Altrincham Football Club
Youth Team Page, 2008-09

Above, left: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH TEAM 2008-09 (click to enlarge).
Right: SENSPORT KITS have kindly sponsored and supplied the Youth Team's kit.





Altrincham's Youth side is managed by George Heslop, ably assisted by coaches, Tony Spilsbury and Gareth Thomas. The team plays in the North West Allied Trophies (Under-18s) Premier Division.

Altrincham FC Youth play their league and league cup games at Wythenshawe Town FC.

FA Youth Cup games are played at Moss Lane. Altrincham & District FA games are usually held at Trafford FC, Shawe View.

  • North West Youth Alliance League website.

    2 July 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth team have got their FA Youth Cup draw details. Home matches are played at Moss Lane.

  • Preliminary Round, Monday 7 September 2009: Altrincham v Daisy Hill
  • First Round Qualifying, Monday 21 September 2009: Altrincham/Daisy Hill v Cammell Laird/Northwich Victoria
  • Second Round Qualifying, Monday 5 October 2009: Ashton Town/Vauxhall Motors v Altrincham/Daisy Hill/Cammell Laird/Northwich Victoria
  • Third Round Qualifying - not yet drawn - Monday 19 October 2009
    21 May 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth Team has won the NW Youth Alliance League's Fair Play Award for the second consecutive season. This award is for the best-behaved side in all of the League's three divisions, a total of 25 clubs. The bonus for the Club is that league fees, costing £150, will be paid for by the league. The presentation will be made at the league's A.G.M., reports manager George Heslop.
    10 May 2009


    Pictured (right) is action from the game in which John Bennett (no.6) and Joel Brownhill for Alty Youth (in yellow) challenge the Juniors' no. 11 for possession, as Dan Shaw looks on. And the referee even wore sunglasses!

    In this afternoon's friendly match at Moss Lane, Altrincham FC Youth, including many trialists, beat Altrincham FC Juniors under-18s, 5-0.

    ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH: 1. James Fossdyke, 2. Ben Shawcross, 3. James Smart, 4. Ryan Marsden, 5. Dominic Bates, 6. John Bennett, 7. Richard Hughes, 8. Jamie Brown, 9. Kieran Madden, 10. Dan Shaw (capt), 11. Joel Brownhill. Subs: 12. Rory Bradbury, 14. Sam Prince, 15. Lewis Little, 16. Tom Cole, GK. Saul Stapley.

    Altrincham FC Youth ran out comfortable winners against the Altrincham FC Juniors' under-18s. Early Youth-team pressure led to good work from Kieran Madden which Shaw completed with a header into the net after 17 minutes. The Youth team won four corners in as many minutes as the game approached the half-way mark but there was no further scoring till the 40th minute when Richard Hughes got in a good cross from the right, which Joel Brownhill nodded home. Next, Dan Shaw, who was having an impressive game, had a swerving shot pushed away by the Juniors' keeper. But the respite for the Juniors was short as, just over a minute after their second goal, the Youths made it 3-0 with John Bennett's left-footed shot (41 mins).

    Various substitutions had been made in the first half and at the interval the Youth team brought on Saul Stapley in goal, as well as Rory Bradbury and Sam Prince. On the hour mark, Hughes made it 4-0 with a looping header over the keeper. The Juniors enjoyed their best spell of the game in the middle of the second half, forcing a fine save from Stapley, but with Marsden and Bates impressing at the back, few openings were being created by the Juniors.

    However, Dominic Bates then had to be replaced after taking a knock, but further forward Brownhill continued to be a threat whilst Madden got into a number of good shooting positions but without success. Hughes, too, was looking lively on the right. For the Juniors, the number eleven and eighteen were among their more prominent players.

    Brownhill made it 5-0 four minutes from time with a well-taken goal which followed his own dribble past a couple of defenders. An entertaining game then ended with Alty Youth manager George Heslop and his coaching team of Tony Spilsbury and Gareth Thomas having seen plenty of talent from which to fashion their squad for next season.

    20 April 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth lost their last game of the season on Sunday afternoon, 2-3 at home to Nantwich Town.

    Match report here and photo..

    Above, the squad is pictured before the game with Nantwich;

    Back: Tony Spilsbury and Gareth Thomas (coaches), Dan Shaw, Dominic Bates, Ben Oliver, Chris Walker, Paul Cordock, Osebi Abadaki, Ryan Silvester, Kieran Madden, Ryan Nicholas, George Heslop (manager). Front: Lewis Kilkenny, Danny Walsh, Ryan Davies, Ben Shawcross, Joel Brownhill, Jake Leigh-Watson, John Bennett.

    If anyone wants a larger version of this picture, please e-mail the website.

    15 April 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth team's last game of the season is this Sunday, at home to Nantwich Town at Wythenshawe Town FC, kick off 2.30pm. But manager George Heslop is already planning for next season, with a trial match, probably at Moss Lane, on Sunday, 10th May at 3pm. The game will be between the current Altrincham FC Youth and an Alty Juniors team of under-17s and under-18s. Spectators will be welcome.
    6 April 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth are climbing the NWYA table Their last home match is against Nantwich Town at Wythenshawe Town a week on Sunday (19th).


    Altrincham FC Youth had an excellent 4-3 away win at Morecambe on Sunday.
    31 March 2009


    Altrincham Youth won 2-1 away to ProVision NW last Sunday. Next Sunday they are away at Morecambe.
    24 March 2009


    In Sunday's NWYA Premier Division match, Altrincham FC Youth defeated Glossop NE 2-0. Altrincham lie third in the table.
    17 March 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth's next match is a league game at home to Glossop North End on Sunday, March 22nd, at Wythenshawe Town.


    Altrincham FC Youth played well away at Marine "A" on Sunday but lost this NWYA Premier Division league game, 2-1.
    8 March 2009


  • Match report here

    3 March 2009


    Courtesy of George Heslop there is a brief match report on Altrincham's win at Bury Amateurs, here.
    2 March 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth continued their good league form with a third successive win, this time away at Bury Amateurs. On a muddy pitch, two goals from Paul Cordock and a third from Osebi Abadhaki allowed an Alty side short of nine squad members to win 3-2.

    Altrincham's team was 1. Walker; 2. Bown, 4. O'Donnell, 5. Oliver, 3. Brownhill; 7. Abadhaki, 6. Bennett, 8. Whiteside, 11. Silvester; 9. Berkeley, 10. Cordock.


    Next Sunday, Alty youth are at home (2.30pm) against New Mills in the league.
    1 March 2009


    For the third time, Altrincham will attempt to play their away league fixture against Bury Amateurs, today. This game has previously been postponed twice.
    22 February 2009


    After a recent revival in their fortunes, Altrincham FC Youth put in a disappointing performance to lose 4-0 today (Sunday) away to FC United in the Neil Thomason Memorial Cup competition. Match report and picture here.
    17 February 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth won 1-0 at New Mills on Sunday. New Mills have a photo gallery of the match here. The latest league table is here.

    Next Sunday the youth team are away in the Neil Thomason Memorial Trophy Quarter Finals, which will go to extra time and penalties if need be. The ties are:

  • FC United v Altrincham - 2pm at St Brides Fields, Shrewsbury St., Old Trafford
  • Marine A v Stalybridge Celtic A
  • Salford City v Woodley Sports
  • Glossop NE v Nantwich Town
    11 February 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth team's game this Sunday is away at New Mills.
    8 February 2009


    One match to escape the postponements at the weekend was Altrincham FC Youth's game on the all-weather pitch at Woodley Sports. Alty won 3-2.
    7 February 2009


    Following last Sunday's 3-2 defeat away to Marine B in the Open Cup, Altrincham FC Youth travel to Woodley Sports tomorrow (Sunday 8th) for a league match.
    27 January 2009


    Because Alty Youth's Open Cup match at home to Marine B has been postponed three times because of bad weather, it has been switched to become an away fixture, this Sunday, at Formby.

    AFC Liverpool have been removed from the NWYA Premier Division, so Altrincham lose the point they gained against them.

    Meanwhile, Flixton have signed former Alty Youth defender Rico Colulo.

    24 January 2009


    Once again Alty Youth face a blank Sunday. Originally, They were to be away at Morecambe for a league match; that was changed to a home cup game against Marine B. But that has now been postponed due to the frost and recent rain at the Wythenshawe Town venue.
    18 January 2009


    Above: Alty attack, early in the game.

    Altrincham Youth lost their league home match with ProVision UK this afternoon, 0-1. Match report here.

    11 January 2009


    Altrincham's Youth team have are set to play Pro Vision UK in a league match at Wythenshawe Town on Sunday (Jan. 18th) but with the fixtures in disarray, there could yet be changes to the schedule. The following Sunday they are expected to be away at Morecambe.
    10 January 2009


    Altincham FC Youth yet again have a match postponed this Sunday (11th). They were due to play away at Bury Amateurs and, though the pitch is playable, the cold weather has frozen the showers and toilets preventing the match from going ahead. Alty Youth have played just once in the last six weeks.
    3 January 2009


    Alty Youth's scheduled home game tomorrow (Sunday) against Marine "B" in the NWYA Open Cup has been postponed due to a frozen pitch at the Wythenshawe Town venue.
    23 December 2008


    Alty Youth secured a good goalless draw with Woodley Sports last Sunday in their NWYA league match.
    20 December 2008


    Altrincham FC Youth team's next two matches are:
  • Sunday 21 December 2008, k.o. 2pm, home (at Wythenshawe Town) versus Woodley Sports in a league match.
  • Sunday 4 January 2009, k.o. 1.30pm, home (at Wythenshawe Town) versus Marine "B" in the NWYA open Cup,
    13 December 2008


    Following the postponement of last Sunday's home game against Marine, this Sunday's away match against Bury Amateurs has also been postponed. Both games fell victim to the frost and wet weather of the last week.
    2 December 2008


    Altrincham FC Youth team won through to the next round of the Neil Thomason Memorial trophy, named after their former coach, when they overcame New Mills last Sunday. After 120 minutes of normal and extra-time, the score remained goalless. In the shoot-out all 11 players had to take a spot-kick but Alty ran out 9-8 winners. Kane Berkeley and Paul Cordock missed their kicks but Lewis Kilkenny, Dominic Bates, Dan Shaw, Blaine Whiteside, John Bennett, Jake Leigh-Watson, Dan Millen and, finally, goalkeeper Chris Walker all found the net. Chris then won the match by saving the New Mills' goalkeeper's penalty. Next Sunday, Alty are again at home - against Marine "B" in the Open Cup at Wythenshawe Town - k.o. is 1.30pm
    29 November 2008


    Altrincham FC lost 3-0 at home last Sunday to Marine "A" in the league. This Sunday (30th) they entertain New Mills in the Neil Thomason Trophy and are again at home on Sunday, 7th December (1.30pm) against Marine "B" in the Open Cup.
    16 November 2008


    After last week's heavy defeat in the league, Altrincham FC youth team, playing as the Altrincham & District FA Youth team, put in an impressive performance on Sunday, beating previously unbeaten Stockport & District FA Youth 2-1 at Woodley Sports. However, the win came too late to allow Altrincham FA to progress in the Cheshire County FA District Cup, which they have held for the last three seasons. Altrincham's goals came from Kane Berkeley and Paul Cordock. The win was all the more commendable as manager George Heslop had to field a new centre-back pairing of full-back Dan Fradley and midfielder Dan Shaw. But they performed excellently in a very good team performance. Altrincham FC Youth hope to have defender Ben Oliver back from injury shortly; their next match is in the league at home to Marine at Wythenshawe Town next Sunday (23rd) at 2pm.
    13 November 2008


    Altrincham FC Youth team suffered their heaviest defeat in many a year when they went down 10-0 at Nantwich Town last Sunday.
    6 November 2008


    Altrincham FC Youth lost 3-2 at Glossop North End in the NW Youth Alliance Premier Division last Sunday.
    2 November 2008


    The fixture list has ben updated here.
    24 October 2008


    On Sunday Altrincham FC Youth were due to play Marine in the NWYA Open Cup but the match has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
    19 October 2008


    Right: Chris Francis (no.3) rises high to head the ball as Joel Brownhill lends assistance, against Crewe & District FA.

    Altrincham District FA Youth lost 3-1 to Crewe & District FA Youth today at Shawe View (Trafford FC) in the Cheshire County FA District Cup. Blaine Whiteside scored Altrincham's goal. Match report here.

    9 October 2008


    Altrincham Youth's game this Sunday has been postponed as five of their squad have been called into the Cheshire County Schools' squad for a match this weekend against the Northern Independent Schools. The five are Blaine Whiteside, Josh Smith, Joel Brownhill, Callum Garner and Dan Shaw.

    Last Sunday, Alty Youth beat Middleton Juniors in the NWYA Open Cup, 3-1. The scorers were Cordock, Ellis and Bennett.

    The next game for the players is under the Altrincham & District FA banner in the Cheshire County FA District Cup at Shawe View (Trafford FC). That is a week on Sunday (19th), against Crewe & District FA, at 2pm

    4 October 2008


    In a re-arranged game, Altrincham Youth are away tomorrow (Sunday) to Middleton Colts in the NWYA Open Cup, k.o. 2.30pm.


    Altrincham and District FA lost 0-2 to Stalybridge and District FA in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup group stages at Mossley FC last Sunday.
    21 September 2008


    In an entertaining match at Wythenshawe Town, Alty Youth drew 3-3 with Mark Maddox's AFC Liverpool side in the NW Youth Alliance Premier Division today. Report here.
    19 September 2008


    On Sunday, Altrincham Youth host the newly formed AFC Liverpool Youth at Wythenshawe Town (2.30pm). Coach with the Liverpool side is former Moss Lane favourite, Mark Maddox, who combines this role with a coaching job at Accrington Stanley.


    Alty Youth defender Ben Oliver is likely to be out of action for several weeks after being stretchered off in last Sunday's game. All at the club wish him a speedy recovery.
    16 September 2008


    Last Sunday Altrincham and District FA (wholly comprising Altrincham FC Youth players) lost 1-2 to Mid-Cheshire at Trafford FC. Substitute Josh Smith's goal put Altrincham ahead but two goals in the final two minutes saw Mid-Cheshire snatch the points. The game was marred by an injury to defender Ben Oliver who had to be stretchered off with a leg injury. Altrincham were without two County players, Declan Wakefield and Chris Francis for this game.
    11 September 2008


    Cammell Laird Youth dealt Altrincham FC Youth a heavy 5-1 defeat at Kirklands on Wednesday night. After Alty had failed to convert a great headed chance from a second minute corner, Alty found themselves two down inside nine minutes of the game. Both goals were impressive; a fine 25 yard shot from Robinson after four minutes and a superb chip over the keeper by Jones, five minutes later. It could have been worse as Lairds smashed a shot against the post. But the Birkenhead side made it 3-0 through Noakes (34 mins), followed by the same player's second and his side's fourth goal, following a defensive error in the 43rd minute. Alty made a better fist of it in the second period but Gardner made it 5-0 with 11 minutes remaining. Brownhill scored a consolation goal after 88 minutes when he took advantage of centre-back Oldhan's error.

    Match report here.

    7 September 2008


    After just one match of the NW Youth Alliance league season, the league table is here.


    Altrincham FC Youth's next league game is on Sunday 21 September at home to AFC Liverpool at Wythenshawe Town FC at 2.30pm. No other league fixtures have yet been confirmed. This Wednesday (10th) Alty travel to Kirklands, the Rock Ferry home of Cammell Laird for an FA Youth Cup match (k.o. 7.45pm). The Kirklands Ground is in St Peter's Road, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead CH42 1PY. On Sunday, 14th Alty are away to Middleton Colts in the NWYA Open Cup first round, at 2.30pm. The venue has yet to be announced.
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    Altrincham and District FA Youth's game this Sunday at Trafford FC against the Mid-Cheshire FA has been postponed, due to a waterlogged pitch.
    31 August 2008


    Above: Tom Cosgrave heads the second goal against Morecambe.

    Altrincham FC Youth's first league game, at home to Morecambe today, ended in a fine 3-0 win for the home side. Fielding just four players from last season, the new-look Altrincham played plenty of good football to earn their victory. Striker Josh Smith put them ahead with a well-taken drive in the 26th minute. Defender Tom Cosgrave headed the second goal in the 62nd minute and John Bennett's speculative long-range shot squirmed through the Morecambe keeper's hand to make it 3-0 in the 70th minute. Report here.

    Next Sunday (2.30pm at Shawe View, Trafford FC), Altrincham and District FA, which comprises a squad of Altrincham FC youth players, take on Mid-Cheshire FA as they start their defence of the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup.

    24 August 2008


    Above, Alty captain Daniel Fradley in action against Lostock Rangers.

    Altrincham FC Youth beat Lostock Rangers under-19s on Sunday afternoon 2-1 in a friendly game. Report here.

    11 August 2008


    Altrincham's first game in this season's FA Youth Cup will be on Wednesday September 10th at 7.45pm away to Cammell Laird.


    Last weekend's scheduled friendly against Manchester FA Youth had to be postponed after the opposition could not raise a team. Instead a match was played between two sides of Alty Youth players.
    6 August 2008


    Alty Youth team's league season will now start a week later than planned on 31st August.
    3 August 2008


    Alty Youth took part in the Umbro International tournament last week where one of their opponents were Poynton FC. Their captain writes in the NL Today about another team in the group, Cannon FC. He claims that Poynton's match with Cannon was "one of the most brutal matches I have ever played in. They were not a footballing side and I almost suffered a career-threatening injury". Another team, from Spain, were thrown out of the competition for racial abuse.
    2 August 2008


    Altrincham Youth lost 4-5 on penalties to Wellingborough Town in the Umbro international tournament, Plate section semi-final. The score had been goalless at the end of normal time.
    1 August 2008


    On Friday, Altrincham Youth's under-18s lost 2-1 to Leigh Genesis's under-19s and beat Hertfordshire side Cannon FC 4-0, to finish third in their group in the Umbro international tournament. This meant they progressed to the "Plate" section of the competition. There, on Saturday, they play against Wellingborough Town at 10.30am. The winners of that game progress to the Plate final, later that day with the opponents being either Manchester Youth (an amalgam of FCUM and MANCAT) or Poynton.

    The group stage was won by Stalybridge Celtic, who dropped only one point - against Altrincham, with Leigh Genesis second. Altrincham have done well to finish third in the group as they have ayounger side than their opponents.

    Alty's goals against Cannon FC were scored by Lewis Kilkeenny (3) and Kane Berkeley. Amongst the spectators at Northenden on Friday was Alty striker Colin Little.

    31 July 2008


    Altrincham Youth had a good day on Thursday in the Umbro international tournament. They beat Muswell Hill 3-0, thanks to goals by Kane Berkeley, Paul Cordock and Adam Alwill. They followed this with four excellent long-range goals, without reply, against Poynton. the scorers were Kane Berkeley, John Bennett, Paul Cordock and Ashley Fosbrooke. Today (Friday) Alty play Leigh Genesis and Cannon FC. Their results can be found here.


    On the first day of the Umbro International Tournament, Alty's Youth team (under-18s) are competing against under-19s and have done very well to emerge with a goalless draw against Stalybridge Celtic's Academy side and to defeat Norwegian side Ullem IL 1-0, thanks to a goal from Kane Berkeley. Alty lie third on goal difference in the six-team group. Leigh Genesis lead with 6 points, followed by Stalybridge with 4, followed by Alty (4) with Poynton, Muswell Hill, Ullem and Cannon FC occupying the remaining places. Today (Thursday) Alty take on Muswell Hill (11.30am) and Poynton (2.30pm).

    Manager George Heslop also discovered from the tournament programme that the team which defeated Alty last season in the final of their group was not from Walthamstow as he had been told, but from a little further south.... Nigeria!

    28 July 2008


    Alty Youth manager George Heslop announces that the Umbro International Youth tournament has completely revised its format in the last 24 hours. Now, instead of there being three groups there will be two and therefore Alty now have two matches a day for three successive days, the games being 30-35 minutes in duration. Alty's group-stage games are now:
  • Wednesday 30th July: 12.30pm v Stalybridge Celtic; 3.30pm v Ullem IL
  • Thursday 31st July: 10.30pm v Muswell Hill (London); 2.30pm v. Poynton
  • Friday 1st August: 12.30pm v Leigh Genesis; 4.30pm v. Cannon FC (Hertfordshire)

    All games are on pitch 22 at the University playing fields at Northenden.

    27 July 2008


    Altrincham Youth drew 1-1 today against Congleton Town. Alty's goal came from Iké Ekwueme. In their previous pre-season friendly they lost 6-0 to Macclesfield Town Youth. They have entered the Umbro International Tournament which starts on 30th July at the University of Manchester playing fields at Northenden.
    1 July 2008


    In the FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round, to be played in the week commencing 8 September, Altrincham FC Youth have been drawn away to Cammell Laird Youth. The winners of that tie then have a home match against Southport in the week commencing 22 September.

    Youth manager George Heslop has also confirmed that Altrincham FC Youth wil be in the Premier Division "A" of the NW Youth Alliance League next season. The winners and runners up of Division "A" will play the top two in Division "B" to determine the championship next season. The winners of each division play the runners up of the other division to determine the finalists. Each of the Premier Divisions will have ten teams in it.

    To prepare for the campaign George has arranged a number of friendlies, details of which are on the fixtures page.

    25 June 2008


    Altrincham FC Youth have a trial match scheduled this Sunday at Blessed Thomas Holford at 2.30pm. They also have a friendly arranged against Congleton Town at the same venue on 27 July.

    The youth team plays in the NW Youth Alliance Premier Division. Because of increasing numbers in the League, next season will see two Premier Divisions of ten teams each, with the members being drawn by lot for each of these divisions. In all, 33 teams will be in the League, whether at Premier or First Division level. Amongst the newcomers to the League are New Mills, AFC Liverpool and Stalybridge. The League season starts on Sunday 24th August.