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ALTRINCHAM FC PLAYERS OF 1993-94
From the Bath City v Altrincham programme, February 1994.
PAUL ROWLANDS: Manager. Became the Robin's youngest ever manager and first player/manager for over thirty years on his appointment in November 1993, having skippered the club from 1989 to 1991. His playing career began at Tranmere Rovers and took in a four year spell at Runcom before signing for Mount Maunganui in New Zealand. During his three seasons at Moss Lane he was joint winner of the 1990/91 Player of the Year Award. Left in January 1992 for a six month stint as player/coach at Barrow before entering management with Bangor City.
PAUL COLLINGS: Goalkeeper. Re-joined the club in December 1993 following a three month spell with Bury. A knee injury kept him out of the side until the 1993/94 pre-season friendlies. Previously with Ellesmere Port, Tranmere Rovers (where he understudied Eric Nixon), Accrington Stanley & Bury.
STEVE CROSS: Defender. One of Paul Rowlands's first signings for the club, accompanying his manager from Bangor City. Equally at home in midfield or at full back. Made an instant impression with two goals on his debut against Northwich in November 1993.
RUSSELL GREEN: Defender/Forward. One of football's dying breed - a player who is equally at home at the centre of the attack or defence. One of the first Emley players to be brought to the club by Gerry Quinn, the former Barnsley junior began at the back before moving into a striking role for the Robins and netting a vital FA Cup equalizer against Colwyn Bay. Scored five more goals before being sidelined with a knee injury.
PAUL FRANCE: Defender. Voted supporters' Player of the Year 1992/93, Paul has settled into the centre of defence after signing in August 1992. Has also played for Huddersfield Town, Bristol City and Bumley.
SIMON WOODHEAD: Defender. Signed as a striker in July 1992, but ex-Robins' boss Gerry Quinn converted him to right back against Woking the following October and occupied the position for the remainder of the season. A fast attacking full back who scored three times last season.
DAVE ESDAILLE: Midfield. One of a quartet of ex-Bury players signed by Paul Rowlands in early December. Also played for Wrexham and Winsford United.
ANDY REID: Defender/Midfield. Originally came to Moss Lane in the summer of 1989 and was a member of the side which just missed promotion to the Football League in 1991. A hard-tackling utility defender or midfield player, Andy took the opportunity to advance into League football with Bury in 1992, together with Moss Lane colleague Nicky Daws. Turned down the offer of a two-year contract at Gigg Lane before returning to Altrincham in December 1993. Brother of ex-Manchester City, Blackburn and West Brom player, Nicky Reid.
RICKY HARRIS: Midfield/Forward. In his four years between spells at Moss Lane, Ricky has matured into a strong yet skillful midfield and attacking player. Has also played for Ashton United, Hyde United and Runcorn.
GARY POWELL Forward. Signed in December 1993 after being released by Bury, whom he had joined in the previous summer from Wigan Athletic. Began his career with Everton before embarking on a tour of the lower divisions of the Football League.
STUART TERRY:. Winger. Brought to Moss Lane together with his Bangor City colleague Steve Cross within days of Paul Rowlands's installation as manager in November 1993.
STEVE PENNINGTON: Forward. Signed in December 1993 after scoring a remarkable 28 goals for St. Helens Town since the start of this season.
Darren Heesom. Currently (March 94) on loan at Moss Lane from Barrow. Darren first came to Moss Lane in January 1988 after making more than 40 first-team appearances for Burnley where he stayed for two years before joining Macclesfield. Part of the Witton Albion squad which reached the FA Trophy final, before spending a short spell at Hyde United.
Other player on the books in 1993/94 included: