- 21 October 2016: TURNSTILE OPERATORS URGENTLY NEEDED!... More
- 21 October 2016: FA YOUTH CUP OPPONENTS: TRANMERE ROVERS... More
- 21 October 2016: FA CUP OPPONENTS: LINCOLN CITY... More
- 21 October 2016: FA CUP TELEVISED MATCHES... More
- 21 October 2016: GLOUCESTER AND TAMWORTH FACE CHARGES... More
- 21 October 2016: ENGLAND "C" SQUAD... More
21 October 2016 e-mail. No previous experience required. Thank you! Shropshire Star tells us that "It was absolutely great news to see that AFC Telford are already more than halfway to raising the £25,000 needed by the end of October, writes Bernard McNally... It’s no real surprise; people love their football club...
It was huge for them to get that win against FC United of Manchester. The confidence will start flooding back through the players and it was a massive result for Rob Smith and Larry Chambers. The little things, like Connor McCarthy getting his first goal since returning, mount up... I’m sure the result will act as a catalyst for them on the pitch in terms of picking up points. It’s difficult to get a win when you’re struggling, particularly off the pitch, so it’ll do them a world of good...
They moved from 19th to 14th in the National League North with that win, it just shows how compact things are. All you need is a couple of wins on the bounce."
Tranmere Rovers report that they "advanced to the next round of the FA Youth Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over Durham City in the Second Qualifying Round at Prenton Park.
Ethan Devine opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Udoyen Akpan was fouled by visiting goalkeeper Kieran Stoker. Akpan then took centre stage, bagging a brace to ensure progress in the competition for Andy Parkinson's side...
Tranmere: Wharton; Solomon-Davies (Galloway, 65), J Devine, Drysdale, Clarke; Heron, Lucy, E Devine (Fleming, 85), Medlan; Akpan, Croughan (Brett, 69). Subs not used: Passant, Molyneux".
Also, "Tranmere youth scholar Josh Solomon-Davies made his international debut for St Lucia Under-20 last weekend as they defeated La Clery 4-0. The 16-year-old played in the match which was a warm-up game for St Lucia's Caribbean Football Union finals in Curacao which are to start in the coming week".
- AFC Fylde v Harrogate Town
- Altrincham v AFC Telford Utd
- Boston United v FC Halifax Town
- Brackley Town v Curzon Ashton
- Chorley v Stockport County
- Darlington 1883 v Worcester City
- Gainsborough Trinity v Nuneaton Town
- Gloucester City v Bradford Park Avenue
- Kidderminster Harriers v FC United Of Manchester
- Salford City v Tamworth
- Stalybridge Celtic v Alfreton Town
He has joined for an undisclosed fee on a deal that will run until the end of the 2017/18 season. Worksop-born Whitehouse was captain of the Sheffield United youth team... and made his first-team debut for the Blades on New Year's Day 2013... Having gained experience during loan spells with York City and Alfreton Town, he linked up with Notts County following his release by Sheffield United in the summer of 2014...
He had a brief loan stint at Nuneaton before signing for Halifax at the end of the 2014/15 season. 'The signing of Elliott is fantastic for the club,' said Imps' manager Danny Cowley. 'He is exactly the profile of player that we are looking to bring to the club. He is young, talented and has a burning ambition to improve and be the best he can be. He will bring an energy, combination play and goals to the group. It provides us with flexibility regarding formations as he can play in the middle of midfield, at the top of a midfield or as a second striker. He is a local lad and we were only able to sign him due to his desire to want to come here.
'Nuneaton had substantially bigger offers from other clubs and Elliott could have earned more money elsewhere. However, he was adamant that this is where he wanted to play his football. I think as a club that is something that we should be really proud of'".BBC reports that "The FA Cup first-round tie between Eastleigh and Swindon Town will be broadcast on BBC One on Friday, 4 November at 19:55 GMT. Dan Walker will present the programme alongside former England winger Trevor Sinclair...
There will be an FA Cup Football Focus special and Final Score on Sunday with eight games, a highlights programme and the Second Round draw on BBC Two. Eastleigh donated the proceeds from their qualifying round win over North Leigh to their eighth-tier opponents.
BT Sport will broadcast Merstham v Oxford United (Saturday, 12:30 GMT) and Southport v Fleetwood Town (Monday, 19:45 GMT)".
The National League confirms that "The live FA broadcast fee is £67,500 per club. Prize fund payment for the winners is £18,000". So you can lose a televised match and get nearly four times as much as an un-televised winning club!
The National League also says that "Details of the matches selected for highlights, overseas broadcast and live, single-camera footage will be circulated in due course".Gloucestershire Live, "Gloucester City and Tamworth have been charged by the FA for an incident in the fixture between the sides last month. A melee took place in the second half of the National League North match involving players from both clubs and an FA hearing will be held to decide if the Tigers have breached Rule E20 (a).
An FA statement said, 'It is alleged that in or around the 70th minute of the fixture, Gloucester City FC failed to ensure that its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour'. Gloucester lost the game 3-1, which was their first away defeat of the season. Manager Tim Harris said, 'We will wait and see the outcome from the FA in regards to the charge'".NL Pitchero reports that manager"Paul Fairclough has named his England C squad for the International Challenge Trophy fixture against Estonia under-23 in Tallinn on Tuesday, 15th November.
The full squad: Nick Arnold (Aldershot Town), Luke Coulson (Eastleigh), Joel Dixon (Barrow), Morgan Ferrier (Boreham Wood), Jake Gallagher (Aldershot Town), Sam Habergham (Lincoln City), James Hardy (AFC Fylde), Oliver Hawkins (Dagenham & Redbridge), Ethan Pinnock (Forest Green Rovers), Sean Raggett (Lincoln City), Matthew Robinson (Dagenham & Redbridge), Grant Smith (Boreham Wood), Elliot Whitehouse (Nuneaton Town [now Lincoln City]), Jordan Williams (Barrow), Dan Wishart (Forest Green Rovers), Alex Woodyard (Lincoln City)".
20 October 2016
A new disability football course begins next Wednesday at Altrincham FC (see adjacent image).
- This is a six-week course, whose dates are: 26/10, 2/11, 9/11, 23/11, 30/11, 7/12
- Players need to attend ALL six dates to qualify for the course. (This is part of our grant requirements)
- The course is free, but places MUST be booked in advance by e-mail. The eligible age range is 17-25 (approx.), which is a part of the grant requirements.
- The course takes place indoor at the Altrincham FC Community Sports Hall, J Davidson Stadium , Moss Lane, Altrincham WA15 8AP.
Tim Deasy is a finalist for 'Player of The Year-The National League' with the other finalists being Ben Heneghan (Chester), Danny Livesey (Barrow), George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town) and James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers). Sam Heathcote is a finalist for 'Rising Star of The Year' alongside the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Emre Can (Liverpool) & Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).
Voting is open until noon on Friday October 21st. You can vote here.
The Altrincham manager has moved swiftly to fill the gap left by on-loan left-back Josh Doherty's return to his parent club Leyton Orient by snapping up McWilliams in time for Saturday's Vanarama National League North game against AFC Telford United at The J.Davidson Stadium.
McWilliams, who turns 27 on November 5, is available for the visit of Telford and could even face his former club three days later, when Bradford make the trip to The J.Davidson. In an additional boost to Alty's hopes of maintaining their recent revival, he is not Cup-tied and will be available for the FA Cup First Round tie at Lincoln City on his 27th birthday. He was on the bench for the Second Qualifying Round tie with Fylde, but did not appear, as Bradford went out 1-0.
Described as a pacey left-back who can also operate on the left of midfield, McWilliams graduated from York City's youth system and made 26 first-team appearances before going on to play for Guiseley, Stalybridge, Barrow, Harrogate and Bradford. He is well known to Harvey, who is confident he will make a favourable impression and help Alty continue an upturn in fortunes that has included a welcome league win at Stalybridge and three straight Cup victories".
- At home: P13 W11 D1 L1 F28 A8
- Away: P12 W4 D2 L6 F19 A25
- All: P25 W15 D3 L7 F47 A33
THE TOWN The River Derwent rises in the Peak District, not far from Glossop, and makes its way southwards via Bamford, Baslow, Matlock and Derby among other places to join the Trent south of the last-named city. The river was an important factor in the development of Matlock’s mills and the spa developed after the discovery of thermal springs at the end of the 17th century. Causeway Lane, home to both the football and cricket clubs, is the lowest point in Matlock, less than 100 metres above sea level, in sharp contrast to Riber Castle and the Heights of Abraham which overlook the town.
THE MEMORIES It is now thirty years (less just short of a month) since the Robins and the Gladiators last met, the occasion being a 1st Round GMAC Challenge Cup-tie on this ground on November 11th 1986. This competition had replaced the Bob Lord Trophy and included not only GM Vauxhall Conference clubs but also members of its ‘feeder leagues’. Matlock gave Alty a real run for their money that evening. Eddie Bishop beat the visitors’ offside trap to open the scoring on the half-hour with a 20-yard lob over keeper Wilson, but our guests equalised within seven minutes as Ron Wetton followed up when Ian Helliwell’s shot was only half saved by Phil Jackson. Bishop’s close-range shot restored the Robins’ lead just before the hour but it was not until Paul Reid scored five minutes from time that the game was made safe for the home side.
Altrincham: Jackson; Farrelly, Densmore, Jones, Cuddy, Gardner, Hamill (sub Ellis, 74), Bishop, Johnson (sub Reid, 63), Anderson, Edwards. Matlock: Wilson; Franklin, Bolton, Bradshaw, Bircumshaw, Dawson, Kersley, Sheppard, Wetton, Helliwell, Travis. Subs (not used): Chambers & Mitchell. Referee: Norman Ellis (Maghull) Attendance: 739
(By the way, the Densmore wearing no. 3 for Alty was Shaun’s Dad, just in case anyone gets any ideas!)
The two clubs have met on four other occasions in knock-out competitions but never before in the FA Cup. The Robins defeated the Gladiators in successive seasons in FA Trophy 3rd Round ties, Mick Moore’s goal being all that separated the sides on February 26th 1977, and a year and a day later Jeff Johnson’s brace secured Alty’s passage following a 1-1 draw at Causeway Lane two days earlier. The Robins’ scorer on that very wet afternoon was Ian Morris, though many who were there held that the winger’s attempted cross found its way into the net somewhat fortuitously! Matlock won an NPL Cup 2nd Round tie in Derbyshire in 1976.
We first met the Gladiators when they joined the Northern Premier League in 1969 as Midland League champions and they were regular (and redoubtable) rivals for the next ten years, the Fenoughty brothers being particularly doughty opponents in a side with a strong Sheffield connection. They won the FA Trophy in 1975 and the NPL Cup three years later, and finished in the top four of the League table three times between 1975-79. The legend that was Jack Swindells ended his time at Alty with a goal in the 2-0 home win on April 26th 1971, and while games on this ground tended to go the way of the home side the margin of victory only twice exceeded two goals. This afternoon’s game will no doubt be just as hard fought as were many of its predecessors – may the better team win!"match report. Lincolnshire Live reports that "Danny Cowley praises 'excellent' Theo Robinson after Lincoln City progress in FA Cup. Theo Robinson is with the Imps on non-contract terms
Theo Robinson showed why he was playing in the Championship just a couple of years ago by firing Lincoln City into the First [Round] proper of the FA Cup. It is mystery that a player of his ability finds himself playing in a qualifying round of the competition with a National League side. The way he took his goals at Guiseley illustrated why he belongs at a much higher level.
His first goal five minutes before half-time was a wonderful curling shot into the top corner of the net. His second goal, a side-foot finish following Matt Rhead's knockdown looked easy, but only because Robinson made it look so. Many players would have rushed the effort but a composed Robinson stroked it into the corner of the net. It is too early to start talking about a permanent deal for the former Derby County and Huddersfield Town striker...
But, who knows, he could turn out to be the long-term replacement for [ex-Alty loanee] Jonny Margetts. 'He certainly looked like he could be', said Imps' boss Danny Cowley. 'He was excellent. He played with a real energy and purpose. His movement ahead of the ball was excellent and his finishes were of high quality'.
The Imps should have booked their first round date with Altrincham with far more ease than they eventually did. Continuing the theme from the second half of Saturday's first game at Sincil Bank, City dominated for almost an hour and should have been further ahead by the time Adam Boyes pulled [a] goal back for Guiseley. That goal seemed to galvanise the Lions, who despite seeing Connor Brown dismissed for a poor challenge on Sam Habergham, roared back into the contest.
The Imps lost control of the game which swung from end to end in the closing stages...
'Guiseley scored with one of their first efforts and all of a sudden it became as cup tie', added Cowley. 'In the last half-an-hour we could have managed the game better if we're being critical of ourselves. But it's hard to be critical because we put an awful lot of energy into the game. And, for 60 minutes, that was as good as we've played this season'".
Imps: Farman; Beever, Waterfall, Raggett, Habergham; H.Anderson, Wood Waterfall, Hawkridge; Rhead (Muldoon 77), Robinson (Power 80). Subs not used: Fixter, McMenemy, McCombe, L.Anderson, Walker (gk).
The same source reports that "Danny Cowley made one change to the side, with recent signing Robinson replacing Jack Muldoon up front... After 130 minutes of trying, the Imps finally found the net against Guiseley, and the goal was worth the wait. A panicked Guiseley clearance went straight to Robinson, who took aim from around 20 yards and curled a wonderful shot into the top corner of the net...
Out of nowhere, the Lions pulled a goal back just seven minutes later when [ex-Alty man] Clee's errant shot landed at the feet of Adam Boyes, who took a touch before firing under Farman and into the net... The game took another twist midway through the half when Brown was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Habergham. The decision incensed the home fans".
- Gateshead 2-3 Alfreton Town (after extra time)
Shropshire Star which tells us that "Bradley Reid believes more young players should opt to go out on loan at non-League clubs and is eager to help AFC Telford United climb the National League North table.
Wolves loanee Reid celebrated his 21st birthday by starring in the 1-0 win against FC United of Manchester at New Buck's Head on Saturday... He impressed Bucks fans with his eager running and hold-up play...
He said, 'We could have won by more and I had a few chances to score but it just didn’t quite go for me. I will be working hard and hopefully we can take the result and use it when we go to Altrincham on Saturday'.
Reid was snapped up by Wolves from Wrexham in 2013. He has had two spells back on loan at the Dragons and even had a stint at New Buck's Head last year, albeit brief... and said, '“More under-21 and under-23 players should try out the National League North as every game is life or death; people’s livelihoods are on the line'".Stevenage have a series on their club's less common opponents, in whose ranks Altrincham are featured.
"Where do Altrincham stand in the grand scheme of things?
If we had been one of the leading betting websites for most of our time in the Conference, Alty would, with good reason, be one of our nailed-on picks for the drop. After all, the Greater Manchester side were there waiting for us when we got to the Conference in 1994. And they were there when we finally broke through the glass ceiling and into the League in 2010. But what about in-between? Hmm, not so much. Our record of just 18 meetings in 16 years (all league) goes a long way to putting that all into stark context for you there…
Now, it may seem like we’re being unfair on Altrincham here. And yet, during our time at the top table of non-league kick-the-ball, they were relegated twice and would have been sent down on three(!) other occasions but for the plight of others. In the 2005-6 season, Alty were 14 points adrift at the foot of the table. But they were saved after Canvey resigned and Scabby were booted out. In the 2006-7 season, salvation again after Boston United’s bubble burst. And in the 2007-8 campaign, the demise of Halifax Town came to their rescue.
And it doesn’t bother us, even if the 2006-7 season saw them complete a league double over us. It’s the only two times we were on the wrong side of a result against them. 12 wins and four draws, by the way…
But, we’ll play fair for a moment. Alty did technically earn enough points in the first of those three miraculous escapes. It was just that 18 came off their final tally. They were using a lad who wasn’t technically eligible for ’em, you see. After finally taking the hint, however, Alty stuck around with us for our last two hurrahs in non-league football. But we’re going to keep playing fair because, before relegation in 1997, it wasn’t always the case that our Northern chums found life challenging in the Conference. Far from it, actually.
In 1979, Altrincham were one of the founder members of the Alliance Premier League, later to be the Conference, clearly. That’s why we’re mentioning it. In 1980, Altrincham were the first daddies of the Alliance Premier League. The reward, these days at least, is a place in the Football League. But, back then, the competition was as progressive as, well, it is now. Alty came within one vote of election to the League in 1980. So, winning the title again in 1981 was surely going to clinch it? No. This was the Football League, remember.
In the second vote, an even greater reward for failure in the League as the vote went very, very firmly against Altrincham. And that’s about it. The club has never won the title since, reaching the dizzy heights of third and no higher. In 1997, their unbroken time in the Conference was at an end. It should go some way to explain why, despite our first and last encounters being 16 years apart, they aren’t on the list of Boro’s 10 most played teams".
For the record, whilst Altrincham were enjoying 1979-97 in the top flight of non-League, knocking twelve league teams out of the FA Cup, and visiting Wembley to lift the FA Trophy twice, Stevenage were in the Chiltern Youth League (1976-79), South Combination, United Counties (1980-84) and the Isthmian League (1984-94).
19 October 2016
Mike Garnett informs us of our only previous meeting with Lincoln City in the FA Cup, on Saturday, November 19th, 1988, also in the First Round Proper, when Altrincham won 3-2 at Moss Lane.
Overall, Mike tells us, the results between the club are:
- Home p. 4 w. 1 d. 2 l. 1 f. 7 a. 7
- Away p. 3 w. 1 d. 1 l. 1 f. 3 a. 7
- Overall p. 7 w. 2 d. 3 l. 2 f. 10 a. 14
Monday 17 October
- Curzon Ashton 2-1 York City
Tuesday 18 October
- Guiseley 1-2 Lincoln City
- Wrexham 2-3 Stamford (a.e.t. 2-2 at full-time)
- Woking 2-1 Torquay United
- Hemel Hempstead Town 0-1 Taunton Town
- Margate 1-3 Harrow Borough
A 90th minute speculative strike from Altrincham’s Megan Wright made sure there was a share of the spoils when they drew 3-3 against Liverpool Feds at Mersey Valley in the North West Regional Division 1 South.
It was a match of two halves which saw the visitors take the lead on three occasions, only to be cancelled out by the Robins.
Altrincham played 4-5-1 in the first half, which saw them struggle to get a foothold, especially by the high standards they have set themselves this campaign. Liverpool repeatedly played the ball behind the hosts’ back-line which resulted in the opening goal. Captain Bliss Molyneaux was looking to shepherd the ball back to goalkeeper Lizzie Brereton, Levi Walmsley nipped in ahead to poke the ball into the net.
Altrincham’s only chance in the first half saw them score with 26 minutes played. Jade Hesketh slipped a pass to Jess Hartopp on the right who unleashed a trade-mark long range effort that flew into the roof of the goal.
However, the Feds restored their advantage, Carina Mendes received a through-ball and guided her shot into the net.
Brereton pulled off a great save before the interval, however, the Robins levelled for the second occasion on 51 minutes. Kate Bryan collected a Georgia Plant pass, side-stepped her marker and drillrd a low shot just inside the left post.
Liverpool scored for the third time following a corner wasn’t cleared. Jade Moore poked home from close range.
Alty pushed forward for another equaliser. Hartopp had a header cleared off the line, the Feds’ goalkeeper pulled off saves denying Plant and Wright.
On 90 minutes, Altrincham got their deserved equaliser. Plant’s corner was half-cleared, Wright unleashed a long range strike that landed into the roof of the goal and saw them maintain their fourth place in the league.
Player of the Match: Georgia Plant".
Keith adds that, below, we see (left) captain Bliss Molyneaux, leading out the team with mascots Faye (U11s) and Lucy (U8s) from our junior girls' teams and, right, Laura Dodds in typical midfield action.
With no definitive indication of a reason why, he has put the "grey matter" of the group to good investigative use. We await their observations, optimistically".Hyde United report that the club has signed "Russ Saunders (27) [who] is a goalkeeper who previously played for Hyde United. Russ only recently left Trafford and will come into the squad for tonight's nights game v Mossley. Previous clubs include Wigan, Altrincham, Trafford and Hyde United." Yorkshire Evening Post reported that "Guiseley may not have secured their passage into the first round proper of the FA Cup just yet, but even being in last night’s draw certainly got the juices flowing, according to manager Adam Lockwood.
The Lions' boss, whose side welcome Lincoln City in a fourth-qualifying round replay tonight, admits that the club’s mere presence in the draw all adds to the feel-good factor being generated at Nethermoor.
While a prospective home game in round one on Bonfire Night against National League North strugglers Altrincham, managed by ex-Halifax boss Jim Harvey, is not exactly box office for the Lions, being afforded home comforts does provide incentive and a winnable game, should they progress tonight.
Lockwood’s side earned a second bite of the cherry against the Red Imps following a gutsy display in a 0-0 at Sincil Bank on Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak to three matches with their determination and defiance earning praise from the one-time Doncaster Rovers centre-half...
Lockwood said, 'To be in the draw is nice for the fans. Some of the lads have probably never been on an FA Cup run or been around a team who have been on one. I have told the lads that, if they are, it is great for clubs and individuals. You can get a lot of good times and memories from it. It does not change what we do in the league or anything like that and we prepare the same. But if you get success, it is a great reward for the fans and the club and everyone connected with the club, who put so much effort in...
To be honest, every game, whether a youth-team, under-21 or reserve team game –we want to win them and breed a winning habit. You could see out there on Saturday that the guys really wanted to hold on and come away with a clean sheet and we did do. We are taking steps and that pleases me.'"Shropshire Star website.
NL Pitchero tells us that "Paul Holleran, manager of Leamington, has revealed he has brought winger Nathan Olukanmi to the Phillips 66 Community Stadium in a short-term loan deal from Worcester City."
18 October 2016
- Sheffield United v Leyton Orient
- Millwall v Southend United
- Dagenham and Redbridge v FC Halifax Town
- Merstham v Oxford United
- Taunton Town v Barrow
- Southport v Fleetwood Town
- Yeovil Town v Solihull Moors
- Stockport County v Woking
- Dartford v Sutton United
- Walsall v Macclesfield Town
- Port Vale v Stevenage
- Northampton Town v Harrow Borough
- Cambridge United v Dover Athletic
- Westfields v Curzon Ashton
- MK Dons v Spennymoor Town
- Gillingham v Brackley Town
- Alfreton Town v Newport County
- Portsmouth v Wycombe Wanderers
- Maidstone United v Rochdale
- Bury v AFC Wimbledon
- St Albans City v Carlisle United
- Boreham Wood v Notts County
- Mansfield Town v Plymouth Argyle
- Braintree Town v Eastbourne Borough
- Hartlepool United v Stamford
- Bolton Wanderers v Grimsby Town
- Bradford City v Accrington Stanley
- Oldham Athletic v Doncaster Rovers
- Eastleigh v Swindon Town
- Shrewsbury Town v Barnet
- Morecambe v Coventry City
- Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers
- Whitehawk v Stourbridge
- Colchester United v Chesterfield
- Lincoln City v ALTRINCHAM
- Exeter City v Luton Town
- Charlton Athletic v Scunthorpe United
- Cheltenham Town v Crewe Alexandra
- Peterborough United v Chesham United
- Blackpool v Kidderminster Harriers
Altrincham Football Club's record appearance holder, Stuart Coburn pulled out the winning tickets and October's winners are as follows:-
- 6th place - Number 460-F Norton - Club Polo Shirt
- 5th place -Number 283 - Mrs Ball - Replica Shirt
- 4th place - Number 53 - Ruth Gallagher - Hospitality for two in the Manchester Glass Sponsors' Lounge
- 3rd place - Number 315 - E.P. Kelly - £25
- 2nd place - Number 74 - Paul Wild - £75 and ...
- 1st place - Number 196 - David Jones - £500
Congratulations to each of the winners and, especially, to David Jones on being our second winner of the new £500 jackpot!
Get your chance to join the Draw by picking up a leaflet from the Community Sports Hall or downloading a copy from this website; full details of the scheme are here.
You've got to be in it to win it!"
After seeing the fit-again centre-back shown a straight red card for a late, high challenge on Matlock midfielder Michael Williams, manager Jim Harvey said he feared the sanction would be a three-match ban.
He was proved correct today (Monday) when FA disciplinary chiefs confirmed Alty's summer signing from Fylde would miss three games, starting with Saturday's home fixture with AFC Telford United in the Vanarama National League North. Hannigan will also sit out next Tuesday's rearranged home game with Bradford Park Avenue and the following Saturday's trip to Worcester City.
He will at least be available, however, to bolster Harvey's defensive options, as Alty return to Cup action in the first round proper on Saturday, November 5".Shropshire Star, "AFC Telford United boss Rob Smith is more than confident that the club will survive, adding, 'We will still be here; bigger and stronger'.
The Bucks moved up to 14th in the National League North table with a 1-0 much-needed win against FC United of Manchester at the New Bucks Head on Saturday. Buckets were present at the ground for fans to make cash donations, with the 1,706 on hand doing their part to raise around £2,500. The club needs to raise £25,000 by the end of the month, and the same amount for November.
On the win, Smith said, 'It has been difficult to take the attention away from everything else that has been going on and we tried to put the focus back on the players... I thought there was a bit of that old spirit there... With 1,700 shouting you on like that, it spurs you on even when you are tired. I have got a player out there in Paul McCone who has not played for 18 months and he looked like he had never been out of the side.'
Connor McCarthy struck inside the 66th minute, which was enough to see Telford through to claim the three points.
Smith praised the fans... 'We need the numbers. If we can get a 1,700-strong crowd every week, it’s a different story here at the club,' he said. 'That extra 700 is big money to us and we need the support. In return, we have got to repay the supporters with performances. The more people that come through the gate; the more I can strengthen the squad; the better we get'...
When asked if the club will still be in existence in the months to come, Smith added, 'There is absolutely no doubt about it. You can see the spirit around this place... I am more than confident we will still be here – bigger and stronger'".
The Star also has a video update.
17 October 2016
Above: The Alty Youth team management watch proceedings on Sunday. Left to right, standing, we see Paul Fay, Adam Nuttall and Graham Houghton peering into the sun at Clay Lane.
In a thrilling nine-goal match at Clay Lane, Altrincham emerged the 5-4 winners against Warrington Town. A match report is here.
The league table is here.
"Q: It was eventful to say the least, Jim, with Matlock going ahead in the first half, us looking to have it wrapped up at 3-1 but then having to endure a few scares after Tom Hannigan's sending-off. How would you sum it up?
A: We were really poor in the first half. Having shown signs of improvement and getting it together, the first half was really disappointing. In fact, my feeling at half-time was that Damian Reeves's goal had kept us in the competition. That was a big goal for me, because if they had scored a second before we got our first, I think it would have been game over, really. However, we came out in the second half, and for 10 minutes, you could see the potential of the team.
They really got on the front foot, got forward and got after them. We got our noses in front, got control of the game, and that pretty much looked like game over. But then Matlock threw caution to the wind and stepped forward and, all of a sudden, we found ourselves having to defend the lead. We did that, by hook or by crook, and we are into the next round but, again, you could see we are not the best team in the world. We are down near the bottom of the league, and confidence has been poor.
We are trying to put that right. There were signs there that they have the potential to do it, but there were also signs that, jeez, it's not there yet. It's going to take a while to turn this round. But here's what you've got to do. You've got to win your games. So, from that point of view, terrific. It's in the FA Cup, there's extra money, it's three wins on the bounce with only one goal conceded, so, yes, there are signs of improvement. But no one is kidding anyone; there's a long way to go with it.
Left: Sean Miller during the game against Matlock.
Q: It was some goal by Damian, wasn't it?
A: It certainly was. It was a terrific goal, a great goal. At no time did you ever think, 'This is going to end up in the net.' It was out of nothing, but there you are. That is Damian Reeves. From nowhere, he had the control, ability and bang, in it went. A terrific goal, excellent.
Q: No player likes being substituted but Damian seems to dislike it more than most. You had a quiet word in his ear when he came off. What did you say?
A: Well, I don't like to see that show of disappointment. The disappointment is obvious but I don't like that. It's a team game, and it is about the team, and, if you are disappointed, well fine, but I don't particularly like it coming across like that. Get off the field, and if you have got a problem with it, come and see me in my office or whatever. Any playing up to the crowd or showing all this... I don't like it.
Q: So that was the message, presumably?
A: Yeah, yeah. That was it. The point was made, and that's that. It's all fine.
Q: The second half could hardly have started any better, with those two Sean Miller goals, could it?
A: No, the players were excellent, really good. I said to Sean at half-time that I'd had it in mind to bring him off and substitute him for the start of the second half. But, just before half-time, he showed me two runs for the first time in the game, and that earned him a reprieve. I said to him, 'Look, I don't mind if you fail in your endeavours to try and create something. I can live with that. But you are not even trying. I was going to take you off, but you've gone on a couple of runs, so I'll give you that. Maybe you are warming into the game.'
He repaid me with a couple of goals, which is good, but it's still an important point. I don't mind if you fail at what you are trying to do, but you have got to have a go. That's what you are out there for, to have a go at making things happen. He was not doing that but, in the second half, he came out and did have a go and did really well, until suffering a bit of cramp or whatever it was and having to come off. It's nothing serious. He missed a lot of pre-season, apparently, and his fitness levels are perhaps not what they might be, leaving him susceptible to this type of thing.
But he's OK, and he did really well for me, though it was a concern to begin with, because you have got to want to be playing and contributing every minute of every game. Otherwise, your place will be under threat, and Sean's was at half-time. He responded well, with two goals and the Man-of-the-Match award, so hopefully that shows he has taken it on board.
Q: It should have been plain sailing at 3-1 up but there were a few hairy moments late on, weren't there?
A: Oh, it was shocking at times. For instance, I can't defend Tom's challenge for the sending-off. He was late but he has been out six-to-eight weeks now and is a little bit rusty coming back in. The fact is, though, he has made a bad decision. He tried to get across to their player but realised he wasn't going to get there. He has still decided to go for it and, because he's committed himself, he's in no-man's land, and he got suckered and thought, rather than let him past, I'll take him out. That's exactly what happened, and I can't help thinking if Tom had had a few games under his belt, he would have made a better decision.
It is unfortunate but, now, he has to pay the consequences. So that was poor, and it put us under a wee bit of pressure. They got a penalty kick, which fortunately they missed. But, you know, it's the same old thing with us. When you go 3-1 up, it should be game over but, instead ,they throw caution to the wind and come after us, and we have to defend our position.
As a unit, are we all together, and do we know how to play this game out? No, we don't. Sometimes we get stretched, going chasing lost causes. We let them get after us and the whole mentality of the game changes. Do we understand that? No. Do we have a lot to learn? Yes. Is it going to take us time? Yes. There are lots of things to work on but, for now, we have to say it's a great win, we are in the next round, we will look forward to that, and it gives me the chance to work on more things. There is still a lot of work to do.
Q: Three wins out of three has to be good for confidence and morale, presumably?
A: Well, we hadn't won for 12 or 13 games, or whatever it was, so yes, of course, reeling off three straight wins is great, as is only conceding one goal in that time. Eight goals scored in those three games, that is good. It is a big turnaround to how things were. All those little things are helping with confidence, but I'm under no illusions, it's going to be a tough one. The good thing is, there are things there from the game that I can learn from and talk to the boys about.
Q: No complaints, then, about the card for Tom being red, rather than yellow, and do you know how long the ban will be?
A: No, I've no complaints about that, none at all. It will probably be a three-match ban, but we are waiting for confirmation. On the injury front, there are no new concerns. Danny Hall will hopefully start training again this week, so we'll see how he goes from there".
Chairman Grahame Rowley announces that "Radio 5 Live Commentator Alan Green has agreed to be our guest at a Sportsman's Dinner on Friday 21st October in the Community Sports Hall at Altrincham Football Club. Alan has had a long career in radio commentary and has ruffled a few feathers in his time, including Sir Alex Ferguson and Sam Allardyce. His forthright commentary style has often divided opinion among radio listeners.
So why not come along, bring your friends, and ask those probing questions... What happened with Sir Alex, Why aren't you going to Russia for the World Cup in 2018, What are your memories of Hillsborough, and What are your thoughts on the Premier League? Ask these and many more questions to a man who has been involved in football for over 35 years.
Tickets are priced at £25 per head or £200 for a table of 8 (first drink free of charge) and include a three-course dinner, comedian and raffle. Dress code is smart casual".
You can use the attached booking form to reserve your place.highlights from Saturday's match against Matlock Town.
From the Derbyshire Times comes news that "Matlock’s FA Cup run ended after a gallant showing at renowned cup fighters Altrincham.
Having gone in front through Niall McManus's first goal of the season, it was all square at the interval as Damian Reeves equalised five minutes later but the game was settled in the opening seven minutes of the second half when a Sean Miller brace gave Alty a degree of breathing space.
Matlock then missed chances to earn a replay, notably failing from the penalty spot for the fourth time this season and Alty were reduced to ten men late on when substitute Tom Hannigan clattered unnecessarily into Michael Williams.
So for Matlock it was a tale of what if... But Matlock can still emerge from the disappointment of defeat with their heads held high, as can their 150 fans who made the trip and gave them tremendous vocal support...
Just two minutes after the restart Matlock found themselves outnumbered as Lawrie broke down the right and picked out Miller who had the easiest of chances to shoot into a vacant net and put the Robins in front...
Alty opened up a two goal lead, Miller having too much time and space centrally as he shot comfortably past Barnes. Matlock had conceded two poor goals. Matlock, to their credit though, would not give up... On 82 minutes came probably their best chance when Moult was lucky to stay on the field as he sent Dinanga sprawling in the box.
Newsham’s penalty though was more akin to rugby league as it cleared the bar by some distance. Two minutes later came Hannigan’s dreadful tackle and deserved red card that left Williams limping with a dead leg to be replaced by Nicky Travis... Had they made the most of their chances and not had a mad seven or so minutes straight after half time, it would probably have been the Gladiators in Monday night’s First Round Proper draw".NL Pitchero tells us that "York City have appointed Jackie McNamara as Chief Executive with immediate effect. McNamara will focus on all operational aspects of the club with specific attention paid to the development of a communication strategy, effective both internally and externally, administration management, aspects of the academy, aspects of the Foundation and commerciality to name just a few of the areas of his involvement.
When required by the first-team manager, assistance will also be provided by the chairman and chief executive, especially in relation to certain financial aspects of the playing budget.
A statement from the club reads, 'It is imperative that we support the new first-team manager by taking away the non-playing issues so he can focus on results. It has become abundantly clear that a full-time chief executive is required at York City Football Club and Jackie is keen to implement and conclude the work we began to overhaul the club from top to bottom confirmed in the chairman’s statement in April this year.
The appointment of Jackie McNamara will also allow the chairman, who will still be responsible for Football Club strategy, to focus more of his time to JM Packaging Ltd, which has seen substantial growth over the last six months.. This will enable the chairman to ensure there is financial security and longevity for both JM Packaging and York City Football Club.”
Meanwhile, York have confirmed that McNamara`s former assistant-manager Simon Donnelly has left the club by mutual consent'".
And "York City have announced the appointment of Gary Mills as first-team manager. Mills will take up his role immediately... He will be assisted by youth team manager Steve Torpey. The club received a deluge of applications from candidates at all levels in football who were both available immediately and also currently working as managers.
After careful consideration and upon completion of the interview process with a selection of potential candidates, it was decided that Gary Mills was the person most qualified to take the team forward... Once the terms of his employment had been agreed with the chairman, a meeting was arranged, at short notice, with Jackie McNamara to discuss his assessment of the current playing squad.
Mills is looking forward to returning to York City".BBC tells us that "José Mourinho's comments about the appointment of referee Anthony Taylor for Manchester United's Premier League match at Liverpool on Monday are to be looked at by the Football Association. United boss Mourinho said it would be 'difficult' for Manchester-based Taylor to perform well after the decision to give him the game was criticised. 'Somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him,' said Mourinho...
The appointment of Taylor, who supports non-league Altrincham, was criticised by Keith Hackett, the ex-head of the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd. The decision has also been questioned by Liverpool fans on social media... Mourinho... described Taylor, 37, as 'a very good referee'".
16 October 2016
Above: Sean Miller scores against Matlock. Image courtesy of Mike Ripley of Michael Ripley Photography.
Match report here.
Team sheet here.
Saturday 15 October.
- 1 Southport 1-0 Chester FC (gate 1,674)
- 2 Alfreton Town 2-2 Gateshead (457)
- 3 North Ferriby United 1-4 Macclesfield Town (395)
- 4 Harrogate Town 0-2 FC Halifax Town (1,791)
- 5 Stockport County 2-0 Bishop Auckland (2,770)
- 6 Barrow 2-1 Tranmere Rovers (2,133)
- 7 Nantwich Town 1-3 Stourbridge
- 8 ALTRINCHAM 3-1 Matlock Town (1,071)
- 9 Lincoln City 0-0 Guiseley (2,629)
- 10 Lincoln United 0-3 Spennymoor Town (578)
- 11 Stamford 1-1 Wrexham (1,264)
- 12 York City 1-1 Curzon Ashton (1,307)
- 13 Welling United 0-1 Whitehawk (515)
- 14 Westfields 2-1 Leiston
- 15 Sutton United 2-1 Forest Green Rovers (751)
- 16 Chesham United 1-0 Potters Bar Town (755)
- 17 Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1 Wealdstone (1,224)
- 18 Torquay United 1-1 Woking (1,348)
- 19 Taunton Town 0-0 Hemel Hempstead Town (1,282)
- 20 Braintree Town 4-2 Bromley
- 21 Beaconsfield SYCOB 0-5 Brackley Town (495)
- 22 Tonbridge Angels 0-3 Dartford (1,391)
- 23 Egham Town 0-1 St Albans City (327)
- 24 Boreham Wood 3-2 Hendon (457)
- 25 Aldershot Town 1-2 Eastbourne Borough (1,443)
- 26 Harrow Borough 2-2 Margate (302)
- 27 Maidstone United 3-1 Billericay Town (1,428)
- 28 Kidderminster Harriers 6-0 Weymouth (1,382)
- 29 Solihull Moors 3-1 Kettering Town (769)
- 30 Burgess Hill Town 0-5 Dover Athletic (629)
- 31 Merstham 2-1 Ebbsfleet United (646)
- 32 Eastleigh 6-0 North Leigh (889)
The BBC reports that "Westfields are the lowest-ranked side remaining in the FA Cup after beating Leiston 2-1 to go into the first-round proper draw for the first time. Labourer Richard Greaves scored the winner against a side that plays two levels higher. Victory ensured they remain the only side in the top nine tiers with a 100% record in league and cup.
Ninth-tier Westfields, formed following England's 1966 World Cup triumph, have won six matches to get to this stage. A winning run as good as that by a Premier League side would be enough to lift the trophy at Wembley. They were one of two clubs in the fourth qualifying round who had started with an extra preliminary tie in the first week of August.
More than two months later the Midlands Football League Premier Division leaders are among 26 non-league sides to go though to the first round proper, while 618 have gone out and six ties from this round have gone to a replay."Shropshire Star tels us that "AFC Telford United boss Rob Smith was delighted with his side's 1-0 win against FC United of Manchester at New Bucks Head after what he described as an 'emotional' week. Connor McCarthy's strike inside the 66th minute sealed the all-important three points for the Bucks in front of a 1,706-strong crowd.
The result moves them up to 14th in the National League North table ahead of the trip to Altrincham next weekend.
In terms of off-field matters, the club needs to raise £25,000 by the end of the month, and the same figure by the end of next month. Buckets were dotted around the ground for fans to hand in cash donations, with around £2,500 raised. On the week, and capping it off with a win, Smith said, 'It has been very emotional, what I have seen on social media and what has happened around the club has got to us all really. I said to the players'".
15 October 2016
Saturday 15 October.
- 1 Southport 1-0 Chester
- 2 Alfreton Town 2-2 Gateshead
- 3 North Ferriby United 1-4 Macclesfield Town
- 4 Harrogate Town 0-2 FC Halifax Town
- 5 Stockport County 2-0 Bishop Auckland
- 6 Barrow 2-1 Tranmere Rovers
- 7 Nantwich Town 1-3 Stourbridge
- 8 ALTRINCHAM 3-1 Matlock Town
- 9 Lincoln City 0-0 Guiseley
- 10 Lincoln United 0-3 Spennymoor Town
- 11 Stamford 1-1 Wrexham
- 12 York City 1-1 Curzon Ashton
- 13 Welling United 0-1 Whitehawk
- 14 Westfields 2-1 Leiston
- 15 Sutton United 2-1 Forest Green Rovers
- 16 Chesham United 1-0 Potters Bar Town
- 17 Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1 Wealdstone
- 18 Torquay United 1-1 Woking
- 19 Taunton Town 0-0 Hemel Hempstead Town
- 20 Braintree Town 4-2 Bromley
- 21 Beaconsfield SYCOB 0-5 Brackley Town
- 22 Tonbridge Angels 0-3 Dartford
- 23 Egham Town 0-1 St Albans City
- 24 Boreham Wood 3-2 Hendon
- 25 Aldershot Town 1-2 Eastbourne Borough
- 26 Harrow Borough 2-2 Margate
- 27 Maidstone United 3-1 Billericay Town
- 28 Kidderminster Harriers 6-0 Weymouth
- 29 Solihull Moors 3-1 Kettering Town
- 30 Burgess Hill Town 0-5 Dover Athletic
- 31 Merstham 2-1 Ebbsfleet United
- 32 Eastleigh 6-0 North Leigh
The FA states that "The ball numbers have been confirmed ahead of the draw for the First Round proper of the 2016-17 Emirates FA Cup. The fourth round qualifying takes place this weekend, with the 32 winners being joined by 48 teams from the lower two divisions of the EFL in the hat.
The draw takes place on Monday 17 October at approximately 7.10pm, live on BT Sport and BBC 2. Number 56 is Altrincham".
- AFC Fylde 2-1 Nuneaton Town
- AFC Telford Utd 1-0 FC United Of Manchester
- Bradford Park Avenue 0-3 Chorley
- Darlington 1883 5-2 Gainsborough Trinity
- Salford City 3-3 Boston United
- Worcester City 4-0 Stalybridge Celtic
- Adults: £14
- Concessionaries: £9
- Aged 12-16: £5
- Under 12: £2
Laura began studying on Edge Hill’s Dip HE Paramedic Practice course in 2013 and immediately highlighted to her tutors that she struggled in the past with her academic work due to her dyslexia. Despite this, Laura put 100% effort into her work and successfully completed the first semester scoring good grades in each of the assessments.
As the main carer for a relative, Laura dedicates a vast proportion of her time to helping support her family at home, and struggled with balancing her home commitments and study for her examinations. She was determined to persevere with her studies however, and successfully passed the examinations and assessments.
During this period and throughout the course, Laura also helped her peers who were struggling with their own work... Laura also attended external Continual Professional Development days and became a British Heart Foundation Heart start instructor, running sessions teaching lifesaving skills in the local community.
As well as receiving a certificate at an official presentation, Laura’s name will be added to the Roll of Honour on the College of Paramedics records and website, and included in their Annual Report. Laura is now completing a BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Paramedic Practice".href="http://www.northwestfootballawards.com/vote/" target="_blank">here.
Once the votes have been counted, a shortlist for each category will be announced & the MBNA Northwest Football Awards Ceremony takes place on Monday, 14th November 2016 at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford.here.
To make a bid for this event, please email Geoff Morris. Closing dates for bids is midnight on October 16th.
The money raised from the winning bids will be used to purchase equipment for Alty TV, therefore the winners can enjoy their prizes and know that their money is going towards helping Alty TV maintain and improve its exceptionally high service standards".NL Pitchero reports that "Scott Bartlett, head coach of Vanarama National League South club Weston-super-Mare, has added to his squad with the acquisition of Jon Moran on loan from Forest Green Rovers. Moran played for the Rovers on Tuesday evening in the friendly against the Seagulls. All those present admired his skills.
Moran, who joins initially on a month-long loan, is a highly-rated teenage defender who was previously playing in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division for Nantwich Town. He is a product of the hugely successful Crewe Alexandra academy set-up".NL Pitchero, "Oldham RLFC and Stalybridge Celtic have jointly confirm that Roughyeds will again play home games at Bower Fold during the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship season.
Having enjoyed their stay at Bower Fold in their first season of Championship rugby league, Oldham were 'delighted' to successfully conclude another agreement with Celtic, said club chairman Chris Hamilton. He added, 'From day one we enjoyed an excellent partnership with our hosts. Celtic are willing and helpful partners and we have worked well together behind the scenes. Within our own club, we've had good feedback from all levels about the excellence of the facilities at Bower Fold and the warmth of Celtic's welcome. The playing surface is top class and to cap it all we enjoyed a very good home record'...
Ian Milligan, Stalybridge Celtic chief executive, commented, 'The arrangement has worked well all round'"...
And on the footballing side, "Striker Liam Dickinson has re-joined Stalybridge Celtic on a month’s loan from rivals Bradford Park Avenue. The front man, who has scored twice so far this campaign, returns to Bower Fold for a second spell at the club, having scored 9 goals in thirty-two games for Celtic in 2014... The 30-year-old was probably involved in the most memorable event of last season, as he started in goal when Avenue travelled to Boston United in April due to the fact no other goalkeepers were available".