Altrincham FC Reserves


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NB All home fixtures are expected to be at Abbey Hey FC, Goredale Avenue, Gorton, unless otherwise stated.

HOW TO GET THERE: From M60 J24 take the A57 towards Manchester A57. After a mile, turn left into Woodland Avenue, which has the Abbey Hey football club signposted at the corner. At the bottom of the road, turn right into Ryder Brow Road. Go under the railway bridge and turn first left into Goredale Avenue. The ground is at the end of the road and has car parking within its perimeter. It has a modern clubhouse on one side of the ground and some covered seating on the opposite side. <

31 October 2004


Saturday's match against Leigh was postponed. The next game is at home (Abbey Hey) on Wednesday against Chorley (7.45pm).
24 October 2004


Thanks to Reserves' manager Neil Brown, there is a brief report of the game last Tuesday at Marine, here.


Rain caused the postponement of Saturday's game at Bamber Bridge. Alty Reserves' next match is at home - but to be played at Robin Park, Wigan - against Leigh RMI.
20 October 2004


The November league fixtures are now here.


Last night Alty Reserves drew 1-1 at Marine - their 6th draw in 11 games this season.


There are now brief reports of the following Reserves' games, all courtesy of information kindly provided by manager Neil Brown:
  • at Chorley.
  • at Bradford PA.
  • at Leigh RMI.
    17 October 2004


    The Altrincham squad for Tuesday's game at Marine is:
  • Goalkeepers: Liddiard, Everall
  • Defenders: Tooth, Brindle, Melling, Marsden, Kirk Hilton, Ashley Brown
  • Midfield: Torpey, Tilley, Owen, Grimshaw, Mike Brown
  • Forwards: Ore, Marchant and AN Other


    Amongst the players playing recently for Altrincham Reserves have been several newcomers who are nonethless familiar to Alty watchers. They include the former Northwich Vics' midfielder Val Owen, two-footed winger Steve Torpey who played for the Alty first team earlier this month after signing from Prescot Cables, and midfielder Paul Tilley who has returned to Altrincham after captaining our youth team a couple of seasons ago before he moved on to Trafford and Leigh RMI. Goalkeeper Spencer Liddiard is another returning player, having been at Moss Lane a couple of seasons ago as cover for Richard Acton. The latest addition to the Reserves' squad is Kirk Hilton (23), a Flixton-born former Man. United Reserves' left-back who has been in the USA recently. He gained first team experience whilst on loan from United to Royal Antwerp. In 2002/03 he went on loan to Scottish Premier side Livingston. Other recent newcomers are brothers Michael and Ashley Brown.


    The Reserves' league fixtures have been updated here. After eight consecutive away games, the lads will have a home game, but it will be played 'away' on the Robin Park Arena adjacent to the JJB Stadium at Wigan on 30 October.
    18 October 2004


    The Lancashire League table has been updated again, at the foot of the Fixtures Page, after last weekend's games.
    14 October 2004


    On Saturday, Alty Reserves will now be away to Leigh RMI at Wigan. This change is because Lancaster City, their scheduled opponents, have an FA Cup tie at the Giant Axe on Saturday.
    8 October 2004


  • 2.10.04 Chorley Res. 4 Alty Res. 2
  • 6.10.04 Bradford PA Res. 2 Alty Res. 2
    1 October 2004


    Match report here.


    Altrincham Reserves are away at Chorley on Saturday (2nd). The squad will include:

  • Goalkeepers: Billy Blower and a Portuguese 'keeper (name to be confirmed)
  • Defenders: George Melling, James Marsden, Adam Brindle, Matt Tooth, Sean Smith
  • Midfield: Danny Grimshaw, Laurence Ball, Mike Brown, Val Owen (the former Northwich Vics midfielder), Joey Roberts, Paul Tilley (former Alty Youth captain, who has since been at Trafford and Leigh RMI)
  • Forwards: To be confirmed.
    30 September 2004


    As Alty were beating Barrow at Moss Lane, Alty Reserves were winning their first game of the season up at Holker Street by four goals to two. The Barrow forum says that "after going 1-0 up, the [Barrow] reserves lost 4-2 at Holker Street this evening. The score was all square at 1-1 at half time before a further 3 goals in the second half from Altrincham sealed the points. Patrick Staunton snatched one back late on".
    26 September 2004


    Barrow's Holker Street Newsletter says that "The reserves return home on Tuesday night to what will hopefully be a good crowd when they take on Altrincham Reserves. This will be another opportunity for Barrow public to see the under 18 and reserves players perform their well drilled passing game that is winning admiration of opposing managers this season. Manager Dave Staunton, looking forward to the game, said he believes the mix of players from the under18 side and last season's reserve team players is beginning to gel into a good side, he now hopes the side can build on their last two performances with a home victory".
    24 September 2004


    The Lancashire League has given Altrincham six consecutive away games in October; fixtures here.
    22 September 2004


    Alty Reserves were due to play Leigh RMI at Abbey Hey tonight but the match has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
    17 September 2004


    There is now a brief report on the Guiseley game. Alty's next game is at home to Leigh RMI on Wednesday at Abbey Hey.
    15 September 2004


    Rod Thornley, returning to fitness with Altrincham Reserves, scored last night as the Reserves drew 1-1 away at Guiseley in the Lancashire League.
    13 September 2004


    More Lancashire League scores from last week:
  • Accrington S. 3 Burscough 4,
  • Morecambe 2 Southport 0.
  • Bamber Bridge 2 Accrington S. 3
  • Lancaster City 0 Burscough 1
    12 September 2004


    Alty Reserves went down to the only goal of the game away to Northwich Victoria yesterday. There is a brief report of the game, in which Rod Thornley made a welcome appearance, here.

    Alty Reserves play at Guiseley next week; in their last home game Guiseley lost 1-3 to Lancaster City. The Altrincham squad for the game is as follows, though other names may be added to the list:

  • Goalkeepers: Everall, Cunliffe
  • Defenders: Melling, Marsden, Leather, Smith, Adam Brindle (ex-MCFC)
  • Midfield: Kennedy, James, Chalmers, James Holden, Brown
  • Forwards: Lynsey, Richards, Thornley, Ore
    9 September 2004


    Altrincham Reserves lost 4-0 last night against Southport at Abbey Hey. Report here..


  • Workington Res 1 Barrow Res 6
    6 September 2004


    Alty entertain Southport Reserves on Wednesday at Abbey Hey (7.45pm) and Southport report that their Reserves now have a "new manager, Joey Dunn... [who] comes with much experience. He is a former non-league player and has also managed Altrincham and Runcorn Reserves". Joey was briefly a player at Moss Lane and returned as Alty Reserves' manager under Mark Ward in 2000-01.
    5 September 2004


    Alty Reserves play Southport at Abbey Hey this Wednesday. In their last game Southport reserves fielded some first-team players and beat Northwich Vics. Their side was Lowe, Kearney, Mortimer, Davis(capt), Deane, Thompson, O'Brien, Powell, Randle, Roscoe, Rafferty. Subs: Stancombe, Jenkins, Howey, White, Cameron.
    2 September 2004


    Alty Reserves drew 0-0 last night at Abbey Hey against Vauxhall Motors. Amongst the first teamers in action for Alty were Marcus Hallows, Kieran Lugsden, Stuart Wright and Sean Smith.
    29 August 2004


    This site's brief profiles of the Reserve team players and coaching staff have been updated and expanded thanks to information kindly provided by manager, Neil Brown. This information is here.


    Altrincham will now play at home to Vauxhall Motors this Wednesday (1st) at Abbey Hey (7.45pm). This game was postponed last week due to heavy rain.

    The Lancashire Football League website has a league table and results from this weekend. Alty lie 13th but have games in hand on most teams.


    Altrincham Reserves secured an excellent draw, 1-1, away at Morecambe on Friday night in the Lancashire League. Alty also had two goals ruled out. Pictured right is goalscorer Joey Roberts.

    Match report here

    The Morecambe site also has a full and fair report.


    September's Lancashire League fixtures have now been released and are here.
    26 August 2004


    Alty Reserves are away at Morecambe on Friday night. In their only game so far, Morecambe beat Burscough at home 4-2. Their team was: 1. Ben Sly 2. Danny Byrne 3. Jamie Hastings 4. Steve Cudworth 5. Jamie Davies 6. Aaron Helliwell 7. Paul Lloyd 8. Tom Entwistle 9. Scott Ford 10. Nick Makin 11. Gary Knight Subs: 12. Paul Nicholson 14. Gareth Arnison 15. Phil Brierley 16. Shaun Gray, reports their website.
    24 August 2004


    Tonight's game with Vauxhall Motors had to be postponed after this morning's torrential rain. Manager Neil Brown was grateful to Abbey Hey FC for their efforts to get the game on. Neil is now trying to re-arrange the match for next Wednesday. This Friday (27th) Altrincham Reserves are away to Morecambe.

    Alty Reserves can take heart from the fact that although Workington's first team played as their Reserves and beat Alty 6-1 at the start of the season, the Workington first team beat Spennymoor United in the UniBond League 5-0 and Matlock Town 4-0 in their subsequent games.

    24 August 2004


    A lot of postponements means that recent Lancs League scores are few:
  • Vauxhall Motors A 3 Bradford PA Res 0
  • Bamber Bridge Res 7 Guiseley Res 0
  • Leigh RMI Res 2 Chorley Res 0
    17 August 2004


    The Workington News & Star makes clear why Workington fielded such a strong team against Alty Reserves. It says that "Workington had to cancel a training session last week because of floods at St Aidans, and that followed he postponement of last Monday’s final pre-season friendly at Chester-le-Street... [so, their manager] played his first-team squad in the Lancashire League fixture at Borough Park against Altrincham Reserves". Workington's first team's season does not begin till this weekend.
    15 August 2004


    There is a brief match report on the Reserves' game at Workington, courtesy of manager Neil Brown, here.


  • Morecambe Res 4 Burscough Res 2
  • Bradford PA Res 3 Bamber Bridge Res 0
  • Vauxhall Motors Res 1 Southport Res 3
  • Barrow Res 0 Leigh RMI Res 1
  • Guiseley Res 1 Accrington S. Res 1
  • Chorley Res 1 Lancaster C. Res 2
  • Workington Res 6 Altrincham Res 1
  • Northwich V. v Marine Res was postponed.
    10 August 2004


    More pictures have been added to the Players' Page.
    9 August 2004


    The Alty back four on Saturday is seen above, left to right: James Marsden, George Melling, Shaka Shaw and in the background Matt Tooth. In front of Matt is midfielder Lewis Chalmers, who ended the game in the back four.

    Above: Adio plays a precision pass. Below: Danny Grimshaw shows some neat footwork.

    A further picture and match report link are lower down this page.

    8 August 2004


    Alty Reserves' striker Rico Richards is pictured in the Pink as a member of the Wasted Talent side which won the Manchester FA's 5-a-side competition recently.


    Above: Mattie Tooth (3) wins the ball in the area, watched by Danny Grimshaw (16), Wayne Leather and in the background, James Marsden. With back to camera (foreground) is the 'linesman', Alty's Paul Monaghan.

    Alty Reserves impressively beat Wythenshawe Town of the Manchester League 1st Division 7-0, away, on Saturday.

    Match report. More pictures to follow.

    4 August 2004


    Alty Reserves have arranged another friendly, next Tuesday (10th) at 6.30pm against Old Chorltonians at the Police Centre at Hough End, Manchester.
    1 August 2004


    Alty Reserves' manager Neil Brown has kindly promised to send the website some brief player profiles of the Altrincham Reserves side of 2004-05. In the meantime, some basic details and photos of squad members are here.


    Leigh RMI report that "In order to ensure the playing surface at Hilton Park is at its best it has been decided that the reserve team will play the majority of their home matches at Robin Park, Wigan". This is next to the JJB Stadium in Wigan.


    Neil Brown's Altrincham Reserves ran out deserved winners of this pre-season friendly at Cheadle Town. The deciding goal came after 62 minutes when a ball into the box from the right by Levi Kennedy evaded the Town keeper and went into the net. Cheadle missed a penalty later in the game but a strong second half performance ensured that Alty would run out the winners.

    Match report here.

    Above: Levi Kennedy (7) and midfielder Adayo fight for the ball.

    28 July 2004


    Altrincham Reserves lost to a strong Stockport County side last week and they meet Cheadle Town on Saturday. Meanwhile Cheadle Town beat a Stockport County side 2-1 in their annual friendly recently - but how strong a County side it was remains unclear. Directions to Cheadle are on the friendlies' page.


    Radcliffe Borough report that "Young keeper Barry George (right) who played the last 20 minutes on Saturday against Manchester United, will play the full 90 minutes tonight when Southport visit Stainton Park for the last home pre-season game. George who last season was with the Altrincham Youth Team has recently been playing with the Boro's Youth Team was called up on Saturday as Danny Hurst came off with a groin strain". Barry is also the Cheshire FA Youth keeper and had been expected to be involved with Alty Reserves this season.
    27 July 2004


    The Stockport County website confirms that the strong County side which beat Alty Reserves on Saturday (see below) included Chris Williams, Michael Byrne and Bailey, who have all been in the first team, as well as McLachlan, a first teamer returning from injury. Striker Matt Bailey, who spent a couple of months on loan to Alty last season was also in the County side. The site says- "County Youth ran riot against Altrincham Under-20s at Manor Farm on Saturday morning with a convincing 7-1 victory. Chris Williams opened the scoring from the penalty spot before goals from Michael Byrne (2), Danny Newby, Danny Meadowcroft, Paul Douglas and Danny Campbell completed the rout. County: McEwen, Wonfor, Reilly, Allen, Meadowcroft, Lord, C Williams, McLachlan, Bailey, Byrne, Newby. Subs (all used): Hadfield, Pearson, Douglas, Brownhill, Yoffe, Campbell". Alty face a more reasonable challenge on Saturday when they travel to Cheadle Town (3pm).
    25 July 2004


    Altrincham Reserves, newly reformed this summer, had their first game yesterday at Stockport County's training ground in Timperley. The County side included nine professionals and even one first-teamer, returning from injury, whilst Alty were without several of their defensive squad members, including Adam Douthwaite who was ill. Despite its being their first game together, Alty held County well in the early stages but the loss through injury of another defender during the game, (captain James Marsden), helped Stockport to a 7-1 win with three late goals. Nevertheless, manager Neil Brown, as well as first-team boss Graham Heathcote who watched the early part of the game before travelling to Chorley, were encouraged by a good performance by their weakened side against a strong League club outfit.

    The Alty Reserves' squad for the game was:

  • Goalkeepers: Steve Everall, Steve Saha
  • Right-back: James Marsden (captain)
  • Centre-backs: Chaka Shaw, George Melling (vice-captain)
  • Left-back: Matt Tooth (seen, right, last season playing for Alty Youth)
  • Central midfield: Lewis Chalmers, Stevie Taylor
  • Right wing: Levi Kennedy
  • Left wing: Kieran James
  • Strikers: Rico Richards, Jamie Almond
  • Subs: Otis Thomas, Rio Nelson, Paul Monaghan, Adam Douthwaite (ill), Duanne Lynsey.

    Alty Youth watchers will recognise many of the above names as players who have progressed through George Heslop and Neil Thomason's Altrincham youth team over the last few seasons.

    Neil and Altrincham FC would like to thank JFC Sports of Hyde for their generous sponsorship of the reserves' tracksuits. The Reserves travel to Cheadle Town next Saturday and with no first-team friendly that day, hope for some good support from Altrincham fans at that game (k.o. 3pm, directions on the Friendlies page). The Reserves' League season kicks off on 14 August with a long trip to Workington.


    Alty Reserves have the following fixtures in pre-season:
  • Cheadle Town (A) - Saturday 31 July, 3pm.
  • Wythenshawe Town (A) - Saturday 7 August, 3pm

    Directons to these fixtures are on the Friendlies page - spectators very welcome! It is also hoped to arrange a match against Broadheath, to be played at Clay Lane, Timperley.


    22 July 2004


    Alty Reserves will play in the Lancashire Football League, which now has a website. However, fixtures do not yet appear on it, though there is some club and historical information. Whilst the Alty entry does not mention our playing our Reserves' games at Abbey Hey, Northwich Vics are shown as playing their fixtures at Winsford United's ground. The member clubs are listed as: Accrington Stanley, Altrincham, Bamber Bridge, Bradford Park Avenue, Barrow, Burscough, Chorley, Guiseley, Lancaster City, Leigh RMI, Marine, Morecambe, Northwich Victoria, Southport, Vauxhall Motors and Workington.
    21 July 2004


    Altrincham Reserves' first four Lancashire League games are listed on the Fixtures Page. The first game is away at Workington. Fixtures will only be released month by month by the Lancashire Football League.
    14 July 2004


    Neil Brown, manager of Altrincham's newly reformed Reserves side, has been busy getting together his squad for the forthcoming Lancashire League season. After a busy few weeks, Neil has nearly completed the task and once this is done, details of the players and fixtures will appear here on the website. The Reserves will play their home games at Abbey Hey, where the first team is playing its first friendly this Saturday (3pm). In addition to the Reserves' friendly at Cheadle Town, which has already been announced, Neil's team will also be playing at Wythenshawe Town FC on 7 August (3pm). Their ground, which is the home of Alty's Youth team, is at Timpson Road, behind the car park at Tesco's Baguley store. Neil is hoping to fix a couple more friendlies before the Lancashire League starts in mid-August. The Reserves' friendlies are listed here.
    6 July 2004


    After two seasons without a reserve side, Altrincham FC are re-forming a side for 2004-05 to play in the Lancashire League. The home games will be played at Abbey Hey's ground at Goredale Avenue in Gorton.

    The Reserves' manager will be Neil Brown, a much respected local coach, who has a good reputation for developing young talent at Fletcher Moss Rangers and elsewhere.

    As well as using new players, a number of former Altrincham Youth players are believed to be interested in returning to play for the Reserves.


    Pictured above is the Reserves' squad of 2001-02 which played at Abbey Hey on 21 July 2001 with manager Graham Wright (wearing hat). The team comprised- 1. Dale NEWBROOK, 2. Dave SWANICK, 3. Kenny BRADY, 4. Phil BURTON, 5. Terry BOWKER (capt.), 6. Tony HARGREAVES, 7. Keith MAIRS, 8. Tomoaki SHIMIZU, 9. Wayne McKENZIE, 10. Lee POLAND, 11. Colin HUNTER, 12. Derek TURAY, 14. Rico RICHARDS, 15. Simon McMAIN, 16. Pat CLAFFEY, 17. Gerard LÉONARD, 18. Ryan GILLIGAN, 19. Levi KENNEDY, 20. Eric SEEKIE. No Reserve team ran from 2002 to 2004.