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Players of 1991-92
From the Colchester United v Altrincham programme, 5 October 1991.
MANAGER Stan Allan: returned to Moss Lane at the start of this season, his second stint at AtTRINCHAM. His involvement with the club dates back to 1972 when he joined them as a tough tackling full back from SKELMERSDALE UNITED. Following his retirement as a player in 1983 he was appointed coach. Then three years later, in 1986, he became assistant manager, but left 12 months later to take charge at WITTON ALBION. After guiding WITTON into the Conference he created something of a bombshell in August by walking out to take over at Moss Lane.
With him as assistant manager is John Davison who partnered Allan as a player. He made 677 appearances for ALTRINCHAM. He joined up again with Allan at WITTON and, like him, moved into Moss Lane for a second time in August.
In goal Jeff Wealands who was 40 in August, has played over 200 games for the club. Before that in spells with DARLlNGTON, HULL CITY, BIRMINGHAM CITY, MANCHESTER UNITED and OLDHAM ATHLETIC he made 436 Football League appearances.
Regular occupant of the No.2 shirt this season has been Tony Edwards. Now 29, he started his career with MARINE moving to RUNCORN two years ago. Signed along with Simon Rudge from RUNCORN in August. It was this, at the time unfinalised deal, that led to John King quitting as boss at Moss Lane.
Another ex RUNCORN player Peter Densmore returned to ALTRINCHAM this season after four years at Canal Street. Has been unlucky with injuries in recent years but still a reliable left back. Now 30, big central defender, Paul Rowlands has been around a bit since he first came to notice with TRANMERE ROVERS youth team. He never quite made the grade at Prenton Park and drifted into West Cheshire League football with HESWALL. Next stop was a four year period with RUNCORN before sampling football down under with MOUNT MANGANUl in New Zealand. Now starting on his third season at Moss Lane.
Rowlands's partner in the middle of the defence, 23 year-old Martin Lewis, is another ex-HESWALL player. Signed for The Robins in 1990 and has been a regular in the side since then. Had trials with WIGAN ATHELTIC as a junior.
Andy Reid who can operate in defence or in midfield numbers WITTON ALBION, SOUTHPORT and RUNCORN among his previous clubs. Now 29, is now in his third season with ALTRINCHAM.
Mr. Versatile. That's 28 year-old Nigel Shaw who usually wears the No.7 shirt these days. He has played in most positions, including in goal, since signing in January 1989. He was a junior with STOKE CITY, then played for CONGLETON TOWN and NANTWICH before spending four seasons with MACCLESFIELD.
Now 21, Nicky Daws, who operates in midfield, first played for ALTRINCHAM's first team while still a schoolboy. Previously was playing senior football with FLIXTON. Has played more than 100 league games for the club. Can also play in a sweeper role.
In his second spell with the club John Brady, now 31, started his career with BURSCOUGH and SOUTHPORT, before moving to ALTRINCHAM for the first time. But in the one season at Moss Lane injuries restricted him to just 14 games and one goal. Released by The Robins he returned to SOUTHPORT, and then played for BUXTON and CHORLEY before returning to ALTRINCHAM in the summer of last year. Scored 18 goals in 45 games last season.
Fellow striker Ken McKenna is also 31. Last season scored 33 goals for the club. He also created a club record by scoring in ten consecutive games. Started his career with TRANMERE ROVERS, had two spells at Prenton Park and two with TELFORD UNITED and a loan period at RUNCORN before joining ALTRINCHAM last summer.
Midfielder Simon Rudge, now 26, was with BOLTON WANDERERS, for whom he made 29 league appearances. After leaving Burnden Park went to HYDE UNITED and then joined RUNCORN in December 1989. Spent 18 months at Canal Street before Stan Allan acquired his services in August.
Harry Wiggins, a no nonsense defender is in his second season, after signing from TELFORD UNITED in 1990. Spent five seasons with the Bucks Head side, will be 32 in November.
Twenty-two year old Mark Hughes signed from IRLAM TOWN two years ago. He was substitute on 19 occasions last season, but still netted 14 goals.
It's the third time on ALTRINCHAM's books for 31 year-old midfield player Gary Anderson. He first played for the club as a teenager before moving to SOUTH LIVERPOOL. But when John King, the then manager at Holly Park, joined The Robins, one of his first signings was Anderson. In 1987 he moved to RUNCORN, before resigning for the club in October 1990.
Now 33, defender Tommy Miller made over 200 appearances for RUNCORN before signing for ALTRINCHAM just a year ago.
Neil Young, who will be 20 in November, was a Y.T.S boy with TRANMERE ROVERS. A front runner, now in his second season with The Robins.
ALTRINCHAM born Neil Kelly is a 20 year-old defender, while Steve Roberts, also born in the town, is the 25 year old second-string keeper.
Other players on the books in 1991-92 included: