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June, 2016

30 June 2016


This weekend witnesses the first of the pre-season games for Altrincham FC Reserves. Their pre-season fixtures are as follows...

  • Saturday 2nd July: v AFC Youth Team @Partington Sports Village, Chapel Lane, Partington, Manchester M31 4ES, 2.30pm K.O.
  • Saturday 9th July: v 1874 Northwich @ Egerton Football Club, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, WA16 6SL, 2pm K.O.
  • Saturday 16th July: v FC United of Manchester (Away), Broadhurst Park, Manchester, Moston M40 0FJ, 2pm K.O.
  • Tuesday 26th July: v Rochdale Sacred Heart (Away), Fox Park, Rochdale, OL16 2UB, 7pm K.O.
  • Saturday 30th July: v Mersey Valley FC (Away), Banky Lane, Sale, M33 5SL, 3pm K.O.
  • Monday 1st August: v Middlewich Town (Away), Finney's Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire CW10 9DR, 7.30pm K.O.
  • Saturday 6th August: v Curzon Ashton (Away), Tameside Stadium, Richmond St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 9HG, 2.30pm K.O.

The match against 1874 Northwich is against their first team and takes place on the day before Altrincham's first team faces Widnes. The matches against FC United and Curzon Ashton are against their development squads.


Altrincham FC will be taking part in this Saturday's Altrincham Festival parade - more details to follow.

For the Festival, the Sale & Altrincham Messenger reports that "Organisers have laid on a host of fun-packed activities for all the family. As always, the colourful and vibrant Festival Parade kicks off the celebrations. There are more than 50 groups lined up to take part, including marching bands, steam roller floats, both vintage and modern vehicles, and walking groups.

The parade always attracts large crowds as it comes through Altrincham and Timperley town centres. It will set off from St Margaret’s Road at 11am, making its way to the festival showground in Timperley.

Festival treasurer Tony Fishwick said, 'It looks like being one of the best parades of all time'...

Tony continued, 'Altrincham Festival is the biggest free show in Trafford. Please show your support for this fantastic event'. Festival chairman David Gough and the festival committee are appealing for people to volunteer to help on the day to ensure everything goes smoothly. Anyone who can help should contact 0161 980 3223 or 0161 374 3296. The festival fun continues with events over the following two weeks".


According to the NL Paper, "Boston United boss Dennis Greene has finally got his man, signing former North Ferriby United winger Jason St Juste while also bringing in keeper Christian Dibble. St Juste, 30, has plenty of experience in Non-League after starting his career at Garforth Town and also briefly played in the Football League with Darlington.

The Saint Kitts and Nevis international enjoyed a two-year spell at FC Halifax Town from 2011-13 after brief spells at a number of clubs before moving to Ferriby. He caught the eye with the Villagers and was the man of the match at Wembley as they shocked Wrexham in the 2015 FA Trophy final. The forward started last season with AFC Fylde but soon joined Bradford Park Avenue...

Greene has also solved his goalkeeper problem, signing former Bury and Burnley youngster Dibble from Chelmsford City. The 22-year-old former Wales youth international, who is the son of former Manchester City [and Altrincham] keeper Andy Dibble, has non-League experience with the Clarets as well as Nuneaton Town.

Boss Greene told Boston’s website, 'We’ve got [a] whole new squad and, on paper, what we’ve signed looks like a really exciting set of lads. It’s completely different to the last two years, when we knew what we had, but I’m excited to see what we can produce. I thought we’d only have to replace around five but it looks like we’ll need to replace seven or eight. I’ve tried to sign Jason a few times, he’s a hell of a player... After the Wembley win he lost his way a little bit, going to Fylde and then Bradford and probably went through the motions but, hopefully ,joining a big club like Boston will get the best out of him.'"

At Nuneaton Town, "Attacking midfielder, Billy Daniels, has today put pen to paper, agreeing terms that will see him remain at Boro for the 2016-17 season. The 21 year old returned to training today ahead of our first pre-season game".

"Defender Ashley Carter has become Kidderminster Harriers' latest new face after he signed contract with the club for the forthcoming season... Having spent time with Birmingham City and Aston Villa, he first signed as a professional with Wolves in 2014. Left-footed, Ashley is capable of playing at the heart of defence as well as at both full-back positions and as a holding midfield player.

He’s already accustomed to life in the National League North after a fruitful spell with Tamworth at the back end of last season".

We learn from AFC Fylde that their "First-team stars have been put through their paces this week during the first sessions of pre-season training. The Coasters kicked off their schedule over the weekend with an introductory fitness session, however training started in earnest this week as Dave Challinor’s side returned to Kellamergh Park with more fitness work on Monday and strength and conditioning work on Tuesday.

Challinor is relatively low on numbers at this stage after several of last season’s squad left for pastures new during the summer including captain Tom Hannigan, Brad Barnes and Danny Lloyd and whilst both defender Josh Langley and top scorer Danny Rowe were also absent, the duo return from holiday today.

Fylde have been left without a goalkeeper following the departure of both Ben Hinchliffe and Matt Urwin and Challinor has been casting his eye over several potential replacements at Kellamergh this week. The manager stated earlier in the week that he was still on the lookout for as many as six new faces and several trialists have joined in training as he looks to bolster his squad for the new campaign.

New boys Steve Williams, Brendon Daniels and Andy Bond, who have all joined the club this summer from Barrow, Harrogate Town and Crawley Town respectively, were all on show".

FC Halifax Town "have announced the signing of 23 year-old Cliff Moyo from Alfreton Town. The Bulawayo-born defender joined Alfreton Town last summer having studied and graduated at Stafford University on a three-year break from the game to do Sports Studies. He has previously played for Witton Albion, Trafford and Nantwich Town."

29 June 2016


Altrincham FC Chairman, Grahame Rowley, reports that "With the aim of attaining 150 Patrons for the 2016-17 season we have now reached 123 and I would ask that, if you are considering becoming a Patron for the season, can you please contact me by e-mail so that I can add you to the already impressive list of subscribers. Thank you to all those who have paid to date".

The updated list of Patrons and details of the scheme are here.


The BBC says that "York City have signed former Newport midfielder Yan Klukowski and Worcester City winger Daniel Nti on two-year contracts. Klukowski, 29, was released by Newport in May after scoring eight goals in 73 games in two seasons with the club. Nti, 23, has signed for an undisclosed fee, having scored 42 times in 149 appearances for Worcester since joining the National League North side in 2013. York have signed 13 players since being relegated from League Two last season."

NL Pitchero confirms that ex-Alty defender and "Former Guiseley AFC and FC Halifax Town full-back Ryan Toulson has Bradford Park Avenue. The experienced right-back becomes Avenue’s second new signing of the summer following the arrival of striker Chris Sharp last Friday.

Toulson, 30, has spent the last two seasons at Nethermoor... playing thirty-eight times as the Lions defeated the odds to stay up last term. Prior to his second career stint at Guiseley, Toulson also helped Halifax to promotion from the then-Conference North. He in fact started his career at The Shay, before spells at Harrogate Town and Gainsborough Trinity. He joined Guiseley for the first time in 2010 before returning to Halifax after one season.

Toulson made eighty-nine appearances in three seasons with Halifax before returning to Nethermoor.

'He’s exactly the type of character we need', said Avenue boss Alex Meechan [who is also ex-Alty]. 'Everyone who knows football at this level will know that Ryan Toulson always gives 100%. He’s committed to not only the football pitch but the dressing room as well, and we are going to need that bond off the field this year. We’re going to have a close-knit group and that is what I will implement, and Ryan is the perfect player for that'".

28 June 2016


Time is running out... Altrincham FC is offering a £10 discount on season tickets purchased before the end of June 2016.

Season Tickets: a £10 reduction applies on the Adult/Concessionary ticket prices shown below, if purchased on or before 30 June 2016

  • Standing: Adults £250 Concessions £145
  • Seating: Adults £290 Concessions £155
  • 12-16 year olds: £60
  • Under 12s: £30
And don't forget that a 2016-17 season ticket will get you into the pre-season friendlies at the J. Davidson Stadium, FREE of charge! To date, the home friendlies are...

  • Sat. 16.7.16 @3pm v CHESTER FC
  • Tue. 26.7.16 @7.45pm v CREWE ALEXANDRA
  • Fri. 29.7.16 @7.30pm v BURNLEY XI

The away friendlies announced so far are as follows....

  • Sun. 10.7.16 @2pm v Widnes, at Halton Stadium
  • Tue. 19.7.16 @7.45pm v Trafford, at Shawe View


NL Pitchero says that ex-Altrincham captain "Ant Danylyk, manager of Leek Town, has unveiled two more impressive new signings to his squad and confirmed a further two of last season`s squad have agreed terms.

Joining the club are Toby Mullarkey and [ex-Alty man] Sam Grimshaw... Grimshaw is a left full-back or winger who finished last season at Stockport County after also having spells at Southport and Ramsbottom United.

He started his career at Manchester City before joining Altrincham and Glossop North End, and whilst with the Hillmen he impressed enough to earn trials at both Manchester United and Crewe Alexandra."


The Chester Chronicle reports that "Former Chester FC midfielder Kingsley James appears set to leave FC Halifax Town. The 24-year-old, who has been linked with a return to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium, remains contracted to Halifax...

But the Halifax Courier has reported the England C international was not present for the first pre-season session having informed the club he wants to play in the National League. 'Kingsley may be talking to a couple of clubs at the minute,' said Halifax manager Billy Heath.

'Kingsley’s voiced an opinion that he wants to play in the Conference National so, at the end of the day we’ve got to respect that.' The Chronicle understands Chester are one of several National League clubs monitoring James' situation.

But with Halifax holding out for a five-figure fee for James, who scored seven goals in 46 league appearances last term, the Blues are unlikely to pursue their interest with Macclesfield Town [who last week dispensed with their assistant manager for financial reasons] believed to be the frontrunners.

Chester would benefit from any sale under the terms of the tribunal that took James to The Shay almost 12 months ago. Rotherham-born James moved to Chester in summer 2014 on a 12-month deal after leaving Hereford United...

James signed for Halifax and as he was under the age of 24 a tribunal ruled Chester were entitled to £8,000 in compensation and a 20% sell-on clause."

At Stockport County "Hatters' boss James Gannon has secured a hat trick of quality signings to complete his squad...

There are two new faces in Gary Stopforth, a midfielder from Salford City who has enjoyed three successive promotion campaigns, and highly-rated 22-year-old defender Sam Minihan from Worcester City. There's also a very welcome return for centre forward Kayode Odejayi, who has agreed a new deal to remain at Edgeley Park. The powerful Nigerian international flourished in the second half of last season and ended the campaign strongly, making a total of 43 appearances.

James Gannon said, 'The consideration for the prime central attacking role was probably my most thought-out area for signing over the last few months. In other areas of the pitch I feel we have great balance and depth with the athleticism, ability and qualities of the players signed. But the main striker is an important one and in the modern game a real conundrum. The types of strikers seen now are so varied. In the past I've always favoured a tall central striker who has physical presence and occasional penetration and real purpose in taking the game to the opposition.'

Big Kay scored five goals last season, but manager Gannon says his goals tally was not the overriding factor in the decision to offer a new deal to the popular target man, 'I have never fully judged a central striker on goals,' said James. 'As the point attacker, or player that acts as target man and leads the line, he often has to have more attributes to his game, the most obvious being a physical focal point for the team to help them get up the pitch. This role often leads to gaining of territory and assisting in goals. In that regard Kay was superior to other strikers last season for us. In the final 16 games under my guidance Kay scored four and assisted directly in five goals, which compares favourably with our other main central strikers who surprisingly assisted in no goals! And this ratio is even better when considered against minutes played.

'I also felt it took me a while to adjust our tactics to ensure we got more from Kay, and as the season wore on I felt he became more and more effective in combining with other players. Another key role for the main striker is assisting in defending on set plays, and again Kay has been outstanding especially compared against other big attackers used as markers...

'John Marsden in particular enjoys the playing relationship with Kay as his presence occupying the two central defenders and unselfish work creates space and chances for players like John, who play around him... It's great to have big Kay with his experience, and young Josh Amis who has the extra running power and potential to penetrate. I feel both have a big part to, boasting more than 80 league goals and 500 senior appearances. in our team...

Six-foot-three front man Odejayi arrived at Edgeley Park from Tranmere Rovers last summer following an illustrious career in the Football League...

James also welcomes experienced midfielder Gary Stopforth to Edgeley Park. The manager said... 'With only Lewis Montrose and Glenn Rule as recognised central midfielders I felt that we needed at least one more in the squad. As soon as we were made aware of Gary's potential availability from Salford City, he overtook other possible targets and moved to the top of our wanted list'...

Gary, 30, was previously a real favourite at Ramsbottom United, where he captained the side, before leaving to join Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley at Moor Lane in January 2015...

James said, 'Gary has a tremendous reputation in non-league as one of the best all-round central midfielders.... He is a high energy, hard-working player...

The third signing completed this weekend is Sam Minihan, a 22-year-old full-back who played a key role last season in helping Worcester City defy the bookies odds and comfortably secure their place in the Conference North for another season.

Sam, who played in the Football League having started his career at Rochdale, is a highly-rated defender who played for Loughborough University in the Midland League before joining Worcester City last summer...

James Gannon said, 'The addition of another defender with Sam's athleticism and ability has given me that extra confidence that we now have great depth and balance within the squad rather than it just being good. We also now have the opportunity to play other formations that include wing backs or the use of full backs that extend the full length of the pitch, which I am seriously considering. Sam can play full back, wing back or act as a hard working wide or 'side' midfielder in a three or four-man midfield...

Given that Sam is only 22, I feel he epitomises the "proven but with potential" box on our recruitment list'...

County's squad for 2016/17 now looks like this:

Goalkeepers: Ben HINCHLIFFE, Ian ORMSON

Defenders: Michael CLARKE, Scott DUXBURY, Ryan ELLISON, Courtney MEPPEN-WALTER, Sam MINIHAN, Mark ROSS, Chris SMALLEY

Midfielders: Lewis MONTROSE, Glenn RULE, Gary STOPFORTH,

Attacking Midfielders: Adam ETCHES, Danny LLOYD, John MARSDEN, Adam THOMAS

Central Strikers: Josh AMIS, Kayode ODEJAYI, George WEST".

Kidderminster Harriers report that "Defender Keith Lowe has become the latest player to re-sign with Harriers for the new campaign ...

Despite last season’s relegation, the experienced former Wolves man made a huge impact when returning to the club in January, making 20 appearances and scoring twice as the team produced solid form to close out the term...

Meanwhile Harriers can also confirm that Jared Hodgkiss has penned his new deal, trigged by appearances made last season, to also keep him at Aggborough for the campaign ahead."

In the latest of their reviews of the opposition, Gloucester City say of Bradford Park Avenue, "They’ve fallen on harder times this summer, with just one player currently contracted at the club. Star striker Chib Chilaka recently departed for fellow National League North side Harrogate, and his goals will certainly be missed...

Captain Simon Ainge also made his way to Harrogate whilst James Walshaw and Paul Marshall have opted to join Farsley Celtic. The one player currently on the books has come in the form of new signing Chris Sharp. A Welsh centre-forward who began life with Rhyl, Sharp has scored goals across both borders for the likes of Salford City, Colwyn Bay and Marine FC all throughout the 2015/2016 campaign...

Sharp, the son of former Everton and Manchester United striker Graeme is the first signing of new manager Alex Meechan...Meechan is responsible now for steadying the ship at the Horsfall Stadium and keeping their heads above water... He’s going to have to start from scratch".

27 June 2016


Trafford announce that "pre-season preparations are well in advance... and the new training kit was collected from Macron in Cheshire by Manager Tom Baker & his dad Bob. The Manager reports the following players have been retained at Shawe View, Russ Saunders, [ex-Alty] Ryan Ledson, Josh Granite, Kyle Jacobs, Lee Neville, Andy Langford, Chris Palmer, Chris McDonagh, Mitchell Bryant, Aaron Burns [ex-Alty], Connor Martin, Mark Derbyshire. The four new signings are Nicky Platt, Craig Robinson, Terry Smith, Kingsley Williams.

There is also the return of a former Trafford favourite Ally Brown who first signed for the club in 2012 & made 55 appearances scoring 6 goals before moving to Witton Albion".

Alty kick off pre-season against Widnes, who "announce that the Club will be offering discounted admission prices for next month's two pre-season home friendlies against Altrincham and Warrington Town. Widnes will welcome National League North Side Altrincham to the Select Security Stadium on Sunday July 10 (kick-off 2pm) and will host Warrington Town on Tuesday July 26 (kick-off 7.30pm)...

Access to the stadium will be gained via the South Stand's turnstiles on the day of the games for the following discounted prices:

  • Adults: £1
  • Concessions: £1
  • Under 16s: FREE when accompanied by a paying adult"

At the end of last season the club reported that "Widnes finish 13th in the NWCFL First Division table... Plans will now ultimately to be put into place to begin preparation for Widnes’s fourth season in the North West Counties Football League". Their side then was "Widnes: Morrow, McGrogan, Carney, Wilson, Mitchell (C), Toner, Hackett (Murphy 76), Wright (Ryan 46), Owolabi, Campbell-Joseph, Edwards. Subs not used: Davidson".


The Friends of AFC monthly draw was made at the J Davidson stadium this week and the winners were as follows:
  • *13 John Laidlar £100
  • *83 Peter Wragg £50
  • *93 Nigel Davis £35
  • *18 Brian Topping £15


According to the Worcester News, "Worcester City director Mike Davis insists no alternative plan to create a 'sustainable' future for the club has been 'openly discussed' by the board. Davis was speaking during an open meeting where Worcester City Supporters’ Trust outlined their proposals to take over the ownership of the club.

Speaking to the Worcester News last month, vice-chairman Colin Layland revealed there was a "plan B" which he refused to disclose. However, Davis, also a club representative on the trust’s board, said he was unaware of a proposal other than efforts to become community-owned. 'Behind the scenes, and occasionally in front of them, the arguments against CBS (community benefit society) are centred around the fact there are alternatives the club could follow,' he said. 'None of these, as far as I know, have been fully examined by those who have challenged the (Trust’s) proposals. There is no plan B as far as I know. At least no other plan which has been openly discussed and agreed by the board of directors.'

With the vote on changing the constitution set to take place on Thursday, July 7, Davis admitted altering City’s ownership model would be 'dramatic'. However... Davis said the trust’s plans were the best way forward..

'In my own business, I always respected and took advice from the professionals I consulted when I considered their knowledge was greater than my own,' he said. 'Many of us, including me, are in that same position now so I think we should follow that advice.' The Trust want to remove a restriction in the club’s constitution on anyone owning more than one per cent of the company, which stands at 3,000 shares. They believe that community ownership as a CBS would help raise the capital for the proposed new ground and also boost negotiations with Worcester City Council to use the land at Perdiswell Park.

Trust member Jem Pitt, who is also on the club’s board, insisted they were 'not egotistical' and welcome alternative proposals. The club have £530,000 left in the bank and, with no ground in Worcester, Pitt said it would be difficult to find people to pump money into City. 'I was talking to an equity financier and hypothetically went through the situation the football club was in,' Pitt said. 'The first thing he said to me was, "Do you own your own ground?". “I said "No" and he said "I would not even look to invest in your business, it is not a sound investment". That is what he said about a company which has no assets. Also, as the constitution stands, they would not be able to invest because they could only own one per cent.'"

From Gloucestershire Live we learn that "Gloucester City are believed to be keen on Bishop's Cleeve defender Leroy Odiero. The 21-year-old left footer will link up with Forest Green Rovers from July 4, along with his Mitres team mate Jack Watts, for a two week trial... But City are believed to be interested in signing him if he fails to earn a deal at Forest Green and he has been training with the Tigers twice already.

Odiero lived in Stoke-on-Trent before moving to Cheltenham seven years ago... He went on to play for Cinderford Town for half a season before helping Slimbridge win promotion to the Southern League 12 months ago. His first season at Cleeve was impressive, with outstanding performances at both centre-half and left-back"


Anyone looking for pre-pre-season international football may be interested in a trip to Wales where the following teams are involved in European competitions...

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Q1 1st leg: Tue 28 Jun 2016 / Park Hall / 19:00 The New Saints v SP Tre Penne

EUROPA LEAGUE Q1 1st leg: Thu 30 Jun 2016 / Gamla Ullevi / 18:30 IFK Goteborg v Llandudno FC

Thu 30 Jun 2016 / Tele2 Arena / 18:30 AIK Solna v Bala Town

Thu 30 Jun 2016 / Belle Vue, Rhyl / 19:15 Gap Connah's Quay v Stabaek".

26 June 2016


Chairman, Grahame Rowley, writes "Many thanks to all the supporters who have joined the Patrons' Scheme in the last few weeks - we have smashed the 100 barrier now and are well on the way to our target of 150 for the 2016-17 season. If you haven't joined yet please consider joining - your support will be much appreciated".

As previously publicised, for the 2016-17 season, Altrincham FC is again running its Patrons' Club. Chairman Grahame Rowley said at the time of the launch ...

"We’re now asking for people to join the 2016-17 Patrons' Scheme.

For the bargain sum of £50, your name will appear throughout the season 2016-17 in the matchday programme for every home game and on the club’s official website as a Patron of the Football Club.

In August, every Patron will be entered into a prize draw with the winner being match sponsor for an appointed game along with 9 guests. Second prize will be hospitality for 5 people and third prize hospitality for 3 people in the Sponsor Lounge; the value of the 1st prize is £550.

If you are interested in becoming a Patron again this season or joining for the first time please forward a cheque payable to “Altrincham FC” for £50 for the attention of Grahame Rowley.

If you require further information, please speak to me on 07720-606897 or e-mail me.

We need your support even more for the forthcoming season, so please help the club through the close season by joining up today.

Thank you.

Grahame Rowley, Chairman.

A full list of the 2016-17 Patrons is to be found here.


Darlington 1883 report that "The board of directors of Darlington Football Club would like to confirm that we have been informed by Darlington Rugby Club that they have received the grant money which was requested from the Rugby Football Union and so in turn, [this?] enables us to sign the necessary licence with the Rugby Club very soon. We will also be appointing a contractor within the next few days, with the intention of starting construction work as soon as possible thereafter.

The official website will keep everyone informed on the progress with Blackwell Meadows." Last season, Darlington played at Bishop Auckland.

the Halifax Courier reports that "FC Halifax Town have signed midfielder Jordan Sinnott from Altrincham on a one-year deal... The 22-year-old played 44 league games at Moss Lane last season, scoring three goals."

And another ex-Alty player (loanee), "New signing Liam King believes Billy Heath is the right man to lead FC Halifax Town back to the National League. Midfielder King was captain of the club under Heath and won the FA Trophy and the Conference North play-off final in his three seasons at North Ferriby. The 28-year-old says Heath instilled a strong team ethos at North Ferriby and generates a fierce loyalty towards him from his players.

'He knows non-League really well,' said King. 'All the clubs he’s been involved in have been small clubs with not a lot of money. He doesn’t do big egos! There were never any players at North Ferriby that didn’t fit in with the group. But he gets a great team spirit together and a group of lads that will play for him. They don’t have to be the best group of players but we scored a lot of goals last season through hard work...

'He’s always there in training going round the lads seeing how they are... We’d have run through a brick wall for him. He’s been there and done it at that level and is signing lads who have as well'.

King felt Heath’s departure from North Ferriby meant the time was right to follow in his manager’s footsteps, despite Halifax being a division lower. 'Halifax is a big club and, with the manager leaving, I just thought it was time for me to move on,' King said. 'I’ve had four great years at North Ferriby and it is a drop in divisions but it won’t feel like that with a club like Halifax. I’ve played for him for four years and he’s got the best out of me. If he’s leaving to join a club in a lower league and he’s got the confidence to do that, that told me it was time to go as well.'

King came through the youth system at Rotherham... playing a handful of first-team games... He now runs his own business providing football training for 2-8 year olds. 'Everyone thinks they’ve been unlucky but I’m the type of person that just gets on with things. When I got released I did make a lot of wrong decisions and I was badly advised... But I had a great time at North Ferriby and I’m hoping for more success at Halifax.'

King describes himself as a box-to-box midfielder despite scoring 19 goals last season... He added, 'It’s tough going to teams away on a Tuesday night when it’s freezing cold so you need a group of lads who’ll work hard for each other'".

25 June 2016


Courtesy of Altrincham FC Community Co-Ordinator, Judy Henson, we have the accompanying poster which shows an event-packed summer of Fun Weeks for four to twelve year-olds. (Click on poster to enlarge it).

Judy adds that "For the first time ever, we are offering Manchester United and Manchester City stadium tours as well as National Football Museum tours, Movie Monday, Wildlife Wednesday, ice skating, swimming, golf and arts/crafts. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please telephone 0161 928 1045 or send an e-mail at your earliest opportunity".


Ian Senior has provided the accompanying images of the 2016-17 Altrincham FC away kit. Ian adds that the kits is now "sublimated" which means that it is "a completely printed kit, with no embroidery or individual logos. It is the latest technique".





Nuneaton Town report that they wish "to take the opportunity to wish Lathaniel Rowe-Turner the best of luck at his new club, Torquay United. Lathaniel joined us on loan from Kidderminster Harriers last season and was a consistent performer in Boro's defence. Terms were offered to the defender to become a Boro player although Lathaniel has decided to join his former team in the Conference National."

According to the Chester Chronicle, "AFC Telford United manager Rob Smith claims Elliott Durrell will be signing for Chester FC. Smith had hoped to tempt the 26-year-old to New Bucks Head but has now told the Shropshire Star that move is dead in the water.

Durrell, who netted 14 times for National League North side Tamworth last season, has been linked with Boston United and FC Halifax Town as well as the Blues... Smith said, 'He’s going to Chester, as far as I’m aware. If he calls to tell me he’s not, then I’d be amazed. If he [had] wanted to sign for us there was something there a while back, but not now... There comes a time where we need to move on.

'Elliott wants to speak to this club and that club and I will only focus on players who are serious about coming to Telford and that’s what we’re doing. I’m not prepared to wait and wait forever because, if you do that, you miss out on people. It’s probably been a period of five or six weeks on and off and we can’t afford to do that'.

Shrewsbury-based Durrell began his career at Telford before moving to Hednesford Town, where he scored 104 goals in 240 games. He transferred to Wrexham for an undisclosed fee in January 2014 but departed at the end of 2014/15 season having been restricted to 30 appearances, claiming he had not had a 'fair crack of the whip'.

Meanwhile, Telford have signed ex-Chester forward Tom Peers... Warrington-born Peers left the Blues in March to sign for Hednesford where he previously had a spell when Smith was manager and has now linked up with him again.

' 'I took Tom on loan to Hednesford the year before last and he’s very versatile,' Smith told the Shropshire Star. 'He can play down the middle or wide and will give us that flexibility. He’s also strong and powerful and he’s looking to bounce back at a higher level. He’s quite a physical player, he works hard and he’s got goals in him so he’s a very good acquisition'".

24 June 2016


Confirmation comes in the Chester Chronicle that "Danny Hattersley, who spent two months on loan with Chester FC last season, has signed for former Blues' boss Neil Young at Altrincham. Hattersley made eight appearances without registering a goal during his spell from FC Halifax Town, although some fans credited the 24-year-old with bringing the best out of Ross Hannah, who scored seven times in eight games alongside the ex-Southport forward.

Hattersley departed Halifax at the end of the 2015/16 season and there were rumours linking him with a return to Chester, however The Chronicle understands he was never on Jon McCarthy's radar. He follows former Blues team-mate Craig Hobson in moving to Altrincham, who are aiming to bounce back from relegation to the National League North.

Young was named as Lee Sinnott's successor at the start of last month and has overhauled the squad with 12 new signings, including Jamie Menagh and Sean Miller, who worked under him at Chester".

The Halifax Courier reports that "Jamie Vardy has signed a new four-year contract at Leicester, meaning Halifax will miss out on a sell-on windfall they would reportedly have received had he moved to Arsenal. Vardy looked set to join The Gunners for £20m, a move which according to Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley would have resulted in Halifax receiving [a] share of the sell-on fee his club would have had".

From the Boston Target we learn that "One of Boston United's new signings, midfielder Shane Clarke, is set to miss most of next season after suffering a recurrence of an Achilles injury. Clarke suffered the injury while running ahead of joining up with his new team-mates for pre-season training, which starts on Saturday.

The former Lincoln City and Gainsborough Trinity midfielder spent a large part of last season out with an Achilles problem, but was thought to have recovered. After completing his return to the Pilgrims, Clarke said, 'I had two good seasons at Tamworth until my injury. My rehab has gone really well and I will be taking a full part in the pre-season'...

But after Clarke's setback, manager Dennis Greene faces having to look for another midfielder. 'He's had to have an operation so he'll be out for six to nine months', said Greene. 'I'll speak to him on Saturday to see where we stand. If he can't play we'll get someone else in. If we were three months into the season and he was playing well, it really would have been a blow. But he hasn't kicked a ball for us, so I don't know how much of a blow it is'.

However, Greene has ruled out a move for in-demand midfielder Elliott Durrell, who is wanted by both Chester and AFC Telford United. Reports in Shropshire have linked Boston with the player, but while Greene rates the 26-year-old highly, he expects the Shrewsbury-based middleman to join a club closer to home... 'I'm not in for him', said Greene. 'He lives in Shrewsbury, so he's not someone we're looking at'".

Meanwhile, AFC Telford United "have completed the signing of former Chester FC forward Tom Peers. The 20-year-old former Chester academy product signed for the club on Thursday afternoon. Warrington-born Peers has been with the Blues since 2010 and his prolific scoring record for the club's youth teams led former manager Neil Young to give him his first-team debut aged 17.

Tom had a productive spell on loan at 1874 Northwich in 2013-14 scoring 5 goals in 7 appearances which was then followed by a move to Rob & Larry at Hednesford Town. Tom enjoyed his spell at Hednesford scoring 3 goals in 9 appearances. Peers bagged eight goals in just nine games for Marine and that prompted Steve Burr to recall him in March 2015...

Peers was delighted to sign for the club this afternoon. 'AFC Telford United is a massive club with a huge fan base and I can’t wait to get started... I know Ben Bailey, Jack Rea & Sean Williams so it’s always nice to know a few of the lads when joining a new club'".

The National League tells us that "FC Halifax Town has announced the signing of goalkeeper Tom Nicholson from North Ferriby United. Nicholson follows Josh Wilde, Tom Denton, Liam King as well as manager Billy Heath making the switch from the newly-promoted Vanarama National League side. The Shaymen have also revealed that Kevin Roberts and Richard Peniket have signed new deals with the club.

Twenty-six-year-old former Cambridge United defender Roberts joined the Shaymen in 2014 having being part of their play-off winning team. Former Tamworth frontman Peniket joined the Shaymen in the summer of 2014 but missed most of the second half of his first season with a serious injury. The 23-year-old has previously played for Hereford United, Kidderminster Harriers and AFC Telford United."

Elsewhere, "Curzon Ashton`s captain Alex Brown has announced his retirement from football. The midfielder has called time on his playing career after spending the last two years of his career at the Tameside Stadium... He has decided to retire in a bid to allow more time to his business and also his family.

Brown has also represented Hyde United, Chester, Droylsden and a host of other local teams... The first-team captaincy will now be resumed by goalkeeper Hakan Burton, who steps up from his position as vice-captain".

23 June 2016


Altrincham's joint Press and Media Officer, John Edwards, writes "Neil Young has increased his attacking options for the new season by signing striker Danny Hattersley from FC Halifax Town.

The 6ft 3in frontrunner is eager to recapture the form that attracted the attention of several Football League clubs a couple of years ago and is confident he can do it in Altrincham colours after agreeing to add his height and power to Young's new-look Robins squad.

Reflecting on his latest acquisition, Alty boss Young commented 'I'm very happy to be able to bring Danny to the club, as he is someone I have tried to sign at my previous two clubs. He brings good experience, even though he is only 24, and, although his move to Halifax never really worked out, the fact remains that, only 18 months ago, he was being looked at by Football League clubs.

'He has so much to offer, and, given confidence and matches, I think he will be a great addition to our squad. At only 24, 6ft 3in tall and hard-working, he fits the profile of player we are looking to bring to the club.

'We have also agreed a contract with an experienced holding midfield player from the Football League who can also play at centre-back. Once his current contract has finished, we will be able to announce that one as well.'

Hattersley's ability has never been in question, and when Southport signed him from Stockport County for an undisclosed fee, then-Sandgrounders' manager Alan Wright said, 'We have got a real talent on our hands. Danny has all the attributes to be a major force at our level and further up the football pyramid.'

Halifax loaned the Bradford-born forward to Chester last November and, though he failed to score in his two-month stay, he was widely credited with being instrumental in helping fellow-striker Ross Hannah bag seven goals in their eight appearances together. It's that knack of making an impact for others, as well as himself, that Young hopes to bring to the fore and put to full use as his rebuilt Alty squad heads for what promises to be an intriguing campaign in the Vanarama National League North".


We read in NL Pitchero that "Farsley Celtic have announced their first signing for the new season, as James Walshaw re-joins the club. Walshaw played for the Celts through their rise to the Conference... He has since played with Darlington in the football League, as well as spells with Guiseley AFC, FC Halifax Town, Harrogate Town, [ALtrincham] and most recently Shaw Lane AFC."


The National League reports that "Wrexham will receive £50,000 after former goalkeeper Danny Ward made his first competitive start for Wales. Liverpool's Ward, 23, won his third cap as a replacement for the injured Wayne Hennessey in the Euro 2016 win over Slovakia.... A product of Wrexham's academy, Ward was signed by Liverpool in January 2012.

The National League side also received £100,000 when Ward made his Liverpool debut against Bournemouth in April. Fellow Welsh club Newport County will also benefit financially after former striker Conor Washington made his competitive debut for Northern Ireland... as a substitute against Poland in Euro 2016."

The NL Paper says that "Macclesfield Town assistant manager Efe Sodje has left the club after being told there isn’t enough money to keep him at Moss Rose. The 41-year-old former Macclesfield defender re-joined the Silkmen as assistant to John Askey in the summer of 2013.

A year later, he briefly left the club due to budget constraints but returned soon after. However, the former Nigeria international has now been told again that Macc can’t afford to keep him around. Boss Askey has agreed a new rolling contract with controlling shareholder Amar Alkadhi... Askey, currently on a family holiday, told the Macclesfield Express, 'I’m waiting to speak to someone and see if we can try to do something but, from my point of view, we need to keep things as they are... I’d have thought that, from a financial point of view he’s well worth keeping on. Efe does attract people to the football club. I want to find a way for him to keep his job. At the moment I’m told we don’t have the money so I hope we can generate it and keep Efe'.

There has been some positive news on the pitch for the Silkmen, however, with Irish centre-back Neill Byrne signing a new one-year deal."

The Lincolnshire Echo reports that "Wycombe Wanderers and Boston United have reached a deal for striker Dayle Southwell without the need of a transfer tribunal. Southwell has signed a two-year deal with Gareth Ainsworth's side after the Chairboys beat Oxford United and Lincoln City, among others, to the signing of the highly-rated 22-year-old, who has scored 54 goals in the last two seasons for the Pilgrims.

While Southwell's contract expired this summer, Boston are entitled to a fee because the player is under the age of 24 and an agreement has been reached without the need of a tribunal. The fee will be undisclosed. Pilgrims chairman David Newton... said, 'We are delighted that Dayle has progressed to such an extent where he will now be playing professional football at League Two level'...

Wycombe boss Ainsworth is delighted, [saying]... 'He's a physical striker who knows where the goal is and I'm confident that his all-round play will benefit us'".

Meanwhile the Boston Standard reports that "Boston United have added to their defensive options wiith the arrival of Kalern Thomas and Herve Pepe-Ngoma...

'They are both good young players with lots of potential', [said manager Dennis Greene]... 'They give us options at the back and they both have the ability to go on and be big players for Boston'. Thomas, 22, spent last season in the National League North with Corby Town. Twenty-year-old Pepe-Ngoma was a trainee with Leicester City and has first-team experience with Corby and Kettering Town.

A goalkeeper remains top of Greene’s wish list ahead of the new season. Meanwhile, midfielder Grant Roberts will remain at the Jakemans Stadium after the 25-year-old penned a one-year deal extension. However, two players definitely not staying are defender Zak Mills and former skipper Scott Garner.

Mills has signed a two-year contract with Grimsby Town while Garner has penned a deal with rivals FC Halifax Town. Greene has also revealed that a handful of trialists have agreed to link up with the club in pre-season. The manager is once again looking for young players keen to impress who he believes can make the step-up".

We learn from the Shropshire Star that "Goal-getter Elliott Durrell insists there is no reason why he wouldn’t sign for AFC Telford United. The free-scoring midfielder has held talks with boss Rob Smith and is a free agent after leaving Tamworth at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old, who is based in Shrewsbury, has had interest from Chester and Halifax as well as Boston United. But he is tempted to return to Telford, where he started his career, saying, 'I’ve had a conversation with Rob. It’s clear for everyone that he got the best out of me in my time at Hednesford Town If the deal is right, there’s no reason why I wouldn’t go back to Telford. But, at the moment, I’ve had other things on my mind so it’s been put on the back-burner. I’ve just had a new-born baby so that’s taking up quite a lot of my time...

'I’ve got a few offers. There’s been quite a lot of interest from Boston and Halifax, those sort of clubs. Rob’s asked me to call him when I’m in the right frame of mind, because with the new-born my head has been all over the shop... I have to play as high a standard as I can, but there’s nothing to say I wouldn’t sign for Telford'".

We learn from Gloucester Live that "Matt Williams is expected to leave Gloucester City as he prepares to embark on a new adventure in Australia. The defender, who was named team captain at the start last season, will return for the Tigers' first pre-season training session on Thursday night but has not re-signed and is likely to move Down Under.

Centre-back Sam Avery will miss the first two to three weeks of training as he recovers from an ankle operation, while full backs Billy Jones and Mike Green have both left.

However, the rest of last season's squad are expected to be present at their Hartpury College training base along with new faces Craig Reid, Ethan Moore and Keiran Thomas as Gloucester begin preparations for their eighth season in National League North. Manager Tim Harris will also cast his eye over some trialists, including released Cheltenham Town winger Karnell Chambers, but he is prepared to bide his time over new signings with over six weeks still to go until the campaign gets underway on August 6.

He said, 'I've spoken to two or three who have got trials with League clubs and spoken to League managers who are going to have eight to 10 people going on trial so the chances are those managers will sign one or two at the most. When you look at Newport, Bristol Rovers, Forest Green and Cheltenham there will be a lot of players who are left over in our vicinity. The pleasing thing is we've got a nucleus and most areas filled. We have got several trialists coming over that we are hopeful on'...

He said, 'I'm really chuffed the way things have gone. The hard core of last year have stayed together. We've signed two lads from Cinderford who are good lads and deserve to be playing at this level and personally I think they can play higher... We've added a couple of goalscorers. Joe Parker and Luke Hopper did really well last season as well so things are looking brighter. Craig Reid brings us nous and experience. He's 30-years-old, he was prolific at Newport and he's capable of scoring goals out of nothing. We sold him to Stevenage at Newport and he helped them win promotion so he's going to be a great acquisition'".

According to the Chorley Citizen, "Former Manchester City left-back Stephen Jordan will be the latest new arrival at Victory Park this summer, he has signed a pre-contract agreement and will officially move to Victory Park when his Fleetwood Town contract expires in July. The 34-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the club, with 233 career appearances including 78 in the Premier League for City and Burnley...

Jordan is the sixth new face to join during the close season, following other new Magpies Adam Blakeman, Matt Challoner, Sefton Gonzalez, [and ex-Alty duo] Scott Leather and Josh O’Keefe. The club have also named announced the appointment of David Chadwick as the manager of the newly-formed development squad... A club spokesman, said, 'The club received over 40 applications, all of a very high standard, for this new role'... Chadwick will be familiar face to many at The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium following his many appearances against the Magpies for FC United of Manchester...

He was actually a Chorley player in the mid-1990’s, being a regular in the reserve team... He joined ex-Magpie [and ex-Alty man] Phil Power as assistant manager at Salford City before the ‘Class of 92’ took over at Moor Lane".

Over at FC Halifax Town we learn that "The Club confirms the departures of Kristian Thackray (Physiotherapist) and Ian Helliwell (Kit Man)... The new members of Billy Heath's team will be named shortly.

From a sad note, we move on to news regarding players. We are delighted to welcome back Kevin Roberts who has signed a new two-year deal and Richard Peniket who has extended his previous contract for another season. We also welcome goalkeeper Tom Nicholson from North Ferriby".

The Worcester News tells us that "Supporters' plans to take over the ownership of Worcester City will be unveiled at a “'very important' open meeting tonight [Wednesday]. Shareholders and members of Worcester City Supporters’ Trust are being invited...

The Trust’s directors will present their plans for a community-owned club... The meeting has been arranged after City’s board agreed to vote on changing the ownership model of the club on Thursday, July 7. A spokesman from the Trust, who have also come up with plans to create a stadium at Perdiswell Park, saidd... 'The club face an uncertain future and many years of loss-making have seen the club's finances cause shareholders concerns. This has been the successful approach for many football clubs, such as FC United of Manchester, Lewes, Newport County and Dorchester. Community ownership in the form of a CBS would allow the club to seek investors as part of a community share offer. It would also allow the club to attract community grants to develop a community sporting facility back home in Worcester'".

22 June 2016


The National League reports that "FC Halifax Town has announced the signing of 26-year-old defender Scott Garner. The 6'2" Coventry-born defender started his career at Lincoln City but made his name at Mansfield Town before joining Grimsby Town in 2010 before having a loan spell at Alfreton Town in February 2011.

Cambridge United signed him a two-year deal in June 2012 and had loan spells at Lincoln City and Boston United during his time at Abbey Stadium. He joined Boston on a permanent deal in 2014 and has played two games for the England C side. Garner has signed a two-year deal with the Shaymen and follows the signings of Steven Drench, Josh Wilde, Tom Denton and Liam King as new boss Billy Heath continues his preparations for the 2016/17 season. "

Kidderminster Harriers "have nailed down another member of their squad for the new season with the news that James McQuilkin has penned a new deal at the club. The 27 year-old finished last season strongly with a string of impressive displays and stunning goals, ending the term with six to make him the team’s joint top scorer.

In total, he’d made 21 appearances after joining in November to start what is his second spell with Harriers".

And the National League confirms that "There are a number of changes this coming season which alter the way the 24 clubs in the Vanarama National League will be required to operate in respect of player registrations.

There will be no longer any 'Transfer Window' in August or January and with the removal too of 'Emergency Loans', clubs will now be permitted to loan a player at any time during the season in line with those terms which has [sic] been applied with [sic] clubs in the Vanarama North and Vanarama South. There will still be a limitation on the number of loans and no club will be able to name more than five players in any one competition fixture".

21 June 2016


Newcastle-based Altrincham supporter, Adam Martell, sent the above photograph in which he is proudly wearing the club's alternative white strip of several seasons ago. He played at the Nou Camp in Barcelona last week with his workplace side who were soundly beaten but had a great time nonetheless. Adam says, "Having been based mostly in Newcastle for the last seven years, reluctantly the famous red and white stripes of Alty are a bit too Sunderland-esque and have had to be swapped for away and alternative kits!"


The Worcester News reports that ex-Alty striker "Kyle Perry has vowed to lose weight and come back 'fitter', 'sharper' and 'more mobile' in a bid to recapture his goal-scoring appetite. The 6ft 4in striker weighed in at 18 stone last season and was mainly used as a target man during his two-month stint at Worcester City...

The 30-year-old (left, in action for Alty against Grimsby Town), who joined City from Hednesford Town in March, is aiming to get himself in the best possible shape to achieve his aim. I was not playing at 100 per cent last season,' said Perry, who has agreed a new deal to stay at Worcester. 'I was asked to do a job and felt I did that. Now I am here for next season, I am champing at the bit to get going again. I can be fitter, lighter, sharper, more mobile and score more goals. If I am going to be playing, I am going to be scoring. I have been a 20-plus goal-scorer for years, so Carl (Heeley) and Snaps (John Snape) know what I am about.'

Perry has played for a number of non-league clubs throughout his career, including Tamworth, Nuneaton Town and Altrincham, and has regularly found the back of the net... He said, 'The summer gives me the chance to get my fighting weight back, get out of the blocks running and really give it a go. I am 6ft 4in and 18 stone, so I am looking to be trimmer, but I was 18-and-a-half stone when I scored 15 in the Conference for Altrincham. I am a big lad but I am hungry for goals'.

Perry... revealed he had also been carrying an injury in the latter part of the campaign. 'I sprained my ankle two weeks before I joined and let them know but I have been playing on it,' he said. 'I have offered what I can but they know I have scored goals for fun in this league and above for years... I can see Worcester are writing a new chapter with the move to Bromsgrove. I turned 30 this year, so I am at my peak now and want to write another chapter myself'".

According to the Chester Chronicle, "Two former Chester City players have been crowned world champions. [Ex-Alty duo] Lee Elam and Tim Ryan, who served the Blues during the 2000s, were part of the England squad that won the Senior World Cup in Thailand.

The pair travelled to Chiang Mai with Harrogate Veterans, a team made up of ex-professionals, semi-pros and amateurs... The squad included the likes of Andy Hessenthaler, Barry Hayles, Gareth Ainsworth, Jason Price, Peter Beagrie and Tranmere favourites Ged Brannan and Kenny Irons. Elam moved to Chester on loan from Yeovil Town in March 2004... The now 39-year-old's career took in spells at Southport, Morecambe, Halifax Town, Exeter City, Altrincham and Northwich Victoria.

Ryan, now 41, signed for the Blues in summer 2009 from Darlington".

From Gloucestershire Live we learn that "Former Cheltenham Town winger Karnell Chambers will join Gloucester City for pre-season training... Chambers spent time at Evesham United before being released by Cheltenham at the end of his two year scholarship. He has also been attracting interest from Scottish club Ross County."

At Kidderminster Harriers, "Boss John Eustace says the remit for incoming striker Mani Dieseruvwe is quite clear... Former Chesterfield hit-man Mani made his intentions clear when he signed for the club on a one-year deal on Monday... The player himself admits he’s not been a prolific goal-getter in previous seasons but is confident he has what it takes to change that...

'We are going to give him the opportunity to score a lot of goals and it is down to him', says the boss... 'I think the whole club should be excited that we have someone like that coming in. League clubs and National League clubs wanted to take him but he wants to come here and score goals'".

20 June 2016


The National League says "At the Annual Congress of The National League, a number of proposals were put to member clubs for their response concerning play-offs and Promotion Finals in all three Vanarama divisions. The league is also keen to learn the view of supporters too in what might seem a radical move by including more clubs in play-off matches and having all three Promotion Finals in one day at Wembley. For those wishing to comment on the specific details in these proposals, they are requested to click on our Facebook".

In short the proposal is to widen the play-offs to include teams finishing second to seventh and to have the three final play-offs (for the National, North and South) all played on one day at Wembley.

The NL Paper quotes Altrincham chairman Grahame Rowley on the proposals. He said, "It keeps clubs' and supporters' interest going, even if your team hasn't started the season brilliantly. Having the top seven clubs involved, rather than the top five as it is currently, allows extra hope to live. It gives more opportunity for teams to be involved and crowds should rise because of it.

I can see some negatives. Clubs will have to pay their players for two weeks longer and there will be some who'll be annoyed if the team finishing second lose out on promotion to the team who finish in seventh but that's football. ...

"If you're a smaller side who dream of reaching the Football League, then your chances are enhanced... It's really good that the National League are thinking about things and looking for ways to keep the competition interesting and current...

It will be difficult to stage three games there [Wembley] in a day but, if it can be done, then why not look at it?... The North final can't be up first. It's not fair on those travelling to start at midday".


In its excellent rundown of all the teams in the National League North, Gloucester City report on Brackley Town who "face another season in the National League North under manager Kevin Wilkin. Wilkin made his way to St James’ Park in October 2015, where he had been out of management for eight months following the termination of his contract at Wrexham...

The Saints and Wilkin have not been slow in delving into the transfer market, with a number of new bodies coming in. The first trio of Steve Diggin, Adam Walker and Jack Bowen at the end of May paved the way. It appears that Brackley are investing in youth this season with David Moyo and Matt Lowe entrusted by their new manager, whilst Ellis Myles returns to St James’ Park for a second stint.

Alex Gudger and James Armson have also made their way to Northamptonshire, on a day where five new faces were revealed at the beginning of this month. It’s clear that Brackley are looking towards the right end of the table following last year’s near [relegation], hence a real statement in defence.

Gaz Dean was a big part of Solihull Moors’ success last term and re-join his former manager at Nuneaton for 2016/2017... Retention has also been key for the Saints, as Glenn Walker, who played every game last season bar one for the side, re-signs".

At Gainsborough Trinity "Busy boss, Dominic Roma, kept up his squad rebuild with the ninth signing already of a hectic summer... Roma has recruited Welsh defender Ioan Evans, who is currently away in Sweden gaining experience as part of the League Football Education programme. A former Sheffield United scholar, Ioan has represented Wales up to U19 level...

Ioan linked up briefly with league rivals Boston United, prior to his stint in Scandinavia... Dom described Evans as 'a tall, strong, aggressive centre half that has an excellent pedigree'... The nineteen year old central defender has aspirations to get back into the Football League...

'Gainsborough Trinity Football Club are a team going places. I have a great deal of respect for the manager, Dominic Roma. My old boss speaks highly of him'" said the player."

From the National League we learn that "Fleetwood Town have completed the signing of goalkeeper Matty Urwin from neighbours AFC Fylde. The 22-year-old, who has previously played for Blackburn Rovers and Bradford City, admitted... 'It is an opportunity I could not pass up... I started out at Blackburn Rovers from a young age up until 20. I left Blackburn and I have been at a few different non-league clubs. I spent one season at Bradford City...

'I was at AFC Fylde last season as we reached the play-offs but we didn’t quite reach our goal of winning promotion'".

Barrow's Holker Street Newsletter reports that "Barrow AFC have announced that they will be training at Hopwood Hall near Rochdale next season, a venue used during Dave Bayliss and Darren Sheridan’s time at the club. The Barrow coaching staff had expressed reservations over the 3G facility at Lancaster University, which had been used, because it was seen to have been possible cause for a number of injuries their players sustained last season. Paul Cox told the Mail... 'We need to get on grass, it’s as simple as that. It’s what we play on. It’s lovely having a 3G or 4G pitch to play on, but we need to play on grass. We do that until it’s too heavy and then we have the use of the 3G there. We’ve got the best of both worlds. It’s a fabulous training venue.'

He also believes having a training base nearer to Manchester as an advantage, adding, 'When you talk to agents, the first thing they ask is where you are training. With Lancaster and Barrow, you can just tell you are going to have to work really hard to convince the players to come up there. When you talk about Manchester, it’s a lot easier to get to. The motorway system is great to get there, so it will be a lot better for recruitment'"

And the Holker Street Newsletter adds that "Stephen Vaughan has decided it’s time for the football world to feel his generosity again, and has been unveiled as the new shirt sponsor for Bangor City, in the Welsh Premier League. Strange thing is, the Welsh papers who gleefully reported on the devil incarnate trying to ingratiate himself into another football club, had him appearing in a photo released by the club with others involved with the club’s takeover, but the club’s website cropped him out of the picture, perhaps they were aware of the bad publicity".

19 June 2016


Altrincham’s joint Press and Media Officer John Edwards writes, "Neil Young has added a left-back to his array of new signings after snapping up teenage prospect Callum Charlton from Huddersfield.

Bradford-born Charlton, 19, has the versatility to operate anywhere on the left flank, and Alty boss Young welcomed him to The J.Davidson Stadium by saying, 'Callum is a left-back who can also play as a winger. He is very quick and dynamic and will fit in well here.’

The pacey left-sided specialist first took the eye at Brighouse Town and joined Championship side Huddersfield on a one-year contract 12 months ago, after impressing during a six-week trial. Huddersfield’s Development Coach, Frankie Bunn, said at the time, ‘Callum did well in his trial period with us and has potential that is worth exploring, so we are delighted he has joined us. He possesses genuine pace, a good attribute for any player who likes to get forward, trickery and a decent delivery.’

When Charlton became available at the end of his Huddersfield contract, Young wasted no time strengthening Alty’s left flank and adding to a new-look squad that is rapidly taking shape ahead of the new season".

Callum is pictured, right, courtesy of John Edwards.


As Alty's players will not have squad numbers or wear their names on their shirts next season, the Altrincham FC shirt sponsorship scheme will be a little different for 2016-17.

You are still invited to sponsor your chosen player's shirt, home and/or away for 2016-17. At the end of the season you will receive the signed shirt which bears the player's most commonly worn number.

To sponsor a player, please contact the club on 0161 928-1045 or e-mail your request.

It is just £150 to sponsor one shirt or £250 for two!


Saturday witnessed the second Working Day at the J. Davidson Stadium as getting on for 20 volunteers gave their time to carry out maintenance jobs at the gorund which ranged from painting, concreting and welding to weeding the terraces and pitch surrounds.

Volunteers were rewarded with hot pies, beans and sausages provided by club caterer Richie Bentley. Altrincham FC also wishes to thank everyone who gave their time to help.

Also demonstrating that the close season is a far from quiet one at Moss Lane, the above image shows how the away turnstile block has been demolished and is being replaced by a new structure.

Meanwhile, the grass is growing well on the pitch, as shown in the image below...

18 June 2016


Altrincham FC Director, Neil Faulkner, reminds us that there is another "working weekend on Saturday 18th June from 10 am to 4 pm. We are continuing the works started on the 4th June to improve and tidy up our ground. With nearly 20 supporters down to help out during the day great progress was made, many thanks to all our volunteers who have made a big difference already.

The Ground committee had a meeting last night (Tuesday) and made an updated list of the urgent works that are required. As you can imagine, the list has grown from two to three pages-long. So there is plenty to do as Pete Foster outlines below.

Whatever help you can give, even a couple of hours, enables us to tick off more jobs from the list. Many thanks for your support.

Neil Faulkner"

Earlier, Peter Foster wrote that "As supporters will realise, there are always maintenance jobs that are required at the ground. Sometimes these have to be done professionally. However, whenever possible, we try to do the jobs ourselves as it reduces expenditure, and consequently increases the playing budget.

We have earmarked Saturday 18th for the second such event, when we are hoping to complete remedial work including: rubbish removal, woodworking, concrete repairs, oiling, painting, welding, cleaning, weeding/strimming etc. If you have any time over these days, and/or if you have equipment, or a vehicle that is suitable for moving rubbish to the tip, please email, or ring the Club on 0161 928 1045 and leave your name and contact details, and we will get back to you.

In addition to these jobs, there will be plenty of internal painting and decoration required to public and changing areas throughout the summer, and any help with this work will be gratefully received at any time. Thank you".

The Working party on Saturday 18th June will commence at approximately 10am and will last until the work that can be done is completed, or till 4pm, whichever is the earlier. Many thanks for your help".


According to Kent Online "The National League have scrapped transfer windows – much to Maidstone’s delight. Stones manager Jay Saunders has welcomed the surprise move... Previously, the league operated summer and winter windows, in line with the Premier League and Football League, meaning clubs could only sign players until the end of August and throughout January...

But rule changes, confirmed at the annual meeting last Saturday, mean Stones remain free to make signings until the end of March. Boss Saunders said, 'The transfer window going is a massive bonus. With the window in place, it makes life that little bit harder, especially in your first year up. We’ve got untried players and we need to see whether they can do it at that level. When you’ve only got until the end of August to bring people in, you end up running with a bigger squad in case there are lads who can’t make the step up. Now it’s gone it takes the pressure off because we’ve got a lot of young lads who haven’t played at this level before... With no window, it means we can be a little more patient.”

At Boston United "midfielder Grant Roberts has officially put pen-to-paper on a new one-year contract at The Jakemans Stadium. The 25-year-old has scored six goals in 62 appearances for the Pilgrims. He will be entering his third season with the club after making his debut in January 2015 against Colwyn Bay."

The Evesham Journal says that "Talks over the future of Worcester City FC under the council's new Labour leadership have officially kicked off, it has emerged. A new 'working party' including club bosses and politicians has held its first set of negotiations in a bid to try and solve the team's controversial city exile.

Labour leader Councillor Adrian Gregson... said he now expects to stage more talks 'at regular intervals' until a solution is found. 'We're committed to bringing the football club back to Worcester and will work with them to realise that ambition,' he said...

Anthony Hampson, the club's chairman, Rob Crean, secretary of its Supporters' Trust and Green Councillor, Louis Stephen, were also involved in the initial talks. Conservative Councillor Marc Bayliss, who leads the opposition Tory group, has already said his party will not take part in the talks, but also wants the team to come back to Worcester and is prepared to assist the club if necessary.

The Trust's current application for a 4,100 capacity stadium on Perdiswell Park is not being discussed during the sessions, with the sessions purely aimed at establishing any possible alternatives.

The Worcester News revealed last month how the city's two Green Party politicians, who are actively opposed to Perdiswell, want the Labour administration to find another site - and have suggested taxpayers' money be used to help fund the club's costs towards a fresh planning application. But the council has released a statement saying Perdiswell 'will still be considered as an option'...

The application for a new ground on Perdiswell Park, submitted in April 2014, has been bogged in difficulties and has attracted around 1,400 public comments, with more than 1,000 of them in support. Petitions both for and against the Perdiswell stadium bid have attracted 1,000 names each."

17 June 2016


The dates for the various Rounds of the FA cup competitions for 2016-17 are as follows.

FA Cup

  • 2Q Sat Sept 17
  • 3Q Sat Oct 1
  • 4Q Sat Oct 15
  • 1P Sat Nov 5
  • 2P Sat Dec 3
  • 3P Sat Jan 7
  • 4P Sat Jan 28

FA Trophy

  • 3Q Sat Nov 26
  • 1P Sat Dec 10
  • 2P Sat Jan 14
  • 3P Sat Feb 4
  • 4P Sat Feb 25
  • SF Sat Mar 11 & 18
  • F Sun May 21


The Lincolnshire Echo reports that "Midfielder Gavin Rothery becomes Dom Roma's eighth signing of the closed season for Gainsborough Trinity. The 28-year-old joins Gainsborough after five years at former club Guiseley and the Trinity boss reports the sought-after player could have gone elsewhere as a number of National League North clubs were chasing his signature.

'I have played against Gavin loads of times and he always impressed me as a very clever footballer', said Roma. 'He takes up some really good positions and has a lot of goals in him. He can play in a midfield three or as a number 10 in behind the strikers so he gives us a bit of flexibility'.

Roma says his eighth signing of the closed season will be the final outfield player to join the club, at least until the club's trials at the end of this month. However, the Blues' boss is still searching for a second goalkeeper... Said Roma, 'That will be it now as far as outfield players are concerned. I am still trying to bring in another goalkeeper but I might have to bide my time.'"

At Stockport County, "manager James Gannon has added to his strike-force with the signing of ex-County trainee Josh Amis from Northwich Victoria. Amis arrives with a growing reputation as a versatile young attacker with a keen eye for goal.

County boss James Gannon said, ' It is important that we have the type of striker that offers physical presence in central attack to compliment our other types of attackers. Josh can act as a target man but I think he offers more than just that, as at Northwich Vics he offered a mobile, strong running, point attacker who has the physical skills to break behind defences and between centre backs. This is a step up for Josh from Evostik North for Josh, but it's a step I feel he can make back at a club he knows well'...

"21 year old Josh was a YTS at Stockport County FC and formed a great partnership with Danny Whitehead in County's Youth team. He then moved to Preston North End FC when the County youth structure was dismantled, and from there Northwich Victoria took him on work experience before securing his services permanently three seasons ago".

According to the Worcester News, "Worcester City’s Sam Minihan has decided to move on and not accept the offer made to him by the club. Full-back Minihan, 22, has graduated from Loughborough University and is moving back home to Rochdale in Lancashire. This is a major reason for his decision.

City manager Carl Heeley said, 'There has been an offer on the table for Sam since the end of the campaign and I had agreed a level of flexibility with him to try to mitigate the logistical challenges. Although he really wanted to stay, it was not practical to do so and he has advised me he is going to accept an offer from a club nearer to his North-West base... Additionally, there are a number of potential new recruits offers have been made to and we are awaiting their decisions.'

Minihan made 44 appearances for City in 2015-16, scooping the Players’ Player and Young Player of the Season awards".

The Halifax Courier confirms that "Defender Matty Brown has signed a new two-year deal with FC Halifax Town. The former Chester FC centre half joined the Shaymen last season under former manager Neil Aspin following his departure from the Vanarama National side. The 26 year old, who had previously played for Marine and Chesterfield, made 29 appearances for Town last season."

16 June 2016


Keith Edleston, manager of Altrincham FC Ladies, informs us of his team's early games of 2016-17...

  • 7th August: v Bury LFC (Dev/Squad), Away 2pm
  • 14th August v Rhyl LFC, Away 2pm
  • 21st August v Leigh RMI LFC, Home 2pm
  • 28th August v Tranmere Rovers LFC, Away 12 noon


Chairman, Grahame Rowley, writes "Many thanks to all the supporters who have joined the Patrons' Scheme in the last few weeks - we have smashed the 100 barrier now and are well on the way to our target of 150 for the 2016-17 season. If you haven't joined yet please consider joining - your support will be much appreciated".

As previously publicised, for the 2016-17 season, Altrincham FC is again running its Patrons' Club. Chairman Grahame Rowley said at the time of the launch ...

"We’re now asking for people to join the 2016-17 Patrons' Scheme.

For the bargain sum of £50, your name will appear throughout the season 2016-17 in the matchday programme for every home game and on the club’s official website as a Patron of the Football Club.

In August, every Patron will be entered into a prize draw with the winner being match sponsor for an appointed game along with 9 guests. Second prize will be hospitality for 5 people and third prize hospitality for 3 people in the Sponsor Lounge; the value of the 1st prize is £550.

If you are interested in becoming a Patron again this season or joining for the first time please forward a cheque payable to “Altrincham FC” for £50 for the attention of Grahame Rowley.

If you require further information, please speak to me on 07720-606897 or e-mail me.

We need your support even more for the forthcoming season, so please help the club through the close season by joining up today.

Thank you.

Grahame Rowley, Chairman.

A full list of the 2016-17 Patrons is to be found here.


The Lincolnshire Echo reports that "Boston United chairman David Newton has backed Dennis Greene to overachieve again next season...

Despite announcing an increase to Greene's playing budget earlier this summer, Newton insists United are still not among the wealthiest clubs in the division. With big-spenders like Harrogate Town and Fylde set to be joined by promoted, ambitious pair Darlington and Salford City, the fight for promotion promises to be intense.

Manager Greene will go into the 2016/17 campaign armed with a new two-year contract after leading Boston to the play-offs for the second consecutive season. Greene has been rebuilding his squad as several of his key players leave for pastures new.

The Pilgrims boss has already made six signings this summer, with more on the way. And Newton does not expect a repeat of the mistakes of last season when the goalkeeping and left-back positions were not satisfactorily filled until mid-season.

'We want stability,' said Newton. 'We've had too many managers for various reasons. We had a good chat with Dennis at the end of the season and he understands the areas where we think we went wrong, and I think he agrees...

We want to start the season well rather than having to play catch-up... But some of our targets we don't actually get because we can't afford them or because of geographical reasons... We're certainly not going to have a top-five budget. I don't think we had a top-five budget last season, in fact I know we didn't.

'That's why he [Greene] is still here and doing well with us... Last season we went backwards at the start and then caught up again.'

Newton has strengthened Greene's budget by increasing ticket prices, a move which has been met with a largely positive response from supporters...

Added Newton, That's actually our first increase while we've been in this league. We put them down when we got demoted and then put them back up when we got promoted. So this is our first increase in nine years at this level... We want to give Dennis the best opportunity we can'".

More comes in the Boston Standard which tells us that "Boston United have signed right back Kalern Thomas. The 22-year-old spent last season with Corby Town...

Manager Dennis Greene is close to completing the nine signings he has earmarked for this summer. He looks to be on the brink of bringing another young, yet-to-be-named defender to the Jakemans Stadium, which would leave him with just a keeper on his wish list as Fabian Spiess looks unlikely to accept the deal on the table.

Attackers Waide Fairhurst and Callum Chippendale, midfielder Shane Clarke and defenders Courtney Wildin, Nat Brown and Joe Maguire have all penned contracts with the Jakemans Stadium club this summer...

'We’re a great place for young players to make a name for themselves,' he said. 'You look at players like Carl Piergianni and Dayle Southwell, after playing for Boston there isn’t anyone in non-league football who doesn’t know all about them... It’s the same for (Jay) Rollins, (Kaine) Felix and other players we’ve had here; Boston is a great platform for them to make everyone take note'...

Greene is adamant that he wants a full-time keeper rather than looking to the loan market".

According to the Worcester News, "Harriers' utility man Zaine Francis-Angol has hinted he is pushing for a move away from Aggborough. The former Motherwell player, who is contracted to Kidderminster until the end of next season, told The Herald in Scotland he is trying to line-up trials...

He had a trial with German giants Hamburg in December that did not result in an offer... The gifted left-sided player could be a key man for manager John Eustace.

He said... 'There is a chance of getting an opportunity at a club, whether it's in Scotland or England. I have a few trials lined up just now but you have to take every opportunity that comes your way. I was at Kidderminster Harriers last season in the Conference. It was a short-term deal that I then extended. It wasn't the greatest season. We got relegated at the end of it but it was good to get back playing.'"

Meanwhile, Kidderminster Harriers report that "boss John Eustace has made a double addition to his Harriers squad... with the acquisition of a new striker and wide player.

Striker Andre Brown has penned a one-year deal with the club after his release from Crewe Alexandra. The powerful hit-man was a graduate of the prestigious youth set-up at Alex, and spent much of last season cutting his teeth at non-league level with a spell at Worcester City...

Also joining Harriers is wide player Sam Austin after his departure from Burton Albion. 19 year-old Sam also picked up key experience of the North in 2015/16 as he impressed whilst with AFC Telford United, before going on to Leamington to finish the season... Sam also joins us for a year...

They become our second and third signings of the week, hot on the heels of experienced defender Wayne Thomas".

From Nuneaton Town we learn that "Striker Rob Duffy has left the Boro after one season with the club. Duffy has been studying for the past four years now moving into full-time employment...

Zeus de la Paz is the latest player to commit his future to the Boro. The goalkeeper had an option in his contract and will be at the club for the forthcoming season."

Also manager "Kevin Wilson has added to his defensive options by signing 20-year-old Alex Penny. The Nuneaton-born centre half has joined Boro on a one year dea... He said, 'I was with the Hull City academy from the age of eleven, but then joined Stourbridge and Hinckley...

'I was born in Nuneaton near to the ground, but moved away when I was quite young. In a strange way it does feel like I’ve come home... I’m physical, light on the ground and good in the air and I’m ready to test myself at this level'...

Boro manager Kevin Wilson said... 'We need someone strong and powerful at the back who can play a bit as well so I’m delighted we’ve signed him'".

Bradford PA "top scorer Chib Chilaka has left the club to join rivals Harrogate Town. Chilaka scored 38 league goals in three seasons at the Horsfall Stadium, finishing top of the club’s goalscoring charts in each of the last two campaigns...

He joins former captain Simon Ainge in moving to Wetherby Road this summer".

15 June 2016


Chris Rowley has announced the pre-season games for the Altrincham FC Reserves. They are as follows...

  • Saturday 2nd July: v AFC Youth Team @Partington Sports Village, Chapel Lane, Partington, Manchester M31 4ES, 2.30pm K.O.
  • Saturday 9th July: v 1874 Northwich @ Egerton Football Club, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, WA16 6SL, 2pm K.O.
  • Saturday 16th July: v FC United of Manchester (Away), Broadhurst Park, Manchester, Moston M40 0FJ, 2pm K.O.
  • Tuesday 26th July: v Rochdale Sacred Heart (Away), Fox Park, Rochdale, OL16 2UB, 7pm K.O.
  • Saturday 30th July: v Mersey Valley FC (Away), Banky Lane, Sale, M33 5SL, 3pm K.O.
  • Monday 1st August: v Middlewich Town (Away), Finney's Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire CW10 9DR, 7.30pm K.O.
  • Saturday 6th August: v Curzon Ashton (Away), Tameside Stadium, Richmond St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 9HG, 2.30pm K.O.

The match against 1874 Northwich is against their first team and takes place on the day before Altrincham's first team faces Widnes. The matches against FC United and Curzon Ashton are against their development squads.


A National League press release is reproduced below...

"The National League announced at the formal meeting of Clubs who assembled at their Annual Congress at Celtic Manor on Saturday 11th June the following.

Vanarama have extended their existing Title Sponsorship deal.

The new deal will be a 12-month rolling contract which in the first instance will see them continue at least for a fourth year up to June 2018. This was excellent news for clubs to receive when announced to the meeting.

Andy Alderson MD (pictured above) said 'The rebrand exercise taken by The National League 12 months ago has in part helped our own brand image grow in and outside our industry. Our profile and recognition has risen beyond our expectations. We look forward to continuing to work closely with everyone connected with the League and our early decision to extend to 2018 validates how partnerships can flourish if the mix is right".

Charlie Clapham, Vice Chairman of the League, commented, 'Since Vanarama joined with us two seasons ago our partnership; and above all else our friendship, has grown and this news was a massive boost to everyone present at Congress. Thanks to Andy and all his wonderful staff'".


NL Pitchero reports that "Tamworth have confirmed that Lee Smith has agreed to sign for next season. Smith joins fellow members of last season`s squad James Belshaw, Andy Burns, Stephen Tomassen, Louis Ezewele, Paul Green, Ellis Deeney, Jed Davies, Connor Taylor, Ellis Deeney, Danny Newton, and Ross Dyer, along with new recruits Jack Lane, Stephan Morley and Greg Mills.

Smith's 2015/16 season was heavily disrupted by a serious injury when he had to have his spleen removed.

He battled back from this, and returned to action ahead of schedule, going on to make several appearances over the Christmas period, and starting each of the last five games of the season."

Elsewhere,"Popular defender James Clifton has accepted Nuneaton Town's offer of a second season by penning a one-year deal.

Clifton, who missed the last four games of last season through injury, said, 'I was really disappointed not to be available for the run-in, especially as we were still in with a shout of the play-offs...

'I love being here. The set-up is excellent and the fans have made me and my family feel very welcome... The style of football we play suits my game and the coaching is second to none. As a defender you want to learn from the best and in Steve Chettle we have someone here who has played in defence in the Premier League'".

At the Bower Fold, Stalybridge Celtic have announced the signing of central defender Nick Ryan. Twenty-three-year-old Ryan joins from Burscough and becomes Liam Watson's second signing of the summer for Celtic.

Ryan follows the earlier arrival of Andy Owens from Marine AFC along with the majority of last season`s squad, who have re-signed".

Meanwhile, "Vastly experienced defender Wayne Thomas has become Kidderminster Harriers’ first signing of the summer after inking a one-year deal at Aggborough.

The former Stoke City and Southampton man has racked up more than 550 career appearances at all levels of the game and knows the non-League scene inside out after spells with the likes of Worcester City and Tamworth...

Thomas, 37, is also very familiar with the management team here at Aggborough, having been able to call upon boss John Eustace as a team-mate back in his days at Stoke, and having played under new head of coaching Matt Gardiner at Worcester.

The Gloucester-born centre-back also counts Torquay United, Burnley and Doncaster Rovers among his other clubs".

Meanwhile, "FC Halifax Town have confirmed the signing of striker Tom Denton from North Ferriby United on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The former Huddersfield Town man follows in the footsteps of new manager Billy Heath and left-back Josh Wilde from the 2016 National League North play-off victors.

Denton struck 21 league goals last term to assist the Villagers’ promotion-push and he was also a key figure as they famously claimed the FA Trophy in 2015...

The prolific striker, who turns 27 next month, has also scored goals for Wakefield, Mossley AFC and Worksop Town. Also joining Denton in making the switch from North Ferriby is their former skipper, [ex-Alty loanee] Liam King. King becomes Billy Heath’s third signing from his former club, and fourth overall, after the arrival of Guiseley AFC’s goalkeeping stalwart Steven Drench for an undisclosed fee."

In their series on their league rivals for 2016-17, Gloucester City have an excellent review of Altrincham.

14 June 2016


Now based in the south of England, Alty supporter Alan Moorhouse has been doing some charity work for Kit Aid in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Alan explains that "They take second-hand kits and sent them off to the needy in Africa. Every month they have a batching session and I help outm occasionally. I have also been to Gambia and handed out kit to local teams (Football Gambia charity) and this year I am doing the same in Zambia, for the Baraka Community charity. Whilst sorting through a pile of donations to the charity last Saturday, I was pleased to find, amongst thousands of shirts, two full kits donated by Altrincham FC".

Seen right, is Alan with one of the donated Alty kits. To learn more about Kit Aid, please visit their website here.


At Colwyn Bay, "Carl Rodgers and Jordan Fagbola have decided to leave the club."


Gloucester City are reviewing their opponents for 2016-17 and concerning AFC Fylde they say "It’s exciting times... with our league rivals AFC Fylde moving into their new ground, and chasing promotion once more... They were formed as recently as 1988 as Kirkham & Wesham before the name AFC Fylde was taken up in 2008...

It will be a new ground for us to visit next term, as a new sports complex, Mill Farm, which looks stunning, has been opened this week...

We here are of course hoping to move into a ‘new’ ground, by moving home to Meadow Park...

Over the summer they have lost a few key players, including captain Tom Hannigan, Ben Hinchliffe, Adam Sumner, Danny Lloyd and Brad Barnes. They have however recruited well with Barrow’s Steve Williams and Brendon Daniels from Harrogate Town.

They have had a bulk of the squad remain from last season as well as adding Crawley Town’s Andy Bond... as the club begin to operate on a full-time basis for the first time, from the start of the 2016/2017 season".

And as for AFC Telford United, Gloucester City tell us that "A side who have yo-yo’d from the National League in recent years... The Bucks won the National League North title in 2014, which is surprising to see them finish a point away from the drop zone last season...

Over the summer they have had both ins and outs, including this week losing centre-half Curtis Tilt to National League side Wrexham, however they have been able to bolster their ranks with former Altrincham man Sean Williams. They have also managed to sign Callum Gittins from recently relegated Kidderminster Harriers as well as 20-year old Michael Monaghan who scored 22 goals for Burscough last term...

Striker Josh Wilson re-signed in February and scored seven goals to help the side remain in the league, and he could be a vital player next season for the club".

And on Alfreton Town, Gloucester City say "Alfreton Town will be looking to push on this season and return once again to the National League... They returned to the National League North in 2015 following a disappointing campaign where they had previously reverted to their part time status...

They have some quality in the side, including goalkeeper Matt Duke who has Football League experience... At the other end of the pitch Joe Ironside can be a threat, and will have to step up his goal ratio due to the reds’ top scorer Sam Jones earning a move to Gateshead...

Long-serving manager Nicky Law will be delighted with the summer capture of Paul Clayton for a second spell, a man who knows all about winning the National League North having done it will Law and Alfreton in 2011. However, they have lost the services to Andi Thanoj who has opted to join league rivals Harrogate Town".

Meanwhile, Boston United "have signed centre-half Joe Maguire from Nuneaton Town. The 24-year-old... has put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract".

According to the Worcester News, "Worcester City have arranged a general meeting for shareholders to discuss and vote on the club's future constitution. The meeting was requested by Worcester City Supporters' Trust and has been set for Thursday, July 7...

The Trust had been looking to force a general meeting after not hearing back from the football club. They have proposals to “save City” and want a vote from shareholders on proposed changes to the club's constitution. The trust believe a new ownership model will keep City, who have about £530,000 left in the bank and are ground-sharing with Bromsgrove Sporting, alive".

The Nuneaton News confirms that "Joe Maguire has swapped the Boro for Boston this summer as he looks for a new challenge in his career. The former Nuneaton captain, who lost the role to midfield man Shane Byrne halfway through the campaign, has decided against signing a new contract at Liberty Way...

The defender added, 'I had played under Kevin Wilson for five years, first at Ilkeston and then at Nuneaton. I loved that, I love the man. What he has done for me and what I have learnt from the likes of him and his assistant Steve Chettle, I cannot thank them highly enough. But, the time has come for me to try and new challenge now...

'I knew I couldn't commit to the full-time aspect at Nuneaton anymore. I am training to become a financial adviser and cannot commit to the daily training. That was why I needed that change. To get away and get to a place where I could continue to be part-time and also continue to challenge in this league'...

He said, 'I was out of the team when I thought I was doing okay last year, it was tough for me to take. It knocked my confidence if I am being honest. I didn't understand the decision and it was one of them. It got to me a bit... I think getting dropped like that got me thinking about something new and I knew that Dennis Greene had always wanted me at Boston. He must do because I believe they are paying a fee for me. I'm not sure how much it is'".

At Nuneaton Town, "Jordan Keane has committed himself to the Boro for the new season by signing a one-year deal. Keane, who can play in defence or midfield, said, 'The club has so much potential'...

Meanwhile Keane’s brother, Cieron, has decided to move on.The left sided player declined Kevin Wilson’s offer to stay at Nuneaton for financial reasons".

In Lincolnshire, the Boston Target reports that "Manager Dennis Greene is searching for a new goalkeeper after revealing Fabian Spiess is set to leave Boston United.

The expected departure of the German stopper is another headache for Greene, who is also set to lose striker Dayle Southwell, captain Scott Garner and key defender Zak Mills. Another defender, Carl Piergianni, has left the club to go travelling.

After goalkeeping issues during the first half of last season, Spiess impressed after joining the club in January and had been offered a deal for next season.

'Fabian won't be staying,' confirmed Greene. 'It's the travelling, he lives in Stoke. It's a headache trying to find a replacement for someone you want to keep, but we'll find someone'.

The departure of several key players has forced Greene into a rebuilding job. Southwell, the Pilgrims' top scorer for the last two seasons, is poised to move into the full-time game, and he could be followed by Mills, who is also attracting attention, with National League Barrow believed to be interested.

Meanwhile, Garner has been linked with a surprise move to... Brackley Town. However, Greene has also made several signings, with defenders Nat Brown and Courtney Wildin, midfielders Shane Clarke and Joe Maguire and forwards Callum Chippendale and Waide Fairhurst joining the club...

Added Greene, 'We half expected players to leave at the end of their contracts after two good seasons. There was always going to be interest from outside'".

Worcester city are "getting To Know: Kyle Perry". He told the website, "I live in Cannock, just north of Birmingham. I've played pro-football for the last 8 years and went semi-pro 2 seasons ago when I joined Altrincham. I enjoy the many arts and music and would describe myself as an honest person who wears my heart on my sleeve. I’m now 30 years old and 6’4.

I work as a freelance graphic designer, working from home. I also front a function and wedding band. I love being on stage. I play guitar and love writing and playing music. I've toured the UK a whole bunch and played with some great bands. I love being creative. I'm very passionate, driven and love to put on a show.

My little boy is my absolute world. I'm a single Dad with a 3 year-old son, so spending as much time as possible with him is really important to me. I'm a big family man...

I just have a burning fire inside that doesn't do anything by halves... I think last season was a write off. It was a real rough crack. I was performing and scoring goals but I wasn't having a good time at Hednesford. There was a lot of instability, with 4 managers in a matter of months".

Our neighbours, Stalybridge Celtic report that "Players signed on for the 2015/2016 season are confirmed as follows; Danny Burns, Aaron Chalmers, Aidan Chippendale, Oliver Crowley, Adam Farrell, Matty Hughes, Tony McMillan, Alec Mudimu, Darius Osei, Andy Owens, Nick Ryan, John Shaw, Chris Simm, Steve Tames, Danny Wisdom, Dale Wright, Peter Wylie"

Even closer to home, Salford City "managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley have added to their squad again as midfielder Sam Walker arrives from FC Halifax Town

The Ammies have agreed an undisclosed fee for the services of former Curzon Ashton skipper Sam Walker (29). A dynamic and creative midfielder, Sam spent four seasons with 'The Nash' and captained them...

And Curzon Ashton, "can confirm the retained player list from the 2015/16 season, who will be joining us for pre-season. The list of players below will be joined by new arrivals Michael Potts, Jack Truelove, Paul Ennis, Iain Howard, Ryan Hall and Jonny Higham for our pre-season schedule...

There have been very few departures from last season's squad. As announced last week, Matty Warburton has completed a transfer to Salford City, while Mike Norton has called time on his playing days.

The players who will be returning to Curzon are as follows...

  • Goalkeepers: Hakan Burton, Cameron Mason.
  • Defenders: Matt Flynn, Jonathan Hunt, Danny Shaw, Simon Woodford, Connor Hampson, Benito Lowe, Andy Watson.
  • Midfielders: Chris Rowney, Alex Brown, Liam Tomsett, Jordon Wright, Joe Guest, Matty Crothers, Ryan Watson.
  • Forwards: Ryan Brooke, Niall Cummins, Dan Cockerline, Connor Hughes."

13 June 2016


Courtesy of Richie Bentley, Alty's official caterer, we see (right) the volunteers who took part in the "working party" at the J. Davidson Stadium last Saturday. They are seen taking a well-earned break in the Community Sports Hall. There will be another working Saturday this weekend so please come along if you possibly can to help get the stadium ready for the new season.

Details of starting/finish times are to follow...


Judy Henson, Community Co-Ordinator at the J. Davidson Stadium, writes that "We attended the Cheshire FA awards last Friday 3rd June. We came runners up in the ‘Development Programme of the Year’ award".

Above, we see, from left to right, Phil Taylor (Coach), Neil Tolson (Coach), Sam Heathcote (Coach & Player), Grahame Rowley (Chairman), Judy Henson (Community Co-Ordinator), Sophie Glynn (CSH Events Co-ordinator), Gail Simpson (Coach), Pete Scotson (Club Volunteer & Entertainer).

Judy (pictured right) adds that "We were up for the award after making the top three finalists from public votes. I nominated us due to our ‘Alty Mini Kickers’ programme, which has vastly improved in the last year. We started in January 2015 with 24 kids on the first four- and five-year olds' course. Now we have around 90+ children attending our five sessions, between two and five years old, each week".


At Ashton United "The Gaffers have announced the signing of Ryan Crowther from Altrincham".


The Telegraph & Argus reports that "The long wait is over for Bradford Park Avenue, who have confirmed on Saturday that Alex Meechan has been appointed as their new head coach.

Meechan arrived at the club in March as assistant to Darren Edmondson but Avenue’s first friendly.. will not be his first in charge of the Bradford dugout. When Bradford turned to Edmondson and Meechan...Edmondson was on gardening leave from his former club Barrow. <> With contractual issues to sort out, Edmondson was not in a position to take over, so Meechan was in charge for the first two games...

Meechan will work alongside Terry Dolan, who has recently been made Bradford’s Director of Football. Their first priority will be to sign up a number of players they have been in talks with over recent weeks.

He said, 'I know it is not going to be easy but the work starts now. We really need to lift the supporters, who have been anxious about all the uncertainty in pre-season'...

Dolan added, 'We have been impressed by the work they did as a management team and we are pleased that Alex has committed to us in a permanent role'".

Reports from Harrogate Town say that "Joe Leesley Joins Town’s promotion push. The 22 year-old midfielder joins Town from Alfreton, only weeks after making his England C debut...

The versatile midfielder was deployed in an advanced position for Paul Fairclough’s men and hopes to bring the same attacking edge to Town.

'I would describe my game as attacking and energetic. I like to play on the front foot and get forward', commented Leesley.

Joe becomes boss Simon Weavers’ sixth signing of the summer, following the arrival of former teammate Andi Thanoj earlier in the week...

'I’ve joined Harrogate Town to get promoted. The squad is definitely capable and I know all the boys will want to go up as Champions'...

Said the Town boss, Simon Weaver, 'We’ve watched him in several games and his talent just shines through. He is two-footed, physically strong and has the ability to beat a man. At only 22 years of age, he’s a lad who has capacity and willingness to grow and develop his game even further... and he has absolutely embraced the idea of extra training sessions next season'”.

According to the Derby Telegraph, "Former Derby County striker Shaquille McDonald has teamed up with manager Kevin Wilson at Nuneaton Town for the new season. McDonald (20) was released by the Rams at the end of last season without having made a senior appearance...

On loan at FC Halifax Town last season, he scored four goals in 15 appearances and Wilson, himself a former Derby striker and previously manager at Ilkeston, has been keeping tabs on him...

McDonald told the National League website, 'I need to experience playing in the men's game more. I went to FC Halifax Town on loan last season and did quite well... I'm here to score goals... I love to play on the shoulder of the last man and I'm quick in the penalty box. I may be classed as quite small as modern day players go but I think people will be surprised at my ability in the air and how high I can jump'...

Birmingham-born McDonald started in Birmingham's youth system and was also briefly with Peterborough United and York City before joining the Rams in 2014".

We learn from the Halifax Courier that "Town boss Billy Heath expects around half of last season’s squad to stay on at the club and wants to work with a group of about 20 players next term.

Heath has had answers from nearly all the Halifax squad about who is staying or going, but would not reveal which players will remain at The Shay. The Town manager also refused to comment on rumours linking North Ferriby striker Tom Denton to the club, but denied any link to ex-Halifax defender Ryan Toulson.

Heath said, 'I know who is coming and going. I’ve got answers from 99 per cent of the squad and I’m happy with who’s staying. They’ll give us plenty of experience. We’ve got a lot of players who we are in contact with, it’s just a case of getting them over the line'...

The Shaymen will be starting pre-season training on Saturday, June 25 and have identified two sites that could be used...

'We’ve got a lot... of players to bring in... This league is going to be so tough so we have to hit the ground running. We don’t want to be playing catch-up. Pre-season is massively important for that... The players have to know each other on and off the pitch because that team spirit is vital; that won us 12 to 15 points last season'...

Heath was delighted to make Guiseley keeper Steve Drench his first signing of the summer. 'I’ve known about him for a long time with him playing against us for Guiseley'...

Meanwhile, chairman David Bosomworth has refused to comment on whether Town will receive any share of the fee should Jamie Vardy move from Leicester to Arsenal. Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley says Halifax are in line to receive a sell-on clause, with Pilley’s club rumoured to be in line for 20 per cent of any fee.

He told the Blackpool Gazette, 'There is a sell-on clause... It would not stop with us, it is also passed on to Halifax'".

And NL Pitchero adds that "Harrogate Town have signed midfielder Andi Thanoj... from rivals Alfreton Town... Thanoj had progressed through the ranks at Grimsby Town'...

Weaver said... 'He's got a lot of ability and a fantastic range of passing, whilst at the same he's got athleticism and can dig in. He's got a great appetite for training and that was central to his thoughts for wanting to join us. We believe he has the capability to grab hold of games by the scruff of the neck and help us dictate the tempo'"

The Northern Echo says that "Darlington are still looking for a striker... Lee Gaskell this week signed a new contract with Quakers... with fellow forwards Nathan Cartman, Liam Hardy and Amar Purewal also available.

Gray also wants a target man to replace Graeme Armstrong, who has become one of a number of notable signings for Spennymoor Town, however, Darlington’s manager has a frugal approach to recruitment. He has made five signings, and has also held talks with other players who have gone elsewhere.

'We’re looking for a striker, a big target man, if the right one comes along,' said the boss. 'I’ve spoken to various players, but they want too much money. As I’ve said before, I’m not prepared to pay over the top for players who are not worthy of that money, it’s as simple as that.

'We pay players what is right and at the same time give them an opportunity to progress their career as well as the chance to play for Darlington. No disrespect to any other club, but we are the biggest non-league club in the North-East and that fact should attract any player. But some players chase money and I’m not prepared to get drawn into that game at all.

'There’s a level [of money] for players at this level of the game. Players at this level are not worth £500 a week, they’re just not worth it. We’ve got to live within our means and we’ve got to manage the fans’ money. I’m conscious of that all of the time.'

Gray’s signings so far are Mark Bell (from Spennymoor), Liam Marrs (Boston United), Lewis Nightingale (Farsley Celtic) as well as Jordan Watson and Arran Wearmouth (both from Blyth), though no additions have been made for a month... 'Lots of players are going around to speaking to different clubs, so that’s where we are, it’s a waiting game'", concluded the manager.

NL Pitchero confirms that "FC Halifax Town have announced that midfielder Sam Walker has joined new rivals Salford City for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old joined the Shaymen from Curzon Ashton last summer".

We learn from the National League that "AFC Telford United have captured the signature of former Hednesford Town, FC Halifax Town and Altrincham midfielder Sean Williams.

An energetic, creative midfielder with considerable experience at National League level, he joined the Pitmen following a successful trial in August 2015 after being released by Altrincham at the end of the 2014/15 season. Williams, 24, was captain at Keys Park last season and was also called up to the England C squad. "

Also, "Callum Gittings, formerly of Kidderminster Harriers and Solihull Moors, has signed for the 2016/17 season. The 30-year-old has bags of experience at this level. Manager Rob Smith has also completed the signing of Michael Monaghan. The 20-year-old previously played at Skelmersdale United and Burscough, where he scored 22 goals last season. "

Off the field, "AFC Telford United have considered its operating structure once managing director Lee Carter leaves his full-time post. The club have decided not to recruit a replacement managing director and have instead promoted Sharon Bowyer from Football Secretary to General Manager.

A statement from the club reads, 'Sharon has been at the football club for 12 years... and she will represent the club at the National League AGM this coming weekend. Sharon and the first team manager Rob Smith, who both previously reported to the Managing Director, will both report directly to the club Chairman...

We continue to interview to find a new Commercial Manager. Although we have not yet indentified a suitable candidate, interviews continue week commencing 6th June".

Elsewhere, "North Ferriby United have announced the appointment of Steve Housham as their new manager. Housham started his managerial career at Brigg Town before taking over from Brian Little at Gainsborough Trinity...

Speaking about his appointment the 40-year-old said, 'My message to the fans is enjoy the ride and be proud that the club are playing at this level of football'".

Across the Humber, "Boston United manager Dennis Greene has revealed that Scott Garner and Zak Mills have turned down offers to remain with the club. The United boss expects versatile skipper Garner to move elsewhere in National League North and defender Mills to potentially move up a division into a full-time environment.

Greene has also given goalkeeper Fabian Spiess an impending deadline to decide whether he wishes to remain with at the club. The news comes off the back of midfielder Grant Roberts agreeing terms to remain with the Pilgrims.

Those already contracted for 2016/17 include Joe Burgess, Callum Chippendale, Shane Clarke, Lewis Hilliard, Cameron Johnson, Jay Rollins and Courtney Wildin, with Kaine Felix agreeing to remain too.

Top scorer Dayle Southwell is expected to move on, albeit with the Pilgrims able to command a compensation fee for the 22-year-old. "

Further South, "Defender Gareth Dean has become the latest summer signing for Kevin Wilkin at Brackley Town. Dean, 26, joins from Solihull Moors... He is a product of Nuneaton Town’s youth team and enjoyed six seasons with Boro before joining Solihull in May 2015...

Said Wilkin, 'He is a fantastic leader and great competitor'... Solihull boss Marcus Bignot said, 'We couldn’t agree terms and he decided to join... Brackley Town.”


NL Daily tells us that "The Football Association have written to clubs and leagues to explain their decision to start next season's FA Cup two weeks earlier than expected.

The competition's Extra Qualifying Round will take place on Saturday 6th August, meaning many leagues will either start as early as the last weekend of July, or in some cases, in midweek after the round has taken place.

The statement read, 'I can only apologise for the information being delayed, and also without any rationale as to why The FA Cup will commence on Saturday 6 August... It was necessary to increase the gap between the 4th Rd Qualifying and 1st Rd Proper from two weeks to three...

Therefore, as the 1st Rd Proper is dated for Saturday 5 November, the 4th Rd Qualifying has been scheduled for Saturday 15 October with the remaining rounds being scheduled two weeks apart thereafter... The FA now want a three week break between the 4th Qualifying Round and the 1st Round Proper".

12 June 2016


During last week's website intermission, Altrincham FC's joint Press and Media Officer, John Edwards, reported last Sunday that "Neil Young has further strengthened his new-look Altrincham squad by welcoming three more new signings to The J.Davidson Stadium.

The Alty manager has snapped up 28-year old striker Craig Hobson from Chester, versatile former Barnsley and Shrewsbury defender Sam Patterson from Bradford Park Avenue and tough-tackling centre-back John Cyrus from Frickley.

‘Sam has had experience of the league we are playing in next season and, at 22 years old, fits the profile of what we want at the club,’ said Young. ‘Craig will give us experience up front and is a hard-working lad with a fantastic attitude.

‘He probably didn’t play as much as he would have liked last season, but there’s no question he has plenty to offer. He’s a grafter who wants to do well, and, at 6ft 2in, he’ll provide height and strength up front,

‘As a target man, he also gets his share of goals, and he’s won a couple of man-of-the-match awards for his performances in FA Cup ties at Chester. It was Steve Burr who signed him for Chester, not me, but I did try to take him on loan at Stockport last season.

‘John is a tough, physical centre-half who has had a number of clubs looking at him, so I’m delighted he has chosen us. He can make the step up, no problem, and I am looking forward to working with him.

‘He is still young, in his early 20s, and I am confident he can fulfil his potential as an Alty player.’

Patterson, who is equally comfortable at right-back or as a holding midfielder, started out with Barnsley and signed a one-year contract at Shrewsbury last August, with the option of a second year.

It enabled him to link up again with former Barnsley assistant-boss Micky Mellon, and he made two Football League Trophy appearances, before leaving the Shrews in January and rejoining Bradford Park Avenue for the remainder of the season.

Bustling frontrunner Hobson joined Chester from Guiseley two years ago after previously scoring six goals in 26 appearances for Stockport.

Cyrus forged a reputation as a commanding central defender at Frickley and was voted Player of the Year 12 months ago, after clocking up 51 appearances during the season and scoring twice.

Ex-Chester boss Young has wasted no time reshaping Alty’s squad, after recently being appointed successor to Lee Sinnott, and plans still more recruits. He wants another striker and midfielder and hopes to complete a deal for a left-back in the next week".

Later, John Edwards wrote that "Neil Young has increased his attacking options for next season with the acquisition of free-scoring right-sided midfielder Sean Miller from Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Pacey winger Miller, a multi award winner in his time with the Nomads, becomes the latest addition to a rebuilt Altrincham squad that is rapidly taking shape for the new Vanarama National League North campaign.

A graduate of Chester's youth system who was given his breakthrough at senior level by Young, Miller, who turned 21 last month, made it into the first team squad towards the end of the 2013-14 season.

He joined Connah’s Quay that summer and made an immediate impact, scoring 11 goals in 35 appearances and virtually sweeping the board when individual awards were dished out by the club and the league.

At the club’s presentation evening, he picked up a hat-trick of gongs after being voted Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year and finishing as top scorer.

On top of that, he was named Welsh Premier League Young Player of the Year at the League’s annual meeting.

Young had no hesitation linking up with him for a second time, after hearing of his availability, and the Alty manager said, ‘Sean is a player I worked with at Chester, where, after he came through the youth system, I gave him his senior debut.

‘He subsequently moved on to Connah’s Quay Nomads, where, 12 months ago, he was named Welsh Premier League Young Player of the Year.

‘He is quick and direct. He has a great attitude, wants to do well and, at just 21, has plenty of time to continue his development.’"

4 June 2016


Supporters are reminded of the upcoming working parties at the J. Davidson Stadium, announced by Peter Foster...

"As supporters will realise, there are always maintenance jobs that are required at the ground. Sometimes these have to be done professionally. However, whenever possible, we try to do the jobs ourselves as it reduces expenditure, and consequently increases the playing budget.

We have earmarked two Saturdays – June 4th and 18th, when we are hoping to complete remedial work including: Rubbish removal, woodworking, concrete repairs, oiling, painting, welding, cleaning, weeding/strimming etc. If you have any time over these days, and/or if you have equipment, or a vehicle that is suitable for moving rubbish to the tip, please email, or ring the Club on 0161 928 1045 and leave your name and contact details, and we will get back to you.

In addition to these jobs, there will be plenty of internal painting and decoration required to public and changing areas throughout the summer, and any help with this work will be gratefully received at any time. Thank you".

The Working party on Saturday 4th June will commence at approximately 10am and will last until the work that can be done is completed, or till 4pm, whichever is the earlier. Many thanks for your help.


The next website update will be on 12 June. In the interim, the Altrincham FC Twitter and Facebook accounts will carry any important news from the Club.


In 2015/16 Altrincham had 23 away league games and, to play those, they (and their supporters) covered 6,188 miles in terms of the return mileage. On average, each return journey was 269 miles.

In 2016/17 the number of away games will be reduced to 21 and the return mileage is cut to 2,890, with the average return mileage being 138 miles.

There are only four trips in 2016/17 which will involve a round trip of more than 200 miles; they are to Boston (264) Brackley (262) Darlington (Bishop Auckland) (264) and Gloucester (Cheltenham) (240).

Alty's shortest trip in 2016-17 will be to Stockport (20 miles return).


2015-16 season was marred by serious injuries to four of the Club's most experienced players. If it is assumed that in the 46 league games of 2015-16, a player could have clocked up 4,140 minutes on the pitch (i.e. 90 mins x 46 matches, excluding injury time), then...

  • Goalkeeeper Stuart Coburn, who was injured as Dover scored a late winner at Crabble in August 2015, played just 450 mins all season or less than 11% of the available time.
  • Captain Stuart Densmore played only 25.7% of the available time because of his injury.
  • Tom Marshall, who broke his leg in game 4, played just 8.6% of the available time
  • Nicky Clee, who was only able to start three league matches, spent just 12.2% of the available time on the pitch.

Injuries affected other players so Luca Havern only played 64.3% of the available time and Ryan Crowther's injuries and ailments were a significant factor in his amassing just 40.2% of the available pitch time in league matches.

Added to the above, Anthony Griffith was found to be unfit and, as well as playing for the Club for just 5 minutes (0.12%), he cost the club a sizable sum in a retirement pay-off, which itself hindered getting a replacement player in.

There were also some new recruits who did not go on to command a regular starting place; despite a good start to the season, George Bowerman only played 31% of the time before being sent out on loan and Josh O'Keefe played only 36% of the available time.

Leading Appearances

The most pitch time in the National League in 2015-16 was amassed by...
  • Jake Moult 93.2% (pictured right)
  • Adam Griffin 92.7%
  • Scott Leather 91.6%
  • Jordan Sinnott 91%
  • Tim Deasy 88.8%

Indicative of the scale of rebuilding needed by new manager Neil Young is the fact that four of the above top five participators from last season are no longer with Altrincham.

Compared with 2014-15, Altrincham's league record shows the same number of defeats and goals conceded in 2015-16 but there were six more draws in 2015-16.

  • 2014-15: P46 W16 D8 L22 F54 A73 PTS56
  • 2015-16: P46 W10 D14 L22 F48 A73 PTS44

In Alty's last relegation, in 2011, we finished with the same points total (44) but conceded 14 goals more, viz P46 W11 D11 L24 F47 A87 PTS44

After being ever present in the Conference (Alliance) from 1979/80 to the end of 1996/97 season - 18 seasons), 2016 witnessed Altrincham's fourth relegation in the succeeding nineteen years. In those 19 years, nine have been spent back at national level and ten in the next tier down.

Home and Away

Altrincham won just two away games in the league all season. In 2014-15 they won seven times away.

Leading Scorers in 2015-16

  • Michael Rankine 16 (13 in league, 3 in cups) His pitch-time in league matches was 65.7%.
  • Damian Reeves 11 (8 in league, 3 in cups) His pitch-time in league matches was 60.3%.
  • Josh Ginnelly 5 (all in league) As a loanee, he was not here all season.
  • James Lawrie 5 (4 in league, 1 in cups) His pitch-time in league matches was 83.3%.


  • Jake Moult 10 (8 in league, 2 in cups)
  • Adam Griffin 9 (8 in league, 1 in cups; six of his yellow cards came in the last 12 fixtures in the league)
  • Josh O'Keefe 8 yellow, 1 red (All except 1 yellow were in the league).

Apart from O'Keefe's red, the only other dismissals were for Luca Havern and Marcus Holness.

Average League Attendances

  • Home: 1,230 (biggest 2,460 v Tranmere Rovers, smallest 677 v Eastleigh)
  • Away: 1,870 (biggest 4,628 v Wrexham, smallest 351 v Boreham Wood)


The National League reports that "Curzon Ashton have announced the arrival of midfielder Ryan Hall and striker Jonny Higham to the Tameside Stadium. Hall joins from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North side Brighouse Town... He joined the West Yorkshire side after attending their open trials in 2012... Hall, who turns 22 next week, was last season named as Brighouse's Players' Player of the Season...

Hall is an attack-minded right winger who is known for his pace. Curzon have also announced the arrival of young striker Jonny Higham. The 18-year-old joins after leaving Crewe Alexandra at the end of last season... Higham was described by his Crewe academy boss as being a 'very quick centre forward'".

Also from the National League comes confirmation that "Stalybridge Celtic have announced the signing of striker Andy Owens.The 26-year-old joins from Marine AFC. Liverpool-based, Owens originally joined the Mariners on loan from then Conference Premier side AFC Telford United...

He made nine appearances in the Mariners` end of season `great escape`, scoring 2 goals before signing on a permanent basis in July 2015. A former member of the Glenn Hoddle Academy, he won the Conference North title with the New Buck's Head club under Liam Watson and also boasts two caps for the England C team, as well as having had spells at Stafford Rangers, Altrincham, Rhyl, Accrington Stanley and Southport, where he also played under the current Celtic boss.

Meanwhile, fourteen players have been retained by Watson for season 2016/17. Danny Burns, Aaron Chalmers, Aiden Chippendale, Adam Farrell, Matty Hughes, Tony McMillan, Alec Mudimu, Darius Osei, John Shaw, Chris Simm, Steve Tames, Danny Wisdom, Dale Wright and Peter Wylie will all be back at Bower Fold next season".

3 June 2016


Altrincham Reserves already have next season's fixtures here.

Their opening game is away at Gamesley on 13 August.


There are two changes to the announced pre-season friendlies for Altrincham FC.

Firstly, the match scheduled at Leek Town on Saturday, 9th July has been cancelled as the pitch at their ground will not be ready in time. Instead there will be a game away to Widnes of the NW Counties League Division One, which will be played at 2pm on Sunday 10th July at the Halton Stadium, a venue visited previously by Altrincham when it was the home of FC Runcorn Halton.

Like Altrincham, Widnes have a new management team. The new duo comprises in charge at Widnes comprises Danny Meadowcroft and Brian Pritchard, both well known in non-league circles.

The other change to the pre-season games affects the home match against a Burnley XI on Friday, 29th July, which will now kick off at 7.30pm and NOT 7.45pm as previously announced.


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Curzon Ashton report that "former Chester and Stockport County midfielder Iain Howard as our fourth new arrival of the summer. Howard, 28, was a mainstay in the Northwich Victoria team... last season, playing under former Curzon coach Adam Lakeland. Prior to his time with Vics, Howard played with Ashton United, Stockport and Chester, as well as short spells with Nantwich Town and Atherton Collieries.

His non-league journey started following his departure from Preston North End as a youngster, where he joined our local rivals Ashton United, playing 130 times and scoring 34 goals. At Chester, he made 111 appearances, scoring 35 goals, across three seasons... From there, he linked up with Stockport for a year... Howard is a versatile midfielder with an eye for a goal, who plays on the left-hand side but can also play centrally."

From the Telegraph & Argus, "Terry Dolan has stepped up to become Director of Football at Park Avenue. The former [Bradford] City boss, a director at the club since November, has taken up the new role as Avenue attempt to rebuild the pyramid within the club.

Dolan’s role will also include developing the community-led academy which they aim to set up this summer. Avenue hope to announce a decision on the manager’s position within the next week. Further discussions are still taking place. Darren Edmondson was in interim charge at the end of last season and remains favourite for the job."

And Bradford PA adds that "Bradford midfielder Michael Potts has left the club to join Curzon Ashton. The 24-year-old moves to Avenue’s rivals after just one season at the Horsfall Stadium. Potts made just 11 appearances in the league for Bradford, before ending the season on loan at Shaw Lane Aquaforce... Injury halted his form and the former Manchester United youngster dropped out of favour.

Potts started his career as a youngster at United, before moving on to Blackburn Rovers... Two years at York City followed... before spells at Guiseley, AFC Fylde and Stalybridge ahead of his move to Avenue. His season ended in disappointment last term, Potts lining up alongside fellow Bradford loanee [and ex-Alty man] James Walshaw as Shaw Lane lost in the NPL Division One play-off final."

Still in The White Rose County, the Yorkshire Evening Post tells us that "Harrogate Town have confirmed the signing of former Leeds United defender Ben Parker. Parker was released by Guiseley at the end of last season and joins former team-mates Danny Ellis and Simon Ainge in Town’s back four.

North Ferriby United winger Wayne Brooksby and Grimsby Town frontman John Paul Pittman have also arrived at Town over the last seven days. All three new signings have won promotion over the last two years.

And Parker said... 'I’ve followed the club closely especially over the last couple of seasons and I’m excited about what lies ahead. My hope and expectation is to get promoted, and I think we have the perfect platform to do it. What the club is doing here, with the ground, the pitch and the squad I think it gives us a really good chance. It’s up to us as players to make that dream of promotion a reality.'

The 28-year-old left-back, who was capped at England youth level, captained Guiseley to victory in the Conference North play-offs in 2015. Prior to joining Guiseley, he made 41 appearances in a seven-year stint at Leeds where he also enjoyed loan spells at Bradford City, Darlington and Carlisle United.

Weaver said: “He is... someone who will add ability and experience to our squad. As a character, Ben is another leader, and will play a huge part in the squad both on and off the field.'

Parker’s arrival will soften the blow of losing fans’ favourite and 2015/16 player of the season Brendon Daniels. Daniels agreed a three-year contract at play-off conquerors AFC Fylde late last week in a deal which will see the winger become one of the highest earners in National League North. The winger... scored 22 goals from the wing to earn the Player of the Season award. Fylde had approached Town for Daniels’ services early in the 2015/16 campaign but Simon Weaver was able to nail his chief tormentor down to an improved contract to stay at the CNG Stadium.

Town offered Daniels a 'competitive' contract to remain in Harrogate next season but the winger was swayed by the lure of a three-year deal at full-time Fylde... and [they] will start the 2016/17 campaign as heavy favourites for the title... Weaver said, 'We presented him a very competitive offer to stay but the player decided to move on'".

According to the Shropshire Star, "Curtis Tilt says his decision between AFC Telford and Salford City is all the harder because the clubs have similar aspirations, as target Callum Gittings received an offer from the National League Premier.

Bucks' defender Tilt, who has extended his deadline to decide his future by seven days until the end of this week, has received offers from both clubs. Tilt has also had a second telephone call from Salford co-owner and Manchester United legend Gary Neville to try to persuade him to join the ambitious National League North newcomers. But the 24-year-old, who is the only existing Telford player to decide his future, remains torn.

'It’s a difficult decision because there’s not much in it in terms of where both clubs are going to be finishing next season', said the former Hednesford and Halesowen Town defender. 'I had another call from Gary Neville at the weekend asking if I’d made my decision. One minute I’ve made my mind up and the next minute I haven’t. The more I talk to people, the harder it gets, so I’m just trying to think for myself because everyone has different opinions.'

Telford assistant boss Larry Chambers said, 'All the talking has been done from both parties and it’s down to Curtis. In fairness, he hasn’t come back to us and said ‘Can you offer me more money?’ There’s the pull of Salford. They’re the most talked-about club in non-league but I think Telford are a big club in non-league. I don’t think Salford have the same heritage and who’s to say where they might be in a couple of years’ time? Both clubs have pitched to Curtis and it’s down to him. I imagine Salford will be pressing him for a decision.'

Meanwhile, the Bucks are still hopeful of signing former Kidderminster Harriers midfielder Callum Gittings. Chambers and boss Rob Smith met the 30-year-old last Thursday and talks went well. 'We’re just waiting on Callum. Following our meeting, he’s had one or two offers since we spoke including I believe one from a Conference Premier club and he’s weighing them up,' said Chambers".

The Worcester News confirms that "Sean Geddes has re-joined Worcester City in a surprise move... The return of the former Manchester United trainee is part of a double boost for City, who have also landed tough-tackling midfielder Richard Batchelor from Brackley Town.

Geddes, 24, remains a popular figure with City fans after playing a starring role in the club’s memorable FA Cup run in 2014... He also hit the headlines with his Rabona effort against Barrow in the FA Trophy... However, that was followed by a frustrating 2015-16 campaign for Geddes, who only found the net four times and was sent off twice.

After advice from his father, Geddes dropped down a division in December to sign for former club Stourbridge, where he scored two goals in 27 appearances. But, in a shock switch, he has decided to team back up with Heeley, who wants to give him the platform to be a '20-goal' forward. 'As we all know, Sean has unbelievable ability which is way above the National League North and we were lucky enough to see those qualities... He convinced me the hunger to get back to his best form was as strong as ever. He can easily get to 20 goals a season and I want to give him that opportunity again.'

Manager Heeley said he was also delighted to secure the signature of Batchelor from National League North rivals Brackley. The 28-year-old, who has previously played for Leamington, Hednesford Town, Chasetown and Romulus, is considered a no nonsense, ball-winning central midfielder...

'Both Richard and Sean are players who have the capabilities to transform the squad for the new campaign,' Heeley said. 'Richard will bring a physical presence and strong leadership quality that will compliment the excellent footballers we currently have. He is a player that opponents hate playing against as he is a tough competitor and he has always chipped in with his share of goals.'

The signings of Geddes and Batchelor follows the acquisition of centre-back Graham Hutchinson. Lee Hughes, Danny Jackman, Kyle Perry, Tom Sharpe, Connor Gater, Jamie Smith and Dean Waldron have also agreed new deals to stay at Worcester."

A report in the Tamworth Herald says that "Tamworth FC have completed the signing of Nuneaton Town central defender Jack Lane. The 23-year-old England C defender becomes the Lambs second signing of the week, following Brackley Town left-back Stephan Morley.

Tamworth assistant manager Mike Fowler said, 'It's a real coup for us, a great signing... He's very local, only 23 and yet has good experience, having played 36 times in a top-six side in the National North last season. I think taking a player off our big rivals is a big thing for us and he has the ability to be a great player for us next year'...

Fowler admitted the Lambs had been happy with their business so far. As well as holding on to the majority of last season's squad, they have brought in Lane, Morley and winger Greg Mills. They have also reached an agreement with another midfielder and will now prioritise a forward, winger and number two goalkeeper...

Said Fowler, 'We have had targets for a while, a database of players. We wanted to be proactive rather than reactive in terms of our recruitment and I think we already have a very good nucleus of players'". 2 June 2016


The Gainsborough Standard tells us that manager "Dominic Roma says he was disappointed to see goalkeeper Jan Budtz leave Gainsborough Trinity for Buxton this week but understands the reasons behind the move. Dane Budtz, 37, has spent four seasons at Gainsborough over two spells but has opted for a move to Buxton rather than signing a new deal, a decision driven by work and family commitments...

He said, 'Obviously it’s a shame, as Jan is a good keeper and has done really well here over the last few years. But the move to Buxton fits in better around his work commitments with Doncaster Rovers as well as his family life, so I’ve no qualms about that as, at this level of the game, you have to be able to get that balance right. What it does now is give a great opportunity for someone to earn his place. Jonathan Hedge is here and is a very good goalkeeper who will want to fill the void, but I’ll want two keepers here so I’ll be aiming to bring someone else in who can compete with Jonathan for the position'.

Roma says he is happy with how pre-season preparations are going so far, with friendlies against Lincoln City and Grimsby Town the latest to have been arranged. He said, 'It’s my first pre-season as a manager and, although I’ve never liked it as a player due to the hard work involved, I know how important it is to get everyone fit again, which is an area I’m always keen to work on. There are still some players I’m keen to bring in but we won’t have a situation where loads of trialists will be appearing. We need options all over the park and the majority of the squad sorted as soon as possible'".

Over at AFC Telford United, "AFC Telford United are pleased to announce that popular midfielder Jack Rea has put pen to paper on a new deal with the club. Rea, 24, joined the club in January 2015 and ended the 2015/16 season as Rob Smith's captain."

Boston United "have recruited Tamworth midfielder Shane Clarke on a one-year contract. The Pilgrims have snapped up 28-year-old Clarke following two seasons at the Lamb Ground. He previously played for United during the 2010-2011 campaign after leaving Lincoln City and later appeared for Gainsborough Trinity. Clarke is the third arrival of the summer following the acquisitions of Courtney Wildin and Callum Chippendale."

We get confirmation from the Telegraph & Argus that "Bradford Park Avenue supporters have been asked to be patient regarding the appointment of a manager but there will be more concern and speculation after the club confirmed the departure of Craig King.

The lively 25-year-old winger was a fans' favourite and he was named the Supporters' Player of the Season... King has been tempted away by new rivals rival Salford City... King is one of three new recruits, while a number of last season's regulars have also signed new deals with the Manchester club. Salford stated that impressive performances by King when the clubs faced each other last season, an FA Cup third qualifying-round draw at Moss [i.e. Moor] Lane before a 1-0 home defeat for Avenue in the replay, had been noted by the Ammies' management team...

King arrived at Horsfall Stadium in January 2015 and signed an 18-month deal that ran out this close season".

Elsewhere, NL Pitchero says that "Brackley Town have announced the first player signings for the new season. Manager Kevin Wilkin has re-signed Steve Diggin and signed Adam Walker and Jack Bowen. Diggin returned to St James's Park last season and was again the club’s top scorer and fans’ favourite.

Walker, 25, is a midfielder who joins from league champions Solihull Moors. He played more than 130 games for Nuneaton Town, scoring 14 goals having begun his career at Coventry City for whom he made two first-team appearances in the 2008/09 season.

Jack Bowen is a young Northampton-based striker who joins after a successful season top scoring at Cogenhoe United before finishing the season at AFC Rushden & Diamonds... He is the son of former Northampton Town striker Keith Bowen...

Wilkin said, 'With further signings also agreed, which will follow in the next few days, we already have the basis of a strong squad for next season'".

Meanwhile, "Curzon Ashton have announced the signing of Paul Ennis ahead of the 2016/17 season. Ennis has joined the Nash after leaving relegated Hednesford Town... He comes with a host of experience for the National League North level after starting his career at Stockport County in the Football League, before dropping into the non-League game. He has featured for Droylsden, Colwyn Bay, Guiseley AFRC and Stalybridge Celtic... before moving on to Hednesford.

Whilst with the Pitmen, Ennis built up a relationship with Chris Millington, who has arrived this summer at the Tameside Stadium as The Nash`s new first-team coach. Ennis, 26, is predominately a forward but can play behind the striker or on either wing."

"Alfreton Town have signed striker Evan Garnett from new league rivals Kidderminster Harriers. The 21 year-old joined Harriers in the last January transfer window from Belper Town... Garnett began his career with Burton Albion, where he progressed through the ranks... Injury curtailed his time with the Brewers, though, and he was forced to make a new start for himself... impressing at the likes of Ilkeston FC and Hucknall Town before linking up with Belper for a second spell last term.

He played sixteen times for Harriers, scoring once against Southport. "

Also "Defender Jack Lane has left Nuneaton Town after spending one season with the club. Lane followed manager Kevin Wilson to Nuneaton from Ilkeston FC, but was unable to hold down a regular place in the starting line-up" while "FC Halifax Town have announced that midfielder Jake Hibbs has signed a three-year deal at the club. The 20-year-old had a spell with AFC Telford United on loan last season but finished the campaign with Town and played in the FA Trophy Final".

1 June 2016


Chorley reported that they "are delighted to announce the capture of midfielder Josh O’Keefe (right) on a one-year contract. The highly regarded midfielder joins from Altrincham where he was a regular in the Moss Lane squad last season, recorded 31 appearances in all competitions, netting once for The Robins in non-league’s top flight.

A left-footer, he started his career in the youth ranks at Blackburn Rovers... and also has one Republic of Ireland under 21 cap."

According toNL Pitchero "Marine AFC have confirmed that Andy Nicholas and Andy Owens have left the club, it is understood to join Warrington Town and Stalybridge Celtic respectively...

Striker Owens notched 11 goals in forty-nine appearances".


The BBC reports that "In 2016-17 each Premier League club is guaranteed a minimum of £170m over three years, even if they finish rock bottom... But what about the owners of clubs further down the league pyramid?

The prize money is so much lower, yet the outlay on wages and maintenance is still so great[?]. Surely that's a fool's game?... Football finance expert Rob Wilson from Sheffield Hallam University believes there are two main reasons for owning one.

'We look back historically at the 1960s and 1970s, we'd probably just have the one model with the local businessmen done good that wanted to do something with their local football team,' he told BBC Sport. 'We've moved into this era where people have started to see a good financial return on investment. So in the academic literature, we have split that model into those 'trophy-asset owners' and then private investors that are there to make some sort of financial gain from the football club'....

"Dale Vince of Forest Green Vince founded and runs Gloucestershire-based green energy company Ecotricity, and his passion for sustainability is clear for all to see. But it was never his intention to run a football club, until he heard the local side, Forest Green, were struggling financially.

After agreeing to help them out because of their community role and the fact they were 'a good bunch of people', he was asked to be chairman after a few months by someone at the club... 'The choices were really to walk away and see it fold, or roll the sleeves up and take it on. I never set out to run a football club... In some respects we've taken our approach in business, which is not a conventional approach, into the world of football and think we've improved it...

'It's a fully symbiotic part of our group of companies. It's a platform for us to talk about our work in sustainability, the issues of energy, transport and food,' he said. 'We get a lot of media attention for that. That's good for the club and good for the company, so there's great symbiosis. We post-purchase-rationalised, where you buy something and then justify it to yourself, to a degree'...

Finally, there may be some in the lower leagues who may have another, totally legal motive for owning a club. Pete Hackleton, tax partner at Saffery Champness, explains, 'what can be quite popular is if you have a profitable company which is already paying tax in the UK or anywhere else on its profits and you were to buy a football club which is making losses, then the profitable company can sponsor the football club...

Let's say the profitable company pays £1m a year for that privilege. The profitable company has an extra £1m for expenditure, so effectively it saves tax on that £1m, and the football club has an extra £1m of income, which, because it has other losses, probably doesn't have to pay tax.

'But the other way for the owners is quite often if they've got a profitable company, they will acquire the football club underneath that company. Then what you can do is, when the football club makes a loss, you can surrender those losses to the profitable company.

'If that company is making £5m a year of profit, it would have £1m of tax to pay in the UK. But if the company is making a £5m profit and a football club underneath it making a £5m loss, you can just offset the two. Overall there's no profit and no tax to pay'".


At Nuneaton Town, "Defender Jack Lane has left Boro after spending one season with the club. Jack followed manager Kevin Wilson to Nuneaton from Ilkeston, but was unable to hold down a regular place in the starting line up after coming back from injury in the second half of the season.

Wilson said, 'I've had Jack with me for a couple of years and he did well for us, but wants to start games regularly, which I can understand'".

Bradford PA "Player of the Year Craig King has left Avenue to join Salford City. The 25-year-old winger has spent 18 months at the Horsfall Stadium since joining from Buxton mid-way through the 2014-15 campaign.

He was a near ever-present last season, failing to appear in just one league and one cup game... going on to win the Player of the Year award...

He joins another former Avenue favourite Billy Priestley at Moor Lane. King started his career at Leicester City, however all his Football League appearances came during loan spells at Hereford United and Northampton Town.

He left Leicester in 2011 when he joined then-Conference side AFC Telford United. Spells at Worksop Town and Buxton followed before he joined Avenue".

NL Pitchero confirms that "Salford City have agreed deals with Craig King and Matt Warburton as well as securing top scorer James Poole's services for next season...

Warburton, 24, is a skilful and creative goalscorer who has agreed to make the switch from local rivals Curzon Ashton. A prolific scorer with Maine Road... Warburton joined the Nash in 2013...

There is more good news for Salford fans as 2015/16 top scorer James Poole has committed to the club for next season".

In the national division, "Gateshead have beaten off competition from a string of clubs to clinch the signature of Alfreton Town`s midfielder Sam Jones. Twenty-four-year-old Jones, who has agreed a two-year deal on Tyneside, was the Reds’ leading goalscorer last term...

Jones, a former Welsh under-19 international, started his career with Leeds United".

And "Curzon Ashton have announced Michael Potts as their first new arrival... Potts, 24, is a central midfielder with an eye for a goal and proven experience at National League North level.

He featured against Curzon for Bradford Park Avenue during the last campaign, but finished the season with Shaw Lane Aquaforce... As a youngster, Potts played for nine years in the academy at Manchester United, where he played as a striker.

He later moved to Blackburn Rovers... Potts later made the move to York City... From there, he went on to play for Guiseley AFC, AFC Fylde and had a spell at Stalybridge Celtic, before moving onto Park Avenue."

From NL Daily we learn that "Ambitious Spennymoor Town have announced five new signings, including three from Gateshead...

The 2012-13 FA Vase winners have added Rob Ramshaw, James Curtis and Jamie Chandler from Gateshead as well as Darlington 1883's Graeme Armstrong and Andrew Johnson from Ashington...

Boss Ainsley has also strengthened his backroom staff, bringing in Tommy Miller as his new player-assistant manager... Miller had served as assistant to Jim Harvey at FC Halifax Town".

Curzon Ashton confirm that "Matty Warburton leaves for Salford. The striker leaves after a successful three years at the Tameside Stadium...

Curzon Ashton are delighted to confirm that Jack Truelove will rejoin the Nash. The full-back is returning to the Tameside Stadium after a short loan spell during the 2015/16 season... Truelove was on loan from Oldham Athletic but has become available after reaching the end of his deal".