2007-08 First-Team Squad


Back: Colin Potts, Joe O'Neill, Warren Peyton, Karl Munroe, Stephen Rose, Jake Sedgemore, Darren Tinson. Centre: Alan Ainsley (physio), Charles Heathcote (kitman), Val Owen, Robbie Lawton, Matthew Berkeley, Stuart Coburn, George Heslop (youth team manager, company secretary), Richard Acton, Cavell Coo, Chris Lane, Gareth Whalley, Graham Heathcote (manager), Dalton Steele (assistant manager). Front: Chris Senior, Pat McFadden, Colin Little, Grahame Rowley (vice-chairman), Geoff Goodwin (chairman), Barry Pond (commercial director), Rod Thornley, Gary Scott, Steve Aspinall.

  • 1. Stuart COBURN
  • 2. Steve ASPINALL
  • 3. Gary SCOTT
  • 4. Ryan LYNCH (loan)
  • 5. Darren TINSON
  • 6. Jake SEDGEMORE
  • 7. Robbie LAWTON
  • 8. Val OWEN
  • 9. Colin LITTLE
  • 10. Greg YOUNG
  • 11. Warren PEYTON
  • 12. Joe O'NEILL
  • 13. Richard ACTON
  • 14. Greg TANSEY (loan)
  • 15. Chris LANE
  • 16. Ryan SHOTTON (loan)
  • 17. Richard BATTERSBY
  • 18. Pat McFADDEN
  • 19. Chris SENIOR
  • 20. Carlos ROCA
  • 21. Paul TURNBULL (loan)
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  • 23. Ryan TOULSON (loan)
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  • 25. Liam KING (loan)
  • 26. Tom BAILEY
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  • 28. Danny BROWNE
  • Dominic LILLIE
  • Photos below, except where indicated, are copyright of Gavin Rathbone of GR Photography.


  • Richard ACTON (d.o.b. 16 October 1979, height 6ft, weight 14st. 2lbs)

    Altrincham are fortunate to have such a capable goalkeeper as Richard who is prepared to spend much of his time as understudy to Stuart Coburn but his role as a self-employed car salesman means that Richard can combine a business career with his chosen sport. As a youngster, he was at Manchester City (released 1998) before moving to Hyde United and Runcorn. Alty signed him in early September 2002 and he made his league debut against Marine that month. He remained first-choice keeper till he badly injured his shoulder at Harrogate (31/8/03) and he did not return to action till 6 January 2004 because, in the interim, Stuart Coburn had returned to the club to re-claim the no.1 jersey. Richard is an excellent shot-stopper and gained League of Wales experience with TNS in March 2004 but returned to Altrincham for most of the 2004-05 season.

    He signed UniBond forms with Woodley Sports in August 2004 before joining Bangor City but returned to Alty once more in February 2005. Even so, he was on the bench for another Welsh club, TNS, against Liverpool in European competition (7/05) but he also re-signed for Alty for 2005-06. A broken metatarsal suffered in the Cheshire Senior Cup at Woodley sidelined Richard from 13 September 2005 till mid-November when he returned to play against Crewe but he made no Conference appearances that season.

    However, he made his Conference debut and started only his second league game in three years in September 2006, but he kept three clean sheets in his first five matches. However, after eight Conference games (including just one defeat) and one match in the FA Cup, he could count himself unlucky to be dropped in favour of Stuart Coburn in early November 2006. Appearances to June 2007: 61(+1)

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  • Stuart COBURN (d.o.b. 5 May 1976, height 6ft 1in, weight 14st.)

    In 1997/98 season Stuart joined Altrincham from Trafford, whom he had joined in 1994/95 after spells at Irlam Town and Maine Road. He had one Conference season (99/00) with Alty but played only 9 league games due to injury and his absence probably cost the club survival at that level. In May 2002, the lure of Conference football took him to Leigh RMI on a 2-year contract.

    Leigh surprisingly released him in October 2003 after he had been their player of the year. He rejoined Alty on 17 October 2003 and made his (second) Alty debut at Hyde on 21 October 2003. After an impressive series of performances Stuart underwent a hernia operation in May 2004 but was fit to star in season 2004-05 when, once again, he enhanced his reputation, not least with some important penalty saves. He has shown consistently good form since then. A groin injury sidelined him after 9 games of the 06/07 season but he returned in early November 2006. Injury struck again and sidelined Stuart in September 2007. Appearances to June 2007: 348, 1 goal.

  • Russell SAUNDERS

    Russell has now left the club. Details here


  • Stephen ASPINALL (d.o.b. 10 May 1976)

    Steve Aspinall was signed in early July 2003 from Vauxhall Motors, where he had been during much of the previous two seasons. He is the son of John Aspinall, who played for Tranmere Rovers and Altrincham in the 1980s and managed Bangor City. Steve started his career at Poulton Victoria and, like his father, was also on Tranmere's books. He has also been at Runcorn, (whom he joined from Bamber Bridge in December 2001), Chorley, Winsford, Vauxhall Motors and Macclesfield Town.

    Though Steve originally played as a central midfielder for Alty, he performed so well at right-back when Gary Scott was injured, that he kept the position. Steve is the first-choice penalty-kick taker and also regularly takes free-kicks and corners. Towards the end of 2004-05 an ankle injury sidelined him for several games and he underwent an operation on it in summer 2005.

    His comeback for 2005-06 was hindered by continuing ankle/foot problems and he did not start his first Conference game until Christmas 2005 but re-established himself afterwards as a regular starter either in central midfield or at right-back. In 2006-07 he started regularly at right-back. Steve was unable to retain aregulsr place in 2007-08 and went on loan to Ashton United in early 2008. Appearances to June 2007: 149+13, 20 goals (inc. 18 pens).

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  • Richard BATTERSBY (d.o.b. 12 September 1979)

    Altrincham FC signed former Northwich Victoria defender Richard Battersby on 18 January 2008. Richard had joined Vics in 2005, having previously been at Radcliffe Borough. He made his debut as a sub, the next day, at home to York City. His first goal was the winner against Forest Green Rovers on 11 March 2008.

  • Sean CLANCY

    Sean has now left the club. Details here

  • Cavell COO (d.o.b. 7 August 1987, height 5ft 9ins, weight 11st 3lbs)

    Cavell has now left the club. Details here

  • James JENNINGS

    James has now left the club. Details here

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  • Chris LANE (d.o.b. 24.5.1979)

    Altrincham signed Southport right-back Chris Lane on non-contract terms in late June 2007. Chris was born in Liverpool on 24th May 1979 and began his career, under the YTS Scheme, at Everton. In three years with the Toffees, he made 17 appearances for the reserve team. From Everton he moved, in 1998, to Hereford United in summer 1998 and made 57(+8) appearances for them. Southport's Mark Wright then acquired him for a fee of £12,000 in January 2001.

    After Southport had been relegated from the Conference in 2003, he moved up the coast to Morecambe in May, making his debut at Christie Park in August, 2003. The Shrimps released him in January 2004 and he next joined Leigh RMI, for two appearances, before moving on to Chester City in February 2004 as they went on to win the Conference title that season. He then went back to Leigh RMI in June 2004, making 40 appearances in 2004-05 before returning to Haig Avenue in May 2005, where he made 67(+4) appearances and was voted Port's Player of the Year last season. Chris started the 2007-08 season against Exeter City on 11 August 2007 having already made 299 Conference appearances, the most of any current player at that time in the Blue Square Premier.

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  • Ryan LYNCH (d.o.b. 13.3.1987, height 5ft 11ins)

    Ryan, a left-back, signed for Altrincham on 19 March 2008, on loan from Crewe Alexandra until 9 April in the first instance. He had made two BSP appearances in 2007-08 for Stafford Rangers, also on loan, before joining Altrincham.

    Born in Solihull, Ryan started his career in The Midlands, at Coventry City, and went on loan to Tamworth (3 starts) in March 2007 before being released by Coventry at the end of last season. He then signed a one-year deal at Crewe in August 2007, for whom he made one League start and one sub appearance before arriving at Moss Lane. Ryan made his debut against Crawley Town on 11 March 2008.

  • Karl MUNROE

    Karl has now left the club. Details here

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  • Warren PEYTON (d.o.b. 13 December, 1979, Manchester)

    Warren is a tall left-sided midfielder/defender, signed by Altrincham on 11 November 2005 after a spell out of the game. He had previously been with Leigh RMI and before that he had experience at Rochdale, Bury, Doncaster Rovers and Nuneaton Borough. Whilst at Nuneaton, he was in the England semi-pro team.

    Warren made his Alty debut in central midfield on 12 November 2005 against Exeter City but was then suspended after a sending off at Forest Green. Warren has a fierce shot and is a useful taker of free-kicks and corners. For much of his Alty career he has played at left-back rather than his preferred position in left midfield. He is one of the fittest players at the club. In 2007-08 he has played in central midfield as well as on the left. Warren, a bricklayer by trade, built the 2007 turnstile block at the Golf Road End at Moss Lane. Appearances to June 2007. 73(+2), 4 goals

  • Stephen ROSE

    Stephen has now left the club. Details here

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  • Gary SCOTT (d.o.b. 3 February, 1978, height 5ft 8ins, weight 11st 2lbs)

    Gary made his debut for Altrincham on 3 October 2000 as a midfielder (v. Stalybridge). Born in Liverpool, he began his career at Tranmere Rovers but moved to Rotherham United on 7 August 1997. He then played for Marine and Leigh, who released him after he had made 9 Conference appearances.

    After two games in Alty's midfield, his first appearance for Altrincham at right-back was at home to Leek Town (10/10/00) and he opened his scoring account with two goals at Hyde (16//10/00). Gary played for the Unibond XI against the F.A. XI (22/11/00). Defensive experiments meant that he was an irregular rather than ever-present member of the team at the end of 2000-01 but he became a regular starter in 2001-02, either at right-back or in midfield, until injured in March 2002.

    He made a brief return at the very end of the 2001-02 season but re-established himself as the regular right-back for 2002-03 and 2003-04 till injury struck in late August 2003. On his return he played mostly in right midfield until a non-football facial injury sidelined him in February 2004 but he recovered to reclaim his place in April 2004. However, a knee injury sidelined him in September 2004 before he returned in October.

    In early 2005, Gary was playing in left-midfield or left-back but in late summer 2005 had a hernia operation. He then re-established himself in the team, initially on the left of midfield but more recently at right- or left-back before injury to his knee again sidelined him, in September 2006. After returning to action he was largely on the bench before regaining a place at right-back in February 2007 but injury limited his appearances and he had a further hernia operation in the summer of 2007 but was virtually back to fitness for the start of the 2007-08 campaign. Gary returned to the side at left-back in September 2007. Appearances by June 2007 - 245(+26), goals 9.

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  • Ryan SHOTTON (d.o.b. 30 September 1988 at Stoke, height 6ft.1in)

    Altrincham FC signed centre-back Ryan Shotton from Stoke City, initially on loan for a month, on 14 September 2007 after tracking his progress with the Potteries club's Reserves. He made his Alty debut in the game at Woking the following day. Ryan soon made a very favourable impresson both with his performances on the field and his commitment to the cause off it.

    Not only is Ryan good in the air and composed on the floor but even as a loan player he fully enters into the spirit of the club and works hard for the team. Although his loan was extended to 15 December 2007, he then had to return to Stoke because of the transfer window but was resigned for the rest of the season with effect from 1 January 2008.

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  • Darren TINSON (d.o.b. 15 November 1969 at Connah's Quay)

    Alty signed centre-back Darren Tinson in late May 2007, after he had spent the previous two seasons at Burton Albion. Darren had also previously played against Altrincham for Shrewsbury Town. He has played for several Cheshire clubs having been at Northwich Victoria before moving to Macclesfield Town for £10,000 in February 1996.

    He was part of the Macc side which gained promotion to the Football League and played 263 league, 29 cup and 5 other games for them, scoring 4 times in the process. He then moved on a free transfer to Shrewsbury Town where he made 90(+2) appearances in all competitions and again won promotion to the League before joining Burton Albion from 1 August 2005. He made 80(+2) appearances for the Brewers and made his Alty full debut on 11 August 2007 against Exeter City and was named Man of the Match.

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  • Greg YOUNG (d.o.b. 25 April 1983, height 6ft 3ins)

    Altrincham signed 6ft 3inch central defender Greg Young from Halifax Town on 4 January 2008. He joined till the end of the season after being released by the Shaymen. On arrival at Moss Lane he had made 13 starts (and a sub appearance) for Halifax this season, his last appearance being as recently as Boxing Day, 2007. Greg has previously been with Grimsby Town, Northwich Victoria and Alfreton Town. After a substsitute appearance at left-back at Oxford on 5 January 2008, Greg made his full debut at centre-back three days later at home to Kidderminster.


  • Danny BROWNE (d.o.b. 6 February 1990)

    A tall central midfielder, Danny is a current member of the Altrincham Youth team, for whom he also played regularly last season. A player with Cheshire FA representative honours, Danny was named in the first-team squad for the Setanta Shield match at Nuneaton on 22 December 2007.

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  • Liam KING (d.o.b. 3 December 1987)

    Signed on a month's loan from Rotherham United with effect from 1 January 2008, Liam can play in either in central midfield or in the back four. He made four league starts and two substitute appearances for Rotherham last season and has made one appearance from the bench this season. Liam made his Alty debut in central midfield at Northwich on New Year's Day, 2008 and his loan was subsequently lengthed to a second month after making a good impression for the Robins.

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  • Robbie LAWTON (d.o.b. 14 June 1979)

    Robbie is a tall, powerful and hardworking midfielder, signed in June 2006 from Vauxhall Motors, where he was the captain. He was previously with Marine and Caernarfon Town and can play on either flank as well as in central midfield. He impressed in pre-season friendlies and was a regular first-team starter on the right flank from the start of the 2006-07 season before moving to centre-midfield when Colin Potts returned on the right wing.

    With former captains Hussin, Band, Bushell, Thornley and Little all injured or sidelined, Robbie played as captain from mid-September 2006. By profession he is a PT and psychology teacher and one of the physically fittest players in the squad. Appearances to June 2007: 50, 5 goals.

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  • Dominic LILLIE (d.o.b. 29 September 1989)

    Dominic, a former Manchester United youngster, is a member of the Altrincham Youth team. His first involvement in the first-team squad was for the Cheshire Senior Cup match against Runcorn Linnets. .

  • Carlos LOGAN

    Carlos has now left the club. Details here

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  • Val OWEN (d.o.b. 11 Feb. 1971)

    Val joined Altrincham Reserves during 2004-05 having been out of the game after leaving Halifax Town in April 2004. He had joined the Shaymen, for whom he made 19 appearances and scored 2 goals, from Northwich Victoria on 4 December 2003. Val started his career at Hyde United after moving from local amateur football. In June 1998 he joined Northwich and later moved to Hednesford Town. After a brief loan spell at Southport, he joined the Vics again in October 2001 and was their captain at the start of the 2002-03 campaign.

    In autumn 2004 Val impressed in the Alty Reserves and made his first-team debut on 23 October 2004. He immediately established himself as a strong-tackling regular in central midfield, where he formed a formidable partnership with Eddie Hussin. Val also scored some crucial goals in the 2004-05 promotion play-offs and has also played impressively in 2005-06 but a foot injury sidelined him in April 2006, though he had recovered for pre-season in summer 2006.

    Val was suspended for three games in September 2006 and also missed games with injury in the latter part of the season. Likewise, his involvement in 2007-08 was interrupted by injury in October 2007 and he underwent an operation on his knee in February 2008. Val returned to action as a used substitute on 24 March 2008. Appearances to June 2007. 100(+3), 9 goals.

  • Formerly no. 17
  • Colin POTTS

    Colin has now left the club. Details here

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  • Carlos ROCA (d.o.b. 4 September, 1984)

    Winger Carlos Roca signed for Altrincham on 25 February 2008 from Stalybridge Celtic, a club he joined early in the 2007-08 season having previously been at Northwich Victoria from 2005, initially on loan. At Northwich he played 85 times and scored 11 times. Before that Carlos had a year or so each at Carlisle United and at Oldham Athletic, for whom he made 11 first-team appearances in 2004-05.

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  • Jake (Jacob) SEDGEMORE (d.o.b. 20 October 1978, Birmingham)

    Altrincham FC signed 6ft 1inch central-midfielder Jake Sedgemore on 3 July 2007, following his release on 16 May 2007 by Kidderminster Harriers, a club he had joined in January 2006. His career started at WBA but he went on loan to Hednesford in 1997 and then signed for the Pitmen, before moving to Hereford United in September 2001. He made just one start there before going to Northwich Vics where he spent two seasons and made 50+8 league starts before Shrewsbury Town signed him in July 2003. Two years later he moved to Bury after making 52(+14) appearances in the league for the Shrews.

    After 6 months at Gigg Lane (3+6 appearances in the league) he signed for Burton Albion on loan for three months, moving on to Kiddy in January 2006. Jake has also represented the British Universities' football team and is a self-employed architect, based in Wolverhampton, in his non-footballing life. He made his Robins' debut against Exeter City on 11 August 2007 and was a regular in central midfield until losing his place on the arrival of a clutch of loan players in the January 2008 transfer window. A back injury further limited his chances in February 2008.

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  • Greg TANSEY (d.o.b. 1 November 1988, Huyton, height 6ft 1in.)

    Signed on loan from Stockport County on 27 March 2008, until the end of the season, Greg is a 6ft 1inch midfielder who broke into County's first team with three appearances at the end of 2006-07 season. Greg came through the ranks at Edgeley Park where he was a member of County's Under-18 which won the Football League Youth Alliance League Cup. He was invited by Liverpool to go on a tour to Italy but after this he returned to Stockport to pursue his career. Greg made 16 appearances in total for the League Two side before joining Alty. He made his debut in central midfield against Torquay United on 29 March 2008.

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  • Paul TURNBULL (d.o.b. 23 January 1989, Handforth, height 6ft.)

    Paul is a midfielder, signed on loan on 27 March 2008 from Stockport County. After joining County at the age of 11, Paul made his first-team debut for County as a 16 year-old near the end of the 2004-05 season. He is thus the youngest player ever to appear for the club's first team in a league match. Turnbull made 22 appearances for County before suffering a knee injury in January. Paul's loan ends on 23rd April 2008. He made his Altrincham debut in central midfield against Torquay United on 29 March 2008.

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  • Ryan TOULSON (d.o.b. 18 November 1985)

    Ryan Toulson arrived at Moss Lane on a season-long loan from Halifax Town on 31 December 2007. A versatile player, Ryan had been a regular starter as Halifax's right-back before his loan to Altrincham having made 16(+3) appearances for the Shaymen in 2007-08 season. However, Ryan made his Alty debut on the right of midfield, at Northwich on New Year's Day, 2008 and his appearances to date have all been in that position.

  • Formerly no. 21
  • Gareth WHALLEY

    Gareth has now left the club. Details here


  • Tom BAILEY (d.o.b. 19 August 1990)

    Tom is a member of the Altrincham Youth team, whose first involvement in the first-team squad was for the Cheshire Senior Cup match against Runcorn Linnets. He then was named in the squad for the Setanta Shield match at Nuneaton on 22 December 2007. Tom received his Cheshire Coiunty FA cap for ten appearances in December 2007.

  • Matthew BERKELEY

    Matthew has now left the club. Details here

  • Tom CAHILL

    Tom has now left the club. Details here

  • James DEAN

    James has now left the club. Details here

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  • Colin LITTLE (d.o.b. 4 November 1972, height 5ft 10, weight 10st. 5lbs)

    Altrincham FC signed Colin, whose last club was Halifax Town, on 5 July 2004. A skilful, two-footed striker, Colin is a local lad, born in Wythenshawe. He signed for Hyde United in August 1995 but moved to Crewe Alexandra for £50,000 on 6 February 1996. He made 193 appearances for Alex and scored 33 goals before going on loan to Mansfield in October 2002, where he played 5 games.

    He then went on loan to Macclesfield in December 2002, for whom he signed on a free transfer in May 2003. He made 26+8 appearances and scored 7 goals for Macc. before joining Halifax Town in March 2004, for whom he played 8 games and scored twice. Alty fans may wish to forget that Colin scored two of Crewe's three goals in their Cheshire Senior Cup Final win, 3-0 over Alty at the Drill Field, Northwich in 2002 and that he also got the winner as Alex won 3-2 against Alty in the CSC 1st Round in September, 2002. Colin was previously at Alty as a junior as well as being at Wythenshawe Town, Rossendale United and Hyde United before joining Crewe. He had also had a brief spell at Bury. His Alty career started impressively with 38 goals in the 2004-05 season.

    After intially playing on the left, he now always starts up front and was once again the club's leading scorer in 2005-06 and 2006-07 with 17 and 12 Conference goals respectively. After a slow start to 2007-08 he has again got into double figures in 2007-08 and leads the Alty scoring charts. Appearances to June 2007: 137(+3), 68 goals.

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  • Pat McFADDEN (d.o.b. 4 April, 1987)
    After a prolific burst of scoring for the Reserves, Pat was signed up on Conference forms in October 2005. Pat graduated to the Reserves and first-team squad from local football with Fletcher Moss FC in south Manchester. He made his first-team debut as a sub at Burton Albion in October 2005 whilst continuing to score regularly for the Reserves, reaching 27 goals by as early as the start of February 2006. V Pat signed NW Counties forms in February and played the odd game for Trafford whilst also continuing to be named as a substitute for Altrincham. In 2006 pre-season he also played several games on loan to Radcliffe Borough as well as playing for Altrincham. During 2006-07 he was an irregularly used substitute in the Conference and had another six-match loan spell at Radcliffe. Appearances to June 2007. 2(+27), 0 goals.

    Picture courtesy of Gavin Rathbone

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  • Joe O'NEILL (height 6ft, d.o.b. 28 October 1982)
    Altrincham's Player of the Year for 2006-07, Joe signed for Alty from York City in June 2006, He is a Blackburn-born striker who was at Preston North End from 2001 to 2005, during which time he made two sub appearances for the Deepdale first XI. However, he also gained league experience on loan at Bury (2003/04, 10 starts +13 sub. appearances), Mansfield Town (2004/05, 3+12) and Chester City (2004/05, 5+6). V He joined York City for the 2005-06 season and scored for them against Alty in the match at Kit Kat Crescent in 2005-06 season, having earlier hit a hat-trick on his York debut against Southport. In all, Joe netted five goals for York in the Conference that season, making 25(+12) appearances in the Conference and one in the FA Cup for the Minstermen before his release in summer 2006.

    At Moss Lane he started 2006-07 as Colin Little's regular strike partner and generally played in that position though also occasionally turning out in wide midfield. Though not a prolific goalscorer, Joe is accomplished at holding the ball up and his workrate is excellent. Outside football, Joe is a student. Appearances to June 2007: 45(+3), 8 goals..<

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  • Chris SENIOR (d.o.b. 18.11.81)
    Chris signed for Altrincham in July 2007, having previously spent the latter part of 2006-07 season on loan at Moss Lane from Halifax Town, an arrangement which started on 19 January 2007. Halifax released Chris in the summer of 2007.

    He started his career at Huddersfield Town as a midfielder but, after being released in early 2003 as part of cost-cutting measures, he played briefly for Wakefield-Emley. After a trial with Halifax Town, in summer of 2003 the Huddersfield-born Senior joined Scarborough, where he stayed till summer 2005. He started 31(+36) league games for the Seadogs and netted 18 goals. In 2003-04 he set a Conference record by coming off the bench 36 times. Whilst with Scarborough he was selected for the England non-League squad.

    Chris moved to Halifax on a free transfer in summer 2005 and made 21(+40) appearances for the Shaymen. On returning to Altrincham, Chris re-joined Colin Little, Val Owen and Karl Munroe as ex-Shaymen currently playing at Moss Lane. Chris made his Alty debut, at Woking, on 20 January 2007. After a scoring burst in late 2007, he was suspended for three games and found the going tougher on his return. Appearances to June 2007: 8(+7), 2 goals..


    Rod has now left the club. Details here

    DEPARTED PLAYERS 2007 close season and 2007-08
    For details of those named (right), visit the Departed Players page
  • Peter BAND
  • Matthew BERKELEY
  • Justin BOWLER
  • Steve BUSHELL
  • Tom CAHILL
  • Lewis CHALMERS
  • Sean CLANCY
  • Cavell COO
  • James DEAN
  • James JENNINGS
  • Carlos LOGAN
  • Karl MUNROE
  • Colin POTTS
  • Stephen ROSE
  • Russell SAUNDERS
  • Andy SCOTT
  • Dalton STEELE (Assistant Manager)
  • Gary TALBOT
  • Gareth WHALLEY