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ALTRINCHAM YOUTH 2003-04 - Pictured above with their league and cup trophies, May 2004.

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.



Altrincham's Youth side is managed by George Heslop, ably assisted by Neil Thomason and Tony Spilsbury. The team plays in the Bolton and District Amateur Football Combination (North West Youth Alliance Under-18s' Premier Division).

11 August 2004


On Sunday (15th) Altrincham Youth will play a friendly against a young Merseyside team called The Farmers, who have been lined up as opposition by Alty first-team captain Mark Maddox. The Farmers have apparently been together as a team since the players were eight years old and Mark believes they will be a good test for the Alty Youth team. Alty are expected to use many of the squad members who did not play against Runcorn FA last Sunday. Kick off is at 2pm at Wythenshawe Town FC (Timpson Rd, Baguley). Entry is free.
9 August 2004


Altrincham Youth beat Runcorn FA Youth in a friendly last Sunday. Courtesy of Tony Spilsbury, to whom I am very grateful, here is a report on the game.

Followers of last season's youth team will recognize a number of names who are still young enough to be included in this season's squad, including captain Paul Lewis (right), Tom Hilton, Sam Cawthra, Terry Leigh, James Monaghan and Marcus Maddix.

3 August 2004


All of the NW Youth Alliance league and cup fixtures for 2004-05 are here, courtesy of George Heslop.

In the NWYA Open Cup, Alty could meet any team from the Premier or First Division. The Premier teams were listed below on 1 August; those in Div. One include several newcomers. The full list for Div. One is: Ashton Athletic, Ashton Town, Formby, Morecambe B, Marine B, St Anne's Rovers, Walshaw Sports, Pavilion Colts, AFC Hindley, Pearson Sports, Westbury FC, Kingsley Utd and Town Green.

The NWYA league cups' dates are at the above link- Alty have a bye in the Premier Cup first round. Because of an Altrincham & District Youth cup match on 5 September, Alty's league game on that date is likely to be re-scheduled.

1 August 2004


The NW Youth Alliance fixtures are now out. Alty's first four league games are on the Fixtures page and the rest will follow in midweek.

Three of last season's Premier teams are missing from the NWYA Premier Division this year:

  • Prestwich Heys have withdrawn both of their teams from the NWYA.
  • Ashton Athletic have reduced from two to one team, which will play in Division One.
  • South Sefton Borough are not competing this season.

    Into their places come Bootle and First Touch Halewood (formerly Halewood School), both from Merseyside, and Woodley Sports from Stockport. First Touch were promoted from Division One.

    The 12 teams in the NWYA Premier in 2004/05 are therefore: Altrincham, Eagley, Euxton Villa, Marine "A", Lancaster City, Morecambe "A", St Helens College, Leigh RMI, Barrow, First Touch Halewood, Bootle and Woodley Sports. Town Green and Kingsley United have both rejoined the NWYA but will play in the First Division next season. Division One will comprise 13 teams, with one of last season's teams, Chorley, having withdrawn.


    Altrincham Youth have a friendly next Sunday (8th) against Runcorn at The Pavilions (Mond FC).


    The Club's best wishes for a speedy recovery go to manager George Heslop who is unwell at the moment. Hopefully George will soon be back in action. Meanwhile Neil Thomason continues his successful combination with George as Youth team coach this season and further help is coming this season from Tony Spilsbury, a former Alty Reserves manager in the Roy Rees/Les Rigby era, who has kindly volunteered his services to the club.
    3 July 2004


    Stamford Van Hire have once again kindly agreed to provide transport for the Altrincham Youth team next season. The club is very grateful and asks all supporters to respond by making use of the company's vehicle hire services.


    Alty Youth coach Neil Thomason reports that 36 players turned up for the first Altrincham Youth pre-season gathering.
    2 July 2004


    FA Youth Cup - The draw has been made for the

  • 1st Qualifying Round - w/c 27 September ALTRINCHAM v Southport
  • 2nd QR - w/c 11 October Radcliffe Boro. or Thackley v ALTRINCHAM/Southport - Alty met Radcliffe, away, last year in the same competition.
  • 3rd QR - w/c 25 October Wakefield-Emley or Bradford PA or Pontefract Collieries or Hallam or Selby v ALTRINCHAM if they win in the 2QR - Alty met Hallam last year in the same competition, at Moss Lane.
    24 June 2004


    Bob Peters, owner of 20/20 Research will once again sponsor the Altrincham FC Youth side for 2004/05 and 2005/06. Bob is a long-time Altrincham fan and a generous financial supporter of the Club. Bob's company also sponsored the youth side in 2002-03. As Alty fans will know, the Hale end of the Moss Lane ground is known as the 20/20 End. 20/20 provide "market research solutions for every business" and are based in Penistone, near Sheffield.

    31 May 2004


    The Pink has a piece on the Alty Youth team's recent presentation night and the award made to former Robins' defender Malcolm Bailey for his role in helping to raise £1,000 for the Youth team through activities at the Stonemason's Arms in Timperley. The article recalls how the Alty Youth team won the double this season and that former players such as Wes Wilkinson and Mario Daniel have "gone on to play for Oldham Athletic and Leigh RMI respectively". After references to player of the year Matt Tooth (right) and to Steve Lunt and Kieran Lugsden, who have both played for the first team, the article ends with a note that the Alty Youth team, "being a self-funding unit, are looking to attract sponsors". Anyone who can help should ring the club on 928-1045.