Altrincham Football Club
Youth Team Page, 2009-10

Above, left: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH TEAM 2009/10.
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, Gareth Thomas and Jason Linney. The team plays in the North West Allied Trophies (Under-18s) Premier Division. I am very grateful to George for his help in providing information for this page.

Altrincham FC Youth play their league and league cup games at Wythenshawe Town FC, Timpson Road, Baguley - next door to Tesco.

  • Map of Wythenshawe Town ground area.
  • 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.
    8 July 2010


    The FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round draw is:
  • AFC Fylde v Altrincham in week commencing 6 September.
  • 1RQ AFC Fylde/Altrincham v Curzon Ashton in week commencing 20 September
  • 2RQ AFC Fylde/Altrincham/Curzon Ashton v Bootle/Burscough in week commencing 4 October

    AFC Fylde add that "The U18's will play in the FA Youth Cup for the first time and take on Conference side ALTRINCHAM at home. AFC Fylde v Altrincham Mon 6th September 2010 FA Youth Cup Kick Off 7.45pm FA Youth Cup Qualifying Round". However, the date is subject to confirmation.

    20 June 2010


    The FA has announced the dates for the 2010-11 FA Youth Cup.

    Qualifying Competition - ties must only be played in the week commencing:

  • Preliminary Round: Monday 6 September 2010
  • First Round Qualifying: Monday 20 September 2010
  • Second Round Qualifying: Monday 4 October 2010
  • Third Round Qualifying: Monday 18 October 2010

    30 May 2010


    They have only just finished the 2009-10 season, but Altrincham FC Youth have already planned two pre-season friendlies. After a trial match on 27 June, from which manager George Heslop will start to reshape his squad - a major task, given that most of his players from last season are now over-age for the under-18s' North West Youth Alliance Premier Division in 2010-11, two pre-season games have been arranged:
  • Sunday 11 July at 2pm at Blessed Thomas Holford, versus Congleton Town
  • Saturday 17 July at 11am at Egerton Youth Club, Knutsford, versus Macclesfield Town.


    After applying the points adjustments for fair play (points are lost if bookings exceed certain levels), Altrincham ended up winning the Premier Division by a margin of seven points.
    24 May 2010


    Above, Ben Shawcross receives the bronze James Black Trophy as Altrincham FC Player of the Season. The trophy was presented by Mr and Mrs Black in memory of their late son, James, a dedicated Altrincham supporter, who sadly died last year aged 18.

    Below are more photos from the Altrincham FC Youth Team presentation night on Friday, 21 May. First are the other two individual trophy winners. Dominc Bates is seen with vice-chairman Grahame Rowley and Michael Linney received hios award from Graham Heathcote, who then presented the whole squad with their NWYA Open Cup runners-up awards. Striker Kieran Madden was unable to attend due to work commitments.

    Dominic Bates
    Clubman of the Season

    Michael Linney
    Players' Player of the Season

    James Thorn

    James Fossdyke

    Ben Shawcross

    Rory Bradbury

    Dominic Bates

    Ryan Marsden

    James Smart

    Blaine Whiteside

    Niall Sheridan

    Glodi Kuba-Kuba

    Mike Linney

    Jamie Brown

    Harry McAughtrie

    Konstantinos Neos

    Joel Brownhill

    Andy Gamble

    John Bennett
    Captain, Central-Midfielder

    George Heslop

    23 May 2010


    The annual presentation night for the Altrincham FC Youth team took place on Friday (21st May) at Moss Lane. Youth team manager George Heslop compered the event whilst first-team manager Graham Heathcote and vice-chairman Grahame Rowley presented the awards.

    Before the awards, and after a team photo had been taken (see below), George gave a summary of the season which had ended successfully, with the team winning the NW Youth Alliance Premier Division title and being runners up both in the NWYA Open Cup and the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup competitions.

    Recalling how the season had started in summer 2009 with Altrincham's participation in the Umbro International tournament, George lamented that this would not be possible next season as the competition has been moved to Keele in Staffordshire. The Umbro and other pre-season friendly games had meant the squad was in good shape for the start of the 2009-10 competitive season. The lads won eight and drew one of their first nine games but missed out on an away FA Youth Cup match at Oldham Athletic by losing narrowly to Stalybridge Celtic.

    They progressed, narrowly,in the Open Cup but went out of the Neil Thomason Trophy and then had the season interrupted by seven weeks'enforced inaction due to the bad weather last winter. The lads got back on track with seven league wins before suffering their first league defeat to Marine. They then lost the CCFA District Cup on penalties. Alty clinched the league with two wins in their final two games and, for George, the league remains the best trophy to win as it shows consistency throughout the season.

    Right: The NW Youth Alliance Premier Division champions' trophy and the James Black trophy for Alty Youth's Player of the Season.

    As ever, the team will be broken up because of the under-18 age requirement of the NWYA. Amongst those young enough to qualify for another season at youth level are James Smart, Jamie Brown, Kieran Madden and Harry McAughtrie. Sadly, Glodi Kuba-Kuba is just three days too old to qualify for next season.

    George paid tribute to his team of assistant manager Tony Spilsbury and coaches Gareth Thomas, Jason Linney and Richard Williams, as well as his "chauffeur" Jim Vince. He also pointed out how well his team's defence had done, recording nine clean sheets out of 18 in the league. Up front, three players had reached double figures- Michael Linney (15 goals), Kieran Madden (11) and Glodi Kuba-Kuba (10).

    Moving on to the presentations, George announced that the winner of the Clubman of the Year was Dominic Bates who had played 26 games and hardly missed a training session in his second season with the team.

    Graham Heathcote then awarded Michael Linney with the Players' Player award before Mr and Mrs Black presented Ben Shawcross with the James Black Trophy for Player of the Season (as selected by the manager) which they had generously donated in memory of their 18 year-old son, James, who had died last year at the age of 18. James was a devoted Altrincham supporter, following the team both at home and away. George Heslop paid tribute to James, who had shown a keen interest in the youth team's progress whenever they met.

    Graham Heathcote explained the options open to last season's youth players. A small number will be invited to join the firstteam pre-season though they should not expect to bridge the gap from the NWYA to the Conference in the short term; patience and dedication were needed, he emphasised. He thanked all the players and their families for their efforts on behalf of the club and wished all of the lads well whatever their footballing future might be.

    Action photos from the NWYA Open Cup Final between Salford City and Alty Youth are on the NWYA.

    21 May 2010


    The Altrincham FC Youth Team presentation night was held on Friday at Moss Lane, with manager George Heslop the master of ceremonies, and vice-chairman Grahame Rowley and first-time manager Graham Heathcote making the awards. A full report and photos from the event will follow. The individual awards were:

    Players' Player of the Season.

  • 1st Michael Linney
  • 2nd Ben Shawcross
  • 3rd John Bennett

    James Black Trophy for the Player of the Season Trophy

  • Ben Shawcross.

    This impressive bronze trophy was kindly donated by the parents of James Black, a dedicated Altrincham supporter, who died last year aged 18. Mr and Mrs Black handed over the trophy personally to Ben.

    Clubman of the Year

  • Dominic Bates

    The team also lined up for a photo with their NW Youth Alliance Premier Division league champions' trophy...

    Back row: Gareth Thomas (coach), Andy Gamble, Glodi Kuba-Kuba, Konstantinos Neos, James Smart, Jason Linney (coach). Middle row: Michael Linney, Joel Brownhill, James Fossdyke, James Thorn, Ryan Marsden, Dominic Bates, Niall Sheridan. Front row: Richard Williams (goalkeeping coach), Jamie Brown, Harry McAughtrie, Ben Shawcross, John Bennett (captain), George Heslop (manager), Rory Bradbury, Blaine Whiteside, Tony Spilsbury (assistant manager).

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

    19 May 2010


    A report on Alty Youth's narrow defeat in the NWYA Open Cup Final is here.


    Friday 21st May is the date for the Altrincham FC Youth team presentations. Having won the NW Youth Alliance Premier Division title and narrowly lost in the NWYA Open Cup Final, it has been another successful season for the team, managed by George Heslop with the help of Tony Spilsbury, Gareth Thomas and Jason Linney.

    Everyone is welcome in the Noel White Suite at 7.30pm for 8pm. The awards will include the new James Black trophy for the Youth Player of the Year. George advises that this is a magnificent trophy and a fitting memorial to James, a young Alty supporter who died suddenly last year.


    Altrincham FC Youth's attempt to add the NWYA Open Cup to their Premier Division league title failed at the last hurdle when a 119th-minute goal from Salford City allowed the home side to win 3-2 after extra time. Glodi Kuba Kuba in the first half and Ryan Marsden in the second half levelled the scores for Alty after City had twice taken the lead. Report to follow.

    Above, (left) Alty's Andy Gamble receives his Man of the Match award. After the game Alty also received the league trophy, and captain John Bennett is seen with his medal. 16 May 2010


    Altrincham FC Youth take on Salford City at their Moor Lane ground on Tuesday 18th May at 7.30pm in the NWYA Open Cup Final. Alty Youth have already won the NW Youth Alliance Premier Division league title and the trophy is expected to be awarded to Altrincham after this game.


    On Friday 21 May at 7.30pm at Moss Lane there will be the annual Youth Team presentation evening, at which the various player of the year awards will be made. Everyone is welcome to come along to the Noel White Suite.
    9 May 2010


    In Sunday's NW Youth Alliance Premier Division, Altrincham FC Youth clinched the league title with a 3-1 win over Marine "A". Glodi Kuba-Kuba scored twice and Michael Linney once. Report here.

    The precise final standings have yet to be adjusted by points deductions, which apply under the NWYA's fair play rules. However, these should not alter the destination of the championship which, as things stand, Alty won by five points.

    Right, Michael Linney (farthest from camera) receives the congratulations of Niall Sheridan and Glodi Kuba-Kuba after scoring the opening goal

    7 May 2010


    Altrincham FC Youth host Marine "A" at Wythenshawe Town this Sunday at 2.30pm. Should they win, Altrincham will be champions of the NWYA Premier Division, so why not come along and support them? Kick off is at 2.30pm and entry is free. The venue is Wythenshawe Town FC, next to Tesco at Baguley.
    4 May 2010


    Tonight (Tuesday), Alty Youth beat Salford City 2-0 to go back to the top of the NWYA Premier Division with one match left to play. Both goals came from Glodi Kuba-Kuba. Alty host Marine "A" at Wythenshawe Town this Sunday at 2.30pm.


    Altrincham FC Youth lost 1-0 away to Stalybridge Celtic on Sunday and are now second behind the Tameside club but with a game in hand in the table. Altrincham had enforced changes as Glodi Kuba-Kuba was unavailable due to injury and Niall Sheridan was delayed due to car problems. Goalkeeper James Fossdyke withdrew due to a back problem but in his place, James Thorn, saved a penalty in the second half.

    Had they won this game, Alty would have been champions but Alty must now win their final two games unless F.C.U.M. get points off Celtic. Stalybridge had seven of their F.A. Youth Cup squad playing.

    1 May 2010


    There has been a late change of arrangements for the game on Sunday (2nd May) with Stalybridge. The venue is now Wright Robinson Sports College, off Abbey Hey Lane, Gorton, Manchester, M18 8RL and kick off is at 2.15 p.m.
    30 April 2010


    Salford City report that their "Youth Team added to the club’s changing fortunes by defeating Nantwich 5 – 4 in a pulsating North West Youth Alliance Open Cup semi-final on Sunday. With four goals from striker Jordan Lee and yet another captain’s performance from Will Mellor. Salford had enough to see off a talented and spirited Nantwich side and secure our first victory on a 3G surface this season. Making the final is a fantastic achievement in a league that boasts the Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside County champions... The final is to be played at Moor Lane on Tuesday May 18th (7.30 K.O) against Altrincham F.C".


    Thanks to a 2-1 win on Thursday night at home to Bootle, Altrincham FC Youth have reached the final of the NWYA Open Cup against Salford City on Tuesday 18 May at City's ground. Glodi Kuba-Kuba scored both goals for Alty after they had fallen behind to a seventh-minute freekick.
    26 April 2010


    Altrincham FC Youth defeated FC United of Manchester Youth 2-1, away, on Sunday, to go top of the NW Youth Alliance Premier Division, with a game in hand. Rory Bradbury and Ryan Marsden scored the Alty goals. FCUM Youth are managed by former Alty player, Darren Lyons.


    Altrincham FC YOuth play their NWYA Open Cup Semi-Final, at home to Bootle, this Thursday (29th) at Wythenshawe Town, k.o. 6.30pm.
    22 April 2010


    Alty Youth's remaining league and cup games are on the Fixtures page. Next Sunday they are away to FCUM.


  • Nantwich Town (H) 3-3 J.Brownhill, Sheridan, Bradbury
  • Salford City (A) 2-1 Linney, Marsden.
  • Woodley Sports (A) 3-1 Linney (3)
    12 April 2010


    Alty Youth won 2-1 at Salford City on Sunday to go top of the NW Youth Alliance Premier Division table.

    6 April 2010


    The NWYA has the latest league table for Altrincham FC Youth.


    Tonight's scheduled game against Salford City has been postponed.
    4 April 2010

    3-3 DRAW

    Alty Youth drew today with Nantwich 3-3; match report here.

    Right: Alty's central midfielders against Nantwich were John Bennett (foreground) and Andy Gamble.


    The youth team league fixtures till the end of the season are here, along with the date of the Open Cup semi-final.
    3 April 2010


    Altrincham FC Youth will now play Nantwich Town in an NWYA Premier Division match at 2.30pm on Easter Sunday at Wythenshawe Town FC. The league has also scheduled them to play a 6.30pm kick off at the same venue on Tuesday 6th April against Salford City. As the sun sets at 7.53pm that night and there are no floodlights, it could require torches to finish the game.
    28 March 2010


    Altrincham Youth finally overcame Formby Youth in a penalty shoot-out, after extra time, in Sunday's NWYA Open Cup quarter-finals at Wythenshawe Town on Sunday. After a goalless 90 minutes, much of which both sides played with ten men following a first-half double sending off, it took Alty's Glodi Kuba-Kuba just 29 seconds of extra time to put Alty ahead, with a defender turning the Alty striker's effort over his own goal line. But the visitors equalised and the score still remained 1-1 after extra time. Alty won the penalty shoot-out 6-5, with Dominic Bates scoring the sixth (above), before Formby had their seventh spot kick saved by goalkeeper James Thorn.

  • Match report here.

    Open Cup Quarter Finals

  • Altrincham 1 Formby 1 -Alty win 6-5 on pens
  • Bootle 3 Prescot Cables 0
  • Nantwich Town 2 Morecambe 1
  • Salford City 7 Ashton Athletic 2
    22 March 2010


    Altrincham Youth overcame FCUM Youth 3-0 thanks to first-half goals from Bradbury (2) and Linney.
  • Match report here.

    14 March 2010


    Altrincham Youth were held to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon in their NW Youth Alliance Premier Division league match. Their opponents, Morecambe, went ahead in the 31st minute, against the run of play, when they broke away following an Altrincham corner. Kieran Madden equalised with a well-taken goal three minutes later. But in a game played on a bumpy pitch in gusty winds, there was to be no further goal for either side. Report here.

    Right: Alty Youth prepare to take a first-half freekick.

    13 March 2010


  • Match report here.
    8 March 2010


    At Moss Lane on Sunday, Altrincham & District FA Youth (comprising Altrincham FC's youth team) led Stockport & District FA 2-1 with the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup Final into its 90th minute. Then, Alty failed to deal with a long ball up the middle which left Stockport's Needham running at goal. Altrincham goalkeeper Thorn brought the Stockport man down and was sent off, leaving centre-back Rory Bradbury to face a penalty. He almost stopped Hodgetts's spot-kick but the ball squirmed out of his grasp and over the line to send the game into extra time.

    Earlier, a below-par Altrincham should have taken advantage of Stockport having their left-back Manning sent off as early as the fifth minute, especially after Michael Linney had put Altrincham ahead in the 13th minute. But Michael Martin deservedly equalised for ten-man Stockport after 72 minutes before Dan Shaw seemed to have scored the winner for Altrincham, seven minutes later.

    Above: Michael Linney (no.10 in yellow) puts Altrincham 1-0 up.

    Then came the last-minute drama to send the game into ten-a-side for 30 extra minutes, with Alty having no specialist goalkeeper on the field. Nevertheless, Alty had the better of added time but a penalty shoot-out was needed to settle the game. Alty's Sheridan saw his spot kicked saved and Dominic Bates's penalty hit the post, leaving Stockport 4-3 winners.

  • Match report here.
    6 March 2010


    Three Altrincham FC Youth players, Rory Bradbury, Kieran Madden and Ben Shawcross, helped Ashton-on-Mersey School in Sale to reach the semi-finals of the English Schools Cup this week. Kieran scored one of the goals in a 4-2 win over Bedford.

    All three should be in action at Moss Lane this Sunday (2pm) when Altrincham & District FA Youth (comprising Altrincham FC's youth team) meet Stockport & District FA in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup Final at Moss Lane (2pm). Please come along and support the lads. Entry is just £2 (£1 for concessionaries).

    28 February 2010


    Alty Youth lost their first league game of the season today, when they went down 2-0 at Marine (Crosby). The updated league table is here.


    This Sunday (7th), Altrincham & District FA Youth (comprising Altrincham FC's youth team) meet Stockport & District FA in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup Final at Moss Lane (2pm).
    21 February 2010


    Following an inch of unexpected snow in the early hours of this morning, the Youth team's game at home to Marine today has been postponed.
    16 February 2010


    Courtesy of George Heslop, a report has been added to the website on Alty's recent win at Prescot Cables.


    The Alty Youth fixtures page has been updated. The next two matches are against Marine "A"; at home this Sunday (21st) and at Crosby the following Sunday (28th).
    14 February 2010


    Above, Alty goalkeeper James Fossdyke collects the ball.

    Altrincham FC Youth, playing only their fourth league home match of the season, after five months of the campaign, defeated Stalybridge Celtic 4-2 today (Sunday). But the game was marred by a triple fracture of the left leg and a fracture of the ankle suffered by Celtic left-back Ryan Liddle. All at Altrincham FC extend their sympathy to Ryan and hope that his operation on Monday goes well.

  • Match report.
    12 February 2010


    The Altrincham Youth league game on Sunday 14th February is at home (at Wythenshawe Town) to Stalybridge Celtic at 2p.m and not against Nantwich as previously announced.
    4 February 2010


    Altrincham Youth are set to host Nantwich Town a week on Sunday (14th) and NOT on Sunday 7th as previously announced. The game will be at Wythenshawe Town FC (2pm). This Sunday (7th) the youth team will be playing a practice match at BTH (2pm).
    31 January 2010


    Unforecast snow has caused the postponement of today's Altrincham FC Youth team's league match at home to FC United of Manchester. Whilst some parts of Greater Manchester have escaped with no snow, an inch or so has fallen in the Altrincham area.
    24 January 2010


    After leading 3-0 at the interval, Altrincham FC Youth won 3-2 at Prescot Cables today, with two goals from Kieran Madden and one from Ryan Shawcross. A report from george Heslop will follow in the next day or two. Next Sunday, they host FC United at Wythenshawe Town FC (2pm). Alty now lie third in the table, three points off the lead with four games in hand.
    21 January 2010


    Last Sunday, Altrincham Youth played their first match since the end of November; they won 1-0 at Nantwich Town. George Heslop's match report is here.

    Next Sunday, Alty are at away at Prescot Cables; then on Sunday 31st, they are at home to FC United of Manchester at Wythenshawe Town FC, k.o. 2pm.

    The final of the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup, in which Altrincham are involved, will take place at Moss Lane on Sunday 7th March at 2pm. Please come along and help the lads secure some silverware.

    14 January 2010


    Seven weeks after their last game, the Altrincham FC hope to play this Sunday. However, the planned home fixture against Nantwich Town at 2.00 p.m. has been switched to the Weaver Stadium, Water Lode, Nantwich, CW5 5BS. The home fixture will now played later in the season.
    28 December 2009


    When Altrincham Youth (hopefully) travel to Stalybridge Celtic on 10th January, it will be their first game for six weeks following postponements due to bad weather.
    22 December 2009


    In the NWYA Premier Division, in which Altrincham FC Youth play, Stalybridge Celtic and other teams have suffered deductions of points, as shown in the revised table
    20 December 2009


    Tomorrow (Sunday)'s Altrincham FC Youth match at home to Salford City has been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions affecting the country at the moment. It is the third week running the youth team has lost a fixture.


    The latest NWYA Premier Division league table is here. It shows that Alty have played just five games whilst the league leaders have completed eleven!
    13 December 2009


    Today's Youth team game at Salford City has been postponed.
    6 December 2009


    Today's Youth team match at home to Marine "A" has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
    3 December 2009


    Manager George Heslop has provided a report on Altrincham FC Youth's win last Sunday over New Mills.


    Altrincham FC's next three games are league matches:
  • Sun. 6.12.09 H MARINE "A", 2pm at Wythenshawe Town FC, M23 9NT
  • Sun. 13.12.09 A Salford City, 2pm at Bridgewater Park, Amberhill Way, Boothstown M28 1UP
  • Sun. 20.12.09 H SALFORD CITY, 2pm at Wythenshawe Town FC, M23 9NT
    30 November 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth beat New Mills 2-0 on a very wet Sunday afternoon to reach the quarter finals of the NWYA Open Cup. The goals came from Kieran Madden and Joel Brownhill. Report to follow.
    24 November 2009


    Alty Youth manager George Heslop informs us that the scheduled game last Sunday at Nantwich Town was postponed because the Dabbers were playing in the Crewe & District Cup. The Alty Youth team's next game is this Sunday (29th) at 1.30pm when they play at home (Wythenshawe Town FC) in the NWYA Open Cup Round Two, against New Mills.
    19 November 2009


    A report from George Heslop on Altrincham & Distrct FA Youth team's success in reaching the final of the Cheshire County FA District Cup final - again - is here.
    16 November 2009


    George Heslop's report on the recent Altrincham v Woodley clash in the Neil Thomason Memorial Cup is now here.
    16 November 2009


    With a convincing 5-1 win over Chester & District FA, Altrincham & District FA Youth team reached the final of the Cheshire County FA District Cup on Sunday. The Altrincham side is managed by Altrincham FC's George Heslop and its squad entirely comprises the football club's youth team players. The goals were scored by Michael Linney, who hit a hat-trick, Kieran Madden and Ben Shawcross. It is the fourth time in five years that Altrincham & District FA have reached the final, which is likely to take place in March 2010. Altrincham's opponents will be either or Stockport or Runcorn & District FA; Runcorn need to win their last group stage match by a large margin to pip Stockport to a place in the final. Report to follow.
    9 November 2009


    Altrincham Youth lost their Neil Thomason Memorial Trophy match on Sunday at home to Woodley Sports 2-4, after extra time. Report to follow.
    3 November 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth remain unbeaten and second in the Premier Division of the NWYA following a goalless draw at home to Woodley Sports last Sunday.

  • Match report, courtesy of George Heslop.
    30 October 2009


    With Chris Senior, Tom Kearney and James Smith all suspended this Saturday and Chris Denham and Dale Johnson both sidelined by injury, Altrincham manager Graham Heathcote has moved to strengthen his squad. He has signed Altrincham FC Youth team defender James Smart (left) on Conference forms. James, (d.o.b. 1.10.1992) is the regular left-back for the Robins' youth team and he joins team-mate John Bennett in the first-team squad. John made his first-team debut at Mansfield last Saturday. James's squad number is 28.
    25 October 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth progressed to the second round of the NWYA Open Cup on Sunday with a narrow win over AFC Liverpool. The scores were level at 1-1 after extra time before Altrincham won a penalty shoot-out. Match report here.


    Alty Youth midfielder John Bennett made his debut for the Altrincham first team yesterday in the FA Cup at Mansfield Town. John came on ten minutes from the end of normal time and also played for the five minutes of added time. With the team already 3-0 down when he joined the game, it was a difficult situation in which to play but John performed well in front of a crowd of almost two and a half thousand. He is seen, right, coming on in the 80th minute at Field Mill.


    The NWYA confirms that from November, ALtrincham FC Youth team matches in the league will kick off at 2pm, up to and including January 2010. Cup games in this period will start at 1.30pm to allow for extra time and penalties.
    23 October 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth's midfielder, John Bennett, has been called up to join the first-team sqaud in advance of tomorrow's FA Cup tie at Mansfield Town. John, who is in his second season with George Heslop's team, will have first-team squad number 20.
    21 October 2009


    Altrincham FC lost Tuesday night's FA Youth Cup tie at Stalybridge Celtic, 3-2. Trailing to an early goal, Alty got themselves 2-1 ahead with just eleven minutes left, thanks to goals from Brownhill (69 mins) and Linney (79 mins). But Stalybridge equalised almost immediately, before clinching the game with a third goal four minutes from the end of normal time. It was Alty's first defeat of the season. Best wishes go to Celtic in the next round, away at Oldham Athletic.

    Match report here.

    20 October 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth take on Stalybridge Celtic tonight (Tuesday) at 7.30pm in the FA Youth Cup at the Bower Fold. All support will be welcome.

    The NWYA Premier Division results for last Sunday were:

  • Salford City 1 Marine A 0 (match abandoned after 30 minutes due to a serious injury to a Salford City player)
  • Stalybridge Celtic A 6 Curzon Ashton 1

    The Premier Division fixtures for November are now on the Youth fixtures page. As well as the league matches the next Open Cup and Neil Thomason Memorial Cup ties are also shown.

    19 October 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth again provided all of the players for the Altrincham & District FA as they beat The Wirral & District FA, 1-0, in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup, at Shawe view, Trafford FC on Sunday. Altrincham need a draw in the final group stage match against Chester FA next month to secure a place in the final for the fourth time in five years. The winner on Sunday was scored by Joel Brownhill in injury time. Match report here .
    16 October 2009


    The winners of next Tuesday's FA Youth Cup qualifying match between Stalybridge Celtic and Altrincham FC Youth will be away in the the First Round Proper to Oldham Athletic. That tie will be played by Saturday, 7 November 2009.
    15 October 2009


    The date has now been set for Altrincham FC Youth to play their FA Youth Cup 3rd Qualifying Round match away to Stalybridge Celtic. The game will be at Celtic's Bower Fold ground on Tuesday, 20th October, kicking off at 7.30pm. Please come along and lend your support.

    This Sunday (18th), Alty Youth provide the squad to represent the Altrincham & District FA against The Wirral at Trafford FC (k.o. 2pm). This is a group-stage match in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup.

    11 October 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth advanced to the next round of the FA Youth Cup with a hard-earned away win at Vauxhall Motors on Sunday morning. After falling behind early in the game, Alty got level when Blaine Whiteside seized on a poor back pass and rounded the keeper to score. Substitute Joel Brownhill secured the win with a left-foot shot, late in the game. Alty now travel To Stalybridge Celtic in the next round, in w/c 19 October 2009. Match report here.

    8 October 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth are away at Vauxhall Motors this Sunday (11am at Rivacre Park) in the FA Youth Cup. The winners now know their opposition in the next round as, on Wednesday evening, Stalybridge Celtic won 5-4 a.e.t. at the Racecourse. Wrexham reported that "It was another epic encounter against Celtic, which followed a similar pattern to last year's clash, with both games going into extra time before the away side finally triumphed". Stalybridge had been trailing 4-2.
    5 October 2009


    Alty Youth beat Curzon Ashton 4-0, away, on Sunday in the NWYA Premier Division, thanks to a Blaine Whiteside hat-trick and a goal from captain, Dan Shaw. Report here, courtesy of George Heslop.
    2 October 2009


    In the FA Youth Cup 2nd Qualifying Round, the incentive for Altrincham FC and Vauxhall Motors, who meet next Sunday (11th at Rivacre Park, k.o. 11am) is a trip, in the third qualifying round (w/c 19 October), for the winners to either The Racecourse to play Wrexham or to the Bower Fold to meet Stalybridge. Wrexham host Stalybridge next Wednesday.


    Altrincham are away at Curzon Ashton on Sunday (4th) in a NWYA Premier Division league match.
    28 September 2009


    Altrincham and District FA, (entirely comprising Altrincham FC Youth team), beat the Mid-Cheshire FA on Sunday, 3-0, at Northwich, in a Cheshire County FA District Cup group-stage match. Courtesy of George Heslop, there is a match report.


    Despite having no league game this weekend, Altrincham rose to second in the NWYA Premier Division as both Stalybridge Celtic and FC UNited lost on Sunday. And Alty lead their group in the CCFA District Cup after beating Mid-Cheshire and seeing the other match between The Wirral and Chester end in a 1-1 draw.
    27 September 2009


    The October Alty Youth/FA fixtures are:
  • 4.10: Curzon Ashton (Away) - League
  • 11.10: Vauxhall Motors (Away) - FA Youth Cup, 11am
  • 18/19.10: Altrincham & District FA v The Wirral FA at Trafford FC, 2pm
  • 25.10: AFC Liverpool (Home) - NWYA Open Cup Round 1

    25 September 2009


    The next round in the FA Youth Cup sees Altrincham away at Vauxhall Motors on Sunday, 11th October, at 11am.


    There is a report on the FA Youth Cup win over Cammell Laird here


    This Sunday's match in the Cheshire FA District Youth Cup between Mid Cheshire FA and Altrincham & District FA kicks off at 10.30am at Northwich Victoria's ground.
    23 September 2009


    In Wednesday night's FA Youth Cup Qualifying Round match at Moss Lane, Alty Youth came from 2-1 down to win 4-2 against Cammell Laird. They now travel to Vauxhall Motors in the next round, in a fortnight. Alty went ahead in the 42nd minute when their captain, Dan Shaw, finished well after good work from Bennett. But a minute later a 30-yard effort from Neill gave the visitors parity. Two minutes after the break, Smith sprang the offside trap to put Lairds ahead.

    Alty equalised in the 69th minute when Sheridan chased a seemingly lost cause to the by-line and laid the ball back for Linney to tap in as the Lairds defence failed to react. Shaw put Alty ahead nine minutes later. Put through by Linney he again finished well past the keeper. Five minutes from time substitute Joel Brownhill scored a superb goal from outside the box, the ball sailing into the top of the net after Shaw's pass found him in space. Report to follow.

    20 September 2009


    Ben Shawcross's penalty won a tightly contested game against the team from Merseyside.

  • Match report here.

    Left: Matthew Clinton competes for the ball as Glodi Kuba Kuba (background) and Ben Shawcross await developments.


  • Wednesday 23rd at Moss Lane, 7.45pm: Alty Youth v Cammell Laird Youth in the FA Youth Cup. Admission £3 (£1 for concessionaries).
  • Sunday 27th at Northwich Victoria FC at 2pm: Altrincham & District FA v Mid Cheshire FA
    18 September 2009


    You have two chances to see Alty Youth this week:
  • Sunday 20th, 2.30pm, home at Wythenshawe Town v Prescot Cables. Admission free.
  • Wednesday 23rd, 7.45pm, home at Moss Lane v Cammell Laird in the FA Youth Cup. Admission £3, (£1 concessionaries).
    16 September 2009


    The latest NW Youth Alliance league table is on their website. Last Sunday's results were:
  • Curzon Ashton 1 Salford City 0
  • FC United 5 Marine A 2
  • Morecambe 1 Altrincham 3
  • Prescot Cables 1 Woodley Sports 4
  • Stalybridge Celtic A 3 Nantwich Town 1

    13 September 2009


    A weakened Altrincham FC Youth side had a fine 3-1 win away at Morecambe on Sunday, with a hat-trick from Kieran Madden (right). There is a brief match report, courtesy of George Heslop, here.

    On Sunday 20th, Alty Youth are at home to Prescot Cables at Wythenshawe Town FC, k.o. 2.30pm and on Wednesday, September 23rd, Alty entertain Cammell Laird in the FA Youth cup at Moss Lane (7.45pm); entry is just £3, or £1 for concessionaries.

    12 September 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth team will meet Cammell Laird Youth in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday, 23 September at 7.45pm at Moss Lane. Lairds beat Northwich Victoria Youth 2-0 on Thursday night and will be a stiff test for Altrincham as they boast six Cheshire County players in their squad.
    10 September 2009


    Above: Alty line up before the game with Daisy Hill

    Altrincham Youth beat Daisy Hill Youth 7-1 in Wednesday night's FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round.

    Match report here.

    7 September 2009


    Sunday's results in the NWYA Premier were:
  • Altrincham 2 Curzon Ashton 2
  • Morecambe 1 Prescot Cables 2
  • Nantwich Town 1 FC United 3
  • Stalybridge Celtic A 4 Salford City 2
    6 September 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth's league season kicked off today with a 2-2 home draw against Curzon Ashton. Dan Shaw scored both goals for Altrincham in a game they should have won. A report is here and a further picture is on the website Home Page.


    Why not come along to Moss Lane on Wednesday evening (9th) for the FA Youth Cup match between Altrincham FC Youth and Daisy Hill FC from Bolton? Kick off is 7.45pm and entry is just £3, (£1 for concessionaries).
    6 August 2009


    At the Altrincham FC v Manchester United XI friendly last Tuesday, Altrincham FC Youth team displayed the trophy they won as divisional winners in the recent Umbro International Tournament, as seen above.

    1 August 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth won their group in today's final stages of the Umbro International Tournament. After a 1-1 draw with USA side Salinas Sports, they beat the Isle of Man FA, 1-0 with goal from Rory Bradbury. A picture of manager George Heslop with the trophy awarded for their success is seen, right.

    In Friday's games at the Umbro International Tournament, Altrincham FC Youth's games ended as follows:

  • Stretford Victoria FC 2 Altrincham FC 0

    In this game, Altrincham were obliged to kick off early by the organizers which meant that two of the planned starters had to sit on the bench. Alty's Rory Bradbury saw a penalty saved, whilst Jamie Smart suffered a serious injury. Smart was penalised for a sliding tackle but he came off worse when the opponent's knee landed on the Alty man's head. Jamie was taken to Wythenshawe hospital, after a 12 minute delay on the bench, where a neck brace was applied. Fortunately he was later released from hospital but may now have to sit out tomorrow's games.

  • Altrincham FC 3 Downers Grove (USA) 0

    Alty's goals came from Alfred Kujabie, who netted twice, and Dan Shaw. The organizers had changed the rules to allow rolling substitutes which is of limited help to Altrincham who are now reduced to 14 players after Smart's injury and the unavailability of McAughtrie, Shaw, Millen and Whiteside.

    Tomorrow Altrincham play Californian side Salinas Soccer and then the Isle of Man FA. Alty are playing with a team of mainly 17 year-olds in an under-19 group, as there is no under-18 category.

    31 July 2009


    Altrincham Youth's FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round match against Daisy Hill will take place on Wednesday, September 9th at 7.45pm at Moss Lane. Admission will be £3 for adults and £1 for concessionaries.


    Thursday's play in the Umbro International Tournament, in which Altrincham FC Youth are participating, was rained off. As a result, the whole competition has been revamped. All previous results have been expunged and Altrincham have been put in a new group, E, which comprises Alty and three other teams. The matches are as follows, all on pitch 9 at the University Playing Fields at Northenden:
  • Friday 31st July, 11.30am v Stretford Vics
  • Friday 31st July, 2.30pm v Downers Grove (USA)
  • Saturday 1st August, 11.30am v Salinas Soccer (California, USA)
  • Saturday 1st August, 1.30pm v Isle of Man FA

    A number of ex-Altrincham FC Youth players are also in the competition this year with other clubs. Andrew Jones is playing for Maine Road, along with Paul Cordock. Steven Crane is turning out for Old Alts whilst Chris Francis netted a hat-trick on Wednesday for Ashton Athletic. And when Alty's Phil Taylor was officiating at one of the matches, a call for a replacement linesman saw former Alty player Mick Farrelly answering the call. Mick's daughter was playing in the competition.

    30 July 2009


    There is no under-18 category in the Umbro International football tournament taking place in Manchester this week. So Alty's team, many of whom are actually well under 18, have to play against under-19s. It is not surprising, therefore, that they found the going tough on the opening day of the tournament on Wednesday:
  • Altrincham FC Youth 0 FC United of Manchester 3
  • Allerton FC 0 Altrincham FC Youth 0
    26 July 2009


    Alty Youth drew 2-2 with Congleton Town Youth on Sunday afternoon at BTH. Without six of their players, who had been selected for the Cheshire County FA trials, Altrincham took an early lead but were pegged back by a late equalizer. Report here.

    Right: Alty's Millen makes a clearing header.


    The draw for the Umbro International Tournamenthas been made. Altrincham are in "Youth B League B" and their group stage fixtures are:
  • Altrincham AFC v FC United of Manchester on 29/07/2009 at 09.30
  • Allerton FC v Altrincham AFC on 29/07/2009 at 14.30
  • Salinas Soccer (California) v Altrincham AFC on 30/07/2009 at 12.00
  • Altrincham AFC v Stalybridge Celtic on 30/07/2009 at 17.00
  • Bossmo & Ytteren (Norway) v Altrincham AFC on 31/07/2009 at 12.00
  • Altrincham AFC v Manchester Gregorians on 31/07/2009 at 15.45


    The NW Youth Alliance, in which Altrincham FC Youth play, announces that there are now three league divisions. Altrincham remain in the Premier Division, whose other members in 2009-10 will be:
  • Curzon Ashton FC
  • FC United of Manchester
  • Marine FC A
  • Morecambe FC
  • Nantwich Town FC
  • Prescot Cables FC
  • Salford City FC
  • Stalybridge Celtic FC A
  • Woodley Sports FC
    20 July 2009


    An Altrincham FC Youth side, including trialists, went down 0-4 to Alsager Town yesterday.
    16 July 2009


    Altrincham Youth have arranged another pre-season game. It will be against A.F.C. Liverpool at Blessed Thomas Holford, Altrincham, on Sunday 23rd August 2009, kick off is at 2.30pm.
    15 July 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth's pre-season game at Burscough has been transferred from Wednesday 22nd July 2009 to Wednesday 5th August 2009.
    12 July 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth will once again participate in this summer's Umbro International Tournament at the University playing fields at Northenden. The draw has not yet been made for the competition.
    9 July 2009


    Altrincham FC Youth team have arranged another pre-seasnon friendly. It will be on Wednesday 22nd July 2009, away at Burscough's, Victoria Park stadium on Bobby Langton Way, Mart Lane, Burscough, Lancashire L40 0SD. Kick Off is at 7.45 p.m.
    4 July 2009


    A list of the Alty Youth pre-season games (trials and friendlies) as well as the FA Youth Cup and Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup fixtures is here.
    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