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2011-12 First-Team Squad.


Photo by Gavin Rathbone of GR Photography.

  • Back row: Paul Jones (since left), Joe Coombs, Michael Twiss, Adam Reid, Stuart Coburn, Josh Ollerenshaw (since left), Mark Lees, Ryan Brown (since left), Anthony Danylyk (since left).
  • Middle row: Luke Pickering (ass't kit man), Matthew Fearon, Astley Mulholland (since left), Simon Richman, Chris Lynch, Nicky Clee, Brian Summerskill, Adam Flynn, Shaun Densmore, Damian Reeves, Danny Fishwick (physio), John Skelhorn (kitman).
  • Front row: Neil Tolson (ass't manager), Derek Wilshaw (club secretary), Andrew Shaw (vice-chairman), Lee Sinnott (manager), Robbie Lawton (captain, since left), Grahame Rowley (chairman), Paul Daine (director), George Heslop (matchday secretary), Ian Senior (coach).

    Squad 2011-12

  • Marlon BROOMES
  • Nicky CLEE
  • Stuart COBURN
  • Joe COOMBS
  • Shaun DENSMORE
  • Matthew FEARON
  • Matthew FLYNN (loanee from Fleetwood Town)
  • James HOLDEN
  • James LAWRIE
  • Chris LYNCH
  • Mark LYNCH
  • Josh MASON
  • Leighton McGIVERN
  • John MILES
  • Andrew MILNE
  • Derryn OFORI
  • Josh PALMER
  • Scott PHELAN
  • Damian REEVES
  • Adam REID
  • Simon RICHMAN
  • Neil TOLSON
  • Michael TWISS
  • Kieran WALMSLEY (loanee from Kendal Town)
  • Denico WALTERS
  • Duncan WATMORE

  • Pen pictures kindly provided by Gavin Rathbone of GR Photography, except where shown.

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

    Stuart is Altrincham's senior professional, having passed the 500 appearances mark in January 2011. He first joined Altrincham from Trafford in 1997/98 season, having been at Trafford since 1994/95 after spells at Irlam Town and Maine Road. Injury meant that Stuart played only nine games in his first Conference season (99/00) and his absence probably cost the club survival at that level in that campaign.

    In May 2002, the lure of Conference football took him from Alty (then in the UniBond Premier) 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. Stuart underwent a hernia operation in May 2004 but was fit to star in season 2004-05 when, once again, he enhanced his reputation. A groin injury sidelined him after 9 games of the 2006/07 season but he returned in early November 2006. However, injury struck again and sidelined him in September 2007 but he recovered to play most of the season as first-choice keeper. He was first-choice again in 2008-09, during which he had the dubious distinction of being suspended for receiving five yellow cards, an unusual occurrence for a keeper. In 09-10 he again distinguished himself with numerous excellent saves but after six games of 2010-11 he lost his place for eight matches to James Coates, before regaining the keeper's jersey. He was then sidelined by injury again but was first choice once more for 2011-12, until injury enforced his absence after 24 league games of the season.

    In his private life, Stuart is manager of a hire shop business in Altrincham. Appearances to June 2011: 509, 1 goal.

  • Joe COLLISTER (d.o.b. 15 December 1991)

    Joe spent a month at Altrincham on loan from Tamworth, which ended on 25 February 2012. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Paul HORRIDGE (d.o.b. 26 March, 1973)

    Paul was signed as cover just before transfer deadline on 21 March 2012. Most recently, Paul has been at Radcliffe Borough and Bacup Borough. He is also a British Fire Service international player - firefighting being a profession he shared with Alty coach Ian Senior.

    Paul's career started at Bury, followed by time at Chorley, Atherton LR, Rossendale Utd, Ramsbottom Utd, Accrington Stanley, Bamber Bridge, Lancaster City, Salford City and Clitheroe as well as more than one spell with Radcliffe Borough and Bacup Borough. He has played against Alty more than once, including when playing for Lancaster City and Salford City.

  • Adam REID (d.o.b. 29 June, 1994)

    Altrincham Youth's goalkeeper, from 2010 to date, Adam signed Conference forms in August 2011. Merseyside-based, Adam made his first-team debut in the Cheshire Senior Cup in November, 2011 and his first league start, in the BSBN, came against Harrogate Town on 21 January 2012. However, after a further league start, at Blyth, Adam was unfortunate to find himself back on the bench following the loan signing of Joe Collister. Before joining Altrincham, Adam was with Accrington Stanley.

  • Josh OLLERENSHAW (d.o.b. 5 October, 1990, height 6ft 5ins)

    Josh signed forms for Curzon Ashton in September 2011. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Marlon BROOMES (d.o.b. 28 November 1977, in Aston, Birmingham, height 1m.83cm)

    Altrincham signed central defender Marlon Broomes (height 1m 83cm), from Clitheroe FC on 9 January 2012. Marlon has Premier League experience, having started four matches for Blackburn Rovers under Roy Hodgson's managership in 1997/98 season before going on to enjoy a total of 32(+7) outings for the Lancashire club.

    Marlon had earlier been signed as a 17 year-old for Rovers by Kenny Dalglish. His other league clubs include Swindon Town (two-month loan 1997, 12 appearances), Queens Park Rangers, Grimsby Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End, Stoke City, Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra. In all he has made 223(+22) league appearances.

    An under-19 and under-21 England player, Marlon represented his country in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship

    In 2000/01 he had a month-long loan spell at Queens Park Rangers (5 apps) before a further loan at Grimsby Town for three months (18 games). He was released from Ewood Park in December, 2001 and joined Sheffield Wednesday, where he made 18 league appearances. In 2002 pre-season he joined Preston North End, under Craig Brown, on a three year contract. He played 59(+10) league games for PNE before gaining another three-year contract in the Championship at Stoke City. He played 36(+1) league matches for the Potteries team before a ruptured Achilles tendon made him miss the 2006/07 and 2007/08 league seasons completely, prompting his release.

    In summer 2008, he briefly joined Blackpool before signing on loan for Crewe Alexandra in January 2009. The Seasiders released him in summer 2009 and he joined Tranmere Rovers, whom he left at the end of last season (2010/11). He next joined Clitheroe, after having a trial with Stockport County over the summer.

    Marlon made his Altrincham debut in central defence at Hinckley on 9 January, 2012 but, unfortunately, had to go off injured just before the half-hour mark. However, in his next game, which was also his home debut on 18 February, 2012, he scored his maiden goal for the Robins. But a second hamstring injury, in only his sixth start, again sidelined him. Having returned to start the final games of the season, Marlon was released in early May 2012.

  • Ryan BROWN (born 15 March 1985 at Stoke-on-Trent)

    Ryan left the club and joined Stafford Rangers on 3 January 2012. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Joe COOMBS (d.o.b. 12 January, 1994)

    A tall central defender, Joe joined Altrincham FC Youth during the 2010-11 season and remains eligible for the NW Youth Alliance league in 2011-12. He played for the Altrincham first team in the 2011 Cheshire Senior cup final and in several pre-season games in summer 2011. The club arranged for him to gain further competitive experience at Clitheroe FC whilst still playing for Altrincham FC Youth in 2011-12 season. He has been on the first-team bench several times in 2011-12. Earlier in his career, Joe was with Macclesfield Town.

  • Adam DODD (d.o.b. 14 May, 1993)

    Adam spent a month on loan at Moss Lane, from Blackpool, and returned there on 8 January 2012. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Matthew FEARON (d.o.b. 7 September, 1993)

    Matt was the captain of the Altrincham FC Youth team early in 2011-12, having been a regular starter the previous season, too. Formerly with Accrington Stanley, he can play in midfield as well as in the back line and made his first-team debut in the Cheshire Senior Cup Final in 2011. Matt made his first league appearance at Solihull on 17 September 2011 and made his first BSB North start three days later at Colwyn Bay. Matt played on EvoStik forms at Clitheroe from the turn of 2011/12.

  • Adam FLYNN

    Adam was released on 8 March 2012. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Matthew FLYNN (d.o.b. 10 May, 1989)

    Matthew Flynn joined Altrincham, initially on a month's loan, from Fleetwood Town on 1 December 2011, having made 2(+2) appearances earlier in the season for the Lancashire club. His loan was converted into a season-long arrangement on 12 January 2012. A six-foot tall full-back, Preston-born Matty started out at Warrington Town and joined Macclesfield Town in May, 2007 and made 23(+5) appearances for The Silkmen. After various loan spells, one of which led to his signing for Rochdale where he made 7(+4) appearances. He joined Fleetwood in August 2011 and began the 2011-12 season in their starting line-up. He made an impressive Alty debut, at right-back, on 3 December at Halifax and has also appeared at centre-back. Having indicated he would sign for Alty for 2012-13, Matt decided instead to Join Barrow in early June 2012. Appearances to June 2011: 0.

  • Sam GRIMSHAW (d.o.b. 24 October, 1993)

    A youth team regular for the last two campaigns, left-back and central defender Sam Grimshaw is a product of the Altrincham youth team, which he has captained on many occasions. Before that, he spent nine years as a junior at Manchester City. As well as his defensive abilities, Sam also possesses a long throw and a good shot. After impressing Lee Sinnott in training, he signed first-team forms in mid-February 2012. In March he made his debut for Clitheroe, where he had gone to gain experience of senior football. Sam was named on the bench for Alty's final BSBN game of the 2011-12 and was signed on for 2012-13 season. Image,

  • Adrian HAWES (d.o.b. 23 November, 1987)

    Adie returned to his parent club, Alfreton Town in mid-February 2012, after a loan spell. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Paul JONES (d.o.b. 3 June, 1978 in Liverpool)

    Paul was released in early September 2011. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Mark LEES (d.o.b. 23.7.1988)

    Mark opted to leave for Stalybridge, 17 March 2011. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Mark LYNCH (d.o.b. 2 September, 1981 in Manchester)

    Full-back Mark Lynch, who played regularly at Moss Lane during his time with Manchester United Reserves, joined Altrincham on 2 February, 2012, after being released by Stockport County. Mark signed forms for Manchester United in 1999 and remained at Old Trafford till 2004/05 season, but made just one appearance for the first-team. During his time with United, Mark started 20 times for St Johnstone, up in Perth, on loan in 2001/02 season. On leaving United, he joined Sunderland (7+6 appearances), then Hull City (15+2), Yeovil (34+4), Rotherham United (35+3) and Stockport County (39+2). Mark made his debut, at left-back, against Blyth Spartans on 18 February, 2012, but after six starts he was named on the bench for several games. Mark was released in early May 2012. Altrincham career: 5(+3) appearances, 0 goals.

  • Josh MASON (d.o.b. 6 January, 1994)

    A right-back with Altrincham's youth team, Josh signed BSBN forms on 21 March 2012.

  • Andrew MILNE (d.o.b. 9 September, 1990)

    Andrew joined on a one-month loan from Barrow on 14 October 2010, later extended to three months. He had recently completed a loan period at Gainsborough Trinity but prior to that had gained Football League experience with Darlington, where he played whilst on loan last season from Leeds United. He also has won representative honours with the Scotland under-18 team.

    After progressing through Leeds's Academy system he made his League debut for Darlington in December 2009 but got injured in his second match and went back to Elland Road before returning to Darlington for a further loan from March 2010. Leeds released him at the end of that season and he joined Barrow but, after two games of the 2010-11 season, he lost his place and went to The Northolme on loan to Brian Little's Trinity. Andy made his Alty debut on 16 October 2010 on the right of the back line against Fleetwood Town and regularly started during his spell at Alty. But, on completion of his loan, just after he had scored the winning goal against Rushden on 8 January 2011, Andy opted to move on as travelling from his home in York made playing for Altrincham difficult in terms of travel. He then joined FC Halifax Town, who released him in May 2011. He next joined Ossett Town, for whom he still plays (2012). Altrincham career appearances: 10(+1).

  • Andrew SMART (d.o.b. 17 March, 1986 at Wythenshawe, Manchester)

    Altrincham FC signed Trafford FC left-back, Andrew Smart on 19 March 2012. Andy is a rarity on the playing staff at Moss Lane in recent years in being an Altrincham resident! He was brought up and still lives in Timperley and was born in Wythenshawe Hospital, on 17 March 1986.

    Andy played at Macclesfield Town (2003-07), where he broke into the first team playing 9(+3) games for them, of which 7(+2) were in League Two. However, an injury cost him his place and he moved on loan to Northwich Victoria, who were then in the Conference, where he played 19(+1) games, and scored once.

    From 20072010 he was with Stalybridge Celtic, for whom he made 98 appearances and scored 15 goals. Andy moved across Tameside to Hyde for 2010-11 where he netted seven times in 34 appearances, which led to his receiving an award as the Club's top scorer that season. When new manager Gary Lowe released all the players at Ewen Fields, Andy joined Trafford. Naturally left-footed, Andy is tall and a good dead-ball kicker, with a firm shot.

    As a youngster Andrew turned out a couple of times for Altrincham FC's Youth team. He made an assured first-team debut for Alty on 24 March 2012 against Solihull Moors.

  • Kieran WALMSLEY (d.o.b. 11 December, 1983, in Preston)

    Defender/ midfielder Kieran Walmsley joined Altrincham on a season-long loan from Kendal Town on 5 January 2012. In May, 2011, he had signed a two-year contract with the Cumbrians. Having previously played for Morecambe and Fleetwood Town, he is a deadball specialist as well as versatile, being happy anywhere in midfield and defence. Kieran's Alty debut came as a substitute right-back against Colwyn Bay on 7 January 2012 and he soon became first-choice in that position. Off the field, Kieran is a fire-alarm engineer, whose job takes him all over the country. Injury disrupted his Alty career with him starting only 8 of the first 15 matches for which he was at Moss Lane. He returned to Kendal at the end of the 11/12 season.

  • Alex WEATHERBY (d.o.b. 19 November, 1994)

    Alex, a centre-back with Altrincham FC Youth, was one of five of that team to sign BSBN forms on 21 March 2012.

  • Rob WILLIAMS (d.o.b. 6 July 1987, at Blackpool, height: 6ft 5ins)

    Rob returned to his own club at Telford when his loan spell expired on 10 December 2011. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Nicky CLEE (d.o.b. 30 August 1983, in Huddersfield)

    Altrincham signed Nicky Clee from Hyde United on 17 July 2009. Nicky is primarily a left-winger and is also an accomplished batsman for Marsden CC near Huddersfield. Former Alty boss Gerry Quinn took Nicky from Ossett Albion, whom he had joined in 2002-03 from local football, to join Ashton United in the 2003-04 season.

    The following summer he moved to Hyde United, where he made his debut at the end of July 2005 and made 147(+12) appearances and scored 21 goals in all for the Tameside club. Nicky has a very long-throw in his armoury as well as the pace and skills of a wing man. Initially used as a sub, Nicky established a more regular place in the starting line-up in September and soon became a fans' favourite. In 10-11 he was a key attacking component in the Alty side but suffered with niggling injuries. His non-football job is as a finance assistant in a Huddersfield company.

    In 2011-12 he showed his versatility as he started several games at left-back. But injury interrupted his season in February/March 2012. Appearances to June 2011: 66(+20), 6 goals.

  • Anthony DANYLYK (d.o.b. 19 June 1982, at Stoke-on-Trent)

    Despite starting every league game in 2011-12 for which he was available, Anthony asked to be released on 20 December 2011. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Shaun DENSMORE (d.o.b. 11 November 1988, in Liverpool)

    Signed on 12 September 2008, Shaun is a former Everton Academy Player of the Year, who was released by the Toffees in summer 2008. After trials with Bradford City he joined Altrincham, following in the footsteps of his father Peter, an Altrincham favourite in the 1980s. Shaun, a hardworking right-footed midfielder/defender, made his Alty debut in the Cheshire Senior Cup on 16th September 2008. After completing his initial month's contract at Altrincham, on 13 October 2008 Shaun signed on for the rest of 2008-09 season, having impressed in a run of seven unbeaten games in the side.

    The son of former Altrincham player, Peter Densmore, Shaun followed his father into the England semi-pro international side and scored on his debut for England "C" side against Malta in February, 2009. Despite an early season suspension in 09-10, Shaun soon re-established himself as a tenacious right-back/midfielder. However, he picked up a medial ligament injury in February 2011 which sidelined him till the latter part of the season but he returned to full fitness before the end of the season.

    A regular starter in 2011-12 in central midfield, Shaun was named captain on the departure of Robbie Lawton in November, 2011, but picked up a knee injury which sidelined him in mid-December. Appearances to June 2011: 122(+3), 13 goals.

  • James HOLDEN (d.o.b. 16 October, 1986)

    James was on the books of Altrincham Reserves as a 17 year-old, having received his initial footballing education over a period of five years at Manchester United, whom he joined at the age of seven. Four years at Bury followed, before James had his first spell at Moss Lane. He then joined Ashton United, followed by a brief stay at Chorley in 2007-08 season. However, he joined FC United later in 2007 before moving on again to Vauxhall Motors. Following a brief stay, in 2009, at Welsh club Bala Town, he rejoined FCUM in 2010. A short stay at Curzon Ashton then preceded his third spell with FC United, before he joined Altrincham on 20 January, 2012.

    Mainly a central midfielder, James can also play in defence, especially at right-back. He made his Alty debut as a substitute against Harrogate Town on 21 January 2012 but, after two more appearances from the bench, he signed forms to play for AFC Fylde, whilst remaining registered for Altrincham at BSBN level. James was released at the end of the 2011/12 season.

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

    Robbie left the club in November 2011. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Chris LYNCH (d.o.b. 29.12.1984)

    Experienced central midfielder/right-back Chris Lynch joined Alty on 3 June 2011, following Alty's new assistant manager Neil Tolson, from Hyde FC, for which club he made his debut in 2004. Previously he had been at Wigan Athletic and he arrived at Moss Lane after 249 starts and 38 sub appearances for The Tigers, for whom he had been a virtual ever-present for the previous three seasons. His early days at Altrincham were affected by injury but he was an established starter well before Christmas 2011. Appearances to June 2011: 0.

  • John MILES (d.o.b. 28 September, 1981 in Fazackerley, Liverpool)

    Signed on 2 February 2012, after being released by Stockport County, John is an experienced former Football League forward / midfielder. His former clubs include Liverpool (no first-team appearances), Stoke City (1 sub appearance), Crewe Alexandra (3+7 appearances), Macclesfield Town (85+53), Accrington Stanley (99+12), MK Dons 7(+5), Fleetwood Town 8(+2), Droylsden and Stockport County 11(+3). John made his Altrincham debut as a late substitute against Blyth on 18 February 2012 and played his first full game three days later in central midfield, winning the Man of the Match award for his performance. Nevertheless, he was released at the end of the 11/12 season.

  • Josh PALMER (d.o.b. 26 May, 1994)

    Josh started out as a junior player with Stockport County and was a member of the successful Stockport Schoolboys side. A pacey left-winger, he joined the Altrincham FC Youth side, before signing BSBN forms on 21 March 2012.

  • Scott PHELAN (d.o.b. 13.3.1988 in Liverpool, height 5ft 8ins, weight 11st 2lbs)

    Scott Phelan was signed by Altrincham on 6 March 2012, two weeks after he had joined Vauxhall Motors, where he had been on loan since December 2011, from Kidderminster Harriers. The Harriers released him in February 2012.

    As a youngster, Scott was with Everton where his path crossed with Alty's captain, Shaun Densmore. Scott was captain of the Toffeemen's under-18s and reserves before he was released in 2007. A contract with Bradford City followed and it was with The Bantams that he made his Football League debut, as a substitute, in August, 2007. He went on to make 13 Football League and three cup appearances for the Yorkshire club. In a mass clearout at the Bantams, Scott was released at the end of the 2007-08 season.

    Next, Scott joined FC Halifax Town in September 2008 before he signed for Kidderminster Harriers. He made his Alty debut as a substitute against Stalybridge on 6 March 2012.

  • Simon RICHMAN (d.o.b. 2 June 1990 at Ormskirk)

    Midfielder/winger Simon Andrew Richman is a product of the Bolton Wanderers' academy and the Port Vale youth system. He broke through into the Valiants' first team in League One in 2007-08 and made 48 League appearances for them in all, mostly in 2008-09 in League Two, when he was voted the club's Young Player of the Season. Simon then suffered a groin injury which kept him out of action for several months and, though he made five first-team League Two apperances for Vale in 2009-10, he was released at the end of that campaign. In summer 2010, he had trials with Southport and Worcester City, before joining City and making eight league appearances in the Blue Square Bet North.

    His early Alty career was marred by injury but by late November he was back in the starting eleven. Appearances to June 2011: 0.


    Brian was released on 2 February 2012. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Liam TOMSETT (d.o.b. 27 October, 1992)

    Liam spent a month at Alty on loan from Blackpool. Details in Departed Players section.

  • James LAWRIE (d.o.b. 18 December, 1990 in Dundonald, Co. Down)

    Signed from AFC Telford United on 31 August 2011, initially on a one-month loan, (later extended to 93 days), James is a Northern Ireland-born forward, who was brought up in Middlewich, Cheshire. At the conclusion of his loan spell, Telford released him and he signed for Altrincham in early December, 2011.

    His footballing career began in Port Vale's youth system. Whilst at the Potteries' club, at which Alty boss Lee Sinnott was manager in 2007-08, he went on to make his first League appearances and recorded his first league goal for Port Vale in January 2009. He scored the team's Goal of the Season in 2008-09 and went on to make 27(+2) appearances for the club. A troubled Port Vale transfer-listed its entire squad in summer 2010 and, so, James left at that time. But, previously, he had had a trial at Everton (2009-10) and spent a period on loan at Kidderminster Harriers from February 2010 till the end of that season. For the Harriers, he made 12 appearances - one of which was against Altrincham at Moss Lane. After leaving Port Vale, James had trials at Exeter City, Stevenage and Morecambe before he signed a year's contract at AFC Telford United. There, his progress was hampered by an ankle injury.

    Having played at various age-levels for Northern Ireland, the six-foot striker gained his first senior international cap against Italy in June 2009 and made two further international appearances. James's spell at Port Vale coincidentally overlapped with Altrincham player Simon Richman's time there. James made his Alty debut as a sub, away to Gloucester City, on 3 September, 2011 and scored on his full debut a week later. Appearances to June 2011: 0.

  • Leighton McGIVERN (d.o.b. 2.6.84 in Liverpool; height 5ft 8ins)

    Leighton McGivern joined Altrincham on 5 March 2012, after he had left Vauxhall Motors, where he was the leading scorer, with 18 goals to his name. 14 of these goals had come in 21 league matchesin a troubled season for the Wirral club. Leighton had gained Football League experience with both Rochdale and Accrington Stanley before he rejoined Vauxhall Motors for a third time in January 2011.

    Leighton's former clubs include:

  • 20022003: Aberystwyth Town 10 appearances, 3 goals
  • 20032004: Vauxhall Motors 1 app., 1 goal.
  • 20042005: Rochdale 25 app's, 1 goal.
  • 20052006: Vauxhall Motors 9 app's, 3 goals.
  • 20062008: Accrington Stanley 19 app's, 2 goals.
  • 20082010: Waterloo Dock (Liverpool County Premier)
  • 20112012: Vauxhall Motors

    Leighton's first start for Alty came on 6 March, 2012, against Stalybridge Celtic.

  • Astley MULHOLLAND (d.o.b. 19 January, 1988)

    Astley chose to join FC United of Manchester in October 2011. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Derryn OFORI (d.o.b. 27 October, 1994)

    Derryn started off with Bury as a junior before playing as a striker with the Altrincham FC Youth team. He was one of a group of youth players who signed BSBN forms on 21 March 2012.

  • Jack REDSHAW (d.o.b. 20 November 1990, height 5ft 6ins)

    Jack was signed by Morecambe in late January 2012 but was then loaned back for a month, ending on 25th February 2012. Details in Departed Players section.

  • Damian REEVES (d.o.b. 18 December 1985, height 5ft 10ins)

    Altrincham FC signed striker Damian Reeves on 26 June 2010 and he became the club's leading scorer and "Supporters' Player of the Season" at the end of the 2010-11 campaign, netting 19 times in 35(+11) games for a struggling side.

    Doncaster-based Damian is an Academy graduate of Leeds United, where he first played under Alty boss, Lee Sinnott. Subsequently, he played Conference football with Farsley Celtic, Histon and Northwich Victoria. A Liverpool supporter, Damian broke his leg badly whilst at Leeds, after which he moved to Farsley, where he spent two years from August 2006 to June 2008. In his first season he scored 23 goals and, the following season, the Yorkshire club's one campaign in the Conference, he played 44(+2) games in all competitions, scoring 11 Conference and 3 cup goals in FA competitions. At Histon he played 13(+9) games and netted 5 times, before leaving in January 2009 to move to Northwich Victoria, where he made 7(+2) appearances.

    After Vics, Damian went to Alfreton Town in 2009-10, followed by a spell at AFC Telford United and a loan spell with Bradford PA. At Telford he scored four goals in 17 appearances. He started his first game for Altrincham on the opening day of the 2010-11 season at Luton. Despite not starting more than three successive league games at a stretch in the first half of the season, Damian became a permanent starter for the second half of the campaign and went on lead the scoring charts for the club.

    In 2011-12 a rich vein of form saw him hit 33 goals in Alty's first 28 league matches of the campaign, including a club record of scoring in 10 successive league games.

    Outside football, Damian is a self-employed plasterer - and before establishing himself in football he had a basketball trial with Sheffield Sharks. Appearances to June 2011: 35(+11), 19 goals.

  • Neil TOLSON (d.o.b. 25 October 1973, in Walsall)

    Neil became Altrincham FC's Assistant Manager in June 2011 but he then also signed playing forms in August 2011 with a view, primarily, to being used as a substitute should the circumstances require it. His first inclusion as a player (unused sub) in the first-team league squad was not until January 2012

    He had first teamed up with Alty manager Lee Sinnott when both were players at Bradford City in 1994. Neil, whose previous employment was as manager of Hyde United (now Hyde FC), till April 2011, had joined The Tigers as a player in 2003 before becoming assistant manager in 2007 and then player-manager from September, 2008 to 4 April 2011.

    As a professional player, Neil was a striker, who topped York City's goalscoring chart for 199697. In some 200 appearances for Football League clubs, Neil played for Walsall, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City and Chester City before his spell at York. After York, he also spent two years at Southend United (1999-2001) before he joined Leigh RMI. Early in 2003 he left Leigh RMI and joined Kettering Town, in February of that year, but a month later he signed for Halifax Town.

    In addition to his role at Altrincham, Neil has a full-time job as operations manager with a security company.

  • Michael TWISS (d.o.b. 26 December 1977, in Salford)

    Michael Twiss, who played in pre-season for Alty as far back as August 2001, joined the club on 24 May 2010 on a two-year contract. Michael was released by Morecambe in March (2010) but, as he had had his contract paid up, he was unable to join any club above Conference North level. As a result, he had a brief spell at Stalybridge Celtic before the end of the 2009-10 season.

    Michael started out at Manchester United where he spent four seasons in the Reserves, though he did make a 1(+1) first-team appearances too, as well as spending much of the 1998-99 season on loan at Sheffield United in the old First Division. He joined Port Vale on leaving Old Trafford in July 2000.

    In 2000-01 he played for Leigh RMI where he was top scorer in the Conference before joining Chester City for 2001-02. He stayed there till he joined Morecambe in 2004, where he later played in their promotion winning side.

    A pre-season injury prevented his starting a league game for Alty until October 16th 2010 when he also scored his first goal, against Fleetwood. However, he started only eight matches in the second half of a season in which he netted four goals. Michael is currently a mature student at Salford University. Four goals in his first 12 league matches in 2011-12 promised a better season for Michael but he lost his starting place after 17 games of the season.

    MIchael was released at the end of the 2011/12 season. Appearances to June 2011: 20(+18), 4 goals.

  • Denico WALTERS (d.o.b. 31 May, 1994)

    Denico is a striker with the Altrincham FC Youth team who signed BSBN forms on 21 March 2012.

  • Duncan WATMORE (d.o.b. 8 March 1994)

    Duncan, a speedy and skilful striker, made his first-team debut as a substitute in the FA Trophy game against FC United on 27 November 2011. Before that he had impressed in the Altrincham Youth team as well as for the Cheshire County side and for his college, Cheadle Hulme School. Duncan was first named in a league squad at HiBefore the end of the season, Duncan signed a contract to the end of the 11/12 season. Photo:

    DEPARTED PLAYERS & STAFF - 2011 close season and during 2011-12
    See Departed Players/Staff 2011-12
  • Mark BEESLEY
  • Stuart BIMSON (ass't manager)
  • Ryan BROWN
  • Joe COLLISTER (loanee)
  • Anthony DANYLYK
  • Chris DENHAM
  • Adam DODD (loanee)
  • Craig DOOTSON
  • Adam FLYNN
  • Adrian HAWES (loanee)
  • Dale JOHNSON
  • Paul JONES
  • Marc JOSEPH
  • Robbie LAWTON
  • Mark LEES
  • Ken McKENNA (manager)
  • Jack REDSHAW
  • James SMITH
  • Rob WILLIAMS (loanee)
  • Liam TOMSETT (loanee)
  •   For details of last season's squad (2010/11), visit the 2010/11 Squad Page

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