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ALTY HEADLINES
  • 29 May 2017: PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES...More
  • 29 May 2017: 'ELVIS' COMES TO ALTY!...More
  • 29 May 2017: GET YOUR DISCOUNTED SEASON TICKETS BY 31 MAY...More

OTHER HEADLINES

  • 29 May 2017: JOIN THE PATRONS!....More

29 May 2017

GET YOUR DISCOUNTED SEASON TICKETS BY 31 MAY

"Altrincham's board have decided to make substantial cuts to admission prices for next season in the hope of encouraging supporters to turn out in numbers for a concerted push for promotion back to the Vanarama National League North.

In the wake of relegation to the Evo-Stik League, the club have announced significant savings for season ticket holders and those who pay at the gate, and scrapped their policy of charging extra for a seat in the main stand. A flat rate will now apply, with season tickets costing £180 for adults, a reduction of 28 per cent on the current standing price and 38 per cent on seating, and £125 for students and concessions, a drop of 14 per cent and 19 per cent respectively.

There is a 17 per cent cut to £50 for 12-16 year olds, while the cost for under-11s has been halved at just £15. In keeping with most Evo-Stik top-flight teams, matchday entry for adults has been set at £10, a 28.5 per cent reduction, with concessions and students paying £7 (22 per cent less), 12-16 year olds £4 (20 per cent less) and under-11s £1 (50 per cent less). Additionally, there is an early bird scheme, offering a further £10 saving on any adult or student/concession season ticket bought by the end of May.

Explaining their stance, the club's directors jointly formulated a message, saying 'We felt it was important to give something back to supporters after all they have been through this season, whilst also encouraging them to keep turning out in numbers. Promotion is the aim next season, and a vibrant atmosphere at games can only increase the chances of it happening.

'There have been so many instances down the years of our crowd being like a 12th man out on the pitch, so it was imperative we set a price structure that would be seen as fair and would not deter people from attending. We have made reductions across the board that we hope will be welcomed by all and lead to a level of support conducive to making next season a success.

'Furthermore, at just £1 for under-11s, it is also hoped parents with young children will be encouraged to come along to sample the matchday experience at The J.Davidson Stadium and turn it into a family day out.'"

As usual, season tickets provide free entry to all of the pre-season friendly games at the J. Davidson Stadium. Also there is a £10 discount on adult and concessionary tickets purchased by 31 May 2017.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES

The full list of pre-season friendlies, so far, is as follows:
  • Saturday 8th July: Whitchurch Alport (A)
  • Tuesday 11th July: Stockport County (H)
  • Saturday 15th July: Kidsgrove Athletic (A)
  • Tuesday 18th July: Chester FC (H)
  • Saturday 22nd July: Rhyl (A)
  • Tuesday 25th July: Wrexham (H)
  • Saturday 29th July: Bradford Park Avenue (A)
  • Tuesday 1st August: Winsford United (A)
  • Saturday 5th August: Trafford (A)

'ELVIS' COMES TO ALTY!

On Friday 2nd June, Elvin Priestley will perform an Elvis tribute night in the Community Sports Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are just £10, for a memorable night, and the ticket includes food. Please contact the Club by phone (0161 928-1045) or by e-mail to book your places.

JOIN THE PATRONS!

Altrincham FC is again running its Patrons' Club...

"Altrincham FC Patrons' Scheme thanks you for your support over the past season(s). Your support is much appreciated and, although we have had an extremely disappointing season, it is all the more important to continue your support as we look to build as competitive a budget as possible for next season. Thus we are looking for supporters to renew or join the Patrons' Scheme for the forthcoming 2017-18 season, the 12th season that it has been run.

For the cost of £50 your name will appear throughout the coming season in the matchday programme as a Patron of Altrincham Football Club.

At the beginning of the season, every member will be entered into a prize draw, with the winner being match sponsor for an appointed game along with 9 guests. Second prize will be hospitality for 5 people and third prize hospitality for 3 people in the Manchester Glass Sponsors' Lounge.

If you are interested in becoming a Patron for next season, please forward a cheque, payable to Altrincham Football Club, for £50. Alternatively, you can pay by card by phoning the office. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to enquire by e-mail


28 May 2017

FRIENDLY FOES

Alty's pre-season starts at Whitchurch Alport who "are a Chartered Standard Club based in Shropshire very close to the Cheshire border. The Club's 1st Team has historicaly played the majority of its football in The Cheshire League and recently spent 3 seasons in The Shropshire Mercian Premier League".

2017/18 will be their third season in the North West Counties Division One 2016/2017. They play at Yockings Park, Black Park Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 1PG. Ground capacity is 1,000".

Another pre-season venue for Alty will be Rhyl.

"Rhyl Football Club are delighted to announce they have confirmed all of their pre-season friendly fixtures.

The variety of fixtures planned confirms the determination of Niall McGuinness’ squad to go into the 2017/18 season with the intent to push for promotion, much like the last time they were in the Huws Gray Alliance, nearly five years ago."

Meanwhile, another Welsh club travels to Alty for a friendly as Wrexham confirm that on 25 July they visit the J Davidson Stadium (7.45pm).

Over at Bradford Park Avenue the club has "added [a] visit to Ossett Town and [a visit from] Altrincham to their pre-season schedule...

Meanwhile the [match with] recently relegated Altrincham is likely to be the final friendly before the start of the new season, taking place on Saturday 29 July.

Avenue claimed their only league double of last season over the team who finished bottom of the National League North, as the Robins slipped to a second successive relegation".

Our customary pre-season visit to our neighbours Trafford will include an encounter with a former Robins' trialist as "Local midfielder Tom Schofield has returned to Shawe View after a couple of seasons away. Between Season 2012-13 and 2014-15 Tom made 89 league and cup appearances scoring 2 goals for Trafford.

He is Manager Tom Baker’s second close season signing has he prepares his squad for next season in the First Division North".

Earlier, "Trafford Manager Tom Baker made his first summer signing, 32 year old former Chorley and Halifax Town striker James Dean", an ex-Alty loanee.

BPA FRIENDLY REINSTATED - AWAY

The pre-season friendly against Bradford Park Avenue, set for the J Davidson Stadium on Saturday 29 July but then cancelled, has now been reinstated as an away fixture at the Horsfall Stadium on the same date.

OLD BOYS

Colwyn Bay announce that "Boss Phill Hadland has capped a busy week by signing defensive midfielder Anthony Griffith, an experienced player with over 250 appearances in the Football League, from Trafford as a player/coach for next season.

The 30-year-old played mostly with Port Vale... has also had... non-league stints with Halifax Town, Altrincham, Stafford Rangers and Glossop".

Also at Llanelian Road, Colwyn Bay "report that Astley Mulholland has signed on again for next season".

EVO-STIK NPL NEWS

Stalybridge Celtic report that "Centre-back Adam Jones has become Celtic’s first summer signing by returning to the club after almost 13 years.

Having played for Curzon Ashton, FC United, Nantwich Town, Hyde United and most recently Glossop since originally leaving Celtic, Adam provides a wealth of experience at this level.

Jones, 31, said, "13 years ago Stalybridge Celtic gave me the chance as an 18-year-old to enter into the Non-League game so they have always been a team close to my heart. As soon as I heard of the interest it was a no brainer for me and agreed immediately.

Obviously a massive pull was Steve Burr. His reputation is up there with the best in non-league. To play under him and learn from him will be a privilege'...

Celtic manager Steve Burr... said, 'He's a player with a real aerial presence and someone who wanted to come to the club for the right reasons'"


27 May 2017

MORE NEW FACES AT ALTY

In the Sale & Altrincham Messenger, John Edwards reports that "Phil Parkinson's reshaped Altrincham squad is beginning to take shape for next season after he completed more new signings and reached an agreement with long-serving skipper Shaun Densmore to continue at The J.Davidson Stadium.

After making winger John Johnston his first signing as Alty boss and quickly following up with moves for striker James Poole and centre-back Ben Harrison, Parkinson further bolstered what he hopes will prove a promotion-chasing squad by recruiting Sam Sheridan, Sefton Gonzales, Josh Hancock, Joe Mwasile (right), Lewis Short and John Disney, as well as securing the experience and know-how of Densmore for another campaign.

Sheridan, aged 27, nephew of John and Darren Sheridan, had a brief spell with Alty eight years ago and brings a wealth of experience with him after playing for Bolton Wanderers, Stockport County, Southport, Barrow and most recently FC United of Manchester.

s He arrived at The J.Davidson Stadium at the same time as powerfully-built striker Gonzales, who finished last season at Stockport County after joining them from his home-town club Chorley.

Hancock, an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal, has joined from Parkinson's old club Nantwich, as has Mwasile, whose signing may come as a surprise to many Alty followers.

The winger had a lean time of it in his previous spell with Alty but Parkinson is confident of an upturn in his fortunes after he impressed during the second half of last season at Nantwich.

As well as reinforcing the centre of Alty's defence with the capture of Harrison, Parkinson has strengthened on the flanks by snapping up two full-backs from Connah's Quay Nomads, in the form of Short and Disney.

Short, aged 26, an attacking left-back with a trademark long throw, started his career at Crewe Alexandra and is another with experience of Parkinson's managerial style after playing under him at Nantwich.

In joining Altrincham, Short and Disney have turned their backs on Connah's Quay Nomads' 2017/18 UEFA Europa League adventure, which begins at the end of next month, choosing instead to become part of a planned promotion push back to National League North."

OLD BOYS

At Trafford, "Manager Tom Baker [has] made his first summer signing, 32 year-old former Chorley and Halifax Town striker James Dean. Deano has enjoyed a prolific career playing for some of the biggest non-league clubs and has several promotions on his resume. Other clubs include Altrincham [on loan], Bury, AFC Fylde and Ashton United".

EVO-STIK NPL NEWS

According to NL Pitchero, "Stourbridge star Luke Benbow is set for a move to the National League with Solihull Moors, we can reveal. The striker, the Evo-Stik NPL’s top scorer with 32 last season, will become a Moors player this weekend. Solihull could be about to sign a third player from Stourbridge after that with manager Gary Hackett powerless to prevent their signing spree.

On Thursday he saw Chris Lait leave for Moors and Benbow will [be] following, probably on Saturday. Hackett said, 'That’s football. A part of the game is dealing with departures and reacting to it so we’ll be doing everything we can to make sure whoever leaves is replaced'...

Lait’s deal has alright [already] been signed and he posted a message to the club’s fans, 'Unfortunately my time at the club has come to an end. I’m gutted that we couldn’t secure promotion at the end of what has been a tough season for me with injuries, but the club is on the right path'".

Sutton Coldfield Town "are delighted to announce that Josh Craddock and Tom Weale have joined the club for the new season. After a very busy couple of weeks of discussion and negotiation for Richard Sneekes and Steve Hinks, the first deals have been done in readiness for the new season.

Josh, 26, is an accomplished midfield player who spent his youth years with Walsall before having spells with Stourbridge, Stafford, Rushall and Chasetown.

Tom is a talented 25 year old who has played for Atherstone, Barwell and Coleshill. He is a very versatile player who is comfortable to play in a number of positions as required on the day."

Elsewhere in the Midlands, Coalville Town "are delighted to announce midfielder Lee Cox as the first signing of the summer. Cox joins from Brackley Town and has signed a season-long contract with the Ravens.

The 26 year old started his career with Leicester City before moving on to Inverness Caledonian Thistle where he made 67 appearances for the Scottish Championship side. Cox also lists Swindon Town, Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle and Stevenage amongst his former clubs".


26 May 2017

TWO MORE JOIN ALTY!

Altrincham's Press and Media Officer John Edwards writes that "Phil Parkinson has rounded off his summer signing spree in the same spectacular style he started it by landing FC United of Manchester skipper Jerome Wright (right) and Nantwich striker Tom Peers.

Alty's recently-appointed manager made a statement of intent, after taking over from Matt Doughty, by signing highly-regarded Salford winger John Johnston and following up with the prized capture of talented forward James Poole and in-demand Nantwich centre-back Ben Harrison.

Now he has put the finishing touches to a new-look Alty squad with the addition of experienced winger Wright, one of the most accomplished left-sided attackers in the Vanarama National League North last season, and forceful frontrunner Peers.

Wright's pace and trickery, allied to a keen eye for goal, made him the scourge of defenders throughout his FC United career, and it comes as little surprise that his game is based entirely on a lifetime admiration for former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.

'I used to idolise him when I was a kid,' he said, in an interview during his FC United days. 'I would get the same boots as him every time he got new ones, and I even copied all his haircuts. Watching him was the reason I wanted to play out wide. Ryan has always had flair and skill, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.'

The same capacity for taking the ball up to a full-back before jinking past him made him a firm favourite with FC United fans and helped him become the club's record appearance-maker. He played over 400 games for them, scored more than 80 goals and was skipper for the past two seasons.

Parkinson has once more returned to his old club to capture a player he knows and trusts, in 21-year old centre-forward Peers.

The Warrington-born target man had spells with Chester, Hednesford and Telford before answering a call from Parkinson to bolster Nantwich's push for promption from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, a campaign that only faltered late on, with a defeat in the play-offs.

Speaking at the time, Parkinson said: 'Tom is someone I have had my eye on for a while now. He is someone we feel can help our promotion ambitions. He is a proven scorer at this level, and we are confident he will be an excellent addition up front for us.'"

EARLIER ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

Altrincham FC‏ confirm the signings of:
  • Josh Hancock

    Signed from Nantwich Town, Josh (dob 5 Sep, 1990) is a midfielder who came through The Dabbers' youth set-up before moving on to Winsford United (2009-10). Next, he joined Witton Albion and made more than 150 appearances and scored some fifty times.

    He next joined AFC Telford United before a return to Witton which preceded a move to Salford City and then a return to Nantwich Town in January 2016.

  • Sam Sheridan

    Midfielder Sam had a one-month loan at Moss Lane from Bolton Wanderers in 2009-10 before he joined Alty in May 2017 from FC United of Manchester. Born on 30 November, 1989, he had joined FCUM in October 2015.

    Prior to that he had a brief spells at Chorley and Southport whilst on loan from Stockport County, where he was a player from 2011 to 2015.

  • Sefton Gonzales

    Sefton, a forward, joined Alty from Stockport County and he has also had brief spells with Chorley and Stalybridge Celtic.

Altrincham FC‏ confirm the departures of the following players and wish them all well in their future careers...
  • James Lawrie

    James (26) was signed from AFC Telford United on 31 August 2011, initially on loan, before he signed for Altrincham in early December, 2011. His footballing career began in Port Vale's youth system. He went on to make 27(+2) appearances for the club.

    Having played at various age-levels for Northern Ireland, he gained his first senior international cap against Italy in June 2009 and made two further international appearances. In all, James made 231(+43) appearances for Altrincham and netted 51 times.

  • Andy Owens

    The son of former Alty player John Owens, Andy had a brief spell at Moss Lane in 2009-10, as a centre-half, but rejoined Altrincham on 30 December 2016 as a striker, from Stalybridge Celtic. He made 10(+8) appearances and scored four times.

  • Stuart Tomlinson

    Stuart (32) joined Alty on 3 March 2017, following injury to Tim Deasy, and he made his debut the following day away at AFC Telford United. He made six appearances for the club.

  • Craig Hobson

    Craig (29) joined Altrincham on June 2016 from Chester FC, whom he had joined in March 2014 from Guiseley two years previously. He made his Altrincham debut on 6 August 2016 at home to Darlington but subsequently missed much of the season through a broken foot. He made 9(+8) appearances and scored once.

  • Micah Evans

    24 year-old Micah Evans was signed from Worcester City on 10 February 2017. Originally a winger, Micah's role for Altrincham was primarily as a striker. He made 9(+8) appearances and scored once.


Sam Sheridan

Sefton Gonzales

EVO-STIK NPL NEWS

News of an Alty loanee of last season comes from the EvoStik League which says that "Former Stoke City, Burnley and Southampton defender Wayne Thomas is the new manager of Northern Premier League Rushall Olympic. The centre-back, pictured, was named as the new manager of the club after chairman John Allen stepped back from management to concentrate on his boardroom duties after taking the helm last season.

UEFA A coach Thomas kicked off his career at Torquay United before playing in Non-League at a number of clubs including Worcester City and Tamworth after making more than 400 appearances in the Football League. As a coach the 38-year-old has worked for the academy at the New York Red Bulls and currently coaches the U19s at another of his former clubs, Kidderminster Harriers, a role he will combine with his position at Dales Lane.

Thomas, who moved to Southampton in a £1 million deal and also played in Greece, will be assisted by Will Ryder, another UEFA A coach with vast experience in the professional game with the likes of Wigan Athletic, Stoke City and Manchester City. Currently the U21 development squad manager at Morecambe, the former assistant manager at Wakefield and Newcastle Town also works as a coaching educator for the Welsh Football Trust and as a coaching mentor for The Football Association... The new touchline team at the Pics for the 2017-18 campaign is completed by Trevor Burroughs who brought his vast managerial experience to the club last summer."

The EvoStik League reports that "Former Alsager Town, Norton United, Witton Albion and Newcastle Town boss Scott Dundas is the new manager of Northern Premier League Chasetown. Dundas, who stood down at Newcastle Town two weeks ago after guiding the club to a seventh placed finish in EVO-STIK NPL First Division South, was named as the successor to Dave Stringer at The Scholars on Tuesday night".

Over at Whitby Town "The following players will remain with the club for the new season: Shane Bland, Adam Gell. Dale Hopson, Matty Tymon, Steven Snaith, Daniel McWilliams, Andrew May, Callum Martin, Mikey Roberts, Kieran Weledji, Luke Bythway, David Carson".

At Stafford Rangers, "Neil Kitching has unveiled his first signing of the Summer, after agreeing terms with attacker, Louis Briscoe who has most recently been with Tamworth"

In Derbyshire, Mickleover Sports "have secured the signing of Evan Garnett, a highly-rated striker from Belper Town. Garnett began his career with Burton Albion, spending two and a half years on their books before joining Worksop Town.

He has also played for Ilkeston and Hucknall before linking up for a spell with Belper Town, for whom he scored 19 goals in the first half of the 2015/16 season. Conference side Kidderminster Harriers came calling and signed him in January 2016 but opportunities were few and far between for Evan, both there and at Alfreton Town who he later joined and in November 2016 he returned to Belper for the rest of that season scoring 5 goals. Also "We are delighted that striker Bradley Grayson has signed for Sports amid heavy competition for his signature. Bradley is a strong, pacy 24 year-old striker who hails from Doncaster and made four appearances for Doncaster Rovers which preceded spells with Frickley Athletic, Matlock Town, Stocksbridge Steels and Buxton FC. He has also plied his trade abroad with Ange IF in Sweden where he scored an impressive 24 goals in 22 games, Cumberland FC in South Australia and Loyola Mercalo Sparks in the Phillipines.

Last season in the NPL with Buxton he scored 20 goals, and 28 goals in all competitions. Grayson is the second striker secured by first team manager, John McGrath, who has promised there will be plenty more transfer activity before the season restarts in August, and further demonstrates the club’s ambitious outlook. "

Not far away, Matlock Town "can confirm that captain Adam Yates has signed a new deal to remain with the club for the 2017/2018 season. Yates joined Matlock from Shirebrook Town in March 2009 and has grown in stature season upon season to become one of the best defenders in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division. He was made club captain last season and if all goes well, Yates will pass through the 400 game mark for the Gladiators during 2017/18...

Joint boss Glenn Kirkwood. “He loves playing for Matlock Town and the fans think the world of him and rightly so, we’re delighted to have him on board again.” Yates was a trialist at Altrincham in 2006.

Marine "are pleased to announce that former club Captain and 2011 Player of the Season John Shaw has agreed to rejoin the club. John, 30, made his debut on 15th August 2009 at North Ferriby United and went on to make 221 appearances, scoring 9 goals. He left the club in October 2014 and has had spells at Witton Albion and Stalybridge Celtic, before spending most of last season at Warrington Town".

At the Giant Axe, Lancaster City "manager Phil Brown has wasted little time in adding to his title-winning squad for the new campaign in the Northern Premier League. Midfield duo Sam Bailey and Scott Harries have both signed for the Dolly Blues...

Sam Bailey, a fan-favourite well known to City fans, signs after a successful spell at Kendal Town where he netted 17 league goals in their 2016/17 campaign. The versatile player graduated from Bolton Wanderers' academy has played in a number of positions across the pitch, predominantly in central midfield and the right wing.

Scott Harries signs from Warrington Town. The winger is quoted as being a long-term target for City boss Phil Brown and has had previous spells at AFC Fylde, Clitheroe and Northwich Victoria.

Lancaster City can also officially confirm that both Jordan Connerton and Mike Hale have left the club for personal reasons. Connerton, one of the most prolific strikers in our clubs' history, has moved to Australia. Hale sadly could not commit to the increased time and travelling required in our new division."

However, "Phil Brown continues his active offseason by quickly re-signing three of last season's squad for the upcoming season. We are happy to announce that defender Ben Hudson and midfielders Billy Akrigg and Ryan Winder have all put pen to paper and agreed to stay at Giant Axe for next season in the NPL Premier Division."

We also learn that "Club captain Ricky Mercer, defender Josh Westwood, and strikers Hannu Tam and Tom Kilifin, have committed to Lancaster City for the upcoming season in the NPL Premier Division."

And that "Lancaster City can confirm we have secured the signature of highly rated striker Oliver Wood from last season's promotion rivals Colne FC... as Phil Brown continues his relentless recruitment drive early in the off-season campaign. The highly rated forward, who scored no less than 20 times last season for fellow promotion rivals Colne in the NPL First Division North, moves in to shore up the Dollies' front-line after the departure of Jordan Connerton to Australia."

In the Midlands, Hednesford Town state that "Following the announcement of Tom Thorley signing a new deal, we can now confirm the Hednesford Town playing squad retained list.

The following players, alongside Thorley, have agreed terms for next season; Joe Ballinger, Danny Glover, Darren Campion, Jordan Nadat, George Cater, Desean Martin and Ryan Nesbitt. These players also join Kris Taylor in next season’s squad.

Leaving the club are Dan Crane, Lloyd Ransome, David McDermott, Jordan Fitzpatrick, George Washbourne and Stuart McNaught.

Manager Neil Tooth said, 'The last two weeks have been manic and we have been working hard meeting last season’s squad... Obviously Kris is coming in as one of my assistants but he will also have a massive role to play on the pitch and pairing him with Tom is something I’m really excited about'. Lewis Wright and Tony Clarke are still to make a decision on their futures."

Also "In what has turned out to be a busy day for Hednesford Town Football Club we can now confirm the signing of defender Jimmy Mutton... for a second spell after previously signing in May 2016 before leaving at the start of 2017."

And "Hednesford Town can confirm the arrival of goalkeeper James Wren to Keys Park. The former Sutton Coldfield Town shot stopper agreed terms with the Pitmen... as he links up with his former boss in Neil Tooth. The Hednesford manager said... 'I’ve been blessed during my time in football to have worked with some fantastic goalkeepers but James is by far and away the most talented I have worked with. As he is only 23 he will grow with the club and be a huge part of what we are aiming to achieve. We have beaten off some big clubs to get the deal done'...

The manager also praised departing goalkeepers Dan Crane and Lloyd Ransome. He added; “I am disappointed to lose Dan Crane and Lloyd Ransome but totally respect and understand their decisions."

Over the Pennines, Farsley Celtic "have received a massive boost with the news that last season's top scorer and division player of the season, James Walshaw has agreed a deal with the club for 2017/18. Walshaw bagged an impressive 50 goals in all competitions in the promotion season from just 44 starts for the club... and also grabbed five match balls throughout the season with hat-tricks against Congleton, Tadcaster, Radcliffe, Tamworth and Ramsbottom.

New Manager Adam Lakeland is thrilled to have Walshaw on board for the upcoming campaign, [said] 'To weigh in with that amount of goals is some achievement'...

On signing Walshaw commented, 'I'm delighted to be staying at Farsley Celtic for another season after a successful season last year. Credit and thanks must go to John and Neil for the faith they showed in me... After the appointment of Adam it didn't take long for us to sit down and have a chat. His enthusiasm for the game and his professionalism shone through immediately...The dressing room last year was a great place to be and was a major factor in my decision to re-sign for the club and I'm hoping most of the players will follow suit'".

At Coalville Town, "The club are delighted to bring you the list of players who have agreed new contracts until the end of the 17/18 season. The players include managers player Steve Towers, top scorer Nathan Watson and Awards Night hero, Lee Torr.

Full List: Danny Jenno, Dean Freeman, Lee Torr, Steve Towers, Daniel Creaney, Nathan Watson.

A number of other deals have also been concluded with last year's playing squad but on a non-contract basis. These will be announced in the build up to pre season when the registration date for non contracted players opens with the NPL.

Two players who will definitely be leaving the club are midfielders Liam Walshe and Anton Brown. Liam's departure has been well documented... whilst Anton is taking a break from football to spend time travelling".


25 May 2017

ALTY INVESTMENT MOVE

The Board of Altrincham FC has called an Extraordinary General Meeting in a bid to pass motion which will allow the club to bring in significant investment through a share offer.

Subject to approval at the EGM, the club will buyback 117,000 shares, roughly 51%, in order to create a means to generate finance. Altrincham will then be in a position to sell these shares to a suitable investor(s).

To progress on the field Alty has already made exciting signings for next season, and is moving forward with ambitious plans, despite the disappointment of recent relegation to the Evo-Stik Premier Division. To help with progression, the Board has appointed The Sport Business to help and support communications and commercial activities at the J Davidson Stadium.

The Sport Business has worked with the football club on previous projects and helped raise more than £550,000 for the Community Sports Hall at Moss Lane.

Chairman Grahame Rowley said, 'We’re determined to get Altrincham back to where the club belongs, at the pinnacle of non-league football. We’ve been working hard to get things in place on and off the pitch and we’re delighted to partner with The Sport Business, a local company we know and trust and who have Alty’s best interests at heart.

'We believe that with their contacts in business, sport and the media, they can help in many ways – bringing in investment, raising our profile and helping us to develop as an ambitious football club.'

Alty, a club with a proud ‘giant-killing’ history, currently delivers organised football and coaching for more than 1,000 children each week, and has received awards for its community, charity, and junior football activities.

Altrincham FC wants to be seen as representative of the exciting and dynamic developments within Altrincham Town Centre.

For more information regarding Altrincham’s plans and investment opportunities,contact The Sport Business: Dominic McGuinness by e-mail or by phone on 07968 326541.

MORE FRIENDLIES ANNOUNCED

Alty director Bill Waterson writes that "Altrincham FC are pleased to confirm the following pre season friendlies:
  • Tuesday 11th July: Stockport County (H)
  • Saturday 22nd July: Rhyl (A)
  • Saturday 29th July: Bradford Park Avenue (H)
  • Tuesday 1st August: Winsford United (A)

There is the possibility we may schedule another fixture or two. We will keep you advised".

As previously announced, admission to the home friendlies, at the J Davidson Stadium will be free to holders of 2017-18 Altrincham FC season tickets.

EVO-STIK NPL NEWS

From the Crewe Chronicle we learn that "New manager Dave Cooke says he will leave ‘no stone unturned’ in his mission to ensure Nantwich Town are a force to be reckoned with next season.

The Dabbers received applications from a number of high-calibre candidates after Phil Parkinson left to join Evo-Stik Premier rivals Altrincham at the end of the season.

But the former Northwich Vics' boss and Shrewsbury assistant came out on top after a series of interviews at the Weaver Stadium last week.

Cooke, who has been Dabbers' boss twice before but has been focused on his property development business in recent years, said it was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.

'I thought about it a lot and it’s a case of now or never for me,' he said. 'I never thought I’d get the chance to come back and it’s great for me at this time, I just love football and it’s exciting. It’s my third time at the club but it’s completely different to what it was back then. Nantwich is a proper football club now.

'Football is the same as business; you live and die by your own decisions. I’m happy with that, I’ll give it my best shot. I’m more than confident we’ll be okay. I’m not going to make predictions about what we will or won’t do, but I will say there will be no stone left unturned and I will put together the best team I possibly can.'

Cooke, who lives at Hatherton just outside Nantwich, has experience of management at various levels of non-league football, and has close contacts with both league and non-league clubs. Both veteran striker Steve Jones and former Town star Danny Griggs will fulfil the roles of assistant manager and first team coach. Nigel Deeley has been given the dual role of coach and coach mentor.

Cooke is the father of Sean Cooke, the free-scoring Nantwich midfielder who was named 2017 Management Player of the Season recently, and has been watching the Dabbers a lot over the past couple of seasons. While he confirmed that Sean will stay, he accepts ‘four or five’ players will follow Parkinson, ex-assistant Neil Sorvel and physios Tommy Uda and Ryan Murray to Altrincham.

But with the same budget at his disposal as last term, he is adamant that doesn’t have to mean a downturn for the Dabbers in 2017-18. Cooke added, 'I’ve watched the team for the past couple of years, and Phil has deserved his chance. He’s done a decent job and I hope we can carry on the good work. There’s a lot to do, Phil will take four or five players with him, no doubt, because he’s got a much bigger budget there'".

Over at Farsley Celtic, the club is "delighted to announce that Adam Lakeland has been appointed as first team manager... Adam will be assisted by former Farsley Celtic player Mark Bett.

Adam has a proven history at the level of football that we are currently playing at, and all at the club are pleased to welcome Adam to Farsley Celtic. Adam is a UEFA 'A' listed coach who will bring great values to the football club.

Adam commented upon his appointment, 'I was at Curzon Ashton for a couple of years and I had a really good time there. We got promoted from the Evo-Stik League and up to the National League North in just two seasons. Following that I went and worked for Blackburn Academy for a year'

'I decided to take my first step as a manager and went to Northwich in the January and we got them into the play-offs. Unfortunately, we lost out to Spennymoor that season, but we had a good year. The following season wasn't great as I decided to leave due to stuff that was going on at the time... I got the chance... to come to Farsley and, in fairness, it was a no brainer. This is a historic non-league football club and I cannot wait to get started. This is a great football club....

'I can't see a massive change within the current squad. It is strange coming into a situation where you have a team that has just won promotion and you have to take them on, but it will be a great challenge. I want to keep the basis of this great squad together. I know that there will be a few that want to move on, and we will want to bring a couple in, but that's it'...

New Assistant Manager Mark Bett is no stranger to the club having played for Farsley in two spells. Upon his appointment he commented... 'I have been here in so many good times. I was here aged twenty and here I am back at 35! I've had some great times at Farsley and I worked with Adam at Northwich'".

Unsurprisingly, there are no Altrincham players in the Vanarama National League North team of the year! However, two of our former players, David Lynch and Jordan Sinnott of FC Halifax Town will be celebrating promotion to the National League's national division. News of a former rival player and manager in the Vanarama National League North comes from the Scarborough News, to the effect that "Logistical issues have forced defender Dom Roma to leave Scarborough Athletic, but he hasn't ruled out returning to the club in the future. The 31-year-old played a huge part in Boro's outstanding finish to the Evo-Stik North season after arriving from Gainsborough Trinity.

But Roma has since taken redundancy from his job in education and he is keen to play football much closer to his home on the southern side of Sheffield. He said, 'It is mainly down to my work situation. I've had to take redundancy, so I need to be playing nearer to Sheffield. If my job had been sorted I'd have stayed, but with things up in the air I had to make the tough decision. I also have two little lads, aged two and seven months. When you are travelling around two-and-a-half hours for a home game, it can take its toll'...

Roma has signed for an unnamed Evo-Stik South club because he didn't want to play against his former employers next season. 'I have decided to play in the Evo-Stik South. I had a few offers from Evo-Stik North clubs, but it would have been weird to play against the lads,' Roma said... He added... 'I won't be surprised to see the club [Scarborough] pushing through the divisions over the next few seasons... If things change then I'd obviously love to come back to Scarborough in a year or so because I really enjoyed my time there'".


18 May 2017 Thank you once again for your support – it’s very much appreciated."

EVO-STIK NPL NEWS

From the Crewe Chronicle we learn that "New manager Dave Cooke says he will leave ‘no stone unturned’ in his mission to ensure Nantwich Town are a force to be reckoned with next season.

The Dabbers received applications from a number of high-calibre candidates after Phil Parkinson left to join Evo-Stik Premier rivals Altrincham at the end of the season.

But the former Northwich Vics' boss and Shrewsbury assistant came out on top after a series of interviews at the Weaver Stadium last week.

Cooke, who has been Dabbers' boss twice before but has been focused on his property development business in recent years, said it was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.

'I thought about it a lot and it’s a case of now or never for me,' he said. 'I never thought I’d get the chance to come back and it’s great for me at this time, I just love football and it’s exciting. It’s my third time at the club but it’s completely different to what it was back then. Nantwich is a proper football club now.

'Football is the same as business; you live and die by your own decisions. I’m happy with that, I’ll give it my best shot. I’m more than confident we’ll be okay. I’m not going to make predictions about what we will or won’t do, but I will say there will be no stone left unturned and I will put together the best team I possibly can.'

Cooke, who lives at Hatherton just outside Nantwich, has experience of management at various levels of non-league football, and has close contacts with both league and non-league clubs. Both veteran striker Steve Jones and former Town star Danny Griggs will fulfil the roles of assistant manager and first team coach. Nigel Deeley has been given the dual role of coach and coach mentor.

Cooke is the father of Sean Cooke, the free-scoring Nantwich midfielder who was named 2017 Management Player of the Season recently, and has been watching the Dabbers a lot over the past couple of seasons. While he confirmed that Sean will stay, he accepts ‘four or five’ players will follow Parkinson, ex-assistant Neil Sorvel and physios Tommy Uda and Ryan Murray to Altrincham.

But with the same budget at his disposal as last term, he is adamant that doesn’t have to mean a downturn for the Dabbers in 2017-18. Cooke added, 'I’ve watched the team for the past couple of years, and Phil has deserved his chance. He’s done a decent job and I hope we can carry on the good work. There’s a lot to do, Phil will take four or five players with him, no doubt, because he’s got a much bigger budget there'".

Over at Farsley Celtic, the club is "delighted to announce that Adam Lakeland has been appointed as first team manager... Adam will be assisted by former Farsley Celtic player Mark Bett.

Adam has a proven history at the level of football that we are currently playing at, and all at the club are pleased to welcome Adam to Farsley Celtic. Adam is a UEFA 'A' listed coach who will bring great values to the football club.

Adam commented upon his appointment, 'I was at Curzon Ashton for a couple of years and I had a really good time there. We got promoted from the Evo-Stik League and up to the National League North in just two seasons. Following that I went and worked for Blackburn Academy for a year'

'I decided to take my first step as a manager and went to Northwich in the January and we got them into the play-offs. Unfortunately, we lost out to Spennymoor that season, but we had a good year. The following season wasn't great as I decided to leave due to stuff that was going on at the time... I got the chance... to come to Farsley and, in fairness, it was a no brainer. This is a historic non-league football club and I cannot wait to get started. This is a great football club....

'I can't see a massive change within the current squad. It is strange coming into a situation where you have a team that has just won promotion and you have to take them on, but it will be a great challenge. I want to keep the basis of this great squad together. I know that there will be a few that want to move on, and we will want to bring a couple in, but that's it'...

New Assistant Manager Mark Bett is no stranger to the club having played for Farsley in two spells. Upon his appointment he commented... 'I have been here in so many good times. I was here aged twenty and here I am back at 35! I've had some great times at Farsley and I worked with Adam at Northwich'".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

Unsurprisingly, there are no Altrincham players in the Vanarama National League North team of the year! However, two of our former players, David Lynch and Jordan Sinnott of FC Halifax Town will be celebrating promotion to the National League's national division.

News of a former rival player and manager in the Vanarama National League North comes from the Scarborough News, to the effect that "Logistical issues have forced defender Dom Roma to leave Scarborough Athletic, but he hasn't ruled out returning to the club in the future. The 31-year-old played a huge part in Boro's outstanding finish to the Evo-Stik North season after arriving from Gainsborough Trinity.

But Roma has since taken redundancy from his job in education and he is keen to play football much closer to his home on the southern side of Sheffield. He said, 'It is mainly down to my work situation. I've had to take redundancy, so I need to be playing nearer to Sheffield. If my job had been sorted I'd have stayed, but with things up in the air I had to make the tough decision. I also have two little lads, aged two and seven months. When you are travelling around two-and-a-half hours for a home game, it can take its toll'...

Roma has signed for an unnamed Evo-Stik South club because he didn't want to play against his former employers next season. 'I have decided to play in the Evo-Stik South. I had a few offers from Evo-Stik North clubs, but it would have been weird to play against the lads,' Roma said... He added... 'I won't be surprised to see the club [Scarborough] pushing through the divisions over the next few seasons... If things change then I'd obviously love to come back to Scarborough in a year or so because I really enjoyed my time there'".


17 May 2017

THANK YOU TO 'FADDIES'!

Karen Rowley writes that "On behalf of everyone at Altrincham Football Club I’d like to say a massive 'Thank you' to Jackie Campbell and all her staff at Faddies Dry Cleaners in Hale for all their help this season.

Faddies have kindly washed and prepared all the kit, tracksuits and towels for the Football Club throughout the season ensuring that the players have turned out in pristine condition.

Their service has been first class and we would recommend them to anyone looking for a quality dry cleaning company".

Faddies can be found at 20A Victoria Road, Hale, WA15 9AD (tel: 0161 928 7660) or via their website.

SAM AND KYLE SIGN UP

Altrincham's Press and Media Officer, John Edwards, writes "After a spectacular start to his recruitment drive, Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson has demonstrated there is room for local and homegrown talent in his squad by signing up Sam Heathcote and Kyle Brownhill for next season.

There has been widespread approval among Alty followers for the way Parkinson has significantly strengthened key areas of a new-look team for next season with the capture of Salford City pair John Johnston and James Poole and centre-back Ben Harrison from Nantwich.

Experienced campaigners Jake Moult and Simon Richman have also been signed up, and now Parkinson has turned his sights to the younger element of last season's squad by securing the services of central defender Heathcote and the versatile Brownhill for the new campaign.

Heathcote, 19, graduated through the youth and reserve sides, where he was converted into a centre-back after initially making his mark as a striker in the junior ranks at Manchester United. The son of Alty legend Graham, he made a remarkable debut for the first team on September 5, 2015, exactly one month after his 18th birthday, as he went on as an injury-time substitute against Cheltenham Town and scored the winning goal 90 seconds later.

After a loan spell at Hyde United, he became a regular in the first-team squad last season.

Locally-born Brownhill, who turned 22 just over a month ago, signed from Hyde last December and made a favourable impression in a defensive midfield role after starting out at left-back".

NEW SIGNINGS


Ben Harrison

James Poole

Altrincham's Press and Media Officer John Edwards writes, "Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson has pulled off a major coup for next season by beating a host of clubs to the signature of James Poole and making the Salford City frontrunner one of three new arrivals in as many days.

The recently-appointed Alty boss has wasted no time stamping his mark on the club's fortunes by snapping up winger John Johnston from Salford and following up with the capture of Poole and Nantwich's cultured centre-back Ben Harrison.

Johnston has already outlined his eagerness to team up again with Parkinson, following a loan spell at Nantwich, while Harrison has been backed to become a firm favourite with Alty followers for his commanding presence and ability to bring the ball out of defence.

But it is the acquisition of Poole that is most likely to take the eye after the 27-year old one-time Manchester City Academy prospect spearheaded Salford's rise into the Vanarama National League North just over 12 months ago.

Describing how decisive action from Parkinson pointed him towards The J.Davidson Stadium, Poole told Alty's club website, 'The manager got in touch with me as soon as it was announced I was leaving Salford and made me feel really, really wanted here, and that went a long way towards making my mind up.

'He told me his plans for the club, what his expectations were, what he thought of me as a player and where I would fit into the overall team pattern, and to hear him say all that was really nice. It played a huge part in me becoming an Altrincham player.

'He seemed to know my game inside out, which a lot of managers at this level wouldn't have at their fingertips. He knew all my strengths and what formation would best suit my game, and he told me exactly how I would fit in and what he would expect of me.

'It wasn't a difficult decision, because his football philosophy is completely in line with mine. The confidence he has in himself as a manager, and in the way he sets his team up, was just as impressive. It was great to hear someone backing himself like he clearly does.

'It's fair to say my phone has been busy since the announcement about leaving Salford. Quite a few people have made enquiries, and there have been offers, but absolutely no-one showed the level of interest or desire to get me to their club as the Altrincham manager did.

'His vision for the club and the team and stressing how much he wanted me to be part of it was the reason I'm here now. It means the world to me to have that level of faith placed in me.

'I like to see myself as a proper footballer. Technique is probably a strength in my game. That and being creative, getting the best out of other players around me, particularly within the framework of a style of play that suits me. I had one season in the Evo-Stik with Salford, and we got promoted and had an FA Cup run, so the same again next season would do nicely.

'I'll be aiming for goals and assists, and I'm confident I can do that and contribute to a successful season for Altrincham.'

Poole was part of the City side that beat Chelsea to win the 2007-08 FA Youth Cup, and he went on to make nearly 100 appearances for Hartlepool before having a brief spell at Bury and joining Salford in September, 2015.

Warrington-born 26-year old Harrison underlined his growing reputation as a ball-playing centre-back with a remarkable solo goal in the FA Cup against Stourbridge last season, sidestepping two challenges before rifling a shot into the top corner. It was voted Nantwich's goal of the season and can be viewed on here

'Ben is a sought-after footballing centre-half, and we have fought off stiff opposition to bring him to Altrincham,' said Parkinson. 'I'm delighted he has chosen to join us, and I'm confident he will become a firm favourite with the fans. That goal against Stourbridge was something special, well worth a look. Our fans will love it, and I'm confident they will take to him in a big way.'"

EVO-STIK LEAGUE NEWS

From Hereford, Bulls' News tells us that "The EVO-STIK League Southern is looking forward to playing its part in Non-League’s brand new pyramid after the Football Association announced the results of the biggest shake-up to the structure of the grassroots game in more than a decade.

The EVO-STIK League Southern was chosen on Thursday to manage and run the new Step 3 division which is being created for the start of the 2018-19 season. This follows a long-awaited review of Steps 3 and 4 of the National League System to iron out geographical anomalies, cut down on travelling costs and time for fans, players and officials and encourage more Step 5 clubs to climb the pyramid. The first major restructuring of the game since 2004 will also see the creation of a new Step 4 division which will be run by the Isthmian League.

In total, the 276 clubs currently playing in Steps 1 to 4 [including Altrincham] will increase by 20 to 296 when the two new divisions kick-off in August 2018. Across the board, the reshuffle will see the three current Step 3 divisions of 24 clubs increase to four divisions of 22 clubs while the six Step 4 divisions currently run by the Northern Premier League, Isthmian League and Southern League will rise from 136 clubs playing in six divisions to seven 20 club divisions.

To achieve its aim, the FA also confirmed that only the bottom clubs in the current Step 3 divisions will be relegated at the end of season 2017-2018. In addition, only the clubs finishing last in the six divisions currently operating at Step 4 will be relegated next season with 26 clubs coming up from Step 5".

For 2017-18 the constitution of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division has been confirmed as Altrincham, Ashton United, Barwell, Buxton, Coalville Town, Farsley Celtic, Grantham Town, Halesowen Town, Hednesford Town,P) Lancaster City, Marine, Matlock Town, Mickleover Sports, Nantwich Town, Rushall Olympic, Shaw Lane AFC, Stafford Rangers, Stalybridge Celtic, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield Town, Warrington Town, Witton Albion, Whitby Town, Workington.

The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North will comprise, Atherton Collieries, Bamber Bridge, Brighouse Town, Clitheroe, Colne, Colwyn Bay, Droylsden, Frickley Athletic, Glossop North End, Hyde United, Kendal Town, Mossley, Ossett Albion, Ossett Town, Prescot Cables, Radcliffe Borough, Ramsbottom United, Scarborough Athletic, Skelmersdale United, South Shields, Tadcaster Albion, Trafford.

The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South consists of Alvechurch, Basford United, Bedworth United, Belper Town, Carlton Town, Chasetown, Cleethorpes Town, Corby Town, Gresley, Ilkeston, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town Lincoln United, Loughborough Dynamo, Market Drayton Town, Newcastle Town, Peterborough Sports, Romulus, Sheffield Spalding United, Stamford and Stocksbridge Park Steels.

The constitution of these league will be formally ratified at the EvoSTik NPL AGM, to be held in Blackpool in June.

It was announced yesterday that John Deacey, one of the joint managers, had left at Farsley Celtic but now it has been confirmed that so, too, has the other manager, Neil Parsley. The announcement came in a "Further statement from club Chairman John Palmer. Following the decision by John and Neil to leave the club over the last couple of days, I would like to personally put on record my thanks to both of our departing managers... ohn has been fantastic over his two spells at the club, which culminated with a fantastic promotion campaign last year'

'I cannot thank Neil enough for his time here at Farsley Celtic. He came back as manager when we had to reform the club and he has been brilliant over these last seven seasons'".


16 May 2017

NEW AWAY SHIRT

Brian Flynn, Press & Media Officer, advises that "Following the recent poll conducted via the Altrincham FC twitter account, the overwhelming preference (including that of our new manager, Phil Parkinson) for next season's new away shirt is shown (right), rather attractively modelled by Andrew Jones. The shorts and socks will utilise the same colours. Thanks to everyone who voted and to Ian Senior of SKkits for producing the different shirt options".

EVO-STIK NPL NEWS

According to NL Pitchero, "First Division South club Leek Town would like to announce the departure of the current management team of [ex-Alty midfielder] Ant Danylyk and Paul Donnelly.

The announcement has come after a recent meeting of the Board and subsequent discussion with the management duo... Chairman John Eeles said, 'The decision has not been taken lightly, and has been done with a heavy heart as both Ant and Paul are such popular figures at the club, Ant particularly so, with over 400 appearances and a key figure in Lee Casswell’s play-off teams'...

The club will conduct a very short recruitment process and will make an announcement in due course".

And another managerial departure is reported at Farsley Celtic where the "Board regret to announce that Joint-Manager John Deacey has parted company with the Club with immediate effect. We would like to place on record our thanks to John for all his help over the last two seasons and wish him all the best for the future. Further information will follow over the next few days."

Last season the joint-manager at Farsley was former Alty player Neil Parsley. Celtic report that Parsley, after a 12-year playing spell, went into management with Guiseley... The club decided to dispense of [sic] his services in November 2006 despite the club holding top spot in the league. He then moved onto North Ferriby United where he guided the East Yorkshire side away from the threat of relegation... After a difficult start to the 2007/08 campaign, the club parted company with Neil and he then moved to Farsley, as assistant manager to John Deacey.

Farsley and Deacey parted company in October 2008 following relegation and following a successful spell as caretaker manager, [Neil] was given the role full-time. Following the demise of the old club in March 2010, Parsley agreed to manage the new side for the 2010/11 season and guided Farsley to NCEL Premier Division and League Cup double in the club's inaugural season."

At the end of 2016-17 season "Farsley Celtic defeated local rivals Ossett Town 4-2 to win promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division. Farsley Celtic won promotion in dramatic style as a late Richard Marshall equaliser sent the game to extra time before terrific strikes from Ryan Watson and [ex-Alty striker] James Walshaw, with his fiftieth strike of the season, sent Farsley into the Evo-Stik Premier Division...

Victorious Manager Neil Parsley said, 'I think we’ve played great football this season, we’ve scored 108 league goals, playing a brand of football we like to play. Today’s a reward for the players who’ve dug in when we seemed to be down and out and it’s a great feeling".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

The Derbyshire Times tells us that "Manager Russ O’Neill and his assistant Paul Clayton are reportedly among several high profile departures as Alfreton Town begin preparing in earnest for the 2017/18 campaign. Several players have also left the club, while it is understood an announcement regarding potential new investment could also be imminent in the coming days.

O’Neill, who took over the reins from long-serving manager Nicky Law towards the end of the campaign, has not been offered a new deal, with fans’ favourite Clayton, who remained a player as well as O’Neill’s assistant and scored over 100 goals in two spells with the club, also having been released.

Other players to have been released include Adam Priestley, Paul Marshall, Ryan Wilson and captain Andy Monkhouse, while it is believed midfielder Mark Shelton has turned down the offer of a new deal. No official announcement has yet been made by the club on any of the departures, but Clayton posted a message on social media on Monday confirming he had left and wishing the club all the best for the future.

Alfreton narrowly avoided relegation from the National League North last season, although Worcester City’s subsequent and voluntary three-division demotion means that the Reds may well have survived even if they’d finished third from bottom in the league."


15 May 2017

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

Alty director, Bill Waterson, reports that "The task of building the Alty squad for next season continues in earnest but, as you can imagine, it has many moving parts. However, we are pleased to confirm that Simon Richman has joined new signing John Johnston, and the previously announced Jake Moult, in signing up for next season. And both John Cyrus and Sam Patterson have joined Nicky Clee and Damian Reeves in being released. We anticipate that developments over the next week will clarify the position further and we will make further announcements as appropriate".

In addition Tommy Uda, (BSc.Hons Sports Therapy), the former Crewe Alexandra and Nantwich Town sports therapist, has joined the club along with Ryan Murray (BSc.Hons Sports and Exercise Science, MSc Sports Therapy). Both are pictured, right.

RESERVES' REPORT

A brief report on Altrincham Reserves' draw with Crewe on Saturday may be found here.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

NL Pitchero reports that "Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park will be having a major facelift this summer, and £1million spent on its pitch alone in the close season...

Wood are pushing the boat out and chairman Danny Hunter explained why such investment is being made in the club’s facilities. He said, 'These exciting summer facility builds, include a new main pitch irrigation system, a new main pitch drainage system, a new full-size, two-star, UEFA-approved training pitch, that sits alongside the car park and comes complete with a new concourse walkway and an interior/exterior fencing system set within the club grounds.

'We’re also having a new 500 lux LED floodlight system installed, a new set of Premier League standard dugouts constructed and the prep work is now well underway. As such we are confident and expect to have a completed facility handed to us as of the 15th July...

A strong Arsenal XI will officially open the new million pound DESSO pitch and our new floodlight system on the evening of Thursday, 27th July. Arsenal have been incredibly supportive'".

Footnote: Last season Boreham Wood had the lowest average gate in the National League National division, with just 477 spectators per game.

The FA has issued its list of clubs in the non-League divisions. One change of note is that Gloucester City have been moved from the Vanarama National North to the South division. The beneficiaries of Worcester City's voluntary demotion are Harrow Borough and Ware, who are both reprieved from relegation.

Any club wishing to appeal against its allocation has 14 days to do so.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE PROMOTION PLAY-OFF FINAL

  • Forest Green Rovers 3-1 Tranmere Rovers

14 May 2017

JOHN JOHNSTON

As reported earlier, Altrincham's first summer signing is John Johnston, who finished last season at Salford City. Here is a little more information about him...

John, (d.o.b. 28 September 1994), is a right-winger, who had joined Salford City in 2016. His career started at Kidsgrove Athletic, before he moved to Leek Town in July 2013.

His good performances at Harrison Park led to a move to Crewe Alexandra in January 2014 but they immediately loaned him back to Leek till the end of the 2013-14 season. John's form was rewarded when he was named as the Evo-Stik League First Division South Young Player of the Year for 2013-14. In that same season he actually played against Alty when Leek won at Moss Lane in the FA Trophy.

At the end of November 2014, Crewe then loaned John to Alfreton Town who, in January 2015, signed him on themselves. A month's loan to Salford City came in January 2016 and he signed for the Ammies later in 2016. A loan spell under Phil Parkinson at Nantwich followed before he was recalled to Salford and John was in the Salford City side which beat Alty 2-1 at Moor Lane on 1 April 2017.

RESERVES FINISH SIXTH

Above: Alty defend a second-half long throw by Crewe.

A win would have secured fourth place for Altrincham Reserves in their final match of the season, at the J Davidson Stadium, which was watched by the new first-team management duo of Phil Parkinson and Neil Sorvel. But, after Altrincham had taken a deserved 33rd minute lead through Faux, they conceded a second half equalizer when goalkeeper Jones did well to stop a close-range header from the visitors' centre-back but the same opponent netted the loose ball. As a result, Alty finished a very commendable sixth.

Report to follow...

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES

Altrincham FC is pleased to confirm the following pre-season friendlies. It is also hoped to announce one or two further such fixtures in the near future. As previously confirmed, admision to all home pre-season games is free for those in possession of an Altrincham FC season ticket for 2017-18. Turnstile prices and kick-off times will be announced when agreed.
  • Saturday July 8th: Whitchurch Alport (A)
  • Saturday 15th July: Kidsgrove Athletic (A)
  • Tuesday 18th July: Chester FC (H)
  • Tuesday 25th July: Wrexham (H)
  • Saturday 5th August: Trafford (A)

ALTY GIRLS IN THE NEWS

So Altrincham has a feature on Altrincham FC Girls football.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS

North Promotion Play-Off Final
  • FC Halifax Town 2 (Roberts 46, Garner 100) Chorley 1 (Blakeman 60), a.e.t. Attendance 7,920

North Promotion Play-Off Final

  • Ebbsfleet United 2 Chelmsford City 1. Att: 3134

NW NEWS

In the Europa League qualifying play-off on Saturday, 956 spectators saw Bangor City beat Cardiff Met 1-0.


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