FIRST TEAM

Updated 5 January, 2015

Altrincham FC
2014-15 First-Team Squad.

  • Back row: Simon Richman, Greg Wilkinson, Tom Marshall, Gianluca Havern, Kyle Perry, Peter Cavanagh, Rob Gilroy.
  • Middle row: Alan Ainsley (physio), Luke Pickering (kitman), Max Pouncey, Ryan Crowther, Jake Moult, Dave Parton, Josh Samberg, Stuart Coburn, Mike Williams (now retired), Damian Reeves, James Lawrie, Steven Gillespie, Ian Senior (goalkeeping coach), Neil Tolson (assistant manager).
  • Front row: David Brown, Jeff King, Grahame Rowley (chairman), Nicky Clee, Lee Sinnott (manager), Shaun Densmore (captain), George Heslop (matchday secretary), Adam Griffin, Sean Williams.

Squad 2014-15 and their numbers


PHOTO/SQUAD NO.
GOALKEEPERS

No.1
Stuart COBURN (d.o.b. 5 May, 1976, in Manchester, height 6ft 1in, weight 14st.)

The Club's all-time appearance record holder, Stuart is the Club's senior semi-professional and hugely popular with supporters. He first joined the Club from neighbours Trafford in 1997/98 season, having been at Shawe View since 1994/95, after earlier spells at Irlam Town and Maine Road. Injury meant that Stuart played only nine games in his first Conference season (99/00) which saw the Robins relegated.

In May 2002, the lure of Conference football took him from Alty (then in the Northern Premier League) to Leigh RMI on a two-year contract. However, Leigh surprisingly released him in October 2003 after he had been voted their player of the season. He rejoined Alty on 17 October 2003 and made his (second) Alty debut at Hyde United on 21 October 2003.

Stuart can also make several claims unmatched by other keepers; he has scored twice whilst playing in goal, (once for Alty [at Runcorn] and once previously), has an outfield league-match substitution to his name, (in April 1998 versus Emley)... and was once suspended in mid-season for picking up five yellow cards!

In his private life, Stuart is manager of a hire shop business in Altrincham. Appearances to June 2014: 646(+1), 1 goal.


No.14
David PARTON (d.o.b. 22 November, 1992, in Stoke on Trent, height 6ft 0in)

Dave joined Altrincham from Newcastle Town on 6 June 2014. He had joined the Staffordrshire Evostik League Division 1 South club in 2011 and established himself as an impressive keeper. He started out at his home-town club, Stoke City. Whilst at Stoke, Dave had a loan spell with Worcester City in 2010-11 season. He made several appearances in 2014-15 and proved a dependable replacement for Stuart Coburn. Appearances to June 2014: 0.


No.24
Josh SAMBERG (d.o.b. 7 September 1995)

Altrincham FC signed youth team goalkeeper Josh Samberg on non-contract forms in mid-December 2013. He established himself as the regular Altrincham FC Youth team goalkeeper in the 2013-14 season but before that, in summer 2013, he had been goalkeeper for the Team GB Under-18s who won a medal in Israel in the 19th Maccabiah Games.

Josh made two first-team starts in the Cheshire Senior Cup in March 2014. He again joined the first-team squad for pre-season training, in summer 2014. In March he went on loan to Radcliffe Borough and Bamber Bridge on loan. Appearances to June 2014: 2.

 
DEFENDERS

No.23
David BROWN (d.o.b. 20 April 1996)

A very reliable defender who can play centrally or at right-back, David has graduated from the Altrincham FC Youth team for three years. He was with Rochdale as a youngster and has won Cheshire FA County representative honours at under-18 level. He signed first-team forms in late September 2013 and was invited to train with the first team again for 2014-15. Appearances to June 2014: 2.


No.2
Shaun DENSMORE (d.o.b. 11 November 1988, in Liverpool)

Signed initially on a month's contract 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. Shaun, a hardworking right-footed defender/midfielder, made his Alty debut on 16th September 2008. 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 of the 1980s, 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. He normally plays at right-back but is also impressive in midfield. His wholehearted approach and his excellent freekicks make him a key member of the team. His 2014-15 season was disrupted by two injuries but between these he again impressed. Appearances to June 2014: 255(+6), 24 goals.


No.3
Adam GRIFFIN (d.o.b. 26 August, 1984 )

Altrincham signed left-back Adam Griffin from Hyde FC, where he had been captain, on 13 December 2013. He made his Altrincham debut in a friendly against Southport, the next day, and then immediately established jimself as the first-choice left-back at Moss Lane for the rest of the season and for the whole of 2014-15. Prior to his time at Hyde, Adam had amassed nearly 250 Football League appearances in a career which had seen him play for Oldham Athletic, Oxford United and Stockport County. He has also had a season with Darlington. Appearances to June 2014: 29, 0 goals.


No.5
Gianluca HAVERN (d.o.b. 24 September 1988 in Gorton, Manchester)

Gianluca Havern signed for Altrincham in early July 2012. He spent his early footballing days at Stockport County, where he was captain of their under-18 side. Whilst at Edgeley Park he went on loan at Radcliffe Borough and Ashton United, before making his Stockport County debut in May 2008, a game in which he also scored.

Released by County in January 2009, he briefly joined Mansfield Town, before returning to Stockport County. He left Edgeley Park, again, at the end of August 2010 and joined Mossley before moving on to Ashton United. By June 2011, he had signed for Hyde, where he was a key member of their Conference North championship-winning side last season.

In 2012/13 he re-formed a partnership with fellow ex-Hyde defender Danny Hall and, in the absences of Shaun Densmore, captained the side. Throughout 2014-15 he was a consistently outstanding performer, generally in partnership with Scott Leather until the latter's suspension led to a partnership with Tom Marshall at the heart of Altrincham's defence. Appearances to June 2014: 97, 4 goals.

Sam HEATHCOTE (d.o.b. 1 August 1997)

Sam is the son of former Altrincham boss and player, Graham Heathcote. He signed Conference forms, as a back-up for the first-team, in March 2015 but was not assigned a squad number at that stage. Formerly with Manchester United as a youngster, Sam has also played for Altrincham Youth team and Reserves primarily as a centre-back. He has also represented Cheshire County FA Youth team. Appearances to June 2014: 0.


No.6
Scott LEATHER (d.o.b. 30 September, 1992 in Manchester)

Scott swept the board with three Player of the Season awards at Moss Lane in summer 2014. A local lad, he signed on a non-contract basis for Altrincham on 19 July 2012, having only figured for 29 minutes on his Altrincham debut a friendly against Morecambe two days earlier.

A central-defender, who can also play at right-back, Scott spent some eight years at Crewe Alexandra before he moved on to Preston North End in 2009. He made two League appearances for the Deepdale club but was released by Preston at the end of 2011-12 season. Before joining Altrincham in summer 2012, he had a trial with Barrow.

Though initially mainly named on the bench in 2012-13, Scott seized his chance when injuries and suspensions gave him a chance and he showed his versatility by playing across all of the back four positions. On 4 December 2012 was rewarded with a contract. For 2013-14 he was a virtual ever-present and weighed in with some important goals. Off the field, Scott is a trainee engineer.

Appearances to June 2014: 75(+15), 6 goals.


No.16
Tom MARSHALL (d.o.b. 16 November, 1987 in Lichfield)

On 20 December 2013, Altrincham signed 6ft 4inch central defender Tom Marshall from Stafford Rangers. Tom started out at Hednesford Town where he made 170 appearances for The Pitmen, from the age of 17. He was then signed by Eastwood Town (summer 2010) but a shoulder injury, sustained in a car accident, hindered his progress. However, he moved to Tamworth, where he had two spells (2010-11 and 2012-13), with a period in between with Kidderminster Harriers (2011-12).

Whilst at Aggbrough he was loaned to Brackley Town during their promotion push to the Conference North. He made 72(+4) league appearances for Tamworth, where he had a spell as captain, and started 23 times for Kidderminster in the Conference National. At Kiddy he was a team mate of Alty's defender, Mike Williams and he is a fellow member of the rock band "Stubblemelt" with Alty striker Kyle Perry.

His first season at Altrincham was upset by injury but he proved a reliable defender, making most of his appearances from the bench. Appearances to June 2014: 8(+11), 1 goal.

 
MIDFIELDERS

No.25
Peter CAVANAGH (d.o.b. 14 October 1981, in Bootle)

On 29 July Peter signed for Altrincham. He had previously played 161(+6) league games for Accrington (2001-10), 38(+1) for Fleetwood Town (2010-12) and 47(+4) for Rochdale (2012-14). He proved an astute signing and his experience was an integral part of a generally successful season for Altrincham in 2014-15.

Appearances to June 2014: 0.


No.11
Nicky CLEE (d.o.b. 30 August 1983, in Huddersfield)

Altrincham signed Nicky Clee from Hyde United on 17 July 2009. He is primarily a left-winger but can also play at left-back, as well as being an accomplished batsman for Marsden CC near Huddersfield. Nicky would also be first in the queue to go in goal should such an opportunity arise.

It was a former Alty boss, Gerry Quinn, who 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. Nicky made 147(+12) appearances and scored 21 goals in all for the Tameside club.

As well as his trickery on the ball, he has a very long-throw in his armoury. Initially used as a sub, Nicky soon established a more regular place in the starting line-up and became a fans' favourite at Moss Lane.

His non-football job is as a finance assistant in a Huddersfield company.

Appearances to June 2014: 185(+28), 28 goals.


No.19
Ryan CROWTHER (d.o.b. 17 September 1988 in Stockport)

On 29 May 2014, winger Ryan Crowther agreed to sign forms for the Club for the 2014-15 season. He was previously with FC Halifax Town.

As a youngster he had started out at Stockport County, before he joined Liverpool (2007-09) where he figured regularly in their Reserves. After a brief spell at Stalybridge Celtic in 2010, he joined Ashton United, then moved across Tameside to Hyde. A spell at Fleetwood Town followed before he was released in January 2014, after which he joined FC Halifax Town. Injury affected his season but in the latter part of the campaign he was a regular used sub or starter.

Appearances to June 2014: 0.


No.22
Rob GILROY (d.o.b. 1 November, 1995, in Liverpool)

Central midfielder Rob joined Altrincham FC Youth team in 2012 from Chester FC. During the 2012-13 season Crosby-based Rob began to train with the first team before signing Conference North forms on 13 March 2013, whilst on duty for the England Schools team, for whom he had scored on his debut earlier in the month. Rob went on to captain the England side to a 3-1 win against Scotland in Perth and he scored one of the goals.

After being on the bench for a number of Skrill North games, Rob went on loan to Prescot Cables on 16 December 2013 to gain match experience. A back injury sidelined him at the start of the 2014-15 season and he was named in any squad during the 2014-15 season. Appearances to June 2014: 1(+1), 1 goal.


No.4
Jake MOULT (d.o.b. 10 February, 1989)

Lee Sinnott signed midfielder Jake Moult on a 93-day loan from Alfreton Town in late August 2012. Previously, Jake had been a summer trialist at Altrincham in 2007. Born in Stoke on Trent, he joined Alfreton on 1 July 2010, before which he had been with Stafford Rangers. His earlier career was with Port Vale and Plymouth Argyle.

In early November 2012, Jake formally moved to Altrincham on a free transfer, signing a contract to the end of 2013/14 season. He is the brother of Nuneaton striker Louis Moult and Jake himself has a powerful shot, which had helped him to weigh in with a steady goal-return from central midfield prior to this campaign. Appearances to June 2014: 75(+18), 14 goals.


No.8
Simon RICHMAN (d.o.b. 2 June 1990 at Ormskirk)

Midfielder/winger Simon 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.

Simon became Lee Sinnott's first signing at Altrincham in summer 2011 but his early Alty career was marred by injuries and illness. Having mostly played in right midfield, Simon completed the campaign in central midfield, a position he also played in during 2012-13. Summer 2013 saw him as an integral part of the Great Britain Universities' team which won the silver medal in the world games in Kazan, Russia.

His energy in midfield is an important feature of the team. Outside football, Simon is studying chemical engineering at the University of Manchester. Appearances to June 2014: 91(+23), 14 goals.


No.26
Jordan SINNOTT (d.o.b. 14 February 1994)

Jordan joined Altrincham on non-contract terms on 13 February 2015, following his release by Huddersfield Town. He had previously enjoyed a one-month loan at Alty from Huddersfield as a short-term reinforcement to the squad in December 2012. Son of Alty boss, Lee Sinnott, Jordan is a midfielder who made his debut for Altrincham on the right flank against Gainsborough Trinity on 8 December 2012. Jordan was captain of the Yorkshire club's under-18 team in 2011-12.

He made 2(+3) appearances for Huddersfield’s first-team and also had a loan spell at Bury.

Appearances to June 2014: 6.


No.15
Greg WILKINSON (d.o.b. 3 October, 1989)

A central midfielder, Greg established himself in Altrincham FC folklore when he scored the goal which won the Skrill North promotion final against Guiseley in May 2014, just 22 seconds after joining the game in the final minute of extra time. He had been brought on for the penalty shoot-out as he is a calm finisher, a quality he exhibited when he scored several important goals earlier in 2013-14 season.

Having started his career at Curzon Ashton, he joined Manchester United's Academy at Carrington, under Paul McGuiness and Rene Meulesteen, where he remained for four years, playing in the same side as Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley. After being released he played for amateur club East Manchester in the Manchester League, as well as Curzon Ashton's youth team, where he played mainly at centre back or right back.

He signed for Steve Burr at Stalybridge Celtic at Christmas, 2007. Under Celtic's subsequent manager Jim Harvey, Greg was at the time the youngest captain ever of the Bower Fold club.

Greg joined Altrincham from Stalybridge on 18 October 2013. In all he made 165 appearances and scored 21 times for Celtic. Greg has Alty ancestry as his great uncle, Nick Boland, played for Altrincham in the 1930s, after joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers; he moved on to Southport.

Prior to his memorable goal against Guiseley, in the latter part of the 2013-14 season Greg had featured exclusively from the bench and this continued to be the case in 2014-15. Consequently, Greg went on loan to stockport County at the start of 2015 and remained there till the end of the season. He continues to live in Stalybridge with his partner and son. Appearances to June 2014: 13 (+10), 6 goals.


No.18
Sean WILLIAMS (d.o.b. 20 January 1992, in Liverpool)

On 17 May 2014, Altrincham FC announced that agreement had been reached for Colwyn Bay midfielder Sean Williams to join Altrincham. Sean has had two spells with the Bay, having also played for FC Halifax Town where he was part of their promotion squad from Conference North. Prior to that he had spells with Stockport County, Vauxhall Motors, Hyde and Skelmersdale United. Appearances to June 2014: 0.

 
FORWARDS

No.9
Steven GILLESPIE (d.o.b. 4 June 1985, in Liverpool)

Steven joined Altrincham on 19 July 2014. A 5ft 9inch striker, he started out at Liverpool (2001-4), after which he made 12 league appearances for Bristol City (2004-6). Another 21 league appearances, on loan at Cheltenham Town, followed before he actually joined Town and made a further 67 appearances, netting 21 times in that spell.

From 2008–12 he made 98 league appearances for Colchester United, scoring 25 goals in an injury-affected spell; the Essex side had paid for a fee of £400,000 for him. A return to the north followed with 22 apearances and four goals for Fleetwood Town, who released him in early 2014 after he had briefly been on loan to Cheltenham. In February 2014 he signed for Bristol Rovers, where he made 14 appearances last season.

As a schoolboy, Steven broke Robbie Fowler's record number of goals for Liverpool Schools, an accolade later taken from Steven by Wayne Rooney. Steven lost his place in the side and figured only sparingly in the latter part of the 2014-15 season. Appearances to June 2014: 0.


No.7
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. In February 2013 he signed a further contract, tying him to Moss Lane till the end of the 2013-14 season.

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.

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. James, who played on both flanks as well as in a central striking position, finished his first season as the club's second highest scorer and again reached double figures in 2012-13. After a spell in mid-season of 2013-14 when he started mainly from the bench, he re-established himself in the starting eleven in the second half of the season and scored vital goals in the play-offs. Appearances to June 2014: 99(+29), 29 goals.


No.14
Kyle PERRY (d.o.b. 5 March 1986 in Birmingham)

On 29 May 2013, Altrincham FC announced that they had agreed terms for 2013-14 with striker Kyle Perry, who was with Nuneaton Town in 2012-13. Having been at Walsall, Kyle joined AFC Telford United (2004-06), where he made 68 appearances, scoring 32 times. Spells at four Midlands teams followed; Sutton Coldfield Town (on loan), Hednesford Town, Willenhall Town and Chasetown. Indeed, Kyle was in the Chasetown side which knocked Port Vale out of the FA Cup and the Valiants later signed him (January 2008), when current Alty boss Lee Sinnott was their manager. He went on to make 31 appearances for the Burslem side.

The BBC in 2008 reported that "Port Vale striker Kyle Perry has praised manager Lee Sinnott for rescuing his career. Sinnott brought Perry to Vale Park from Chasetown in January after he helped the Southern League Division One side knock the Valiants out of the FA Cup. The 22-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke, 'He saw my ability and believed in me so I can't thank him enough for that. He pulled me back into league football and saved my career'".

A forward by trade, Perry has been asked to play on the left of midfield on occasions and, although he would prefer to play up front, "I can compete in both positions", he said. "I'm put out there because I'm tall and I can whip a ball in when I get the chance".

Following a loan spell with Northwich Victoria (2009), he spent 2009-10 at Mansfield Town (40 games, 9 goals) and 2010-11 at Tamworth (40 games, 17 goals), before signing for Lincoln City (2011-12). 2012 saw him have a loan spell at Telford before joining promoted Nuneaton Town for 2012-13. During that season he had loan spells with Hereford United and Tamworth.

Many of his appearances both in 2013-14 and 2014-15 were from the bench and in each campaign he amassed a respectable goals to time on the pitch ratio. Appearances to June 2014: 20(+24) 14 goals.


No.10
Damian REEVES (d.o.b. 18 December 1985, height 5ft 10ins)

Doncaster-based Damian is starting his fifth season at Moss Lane having been leading scorer in all but one of his previous campaigns. Like several of the Altrincham squad he has previously played for current manager elsewhere but, in his case, it was Graham Heathcote who signed him for Altrincham on 26 June 2010.

Despite playing in a struggling and eventually relegated side at the highest level of non-league football, Damian netted 19 times in just 35(+11) games. 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 that campaign.

In 2011-12 a rich vein of form saw him hit 44 goals, all in the league, to become the country's highest scorer at the club's level or above. It looked as if that haul might earn him a move to a League club but, after a summer of rumour and speculation, he re-signed for Altrincham on 22 July 2012. His scoring continued in 2012-13 with another phenomenal haul of 41 goals in all competitions and in 2014-15 he was again the team's leading scorer by a considerable margin.

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 under Lee Sinnott. He spent two years from August 2006 to June 2008 at Farsley where, 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.

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 2014: 170(+19), 126 goals.


No.20
Joel SWIFT (d.o.b. 5 September, 1994)

Joel's goalscoring this season for Altrincham FC Reserves won him a place on the first-team bench for the FA Cup tie at Barwell in October 2014. He was first named in a Conferemce match squad on 28 December 2014. Appearances to June 2014: 0.

 
DEPARTED PLAYERS & STAFF - 2014 close season and during 2014-15
See Departed Players/Staff 2014-15
  • Matt DOUGHTY
  • Carl RODGERS
  • Jeff KING
  • Max POUNCEY
  • James WALSHAW
  • Mike WILLIAMS
  For details of last season's squad (2013/14), visit the 2013/14 Squad Page