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18 December 2017

BUILDBASE FA TROPHY ROUND TWO DRAW

In the draw for Round Two of the Buildbase FA Trophy, the winners of Tuesday's replay between Altrincham and Warrington Town have been drawn away at Ebbsfleet United.

The Buildbase FA Trophy Second Round matches are to be played on Saturday, 13 January 2018.

REMEMBERING LOST RELATIVES AND FRIENDS

As is customary, Altrincham FC will be honouring those supporters, former players and others associated with the Football Club who have died during 2017 by holding a minute's applause in their memory at our game on New Year's Day. If anyone wishes to let the Club know the name(s) they would like to be honoured, would they please e-mail or ring the club (0161 928-1045) and leave details?

ARDILES AND MICKEY HAZARD AT ALTY

Press and Media Officer, John Edwards, writes, "Altrincham director Neil Faulkner has announced a major coup for the club after securing the services of World Cup winner Ossie Ardiles and another former Tottenham midfielder Mickey Hazard for a sporting dinner at The J.Davidson Stadium.

Ardiles, who inspired Argentina to World Cup glory in 1978 before going head-to-head with John King in a memorable midfield duel against Alty at White Hart Lane the following year, will be the star attraction at what promises to be an unforgettable evening in the Community Sports Hall on Friday, March 16.

With plans in place to include King and his fellow Alty Cup heroes on the guest list, and places already available at £35 each, club officials are hopeful anyone still searching for the perfect Christmas gift will feel they need look no further.

Right: Alty goalscorer Jeff Johnson in the game at Spurs in 1979.

Explaining how an exchange of tweets with Hazard helped set up an event that should be awash with nostalgia, Neil said, 'I wanted to arrange a dinner that would do justice to the Tottenham-Altrincham history, after we played them three times in the FA Cup, and I just thought who better than Ossie Ardiles, famed as a World Cup winner and, as far as Alty fans are concerned, those battles with John King?

'I set about trying to get hold of Ossie without much success, but I did notice he and Mickey were doing a lot of sporting dinners. I knew Mickey was on Twitter, so I tweeted him, and, to my delight, he tweeted back immediately, saying let's go for it.

'I couldn't believe how quickly he responded, and it went on from there pretty rapidly. I just thought it was worth a punt, and I'm delighted it has paid off.

'From the feedback I've had, I get the impression Ossie is up for it just as much as Mickey and, it's going to be a bit special having them both in the same room together. Will Ossie remember him? How could he ever forget him! He'll probably bring a pair of shin pads with him! [John King has confirmed his attendance at the dinner.]

'The idea is to fill a table with Alty players from that era, and we will be contacting them, starting with Kingy, to see if they can make it. It is fantastic news for the club, a real coup, to have a World Cup winner and another exceptionally-skilful midfielder in Mickey Hazard, who won two FA Cups with Tottenham.

'We're hoping the Community Sports Hall will be packed, and there's every reason for believing it will be, because five tables are already spoken for, and we haven't even started advertising it yet. It's eight to a table, and it would be fantastic if we could get close to the near-200 people we had for the Roy Keane evening, which was a phenomenal success and the best turn-out we've had so far.

'We are taking bookings now, so anyone interested in reserving their place, and I can't think of a better Christmas present for any Alty fan, can contact the club on 0161 928 1045 or by e-mail.

Footnote: Altrincham's three games against Spurs were:

The following press comments on the original tie were printed in the match programme for the replay at Maine Road...

SUPPORTERS' TRAVEL TO MARINE AND COALVILLE

Altrincham have two away trips immediately after Christmas. On Boxing Day the Robins travel to Crosby to face Marine and on 30 December they make their first-ever visit to Coalville Town. TASC is running supporters's transport to both fixtures. Please book early to avoid disappointment, either at Tuesday's match against Warrington Town or by phoning the Club (0161 928-1045) during normal weekday office hours. Details of fares and timings are here.

WARRINGTON VIEW

The Warrington Guardian reports on Saturday's goalless draw at Cantilever Park.

"Town will be in the hat for the FA Trophy second round draw on Monday after a goalless draw with Altrincham. For the second time this season, the two sides battled out a stalemate at Cantilever Park that won’t be remembered by many...

Having passed a midday pitch inspection, the game went ahead in freezing conditions and it was Yellows midfielder Sean Williams who first warmed a goalkeeper’s fingertips, his free kick beaten away in to the danger area on four minutes. The visitors had the better of the opening quarter of the match, former Yellows striker Tom Peers prodding over the bar before a weaving run by Jordan Hulme took him past James McCarten and in to the box, before seeing his shot blocked.

The Yellows had the ball in the net on 34 minutes through Jamie McDonald only for a linesman’s flag to rule it out.

Altrincham started the second half brightest, working an opening for James Poole to strike over, but if they had edged the first half, the second half belonged to the Yellows. The hosts controlled field position and possession for long periods, without really looking like creating anything... The best chance came on 85 minutes when sub, Gerard Kinsella, fed Bakkor and his shot from 20 yards was tipped over the bar by Anthony Thompson.

Altrincham came close in the final minute, John Johnston cutting in from the left and having a right-foot shot deflected wide".

LADIES' NEXT GAME

Although their match on Sunday was postponed, the Alty Ladies lie sixth in their division but with games in hand on teams above them. Their next scheduled match is on 7 January 2018 at home to Stockport County.
17 December 2017

LADIES' MATCH POSTPONED

A waterlogged pitch has put paid to Altrincham FC Ladies' scheduled fixture, today, against City of Liverpool Ladies.

WARRINGTON TOWN 0-0 ALTRINCHAM

For the second time this season the two sides produced a goalless stalemate which will have to be resolved, one way or another, in a replay on Tuesday night.

Match report here.

Right: Tom Hannigan bravely confronts Warrington keeper Tony McMillan's punch in the match on Saturday. Image courtesy of Michael Ripley.

HALF-SEASON TICKETS

Altrincham FC is pleased to offer half-season tickets for sale; they make an ideal Christmas present!

Prices are as follows:

The tickets are valid for all league matches from Christmas Day. Please ring 0161 928-1045 to order yours or call at the Club offices during weekday opening hours.

SATURDAY GATES

Saturday 16 December 2017, The EVO-STIK Premier Division

The FA Trophy 17-18 - First Round

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Tuesday 19 December 2017, The FA Trophy, First Round Replay

Saturday 23 December 2017, EVO-STIK Premier Division

BUILDBASE FA TROPHY REVIEW

The National League reports that "Although Saturday`s Buildbase FA Trophy First Round was hit by several postponements, there was still plenty of drama in the ties that did take place and several `upsets`.

There will be no Wembley visit for Hartlepool United in their first season in the competition as Craig Harrison`s outfit crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Borough Park against Evo-Stik League Premier club Workington AFC.

In front of a crowd of 771, the game's defining moment came in the 82nd minute with from a breakaway from the hosts, Scott Allison cut in from the left and sent a low drive across goal and into the bottom left corner of Scott Loach’s goal...

National League North play-off chasers Chorley also bowed out, beaten 3-1 at The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium by Evo-Stik League Premier strugglers Marine AFC. Matty Hughes had given the Magpies an early 2nd minute lead, but Adam Hughes equalised 15 minutes later.

And then an own goal from Josh O’Keefe on 74 minutes, although it was claimed by James Murray, and a stoppage time strike from Danny Mitchley, saw the Mariners through...

National League North side Leamington losing 1-0 at the New Windmill Ground to Evo-Stik League Premier outfit Stourbridge is another outcome that many thought eminently possible ahead of kick-off, given the Glassboys' cup pedigree. What turned out to be the only goal of an often fiesty game came 3 minutes into the second half when Matty Dodd scored after a bit of ping-pong in the six-yard box and despite an outstanding save from Tony Breeden.

There were some unsavoury scenes at the end of the game, sparked off by a bad challenge by Brandon Hauge on Breeden. This sparked a brawl between Leamington supporters and Stourbridge players and coaching staff, although the situation was quickly diffused...

The FA would no doubt be delighted to see a club with Stockport County`s support reach the final, and they are through to the Second Round after the National League North outfit won 3-1 at the Giant Axe against Evo-Stik League Premier side Lancaster City.

Jason Oswell gave the Hatters a 27th minute lead that Gary Stopforth doubled 6 minutes before the break. Ryan Winder`s penalty 10 minutes into the second half gave the Dolly Blues hope, but a last-gasp Bohan Dixon third extinguished that to make it 3-1."


16 December 2017

SATURDAY FIXTURES

Alty's last ten games on today's date (16 December) have seen Alty unbeaten (7 wins and 3 draws) as Howard Watts and Mike Garnett's Through the Years shows.

Saturday 16 December 2017, The EVO-STIK Premier Division

SATURDAY'S BUILDBASE FA TROPHY GAMES

The First Round Proper ties involving EvoStik Premier clubs are:

RESERVES' MATCH OFF

Altrincham FC Reserves' match at Denton Town today has been postponed.

WARRINGTON TOWN v ALTRINCHAM: LIVE COVERAGE

You can follow this fixture via this website's minute by minute text updates by clicking on the icon below. Alternatively, Radio Robins' coverage of the game is outlined below as well.

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Brian Flynn announces that "Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, is providing full live commentary of Saturday's game.

The match commentary sponsor is Grappenhall Computer Services providing mobile IT support for home & small businesses in the Warrington and surrounding areas; their website is here. The commentators are Simon Ellis and Ian Wilkinson and the match summariser is John Edwards.

Coverage starts at 2.40pm".

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BEFORE THE GAME: WARRINGTON TOWN

Mike Garnett reminds us of the historical record of matches between Altrincham and Warrington Town, who meet on Saturday in the Buildbase FA Trophy, at Cantilever Park. Curiously our goalless draw earlier this season, in the Evo-Stik Premier was our first ever competive match at Warrington Town, despite the clubs having previously met five times at Moss Lane in various cup competitions.

Alty go into the game unbeaten over 90 minutes in 19 games, though they did lose on penalties at Mossley when they fielded a much-changed side in the Integro Cup. They hope to have James Poole back from injury and Sean Miller is available after completing his loan spell at Colne. However, Mason Walsh is suspended.

From the other side, Cantilever Catchup adds that "Warrington Town face a huge clash on Saturday in the first round proper of the FA Trophy as they take on league rivals Altrincham at Cantilever Park.

Both sides will come into the game fresh after a two week break since they last featured, due to last Saturday’s postponements and there is only four points and three places separating them at the top of the Northern Premier League, but that all means little in this knockout match.

Last time out the Yellows were thrashed 5-0 by fellow high-fliers Shaw Lane on an afternoon to forget in Barnsley. Meanwhile, it was an away win two weeks ago for Altrincham when they travelled to Mickleover and scored two first half goals on the way to a 2-1 win.

Altrincham have become notoriously fast starters in their most recent games. They were ahead after 20 minutes at Mickleover, and in the last round of the FA Trophy against National League North side Alfreton, they scored both goals of a 2-0 win inside the first 17 minutes of the contest.

If you go back a week further to the Robins 4-0 league win at Sutton Coldfield you will see that they effectively had the game won after 11 minutes when they scored the third goal of that contest. On top of that, they scored in the first 20 minutes in the second qualifying round of the Trophy against Ramsbottom and there would be no further goals in the 1-1 league draw with Buxton in early November after Josh Hancock’s eighth minute equaliser.

Warrington’s road to the first round of the FA Trophy has needed five matches in all and certainly given the fans plenty of value. The first qualifying round was simple enough as Paul Carden’s men overcame Bamber Bridge 2-1, but they then needed a penalty shoot-out in the replay of the second qualifier against Ashton after the sides had shared six goals over 210 minutes of normal play.

Another replay was required to see off National League North side Tamworth, after a 2-2 away draw was followed by a 3-0 win in the side’s last home fixture on November 28.

Jamie McDonald has been Town’s star so far this season, particularly in the Trophy, scoring both goals in the replay with Ashton and then netting the winning penalty in the shoot-out. McDonald bagged the vital equaliser away at Tamworth and then sent the Yellows 2-0 ahead in the first half of the replay a couple of days later.

You could be forgiven for forgetting the last meeting between these two sides, when they met at Cantilever Park in October. On the day, in very wet and windy conditions in Warrington, the two sides played out a cagey goalless draw which kept the two very closely tied at the top of the Northern Premier table.

Jordan Hulme (above, right) has scored 16 goals this season for Altrincham in all competitions which is one more than team mate Josh Hancock, and 12 of these goals have come in the league for Hulme. On top of this, in the second qualifying round of the trophy in November, Hulme scored a hat-trick in the Robins' 4-1 triumph over Ramsbottom. His run of form in the league has seen him score three times in their last two games, both of which were away against Mickleover and Sutton Coldfield. If Warrington are going to progress into the second round, then Hulme is certainly someone who they will have to keep quiet."

Meanwhile, the Warrington Guardian says that manager "Paul Carden has urged the people of Warrington to get behind his Yellows side in their FA Trophy first round clash with Altrincham on Saturday... The Robins visit Cantilever Park for the second time this season and a crowd of just under 1,000 turned out to see the sides draw 0-0 in the Evo-Stik Premier Division on October 21.

Travelling supporters outnumbered Warrington fans that day and Carden would like that to be 'flipped on its head.' However, the Town boss admitted the onus was on his players to 'put on a show' to ensure fans return for future games. 'We want the gates to increase and these big games will hopefully do that,' he said. 'We want to be up at the top and playing against big clubs in our league like Altrincham. It helps the club financially if you have bigger support as well as getting behind the lads. When you’re playing someone like Altrincham, you know the away support will probably outnumber the home support but we need to try and flip that on its head'...

'We know they’re a good team but that’s obvious. They’re not top of the league by fluke,' he said. 'We’re a good team as well. We’ve got to make sure we show what we’re about. Both teams will want to win to put a marker down on the other'".

WALKING FOOTBALL

Shown right, are details of the walking football sessions organised by the Altrincham CSH. Please note that the evening session will now be held outdoors on a 4G playing surface, under floodlights.

ALTY'S PITCH UPGRADE

As previously announced, Altrincham FC were featured in the Football Stadia Imnprovement Foundation annual review. The EvoStik League adds that "League leaders Altrincham are making headlines off the pitch ahead of the weekend's action in the Football Stadia Improvement Fund's 2017 Focus magazine.

The EVO-STIK League Premier Division club's media team received an early publicity present for Christmas on Thursday when the £20,000 grant spent on improving their Moss Lane pitch was the subject of a double-page spread in the FSIF's glossy 2017 annual review.

Broken in when the Robins hosted a Manchester United XI in a pre-season friendly this summer, the surface now benefits from an electronically controlled water irrigation system as well as new pitch maintenance equipment purchased with the Premier League-funded and Football Foundation-administered grant.

Altrincham's community director Peter Foster and long-standing fan John Henderson are both interviewed for the review which came out this week as the Robins prepared to take a break from their title ambitions at Warrington Town in the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday.

Singling out their over-worked groundsman as one of the main beneficiaries, Foster tells the review's readers, 'The money we received from the FSIF went a long way to improving the standard of the pitch here at Moss Lane. Our groundsman had to hand water every blade of grass here, as well as using a beaten-up old mower that has been verging on breakdown for a while!'

Henderson said, 'This has provided us with a superb surface for the players to showcase their talents on and will be a great help to the club in their bid for promotion. A big thank you must go to the Premier League for the grant that made all this possible.'

To read the full article click here.

SUPPORTERS' TRAVEL TO MARINE AND COALVILLE

TASC Travel Coordinator, Mark Eckersall, writes “As previously advised, we will be running travel to both Marine on Boxing Day and Coalville Town on Saturday 30th December. We hope you can join us for one or both of these trips and full details of times, fares and how to book will be on the website on Monday”.

EVO-STIK PREMIER NEWS

NL Pitchero reports that "Tadcaster Albion have confirmed that midfielder Cam Murray has left the club to join Farsley Celtic. Farsley approached Murray a few weeks ago and he has made the decision to move.

Tadcaster were aware from the start that Murray still had great ambition to play at the highest level possible in the Pyramid and were never going to stop him from moving on if the opportunity arose. Twenty-two-year-old Murray recorded one goal and one assist in twenty-four appearances during his short spell at the i2i stadium. He signed for Taddy from Scarborough Athletic after spells with Leeds United, Bradford City, York City, FC United of Manchester and Stalybridge Celtic."

Cumbria's News & Star tells us that "Midfield maestro Conor Tinnion is a slight doubt for Workington Reds ahead of the eagerly-awaited FA Trophy clash with Hartlepool. The talented star has been laid low by an illness this week and unable to train.

But Reds’ co-manager Lee Andrews [says]... 'He has missed training through illness, so we are all just hoping he recovers in time for Saturday. He has been in good form. His delivery for the first two goals last weekend was brilliant. We all know what Conor can do and to be without him would be a massive loss for us.'

Andrews is hoping to keep virtually the same unchanged side... 'We have gone 13 games unbeaten, so we are going into this match full of confidence,' he said. 'It’s hard for the lads who have not been playing but we always say "If the lads are playing well on a Saturday then they will keep their shirt".... It will probably be pretty much the same side we put out tomorrow. We have a whiteboard where I write the team each week and I haven’t had to change it since the Glossop game.'

But he was also full of praise for his players on the bench, who have been boosting the side each week when they get on the pitch. He added, 'These lads are coming on and affecting the game and I do feel for them. They come on and do well but they are still not getting a start because of how well the lads who are starting are playing. But this just shows we may have a small squad but we have a lot of quality there, and the lads sitting on that bench are raring to get on and influence the match.'"

OH BROTHER!

The National League has news of Alty captain Jake Moult's brother. "Christmas has come early for Wrexham after it was confirmed that former striker Louis Moult would be signing for Preston North End. Moult scored 23 goals in 47 appearances for the Dragons before leaving for Scottish Premiership outfit Motherwell in July 2015.

Wrexham negotiated a sell-on clause as part of the deal that took him north of the border and they will now benefit from that. The 25-year-old, it has been confirmed, will be moving to Championship club Preston on January 1 for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £450,000. It’s not known how much Wrexham will net from the deal but it’s a bonus regardless for the Racecourse club".


15 December 2017

SHIRT SPONSORSHIP

If you are looking for a Christmas present for an Altrincham FC supporter, why not take advantage of the half-price offer on player sponsorship for the rest of the season, with prices reduced from £150 down to £75? And an even better bargain is offered if you sponsor two players, with the rate reduced from £250 down to £125!

Sponsors receive a personalized, signed shirt of the player(s) in question at the end of season. So why not help the promotion push and contact the club office on 0161 928 1045 to arrange your sponsorship.

The list of sponsored players and those still available for sponsorship is here.

ALTY FEATURED BY STADIA IMPROVEMENT FUND

Altrincham FC received some excellent publicity with the above double-page spread in the Football Stadia Improvement Fund's 'Annual Review' for 2017.

HALF-SEASON TICKETS

Altrincham FC is pleased to offer half-season tickets for sale; they make an ideal Christmas present!

Prices are as follows:

The tickets are valid for all league matches from Christmas Day. Please ring 0161 928-1045 to order yours or call at the Club offices during weekday opening hours.

EVO-STIK PREMIER NEWS

NL Daily reports that "A key figure in last season's promoted Farsley Celtic team, midfielder Richard Marshall has had to retire at 31 due to a long-standing hip injury.

'Scooby' made 57 appearances for the club in the 2016/17 campaign as they won promotion to the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division, weighing in with an impressive 20 goals in the process... Marshall has worked hard to get back to fitness with club physio Gaz Liversedge, who explained the news, 'An MRI scan has shown advanced arthritis in his hip and some issue with the bone so the orthopedic consultant has confirmed he must retire. There is no surgical solution at this stage for him. It's terrible news for someone so young to give up a sport he loves and had a lot more to give to.

'From only seven months ago scoring the equaliser in the play-off final to having to retire, it shows you that you firstly should appreciate and love your chosen sport you do, as it can be taken away in a instant.'"

Closer to home, the Northwich Guardian tells us that "Carl Macauley has admitted that midfielder Paul Williams could be side-lined for up to six weeks with a knee injury. The midfielder was forced to leave the field early in the second-half during last week’s 3-2 defeat against Grantham...

The 31-year-old was filling in as a defender in the absence of captain Anthony Brown, who is also recovering from a knee complaint.

'It didn’t look good at the time,' said the Witton Albion manager. 'He could be out for four to six weeks, and that’s a big blow for us. That’s why we were careful in the summer to make sure that we have cover in that position.'

Michael Wilson is likely to start at third-placed Shaw Lane this Saturday... Brown has an outside chance of being in the squad for a first meeting with the Barnsley-based side since both teams were promoted from Division One South at the end of last season.

Macauley added...'We’re hopeful that Anthony will train this week.'”

According to the EvoStik League, "Matlock Town's joint boss Glenn Kirkwood is looking no further ahead than Saturday’s trip to Farsley Celtic as the Gladiators embark on a tough five-match schedule to round off the year and head into 2018, writes Ian Richardson.

All of their next five opponents are potential title winners or play-off candidates. A trip to league leaders Altrincham follows on Saturday week before local rivals Buxton are at the DCJ Group Arena on Boxing Day. 2017 ends with a home meeting with fourth-placed Warrington Town and 2018 starts with a visit to second in the table Grantham Town.

More immediately, Farsley are currently seventh, five points ahead of the Gladiators... Kirkwood declared, 'They’ve come up and done really well despite losing their top scorer [James Walshaw to Scarborough Athletic], but they’ve got a good replacement in Nathan Cartman from Darlington. They might have lost their last two matches but they’re a good side. We had a big sticky patch. Farsley will be eager to get out of it and be wanting the win just as we are'...

Striker Ricky German has been recalled by Chesterfield and although nothing can be confirmed yet, Kirkwood revealed there may be a new face arriving in time in for Saturday... 'Jamie Jackson therefore looks likely to partner Shaun Harrad in attack,' said Kirkwood. On the injury front, Ted Cribley’s shoulder injury, which looked likely to see him sidelined for six weeks, is not as bad as first thought but long standing absentee Marc Newsham still looks to be some way off a return...

Kirkwood said, 'We’re hoping Ted can do a bit of training... we’re hoping he’s not too far off a return. Marc’s ankle is taking some healing and it could be some while before he’s back'".

From the East Coast, we learn that at Whitby Town "Midfielder James Risbrough has had his contract terminated... by mutual consent. The attack-minded player has found first-team opportunities since picking up an injury against Grantham Town in August.

Risbrough... signed for the club early in August from Swedish side Ytterhogdals IK, after impressing whilst on trial in pre-season".

NW NEWS

NL Pitchero reports that "Wythenshawe Amateurs have announced that they have submitted an application to the Football Association for promotion to the Hallmark Security League for next season. The Ammies have been around for a long time, being formed back in 1946, and spent the majority of their time in the Manchester League but have been fairly nomadic until 1983 when they moved in with Wythenshawe Cricket Club.

However, in July 2013 the club`s fortunes changed when club official John Cotton noticed an article for the Budweiser Club Futures Programme, a £50,000 regional grant he felt the club could win. Vice-chairman Carl Barratt took up the mantle and fortune struck on Halloween that year, which changed the future of the club forever, when Barratt received the news that he was successful in winning the grant.

This also enabled the club to compete against seven other clubs nationwide for an additional £100,000 in a public Facebook vote during February 2014.

They obtained the most votes and secured the additional funds, both cheques were presented at the proposed new home, Hollyhedge Park, in November 2013 and March 2014 by former Everton player Peter Reid and former Manchester United player Mark Hughes respectively...

The football and cricket clubs` workable relationship in its latter years became strained, and subsequently the Ammies were rendered homeless when evicted by the cricket club in May 2015 after thirty-two years use...

Whilst the [Hollyhedge] project was coming to fruition games were played at Flixton FC and St. Paul’s High School, with hospitality at the Winston Conservative Club and Northenden Social Club. The penning of this crucial chapter recommenced in July 2016 when the club secured funding of £812,000, which included £382,317 from the Premier League and the FA delivered by the Football Foundation, the £150,000 from Budweiser, £146,000 National Lottery, grants from Sport England, Football Stadia Improvement Fund, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Manchester City Council, National Sports Centre Trust and Tesco.

This allowed enabling work to start, but work began in earnest in February 2017 for a clubhouse, new pitch, drainage, car park and fencing when a new long-term lease was finally agreed. In March 2017 the club became a Community Benefit Society and the stadium was completed in September 2017 – the first match being played on 30th, drawing 1-1 with Hindsford in the Manchester League – the 32-year-old record attendance was broken with 277 in the ground.

The hard work now begins for the Ammies over the next few months to comply with Ground Grading H by 31st March 2018."


14 December 2017

DESIGN A SHIRT WINNERS

Jordan Tyms, Altrincham FC's Inclusion and Diversity Co-ordinator writes...

"Christmas came early for three children in Altrincham this week as they were unveiled as winners of Altrincham FC’s design a shirt competition.

It was launched in October alongside the Club’s new Inclusion Strategy and local primary school children were invited to design a football shirt that celebrates the differences within our community. Entry forms were distributed by eight primary schools, Altrincham and Hale libraries as well as art charity, Art with a Heart whose director Karen Wroe, also a member of the judging panel, encouraged children to be creative during the Autumn half-term holiday.

Sponsored by Altrincham based company Smart Storage, the competition captured the imagination of the town’s children as hundred of entries were received with a variety of themes bringing Inclusion and Diversity to a young audience.

The winners Emily Bennett (right, on photo), aged 6, from Oldfield Brow Primary School, Holly Sachro (centre, on photo), aged 7, from Heyes Lane Primary School and Joseph Slater Snape (left, on photo), aged 10, from Willows Primary School had their designs turned into Altrincham FC replica shirts by The Robins' kit supplier SK Kits (pictured). There were also six runners-up who also won season tickets for themselves and a parent.

The presentation took place on Saturday afternoon with the first team squad after the Evostik Premier Division table-toppers had their match against Shaw Lane FC postponed.

Paul Whittaker from Smart Storage said, 'Smart Storage were delighted to get involved with this fantastic initiative and support Altrincham FC and their Inclusion programme. I was personally honoured to be part of the judging panel as, not only the number of entries, but also the high quality astonished me, it was certainly no easy task choosing the winners'.

Jordan Tyms, Altrincham FC Inclusion Co-ordinator, added 'I would like to thank Smart Storage, Art with a Heart and the primary schools that helped to support this project and would like to congratulate all of the children that took part especially Emily, Holly and Joseph for their fantastic designs'.

If you would like to get involved or require further information regarding Altrincham FC’s Inclusion and Diversity programme please send me an e-mail.

The runners-up were:

LADIES' WIN

Last Sunday, Altrincham FC Ladies beat Curzon Ashton in what manager Keith Edleston describes as a "seven-goal thriller".

Keith adds that "The girls came back from a goal down to win 4-3. Real winter weather did not spoil the entertainment as both teams played their hearts out. Goals from Laura Dodds (2), Megan Rowley and Kye Brown secured a great victory against a tough team.

Well done to all. Also a big thanks tot all the supporters who braved the weather and massive thanks to Michael Ripley Photography who took some awesome photos, as seen above".

ALTY TEAM NEWS

Brian Flynn, Pres & Media Officer at Altrincham FC, writes...

"Altrincham’s big Evo-Stik Premier clash with Shaw Lane was postponed on Saturday, as the match referee deemed the pitch unplayable when he carried out a ten o’clock inspection. Whilst there had been snow overnight, the heavy rain earlier in the week meant that parts of the pitch were waterlogged and Alty were denied the opportunity to stretch their advantage over their Barnsley-based rivals, who remain three points behind the table-topping Robins with two games in hand.

Only two Evo-Stik Premier Division fixtures survived with Workington continuing their improved recent form and establishing themselves as genuine challengers with a 3-0 victory over Mickleover Sports, that moves the Cumbrians into a Play-Off position.

Phil Parkinson’s team are back on the Buildbase F.A. Trophy trail on Saturday, travelling to Cantilever Park to take on fellow Evo-Stik Premier title contenders Warrington Town in a First Round clash. Alty have already come through three Qualifying Rounds, defeating Clitheroe, Ramsbottom United and Alfreton, winning £12,250 prize money in the process and there is a further £6,000 up for grabs on Saturday for the victors.

The teams drew 0-0 in a league encounter in October, on a freezing cold and exceptionally wet afternoon at Warrington and the conditions could be similar on Saturday. The Robins dominated that game but couldn’t find that elusive goal on the day to take all three points.

Mason Walsh will miss the game due to his suspension for being sent off at Mossley in the Integro League Cup but James Poole has recovered from his thigh injury, sustained in the last round at Alfreton and Sean Miller has returned from his successful loan spell at Colne F.C.

Two of the emerging young players from the Reserves have gone on a month’s loan to gain first team experience. Darius Palma (winger) joins Kidsgrove Athletic, whilst Tom Westall (left-back) has signed on dual registration with Alsager Town".


10 December 2017

ALTRINCHAM FC MONTHLY DRAW

Full details of the Altrincham FC Monthly Draw scheme are here. All members are entered into a monthly draw in which you can win prizes which include £500 in cash!

LAST SATURDAY'S GATES

Only two matches in the EvoStik Premier survived the combination of snow, frost and rain on Saturday...

NORTHERN NEWS

The Telegraph & Argus reports that "With the club in the National League North play-off places after half a season and continuing to defy the odds, Bradford Park Avenue are asking fans to back them to the hilt.

Supporters already part with hard-earned cash through the turnstiles, plus sundry expenses with refreshments and programme sales, and the club appreciate that. Now they are asking those who can to contribute to a war chest for a promotion push, should it be needed. Avenue manager Mark Bower said, 'We have a very small squad but they're all good players and all in very good form and that's why we're doing well. We're in a good place in the league and we're trying to make hay while the sun shines and bank as many points as we can while everyone's fit and on top of their game. It's a case of fingers crossed every week though, because one or two injuries could really make a big difference.

'We have only signed two players all season, Mark Ross and Graham Kelly, and one of them (Kelly, on loan from Port Vale) has gone back. There are clubs in the relegation places in our league, like Boston United, who are signing players and paying transfer fees. That option isn't available for us but it is for at least three-quarters of the clubs.'

An announcement on the Avenue website this week said, 'The directors are today launching a new initiative to assist the manager in strengthening his squad for the rest of the season. With our principal financial benefactor, Gareth Roberts, covering the running costs of the club, the directors are appealing to fans to raise money to strengthen our play-off chances. The proposal is that fans donate as much as they can on a weekly or monthly basis or as a one-off payment towards the players fund. All donations will be ring-fenced for Mark to build his squad for the rest of the season...

A massive thank you to the fans who have already donated £1000. Don't worry if you cannot afford a regular donation, we will have a bucket in the club shop at home games. To kick-start the initiative, several directors have already signed up to donate'...

Bower added... 'If the chance comes to strengthen the squad at a critical time in the run-in and we're not in a position to do that, then we'd be kicking ourselves'".




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