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7 July 2024

LANCASTER CITY 1-1 ALTRINCHAM

Altrincham's second friendly of the summer, away to Lancaster City at The Giant Axe ended in a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon.

Alty fielded two separate elevens in each half, kicking off with Ross, Baines, Kosylo and Cooper as the only starters of this game who also played in last year's National League games. New signings Nuttall and Weaver also started, along with four trialists and Academy graduate Owen German making up the remaining numbers.

The second half began with Banks, Eddy and James Jones, Osborne, Linney, Wilson and Newby from last year's league players plus new signing Crawford and three trialist/Academy players.

Alty took an 18th minute lead through a Joe Nuttall header from a left-wing cross.

Above: Joe Nuttall, far right, heads home Altrincham's goal.

The lead was held for just six minutes before a Lancaster trialist equalised with a low shot past Ross.

Alty hit the woodwork twice in the second half but there was to be no more scoring.

The only members of the Alty squad for next season who did not play a part today were Max Haygarth, who was in the stands, Justin Amaluzor, Ollie Crankshaw and Isaac Marriott.

Match report to follow

AFTER THE MATCH

After the match, manager Phil Parkinson stated on the Altrincham FC website, "It's... another chance for the trialists to be seen in and around the first team, giving us the chance to compare and contrast with what we've already got in the squad.

"There was a bit of ring rust, which is to be expected, but we've come through injury free...

"I was also pleased with the performance of Afernee Denise (right); he's got a really bright future in the game."

UNFAMILIAR FACES IN ALTY SHIRTS

In Saturday's game at Lancaster 22 different players featured in the new AO sponsored Altrincham shirts.

Right: Trialist right-back Joe Starbuck in Alty's new home shirt for the coming season.

So, who were the ones who had not been in last season's squad?

The line up as shown on the team-sheet was as follows but the numbers have been amended to reflect the actual shirt numbers worn:

FIRST HALF 1. Ethan ROSS, 2. Joe STARBUCK, 3. Dammy SOTANA {i.e. Damola SOTONA], 4. Lewis BAINES (c), 5. Jake COOPER, 17. Owen GERMAN, 7. Matty KOSYLO, 8. Regan GRIFFITHS, 9. Joe NUTTALL, 10. Ben MIDGLEY, 11. Lucas WEAVER.

SECOND HALF 20. Lewis FALLON(S?), 21. Lewis BANKS, 14. Eddy JONES, 15. James JONES, 16. Dequane WILSON-BRAITHWAITE, 6. Elliot OSBORNE, 20* George WILSON, 12. Tom CRAWFORD, 18. Alex NEWBY, 22. Afernee DENISE, 19. Regan LINNEY

Those who did not have a squad number last season included three new signings Joe NUTTALL, Lucas WEAVER and Tom CRAWFORD:

The remaining players were...

ALTY OLD BOYS

Phil Jordan has cast his net far and wide this weekend, starting in Australia where he reports on the NPL Victoria in which Oakleigh Cannons, still without CONNOR HAMPSON, were ahead at the break in their crucial game at Avondale, but found themselves 3-1 down in the 87th minute. However they struck back within 2 minutes, and then snatched a dramatic 97th minute equaliser. Unfortunately for both teams, leaders South Melbourne scraped home by the only goal at 10 man Green Gully, and are now 9 points clear.

CLoser to home he provides highlights of Alty Old Boys in today's pre-season friendlies:

Bromley travelled to Hornchurch, and MARCUS DINANGA featured in their first half lineup. The hosts were a goal up at the break, but the totally changed Bromley side were soon in control afterwards, running out 1-5 winners.

Fleetwood Town led early at St.Mirren but, after the hosts equalised, they made a raft of changes in the 62nd minute. JUNIOR QUITIRNA restored their lead inside 7 minutes and with HARRISON HOLGATE and CALLUM DOLAN also involved they hung on to it until the 87th minute before settling for a 2-2 draw.

KYLE FERGUSON featured in Rochdale's first half XI at Warrington Town, but was on the wrong end of 3 goals. TOM HANNIGAN for the hosts would have been happier with proceedings. The second half was less eventful, and the game ended 3-0.

DAN MOONEY was in Boston United's first half lineup at Spalding Town, where they lost 2-1.

With their game against visitors Nottingham Forest goalless after an hour, Chesterfield brought on RYAN COLCLOUGH and JAMES BERRY, but eventually went down 0-3.

JOSH LUNDSTRAM played the full 90 minutes as his Oldham Athletic side beat visitors Stockport County 1-0.


13 July 2024

TODAY: LANCASTER CITY

Following their narrow win last weekend at Colne with a side largely comprising trialists, Altrincham face higher-ranked opposition today when they visit NPL Premier side Lancaster City (ko 2pm) at the Giant Axe.

The match will feature the debut of Altrincham's new home kit, replete with the logo of new shirt sponsors, AO. For more on this, see below...

ALTY'S NEW HOME KIT

Following the recent revelation of the Robins' new away kit, Altrincam have unveiled their new home kit which comprises a new version of the traditional red and white stripes with new sponsors AO's logo in green on a white panel across the chest.

This season the remainder of the home attire comprises black short and white socks.

The change of sock colour to white is reminiscent of 2021-22 and, earlier, of Lee Sinnott's choice of white socks in 2015-16.

ALTY OLD BOYS

News of a bizarre pre-season game in Spain involving ex-Alty players comes from Phil Jordan who tells us that "Two former Robins were involved in a pre-season friendly at La Nucia, 5 miles north of Benidorm.

CHRIS CONN-CLARKE was in the Peterborough United first-half team in baking heat. There was no score at the break The second-half team of opponents, AFC Wimbledon, included ALISTAIR SMITH, and the Lincoln City loanee scored the only goal of the game in the 51st minute.

Elsewhere, King's Lynn Town, with JONNY MARGETTS (left) in their line-up, fell to a 2-0 defeat at Mildenhall Town, who won the Eastern Counties League last season, and will play this term in the Isthmian League North".

NATIONAL LEAGUE STADIUM SPONSORS

As J. Davidson continue their valued sponsorship of the stadium at Altrincham in 2024/25 season, we continue our look at who is behind the naming of some of our rivals' grounds.

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE Chigwell Construction Stadium:

Historically known as Victoria Road, Dagenham & Redbridge explain that "Chigwell Construction became stadium sponsors in September 2015.

212 of their 287 staff reside in the borough of Barking and Dagenham, with the firm priding themselves on strong links within the local community.

Long-term supporters of the Daggers, Chigwell Construction have seen substantial growth over the past five years and work in almost every single London Borough.

The construction company actively support local labour, local business and are focused on Corporate Social Responsibility".

EASTLEIGH Silverlake Stadium:

Eastleigh's ground is sponsored by Silverlake who are a firm of "automotive recyclers" based in Shedfield, Hampshire. Amongst other things they will buy any car and sell recycled parts, as well as trading in new and used tyres.

EBBSFLEET UNITED Kuflink Stadium:

The Fleet's sponsors are Kuflink, based in Gravesend, who offer "peer to peer lending" services. They are "authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority" but advise customers at the top of their webpage "Don't invest unless you're prepared to lose money. This is high-risk investment. You may not be able to access your money easily and are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Blyth Spartans "confirm that Will McGowan has completed a move away to Vanarama National League side Gateshead FC.

The midfielder departs after a 20-month spell in Blyth, initially joining.. from South Shields in November 2022...

McGowan featured 76 times for the Spartans across two campaigns". AFC Fylde can confirm that Danny Philliskirk has left the Football Club by mutual consent.

Attacking midfielder Philliskirk has been at the Coasters for the last six-years after signing in July 2018.

In total, Danny made over 200 AFC Fylde appearances in all competitions...

AFC Fylde Head Coach Chris Beech said... 'Dan had an invitation to come across to the dark side of “Coaching” but on reflection, Dan wants to continue playing for as long as possible. Therefore, with our team evolving, the best fit for him was to move on with our best wishes.'”

Amongst the players leaving promoted Braintree Town this summer are Freddie Sears, Jayden Smith and Leon Davies.

Peterborough Sports report that "The club are delighted to announce the signing of exciting striker, Michael Gyasi (pictured below) for the 2024/25 season.

A great addition to our squad".

The former Alty loanee was previously at Boston United.

Footnote: Left-winger Gyasi joined Alty in January 2023 on a season-long loan from Chesterfield...

He made his debut against Boreham Wood on 28 January 2023.

Michael made just two starts and two further appearances from the bench for Altrincham and was an unused sub in a fifth matchday squad. In total, his playing time added up to less than the equivalent to two full ninety-minute games.

On his premature return to Chesterfield, which was announced on twitter on 18 March 2023, The Spireites immediately sent him out on another loan, to Gloucester City.


12 July 2024

NEXT: LANCASTER CITY

Tomorrow, Saturday 13 July, sees Alty travel to face Lancaster City at The Giant Axe. Kick off, for the Robins' second pre-season game is at 2pm.

SPRUCE UP THE STADIUM

Altrincham FC says that it "is looking for volunteers to help spruce up The J.Davidson Stadium ahead of our opening home fixture...

We'd love for as many volunteers as possible to head to the ground from 9am on Saturday, July 20th, as we gear up for our friendly with Salford City on Tuesday, July 23rd.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and the start time is set so anyone wishing to attend our friendly at Warrington Town in the afternoon will be able to do so, although we will be continuing with the ground work through to 3pm, for those who want to join us later on in the day.

Anyone interested in lending a hand can confirm attendance by emailing here".

ALTY OLD BOYS

It's almost an all-year-round job checking up on Alty's "old boys" so there is barely any respite for Phil Jordan in his reporting on their exploits.

He reports today that "While Altrincham's pre-season continues with relatively gentle outings to Lancaster City and Cheadle Heath Nomads over the next few days, three former Robins were playing in European competition on Thursday evening, as the Europa Conference League got under way

SAM ROSCOE was at the heart of the Linfield defence, as the Belfast club lost their first leg 2-0 in Iceland against Stjarnan.

Connah's Quay Nomads, captained by JOHN DISNEY (left), had a more productive trip, winning 0-1 in Ljubljana against the Slovenian club Bravo.

Bala Town were "at home" against Paide of Estonia, but the game was played at Park Hall, the home of TNS, near Oswestry across the English border. Although they notched a 95th minute penalty, former Robins youth team keeper JOEL TORRANCE, a summer signing from Salford City, had already been beaten twice.

LUKE WALL is no longer at Bala, having moved to Runcorn Linnets.

In a friendly match, Chester, with MITCH HANCOX starting, and. TOM PEERS on the bench, went down 0-3 at home to what was effectively a Stoke City second string".

Phil also advises that Matlock Town report that "Gladiators captain JOHN JOHNSTON has left the club after announcing he is unable to commit to Matlock Town for the coming season.

Increased work commitments for Johnston and his partner mean that he will be finding a club closer to his North Staffordshire home and he is expected to join NW Counties League outfit Irlam.

Johnston (right) was Matlock's top scorer (discounting JONATHAN MARGETTS'S goals) and fans' player of the season last year, a hugely popular figure at the Proctor Cars Stadium who as captain, led by example.

Johnston joined the Gladiators from Guiseley in September 2022...

He said 'Unfortunately since agreeing to sign, work commitments for me and Charl have changed and with having two small kids I've been unable to train for the past few weeks. I've made the decision it's not right to coommit.

I'll be unable to travel to training going forward. The club and me have tried everything possible to make it work but it's just not going to work and it wouldn't be right to half commit to something...

He added 'For now I'll be going back and playing local football for a season...

'I can't thank you enough for the last two seasons. Me and my family have loved every minute of it. Being made club captain will always be a privilege for me.'" Matlock boss Nicky Law... said, 'I had a call from him... stating that... he'd be unable to commit to us because of the travelling from his home in Stoke to training and to games'"

NATIONAL LEAGUE STADIUM SPONSORS

As J. Davidson continue their valued sponsorship of the stadium at Altrincham, we consider who is behind the naming of some of our rivals' grounds.

ALTRINCHAM J. Davidson Stadium:

J. Davidson Scrap Metal Processors explain that they are "Based in Altrincham, Cheshire; J Davidson are one of the North West’s largest & longest established scrap metal dealers, servicing industrial, commercial, & the general public sectors.

Established in 1970 in Broadheath by the late Jack Davidson, the company has grown and developed over the years and now operates from a new 2 acre state of the art, purpose built scrap metal processing site in Altrincham, Cheshire.

The site is now managed by Jack’s son Jamie with the help of his two sons Luke and Lee

Our core business is the recycling of all types of metal products arising from, end of life vehicles, industrial and construction demolition or general commercial and domestic metal waste. We recycle around 40,000 tonnes of metal each year using the most up-to-date equipment available to the Scrap Metal Processing Industry".

ALDERSHOT TOWN EBB Stadium:

The Shots play at the EBB Stadium, which was historically called the Recreation Ground. EBB stands for Elliott Baxter & Company Ltd.

The EBB Group was formed in 1922. This family-owned, local company is now into its fourth generation of Elliott ownership and management. The UK and Ireland’s leading independent paper and board supplier, their aim is to combine service excellence with a people friendly approach, setting the standard for best practice in their industry. They are comprised of three divisions stocking and supplying paper, board and office products across the UK and Ireland from eleven state-of-the-art distributions depots using their own fleet of vehicles.

EBB is proud to have sponsored Aldershot Town FC as both Stadium Sponsor and as a Shirt Sponsor for many years".

BOSTON UNITED The Jakemans Community Stadium:

The Pilgrims' stadium sponsor, Jakemans, is a local company which, as its website tells us, "specialise in quality menthol-based confectionery. Established in 1907 in Boston, England where we remain to this day.

Thanks to our dedication to using quality natural ingredients, we joined the Lanes Health family in 2007. Lanes Health are leaders in providing alternative natural remedies to many common ailments.

We think the reason for our success is simple: we use the finest ingredients to create a great taste and a product that really works".

BRAINTREE TOWN Rare Breeds Meat Co Stadium:

Whilst one club returning to the National League in 2024 is Forest Green Rovers, who are well known for their vegan stance, another team, arriving at this level from the opposite direction, is Braintree Town whose stadium sponsor is a champion of ethically produced meat.

Based in Coggeshall, near Colchester, and established in 2005, the Rare Breeds Meat Company tells us that it "is owned and run by father and son Howard and George Blackwell who wanted to see the very best meat from rare and traditional breeds back on the consumers' table.

'We fervently believe in the quality of the meat produced from these animals that have been reared in totally free range environments and fed only on natural foods' say Howard & George Blackwell"

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Altrincham's first opponents of the forthcoming league season Woking "confirm that centre-forward Reece Grego-Cox has completed a full-season loan move to National League side Dagenham & Redbridge...

The former Ireland U21 international [has] played in 34 matches in all competitions for the Cards since rejoining ahead of the 2022/23 season – finding the back of the net 15 times.

Under the terms of the Loan Agreement, Grego-Cox will not play against Woking in any competitive fixture during his loan".

As with Alty's signing of Joe Nuttall, season-long loans between clubs in the Vanarama National League seem to be becoming a regular occurrence.


11 July 2024

CO-CHAIRMAN BILL LOOKS FORWARD

Altrincham FC co-chairman Bill Waterson writes that "The release of the fixture list makes the arrival of the new season almost tangible and brings a sharper focus to our preparations...

There is so much to look forward to in the coming campaign... Yes, pick out your favourites, but do make sure you get your tickets. Season Tickets are still on sale and are heading, once again for a new record for this season. And tickets for individual games will be going on sale over the coming days. And watch out for the ten-match ticket heading our way soon.

Last season saw us attract an average of 2,340 to The J. Davidson Stadium in league games, a new National League record for the club. And your support made a huge difference for us - Alty notched 14 wins...

Get your Season Tickets and Matchday tickets and get ready to raise the roof once again!"

WOKING AGAIN ON OPENING DAY

Alty kick off the 2024-25 season at home to Woking on Saturday, 10 August. They previously met Woking on an opening day in 2008-09 season when Alty emerged victorious, 2-1, at Kingfield.

Above: Alty go to their supporters at the end of the game in 2008.

Goals at the end of each half secured the three points for Altrincham on that occasion. Alty took the lead after 45 minutes when Dale Johnson's shot was beaten out by the Woking keeper, Worner, only for Alex Meechan to hook the rebound into the net. Meechan was one of six debutants in Alty's starting line-up and two more came on from the bench.

In the second half Woking made a double switch and attacked Alty for sustained periods before levelling through Ledgister (66 mins) but, in the first of the three added minutes at the end of the game, Chris Lane found Colin Little in the Woking box. He expertly jinked past Tom Hutchinson before shooting the ball past Worner.

Alty's six debutants in their starting line-up were Doughty, McGregor, Street, Denham, Johnson and Meechan, with Coburn, Lane, Young, Lawton and Little the only survivors from the previous season. Three more of that summer's signings (Ralph, Danylyk and Elam) were on the bench.

NEXT: LANCASTER CITY

Although, as reported recently, it was 2018 when Alty last played Lancaster City in a league match, the sides did meet last summer in a pre-season game. The clubs are associated through Altrincham co-chairman Laurence Looney who was previously on the Board at The Giant Axe.

In the game last summer it was The Dolly Blues who emerged with a 1-0 victory, the goal ironically being scored by ex-Robin Aaron Bennett in the 28th minute.

Alty fielded a new starting eleven after the break and the new eleven showed a marked improvement after the interval but could not break down a solid home defence.

Of the 22 Altrincham players deployed for this match, just eight had been on the club's books in 2022-23 season. Four trialists were given opportunities.

They included left-back Sean Lawton, who was previously on the books of Crewe Alexandra. Another Robins trialist was right-back Kwame Boateng had also been an Altrincham trialist in the previous summer.

Second-half trialist centre-back Mark Ellis had been released by Barrow over that summer, whilst Kelan Swales was previously at Frickley Athletic.

ALTRINCHAM First Half: 20. Matt Gould; Lewis Banks, Jake Cooper, Sam Roscoe, Sean Lawton (trialist); 4. Joey Jones (c), Elliot Osborne; Justin Amaluzor, Matty Kosylo, Loui Williams; Dior Angus.

Second Half: Ollie Byrne, Kwame Boateng (trialist), Joel Bailey (academy), Mark Ellis (trialist), Eddy Jones; Owen German, Isaac Marriott (c); Tom Jones, George Wilson, Kelan Swales (trialist), Regan Linney.

STAN RILEY'S FUNERAL

The funeral for Stan Riley, the longstanding Altrincham supporter who died recently, will take place at 1030am on Tuesday, 16th July at Altrincham Crematorium with mourners gathering afterwards at Ringway Golf Club in Hale Barns.

Parking for the golf club is at the Holy Angels Church opposite.

For the funeral it will be family flowers only. However donations, if desired, may be made to the Alzheimer's Society and should be sent c/o Kenneth Dewey & Sons, Funeral Directors, 2 Grove Lane, Hale, WA15 8JE.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Kent Online reports that "Ebbsfleet United manager Danny Searle won’t be rushed into completing his squad before the start of the season.

The Fleet have signed five new faces and kept 13 of the squad that retained their National League status last season...

Searle has already stated he wants to work with a smaller squad than the one he inherited when he took charge in February...

'We’re not desperate,' stated Searle... 'We don’t need anybody... We’re in a fortunate position that we can go and get the ones that we want, as opposed to just panicking and thinking we need to get some bodies in. Obviously, we’ve got a few lads [on trial] that will feature on Thursday [against Punjab United]...

Searle added... 'I’d say it’s a buyers’ market at the minute. At the start we’re chasing agents, players or clubs about availability of certain individuals and now it’s the opposite. We’ve got a depth chart of probably eight to 10 players per position that are available if we wanted to go and get them. I understand they’re available to everybody as they’re getting to the stage where they need a job but in the same respect we’re not going to rush, there’s no need to rush'...

The Fleet will also appoint a new first-team coach to replace Chris Solly, who departed to rejoin his former club Charlton recently, along with a goalkeeping coach".

On the same day as Searle spoke, Ebbsfleet United "added Wes Fonguck to the ranks for 2024/25 as the 26-year-old central midfielder makes the move across the Thames after leaving Southend United...

He was scouted by Barnet and joined their youth academy in 2014... After loan spells with Hendon and Hampton & Richmond, he broke into the Barnet first-team with the club in League Two.

Fonguck made more than 150 appearances in his time at The Hive... He switched the Bees for the Blues in the summer of 2022, signing for Southend United. Across two seasons with Kevin Maher’s side, he played 73 games".

Ebbsfleet United also reported that "Attacking pacy wide man Jephte Tanga is the second new face announced today as the Fleet can confirm the former Leyton Orient youngster’s signature.

The sought-after 20-year-old... spent half a season each with Welling United and Maidstone United – all but ever-present for both clubs, playing 48 games in all competitions...

The versatile Tanga... is usually deployed wide. He came through Orient’s youth ranks".

Relegated Forest Green Rovers "confirm that Amadou Bakayoko has left the club.

The 28-year-old joined the club in January 2023 and made 19 appearances.

He then spent the 2023/24 campaign on loan at Dundee FC in Scotland".

Solihull Moors "confirm the season-long loan signing of James Gale from Mansfield Town...

The 22-year-old recently signed a new two-year deal with the Stags following their promotion to Sky Bet League One...

The forward was at Derby County’s academy... which subsequently led to his move to Mansfield in 2021".

Also in action and using a large cast off players were Boston United who report that "Sam Osborne scored the only goal of the game as Boston United kicked off their pre-season preparations with victory on Tuesday evening... over Boston Town - in a match where United fielded 22 different players.

United were kept largely at bay by excellent goalkeeping from Town stopper Travis Portas, with DAN MOONEY and Frankie Maguire both striking the woodwork in the second half too.

United (first half): Cameron Gregory, Cameron Green, Michael Bostwick, Keaton Ward, Martin Woods, Adam Marriott, Tony Weston, Jacob Scott, Ed Daffern, Trialist A, Trialist B.

United (second half): Jake Lovelace, Tom Leak, Jacob Hazel, Dan Mooney, Jordan Richards, Sam Osborne, Frankie Maguire, Zak Mills, Dylan Hill, Ellis Perry-Burdett, Trialist A (Oliver Wilson 62)".

Barnet tell us that "First-half goals from Anthony Hartigan, Finley Wilkinson, and Rhys Browne secured an opening pre-season victory against Hitchin Town at Top Field...

Ex-Bees James Callan was called into action in the Hitchin goal with three big saves to keep the score level in the space of 10 minutes.

The Bees took the lead after 34 minutes when Anthony Hartigan’s free-kick slipped through the hands of the keeper and fell into the back of the net.

Just four minutes later, Barnet doubled the lead after... Finley Wilkinson... curled his strike into the bottom corner...

Rhys Browne added a third goal for The Bees".

HT: Hitchin Town 1-3 Barnet FC

11 changes were made at the break, with the likes of Nicke Kabamba, Zak Brunt, and Jerome Okimo coming on.

The second half saw very few chances... FT: Hitchin Town 1-3 Barnet FC

Barnet FC First-Half XI: Gillmore, Oluwo, Grimwood, Kenlock, Tavares, Hartigan, Clifford, Trialist, Wilkinson, Matejko, Browne

Barnet FC Second-Half XI: Hayes, Kizzi, Rye, Okimo, Cropper, Shelton, Blower, Stead, Brunt, Kabamba".


10 July 2024

ALTY KICK OFF AGAINST WOKING

It will be a ninth home fixture in the last ten opening days of a football season when Woking visit Moss Lane on 10 August to kick off the 2024/25 campaign. And Alty won none of those previous eight home matches as is explained below.

The Christmas season sees FC Halifax Town visit Alty on Boxing Day with New Year's Day involving a trip to Rochdale.

There are eight evening matches. They are away at Maidenhead United, Barnet, Hartlepool United and York City, with four home matches under the floodlights against Dagenham & Redbridge, Hartlepool United, York City and Maidenhead United.

During the season there are seven instances of two consecutive away trips and six cases of two home fixtures in succession.

The full list of league fixtures is HERE.

FIXTURES OUT TODAY

Vanarama National League fixtures for the 2024/25 season were released today, 10 July, at 1pm. The season starts on 10 August.

Eight of the previous nine first fixtures of the season have been at home and Altrincham have failed to win any of them!

In fact, despite 12 of their last 18 first-day games having been at home, they last won a home fixture on the opening day 18 years ago in 2006, winning 2-1 against Stevenage!

Whilst the home record on opening day is dreadful, away from home, perversely, Alty have won 50% of their opening day fixtures in the same period.

The overall record is:

The details are as follow:

JAMES RE-SIGNS FOR ALTY

Named as club captain last season, centre-back James Jones's 2023-24 campaign was curtailed by injury. As a consequence, he was one of five players invited to return for pre-season with a view to being offered a contract for 2024-25.

Following an earlier announcement that one of the five, Max Haygarth, has already been offered a contract comes news that another of the five, "James Jones (right) has marked his welcome return to full fitness by signing a new contract at The J.Davidson Stadium".

Altrincham FC press and media officer John Edwards goes on to say that over the summer, Jones "soon set about proving he had recovered fully from the shoulder problem that required surgery as he threw himself into pre-season training with his Robins team-mates

After taking part in last Saturday's pre-season game at Colne, Jones said, 'I'm really pleased to have signed a new contract. I love playing for Alty, and it was great to get some minutes under my belt against Colne'...

Alty boss Phil said... 'His previous season was disappointing for him through injuries, but he's come back more determined than ever and he's in the best condition I've seen him in..

James raise[s] standards both on and off the pitch and it was imperative we were able to retain a player of his experience and affinity with the football club'".

Footnote: As well as James, the other four invited to prove themselves over the summer were Haygarth, Justin Donawa, and youngsters Amaar Hussain and Sean Lawton.

As for James Jones, now 27, he rejoined Alty in July 2022 after he had rejected a contract renewal at Barrow, who he had joined from Alty in summer 2020.

But he had originally arrived at Moss Lane in July 2017, making his competitive debut on 23 August 2017.

Last season, an injury necessitated a shoulder operation in the Christmas period of 2023 and he missed the rest of the season.

To date he has made 166(+10) appearances and has scored 17 goals. He is thus the club's senior professional.

ALTY OLD BOYS

Crawley Town announce the signing of centre-back TOBY MULLARKEY from Grimsby Town for an undisclosed fee. Mullarkey has put pen to paper on a two-year deal.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed an upward trajectory in recent years after his career began in the youth setup at Crewe Alexandra. Spells with Leek Town, Nantwich Town and Altrincham all followed before Mullarkey made the jump into the EFL to join Rochdale.

Toby made over 100 appearances for Altrincham before he joined the Dale. His stint at the Crown Oil Arena didn’t last long as the defender soon found himself at Grimsby, where he impressed during the 2023/24 season".

The player stated "It is another step up for me in my career, so I am delighted to get the deal done".

The BBC tells us that "AFC Wimbledon have signed midfielder ALISTAIR SMITH on a season-long loan from Lincoln City.

The 25-year-old joined Lincoln from Sutton at the start of last season, making 32 appearances... before joining Colchester United on loan in January.

Smith scored twice in his 15 appearances in League Two for the U's.

'He’s a player that we’ve been looking at for a long time,' Wimbledon manager Jonnie Jackson told the club website.

'He’s an energetic attacking midfielder, box to box, dynamic and he’s very experienced at this level'".

Off the field, former Altrincham FC Club Secretary PAUL CARTER is now performing the same role at AFC Telford United.

From Phil Jordan we learn that over last weekend CALLUM DOLAN scored the clincher as Fleetwood won their friendly at Bamber Bridge 0-2.

In Scotland, MILES WELCH-HAYES was not in a Livingston squad which was packed with trialists for their friendly at Motherwell.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

At Southend United "The Club would like to wish David Martin the best of luck as he moves on to join Ipswich Town.

Martin has taken up a role in the goalkeeping department...

Alongside his position as goalkeeper coach to Collin Andeng Ndi, the former MK Dons and West Ham shot-stopper also featured nine times between the sticks for us last season.

Head Coach Kevin Maher said... 'He’s going to be tough to replace'"

Solihull Moors "confirm the permanent signing of Bradley Stevenson... from Billericay Town.

Stevenson recorded 46 goal involvements as his former side just missed out on the play-offs. The 25-year-old netted 26 times whist setting up his teammates a further 20 times...

The attack minded midfielder picked up the Manager's Player of the Season award alongside the Golden Boot... Stevenson started his career at Gillingham... Since then, the midfielder has played for the likes of Chelmsford City and Welling United in the Vanarama National League South before find form at Billericay...

Stevenson said... 'First and foremost, I’m an attacking midfielder. I like to chip in with both goals and assists as much as I can. I’m someone that’s also a good passer of the ball as well.” “The direction that the Club is going in, with some of the signings that the Club have made, hopefully we can push on and get that promotion this season'".

FC Halifax Town "announce the signing of 6’5″ centre back Adam Alimi-Adetoro, following his release from Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, on a two-year deal.

From the Republic of Ireland, Adetoro came through the Leixlip United academy before making the switch to Athlone Town... In the Summer of 2022... the centre back made the move to England with Sheffield Wednesday Under 21s... Adetoro made his first senior appearance in February 2023 ... in the FA Cup 4th round".

Rochdale "announce the loan signing of Aaron Henry.

The midfielder joins from Charlton Athletic until the end of the season. Henry... has League One experience with The Addicks...

[He sadi], 'It was a no-brainer really to come here... I think it will be a perfect fit for me. I like to be in a team that plays the right way, the way I think it should be played'...

Henry joined Charlton at the age of ten, rising through their Academy ranks before making his first team debut in January 2020, aged just 16. He spent the second half of the 2021/22 campaign at Wealdstone, making 20 National League appearances and scoring twice.

The now 20-year-old made 14 League One appearances for Charlton the following season... Last season saw Henry make 13 League Two appearances on loan at eventual promotion winners Crawley Town, before rejoining Wealdstone for the second half of their National League campaign, playing 17 times"


9 July 2024

SATURDAY'S OPPONENTS: LANCASTER CITY

Altrincham visit the Giant Axe on Saturday to face Lancaster City who will again compete in the Northern Premier League Premier Division in 2024/25 after finishing ninth last season.

Their manager is the experienced Chris Willcock who was appointed in January 2024. As a player he started out in Trafford at Flixton and reportedly played at Altrincham (TBC) as well as Warrington Town, Kendal Town, Leigh RMI, Mossley and Ramsbottom.

His managerial career started as player-manager at Salford City in 2005, then he became manager at Winsford United from 2006-08. After a spells at Mossley and Woodley Sports, he returned to Winsford in 2010 and then to Woodley later that year.

Next came a stint across the Pennines at Stocksbridge Park Steels followed by an appointment at Glossop North End, a team he got to Wembley in the FA Vase in 2015. A return to Yorkshire saw him manage Shaw Lane before managing Ramsbottom United.

He took Workington to second place in NPL West in 2021 but the Reds lost out in the play-offs.

In 2022-23 season he managed Stalybridge Celtic, his local club, but that ended in the only relegation on his CV.

Lancaster City's first summer recruit was "Marcus Cusani. The forward joins after departing fellow Northern Premier League Premier Division side Ashton United.

Above: The characterful Giant Axe has distractions from the football which include the nearby West Coast railway line and the Priory Church of Saint Mary. Here we see Alty in action there in 2018.

Cusani, 29, arrives at The Giant Axe following a season with the Robins, for whom he made 37 appearances and scored four goals.

Previous to that, he had been at Atherton Collieries for three seasons....

Our new man has also had spells at Warrington Town and Ashton Athletic earlier in his career.

Cusani is a versatile forward and can be deployed centrally or on the wings.

He told LCFC Media... 'As an outsider I’ve always been impressed with the togetherness they have and this has no doubt contributed to consistent top half finishes@'.

Then Lancaster City announced that "Chris Willcock’s second summer signing brings a wealth of experience to the Giant Axe.

One of the key areas for Chris Willcock to address during the offseason was experience and leadership, he certainly has secured that in the form of 38-year-old Chris Dagnall.

Having made over 600 senior appearances and scoring over 150 goals since starting his career at Tranmere Rovers in 2003, Chris is exactly the type of player Dolly Blues fans will enjoy seeing".

Dagnall counts Tranmere Rovers, Scunthorpe United (then) in the Championship... He returned to the Championship with Barnsley...

In 2013, he joined Leyton Orient... before a trip abroad to Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League. A brief spell north of the border at Hibernian followed where Chris won the 2015/16 Scottish Cup, the Hibees overcoming Rangers at Hampden Park...

He returned to England and scored 21 goals for Crewe before spells with Bury and Yeovil Town, with a return to Tranmere coming in 2018. After departing Yeovil in the summer of 2021, he helped Hanley Town win the 2021/22 Midland League... and then spent time with Stalybridge Celtic in the NPL.

Traditionally a forward during his career, he will fulfil a midfield role at the Giant Axe as Chris Willcock builds a strong spine to his side with Dagnall expected to [play]... in the centre of the park".

Footnote: Dagnall faced Alty as long ago as 2016 when he played for Crewe Alexandra in a pre-season game at Moss Lane which ended one apiece.

More recently, as a late substitute, he headed home the second goal in Yeovil Town's 2-0 win over Alty in February 2021, a match played behind closed doors.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

For the forthcoming season, former Alty keeper Matt Gould has been assigned no.22 by Yeovil Town who add "There have been several changes in squad numbers this season: Morgan Williams moves to number 4, Sam Pearson to number 7, Frank Nouble to number 10, and Dylan Morgan to number 17.

Meanwhile, the newcomers have selected their numbers: Ollie Wright will wear number 1, Jordan Thomas takes number 2, Finn Cousin-Dawson is number 5, Aaron Jarvis chooses number 9, Brett McGavin goes with number 14, Matt Gould takes number 22, and Harvey Greenslade is number 27.

A significant change this season is the return of the number 4 jersey, previously worn by Lee Collins, who sadly passed away in 2021. Morgan Williams, a former teammate of Collins, wanted to wear the number as a tribute after surpassing his 100-appearance milestone for the Glovers".

Southend United "are delighted to announce the signing of 26-year-old striker Josh Walker on a two-year deal.

Walker, who joins for an undisclosed fee, has signed from League One side Burton Albion, where he made 35 appearances, scoring three goals for the Brewers.

Walker has plenty of experience in the National League, making a total of 106 National League appearances for clubs including Dagenham & Redbridge and Barnet... The 5ft 9 frontman spent the early stages of his career playing for Fulham and Tottenham’s youth teams before joining Isthmian League side Hendon... [He is] Kevin Maher’s first summer signing".

Walker said "I don’t mind going direct, but I like the ball on the floor. I like running in behind, I don’t mind coming to feet, but I’m more of an off-the-shoulder player making runs in behind".

Manager Kevin Maher said, “We all know Josh very well from his time at Dagenham and before with Barnet. He got a great move into League One that hasn’t quite worked out for whatever reason...

"We’ve been short of players for a while and it’s been frustrating watching everyone else bring players in".

The player added "I want to bring some leadership qualities from the back. I want to put my mark on the team" whilst "Head Coach Kevin Maher added 'He did ever so well for us on loan in the period he was with us, so he was someone I kept in touch with... He’s gone and played over 30 games for Accrington, which will do him the world of good'".

Also at Roots Hall, Southend United "confirm the permanent signing of centre-back Joe Gubbins. Gubbins returns to Roots Hall as a free agent after being released from Championship side Queens Park Rangers. He has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Blues...

Gubbins joined QPR in 2017. He has previously featured in the National League with Aldershot, and was also on loan with Blues in the 2021/22 season. He was on the books of QPR for four years...

Gubbins featured 37 times in League Two last season for Accrington Stanley... The 22-year-old... helped guide the club to 10 clean sheets in the league".

Extra Time confirms that "Harrogate Town have announced the signing of right back Zico Asare from Maidenhead United...

The 23-year-old defender joins on a permanent deal following an impressive 2023/24 season...

Starting his career at Fulham... before moving to Oxford City in 2021. He joined Maidenhead in 2022, where his performances caught the attention of Harrogate Town...

Asare himself expressed enthusiasm about joining Harrogate Town.... 'I like playing for possession-based teams who enjoy being in control of the ball and that are solid defensively.'"

Eastleigh "announce the signing of Richard Brindley following his departure from Notts County!

31-year-old Brindley has been with Notts County since 2019 and was part of their side that earned promotion to the football league... The right back made 147 appearances.

Norwich born Brindley began his career playing for Norwich City’s academy... He moved to Chelmsford City in 2012... before moving to Chesterfield... Following a brief stint with the Derbyshire club, Brindley made another move. This time, to Rotherham United where he spent two years... [and] Brindley made appearances in the Championship as well as League One.

After a successful loan spell at Colchester United during the 2014/15 season, Brindley made a permanent move to the club... He then spent a season at Barnet, followed by a season with Bromley before moving to Notts County".


8 July 2024

LANCASTER, NEXT TIME AND LAST TIME

The next time that Altrincham take to the field will be their second pre-season friendly, away at Lancaster City on Saturday.

The last time that the clubs met in the league was on 7 April 2018 in an Evostik Premier match which Alty won 2-1 as they extended their lead to eight points at the top of the table. But after cruising to an early 2-0 lead, Lancaster got a goal back and kept the game tight till the end.

Alty took a tenth minute lead when Jordan Hulme's shot was fumbled over the line by former Alty goalkeeper Wynne, who was later named Man of the Match. Seven minutes later it was 2-0 as Hannigan powered a header into the net from Johnston's corner.

Above: Tom Hannigan nets the second goal, (his legs can just be seen, far right!), as he wheels away after heading home.

However the Dolly Blues pulled back a goal in the 24th minute when Simpson headed home an Akrigg cross from the right after a corner. Hulme missed a sitter before half-time and Altrincham were unable to convert a lot of second half pressure into a third goal.

Just 313 spectators attended.

James Jones is the only Altrincham player who took part in the game who could possibly take to the field at The Giant Axe in 2024.

ALTRINCHAM: 1. Tony THOMPSON, 2. Shaun DENSMORE, 3. Andrew WHITE, 4. Tom HANNIGAN, 5. James JONES, 6. Jake MOULT (c), 7. John JOHNSTON, 8. Simon RICHMAN, 9. Jordan HULME, 10. Max HARROP, 11. Josh HANCOCK. Subs: 12. Rhain DAVIS, 14. Chris MERRIE, 16.Theo BAILEY-JONES, 20. Andrew JONES, 15. Sam HEATHCOTE

COLNE REPORT

Altrincham FC carries a report by Jack Worswick on Altrincham's game at Colne last Saturday.

"In a narrow game, Trialist 8 was the match winner, finding the net off an assist from Trialist 12, who twisted and turned to find the goal-scorer just after the break.

The first half saw Phil Parkinson’s side mostly made up of trialists...

In the first 45 minutes, Altrincham looked to play out of the back and effectively use the press. Throughout the half, Owen German impressed with a range of passes and dribbles...

Altrincham’s goal came in the 49th minute from Trialist 8 after a crucial contribution from Trialist 12. He would continue to be a threat as he hit the post from a direct dribble to break the opposition's defence...

A penalty would be given against the run of play. However, it would be saved by Trialist 20, with a rebound also prevented.

Youngsters Joel Bailey, Max Whittle, Jack Chandler, Vlad Shtyhlian & Afernee Denise would eventually enter the frame just after the hour mark.

First year pro Bailey was assured at the back, Denise looked a threat down the left, Chandler performed confidently off the right wing, Shtyhlian held the ball up well and proved a handful for Colne's defenders and Whittle provided a creative option with his turns to unlock the home defence".

ALTY OLD BOYS

Ian Wilkinson reports on OLLIE BYRNE's latest game for Timperley Cricket Club

On Monday his Timperley side lost by 63 runs to Alderley Edge. Ollie has been making a name for himself with some big hitting at the crease but, sadly on this occasion, Alty's former number one had a less welcome number one to his name in the Timperley innings being dismissed for a single.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Altrincham face Lancaster City next Saturday. Last Friday evening the Dolly Blues entertained another National League side when AFC Fylde emerged with a 2-1 win.

"The Coasters were in front at half-time through a late trialist goal in the first-half, however Chris Dagnall levelled seven minutes after the interval.

Fylde restored their advantage through Nick Haughton’s free-kick on the hour, and it proved decisive at The Giant Axe.

Head Coach Chris Beech named two line-ups for each half as the Coasters returned to action.

There were also starts for Emeka Obi, Adam Long, Bryce Hosannah, Taelor O’Kane, Jack Morris and Danny Ormerod.

New signing Corey Whelan captained Beech’s first-half team whilst Harry Davis took the armband for the second-half...

The second-half saw Davis, Owen Evans, Theo Richardson, Ethan Mitchell, Jessie Halewood, Joe Riley, and Charlie Jolley enter the action as Beech named 10 changes".


7 July 2024

COLNE 0-1 ALTRINCHAM

For Saturday's lunchtime's pre-season game at Colne, Altrincham fielded only one player, (James Jones) who had ever played a league match for the club previously, plus Owen German, who was an unused sub in the National League three times last season and new signing Lucas Weaver.

James Jones, Altrincham's current leading appearance maker, is proving his fitness to be retained at the club this season, following an injury affected end to the last campaign and he was named as captain today.

Right: James Jones captained the side.

On the bench were five young Alty players in Joel Bailey, Max Whittle, Jack Chandler, Vlad Shtyhlian, and Afernee Denise whilst eight trialists were also in the squad.

Of the above-named five, Joel Bailey, Jack Chandler and Vlad Shtyhlian played in the Cheshire Senior Cup last season. Whittle and Denise are also Academy players at Altrincham.

After a goalless first half, a trialist put Alty ahead soon after the interval. Against his former club, Weaver played the first half-hour of the match before being subbed.

Cole won a penalty just after the hour mark but the trialist keeper saved it and also the ensuing rebound to keep Alty ahead.

All five Academy players got on to the pitch for the final half-hour or so.

Next up is a trip to Lancaster City next Saturday (2pm).

AFTER THE MATCH

Altrincham FC reported that at Colne it was "a mixture of trialists, youngsters and first team players turning out for Alty.

Following the game manager Phil Parkinson gave his thoughts...

Left: Owen German.

'It allowed us to have a look at the trialists who've been with us in week one, and you could see the calibre of the player on display. It'll give us a headache going into week two, which you don't necessarily expect to have.

'Lucas Weaver only played a small part today due to illness, but he was desperate to say fair well [farewell] to the Colne faithful who'd shown him fantastic support last season. He came through his 30 minutes unscathed and James Jones was another real positive, and it was great to see him come through after a lengthy layoff.

'Our young pros looked really good. Joel Bailey, who would have played longer today but for a little knock, showed his class, and Owen German strolled through the game like a Rolls Royce; I've got really high hopes for him this season.

'As for our academy players - Max, Afernee, JC and Vlad - they look like the best crop of young players we've had, and I feel like I've been able to say that year-on-year. So, I was delighted with the game, delighted with the outcomes and it sets us up nicely for week two'".

ALTY OLD BOYS

From Phil Jordan we learn that in the NPL Victoria in Australia, with CONNOR HAMPSON still injured, Oakleigh Cannons made heavy weather of taking 3 points at Port Melbourne Sharks, only going ahead from a penalty just after the hour - the hosts were consequently reduced to 10 men.

Cannons scored from another penalty, and, despite conceding late on, held out to win 1-2. They remain 3rd, but pulled level on points with 2nd placed Avondale who surprisingly lost 0-1 at lowly Altona Magic.

The sides meet at Avondale next weekend.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The chairman of Maidenhead United, Peter Griffin, has issued a statement which includes the following.

"I would like to congratulate former Maidenhead United player, Max Kilman, on completing his transfer from Wolves to West Ham and wish him every success...

It is no great secret that when we sold Max to Wolves in 2018 a sell on clause was included within the transfer agreement which the club will now benefit from over the coming few years. ..

As you would expect commercial confidentially prohibits me from providing specific details about the sell on clause, however, we were engaged with various parties during the negotiation process for Max’s transfer. We reached a mutually agreeable position that all parties are satisfied with and importantly it is in the best interest of the club.

Ultimately this is a fantastic outcome for club which will benefit from one of the largest, if not the largest, transfer payments an English non-league club has ever received, which is something to celebrate. This is testament to the hard work of Alan Devonshire and his coaching team past and present, as well our Academy programme which every year is developing players which move into our first team squad".

Earlier, Football in Berkshire reported that "The fee Wolverhampton Wanderers will receive for their captain is reportedly £40 million...

Kilman made his York Road debut and first senior appearance in 2017/18... He went on to make 39 appearances in black and white before making the move to Wolves. Aged 21, Kilman signed... for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2018, reported to be around £40,000.

It is widely understood Maidenhead have a sell on clause for Kilman which, depending on who you ask could be 10-20%... The Magpies could, in a best case scenario, be in line for an £8 million boost".

Likewise, at Woking, The Cards "reveal the Adidas home shirt for the 2024/25 season.

The shirt features the famous red and white halves, with black trimmings, shorts and socks. The back of the shirt is predominantly white".

The club's main shirt sponsor is "Boz's Wholesale & Retail Fruit & Veg".

Yeovil Town "are delighted to unveil the home and away kits for the 2024/25 season.

As the first kit of a new era featuring our new badge (left), we are thrilled to present such a sleek design by Errea.

Sponsored by Bradfords on the front, Bamfords on the sleeve, and Dorset Vehicle Rentals on the back, the Glovers have chosen a green shirt with a subtle glove pattern, which has been teased through our graphics for several months. The away shirt also features a similar glove pattern in the form of a white short.

The reaction from supporters has been overwhelming since the unveiling, especially with the return of Bradfords to our main sponsor".

Following yesterday's news that "Gateshead have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Tiernan Brooks", from Notts County, The Deck also confirms the "double retainment [sic] of defenders Joe Grayson and Kenton Richardson..

The trio will all continue to strengthen Rob Elliott’s side, even despite the double departure of Ed Francis to Exeter City and Marcus Dinanga to League Two new-boys Bromley yesterday (4th July)...

Tiernan Brooks, he began the 2023/24 campaign on loan with League Of Ireland side Cork City, making four appearances before returning to the Magpies in January... Brooks joined fellow National League side Rochdale for the remainder of the season, making 12 appearances...

Grayson made 28 league appearances for Gateshead... whilst Richardson played 39 times in the National League, also providing two goals....

Since the close season, Gateshead have lost several key players such as Ed Francis, Marcus Dinanga and loanee Dajaune Brown, but have [made]... four new signings".


6 July 2024

PRE-SEASON STARTS

Saturday 6 July 2024

Altrincham FC reports that "Our opponents Colne FC are gearing up for the start of the North West Counties League Premier Division campaign, which for the Reds begins on Saturday, July 27 against AFC Liverpool.

Their pre-season schedule got underway on Thursday evening with a 3-2 win over West Lancashire League side CMB FC in Lostock."

Alty boss Phil Parkinson added that "For Colne on Saturday the squad will be a mixed bag of trialists we've had in for training this week, alongside some younger players and first teamers."

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY TICKETS

Altrincham FC announce that "Tickets are now on sale for Alty's two home pre-season friendlies, as we welcome EFL League Two opposition to the J.Davidson Stadium ahead of the 2024/25 campaign, which begins on August 10.

Our opening home game of the summer sees Salford City visit on Tuesday, July 23rd for a 7:45pm kick-off...

We then round off our summer home schedule on Saturday, August 3rd with a game against Bradford City - kick-off 3pm...

General admission for the friendlies has been set at £12 over-18s and £5 under-18s.

*A gentle reminder that season ticket holders no longer receive free entry to friendly games at the J.Davidson Stadium.

We are also offering a hospitality option in the John King Lounge (formerly the Sponsors' Lounge) priced at £30 - including a match ticket, delicious pre-match food, a private cash bar, reserved seating and exclusive post-match player reaction".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

AFC Fylde "announce the signing of forward Charlie Jolley on a two-year contract.

Jolley, 23, become Chris Beech’s fourth new permanent addition following Joe Riley, Ethan Mitchell and Corey Whelan, having most recently spent three-and-a-half years at Tranmere Rovers.

Charlie came through the youth system of Wigan Athletic... before going onto feature for Wigan’s first-team... as spending time on loan at Curzon Ashton...

On signing his contract at AFC Fylde, Jolley said... 'I need to play games, and this hopefully is going to be the right time for me...

AFC Fylde Head Coach Beech added... 'He will add high energy to the squad and his style of play suits the type of football we are aiming to achieve'">

Woking have confirmed that Harry Beautyman "the 32-year-old central midfielder, joins after his contract expires at Sutton United.

A Leyton Orient academy product, Beautyman never made an appearance for the club, leaving in 2011 to join Sutton United... After two seasons... Beautyman joined Welling United in the National League... He was subsequently loaned to Peterborough United...

Spells at Northampton Town and Stevenage followed before Beautyman rejoined the U’s in 2017. Seven years at the club saw the midfielder play a key role in Sutton’s promotion to the Football League".

Also at Woking comes news of "the signing of Cian Harries. The 27-year-old central defender joins after his contract expires at Aldershot Town.

A left-sided centre half with a cultured left foot, Harries came through the Coventry City academy... before being snapped up by then-Premier League side Swansea City in 2017. A loan move to Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard was followed by a permanent move to Bristol Rovers in 2019... Harries made 56 appearances, departing in 2022 to join Swindon Town...

Harries then joined Aldershot last summer, making 48 appearances... Despite being offered new terms, he chose to depart and Michael Doyle is delighted to get his man...

Said Woking Manager Michael Doyle, 'We’ve known him for a long time dating back to our [Doyle and Assistant Manager Ben Turner] time at Coventry'"

In addition Woking also confirm that Timi Odusina, "the 24-year-old defender, joins for an undisclosed fee from Bradford City following a successful loan spell last season.

Odusina came through the ranks at Norwich City and featured on loan for AFC Fylde in 2019... In 2020, Timi made a move to Hartlepool United... and moved on to Mark Hughes’ Bantams in 2022.

He made 19 appearances for the Cards following his arrival in September 2023... Michael Doyle [said] 'At the end of the season, he was a massive part in us staying in the division. I’m pleased we were able to secure a permanent transfer and to have him as one of our own'".

Dagenham & Redbridge "confirm that Christian N’Guessan has become our eighth signing of the summer after the Midfielder agreed a two-year deal.

The 25-year-old is the eighth addition to Ben Strevens’s squad, agreeing a deal until the end of the 2025/26 season.

N'Guessan began his career with Blackpool... On 9 December 2016, he signed for Bamber Bridge on a work experience loan.

In July 2017, he signed for Burnley on a two-year deal with the option of a further year... On 2 January 2020, he signed for EFL League Two side Oldham Athletic on loan for the remainder of the season.

In May 2021, N'Guessan joined National League South side Ebbsfleet United... On 16 June 2023, it was confirmed that he would be leaving Ebbsfleet to join a Football League club.

On 16 June 2023, N'Guessan signed for League Two club Sutton United. He departed the club following relegation at the end of the 2023–24 season".

FC Halifax Town have signed centre-back Will Smith, 25, who left Harrogate Town this summer after five seasons at Wetherby Road.

York Press adds that "Centre-half Smith spent the 2023/24 campaign on loan with York... becoming an integral member of the first-team squad under both Neal Ardley and then Adam Hinshelwood.

Smith made the move to City in late-September from neighbours Harrogate Town, [and] he would go on to make 27 league appearances for the Minstermen...

Injuries did hamper Smith's progress with City...

The Shaymen have lost eight of their first-team players following the 2023/24 season, with centre-backs Tom Wilson, Jamie Stott and Jordan Keane all exiting".

At ">Gateshead have re-signed goalkeeper Tiernan Brooks on a two-year contract.

He made four appearances for the Heed last season, on loan from Notts County, before finishing the season at Rochdale on another loan, his eighth in five years.

Rochdale "announce the signing of Sam Beckwith. The left-sided defender has penned a two-year deal with the club.

Beckwith, who has made nearly 100 National League appearances at the age of just 22, says... 'I spoke to the gaffer about a week ago and as soon as I spoke to him, it felt like the right move for me. He told me where he sees me in the team. He’s been watching me for a while'...

Head Coach Jimmy McNulty commented... 'Sam is a player we identified as being able to help our team immediately, after what was a very impressive season for him last year in the National League, whilst also having the potential to progress to the EFL. His signature was sought after by clubs higher up the pyramid than ourselves and within the division'...

Beckwith joined Luton Town at the age of just seven... He saw a loan spell at Biggleswade Town cut short due to COVID-19... He made his senior debut in 2021 during an EFL Cup first round tie.

Shortly afterwards, he was loaned out to Maidenhead United for the 2021/22 season, who he joined permanently at the end of the campaign.

Last season, he made 43 league appearances... He was named in the Vanarama National League Team of the Season".


5 July 2024

ALTY OLD BOY: DINANGA JOINS BROMLEY

Bromley "announce the signing of forward Marcus Dinanga on a permanent deal from National League side Gateshead Football Club...

The 27-year-old arrives at Hayes Lane following a hugely successful season for The Heed, boasting an impressive record of 20 goals in 42 league appearances...

The striker began his career at Burton Albion... going out on loan, first to Matlock Town, where he only featured three times, before he hit the ground running at Telford in the 2017/18 campaign, netting 18 goals in 42 games. A short stint at Hartlepool United followed, before the frontman returned permanently to Telford for another two seasons.

Dinanga received his first EFL move in 2020, signing for Stevenage in League Two...

Chesterfield, in the National League, was the next destination for Dinanga’s career, followed by Altrincham in 2021, where he went out on loan to Dartford and Kidderminster... He played 24 times in the National League in the 2022/23 campaign, bagging five goals.

Dinanga put pen to paper for Gateshead in February 2023, playing 68 times and scoring 32 goals across two seasons".

SPONSORS FOR STUART'S TESTIMONIAL

A much deserved testimonial for former Altrincham goalkeeper Stuart Coburn takes place at Moss Lane on Sunday, 28 July at 3.30pm.

The testimonial match is between two Altrincham teams, comprising players from 2005 against those from 2014, both years when Altrincham won promotion back to the national level of non-League through play-off campaigns in which Stuart played an important role.

Now Altrincham FC has announced that "Jones Contracts have come on board as main sponsors of the event...


Above: Gavin Rathbone's photomontage shows Alty celebrating victory over Eastbourne Borough in the 2005 play-off at Stoke's Britannia Stadium.

The game is a celebration of Stuart's career with the Robins, as well as acting as a fundraiser for Darby Rimmer MND [Motor Neurone Disease] Foundation...

'A big thanks to Jones Contracts for coming on board as the main sponsor for Stuart Coburn’s Testimonial. Anthony approached us to offer their support for the event which we are delighted to accept. This will also assist us raising funds for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation,' said Alty Director Neil Faulkner.

'I have personally worked as a contractor and supplier for Jones Contracts since 1977 and they are a great company to work alongside'

Along with Jones Contracts, the afternoon has also received extra support from club sponsors Robinsons Preservation Ltd and EBS, for which we are extremely grateful.

Tickets for the game are on sale now and cost just £5 [for] over-18s, £2 [for] under-18s and FREE [for]under-5s. Buy them right here.

BIG DAY ON SATURDAY

Not only is Saturday 6 July a big day for England in the Euros as they take on Switzerland for a place in the semi-finals at 5pm but, at 1pm (NB changed time) Altrincham kick of pre-season with a game at Colne.

The match was arranged as part of the deal which brought striker Luke Weaver to Altrincham earlier this summer.

JOE NUTTALL INTERVIEW

Press and Media Officer, Brian Flynn, has a video interview with summer loan signing from Oldham Athletic, Joe Nuttall, which is available on Alty TV.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

At Ebbsfleet United "Danny Searle has made pacy defender Giles Phillips his latest addition to the Fleet squad as the 27-year-old arrives with League One and National League experience.

Born in Milwaukee in the USA, Phillips played College football there before joining QPR from FC Barrington in 2017. A regular in the QPR U23 side... the centre-back’s debut in English football came in a loan period with Wycombe Wanderers. He made 11 League One appearances in the Chairboys’ promotion season...

His first link-up with Danny Searle came in a loan move to Aldershot Town...in 2021. Phillips spent the next two years at the EBB Stadium... and he featured more than 70 times in total, scoring four goals.

Phillips reunited with the current Fleet boss again at Waterford in January 2023... He returned to England and played the final three months of last season with Oxford City....

The new signing said... 'I’m an aggressive defender, but composed at the same time and bring some pace too.'”

Confirmation comes from Forest Green Rovers that they have added "Rob Edwards to the coaching staff as a first-team coach.

The 51-year-old had an enjoyable playing career spanning 21 years between 1990-2011... Edwards was also capped four times by his national side Wales.

He had his first taste at first-team management at Tranmere Rovers in 2014 before becoming assistant manager at Cheltenham Town in the same year... Edwards’s most recent job role was as manager of Wales U19s".

And on the playing side, Forest Green Rovers "announce the signing of Adam May on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old made 146 appearances at Cambridge United over four years at the club... May came through the ranks at Portsmouth but spent much of his five years on loan at the likes of Sutton United, Aldershot Town and Swindon Town.

The commanding midfielder moved to the U’s in 2020 on a free transfer... He made 38 league appearances in League One the following season but suffered a long-term injury... May returned to action in September 2023 but found his playing time limited".

There has been plenty of activity at Gateshead which includes the signing on a one-year deal of Fenton John from the Middlesborugh Academy. He is escribed as a "creative midfielder" who "spent three loan spells with... Morpeth Town" last season.

John said, "I saw what Gateshead want to do, and it suits me"

Signing earlier on a two-year deal is Owen Oseni, aged 21, who spent the latter part of last season on loan at Rushall Olympic from Derby County. He was manager Rob Elliot's first signing since his own role was confirmed.

A third signing by The Heed is Jamie Bramwell who joins on a two-year contract after four years at Grimsby Town' Academy, where he made his National League debut in 2022. He latter made three League Two and cup appearances for Grimsby.

Signing number four at the International Stadium is nineteen year-old centre-back from their own Academy.

There has also been an exit from Gateshead as a club at the other end of the country Exeter City "announce the signing of midfielder Ed Francis for an undisclosed fee from National League side Gateshead.

Signing on a two-year deal – with a club option of a third - Ed... linked up with his new side on Thursday...

The 24-year-old was signed by Wolves in January 2019, loaned to Grasshoppers Zurich, then joined League Two side Harrogate Town in the 2020/21 season...

Ed then joined Notts County... He played a total of 53 games in two seasons for the Magpies."

Maidenhead United "announce our fifth signing of the summer with defender Zac Bell putting pen to paper.

The 21-year-old progressed through the Bristol City Academy... Bell has spent the last two campaigns on loan in the National League South playing for Bath City, Yeovil Town and most recently Taunton Town".

From the Midlands we learn that Solihull Moors "confirm the signing of Oliver Tipton from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a permanent deal! The 20-year-old defender has put pen to paper on a two-year deal...

Tipton made his debut in senior football... in the EFL Trophy for Notts County, whilst also playing a number of times in Notts’ return to England’s fourth division...

Upon his arrival, Tipton said... 'I’ve met Stephen (Ward), we had a lot of conversations, it’s gone well... the style of football and it suits me'..

Director of Football, Stephen Ward, added 'Olly is a player we have monitored for quite some time now'".

At Sutton United yesterday it was "A busy day of transfer news... with the signing of 24-year-old centre back Harry Ransom, whose contract at Crawley Town was not renewed at the end of the season.

Harry made over 70 appearances for Eastbourne Borough before being signed by Millwall... as well as having a four month loan spell with Dover Athletic.

He joined Crawley three years ago and spent much of his first season back on loan with Dover before returning to Crawley, where he made over twenty senior appearances last season".

Barnet "announce that midfielder Patrick Matejko has signed his first professional contract with the Club.

Matejko, who just turned 17, put pen to paper and committed himself to Barnet FC, where he will link up with the first team...

Having made two appearances in the National League last season, Matejko impressed the coaching staff...

Matejko said, 'This is a dream come true for me'...

Barnet FC Manager Dean Brennan added... 'As a football club, we seriously believe in young players; it’s a department we want to progress in. Pat has all to tools to become a proper footballer. He has the right attitude, high fitness levels and also the ability to play higher up the pyramid.

'His first priority is to get into our squad week in week out'".

Aldershot Town are "excited to confirm the signing of talented attacker Kai Corbett for an undisclosed fee from Peterborough United...

The 21-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Shots and has already trained with his new teammates earlier today.

Born in Barcelona, Corbett came through the youth ranks at West Ham before joining Peterborough in 2021 and has spent time with Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea and Southampton at youth level...

[He] spent a short period on loan at Scunthorpe United at the end of last season.

Tommy Widdrington said 'From fairly early on; after January, we were aware of the possibility of losing Josh (Stokes) and Lorent (Tolaj). But, with the way we structured both deals, we knew we could get through to the summer with them both...

'Kai is a lad I’ve known about for quite some time and feel whilst neither a direct replacement for either Josh (Stokes) or Lorent (Tolaj), will bring real quality to our attacking options'".


4 July 2024

ALTY'S NEW AWAY SHIRT

Altrincham FC have revealed "our eye-catching brand new away kit ahead of the 2024-25 campaign.

Drawing inspiration from the shirt that proved so popular a decade ago, club bosses got their heads together with kit suppliers Puma to start work on colours and designs...

Right: Alty's new away kit draws "inspiration from the shirt that proved so popular a decade ago". Here we see Scott Leather and Matt Doughty in that kit in October 2013.

It replaces the away kit that has served Alty for the past two seasons, and with technological advances in design and material being made all the time, Puma have been able to create a shirt that offers the players ultimate comfort, with the club badge woven seamlessly into the shirt to prevent any risk of skin abrasions.

The club are pleased to say that the full kit is available exclusively in-store this week, from 10am on Wednesday, with online sales starting on Sunday. Sizes available range from age five through to 3XL. The new home kit will follow and will be released around mid-July".

ALTY'S AO DEAL

Marketing Beat reports on the recent deal whereby "Electricals retailer AO has added Altrincham Football Club to its portfolio of sponsorships as it becomes the club’s new front-of-shirt sponsor... which they will debut in their pre-season National League fixture against Colne, on Saturday 6 July.

The sponsorship comes after a group of 20 investors injected £1.5 million into the club last summer...

Altrincham FC joins AO’s series of North West sponsorships, which also includes the AO Arena, Manchester Thunder, Lancashire County Cricket Club and BLGC.

'“We’re delighted to join forces with Altrincham at such an exciting time in their history,' said AO Group marketing director, Vicky Monk...

'This sponsorship underpins our commitment to supporting local sports and connecting with people across the region. We eagerly anticipate the positive impact this partnership will have, both on the pitch and within the community'...

Altrincham Football Club chief executive Sam Mackenzie said ... 'The AO partnership is a significant development for the club, particularly in terms of the activation and outreach it will bring,” [s]he continued. 'As a national brand with a strong presence, AO will help us grow.'”

BRIAN TAYLOR R.I.P.

The death has been reported of former Altrincham centre-back Brian "Bopper" Taylor at the age of 82.

He made nearly 300 appearances for Altrincham between 1968 and 1974. Signed, aged 26, from Rochdale, he was converted into a centre-half by Altrincham boss Freddie Pye and made 50 or more appearance in each season from 1968 to 1973.

Terry Rowley's biography, in his Playing Legends series, provides details of his career at Moss Lane.

VACANCY AT ALTY

Altrincham FC has advertised a vacancy for a Commercial Manager

"As the Commercial Manager at Altrincham FC, you will play a pivotal role in driving the commercial strategy and revenue growth. Your work will directly impact our ability to compete on and off the pitch, helping us secure the financial resources necessary for team development, infrastructure improvements and community engagement initiatives...

The successful candidate will be a driven, energetic individual with a passion for football and a deep understanding of the sports industry's commercial dynamics...

Essentials [include] a bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Sports Management, or a related field A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a commercial role within the sports industry, preferably in football".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Essex's Daily Gazette reports that "Baris Altintop has left Braintree Town after agreeing to join Northern Irish club Larne FC.

The Iron promotion-winning captain has spent the last two seasons at Cressing Road...

The 23-year-old defender played a big part in helping Braintree win promotion... last season...

He said 'After captaining the side to promotion I'm leaving on a real high... I've had a really good opportunity come up and it's hard not to take'...

Altintop had been in contract talks with Braintree but the former Bury Town player has opted to join reigning Sports Direct Premiership champions Larne...

Braintree boss Angelo Harrop said: 'Cannot speak highly enough of my skipper from last season'...

In a statement, Braintree Town said 'We would like to announce that we were not able to agree terms with Baris Altintop to remain at the club for the 24/25 season after he received an offer from a full-time club in another league.'"

We reported the arrival at Boundary Park of Harry Charsley, but the Oldham Chronicle confirms that, in fact, "Latics signed three new players yesterday (Tuesday)...

Midfielder Harry Charsley has signed on the dotted line.. after spending the last four seasons in the EFL with Mansfield, Port Vale and Newport".

In addition, "A real eye-catching move saw experienced central defender Manny Monthe join Latics. The 29-year-old arrives at Boundary Park after... he spent the last season in League One with Northampton Town, following successful spells at Forest Green Rovers and Tranmere... He arrives at Boundary Park on a two-year contract.

Monthe said... 'I’ve worked with the manager and a number of players before and it’s a move that really excites me'...

Born in Cameroon, Monthe made 34 appearances in League One last season for Northampton...

A former with player with Queens Park Rangers, he had spent the previous two seasons with Walsall...

Monthe’s 108 appearances [for Tranmere] on the Wirral included two further promotions, playing a central role under Latics manager Mellon...

Boss Mellon said... 'I’ve worked with him for a long time before and he’ll be a huge signing for us'...

Another midfielder, Josh Kay, joined Latics on a two-year contract. Operating primarily in wide areas, the 27-year-old also has an eye for goal...

Kay joins Latics from AFC Fylde, where he scored four times last season, making 26 starts and seven substitute appearances...

Kay has spent three separate spells at Fylde in total... The promise he displayed earned him a move to Barnsley, then of the EFL Championship, where he spent two seasons.

His time at Oakwell included loans back to Fylde and to Tranmere, where he worked briefly with Latics manager Micky Mellon...

Meanwhile, midfielder Dan Ward has left Latics to sign for South Shields on the permanent basis".

And there was yet another signing on Wednesday as Oldham Athletic that "Winger Jesurun Uchegbulam has completed a move to Latics on a one-year contract... from Rochdale, where he made 19 league starts and 11 substitute appearances last season.

Uchegbulam has also spent a season at Chesterfield and becomes Micky Mellon’s fifth signing of the summer.

The winger said 'It’s a very exciting move for me... I’m a pacey winger who likes a trick or two and I want to try to get the fans out of their seats...

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Uchegbulam grew up in Milan before moving to the north west of England... with Mossley and Matlock Town... He attracted the attention of Chesterfield, making the move into the National League at the age of 21...

Manager Micky Mellon said... 'We’ve added four players this week... but there’s still work to be done. I still want to improve the group'".

Boston United have completed the loan signing of highly-rated Derby County striker Tony Weston.

The 20-year-old has joined the Pilgrims on loan until January, initially, having played most of his football north of the border for the likes of Rangers, Partick Thistle and Cove Rangers.

His long-term loan move is subject to final National League, EFL and FA ratification, with Weston granted permission to feature in all of the cup competitions for the Pilgrims.

Weston becomes Ian Culverhouse's seventh signing of the summer".

Dagenham & Redbridge "confirm that Harrison Day... the young striker, signed a one-year deal with a one-year option with the club.

The 18-year-old is the ninth addition to Ben Strevens’s squad.

The striker scored 25 goals last season at Concord in the Isthmian Premier.

The local Essex boy will be the first addition to our emerging talent group". York City "reveal the signing of defender Darragh O’Connor on a free transfer, following the expiration of his contract at former side Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton.

The central defender departed... having featured 68 times across all competitions...

Born in Croydon, England, O’Connor moved to Ireland in 2005... In 2019, O’Connor made 20 appearances for Wexford in the First Division of Irish football.

Performances at Wexford earnt him his first professional contract at Leicester City... in August 2019... [before] signing for Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in 2021.

Queen of the South acquired the defender’s service on loan in January 2022, making 17 appearances in total... O’Connor has picked up a significant amount of his senior appearances with Greenock Morton, signing for the team in May 2022".

Also at York City "midfielder Alex Woodyard has had his contract mutually terminated with immediate effect.

The 31-year-old joined the Minstermen in late July 2023 after departing AFC Wimbledon... the midfielder made 35 appearances for York".


3 July 2024

ALTY'S PREVIOUS SHIRT SPONSORS

Yesterday's announcement of electrical retailer ao.com as Altrincham's shirt-front sponsor for 2024-25, marks the first time a national company has been emblazoned on the players' chests.

Right: Steve Aspinall sports the Go Goodwins shirt sponsorship logo in summer 2003.

Alty's previous shirt sponsors, since 1986, have been:

COLNE TIME CHANGE

Altrincham FC report that their "opening pre-season friendly at Colne has been brought forward to 1pm so as not to clash with England's Euro 2024 quarter-final matchup with Switzerland.

The Robins head to NORI Stadium at Holt House for the first of eight friendlies in the lead up to Vanarama National League opening day on Saturday, August 10th.

Admission to Saturday's game is by cash or card payments at the turnstiles - £5 Adults, £3 65+/12-16s and £1 under-12s".

ALTY MONTHLY DRAW WINNERS

The Altrincham FC monthly draw for June 2024 has been made with the outcome as follows:

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Oldham Athletic "announce the signing of midfielder Harry Charsley.

The 27-year-old Everton academy graduate joins Latics after spending the last four seasons in the EFL with Mansfield, Port Vale and Newport.

A midfielder with strong attacking instincts and the ability to create, he made 48 appearances for Newport over the last 18 months...

Charsley said... 'I had other offers from clubs from higher divisions during the summer but the ambitions here were clear from my conversations with Micky Mellon and I’m delighted to be part of it...

'Harry is a really clever player and we’ve worked really hard to get him,' manager Micky Mellon said. 'He had opportunities to stay in the EFL'".

At nearby Rochdale, "Jim McNulty confirmed in his latest video interview that the last of the out of contract players has now left the club" reports the Fans Network".

"Following Jimmy Keohane's departure last week, Cameron John was the last remaining Dale player offered a new deal whose future hadn't been decided but Jim McNulty has now confirmed that the left back has left the club."

He made 55 appearances for Rochdale.

The Hartlepool Mail reports that "Hartlepool United manager Darren Sarll has issued a rallying cry to Pools fans ...

It has been a frustrating few years for the embattled supporters as relegation back to the National League was followed by an underwhelming 12th placed finish last season...

However, a hint of optimism has returned to the North East in recent weeks following a quartet of exciting signings, including League Two promotion-winner Adam Campbell...

'Whether our supporters believe we will have a successful season, the proof will be in the eating, like it always is'" concluded Sarll.

Further south, Wealdstone have signed "Craig Eastmond, the highly experienced captain of Sutton United, in a move that bolsters the squad's leadership and midfield ahead of the new season.

Eastmond, 33, who has signed a 1 year deal with an option for a further year, brings a wealth of experience and a winning mentality to the Stones. A product of the Arsenal youth academy, he made his senior debut for the Gunners in 2009, featuring in Premier League and Champions League fixtures.

Despite a bright start at Arsenal, he eventually moved on to secure more regular first-team football, joining Colchester United and later Sutton United... He was appointed captain midway through the 2019-20 season and led the side to the National League title the following campaign...

He has been voted Sutton United’s Player of the Season on three occasions, most recently for the 2022/23 season and was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame. He leaves Sutton United seven games short of 400 appearances, having scored 29 goals.

Wealdstone Manager, Matt Taylor [said]... 'He is a natural leader both on the pitch with his performances and off of it with his behaviours'".


2 July 2024

NATIONAL BRAND ON ALTY'S SHIRTS

Altrincham FC has announced that they have agreed, in the words of press officer John Edwards, "a main shirt sponsorship deal with online retail market leaders AO...

AO, Bolton-based but nationally renowned... are taking over from J.Davidson as main shirt sponsors...

Alty's latest backers are now an instantly recognisable and highly visible presence up and down the country, with their bright green vans bearing the logo "AO Let's go!".

Vicky Monk, Group Marketing Director at AO, said 'The club have gone from strength to strength in recent years, moving up two divisions and becoming a full-time professional club, and we’re proud to support the next steps of their journey'...

The club's chief executive Sam Mackenzie said: "We are delighted to be forming a new relationship with such a vibrant, thriving company as AO, who are very much aligned with us in terms of values and outlook...

'We are earmarking three games where AO will have a big presence in the stadium and will add value to our match day experience...

'We are talking about a national brand with a great presence throughout the country, and that is definitely something we will benefit from as we grow and develop our own brand'".

MATT'S CURIOUS ALTY CAREER

Matt Gould, whose departure from Altrincham was announced yesterday, had a curious career at the J. Davidson Stadium.

He arrived at Altrincham in a move from Spennymoor Town which was revealed on 16 August 2020. By chance he had been in goal for The Moors in what was the last Alty home game of the 2019-20 league season before the Covid lockdown and the suspension of fixtures in March 2020.

Gould had been at Spennymoor since the start of 2018-19 season.

The general expectation was that, as one of the best keepers in the National North, he would challenge Tony Thompson for the first-team gloves.

But it did not turn out that way.

He made his debut for Altrincham in the CSC at Barnton on 4 November 2020 and the only other appearance he made that season was in game 38 of the league season when he finally made his National League debut. It was a baptism of fire, behind closed doors, as the Moors won 4-0.

2021-22 got off to a bad start in the first pre-season friendly of 2021 as, first of all, a mix-up with Kennedy Digie produced an own goal for the centre-half debutant. And then Matt suffered an injury which enforced his substitution.

His pre-season injury was a factor in his exclusion from the first four matchday squads of 2021-22 before, on 24 September 2021, it was announced that he was going to Nantwich Town, on dual registration, to regain match fitness.

However, owing to an injury to Tony Thompson, Matt was recalled from Nantwich on 13 October 2021 and he enjoyed a three-game run in the first team in October/November 2021.

His only other league game that season was the penultimate match at Bromley when Phil Parkinson made multiple changes which included resting players such as Tony Thompson who were about to leave the club because of the change to a full-time training regime.

So he made just four league starts in 21/22 and made three cup appearances. In 22/23 he made five league and four cup starts.

Having started the 2022-23 season in goal for the first-team, Matty suffered a bad facial injury in the second fixture, at Bromley. Having not played any National League after that, it was announced on Boxing Day 2022 that he would go on loan for a month to Ashton United but by 10 January 2023 he had been recalled.

On 7 February 2023 it was announced that Matt was going on loan to Chorley. However, he returned before the end of the campaign to cover for the injured Ollie Byrne.

But last season (23/24), Matt had his busiest season to date, making ten league and two cup starts to cover for the mid-season injury to Ethan Ross.

So his four seasons at Altrincham included just thirty appearances in all, of which only twenty were in the National League. Nevertheless he proved an able deputy despite his lack of match practice and was brought into the New Zealand international squad.

In addition to his role at Altrincham, Matt initially also coached the under-18s and under-23s at Wigan Athletic before becoming Alty's goalkeeping coach, aiding Ethan Ross greatly.

TOM CRAWFORD INTERVIEW

Alty TV has a video interview of newly signed Altrincham midfielder Tom Crawford, conducted by press and media officer Brian Flynn.

Tom reviews his career, from his early days with Stoke City and Chester to his recent four-year spell at Hartlepool United.

STAN RILEY'S FUNERAL

The funeral for Stan Riley, the longstanding Altrincham supporter who died recently, will take place at 1030am on Tuesday, 16th July at Altrincham Crematorium with mourners gathering afterwards at Ringway Golf Club in Hale Barns.

Parking for the golf club is at the Holy Angels' Church opposite.

For the funeral it will be family flowers only. However donations, if desired, may be made to the Alzheimer's Society and should be sent c/o Kenneth Dewey & Sons, Funeral Directors, 2 Grove Lane, Hale, WA15 8JE.

ALTY OLD BOYS

Last week we reported on the cricketing exploits at Timperley CC of former Altrincham goalkeeper OLLIE BYRNE, to which we had been alerted by J. Davidson Stadium announcer and local cricket umpire, Ian Wilkinson.

Ian has now pointed us towards a report on Ollie's 77-minute century for Timperley during which his boundaries comprised 7 fours and 8 sixes.

The Sale and Altrincham Messenger reported that Timperley CC's "first team’s new boy, OLLIE BYRNE, the ex-Altrincham keeper, hit a glorious century from just 52 balls to keep alive Timperley’s forlorn hopes against impressive Didsbury, who posted 323-7 off their 55 overs.

And that was despite him breaking his £500 bat literally in half having lost two balls he hit out of the ground. One witness, who has been watching Timperley matches for 40 years, said one six was the longest he’s seen, going more than 100 yards beyond the clubhouse - and into the hockey pitches.

Timperley ended up with a respectable, but losing, total of 238, but it will be a match long-remembered for in-form larger-than-life Byrne’s exploits which he celebrated in traditional manner that gave a morning hangover! It was the third fastest century in club history".

Since then Ollie has played a 20-over game against Didsbury but this time, despite scoring again at more than a run a ball, he was out for seven runs, struck from six balls and including a six.

He then played, away at Neston on The Wirral where he hit 14 off 5 balls, including 2 fours a six and single

So if you happen to be passing Timperley CC's ground on Stockport Round and Ollie is at the crease, do make sure you are wearing a hard hat!

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Solihull Moors report that "Connor Hall has today joined Vanarama National League North outfit Brackley Town in a permanent deal.

The forward enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Northamptonshire outfit last term, helping them reach the Promotion Final for a place in the National League.

The 26-year-old made 21 appearances for the Saints, scoring nine goals during that time as they reached the play-offs for a fifth season".

The Slough Observer reports that "Maidenhead United Football Club could get more than 500 new seats for fans after plans... to build a new north stand and extend the south stand... were granted planning permission on Monday... It comes after the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council blocked the club’s plans to relocate to a new ground...

A club statement accompanying the application said 'As a National League Club Maidenhead United is required to ensure that our facilities are maintained within the minimum requirements of the league’s ground grading criteria which include a ground capacity of 4,000, including 500 covered seats.

'We are also required to demonstrate annually that the club can meet the ground grading requirements of the English Football League.'

When the club first applied for planning permission it still hoped to move to a new, purpose-built stadium at Braywick Park. The plans to extend York Road were intended as a fallback option.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, then led by the Conservatives, formally agreed in 2022 to release the land at Braywick Park to the club for a sum of £460,000....

Some 2,000 fans signed a petition in favour of the deal, and around 1,000 people signed a petition against it. The council also received 22 objections against the plans to sell off the land.

The Conservatives were replaced by a coalition of Liberal Democrats and Borough First Independents in May 2023. And the new leadership decided in July that year not to dispose of the land after all...

Cub chairman Peter Griffin said... in the short term the club had no option but to continue its redevelopment on York Road... Under the approved plans a new stand seating 304 people will be built at the north end of the ground, while the south stand will be extended to provide 224 additional seats.

There will also be a seating area for wheelchair users and disabled people, disabled toilets, a changing block and improved floodlighting".


1 July 2024

GOULD BECOMES A GLOVER

In a surprise announcement penned by press and media officer, John Edwards, Altrincham FC announce that "Matt Gould is reluctantly bidding farewell to Altrincham...

A call came out of the blue from Yeovil boss Mark Cooper, offering him the chance to bolster the Glovers' defence for their return to the National League.

With the proposition having the extra pull of moving to an area his family are so familiar with, it was too good to turn down...

'It’s time for a new chapter and to say a massive thank you to everyone Altrincham,' said Matt, who joined Alty from Spennymoor Town in August, 2020'"....

Footnote: With under six weeks to the start of the season Altrincham unexpectedly find themselves without a back-up keeper and a goalkeeping coach so we can presumably expect some action on that front shortly.

CRAWFORD'S A CRACKER!

Altrincham FC reveal that "Phil Parkinson has added a 'top player' to Altrincham's engine room after snapping up former Hartlepool United central midfielder Tom Crawford".

Press and media officer John Edwards continues, "The 25-year old 6ft 1in England C cap was the surprise omission from Hartlepool's retained list after he consistently stood out for them last season and scored five goals in a total of 39 appearances, despite an often difficult campaign for the club that ended with a 12th place finish".

Alty boss Phil Parkinson said "He was a top performer last season, topping all the statistics charts, so we have got a top player on our hands".

Crawford himself stated "After sitting down with the manager and hearing his intent to bring me here, I knew this was the club for me".

TOM CRAWFORD'S CAREER

Altrincham's fourth signing of the summer is Tom Crawford (d.o.b. 30 May 1999 at Blacon, near Chester).

The tall central midfielder started off with Stoke City before joining his hometown club, Chester's academy as a teenager, competing against George Heslop's Altrincham Youth side in 2015.

His spell at Chester included loans at Runcorn Town and Leek Town in 2017-18.

In summer 2018 Tom moved to Notts County, then a League team, where he made 12 appearances between 2018 and 2020. A three-month loan at Dave Challinor's AFC Fylde completed his season in 2019.

101 appearances at Hartlepool United, where Challinor was then the manager, followed his release by the Magpies in summer 2020. He remained there till the end of last season at which point he was released by the Pools.

He missed much of 2022-23 season with an ankle injury but made 39 appearances for Hartlepool last season, scoring five times but picking up twelve yellow cards in the process!

He has faced Altrincham several times in his career.

After being an unused sub for the visit of Alty in October 2020, Crawford started against the Robins for Hartlepool United on three occasions, all of them night matches, firstly in 2021 and then in both fixtures last season.

He joins Lucas Weaver, Joe Nuttall and Max Haygarth as Alty's new faces this summer.

PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

Altrincham's pre-season friendly schedule comprises:
  1. Sat.6.7.24 3pm A Colne
  2. Sat.13.7.24 NB 2pm A Lancaster City
  3. Tue.16.7.24 7.45pm A Cheadle Heath Nomads
  4. Sat.20.7.24 3pm A Warrington Town
  5. Tue.23.7.24 7.45pm H SALFORD CITY
  6. Sat.27.7.24 3pm A Chester FC
  7. Tue.30.7.24 7.45pm A Curzon Ashton
  8. Sat.3.8.24 3pm H BRADFORD CITY

ALTY OLD BOYS

Phil Jordan reports that in the NPL Victoria (Australia), "although CONNOR HAMPSON wasn't in the squad, not having recovered from the injury that led to him being substituted in the previous match, Oakleigh Cannons shrugged off their run of three consecutive defeats to shock leaders South Melbourne 1-2 on their own ground. Despite the defeat South Melbourne remain 4 points clear, with Cannons 7 points behind in third place".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

In a brief statement, Woking Football Club "confirm that the Club and Alfie Pavey have mutually agreed to terminate the centre-forward’s contract.

The Club would like to place on record its thanks to Alfie for his contributions as a Woking player. He is a great professional and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours".

Eastleigh "are delighted to announce the signing of Tyrese Shade following his departure from Swindon Town!*

The winger began his career at Solihull Moors in 2016 before signing for Leicester City just a year later where he spent five years.

In 2018, Shade made five appearances for Saint Kitts and Nevis in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, scoring three goals in those games.

Shade spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Walsall where he made 39 appearances for the Saddlers...

The next chapter of his career saw him make the move to Swindon Town...

March 2023 would see him be called up to the Saint Kitts and Nevis senior team and he made his full international debut...

In February 2024, the 24-year-old returned to Solihull Moors on loan for the remainder of the season. Shade featured 15 times on his return to the West Midlands".



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