Youth Team Page, 2012-13
Above, left: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH TEAM 2012/13.
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 Ant Small, Chris Millington and Joe Reid. 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. If anyone else has information on the Youth team, I am always happy to receive it. You can e-mail me here. John Laidlar.
Altrincham FC Youth play their league and league cup games at Hale Country Club & Spa, Clay Lane, Timperley, adjacent to Bowdon RUFC, WA15 7AF.
FA Youth Cup games are played at Moss Lane. Altrincham & District FA games are usually held at Trafford FC, Shawe View.
2 July 2013
FROM ALTY TO THE STATESThe Sale & ALtrincham Messenger tells us that "An Altrincham Boys’ Grammar School pupil has secured a prestigious football scholarship at the University of Indianapolis. Michael King earned the scholarship through his impressive performances for Altrincham under-18s under the management of George Heslop.
King, 18, from Altrincham, has just finished his final year of A Levels at Altrincham Grammar and will move to America in August to begin a new chapter in his life.
He will combine a sports management course alongside playing for Ulndy Greyhound at a 7,000 seat stadium and says he can’t wait for it to begin. 'I looked up the university and it was just brilliant. It was important that I chose a university which was good academically and in terms of the football. Indianapolis had both'.
He will be spending the next four years in Indiana and will be the only English footballer in a team looking to revolutionise college ‘soccer’ in America.
And, with the influx of footballers from other states, including an import from Antigua, it seems that Michael is heading towards an ambitious team.
After being approached by around 25 other American universities, the left-back insists that Indianapolis is the right step after a successful two years at Altrincham.
He said, 'Altrincham have been brilliant to me, helping me build my confidence and they were a great club to play under. We had a great team and winning the Manchester County Cup against Stockport Vikings was a particular highlight'".
6 June 2013
JAMIE'S INJURYAltrincham Youth midfielder Jamie McLellan was injured by a foul tackle in Wednesday night's Manchester FA District Cup Final. Unfortunately, the injury has now been confirmed as a broken leg. Jamie is set to take up a scholarship in the USA later this summer so all at Moss Lane wish him a very speedy recovery.
5 June 2013
ALTY LIFT THE MANCHESTER FA YOUTH CUP
In the latest ending to a season that most Altrincham supporters could remember, Altrincham FC Youth completed the season on a high note with a 1-0 victory on Wednesday evening over Stockport Vikings in the Manchester FA Youth Cup Final at Ayrshire Road, Broughton, Salford. The deciding goal arrived after 29 minutes through Rob Gilroy. Match report here. Above, the lads and the management team are pictured after being presented with their medals and the trophy.
1 June 2013
MANCHESTER FA YOUTH CUP FINALThe final of the Manchester FA Youth Cup competition between Altrincham FC Youth and Stockport Vikings will take place on Wednesday, 5 June at 7pm at Manchester United's Ayrshire Road training ground in Salford. The postcode is M7 3TP. Spectators are welcome to see the lads try and land the trophy.
26 May 2013
YOUTH TEAM REACHES FINALAltrincham FC Youth came back from two goals down to beat Hyde FC Youth in Sunday's semi-final of the Manchester FA Youth Cup. Match report here.
Right: Louis Potts is congratulated on his goal.
21 May 2013
ALTY WIN CHESHIRE DISTRICT CUP
The Altrincham and District FA (under-17s) side, entirely made up of Altrincham FC players, defeated Chester & District FA in the final of the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup at Warrington Town's Cantilever Stadium on Tuesday night. With the score 2-2 after 90 minutes, two goals in the first period of added time meant that the Altrincham team won 4-2. The goals were scored by Max Pouncey (2), Louis Potts and Spencer Cunliffe (penalty). Match report here.
Above, Altrincham & District FA celebrate their victory.
Altrincham FC Youth meet Hyde FC Youth in the semi-final of the Manchester FA youth cup on Sunday at Egerton Boys' Club, Knutsford, this Sunday at 2pm. Egerton FC provide the following directions:
"Directions to Egerton Youth Club, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford. Postcode : WA16 6SL
From the roundabout in Knutsford Town Centre take the A50 (Manchester Road) towards Manchester with ‘the Heath’ on your left. After the Longview hotel on the right take the second right hand turn on to Garden Road.Take the second left turn into Mereheath Lane, just before the main entrance to Tatton Park. Follow Mereheath Lane past the houses and past Knutsford sports club before turning left into Egerton Youth Club just before the national speed limit sign".
20 May 2013
ALTY WIN ON PENALTIES!With the first team having missed ten spot kicks in 2013-14, George Heslop's Youth team showed them how to do it with six successive penalties converted on Sunday as Altrincham FC Youth progressed to the semi-final of the Manchester FA Youth Cup, away at Irlam Steel. With the scores locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the game went immediately to penalties. Alty netted six successive spot kicks, to progress to the semi-finals 6-5. There is a report here, courtesy of George Heslop.
On Tuesday, Altrincham FC Youth comprise the Altrincham & District FA Youth team which plays in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup Final against Chester & District FA at Warrington Town (postcode WA4 2RS), k.o. 7.15pm. Support will be very welcome!
Right: Nick King's camera captures the delight after the shoot-out.
19 May 2013
CUP GAMESThe Manchester FA decided this week to award Altrincham FC Youth the abandoned tie against NJ Wythenshawe Juniors, which took place on 21 April. So, Alty now travel to play Irlam Steel, away, in the quarter final of the Manchester FA's youth cup competition today (Sunday 19 May). Whoever wins that match plays in the semi-final next Sunday.
On Tuesday, 21 May at 7.15am, the Altrincham and District FA (under-17s) side plays Chester & District FA in the final of the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup at Warrington Town's Cantilever Stadium.
15 May 2013
ROB'S BUSY LIFEThe Hale, Altrincham & Sale Independent has an interview by Kevin Thompson with Rob Gilroy, Alty Youth midfielder and captain of the England Schools' team.
"He scored one of the goals in England’s recent 3-1 win over Scotland. I caught up with Rob at the play off match and asked him... 'Does he get any special treatment at school?' Rob answered, 'No I still have to do the same work has all the other students have. I am taking Maths, PE and Physics at A Level, its all about time management. Instead of going home and watching the television I have to do my school work'.
Asked 'How do you get selected to play for England Boys?', he replied, 'I first had to play for my school team, then I progressed to my local district team and then on to my borough team which is Sefton, followed by the Merseyside County team, where I was put forward for England Schoolboy trials. Scouts are then sent round to watch you and the best 100 to 150 players are selected to go through various trial dates at different stadiums. The best 32 go to Lilleshall where the final 16 squad is picked...
At the training camp before the Scotland game the manager came up to me on the day of the game and said, "Look, I want to make you captain of the side", and gave me the armband... You never think you are going to get to the stage where you are going to captain your country, to walk out with the arm band on in front of thousands of people. You can’t really describe the feeling and on the same day I scored and lifted the trophy, it felt like a dream...
I have been asked for autographs whilst out shopping, people have seen my picture in the local paper. It is a bit different, I did not realise people would notice at under 18 level... This summer I am going to be training has hard as I can. The boss [Lee Sinnott] has told me he is going to have a look at me over the summer so I just want to try and impress him has much as I can and see what happens here at Altrincham next season'".
REPORT, RESULTS AND FIXTURE DATE
A report on Alty Youth's league win over Northwich Victoria is here.
Altrincham defeated Prescot Cables on Wednesday, 8 May, 2-0 and also won the re-played Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup. The final, against Chester & District FA, is on Tuesday 21 May at Warrington Town F.C., Cantilever Park, Common Lane, Warrington, WA4 2RS, at 7.15pm. The Altrincham FA side will entirely consist of Altrincham FC's under-17s.
Above, Alty Youth line up before last Sunday's game against Northwich Victoria. Left to right: Spencer Cunliffe, David Brown, Michael King, Alex Weatherby, James Farrington, Matt Graetzer, Derryn Ofori, Rob Gilroy, Adam Bezzina, Steve Bullen and Ollie Riley.
12 May 2013
YOUTH TEAM WINS
Alty Youth beat Northwich Victoria Youth 4-1 at a sodden Moss Lane on Sunday afternoon. A report will follow.
Meanwhile, pictured right, Michael King feels the weight of an opponent after a tackle in the game. Michael netted two of the goals. (Photo: Nick King).
4 May 2013
YOUTH MATCH OFFTomorrow's match against Irlam Steel in the Manchester FA Youth Cup has been postponed. The Manchester FA has still to resolve the issues arising from the abandonment of Alty's games in the previous round of the competition.
The next match is now away at Prescot Cables in the NWYA Premier League on Wednesday, 8 May, k.o. 6.30pm.
2 May 2013
YOUTHS' BUSY SCHEDULEAn already busy schedule for Altrincham FC Youth has been made worse by the surprise decision of the Cheshire County FA not to award Altrincham & District FA their tie in the District Youth Cup, following the abandonment of the game in March against Runcorn & District. That match was abandoned by the referee following altercations between him and the Runcorn bench. After two months' deliberation, the CCFA has finally ruled that the game must be replayed, back at its original Runcorn venue.
Meanwhile, the Manchester FA is yet to rule on the abandoned match between Altrincham FC Youth and NJ Wythenshawe Juniors on 21 April. Nevertheless, Altrincham have been scheduled to travel to Irlam Steel this Sunday in the next round. Details of the lads' fixtures are on the Youth Page.
28 April 2013
ALTY YOUTH COME BACK TO DRAW
Above, Alty youth line up a defensive wall, l. to. r. Callum Harkin, Derryn Ofori, Michael King and Spencer Cunliffe, with Steve Bullen in goal.
Altrincham FC Youth came back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at home to Nantwich Town on Sunday. A match report is here.
Sunday's results in the NWYA included:
The latest table is here.
The next fixtures are:
Wednesday 8th May 2013
Sunday 12th May 2013
25 April 2013
MIDWEEK GAMEFC United of Manchester report that on Wednesday night, their youth side defeated Altrincham 3-0. "In a close fought encounter, late strikes by Frank Van Gils and Daniel Maynard added to a first half Yousif Yosif strike. This was perhaps harsh on the visitors who had spent much of the second half in search of an equaliser".
The latest table is here.
MANCHESTER FA TO ACTFollowing the abandonment of both the Altrincham FC Youth and Altrincham FC Juniors' matches last weekend in the Manchester FA Youth Cup, the Manchester Evening News quotes Manchester FA Chief Executive, Colin Bridgford as saying there were "Three reported instances of abhorrent behaviour in this weekend's MCFA Youth Cup ties. ... We now await the result of our Discipline Department's due process... but anyone whose actions are proved contrary to all that we at MCFA stand for should be assured that their behaviour will be made public".
The MEN also has a picture of Alty's Adam Bezzina being mobbed by team-mates in which he netted a hat-trick against Bedfordshire FA.
21 April 2013
ADAM'S HAT-TRICK TO NO AVAILThe FA reports how "Bedfordshire win County Youth Cup on penalties after dramatic comeback against Manchester. Bedfordshire 4-4 Manchester, Bedfordshire won 4-2 on penalties".
Manchester "must still be wondering how this match managed to slip from their grasp. Manchester's three second-half goals through young substitute, Josh Smethurst, and a brace from Adam Bezzina [of Altrincham FC], looked to be sending them comfortably to Cup glory. However, Bedfordshire had other ideas...
Manchester tried to hang on but, with two minutes of stoppage time remaining, Terry was again on hand to grab a dramatic equaliser... Bedfordshire captain Leigh Stevens looked to have sealed the win in the 112th minute, heading powerfully home past Matthew Green. It was not to be, though as two minutes later Manchester levelled from the penalty spot. Bezzina’s shot from 12 yards was initially saved, but he followed up to bury the rebound.
With the score level at 4-4 at the end of extra time, the match went to penalties. Two failures from Manchester left Terry with the task of completing Bedfordshire’s unlikely resurrection and he slammed his penalty home off the underside of the crossbar to send both his team and their travelling fans into delirium".
Attendance at the game at Rochdale FC was 558.
YOUTH GAME ABANDONEDAltrincham FC Youth's game on Sunday against NJ Wythenshawe Juniors in the Manchester FA youth competition was abandoned by the referee after barely half an hour of play, following a number of unsavoury incidents. Alty were leading two-nil at the time, with goals by Louis Potts and Oliver Riley.
The NWYA has Alty's next game as away to FC United of Manchester on Wednesday, 24 April, at 6.30pm.
18 April 2013
Last Saturday, before the Altrincham v Bishop's Stortford game, Altrincham FC Youth midfielder Rob Gilroy was pictured by Gavin Rathbone of GR Photography. Rob was captain of the England Schools' team which beat Scotland last week. He also scored one of the goals as England won 3-1 at St Johnstone's ground in Perth. The trophy he carries in the adjacent photo was the one that England received for that victory.
YOUTH WINAltrincham FC Youth had an impressive 2-0 win on Thursday night at home to Morecambe. Alty won 2-0 thanks to goals by Louis Potts and Spencer Cunliffe.
On Sunday, the lads entertain NJ Wythenshawe Juniors at Manor Farm (Ridgeway Road) in the Manchester County Cup, k.o. 2pm.
14 April 2013
TABLE AND FIXTUREThe latest NWYA Premier League table for Altrincham FC youth team is here The lads' next fixture is on Thursday 18th April 2013 at home to Morecambe FC, k.o. 6.30pm
ALTRINCHAM YOUTH DRAWAltrincham FC Youth drew 2-2 today against Curzon Ashton, conceding a late goal which extended their run to six games without a win in the league. There is a report here.
Right: Derryn Ofori had a fine gane for Alty Youth on Sunday. Here his leap to head the ball left his Curzon Ashton opponent open-mouthed!
12 April 2013
NEXT GAMEAltrincham FC Youth's next game is at home to Curzon Ashton at Clay Lane, k.o.2.30pm. this Sunday.
10 April 2013
POSTPONEDAlty's scheduled match on Wednesday 10th April, away to Prescot Cables, has been postponed.
9 April 2013
YOUTH NEWSIn the NWYA Open Cup quarter finals Chester Colts beat Altrincham Youth 4-0 last Sunday.
8 April 2013
ALEX ON BENCHAlex Weatherby became the latest Alty Youth player to feature in an Altrincham first-team squad when he was named as a substitute at FC Halifax Town last Saturday.
He follows Duncan Watmore, Sam Grimshaw, Steve Bullen, Callum Mooney, Derryn Ofori, Adam Reid, Oliver Riley and Josh Samberg as a former Alty Youth or Junior to have been in a first-team squad this season.
ADAM'S BRACEThe Manchester FA beat Cumberland FA with Alty Youth striker Adam Bezzina scoring two of the goals. Manchester County FA play in the FA County Youth Cup final at Spotland on Saturday 20 April (2pm ko).Admission to the game is £5 for adults and £2 for those 16 and under. Turnstiles will open at 12.30pm with unreserved seating for Manchester supporters through the Main Stand West.
2 April 2013
TABLE AND FIXTURESThe league table shows where Altrincham Youth stand.
The NWYA Open Cup Quarter-Finals are scheduled for next Sunday:
31 March 2013
YOUTHS PAY FOR A POOR START
Right: Midfielder Spencer Cunliffe gets away from a Warrington Town opponent, with Jamie McLellan in the background.
After a disastrous first half which saw Altrincham 4-0 down after barely half an hour and a man short following the sending-off of Alex Weatherby, the ten-men rallied in the second half of Sunday's Altrincham Youth league match at home to Warrington Town.
Second-half goals from Spencer Cunliffe and Ollie Riley made the final score a more respectable 2-4. Report here.
23 March 2013
YOUTH NEWSIn the NWYA the only game played today in Altrincham FC Youth's division was
The latest table is here.
Next Sunday, Alty are scheduled to play at home (Clay Lane) against Warrington Town (2.30pm).
POSTPONEMENTSunday's away match for Alty Youth against Chester Colts has been postponed because of snow on the pitch.
18 March 2013
NEXT GAME - CORRECTIONThe next Altrincham FC Youth match is on Sunday, 24th March, in the North West Youth Alliance Football Open Cup 12-13, away to Chester Colts. The side which the NWYA labels as "Altrincham Youth", i.e. the Club's Division one Juniors' team, is at home in the same competition, against Morecambe, at Clay Lane, Timperley.
17 March 2013
YOUTHS' CUP WINAltrincham FC Youth won their Second Round match today in the Manchester FA Youth Cup, defeating Urmston Meadowside Eagles, 4-0. Match report here
14 March 2013
NEXT GAMEThe Youth team's next game is a cup match at home to Urmston Meadowside on Sunday, 17 March. It kicks off at 2pm at the Hale Country Club and Spa, Clay Lane, Timperley.
ROB SIGNS FORMSAltrincham FC Youth and England Schools international midfielder Rob Gilroy has signed BSBN forms for the club. 17 year-old Rob scored for the England side on his debut recently.
10 March 2013
LATE BLOW SINKS YOUTH TEAMA very late penalty meant a defeat for Altrincham FC Youth on Sunday afternoon. There is a match report here.
Pictured, right, Alty's Jamie McLellan accelerates away from a despairing Prescot Cables opponent. But the Merseysider had the last laugh as his side took the points in Sunday's game. Older supporters may be interested to know that Jamie's grandfather was defender George Greenall, who was Peter Swales's first signing when he took over at Moss Lane in the early 1960s.
The NWYA has produced an updated league table
8 March 2013
ROB AND DERRYN MAKE THEIR MARKAltrincham FC Youth team manager George Heslop advises us that one of his players, Rob Gilroy scored the England Schools' Under-18s' goal in a 1-4 defeat by Wales. A report on the match is on the ESFA website.
Also, Alty Youth striker Derryn Ofori (right) is just completing a ten-day trial with Stoke City's under-18s.
Alty Youth's next fixture is on Sunday (10th) at home (Clay Lane, 2.30pm) against Prescot Cables.
6 March 2013
SUNDAY'S TWO GAMESAltrincham & District FA Youth team's match against Runcorn & District FA in the Cheshire County FA District Cup last Sunday was abandoned by the referee with Altrincham leading 1-0. Protests about the sending off of a Runcorn player led to complaints which, in turn, halted the match.
Meanwhile, Altrincham FC under-18s played Urmston Meadowside on Sunday and won 5-0, with Alty Youth striker Adam Bezzina netting a hat-trick and Jordan Mainoo-Hames scoring one of the other goals.
The NWYA fixtures show Altrincham Youth at home to Prescot Cables this Sunday, k.o. 2.30pm.
2 March 2013
ADAM IN THE FINALAlty Youth striker, Adam Bezzina, who recently signed BSBN forms for the first team, is part of the Manchester County FA team that beat Liverpool County FA to reach the final of the national competition. Manchester now meet either Wiltshire or Bedfordshire in the final at Old Trafford on 20th April.
FOOTBALL PSYCHOLOGY & NUTRITION ADVICEAltrincham FC Youth manager, George Heslop, has sent the website the following despatch...
"Thursday night saw two very special guests visit the club. Nutritionist, Kit McAvoy and sports psychologist Bill Steven came to deliver an informative and inspirational presentation to the current crop of youth team players.
Bill, who works one to one with top sports people and who was part of Mick McCarthy’s Wolverhampton Wanderers back-room staff, talked on the different areas of focus for ‘The Complete Sportsperson’ paying attention not only to the technical, tactical and physical but also the importance of striving for balance in the players' mentality, emotional life and lifestyle. He talked about how goal setting and working closely with another player/coach/family member can help the players develop to reach their maximum potential and then maintain those high levels. He gave the players some useful tools to help them do this.
Bill was followed by Kit McAvoy. Kit’s area of expertise is nutrition and he gave some insightful information into the link between what players eat and drink and their performance. He spoke on how a balanced diet can really improve a player's ability to train and how they can sustain energy levels throughout the game. Kit talked further on what a balanced weekly diet might look like for someone competing at a high level of sport and prompted discussion about the benefits of maintaining this.
We are expecting this to spur the lads on to even greater success in the future.
The players and the staff would like to thank Bill and Kit for their time and knowledge".
24 February 2013
YOUTH RESULTAlty Youth lost 2-1 to Abbey Hey FC at Knutsford on Sunday, leaving the Gorton-based team top of the NWYA Premier League table. Next Sunday Altrincham & Ditrict FA Youth take on Runcorn, away, in the deciding match of the group stage of the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup.
22 February 2013
ALTY'S DRAW AT CHESTERAlty defender Callum Harkin has kindly provided a report on his side's 2-2 draw at Chester last Sunday. It can be found here.
21 February 2013
CHESTER'S REPORTChester FC tell us that their youth team "stretched their unbeaten run in the league to seven games following this very entertaining game at County Officers last Sunday, against an Altrincham side two places above them in the table.
The game started very brightly for the home side. A ball into the Altrincham box was not dealt with, and blues winger Carl Pleavin poked the loose ball home to give the home side the advantage....
The visitors responded well though, and a well struck shot from the edge of the box forced Ollie Foster in the Chester goal to parry the ball back to the onrushing Altrincham forward for the equaliser... Just before the break the home side went ahead...
The second half saw the visitors have a good spell of possession without creating too much. Chester were a real threat on the break... The Robins got the goal their pressure deserved when their captain picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box and went through to score the equaliser, which was the one time the excellent pairing of Sam Rowley and the returning Jordan Grace were found wanting...
A cracking game of football, between two sides who like to pass and move the ball, and who both had some very talented players on view for the 100 or so spectators to see. Man of the match was Sam Rowley, his performance was one of a real leader".
17 February 2013
DRAWChester FC and Altrincham FC Youth drew 2-2 on Sunday. The latest league table is on the NWYA site. Next Sunday Alty are again away, at Abbey Hey.
14 February 2013
ADAM'S LATE STRIKEAlty Youth striker Adam Bezzina signed BSBN forms for the club a couple of weeks ago and last weekend he saved Manchester County FA from exiting the national FA County Youth Cup with an injury time equalizer. Manchester FA were trailing to West Riding when Adam struck and he was then involved in Manchester's winner, a minute before the end of extra time. They next meet Liverpool County FA. There is a report on the game with West Riding in Thursday's Manchester Evening News.
10 February 2013
SUNDAY GAMESOnly two games survived the bad weather in the North West Youth Alliance today:
YOUTH MATCH OFFAltrincham FC Youth's scheduled match against Warrington Town today has been postponed. The NWYA fixture list shows Alty away at Chester next Sunday.
4 February 2013
Above: Altrincham & District FA line up before their match against Mid-Cheshire at Trafford FC on Sunday.
Altrincham and District FA Youth produced a remarkable win in the Cheshire County FA District Cup after trailing 2-0 and being reduced to ten men in their match at Trafford FC against Mid-Cheshire FA. There is a match report here.
The latest youth team NWYA Premier League table is here. The youth team's next match is on Sunday 10th February at home to Warrington Town. The game is at Hale Country Club, Clay Lane, Timperley and starts at 2pm.
ROB GETS HIS NUMBERAlty Youth player Rob Gilroy has been assigned the number eight shirt for the forthcoming internationals to be played by the English Schools team. After a week in Málaga, England take on Wales on St David's Day, 1st March at Lincoln City FC (7pm). The team's other matches in the U-18 Centenary Shield competition are:
3 February 2013
NINE YOUTH GRADUATES
|Top left: Alty Youth players Oliver Riley (far left), Alex Wetherby (5th from left) and Derryn Ofori (orange bib, second from right) don't seem to be put off by Matt Doughty's balaclava headgear in the warm up on Saturday at Moss Lane.
Upper right: Adam Bezzina, also pictured before the game against Gloucester.
Lower, left: Callum Mooney exchanges a joke with Jake Moult as Duncan Watmore and Damian Reeves walk by. L .
With the news that defender Alex Weatherby and striker Adam Bezzina had signed BSBN forms making them eligible to play for the Altrincham FC first team in league matches, the total of graduates from Altrincham's youth team who are now in the first-team pool for this season rose to nine, six of whom are still eligible to play in the NW Youth Alliance League.
The three over-age graduates are Duncan Watmore (18), Adam Reid (18) and Sam Grimshaw (19). Duncan played for the first-team on Saturday and has already scored nine league goals this season. Goalkeeper Adam is on loan at Prescot Cables where, despite having to face a penalty, he kept a clean sheet as his team beat Garforth 1-0 yesterday. Sam, recovered from a broken arm, is on loan at Radcliffe Borough.
Players who have signed BSBN forms and are still also in the current under-18s' youth team include midfielders Oliver Riley (17) and Callum Mooney (17) who, with goalkeeper Stephen Bullen (16), were all on the first-team bench yesterday. Striker Derryn Ofori (18) is also eligible for both teams and he, too, was involved in yesterday's pre-match warm-up.
Despite losing players on occasions to first-team duty, youth manager George Heslop, assisted this season by Chris Millington, Ant Small and Joe Reid, have still guided the current youth team to fourth place in the Premier division of the NW Youth Alliance League. Another youth player, Rob Gilroy, is the youngest player in the current England Schools squad.
The Club also has a large-scale Juniors set-up - Duncan Watmore started his Alty days there before joining the Youth team - a growing Football Education Programme and a successful Ladies team so, whatever your age there could be a place for you as a young player at Altrincham FC. 27 January 2013
LIMITED PROGRAMMEJust one game went ahead in the NWYA Premier League on Sunday, as FCUM won 5-0 at Curzon Ashton, producing the following League table.
25 January 2013
YOUTH GAME OFFSunday's youth team league match against Prescot Cables has been postponed. The lads' next match is under the Altrincham & District FA banner in the Cheshire County FA District Cup. The opponents will be Mid-Cheshire FA in a game to be played at Trafford FC (Shawe View), a week on Sunday, (3rd February) k.o. 2pm.
23 January 2013
NEXT MATCHAltrincham FC Youth are scheduled to play Prescot Cables Youth this Sunday (2pm) at Clay Lane, Timperley, in a NWYA Premier League match.
13 January 2013
YOUTH GAME OFFToday's scheduled NWYA Premier match between the youth teams of Altrincham FC and Northwich Victoria has been postponed. The pitch at Clay Lane has frozen sections which make the playing of the game dangerous, especially with the forecast of snow for this afternoon. Alty Youth have no game next week as their projected opponents, Nantwich Town, have numerous players involved in the Cheshire County FA District Cup. The next scheduled game for Altrincham is, therefore, on Sunday 27 January at home to Prescot Cables.
6 January 2013
DISTRICT YOUTH TEAM'S BIG WINMatt Eagles in MaccWeb reports on Sunday's CCFA District FA Youth Cup match, which ended Macclesfield & District FA Youth 2 Altrincham & District FA Youth 6 at Congleton Town FC.
"Mark Worthington’s young charges put on a brave performance against Altrincham Youth but were ultimately put to the sword in the final quarter of the match by some clinical finishing by the visitors who scored five times in twenty five minutes...The match had been even in the first half...
Altrincham took the lead and it was simplicity itself, Rob Gilroy sprinting clear and finishing low past Ben Gillespie. It certainly sparked a revival and Macclesfield... left back Adam Siddall.. hooked a spectacular shot high into the net which beat Bullen all ends up...
The introduction of fresh legs from the visitors brought urgency to their play and Spencer Cunliffe made an immediate impact working hard to close the ball down and then finding himself on the scoresheet making it 2-1. Max Pouncey and Rob Gilroy made it 4-1 with the hosts hitting the woodwork twice before Matt Williams who had finally managed to rid himself of the attentions of full back Lincoln Gridley by switching wings fired home spectacularly to make it 4-2...
Two goals in stoppage time from Max Pouncey to complete his hat-trick gave the match a rather lopsided final score line but all credit to the visitors for showing a tremendous desire which ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides".
Meanwhile, Altrincham FC Youth were obviously not in action, but the latest NWYA table has been affected by other games.
3 January 2013
TWO MORE SIGN ONTwo more of George Heslop's Altrincham FC Youth team have signed Conference North playing forms. They are goalkeeper Steve Bullen and midfielder Callum Mooney. Callum is pictured right, whilst Steve can be seen in the image below, dated 9 December.
They join Adam Reid, Duncan Watmore, Sam Grimshaw, Derryn Ofori and Ollie Riley as Youth team graduates who have signed league forms for Altrincham this season.
31 December 2012
DISTRICT CUP STARTSAltrincham & District FA Youth, whose team wholly comprises members of the Altrincham FC Youth team, start their involvement in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup on Sunday, 6 January, with an away match. The game, at Congleton Town (k.o. 11am) is against the Macclesfield and Distrcit FA Youth team.
22 December 2012
MATCH POSTPONEDTomorrow's match at Chester had been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
16 December 2012
NARROW DEFEATAltrincham Youth lost 4-3 at Morecambe on today.
9 December 2012
11 GOALS IN AN INCIDENT-PACKED MATCH
Today's Alty Youth v Lancaster City game at Clay Lane in the NWYA Open Cup ended up as an 8-3 win for the Robins! Match report here.
Above, Alty defend their lines through, left to right, Riley, goalkeeper Bullen, Brown, Harkin (back to camera), McClellan and Farrington.
5 December 2012
ROB'S NATIONAL HONOURThe English Schools FA has announced its 16-man squad to play for the England Under-18 Schoolboys team for 2012-13. One of those selected is Rob Gilroy (right), who plays for Altrincham FC Youth. Midfielder Rob is the only member of the squad to play for a non-League club and the only one who is young enough to be a representative of the under-18s next season as well as this.
FIXTURE CHANGESunday's scheduled league match against Northwich Victoria has been postponed and is replaced by an Open Cup match, at home, against Lancaster City. This was originally an away tie but due to its previous postponement, has been switched to Clay Lane, Timperley.
3 December 2012
FIXTURESSunday's Youth team match at home to Morecambe was postponed as the pitch was unfit. Next Sunday Alty are set to entertain Northwich Victoria.
24 November 2012
WARRINGTON REPORTCallum Harkin's report on Alty Youth's recent game at Warrington Town is here.
YOUTH GAME OFFSunday's youth game at Lancaster has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Alty's next scheduled match is at home to Morecambe in the league, next Sunday (2 December).
19 November 2012
LAST AND NEXT GAMESAltrincham FC Youth team lost their league match on Sunday at Warrington Town by three goals to one and drop to third in the table. The next fixture is on Sunday 25th November in the NWYA Open Cup 3rd Round, away to Lancaster City, followed on Sunday 2nd December 2012 in The Premier League by a match at home to Morecambe.
12 November 2012
SUNDAY'S GAMELast Sunday, Altrincham FC Youth were to play an away tie in the NWYA Open Cup 3rd Round at Lancaster City. However, the match was postponed on the Saturday evening.
Courtesy of Altrincham FC Club Photographer, Gavin Rathbone, of GR Photography, comes this team photo of Altrincham FC Youth.
2 November 2012
GAME OFFAltrincham FC Youth's match this Sunday at Abbey Hey has been postponed due to their other team being at home on the same day. So, the Alty Youth team's next game is now on Sunday, 11 November. This will be a Third Round Open Cup match, away to Lancaster City F.C. on their ground at The Giant Axe, West Road, Lancaster, LA1 5PE.
30 October 2012
ALTY'S WIN AT HYDEAltrincham FC Youth team defender Callum Harkin has kindly provided a report on the side's 2-0 win at Hyde last Sunday. It can be read here.
28 October 2012
YOUTH TEAM WINSIn Sunday's league fixture Altrincham FC Youth won 2-0 away to Hyde FC. The updated League table is here. The next fixture is away at Abbey Hey FC next Sunday, at 2pm.
25 October 2012
CONGRATULATIONSAltrincham FC Youth team midfielder, Robert Gilroy, has been picked for the North of England Schools Under-18 squad to play against the Midlands on November 3rd, at the Halton Stadium, Runcorn.
22 October 2012
Left: "It's spelt H-E-S-L-O-P"; in this image from before kick-off in last Sunday's game, Alty Youth manager George Heslop claims he was just giving the referee a late team-change and not receiving a caution!
Alty Youth lost on Sunday and their opponents, FC United report that "The lads returned to action after a five week break against Altrincham at the Hale Sports Club at Clay Lane Timperley. A crowd of around 100 which included those who appeared to be watching from a hot tub on the balcony of the sports club, was kept entertained as they left with a 2-0 win after a stiff examination from the host club, whose form, particularly in the first half was fully in keeping with their third position in the league table.
The home side were unfortunate not to be ahead at half time as they took advantage of any ring rustiness the lads were suffering from and dominated possession, with probably half a dozen shots fired wide. Indeed as half time beckoned had two excellent chances, where tight offside decisions came to FC’s rescue...The second chance was put in the net and looked a very tight
The game was decided in a couple of high octane moments midway through the second half. In the 67th minute, Andy Lee and Josh Smethurst worked a short corner routine for Lee to cross to Mike Taylor on the edge of the box. His drive must have had the keeper unsighted as he never moved. Barely a minute later the lead was doubled, substitute Kane Hughes released Yousif for another run towards goal. He managed, whether through the run or a parried shot, to bundle the ball past Bullen before slotting home".
TAKING AN EARLY BATHAltrincham FC Youth play their home games at the Hale Country Club and Spa on Clay Lane, Timperley. This must be the only football venue in the country where spectators can watch a match whilst lounging in an infinity pool on the balcony - as shown, right.
ALTY YOUTH BEATENAltrincham FC Youth's five game sequence of league wins ended on Sunday when two goals in as many minutes saw them lose to FC United of Manchester. There is a match report here.
In the NW Youth Alliance Premier League, Sunday's results were:
Next Sunday's fixture is:
21 October 2012
SECOND HONOURAlty Youth manager George Heslop advises us that Alty now have a second player in the North of England side in the trials for the English Schools Under-18 team. He is centre-half David Brown. The other Alty trialist is midfielder Rob Gilroy.
TODAYAlty Youth are at home to FC United of Manchester today, kick off is 2.30pm at Clay Lane, Timperley.
14 October 2012
YOUTHS' FIVE-GOAL WIN
Above: Adam Bezzina nets his second penalty against Curzon Ashton.
A report on Alty Youth's 5-0 win over Curzon Ashton is here.
James Lobley has images from the game on his Flickr page.
The next game for Alty Youth is at home to FCUM, next Sunday 21st, at 2.30pm at Hale Country Club, Clay Lane, Timperley.
RECENT GAMEChester FC have a report on last week's youth team clash with Altrincham.
11 October 2012
NEXT GAMEThe kick off time has been changed for Altrincham FC Youth's next game at home (Clay Lane) to Curzon Ashton in Round Two of the NWYA Open Cup. The match will now start at 2pm and NOT 1.30pm as originally announced.
7 October 2012
FINE RUN CONTINUESAltrincham Youth won their fifth successive match on Sunday afternoon, despite going behind after barely a minute of the game against Chester FC. An increasingly impressive performance saw the home side run out 4-2 winners at Clay Lane, with strikers Derryn Ofori (right) and Adam Bezzina each scoring twice. For Derryn, his brace meant he had scored five goals in 24 hours after his hat-trick on Saturday for the Cheshire FA, whilst for Adam it is now nine goals in the last five league matches. Match report here.
Other Sunday scores in the NWYA Premier were:
3 October 2012
GOOD LUCK, ROB!Altrincham Youth team midfielder Rob Gilroy will be appearing for the North of England Schools in the English Schools' trial at Blackburn on Saturday, 20th October.
2 October 2012
ABBEY BOSS'S VIEWFollowing Sunday's defeat at Altrincham, the manager of Abbey Hey Youth told his club website, that the game was "Another story of good possession, but no end product. If we can find the net then we should be finishing top 4 this season".
1 October 2012
ALTY YOUTH 3 ABBEY HEY YOUTH 1In wet and windy conditions, Altrincham FC Youth overcame Abbey Hey Youth 3-1 at Clay Lane on Sunday. The Alty goals came from Derryn Ofori and Adam Bezzina (2). Match report here.
24 September 2012
YOUTH TEAM BOWS OUT
Above: Morecambe were awarded a penalty for this challenge by Sam Rowley on Sunday.
Altrincham Youth went out of this season's Neil Thomason Trophy on Sunday afternoon, being well beaten by Morecambe, 6-3 at Clay Lane. Alty had trailed 0-2 but then led 3-2 at half time before four second half goals were conceded. Report here.
CALLUM'S REPORTAlty Youth defender Callum Harkin's match report on last week's win at Nortwhich Victoria is now here.
15 September 2012
YOUTHS WINSunday's NWYA Premier League match ended Northwich Victoria Youth 0 Altrincham Youth 3. The latest league table is here. The Youth team's next game is in the Neil Thomason Cup next Sunday (23.9.12) against Morecambe, k.o. 2pm at Hale Country Club, Clay Lane WA15 7AF.
For those new to the club, Neil Thomason was a much respected coach of Alty Youth who worked with current manager George Heslop for several years. Sadly, Neil died at a young age whilst on holiday abroad and the NWYA honoured his achievements by naming a competition after him. For this reason it is a Cup which Altrincham would very much like to win again.
14 September 2012
INSIDE VIEWAltrincham FC Youth's right-back, Callum Harkin, has kindly provided a report on the team's league match at Nantwich last Sunday. It can be read here.
12 September 2012
ALTY YOUTH 1 MACCLESFIELD TOWN YOUTH 2
Above: Alty line up before the game.
There was an element of controversy about both of Macclesfield Town's goals in this FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round match but the outcome was probably a fair one...
9 September 2012
FA YOUTH CUP ON TUESDAYTuesday night at Moss Lane witnesses Altrincham FC Youth's entry into the FA Youth Cup, with a Preliminary Round match against Cheshire neighbours, Macclesfield Town (k.o. 7.45pm). Please come along and support this season's youth team which may well include more potential graduates for the first team. Currently five of last season's team have signed first team forms (Adam Reid, Duncan Watmore, Sam Grimshaw, Derryn Ofori and Ollie Riley). Both Derryn and Ollie remain part of the youth team this season. Admission to the game on Tuesday is just £3 for adults and £1 for those entitled to concessions.
In Sunday's NWYA Premier League game Altrincham FC Youth won 4-0 at Nantwich Town. Adam Bezzina (2), Oliver Riley and Alex Weatherby were the scorers. The next league game is away to Northwich Victoria on Sunday, 16 September k.o. 2.30pm @ The Field of Dreams, Tarvin CH3 8BH.
3 September 2012
OPEN CUP OPPONENTSIn the NWYA Open Cup 1st Round, on Sunday, Glossop NE lost at home, 2-4 to Curzon Ashton, who will now visit Altrincham on Sunday, 14 October.
Curzon Ashton report that "Curzon... in the early exchanges were finding it difficult to make much headway against a well organised Glossop defence... but made the breakthrough on 12 minutes when Jordan Rutter picked up the ball in midfield and as the defence retreated picked his spot with a low drive out of the keeper reach....
Curzon were worthy winners and go on to play Altrincham in the next round.. Man of the Match, for me, was Justin Schall. Team: Ashley Saddoo, Ryan Saxon, Jerome Smith-Jenkinson, Jordan Rutter, Daniel Robinson, Liam Scott, Andrew Jenkinson, Caven Gaffney, Rory Robinson, Justin Johnson, Justin Schall. Subs: Dominic Clarke, Josh Steadman, Oliver Harling, Alex Watson, Cameron Fairhurst".
2 September 2012
ALTY YOUTH 3 HYDE FC YOUTH 1There is now a match report here on Alty Youth's 3-1 win over Hyde on Sunday,
Right: Alty Youth striker Adam Bezzina (right) netted the first goal for his side today.
Other results in the NWYA Premier League were:
TWO MORE YOUTH TEAM PLAYERS SIGNTwo of this season's Altrincham FC Youth team squad have signed Conference North playing forms. They are striker Derryn Ofori, who featured in Alty's summer pre-season games this year, and midfielder Oliver Riley, who has been a regular in the youth side for the last two seasons. Ollie, like Derryn, still qualifies for this season's under-18 youth competitions.
They join three team-mates from last season's youth side who have already made their first-team debuts for Altrincham; Adam Reid, Sam Grimshaw and Duncan Watmore. Duncan was named Man of the Match in yesterday's first-team match, in which he also scored his third goal in five games this season. This season's youth team take on Hyde today (Clay Lane, 2.30pm), under the care of management team George Heslop, Anthony Small and Joe Reid.
31 August 2012
SUNDAY'S GAMEAlty Youth play their first home game of the season on Sunday (2nd Sept.), kick off 2.30pm, when Hyde FC are the visitors to the Hale Country Club & Spa, Clay Lane, Timperley, adjacent to Bowdon RUFC, WA15 7AF.
CURZON ASHTON 3 ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 0The website has received an excellent report on Altrincham FC Youth's opening league game at Curzon Ashton last week, from a "Special Correspondent"...
Entitled, "Calamity at Curzon", it can be read here.
30 August 2012
YOUTH FIXTURESAltrincham FC's youth team NWYA Premier League match at Morecambe tonight was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. The lads' next match is at home to Hyde at Hale Country Club, Clay Lane, Timperley this Sunday, k.o. 2.30pm. Following their 8-0 defeat at home to Warrington Town on Thursday, Hyde FC announce that "Our recently-formed youth team are looking for defenders to strengthen our squad. Players should have had experience with Football League clubs or played representative football, and must be confident of being up to the challenge of playing in the very competitive North West Youth Alliance Football League".
26 August 2012
YOUTH TEAMAltrincham FC Youth team lost its first league game of the season on Sunday, 3-0 at Curzon Ashton. The NWYA has the league table.
Altrincham FC's Youth team fixtures have been added to the website here.
17 August 2012
MATCH OFFAltrincham FC Youth team manager, George Heslop reports that his team's scheduled fixture, this Sunday, versus Chester F.C. has been postponed as Altrincham have had three players selected for Cheshire County F.A., who are playing Herefordshire (Away) that day. The three players selected are Derryn Ofori, Alex Weatherby and Ollie Riley.
15 August 2012
SEASON STARTSThe Altrincham FC Youth team's league season starts this Sunday (19th) with a home game against Chester FC at Clay Lane, Timperley, kick off 2.30pm.
7 August 2012
YOUTH CUP DATEAltrincham FC Youth team take on Macclesfield Town at Moss Lane in the FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round. The date for this has now been fixed as Tuesday, 11 September at 7.45pm. This is a week after the prescribed date for that round but special dispensation has been agreed by the FA.
30 July 2012
FRIENDLY WINIn a friendly at the weekend, played at Duchy Road, Salford, Altrincham FC Youth beat Salford City Youth 4-0, with Anthony Brown (2), Derryn Ofori and Jordan Mainoo-Hames the scorers. The next friendly is on Sunday, August 5th, away to Ashton Town.
14 July 2012
LEAGUE FIXTURESThe North West Youth Alliance has announced its first batch of fixtures for Altrincham FC Youth in 2012/13.
7 July 2012
YOUTH CUPThe draw for the FA Youth Cup has been made...
Preliminary Round, w/c/ 3 September 2012:
1st Round Qualifying, w/c 17 September 2012:
2nd Round Qualifying, w/c 1 October 2012: