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ALTRINCHAM FC PLAYERS OF 1972/73

From the CSC Semi- Final programme for the match between Altrincham and Macclesfield Town at Edgeley Park, Stockport on 24 March 1973, with additions from the Bradford PA v Altrincham programme of 6 January 1973..

Altrincham are enjoying their best season since joining the Northem Premier League five years ago. Under the managership of Roy Rees and his coach Tony Sanders in only their first season in charge they have guided 'The Robins' to 3rd place in the League, only 2 points behind Wigan Athletic - 2nd place, but with a game in hand. They were narrowly beaten in the F.A. Cup 1st Round, by Notts County, a hotly disputed penalty being the decider. Altrincham are favourites to qualify for the final of the North West Floodlit League being top of their section with only one game to play. Altrincham and Macclesfield Town have already met once this season in the Northern Premier League at Macclesfield, Altrincham running out 3-2 winners.

  • PETER SCHOFIELD, Goalkeeper. Presently studying at Dundee University. A current member of the British University side. [Started season as reserve goalkeeper].
  • STAN ALLAN, Defender. Four seasons at Skelmersdale Utd., with whom he won an F.A. Amateur Cup Winner's Medal. Started his career with Kirkby Town.
  • DAVE MOBLEY, Defender. Now in his third season with the "Robins" and recognised as one of the best full-backs in . the League. Was signed from Grimsby Town after Football League service with Sheffield Wednesday. Brother of former Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers centre-half, Vic Mobley.
  • JOHN UNSWORTH, Defender. Summer signing from Lancaster City. Previously with Chorley. Another former Amateur International.
  • BRIAN TAYLOR, Defender. Club captain and longest serving player with the "Robins". Signed 5 years ago after 8 years Football League experience with Rochdale.
  • ALAN WOLFE, Midfield. A wealth of non-League experience including Marine and Skelmersdale Utd. Signed last close season. A current member of England amateur squad.
  • JOHN COOKE, Midfield. Signed last season from Goole Town after previous experience with Manchester Utd., Nottingham Forest, Wigan Athleltic and Sligo Rangers.
  • LEN DICKINSON, Midfield. Most recent signing. Signed early this year from Mossley. Now in his second spell with Altrincham. Has seen service with Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday,
  • ANDY WINDSOR, Forward. Former Oswestry Town and Skelmersdale Utd. player. Ex-amateur International. Last season amongst the Northern Premier League's leading goalscorers.
  • ERIC SHREEVE, Forward. Signed this summer from South Liverpool where he spent 6 seasans A deceptive ball player who is consistently amongst the leading goalscorers in the League.
  • BILLY MORREY, Forward. Signed by manager Roy Rees after two years with Marine in the Cheshire League. Previously with St He!ens Town and Ormskirk.
  • PHIL SMITH, Forward. Former British Universities' player, now a schoolteacher in Liverpool. Really making his mark in the team.

    Further portraits from Bradford PA v Altrincham programme, 6 January 1973

  • Peter FRANKISH, Goalkeeper. Signed in close season from Skelmersdale United, where he had earned himself an English Amateur international cap. Whilst studying at Loughborough University was chosen to play for the British University side team. Previously with Grimsby Town.
  • Doug COUTTS, Defender. Signed from Wigan Athletic, where he spent three years and helped their side win the Northern Premier league championship. Former Berwick Rangers player.
  • John OWENS, Defender. Liverpool University student, English University and British University player. Spent last season with Skelmersdale United. Can fill any role well.
  • Graham HEATHCOTE, Midfield. Youngest member of the squad. Attracting a number of Football League scouts, he is destined to go places.
  • Bobby TODD, Midfield. Signed towards the end of last season from Wigan Athletic. Former Liverpool, Workington and Scunthorpe player. Transferred for a four-figure fee from Rotherham to Mansfield.
  • Tony BROADHEAD, Forward. Now in his second seson with the club after signing from Macclesfield Town. A former Bangor City and Oswestry Town player. leading goalscorer for the Robins last season. Sustained a broken leg in a match against Morecambe earlier this season and now striving to regain fitness once again.



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