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31 July 2013


Altrincham fielded 24 players during this pre-season game at Seel Park. They started the first half with just six of the players who had finished last season as first-team regulars and included trialists Scott Byrom and Matt Lord. New signing Kyle Perry plus Rob Gilroy and Adam Reid made up the eleven. It was all change at the interval as a completely new eleven took over, comprising ten youth team players and trialist keeper Dan Lloyd.

Left: Danny Boshell, Scott Byrom and Rob Gilroy surround Mossley's impressive number eight, Lewis Nightingale.

Match report here.


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Altrincham entertain Wrexham on Friday evening (7.30pm), and the Daily Post tells us that "Player-manager Andy Morrell is not quite prepared to take no for an answer, despite the fact defensive target Junior N’Tame has turned down the club’s initial contract offer. Negotiations with the Cameroon-born centre-back, who is currently based in France, are being conducted through fellow countryman and Dragons' goalkeeper, Joslain Mayebi, who delivered news of N'Tame’s rejection following Saturday’s friendly against Tranmere Rovers.

But Morrell... said yesterday, 'I spoke to Joslain briefly after the game and I think the first offer has probably been turned down. So we’ll have to see what he (N’Tame) is after and decide whether it’s anything we can continue with or whether we will have to go elsewhere. Junior hasn’t got an agent and is dealing with it himself. I could speak to him myself but I think that would be even harder. His English is okay, but not as good as Joslain’s, obviously, and we’ll persevere. If it needs me to call Junior, I’ll do that and we’ll see if there is something we can do. If not we’ll look elsewhere. I’ve got three centre backs at present and (Anthony) Stephens can play there as well, so I think we are okay to go into the season if need be. I really would like one more, though, just to add competition for places'.

Morrell’s hopes of seeing an un-named winger join his squad for training this week have been dashed following a weekend telephone conversation. ‘I spoke to him yesterday and he’s having a think about what he wants to do' [said the manager], but Mark Carrington, a former Bury team-mate of striker Andy Bishop has come in and will feature in tonight’s friendly at Gap Connah’s Quay Nomads...

Admitting he knows little about the 26-year old utility player, the Dragons’ boss said, 'Bish knows him and he’s been training down at Southend. He’s been looking for somewhere to train and I said he could play in a couple of games for us because numbers are a bit low... He lives in Manchester with his family. Location-wise it’s all right for us so we’ll have a look at him and take it from there. He’s a midfielder/right back so we’ll have a look'...

Bishop, too, could figure at the Deeside Stadium after a slight groin strain kept him out of the weekend’s 2-0 win over Tranmere, but centre-back Mark Creighton won’t be risked after experiencing discomfort in a knee that was subjected to major surgery last September. Fellow defender Anthony Stephens also has a slight knock, but should resume training before the end of the week, and Wrexham’s only other casualties are Dean Keates, who had a foot operation last Friday, and Jay Colbeck, who may require surgery to cure a persistent knee problem".


The Football Conference reports that "Due to the mindless and selfish act of some individuals on Saturday afternoon who caused grave damage to Vauxhall Motors' main stadium pitch, the games this week on both Tuesday (first-team) and Thursday (reserves) evenings will have to be played on the outside pitch with kick-offs at 7.15pm.

It is hoped that this mindless act will not cause further disruption to Motors' plans but this cannot be guaranteed at this time. But, hopefully, the two big games at the weekend against Prestatyn Town on Saturday and the Charity Match in aid of Diabetes UK on Sunday (kick-off 2pm) between the 2002 Vauxhall FA Cup team and a former Tranmere side will go ahead as planned."

The Conference also relays reports from Worcester that "Ethan Moore has been released with immediate effect from Worcester City. The former Aston Villa youth team striker, who joined City at the end of last season... had agreed to return to the club... Players are expected to be fully committed to the club and make every effort to attend training sessions...

It is disappointing that this decision has had to be taken but the management team feel that they have made every effort to help the player, but now sadly they realise nothing else can be done to support him and it is best that the two parties go their separate ways...

Worcester boss Heeley said, 'I’ve had a chat with Ethan and he needs to decide what he wants to do and what level of football he wants to play at. We demand high standards from our players and if any of those players can’t get to that standard with their commitments then they’re no good to us. At the moment, Ethan hasn’t been here often enough. It’s a shame because the lad’s got good potential but with Conference North football you have to have a certain amount of commitment and application and at this moment he hasn’t got that'”.

Meanwhile, "Harri Hawkins and Nathan Hicks [have] both signed for Histon and both are likely to be involved tonight when the Stutes take on Braintree Town... Hawkins was a regular starter at left-back last season and has graduated through the Scholarship programme at Bridge Road.

Manager Brian Page was expecting to lose the 19-year-old this season though, but explained, 'Harri is going to the USA on a Scholarship but he doesn’t go now until the end of September so is able to be involved for us up until then. Left-back is an area we are short in at the moment so having Harri available gives me a bit of time to sign the right long-term replacement'...

Midfielder Hicks also put pen-to-paper and has been involved in all of the pre-season games so far. The 21-year-old started his career with Leicester City and was most recently with Kettering Town...

'Nathan has been with us since we returned to training a few weeks ago and he impressed us right from the start. He will bring a physical presence to the midfield and a bit of experience but he knows how to play the game too and has a good range of passing'" said Page.

"The squad is shaping up well now but Page hasn’t finished recruiting, 'There’s still room for two or three more to come into the squad', he said, 'And, with any luck, we’ll get the ones we want agreed soon. There’s still the option of going into the loan market as well and I’m talking to a couple of clubs about players that would fit into what we’re doing here. There’s still time though so I’m not too concerned yet and the quality we already have here is high so we’re feeling positive'".

30 July 2013


Brian Flynn advises that he "will be providing regular updates on Twitter and half-time and full time updates on facebook for the game at Seel Park on Tuesday evening. There is no coverage on Radio Robins of this game". Given the above, there will be no matchday updates on this website.

Tonight's squad for the game at Mossley will include a mixture of first team and youth team players. A bug has affected some of the first team over the past week.


The Altrincham FC Summer Fun Week for aspiring young footballers is taking place currently at the J. Davidson Stadium at Moss Lane. Pictured right, before a torrential downpour brought a temporary halt to proceedings, are some of the youngsters taking part in the coaching sessions on the pitch.


The Shropshire Star reports that "AFC Telford boss Liam Watson is set to offer trialist Robbie Booth a deal for the new season.

Booth, formerly of Chester, Bangor and Southport, has impressed the Bucks' chief in his pre-season displays for the club so far. And Watson said, 'I am going to look to offer him a deal. I haven’t talked to him about money yet, but I will have something for him and he is definitely someone I would like to keep'. The verdict remains out on the futures of fellow Bucks' trialists Nathan Rooney and Martyn Jackson... Watson has also said that he is looking outside his current squad for a new recruit before the season gets underway".

Pitchero Non-League says that "Gloucester City could be the perfect club to re-launch the career of Gloucester-born starlet Jamie Edge, according to Tigers' boss Dave Mehew.

The 19-year-old midfielder has seen his career stutter since earning a dream move to Arsenal from Cheltenham Town as a 15-year-old. Now without a permanent club after a spell with West Bromwich Albion, Edge played on trial for the Tigers in Saturday's 1-0 win at Swindon Supermarine.

Impressed with what he saw, Tigers boss Mehew is hoping that the lure of regular football close to home will tempt the classy midfielder to sign for his home-town club. 'We had a good look at Jamie and I think he knows that he's got to be playing football and that might bode well for us', Mehew said. 'He's going to have a look at another club, a Conference club, this week and we'll take it from there. I'm open minded about it... He's obviously got a bit of quality and he grew as the game went on. If we can get him in, then great'.

Edge shot to prominence as a 15-year-old when Arsenal fended off interest from Manchester United to prize him away from the Cheltenham Town youth system... Edge was a regular in the Gunners' under-18s side and made one appearance for the reserves. He left Arsenal by mutual consent in the summer of 2011 and spent a year under current England boss Roy Hodgson at West Brom before injury hindered his chances of making a breakthrough...

'He realises that he's not going to come here and get the crown jewels in terms of money but we might be able to offer him regular first-team football... but I'm not going to wait around for longer than a week'".


NL Daily announces that "Non-League Day returns for 2013 on Saturday 7 September. Our new website is now live and contains a wealth of information for clubs and supporters, including the popular match finder tool...

Whilst Non-League Day capitalises on Premier League and Championship supporters not having a game, we want to move away from this being the sole focus of the day. Many clubs aren't situated near Premier League or Championship grounds, which means attracting these supporters can become difficult.

Instead, we want to see Non-League Day as a celebration of the non-league game, regardless of where your club is situated. There are hundreds of thousands of football fans across the country who rarely attend live games. Often, these same fans live in towns and villages with non-league sides who they may have never visited. It is these fans we want to encourage...

Many clubs have reported new faces returning again on the back of previous campaigns, which is brilliant to hear. Coupled with increasing awareness in the national media, we hope that Non-League Day can only ever be a force for good. Put simply, the more people that visit our non-league clubs or are at least made aware of them, the better".

Altrincham are away at Leamington on that date.

29 July 2013


Following Saturday's game, Lee Sinnott told the NL Paper, "It was another good workout for us. I thought we did well for 70 minutes and then had a ten-minute spell where we lost a bit of gas but finished the game quite strongly. We're showing signs that we'll be on course for August 17 and that's the key date in my mind".

Meanwhile, FC Halifax town has an interview with manager Neil Aspin, which includes...

Right: The photographer's dog got in on the act before the match on Saturday.

"Results aren’t important in pre-season but attitude is certainly important and I would expect after the disastrous first-half against Bradford (Park Avenue,) that the attitude from anyone who played in that game would have to be a lot better... So that’s why I obviously made a few changes [v. Altrincham]...

In pre-season it’s very difficult because the pitches are so dry. Players tend to fall over the ball and it’s very hard to move it quick and very hard to get a quick tempo in the game because of that. But I was pleased I felt in the second-half we looked more of a threat and that we had a few more chances, we finished as the strongest team in the last 30 minutes".

Alty TV has video of Halifax's goals at Moss Lane on Saturday.


For those travelling to see Alty at Mossley on Tuesday, a map is here. The address is Seel Park, Market St, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL5 0ES.


With Altrincham playing Wrexham on Friday (7.30pm) at the J. Davidson Stadium, those seeking football locally on Saturday could watch our neighbours Trafford, who take on Ramsbottom United at Shawe View (3pm).


"Defender Ryan Batten is in 'prime position' to earn a deal at Gloucester City after coming through two trials of the trialists with flying colours" reports This is Glos. "The centre-half, who was been plying his trade with Bitton in the Toolstation Western League, has impressed City boss Dave Mehew in a number of pre-season run-outs...

In need of defensive cover following Tom Hamblin's move to London with work, Mehew will have another look at Batten. 'It's been the best set of pre-season trialists we've had and two or three of them have been unlucky because they've been in positions where we're already pretty well covered', Mehew said. 'But we will keep looking at Ryan Batten over the next two to three weeks, he's certainly in prime position to be offered something for the new season. A few of the other lads will be kept on and registered, but we will need to look at getting them another club to play their football on a Saturday afternoon as they need games'".

According to Pitchero Non-League, "Carl Macauley, manager of Vauxhall Motors, has added two new players to his squad in the form of forwards Lloyd Ellams and Matty Kosylo. Twenty-two-year-old centre forward Ellams arrives at Rivacre Park from Conwy Borough... He started his career with Chester City and has experience of Conference North from a loan spell at Droylsden and a two-season stay at Stalybridge Celtic.

Kosylo has been on trial with Motors during pre-season and has impressed enough to be offered a place in the squad. He arrives at Motors following a spell at Ashton United. Prior to that, he had been at Stockport County and Salford City. He can play out wide and as a central striker".

The NW Evening Mail tells us that "The bookies are tipping Barrow AFC to enjoy a positive season but player/coach Alex Meechan is refusing to get drunk on enthusiasm. Some leading bookmakers have installed the Bluebirds as fifth or sixth favourites to win the Conference North title this season..

In reality, Barrow appear to be big outsiders to achieve that glorious feat... 'All the bigger clubs are going to be up there based on what we get in terms of fanbase and things like that', said Meechan. 'But no, to be honest, we haven’t looked at that. Me and Dave know what it takes to get promoted and we’ll get a squad together that we believe can have a successful season. The bookies don’t get much wrong, because there’s one being built on every street corner now, so they can’t get things too wrong can they?

Being honest, in finding out the odds, I have not batted an eyelid because I know it doesn’t mean anything unless we get off to a nice start and we can then go game-by-game, to use the old cliche'... Bet 365, in common with other bookies, have installed fellow relegated side AFC Telford as favourites to lift the Conference North Trophy, with odds of 3/1.

Non-league giants Stockport County are second on the list, at 11/2, while Altrincham and Brackley Town have slightly shorter odds than Barrow, at eights....

'We’re just expected to have a good season', he added. 'A good season might mean doing well in the cups and being in and around the top half of the table; I don’t know'".

28 July 2013


Above: Josh Wilson's freekick heads for the net.

In a match played in sweltering conditions, Altrincham suffered their fourth defeat of pre-season courtesy of two set-piece goals in the final fifteen minutes, both awarded against Gianluca Havern for handball.

Match report here.


The Halifax Courier reports that "FC Halifax Town got back to winning ways in pre-season with a hard-fought win at Altrincham... The additional quality of Town’s summer shopping in preparation for life in the Conference Premier eventually told on a fine afternoon in Cheshire.

James Walshaw made it six games without success against his former team after his summer switch from Guiseley, but his new side gave the Shaymen a good workout before the visitors eventually took control of the game thanks to goals from Josh Wilson and Lee Gregory.

Matt Glennon returned to the starting line-up after recovering from an elbow infection, one of several changes from the 5-3 defeat to Bradford Park Avenue that also included a new centre-back partnership made up of two trialists, neither of whom was Matt Clarke who left the club earlier this week...

The chances continued to come thick and fast at the start of the second-half as Wilson’s free-kick curled just the wrong side of the post... Reid was powerless to stop Wilson’s second free-kick, which was placed tantalisingly out of his reach from 25 yards out to finally break the deadlock.

Town then edged out of reach when Gregory stroked the ball in from the spot after a hand-ball in the box from his attempted cross...

Altrincham shots on target: 4, shots off target: 3, corners: 6

Halifax shots on target: 4, shots off target: 12, corners: 3".


On Tuesday, Alty travel to Mossley of the Evo-Stik 1 North, where Mossley Web reports on Saturday's game, wjich ended Abbey Hey 0 Mossley 3, with two ex-ALty Youth players on the score sheet, Andy Keogh and Charlie Weir. The Mossley side included two more ex-Moss Laners in Russ Saunders and John Bennett.

Their team was - 1 Russ Saunders, 2 James Blair, 3 John Bennett, 4 Jason Stone, 5 Charlie Anderson, 6 Kyle McGonigle, 7 Brian Matthews, 8 Ryan Hopper, 9 Kayde Coppin, 10 Andy Hurst, 11 Lewis Nightingale. Subs: Danny McDonnell, Andy Keogh, Charlie Weir, Kevin McGrath, Tyrone Sealey, David Owens, Callam Gardner.

"Mossley strolled to a comfortable victory over NWCL Premier Division new boys Abbey Hey on Saturday... Some great approach play was negatively rewarded in the opening half with some wayward finishing as Kayde Coppin, Andy Hurst, Lewis Nightingale and Brian Matthews all had reasonable opportunities to open the scoring before the deadlock was broken...

As with the previous games managers Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison made their substitutions gradually through the second half with two of them finding the net".

For those going to Tuesday's game, the ground is at Seel Park, Market Street, Mossley, OL5 0ES.


The Football Conference announces that "In conjunction with BTSport and club hosts Cambridge United, have joined forces to offer one twitter follower of @conferencefooty a great competition with bundles of prizes and most importantly to be present at the first LIVE game of the new BTSport experience of Conference Premier football.

The winner plus a guest will not only have prime main stand seats at the R Costings Abbey Stadium for Cambridge United v FC Halifax Town on Sunday 11th August, they will receive pre match hospitality alongside a director of the Football Conference to chat all things "conferencefooty" and be introduced to representatives of Skrill, the new Title Sponsors of the Football Conference.

After, the winner will receive an exclusive tour of BTSport backstage production operations, how it is organised and broadcast; and meet those who make it happen, including the commentary team.

We add in a chance to chat to both managers and be presented with two match balls signed by each team courtesy of Jako, before taking your seats to watch the action unfold before your eyes. But why stop there, let’s throw in for you and your guest a branded bench kit jacket from Surridge Sport and a bag of goodies from BTSport.

And the Non League Paper will give the winner a FREE online subscription to their award winning paper which covers, every Sunday, the news and views of non league football, especially all the action from the Football Conference Premier, North and South divisions.

And there is a real added bonus, with a Sunday midday kick-off, courtesy of Menzies Hotels, you and your guest will have a twin bedded room with a Saturday evening meal at their ideally situated hotel at Bar Hill, Cambridge. Sadly, the winner will have to get themselves to Cambridge (sorry about that) but you cannot have everything in life.

So, to be in with a chance of being present at the first LIVE match with BTSport, you simply have to have a fast finger and follow these three steps.

  1. You must be a follower of @conferencefooty, the official Twitter feed of the Football Conference and be registered as a follower with us no later than 12 midnight on Friday 2nd August.
  2. Five followers will then be chosen by random electronic selection on Saturday 3rd August, being notified via a Twitter PM from @conferencefooty, [that] they have progressed to the final stage of the competition.
  3. At 12noon on Sunday 4th August, exactly 7 days before kick-off and BTSport’s first live screening of a Conference Premier game, a question will be posted on the official Football Conference website. From those five selected followers the first one to tweet the correct answer to @conferencefooty will win this fabulous day out and superb prizes, courtesy of all our named partners and sponsors.

It’s FREE and the winner will [be able to] claim to be the 'Fastest Finger in Football'".

27 July 2013


Mike Garnett tells us that today (Saturday) is "The first time we have met the ‘new’ Halifax club in pre-season. There were, however, a couple of occasions on which their predecessors came to Moss Lane in the 1970s, when of course they were members of the Football League. Both games ended in the visitors’ favour by a single-goal margin, that on August 8th 1970 ending 1-0 to the Shaymen while 'Fax won 3-2 on August 6th 1977.

Brian Flynn adds that "Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, is providing full live commentary of Saturday's game against F.C. Halifax Town at The J.Davidson Stadium Coverage starts at 2.55pm. You can listen to Radio Robins on the internet here.

The commentators are Niall Finnegan and Brian Flynn with match summaries from John Edwards.

Dan Whitelegg will be providing regular updates on Twitter (@altrinchamfc) as well as half-time & full time updates on facebook (Altrincham FC). Coonsequently, this website's Matchday Updates service will not operate. However, you can find the Twitter feed on this site here.

Both the home and away refreshment facilities will be open for tomorrow's game. As in the other home friendlies, enrty at the turnstiles is £7 for adults, £3 for concessionaries. Under-5s and those showing their 2013-14 Altrincham FC season ticket will be admitted free of charge.

"Neil Aspin, manager of FC Halifax Town, has revealed that defender Matt Clarke will not be joining the Shaymen after failing to earn himself a contract. Clarke, who had previously played for the Shaymen between 1999 and 2003, was given the opportunity of a second spell at The Shay after linking up with Neil Aspin’s side on trial...

Aspin admitted there was still a chance for trialists to secure a deal. 'To be fair to Matt he hasn’t done himself justice in the games he has played for us but I’ve had to look elsewhere', the manager said. 'There is a trialist due to play on Saturday and we’ll be looking to bring in a new face before the start of the season'.”


The Football Conference has issued a press release:

"The Football Conference takes great pleasure in announcing its new Title Sponsor for the next three seasons - global online payment company Skrill. The newly named leagues will now be known as The Skrill Premier, The Skrill North and The Skrill South.

Headquartered in London, and with a customer base worldwide in excess of 35 million, Skrill leads the way in global online payments. Individuals and businesses can pay and get paid globally with Skrill. Customers can also send and receive money worldwide in 200 countries and 40 currencies, securely and at low cost, without revealing their personal financial details. Skrill is an online payment company but does not offer credit or loans. You can find out more by visiting their website. Brian Lee, Chairman of the Football Conference commented on the signing of contracts 'With the new season fast approaching, we are pleased to welcome Skrill. Patience has been the key element throughout negotiations by those members of the Board tasked with finding a new Title Sponsor. Everyone at the Football Conference has been confident one would be secured. Throughout the whole process, the most important factor was to make the right decision, not only to safeguard all that is good about our competition but the chosen sponsor possesses the qualities we seek after a long line of previous trusted partners. We were mindful we needed a company displaying an image and work ethos which suits the modern game, our clubs and their sponsors, whilst not forgetting our ever growing number of supporters. We sincerely believe we have found such a company in Skrill. May I personally welcome them on behalf of our membership'.

On behalf of Skrill, Siegfried Heimgaertner, President and CEO Skrill Group was enthusiastic to be joining such a well known brand in the English game. He said, 'At Skrill we believe in bringing access and opportunities to our customers. Whether it’s paying businesses or transferring funds to family and friends our service is quick and great value for money – the two things that we think embody the Football Conference.

'By teaming up with the Football Conference we want to bring non-league football to more fans and enable them to support and access their local team in new and exciting ways. In our view the Football Conference is the most dramatic league in the UK and we are proud to be its title sponsor for the next three seasons'.

Brian Lee concluded by stating, 'Skrill is a worldwide brand. I am sure they will during their time as Title Sponsor become well known throughout the game, let alone the Football Conference. Skrill join us at a very exciting time, with a host of other new sponsors, corporate and affiliate; and we are positive Skrill will attract other brand names who wish to be part of our ever growing football family. I am excited for our member clubs that we are able to deliver what we as a Board promised. Now I ask our clubs in turn to embrace Skrill and work with them'.

All enquiries to:

Football Conference: Colin Peake 07763 831070

Laura Oakley 020 7300 6362

Skrill sponsorship: Alan Alger 07824 690561

About Skrill: Skrill is one of Europe's largest online payments systems and among the world's largest independent digital wallet providers with 35 million account holders. The Skrill Digital Wallet enables any customer to make online payments conveniently and securely without revealing personal financial details"


Progress is being made in amending the website to improve its display on iPhones with successful testing of a prototype revised format. Hopefully, this improvement will be made available shortly.


Barry Pond's update table of Matchday Sponsors at the J. Davidson Stadium is now available. Please contact Barry on (0161) 928-1045 or by e-mail if you would like to sponsor a game or a matchball.


News of one of our pr-season oponents comes from the BBC that "Player-manager Andy Morrell says young Wrexham striker Bradley Reid has a bright future in the game. The 17-year-old youth team graduate made his first team debut for Wrexham against AFC Telford last season.

Reid scored twice in a friendly win at Colwyn Bay and Morrell believes.. 'He's an unbelievable prospect. I think he's got everything to go on and do really well in the game'".


"Confirmed player movements registered with the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League" include:
  • Lewis Chalmers to Nantwich Town from Droylsden
  • Peter Wright to Nantwich Town from Leek Town
  • Samuel Grimshaw (pictured right) to Radcliffe Borough from Altrincham


The North Wales Weekly News reports that "Frank Sinclair has secured a major coup for the club by signing former Stoke City, Norwich and Leicester striker Ade Akinbiyi as player-coach ahead of the new season.

He will act as coach to the forwards as well as agreeing to come out of retirement to be available to play.

Sinclair has also arranged for former Spurs, Wigan and Sunderland defender Pascal Chimbonda to play in Saturday's pre-season game against Chelsea. The Frenchman made over 100 Premier League appearances for Wigan and Tottenham Hotspur before joining Sunderland and is currently a free agent after leaving Doncaster Rovers.

'He's a friend of mine and he will play for us against Chelsea to get some fitness while he searches for a new club - similar to what Wayne Thomas did against Wrexham on Tuesday,' reported the 'It will be a good experience for my players to have someone with Pascal's quality and experience in the dressing room'".

Talking of Akinbiyi, Sinclair added, 'It is quite a coup for a club like Colwyn Bay to get him as he still has the ability to be a huge a presence on the football field', said Sinclair. 'I expect him to be a real handful for defences at our level and he will be a huge help to our other forwards both on and off the field'.

Colwyn Bay have also agreed contracts to sign former Stockport County forward Cameron Darkwah, who was the with Bay on loan last season, and young winger Jamie Matthews, who was formerly with FC United of Manchester's youth team".

The Shropshire Star reports that various trialists "have been handed game time in the last seven days, against Conwy on Saturday and Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday. But the trio failed to convince Watson to hand them a deal for the forthcoming promotion push.

Watson said, 'I’ve cut back on a couple of trialists. Luke Bottomer has done alright but I haven’t got a position for him and I think that James O’Neill has got to go out and play to be honest'... Those decisions leave Watson with three remaining unsigned players in his ranks. Robbie Booth, Nathan Rooney and Martyn Jackson, all predominantly midfielders... And it is in the middle of the park that Watson is aiming to strengthen before the big kick-off.

All three players could be set for another chance to impress against Skelmersdale tomorrow while Alan Moogan (muscle strain), Simon Grand (ankle) and Wes Baynes (hip) are all set to miss the trip to Lancashire, having picked up knocks... but other minor injury concerns, Mike Phenix and Chris Lever, should both be fit for the weekend... Tuesday’s defeat was Telford's first loss during pre-season, following three straight wins against lower league opposition".

26 July 2013


The Hale, Altrincham & Sale Independent interviews Lee Sinnott. The Alty boss says, "We have brought in four new players Mike Williams, James Walshaw, Kyle Perry and Danny Boshell. Mike, a defender, came from Kidderminster, James and Kyle are both forwards, while Danny signed after being on loan to us at the end of last season".

Asked about Rob Gilroy the under 18 England Schools midfield Captain, Lee stated "He is very keen, got a great engine, which he showed in the pre-season friendly against Accrington Stanley on a hot and warm day, so it looks good for the future".

As for losing the play-offs last season, the manager said, "We won’t be the first team to use a disappointment as an advantage to spur us on to greater things. Looking back on last season, we made positive strides in quite a few areas from the season before. So it is up to us now to pick the reins up and improve on what we did last season and that is what we will be attempting to do as a group this year".

He continued, "I have said this before, supporters thinking we should have 22 or 23 players, but that is not the case in this league. I would rather keep it close knit. We may bring in one or two more additions but that’s not a definite and teams always change throughout then season anyway. I think we have ticked a box bringing Kyle in as we have never had a powerful centre forward in that kind of style. He gives us a different options.

If anything, probably a winger with a bit of pace could benefit the squad and we have enquired about a player but it does not look like we will get him".

Asked about the coming season, Lee remarked, "I think this league is unpredictable. Teams who come up into this league usually do well along with the teams that have been relegated from the Conference. We will see what happens and I will stick to what I say and that is it usually takes six games for the league to settle down. By the end of September you have played a quarter of the season, so,from our point of view, we need to hit the ground running".

Concerning finances, the boss's view is that "If you start spending money which you have not got, you are asking for trouble. I was given a budget, which is a good budget, the club is run well by good people and is well supported by the supporters who turn up week in and week out. It is up to me to assemble a squad that I think will be successful...

I am under no pressure. I know what I am trying to do. I feel determination because when I came here the club had been relegated and I had to turn the ship around, then steady it, just not good enough for the play offs in the first season. Last season, we made massive strides, now the job is to push on from there. I am enjoying what is developing in front of your eyes, players know each other now which is worth an extra 10% knowing each other's style, the players know where we all want to get to now and we need to start the season as we finished last season".


According to NL Daily our opponents this Saturday, have just signed a Cheshire player. "Neil Aspin, manager of FC Halifax Town, has signed former Winsford United defender Lois Meynard... Meynard, 24, played against the Shaymen for Rochdale in pre-season following a trial with the Lancashire side.

Rochdale Manager Keith Hill described him as potentially an excellent player when he took Meynard on trial. Meanwhile, FC Halifax Town have confirmed that wingers Adriano Moke and Jason St Juste have both been released by the club".

And the Halifax Courier adds that "Maynard started out as a midfielder with Chadderton FC, but switched to centre-half and joined the now-defunct Flixton FC".


Jenny Heslop, organizer of the important Altrincham FC fundraiser, the Saturday Yankee, is in need of a collector for a Yankee "round" in the Ashton on Mersey/Sale area. This would best suit a car owner. If you would like to earn some cash and help the club at the same time, please contact Jenny by phone (0161 928-1045) or e-mail her at the Club.

Last week's Yankee was won by code 3507. As that sequence had not been issued, thejackpot now rises to £2,200, which can be won for a £1 stake.

Three members did win £50 each, however, as their codes included winning trebles.


Altrincham-based Premiership referee Anthony Taylor officiated at Altrincham's friendly against Accrington Stanley but his next assignment is thousands of miles away from the J. Davidson Stadium, as the Premier League reports that "Anthony Taylor has spoken of his excitement and honour at being named the referee for the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy.

The only Premier League-sanctioned competition outside England kicks off on 24 July with Tottenham Hotspur taking on Sunderland, then Manchester City facing Hong Kong champions South China, all in Hong Kong Stadium... For Taylor, it will be his first trip to Hong Kong...

'It's a great honour to be chosen to officiate the Barclays Asia Trophy final', he said. 'I am very excited. I have been abroad on several occasions but this is my first time in Hong Kong so it will be a different experience. With Premier League teams being involved it will be interesting to see how they cope with the conditions out there, how the players adapt but hydration issues will be one of the main important things'...

Taylor will take charge of City against South China... For the final, Taylor will be assisted by [assistants] Ganfield and Chow. The likely humidity will not be new for Taylor, who experienced similar conditions when in Japan three years ago as part of an exchange programme the PGMO has with the Japanese FA...

The most recent English addition to the FIFA list was Taylor himself, in January, and he is aware of the pressure to maintain the high standards of Premier League referees during the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong".


The BBC confirms that "Morecambe striker Jack Redshaw is set to miss at least half of the forthcoming season after scans revealed he needs a hip operation. Redshaw, 22, will have surgery which is likely to rule him out for five to seven months, after picking up the injury in Tuesday's match at Burnley.

The Shrimps had rejected a six-figure bid for ex-Manchester City forward, who scored 16 goals in 45 games last term.

'It is a massive loss for us', boss Jim Bentley told the club website... 'I don't think we will see him until some time in 2014. The bid was a large one for Jack but I am delighted that the board backed me and turned it down'. He signed a new one-year deal with Morecambe in February 2013, after joining the club in January 2012".

All at the J. Davidson Stadium wish Jack a full recovery.


"Steve Housham has questioned the youth policies of some Football League clubs after giving the thumbs down to a group of trialists" reports This is Lincs. "The Gainsborough Trinity boss admits he has been left disappointed after running the rule over a number of young players from League One and even Championship clubs. Up to six trialists have been taking part in training and pre-season matches for the Blues...

'I have spoken to most of them and I've asked them what their clubs are up to', said Housham. 'They are technically quite good but they have come to us nowhere near ready for Conference North football... They would be physically overawed by this level of men's football. For some, it might not be the end for them as far as Gainsborough Trinity is concerned because we have the under-19 side as well, but I don't yet know if any are interested in doing that. But as far as first team football is concerned, I just don't believe they are ready'.

The youngsters had another chance to impress during Trinity's 1-1 draw against Rainworth Miners Welfare last Saturday, Trinity's fifth pre-season friendly fixture...

'It was a very good test for us', added Housham... 'We got more minutes on the pitch into the players and had another good look at the trialists and the young players that were taking part in the game'".

25 July 2013


Joint Altrincham FC Press Officer, John Edwards writes, "Lee Sinnott backed his Altrincham players to reap the benefits of a weekend bonding session in time for the Conference North kick-off on August 17.

The Alty manager had the squad at his disposal last Saturday and Sunday, as the club continued their recent tradition of funding a weekend get-together ahead of a new season.

Alty promptly suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Trafford on Tuesday night, but Sinnott was adamant the full effects of their extended work-out will not be felt until nearer the opening Conference fixture at Worcester City.

‘If anything, the Trafford game might have been a bit of a hangover from last weekend, because the lads put an awful lot into those two days,’ he said. ‘It was all fitness-based, aimed at putting strength into their legs, but we will only see the benefit of it in another week or two. That’s how it should be, because everything is geared towards making sure we are ready to go on August 17.

‘It was a great weekend, because apart from two days of strenuous fitness work, the lads spent time together and went down to the club as a group, on the Saturday night, to meet supporters and take questions from them.’

New signings James Walshaw, Kyle Perry, Mike Williams and Danny Boshell have all fitted in well and could be followed by more additions before the start of the campaign.

‘It’s possible there could be one, or even two, but they have got to be the right type,’ added Sinnott. ‘I believe in waiting for the right player to come along, rather than signing someone for the sake of it, and anyone we bring in will be to fulfil a particular need. For instance, an out-and-out right winger, a right-footed equivalent of Nicky Clee, is something we are missing, and we are looking in that area.’

Alty have one or two minor knocks, ahead of Saturday’s friendly with FC Halifax Town at the J.Davidson Stadium (3pm). Simon Richman has a calf injury that may take seven to 10 days to clear up, while Shaun Densmore has sore shins".


Trafford report that they "produced a tremendously assured and confident performance on Tuesday night to defeat a powerful Altrincham side 2-0 at Shawe View... Trafford’s composed and creative football was rewarded in the 26th minute when Joe Shaw was unceremoniously upended just outside the penalty area and Andy Smart stepped forward to slam the free kick inside the far post.

Two minutes later Smart turned provider when Alty keeper Adam Reid failed to hold his low driven cross and Joe Shaw pounced to bundle the ball home from close range. Trafford introduced a succession of substitutes throughout the second half and as a result lost some of their rhythm and it was the visitors who created the clearer openings...

A fascinating encounter came to a close with Trafford comfortably holding on to their two goal advantage and producing an excellent all-round performance that augurs well for the new season".


Alty entertain Wrexham on 2 August and the BBC reports that "Wrexham captain Dean Keates is to have a toe operation which will see him miss the opening three weeks of the season. Player-manager Andy Morrell confirmed the midfielder will have surgery on Friday and that he will be out of action for six weeks.

The injury hampered the 35-year-old during the closing stages of last season. 'He had it done on his other foot a couple of summers ago so we've got to do it', Morrell said".


Alty's next opponents, FC Halifax Town say that "Neil Aspin did not shy away from his true feelings after seeing his FC Halifax Town side receive a first half mauling at the hands of Bradford Park Avenue.

The Shaymen found themselves 4-0 down at the break and although a mini-revival in the second half brought them to the brink of an equaliser, a late Paul Bolland strike ensured a 5-3 friendly victory for the home side...

'I have learnt more from that abysmal first half performance than I have in all of the other pre-season games put together. You never want to lose any game and you never want to play poorly but if you are going to lose and you are going to play poorly, then you might as well do it in pre-season. There were certain questions that we asked in the first half and they got an emphatic answer. I had to do something about that.

But you don’t need to be an expert to see what went wrong. We gave away appalling goals and we were absolutely terrible at the back. There was no pressure on the ball, there was no closing down, no shape, no passion, no determination, no desire, there was a lot of bad play and there were a lot of mistakes... It is something that I need to put right for when the season starts'.

Aspin made eight changes at the start of the second half, which sparked Town into life as goals from Sean Williams, Alex Johnson and Lee Gregory gave them hope of a memorable fight-back. It was a spirited performance which did not go unnoticed by Aspin, who revealed:

'I was pleased with the second half. Regardless of what players do in terms of how they play or if they make mistakes, the minimum you ask of them is that they give desire and give 100% effort. The players in the second half did that...

Bradford have got some really good players and they are a team who did really well last season. At one stage they were catching us to get into the play-offs and I expect them to do really well again for the forthcoming season... You have got to close teams down. If you do not work hard then there is only going to be one outcome'".

FC Halifax Town add that at 4-3 "The momentum was with the away side and it looked as if it was only a matter of time before the equaliser was scored. However, Bradford Park Avenue again threatened on the counter-attack, and the eigth goal of the game would go their way, putting an end to the chance of a second-half performance earning from the Shaymen earning the draw it deserved".


According to the Football Conference, "Gloucester City AFC (1980) Ltd is able to confirm, in light of recent renewed speculation, it is still progressing the potential for a new stadium on both the Meadow Park and Civil Service locations.

The Ltd Company wishes to reiterate the statement it made earlier in the year. It was fairly obvious from the planning application re Meadow Park which went before Gloucester City Council on 5th September 2012, despite on-going discussions over a number of areas which raised concern and more importantly to find a solution to speed up the club returning home, we were best advised to scale back the original plan.

Whilst this seems on the face of it to be the easiest solution re the old stadium site, it still involves other planning issues and detailed regulations, which cannot be ignored for a number of legal reasons and it has taken time to resolve these. The clarity so required in moving this forward is now available to determine the best route with regards to this site.

By having the original application determined, the Ltd Company is able to submit a scaled down plan without the onerous costs of another full application, which in the current climate would have been another financial blow, which could not be justified considering the Club has worked hard to become debt free and stabilise the playing side under a new Management Board as part of the recently announced comprehensive restructure.

Once the original application is determined, the Ltd Company can then set about finalising the scaled down plan and submitting this as soon as practicable.

Meanwhile, the club shall continue to be interested in the Civil Service location but stress that the site is not owned by us and therefore it is Redrow and the council who must determine the next moves applicable thereat. We understand a pre planning application has been submitted and Redrow await a response from the Council. Therefore it is inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage.

Alongside the above two mentioned sites we also continue to explore the Blackbridge location as a long-term training facility for the football club, not only for the first-team but all other allied sections which carry the club name".

Pitchero Non-League tells us that "Worcester City are set to hold talks with central defender Graham Hutchison over a permanent move to the club. The 20-year-old former Birmingham City player featured in last Saturday’s 0-0 friendly stalemate at Nuneaton Town.

He played five games during a loan spell with Worcester last season... Manager Carl Heeley has been impressed with Hutchison’s attributes... He said, 'We are going to have a chat with Graham and his agent to see if we can iron a few things out but we would love to have him on board'.

City could also make a move for experienced goalkeeper José Veiga as competition for Matt Sargeant... The 36-year-old Portuguese, who last played for Harrogate Town following spells at Tamworth, Macclesfield Town and Hereford United, was involved against Nuneaton... City are seeking another keeper now that Glyn Thompson has left to take up a coaching role in Thailand.

Heeley said, 'José has got a super CV, is vastly experienced and he did very well. Having that experience helped the younger lads. He’s keeping his options open as well so we will see what develops'.

Other players on trial with City are Ashley Walker, a right-back fresh from a stint in America, former Redditch United and Hinckley United centre half Richard Munday, teenage keeper Sam Hawker, who is part of City’s academy, and defender Calum Flanagan".

Reports in the Boston Standard tell us that "Ex-Derby County defender Stefan Galinski has penned a Boston United deal. The 19-year-old, a Polish youth international, came through the Rams’ youth system and penned a pro contract, although he never saw first-team action at Pride Park.

He has also played for Corby Town...

Said boss Dennis Greene, 'He had been on trial at higher placed clubs, so we have had to wait to get our man'... Galinski missed last night’s 4-1 warm-up defeat to Cambridge United due to a dead leg... Charlie Ward was named among the Boston substitutes last night. The younger brother of ex-Pilgrim defender Tom was given the final 12 minutes, whe he replaced Conor Marshall.

Greene added, 'He’s a lad that’s been highly recommended within the set up of Boston United and we were a couple of defenders short, so it was a great opportunity to give him 15 minutes'".

In the Manchester Evening News we learn that "Hatters’ boss Ian Bogie is happy to play a game of patience as he continues assembling his squad for the new season. County were set to field some new trialists in the game at Ramsbottom United on Tuesday, played as the Express went to print.

Of those would-be players who featured in the defeat at Nantwich last Saturday, two have been given another bite of the cherry. Former Newcastle United youngster Mike Riley, Bogie’s nephew, is the first of those... Paris Bateman has also been handed another opportunity after the arm injury he picked up at the Weaver Stadium turned out not to be a break.

However, Ryan Brooke, Ross Fisher and Tom Donegan are all surplus to requirements with Bogie particularly critical of the latter’s attitude. He explained, 'I got a call from Tom at 12.30pm on Saturday while I was driving to Nantwich to say that he had food poisoning. I haven’t heard from him since and he didn’t turn up to training on Monday so, for me, he’s a deal that won’t be happening...

We’ve still got another half-a-dozen games to play and plenty of time to sort out the last few pieces of the jigsaw and bring in the right sort of players. We’ve got 14 signed players; I keep saying we’re looking to finalise an 18-man squad'...

While some of County’s pre-season performances may not have been full of free-flowing football, Bogie is relatively content with his side’s progression thus far... 'We came back a bit earlier than most teams and we’ve still got 24 days until the first game. Pre-season is all about the players getting to know each other and building up their fitness. The results aren’t too important'".

24 July 2013


Two creditable pre-season defeats for Altrincham against Football League clubs were followed by this disappointing showing against promoted Trafford of the EvoStik Premier League. The Shawe View team deserved the win but Altrincham can point to the absences from their starting line-up of Stuart Coburn, Shaun Densmore, Damian Reeves, Simon Richman and James Lawrie (who did play the second half), all regular starters last season.

Right: Alty line up their defensive wall at Trafford. Left to right are Perry, Moult, Rodgers, Boshell and Clee.


As well as Altrincham, who this summer renamed their ground The J. Davidson Stadium, "Solihull Moors have announced that Autotech Controls have agreed a three-year sponsorship deal with the club, which includes the naming rights to the ground, which will now be known as The Autotech Stadium.

A club statement reads, 'The Moors are delighted to have such a forward-thinking company as our partner. Autotech design, install, maintain and upgrade electronic control systems, especially in the automotive manufacturing, logistics and baggage handling sectors'.

A spokesman for Autotech said, 'During the early conversations it was apparent that we shared similar views on growth and development. The recent work being carried out by the club within the community illustrates the vision of Solihull Moors as a future leader. The ATG group has a similar philosophy in the work place'".

The Boston Standard tells us that "Boston United are aiming to submit an application for planning permission for a new ground at the start of next year. Chairman David Newton has confirmed that he wants to put his plans to Boston Borough Council in either January or February.

It is believed that this is the first time Newton has given a timescale with regards to relocation, and he describes the move as an ‘important first step’. 'We will look to go to public consultation around September/October time, with the aim of submitting an application around January/February 2014', Newton wrote in his pre-season programme notes.

The Pilgrims have five years remaining on their lease at York Street, with site owners the Malkinson family looking to sell the land and unwilling to extend the deal. However, with the club paying a reported £70,000 annual rent, Newton has already said it would be financially beneficial for United to look elsewhere.

The chairman wants to build a new ground on a site further from the town centre, and plans to help finance the construction by sharing the site with a ‘commercial partner’. The Pilgrims... previously agreed to go into partnership with a well-known hotel company. However, financial problems saw the firm, which wasn’t named, pull out.

Newton added 'The finance to actually deliver the project will be difficult to secure in the current climate. The cost of a planning application is very high. However, we have taken the decision to press ahead with an application as we believe that once permission is granted, the project will gain momentum and it is hoped that other commercial partners will then commit, with the necessary finance then following.

We also need actual planning permission before bids can be made to various funding bodies'.

Newton, the founder and managing director of Chestnut Homes, is no stranger to the world of development... He added, 'We have a few loose ends to tie up, but will give further details as soon as we can. We will also engage with the fanbase to try to ensure as many views as possible are taken on board during the design process of the stadium'...

Boston United have played on their current York Street site, known as the Jakemans Stadium, since their inception in 1933".

23 July 2013


Altrincham play their third pre-season game tonight (Tuesday) at Shawe View, home of our neighbours Trafford FC. Trafford gained promotion last season so they will kick off the coming campaign in the EvoStik Northern Premier League, just one rung in the non-League ladder below Altrincham.

Brian Flynn writes... "Dan Whitelegg will be providing regular updates on twitter and half-time and full-time updates on facebook for the game at Shawe View. There is no coverage on Radio Robins of this game".

As the twitter feed can be easily seen on this website's headlines page (or by clicking on the adjacent twitter icon), there will be no Matchday Update service tonight on this website, either.


As a temporary measure to aid the users of iPad and iPhones an old-style duplicate index has been added to this page, along the left-side of the screen. The drop-down menu above this still provides the most direct route to more of the website's pages.

For those with PCs or other devices who may not be used to drop-down menus, all you have to do is hover with your mouse over a menu heading e.g. "Team" and a sub-menu automatically appears e.g. "First Team" or "Youth Team" or "Ladies' Team"; hover over that heading and a further sub-menu appears showing such headings as "Fixtures", "League Table" and "Statistics". In that way you can go straight to each page such as "First Team League Table" in just one click.

A further alternative is simply to click on the "Site Index" heading where everything of importance is listed alphabetically.


The Altrincham FC Saturday Yankee is a major fundraising scheme for the Football Club. An agent is currently needed for the Ashton-on-Mersey/Sale area and a car-owner would be best suited to this job. If you can help, please contact Jenny Heslop at the club by phone 0161 928-1045 or by e-mail. Agents receive commission on their members' winnings.


Histon report that "Brian Page’s squad for the coming season continues to take shape with confirmation that Lewis Taaffe has committed himself to the club. The 21 year old midfielder/forward is a graduate of the Scholarship Programme here at Bridge Road and has been a regular feature in the side over the last three years...

A two-week trial at Dagenham & Redbridge over the summer was ultimately unsuccessful... and Manager Brian Page was pleased to secure the influential midfielder stating 'Taffy has proved himself as an important player for us. It has been a little frustrating over the summer as he had one or two other options but I thought he was worth waiting for and I’m really happy to have his signature on the paperwork at last'.

One player that will not be involved however is midfielder Levi Porter, who has signed for Oadby Town. Page was disappointed to lose the player but said 'It’s a shame but Levi is based in Leicester so the travelling was always difficult for him and he’s been offered more to play locally at a lower level so that’s what he’s decided to do'".

In the Scunthorpe Telegraph, we read that "Terry Hawkridge’s move to Scunthorpe United from Gainsborough Trinity has provoked one or two grievances at his former club, Carlton Town. The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side had a sell-on clause inserted into the deal which took the winger to Trinity 12 months ago.

But they lost out when Hawridge and team-mate Luke Waterfall switched to Glanford Park this summer. 'The deal for Terry to Scunthorpe didn’t involve a fee, so the sell-on clause doesn’t apply', explained Gainsborough secretary Pete Wallace. 'The deal we have with Scunthorpe was for Luke Waterfall and Terry, and involves players coming on loan to Gainsborough throughout the season'.

Club and board members voiced their disappointment at Carlton’s AGM last week, claiming reports said Hawkridge had gone to Scunthorpe for an undisclosed fee.

Chairman of the Notts club, Mick Garton said, 'One of the main stipulations on letting Terry join Gainsborough was that we would have a sell-on clause and we allowed him to go for a relatively small fee because we didn’t want to stand in his way. We expected Gainsborough to get in touch with details of the deal and how much we would receive via the sell-on clause, but when we chased it up it was stated by the club that no fee had been received (for Hawkridge) and as such we would not be receiving any compensation...

We feel that even if Gainsborough are just getting players on loan, this is of financial benefit to them, so it’s only fair that we should get what we are entitled to'".

22 July 2013


The Cheshire County FA District Youth Challenge Cup will revert to an early season competition in 2013-14. Altrincham have been drawn in League 1, which may have four or five teams in it. Four of the teams have been confirmed, the fifth has yet to be so. The winners of the League will meet the winners of League 2, which has four member teams.

Altrincham & District's matches are:

  • Sun. 8.9.13 Home v. STOCKPORT & DISTRICT FA
  • Sun. 29.9.13 Away v. Wirral & District FA
  • Sun. 20.10.13 Home v. MID-CHESHIRE FA
  • Sun. 10.11.13 Away v. TBC

League 2 comprises Crewe & District, Chester & District, Runcorn & District and Macclesfield & District.


Duncan Watmore netted the winner at the weekend as his Sunderland XI team beat Darlington 3-2.


A number of former Alty players are now at Mossley, whom we play in ten days time (30 July), a recent influx having arrived at Seel Park from Winsford United with Peter Band's new assistant manager. In Saturday's friendly against Bacup Borough, the Lilywhites' squad included Russ Saunders, ex-youth/reserve players Charlie Weir, John Bennett and Andy Keogh.

This Tuesday, Alty play their next friendly, away to Trafford FC, who are now in the EvoStik Northern Premier League, following promotion last season. On Saturday they played a friendly in Wales at Buckley Town, which ended 2-2.

Trafford's first-half team comprised: Andy Robertson, Sam Halligan, Nia Bayunu, Steve Mason, Andy Smart [ex-Alty], Brad Anderson, Simon Gallanders, Martyn Andrews.

Their second-half team was: Ryan Pugh, Ally Brown, Nia Bayunu, (Joe Shaw 70 mins), Steve Mason, Jordan Jacobs, Warren Collier, Danny Burtham, Sam Hood, Andy Nevins, Paul Ashton, Michael Oates".


The Oxford Mail says that "Oxford City manager Mike Ford has admitted he is unsure about the future of talented Brazilian striker Felipe Barcelos at the club. Barcelos, who scored 12 goals in 43 appearances for City last season in all competitions, flew out for a trial with an unnamed Italian club on Wednesday, but Ford believes the best place for him is at Marsh Lane.

He said, 'If I thought it was the right move for him he’d go with my blessing, but I’m not convinced it is. But I’ll know for certain about that in ten days or so when he returns from his trial. We’re also entitled to compensation for him because he’s been with the club since he was 16 and we’ve offered him a contract'".

Lord Peter Snape, Chairman of Stockport County has provided a "Boardroom Update". It includes the following... "Pre-season results are less important than players catching the eye, and manager Ian Bogie has already made some astute signings judging by the performances so far. The manager is looking to bring in another four or five players before the season starts and is using the pre-season to have a look at a number of triallists...

We were also delighted to hear from Steve Bellis... Steve did an incredible job in building our brand in the Far East and made County's name more popular than Manchester United in the west of China. There are already plans in place for another tour of China...

I am delighted to report that all of our home games next season are currently police free. I would like to thank Greater Manchester Police and our Club Secretary Tony Whiteside who have worked together to reach this conclusion, which will certainly help the football club in terms of its running costs in 2013/14...

Off the pitch, the financial position remains difficult, but the sales of season tickets and replica kits has given us a good platform to build upon... Whilst the playing side of the club may be part-time, the office has very much remained full-time...

I also want to say a personal thank you to Help the Hatters, a unique fans’ organisation which has worked so hard to help the Club both financially and practically. In recent weeks, groups of HTH volunteers have been sprucing up the stadium ready for the new season, whilst also funding the signing of teenage striker Rhys Turner...

So, the kits are ready, the squad is taking shape, Liam Cash has got the pitch in an immaculate condition and we are all looking forward to the big kick-off".

At Hednesford Town "After the pre-season friendly against Redditch United FC yesterday, teenager Charlie Anagho-Ntamark put pen to paper and became the latest in the long procession of players to graduate from the club’s youth team.

Charlie, son of former Pitman, Walsall FC legend and Cameroon international, Charlie Ntamark, is a fine prospect and joins Rob Smith’s squad after a superb season with the double winning youth team...

In more good news for the club, the mercurial Jamey Osborne celebrated a man of the match performance against Redditch by agreeing his new contract terms and looks set to establish himself as a key player for the Pitmen".

21 July 2013


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  • L. to r: Rob Gilroy, Neil Tolson, Mike Williams, James Walshaw, Kyle Perry and Danny Boshell.

    It was a "Meet the Players & Management" event at Moss Lane on Saturday evening like no other before it. The club's official caterer had raw eggs smashed on his head, the captain of the English Schools XI gave a solo rendition of the National Anthem and one of the club's new strikers lay down flat on the top table. But the event was in the middle of the squad's residential "bonding weekend" and the master of ceremonies was the Club chef, Richie Bentley, so it was always going to be an eventful evening

    Right: Richie Bentley sees the yolk as Sally Heslop cracks an egg over his head; the Alty players and the manager look on.

    After an intensive day of pre-season training, involving plenty of running, manager Lee Sinnott and assistant manager Neil Tolson, brought the players to meet supporters in the Noel White Suite. The new players, Danny Boshell, Kyle Perry, Mike Williams, James Walshaw and Rob Gilroy sat at the top table, along with Neil. The evening comprised a mixture of questions from the floor and games devised by Richie, who compered the evening like a professional.

    The games included "Pictionary", in which players and supporters had to draw a squad member whose identity was guessed by the audience and "Roulette" in which the new players took on six supporters, with the spin of the wheel dictating whether the contestants got a shot of vodka or of water. The final game, the "Penalty Shoot Out" saw Richie sparing the players' coiffures by being the seated victim as supporters and players took turns in smashing a random selection of hard-boiled and raw eggs over his head!

    Between the games the players talked about their previous craeers, their experiences since arriving at Altrincham and their views on next season. Kyle Perry emerged as the main joker of the evening and, after a serenade from James Walshaw, his fellow striker Kyle was prompted to display his own musical talents for which, he told us, he normally commands a high fee as a member of Stubblemelt.

    After the event, the players moved off for a night out in nearby Hale before they report back to their Altrincham hotel for another hard day of training on Sunday. One thing was clear, there is certainly a great spirit amongst the squad for next season - and it is mostly vodka!


    Macclesfield Town's side to face Oldham Athletic in a pre-season game included Lewis Chalmers, who is described as "Midfielder who was with the Silkmen and has since been with FC United, Radcliffe Borough and Droylsden".


    According to the Worcester News, "It is unusual for a team to kick-off a new season without having played a match on the pitch on which they will host 21 league games. That, however, is the situation for Worcester City as they prepare to begin a ground-share with Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough.

    For the first time in many a year, possibly ever, City will play all their pre-season friendlies away as they have been unable to arrange any at their new temporary home. It means their first venture on to the Aggborough pitch will be the Conference North opener against Altrincham on Saturday, August 17.

    Although Worcester, who visit Nuneaton Town in a warm-up match today (3pm), will be up to speed in terms of fitness, they will need to adapt to their new surroundings quickly. Striker Danny Glover reckons it will take a while for City to settle in at Aggborough but doesn’t necessarily think it will be a disadvantage for Carl Heeley’s side.

    'It will be new surroundings and a new pitch and things like the width of a pitch make a difference because you have got to get used to playing on it', Glover said. 'I think we will take our time getting used to it but it’s the same for both teams. It won’t be much of an advantage but the opposition won’t have played on it either'.

    Glover, one of several of last season’s squad to be retained, took part in last Saturday’s 4-0 friendly defeat at Birmingham City and is relishing the chance to face his former employers today. 'I think it will be a good challenge so I am looking forward to it', he said. 'It’s close to a month until the new season so it’s getting to the time when you need to start pushing on'.

    The Boston Standard said yesterday that "Ashley Timms is expected to pull on a Boston United shirt for the first time today. Boston United host a Leeds United XI at York Street. And manager Dennis Greene is confident that he can give his stopper, who has been sidelined due to an operation, some minutes on the pitch.

    'We’re hopeful we can get some kind of game time out of him', Greene said of the ex-Manchester City stopper. 'Maybe 25 minutes or so?... But we don’t want to rush it'. Teenager Sam Vince has deputised for Timms in the pre-season friendlies... Greene added, ;Sam’s done great in pre-season and he doesn’t look like he’s a 17-year-old goalkeeper'...

    After recording two 2-1 victories against lower-league opposition, the Pilgrims know Leeds - who will have former United midfielder Neil Redfearn in their dug-out - will prove their sternest test to date.

    Greene added, [referring to the game with Leeds], 'We’ve got 18 players. Hopefully, we’ll be competitive and hopefully we’ll do all right in the final 25 when, through no fault of our own, we’ll be tired'".

    20 July 2013


    It should be an evening to remember at Moss Lane's J Davidson Stadium tonight, Saturday (7.30pm), as the Meet the Players and Management event in the Noel White Suite will be hosted by the Club's official caterer, Richie Bentley. Richie writes, "I will be hosting the 'do' in the absence of Grahame Rowley and Brian Flynn. Expect a tame evening of mild questions, no strippers and no alcohol... or come along for FREE to Moss Lane and help me intoxicate the players and reveal all to the public!". Rumours that Brian Flynn will be cooking the players' meals during their pre-season bonding weekend have led to the squad bringing their own packed lunches.

    Right: Richie with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


    The Football Conference tells us that "As part of the Football Conference efforts to ensure charitable organisations benefit from endeavours by indviduals or groups from within the membership, they are pleased to say that their efforts during the past season has enabled them to support the following. In so doing the Board of the Football Conference wish to pay tribute to all those who have made these donations possible...

    £1000 has been donated to the Level Playing Field Association, who do so much good work for disabled supporters throughout the game.

    Five individual walkers tramped the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal receiving from sponsors a very creditable £1145. Added to that sum, donations from functions at the AGM from member clubs generously raised a further £3,400. This allowed a total of £4545 to be presented to the MND Association to support the sterling efforts of Mark Maddox, who suffers from motor neurone disease and was a player with Altrincham.

    In addition, the Board of Directors have made an award of £250 to help with the launch of the Georgia Williams Appeal Fund. Georgia was a member of the match day staff of AFC Telford United and sadly met an untimely death...

    Chairman of the Board, Brian Lee stated, 'It is right we as a competition remember we are in a privileged position and, individually and collectively, we have responded once again to help those in need. May we wish all three organisations the very best with their aims and objectives."


    Manager David Johnson writes that "Altrincham Juniors U15s Phoenix side is looking to recruit some new players for the upcoming season. Recruits will be from year 9 or 10 as of September, 2013. We are looking for players in all positions. Please contact me by e-mail or phone (07717-884195), if interested or for further information".


    Alty travel to Mossley the week after next where ex-Alty man ""Peter Band has brought in Lloyd Morrison to manage Mossley alongside him for the coming season. Morrison, 41, has spent the last 12 months in charge at Winsford United, where he led his side to a 4th place finish last season...and also led them to success in the Mid-Cheshire FA Cup, where they beat Northwich Victoria in the final.

    After an amateur playing career which saw him play for Chadderton, Maine Road and Mid Cheshire League side Styal, Morrison became player-manager at Styal, winning the League title in his second season in charge and also the Cheshire Amateur Cup. He then stepped up to the North West Counties League with Flixton and with little or no budget took the club from adrift at the bottom of the NWCFL when he took over to avoiding relegation. They then finished 15th in his first full season and 8th place in 2011/12 before he took over at Winsford last summer...

    Band said, 'I've known Lloyd for a long time, we work close by each other in our day jobs and he is someone who has impressed me both as a person and as a manager. He has great contacts in the game and he will attract some quality players to the club'" reports Mossleyweb.


    Histon "Manager Brian Page has confirmed the signing of Joe Asensi and Charlie Binns...

    Asensi is no stranger to Bridge Road having graduated through the Scholarship Programme at the end of the 2011-12 season before moving on to join Soham Town Rangers where he was a regular starter last year. The 20 year old is primarily a left sided or central midfielder but is also comfortable in the left back role and Page is pleased to have re-signed the versatile youngster stating, 'He can play anywhere across the midfield and is comfortable at left back as well'...

    Also joining the Stutes' squad is another versatile youngster, 18 year old Charlie Binns. Operating in midfield Binns has impressed in both recent pre-season games.... but can also play at right back. He started his career in the youth ranks at York City before moving on to Tadcaster Albion in the summer of 2012, then to Biggleswade Town before joining Eynesbury Rovers in March, where he finished the season".

    "Netan Sansara has committed his future to Boston United by signing a one-year contract", confirms NL Daily. "The left-back originally penned non-contract forms upon his arrival from Danish club FC Vestsjaelland earlier this month. The former Walsall trainee, who played in the Football League for the Saddlers between 2008 and 2010, has also played for Dundee in Scotland and PAEEK in Cyprus".

    In Cumbria, the News and Star reports that "Workington Reds’ main transfer objective is replacing the goals lost by Gareth Arnison’s departure, insisted coach Gavin Skelton. Arnison, who scored 100 goals during a prolific spell with his home-town club, quit to join Barrow after moving to Manchester.

    Skelton knows it won’t be easy, and said, 'Every club in the division is looking at the same players. It’s even more competitive when you’re searching for a striker... We need to find someone who can help Jonny Wright in attack'. Wright has scored four times in thee pre-season games, netting twice against Annan Athletic and Penrith.

    Skelton, who is loving life at Reds following his arrival on a player/coach role,'.

    Skelton, 32, has been impressed with the standard of the trialists and reserve players the club has introduced to the first team during pre-season... Skelton said, 'I’m getting fitter with every training session and match we play, and I will be 100 per cent when the season kicks off... The Workington dressing room is a great place to be with the established players making everyone feel welcome and part of the squad. It makes for a nice atmosphere, which is why lads like David Lynch want to come here next season'".

    19 July 2013


    Altrincham FC Official Photographer, Gavin Rathbone, writes...

    "After many months of work, a new online shop has been put together for the forthcoming season.

    The shop has been built to collate as many things 'Alty' as possible in one place so you can buy a team shirt at the same place as donating to Radio Robins, for example. There are still some additional amendments to be made, including some more merchandise, the updating of the current squad, and a few more photos to go on, but the site is now functioning and can be ordered from.

    As it is a brand new site, developed from scratch, please do accept that there may be some errors around the site so we ask that you would kindly make us aware of anything you see by emailing me, Gavin Rathbone. In the meantime we hope that all fans find the site useful and we look forward to feedback".


    Once again Altrincham supporters are able to stake their claim to a player's shirt by sponsoring the wearer for the 2013-14 season. For just £150 per player or £250 for two players, you can.

    Home and away shirts are available so there are plenty of opportunities to secure a memento of what, hopefully, will be a successful campaign. So far the following players have secured sponsors...

    • Stuart Coburn (h) Chris Rowley
    • Shaun Densmore (h) Jack, Eliot and Lara Shaw
    • Matt Doughty (h) Eddie Bishop - (a) Sarah Rowley
    • Scott Leather (h) Hugh Purchas
    • Danny Boshell (h) Neil Shackleton
    • Damian Reeves (h) Tom Murray - (a) Andy Mein
    • James Lawrie (h) Ian Wilkinson
    • Simon Richman (h) Paul Daine
    • James Walshaw (h) Neil Shackleton - (a) Dan Eadie
    • Damian Reeves (h) Tom Murray - (a) Andy Mein
    • Nicky Clee (h) - (a)Josh
    • Carl Rodgers
    • Jake Moult (h) Robinsons Preservation
    • Adam Reid
    • Gianluca Havern
    • Kyle Perry (h) The Fosters
    • Mike Williams (h) Mark Embury
    • Rob Gilroy
    • Lee Sinnott - Hugh Purchas
    • Neil Tolson - Andrew Shaw
    • Alan Ainsley - The Rowley Family
    • Matt Doughty (h) Eddie Bishop - (a) Sarah Rowley


    Alty travel to Mossley a week on Tuesday and the Manchester Evening News reports that "Ashton United and Mossley FC face busy summers after both were forced into appointing new managers. Last week saw the Robins rocked by Craig Robinson’s resignation, citing ‘personal reasons’.

    They quickly filled the gap by appointing coach Paul Phillips as joint first-team manager alongside Steve Halford, who was lured from Mossley. For their part, the Lilywhites didn’t hang around in appointing a replacement with Peter Band the new man in charge at Seel Park...

    Band, 39, joined Mossley as a player in August 2011 and made 42 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2011/12 season. Last season, he was more often than not an unused substitute while working alongside Halford. An announcement on the appointment of a new assistant manager is expected to be made shortly".


    NL Daily tells us that "Karl Noon has become the latest in a long line of players to sign a new deal to remain with Vauxhall Motors for another season. Noon is in his second spell at Rivacre Park after re-joining in February 2013 from Warrington Town...

    Noon was with Liverpool as a youngster and went on to play for Prescot Cables, Southport, Bangor City... as well as Marine and Colwyn Bay before joining Motors in 2008. He had two successful years in his first spell at the club, which led to international recognition as he was called up for the England C squad, before re-joining Colwyn Bay in 2010".

    An Altrincham player from last season is now trialing with Stockport County. Their report on the recent friendly, which ended Cheadle Town 1 Stockport County 2, says, "The margin of victory could have been greater but for three first-half goal line clearances and a number of other missed chances.

    As with Saturday's game against Northwich, Ian Bogie fielded several trialists as he looks for late additions to his squad and also played striker Brandon Windsor at centre half for the whole game with trialist Paris Bateman given another chance to impress. Ryan Brooke partnered Dennis up front... Brooke was the third player denied by a goal line clearance as half-time approached...

    County made 10 changes at the break with keeper Lewis King the only senior player to join Windsor".

    Huddersfield Town report that "A Town side consisting of youth and experience drew an entertaining game at Guiseley as the build-up to the season continued. The hosts twice took the lead in the game through Phil Marsh, but the Terriers were well worth at least the draw and levelled through Matt Crooks and Captain Jordan Sinnott, a former Guiseley youngster" and son of Alty boss Lee. Supporters will recall that Jordan enjoyed a loan spell at Moss Lane last season.

    Tranmere Rovers have a photo gallery from their game with Alty last week, whilst Michael Ripley likewise has images from that game.

    18 July 2013


    Altrincham FC's joint Press and Media Officer, John Edwards, writes that "Altrincham have launched their preparations for the new season by parading four notable new signings and a youth team graduate who is determined to emulate Duncan Watmore’s stunning impact at the J.Davidson Stadium.

    Right: Rob Gilroy, behind Premiership referee Anthony Taylor, on his Altrincham first-team debut last Saturday. Also seen are James Lawrie (9), James Walshaw and Jake Moult.

    Forwards Kyle Perry and James Walshaw, defender Mike Williams and midfielder Danny Boshell, who has turned last season’s loan into a permanent move, all impressed in Saturday’s unlucky 3-2 defeat by Accrington Stanley and Tuesday night’s 3-1 loss to Tranmere Rovers.

    So, too, did England Schools under-18s skipper Rob Gilroy, who found himself pitched into an unexpected first-team debut after only 17 minutes on Saturday and responded with an assured performance against League Two opposition.

    The 17-year old from Crosby began to take Alty manager Lee Sinnott’s eye before leading England to the Lloyds TSB Trophy with a 3-1 win over Scotland last season, and he has no qualms about setting his sights high and aiming to follow in Watmore’s illustrious footsteps.

    Released by Chester last year, he has responded positively to the promptings of youth team boss George Heslop and is now pressing hard for a place in Sinnott’s squad for the forthcoming campaign.

    George Heslop ‘I owe George (left) a lot,’ he said. ‘He took a chance on me, after Chester, and he has been brilliant. When I had a meeting with the Chester manager Neil Young, and he said he didn't think there would be first-team opportunities for me there, I rang Alty and asked whether I could come down and let them have a look at me, with a view to playing at under-18 level. I suppose a lot of it is down to having a willingness to go that extra mile and not give up on your dream, and it does help bring your game on when you are playing alongside Football League Academy lads in the national schools' team.

    ‘You have to stay focused on your dream, if you want to make it to the professional ranks but, even so, there’s no getting away from the role George has played in helping me reach this stage. He is quality, and I wouldn’t be here today without him. He knows how to get the best out of players, so much so that the gaffer (Sinnott) said, towards the end of last season, that he was going to take a look at me during the summer, with a view to the coming campaign.

    ‘I just want to learn and progress under him and Neil Tolson as much as I can and make the most of this invaluable experience of playing with the seniors. My goal is to make it into the professional ranks and, when I look at what Duncan has done, it inspires me. I would like to model myself on him and not only develop along the same lines but try and add some of his qualities to my game. I think I put plenty of desire and energy into games, and I try and keep calm in tight situations, but the way he takes players on is an element I want to work on.’

    Gilroy is unlikely to be daunted by the prospect of 1,000-plus crowds, should he feature in Alty’s Conference North line-up.

    ‘I remember being at the training camp before the Scotland game, and the coach took me to one side and said he was making me captain,’ he said. ‘It was an unbelievable feeling, difficult to describe really. When you first start kicking a ball around, at four or five, you never ever dare dream that one day you will walk out as captain of your country, in front of thousands of people.

    ‘It really is hard to put into words. You probably have to experience it to know exactly how it feels to realise a dream like that. I have done it now at 17 and am still young enough to have another crack at it next time, and it is something I am very proud of.

    ‘All my family were there, at St Johnstone’s ground in Perth, and it was a special moment. The game was filmed, and I will be keeping the dvd as a lasting memory of an unforgettable occasion. We played Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as Scotland, and the squad changed a bit as we went along, because some of the lads found they couldn’t deal with playing in front of crowds of two or three thousand or more.

    ‘Others coped better, and I can honestly say it never affected me one bit. I found I could ignore any pressure from that and focus on doing my best to try and make sure the game went our way. I scored the third goal against Scotland, and that just rounded off one of the best days of my life.

    ‘It has been a brilliant year for me so far, because, for the last couple of months of last season, I was involved in training with the first-team squad at Alty and was warming up before games. The gaffer said he wanted to see what I’m like in game situations, and I’m just so eager to learn the ropes and get more experience.

    ‘The gaffer and Neil Tolson have a wealth of experience, and lads like Shaun Densmore and, before he left at the end of last season, Paddy Lacey have gone out of their way to help me along and offer words of advice and encouragement. I’ve already learned a lot from them, and I really appreciate it.

    ‘I’ve a lot of people to be thankful to. To be fair, being released by Chester might not have looked the best on my CV, so for George to take a risk on me was great. I’ll always be grateful for that. He is used to dealing with different players, with different characteristics, and is very good at man-managing each and every individual. I have certainly responded to what he has told me and done with me.

    ‘My aim now is to try and keep learning and developing here as much as possible. Long-term, I want to show people I can make the leap into the professional game but, first, I’ve got to make the most of this fantastic opportunity. Duncan has shown what can be done. If you’ve got ambitions about becoming a professional, this is a great place to learn your trade. There’s no substitute for hard work and grafting for opportunities, and I’m confident it will pay off for me one day.’

    Alty have a Meet The Players and Management evening at the J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday (7.30pm) and continue their pre-season programme at Trafford on Tuesday (7.45)".


    Sunderland report that "Development squad draw opening friendly: Watmore involved as Black Cats play out stalemate with Saints.

    Sunderland’s development squad drew 0-0 in their opening pre-season fixture against Southampton at the Academy of Light.

    Duncan Watmore was given his first run out as a second-half substitute... Nine half-time changes were made by Ball as he looked to get the majority of his squad time on the pitch. Two of the changes, Watmore and Andrew Cartwright, linked up well down the right before the latter’s dangerous cross was headed behind..

    Watmore nearly grabbed a late winner to mark his first appearance but his shot from the edge of the area was deflected over by the Southampton defence".


    After Tuesday's game, Tranmere Rovers reported that "Ryan Lowe scored his ninth and tenth goals of pre-season as Tranmere defeated Altrincham 3-1 at The J. Davidson Stadium... The striker was joined up front by new signing Akpo Sodje and the pair both found the net before being substituted at half time...

    Altrincham pulled a goal back through Damian Reeves... while Owain Fon Williams kept the lead at two goals on 84 minutes with a dive to his left to keep out a shot from the edge of the area".


    On Tuesday night Alty midfielder Simon Richman played from the start for Great Britain in the Universiade football final, in Kazan, Russia. The players are all university or college students, Simon being a student of chemical engineering at the University of Manchester. Duncan Watmore was also invited to take part but withdrew after his transfer from Altrincham to Sunderland. The game ended in a 3-2 win (aet) for France, with Simon having a goal disallowed. BUCS report that "Great Britain and France served up an enthralling final at the Rubin Stadium, Kazan, with both sides and their supporters creating an unforgettable occasion, if also a bittersweet one for Team GBR...

    It was France who made the breakthrough, capitalising on a rare lapse in the GBR defence. Sotoca was allowed a free header at the near post and he made no mistake. On the half hour, however, Sotoca gave away a penalty for clouting James Baldwin with a high foot. Malin, who scored the winner against Ukraine from the spot, stepped up but this time his penalty was saved...

    GBR’s task doubled in difficulty five minutes into the second half... France attacked with pace down the right and Maverick Barsotti’s low cross hit Jack Winter and found the net.

    GBR made changes, bringing on Jake Parrott, [Boston United's] Marc Newsham and Craig Moses, and with just over 20 minutes left they pulled one back... An equaliser remained a possibility, and GBR scored it in the very last minute of added time... Substitute [ex-Alty midfielder] Tom McCready played the ball into Rae’s feet, he turned his man, wrong-footed Baque and slotted in.

    That goal meant extra time, which was an edgy affair between two tired teams desperate for a knock-out blow. The balance shifted back in France’s favour when Parrott was sent off for a second yellow card, Maxime Brandy’s rolling about on the floor making the most of a fairly innocuous challenge.

    The sides remained in something of a stalemate until 23 minutes into extra time, when France scored the killer third, Weyders meeting a cross from the right to volley in.

    GBR could not quite muster another equaliser, and so had to accept silver at the end of a thrilling match between two very good sides. This was their best performance in Kazan, losing out on the narrowest of margins, and their medals indicate just how well they have done to get to the final match...

    Head Coach James Ellis said, 'It’s a huge achievement, and I hope the players will reflect on that later. They’ve done their country and themselves proud'".

    GBR line-up: James Belshaw; George Williams (Craig Moses, 64’), Kieran Murphy (c), Luke Graham, James Baldwin; Nicky Platt (Jake Parrott, 53’), Alex Dyer (Tom McCready, 85’); Jack Winter, Gavin Malin (Marc Newsham, 54’), Simon Richman; Micky Rae".


    According to the North Wales Weekly News, Colwyn Bay manager "Frank Sinclair has confirmed that stalwart central defender and former club captain Danny Meadowcroft has left the club due to the health of his young daughter. 'Danny has family issues which he needs to put ahead of his football and that is totally understandable. We will miss him because he has been brilliant at this club', commented the manager.

    Sinclair is currently searching for another centre back to fill the void left by Meadowcroft's departure. Meanwhile he has offered contracts to four more players who have been training with the squad, but does not want to name them until they put pen to paper".

    Vauxhall Motors report that "The spoils were shared at Bootle's Delta Taxis Stadium in the our opening pre-season friendly as the score finished 1-1. Boss Carl Macauley used the game as an opportunity to give run-outs to no fewer than 24 players including a number of trialists...

    Bootle opened the scoring just before half-time from the penalty spot after [former Alty Reserves' keeper] Craig Ellison had brought down the onrushing attacker. A completely new XI turned out in the second half and they got the score back to level terms when a left wing corner was met by a powerful header from Tom Hannigan".

    17 July 2013


    • Match report here.

    Right: The Alty defence in action against Tranmere as Shaun Densmore, Gianluca Havern and Scott Leather join forces, watched by Matt Doughty (11)


    Altrincham have no match this weekend, which is being used instead as a team-bonding weekend. On Saturday at 7.30pm all supporters are invited to a Meet the Players and Management session in the bar at the J. Davidson Stadium, Moss Lane. Come along and ask your questions!

    Altrincham travel to Trafford next Tuesday, where the hosts report on their "First pre-season friendly at Shawe View, Trafford v Altrincham, Tuesday 23rd July 2013, k.o. 7.45pm

    Admission: Adults £6.00, O.A.Ps £3.00, U-18s £1.00, U-12s free".

    Before then Trafford play an away friendly at Buckley Town on Saturday, where "Trafford who recently won promotion to the Northern Premier League will travel to The Globe for a 2:30 kick off. Entry, £5 adults, £3 OAPs, £1 kids".


    The Great Britain Universities and Colleges' side lost their final tie (2-3) in the Universiade in Kazan, Russia, to secure the silver medals. France scored twice (one an own goal by GB) and GB missed a penalty before they levelled, late on, to take the game to extra time - but France scored again in that period. Simon had a goal disallowed which might have changed the outcome.


    The Football Conference says that "Boston United have made an eye-catching summer signing after landing defender Scott Garner on a long-term loan deal from Cambridge United. The 23-year-old is joining the Pilgrims on loan until January 2014 and is likely to feature in Tuesday’s opening pre-season friendly against Lincoln United.

    The former Leicester City trainee made his mark in senior football with Ilkeston Town before joining Mansfield Town and Grimsby Town. He also enjoyed a loan spell with Lincoln City last season..

    United boss Dennis Greene told, 'Signing Scott is a real coup and we have had to be patient to get our man... You have to wait for quality signings on some occasions'".

    Confirmation comes from the Wirral Globe to the effect that "Louis Barnes has become the latest player to extend his stay at Vauxhall Motors FC by signing a contract which sees him remain at the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. The left-back arrived at Rivacre Park in November, 2012, from Southport...

    Chris Noone, David Kocsis and Steve Wainwright have also put pen to paper to remain at the club for another season... Next week, an unnamed striker will be unveiled as Carl Macauley continues to build his squad for the forthcoming season".

    16 July 2013


    This website will be providing matchday updates throughout the 90 minutes of Tuesday's game against Tranmere Rovers and, as detailed below, Radio Robins will also be covering the game. Quick links to both options are below.


    In advance of tonight's match against Tranmere Rovers, Brian Flynn writes that "Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, is providing full live commentary of Tuesday night's game against Tranmere Rovers at The J.Davidson Stadium. Coverage starts at 7.25pm & you can listen to Radio Robins on the internet at

    The commentators are Simon Ellis and Ian Wilkinson with match summaries from Mike Reeves.

    Social Media Updates: Altrincham v Tranmere Rovers

    We are looking to increase our social media coverage during matches this season. Dan Whitelegg will be providing regular updates on Twitter (@altrinchamfc) as well as half-time & full time updates on facebook (Altrincham FC)".


    Alty's guests at the J Davidson Stadium tonight (Tuesday), Tranmere Rovers, report that "Boss Ronnie Moore says that only three trialists remain at Prenton Park following the weekend’s games.

    Nine players featured on a trial basis in the matches at Rhyl and Marine but the majority are no longer training with the Club. The Manager said, 'We let a few go after the game on Saturday and we’ve kept James Rowe, Shaun Jeffers and Leon McSweeney. We’ll have another look at them this week. Rowe is very similar to Max Power, he has good energy and he sees the pass. We’ll probably make a decision on them after the game at Accrington'.

    Moore’s next chance to assess his squad in action is at Altrincham on Tuesday night, a match that could see Ian Goodison and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro make their first appearances of pre-season. 'Goodison will be back later today and should be available for the game tomorrow', Moore continued. 'He’s normally back the day before the season kicks off! I can’t remember him having a pre-season, he’s just a naturally fit guy. He’s 40 years old so you don’t want to run the legs off him up and down hills and hopefully it will benefit him not having to work too hard during pre-season.

    Fonners has a hamstring injury and Jean-Louis has had a thigh strain. Jean-Louis is fit to train this morning and will be OK for tomorrow. Fonners still has some tightness in his hamstring so we’ll play that one by ear'. Moore also revealed that Inter Milan striker Bocar Djumo is set to join the Club in training this week.

    The Manager added, 'He’s costing us nothing and he’s here for a month for us to look at and, if we fancy him, we can take him until the end of the season or until January. He’s a left-footed striker who can also play wide on the left. We’ve got nothing to lose and maybe an awful lot to gain'.

    And, "Striker Akpo Sodje has today signed for Tranmere Rovers on a one–year deal with the option of a further year. The 33-year old... will be available for the pre-season friendlies at Altrincham and Accrington Stanley this week. Sodje has made 290 career appearances and last season he found the net 13 times in 33 matches for Preston North End and Scunthorpe United in League 1. Manager Ronnie Moore said, 'He’s a player I’ve been looking at for some time. He’s a big, powerful centre forward who leads the line well and can score goals. With Akpo joining Ryan Lowe, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Cole Stockton at the Club we have four good striking options available now and they all offer us something slightly different'".


    Simon Richman's British Universities and Colleges team has reached the final of the Universiade (European Universities) football competition in Russia, after winning a penalty shoot out against Russia in which Simon netted his team's fourth spot-kick. The game had ended 1-1 and ten-men a side after 90 minutes before proceeding to a penalty shoot-out, which GB won 5-3. The game was watched by Russia coach, Fabio Capello. Simon played for the full 90 minutes against a Russian side valued at £12 million and including a full international and eight of the country's under-21 international players.

    Eurosport 2 will be televising the final from 5.30pm on Tuesday night. Eurosport also has brief highlights of the semi-final against Russia.

    BUCS reports that "Roared on by a partisan crowd of around 10,000 people, Russia began confidently but GBR ensured that their forward players were given little time on the ball... However, their task became more difficult just before half time, when James Aldred pulled Vladislav Nikiforov back and was shown his second yellow card and thus GBR were down to ten men for the rest of the match.

    Half time allowed ten-man GBR time to regroup... Russia did manage to break the deadlock in the 68th minute... GBR heads did not go down.. and then managed to equalise in the 80th minute. The Russian defence failed to clear a GBR free-kick, which allowed Micky Rae to get the crucial touch to divert the ball into the net. After Vitaly Ustinov was sent off for a clash with Horn, Nikita Bocharov almost broke GBR hearts when he hit the post in the last minute of normal time, but with that chance gone, the match went to penalties...

    Englishmen Nicky Platt, Alex Dyer, Jack Winter and Simon Richman all scored their spot-kicks with supreme confidence. And Dyadun sending his penalty sailing over the bar presented Welshman Craig Moses with the opportunity to win the match. Moses made no mistake...

    GBR will play France, who defeated Japan (also on penalties), in the final on Tuesday".

    GBR Head Coach James Ellis said, 'I'd rather play France than Japan, as this is their first time in the final, our second, and we have a bit of experience in the side. So we're going out there to win the game and the gold'". GBR captain Kieran Murphy said, 'I can't believe it. Most of us play in the seventh or eighth tier of English football... We don't know when we're beaten. We're quietly confident about the final'".

    Russia had 22 shots on goal to GB's 4, with the Russians also having 62% of possession.


    Brian Flynn writes of the cricket match at Ashley Cricket Club Beer Festival last Friday. "Altrincham F.C. took on the Co-Op on Friday evening to open the Ashley Cricket Club Beer Festival. There will be a full report on this action packed encounter in the Robins Review for tomorrow night's game against Tranmere Rovers however you can see Michael Ripley's superb photographs of the event here.

    Unfortunately, Brian suffered a blow near his eye whilst keeping wicket but, thankfully, prompt hospital attention has saved the TASC chairman's boyish good looks!


    "At the end of only their second match together, North West Counties League Division One newcomers 1874 Northwich got their hands on a first piece of silverware at Widnes on Saturday. A 3-0 success against fellow fans-owned club AFC Rushden & Diamonds, from the United Counties League’s top tier, means Ian Street’s new-look side becomes the third to win the Supporters' Direct Shield. First half goals from [ex-Alty striker] Lee Hendley and ex-Winsford [and Alty Youth] midfielder Ryan Stewart, plus a late third courtesy of substitute Kyle Wilding, settled the outcome at the Select Security Stadium" reports Andrew Simpson in the Northwich Guardian.

    Elsewhere, Southport have signed former Alty defender Matty Flynn, who was with Barrow last season.

    15 July 2013


    Alty TV has its usual excellent highlights from Saturday's game against Accrington.

    Right: It was three new signings who got Altrincham's pre-season games started on Saturday. As we see, Kyle Perry (7) and Danny Boshell (8) kicked off the game, whilst James Walshaw (10) waited for a pass.


    Our next opponents, Tranmere Rovers report that "Boss Ronnie Moore expects to be without Owain Fon Williams and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro on Tuesday night at Altrincham.

    The pair have not yet played in pre-season due to injury but could feature next Saturday at Accrington Stanley where the Manager hopes they could have a new team mate. He said, 'Jean-Louis and Fonners are still a little bit short so Tuesday might come too early for them. We're hoping to do a bit of business with a striker on Monday, we're a long way down the line with that one.

    I'd rather have too many strikers than too few like we had last year. It might be that we end up with five. We want to make sure we don't get caught like we did last season'.

    Moore says he will use the next two games to make final decisions over some of the trialists at the Club. Nine players were involved in Friday's 5-0 win at Rhyl and Saturday's 2-0 victory over Marine and some will stay at Prenton Park for another week.

    He said, 'We're at the stage now where we're looking for 90 minutes from the players and that will start on Tuesday. We've got to dismiss one or two of the trialists who we don't think will make it with us and keep one or two and see how the next two games go [for them] next week. It's not cut and dried for two or three of them. The two or three who stay, it's basically down to them and how they do in the next two games.

    We want to move the ball quicker, we gave it away in one or two daft areas... We've got a night game on Tuesday which will help us'".

    Mike Garnett advises us that Alty's historical record against Tranmere Rovers is:

    • Played 12, Alty won 5, Drawn 2, Rovers won 5, Alty goals 14, Rovers goals 19.
    • Last pre-season meeting – July 23rd 2011: Alty 2 Tranmere 0

    We have played Rovers off and on in pre-season on this ground for over 40 years; the first such game of which I have a record was on August 2nd 1972, the Robins winning 1-0. Our last meeting was of course Mark ‘MadDog’ Maddox’s testimonial game. There was also one ‘in-season’ friendly, which Alty also won by the only goal, on November 10th 1995".

    Admission prices for the game (and all pre-season friendlies at home) are:

    • Adults £7
    • Under 5s free
    • All others £3

    Altrincham FC season ticket holders for 2013-14 can gain free admission to this and all of the other pre-season games at the J. Davidson Stadium at Moss Lane.


    NL Daily, which says that "Ashton United have announced the signings of defenders Carlos Logan and Greg Pearson. Logan can play either at left back or in midfield, and joins from neighbours Droylsden".


    From NL Daily, we learn that "Chris Noone, David Kocsis and Steve Wainwright have put pen to paper to remain at Vauxhall Motors for another season. Noone is in his second spell at Rivacre Park. He burst into the team back in 2005/06... He returned to the club from Caernarfon Town in 2008...

    Hungarian-born Kocsis joined Motors in September 2012 after spending time in the youth ranks at Manchester United and Stoke City. The centre-back made 11 appearances in the Conference North last season.

    Wainwright arrived at Motors after his release by Tranmere Rovers last summer and signed in August 2012... The full-back made a positive impression during his 27 league appearances last season, playing in both left and right back positions"./

    The NL Paper reports on how North Ferriby United are benefitting from close links with Hull City.. "Hull chairman Assem Allam invested a near six-figure sum into North Ferriby late last year to wipe out their debt and help fuel a promotion charge...He also lent them some of the KC Stadium's finest groundsmen, a move that [NFU Chairman] Hare saw as vital.

    'There were times last season when all our rivals had games postponed but we didn't because Hull were kind enough to put excellent people working on our pitch' he told the NLP.... 'We will go into every game [in 2013-14] with a smile on our face. There's no pressure', he said... 'While we want to survive, we must realise we will be one of the smallest sides in the league'".

    14 July 2013


    When this website was revamped about three weeks ago, a drop-down menu system was introduced. The reason for this was that it allows users to go, with one click, from any of the main (non-archive) pages of the website to any other with just one mouse-click. In turn, it facilitates reducing the size of the longer pages into several distinct, smaller pages which are easier to use. In its wisdom, in creating the iPad and iPhone, the Apple Corporation chose not to emulate the "hover" function, which allows the drop-down menus to work on a PC or other non-Apple devices.

    The result is that the menus do not function properly on the iPhone and iPad. Although iPad and iPhone users of this website are not yet the majority, they are a steadily increasing and substantial minority. Whilst reverting to a simple one for one (direct click) menu system is the last resort to get round this problem, doing that would mean that non iPhone or non iPad users would need to click twice in many instances where they currently need only click once. In a sense it is the Apple tail waging the non-Apple dog but it is an increasingly large tail, which needs to be accommodated.

    Currently I am testing out a couple of possible solutions which would retain the drop-down menus whilst making them function on the i-devices. If these measures do not work, I'll revert to the direct click menu system, which works in a more straightforward but less helpful manner than the drop-downs.

    In the meantime I am sorry for any inconvenience caused.


    Above: James Walshaw converts his penalty against Accrington Stanley

    A combination of the hot weather and the much more extensive use of substitutes by Accrington led to Alty fading in the closing stages as Stanley came back from 2-1 down to snatch an 89th minute winner. Before that Altrincham had been good value for their lead in an open and surprisingly active game, given the sweltering heat.

    Accrington Stanley report that "Stanley produced a late comeback to maintain their 100% pre-season record with a 3-2 win at Conference North side Altrincham.

    Peter Murphy’s late header gave James Beattie’s side the victory against a Robins side that had led 2-1.

    Nine first team players started the game at Moss Lane but it was the home side making the early running with James Walshaw and Kyle Perry both off target with early efforts.

    In sweltering conditions it was hard for the players but neither side were found wanting for effort and it was Stanley who made the breakthrough in the 16th minute of the game. George Miller broke the deadlock in some style, picking up the ball, breaking goalwards and unleashing an unstoppable shot from distance that found the net thanks to the inside of the left hand post.

    But the non-league side didn’t fold... Shaun Densmore equalised with a free kick. The full back curled an effort around the Stanley wall...

    After the break all of the Stanley players returned to the field except Dunbavin, who was replaced by Andrew Dawber, and the young keeper was soon called into action. Dawber initially made a good save with the half just three minutes old but immediately afterwards saw himself facing a penalty after Walshaw went down under challenge in the box. Walshaw himself stepped up to score and put Lee Sinnott’s men in front...

    Beattie shook things up with eight changes just after the hour mark that saw his side switch to three at the back...

    Scottish forward Naismith swept Carver’s left wing cross into the net with 14 minutes left to restore parity... With a minute left the Reds did have a winner; when Carole crossed from the right Murphy rose highest just as he had at Nelson a week earlier to head home".


    On Tuesday night, (7.30pm), Alty host Tranmere Rovers, who report that "Ryan Lowe's eighth goal of pre-season and Jake Kirby's third gave Tranmere a 2-0 win over Marine on Saturday afternoon. Both goals came in the first half in temperatures approaching 30 degrees at the Arriva Stadium and gave Rovers their fourth win out of four in pre-season.

    After Andy Fowler had fired inches past Jason Mooney's goal on seven minutes, Rovers responded well. Andy Robinson gained possession deep in the Marine half, played a through ball into the penalty area for Ryan Lowe to run on to and the striker side footed a shot along the ground and past Callum Williams into the goal...

    On 34 minutes Tranmere doubled their lead. Robinson released James Lowe into the area and he picked out Lowe with a cross and though the striker's shot was blocked, Jake Kirby was on hand to volley in the rebound.

    Danny Holmes replaced Ash Taylor for the second half after the centre back picked up a knock minutes before half time, while a further eight substitutions were made on the hour mark...

    Tranmere: Mooney, Roberts* (Jackson* 60), Foster (Morris* 60), Taylor (Holmes 45 HT), Horwood (McSweeney* 60), Kirby (Baggie 60), Power (Donnelly* 60), Rowe* (Watson* 60), Robinson (Thompson 60), Lowe (Stockton 60), Jeffers* (Davies 81). Unused substitutes: Ramsbottom, Shackleton, Shaw. * Denotes trialist".


    News of Alty's first opponents of the league season comes from the Worcester News, which tells us that "Stalwart Stuart Whitehead will play for Worcester City next season if they are 'in desperate need' of his services.

    The centre-half, captain of the club last season, has an increasing number of business commitments, as well as a young family, and is not certain he can devote 100 per cent to football. Whitehead, who turns 37 next week, is set to be registered by City for the 2013-14 campaign but used sparingly.

    'I don’t want to go into it and not fully commit', he said. 'I think what I am going to do is sign forms so I can play at Worcester and if they are in desperate need then I will do. It’s nothing to do with money and I don’t want to play for someone else. Hopefully, I will still have a part to play this season but we will see how it pans out'.

    The former Kidderminster Harriers and Telford United defender made 33 starts for Carl Heeley’s team last term... With Jacob Rowe and Lee Ayres having left, Worcester face a defensive rebuild.

    Sam Smith has joined from Stourbridge but City could be in the market for at least one more central defender.

    Manager Heeley currently has 12 players on board for the new campaign, which kicks off against Altrincham on August 17. But he is expected to wait until City's pre-season friendlies are under way before making any more additions.

    Training began at Kidderminster Harriers’ Chainwire Sports Ground base last Tuesday where around 20 hopefuls joined the existing squad in a bid to earn deals... with the finished squad likely to feature around 18 players... [On Saturday, they had a] behind-closed-doors friendly against Birmingham City... After that, they have practice games scheduled at Malvern Town on Wednesday, July 24, and Stourport Swifts 24 hours later, although the squad is likely to be split between the two matches."

    Vauxhall Motors report that "Full-back Louis Barnes has become the latest player to extend his stay at the club by signing a contract... The left-back arrived at Rivacre Park in November 2012 from Southport and he quickly established himself in the team, going on to make 16 appearances... His former clubs include Marine, Northwich Victoria and Chorley".

    Meanwhile, Stockport County "were beaten at Valley Road as Northwich Victoria came back from a goal down to win 2-1. Kristian Dennis had given the Hatters a half time lead with a smart left foot finish following a good move down the left involving trialist Ross Fisher and Stephen O'Halloran, the striker smashing the ball over the home keeper...

    With Ian Bogie ringing the changes in the second half, to allow him to run the rule over several trialists, the home side looked more likely to get back into the game. Sam Hibbert, who played in several development games last season, brought down Scott Harries in the area with Alex Taylor smacking home the resultant spot kick... The Vics weren't to be denied and Tony Evans rose highest at a corner kick to head home the winner late on".


    In their latest game, Alty's Simon Richman did not feature in the British Universities' side in Russia... BUCS report that "Great Britain’s Men’s Football team progressed to the semi-finals at the 2013 Summer Universiade, thanks to a resolute rearguard performance against Ukraine.

    Gavin Malin’s second-minute penalty was enough for a 1-0 win... GBR had a brilliant start, Ihor Kurylo tripping Jack Winter and conceding a penalty. GBR’s sole Scotsman Gavin Malin stepped up and scored confidently.

    From there, though, it was virtually one-way traffic. Ukraine piled on the pressure, dominating possession and hurling balls into the GBR box.

    GBR line-up: Horn; Baldwin, Murphy (c), Graham, Aldred; Platt, Dyer; Winter, Newsham (Williams), Malin (McCready); Macvicar (Rae).

    13 July 2013


    Altrincham start their pre-season programme with the inaugural game at the newly named J. Davidson Stadium (Moss Lane) against Accrington Stanley.

    This website will be providing matchday updates throughout the 90 minutes of Saturday's game against Accrington Stanley and, as detailed below, Radio Robins will also be covering the game. Quick links to both options are below.


    Brian Flynn announces that "Radio Robins is planning to cover all Altrincham's pre-season games at The J.Davidson Stadium, starting with today's game against Accrington Stanley. We are delighted to announce that Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery have renewed their sponsorship and will be the main sponsor of Radio Robins for the 2013/14 season.

    You can find out all about Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery at their website.

    Coverage of the Accrington Stanley game starts at 2.55pm and you can listen to Radio Robins on the internet.

    The commentators are Paul Salt and Tim Ainsworth, with match summaries from John Edwards.

    We are looking to increase our social media coverage during matches this season and Dan Whitelegg will be providing regular updates on Twitter (@altrinchamfc) as well as half-time and full time updates on Facebook (Altrincham FC)".

    Accrington Stanley report that they and Alty "have met nine times since 2001 in the Northern Premier League, Conference and FA Trophy. Stanley have won four of those meetings, with Alty notching up two victories and three matches ending in draws...

    Stanley have won both of their pre-season friendlies so far, beating Nelson 4-2 last Saturday before overcoming fellow Northwest Counties side AFC Darwen 4-0 in midweek.

    [Manager] James Beattie still has a number of players training with the first team who are hoping to earn a contract with the club, though a large number of first team players are expected to make the trip. With the players still at what the manager calls 'the conditioning' stage, many members of the squad are expected to feature as they work on their match fitness".

    The game gives Alty fans their first chance to see new signings Mike Williams, Kyle Perry and James Walshaw, as well as former loanee Danny Boshell who joined the Robins over the summer.


    In both their games so far at the 2013 Summer Universiade, the British Universities' side has included Alty's Simon Richman in its starting line up. Reports from the 2013 Summer Universiade in Russia say that "Great Britain’s Men’s Football team finished top of Group C , despite their match schedule being disrupted by Algeria’s failure to arrive in Kazan. A straightforward 2-0 win over Malaysia was followed by a brave defensive showing in a 1-0 defeat to a strong Italy side, which had previously contrived to lose 2-0 to the Malaysians.

    While Malaysia recorded that shock win, GBR were impatiently waiting for their tournament to begin, as their first scheduled opponents, Algeria, did not show up to the Games. When they did eventually get going, they recorded an emphatic win over Malaysia, with the performance to match. After an even enough start, James Aldred scored GBR’s opener on 20 minutes, running onto a square ball from Sam Macvicar and blasting home.

    Malaysia’s already difficult task became near impossible when Wan Zakaria was sent off for kicking out at Simon Richman, and from there GBR strolled to an easy victory.

    They would have things much tougher against Italy, who needed to win by two to progress. GBR started brighter, Marc Newsham and Richman forcing saves from the Italian keeper... Despite Italy’s efforts and their late shoot-on-sight policy, GBR survived to top the group on goal difference and eliminate the Italians. It was a solid defensive performance against a side featuring several Serie B players, and one that sets the team up nicely for the quarter-final match with Ukraine".

    GBR line-ups: GBR 2-0 Malaysia:

    Belshaw; Winter (Baldwin), Graham, Murphy (c), Aldred; Platt (Nash), Dyer; Richman (McCready), Newsham, Macvicar (Moses).

    GBR 0-1 Italy:

    Belshaw (Horn); Baldwin, Graham, Murphy (c), Aldred; Nash, Dyer (Lolley); Richman, McCready (Parrott), Malin (Winter); Newsham"


    Altrincham play a friendly at Mossley on Tuesday, 30 July. And the Lilywhites have announced that they "have acted quickly to appoint [former Alty player] Peter Band as their new manager for the 2013/14 season, following the shock departure of Steve Halford.

    Right: Damian Reeves gets to grips with Peter Band, then playing for Woodley, in a pre-season game at Moss Lane on 10 July 2010.

    Halford has accepted an offer from Ashton United to become joint manager along with goalkeeper Paul Phillips, following Craig Robinson's surprise resignation from the Hurst Cross club. Band, 39, joined Mossley as a player in August 2011 and made 42 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2011/12 season. Last season, as Band winds down his playing career, he made just six appearances and was more often than not named as an unused substitute while honing his management skills as Steve Halford's right hand man.

    Band now gets the chance to cut his teeth as a team manager at Mossley, having previously been assistant manager to Chris Willcock at the former Woodley Sports and then to Halford at Mossley, following Gareth MClelland's departure in January of last year.

    As a player, Band was late into the semi-pro game having played for Cheshire amateurs Bollington Athletic for several years before joining Hyde United in 1998 at 25 years old. He started out as a striker but reverted to midfield and was often used as a centre back as well, a position he eventually featured in regularly for his later clubs.

    He left a struggling Hyde team to join Altrincham and then stepped up to the Conference with Northwich Victoria. On Altrincham's promotion to the Conference he switched back to Moss Lane in the summer of 2006, making his 200th appearance for Altrincham in that season. He re-joined Hyde for his second spell at the club in 2007, quickly making his 200th appearance for them also. He joined New Mills in the summer of 2008 and then on to Woodley Sports from where he joined Mossley.

    An announcement on the appointment of a new assistant manager will be made shortly".

    Another familiar face now at Seel Park is former Alty left-back Sam Grimshaw.


    The Football Conference announce that "The hard work behind the scenes over the past few months has borne fruit with the announcement that Gloucester City are now debt free. The club has managed the feat via a series a new sponsorship deals from Prospect Training Services, Burger Star, and recently sealed packages with Gardner Garages and leading local hoteliers, the Hatton Court Hotel Group.

    With the news, the club will be holding an internal meeting on Sunday to finally agree on the restructure package that was outlined at the open meeting that took place in March. This is positive news as the City squad burst into pre-season action next Monday against Longlevens ahead of the 2013/14 season.

    Tigers' chairman Nigel Hughes explained, 'It has been remarkable to get to this point ahead of the new season fast approaching... while we await positive outcomes on the new stadium'...

    Pivotal to the work behind this disclosure has been the involvement of club consultant Colin Peake, having brokered many of the deals that see the club debt free... 'I am pleased that we have worked to clear the debt and for any club in the game, let alone [in] the Football Conference, to be able to say that is a proud statement', Peake explained. 'All the new sponsorship and partnership deals which have been concluded is new money and none of it has been used to clear debt. I am talking to a number of other potential investors in the next few weeks'".

    12 July 2013


    The funeral of Altrincham FC catering manager, Keith Davey (1935-2013), was held on Thursday at Altrincham Crematorium. The service was conducted impressively by the club chaplain, Andy Barclay-Watts and tributes to Keith were given by Mark Rae, a friend of 40 years' standing, and by Alty youth manager and company secretary, George Heslop.

    The chapel at Dunham Massey was packed and it was a further measure of the esteem in which Keith was held that the mourners included former Alty captain Mark Maddox, who had driven over specially from Merseyside, as well as Noel White, who had, with Peter Swales, saved the club from a perilous financial position in the early 1960s. Many other familiar faces from Moss Lane were at the funeral, which was followed by a reception in the Noel White Suite at the newly named J. Davidson Stadium at Moss Lane.

    In addition to his unpaid work for Altrincham FC, Keith gave many hours of service, especially over the Christmas period, to helping the homeless and mourners were invited to mark Keith's passing by a donation to the Lifeshare charity which Keith selflessly supported.

    Keith will be greatly missed at Moss Lane, a ground to which he was introduced as a child by his father, who was secretary to one of the very early supporters' associations at Altrincham FC.


    In its latest match at the World Universities' Games in Russia, the British team, which includes Altrincham's Simon Richman, lost 1-0 to an Italian side comprising many players from that country's Serie B. However, the Italians failed to gain the two-goal lead they required to win the group, so GB progress to play Ukraine in the last eight on Friday.

    Simon will, therefore, continue his pre-season work in Russia, as his team-mates are put through their paces closer to home this Saturday, with a friendly against Accrington Stanley.


    The first visitors to play in the newly christened J. Davidson Stadium at Moss Lane will be Accrington Stanley, who face Alty in the first ever friendly between the two sides on Saturday (13th, 3pm). The clubs have met competitively, of course, the last time being in 2005-06 season, when Stanley won the Football Conference title. That season they beat Alty three times, twice in the league and also in the FA Trophy.

    Nowadays, Stanley are established in League Two and in advance of Saturday's match, Glasgow Rangers "have confirmed that Kal Naismith has gone on trial with Accrington Stanley, and it is with a view to a permanent deal. The striker... is working with James Beattie's side as his opportunities will now be very limited at Rangers...

    Left: Colin Little in action against Stanley on the last occasion that the Lancastrians played a league match at Altrincham, in August 2005. Image courtesy of Gavin Rathbone of GR Photography.

    Speaking to the Official Site about the 21 year old, assistant manager Kenny McDowall said, 'We've allowed Kal to go down to Accrington, where James is the manager. He has gone there on trial with a view to maybe moving on because he's at an age now where he's got to go and get himself playing football. We feel Kal might become frustrated at being in the squad this season but without getting many games'".

    It is hoped that Altrincham based Premiership referee, Anthony Taylor, will referee Saturday's game.

    Also visiting the J. Davidson Stadium, next Tuesday, are Tranmere Rovers. The Wirral News says that "Tranmere reopened the doors of Prenton Park this week to Jason Koumas, a midfielder whose talent on the field was often set alongside a reputation for being a difficult player to manage.

    Koumas, 33, says his desire to play football has been rekindled after two years of self-imposed exile from the professional game... If Koumas demonstrates that his game and his appetite are sharp, then Rovers may have found themselves the option of signing a playmaker of international class who is still young enough to make a mark in the game’s third tier.

    Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore insists it is a 'nothing to lose' scenario for both parties... Moore said, 'At the present time he’s here to train and we’ll have a look at him'. Koumas won’t be playing in any pre-season friendlies until those fitness levels are up, Moore said".

    Meanwhile, some players who may face Alty are also noted in the Wirral News, which says that "The hopefuls on trial with Tranmere have a final opportunity to press their claims for contracts this weekend. For the majority of more than half a dozen trialists, the games at Rhyl tomorrow (7:30pm) and Marine on Saturday (3pm) represent a final chance to impress the Rovers coaching staff.

    Manager Ronnie Moore, looking to add three permanent signings to the 16 players currently under contract at Prenton Park, says he has been encouraged by the form of some of the trialists in the friendly victories at Cammell Laird (9-0) and Heswall (4-1) early in the week.

    Rovers gave a 90-minute workout to striker Shaun Jeffers at Heswall while midfielder James Rowe made a mark in the first half at Lairds and the second half at Heswall. Jeffers, 21, a striker from Bedford, graduated to the professional ranks with Coventry City and played a total of eight Championship and cup games for the Sky Blues. He also had spells on loan with Cheltenham Town (25 games), Cambridge United (two games) and Tamworth (six games). He was released by Coventry at the end of last season.

    Oxford-born Rowe, 21 spent the last two seasons with Conference club Forest Green Rovers, playing a total of 42 games, 14 of them last season. He began his career in Reading’s youth set-up.

    Moore said, 'We have two more games for them. It’s possible we may keep some of them after the weekend or we may make a decision about them and get them boxed off one way or another. We don’t have a lot of money to spend but we can offer players an opportunity'.

    Moore plans to give his players 60-minute and 30-minute workouts over the two weekend games. He said, 'Those who play an hour at Rhyl will get 30 minutes at Marine and vice versa'".


    The Worcester News claims that "As starts to the season go, Worcester City probably couldn’t have hand-picked a tougher opening set of fixtures. Games against Altrincham, Gloucester City and Brackley Town in the first seven days of the campaign are about as tough as it gets.

    Barring a major upset, both Altrincham and Brackley should be in the promotion mix again as they both have strong squads and, crucially, financial clout to change things around... This season will be a particular struggle money-wise as they are in exile at Kidderminster Harriers...

    How they start this campaign will have a big bearing on the mood among fans for the months to come and there would be no better fillip than safely negotiating this tricky start".

    Elsewhere, Solihull Moors "have confirmed that striker Ben Haseley has pulled out of his move to join the Moors, and instead signed a new deal with Halesowen Town.

    Haseley had joined Solihull for the start of pre-season training last week but, this weekend, informed the management team that he was turning down their offer to play for Solihull this coming season, raising concerns over playing time. Haseley was one of a number of attacking signings made by the club this summer, so there are still plenty of options available in the Moors' forward line".

    11 July 2013


    Today (Thursday) at 11.30am the funeral service for Keith Davey will be held at Altrincham Crematorium. As previously announced smart informal dress, including Altrinhcam replica kit, is welcome for those attending. Those wishing to make a donation towards the charity for the homeless, which Keith supported, should hand their donations to the funeral directors after the ceremony.


    Everyone who has ordered an Altrincham FC season ticket can now collect his or her tickets from Moss Lane during normal office hours. Don't forget to bring your tickets to Moss Lane on Saturday as 2013-14 Altrincham FC season tickets confer free entry to the pre-season games at Moss Lane.


    TASC's Steve Foster tells us that "For the second successive year, an Altrincham Football Club XI will be playing in a cricket match at Ashley Cricket Club's Railway Field ground against a Co-Op XI, as part of their beer festival on Friday night (12th July). The match will be a 20/20 game, starting at 6:30pm.

    Not only will the Altrincham FC team will feature several members of the club's voluntary staff, but it will also feature Neil Tolson, the assistant manager, and Grahame Rowley, the chairman. The team will be completed with fans.

    It is believed that Neil Tolson has been practising hard to try to get revenge for Alty fan Mike Reeves, (who plays for the Co-Op XI), bowling him out last year!

    Details of the Ashley CC beer festival can be found here.


    Manager David Johnson writes that "Altrincham Juniors U15s Phoenix side is looking to recruit some new players for the upcoming season. Recruits will be from year 9 or 10 as of September, 2013. We are looking for players in all positions. Please contact me by e-mail or phone (07717-884195), if interested or for further information".


    On Tuesday night, Alty's first opponents of the pre-season, won 4-0 at AFC Darwen. The Accrington Stanley site reports that the scorers were McCartan, Gibson, Windass and Savitt. "Stanley picked up a second consecutive pre-season win, overcoming Northwest Counties First Division side AFC Darwen 4-0 at the Anchor Ground.

    Two different elevens took to the field in each half of the game, with both Reds outfits scoring twice to ease to the win.

    The first half was just over a minute old when James Beattie’s side went in front; Shay McCartan, one of six contracted players to start the game, skipped around the AFC Darwen goalkeeper and found the net to open his account for the club. Ten minutes later McCartan’s strike partner Kal Naismith was close to doubling the lead. The Rangers' forward, who has been training with the Reds this week, turned sharply before firing a sharp shot into the side netting.

    But it was another potential signing who did grab the second goal when Jacob Gibson emphatically finished from a cross field ball inside the area on the left.

    At the break Beattie made eleven alterations to his side, with a big positive from the first half a first 45 minutes of football after injury for Ian Dunbavin... Josh Windass [found] the net from the edge of the box with a right-footed drive that was arguably the pick of the bunch. As proceedings drew to a close there was still time for another player who has been training with the club to make an impression as Ed Savitt netted the fourth goal from inside the penalty area...

    Stanley 1st half: Dunbavin, Murphy, Schofield, Watson, Wilson, Gibson, Clark, Miller, Jones, Naismith, Jones

    2nd half: Dawber, Carole, Schofield, Watson, Liddle, Travis, Windass, Savitt, Hatfield, Webber, Williams".


    Bradford PA announce that "Defender Adam Quinn is the latest player to join Avenue... after signing from Alfreton Town. The 31 year old centre back spent 6 seasons with Halifax Town before he joined the ambitious Crawley Town... He has since had spells with Barrow and Darlington as well as a loan spell at Forest Green Rovers.

    From last season's squad left back Martin Drury has signed forms for the forthcoming campaign however he is not expected to be fit for some time due to injury".

    Barrow's Holker Street Newsletter reports that "Barrow's first friendly didn't quite go to plan, with a Furness Select XI winning 1-0 at Holker Street, the goal coming from Jordan Chubb...

    Barrow side (names in brackets are who replaced preceding player) was: McMillan (Jarik Bitner - local keeper), Cliff Moyo, Paul Edwards (Rob Williams), Ben Cartwright - ex Fleetwood, Matt McGivern, Paddy Lacey - ex-Altrincham (Ashley Dunn), Rob Henry, Davies (Liam Winn), Meeks, Bowen (Dan Parkinson), Brian Johnstone - ex Wigan Academy...

    Dave Bayliss has issued a challenge to Cliff Moyo and the other trialists who took part in the pre-season defeat against the Furness Select XI... 'Cliff rang me and with us going back to being part-time, it suits him better, but Cliff is obviously one of the trialists and we've got another couple of right-backs coming in tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see who wants to earn a contract the most.

    There are no guarantees for Paul Edwards, or anyone, apart from those players who are contracted... Left-back Edwards, another former Bluebird, is one of the strong favourites to earn a contract...

    The Mail adds, 'Bayliss is also set to hand a trial to former Forest Green centre-back Callum Henry'.

    Cliff Moyo said, 'I was here two years ago... Since I left I think my career kind of went downhill because I went back to uni to study. But now I'm trying to balance it out and get back to playing at a high standard".

    From Leamington there is a "Club Statement re MyFootballClub. It has come to our notice that fans have concerns with regard to our discussions with members of MyFootballClub who formerly owned Ebbsfleet United.

    Leamington FC were approached by Robert Ward, who is a Brakes' fan from childhood and is also a long standing member of MYFC, who recently sold their stake in Ebbsfleet United. He advised us that MYFC membership were looking for an opportunity to get involved with a football club on a sponsorship basis and that it be a club that could offer good fan interaction for their members such as match-day filmed coverage; an electronic copy of match programmes; team sheet details prior to kick off; team and management and club personnel interviews etc. He also informed us at the outset that board or committee membership for a MYFC representative was one of the considerations being discussed amongst their members, but that it was not necessarily the view of the majority.

    He was advised that the club would not consider MYFC representation at board/committee level but was happy to discuss a sponsorship arrangement and development of communication links as outlined above... That voting process within MYFC membership was completed earlier today with Leamington FC coming second to Slough Town in a run-off vote by MYFC membership, as to which club they should enter into full discussions with...

    The club recognized the potential benefits of a relationship with MYFC that would have broadened our fan-base, heightened our profile nationally and gained a partner who had considerable expertise in the field of social media communication and marketing that would have benefited all our fans. Although ultimately it didn't work out, the work with Robert Ward has clearly widened the Brakes name within the wider football community and MYFC in particular".

    At another promoted club, North Ferriby United, the club "begin their pre-season programme with the short journey across the Humber to NCEL side Barton Town OB. Villagers' manager Billy Heath has made a number of new signings during the close-season...

    Heath comments, "'Pre-season training is going well. It has been really intense. We are all looking forward to playing again'. Heath is likely to give a game to all his players at some stag... Jonathan D'Laryea is not yet back in full training following surgery for a knee problem so will not play on Thursday. Danny Hone turned his ankle last Saturday during a training session but is expected to be fit.

    NFU's probable squad is: Adam Nicklin, Antoni Pecora, Dean Lisles, Paul Robson, Nathan Peat, Gregg Anderson, Sam Belcher, Matt Wilson, Liam King, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Ben Hunter, Jamie Yates, Ryan Kendall, Louis Kirk, Danny Hone, Nathan Jarman, Anthony Wilson, Louis Bruce, Tim Taylor".

    Reports from Stockport County confirm that "Jamie Hand has officially signed. The 29 year-old former England U-19 international will add to the ever expanding County midfield. Fans got the chance to see their new man in action last night against Sheffield Wednesday in the second half.

    Jamie started his career as a trainee at Watford where he was loaned out to Oxford United, Livingston and Peterborough United before playing for a number of clubs including Chester City, Lincoln City, Ebbsfleet, Hayes and Yeading and last season he was on loan with Margate while contracted to Mansfield Town."

    One player who won't be in the BSBN next season is the subject of reports from Nuneaton Town that "Kevin Wilkin, manager of Nuneaton Town, has continued to strengthen his 2013/14 squad with the signing of Phil Trainer from AFC Telford United... Trainer left Telford after they were relegated from the Conference Premier last season".

    10 July 2013


    John Edwards, Altrincham FC's joint Press and Media Officer writes...

    "Altrincham have struck a ground-breaking, historic sponsorship deal to change the name of their famous home from Moss Lane to the J.Davidson Stadium.

    In a landmark announcement, the club have released details of a three-year shirt and stadium-naming package with Altrincham scrap metal processors J.Davidson that puts them on the firmest of financial footings.

    While the shirt deal is an extension of an existing agreement, the stadium initiative represents a bold step into hitherto unchartered sponsorship territory.

    The new name will be prominently displayed inside the ground, in an area between the Popular Side and the away end, while, outside, a plaque saying ‘Welcome to the J.Davidson Stadium’ will be fitted above the main entrance.

    Above: To celebrate the naming of the stadium, one of the strikingly liveried Davidson fleet of vehicles is welcomed by Grahame Rowley. Pictured with the Altrincham chairman are (left) Luke and (right) Lee Davidson.

    Crucially, club bosses took the utmost care over vetting prospective partners and hope that, should there be any public misgivings, they will be allayed by one of non-League football’s most famous names being given over to a company widely acknowledged as an outstanding Altrincham success story.

    ‘That was extremely important, and there is no doubt J.Davidson are a perfect fit for us,’ said Alty chairman Grahame Rowley (left). ‘They are a vibrant, expanding, progressive company, and they are local, with local people at the helm.

    ‘We first considered stadium sponsorship as an additional revenue stream last year, but they had other things on and felt it might be one commitment too many. When we looked at it again at the end of last year, they were keen to progress it, and we have now reached the stage where everything has been agreed.

    ‘The original shirt contract was about to enter its final 12 months, so we extended that by two years and negotiated a three-year stadium deal. It means that, for the next three seasons, we will be playing at the J.Davidson Stadium in shirts bearing their name on the front. It is a double breakthrough that I hope supporters will see as a forward-thinking, innovative development.

    ‘It is great news for the club. It gives us continuity, and it is nice to be associated with backers who are hugely successful in their field and proud to be Altrincham-based. It is lovely that, as a club, we seem able to form a bond with our sponsors. When Carole Nash left her company, she kept her ties with the club. Her old company still sponsor the main stand and she and her husband have not only continued to help out the club but are on the community board. Companies and sponsors want to be associated with us, and it shows the kind of club we are.

    ‘The name Moss Lane is not going to disappear completely. It is still our postal address, and I imagine people who have been coming here for years may still say they are going to Moss Lane. That’s fine, but, in this increasingly competitive environment, I hope our supporters realise and accept we have to generate as much income as possible to progress as a club.

    ‘We said from the outset we would never spend money we haven’t got, and we will never go back on that. We won’t risk this club’s future, but, equally, we want the best for it, and that means exploring – and exploiting, if it is right – every revenue opportunity. I hope people will embrace that and see this as a significant step forward for a very progressive football club.

    ‘We are looking to make the most of whatever openings are out there, and we will continue to use any income for advancing the club on and off the field. The plan for a new community sports hall speaks volumes for what we are doing away from the pitch, while reaching the play-offs last season and adding quality signings to the squad shows we are heading in the right direction on it.’

    The prudent approach that has safeguarded Alty from the sort of fate that has befallen other clubs will remain in force, though Rowley insists there is already evidence of the club having greater financial clout.

    ‘You can’t go boom and bust, and we won’t be going down that path,’ he said. ‘If you go out and sign two £1,000-a-week strikers, what happens the following season when the money has gone and you can’t afford to pay them. Whatever money we raise is there for the good of the club, but it has to be spent carefully and wisely.

    ‘I believe that is what we are doing. When we went on a lucrative FA Cup run last season, we didn’t just throw the cash at the first player who came along. We kept it in reserve, so that when injuries threatened to derail our push for the play-offs, we were able to bring in Danny Boshell, who proved such a positive influence at a critical stage.

    ‘Now we have turned Danny’s loan into a permanent move and added quality signings like James Walshaw, Kyle Perry and Mike Williams. The more revenue we bring in, the better the signings. We do management accounts every month, making sure we stay within the framework of our means but also looking to plough money back into the team whenever possible.

    ‘I hope people will see this latest development as a progression of a valuable partnership that gives added security to the club and also more options, as the new season unfolds. If we need to add to the squad, or bring in a new face on loan or permanently, we will be better placed to do it. Deals like this enable us to have an emergency fund that could be needed, should we be in the midst of another promotion push and lose one or two key players to injury.

    ‘Success on the pitch is paramount, but I’m also immensely proud of the work we are doing in the community, reaching out to schools and youth organisations and encouraging youngsters to come along to games.

    ‘I’ll never forget the final game of last season, at home to Droylsden, and seeing a plethora of young faces everywhere I looked, when I stepped out of the Manchester Glass sponsors’ lounge. It was a wonderful sight. The family stand was packed with schoolkids, but it went beyond that. It was a great crowd that day, and there were beaming young faces all round the ground. I just thought it epitomised this club and why I’m involved with it.’

    J.Davidson boss Jamie Davidson, a fervent Manchester United fan who also keenly follows Alty’s fortunes, said: ‘I am delighted we have been able to enhance our existing sponsorship arrangement with the club. As a business, we are expanding all the time, but I would never lose sight of my roots. I am Altrincham born and bred, and we already provide sponsorship for other local sports. To have taken that a stage further by adding our name to the football club’s ground is something I am very proud of.’"


    Tranmere Rovers visit Alty next Tuesday. In another friendly, played this week at Cammell Laird, Rovers' XI won 9-0! Meanwhile, Saturday's visitors to Moss Lane, Accrington Stanley, won 4-2 at Nelson on Saturday.

    Rovers' squad against Cammell Laird comprised:

    • First half: Mooney, Maher, Foster, Morris*, Horwood, Lafferty*, Power, Rowe*, Thompson, Davies, Lowe.
    • Second half: Mooney, Jackson*, Taylor, Holmes, Phillips, Baggie, Aspas*, Watson*, Riley, Robinson, Kirby.
    • Asterisk denotes a trialist.


    Ashton United report that manger "Craig Robinson has started his transfer business over the summer as he settles into his first managerial role... Having spent time in pre-season with his brother Karl’s MK Dons side, Robinson has persuaded three of the players who took Mossley to the 1st Division North play-offs last season – Sam Madeley, Lee Rick and Jay Gorton – to switch to Hurst Cross for the coming campaign.

    Livewire [ex-Alty Youth] striker Madeley returns to Hurst Cross having been a fans' favourite in his first spell a couple of seasons ago".


    At Histon, "Manager Brian Page last night confirmed the signing of 22 year old skipper Remy Clerima for the coming season. The central defender has become an important player during his three years at Bridge Road and securing his services for the coming campaign has been a priority for the Manager. It has not been an easy deal to do however with Clerima’s other commitments away from the pitch making the Frenchman’s decision as to where his future lay a tricky one to make.

    Page commented, 'I’m really pleased to have been able to work something out with Remy. He has been an outstanding player for us since he arrived but he has other things going on in his life now that he wants to pursue, so we have had a long talk and worked out a deal that gives him the flexibility he wants. It may mean that he’s not available for every game but I can live with that and the squad want him here so we’ve worked out a compromise that we’re all happy with'".

    Clerima's other job is as a male model.

    Stalybridge Celtic report "the signings of Conal Platt and Sean McConville. Platt (26) is an attacking midfielder who has Conference Premier experience with Rushden & Diamonds, Forest Green and Cambridge United. He finished last season at Gainsborough where he netted four times in 14 appearances.

    McConville (24) is a midfielder who joins us from rivals Barrow. His previous clubs include Accrington Stanley and Stockport County... That brings to ten the number of signed up players for the 2013-14 campaign and more are expected to follow in the next few days so keep your eyes on the website for further news as and when it breaks".

    9 July 2013


    Simon Richman in Kazan Kazan

    Courtesy of Irene Richman come the accompanying photos of Altrincham FC midfielder Simon Richman at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, where he is currently representing the British Universities' and Colleges' side. Simon is seen (above) at the opening ceremony, which took place in front of 50,000 spectators at the impressive stadium in Kazan (above, right).

    Right: Simon is seen in the British team line-up for the game with Malaysia.

    Meanwhile, Bulls' News tells us that "Luke Graham started for GB Universities as they beat Malaysia 2-0 in their second World University Games match in Kazan. The GB side had a reasonably comfortable ride against the Malaysians. Loughborough's James Aldred fired home a Sammy MacVicar cross after 19 minutes, before keeper James Belshaw had to tip a free kick round the post to preserve the lead.

    GB doubled their lead early in the second half through Alex Dyer before Malaysia were reduced to ten men for violent conduct and a thunderstorm briefly threatened to halt proceedings. GB will now take on Italy in their final group game, with the Italians having previously lost 2-0 to Malaysia".


    Altrincham entertain a Tranmere Rovers XI at Moss Lane on Tuesday, 16 July (7.30pm). The BBC reports that "Former Wales midfielder Jason Koumas has asked to train with Tranmere in the hope of earning a contract and ending his two-year exile from football. BBC Radio Merseyside reports the 33-year-old was assessed by the club's fitness staff during Monday's session.

    Koumas has been a free agent since being released by Wigan in 2011, his last senior appearance coming for Cardiff City in May of that year. He began his career at Tranmere, playing 150 times in four seasons.

    West Bromwich Albion spent more than £2m to buy Koumas in 2002, and Wigan paid £5.3m to make him a Latics' player five years later. Koumas, capped 34 times by Wales before retiring from international football in 2009, also had two season-long loan spells with Cardiff".

    Also visiting Moss Lane in pre-season are Burnley who report that their "Development Squad has announced [its] pre-season friendlies. All games with the exception of Padiham, Altrincham and Rhyl are being played behind closed doors... Their current player profiles are here.


    Altrincham FC's major sponsors were the subject of news in the Sale & Altrincham Messenger to the effect that "An Altrincham scrap metal processing firm came away from last week’s Cheshire Show with a top prize. J Davidson was awarded first place for the best non-agricultural stand over 10m, beating the Cheshire Fire Service into second place at the scrap merchant’s first outing at the annual show.

    J Davidson and its marketing agency, K2L, created a carnival themed stand, showcasing the importance of recycling metal and providing an interactive and educational insight into everything metal.

    Jamie Davidson, managing director, said, 'We had a great time at the Cheshire Show and we were delighted to be awarded a prize on our first time there. Our stand was extremely busy throughout the two days'.

    The Judges commented, 'Scrap metal is a difficult product to exhibit but the inviting nature of the stall with the carnival games, educational elements and stand-out James Bond truck made it an easy choice for first place'".

    Davidsons' striking and immaculately turned-out vehicles are a common site around Manchester and, above, we see several of their fleet lining up in the Altrincham Festival parade last weekend.

    8 July 2013


    Courtesy of Grahame Rowley, we see (right), two photos of the Moss Lane pitch taken over the weekend. As can be seen, once again, groundsman Neil Brown has done a great job over the close season to produce an excellent playing surface.

    The first game on the pitch is this Saturday (13 July, 3pm) when Accrington Stanley are the guests for a pre-season game. Don't forget that if you have a season ticket for Moss Lane for 2013-14, you get free entry to the pre-season matches there. Otherwise, admission is £7 at the turnstiles, (£3 for concessionaries and free for under-5s).


    Altrincham FC announce that "During the intense training weekend on July 20th/21st on the Saturday night (20th July) from 7.30 pm- till 9pm there will be a "Meet the Manager/Players" opportunity in the Noel White Suite at Moss Lane. Everyone is welcome to attend, so why not come down, meet up with fellow supporters and ask the questions to which you always wanted an answer?".


    Once again Altrincham supporters are able to stake their claim to a player's shirt by sponsoring the wearer for the 2013-14 season. For just £150 per player or £250 for two players, you can.

    Home and away shirts are available so there are plenty of opportunities to secure a memento of what, hopefully, will be a successful campaign. So far the following players have secured sponsors...

    • Stuart Coburn (h) Chris Rowley
    • Shaun Densmore (h) Jack, Eliot and Lara Shaw
    • Scott Leather (h) Hugh Purchas
    • Danny Boshell (h) Neil Shackleton
    • Damian Reeves (h) Tom Murray - (a) Andy Mein
    • Lee Sinnott - Hugh Purchas
    • Neil Tolson - Andrew Shaw
    • Alan Ainsley - The Rowley Family
    • Matt Doughty (h) Would the gentleman who came in to the offices to sponsor Matt's home shirt, please make contact with Grahame Rowley or the offices?


    Altrincham FC Youth played a pre-season friendly, away, against Curzon Ashton on Sunday. Both sides fielded experimental squads, with Altrincham's lacking thirteen players who were unavailable as they were participating in the Cheshire County FA trials.

    Manager George Heslop has kindly provided a brief report on the game, which can be found on the Youth page.

    George will be assisted in running the Youth team this season by former Alty player Paul Jones, who first played under George's managership some twenty five years ago in the Altrincham Sunday leagues.


    At the Altrincham FC Youth team presentation evening at Moss Lane, last week, the following awards were made.

    The James Black Trophy for the Manager's Player of the Season went to central defender Alex Weatherby. Many Alty fans will recall that James was a popular supporter of the club who died at a young age. His parents kindly commissioned a Trophy, which they present each season to the Youth team's player of the season, as selected by the manager.

    The Players' Player of the Season was also won by Alex Weatherby, with striker Derryn Ofori the runner-up and left-midfielder Michael King, third.

    There were special awards for midfielder and captain Oliver Riley and for striker, Adam Bezzina, who netted 27 goals.

    Alty Youth player Rob Gilroy presented Club Secretary Derek Wilshaw with a framed England Schools' shirt from the game this year against Scotland, in which Rob was the captain. Derek noted that this was the first time Altrincham had had a player who was already at Moss Lane named as the national Schools' captain.

    There is more youth team news in the Youth section, including an exclusive on the manager's new headgear!

    7 July 2013


    Altrincham FC is looking for further support for the following ventures. Please do help if you can...

    Pub Page in the matchday programme, the "Robins' Review". We would like to recruit eleven local pubs to advertise themselves on our Pub Page which will appear in every home-match programme. Please ask at your "local" if they would like to be part of the "Select 11". The cost is just £50 per pub and each can choose its own kit colours and a few words underneath.

    Pictured, right, is the page as it appeared last season.

    Stewards and Gate People Required. If you would like to become a matchday steward at Moss Lane, please to contact Allison or Peter Lewis via the club on 0161 928-1045 or by e-mail. Prospective turnstile operators should contact George Heslop likewise.

    Fundraising Schemes

    • Saturday Yankee - you give yourself the chance to win a four-figure prize for just a £1 stake with this scheme. You can pay weekly or by standing order, details here.
    • Bonus Ball - There are four unallocated numbers spare for the Bonus Ball Scheme which has now been running for over seven years and raised over £8000 for club funds. For just £1 per week you can win £25 when your lottery bonus ball number is drawn.
    • Monthly Draw - £5 per month - 4 prizes each month £100, £50, £35 and £15. Again contact me or Fozzy if you wish to join.

    Further details of these and other important ways to help the Club raise funds are to be found here.


    Altrincham FC was represented at the Altrincham Festival on Saturday by an impressive float, kindly loaned by Pad Logistics. Above we see (left) Kenny Palin seated on the vehicle and (right) the vehicle itself. Below, left to right, we see TASC chairman Brian Flynn going up in the world and the front and rear of the Alty vehicle. The Club would like to thank everyone who gave their time to help raise the profile of the Club by taking part or attending the Festival. This year the Club emphasized its Ladies and Juniors' teams with representatives of both being present on the float.

    It was good to see the founder of the original Altrincham FC website, Dr Alan Johnson, watching the parade. Alan has not enjoyed good health of late but looked in good form today and was looking forward to watching the team in action at Moss Lane this season.

    Also present was Jo Ryan, sister of former Alty player Steve Lunt. Jo was active for several years in fundraising for the Football Club but was at the Festival in her guise as leader of a contingent of the local Air Training Cadets.


    Yesterday, Altrincham FC Youth's opponents in the FA Youth Cup, Runcorn Town, posted the date of the tie as Wednesday 25 September. However, this date has yet to be agreed between the clubs, so please await confirmation of the date in due course.


    Altrincham FC is pleased to announce that Barry Pond (right) has been appointed as an Associate Director to the Football Club Board. Chairman Grahame Rowley writes, "Barry works extremely hard on numerous sponsorship deals for the Football club as well as on the renewal of advertising hoardings around the pitch and on matchday hospitality packages. I am extremely pleased that Barry has accepted this invitation to join the Altrincham FC Board".


    According to NL Daily "Lee Casswell, manager of Leek Town, has received a boost to his midfield ahead of the new season... Anthony Danylyk has signed forms for the forthcoming season as he looks to add to his impressive tally of 271 appearances in a Leek Town shirt".


    Simon Richman is on tour with the British Universities team in Russia. In lieu of any uptodate information from the organizers, BUC, the Worcester News tells us that their "New signing George Williams believes competing at the World University Games will hold him in good stead for his move to Worcester City. The 20-year-old full-back, who can also play in the holding midfield role, has signed for Carl Heeley’s team after impressing with Loughborough University in the Midland Alliance.

    He is representing Great Britain at the student showpiece in Kazan, Russia... Williams will link up with the City squad after the Games, which end on Wednesday, July 17, and is relishing the prospect. He said, 'It’s been a busy few days but I am delighted to be playing for Worcester next season. I have heard a lot of good things about the club. It’s definitely a team on the up and I can’t wait to get started. The trip to Russia will allow me to train regularly and get my match sharpness up before I join my new team-mates following my return'.

    Former Milton Keynes Dons player Williams, who has also represented England at university level, captained Loughborough to the Midland Alliance League Cup and British Universities and Colleges Sport Championship earlier this year...

    He said 'It’s an honour to represent your country at any level and this will be a great experience for me'... Williams is the second City player to be selected by GB following reigning player-of-the-year Tom Thorley’s involvement... Defender Shabir Khan also has also been capped by Pakistan.

    City’s academy, in conjunction with Worcester College of Technology, are holding open trials... They offer the opportunity to play football while studying for further or higher education courses... Nine members of the City academy joined Heeley’s squad for pre-season training this week".

    6 July 2013


    TASC chairman, Brian Flynn, writes, "Don't forget it's the Altrincham Festival today!

    Altrincham F.C, Altrincham Juniors, Altrincham F.C. Ladies and Girls and Altrincham F.C. Community Sports are all set for the Altrincham Festival tomorrow! The parade starts at 11am from St.Margaret's Road, Bowdon and supporters are welcome to walk with us in the parade. Altrincham's most famous supporter, Kenny Palin, will be joining us!

    Kids - All children are welcome on the parade, either on the float or walking alongside - ideally in an Alty kit!

    Festival Stall - We will have a stall on the field during the afternoon and there will be a skill shootout game with a goal which has a few targets to get the ball through. There will also be a tombola.

    Tombola Prizes can still be brought to the festival ground before 11:30am.

    See You There!"


    As previously announced, the funeral of Keith Davey will take place at Altrincham crematorium on Thursday 11 July at 11.30am. Attendees are invited back to the Club at Moss Lane after the ceremony. No flowers are requested for the funeral, but donations are invited to homeless charities, which Keith supported for many years. Donations can be made via the funeral directors at the Crematorium.

    The funeral dress code is informal and Alty supporters are welcome to turn up in their club replica kits.


    Two ex-Alty men have followed manager Danny Johnson to Nantwich Town from Ashton United; they are Aaron Burns and former youth team captain and reserve, Alex Frost.


    Having caused confusion by announcing one set of dates for the FA Trophy and then withdrawing them without any notification, the FA has belatedly redeemed the situation by announcing the new dates - albeit through a very circuitous route. You have to click on the FA Cup and then go to the bottom of the page to find the FA Trophy to get to the round dates. The new dates are...

    • Preliminary Round - Saturday 5 October 2013
    • First Round Qualifying - Saturday 19 October 2013
    • Second Round Qualifying - Saturday 2 November 2013
    • Third Round Qualifying - Saturday 16 November 2013
    • First Round Proper - Saturday 30 November 2013
    • Second Round Proper - Saturday 14 December 2013
    • Third Round Proper - Saturday 11 January 2014
    • Fourth Round Proper - Saturday 1 February 2014
    • Semi Final 1 - Saturday 15 February 2014
    • Semi Final 2 - Saturday 22 February 2014
    • Final - Sunday 23 March 2014

    And if you think that is difficult; just try finding the FA Cup round dates! They are here

    • Second Round Qualifying - Saturday 28 September 2013
    • Third Round Qualifying - Saturday 12 October 2013
    • Fourth Round Qualifying - Saturday 26 October 2013
    • First Round Proper - Saturday 9 November 2013
    • Second Round Proper - Saturday 7 December 2013
    • Third Round Proper - Saturday 4 January 2014


    The FA has announced the early rounds of the FA Youth Cup. Alty enter in the First Round Qualifying, in week commencing 23 September 2013. They have been drawn away to Runcorn Town.

    Dates and the week in which they must be played are:

    • First Round Qualifying - Monday 23 September 2013
    • Second Round Qualifying - Monday 7 October 2013
    • Third Round Qualifying - Monday 21 October 2013

    Competition Proper – Ties to be played by the closing date:

    • First Round Proper - Saturday 9 November 2013
    • Second Round Proper - Saturday 23 November 2013
    • Third Round Proper - Saturday 21 December 2013


    Bradford Park Avenue "have announced the signings of Nicky Boshell, Lee Elam and Chib Chilaka. Midfielder Boshell re-joins the club after a season away playing at Guiseley, where he impressed, scoring several goals early on in the campaign.

    Experienced winger Elam also starts his second spell with club after his previous stint with Avenue at the end of the 2009-10 season. He arrives from Harrogate Town and over a career that spans 15 years has played for numerous Conference clubs and in League Two for Yeovil Town.

    Striker Chilaka is another arrival from Harrogate Town... He has previously played for Bradford City and Braintree. In addition Adam Clayton, John Lamb, Ross Daly, Paul Walker and Tom Corner have all signed for the new season".

    According to NL Daily, "North Ferriby United duo Mark Gray and Steve Gardner have both left the Conference North newcomers to move to Frickley Athletic. Central defender Gray, 21, returns to Westfield Lane after spending the latter half of the 2011/12 season with the Blues before moving to Ferriby last summer. He is joined by 22-year-old full-back Steve Gardner, who had a month on loan at Frickley from Ferriby last season after returning from injury."

    Pitchero Non-League says that "Dennis Greene, manager of Boston United, has ended his long pursuit of a recognised left-back by signing Netan Sansara from Danish club FC Vestsjaelland. The former Walsall trainee, who played in the Football League for the Saddlers between 2008 and 2010, has linked up with the Pilgrims during pre-season training and will be eligible to play once international clearance has been obtained.

    The 23-year-old has also played for Dundee in Scotland and PAEEK in Cyprus... Greene said, 'Netan is a quality addition and it has been well worth waiting to fill the left-back slot with somebody of his calibre becoming available. There is no point rushing in to get every position filled early in the summer. Quality players remain available and it is all about biding your time to get them signed'. Sansara is the sixth summer arrival at The Jakemans Stadium."

    The EvoStik League confirms a couple of moves from Conference North Hednesford as Alexander Morris and Asa Wright have joined Chasetown.

    5 July 2013


    In the Manchester Evening News Damian Reeves was asked about the 2013-14 fixtures. "I don't think it matters where we start. Obviously, we would prefer a home game first but I don't think it makes a big difference. I'm looking forward to the Stockport game. Obviously, it's a local game and they have a big following, so that should be a good game.

    Overall, we were happy with how we played last season. The play offs were disappointing. We didn't really perform and we didn't get to the final but, hopefully, we've taken a step in the right direction and we can build on that even further this season".

    Asked about his future, Damian responded, "Until anybody tells me otherwise, I am an Altrincham player."

    The striker continued, "We've got the same aims as last season. We reached the play offs last year and so we want to do the same this season and get promotion".


    According to the Football Conference, "Forward pair Tom Rutter and Ashley Stott have both signed new deals to remain with Vauxhall Motors for the coming season. Rutter joined the Motormen in July 2012 from Knutsford FC after having scored an impressive twenty-six goals in twenty-one appearances for them.

    He is a former England Schoolboy international and his previous clubs include Northwich Victoria, Witton Albion and Radcliffe Borough. He enjoyed a successful season in a Motors shirt in 2012/13, scoring thirteen goals in forty-two appearances, making him the joint top goalscorer at the club.

    Stott shared the honour of being joint top scorer with Rutter, bagging an impressive thirteen goals from just twenty-seven appearances following his arrival in November 2012 from Witton. Stott began his career with Preston North End. His previous clubs include Hyde United, Halifax Town and Altrincham.

    Stott told of his delight at staying with the Motormen, 'My confidence in the gaffer made the decision easy. It's a good club with great people working at the club and around it'.

    Elsewhere, "Winger Greg Mills will not be a Boston United player in 2013/14. Former Derby County trainee Mills joined Boston in March 2013 from rivals Worcester City... Mills joined AFC Telford United in 2010/11 and... he eventually moved on and joined Worcester...

    After reaching a mutual agreement to cancel his contract at St George's Lane, he became one of Dennis Greene's first signings as United boss. The 22-year-old, who scored one goal during seven appearances, has joined new league rivals Barrow AFC ahead of an impending move to the Manchester area due to work commitments.

    Penning a one-year deal, Mills told Barrow football secretary Russell Dodd, 'I am looking forward to a settled season to get my career back on track. I need a good season and it was the trust in Alex Meechan and Dave Bayliss that made me turn down more money elsewhere'".

    The Conference adds that "Harrogate Town AFC have confirmed that midfielder/forward Danny Forrest has left and joined rivals Bradford Park Avenue. Forrest joined Harrogate in September 2012...

    A striker with a tremendous shot, he started his career at Bradford City making his first-team debut in 2002. He went on to play for the Bantams for a further three seasons before joining Halifax Town. After over 100 appearances for the Shaymen he went on a brief loan spell at Hucknall Town... Crawley Town would be the next port of call for Forrest in 2008 before a move to Barrow AFC transpired in 2010.

    Following a brief loan spell at Guiseley, he made the move permanent in June 2011".

    Elsewhere, "Twenty-one-year-old central defender Omar Beckles is the latest new recruit to Brian Page’s squad at Histon. Beckles began his career at Millwall before moving to the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain. He returned to England with Boreham Wood before joining Kettering Town and a second spell with Wood followed before a February move to Billericay Town...

    Said Page, 'Omar is a strong defender, he’s big and powerful and in this league you have to have that strength at the heart of your side otherwise you don’t have a chance. Danny Fitzsimons was immense for us there last season so it was obviously a position that we needed to recruit in, after he moved on to Luton Town'. On the squad returning to training, Page said, 'It’s great to get the players back and to start working with them again. I’ve had a number of other lads in as well that I’ve invited here to show me what they can do and everyone is hungry and eager to impress so it’s been a good first few sessions'.

    Of the players from last year’s squad yet to sign for this season Page went on to say, 'Claudiu Hoban had a major operation on his knee in the summer and the initial prognosis wasn’t good but he’s an unbelievable lad and has been here with us, wanting to be a part of everything. His recovery so far from an injury like this has been remarkable but we will be very careful with him as we don’t want to risk any further problems. With sports therapist Nick Whitehouse's support and careful management I’m hopeful he can get back to fitness in the not too distant future and, when he does, he will be a fantastic player for us.”

    Skipper Remy Clerima was a notable absentee this week however and Page said, 'Remy has been abroad most of the summer as he is in demand as a model and has been earning himself some good money in front of the cameras! I’m expecting him back for training soon and we will sit down and discuss how he wants to progress his career now and what’s best for him and the club. Of course I want to keep him here, if I can, as he’s a fantastic player but time is moving on and I need to know what he wants to do sooner rather than later'.

    Lewis Taaffe's Histon future is also still to be resolved. 'Lewis has a couple of weeks lined up at a Football League club so we will wait and see what happens there. He knows the deal if he stays with us but he also knows that we can’t wait forever so hopefully we can sort something out in the next week or so'".

    The Cambridge News tells us that "Brian Page has told Lewis Taaffe Histon may not be in a position to re-sign him after he decided to go on trial at Dagenham & Redbridge...

    'Taaffey knows that if there’s a player we really like then we might have to sign him and, then, there might not be any more money', said Page... 'But if it doesn’t work out for him at Dagenham and we’ve still got the money, then we’d want him here because he’s a great person and a real asset to the football club'...

    Page is also hoping to find out more about captain Remy Clerima’s future... 'I’m trying to put a package together which is right for the football club and hopefully that will fit around what he’s doing elsewhere', said Page, who will also offer Claudiu Hoban a deal once he proves his fitness following a knee operation".

    BSBN says that "Workington manager Darren Edmondson has taken another big knock with the news that Gari Rowntree has also left for Celtic Nation. The 26-year-old left-back becomes the eighth player to depart Borough Park this summer and the third to sign for the Northern League Division One club in the space of a week.

    Mark Boyd and Aaran Taylor had already made the switch to Gilford Park Stadium and now Rowntree has followed suit after penning a one-year deal with the Gilly. He told the News & Star, 'A few of my friends have moved to Celtic Nation recently and I'm ready for a new challenge. They are an ambitious club and I'm looking forward to a change. I've never played in that league before but, looking at the players they are signing, they are building up a good squad. And they're looking at moving up the leagues pretty quickly'...

    Rowntree, who was voted the Supporters' Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year at the club for 2012/13, brings to an end a six-year association with the Cumbrian outfit having joined from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2007.

    Reds' general manager Alec Graham admits he is saddened by the player's departure... 'The news of his signing for Celtic Nation is hard to take. But half of me understands why. The player has been offered more money and we don't have a multi-millionaire backer and cannot match it... but I am disappointed they (Celtic Nation) are coming after our players. The club will survive and we will continue to look for players. I'm not the manager but we might have to take a look at the loan market earlier than expected. The basis of the squad will be significantly different from last season'".

    We read in the Northampton Chronicle that "Jon Brady says Brackley are still in the hunt for a speedy striker as they continue to plan for a renewed promotion push... Brady has already added former Bath City hitman Charlie Griffin to his squad... but Brackley remain in the marke...

    'We’re still after a pacy striker' he said. 'We’ve got leads on a couple'.

    The boss has also acquired the services of former Nuneaton right-back Neil Cartwright and ex-Corby and Worksop midfielder Steve Towers... He said, 'Neil has had a very good non-league career and at 31 he’s got high energy, great quality and great delivery. He will be the best right-back we’ve had at the club. Steve is similar to (former Brackley midfielder) Carl Palmer in that he’s hard working and gives you at least seven out of 10 each week. He added goals to his game while he was at Worksop and he is a wholehearted player with an extremely high work rate.

    Overall we’ve done well to get those players in and keep many of the players from last season. Profiles were lifted after we got to the play-offs and the players wanted to be rewarded. We’ve kept the players who really wanted to stay, not because of money but because they’re hungry to play for us, and we’ve got rid of a couple who didn’t want to stay and fight for their places'.

    Those players, Brady says, are Tom Winters and James Clifton, who have both decided to join Brackley’s rivals Oxford City. Striker Jefferson Louis has also left the club this summer".

    ACcording to the Shropshie Star, "AFC Telford chairman Lee Carter believes the club’s efforts to extend midfielder Phil Trainer’s stay at the New Bucks Head have failed. A new deal was tabled for the popular out-of-contract player in late May but Carter claimed they have still not had a response.

    Carter, manager Liam Watson and his assistant Dominic Morley have all tried to contact Trainer, one of only four players from last season’s squad to be offered new terms, but to no avail so far. Carter said, 'I know he was on holiday around the start of June, but I have heard absolutely nothing from him. We are not in the business of falling out with Phil Traine... but we can’t go any further, I’m afraid.... It is looking increasingly likely that that deal has probably not come off.

    Chances are we have probably moved on but that isn’t to say it would never happen... The facts are we made him an offer which wasn’t a million miles from where we were in the Conference Premier. Don’t forget our income is projected to fall by 20 percent this year. The fact that we offer a player almost the same as he was getting last year in the face of that shows how much we rate him'...

    Speculation that he had signed for Conference National outfit Nuneaton Town surfaced early last month, but the Bucks insisted, at the time, that he was still mulling over his options. Carter has since added that he knows of a Conference National club who have had talks with the player and made him a lesser offer".

    Reports from This is Lincs say that "Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham admitted to being disappointed following the release of the new Conference North fixtures. The Blues boss was left frustrated that the key festive double header will be against North Ferriby United, a club he describes as a ‘village team’...

    'North Ferriby have some good players and a very strong squad', he said. 'But, compared to past seasons, when we have been handed games against Halifax or Boston United, Ferriby is a village team... With all respect to North Ferriby, they probably won’t bring a big following and that will be disappointing'...

    A new era at Trinity sees the club embark on their first season following the departure of former chairman Peter Swann to Scunthorpe United. With a reduction to their playing budget, Trinity have lost some of last season’s playing squad, with many being picked up by North Ferriby. Danny Hone, Jonathan D’Laryea, Jamie Yates, Ryan Kendall and Jason Stokes are all now members of the Ferriby squad after spending time at Gainsborough.

    'There will be a bit of added spice because they have signed quite a few of the Trinity squad from last season', said Housham... 'With the players they have, I expect them to do well next season... It’s very important to get off to a good start', added Housham. 'If you do, confidence starts flowing and attendances are up and everything is positive'".

    Trinity's Humberside opponents are the subject of a story in This is Hull which says that "North Ferriby manager Billy Heath believes his side have a great chance to post early points on the board in their first ever season in Conference North. Ferriby have been handed a home game against Gloucester City on August 17 to start life in the sixth tier of the football pyramid. Their next two matches are on the road to Bradford PA and Harrogate Town before entertaining Boston United in their fourth game in 15 days.

    Heath, who guided the Villagers to the Evo-Stik Premier League title last season, is grateful his players won't have much travelling to do early on, but insists the opening matches are tough... Heath told the Mail, 'It gives us a chance to get some points early. But they are a tough set of opening fixtures... The opening game is a chance for football supporters to come and watch North Ferriby for the first time and hopefully we'll get a good crowd cheering us on'.

    Ferriby asked the Football Conference to consider clashes with the Tigers when putting together their fixtures. It has been a bone of contention with Ferriby in the past as it has a bearing on the number of fans coming through their turnstiles'".

    From This is Glos, we learn that "Gloucester City's tough start to the new season can give the Tigers a chance to steal a march on their rivals, according to bullish boss Dave Mehew. City face three of their longest trips north in their first four away trips of the season, with testing home matches against local rivals Worcester City and newly-relegated AFC Telford United also in store.

    Add in the visit of last season's title-chasers Guiseley and a testing trip to promoted Leamington and Mehew's men have been dealt a testing start... 'It's a tough start but it's a tough league that is getting stronger every year, so you have to expect that'," Mehew said. 'We won up at Workington last year, both Telford and Worcester have got completely new teams this season compared to last and we have two newly-promoted teams who will be finding their feet. A lot of those early games are against teams who will be rebuilding or re-establishing themselves at this level, whereas we are pretty settled.

    We've got our strongest-ever squad at this level and have brought in two or three really good recruits so I am pretty confident we can start well... The 450-mile round trip to Barrow on September 7 will be followed by the even longer 525-mile haul to Workington and back on September 14. Add in the opening-day 375 slog to Humberside and back for North Ferriby and the Tigers will have pounded out more than 1,300 miles in a month, not [that] their boss is unduly worried.

    'To be honest, I am more than happy to get them out of the way nice and early', he said. 'Going up there in August and September you know that the game is going to be on. If you were to have them in January or February then you are worrying about the weather and getting the game on'".

    4 July 2013


    Altrincham FC expresses its condolences to Sheila Crompton and family on the death of AFC Life Vice-President, Jack Crompton, the former Manchester United goalkeeper who, in recent years, was often to be seen at Moss Lane matches. Jack kept goal for United in the 1948 FA Cup Final. Manchester United have an obituary for Jack, who was 91.

    Jack is seen, right, at Moss Lane in 2009 in the company of Australian cricket captain, Ricky Ponting, former Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and former Alty chairman, Geoff Goodwin. The Football Conference has released the Conference North fixtures for 2013-14 and Altrincham's games can be found here.


    Admission prices for all of the pre-season games at Moss Lane will be unaltered from last season. Those holding Altrincham FC season tickets for 2013-14 will gain free admission on production of those tickets.
    • Adults - £7
    • Concessionaries - £3
    • Under-5s - Free

    Anyone looking for pre-season action on Saturday (6 July) might be interested to see EvoStik Premier club Trafford, our newly promoted neighbours, who will be away to Sandbach United this Saturday (6 July, 3pm). Trafford entertain Altrincham in another pre-season game on Tuesday 23 July (7.45pm).


    TASC chairman, Brian Flynn, advises us that "Altrincham Football Club will be represented at this Saturday's Altrincham Festival. We are keen to get our message across to everyone in the Altrincham area that we are a thriving community asset with a number of different arms and, therefore, our presence this year has been a collaborative effort by:-
    • Altrincham F.C.
    • Altrincham Juniors
    • Altrincham F.C. Ladies & Girls
    • Altrincham F.C. Community Sports Ltd
    Festival Parade: We are entering a float in the parade and we are very grateful to PAD Logistics of Atlantic Street, Altrincham for providing a truck and trailer for us.

    The parade starts at 11am from St.Margaret's Road, Bowdon and supporters are welcome to walk with us in the parade.

    Kids: All children are welcome on the parade, either on the float or walking alongside - ideally in an Alty kit!

    Festival Stall: We will have a stall on the field and we could do with some volunteers to 'staff the stall'. If we had people on shifts between 11.30 and 17.30 to cover the main festival ground times of 12.00 to 17.00, with some help to setup and set down, it would be helpful. There will be a skill shootout game with a goal which has a few targets to get the ball through. There will also be a tombola.

    Tombola Prizes: If anyone could donate any items, either beforehand or on the day, they would be most welcome. These can be dropped off at Altrincham FC during working hours, brought to the festival ground before 11:30am, or by contacting one of the following people:-

    • Stuart Buchan 07792 203360 or by e-mail
    • Rick Brennan 07903 458692 or by e-mail
    • Graham Houghton 07812 519939 or by e-mail
    • Chris Bullock by e-mail
    • Brian Flynn 07860 561011 or by e-mail


    Altrincham FC is again running its Patrons' Club. Chairman Grahame Rowley writes:

    "For the cost of £50, your name will appear throughout the coming season in the matchday programme as a Patron of Altrincham Football Club. At the beginning of the season, every member will be entered into a prize draw, with the winner being match sponsor for an appointed game along with nine guests. Second prize will be hospitality for five people and third prize will be hospitality for 3 people in the Sponsors' Lounge.

    If you are interested in becoming a Patron for next season, please forward a cheque for £50, payable to Altrincham Football Club, for my attention. If you require any further information please speak to me (Grahame Rowley) on 07720-606897 or e-mail me. Thank you for your support.

    So far, 93 have signed up - click here for full details... This is a great effort to date but we are looking to beat last season's 124 so, if anyone else would like to join/re-join for this season, please contact me".


    News of a former Altrincham loanee comes from the Boston Standard which tells us that "Boston United boss Dennis Greene has joked he doesn’t need to sign any more defenders, after likening Carl Piergianni to Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 21-year-old may have been the Pilgrims’ only recognised centre-back as the squad reported back for pre-season training on Saturday.

    But the physical presence of the former Stockport County and Corby Town man impressed Greene. 'Judging by the training session we had, we won’t need any more defenders', said Greene, who then compared Piergianni to the Terminator, Commando and Predator star. 'He’s like Arnold Schwarzenegger back there, so maybe we won’t have anyone else there'.

    Piergianni is one of five summer signings who trained with United at RAF Cranwell at the weekend. Meanwhile, [ex-Alty] keeper Ashley Timms, utility man Peter Bore, midfielder Gary Mills and forward Ricky Miller, back at the club for his second stint, also came in for praise from the manager. Piergianni is the club’s only recognised central defender after Nathan Stainfield and Tom Ward both opted to move on. And with left back target Josh Wilde staying with Gainsborough Trinity, they appear to be the three positions Greene is keen to bolster",

    The Worcester News tells us that "Worcester City will begin their 2013-14 Conference North campaign at Aggborough with a tough-looking match against Altrincham on Saturday, August 17. Carl Heeley’s side, in their first season sharing at Kidderminster Harriers, will be keen to test themselves against one of last term’s beaten play-off teams... Worcester will also play all their home mid-week matches on Tuesdays".

    Barrow's "Holker Street Newsletter" tells us that manager "Dave Bayliss has put his thinking cap on and come up with a cunning plan, which he shared with the Mail. 'It (last season's goals conceded record) killed me, I'd go home and have sleepless nights. Honestly, it was terrible because the goals we conceded were not good goals and it's embarrassing to say that but they weren't. We conceded goals straight from corners. We practised a lot on defending set-plays last year and we were brilliant in training, but then when you come to a game it's about personal pride and being strong and we weren't able to do that. The goals we conceded were embarrassing at times...

    We've got to put that right, which we will. Ideally, you want a 6ft 5ins-tall centre-half who is quick, great on the ball, who can play and who can also defend. But we're in the Conference North and we're not paying great money, so we've got to get what we can...

    Robin Hulbert is going to train with Barrow in the hope of regaining his place in the Barrow line-up, he told the Mail, 'To be honest I was doing a run, I went past Dave's house, bumped into him and he just said "You are more than welcome to come in and get fit"... I don't know what state my body is going to be in because I've missed loads of football and I'm not getting any younger... I'm going to be 34 during next season and there are not many things that float my boat at the moment. But I think Barrow is one club that could possibly get me going...

    If I'm fit, I believe I can do a good job and that I can play an important part... I wear my heart on my sleeve and that will never change'.

    Southport have signed former Barrow player, Paul Rutherford".

    Following their promotion from the Conference North, FC Halifax Town have raised their admission prices to £17 for adults, £13 for concessionaries, £8 for under-16s, £6 for under-12s and £3 for under-7s.

    According to the Shropshire Star, "AFC Telford United manager Liam Watson is delighted that midfielder Nathan Rooney has accepted the challenge to fight his way into his plans for next season. And he believes that the former Wolves reserve team captain can play a significant part in the forthcoming Conference North promotion push provided he can rediscover his best form.

    Watson has brought in 14 new signings since arriving at the New Buck's Head in May... He made it clear that players from last season’s squad who are out of contract would be welcome to come back in pre-season to try to earn a new deal. And Rooney was among a small cluster of familiar faces joining a largely new-look team for the first day of pre-season training at Wrekin College.

    The 21-year-old former Thomas Telford School pupil was a regular starter for the Bucks last season, making 36 appearances and scoring five goals... Watson said, 'Nathan Rooney took me up on my offer to come and do pre-season, which is great. There is definitely a good player in there. The important thing is bringing it out, but it is going to be a two way thing. We have got to try to help him, but he has also got to try to help himself. If we can get him back and performing at the level he has done in the past then we might have a player on our hands'...

    Other familiar faces at training included youngsters Jake Bennett, Tom Bradley and James O’Neill. All three made the step up to the first team towards the end of last season. Watson hopes to supplement his small squad with a couple of the club’s promising home-grown youngsters should they impress in pre-season".

    3 July 2013


    The Football Conference has released the Conference North fixtures for 2013-14 and Altrincham's games can be found here. Alty kick off the season at Worcester City on 17 August and end it at Histon on 26 April. There are only three scheduled evening matches, all of which are at Moss Lane. Our August and Easter bank holiday pairings are with Stockport County and Vauxhall Motors, whilst the Christmas and New Year return fixture is with Stalybridge Celtic.


    The Football Conference has issued the following press release.

    "The Football Conference and BT Sport have agreed a two-year deal for the new channels to show 30 live matches a season from the Conference Premier. BT Sport will host live broadcasts from the grounds for 25 league matches, plus both legs of the play-off semis and the Promotion Final at Wembley, from the start of the 2013-14 season in August.

    The deal will bring live football from the 5th tier, immediately below League Two, to a much wider audience than ever before, which will enable greater opportunities for marketing and sponsorship deals.

    Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said, 'We are delighted that we’ve been able to invest in the Non-League game and play our part in helping community clubs to flourish. We are not just interested in the glamour of the Premier League; we’d like to bring the excitement and grit of the Conference Premier to a new audience, as well as its existing strong fan base. There are some terrific clubs in the Conference Premier and some fantastic stories and characters, which we aim to develop in our coverage'.

    Brian Lee, chairman of The Football Conference, said, 'We welcome the opportunity to be joining the revolutionary BT Sport, which we are sure will be a "game changer" for ourselves and BT Sport. We feel that the prospect of showcasing our wonderful brand of live football to a potentially mind-blowing number of viewers can only enhance our product. We hope sponsors of clubs and competition alike recognise the huge step that we are now undertaking. We sincerely hope this is the start of a long and fruitful partnership for both parties."

    The new season promises to be a classic battle for promotion to the Football League. FA Cup giant killers of last season Luton Town will be out to end their exile from the Football League alongside the Mariners from Grimsby Town, who will feel they have stayed long enough in the Football Conference.

    New boys Barnet, with Edgar Davids at the helm, will no doubt be out to make a quick return, starting the new season at their new stadium, “The Hive”. Big spenders Forest Green Rovers will be out to repay their "green millionaire” Dale Vince, who is bankrolling the Gloucestershire village side, with the promised land of the Football League the only objective for manager David Hockaday.

    Wembley Promotion Finalists finalist’s Wrexham, will again turn to their experienced players such as Brett Ormerod, Dean Keates and player manager Andy Morrell to achieve their dream whilst Kidderminster Harriers, runners up last season, will be hoping to go one better this time around under the guidance of manager of the year, Steve Burr.

    Chester FC and FC Halifax Town return with new identities to the highest tier of the Conference after their trials and tribulations of recent years and it will be a challenge for both alongside established clubs in the Conference Premier.

    BT Sport will show 38 exclusively live football matches from the Barclays Premier League, including 18 of the ‘top picks’ from August 2013 for three seasons. The channels will also show live FA Cup, Europa League and Scottish Premier League matches, as well as top tier live football from Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, Australia and the USA, plus action from the FA Women’s Super League".


    In the Sale & Altrincham Messenger, Altrincham FC joint Press and Media Officer, John Edwards, reported that "Altrincham are community champions.

    Right: Courtesy of Gavin Rathbone of GR Photography, we see the Community Board, with Community Officer Chris Bullock. Left to right, Fred Nash, Pete Foster, Chris Bullock (Community Officer), Neil Faulkner, Carole Nash, and Karen Rowley.

    Altrincham's growing emphasis on public relations has brought them a £10,000 cheque as the Blue Square Bet North’s Community Club of the Year.

    Twelve months after lifting the Conference North’s Respect Trophy, for best disciplinary record, Alty have shown they are setting the right example off the pitch as well, after having their community work honoured by the Football Conference Trust.

    Judges based their decision on levels of commitment to community activities and had no hesitation naming Alty as outright winners after hearing the scale of their involvement with youngsters in the area.

    Chairman Grahame Rowley provided an insight into how the club are connecting with boys and girls throughout the area by saying, 'In any typical week, when you take into account coaching in schools and the 40-odd junior teams playing games, there are approaching 1,000 local kids participating in football directly through Altrincham FC.

    That is some statistic, and one we are extremely proud of. Reaching out to the community, as well as striving for excellence on the pitch, is what this club is all about, and we will continue to pursue both objectives as best we can'.

    As well as a thriving junior set-up, boasting well over 40 teams of all ages, and a ladies’ team and social section, Alty’s community programme is devoting more time and energy to developing a growing presence within local schools. Free tickets to first-team games are regularly distributed, lunchtime clubs are held in several Trafford junior schools and fun weeks and drop-in sessions are staged during holidays, as well as curriculum coaching after school.

    A delighted Rowley added, 'Everyone at the club is absolutely thrilled to receive this award. We see it as a tribute to the many volunteers, well over 100, who ensure the boys’, girls’ and ladies’ teams can continue and also to the high standard of coaching delivered by community officer Chris Bullock and the coaching team.

    The club decided a few years ago that it had to become more integrated into the community and it is gratifying that our efforts have been recognised externally. The award is also further encouragement for our efforts to provide a focal point for the local community via the Community Sports Hall, for which a planning submission has recently been made'.

    Anyone interested in finding out more about the club's community activities should email Altrincham FC or call the club on 0161 928 1045".


    The Sale & Altrincham Messenger tells us that "An Altrincham Boys’ Grammar School pupil has secured a prestigious football scholarship at the University of Indianapolis. Michael King earned the scholarship through his impressive performances for Altrincham under-18s under the management of George Heslop.

    King, 18, from Altrincham, has just finished his final year of A Levels at Altrincham Grammar and will move to America in August to begin a new chapter in his life.

    He will combine a sports management course alongside playing for Ulndy Greyhound at a 7,000 seat stadium and says he can’t wait for it to begin. 'I looked up the university and it was just brilliant. It was important that I chose a university which was good academically and in terms of the football. Indianapolis had both'.

    He will be spending the next four years in Indiana and will be the only English footballer in a team looking to revolutionise college ‘soccer’ in America.

    And, with the influx of footballers from other states, including an import from Antigua, it seems that Michael is heading towards an ambitious team.

    After being approached by around 25 other American universities, the left-back insists that Indianapolis is the right step after a successful two years at Altrincham.

    He said, 'Altrincham have been brilliant to me, helping me build my confidence and they were a great club to play under. We had a great team and winning the Manchester County Cup against Stockport Vikings was a particular highlight'".


    The Football Conference says that "AFC Telford United have signed two central midfielders in Alan Moogan and Russell Benjamin. Twenty-nine-year-old Moogan is a combative midfielder, who also adds a touch of creativity to the central midfield area.

    The former Burscough and Southport midfielder started his career at Everton and made appearances for England at under-18 level. He acted as player-coach at Southport under Liam Watson and will take a similar role with the manager at the New Buck's Head.

    Benjamin, 22, is a product of Southport’s youth system. He spent two years at Rochdale and then returned to Southport where he featured regularly last season, but was released at the end of May".

    And "Liam Watson, manager of AFC Telford United, has named his captain and vice-captain for the coming season. Defender Simon Grand will be the team captain for season 2013/14. Grand signed in May after his release from Watson's previous club Southport where he also captained the side. Long-serving goalkeeper Ryan Young will be team vice-captain".

    Elsewhere, "Defender Tom Ward has, as expected, made the switch to Gainsborough Trinity from rivals Boston United. The 22-year-old arrived at York Street in the summer of 2010 from Sleaford Town ... He finally broke into the first-team during the 2011/12 campaign and... was offered non-contract terms at the end of last season after featuring thirty-seven times for Boston in 2012/13.

    Ward was offered non-contract terms at the end of last season... However, after originally accepting the offer, the centre back changed his decision, much to the disappointment of Pilgrims boss Dennis Greene".

    However, the Boston Standard reports on potential arrivals at York Street as "Former Leyton Orient midfielder Solomon Shields is among a handful of trialists hoping to earn a deal at Boston United. The 23-year-old has most recently been in action for St Albans City. Shields was among the band of squad players and hopefuls who reported for pre-season training at RAF Cranwell on Saturday.

    But one player who won’t be linking up with the club is Josh Wilde. The left back was among manager Dennis Greene’s top targets. But, because he’s under the age of 24, he wouldn’t be able to leave Gainsborough Trinity without compensation being paid. United made Trinity an offer which was refused at the Northolme, with Wilde accepting a second offer to stay with the Blues.

    'I hear that we were offering lots more money than Gainsborough', Greene said with a smile. 'Our offer that we agreed was a lot less than both the offers that Gainsborough made, so that shows the lad wanted to come and sign for Boston. Unfortunately, we couldn’t agree a deal (with Trinity)'".

    Meanwhile "Stockport County have lost midfielder Alex Kenyon to Morecambe. Kenyon, 20, was County`s player of the year last season and has previously skippered Lancaster City. Shrimps' boss Jim Bentley said, 'I have spoken to a lot of people about Alex and every single one of them has spoken highly of him'".

    Stockport County say that manager "Ian Bogie has added highly rated teenage striker Rhys Turner to his squad. Turner, who last season scored an astonishing 63 goals, is another product of Myerscough College and has also represented his country as he has scored 2 goals in his five appearances for the England college team.

    Rhys has been closely watched by several clubs but has joined the Hatters after Assistant Manager Alan Lord's recommendation. Lord and Myerscough's Phil Brown have worked closely on developing Turner's game over the last two seasons, during which the College team have swept all before them. He has recently returned from a trip to Valencia as the England College side spent time out in Spain...

    Brown told the club website, 'County have signed a superb striker with the potential to surpass any of the students we have provided to the club in the past. He has great pace, is a fantastic finisher and is deceptively strong'".

    The Conference also confirms that "Barrow AFC have signed 22-year-old striker Aaron Bowen following his return to England from a short stint in Australia. Bowen returned early from a spell with Shepperton United due to homesickness. The former Skelmersdale United and Cammell Laird hit man has had a host of clubs chasing him and Barrow boss Dave Bayliss was a relieved man when he finally got his man.

    Bayliss said, 'Aaron agreed terms three weeks ago but then went to America on holiday. He has had about fifteen clubs chasing him so you are also worried someone is going to offer him more money and we lose him. This lad has the potential to have a great future'".

    Over the Pennines, "Goalkeeper Steven Drench has signed a new two-year contract to stay with Guiseley AFC".

    Further south, "Lee Moore has become the final member of last season's Southern League Premier Division title-winning squad to commit to Leamington for the new season, giving Paul Holleran a healthy looking group to work with over pre-season. Moore has the benefit of over fifty games for Nuneaton Town and also spent two seasons prior to joining them at AFC Telford United in the Conference North, so his experience of the level at which the Brakes now find themselves will be invaluable to his team-mates in the coming months".

    Amongst other player movements or signings recently are those of Obi Anoruo who has joined Stalybridge Celtic from Vauxhall Motors, whilst Brackley have reportedly signed former Nuneaton Town man, Neil Cartwright.

    According to Pitchero Non-League, "Kyle May has signed a new contract with Workington after rejecting an offer from Ebac Northern League neighbours Celtic Nation. The experienced defender turned down the emerging Carlisle side’s advances because he doesn’t want to play in the Northern League, according to boss Darren Edmondson.

    Celtic Nation have already prised Aaran Taylor, Gari Rowntree and Mark Boyd away from Borough Park, but Edmondson said May was never interested in quitting. He said, 'I’ve seen the rumours about Kyle going, but the truth is he’s already signed a new deal that will keep him at Workington next season... Celtic Nation did offer him something, but Kyle was never interested in playing in the Northern League. To have Kyle signed for another season is great news for us. He’s one of the best defenders in the league, and has been for years'...

    Edmondson has also shaken hands on deals with captain Jonny Wright, Anthony Wright, Lee Andrews and Dan Wordsworth... Edmondson said, 'It’s important that we have a core bunch of committed players. They have shown loyalty by agreeing deals'".

    At Histon, "Following the squad’s return for pre-season training yesterday Brian Page, manager, confirmed the signing of experienced midfielder Levi Porter. Porter joined the club in December and made eighteen appearances in total last season... Operating out wide, the former Leicester City man brought experience...

    'Levi was terrific for us last season. He hadn’t played much football for a while when he came here but everyone could see the quality that he brought to the team. We will get a good pre-season out of him now and as he gets fitter and fitter I’ve no doubt that he will show more and more quality'" said Page.

    2 July 2013


    The funeral of Keith Davey will take place at Altrincham Crematorium (Dunham Massey) at 11.30am on Thursday, 11 July.


    Following a week's break, the daily updates to this website will resume later today.
    25 June 2013


    The next action at Moss Lane is the friendly against Accrington Stanley. Details of all of the pre-season games are below...

    • Sat. 13.7.13, 3pm, Home v ACCRINGTON STANLEY
    • Tue. 16.7.13, NB 7.30pm, Home v TRANMERE ROVERS XI
    • Tue. 23.7.13, 7.45pm, Away v Trafford
    • Sat. 27.7.13, 3pm, Home v FC HALIFAX TOWN
    • Tue. 30.7.13, 7.45pm, Away v Mossley
    • Fri. 2.8.13, 7.30pm, Home v WREXHAM
    • Sat. 10.8.13, 3pm, Home v BURNLEY XI


    "Dennis Greene, manager of Boston United, has confirmed that the Pilgrims are poised to part company with defender Tom Ward. The 22-year-old, who scored six goals in seventy-one appearances for the Pilgrims, has delayed signing the new deal offered to him... Greene told 'We wanted to keep Tom but we cannot wait forever. We now switch our attentions to other targets. I am disappointed because I had agreed terms with him but he has now decided he wishes to speak to other clubs'".

    Meanwhile the Boston Standard tells us that "Tom Ward says 'security' is the reason he will not sign a further deal with Boston United. The defender originally agreed to accept boss Dennis Greene’s offer... However, today it was revealed that he had decided not to sign the non-contract offer on the table.

    Rivals Gainsborough Trinity appear to be the side who turned Ward’s head. 'I needed the security of a contract as I’m at university with no other income', said Ward, who also has a young daughter to support. With Nathan Stainfield opting to join Spalding United last week, Carl Piergianni is currently the club’s only recognised centre-back. The Pilgrims report back for pre-season training on Saturday, with Greene hoping to bring in two central defenders as soon as possible".

    According to the Football Conference, "Striker Ashley Worsfold has become the latest recruit for Harrogate Town when Simon [Grayson] swooped to claim the highly-rated player’s signature from Alfreton Town. Worsfold, 22, was highly regarded by the management at Alfreton and they were hoping that he would sign on for another season. However, Harrogate were able to prise him away.

    Described as a player with great movement and a natural touch, Worsfold has been likened to recent Town favourite Dominic Knowles. Worsfold started at Sheffield Wednesday as a youth player before joining Goole AFC".

    According to NL Daily, "Brackley Town have announced the signing of Charlie Griffin for the 2013/14 season. The former Wycombe and Stevenage striker joins after recently leaving Bath City. Griffin has also played for Forest Green Rovers in recent years, and has previously had spells at Salisbury City and Newport County. He started his senior career way back in 1998 with Chippenham Town".

    Leamington announce that the club "regrettably will not be entering a team in the Midland Youth Football League (MYFL) next season following the departure of of last year's manager Darren Bradley and his management team and a significant proportion of the players. We understand that a key driver for their decision was the belief that their players needed reserve ream football this coming season.

    In setting up the Youth Team last season the vast majority of players were under 17 and there was an acceptance by all parties that the team would have two years in the youth league and decisions were to be made this coming season on the best development path for those players.

    Brakes' Chairman Jim Scott said, 'We have fully considered all our options but believe there is insufficient time to find a suitable replacement management team and players at such short notice and, very sadly, will have to take a year out from youth team football... and will be entering a Youth Team in the MYFL in Season 2014-15".


    If you want some pre-season action, as usual the Welsh clubs start their Europa League odysseys early in July. Welsh Premier tells us that "The trio of Welsh Premier European debutant clubs enjoyed reasonably good fortunes in the draw for the first qualifying round of the Europa League as all there were drawn against clubs from the Baltic states.

    They avoided potentially difficult trips to places such as Azerbeijan or the Faroe Islands, with Airbus UK Broughton and Prestatyn Town both drawn against Latvian opposition. The Wingmakers will face Ventspils...

    Prestatyn's first venture into Europe will be against Latvians, Metalurgs. Bala Town will face Levadia Tallinn from Estonia... Both Bala and Prestatyn intend to use Rhyl's Belle Vue for their home legs, both of which are scheduled for July 4, so a change of date will be required for one of the clubs".

    And "The New Saints missed out on an all-British glamour tie with SPL giants Celtic as they were drawn to face Polish outfit Legia Warsaw in the second qualifying round of the Champions League... TNS will play the home leg on July 16 or 17 with the away leg a week later".