Altrincham Football Club
Youth Team Page, 2011-12

Above, left: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH TEAM 2011/12.
Right: SK KITS have kindly sponsored and supplied the Youth Team's kit.



Altrincham's Youth side is managed by George Heslop, ably assisted by coaches Josh Collins and Ant Small. The team plays in the North West Youth Alliance (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 Clay Lane, Timperley, WA15 7AF.

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 new website, 2011.
    7 July 2012


    The draw for the FA Youth Cup has been made...

    Preliminary Round, w/c/ 3 September 2012:

  • Altrincham v Macclesfield Town

    1st Round Qualifying, w/c 17 September 2012:

  • Bootle v Altrincham or Macclesfield Town

    2nd Round Qualifying, w/c 1 October 2012:

  • Bootle or Altrincham or Macclesfield Town v Warrington Town or Wrexha
    31 May 2012



    Altrincham FC Youth team manager, George Heslop,
    compered the annual awards, ceremony
    at Moss Lane on Wednesday evening. Here is a selection of images
    from the evening.

    Sam Grimshaw receives the James Black Trophy
    as Manager's Player of the Season
    from Mr & Mrs Black

    Manager George Heslop
    receives an award from Joe Reid on behalf
    of the players' parents.

    Derryn Ofori receives the second place award as
    Manager's Player of the Season
    from Mr & Mrs Black.

    Oliver Riley receives the third place award
    as Manager's Player of the Season
    from Mr & Mrs Black.

    Jenny Heslop received flowers
    from Sam Grimshaw
    for all her kit-washing!

    Sam Grimshaw receives the
    Players' Player of the Season award
    from vice chairman, Andrew Shaw.

    Derryn Ofori receives the
    second place Players' Player of the Season
    award from vice chairman, Andrew Shaw.

    Adam Reid receives the
    third-place Players' Player of the Season
    award from vice chairman, Andrew Shaw.

    Matt Fearon receives an award
    to mark his first-team debut from
    joint youth team coach Josh Collins.

    Duncan Watmore receives an award
    to mark his first-team debut, from
    joint youth team coach Josh Collins.

    Ant Small
    receives an award from Joe Reid as
    joint coach of the Youth team.

    The 2011/12 Altrincham FC Youth Team annual presentation night was held at Moss Lane on Wednesday. Manager George Heslop thanked all the players' parents and the club's board for their attendance. He described the last season as a "roller-coaster". The season had got off to an unfortunate start with serious injuries to centre-backs Jake Barnabas and Ben Hamilton ruling both out for virtually all of the season.

    But the fact that ten players were signed on BSBN forms during the season and five of them made their first-team debuts ensured that it had been an excellent season. With so many lads becoming involved with Lee Sinnott's first team, those who had replaced them in the youth team had emulated them with fine performnaces in the NW Youth Alliance Premier Division. The team had shown great spirit to finish the season strongly and claim second place in the Division.

    George revealed that Lee Sinnott had asked him for another five youth team graduates this season, so the pressure is on! The team had also had a good FA Youth Cup run and had scored 96 goals in all competitions this season, the goals being shared by 20 players, with 19-goal Derryn Ofori the top scorer, despite having a slow start to the campaign.

    The awards were announced as follows:

  • Clubman of the Season: Shakeel Depeiaza, who was unable to attend the awards event.

    The Players' Player of the Season:

  • 1. Sam Grimshaw
  • 2. Derryn Ofori
  • 3. Adam Reid

    The James Black Memorial Trophy was presented for the third year by Mr and Mrs Ian Black, whose late son James was a popular figure on the Moss Lane terraces as well as at away matches before his untimely death. The Black family had commissioned a bronze trophy which goes to the Manager's Player of the Season, who this year was the team captain, left-back Sam Grimshaw.

  • Winner: Sam Grimshaw.
  • Runner-Up: Derryn Ofori
  • Third place: Oliver Riley

    Finally, there were awards to three of the five youth players who had made their first-team debuts in the last year.

  • Matt Fearon (debut 5 April 2011)
  • Adam Reid (debut 8 Nov. 2011)
  • Duncan Watmore (debut 26 Nov. 2011).

    Two other first-team debutants, Joe Coombs and Jake Barnabas were unable to attend.

    Manager George Heslop also announced that Joe Reid, Adam's father and a UEFA "B" qualified coach, would be joining the Altrincham FC Youth coaching team,

    At the end of the evening Chairman Grahame Rowley thanked all the players and their families for their roles in making the youth team successful.

    30 May 2012


    Marine "can confirm that the youth team have been deducted 12 points in relation to breaches of discipline following disciplinary hearings that have taken place at the Liverpool County FA. Six points have been deducted for fielding an ineligible player on two occasions and a further six points have therefore been forfeited for the points gained in those two games. A further three point deduction has been made for the breach being on two occasions.

    As a consequence of the 15 points deduction, the youth team have finished in third place in the North West Youth Alliance Premier Division who yesterday confirmed FC Utd of Manchester as Champions and Altrincham as runners up".

    The new positions are shown in the revised NWYA league table.

    Tonight witnesses the Altrincham FC Youth Team presentation evening at Moss Lane. With ten of the youth team having signed BSBN forms last season, it was a highly successful season for manager George Heslop and coaches Josh Collins and Ant Small's squad. All supporters are welcome to attend the presentations which will take place in the bar at Moss Lane, starting at 7pm.

    15 May 2012


    The final match in the NW Youth Alliance, in which Alty Youth play, was the Open Cup Final:
  • New Mills 1 FC United of Manchester 4
    8 May 2012


    Altrincham Youth have had a fine season with the chief measure being that so many of their players progressed through to the first-team squad in 2011-12. And, despite many of these players missing Youth team matches because of their first-team involvement, the Altrincham FC Youth team finished a very creditable third in the NWYA Premier Division after securing a 3-0 win on Tuesday night, away to Northwich Victoria, in their final match of the season. Alty's scoerers were Derryn Ofori (penalty), Josh Palmer and Oliver Riley.
    7 May 2012


    A report on Alty Youth's 7-1 win on Sunday is here.

    In the NW Youth Alliance, the other results on Sunday were:

  • Mossley 0 Chester FC 2
  • New Mills 0 Morecambe 9

    In The Neil Thomason Cup Final:

  • FC United of Manchester 1 Warrington Town 4

    The latest League table shows Alty third, with just two fixtures left to be played in the league on Tuesday:

  • FC United of Manchester v Morecambe
  • Northwich Victoria v Altrincham.

    The final match of the season is away to Northwich Victoria at Barnton FC on Tuesday. The game is at Townfield Lane, CW8 6GB, k.o. 6.30pm

    4 May 2012


    Altrincham FC Youth moved up to fourth in the NWYA Premier Division on Thursday evening after their 2-0 away win over New Mills, in a game played at Knutsford. On a bobbly pitch, Altrincham's goals came from Denico Walters and Derryn Ofori. Goalkeeper Adam Reid had an "assist" for Denico's goal, his long kick being headed in by the striker as the keeper came for the ball.

    Alty entertain Nantwich Town at Clay Lane, this Sunday, 2.30pm.


    Altrincham FC Youth's re-arranged match away to Northwich Victoria is now being played on Tuesday 8th May, (6.30 p.m.) at Barnton FC.
    29 April 2012


    The heavy rain this weekend put paid to Sunday's Altrincham FC Youth team match away to Northwich Victoria but the Altrincham FC Juniors U-18 match was switched to BTH to allow that fixture to be played.
    26 April 2012


    The recent rainfall has meant that tonight's NWYA Premier Division match at Clay Lane between Alty Youth and Nantwich Town has had to be postponed.
    22 April 2012


    Altrincham FC Youth had a good 3-1 away win at Warrington Town on Sunday. But in the NW Youth Alliance Premier division they, along with Marine, were each deducted one point for the game on April 15, for a "breach of disciplinary code A3".
    19 April 2012


    Altrincham Youth team's match away against New Mills Youth tonight has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The game will now be played on Thursday, 3 May, at 6.30 pm.

    The next game is on Sunday, 29 April, against Northwich Victoria at Barnton FC, Townfield Lane, CW8 6GB, k.o. 2.30pm.

    9 April 2012


    Alty Youth did not play this weekend but the NWYA reports that in the Neil Thomason Cup 11-12 semi-finals, the scores were:
  • Chester F.C. 0 F.C. United of Manchester 2
  • Marine 3 Warrington Town 5

    The latest league table is here.

    8 April 2012


    Altrincham FC Youth's remaining fixtures are now on the website.
    6 April 2012


    Altrincham FC Youth's next game is on Thursday 19th April 2012, away at New Mills AFC, at 6.30pm


    The NW Youth Alliance announces that "Sadly, this week, two teams have been forced to withdraw from Division 1 of the league. Ashton United and Aspull Juniors have both had to withdraw due to internal club reasons. The match records of both teams will be expunged as specified in the League Rules. Discipline and other records will be retained and Bonds will be forfeit".
    1 April 2012


    An Altrincham Youth team weakened by the absence of six regulars, went down 2-5 to Marine in a match which only got under way 28 minutes late because the match officials went to the wrong ground. Jacob Malachi-Brown and Josh Palmer were the Alty scorers. Match report here.

    Above, Sam Rowley and a Marine opponent go for the ball, watched by Alty's Ollie Riley, Joe Coombs, Derryn Ofori and Alex Weatherby.

    24 March 2012


    Altrincham were unlucky to lose 2-0 at FC United on Sunday, going down to a questionable penalty and a debatably offside goal.


    Altrincham FC Youth team captain Sam Grimshaw and fellow youth-team defender Josh Mason have signed EvoStik League forms with Radcliffe Borough FC to allow them to gain experience of playing at semi-professional level. Both Sam and Josh also recently signed BSBN forms to allow them to play for Altrincham's first team.

    Earlier this season Joe Coombs, Matt Fearon and Duncam Watmore likewise signed EvoStik League forms and turned out for Clitheroe to gain match experience in a senior league.

    21 March 2012


    As deadline day arrived this week for signing Blue Square Bet North players before the end of the season, Altrincham FC added five more Youth team players to their squad as cover for the first-team squad. The five are listed below in alphabetical order...

    Josh Mason

    Derryn Ofori

    Josh Palmer
    (left winger)

    Denico Walters

    Alex Weatherby
    (central defender)

    All of the above players are aged 17, except Josh Mason, who is 18.

    20 March 2012


    Alty Youth's scheduled game last Sunday, at New Mills, was called off at 10am that morning.

    The next game is also away, at FC United of Manchester, this Sunday 25th March.

    18 March 2012


    Anyone attending Altrincham FC Youth's matches this season will have noted the steady progress in the transformation of the former British Airways Silver Wings site on Clay Lane, Timperley, where the youth team plays its home matches. An impressive structure has been growing next to the football pitch and the Manchester Evening News supplies the background..

    "A leisure group run by entrepreneurial brothers is investing nearly £7m in a five-star health and country club in Greater Manchester which will create 80 jobs. Stuart and Andy Taylor's FX Leisure Group will launch the club in Hale next month. The £5m-turnover, Wigan-based business currently operates seven health and fitness clubs across the north west and north east, including sites in Lowton, near Leigh, Stalybridge and Congleton.

    The brothers said their latest venture, a 40,000 sq ft, three-storey club on the site of the former British Airways Silverwings Sports Club, Clay Lane, is an upmarket departure from their current operations. It will employ feature state-of-the-art health and fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, a champagne bar, restaurant and rooftop spa.

    Stuart said, 'We believe that the Hale area has great demographics for this sort of club. At present, we believe there is a lack of such facilities and we believe that the demand will be there for them. In opening this facility, we are bringing luxury and quality to the area. What we are doing at Hale is a much bigger concept than what FX has done elsewhere. This is not the usual type of health and fitness centre with a corporate identity. It will be a bespoke centre that we will not be duplicated anywhere else. We want to create something unique to give people an experience that they cannot have elsewhere'.

    The brothers are aiming for 4,000 members at the Hale club. Membership fees will be £60 and £90 per month. The duo said they hope the club will achieve a turnover of £4m within two years – and they believe that their goals will not be hampered by the tough economic times. Stuart said, 'We believe there is the need for this. While there is always a risk attached to any venture, we are experienced in this industry and we are making sure that we are competitive. Our club may not be the cheapest to join in the area, but it will also not be the most expensive. We want it to be an experience that is far more luxurious than anything else on offer'".

    16 March 2012


    In a match at Manchester United's Carrington complex which, for that reason, could not be publicised in advance, Altrincham FC Youth beat an Irish youth team, St Kevin's who are touring England, 3-0, on Friday night. George Heslop has kindly provided a brief match report.
    11 March 2012


    Left: Duncan Watmore and Josh Palmer are seen here in the thick of the action for Alty Youth against Curzon Ashton. Right: The Altrincham FC Youth management team comprising coaches Josh Collins and Ant Small with manager George Heslop.

    Alty Youth overcame good opposition in beating Curzon Ashton 3-0 today at Clay Lane. After midfielder Alan Tansinda had continued his run of goalscoring with the opener, captain Sam Grimshaw made it 2-0 with a well taken freekick, before second-half substitute Duncan Watmore made it 3-0 just after coming on. But Duncan also missed a late penalty.

  • Match report on here.

    Manager George Heslop's report on the fine win at Morecambe on 4 March is now here


    The Altrincham FC Youth team plays in the NW Youth Alliance Premier Division for which the current league table is here. Next week Alty are away at New Mills.

    20 February 2012


    Altrincham FC Youth had a hard fought 3-1 win at home to Prescot Cables Youth on Sunday afternoon. An opening goal from captain, Sam Grimshaw, was followed by a brace from midfielder Alan Tansinda. Alty Youth have moved up to fourth in the league table.

  • Match report here.

    Above: Alan Tansinda (left) celebrates his second goal with Derryn Ofori and Josh Palmer.


    Sam Grimshaw has joined team-mates Joe Coombs, Matt Fearon, Duncan Watmore and Adam Reid in signing Conference North playing forms after impressing first-team manager Lee Sinnott in training. Matt and Duncan turned out for Clitheroe's first team this weekend whilst Joe is recovering from injury.
    11 February 2012


    This Sunday, Altrincham FC Youth were due to play at Warrington Town but this has now been postponed.

    4 February 2012


    Altrincham FC Youth's game at Northwich on Sunday (5th) has been postponed.
    30 January 2012


    The NWYA reports that Altrincham Youth had a 6-1 away win against Nantwich Town on Sunday. The NWYA also has the latest League Table, showing how tight the middle of the division is this season.

    Alty are away to Northwich Victoria next Sunday (2pm).

  • 22 January 2012


    With a greatly limited squad at his disposal, George Heslop's Alty Youth team lost 1-4 to Warrington Town at Clay Lane on Sunday afternoon. Match report here. Next Sunday Alty are away at Nantwich Town. The latest league table shows that Alty have games in hand.

    Right: Alty Youth captain, Sam Grimshaw, goes up for the ball in a crowded part of the Clay Lane pitch on Sunday.

    19 January 2012


    Altrincham FC Youth were scheduled to be away to Warrington Town this Sunday (22nd). However, this has now been changed to a home fixture against the same opposition at Clay Lane, Timperley.
    16 January 2012


    Alty Youth's game yesterday at Morecambe was postponed. The next match is scheduled to be away at Warrington Town on Sunday 22 January, 2pm.
    10 January 2012


    There has been a revision of the NWYA Premier Division fixtures so that Alty Youth now do have a game next Sunday; previously this was a blank in the fixture list.
  • Youth Team: Sunday, 15 January. v. MORECAMBE (Away), NWYA Premier, k.o. 2pm
    8 January 2012


    Above: Altrincham's players receive their pre-match instructions from manager George Heslop and coaches Josh Collins and Ant Small in the rain before kick-off at Clay Lane.

    In their first game since 27 November, Altrincham FC Youth showed no rustiness as they overcame a spirited New Mills side, 5-0, at Clay Lane on Sunday afternoon. Alty's marksmen were Sam Grimshaw, Ollie Riley, Denico Walters, Joe Coombes and Jon Makela. Match report here.

    The latest league tables are at the NWYA website. And there is a form guide here.

    19 December 2011


    Altrincham FC Youth's remaining league fixtures are here.
    17 December 2011


    Alty Youth manager George Heslop advises that tomorrow's NWYA league game at FC United has been postponed and that the next match will be on Sunday 8th January, 2012 at home to New Mills k.o. 2pm.
    10 December 2011


    Sunday's NWYA Premier Division match between Altrincham and Curzon Ashton has been postponed, due to a waterlogged pitch, The next scheduled match is on Sunday, 18th December, away to FC United of Manchester.
    2 December 2011


    Due to a mix-up at the NWYA, Altrincham Youth's match at home to Marine has had to be postponed this Sunday (4th).
    28 November 2011


    A much depleted Altrincham FC Youth team gave a fine account of themselves, away at Chester on Sunday, but they lost 5-3. A report, courtesy of George Heslop, is here.


    When Duncan Watmore came on as a late substitute for Altrincham's first-team yesterday in the FA Trophy, he became the fifth member of the current youth squad to have played in a first-team match. The others are Jake Barnabas, Adam Reid, Joe Coombs and Matt Fearon.
    20 November 2011


    Above: Adam Reid claims the ball, assisted ( r. by Liam Rutledge, Ryan Barry and Joe Coombs).

    Altrincham FC Youth lost 2-3 at home to Mossley on Sunday afternoon in a NWYA Premier Division league match.

  • Report here.
  • Mossley also have a report on the game.


    Alty Youth play Mossley on Sunday in a NWYA Premier Division match at Clay Lane (2pm). Mossley report that "Teenage Mossley players Tom Ingham and Andy McKernon played in England Schoolboy Trials at Blackburn on Saturday, with both hoping to be selected for the final England squad". Later it was reported that "Mossley wing back Tom Ingham has been selected for the initial 32-player squad for the England under 18s schoolboy side. Tom will be hoping to emulate Fabio Abreu who went on to play several International matches whilst a Mossley player last season. Tom will be attending England training at Lilleshall in early December".


    Altrincham Youth narrowly failed to progress in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup last Sunday. Despite Altrincham's 3-0 win over Macclesfield, The Wirral's 5-2 triumph at Runcorn ensured that they qualified for the final on goal difference, where they will meet Chester. Ironically, Alty defeated The Wirral on their own ground in the league stages of the competition. The final table is here.


    In the FA County Youth Cup Round 2 on Saturday, Birmingham F.A. U18s beat Cheshire F.A. U18s, 3-2. One of Cheshire's goals came from Alty Youth's Duncan Watmore.
    13 November 2011


    Altrincham FC Youth won their final group stage match in the Cheshire County FA District Cup by defeating Macclesfield & District FA 3-0 at Shawe View today. There is a match report here.

    Right: Mark Napier-Hemy and Sam Grimshaw, in yellow, are seen during the first half against Macclesfield and District.

    9 November 2011


    The Independent Schools' Football Association reports on the Boodles' ISFA Cup in which Altrincham Youth's Duncan Watmore played for Cheadle Hulme School on Wednesday, away at the competition favourites, Millfield.

    In their Third Round tie, "Millfield squeezed past Cheadle Hulme 3-2. Goals from Dom Webb (2) and Alan Robertson did the damage but Duncan Watmore, in Cheadle Hulme’s midfield, was the outstanding player on the pitch".

    6 November 2011


    Alty Youth won 8-0 at Prescot Cables in the NWYA Premier Division on Sunday; they led 6-0 at the interval, against a side which had knocked Stockport County out of the FA Youth Cup.

    Alty's goals came from Matt Fearon and Duncan Watmore, who got two apiece, and one each from Jack Cottrill, Liam Rutledge, Derryn Ofori and an own goal. The line up was:

    1. Adam Reid, 2. Alan Tansinda, 4. Mark Napier-Hemy, 5. Joe Coombs, 3. Sam Grimshaw, 6. Matt Fearon, 7. Liam Rutledge, 8. Ryan Barry, 11. Jack Cottrill, 9. Derryn Ofori, 10. Duncan Watmore. Subs: 12. Oliver Riley, 14. Josh Palmer, 15. Redmond McGuire, 16. Jonathan Makela, GK. Cody Wharton.

    The substitutes used were:

  • Riley for Fearon and Makela for Rutledge, both after 59 minutes.
  • McGuire for Cottrill after 67 minutes.


    Altrincham FC will represent the Altrincham & District FA next Sunday in the final group-stage match of the Cheshire County FA Ditsrict Youth Cup, at Trafford FC, Shawe View, k.o. 2pm. Their opponents are Macclesfield & District.
    31 October 2011


    Three of Altrincham Youth's team will be making their Evo-Stik debuts on Tuesday night (1st Nov., k.o. 7.45pm) as they gain first-team experience whilst remaining registered for Altrincham for BSB North and youth games. Goalkeeper Adam Reid is playing for Buxton at Frickley, whilst defenders Joe Coombs and Matt Fearon are appearing for Radcliffe Borough against Woodley Sports.

    The latest league table for the Premier Division, in which Altrincham FC Youth play, is now on the NW Youth Alliance website.

    30 October 2011


    Altrincham Youth lost 3-1 at home to Northwich Victoria Youth today at Clay Lane. There is a report here.

    Right: Liam Rutledge takes on a Northwich opponent as Duncan Watmore awaits the outcome.

    27 October 2011


    Thanks to Altrincham FC Youth team coach, Josh Collins, most of the players on the Altrincham FC Youth team squad have kindly completed player profile forms, the contents of which are reproduced below. These start with Josh himself and then, in alphabetical surname order, the players themselves follow.

  • Name, age: Joshua Collins, age 25
  • Position: Coach. Also, centre-back, left-back, left-wing
  • Previous club(s): Oldham Athletic, Sheffield United, Altrincham and D.C. United (USA)
  • Favourite football player: Alan Shearer
  • Favourite moment in football: Playing at Oakwell (Barnsley) for Altrincham FC Youth in FA Youth Cup, 1st Round. Sadly, Alty were beaten 4-0.

  • Name, age: Ryan Barry, 16
  • Position: Centre-midfield
  • Previous club(s): Bury FC
  • Favourite football player: Paul Scholes
  • Favourite moment in football: Scoring three successive freekicks

  • Name, age: Finney Cassidy, 16
  • Position: Right
  • Previous club(s): Bury FC
  • Favourite football player: Steven Gerrard
  • Favourite moment in football: Scoring in cup final to win

  • Name, age: Joe Coombs, 17
  • Position: Centre-back
  • Previous club(s): Macclesfield Town
  • Favourite football player: Eric Cantona
  • Favourite moment in football: ---

  • Name, age: Shakeel Depeiaza, 17
  • Position: Left-, centre-, right-midfield
  • Previous club(s): Woodley Sports
  • Favourite football player: Didier Drogba
  • Favourite moment in football: Scoring in a county cup final

  • Name, age: Matt Fearon, 18
  • Position: Centre-midfield, right-back
  • Previous club(s): Accrington Stanley
  • Favourite football player: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Favourite moment in football: Scoring in the Gothia Cup (youth world cup)

  • Name, age: Nathan Gray, 17
  • Position: Centre-back
  • Previous club(s): Bury FC
  • Favourite football player: Pedro
  • Favourite moment in football: Winning the Umbro Cup

  • Name, age: Sam Grimshaw, 18
  • Position: Left-back
  • Previous club(s): Manchester City (nine years)
  • Favourite football player: Patrice Evra
  • Favourite moment in football: Scoring against Olympiakos in a Greek tournament semi-final for Manchester City

  • Name, age: Ben Hamilton, 17
  • Position: Centre-back
  • Previous club(s): Stockport County, Altrincham FC Juniors
  • Favourite football player: Steven Taylor
  • Favourite moment in football: Winning Independent Schools' National Cup with school team

  • Name, age: Redmond McGuire, 17
  • Position: Midfield/ striker
  • Previous club(s): Broadheath, Cheadle Nomads, Altrincham FC Juniors
  • Favourite football player: Kaká
  • Favourite moment in football: ---

  • Name, age: Jordan Mainoo-Hames, 16
  • Position: Winger
  • Previous club(s): Manchester City, Bury FC Centre of Excellence
  • Favourite football player: David Silva
  • Favourite moment in football: Scoring in the ESFA Cup semi-finals for Bury Town team against Newcastle Town

  • Name, age: Jack Martiny-Schofield, 17
  • Position: Striker
  • Previous club(s): Accrington Stanley, Farsley Celtic, Halifax Town
  • Favourite football player: Ashley Young
  • Favourite moment in football: ---

  • Name, age: Derryn Ofori, 16
  • Position: Striker
  • Previous club(s): Bury FC
  • Favourite football player: Eljero Elia (Juventus)
  • Favourite moment in football: Scoring against Runcorn

  • Name, age: Josh Palmer, 17
  • Position: Left-midfield
  • Previous club(s): Stockport County
  • Favourite football player: Messi
  • Favourite moment in football: Winning English cup final for Stockport School Boys

  • Name, age: Adam Reid, 17
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Previous club(s): Accrington Stanley
  • Favourite football player: Tim Cahill
  • Favourite moment in football: Beating Lancaster City 4-3 in penalty shootout in FA Youth Cup

  • Name, age: Alan Tansinda, 17
  • Position: Right-back, right midfield, defennsive midfield
  • Previous club(s): Oldham Athletic, Wrexham, Stalybridge Celtic
  • Favourite football player: Micah Richards
  • Favourite moment in football: Trial at Manchester City

  • Name, age: Cody Wharton, 16
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Previous club(s): Signol Athletic (Stockport), Mellor FC
  • Favourite football player: Ryan Clarke (Oxford United)
  • Favourite moment in football: Winning the Stockport Schools' Cup
    26 October 2011


    This site's report on the Alty v Darlington FA Youth Cup game is here.

    Other angles come from the FA and Darlington; firstly, The FA says that "Darlington set up a home tie against Sheffield FC after overcoming Altrincham with a comfortable 3-0 victory... Although Altrincham had the better of the general play, Darlington looked more assured in possession...

    Altrincham suffered a major setback in the build-up to the game with the news that influential striker, Duncan Watmore, would not be available due to school commitments and the home side certainly missed the forward’s explosive pace and natural composure in the final third. Watmore transforms Altrincham from a mechanical outfit into a stylish side which is elegant on the eye. Without him, they lack a cutting edge and Darlington took full advantage.

    The opening goal came somewhat against the run of play with Darlington scoring with what was the first genuine chance that they had managed to create... Before the Quakers had broken the deadlock, Altrincham had seemed more likely to strike first blood. First, Liam Rutledge capitalised on Anthony Snook’s poor control but his low strike was well held by Darlington goalkeeper Jordan Nixon. Midfielder Matt Fearon then called Nixon into action with a rasping strike from distance but once again the goalkeeper was equal to it.

    After gaining the lead, Darlington grew in confidence with Lambert’s direct running causing no end of problems down the right hand side. Despite Darlington being the more composed of the two teams, Altrincham continued to create opportunities and the home side were unfortunate to go into the break still trailing to their opponents. A flurry of chances came their way as the interval approached with Jack Woolley firing wide and Derryn Ofori denied by that man Nixon once again.

    Altrincham came out in the second half with a point to prove, and searched valiantly for a precious equaliser. Woolley missed a gilt-edged opportunity just after the break and Nixon then produced a couple of outstanding saves to preserve his side’s lead. With the game becoming stretched, Darlington were looking increasingly likely to further their lead...

    The home side were understandably deflated by the concession of a second goal, and the third came with an air of inevitability about it... It was left to Robson to hammer the final nail into Altrincham’s Youth Cup coffin with a composed finish through the legs of Adam Reid in the Altrincham goal".

    And the Quakers themselves add that "Head of youth Craig Liddle, who is also currently in caretaker charge of Darlington's senior team, said, 'We didn't get going at all in the first half but still went in one up against the run of play. The second half was much improved and was comfortable in the end but credit to Altrincham, who gave us a real test in the first half".

    25 October 2011


    In pouring rain, Alty line up before the game. A better image, by official photographer Gavin Rathbone, will appear in due course. In the meantime we see

  • Back: George Heslop (manager), Dominic Taylor, Nathan Gray, Matt Fearon, Jack Martiny-Schofield, Cody Wharton, Adam Reid, Joe Coombs, Jack Woolley, Derryn Ofori, Ben Hamilton, Josh Collins (coach).
  • Front: Liam Rutledge, Redmond McGuire, Alan Tansinda, Josh Palmer, Ryan Barry, Sam Grimshaw (capt), Ollie Riley.

    Despite being the better side for an hour of the game, Altrincham paid the price for failing to take their chances when Darlington overcame them 3-0 at a rain-swept Moss Lane, tonight. Report to follow


    Altrincham Youth entertain Darlington Youth in the FA Youth Cup tonight (7.45pm). Admission prices are only £3 for adults and £2 for concessionaries so come along and support the Youth Team.

    The FA has a preview of tonight's Youth Cup tie. It says, "Altrincham manager George Heslop is hoping for an improved performance from his players in tonight’s FA Youth Cup Third Round Qualifying clash at Moss Lane. Since overcoming Lancaster City on penalties in the previous round, Heslop has seen his side slump to two consecutive defeats, and the boss thinks that the players may have paid the price for having more than one eye on this evening’s game.

    'We have been well off the boil since the last round and that has been disappointing. I have been trying to convince them that anyone who I felt was not giving 100 per cent wouldn’t play tonight. However, it is human nature to be excited for a big game and, of course, there is also that fear of getting injured, too'.

    Altrincham’s hopes have suffered a major setback in the build-up to the game as they look to cope with the loss of explosive striker Duncan Watmore, who is away in India on a school trip, and the manager has been forced to draft in some replacements.

    'I think there will be three changes from the 16 that featured against Lancaster. We are bringing in Jack Woolley and Dominic Taylor and we also have Ryan Barry back from injury in midfield. [He] was heartbroken to miss the last round so that is a big boost for us'.

    Meanwhile, Heslop has been doing his homework on the visitors and, having watched a DVD of Darlington’s game against York earlier on this season, the manager feels that his opponents' physicality may prove to be a decisive factor but is counting on his own side’s technical prowess to make the difference.

    'They are a big, strong side, which plays a lot of direct football. It’s going to be a tough battle against a full-time outfit that play in the Football League Youth Alliance, which is a level up from the league that we play in. However, if we are playing at our best, we can get a result. I will always back my boys from a technical point of view. My two lads in the centre of midfield are quite small but they are technically excellent and when they are bigger and stronger, they will be top, top players.

    'We have some plans to try and overcome the physical threat posed by Darlington. I have been juggling around with some different formations and hopefully we will get it right'. Should Heslop oversee a momentous victory, Altrincham will have the opportunity to host Sheffield FC in the First Round Proper".


    Warrington Town report how their "Youth team put in a tremendous team performance against a strong Altrincham side. A hard-working and solid performance was polished with some great possession and attacking play that resulted in the Wire's best result of the season so far.

    All four goals were special and deserved. Dylan Glass linked with Oliver Wells on the right flank to provide Ben McWilliams with an opportunity at the near post. McWilliams got across the front of the defender and guided the ball in at the near post for 1-0.

    Rob Winrow broke from defence and played in Ben McWilliams making ground down the right. McWilliams then curled a lovely ball over the centre-back's head to give Dylan Glass a difficult chance which he met at waist height and stabbed past the imposing keeper for 2-0.

    The third goal started on the left wing where Glass kept possession well then flashed a ball across the box which McWilliams was beaten to by Ben Hamilton at the heart of the Robins' defence. The ball fell to the home side's Sam Grimshaw at left-back whose first-time clearance was intercepted by the advancing Josh Kavanagh. Kavanagh passed inside to Ben Clarke whose first touch played in the influential Winrow who, in turn, fed a lovely pass back into the path of the busy Josh Kavanagh who turned Altrincham's Hamilton one way and then the other before crossing for the waiting Dylan Glass to strike right-footed for 3-0.

    Late on in the second half, Kavanagh created an opportunity for Scott Bakkor with a beautifully weighted through ball. Bakkor chipped the keeper delightfully and ran on to score from a very tight angle and wrap up the game 4-0 in Warrington's favour.

    Line-up: Gordon, Kavanagh, Cook, Emson, Chambers (Everson 79), Wells, Clarke (Owens 61), Winrow, McWilliams (O'Hanlon 75), Glass, Bakkor.

    Goals: McWilliams, Glass, Glass, Bakkor"

    23 October 2011


    Altrincham Youth bowed out of the Neil Thomason Cup with a comprehensive defeat, 0-4, against Warrington Town at Clay Lane.
  • Match report here.

    The youth team's opponents on Tuesday are Darlington, who report that "Darlington's Under-18s beat Bradford City at home on Saturday... Boss Craig Liddle said, 'The lads dominated for the entire game and hit the woodwork on five separate occasions. Credit to the lads as they conceded the equaliser right on half-time but they showed great belief in the way we try to play by continuing to pass the ball and got their rewards late in the game'". Darlo go to Altrincham in the third qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night before a League Cup tie at home to Hartlepool United next Saturday".

    Brian Flynn writes...

    "Radio Robins will be providing a live internet commentary of the whole of Tuesday night's FA Youth Cup Third Round Qualifying game between Altrincham Youth and Darlington Youth. You can access Radio Robins on the internet here

    Once you have accessed the Radio Robins webpage, choose from the list of player options (the icons are about half way down the screen) and open your preferred player. We are planning to have a pre-match interview with George Heslop, broadcasting from 7.15pm with the match commentary starting at 7.40pm. The commentary team is Paul Salt and Brian Flynn with the match summariser being Gareth Thomas.

    We haven't got a Match Commentary sponsor at present, but sponsorship is available for £15.For further details, please email Brian Flynn".

    20 October 2011


    Next Tuesday, (25th October at Moss Lane, 7.45pm), Alty Youth entertain Darlington Youth in the FA Youth Cup. The Gazette reports that "Dartlington's successful youth side can’t provide answers for the first team’s plight. Manager Mark Cooper is pleased with the progress of the youth side but it doesn’t contain the striker he needs to boost the goal tally.

    'There isn’t a youth team striker ready for the first team', he admitted. 'They won again the other day. They have good midfield players but the strikers are young lads who we can’t call on yet'.

    Goalscorers have emerged from the youth ranks over the last few seasons. Curtis Main is currently with Boro, while Michael Smith was this summer sold to Charlton for an initial £75,000. So while the youth team - coached by Craig Liddle - is boosting the club, there is no short term fix at present".

    19 October 2011


    When Altrincham Youth entertain Darlington Youth at Moss Lane in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday, 25 October (7.45pm), admission prices will be £3 for adults and £2 for concessionaries.
    17 October 2011


    In the FA Youth Cup, Alty meet Darlington at Moss Lane on Tuesday 25th October (7.45pm). Darlington's website reports how "Darlington's youth team won 2-1 at Chesterfield on Saturday. Danny Lambert put Quakers ahead midway through the first half, and Dale Hopson hit a stunning strike 10 minutes from time to bag all three points.

    'It was an excellent performance by the boys', said Under-18s' boss, Craig Liddle. 'We played some excellent football at times and only thing missing again was our finishing'...

    Darlo's league campaign continues at home to Notts County tomorrow afternoon - 2pm at Houghall College in Durham, which is a re-arranged fixture, followed by Bradford at home this Saturday, then Altrincham in the third qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup next Tuesday night".

    16 October 2011


    Right: Joe Coombs heads clear against Runcorn.

    Altrincham FC Youth, playing as the Altrincham and District FA Youth team but lacking several regulars, went down 1-3 to Runcorn & District FA on Sunday afternoon at Trafford FC in the Cheshire County FA District Cup. Nevertheless, Alty can still reach the final if they win their final group-stage game at home to Macclesfield next month. A match report on Sunday's game is here.

    11 October 2011


    Altrincham FC Youth's next game in the FA Youth Cup should be played in w/c 17 October but, at the request of our opponents, Darlington, and by agreement with the FA, it will actually be played the following week on Tuesday, 25 October, at 7.45pm. Please come along to support Alty's young players - admission prices to be confirmed.
    10 October 2011


    Altrincham FC Youth will make up the Altrincham & District FA team to play Runcorn & District FA in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup on Sunday, 16 October, at 2pm at Trafford FC, Shawe View.
    8 October 2011


    Altrincham FC Youth have no match this Sunday. Their next match in the FA Youth Cup is likely to be on Tuesday, 18 October at Moss Lane (7.45pm) against Darlington, though this is subject to confirmation. Darlington report that "Darlington's under-18s breezed into the next round of the FA Youth Cup with a 4-0 win at Chester-le-Street on Thursday night. Craig Liddle's side booked a third qualifying round tie with Altrincham in a couple of weeks thanks to two goals from Chris Atkinson and one each from Jamie Barton and Ryan Burton.

    Liddle said:, 'I was disappointed with the performance as we failed to play at the tempo required for these sort of games. Chester-le-Street are a young side and they defended in numbers and made it difficult for us, and they can take great credit as they were outstanding on the night'".

    Darlington play in the Football League Youth Alliance Under-18s, North-East. So far this season, their results are:

  • Doncaster Rovers (A) 0-0
  • Grimsby Town (H) 5-0
  • Scunthorpe United (A) 1-2
  • York City (A) 2-0
  • Chesterfield (H) 2-3
  • Hartlepool United (H) 1-0
  • Gateshead (A) FA Youth Cup R1Q, 3-0
  • Gateshead Leam Rangers (H) Durham Challenge Cup R1, 3-0

    The FA report "Altrincham through after penalty shoot-out drama. Altrincham 2-2 Lancaster City (Altrincham win 4-3 on pens)...

    Altrincham progressed into the Third Round Qualifying of The FA Youth Cup after emerging victorious from a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Lancaster City. With the two sides locked at 2-2 after extra-time, it was left to Altrincham midfielder Oliver Riley to keep his cool to slot in the decisive spot kick.

    It was Riley who had opened the scoring but Lancaster drew level moments before half-time through the impressive Joe Bunney. Duncan Watmore restored Altrincham’s lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half only for the visitors' Sam Hibbert to head a last gasp equaliser to set up the shootout.

    In the pouring rain at Moss Lane, it was Lancaster who had most of the early possession... The breakthrough came on the half hour mark with Riley arriving on cue to convert Watmore’s cross... The richly deserved equaliser arrived in the 42nd minute with Bunney capitalising on Altrincham’s failure to deal with a Cunningham corner. Altrincham regained control of the game around the hour mark, with Sam Grimshaw’s 40-yard howitzer forcing Bitner into another outstanding save. Left-back Grimshaw was growing in influence with several rampaging runs forward and it was one of these ventures into the Lancaster penalty area that drew Jack Hindle into a mistimed challenge and referee Taylor had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Watmore duly converted and Altrincham seemed set for victory...

    Gaps inevitably began to appear at the back with Altrincham squandering a series of opportunities to make the game safe on the counter attack. In the 89th minute, Redmond McGuire skewed an effort wide when one on one with Bitner and there was a sense around the stadium that it was a miss which [might] just come back to haunt the hosts. And it did. In the third minute of injury time, Bunney’s cross was headed in by centre back Sam Hibbert to take the game into extra time.

    Lancaster manager Phil Brown took heart from the character that his players showed in coming from behind, claiming that his side were very unfortunate to be on the losing side. 'If I’m being truly honest, I believe that we shaded the game and I think that if we would have found the equaliser a little earlier, we would have gone on to win that game. We are very proud of the lads, to go away from home and come back like they did is fantastic'.

    Both sides toiled hard in extra time but with conditions worsening and tiredness becoming a factor, the match was played at a much slower pace with clear cut chances few and far between. And then came the penalties. Altrincham boss George Heslop was understandably delighted with the victory".

    7 October 2011


    Alty Youth defeated Lancaster City in the FA Youth Cup at Moss Lane last night, 4-3 on penalties, after extra time. The game had ended 2-2 after 90 minutes, with City equalizing in injury time. Report here. Alty now meet Darlington Youth in week commencing 17 October at Moss Lane.

    Above left, the calm before the storm, as the players greet the match officials and opposition. Above right, rain lashes down under the Moss Lane floodlights.

    4 October 2011


    In the league in which Alty Youth and Junior play, the NWYA report that "Woodley Sports FC have been ejected from The Competition by Special General Meeting vote of the Member Clubs and the Management Committee".

    In the NWYA's "FairPlay League, Fair-Play League winners obtain free entry to the NWYA League for the following season. Teams averaging less than 2 points per match obtain 50% reduction in fees for the following season. Teams exceeding 40 discipline points in League matches are deducted 1 League point. Teams exceeding 70 discipline points in League matches are deducted 4 League points. Teams exceeding 100 discipline points in League matches are deducted 10 League points".

    In the Fair-Play League - to 25/9/11 - Altrincham FC Youth have collected 20 pts from 6 games, 3.3 per match.

    However, Altrincham FC first team leads the BSB North fair-play tables, despite suffering two red cards this season.

    Don't forget Alty Youth entertain Lancaster City in the FA Youth Cup at Moss Lane this Thursday (7.45pm). Please come along and support them - entry is just £3 for adults, £2 for concessionaries. The winners of that tie will play at home to either Chester-Le-Street Town or Darlington in the following round. As manager George Heslop says, "Please come and support us on Thursday. We will do our utmost to bring the smiles back" following the first-team's FA Cup exit last Saturday.

    3 October, 2011


    Altrincham FC Youth comprised the Altrincham & District FA Youth side which, on Sunday, beat Crewe & District, 2-1, in the Cheshire County FA District Cup, away at Wrenbury. After two away games Alty are top of their group, (contrary to what appeared earlier today on the CCFA website), with Runcorn & District two points behind. Altrincham's remaining games are both at home which, for these CCFA matches, is Trafford FC's Shawe View stadium.
  • Sunday, 16th Oct., 14:00 v Runcorn & District FA Youth
  • Sunday, 13th Nov., 14:00 v Macclesfield & District FA Youth

    In the other group, Chester have maximum points from their two games, with Mid-Cheshire and Stockport each having three points from their matches.

    Altrincham FC Youth team play in the Neil Thomason Cup next Sunday (9th, 2pm), at Clay Lane, Timperley, against Warrington Town. Neil Thomason was was George Heslop's popular assistant manager who, with George, guided the side to the NWYA league and cup double in 2000-01 and again in 2003-04. Left, George and Neil are seen with the 2004 trophies. Neil resigned in summer 2005 and very sadly died whilst on holiday, abroad, soon afterwards. Entry to the game is free.

    Before that, at Moss Lane, on Thursday night (7.45pm), Alty Youth entertain Lancaster City Youth in the FA Youth Cup 2nd Qualifying Round. Entry is just £3 for adults and £2 for concessionaries. The winners of that tie will play at home to either Chester-Le-Street Town or Darlington in the following round, As manager George Heslop says, "Please come and support us on Thursday. We will do our utmost to bring the smiles back" following the first-team's FA Cup exit last Saturday.

    26 September 2011


  • Latest NWYA league table
  • Latest District Cup news.

    In Alty's CCFA District Cup group, Runcorn beat Crewe 6-1, so lead the table on goal difference from Altrincham, who take on Crewe this Sunday at Wrenbury Playing Fields.


    Alty entertain Lancaster City in the next round of the FA Youth Cup, on Thursday, 6 October at 7.45pm at Moss Lane. The winners of that tie will play at home to either Chester-Le-Street Town or Darlington in the following round.

    Right: Ryan Barry and Declan Barry in action in a recent game against Morecambe. Nathan Gray is in the background.

    25 September 2011


    After their 7-5 win in midweek, in Sunday's NW Youth Alliance league game there were again plenty of goals as Alty Youth drew 3-3 at Mossley. There is a brief report here. Unfortunately, captain Matt Fearon was sent off.

    Altrincham & District FA's DIstrict Cup match, away against Crewe & District, is now confirmed as taking place on Sunday 2nd October. Crewe had reported difficulties in finding a piutch but have now done so. Therefore the NWYA league match against Warrington Town on that date is postponed.

    The NWYA also reports that "Woodley Sports FC [is] suspended from 19th September until further notice from all competitions". Alty Youth team is set to play Woodley on 20 November in the league.

    Two more players from Altrincham FC Youth have been called up to join the Cheshire FA County squad, bringing the number to ten. The latest duo are midfielder Ryan Barry and striker Derryn Ofori.

    Alty Youth have recently welcomed Anthony Small as assistant coach. He has joined manager George Heslop and coach Josh Collins in the youth team dug-out.

    The FA Youth Cup match at Moss Lane against Lancaster will be in w/c October 3rd; the date and time are to be confirmed.

    23 September 2011


    There is a match report on the remarkable game last night which ended Runcorn Linnets Youth 5 Altrincham Youth 7, here.

    Alty Youth's opponents in the next round of the FA Youth Cup will be Lancaster City, who beat Vauxhall Motors, away, 1-0, last night. The game is in a fortnight's time at Moss Lane with the precise date yet to be arranged.

    The FA ran a special rpeort on the game which includes...

    "The FA Youth Cup produced a stunning early round encounter in the Cheshire suburbs as Altrincham overcame Runcorn Linnets in an enthralling, high-scoring clash at the Millbank Linnets Stadium. Altrincham produced a stunning display of attacking football, inspired by the electric performance of striker Duncan Watmore.

    The favourites flew out of traps, laying siege to the Runcorn goal. Within two minutes, central defender Ben Hamilton had released Watmore with a piercing through ball and the forward was only denied by the smart reflexes of the Linnets' goalkeeper, Ryan Mayers.

    With the early play being dictated by the Altrincham midfield duo of Ryan Barry and Oliver Riley, the away side came close again through Declan Barry who fired narrowly over from distance. Wave after wave of intolerable pressure came at the Runcorn defence and it was only the wayward finishing of their opponents that allowed the hosts to keep their heads above water.

    Altrincham smelt blood, and they wouldn’t have to wait long before deservedly taking the lead. Derryn Offoro [Ofori] took a quick throw-in, releasing Riley, who had smartly ran [run] in behind the Runcorn defence and he supplied the perfect delivery for winger Declan Barry who arrived at the near post to fire his side into the lead...

    After the game, Nolan expressed his disappointment in the first half performance but was understandably proud of his side’s response, saying, 'We started poorly and were overrun, they had pace that we simply couldn’t handle. Maybe our players froze a little bit in the limelight. At half time, I challenged them to show me what they think of themselves as players and how they feel as a club and I am so pleased with their response. With that second half performance, the players have set a standard which we now must reach every week'".

    22 September 2011


    In a quite remarkable match at Murdishaw, Altrincham built a 4-1 half-time lead, only to be pegged back by some calamitous defending to 4-4 inside the first six minutes of the second half. Alty led again 5-4 but again conceded an equalizer before two further goals decided the tie. Declan Barry opened the scoring in the 17th minute, converting Ollie Riley's cross. Liam Rutledge doubled the lead two minutes later only for the Runcorn captain, Batters, to make it only 2-1 to Alty, from a freekick after 24 minutes.

    Declan Barry scored again from a Watmore feed in the 27th minute and when an Ollie Riley corner was turned into his own net by a Linnets defender it looked to be all over, with a 4-1 lead established by Alty (42 mins).

    But, after Tansinda had been booked for handball on the edge of the box, Hesketh drove home the resulting freekick (47 mins). Less than a minute later Collins made it 4-3 and, in the 51st minute, Collins hooked home a ball delivered from a freekick to make it three Runcorn goals in six minutes and a 4-4 scoreline.

    But Liam Rutledge restored Alty's lead with a well taken goal after good work from Tansinda and Ofori (53 mins). After this frantic burst of scoring, it was 25 minutes before the next goal arrived, when Collins completed his hat-trick for the Linnets in the 78th minute, to make it 5-5.

    After this, Duncan Watmore volleyed home, after an excellent run and cross from Ofori (82 mins) and, finally, Ofori deservedly scored one himself in the 85th minute to complete the scoring at 5-7! Report to follow.

    Alty now meet the winners of Vauxhall Motors v Lancaster City in a fortnight, at Moss Lane.


    Before Thursday's tie at Runcorn Linnets, FA's Adam Crafton wrote...

    Linnets to test themselves against Altrincham.

    Runcorn Linnets’ Youth Team manager Tony Nolan is in good spirits ahead of his side’s FA Youth Cup First Round Qualifying clash against Altrincham on Thursday evening.

    With a youth team that was established just one year ago, it would represent an extraordinary achievement should Nolan steer the Linnets into the second stage of England’s elite youth competition. Any success that Runcorn are able to secure would be, in no small part, down to the invaluable contribution of the team’s UEFA B licensed coach, Gareth Burke, who the manager says has been instrumental in the development of the youth set-up in the last twelve months.

    Ahead of the game at the Millbank Linnets Stadium, the Runcorn manager highlighted the novelty of the experience for many of his players and, although they are dreaming of a date with a Football League youth team in the next [but one] round, Nolan is conscious of the level of opposition that his side will be facing and was full of respect for the work being done by his Altrincham counterparts.

    'The lads are all hugely excited at the prospect of just playing Altrincham! I am very aware that the infrastructure at Altrincham is vastly superior to our own, but this will be a good test for our guys and hopefully it will give us an idea of the level that we are at this moment in time and to see what we should be aiming for'.

    Right: Alty Youth get their pre-match instructions from coach, Josh Collins, before their game at Runcorn Linnets.

    Nolan stressed the positive effect that success in this competition could have on the club as a whole, stating that it would be just-reward for the commitment and dedication from those involved in the day-to-day running of this fast-growing club.

    'The club has been brilliant for me, from the secretary, who has been excellent with the administration, to the first team manager, who has been down to watch us a few times. It’s a learning curve for the club committee, for me, for the players and it would be a fantastic lift for the supporters should we get the right result'.

    If the Youth Cup qualifying stage is a new experience for Runcorn, the same can’t be said for their opponents and their vastly experienced manager George Heslop. Although it may no longer be a novelty for Altrincham, Heslop insists that the same excitement always surrounds the prospect of advancing through to the next stage of the competition.

    'For these players, no matter where they end up, it would be one of the best things to happen to them in their whole playing career, should they be able to test themselves against the best teams. Of course, it would be a dream to play Manchester United, but I would love to have another go against one of the Football League youth set-ups'.

    Altrincham have, on occasion, flirted with progressing further in the competition. It was Heslop who led out the Altrincham youth team at Oakwell against Barnsley in the First Round Proper in 1998 [actually it was in October 2003], and although they were defeated 2-0 [it was 4-0], the manager describes it as ‘one of the best experiences [he has] had in [his] time involved with football'.

    That defeat at Oakwell was the last time Altrincham were involved in such an advanced stage of the tournament, emphasising just how frustrating an odyssey that The Youth Cup can be for non-League sides. Yet Heslop believes that this year’s group represents the most impressive Altrincham youth side for many a year and has a real chance of progressing beyond the qualifying stages.

    'This season we have one of the strongest youth sides in last 16 years, we had the one defeat at Curzon Ashton, which is always a difficult game but apart from that we have been playing exceptionally well and scoring a lot of goals. When you think about it, four of the lads, Matt Fearon, Adam Reid, Joe Coombes (who has been on the bench for first team) and Jake Barnabas have all been taken for training with the first team such has been their tremendous start to the season and it’s not just them. Eight of the eleven are in the Cheshire county FA team. That shows just how strong this team is'".

    18 September 2011


    On Thursday, Alty Youth travel to Runcorn Linnets to play their FA Youth Qualifying Round match, k.o. 7.30pm. The game is at Millbank Linnets Stadium, Murdishaw Avenue, Runcorn WA7 6HP


    Above: Sam Grimshaw, wearing the yellow captain's armband, wheels away after scoring Alty's equalizer in the fourth minute of added time against Mossley.

    Altrincham Youth went out of the NWYA Open Cup in a hard fought game between two well-matched sides at Clay Lane. An Alty side, missing several regulars, lost 2-1 to Mossley, the winner arriving deep into injury time in the 117th minute. There is a match report here.


    Congratulations to Alty Youth captain Matt Fearon, who yesterday made his first-team league debut as a substitute for Altrincham in the BSB North match at Solihull Moors. Matt played for 70 minutes at right-back, making several impressive clearances. Also, team-mate Joe Coombs was on the bench for that game.
    17 September 2011


    Kick-off for Sunday's match at Clay Lane against Mossley is 2pm, not 2.30pm.
    12 September 2011


    Alty Youth currently lie fifth in the latest NW Youth Alliance table but have three games in hand on the leaders, FC United.


    Morecambe have a report on the youth team gane between them and Altrincham last Sunday, which Alty won 5-3. "Morecambe under 17s lost their unbeaten record to very strong and organised Altrincham team who didn't always get their own way. Morecambe defended well for the first 15 minutes and caught Altrincham on the break when Simon Wearing blasted the ball into the Altrincham net to put Morecambe 1-0 up. Altrincham replied with two goals in the 30th and 35th minute to go 2-1 ahead. In the 43rd minute Kieron Britton drove forward on the left and equalized for Morecambe with a terrific 35 yard strike. The second half started at a fast tempo and within 10 minutes Altrincham caught out the Morecambe defence with two superb strikes from outside the penalty area to go 4-2 up.

    The home team then went into a 5-2 lead as Morecambe tried to push on. The game looked over with 20 minutes to go but the young Morecambe team continued to push on and were rewarded with a penalty when the impressive Christian Suthers was brought down in the penalty box with five minutes to go. Liam Wainright scored from the spot and made it 5-3".

    11 September 2011


    Altrincham Youth's qualifying round match away to Runcorn Linnets will be played on Thursday 22 September at NB 7.30pm.


    A 5-4 win a fortnight ago, 5-1 last Wednesday and 5-3 today means that Alty Youth have been involved in three wins in which 23 goals have been scored in the past 14 days.

    And, in each case, the Alty side has had to come from behind to secure their win. Goals from Declan Barry, Matt Fearon, Sam Grimshaw, Oliver Riley and Jack Martiny-Schofield won the match today against Morecambe, which was only marred by the sending off of Oliver Riley in added time for two dissent offences.

  • Match report here.
    8 September 2011


    Despite falling behind to an 11th minute freekick by Nantwich Town, Altrincham FC Youth gave an excellent performance to win their FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round match at the Weaver Stadium 5-1 on Wednesday evening. For Alty, Duncan Watmore had an eventful day. Having passed his driving test earlier in the day, he inspired Alty's victory, netting the equaliser (18 mins), laying on the second and third goals by Oliver Riley (23 mins) and Declan Barry (29 mins) before scoring the fourth himself after 41 minutes. Sadly he suffered a cut under his left eye in a clash of heads early in the second half and ended the night in the A&E unit at Leighton Hospital in the company of Alty chairman Grahame Rowley and his wife, Karen.

    Alty added a fifth goal after the interval through Jack Martiny-Schofield (62 mins). Altrincham will be now be away to Runcorn Linnets in the 1st Qualifying Round in a fortnight's time.

  • Match report here.

    Right: Alty line up a defensive wall against Nantwich.

    6 September 2011


    Altrincham & District FA Youth, whose side comprises Altrincham FC Youth players, defeated The Wirral & District FA Youth 3-2 at Ashville FC on Sunday in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup. In the same group, Crewe & District drew 2-2 with Macclesfield & District, so Altrincham are top of the five-team group league after this first game, with Runcorn & District yet to play. In the other qualifying group, the results were Stalybridge & Hyde 0 Chester 5 and Stockport 4 Mid-Cheshire 1.


    Alty Youth are away at Nantwich Town in the FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round on Wednesday (7.45pm). Admission prices at the Weaver Stadium are as follows: Adults £4, Concessionaries £2. The winners will be away to Runcorn Linnets in the 1st Qualifying Round.


    The NW Youth Alliance has announced the Premier Division fixtures till Christmas and these are now on the Youth Fixtures page. However, a couple of the fixtures clash with District Cup fixtures so should not be considered firm. From 1 October the kick off time changes from 2.30pm to 2pm.
    2 September 2011


    This Sunday, Altrincham are away to Wirral & District FA in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup, k.o. 11am, at Ashville FC, Wallasey.

    On Wednesday, 7 September, Altrincham start their FA Youth Cup campaign away at Nantwich Town's Weaver Stadium, CW5 5BS, k.o. 7.45pm.


    A couple of weeks ago, Alty Youth beat Chester FC 3-0. Chester now have a report on the match. It starts, "Chester FC Youth went down to their first defeat since formation, on Sunday, when they were beaten by an older Altrincham youth side".
    30 August 2011


    Wednesday evening's game against Warrington Town has been postponed as Altrincham have six players involved with the Cheshire County FA squad.
    28 August 2011


    Right: Duncan Watmore (no.10) is congtratulated after scoring Altrincham Youth's late winner.

    In a pulsating match against FC United of Manchester, played in very blustery conditions at Clay Lane, Timperley, the lead changed hands three times and, of four penalties taken, only one was converted.

  • Match report here.

    20 August 2011


    Courtesy of George Heslop, the Youth team's fixtures in all competitions have been updated, here.


    Alty Youth's home game with Woodley Sports, scheduled for Tuesday 23 August and moved to Thursday 25 August has now had to be postponed as league match officials are not available on that date.
    19 August 2011


    The FA confirms that Alty Youth will play their FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round match away at Nantwich Town on Wednesday, 7 September 2011 at 7.45pm.

    15 August 2011


    The NW Youth Alliance has launched a new website which includes the draw for two cup competitions. In the Neil Thomason Cup, Alty are at home to Warrington Town on Sunday, 2nd October 2011. However, this clashes with the CCFA District Cup match that date, which presumably takes precedence. In the Open Cup, on Sunday, 18 September 2011, Alty have another home tie, versus Mossley.
    14 August 2011


    Above, Alty Youth receive a half-time talk from manager George Heslop whilst, in the background, coach Josh Collins massages the back of the injured Declan Barry.

    Altrincham FC Youth got their league season off to a very impressive start with a fine 3-0 win over Chester FC Youth at the Robins' new home on Clay Lane, Timperley. Oliver Riley's two goals complemented Jack Martiny-Schofield's headed opener in a 3-0 win against a team which had recently beaten Tranmere Rovers' youth team. A match report and picture is here.

    Altrincham play Vauxhall Motors the week after next and This is Glos reports that "Gloucester City got off to a flying start in the opening fixture of their Blue Square North campaign with a deserved victory over Vauxhall Motors" on Saturday. "City nullified Vauxhall's short passing game from the first whistle and the Motormen were given nightmares by the pace of Steve Davies up front and a relentless and dogged display from Tom Webb in midfield and from the centre backs Hamblin and Coupe. But the real star of the show was the outstanding Hereford loanee Tyler Weir, bossing the show from left-back and setting up multiple City attacks...

    Vauxhall Motors: S Tynan, K Grocott (T Hanningan 74), L Davies, S Highdale (T Field 55 YC) , M Jackson, A Taylor, S Wheeler (L Nethercote 64), D Mannix, L McGivern, J Wilson, C Mahon. Subs: T Hanningan, J Bennet, J O'Connell".


    Congratulations go to three of Altrincham's current youth team players, who have signed Conference North forms. They are:
  • Adam Reid - goalkeeper
  • Matthew Fearon - defender
  • Joe Coombs - defender

    All three have been involved with the first team throughout pre-season, though Adam Reid has yet to appear in a first-team game. All three were in the youth team squad last season and are still eligible for the under-18 NW Youth Alliance league this season. Matt and Joe were in the Alty team which contested the Cheshire Senior Cup Final last season at Nantwich whilst Joe was also on the bench for Clitheroe on Saturday as Alty seek to give him more match experience in a competitive senior league.

    Right: Goalkeeper Adam Reid and youth team captain, Matt Fearon.

    30 July 2011


    Alty Youth manager George Helsop writes that "AFC Bury have cancelled their fixture with us tomorrow, (Sunday 31st).

    On Monday 1st August the following players have been invited to attend the Cheshire County F.A. Youth Team Squad training session. They are Jake Barnabas, Joseph Coombs, Matthew Fearon, Adam Reid, Duncan Watmore and Sam Grimshaw".

    18 July 2011


    Altrincham FC Youth overcame some dreadful weather to beat Congleton Town Youth 3-1 in a pre-season friendly this afternoon. Duncan Watmore (above) scored twice and Ryan Barry scored the third. There is a match report here.

    The next pre-season match is a week on Sunday (31st) away to AFC Bury at Cams Lane Sports Club, off Harper Fold Road, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 3GN, k.o. 2.30 p.m.

    17 July 2011


    Right: Yesterday, several of Alty Youth's team from last year played in the first-team match against a Manchester City XI which included Craig Bellamy and Michael Johnson. Here, Jake Barnabas, James Smart, Astley Mulholland (an Alty Youth player from a few years ago) and Sam Langford make up the four-man wall against a Manchester City freekick, being lined up by Kieran Trippier, who played 35 first-team games for Championship side Barnsley last season. Joe Coombs was also involved in the game at Moss Lane.

    8 July 2011


    The draw for the early rounds of the FA Youth Cup has dealt Altrincham an away tie - and a second journey if they win that first game.

    Preliminary Round, w/c 5/9/11

  • Nantwich Town v Altrincham

    1st Round Qualifying, w/c 19/9/11

  • Runcorn Linnets v Nantwich Town or Altrincham

    2nd Round Qualifying, w/c 3/10/11

  • Runcorn Linnets or Nantwich Town or Altrincham v Vauxhall Motors or Lancaster City


    And in the N.W. Youth Alliance League "provisional fixtures" have been released for the first month of the season

    Sun. 14/8/11

  • Altrincham v Chester

    Sun. 21/8/11

  • Curzon Ashton v Altrincham

    Tue. 23/8/11

  • Altrincham v Woodley Sports

    Sun. 28/8/11

  • Altrincham v FC United of Manchester

    Wed. 1/9/11

  • Warrington T. v Altrincham
    3 July 2011


    Unfortunately, Sunday's Altrincham FC youth team trial match between two teams of prospective squad members for 2011-12 was truncated by an injury to one of the players. Midfielder, Jamie McLellan, who had only joined the game at the start of the second of three planned periods of thirty minutes' play, suffered a dislocated knee 18 minutes into the second period. Play was halted whilst an ambulance was called and with twenty minutes or so passing before this arrived, the game was abandoned. All at Altrincham FC wish Janie a speedy recovery from his injury. A brief match report is here.

    Above is shown some action from the game.

    15 June 2011


    Altrincham FC Youth team manager George Heslop advises us of some pre-season games for his team:

    Trial matches at Blessed Thomas Holford School, on Sunday 26th June & Sunday 3rd July:

  • 1st game k.o. 10.30 a.m. & 2nd @ 2.30 p.m.


  • Sunday 17th July Congleton Town @ B.T.H. k.o. 2.30 p.m.
  • Sunday 31st July A.F.C. Bury (Away) @ Cams Lane Sports Club, Off Harper Fold Road, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 3GN k.o. 2.30 p.m.
  • To be arranged Macclesfield Town & Blackburn Celtic.

    Cheshire County F.A. District Youth Challenge Cup League 1 Matches (venues & kick-offs to be confirmed):

  • Sunday 4th September Wirral (Away),
  • Sunday 2nd October Crewe (Away),
  • Sunday 16th October Runcorn (Home)
  • Sunday 13th November Macclesfield (Home)
    4 June 2011


    The annual Altrincham FC Youth team presentations took place on Friday evening at Moss Lane, compered by manager George Heslop. George reviewed the season which, in terms of results, had not been as successful as in recent years. However, George pointed out that, in one respect, the season just past had been consistent with previous campaigns; namely, away results had been better than those at home, where matches have been played at Wythenshawe Town FC. Alty's youth team had over the years performed best on wide, flat pitches, stated George, and he was therefore looking at options for next season.

    Adam Reid receives his Players' Player of the Year award
    from Grahame Rowley and George Heslop
    Adam Reid receives the James Black Youth Player of the Year
    award from Mr and Mrs Black, James's parents
    James Smart receives the Players' Player of the Year
    Runner-up award from Director, Andrew Shaw
    George Smart gives Josh Collins (coach) an award on behalf of the players' parents.
    George Smart gives Josh Collins (coach)
    an award on behalf of the players' parents
    Jenny Heslop received this bouquet
    from the players' parents
    Left: Jim Vince gives Matt Fearon his award
    as third-placed Players' Player of the Year

    The 2010-11 season had been marred by player injuries and a long weather-induced winter break. However, the youth team manager took heart from the fact that the team, towards the end of the season, had included as many as 12 players in the 16-man squads who were young enough to be eligible for the under-18s league next season. Indeed, in the game at Morecambe, the central midfield's combined ages were just 31 years! George also highlighted the excellent performances and conduct of all those youth team players who had either trained or played with the first team, not least in the Cheshire Senior Cup Final.

    The Players' Player of the Year award went to goalkeeper Adam Reid, with James Smart the runner-up and Matt Fearon third. The James Black memorial trophy for the manager's player of the year went to Adam Reid, too. This handsome trophy was presented by Mr and Mrs Black and it commemorates their late son, James, who was a much loved figure at Moss Lane, where he was a an ardent supporter before his untimely early death.

    George also paid tribute to his coaching team of Gareth Thomas, Josh Collins and Richard Williams. He also recorded his gratitude to Tony Spilsbury who had resigned as coach early in the season after several years dedicated service. Having also thanked the players' parents for their support for their sons, George Smart, on behalf of the parents, made a short speech during which he made a presentation to Jenny Heslop, for her help and her hard work in laundering the team kit every week. He also paid tribute to George and his coaching team.

    Chairman Grahame Rowley also thanked everyone associated with the youth team for their efforts over the season and he pointed out that new manager Le Sinnott had already invited a number of the team to pre-season training. Grahame also pointed out that relegation meant that the youth team had a better chance of making an impact at first-team level than had been the case over recent years.

    1 June 2011


    The annual Altrincham FC Youth Team presentation evening will take place in the Noel White Suite at Moss Lane on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 7.30pm. All supporters are welcome for the event, which will be hosted by Youth team manager, George Heslop. No fewer than seven of the 2010-11 squad were involved in the first-team squad for matches during the season so this will be an opportunity for you to show your appreciation for their efforts.