ALtrincham FC Youth Team: 2003-04 Part One
10 November 2003
DISTRICT CUPAltrincham FA Youth finished 3rd in their Cheshire FA District Cup group with 4 pts, behind The Wirral with 5pts and Macclesfield with 6pts, who now contest the final with Stalybridge FA.
YOUTH CUPBarnsley, who beat Alty Youth in the FA Youth Cup 1st Round, in front of the third largest crowd of the round, now meet Wolverhampton Wanderers after beating Oldham Athletic in Round Two. The Tykes' gate against Oldham was 188 (some 70 fewer than for Altrincham's visit). Barnsley won 5-4 on pens after a 2-2 draw.
9 November 2003
Altrincham & District FA Youth beat The Wirral 3-0 today at Shawe View. The goals came from Andy Thorpe, Kieran Lugsden and Adam Ball. Report here.
Above: Steve Howarth (5) clears an attack as Ashley Timms (1), Kelvin Lugsden (4) and Adam Douthwaite (2) help out.
2 November 2003
YOUTHS' GOOD WIN
Alty Youth won 5-1 away at Eagley FC (Bolton) this afternoon. Above, Steven Howarth heads clear as Kelvin Lugsden and Adam Douthwaite help out, whilst Steve Lunt lurks in the background. Report here.
OLD BOYSPat Claffey and Mark Drew, both Alty Youth players a couple of seasons ago, have been signed on first-team NW Counties forms by Trafford FC, where they have been in the reserves this season.
29 October 2003
YOUTH TEAM CELEBRATE
Alty chairman Geoff Goodwin arranged a celebration buffet last night for the Altrincham Youth Team to mark their reaching the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup, in which they gave a good performance against Barnsley. Above, some of the lads tuck in before watching the first team game against Southport last night. Pictured, clockwise, from the left are Andy Thorpe, Stuart Cook, Kieran Lugsden, Adam Douthwaite, Josh Collins, Paul Breidenbach and Tom Read. Looking down from the wall behind the players is a picture of Alty goalscoring legend Jackie Swindells.
27 October 2003
Byes - Altrincham, Chorley, Morecambe A, St Helens Town, South Sefton B, Walshaw SC
26 October 2003
Altrincham Youth beat Marine 'A' 4-0 today in the NWYA Premier Cup, with Kieran Lugsden bagging two and Steve Lunt and Stuart Cook, with a 30-yarder, scoring the others. Kieran also had a penalty saved. Report here.
Right: Josh Collins, Kelvin Lugsden and a Marine player all look for the ball in different directions this afternoon.
The Marine site also has a brief report.
21 October 2003
ALTY 5THThe updated NWYA table is here. Recent results are:
Congratulations to Alty Youth captain Alex Frost (above) has been invited to the England Schools U-18 trials at North Cestrian, Altrincham this Saturday morning.
YOUTH CUPIn the FA Youth Cup Round 2, Barnsley, who beat Alty, host Oldham Athletic, who beat fellow UniBonders Worksop Youth 2-0 in previous round.
19 October 2003
STOCKPORT & DISTRICT FA 0
A penalty from Kieran Lugsden settled this Cheshire FA District Cup match at Woodley Sports today. The Altrincham side included many newcomers, including Jason Lennox, nephew of Glasgow Celtic's European Cup-winner, Bobby Lennox. Report here.
ALTRINCHAM & DISTRICT FA 1
18 October 2003
The Barnsley Chronicle has a match report on last Monday's Alty Youth game at Oakwell. Click image (right) for enlargement - which will take a moment or two to load. The paper also has a picture of Josh Collins in action during the game.
17 October 2003
TIGERS OUT TOOWorksop Town Youth lost at home 0-2 to Oldham Athletic in the FA Youth Cup 1st Round last night so all the UniBond Premier clubs are now out of the competition.
16 October 2003
YOUTH TEAM PRAISEDSpeaking after Monday's FA Youth Cup game at Barnsley, Alty first-team manager Graham Heathcote expressed his, and the club chairman's pride in the performance at Oakwell. He felt that the team gave a very good account of themselves but were up against an impressive Academy side from a full-time league club. Graham's congratulations were also conveyed to Youth team manager George Heslop and coaches Neil Thomason and Mal Bailey.
14 October 2003
YOUTHS LOSE AT BARNSLEYAltrincham Youth gave a good account of themselves at Oakwell last night in the FA Youth Cup but went down to a 4-0 defeat. It could have been different if, at 2-0, Alty had converted either of two chances just before the interval. Then, early in the second half, Kieran Lugsden won a penalty but drove the spot-kick over the bar. Ironically it was Barnsley's Simon Heslop who scored the two second-half goals which finally undid Alty manager George Heslop's team.
8 October 2003
JUST TWO LEFTJust two UniBond Premier clubs have sides left in the FA Youth Cup 1st Round Proper - Altrincham and Worksop Town. Results from the 3rd Qualifying Round:
NWYA SUNDAY RESULTS
Open Cup 1:
5 October 2003
FA SIDE BEATEN
The Altrincham & District FA youth side, entirely comprising Altrincham FC players, lost 2-1 at Congleton today to Macclesfield FA Youth in the District Cup. Alty's goal came from Josh Collins. For many Altrincham players it was the fourth game in a week. Report here.
Left: Josh Collins, with Alex Frost and, behind them both, Adam Douthwaite.
CHESHIRE WINAlty's Lewis Chalmers got one of Cheshire FA's goals in a 2-0 win yesterday over Staffordshire FA in the County Youth Cup 1st Round. Other Alty lads in the team were Barry George, Adam Douthwaite, Alex Frost and Josh Collins. They now meet the holders, Northumberland, away, on 1 November. In the Northern Counties Youth Cup, Cheshire FA play Durham FA at Middlesbrough on 25 October. Thanks to Jim Vince for these details.
30 September 2003
ALTY PROGRESSThe Youth team booked a trip to Oakwell (Barnsley) in winning their FA Youth Cup match against Hallam, with goals by Steve Lunt and a brace from Kieran Lugsden. Match report here.
Elsewhere, the Marine website reports that in the FA Youth Cup "Marine Youth lost 1-0 to Worksop Town. In a game that was dominated by Marine the home team hit the woodwork on 4 occasions, whereas Worksop scored with their only attack".
NWYA RECENT RESULTS
28 September 2003
Altrincham Youth beat Ashton Athletic today 2-1 in a league match. The goals came from Steve Lunt and Luke Killeen. Above, a Lunt effort just clears the bar. Below, Ashton net a late penalty despite Barry George's valiant attempt to keep it out. Report here.
In today's other games Marine lost 4-3 at home to Eagley United.
CALL UPSix of Altrincham's youth team were called up by Cheshire FA for next Saturday's game at Macclesfield (Oct. 4th, 2pm) against Staffordshire. They are Alex Frost, Steve Lunt, Josh Collins, Adam Douthwaite, Barry George and Lewis Chalmers. The winners travel to Northumberland.
21 September 2003
ALTRINCHAM & DISTRICT FA YOUTH 2 CHESTER & DISTRICT FA YOUTH 3Altrincham & District FA Youth unluckily lost to a goal scored in the third minute of added time after they were reduced to nine men for the second half following an incident just before the interval which also saw a Chester player dismissed. Andy Thorpe (pictured left) headed Altrincham's first goal and Kieran Lugsden netted the second to put Alty 2-1 up after 50 minutes before a penalty levelled the scores. Match report and pictures here.
DISTRICT CUPIn the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup, Alty are in League 1, alongside the FA sides of Chester, Macclesfield, The Wirral and Stockport. In League 2 are Crewe, Mid-Cheshire, Stalybridge and Runcorn.
Results in Alty's group are:
YOUTH CUPOther UniBond clubs still in the FA Youth Cup include Alfreton Town who play at Deeping Rangers and hope to reach Round One for the first time in their history. Bradford PA have also reached the 3rd QR of the FA Youth Cup in which they travel to Chester le Street Town. Curiously the clubs' first teams meet in the FA Cup five days earlier!
CHESHIRE WINA goal from Alex Frost from an Adam Douthwaite cross helped Cheshire FA Youth beat Northumberland FA 3-2 on Saturday. Cheshire now meet Staffordshire at Macclesfield on 4 October, 2pm.
20 September 2003
ALTY YOUTH 3 PICKERING TOWN YOUTH 2
Above, Alty line-up in the gloom before the match against Pickering Town. BACK: Stevie Taylor, David Neville, Steve Lunt, Josh Collins, Tom Read, Ashley Timms, Clint Walker, Andy Thorpe, Michael Bailey, Paul Breidenbach, Neil Thomason (coach). FRONT: Stuart Cook, Kelvin Lugsden, Mattie Tooth, George Heslop (manager), Alex Frost (capt.), Geoff Goodwin (club chairman and shirt sponsor), Lewis Chalmers, Kieran Lugsden, Adam Douthwaite. Picture courtesy of Alan Johnson's photo-site
Steve Lunt grabbed a second-half hat-trick to give Alty Youth a 3-2 win after they had gone two down in the first seven minutes of the game. Alty now host Hallam in the 3rd Qualifying Round - they won 2-1 at Barrow tonight. Match report here.
Our neighbours Trafford Youth have lost to Northwich Vics, 1-3 aet, in the FA Youth Cup. Marine have beaten Farsley Celtic 4-0 in the same competition but Lancaster City lost 6-0 to Thackley.
SUNDAYOn Sunday (2pm), Altrincham & District FA Youth, made up almost if not totally exclusively from the Altrincham FC Youth team, play Chester FA at Trafford FC in the District Cup. As well as playing last night (see below), many of Alty's players have games today as well. For example, the Lugsden twins are in New Mills's squad in the FA Vase, Barry George is playing as the sighted keeper for the England Partially-Sighted XI whilst Josh Collins, Adam Douthwaite and Alex Frost play for Cheshire FA v Northumbria.
17 September 2003
HONOUR FOR BARRYAlty Youth goalkeeper Barry George has been selected as the fully-sighted keeper for the England Partially-Sighted team who are preparing for a fixture at the FA training centre at Lilleshall this weekend. Sadly this means that Barry, who also has Cheshire FA representative honours, will be unavailable for the FA Youth Cup match on Friday against Pickering Town at Moss Lane (7.45pm). However, in Clint Walker, who played in Alty Youth's 3-0 win over Morecambe recently and Tom Read, Altrincham Youth have other excellent goalkeeping resources.
14 September 2003
YOUTH CUP NEWSBurscough, who knocked Alty out of the FA Youth Cup last season have been put out this year, 2-1, at Chester-le-Street Town.
PRESTWICH HEYS 1 ALTY YOUTH 1
Above: Steve Lunt (in blue) scores the Alty goal.
Match report and more pictures here.
IN THE PINKBoth Kieran Lugsden and keeper Will Allman get a mention in today's Pink. Kieran scored again for New Mills's first team yesterday whilst Will is referred to as a member of Manchester FA's team.
7 September 2003
ALTY GO JOINT TOP.
Above - Stevie Taylor challenges Morecambe's Larkin.
7 September 2003
FIXTURESThe NWYA league and cup fixtures for October have now been released and are here.
YOUTHS ON MARKAlty Youth striker Kieran Lugsden scored for New Mills Town yesterday in the Air Miles Manchester League. Ex-Alty Youth strikers Wes Wilkinson and Rico Richards also both scored yesterday, for Nantwich and Trafford respectively.
6 September 2003
CHOICE OF TWOBarrow Youth beat Frickley 4-2 in the FA Youth Cup, so if Alty can beat Pickering Town on 19 September they will play Barrow or Hallam.
5 September 2003
YOUTH CUP CHANGEPickering Town Youth from North Yorkshire won 4-2 at Chadderton to secure an away tie against Altrincham Youth in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup. The date of this match has now been changed to Friday, 19 September (7.45pm) at Moss Lane.
Some NW clubs' results from the FA Youth Cup 1st QR:
1 September 2003
ALTY YOUTH 2 SOUTH SEFTON BOROUGH YOUTH 0
Match report and pictures here.
31 August 2003
NWYA Premier Division Cup draw:
29 August 2003
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28 August 2003
FROM THE OTHER SIDEThe Radcliffe Borough official website has a brief summary of last night's match against Alty Youth. It also includes pen pictures of the Boro' Youth squad which state that goalkeeper Greg Hall "is also a competent mid-fielder". This would explain why he spent the last 15 minutes last night playing in midfield after handing over his keeper's journey to an outfield team-mate.
ALTY SQUEEZE THROUGHAltrincham Youth beat Radcliffe Borough Youth 4-3 after extra-time in last night's FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round at Stainton Park.
Match report here.
Alty now have a bye as their 1st Qualifying Round opponents Louth United have withdrawn, so Altrincham will be at home to Chadderton or Pickering Town in the 2nd Qualifying Round. If Alty win that, Barrow or Frickley Athletic or Hallam or Pontefract Collieries are the opponents in the 3rd Qualifying Round at Moss Lane.
26 August 2003
FIXTURE CHANGEOn Sunday 31 August, Altrincham Youth Team are now at home (Wythenshawe Town FC 2pm) to South Sefton Borough and not away as was originally the case.
25 August 2003
ALTY YOUTH 2 ST HELENS TOWN YOUTH 2Despite two goals from Kieran Lugsden at the start and end of the first half, Alty were pegged back by a late equaliser in their opening league game.Report here.
17 August 2003