) or speak to me at any of the forthcoming matches. Alternatively, you can telephone Altrincham Football Club on 0161 928 1045, e-mail me or call in at the ground between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday-Friday.
Brian Flynn, Chairman, TASC (The Altrincham Supporters' Club)".NL Daily, which says that "Northwich Victoria have fended off a winding-up petition. The charges were brought from the HMRC at London's High Court today. Registrar Stephen Baister dismissed a request from HMRC for an order against Northwich Victoria Football Club (2007), currently playing home matches at Valley Road in Flixton, after being told a debt had been paid in full. Lawyers representing HMRC asked for the petition to be withdrawn during a hearing that lasted thirty seconds." Football Conference reports that "Craig Curran has left Nuneaton Town, having agreed a mutual termination of his contract. Despite being injured, Curran travelled from his home in the North West to the Southport game to support the team. He also took the opportunity to talk with manager Liam Daish and chairman Lee Thorn, suggesting to the management team that he would be willing to leave the club and seek a fresh start elsewhere.
Thorn was quick to praise the player. '“Craig is well aware of how tight the playing budget is here at Nuneaton and offered to terminate his contract early to free up funds. He is such an honest and decent lad, a true gentleman, and I can’t speak highly enough of him. He is facing at least six weeks on the side lines but wants the club to be successful so thought his departure would benefit everyone. Players come in for a lot of criticism for sitting in the stands and picking up their money but Craig’s gesture shows that there are decent people in the game and at this club'".
Meanwhile the former Nuneaton boss is subject of a report from the BBC, to the effect that "Kevin Wilkin says Wrexham will appeal against striker Louis Moult's red card in Saturday's 3-2 defeat against Altrincham. Moult was shown a red card in first half stoppage time only two minutes after scoring Wrexham's second goal. Manager Wilkin felt Moult's second dismissal of the season, for an alleged stamp on Simon Richman, was harsh.
'We'll appeal the sending off,' said Wilkin, 'And, hopefully, that will be rescinded'.
Andy Bishop was also sent-off for two yellow cards in a game which saw Altrincham come back from two goals down to win 3-2 at the Racecourse. Wrexham have now gone eight league games without a win and their last victory at home to Kidderminster Harriers in September. The Dragons travel to Kidderminster on Tuesday and Wilkin says his players cannot 'feel sorry for themselves' following Saturday's defeat to Altrincham...
Midfielder Dean Keates will not feature against Kidderminster, but Wilkin is hopeful fellow midfielder Jay Harris will be available".
And Wrexham add that "Media Team Member Rich Fay takes stock of team matters. Eight league matches without a win, both top goal-scorers suspended and currently occupying 12th spot in the league. It's not the electric start we'd all hoped for in our prestigious anniversary year but, it's still not all doom and gloom.
Altrincham on Saturday marked another tough league defeat for Wrexham... [who are] without a league victory since a 1-0 win on the 30th September... That victory against the Harriers came almost exactly two months ago and saw Wrexham move up to third in the table as they approached October. So what's changed Wrexham's fortunes over the past two months?
Well, unfortunate injuries to Dan Bachmann, Jay Harris and more recently Andy Coughlin have left the Dragon's without an established spine to their squad and perhaps surprisingly Wrexham haven't actually won a league game since Bachmann's long-term lay-off at the start of October... It is also crucial to remember that Wrexham have largely been without leading scorer Louis Moult since mid-October following a lengthy suspension, a lack of match fitness and more importantly the birth of his daughter. His controversial dismissal on Saturday will again provide this problem as he looks set to miss another four matches, however the positive out of this is that a rejuvenated Andy Bishop will be back for Saturday's clash against Aldershot, with Connor Jennings and Wes York eager to take their chance against Kidderminster on Tuesday...
Although Wrexham won't move up the table with a win at Aggborough, a win could potentially see them only three points off the final play-off place... A good cup run could also be a catalyst for a mid-season revival... I still fully believe we have what it takes to achieve a famous promotion in our 150th year".
The Leader tells us that "Woeful Wrexham hit a new low on Saturday equalling their worst ever run since becoming a non-league side. The Reds have now gone eight Conference Premier League games without a win, matching a similar wretched run back in 2010...
Despite the horrendous run, boss Wilkin remains defiant.'I can only work with the tools that I have got and try and progress the situation,' said Wilkin... 'I don’t see it as pressure, it is expectation. Clearly I want to win games, that is what I have been about and what I remain about... It is about keeping your head at crucial times. It is important to remain positive, which I’ll do. The optimism around the camp is still there, we have got a fantastic FA Cup game to look forward to'...
Goalkeeper Jonathan Flatt, brought in on a one-month loan deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers... was disappointed not to mark his debut with a victory... Said the 20-year-old, 'Obviously it was really disappointing and a hard one to take... It was a long half when we had nine men with cross after cross coming into the box but I thought we were going to hold out... I came into the team and was thinking, when we were 2-0 up, ‘How haven’t they won in seven games?’, added Flatt.
'One minute you are winning and within five minutes you are 3-2 down... It is hard with only eight outfield players'".
According to the Grimsby Telegraph, "Kidderminster boss Gary Whild says the Harriers' performance in their victory over the Mariners was 'The most complete you're likely to get'. After a difficult week at Aggborough, during which Whild has seen a number of key players leave, he was delighted with his depleted side's display at Blundell Park.
With a bare squad of 16, the Harriers took an early lead through Marvin Johnson before extending their within five minutes of the restart when Jack Byrne headed home from a corner. It was the Harriers' first win in three league games... and afterwards, Whild couldn't speak highly enough of his players' efforts.
He said, 'The lads did fantastic and I was really proud of them. In saying that, apart from only a couple of occasions this season, they've been fantastic right through... If you can ever get one in football, that was as close to a complete performance as you're going to get. We got an early goal and then another just minutes after half-time... We created a lot of opportunities in the last third. The build-up play to get in was good and we looked a threat... Look at the two benches and you could see the difference with the experience Grimsby had on theirs and the youth we had on ours.
With our bench at the minute you know what you're going to get... We know the lads that we've got on the bench are going to go on and give us a real shift out there. That's a massive plus point for me as their manager'".
24 November 2014
Match report here
Brian Flynn reports that Saturday's Radio Robins commentary from Wrexham is available here.
There are brief highlights of the game on You Tube.Shropshire Star tells us that "AFC Telford United manager Liam Watson has admitted he picked the wrong team line-up and formation in the first-half of the 3-1 defeat to Braintree Town. The Bucks' chief has favoured a 5-3-2 formation for much of this season, but had enjoyed success with 4-4-2 in Tuesday's FA Cup first round replay win over Basingstoke.
That selection was influenced by injuries and unavailability but Watson opted to stick with it for the visit of Braintree and his team then shipped three first-half goals on their way to a disappointing defeat. And he said, 'That first-half was, without a doubt, as bad as it has been this season. No excuses. I have got to look at myself, because I think I picked the wrong line-up and the wrong shape. It was probably going off the fact that we had a good result against Basingstoke in the week. But it has been proven time and time again that it doesn't work for us when we get pressure put on us.
And it was the same again here. You could turn round and say that their first goal was miles offside, because it was. But that is making excuses. And their third goal kills the game off. It was a cross into the box and we just don't pick it up. The game had gone at half-time. We just looked leggy. We looked like we didn't have any energy, didn't have anything in terms of pressing, commitment, work rate, especially in the final third of the pitch. We didn't put them under any kind of pressure and, if you just look at their forwards, they worked Andy Parry, they worked Steve Akrigg, they put them under pressure just by working, and we never did'...
But he said, 'We came out in the second half and showed a little bit of character but that was easy. because the game has gone and I suppose we were playing the second half for a bit of pride'. He added that his team, which is bottom of the Conference Premier, have suffered too many defeats against teams in the bottom half of the table. He said, 'It has been our Achilles heel. We have slipped up in games against your Dartfords, your Dovers, the teams in and around down the bottom. Braintree aren't going to be anywhere near the bottom come the end of the season but we have got make sure we stay in games and work our socks off. The more clean sheets we get the more points we get and that is what we haven't been able to do'".
Alty travel to Nailsworth on 6 December from where Stroud Life tells us that "A point away from home [at Dover] was more than satisfying for Forest Green Rovers boss Ady Pennock after he saw his side draw at Dover. Rovers’ fourth consecutive draw, in a far from exciting stalemate, maintained a place just outside the play-off positions for the Nailsworth side.
And Pennock, who has seen his squad grind out 10 draws this season, was happy to take a point against last season’s Conference South play-off winners. 'It wasn’t a classic. It’s a difficult place to come here – they’ve won their last six games on the spin here', he said. 'They are saying it is a fortress and everything else but I’ll take a 0-0 away from home all day long. We have been conceding a few goals in the last three games. We have been working on that in the last week and the back four have done really well....
The Rovers' boss withheld further praise for Jersey-born attacker Kurtis Guthrie, who impressed once again. Signed from Welling United in the summer, Guthrie appears to be beginning to find his feet in the Forest Green set-up after bagging a brace the previous week at Torquay. 'He was up and down like a yo-yo. His other side of the game is really coming on as well,' added Pennock. 'He looks dangerous when the ball is coming into the box and his hold up play is good but his defensive work has been fantastic.' P> Pennock confirmed after the game that Christian Jolley’s loan spell at The New Lawn had come to an end. The attacker made seven appearances in a two month period having joined from League Two outfit Newport County... 'It just hasn’t worked out so he will be going back'" said the manager."
More on this game comes from the Gloucester Citizen which says that "A reputation as the Vanarama Conference’s draw specialists appears to be building for Forest Green after they picked up their tenth draw of the season at the Crabble. For a fourth league game in a row, Rovers were held to a draw by a Dover Athletic side... Alongside Macclesfield Town, Forest Green have suffered defeat the least amount of times in the division this season...
This uninspiring meeting against last season’s Conference South play-off winners did little to whet the appetite for the Rovers faithful who made the long trip south. Kurtis Guthrie did have the ball in the back of the net once for Rovers, only to see his header disallowed, but that was as good as it got in a dreadfully dull showing. There was a return to the fold for left back Chris Stokes, whose selection in the back four allowed Marcus Kelly the opportunity to resume his position in the Rovers midfield...
FGR: S Russell, D Bennett, C Stokes, D Coles, E Oshodi, J Norwood, C Kamdjo, R Sinclair, M Kelly (S Wedgbury 55), L Hughes (J Parkin 71), K Guthrie. Subs not used: P White, D Pipe, L Oliver".
In the Kidderminster Shuttle, "Jubilant Harriers' boss Gary Whild hailed his side’s impressive 2-0 in over high-flying Grimsby yesterday... Marvin Johnson grabbed a slick opener just 66 seconds after kick-off, before Jack Byrne headed home the second three minutes after the half-time break...
Fans may have feared the worst before the game after their cash-strapped club had been forced to see Chey Dunkley join Oxford and Nathan Blissett Bristol Rovers. 'The lads did fantastically will and I am proud of them,' said Whild. 'It is great to see them get what they deserve... I thought we did well at a difficult place'...
There was also an eye-catching first start for rookie hitman Reece Hales, who worked extremely hard to link up play".
The Conference fixtures have dealt Altrincham a Tuesday night (December 2nd) in Woking and the Times Series reports that you can "Watch highlights of Barnet's 1-1 draw at Woking on Saturday... Former Leyton Orient defender Mike Cestor scored at both ends, handing the Bees an early advantage before equalising for the Cards in the second period".
23 November 2014
Mike is seen (right) in action for Altrincham against Barrow in August 2013.
After informing chairman Grahame Rowley earlier in the day, Mike asked for the opportunity to deliver a personal message to everyone at The J.Davidson Stadium. We were only too happy to oblige, and here, in an interview with joint Press and Media Officer, John Edwards, Alty’s former Wrexham defender explains exactly what brought his career to an abrupt end and expresses his gratitude for the club’s unstinting support during his long fight for fitness. This is what he said:
‘I have signed the release forms, so I am now officially an ex- footballer. As I’m sure you can imagine, it has come as a big shock, but I’m not one to mope around, feeling sorry for myself. I’m already planning my future but, before I get on with that, I want to say a big thank you to everyone at Altrincham and also to explain what happened to cut short my career.
Speaking to a few people, there seems to be an assumption that the original injury was the problem, but, in fact, the Achilles has healed really well and is absolutely fine. Since the start of pre-season, an entirely different condition has been troubling me, and we finally got to the bottom of it after a series of scans and assessments. The specialist said I had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both hips and added, 'That’s it, Mike. You’ve got to stop playing immediately, right now.'
As a player, you tend to take football for granted, and it was a shock to the system to be told something like that. It was particularly frustrating after all the time and hard work that had gone in to recovering from the Achilles injury that kept me out so long. The hours I spent with (Alty physio) Alan Ainsley, working my way back to fitness, seemed worthwhile when I was able to join the rest of the lads for pre-season.
But it was then that I started feeling some discomfort in the groin area. There were sharp pains sometimes as well, and initially all the signs suggested I’d got some sort of groin problem. After so long on the sidelines, though, you just want to be out there. You know how it is. You think to yourself, "Play your way through it, you’ll be all right".
I mentioned it to Alan (left), because it was constantly there, but I said I was going to play through it and just put up with it, if need be. Anything to be pulling the boots on again and playing. I went to Stalybridge on loan and played a few games, and I can honestly say I could feel the old sharpness coming back with each appearance.
But by now, it was a good four months since I first felt some discomfort in my groin, and it was still there. Clearly it wasn’t just going to go away, so we had to get it seen to. The diagnosis came after a scan that entailed some dye being injected into the joint, and it couldn’t have been much worse.
Never mind playing football, I had to stop any activity that involved running or any sort of impact. I went in to the appointment hoping for positive news, a cure that would put me right and enable me to play pain-free, but came out having to accept my career was over and I couldn’t even play any other sport. That’s pretty much the extent of it. Working on a bike and cross training should be OK, and maybe a bit of swimming, but anything else is out. I’ve got to be careful. It’s more than likely I’ll need a hip replacement at some stage. How well I look after myself in the meantime will determine when.
As I tried to take it all in, the specialist explained that it wasn’t hereditary or anything like that. There was no reason for it. I’d just been unlucky. I’ve still a lot to be thankful for, though. I joined Wrexham’s Academy at 10, had five or six years as a professional with them, then with Kidderminster, and, of course, I’ve had a couple of years as a semi-pro here at Altrincham.
I couldn’t leave without placing on record my thanks and gratitude for all the help and support I’ve had from the chairman Grahame Rowley, the management, staff, players and supporters at Altrincham. Everyone associated with the club, in fact. The way you all stood by me during such a long rehab programme was absolutely fantastic. I wanted to repay you all on the pitch, and I’m sorry I now won't be able to.
It’s not just the recovery, and the way you looked after me, that has made Alty special to me. It is such a well-run club. Everything about it is right, and you can tell the lads enjoy being there. It just comes across every time you’re with them. There is a sense everyone is pulling in the same direction.
It’s still hard to believe I won’t be in that changing room with them again, but I wish them all the very best for the future. When I spoke to Grahame about having to finish, he told me I was more than welcome to pop in anytime and say hello.
I’m only just over an hour’s drive away in Rhos-on-Sea, near Colwyn Bay, so you can be sure I will be taking him up on his invitation. I will be visiting, and taking in a few games, when I can, but in the meantime, I need to turn my attention to using my brain, rather than my boots, to earn a living.
I have been in touch with the PFA for help with the transition, and I am going to do a sports science degree course, with the aim of becoming a PE teacher. I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life and a new challenge, and if I can put my knowledge of the game to good effect and help some youngsters make the most of themselves, that will be ample reward in itself.
You have to move on, and I will. I’ll take some great memories with me, too, of my years at Wrexham, the people I met at Altrincham and the proud moment when I represented my country. I actually appeared in the same under-21 team as Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen.
That’ll be me in years to come, the feller in the corner of the pub, boring all his mates with, “You know that Gareth Bale .. played in the same team, I did, you know. Oh yes.” They won’t be able to shut me up.’
Match report here
After Saturday's game, Altrincham manager Lee Sinnott told the NL Paper, "At 2-0 down I thought we still created chances. and I was pleased with how we switched the play and stayed patient in the second half. We took a bit of a gamble with the substitutions but, either way, it's rare to rare to come from two goals down to win the game".
Above: Alty line up before the match.
Meanwhile, Wrexham posed the question "Where do you start on an afternoon like that? Nine-man Wrexham let a two goal lead slip as they lost at home to the Altrincham, who themselves had seen a man sent off.
The Dragons led midway through the first-half when Elliott Durrell calmly slotted home into the far corner, after a precise pass from Wes York, to give Wrexham the lead in an otherwise tight opening exchange.
The best chance of the opening period fell to Steven Gillespie, who find himself in front of an open net following a fantastic move down the right, however he couldn’t connect and saw his attempt fly into the stand...
Things got even better for Wrexham after 40 minutes, when Altrincham saw defender Scott Leather sent off following a lunging tackle on Mark Carrington. And when top-scorer Louis Moult volleyed in a rebound after Andy Bishop saw his powerful effort cannon off the crossbar, things were looking up for Kevin Wilkin’s men.
However, the mood soon dampened at the Racecourse as only a minute later Moult saw red himself following a late collision with Simon Richman. After 15 comfortable second-half minutes, it took a pointless tackle from the already booked Andy Bishop to turn the game on its head. His late lunge resulted in Wrexham having to play out the remaining 35 minutes with only nine men on the pitch.
Despite a resolute defence spearheaded by Manny Smith and Wrexham’s other debutant Scott Tancock, Altrincham did get back into the game...
Wrexham did push for another late twist, but sadly nothing materialised and now we find ourselves without a win in eight league games and with only ten points from their last eleven Conference matches".
The BBC reported that "Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin told BBC Radio Wales, 'I'm gutted with that. You're 2-0 up against 10 men and comfortable and to come away with nothing is quite difficult and will take a little while to gather my thoughts. It's difficult to start criticising people when you've had to play so long with nine men. I'll perhaps go and look at the goals and think we probably could have done better for the goals but is it harsh to be critical of the players at that stage? Possibly.'"
More comes from The Leader which says that "strikers Louis Moult and Andy Bishop were controversially sent off while Altrincham were also left with 10 men... The starting line-up showed four changes from the side that lost at Braintree.
Goalkeeper Jon Flatt and centre-back Scott Tancock, brought in on one month loan deals from Wolves and Swansea City respectively, replaced Andy Coughlin (injured) and Blaine Hudson (suspended). Left-back Neil Ashton, fresh from serving a one-match ban, took over from Johnny Hunt while top scorer Moult returned to the attack with Connor Jennings missing out...
Moult, moments after celebrating his goal, was shown a red card for an alleged stamp on Richman which looked a very harsh decision. Little had happened in the second half before Wrexham found themselves with nine men in the 55th minute, Andy Bishop shown a second yellow card... It was another controversial decision, more so the fact Bishop’s first yellow card shouldn’t have been shown but it gave Altrincham hope of getting something out of the game".
and Wales Online states that "Wrexham raced into a two-goal lead... before Louis Moult doubled Wrexham’s advantage on the stroke of half-time. Yet no sooner had the forward dispatched an exquisite volley he was joining Densmore [i.e. Leather] down the tunnel for a stamp only referee Ryan Johnson could see. And there was even more frustration for the Dragon... when Andy Bishop was dismissed for a second bookable offence".
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