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ALTRINCHAM YOUTH pictured before the game against St Helens Town on 24 August 2003.
Back L to R: George Heslop (manager), Barry George, Steve Lunt, Alex Frost (capt.), Chris Davis, Clint Walker, Josh Collins, David Neville, Michael Bailey, Will Allman, Tom Read, Mal Bailey (coach). Front: Lewis Chalmers, Matt Tooth, Kelvin Lugsden, Stevie Taylor, Kieran Lugsden, Adam Douthwaite, Stuart Cook.
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Altrincham's Youth side is managed by George Heslop, ably assisted by Neil Thomason and Mal Bailey. The team plays in the Bolton and District Amateur Football Combination (North West Youth Alliance Under-18s' Premier Division). I am very grateful to George for his help in providing information for this page. If anyone else has information on the Youth team, I am always happy to receive it. You can e-mail me here. John Laidlar.
23 May 2004
A successful Altrincham Youth Team Presentation Night was held last night at Moss Lane. Before the event the lads lined-up for the above photo, to mark their double success in the NWYA Premier league and Cup in 2003-04.
Line up: Back row - George Heslop (manager), Kieran Lugsden, Paul Lewis, Lewis Chalmers, Steve Lunt, Barry George, Tom Read, Joe Connor, Josh Collins, Kelvin Lugsden, Neil Thomason (coach). Front row - Adam Ball, Andy Thorpe, Danny Grimshaw, Alex Frost (capt.), Stuart Cook, Adam Douthwaite, Matt Tooth and Stevie Taylor.
The event was very efficiently organised by Steve Lunt's sister, Jo Ryan, with family and colleagues. Some ninety people attended in the Noel White Suite. These included Alty chairman, Geoff Goodwin and director Grahame Rowley. Special thanks and an award were also made to the Stonemason's Arms, the Timperley pub which had raised £1,000 for the youth team over the past year. This was accepted by former Altrincham defender Mal Bailey, who played a large part in the fundraising.
Left-back Matt Tooth won both the Jackie Swindells Trophy, donated by STAR, the Altrincham supporters' trust and the Players' Player of the Year award. Matt is seen, above right, with STAR chairperson, Brian Flynn.
Above, Alex Frost and Lewis Chalmers present manager George Heslop with a silver salver.
Left, manager George Heslop and, right, coach Neil Thomason.
15 May 2004
IN THE PINK
Two of the Alty Youth team, Alex Frost and Lewis Chalmers are pictured in today's Pink with the Gtr Manchester Schools u-19 side which won the England Schools' County FA Premier League Trophy.
12 May 2004
The Alty Youth team did the double this season winning the NWYA Premier Division and the Premier Cup. I am grateful to Jo Ryan for the picture above of Jack Crompton, the Man Utd legend, presenting the NWYA Premier Division trophy.
9 May 2004
The Marine site has a report on the Alty Youth v Marine A match last Monday. Describing the winning goal it says "Marine were convinced that Lunt was offside but under the new rules Luntís goal seemed to be legitimate". So, "Marine had to settle for joint runners up with St Helens College with Altrincham worthy champions".
5 May 2004
JOCKEYING FOR POSITION
The double-winning Altrincham Youth side seen in boisterous mood after Monday's league win over Marine. Back row: Stevie Taylor, Sam Cawthra, Andy Thorpe, Joe Connor, Paul Lewis, Barry George, Chris Rowley, Matt Tooth, Josh Collins, Kieran Lugsden, Tom Read, Neil Thomason (coach), George Heslop (manager). Middle: Adam Ball, Steve Lunt. Front: Danny Grimshaw, Stuart Cook, Lewis Chalmers, Alex Frost (capt.), Kelvin Lugsden, Adam Douthwaite.
3 May 2004
100 UP! -ALTY YOUTH 2 MARINE YOUTH 1
Altrincham Youth completed their league season with a 2-1 win over Marine at Moss Lane this afternoon. The goals came from Danny Grimshaw and Steve Lunt, the latter Alty Youth's 100th in all competitions this season. Match report here.
Above: Danny Grimshaw's opening goal. Danny is the second Alty player from the left and part of the ball is just visible behind the post! Below: The ball (in centre of photo) has just come back off the far post from Matt Tooth's fine shot but Steve Lunt lurks, ready to knock it back into the net for the second goal. There is another picture on the Home Page.
2 May 2004
Altrincham Youth's Alex Frost, Matt Tooth and Lewis Chalmers were part of the Gtr Manchester U-19 side which won the England Schools County FA Premier league Trophy this week.
LEIGH RMI ACADEMY 1 ALTRINCHAM YOUTH 3
Alty Youth, already league champions, won again today at Pennington FC. Steve Lunt scored twice and Danny Grimshaw got the third as two goals in the final eight minutes saw Alty home. Above, Steve Lunt (pointing) turns to thank Matt Tooth for the cross for his second goal, whilst below, Paul Lewis is a model of concentration on a pitch covered in daisies and dandelions.
Match report here.
Marine report that their "Youth team assured themselves of at least a share of second place in the North West Youth Alliance Premier League with a 1-0 win at Morecambe today".
28 April 2004
WORLD CUP FOR BARRY?
Alty Youth goalkeeper Barry George is the fully-sighted goalkeeper for the England Partially-Sighted XI. The World Championships for Partially-Sighted Footballers take place in Manchester this December so, hopefully, Barry might be involved in them. The organisers, Manchester FA are looking for volunteers to be drivers, stewards or to perform a host of other roles. Successful applicants get expenses, free lunch/refreshments and free tickets to the games. Apply to the Manchester FA on 881-0299 if you can help with this worthwhile venture.
The double-winning Altrincham Youth side complete their league fixtures with two games in 24 hours. On Sunday 2 May they are away to Leigh R.M.I. at Pennington at 2pm and on Bank Holiday Monday (3rd) they entertain Marine 'A' at Moss Lane at 2pm. The NWYA Premier Division championship presentation will be made at the latter match so why not come along and join the celebrations?
23 April 2004
ALTY YOUTH DO 'DOUBLE'
A 4-1 win at Euxton Villa (Chorley) by Alty Youth tonight enabled them to secure the NWYA Premier Division title to go alongside the Premier Cup which they had already won. Congratulations to manager George Heslop, coach Neil Thomason and all the squad. George Heslop's match report is here.
Next Sunday's home match versus Marine at Wythenshawe Town has been postponed as the pitch is in use by Wythenshawe Town for a cup final. It is hoped to re-arrange this match at Moss Lane. The away game at Leigh is now likely to be on 2 May - subject to confirmation.
21 April 2004
On Sunday, Marine beat Ashton Athletic 3-1. Their website
says "The game was delayed for 40 minutes due to the late arrival of the Ashton team. As a result it was only possible to play 35 minutes each way".
18 April 2004
LANCASTER CITY YOUTH 0 ALTY YOUTH 2
Two goals from Andy Thorpe settled this match, which leaves Altrincham two points away from securing the league title, with three games to play. Match report here.
Alty are now away to Euxton Villa this Thursday (22nd).
KIERAN GOES HOME
After yesterday's bad injury to Kieran Lugsden whilst playing for the first team at Whitby, comes news that he had been released from hospital this afternoon. He has suffered a wrist fracture and is also cut and bruised about the head. It will also take some time for him to overcome his grogginess but a scan has indicated there is no lasting damage. Our best wishes go to Kieran and his family.
11 April 2004
ALTY YOUTH 2 LANCASTER CITY YOUTH 0
Alty Youth took another step towards the league title with a hard-earned 2-0 win yesterday. The goals came from Adam Ball and Lewis Chalmers. Above: Lewis's goal hits the net.
Report and more pictures here.
Tuesday's game at Euxton Villa has been postponed due to Euxton's fixture congestion.
Alty need 5 points from 4 games to win the title after yesterday's games:
Barrow 0 Marine 2
Leigh 3 Morecambe 2
S Sefton 1 Euxton V. 1
9 April 2004
Above: More action from Sunday's Premier Cup Final.
6 April 2004
Left: Adam Douthwaite, Josh Collins, Sam Cawthra & Matt Tooth queue up for their medals. Right: Kelvin and Kieran Lugsden with the NWYA Premier Cup.
4 April 2004
ALTY YOUTH WIN CUP
In difficult conditions, Altrincham Youth won the NWYA Premier Cup today by beating Morecambe 3-2 at Bamber Bridge. Alty captain Steve Lunt scored all three goals to keep his side on course for a "double". Match report here.
The winners are pictured above in the very overcast conditions before kick off. Back: Steve Howarth, Alex Frost, Josh Collins, Kieran Lugsden, Steve Lunt, Barry George, Tom Read, Joe Connor, Paul Lewis, Sam Cawthra, George Heslop (manager), Neil Thomason (coach). Front: Danny Grimshaw, Kelvin Lugsden, Stevie Taylor, Matt Tooth, Adam Douthwaite, Stuart Cook, James Monaghan.
Above: George Heslop holds the trophy aloft, pictured courtesy of Steve Lunt's sister, Jo.
Alty's Barry George has again been asked to be the fully-sighted goalkeeper for the England Partially-Sighted XI.
28 March 2004
ASHTON ATHLETIC 0 ALTY YOUTH 4
Steve Lunt (3), an own goal (46), Matt Tooth (pen 75) and Sam Cawthra (88) were the scorers as Alty, lacking six regulars, recorded another league win today. Report here.
Left: Kelvin Lugsden battles in midfield during the game at Ashton
21 March 2004
ALTY YOUTH 3 LEIGH RMI ACADEMY 1
With goals at the start and end of the game, Alty overcame Leigh RMI in difficult weather conditions this afternoon. The scorers were Grimshaw (1), Lunt (12) and Kieran Lugsden (82). Report here.
Right: A manager's lot: George Heslop stands in the mud and windswept rain with Danny Grimshaw (left) and Lewis Chalmers nearby.
Marine 1 Morecambe 2 in Open Cup semi-final.
20 March 2004
All of the NWYA league fixtures have now been released till the end of the season and these are on the Fixtures page.
14 March 2004
ALTY REACH FINAL
Alty Youth beat Euxton Villa 6-0 today to reach the NWYA Premier Cup Final. A report, courtesy of George Heslop, is here.
Marine 3 South Sefton 1
Youth team manager George Heslop's report on the recent trial match against Wright Robinson College is here. The NWYA league table before this weekend's games is here.
11 March 2004
Alty Youth's NWYA Premier Cup semi-final against Euxton on Sunday will be played at Euxton and not on a neutral ground.
29 February 2004
Altrincham lost their Open Cup 3rd Round match today 0-2 to Marine A.
Match report here.
Left: Lewis Chalmers wins a header against Marine.
Marine website's report.
25 February 2004
An updated NWYA Premier table is on the Fixtures page.
23 February 2004
Altrincham Youth team lost 3-1 at Marine on Sunday today.
The Alty match report, courtesy of George Heslop is here.
The excellent Marine website also has a report.
Alty's NWYA fixtures up to 1 April are here.
19 February 2004
Kieran Lugsden (right) with 25 goals and Steve Lunt with 20 lead the Alty Youth scoring charts. For the updated Youth Team goalscoring and appearance statistics, courtesy of George Heslop, see the Players section.
The updated league table is on the Fixtures page.
16 February 2004
Marine Youth beat one of Alty's title rivals, Prestwich Heys, 4-1 on Sunday. Marine host Alty Youth this Sunday at 2pm at the Civil Service Club.
ALTY YOUTH 4 EUXTON VILLA 0
Two goals from Kieran Lugsden and one apiece from Steve Lunt and Kelvin Lugsden saw Altrincham confirm their top of the table position today. Report here.
Above: Kieran Lugsden, farthest from camera has just put the ball in the right corner of the net for the opening goal. Right: Joe Connor rises to head the ball.
11 February 2004
After Sunday's Premier Division Cup 2nd Round ties:
Barrow AFC 1 Euxton V. 2
Eagley 8 Ashton A. 0
Leigh RMI 0 Morecambe 4
Updated league table.
9 February 2004
Alty Youth drew 1-1 at home to Prestwich Heys yesterday. Kieran Lugsden was the Alty scorer. Details to follow.
6 February 2004
Courtesy of George Heslop the Alty Youth 2003-04 player statistcis are now on the Players' Page. The updated NWYA league table is here.
5 February 2004
Next Sunday (8th), Alty Youth are at home to Prestwich Heys A in a League match at Wythenshawe Town FC (2pm). This replaces the game scheduled against Leigh RMI Academy.
26 January 2004
ALTY STAY TOP
Barrow Ashton A. OFF
Eagley 1 St Helens T. 3
Leigh RMI 5 Lancaster C. 1
Prestwich H. 1 Euxton Villa 2
South Sefton Borough 1 Marine 1
25 January 2004
ALTY HIT SIX
Altrincham Youth won 6-1 away against second-placed Morecambe 'A' today. A report, courtesy of George Heslop, is here.
20 January 2004
Altrincham have been drawn away in the 3rd Round of the Premier Cup at either Euxton Villa or Barrow. Should the long trip to Barrow be necessary, the man to blame is Alty Youth manager George Heslop, who pulled the away teams out of the hat in the cup draw!
The other semi is:
Eagley or Ashton Athletic v Leigh RMI or Morecambe
JOSH STITCHED UP
Alty Youth's Josh Collins needed two stitches in his forehead after being injured on Sunday against Prestwich.
18 January 2004
ALTY YOUTH 4 PRESTWICH HEYS 0
Goals from Mattie Tooth, Steve Lunt, Alex Frost (pen) and Adam Ball saw Altrincham through to the next round of the Premier Cup. Report here.
Premier Division Cup
Altrincham 4 Prestwich Heys 0
Barrow v Euxton V.
Eagley v Ashton A.
Leigh RMI v Morecambe
St Helens T. v South Sefton B.
11 January 2004
ALTY GO TOP
A well deserved 1-0 win at Barrow saw Altrincham go top of the NWYA Premier Division table today. A match report courtesy of George Heslop is here.
Ashton A. 1 Morecambe 4
Eagley 0 Marine 1
Euxton V. 2 Leigh RMI 2
Prestwich H. v St Helens T. OFF
7 January 2004
The updated league table is here. Other NWYA results on Sunday:
Eagley v Ashton A. OFF
Euxton V. 1 Morecambe 5
St Helens T. 3 S Sefton Borough 1
4 January 2004
ALTY YOUTH 0 BARROW YOUTH 2
Without many regulars, Altrincham Youth lost at home to Barrow today. Report here.
Right: Josh Collins heads clear against Barrow as Adam Douthwaite (no.6) looks on.
20 December 2003
All last Sunday's Youth games in the NWYA Premier were postponed except:
Marine 3 Barrow AFC 1
Morecambe 3 S. Sefton Borough 1
13 December 2003
IN THE FIRST TEAM
Three Alty Youth players made their UniBond Premier bows today at Barrow. Kieran Lugsden played for the last 13 minutes whilst Kelvin Lugsden and Lewis Chalmers were unused subs. A fourth member of the Youth team, Steve Lunt played from the start till replaced by Kieran.
7 December 2003
After their win at the weekend, Cheshire FA Youth side have drawn Durham FA away in the last eight of the County Youth Cup, to be played in late January. Alty's Barry George, Lewis Chalmers, Adam Douthwaite, Alex Frost and Kieran Lugsden all played in the 5-2 away win at Norfolk in the last round, whilst Josh Collins was on the bench.
OPEN CUP RESULTS
Ashton Ath. B 1 Euxton V. 6
Barrow AFC 2 Morecambe B 0
Leigh RMI 2 Prestwich Heys A 1
Marine A 3 S. Sefton B. 2
Morecambe A 6 Walshaw SC 0
Prestwich Heys B 3 Pavilion Colts 0
St Helens T. 0 First Touch Halewood 1
6 December 2003
The Cheshire FA Youth side, which had six Alty Youth players in the squad, won 5-2 away to Norfolk FA today to reach the last eight. Kieran Lugsden of Alty scored two of the goals.
5 December 2003
CHORLEY YOUTH BOSS GOES
"Glenn Gelder has resigned from his position as coach & secretary of the
Academy side", says their website today. "In his short period at the club Glenn has worked very hard to bring success to the junior team, and the club wishes him well in the future". it adds.
YOUTHS HIT TEN
Altrincham Youth won 10-0 at Chorley last night in the NWYA Open Cup 2nd Round. They have now lost just once in 15 outings this season and that was an honourable defeat at Barnsley in the FA Youth Cup. (Barnsley went out of the Cup to Wolves this week).
Match report here.
Kieran Lugsden hit five last night for Alty Youth but his goalscoring feats already go back several years as the High Lane JFC website reveals. As an under-14 he was leading scorer with 55 goals in 1999-2000, 23 more than the next best scorer. There are pictures of Kieran and his brother and fellow Alty Youth, Kelvin, at the above link and here.
30 November 2003
ALTY TILL I DYE
Former Alty defender Mal Bailey, who has been helping George Heslop and Neil Thomason with the Altrincham Youth team this season, has raised £300 for them by dyeing his hair in several colours and daring to go shopping in Altrincham to earn sponsorship! Mal's Alty playing career is recorded in the Legends section.
YOUTHS HIT 8!
Alty Youth beat South Sefton Borough 8-0 today in what was officially an away match but which was played at Wythenshawe Town due to vandalism at the Sefton ground. Steve Lunt hit a hat-trick, whilst Kieran Lugsden and Adam Ball got two apiece and Lewis Chalmers scored the other goal.
Match report here.
Updated league table.
Marine 2 Euxton V. 4
St Helens T. 3 Eagley 2
ASHLEY DOES WELL
Youth keeper Ashley Timms (right) played a trial match for Oxford United U-19s yesterday and has now been invited back to play for their Reserves.
28 November 2003
No fewer than six Altrincham Youth players are in the Cheshire FA Youth squad to meet Norfolk (away) in the FA County Youth Cup 3rd Round on 6 December. They are Adam Douthwaite, Alex Frost, Josh Collins, Lewis Chalmers, Kieran Lugsden and goalkeeper Barry George. Also called up on a standby is Kelvin Lugsden. Congratulations to all the lads! See the Youth Page for more on the youth team and tomorrow's changed fixture.
25 November 2003
Congratulations to Alty Youth player Stuart Cook (on the ball, in red shirt, in adjacent photo) who made his first team debut for Connah's Quay of the Welsh Premier League last night, in a 1-0 win away at Afan Lido in the FAW Premier Cup. Midfielder Stuart was at Stockport County and Sheffield United before joining Altrincham.
25 November 2003
Altrincham now lie 2nd in the NWYA Premier table, 5 points behind Prestwich Heys with 4 games in hand. Heys lost 1-0 at home to Eagley on Sunday. The full table is here. Alty are away at South Sefton on Sunday (30th),
23 November 2003
LAST GASP WIN
Alty Youth deservedly gained a last gasp 2-1 victory away to St Helens Town today. Above- Kieran Lugsden, far right in blue shirt, nets the second goal.
Match report, with pictures, here.
20 November 2003
EAGLEY AWAITED REPORT
Manager George Heslop has kindly provided a report on Altrincham Youth's 5-0 win over Eagley on Sunday.
Both Kelvin and Kieran Lugsden made their first team debuts for Altrincham last night at Workington. See the Home Page for more on this.
11 November 2003
Euxton V. 2 St Helens Town 1
Lancaster C. 2 Leigh RMI 2
Marine 3 Morecambe 1
Prestwich H. 1 Ashton A. 0
For earlier 2003-04 news click here. For pre-2003-04 Youth Team news, click here
Compiled by John Laidlar