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11 August 2022

RESERVES REMAIN UNBEATEN

Four games into their Cheshire League Premier season, Altrincham FC Reserves remain unbeaten after securing two wins and two draws. They lie sixth in the 17-club table.

As reported previously they drew their opening match 1-1 at Congleton Town on 30 July.

On 3 August they recorded a 4-1 home win against Winnington Avenue Youth Club. Their line up comprised (a/z order) Lewis Billingsley,who netted twice, Dionicio Bohe, Junior Bopda, Joe Cooney (right), Liam Evans, Amaar Hussain, Sharif Islam, Scott Johnston, Joshua Jordan, Jayden Matthew and Harlan Rodgers Morris with the subs comprising Ellis Bateman, Adam Lynch, Ewan McGeady, Zaid Smith and Tom Hall.

Next came a 1-1 home draw against Eagle Sports before a third successive home fixture produced a 6-5 thriller against Crewe FC on 9 August.

For the match against Eagle, the starting eleven had Owen German, Max Pouncey, Zaid Smith and Tom Hall replacing Hussain, Islam, Matthew and Rodgers Morris. Smith scored the Alty goal. On the bench were Ellis Bateman, Riley Jackson, Adam Lynch, Ewan McGeady and Loui Williams.

McGeady saw a red card after coming on.

In the 6-5 win over Crewe FC, the starters were Lewis Billingsley, Dionicio Bohe, Junior Bopda, Joe Cooney, Liam Evans, Owen German, Amaar Hussain, Sharif Islam, Scott Johnston, Joshua Jordan and Kwame Osigwe. On the bench were Ellis Bateman, Oliver Partington, Max Pouncey, Zaid Smith and Tom Hall.

The scorers were Hussain and Islam who each scored twice, with Bohe and Billingsley also netting.

ALTY OLD BOY: ELLISON PLAYS ON

FanBanter reports that "Kevin Ellison stuns fans by signing for 7th tier club Warrington Rylands...

Ellison, 43, has enjoyed an illustrious career across the Football League, with over 800 career appearances to date. He spent majority of his time in the professional game with Morecambe between 2011-22, scoring 81 times in 352 matches.

More recently though, the Liverpool-born winger has been with Newport County, where he bagged three goals in 33 appearances... He made just Premier League appearance for Leicester City in 2001, coming on as a late substitute against Manchester United at Old Trafford...

David McNabb’s newly-promoted side begin their 2022/23 campaign at home to Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday. Rylands play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division (Level 7). Last season they won the Northern Premier League Division One West title".

Footnote: After brief periods playing for Chorley and Southport, Kevin was acquired by Altrincham for a small fee from Conwy United in 1999. A Liverpudlian, Kevin became the Club's leading scorer with 11 Conference goals in the first half of the 1999/2000 season and ended the season with 14 league goals.

Indeed, despite injury, he started 48 games and came on as a sub in one, scoring 16 goals in all competitions. During 1999/2000 an offer of £130,000 from Preston North End for his services was turned down by Altrincham. Affected by injuries during January and February 2000, he returned to the side in March, but was still less than fully fit. Despite this, he played for Manchester City Reserves on 28 March 2000 in their top-of-the-table Pontin's League clash with Port Vale. Kevin is pictured (right) during that match, played at Ewen Field, Hyde, on 28 March 2000.

Kevin had scored Alty's goal in a 1-1 draw with Kettering Town on the previous Saturday and with the Robins sitting in twelfth placed all looked set for mid-table finish. But a failure to win any of their remaining eight games saw Altrincham relegated from the Conference on the last day of that 1999/2000 season.

This collapse was not helped by Ellison's form being only moderate in April and May 2000 due to not being fully fit but he soon established himself as leading scorer again in season 2000/01 with seven goals in his first ten matches in the NPL. However, Kevin injured his knee at Droylsden (8 October 2000). Nevertheless, he recovered to earn two trials at Leicester City, who signed him at the beginning of February, 2001 for a fee which, potentially, could have risen to £100,000 depending on appearances for the Premier League side.

He became a regular for Leicester City Reserves but made a Premier League debut as a sub at Old Trafford just 7 weeks after leaving Moss Lane. He was sold to Stockport County in 2001, then played at Chester City from where he had a loan spell at Scunthorpe United before moving for six figures to Hull City in 2005.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Grimsby Telegraph reports that "Scunthorpe United manager Keith Hill expressed his delight at his side’s opening day performance in their 2-1 victory over Yeovil Town... with goals from Andrew Boyce and Jay Butterfield...

Their opening day performance would have done a lot to lift spirits in the Scunthorpe camp after the way the previous season ended...

'It was brilliant, absolutely superb,' said Hill. 'I can’t thank them [the supporters] enough because they cheered the players on. It’s a new team, a new era, and a new start, and I’m really pleased for the players because of the work they put in...

'I think we created more opportunities and probably should have scored more goals before they got theirs. It was a bit hairy in the last 10 or 15 minutes, but part of the 90 minutes is survival, and I thought we survived it well. The result should never have been in doubt'".

According to the Daily Echo, "The Spitfires have added a 10th new face to their squad, with John Oyenuga joining Eastleigh after a successful trial period.

27 year-old defender Oyenuga arrives at the Silverlake after a three year stint with Farnborough... Aside from two spells at Boro, Oyenuga has played in the Welsh top flight with Cymru Premier side Connah's Quay Nomads.

Described as a pacey full-back, Oyenuga provides depth and competition for fellow summer signing, Brennan Camp...

'I just had a talk with the gaffer and came to an agreement on a deal and everything just fell in place', [he said].

Boss Lee Bradbury added... 'He’s comfortable at left-back, left wing-back, right-back, right wing-back and attacking positions as well. He’s quick, he’s strong, his intelligence of the game is good'".

We learn from Devon Live that "Torquay United are facing an early-season injury crisis after their National League opening day goalless draw against Oldham Athletic.

It was a tough game for the Gulls on day one and Oldham went home feeling they deserved all three points but another excellent performance by goalkeeper Mark Halstead in front of a strong defence marshalled by captain Dean Moxey meant they were forced to settle for a point.

And, in truth, if striker Corie Andrews hadn’t been injured in an early collision with the Oldham goalkeeper, there might have been a win, after the Gulls started so well... With Dan Martin, Aaron Jarvis, Shaun Donnellan and Tom Lapslie unavailable for game one, it remains to be seen if Andrews and Kieron Evans, who came off at half-time, will be fit enough for this weekend’s trip to FC Halifax Town. Defender Ali Omar was also hurt in a late clash with the goalkeeper and went to hospital with concussion...

Johnson said... 'Losing Corie so early was massive because him and Will Goodwin were a pretty strong pair for that first 15-20 minutes'...

Midfielder Lapslie is the most likely of the injured players to be ready for the Halifax game, with Donnellan also close to being able to make his debut. Jarvis was just getting over a dead leg when he was hit again in the same place and probably won’t be ready...

'You can’t cry over it,' said Johnson. 'Everybody has their injury problems'".


10 August 2022

NEIL BROWN TO MOVE ON

It was confirmed in the recent Qand A with supporters that Altrincham FC groundsman Neil Brown is to leave the club after nearly twenty years in various roles at the Club.

In July 2004, after two seasons without a Reserve side, Altrincham FC entered a team in the Lancashire League for the 2004-05 season with home games initially to be played at Abbey Hey's ground at Goredale Avenue in Gorton.

Neil was named as the new Reserves manager. He was already a much respected local coach, who had a good reputation for developing young talent at Fletcher Moss Rangers in Didsbury and elsewhere. He also worked as a scout for Liverpool FC.

When Neil arrived at Altrincham, he was also employed as a driver for AFC chairman Geoff Goodwin's "Go Goodwins" coach company.

He remained as the Altrincham FC Reserves manager until summer 2007 when he resigned and subsequently became manager at Leek Town and at Abbey Hey.

Neil had also taken on the role as the Moss Lane groundsman and performed a superb job in making it one of the best surfaces in the National League.

The pristine surface at the J. Davidson Stadium pictured before the first pre-season home game this year.

Indeed, Manchester United Reserves played at Moss Lane for several seasons, with Neil's pitch being a major factor in that choice. He has continued to the present day to produce a surface conducive to Altrincham's passing game.

Outside football, Neil was more recently also employed by North Cestrian school in Altrincham whilst continuing in his role at the J. Davidson Stadium

All associated with the Club will wish him well for the future.

NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Saturday, 13 August.

ALTY WOMEN DRAW

On Sunday, in a pre-season friendly, Altrincham FC Women drew 4-4 at home (Mersey Valley) to Athletico Middleton Ladies. A late equaliser secured a point for Alty after they had earlier led the game 3-1.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Accprding to the Derbyshire Times "The Football Association has confirmed suspensions for Chesterfield’s Lucas Covolan and Branden Horton.

Goalkeeper Covolan was shown a straight red card by referee Wayne Cartmel in the first-half of Chesterfield’s opening day fixture at Dorking Wanderers on Saturday. The 31 year-old was involved in an off-the-ball incident with Dorking’s Ryan Seager in the 28th minute and was given his marching orders on his debut.

The FA’s website confirms Covolan has been handed a three-match ban which means he will miss the upcoming games against Aldershot Town, Wrexham and Notts County.

As it stands, the Spireites do not have another keeper on the books so they are expected to make an addition in the coming days...

Left-back Horton, who was also making his debut, was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in the same match... one for a shove and one for apparently time-wasting deep into stoppage time. The second yellow was really harsh, but appeals can only be lodged against straight red cards.

The 21 year-old has been slapped with a one-match ban, ruling him out of this Saturday’s first home game of the season against Aldershot Town.

Horton’s absence should mean fellow left-back Bailey Clements make his debut after signing from Ipswich Town in the summer".

In the Leader Live we learn that "Phil Parkinson believes extending Paul Mullin's stay at The Racecourse is a 'big statement'. The 27 year-old striker joined Wrexham last summer from Cambridge United on a three-year deal...

Mullin has committed his future to Wrexham, signing a one-year contract extension with the option of an extra year...

'I said in the summer that when we were searching for the players to make a difference, one of the key things for me was could we keep our best players,' said Parkinson... 'Mulls really genuinely loves it here at the club. I think it is a big statement that he has signed another contract'...

The Reds had to come from behind [on Saturday] to secure victory with substitute Elliot Lee... Former Luton Town playmaker Lee got the plaudits and praise from his manager...

'He gave us that bit of craft in and around the penalty box, especially against tired legs... He linked the play and showed in that 25 minutes what he is all about... We have got to get him up to speed... but he is a match-winner.'"

We learn from the Oldham Times that "Dan Clarke says the feelgood factor enveloping Oldham Athletic since the Rothwell family takeover has not gone unnoticed in the dressing room.

The defender joined Latics for what proved to be a chaotic final season of the Lemsagam regime... The rebuild has started with the Rothwell family saving the club, leading to 3,700 taking up the early-bird season ticket offer...

Clarke said 'I can only speak for myself, you just feel more secure and you feel more relaxed. And with the fans being a lot happier, it’s just a good feeling... On the way down to Torquay, we saw the owner. He’s a great character, he’s full of energy and that’s what I think it should be like'...

And Clarke said he was amazed by the 800-plus following at Plainmoor... He said, 'That’s a long old trip and the numbers they turned up in and they were so loud the whole game. it was amazing... We’re a bit disappointed because we thought the three points were there for us', said the former Coventry and Scunthorpe defender".

From York Press comes news that "promotion favourites Wrexham are paying one of their goalkeepers an astonishing £6,000 per week, according to York City manager John Askey....

York boss Askey revealed the scale of Wrexham's spending... speaking at the club's fans forum.

'They’ve just put a goalkeeper on £6,000 per week, so that tells you about the sort of money that they are spending. Then you’ve got Notts County, Southend, Scunthorpe and Oldham. They’re all big, old lower league clubs, so it’s going to be tough.

'I think we’re looking forward to it though. To be going to those clubs, I’m excited by it, to be going to proper grounds and to feel like a proper football club again, that feels good,' the manager added, after leading City up from the National League North play-offs back in May...

Askey was installed as the bookies' favourite for the vacant job [at NottsCounty] for a short period of time... 'It wasn’t true at all. I had no intention of going anywhere. There was no way that I’d leave for anybody in the same league as us... I had a couple of clubs approach me, but I had no interest in them'".


9 August 2022

ALTY v MAIDSTONE HIGHLIGHTS

Above: All ten outfield players are seen as they walked back to their own half after Chris Conn-Clarke's equaliser on Saturday. Left to right, with Conn-Clarke (head bowed) in the centre, we see Bennett, Brockbank, Jones, Hulme, Osborne, Lundstram, Colclough, Mullarkey and Baines.

Alty TV has extended highlights of the Altrincham v Maidstone United game last Saturday.

NEXT OPPONENTS: BROMLEY

In normal times the custom has been that if a National League club started the season at home, they would then play a midweek game and, the following Saturday, play away from home. It is a little different this year as Alty and their rivals have a blank midweek before they play again next Saturday and then the following Tuesday.

On Saturday 13 August, having entertained a side from Kent last Saturday, Altrincham travel to Bromley which used to be viewed as a Kentish town but is now deemed a London Borough, in a similar way to Altrincham's relationship with Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

From Hayes Lane, Bromley say of Alty that "The Manchester outfit were promoted to the National League in 2020 after winning the 19/20 National League North play-off final 1-0 against Boston United.

In their first two seasons back in the fifth tier, they have finished 17th and 14th...

Manager Phil Parkinson was appointed by Altrincham in 2017 on the 28th of April following the departure of former permanent manager Matt Doughty. Parkinson has overseen promotions from the Northern Premier League in 2018 after winning the league, and from the National League North in 2020 after winning the play-offs.

Bromley last played the Robins on 10th May at Hayes Lane. Mason Bloomfield gave the Ravens the lead in the 17th minute with a fantastic outside-of-the-box strike. Dan Mooney levelled for the hosts on the 86th minute after scoring from close range... as the match ended 1-1."

Last Saturday Bromley suffered a surprise defeat when they "lost 3-2 away to Wealdstone... The Stones' good start was to pay off. In the 16th minute, Charles-Cook produced another incredible save from close range but the ball rebounded to Olufela Olomola who could not miss to give the hosts the lead...

Bromley got their first goal of the season in the 33rd minute. Hannam delivered an inch-perfect corner and Sowunmi powerfully headed the ball into the top right corner...

As the half was coming to an end, Corey Whitely produced an exquisite delivery into the penalty area which was met by Cheek who headed Bromley into the lead, unmarked...

In the 66th minute, Wealdstone were awarded a penalty... Substitute Stephan Browne slotted the penalty into the bottom right corner to equalise for Wealdstone... In the 78th minute, Wealdstone took the lead. Kretzschmar’s cross found Jack Cook who headed the ball into the back of the net...

It was a day to forget for Bromley.

Bromley: 13 Reice Charles-Cook, 3 Reece Hannam (Arthurs), 4 Billy Bingham, 5 Chris Bush, 6 Omar Sowunmi, 9 Michael Cheek, 10 Adam Marriot, 17 Byron Webster, 18 Corey Whitely, 19 Harry Forster (Bloomfield), 21 James Vennings (Coleman) Unused Subs: 11 Louis Dennis, 15 Zak Bradshaw".

ALTY OLD BOY

From Essex the Echo reports that "Dan Mooney has been boosted by Southend United’s reaction to their opening day defeat.

Blues were beaten 1-0 by Boreham Wood in the first fixture of the campaign at Roots Hall on Saturday...

'We will pick ourselves up and go again but it’s good to be disappointed because we know the standards we’ve set in training,' said Mooney (left)... 'It’s not like we played well and got beaten. We weren’t at our best... and I don’t think we played the way we wanted to either,' said the winger.

'We got suckered into playing the way Boreham Wood wanted us to play really which killed us a bit... We’ve started off with a loss but now it’s about bouncing back'...

Mooney, who caught the eye with some fine displays in pre-season... is already enjoying the role given to him by Blues boss Kevin Maher.

'I think it suits me perfectly to be fair,' said Mooney. 'I can play out wide but the gaffer gives me the freedom to drift in and pick up the pockets like I like to do as well,'" he concuded.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The BBC reports that "When Dorking Wanderers were announced as Oldham Athletic's first home opponents of the new National League season, it prompted derision from Latics supporters. Fans took to social media to decry how far Oldham, inaugural members of the Premier League in 1992, had fallen.

Both clubs are appearing in the National League for the first time this season but it is Dorking who are more excited about their maiden voyage.

Formed in 1999 by Marc White and his group of friends, Dorking started playing football in a park. Twenty-three years and 12 promotions later, the Surrey side are settling into life in England's fifth tier, which they kicked off with a 2-2 home draw against Chesterfield on Saturday.

Next is a trip north to face Oldham, which will be broadcast live on TV.

'It is really exciting, our progression has been so quick,' said White, who is Dorking's manager, owner and chairman. 'We will be privileged to play a lot of top clubs but, at the same time, we won't be the whipping boys; we never have been and we never will be...

'The original intention was to have a kickabout and enjoy a beer after the game,' said White, 49, who also runs a marketing company. It began as 'purely a social thing' but matters moved quickly for the Wanderers... In 2018 the club moved to the refurbished Meadowbank Stadium, which had been home to non-league Dorking FC, who dissolved in 2017... 'We were the beneficiaries of Dorking FC being disbanded, but Dorking is a small market town and everyone wants the best for each other. Some of the people who worked at Dorking FC are now involved with our club'...

Dorking will continue to operate on a part-time basis, and only recruited three new players over the summer; Southampton academy graduate Ryan Seager, ex-Newport and Sutton midfielder Jack Jebb, and former Tranmere midfielder Adam Mekki. All arrived on free transfers....

'We remain cautious when it comes to signing players, and most of our squad have been on our promotion journeys over the past couple of seasons'...

Wanderers started the season with only one senior goalkeeper in Slovakian Slavomir Huk, as fellow stopper Dan Lincoln is a first-class cricketer who played for Berkshire and Middlesex before joining Kent.

Attacking midfielder James McShane, one of Dorking's longest-serving players having joined six years ago... [said] 'We would perhaps get 40 or 50 fans, and definitely no more than 100, but now we have around 1,200 for every game at Meadowbank'. The 32-year-old, who works in a Royal Mail delivery office, believes White's cautious nature has paid dividends...

'The nucleus of the squad has been here for five to six years,' said McShane. 'When he does bring in a few players each summer, it means the others have had to step up'...

'If we weren't doing well I would be the first to go, because I am the biggest Dorking Wanderers fan of all,' said White... 'We want to consolidate and get the ground more up to spec, although I have been saying that for 20-odd years.'"

Meanwhile in Wales, the Leader Live reports that "Phil Parkinson welcomed the fact that Wrexham were made to work hard for their opening day win over Eastleigh.

The Reds kicked off a 15th season in non-league with a 2-1 victory against the Spitfires in front of nearly 9,900 supporters at The Racecourse.

Wrexham... had to come from behind to secure three points after the visitors took a 14th minutes lead. Eastleigh's time-wasting tactics frustrated Wrexham but summer signing Elliot Lee came off the substitutes' bench in the second half and the former Luton Town playmaker scored a superb equaliser before firing home the winner with five minutes to go...

'It was important to get three points on the board on the first day,' said Parkinson... 'There was that fear of people getting carried away and thinking every game we are going to beat teams three or four nil. It was just a reminder that teams are going to disrupt the game and make it difficult, and they are going to waste time, they are going to feign injury and they are going to walk over the pitch...

'The fluency of our passing wasn't quite as crisp as we would have liked it but I just felt that the moments would come for us'".

In the Nottingham Post, "Macaulay Langstaff promised Notts County fans that there is still a lot more to come from him, after scoring two goals on his debut for the club. The Magpies triumphed 3-0 at home to Maidenhead United...

Langstaff arrived at Meadow Lane this summer off the back of a prolific campaign in the National League North with Gateshead United [sic]...

Said Langstaff, 'When you score goals, the expectation is going to come with that. I got 32 last year, so yeah, there are expectations, but I am full of belief and confidence in my abilities...

'We were good [against Maidenhead], but we still feel as a group that we can reach a much higher level, which is a big plus considering we won the game 3-0... I work hard for the team, and I stretch defences with my work-rate'".


8 August 2022

DEREK WILSHAW'S FUNERAL

As previously announced the funeral for Derek Wilshaw, the long-serving former Club Secretary and volunteer at Altrincham FC, will be held at Altrincham Crematorium in Dunham Massey today, 8 August at 2.30pm.

The funeral cortege will pause outside the J. Davidson Stadium at a time between 2pm and 2.15pm, as it makes its way to the Crematorium.

All friends and supporters are welcome at either location to pay their respects and, in addition, they will be welcome at the Community Sports Hall at the J. Davidson Stadium for the "wake", after the funeral, which will take place from about 3.15pm.

As shown, right, a minute's applause was held before Saturday's game with Maidstone United to honour the lives of Derek, and of Altrincham supporters John Rooke and Phil Bell, who both have also sadly died recently.

TOBY TALKS

Alty TV has a post-match interview following the draw with Maidstone United last Saturday. Press and Media Officer, Brian Flynn, spoke to Toby Mullarkey, who played in an unaccustomed right-back role in that game.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

In the Derbyshire Times, "A frustrated Paul Cook has warned goalkeeper Lucas Covolan that he ‘must learn quickly’ or he ‘won’t be at the club’ after he was sent off in a dramatic 2-2 draw against Dorking Wanderers which saw midfielder Ollie Banks go in goal in the first match of the new season.

With the Spireites leading 1-0 thanks to Akwasi Asante’s 18th-minute opener, debutant goalkeeper Covolan, on loan from Port Vale, was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident after initially rushing off his line. With no substitute goalkeeper on the bench, midfielder Banks had to play more than 60 minutes in net.

Despite the circumstances, Armando Dobra doubled Town’s lead before half-time.

But the Blues’ 10-men could not hold and conceded twice from crosses before Branden Horton was shown a second yellow card for ‘time-wasting.’

Cook had strong words for Covolan after the game, but had more sympathy for Horton, claiming referee Wayne Cartmel’s decision was a ‘joke'...

'We have let ourselves down with our discipline and we will deal with it'... Cook said. 'If Lucas has made a decision it is probably a decision which has probably cost us a win... But I have got to go on record and say the Branden’s (Horton) second yellow is one of the biggest jokes I have seen in football.

'The game is over, the time is up, Branden is not involved in the incident, Laurence Maguire has hold of the ball, he rolls it down the line to me, I put my foot on it and he gives Branden a second yellow card and a red... The league has decided to appoint someone who has never refereed at this level before for a game of this magnitude today, which was always going to be a spicy game, so surely we should have had an experienced referee...

'I have had a chat with him after the game'...

On the game overall, Cook said... 'Unfortunately today, down to 10-men and 2-0 up, I always felt we could probably hang on... Unfortunately, Ollie has made a decision to come for one and if he had stayed we might have seen it out, but there is no criticism of Ollie...

'We made the decision to go without a goalkeeper on the bench, it is something the club has done since I have come here. It is probably something I have never done as a manager... There are one two niggles around the club, Kabongo Tshimanga is back training flat-out but he has four minutes of football and I didn’t want to risk him on this pitch'".

According to the Oldham Times manager "John Sheridan described Oldham Athletic's opening day goalless draw at Torquay United as 'a good shift'.

But the manager was disappointed to end the game with 10 men following summer signing Dan Gardner's 73rd minute dismissal for two bookable offences.

Latics were backed by over 800 travelling supporters for their National League opener in Devon... [The side] included eight of their 11 summer signings in the starting line-up, with central defender Liam Hogan named as captain. If I'm being honest we've had the better chances in the game, we should have possibly won the game', said the Latics boss.

'Where we've got to do better is hit the target'...

Torquay were denied by the woodwork after just four minutes, but Latics recovered...

Said Sheridan, 'Dan shouldn't be sent off in that situation after being booked. I didn't actually see the tackle but I think it's lazy minds and he shouldn't be getting sent off because it's affected us obviously'".


7 August 2022

ALTY BOSS "HAPPY"

Above: Ryan Colclough goes for goal in the first half against Maidstone United.

After the draw with Maidstone United, Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson spoke to the NL Paper. Referring to the ruling out of what appeared to be a clear foul in the box against Colclough and a potentially winning goal in injury-time by Dinanga, he said, 'It's a stonewall penalty and he wasn't offside. I've seen them back on the monitor and they've got both decisions wrong...

'But the performance was where I wanted it to be, so I'm happy. We've had a lot of new faces in so it took us a bit to get going. But we've recruited well and it's good to see that carried out on the pitch"

MAIDSTONE BOSS "CHUFFED"

Following Saturday's match, Kent Online reported that "Maidstone United manager Hakan Hayrettin couldn’t stop smiling after Maidstone’s opening-day draw at Altrincham.

Left: Watched by Ryan Colclough in the background, Josh Lundstram battles in midfield against Maidstone United.

A 1-1 draw was achieved despite playing the last 30 minutes with 10 men following Hady Ghandour’s dismissal.

The visitors led with Liam Brockbank’s fourth-minute own goal and saw Jack Barham’s effort in a one-on-one touched on to the post by Robins keeper Matt Gould soon after.

'I’m chuffed to bits,' said Hayrettin. 'To go down to 10 men and to get a point is good, very good. What a wonderful day for the football club, we’re back in the National League, and we got a point, with 10 men, away from home. What could be better?

'We’ve had a couple of hundred fans come up, it’s a long way and I made sure I showed my appreciation...

'Altrincham probably moved the ball a bit quicker than we saw in our league last season, but we will be OK, I’ve got no doubt about that,' said Hayrettin. 'Why would I, or my players, or the club be intimidated by this level? We’re not here just to make the numbers up, we’re here to push...

'They’re a very good team, with a good manager, and they played some good stuff. We couldn’t show everyone what we’re capable of, in an attacking sense, because we went down to 10 men, but we will only get better. I’m happy with the point'...

Hayrettin had a big decision to make in goal, eventually picking Yusuf Mersin over Tom Hadler... Said Hayrettin, 'There’s nothing between them, absolutely nothing between them'".

ALTRINCHAM 1-1 MAIDSTONE UNITED

Despite playing against ten men for an hour Altrincham had to settle for a point against newly promoted Maidstone United. The visitors started well but were gifted a fourth-minute lead when a freekick from the right was diverted into his own net by Brockbank.

The home side were second best for much of the opening twenty-five minutes but rallied to dominate the remaining period to half-time with new loanee Bennett impressing. They got their reward in the first added minute of the half when Colclough retrieved an errant shot at the left byline and fed Conn-Clake who scored from close range.

Right: Fleetwood Town loanee Chris Conn-Clarke (right) scored Altrincham's goal.

Altrincham struck the underside of the bar through Colclough and then an upright through Mullarkey in a two-minute spell early in the second half.

Mr Corlett reduced the visitors to ten men when he issued a second yellow and a red to Ghandour for a foul on Bennett on the edge of the box (62 mins).

Altrincham were unable to convert their numerical advantage into a winning goal but were denied what seemed a clear penalty by the referee when Colclough was upended in the box. Indeed Mr Corlett made more than one questionable decision in this match.

Before kick-off Altrincham had to change their plans as international clearance for new keeper Byrne had failed to arrive and so Matt Gould started in goal.

Match report here.

ALTY OLD BOYS

Courtesy of Phil Jordan we learn that Ashley Hemmings scored for Kidderminster Harriers as they won 1-0 at Blyth whilst player-manager Craig Mahon scored for Curzon Ashton but they lost 1-2 at home to promoted Banbury United.


6 August 2022

NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Saturday, 6 August

ALTRINCHAM v MAIDSTONE UNITED

On the eve of their visit to Altrincham, Maidstone United report that "With Jerome Binnom-Williams, Raphe Brown and Joe Ellul carrying knocks or niggles, Hakan Hayrettin has moved to strengthen his defensive options. Portsmouth defender Liam Vincent has joined the Stones on loan.

The 19-year-old left-back joined Pompey for an undisclosed fee from Bromley last summer. His debut season was marred by injury but he was given his first senior outing in a pre-season friendly at Havant & Waterlooville last month, scoring a fine free-kick in a 3-0 win for the League One side.

He will travel with the squad for tomorrow’s Vanarama National League opener against Altrincham".

Parent club Portsmouth add that "Liam Vincent has joined Maidstone United on a 28-day loan deal... after recovering from the shin injury that kept him sidelined for much of last season".

For their part, Altrincham will be without long-term injured duo of winger Matty Kosylo and midfielder Isaac Marriott, whilst defender Ross Barrows seems unlikely to start.

Meanwhile, Kent Online tells us that "There was only one choice for the Maidstone captaincy following George Elokobi’s retirement.

Gavin Hoyte did a sterling job deputising for the injured Elokobi for the bulk of United’s National South title-winning campaign.

So when Elokobi called time on his 19-year career in the summer, right-back Hoyte was the natural successor....

'I think I’ve just got to step up again,' said Hoyte, 32... 'It’s going to be a lot harder this year, there’s going to be lots of ups and downs. I’ve got to keep the boys’ spirits high... Another thing as well, most importantly, is the players who aren’t playing. They’re going to be key for us...

'There’s a lot of games, a lot of travelling, so not everyone can play every game, like they probably did last year... When I go home, I always think what could I have done better as captain, how could I have helped everyone? Ultimately, when we lose, I always look at myself first of all, so I always take that to heart'...

Hoyte believes the standard has improved since he last played National League football with Dagenham in the 2018/19 season...

'The main thing is work hard and we’ll be all right. We’re champions, we went up as champions, so we’ve got a lot of confidence, we were deservedly champions... and with the additions we’ve made, they’re going to help as well.'”

ALEX SAMI INTERVIEWED

Brian Flynn, press and media officer, has interviewed Alex Sami, who joined the club recently. The video interview can be found on Alty TV. Teheran-born Alex revealed that he has recently shortened his surname to Sami from Samizadeh to make it easier for people to pronounce.

If he plays on Saturday against Maidstone United it will not be his league debut at Moss Lane as he played there for Curzon Ashton when they won 2-0 at the JDS in 2018/19 season.

Above: Alex Samizadeh as he was known then, was on the left-hand end of the Curzon Ashton line-up, wearing no.10, as they prepared to shake hands with their Altrincham opponents in the 2018 clash at the J. Davidson Stadium.

ALTRINCHAM SQUAD NUMBERS

Altrincham FC have now allocated shirt numbers to their first-team squad players, except it seems to young goalkeeeper Ryan Forde, who has no allocated number on the Club's website.

The numbers are: 1. Oliver BYRNE, 3. Liam BROCKBANK, 4. Isaac MARRIOTT, 5. Toby MULLARKEY (vice-captain), 6. Lewis BAINES, 7. Matty KOSYLO, 8. Josh LUNDSTRAM, 9. Jordan HULME (capt), 10. Elliot OSBORNE, 11. Ryan COLCLOUGH, 12. Amaar HUSSAIN, 14. Ryan MORTON, 15. Joe COONEY, 16. Chris CONN-CLARKE, 17. Brad JACKSON, 18. Ben PRINGLE, 19. Jayden MATTHEW, 20. Aidan ROXBURGH, 21. Matthew GOULD, 22. Ross BARROWS, 23. Jake COOPER, 25. Harlan RODGERS MORRIS, 26. James JONES, 27. Aaron BENNETT, 28. Alex SAMI, 30. Marcus DINANGA, TBA Ryan FORDE.

Of the above, there are two incoming loanees in Chris Conn-Clarke (from Fleetwood Town) and Aaron Bennett (from Preston NE), whilst three players have gone out on loan, namely Ryan Ford (to Alsager Town) and Jayden Matthew and Ryan Morton who have both been loaned to Trafford.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Oldham Athletic "announce the signing of Charlie Cooper following a successful trial period.

The 25 year-old midfielder, who won promotion via the play-offs with Forest Green Rovers in 2017, joins Latics having featured regularly this summer... Charlie becomes John Sheridan’s eleventh summer signing.

'I’ve been impressed with Charlie's attitude and performances'... Sheridan said. 'He's done very well... and gives us good balance in the midfield. Charlie is a player with a wealth of experience at this level and he'll provide good competition for the squad'...

Cooper started his career with Birmingham City, but... went on loan to York City and Forest Green Rovers, with the latter becoming a permanent move in 2017... He had two more short loan spells with Newport County and Boreham Wood before moving to Halifax Town as they reached the play-offs in 2020. He then played a season with Woking, before joining Wealdstone last summer".

Yeovil Town "youngsters Toby Stephens and Ollie Haste have signed on loan with Truro City on short-term deals...

The academy graduates venture to the Southern Premier side which play their fixtures in Plymouth. This will be Toby’s third loan spell away from the club, after a short-term spells at both Hemel Hempstead and Barnstaple Town last season.

Ollie played alongside Toby at Barnstaple last season too, he signed for the Devon outfit on a dual registration during the closing weeks of the season...

Manager Chris Hargreaves commented 'Toby and Ollie are both young lads we think very highly of, who need consistent minutes to improve'".

The Grimsby Telegraph reports that "BT Sport cameras will be at Glanford Park as Scunthorpe United began their non-league campaign at home to Yeovil Town

Scunthorpe United manager Keith Hill... takes charge of the Iron for their opening National League encounter at home to Yeovil Town on Saturday evening with eight new faces in his ranks...

And Hill admits... 'This is the real window where I’ve been able to do the type of work, the type of business, the type of recruitment that I really, really want to match in with my footballing plan for the football club and future successes,' said Hill.

'Last season created an opportunity for this season and it’s the start of a new era... There was a lot of bravery in first and foremost sticking to the plan when we had the negativity of last season. And making sure within our working budget that we’re making the right signings...

'There’s a real identity and a real plan and all the players have committed to it. So there was patience, there was methodology that we stuck to as a group. And... it seems to be working.'

Opposite number Chris Hargreaves admitted Scunthorpe’s huge summer turnover has presented him with a problem when it comes to evaluating how the home side will play."


5 August 2022

OLLIE BACK HOME AT ALTY

Altrincham FC has Brian Flynn's interview with Altrincham's new goalkeeper, Ollie Byrne. Ollie outlines his career to date. Having started at Manchester United (aged 10-18) he moved for two years to Cardiff City.

Spells at Blackburn Rovers and Stevenage followed before he moved to Wales and Connah's Quay Nomads. Whilst at Connah's Quay they won the Welsh Premier League and Ollie played in Europe for them.

A local Altrincham lad, Ollie attended Wellington School in the town and then, whilst with Manchester United, Ashton-on-Mersey School, which counts Marcus Rashford as an "old boy".

NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Saturday, 6 August

MAIDSTONE UNITED: THE MISSING YEARS

On Saturday, Maidstone visit Altrincham for the first time since that 1988/89 season.

Both Altrincham and Maidstone United were founder members of the national division of non-League football, the Alliance Premier League, in 1979.

Under the points system which determined membership of the inaugural division, both Alty and Maidstone qualified with seven points. Maidstone had finished third and fourth in the two preceding qualifying seasons (3+4=7) whilst Alty had finished fifth and second in the NPL (5+2=7). Curiously the only two members of the Alliance in 1979 to have a lower points score were Worcester City and Bath City, neither of whom ever won the Alliance or Conference.

Southport also qualified for Alliance membership with five points, but declined to participate.

Between them Alty and Maidstone won that League four times in the first ten years of the League's existence.

Although Maidstone United share with Altrincham the distinction of having twice won the Alliance, Alty peaked at the wrong time, before automatic promotion and were denied elevation by the old boys' club of Division Four chairmen who invariably voted each other back into Division Four.

In contrast, Maidstone enjoyed a promotion to the Football League from their second title-winning season.

But promotion proved a mixed blessing.

So what happened to the Kent club over those thirty-plus seasons of absence from Altrincham's fixture list?

Life in the Football League started well as Maidstone reached the Division Four play-offs in their first League campaign but they were beaten by Cambridge United in the semi-finals.

Reality set in after that as they finished 19th the following season and 18th in 1991/92. But everything went pear-shaped in 1992, when the club folded.

A replacement club based on the youth team, and operating as Maidstone Invicta, worked its way up via the Kent County League. They re-took the name Maidstone United in 1995 and, via the Isthmian League which they joined in 2006, they ultimately reached National League South in 2015.

They regained National League status in 2016, whilst Altrincham were heading in the opposite direction being relegated to National North at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

But just as they had only lasted three seasons in the EFL so too, after only three campaigns in the National League, they were relegated in 2019 to National South, where a further three-year spell ended in promotion back to the National League proper for 2022/23.

ALTY OLD BOYS

Macclesfield FC say that "It is with an incredibly heavy heart that Macclesfield FC can confirm that [former Alty defender] Peter Band has stepped down from his role as First Team Assistant Manager... He is and forever will be, a true Silkman.

Joining the Club when we didn’t have a player, let alone a squad, Bandy (right) played a crucial role in assembling a team...

Bandy stated 'It really has been a true honour to represent my hometown Club and play my part in putting us back on the footballing map... Being self-employed, the daytime training model represents numerous challenges for me and in addition to this, becoming a father for the second time recently obviously brings its own unique demands.

'As such, I didn’t want to be in the situation where I am that person giving 99%, not only letting myself down, but the group as a whole.... They have also offered me a range of other roles in a bid to keep me at the Club. This included managing Robbie [Savage]’s prestigious under-18s' side, which I was incredibly humbled to be offered'".

AWAY-TRIP FACILITIES

Nick Daniells of the Stonegate Group advises all Altrincham supporters travelling to away games that he can help with identifying food and drink facilities at away match venues.

He writes, “Are you traveling to any away games and looking for somewhere to stop for a drink or bite to eat before or after games? Please contact Nick at nick@welovesport.co or call 07825450020 and I can find places either on route or nearby, suitable for Away Supporters of any group size!”

The Stonegate Group is the largest pub group in the country.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Mirror reports that "Big-spending Wrexham will be able to process transfers as normal after being handed special dispensation by world governing body FIFA.

The Dragons, heavy favourites to win this season's National League, appealed over what they say was a disadvantage of being subject to transfer windows despite participating in a division which does not have one. It means the Welsh club, like the other 23 fifth tier sides, will be able to sign players up until March 2023"...

Wrexham stated "Having considered the case put forward by the Club, FIFA have granted dispensation for the 2022/23 season from the relevant regulations, to ensure equal treatment with the other Clubs competing in the National League and protect the integrity of the competition... The dispensation for 2022/23 will allow time for a permanent solution to be identified with the National League for 2023/24 onwards".

The Mirror reminds us that at Wrexham, "The new arrivals include former Luton Town forward Elliot Lee and Oxford winger Anthony Forde. Earlier this week Boreham Wood's Jacob Mendy and Southend's Sam Dalby were also recruited".

Less happy news for Wrexham is that the Club has "moved to sign goalkeeper Rory Watson as a short-term back-up on a non-contract basis, following injury to Christian Dibble.

The 26 year-old, who was most recently at Scunthorpe United, started his career at Hull City and has also had loan spells with Gainsborough Trinity and North Ferriby.

Watson will be in the squad for this weekend’s fixture against Eastleigh, after manager Phil Parkinson confirmed a 'serious knee injury' to Dibble, sustained in Tuesday’s pre-season friendly at Caernarfon Town.

Parkinson said:... 'We plan to sit down on Monday and work on a solution for the longer term. I really feel for Christian, because it looks like a very serious injury'".

The Echo News tells us that "Former Southend United left-back Ben Coker has joined Solihull Moors.

Coker made 208 appearances for the Shrimpers between 2013 and 2019.

But the 33-year-old... told the club website... 'I spoke to the gaffer in the summer, and I knew a couple of the boys already... I’ve been really impressed with all the boys and how together they are...

'There is a lot of competitiveness in this division, and everyone will be scrapping for the positions'...

Since leaving the Shrimpers, Coker has played for Lincoln City and Stevenage".

According to the Derbyshire Times, "Chesterfield striker Akwasi Asante has been taken off the transfer list.

The 29-year-old was made available for transfer at the end of last season.

He scored seven goals in 25 appearances last campaign after returning from serious injury.

But the forward has impressed since returning to pre-season... Paul Cook told the DT ... 'Asante came off the transfer list about two weeks ago. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with all summer... He is doing terrifically well alongside the other 22-24 players that we have'".


4 August 2022

AIDAN ROXBURGH INTERVIEW

Alty TV has an interview with summer signing Aidan Roxburgh (right), conducted by press and media officer Brian Flynn.

Aidan joined Chester FC in July 2021 and the National North club immediately registered him with Trafford FC where he spent the 2021-22 season and from where he signed for the Robins. Primarily a right-back he can play on either flank.

REVAMPED ROBINS' REVIEW

Altrincham FC programme editor, Ed Martin explains to supporters "what they can expect from their matchday programme this season!

Firstly, I think it is important to mention how determined we are to continue producing the Robins Review as we know it is an important part of the match day experience...

To combat the issue with printing costs, we submit the programme about 10 days prior to the game. Therein lies a problem with content quickly going out of date...

Left: The Altrincham FC matchday programme has come a long way since this issue appeared in 1950.

We are taking an all new approach to how we look at the match day programme. No longer is it necessarily just a source of club news but a magazine sharing insights from club officials and unique stories with the fans. Furthermore, all content will now be entirely exclusive to the programme and will not be published anywhere else online".

The article goes onto provide a "breakdown of the new sections for the 2022/23 season...

As usual, supporters will be able to purchase a copy of the matchday programme on the club shop in advance of the game to ensure you get your copy, or alternative[ly] they will be available for sale at the ground.

If you want to remove the hassle of buying one each game, why not purchase the season subscription".

RESERVES START WITH A DRAW

Altrincham FC reports that "Altrincham’s young reserve side started their Cheshire League campaign against another young reserve side at Congleton Town...in a commanding fashion... and it paid off quickly when captain Josh Jordan won the ball high up the pitch to cross in for veteran striker Max Pouncey (right, in earlier days) to open the scoring after only three minutes...

In the second half, Altrincham found it difficult to repeat the attacking rhythm of the first 45 minutes, and Congleton started to get a foothold in the game. It duly led to an equaliser for the home side soon after".

LEAGUE OPPONENTS: MAIDSTONE UNITED

Maidstone United make their first visit to Moss Lane for more than thirty years as they face Altrincham on the opening day of the National League 2022-23 season.

In advance of the game, Kent Online reports that "A calf injury could keep defender Joe Ellul out of Maidstone’s opening game of the season.

Ellul, voted supporters’ player-of-the-year in United’s National South title triumph, has been struggling for the past couple of weeks...

'It’s nothing too major but enough to stop me training and playing games,' said Ellul, 34. 'At the same time... Injuries like this, calves and hamstrings, they’re weird injuries, so I’m not going to push it and end up being out for six weeks when I could potentially end up only missing one game...

'I want to mix it with the big boys and hopefully cause some upsets.'

Jack Cawley, a summer signing from Bromley, has been playing alongside George Fowler in Ellul’s absence. Cawley has plenty of National League experience and would have strong claims to start, whether Ellul was injured or not....

Ellul welcomes the competition for a starting spot, and also feels Raphe Brown shouldn’t be discounted as he returns to fitness. 'There’s no issue with another centre-half coming in... Raphe’s a centre-half by trade, he’s back soon, so it’s competitive'...

Ellul last played in the National League with Maidenhead three years ago...

Said Ellul, 'We’re in a league that’s as good as League 2, so we’ve got to pull our socks up and dig deep... We know amongst ourselves as players that we’ve got a task on our hands, especially with some of the budgets teams have got in that league.

'But, we’ve said it a number of times, team spirit is a massive factor and we’ve got it in abundance... I’d take a mid-table finish, stamp our authority on the league and get better next year. You’re never going to say we’re going to finish in the top seven but we’re not going to be anywhere near the bottom.

'We’ve got too many good players to be anywhere near that but it is a ruthless league'".

ALTY OLD BOYS

Warrington Town "and Bolton Wanderers played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Yellows’ final pre-season friendly at Cantilever Park...

Former Town forward Matty Grivosti... marked his return with a well-taken strike after two minutes, capitalising on a misplaced pass from goalkeeper Tony Thompson.

Isaac Buckley-Ricketts found a quick response, however, firing an emphatic strike beyond Luke Hutchinson... Lamine Toure put the visitors back in-front on the stroke of half-time, but the Yellows fought back midway through the second half, courtesy of Sean Williams’s penalty into the bottom right corner.

Right: Sean Williams.

Meanwhile at Buxton the club's fourth "pre-season fixture provided a competitive encounter versus Neil Baker's well-organised, hard-working NPL, Division One (West) team [Leek Town] which looks likely to equal or better last season's 3rd-placed finish.

Even though Jack McKay, Jake Moult and Diego were unavailable, 'the Bucks'" saw out a goalless draw.

Earlier at Buxton "Manager Jamie Vermiglio.. added to the squad with the signing of ex-Harrogate Town midfielder Connor Kirby. Connor (23) came through the ranks at Sheffield Wednesday and has impressed in pre-season".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

According to the Oldham Chronicle "Magnus Norman is relishing the challenge that the National League will present as the build-up continues to Saturday's opener at Torquay.

The 25 year-old goalkeeper, who joined Latics from Carlisle United after rejecting the option of a contract extension, has revealed...'I came in just over a month ago and I’ve got on really well with everyone... It always helps when you know a few of the players already...

'Playing games is vital for me as no player wants to be sat on the bench and I’m no different. We haven’t had the results we would have wanted, but I think we’ve seen some good parts of our game, and we’ve definitely improved each game...

'I think we’ve got to be ready for a fight and battle each week. Set pieces are going to be massive, as are throw-ins and second balls... When you’re a newly-relegated side, you can’t look anywhere other than being in and around the play-offs, that’s the way you’ve got to look at it'".

The Daily Mail reports that "Southend United have been mocked for selling the naming rights for the West Stand to estate agents Gilbert and Rose.

This means fans will now sit in the Essex Roots Hall Football Stadium in what is now called the Gilbert and Rose West Stand.

Social media users drew comparisons with Rose West who is still in prison for murdering and torturing at least 10 young women and girls...

Gilbert and Rose said they thought the 3,337-capacity stand would be named the G & R West Stand. The estate agents said it will be discussing it with Southend United in a planned meeting but they insist the name is up to the club."

We learn from Devon Live that "Nigel Atangana signs for Eastleigh after Exeter City release. The Frenchman had been without a club since his release from the Grecians in the summer...

Atangana spent three years at St James Park, making 84 appearances and scoring five goals. The Frenchman made 19 appearances last season... but had become a fringe player by the end of the season.

The 32-year-old had been on trial at Lee Bradbury’s outfit throughout the summer. His deal has been made permanent...

Atangana said...'It’s been hard work with the team. I think we have a good squad and a good team... It’s a young team so, hopefully, I can help the young lads to be a better level'".


3 August 2022

THE CHANGING FACE OF ALTRINCHAM

For the visit of a newly promoted side for the first game of the new National League season this Saturday, Altrincham supporters could be forgiven for being unfamiliar with any of the Maidstone United squad when the Kent club arrives at the J. Davidson Stadium.

But many of the home supporters could be almost equally at a loss in identifying many of the home team as well, especially if they did not attend any of the pre-season friendlies, of which just two were at Moss Lane.

Right: Dan Mooney moved on to Southend United

A full team of eleven players has left the Club since the conclusion of last season, seven of them prompted to do so by the Club moving to a full-time model or being no longer being part of the manager's plans. Two others were signed by other clubs and a couple more were released. Those who have left since last May are Shaun DENSMORE, Kyle FERGUSON, Kole HALL, Connor HAMPSON, Josh HANCOCK, Tom HANNIGAN, Dan MOONEY, Jake MOULT, Jamie MORGAN, Tony THOMPSON and Andy WHITE.

Summer has therefore seen plenty of rebuilding of the squad. Altrincham boss Phil Parkinson recently indicated that he wanted a first-team squad of 18. That presumably excluded the six Academy players signed up to the squad as he now has 27 players in that group.

Numbers have been slightly swelled by the need to cover for unforeseen long-term injuries to Matty Kosylo and Isaac Marriott.

Of the 27-strong squad, only ten played for the first-team as Altrincham employees last season, though a further two (Cooper and Hulme) played as loanees.

The SEVEN 2022-23 new squad members who have yet to make a competitive debut for Altrincham include five players in the defensive positions.

Above: The five new players in the defensive unit, left to right, Oliver Byrne, Lewis Baines, Ross Barrows, Liam Brockbank and Aidan Roxburgh

And the following FIVE ex-Academy players have yet to play for the first team, meaning there are twelve potential debutants this season.

Both Jayden Matthew and Ryan Morton have now gone on loan to Trafford and Ryan Forde to Alsager Town for the start of the new season.

In addition, the following FIVE players have previously played for Altrincham either as employees or on loan but were not on the club's payroll at all last season. So they will be effectively making their second debuts as Altrincham players. They are...

So, the only TEN current players (i.e. excluding incoming loanees) who played for the first-team last season are:

Above: Left to right, Ryan Colclough, Toby Mullarkey and Matty Kosylo are the only players still at the Club to have started more than half of last season's League games.

Of those ten, Osborne and Marriott were not at the club at the start of the 2021-22 campaign. Three others (Jackson, Gould and Dinanga) spent spells away from the club on loan.

In fact, in terms of League starts last season, seven of those ten did not start more than half of the fixtures in the National League. They were Gould (2 starts), Jackson (5), Pringle (14), Morton (0), Osborne (22), Dinanga (12) and Marriott (18).

So of the 2022-23 squad, only THREE (Colclough, Mullarkey and Kosylo) started more than half of the 44 fixtures last season in the National League.

NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Saturday, 6 August

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Derbyshire Times tells us that "Fan favourite George Carline says he was ‘proud’ to have played for Chesterfield.

The defender’s contract expired this summer and he is set to sign elsewhere. The 29-year-old, who missed most of last season with a serious knee injury, was offered the chance to train with the club to continue his rehabilitation...

And Carline, who was named Chesterfield’s Player of the Year in 2021, has since confirmed his departure on social media".

And Chesterfield announces that "Experienced midfielder Mike Jones has become the latest addition to Paul Cook’s squad, signing a one-year-deal after impressing on trial.

The Spireites’ 12th summer signing joins after leaving Barrow at the end of the 2021/22 season...

Jones said... 'I’ve been here since the very start [of pre-season] so I feel already settled in... There is a great mix there. A bunch of young lads, some older ones and a lot of talent so I’m really excited.'

Jones started his career with Tranmere Rovers... and had a loan spell with Shrewsbury Town before making the move to then League Two outfit Bury. The midfielder played over 150 times in his four years at Gigg Lane... gaining more and more experience with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Crawley Town, Oldham Athletic and Carlisle United.

Jones joined Barrow in July 2020... The 34-year-old joined Chesterfield on a trial basis and impressed the managerial team during pre-season.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Gavin Gunning and George Carline have now left the club".

The Halifax Courier says that "As far as Mani Dierseruvwe is concerned, games will equal goals this season.

The 6ft 5in striker looks set to be FC Halifax Town's main man up-front this campaign, and face the task of filling the gap left by 20-goal forward Billy Waters' departure to Barrow...

'My record last year shows that given the opportunity and the chances I can score goals,' said Dierseruvwe, who netted seven times in 15 games on loan at Grimsby at the end of last season...

'I wasn't perhaps starting games there like I would have hoped, but it was really nice to be part of the club's journey... There's no doubt in my mind that I can score goals for Halifax Town...

'It's down to me at the end of the day, to cement my place into the team. Hopefully I'll be playing from the start of the season...

'I'm not coming here thinking it's going to be easy, the National League's a tough, tough league to get out of'...

Dierseruvwe feels he will fit in with what is expected to be Town's system of 4-2-3-1, or a variation of it.... 'And that did appeal to me because I like to play down the middle, and with wingers either side that can put balls in the box for me to score goals', he said...

The 6ft 5in striker is also happy to be Town's first line of defence and press from the front... 'I'll be the first one to hold my hand up when I've missed a chance or whatever'...

The striker made his professional debut for Hyde in the fifth tier, one of 11 different clubs he has played for, and one of eight loan spells he has had...

'I spent four years out of the last five at Salford, obviously with a couple of short-term loans when I was coming back from injury, so I have been settled. But I've not played enough games, that's why I probably needed the loan moves here and there to get that'...

Dierseruvwe already has two promotions from the National League under his belt, and said he has come to Halifax for the hat-trick".

According to the Northern Echo, "Marcus Carver has left Hartlepool United after eight months with the club to join Scunthorpe United for an undisclosed fee... He made 16 appearances but failed to score in his time at the Suit Direct Stadium.

Carver drops back to the National League with the Irons following in the footsteps of [ex-Alty man] Reagan Ogle, who also left Pools this summer to move to Scunthorpe United.

He said... 'The aim is to bounce back into the EFL. I understand the gaffer has a good team here now and it'll take some time for me to break into it, but I'm just looking to work hard and fight for my chances. Reags [a former Southport team-mate] has signed too and is another lad who needs game time'".


2 August 2022

THREE ACADEMICIANS GO ON LOAN

Altrincham FC press and media officer John Edwards writes that "Three of Altrincham's brightest young prospects are being loaned out..

Exciting striker Ryan Morton, pictured training recently in the centre of the above photo, and talented full-back Jayden Matthew (left), who can operate on either flank, are both heading to Trafford in the Pitching In Northern Premier League West Division.

Highly-rated keeper Ryan Forde, who broke into the Alty Reserves side at just 16 years old and benefitted hugely from the experience, is joining Alsager Town in the North West Counties League First Division South.

All three signed professional forms at The J.Davidson Stadium earlier this summer after coming through the club's thriving Academy system".

MORE ON DEREK WILSHAW'S FUNERAL

As previously announced the funeral for Derek Wilshaw, the long-serving former Club Secretary and volunteer at Altrincham FC, will be held at Altrincham Crematorium in Dunham Massey on Monday, 8 August at 2.30pm.

It has now also been confirmed that the funeral cortege will pause outside the J. Davidson Stadium at a time between 2pm and 2.15pm, as it makes its way to the Crematorium.

All friends and supporters are welcome at either location to pay their respects and, in addition, they will be welcome at the Community Sports Hall at the J. Davidson Stadium for the "wake", after the funeral, which will take place from about 3.15pm.

ALTY SIGN LOANEE MIDFIELDER

Altrincham FC confirm that the club has signed "attacking midfielder Aaron Bennett from Preston North End on loan.

The highly-rated 18 year old... [arrives] on a three-month loan... after the Robins had their midfield resources depleted by a double injury setback" reports John Edwards.

"Matty Kosylo and Isaac Marriott have both succumbed to knee ligament injuries that will keep them on the sidelines for some time, but Alty boss Parkinson... recently recruited Chris Conn-Clarke on loan from Fleetwood Town until early January, and he has now snapped up exciting prospect Bennett...

The flame-haired Wales Youth international suffered a knee ligament injury himself last season but returned to action in some style in the New Year with a return of 11 goals from 12 under-19 appearances...

Soon after, he was signing a one-year professional contract, with an option for a further 12 months...Aaron can also operate as a striker".

Lancs Live adds that "This lad has real, raw talent.

Wearing the number 11 shirt, he caused havoc down the left flank with his pace, power, close control, dribbling and aggression...

At times a little greedy on the ball, but that is expected for a young player - Bennett is an entertainer but someone who works extremely hard at the same time.

A Wales international who played in an under-18s friendly aged 13, North End have a good one on their hands here".

MARCUS'S DOUBLE ALMOST A TREBLE

Marcus Dinanga hit two goals against a Manchester United XI last Saturday but he also came close to it becoming a hat-trick when he hit the bar, as shown below.

Above: Before he netted a brace, Marcus Dinanga (no.14) hit the bar when playing against a Manchester United XI last Saturday.

Below: Marcus (off camera to right) finds the net for his second goal.

After the game press and media officer John Edwards interviewed Marcus Dinanga for Alty TV. The interview includes clips of his two goals.

INJURIES

For Saturday's match against Manchester United, several Altrincham squad members were not involved in the game.

Long-term injuries mean that Matty Kosylo (ACL) and Isaac Marriott (knee ligaments) will miss the start of the season. Both were at the game on Saturday.

Brad Jackson missed much of last season with injury and, although he has appeared in pre-season, he was not involved on Saturday. Little has been seen of summer defensive signing, defender Ross Barrows, who was also at the game but not involved but his injury is believed to be minor.

Another player not involved on Saturday was midfielder Josh Lundstram, though hopefully he was just being rested.

Above we see, at half-time on Saturday, Matty Kosylo, goalkeeper Matt Gould who played the second half of the game against Manchester United, and Brad Jackson.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Leader Live reports that "Phil Parkinson hopes to complete two new signings before the new National League season kicks-off, - including the addition of Southend United striker Sam Dalby.

The Reds boss has already brought in four players; Jordan Tunnicliffe, Mark Howard, Anthony Forde and Elliot Lee over the summer and is looking to put the finishing touches to his squad...

'I am hoping at least one, maybe two signings, will be in the building by next weekend,' said Parkinson after Saturday’s 4-0 friendly victory against Macclesfield... 'I don't think we are there yet in terms of the squad... In terms of the depth of the squad and the quality, I still think there are improvements to be made and we need competition all over the pitch'...

Southend manager Kevin Maher confirmed Dalby is close to joining Wrexham... 't’s well documented Wrexham have come in for him,' Maher told the Southend Echo.... 'With the greatest respect we can’t compete with what he knows he can earn there and it looks like it will probably happen I guess'".

Meanwhile the Southend Echo adds that "Southend United boss Kevin Maher wants to add more than one striker...

Last season’s top scorer Sam Dalby is close to completing a switch to Wrexham with Jake Hyde expected to move in the opposite direction. But Maher is keen to bring in even more firepower.

He said 'Fingers crossed one will get over the line but we’re still looking elsewhere too.'

Blues completed the signing of striker Chris Wreh last week and also have Callum Powell available in attack. However, Rhys Murphy (knee) and Harry Cardwell (ankle) are both still sidelined".

Later, the Southend Echo confirmed that "Sam Dalby has completed his switch to Wrexham from Southend United"

But Southend United have now also announced "the arrival of striker Jake Hyde on loan from Wrexham for the 2022/23 season.

The experienced forward... joins the club ahead of Saturday’s league opener at home to Boreham Wood. Hyde, 32, previously scored 16 goals in 34 games for Woking in the 19/20 campaign before joining FC Halifax Town, reaching double figures again with 12 in 27 games.

Blues Head Coach Kevin Maher said 'He’s a proven striker at this level, he was sought after last year when he went to Wrexham... 'I’m delighted to have him in, and a lot of clubs were after him in this league and the one above... When we spoke, he couldn’t speak enough about how much he wanted to be here.

'He’s desperate to score goals, that’s all he talks about when you speak to him'...

Upon signing, Hyde said... 'Last season I was very close to joining and it’s always been a club I’ve been looking at from afar... Work rate and effort is the minimum from me. I’ll bring that to every game I play in'".

And Wrexham's spending power saw them take another player for a National League rival as Boreham Wood "confirm after much speculation that left wingback Jacob Mendy Mendy has decided to join Hollywood-owned Vanarama National League counterparts Wrexham AFC for an undisclosed fee.

Jacob arrived at the LV BET Stadium Meadow Park last summer from fellow National League side Wealdstone, but after just a single season in a Wood shirt, Jacob has swapped South Hertfordshire for North Wales...

Despite leaving Meadow Park after a single season, he goes with our thanks in what was a memorable 12 months for both the Club and Jacob...

During his time at Meadow Park, Jacob made 52 appearances for the Wood scoring two goals".


1 August 2022

JAMES JONES, ON "COMING HOME"

Altrincham FC press and media officer Brian Flynn has interviewed centre-back James Jones, following his return to the club. The interview is on Alty TV.

Amongst the topics covered in the discussion, James explains his move to Barrow and why he has decided now to return to Altrincham, after turning down a contract renewal at the EFL club.

Above, left James Jones is pictured in the warm-up before Saturday's game against a Manchester United XI. We pictured trialists Mitch Rose and Egli Kaja yesterday on the Alty Files. The third new face was Kwame Boateng (above, right), who played at right back during the second half.

THE MANAGER'S VIEW

Altrincham FC press and media officer Brian Flynn also interviewed manager Phil Parkinson recently. That took place on the day when James Jones and Alex Samizadeh joined the club.

The manager also discusses the Club's move to full-time operations. Phil alsosays that he believes that, despite going full-time, Altrincham is still "in the bottom two or three" clubs in terms of the playing budget in the National League. He explains that, whilst extra funds have gone into the new training facilities at Knutsford, the money available for players "has not vastly increased at all".

And, speaking about newly signed forward Alex Samizadeh, Parkinson describes him as "a firecracker".

ALTY OLD BOYS

Ben Elliott scored West Didsbury & Chorlton's goal in a 1-1 draw on Saturday, whilst Kole Hall netted from the spot for Chester FC who drew 2-2 at Hyde United.

Josh Ginnelly has been sidelined by injury at Hearts.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Gloverscast reports that "Yeovil Town manager Chris Hargreaves has said he’s been pleased with the side’s pre-season preparation after signing off the friendly schedule with a 1-0 win over Weston Supert Mare. Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the game, he [said]... 'A lot of the teams we’ve played, we’ve done it on purpose because we wanted them to be a test.

'We played Sherborne and scored a fair few goals in that game, and the games we’ve had have been League One, teams that have been promoted and teams that have recruited a lot of good players. That’s what we wanted, we wanted a decent test as a last game and it was'...

Hargreaves spoke of his delight at Alex Fisher getting on the scoresheet... after signing on for another spell at Huish Park... There was still an admittance that there’s a bit more to do, with goals at a premium during pre-season...

'Hargreaves was hoping that a couple more bodies will be availble sooner rather than later... Just to add more quality to the group, that’s all we’re trying to do, so are all the other managers in the league. We are close, we just need a couple more.'”

In the Southend Echo, we learn that "Southend United boss Kevin Maher would not be afraid to hand Jaden Crowhurst his first team debut.

The 18 year-old right back, who played the full 90 minutes against Concord Rangers on Saturday, has performed well for the Shrimpers during pre-season...

'I think he’s done brilliantly in pre-season,' said Maher. 'He’s another option if we need it'...

Blues are currently short of options at right-back with Jason Demetriou suspended for the first three games of the season and Gus Scott-Morriss still sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Strangely two teams from same level played each other in a pre-season game on Saturday. In a "centenary match" for York, Notts County beat them 1-0 through a Jim O’Brien goal.

` Before the match the York Press had explained that "York City have announced their fourth pre-season friendly, where they will take on Notts County at the LNER Community Stadium.

The game... is a replay of York’s first ever league match that was played almost 100 years ago, in September 1922 at Mille Crux.

City have labelled this game as their centenary match, though if they are to play Notts County in one of their first eight league games, the occasion will be moved to that clash".


31 July 2022

ALTRINCHAM 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED XI

A host of substitutes, a mixture of trialists, Academy graduates and squad players produced an exhilarating final twenty minutes which saw Altrincham transform a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 victory.

Above: Marcus Dinanga, left, is congratulated on his second goal by Egli Kaja, Harlan Rodgers Morris and Tom Pugh.

United's youngsters had taken the lead on the hour mark with a shot from twenty yards by Forson.

But Alty dominated the final period and levelled in the 81st minute when Amaar Hussain and trialist right-winger Kaja combined to get the ball to Dinanga who smartly poked the ball home (81 mins).

Wave after wave of attacks then produced the winner as Kaja got forward again and located Dinanga. He turned smartly before scoring with a left-footed effort (87 mins). Kaja is an Albanian who has been on AFC Wimbledon's books.

New signing Samizadeh was also much involved in the closing stages.

Match report here.

NEXT: MAIDSTONE UNITED

Altrincham's next match, on Saturday 6 August, is the initial National League game of 2022-23 season when Maidstone United are the visitors.

Kent Online reports that "There’s nothing non-league about Maidstone United’s pre-season preparation and new signing Henry Woods should know.

The midfielder has spent the past four years as a professional at Gillingham but feels as fit as ever under the guidance of the Stones set-up.

'I have been really impressed with training, it has been hard in pre-season but I have loved it,' said the 22-year-old former Southampton youngster. 'The set-up is a league set-up, the gaffer [Hakan Hayrettin] and [assistant manager] Terry Harris have been around Football League clubs and National League clubs for years, with the experience they have got they know what is needed.

'Everything has been good and there is no difference between what we’ve done and at a league club. I feel just as fit, definitely...

'The league itself is a professional league, clubs are full-time, professional, it will be tough this season'...

Woods spent last year on loan at Dover. He had a year left on his contract at Gillingham but the taste of regular action in the National League last season convinced him it was time to move on. Maidstone was an easy pick'...

Maidstone beat the traffic chaos to play Folkestone away last Saturday, winning the match 2-1... Goals from Roarie Deacon and Hady Ghandour, from the penalty spot, put the Stones two goals up before Invicta got one back through Ade Yusuff...

Maidstone won 5-0 away at Cray Valley on Tuesday. An own goal put the Stones ahead, Jack Barham doubled the advantage after being fouled for a penalty and Regan Booty made it three before the break. Ghandour’s header was turned in by a Cray player to make it four and Perri Iandolo completed the scoring...

Maidstone complete[d] their pre-season programme with a home game against National League South Dulwich Hamlet".

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ALTY TRIALISTS

Alty deployed a number of trialists against Manchester United on Saturday. One had been identified previouly by the club, notably midfielder Tom Pugh who started the game. Another new face for the home fans was new signing and former trialist Alex Samizadeh, who was used during the second half.

Right: Mitch Rose.

The other trialists named on Saturday and deployed during the second half were...

No. 15. Kwame Boateng. He played at right-back for Alty in the second half on Saturday.

London-born Boateng was at Bradford City for four years. In 2016-17 he made two appearances in the Football League Trophy but then dropped into the Leeds Combination League, before joinging Harrogate Town in summer 2018. Next came a spell at Guiseley in early 2019 from where he went on loan to Farsley Celtic whom he joined on contract in summer 2019.

He was dual registered with Ossett United before a spell with Goole in early 2020. Next came a spell with The New Saints, till summer 2021. He joined the under-23s at Sheffield Wednesday but was released in March 2022.

Mitch Rose (pictured, right) played with no number on his shirt on Saturday. A midfielder, he had played previously against Trafford in pre-season. Aged 28, he was at South Shields last season after playing for several EFL teams including Rotherham United, Crawley Town, Mansfield Town, Newport County and Grimsby Town.

No.19. Egli Kaja. Egil played on the right-wing for Alty. An Albanian, he had been with AFC Wimbledon. He had joined Kingstonian in 2006 before signing for AFC Wimbledon, where he had a trial with AC Milan

Kaja made his Wimbledon debut in 2015 but in late 2016 he went on loan at Lewes before moving, again on loan, to Livingston in Scotland in summer 2018. A free transfer took him to Northampton Town in September 2019.

Late in 2021 Wimbledon re-signed him on a short-term contract.

30 July 2022

MARRIOTT OUT FOR "MONTHS"

Today (Saturday) Altrincham "go into the match without Isaac Marriott (left) after it was confirmed the dynamic Alty midfielder faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Isaac played in the 2-0 friendly win at Trafford and was an integral part of an Alty midfield that dominated possession in a free-flowing 5-1 victory over FC Isle of Man in Douglas four days later.

But he had the misfortune to sustain a knee ligament injury in training soon after and has been out of action since", writes John Edwards.

The good news is that Isaac does not need an operation, but the recuperation period required for a return to full fitness is likely to last for a few months... The 22-year old Huddersfield Town Academy graduate, who has been a revelation at the heart of Alty’s midfield since arriving from Bradford (Park Avenue) last December.

As with Matty Kosylo, who is also sidelined by a knee ligament injury, everyone at the club looks forward to seeing Isaac back in Alty colours as soon as possible...

It will be interesting to see how they fare against what will be pretty much the Old Trafford club’s under-23 team... There are suggestions their line-up may well contain some members of the squad that secured the club’s 11th FA Youth Trophy...

Whether Argentina under-20 winger Alejandro Garnacho... will be amongst the visitors to Moss Lane remains to be seen...

From an Alty perspective, will we see an early run-out for James Jones, on his return to Phil’s squad, and Alex Samizadeh", who both joined Alty this week.

DEREK WILSHAW'S FUNERAL

The funeral of former Altrincham FC Club Secretary will take place on Monday, 8 August at 2.30pm as Altrincham Crematorium, Dunham Massey.

The funeral will be followed by a"wake" at Altrincham FC at 3.15pm. Friends and supporters are welcome to pay their respects to a well-respected servant of the Club.

ALTY OLD BOY TO FACE THE ROBINS

News of a loanee from Accrington Stanley who played 11(+1) games for Altrincham in 2020-21 season comes from the Hartlepool Mail reports that "Paul Hartley has explained the departure of full-back Reagan Ogle after the Hartlepool United defender completed a move to Scunthorpe United...

Ogle has featured quite regularly in pre-season under Hartley owing to a number of injuries and a lack of numbers within the squad, with the 23-year-old also covering at centre-back.

But Ogle has now put pen to paper on a permanent deal with the Iron with Hartley admitting the strength in-depth available to him at right-back was a deciding factor...

Explained Hartley, 'I spoke to him about three or four weeks ago. He hasn't played a lot of football over the last period of time and... he’s going to find it difficult to get game time. He’s been a top professional. He’s a lovely boy. He works hard, he’s a good athlete. But we felt we’re really strong in that area'...

The deal, which Scunthorpe have disclosed as a free transfer, sees Ogle make the step down to the National League...

'I had a good chat with the gaffer and Tony [McMahon] and their pitch to me was that they’re looking to bounce back into the League and are throwing everything at it. I thought it was too good of an opportunity to pass up'"£.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Oldham Athletic report that "Following the conclusion of negotiations with Abdallah Lemsagam and Simon Blitz, the sale of Oldham Athletic AFC can now be confirmed.

We are also at an advanced stage to purchase Boundary Park stadium, hopefully within the course of the next week.

Headed by our new chairman, Frank Rothwell, the Oldham-based owner and founder of Manchester Cabins which has long-standing local ties, the deal will ensure that the club and stadium will be consolidated under one ownership.

This is a significant and hugely exciting development in the proud history of Oldham Athletic and ensures the club can now approach the new season and beyond with a genuine sense of anticipation".

According to Devon Live, "Torquay United assistant manager Aaron Downes says it is important to understand the character of players before signing them, with a whole host of new faces at Plainmoor this season...

United [have] added another new face to the squad, completing the signing of former Sutton united left-back Ben Wyatt...

Downes, manager Gary Johnson, and head of recruitment Pete Johnson have worked hard to make sure they have brought in the right players, with Downes saying...'What's really important is the character of that player. We do a lot of homework and a lot of research on the background of that character as well. So don't just look at them at a match or on Wyscout, the platform we use to watch their games, we speak to people who have worked with them, and we speak to players who have worked with them...

'We also do social media background checks and things like that so we know the character we are getting,hopefully. It is not very often that we have got that wrong'...

Gary Johnson...[said] 'The signing of Ben is a good one, he’s experienced at this level, and also experienced a promotion at this level. The beauty of Ben is he is a left-sided player, who can play left-back, left wing-back or left wing, and with us, he’s going to have to play all of them'.

The squad is now 22 players strong. That number doesn't include midfielder Gabby Rogers who hasn't featured in pre-season and is likely to be looking for a new club.

That number does include 12 new players, plus two new young pros, and only eight who were at the club last season. Dan Martin, Hall and Lapslie have all missed a sizable chunk of pre-season with injuries".

The Southend Echo reports that "Former Southend United midfielder Michael Klass has joined Aldershot Town. Klass made 17 appearances for the Shrimpers before being released in 2021.

But he has now joined the Shots where he will reunited with former Blues boss Mark Molesley who is pleased to have the 23 year-old on board...

Molesley told the club’s official website, 'He’s got a lot to offer our squad and we believe he can play a big part for us this season'".

Meanwhile, Chesterfield "have signed Jesurun Uchegbulam from Matlock Town for an undisclosed fee...

The winger signed after impressing during Chesterfield’s recent pre-season fixture...

The player said 't’s a surreal feeling. Obviously, I played against Chesterfield and I didn’t think too much of it. The next day I spoke to the manager, and it has all just gone from there. I’ve got no words. It’s my first time signing for a club this big and I just can’t wait to get going.

'I would describe myself as explosive, very quick, a bit of a flair player. I like to entertain the crowd. I’ve got an eye for an assist; I’ve got an eye for a goal'...

Uchegbulam was born in Nigeria but started his career in the youth ranks of Italian giants AC Milan... The forward moved to England and had trials with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan Athletic and Brentford. He also had spells with non-league sides Mossley and Stockport Town before joining the Gladiators in the summer of 2021.

In the 12 months that Uchegbulam spent with Matlock, the 21-year-old became a fans’ favourite".


29 July 2022

TWO NEW SIGNINGS AT ALTY

Popular centre-back James Jones has become the latest signing by Phil Parkinson as well as the fifth player to re-join Altrincham this summer. James apparently turned down a contract renewal at Barrow this summer.

He joins former Alty loanees, Chris Conn-Clarke, Jake Cooper, Josh Lundstram and Jordan Hulme in joining the squad for 2022-23, all having had a previous spell at Moss Lane.

James (d.o.b. 13 March 1997), pictured right, first played as a trialist for Alty in July 2017 but, in August, decided to try his luck elsewhere. However, he returned to sign for Altrincham in time to make his competitive debut on 23 August 2017.

Before joining Altrincham, James had spent three seasons with Welsh Premier club The New Saints, progressing from their Academy to first team. His first season at Alty was slightly curtailed by a hamstring injury shortly before the end of the campaign.

But 2018-19 saw him establish himself as the regular partner for Tom Hannigan at the heart of the Altrincham defence.

That season he was a virtual ever-present and started 2019-20, once more, as first choice in the right-sided centre-back role until illness briefly cost him his place in New Year 2020. However, what turned out to be an excellent 2019-20 season culminated in his decision to leave Altrincham for Barrow in the Football League, a decision announced on 19 July 2020.

He had made 108(+7) appearances for the club and scored 13 goals.

The other signing announced today is of Iranian striker Alex Samizadeh (d.o.b. 10 November 1998), who started out with Bolton Wanderers for whom he made his EFL debut in 2016.

A loan at Chorley (2016) was followed by a move to Kilmarnock in Scotland the following year. In summer 2018 he joined Curzon Ashton but, by December, he had joined Wealdstone before moving on to Burgess Hill Town in Sussex in early 2019.

Next he joined Lancashire club Colne in September 2020 before returning south to Leatherhead in summer 2021.

Alex played as a trialist in Alty's game at Trafford this summer, a match in which he was a used substitute.

The last time our Borough of Trafford neighbours sent a team to Moss Lane was back on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 when Alty defeated an Under-18s' team 2-1. Alty's goals came from Tom Hannigan and a Dutch trialist called Diego Sedoc, who recently was playing in Sweden.

The match was played in a rain-sodden J. Davidson Stadium, involving an Altrincham team which utilised nine substitutes (including five trialists) during the second half.

Right: Trialist Michael Bakare leaves the pitch at the end of the game. Behind him are the then Alty manager, Matt Doughty, and former Alty striker Colin Little, who was a coach with United.

Altrincham took a 19th minute lead when Tom Hannigan back-headed a goal from a fine ball into the box by Andy McWilliams.

Having made three changes at the interval, Alty had not settled when United equalised in the 47th minute through Angel Gomes (47 mins). But, although United had more of the attacking play in the second half, it was Alty who scored again when substitute trialist Diego Sedoc superbly lobbed United's keeper Fojkicek just before the hour mark.

Sam Heathcote limped off leaving Alty with ten men to see out the final two minutes and four more of added time.

Altrincham fielded a starting eleven which excluded the Yorkshire trio of Reeves, Clee and Cyrus and which was supplemented by ten substitutes, six of whom were trialists. Alan Goodall made his return from injury on the bench, along with Laurence Taylor, Andy Owens and goalkeeper Andrew Jones.

ALTRINCHAM (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks) 1. Tim DEASY, 2. Sam PATTERSON, 3. Andy McWILLIAMS, 4. Jake MOULT (c), 5. Tom HANNIGAN, 6. Sam HEATHCOTE, 7. Simon RICHMAN, 8. Kyle BROWNHILL, 9. Oluwatomisin ADELOYE, 10. James LAWRIE, 11. Elliot NEWBY. Subs 12. Brice HERESON, 14. Michael BAKARE, 15.Laurence TAYLOR, 16. Emilie BIYEK, 17. Diego SEDOC, 18. Andy OWENS, 19. Max ALLEN, 20. Andrew JONES, 22. Alan GOODALL, 25. Sam DOWNEY.

MANCHESTER UNITED UNDER-18S (Blue shirts, white shorts). 1. Alex FOJKICEK, 2. George TANNER, 3. Lee O'CONNOR, 4. Tyrell WARREN, 5. Regan POOLE (c), 6. Callum WHELAN, 7. DJ BUFFONGE, 8. Ethan HAMILTON, 9. Josh BOHUI, 10. Angel GOMES, 11. Zak DEARNLEY. Subs: 12. Max DUNNE, 13. Max JOHNSTONE, 14. Jake BARRETT, 15. Harry SPRATT, 16. Aidan BARLOW, 17. Indy BOONEN, 18. Kayne DIEDRICK-ROBERTS, 19. Tom SANG.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

According to the Halifax Courier, "FC Halifax Town have signed defender Sam Minihan from Stockport County.

Minihan, 28, began his career with Rochdale, making one senior appearance. In 2012, Minihan made 14 appearances on loan at Droylsden. In 2013, Minihan was released from Rochdale and signed for Loughborough University FC in the Midland Football League...

After two years with Loughborough, Minihan made the move to the National League North side Worcester City... In June 2016, the defender... joined Stockport County... The defender made almost 200 appearances during his time with Stockport".

The Maidenhead Advertiser reports that "Maidenhead United's inability to offer Josh Kelly full-time football this season appears to be one of the motivating factors behind the striker's move to Solihull Moors this week.

Kelly's move to Moors was announced on Friday...

The 23 year-old broke into the [Maidenhead] side... and went on to become a fans' favourite, notching 17 times in the league last season... He had a year left on his contract so the Magpies will net a healthy fee from Moors for the player...

Currently, the Magpies have Sam Barratt, Emile Acquah, Shawn McCoulsky, and Adrian Clifton in their attacking ranks...

Said Devonshire 'He wanted full-time football and we couldn't offer that to him. Solihull Moors could so the deal was done... Nothing has been done, to the point of a [replacement] signing being done or being close but, at the end of the day, that could change tomorrow. There's not a transfer window for the National League'..

The Magpies... faded in the second half of Saturday's 3-1 defeat to National League South side Hungerford Town...

Said Devonshire.... 'Will De Havilland had his first minutes for a few weeks, so did Sammy Beckwith and Sammy Barratt, so it's all pluses on that front'">

In the Derbyshire Times we learn that "Chesterfield have sold around 3,500 season tickets for the upcoming season...

Last season the club sold 2,800 season tickets and 400 half-season tickets at Christmas. Many fans who have not bought a season ticket for a while have got one this year following Paul Cook’s summer rebuild.

'We have already smashed what we did on season tickets last year,' chairman Mike Goodwin told BBC Radio Sheffield.

In other ticket news, the club hopes to fill the North Stand as many times as possible this season with schoolchildren from the local area."

Boreham Wood "announce the arrival of midfielder Jack Payne... following the mutual cancellation of his contract at League Two side Crawley Town.

Jack arrives at Meadow Park with... nearly 450 senior appearances to his name across spells with Gillingham, Peterborough United, Leyton Orient, Blackpool, Ebbsfleet United, Eastleigh and Crawley Town.

The ball playing defensive midfielder began his career with Gillingham... and would go onto make 113 total appearances for Gill’s over five seasons... before an initial loan move to then-Championship side Peterborough United was made permanent in 2013.

Three-and-a-half seasons at London Road saw Payne rack up 91 appearances in a Posh shirt across the Championship and League One, a period which included a loan spell with Leyton Orient, before spending a successful single season with Blackpool in League Two...

A return to his native Kent saw Jack.... signing for Daryl McMahon’s big spending Ebbsfleet United ahead of the 2017/18 season, making 61 appearances... before an initial loan move to... Eastleigh during the 2018/19 season was made permanent ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Jack would make 87 appearances for the Spitfires... before a deserved return to the Football League with Crawley Town materialised... Despite recently signing a new contract with the Red Devils in April 2022, Jack mutually cancelled his contract with the West Sussex side this week.

Gaffer Luke Garrard [said]...'Jack is a player I have admired since his time at Ebbsfleet United and he will bring a wealth of experience'... Jack has signed an initial two-year contract with the Wood".


28 July 2022

LEAGUE OPPONENTS: MAIDSTONE UNITED

Altrincham kick off the National League season on 6 August when promoted Maidstone United visit Moss Lane for the first time since 1988. Maidstone were relegated at the end of that season but they did thrash Alty in the reverse fixture in Kent, winning 7-2!

In preparation for this season's clash, Maidstone announce that they are planning to run a coach to the fixture. "The cost is £30 for members or £35 for non-members. The coach will leave from the bus stop on Royal Engineers Way at 07:30 (please arrive for 07:10)...

The supporters' club need 40 people to make this coach viable. A decision will be made at noon on Tuesday 2nd if the coach can run... Please wait until coach is confirmed before buying any admission ticket online".

A MIXED PRE-SEASON

So far it has been a mixed pre-season for Altrincham. To start with, two of the matches have not taken place as planned. The fixture at Curzon Ashton was cancelled after The Nash concluded that the pitch at the Tameside Stadium was not ready for action.

And the home match against Stoke City under-23s, scheduled to be played before spectators at the J. Davidson Stadium, was switched into an away game behind closed doors on a weekday afternoon. Stoke then included a number of first-teamers in their line up which made their team much stronger than had been envisaged. A 5-1 defeat for Altrincham resulted.

The other pre-season games included three away matches against NW Counties Football League clubs which brought mixed results. Alty lost to West Didsbury & Chorlton and drew with another NWCFL Premier side at Wythenshawe Town before beating NWCFL First Division side, Isle of Man, 5-1 in Douglas.

The only home friendly played to date was last Saturday when EFL2 club Stockport County came to Moss Lane and won 2-0.

Pre-season has also been disrupted by the loss of key players. Not only has Dan Mooney decamped to Southend but Matty Kosylo has been ruled out by an ACL injury and midfielder Isaac Marriott (above, left) is also sidelined by injury.

Altrincham will be hoping that this Saturday's final pre-season game, against a Manchester United XI, will provide a boost to their confidence as the young Reds visit the JDS.

NEXT FRIENDLY: MUFC

With the Manchester United under-23s engaged elsewhere, according to their fixture list, the United XI to face Altrincham seems likely to comprise younger age-group players. The game kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 30 July.

It will be Altrincham's second, and final, home friendly as Phil Parkinson looks to finalize both his squad for 2022-23 and his line-up for the opening league fixture on 6 August against Maidstone United.

Matty Kosylo and Isaac Marriott are ruled out of that game by injury

So, based on the previous summer games a line-up for the National League first game comprising the following names seems as good a guess as any.

New keeper Ollie Byrne should start, whilst Aidan Roxburgh and Liam Brockbank have played several times this summer as the full/wing-backs, with Lewis Baines (right) and Toby Mullarkey the centre-back pairing, assuming that Mullarkey remains at the club amidst persistently rumoured interest from Chesterfield. Jake Cooper would be a third candidate for one of the centre-back positions, whilst Ross Barrows is also a potential starter at full-back.

Central midfield is likely to comprise Josh Lundstram and Elliot Osborne. Chris Conn-Clark has arrived on loan from Fleetwood and will probably be the no.10 with the wingmen being Ryan Colclough and either Brad Jackson (if fully fit) or current trialist Callum Gribbin if he is signed up.

Up front will be captain Jordan Hulme. The bench will necessarily include a number of Academy graduates as well as keeper Matt Gould, assuming that Phil Parkinson breaks with his normal practice of omitting a substitute keeper.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

In the Derbyshire Times we learn that "Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has not ruled out making any more new signings.

The Spireites have brought in 10 new additions this summer. Town are in need of another goalkeeper with Lucas Covolan the only one on the books currently. The Blues have been linked with a move for Altrincham centre-back Toby Mullarkey in recent weeks...

Cook said...'You will very rarely get a manager who says "that’s us finished" [as regards signings]... Have we got some deficiencies? Yes. Can we solve those problems today? Let’s wait and see.'

The rebuild has included players from both the Football League and National League, with all but one of the new boys in their 20s.

And Cook says... 'When you bring in new lads the first quality they give you all the time is enthusiasm because they just want to get better. We have brought quite a few different players in now, the little friendship groups have developed in the squad now which is great to see, but the biggest factor of all is that they have got to be behind each other'...

Chesterfield complete their pre-season schedule with a trip to National League North side Boston United this Friday... 'I think Boston will cause us a lot of problems on the night, probably different problems to what we had against Bradford and it is up to our lads to navigate those waters'">

One club which has already signed an Altrincham player this summer is Southend United where the slub now is "deighted to announce four youngsters have committed their futures by signing new contracts at the club.

Goalkeeper Collin Andeng Ndi, defender Tommy Davis and midfielders Oli Coker and Jon Benton have all put pen to paper with:

Andeng Ndi made his debut in the Buildbase FA Trophy last season... Coker and Benton have also made first team debuts for the club, Oli’s coming two years ago in the EFL Trophy and Jon’s against Weymouth in the National League...

Tall centre back Davis continues to impress the coaching staff in pre-season after spending valuable time on loan with Heybridge Swifts and Welling United during part of last season".

The Nottingham Post reports that "Notts County boss Luke Williams is "confident" that the club will be able to keep star man Ruben Rodrigues despite revealing that 'a number of substantial offers' had been made for the forward.

The 25 year-old Portuguese ace produced a man of the match performance against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening. He was simply untouchable during his 80-minute performance at Meadow Lane on Tuesday evening, grabbing an exquisite assist for Macauley Langstaff... His movement across the pitch was also key in Magpies' second goal...

But with that performance, comes interest, with Notts fans knowing that feeling all too well after recently losing winger Cal Roberts to Aberdeen earlier this week, whilst also losing joint-top scorer Kyle Wootton to Stockport County earlier in the window...

Williams was confident that the club can keep Rodrigues at the club for the upcoming season... 'Ruben I thought was excellent at times, I think he could have played for them to be quite honest,' said Williams.

'I'm confident he will stay, but of course there is going to be interest... 'He knows he is at a club where he's valued very highly, his team-mates think the world of him, the fans adore him, so you have to be careful when you trade that'...

Rodrigues's contract expires next summer and the Magpies could end up losing him on a free transfer, but potential promotion back to the Football League could entice the Portuguese midfielder to sign a new deal at Meadow Lane...

Williams has confirmed 'we have had a number of substantial offers for Ruben. But of those offers, it is nothing that can blow this football club out of the water, and be impossible for him to walk away from'">

"FC Halifax Town have completed the signing of striker Rob Harker from Burnley" reports the Halifax Courier

"Striker Harker, 22, moved across the North West to join Burnley in July 2018, signing from Bury FC.

Physically strong, he signed for the Clarets having come through the academy ranks at Gigg Lane... He then spent the second half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan with then-National League side Hartlepool United, failing to score in seven appearances...

The frontman had been captaining the [Burnley u-23] side at the beginning of last season before suffering an early injury setback... [for] seven months".


27 July 2022

BIG NAMES FACED ALTY

Stoke City fielded a strong side against Altrincham in Tuesday afternoon's game which the Potters won 5-1. And Alty deployed a number of trialists and youngsters in the second half after taking a first-half lead and remaining level at half-time.

The Stoke Sentinel reports that "New recruits Dwight Gayle and Will Smallbone have both scored their first goals for Stoke City.

Striker and midfielder were selected to play for Stoke City under-21s as they defeated National League side Altrincham 5-1 this afternoon.

The friendly took place behind-closed-doors at Clayton Wood as the Potters came back from a goal down. Several first team players were handed minutes in addition to Gayle and Smallbone, who arrived from Newcastle United and Southampton (loan) respectively last week.

Emre Tezgel, D'Margio Wright-Phillips and Jack Griffiths also got on the scoresheet for the Potters".

Footnote: Alty have, of course, faced Dwight Gayle previously. As long as a decade ago he scored for Bishop's Stortford when they won at Moss Lane in 2012. But he also had a penaty saved by Stuart Coburn in that game.

STOKE CITY XI 5-1 ALTRINCHAM

Tuesday's "behind closed doors" friendly, away to Stoke City, featured a strong side from the Potters, including many first-team squad members.

Altrincham lined up as follows: Byrne, Roxburgh, Baines, Mullarkey, Brockbank, Osborne, Pugh (trialist, see below), Pringle, Conn-Clarke, Colclough, Hulme.

Trialist Tom Pugh (right) was released by Scunthorpe United at the end of last season, having made his debut in the EFL Trophy in 2018. However, after signing a contract for last season, he missed the last few months of the campaign with an injury sustained in February 2022 by a challenge which earned him a second yellow-card.

At the time, the BBC reported that "Scunthorpe midfielder Tom Pugh is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury that requires surgery.

The Wales Under-21 international picked up the injury making a tackle in their League Two win over Walsall, for which he received a second yellow card.

Pugh, 21, is an Iron academy graduate who has made 28 appearances for the club in all competitions this season".

Pugh played for Alty as an unnamed trialist last Saturday against Stockport when he was deployed as a substitute. He was on the field for the last fifteen minutes and picked up the only booking of the match.

In the match at Stoke, loanee Chris Conn-Clarke put Altrincham ahead with a fine shot from 20-plus yards, only for Stoke to level the score soon afterwards.

Half-time was reached with the score one apiece. Roxburgh and Brockbank were replaced by two trialists in the second half whilst Stoke made multiple changes.

The hosts took the lead after nine minutes of the second half when a low ball was played into the goalmouth and, although Byrne blocked an initial attempt, and a defender halted a follow-up, a Stoke man netted from close range.

Stoke went 3-1 up in 57 minutes and two minutes later it was 4-1 as Alty conceded three times in a short spell.

With Alty 4-1 down, Alty had Dinanga, Cooper and a number of trialists on the pitch and only Byrne, Pugh, Conn-Clarke and Colclough remained from the starters.

Next, Academy players Morton, Hussain and Gould replaced Conn-Clarke, Colclough and Byrne. And then Pugh was replaced by Rodgers-Morris as Stoke added a fifth.

NEXT GAME

Altrincham's next pre-season game is on Saturday 30 July when the Robins entertain a Manchester United XI. Kick off is at 3pm.

ALTY OLD BOYS

Phil Jordan advises us that Dan Mooney played on the left-wing for Southend United in the first half at Ipswich Town on Tuesday. However, the entire starting eleven was replaced at half-time when they were trailing 2-1; they eventually lost 3-1.

John Johnston scored Guiseley's third goal as they enjoyed another good pre-season result, beating Darlington 3-0.

ALTY FC SUMMER FESTIVAL

Altrincham FC "is delighted to invite all fans to the Alty FC open day. The open day, which will take place on July 28th between 4-6pm, will allow fans the opportunity to meet with both the men’s and women’s first teams.

During the meet and greet, players from both teams will be giving out autographs.

Fans can also enjoy a visit to our retail shop throughout the day.

Summer festival schedule:

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

In the Daily Post we learn that "Wrexham AFC manager Phil Parkinson has dismissed recent transfer speculation linking the club with a former Salford City defender. The Dragons had been linked with a move for 27 year-old defender Jordan Turnbull following his release by the Ammies.

But speaking to North Wales Live, Parkinson said there was no truth in the rumours... The Dragons have only recently returned home after spending a week over in Spain...

The Reds faced Spanish side CD Leganes and Nottingham Forest Under 21s at the Hotel de Golf Campoamor resort in south-east Spain. Parkinson's men fell to a 2-0 defeat against the Segunda División side before earning a 1-1 draw against Forest.

Parkinson... did insist that he and the club were working hard to bring in more additions".

Yeovil Town "welcome Phil Osborn to our coaching staff as our first team goalkeeping coach.

Osborn began his coaching career as part of Plymouth’s academy... before moving across Devon to join Torquay United... with his goalkeeper Lucas Covolan even scoring...

After parting ways with the Gulls at the start of last season, Osborn worked with Tiverton Town... Osborn now ventures to Somerset, as a member of the new-look Yeovil Town coaching staff!"

At Oldham Athletic, "Nathan Sheron believes it is important that Latics do everything to hit the ground running when the new campaign begins in a fortnight.

The 24 year-old, who arrived at Boundary Park in the summer from Harrogate... completed the game in the centre of the defence {against Mansfield] after operating at the back and in midfield during previous games...

'We’re three weeks into pre-season and... things have been going well in training...

'It was a frustrating afternoon today [they lost tp The Stags]... It was disappointing that we let our standards drop'...

After starting out as a youngster at Liverpool, Sheron made his breakthrough into senior football at Fleetwood. He became a regular in the Harrogate team as last season progressed".

Solihull Moors "announce the signing of midfielder Callum Whelan on a one-year contract.

The 23 year-old has spent the last few weeks on trial with the Moors, playing in three pre-season friendlies and scoring in his first of those... Whelan began his career at Manchester United and spent a total of 12 years at Old Trafford, which included a brief loan spell with Port Vale...

In 2019, Whelan signed for Watford and made his professional debut... The midfielder was snapped up by Oldham Athletic following a short trial period in August 2020 and went on to make over 70 appearances for the Latics...

Whelan said... 'I wanted to sign a contract, I wanted to be here. I’d heard a lot about the club before I came on trial'...

Manager Neal Ardley added 'Callum has trained and played with us for three weeks now and impressed us with his technical abilities and clever play'">




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