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19 June 2019

ALTY'S FOUR DEPARTURES

The announcement on Saturday (reported yesterday) that Altrincham had released four players draws a line under four spells of limited success at the J. Davidson Stadium for the players concerned.

The longest-serving player of the four is Ritchie Sutton (left) who spent two seasons on the Club's books but made just 16 starts and two more appearances from the bench in that time. He netted twice for the Robins.

The now 36 year-old's signing was announced on 12 August 2020, his previous club being Morecambe, and his Alty debut came at Eastleigh on 10 October 2020.

Having started his career at Crewe Alexandra, he had a loan from Gresty Road at Stafford Rangers before signing for the Marston Road club. He later joined Northwich Victoria and Halifax Town before a spell at Nantwich Town.

Ritchie next played for Port Vale in the Football League (2010-11) before spending four years at Mansfield Town (2011-15). Four more years followed at Tranmere Rovers, during which he had a loan spell with Barrow (2016). He was at Morecambe in 2019/20 before The Shrimps released him in summer 2020. His first season at Alty included a number of injury absences and, after a brief substitute appearance in the opening game of 2021-22, he went on loan for a month to Alfreton Town.

He briefly returned to Altrincham in late October 2021 but his loan to Alfreton was then extended to the end of the season.

Next in Alty seniority is centre-back Kennedy Digie (right), now aged 25. His arrival was announced on 29 June 2021, having previously been with Hereford FC. Before that, his clubs included Guiseley and Kidderminster Harriers, where he had emerged from the youth system. From Kiddy he had loans at York City and Midlands clubs Hednesford Town, Halesowen Town, Worcester City, Stourbridge and Nuneaton Town.

After his time at Aggborough, which included twelve first-team starts, he signed for Guiseley and went on to play 22 league games before moving to Hereford.

His first appearance in an Alty shirt was a pre-season game at West Didsbury but a cartilage injury curtailed his pre-season and he underwent an operation in early September 2021. He finally made his debut in early November 2021 at Gateshead in the FA Cup. After 8(+2) appearances his departure, on a month's loan to Farsley Celtic, was announced on 21 February 2022.

His release by the club was announced on 18 June 2022 after just 8(+2) appearances for the club.

The third player now reported to be leacing is experienced striker A-Jay Leitch-Smith (left). The 32 year-old first appeared for the club in a pre-season game on 27 July 2021 but his signing was not announced until 7 August.

His career started at Crewe Alexandra where, during a six-year stay, he enjoyed loans to Halifax Town, Newcastle Town, ÍBV (Iceland), and Curzon Ashton. In summer 2014 he joined Gary Johnson's Yeovil Town for a season and then signed in at Port Vale for 2015-16. The next season saw him playing for Shrewsbury Town before a loan-move in 2017-18 to Dundee.

The pattern of changing clubs every summer continued in 2018 as he joined Morecambe. He made made 23 appearances in EFL2 in 2019-20 but in only eight of those matches did he start and that was followed by just five league appearances for Morecambe in 2020-21 season before he was released.

His Alty games were likewise mainly from the bench but he was proved to be an adept finisher when given the opportunity. He made just four starts but acccumulated fifteen further appearances from the bench and he scored four goals.

The fourth man being released is defender Jamie Morgan (right), aged 24, who arrived from Chester FC, a move announced on 3 January 2022. He had started out with Manchester United and Crewe Alexandra but, after his release by the Railwaymen, he joined Sandbach United. From there he signed for Nantwich Town in 2017. After 97 appearances and six goals, he moved on to Chester FC in 2019.

Following injury he had a second spell with Nantwich, before returning to Chester in December 2021.

He settled in at Altrincham, seemingly as a regular right-back, across Christmas and New Year but lost his place after six successive starts. It was then announced that from 1 March 2022 he would rejoin Nantwich Town on a "two-month loan deal" with manager Parkinson insisting that he had been signed with an eye to the 2022-23 season and that being loaned out was always part of the plan.

He has now immediately rejoined Chester FC.

PRINGLE SIGNS ON BUT FOUR DEPART

Following the signing for 2022-23 of Lewis Baines, Ross Barrows, Liam Brockbank, Jake Cooper, Jordan Hulme, Josh Lundstram and Aidan Roxburgh, Altrincham FC has announced today (Saturday), via press and media officer John Edwards, that "Phil Parkinson has made a significant breakthrough in equipping his Altrincham squad for the challenge of full-time football after securing Ben Pringle’s experience and know-how for another season.

The Alty boss... has made a point of injecting energy and dynamism into the centre of midfield after retaining Isaac Marriott and Elliot Osborne from last season and adding the imposing presence of Josh Lundstram from Crewe Alexandra.

All three have their best years ahead of them... It just needed a wise old head to complement youthful exuberance and make it the perfect blend, and Phil always felt the ideal candidate was close at hand.

‘Prings [left] has become a big fans’ favourite during his time here last season,’ he said. ‘His left foot could open a tin of beans and certainly any defence at this level of football. His experience around the group day to day will be invaluable to myself. He’s a player that still has the drive to play and wants to grow with the club off the pitch as well. Very glad he’s decided to stay.’

The 33 year old has a wealth of Football League experience with clubs like Derby County, Fulham, Ipswich Town and Preston North End, and it frequently shone through for Alty during a total of 38 appearances last season... 24 of his appearances were as substitute... He came off the bench and transformed games with his powerful, direct running style.

The agreement with Ben represents the completion of negotiations with players from last season’s squad. It means A-J Leitch-Smith, Ritchie Sutton and Kennedy Digie are leaving, and the club can announce that full-back Jamie Morgan is also departing after joining Alty from Chester at the start of the year.

‘We’d like to thank Jamie for his commitment to the club during his short spell with us,’ said Phil. ‘With the transition on to full time, both parties mutually agreed to terminate the current contract. We wish him every success moving forward at his next club.’"

ALTRINCHAM FC WEBSITE

Altrincham FC's Twitter account has announced "We will be launching a new website this week. When we do, everything Alty will be under one roof - News, Tickets, Shop.

While we're confident it will be a great upgrade, we appreciate that it might not be perfect at first. We'll look forward to your feedback to make it better".

ALTY LEGENDS: DOUGLAS TRENTHAM

Douglas Trentham (pictured, right) was an Altrincham player whose football career was truncated by World War Two. Terry Rowley has profiled his career in the latest addition to his Alty Legends series.

JEAN PRINCE R.I.P.

As reported recently, Altrincham FC has lost long-standing volunteeer and supporter, Jean Prince, who sadly died earlier this month.

Now Altrincham FC announces that "The funeral for Jean Prince will be held at Altrincham Crematorium on Monday June 27th at 3.15pm.

Jean, hugely admired and respected throughout her many years as an Alty volunteer and held in great affection by everyone who knew her, died on Friday June 3rd.

Fittingly for someone with such a long, close association with the club, the funeral cortege will pass by The J.Davidson Stadium and pause briefly on its way to the crematorium....

She began volunteering way back in the 1970s and soon became known for a warm, welcoming smile that contributed significantly to Altrincham's reputation as a friendly venue to visit...

In more recent times, it was visitors to the Vice-Presidents' Lounge who were greeted by that familiar smile and equally-unmistakeable 'cuppa tea, love?', an always-convivial welcome that made Jean the face of Altrincham FC to so many people".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

King's Lynn Town conform that "Michael Gyasi has left the club and will be joining Chesterfield FC...

The 21 year-old spent the second half of the season at Dover scoring an impressive five goals including a hat-trick against Wrexham. Gyasi joined the Linnets form St Ives Football Club back in December 2020.

Manager Tommy Widdrington said 'Michael, along with others, had very little or no experience of firsst team football at our level, or even the one below, when I arrived and it was felt a period on loan where he’d be guaranteed game time was the best option for both Michael and the club. This should be viewed as the right decision, as Michael indeed got plenty game time and was assured he would be given a chance to play here on his return in pre-season. Michael made it very clear to me that he feels he is not appreciated here at Kings Lynn.

So, once a deal was made between the two clubs, it was sensible for all parties to move on".

And the Spireites have taken a second player who plied his trade on the south Coast last season as the Derbyshire Times reveals that "Chesterfield have swooped to sign defender Joe Cook from Bognor Regis Town for an undisclosed fee.

The centre-back has been at the Isthmian League Premier side in West Sussex since 2020 after joining from Havant and Waterlooville.

The 22 year-old was previously at Bournemouth and Sheffield Wednesday as a youngster and had a spell at Winchester City. Bognor have said in a statement that they have an ‘excellent’ sell-on fee should Cook move on from Chesterfield in the future...

Cook said 'I wasn’t expecting this when I left my old club last season... When this came up, it was case of grasp it with both hands and go for it. I think I owe it to myself to prove to myself that I know I can play at this level... I’m a bit of an old school centre-half. I like to block, I like to head the ball and make tackles. I feel I can play as well, stepping out with the ball'...

He becomes the Spireites’ second summer signing after left-back Branden Horton, 21, joined on a free transfer from Doncaster Rovers earlier this week. His former manager at Bognor, Robbie Blake, said... 'He had a slow start to our season but then just got better and better...

'He will suit the way Chesterfield want to play because he is a ball-playing defender... He is tailor-made for them... Both parties are extremely happy with the deal that has been made."

Rocks general manager, Simon Cook, added'A mutually beneficial fee has been agreed with an excellent sell-on fee in place too'">

Chesterfield FC add that "The 23-year-old started off his career fairly close to North Derbyshire with a stint at Sheffield Wednesday.

Cook joined Winchester after leaving the Owls... playing 57 times and scoring five goals. A loan at Bognor Regis followed, during his spell at Havant & Waterlooville, in a move that became permanent in 2020.

The centre-back has since become a regular with the Rocks... Last season, Cook played 40 times as Bognor Regis finished ninth in the Isthmian League Premier Division".

A third Chesterield signing is confirmed by TWTD which says "Chesterfield have confirmed the signing of released Blues defender Bailey Clements.

News that the 21 year-old was a target of his former Town manager Paul Cook emerged just over a week ago, while we understand a number of other clubs also showed interest.

The academy product, who left the Blues at the end of last season having been with the club since he was seven, will officially join the Spireites on July 1st.

Clements said 'I’m really excited and looking forward to getting going. Linking up with the gaffer again, it was a no-brainer to come here... A couple of loan spells haven’t gone exactly as I would like, but I’m now ready to make an impact.

'[Paul Cook] was a massive factor. He gave me my opportunity at Ipswich, he put his trust in me and I like to think I repaid him. I’m hard-working. I get up and down, defensive duties definitely come first but when I can get forward and into the attacking third, I can get a cross in and hopefully get assists'.

Clements made eight starts and one sub appearance for the Town first team, including four League One games during 2021/22. The left-back or centre-half, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Stevenage, having previously had spells with Hemel Hempstead and Dagenham & Redbridge".

The BBC reports that "Stockport County have signed Torquay United centre-back Joe Lewis on a two-year contract... for an undisclosed fee...

The 22 year-old Welshman made 41 National League appearances last season and can play in a number of positions across the back four...

He is Stockport's fourth signing of the summer, joining Kyle Wootton, Connor Lemonheigh-Evans and Akil Wright in making the move to Edgeley Park.

'He is a young player with huge potential and really good experience for his age'... manager Dave Challinor told the club website... 'We feel he will fit perfectly into how we want to play both in and out of possession'".

We learn from the Oldham Times that "The Mayor of Greater Manchester is behind a plan which he believes could 'protect the future' of Oldham Athletic 'for the next 100 years and beyond', by giving fans long-term control of the football club.

Andy Burnham is spearheading a new task force... Plans centre around a community share offer, which would allow supporter groups and individuals the opportunity to buy a stake in Oldham Athletic Football Club.

A fund has already been set up by the Oldham Athletic Supporters' Foundation, which has a three per cent shareholding in Latics and a place on the club's board.

In conjunction with independent fans' group Push The Boundary they have set a £6 million fundraising target with a view to putting an offer in for Boundary Park.

But Burnham wants to go beyond that... Burnham said 'Sadly... new owners armed with little more than empty promises can come into clubs at the point of crisis and make matters worse... Fans and local communities can’t be left high and dry again. We are determined not to let this happen with Oldham...

'To protect its future the club should, ideally, be in the hands of the community, not private individuals... If successful, the club’s future should be secured for the next 100 years and beyond.'

The taskforce is made up of the Football Supporters’ Association and Co-operatives UK, supported by The Co-operative Bank through the Hive programme".


18 June 2022

JOSH JOINS NASH

Curzon Ashton "are delighted to announce the signing of attacking midfielder Josh Hancock!" according to their Twitter account.

Josh (right) joins an ex-Alty colony at The Nash which already comprises Craig Mahon, Craig Hobson, Tom Peers and Connor Hampson.

In his five years at Altrincham, Josh amassed 188(+26) appearances and netted 80 goals. He was the club's leading scorer in the league for three successive seasons (2018/19 to 2020/21).

ALTY LEGENDS: IAN GREAVES

Ian Greaves was a former Busby Babe who came to play at Moss Lane before embarking on a successful career in top-flight football management at Bolton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town.

Terry Rowley has added a profile of the former full-back to his Alty Legends series.

STRIKER LINKED TO ALTY

Rumours abound over the close season and one of the latest involving Altrincham seems less likely than some others, given the geographical location of the player in question, who has been playing in Essex.

All Nigeria Scoccer "understands that several National League clubs are monitoring the situation of Nigerian striker Temi Babalola in the summer transfer window.

The 6ft 4in centre-forward had a breakout campaign at Concord Rangers, finishing the season with a goal involvement of eighteen (6 goals, 12 assists) in 33 appearances in the National League South.

Fifth tier clubs Altrincham, Barnet, Woking and Wealdstone have identified Babalola as a potential summer reinforcement.

Babalola has been described a very strong, fast and technically good striker and despite his height he is very good on the ball. The 21-year-old trained with Luton Town last season but nothing came out of it and had attracted interest from Ipswich Town.

He has been on the books of non-league clubs throughout his career, having spent time at Woodford Town, Brentwood FC and Romford FC prior to joining Concord Rangers.

Born in England, Babalola is open to representing the Nigerian national teams".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

In the Daily Echo, "Christian Maghoma declared 'I’m buzzing, I always felt so welcome here,' as Eastleigh announced his permanent signing.

The 24 year-old centre-back completes a long-term move to the Silverlake Stadium following his departure from League Two Gillingham this summer.

Maghoma returns to the Spitfires after impressing on loan for the first half of the 2021-22 campaign, where he made 22 appearances and scored two goals".

In the Daily Post, "Wrexham AFC boss Phil Parkinson talks of 'lowest moment' and resolves to put things right...

Wrexham AFC boss Phil Parkinson revealed that missing out on promotion was probably the lowest point in his career, as the Dragons boss prepares for a second season in the Racecourse hotseat. He also went on to reveal the reasoning behind his decision to let a number of players leave the club as he looks to 'freshen up the building'....

Parkinson told North Wales Live that he and the players have a real 'resolve' to put things right this time around... He said 'After the Grimsby game was one of the lowest moments, both as a player and a manager, I can't ever remember feeling worse than that in my career.

'A lot of it was because of the fantastic support we'd had both home and away, it hurt so much for ourselves and the supporters. But you've got to dust yourself down quickly'...

The Dragons boss is pleased with the club's progress both on and off the field... His side have been made clear favourites by the bookmakers...

He said 'We went close last year, it's going to be as competitive this year, we know that... Rob and Ryan are putting plans in place to take this club forwards in years to come and that's hugely exciting. Equally, we know this league is the hardest one to get out of but once we do, we will push on.

'The stadium development is a great indication to everybody of what the owners want the club to be all about'".

Before his signing by Stockport County was announced, The York Press told us that "York City have confirmed that midfielder Akil Wright will be leaving the club this summer to join a team in the Football League.

Wright was offered a new contract by York after the expiration of his deal last season...

Wright joined City from Wrexham in 2020 and went on to establish himself as a first-team calibre player.

The 26-year-old was ever present for the Minstermen as they sealed promotion to the Vanarama National League last term. He appeared in 40 games across the course of the campaign while also playing all three of York’s play-off matches, finishing the term with six goals.

The former Wrexham and Barrow man... was a physical presence in the City midfield...

Wright said on social media... 'The club took me in during a tough time during COVID and gave me a chance to enjoy my football again and for that I’ll always be truly grateful'".


17 June 2022

ALTY LEGEND: HARRY BOYLE

Terry Rowley has provided us with a profile of Harry Boyle in his Alty Legends series. Harry not only played for League clubs as well as Altrincham but also wrote books of verse.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Halifax Courier tells us that "A forward who has been linked with a move to FC Halifax Town is set to join National League rivals Chesterfield,...

Attacker Michael Gyasi looks set to sign for Chesterfield, according to the Derbyshire Times, who report they have beaten off interest from Halifax, as well as Ayr United of the Scottish Championship and German club Phonix Lübeck, who he has played for before.

The 22 year-old was loaned out by King's Lynn to Dover Athletic in January, scoring five goals in 19 appearances, including a hat-trick at Wrexham.

King’s Lynn signed him in December 2020 from St Ives Town after scoring five goals in 10 appearances for the Cambridgeshire club".

The Sunderland Echo reports that "Former Newcastle United forward Tom Allan has joined National League club Gateshead... on a two-year deal.

The move means Allan has become Mike Williamson’s second signing of the summer after the former Magpies defender completed the addition of Sunderland defender Kenton Richardson last week.

After joining Newcastle as a schoolboy, Allan earned a two-year scholarship in 2016 and made his first-team debut in an FA Cup tie against Rochdale in January 2020".

Bromley "confirm that defender Joe Partington has left Bromley and will be joining Aldershot Town this summer.

Parts arrived at Hayes Lane ahead of the 2021-22 season, penning a deal after leaving Eastleigh.

He went on to make 28 league appearances for the Ravens on top of playing a vital role in our FA Trophy run and even netted against his current side during that road to Wembley".

Partington is one of six signings announced in one day by Aldershot Town who "announce that forward Inih Effiong has signed for the club, signing a two-year deal ahead of the 2022/23 season... having had successful spells within the National League with St Albans City, Dover Athletic and on two occasions with Woking FC even as recently as last season, where he scored 13 times in the National League.

The 31 year-old joins Aldershot Town after several seasons’ experience at both Vanarama National League level but also EFL League Two level as well, having played for Stevenage in the 2020-21 season".

Other new arrivals include "defender Tyler Cordner [who] has signed for the club on a two-year deal... 23 year-old Cordner will be looking to build on previous Vanarama National League experience from the last three seasons, representing Havant & Waterlooville, Ebbsfleet United and most recently Weymouth FC".

Also arriving at The Rec is "defender Archie Davies [who] has signed for the club on a one-year deal... 23 year-old Davies will be looking to build on previous experience playing almost 70 times in EFL League Two for Crawley Town... The full-back... has spent time within the National League pyramid after a brief loan spell with Whitehawk FC before moving to Crawley Town on a permanent deal".

Also "forward Justin Amaluzor has signed for the club on a two-year deal subject to international clearance! 25 year-old Amaluzor['s]... most successful spell coming for recently-promoted side Maidstone United from 2018-2020, before earning himself a move to the Scottish Premiership with Motherwell last season...

Amaluzor also has experience in the league too, having played for Barnet FC in League Two just under 20 times".

And a sixth arrival is that of "Josh McQuoid [who] has returned to the club and signed a one-year deal with us ahead of the 2022/23 season... He first joined the club for the 2018-19 season.

The former AFC Bournemouth man re-joins Aldershot Town after several seasons’ experience in the Vanarama National League, where he has played around 100 times in the fifth tier... most recently representing Weymouth FC at their captain, (scoring 21 times in 67 games)".

Luton Today confirms that "Former Luton youngster Sam Beckwith has joined Maidenhead United on a permanent basis.

The midfielder from Lower Stondon, who made one first team appearance for Town after coming through the academy was named Young Player of the Year for the 2019-20 campaign, and had spent last term on loan with the Magpies.

He played 31 times in what was a successful time for Alan Devonshire’s side and after being released from Kenilworth Road in the summer, has returned to York Road to complete the move".

According to York Press "Scott Boden is excitedly looking forward to the upcoming season with York City.

Boden was announced as the first signing of the summer for York last week, joining from fellow National League side Boreham Wood.

The striker netted 13 goals in all competitions for the Wood, with 11 of those coming in the league for a team that struggled in attack and scored just 49 times.

Though York are newly promoted and will start the new season with a team very different to the one fans came to know last campaign, Boden is hopeful for the challenge...

He said 'You have to aim high. There’s no point starting a campaign to avoid relegation... Aim for the most positive season we can have and come next May, we’ll see where we sit...

'A long time ago I was close to coming (to York), when I was a bit younger, and then fairly recently I was very close to coming... The club went down different routes and I ended up elsewhere. It all naturally fell into place this time'...

Boden will offer City a threat up top... The 32-year-old is well versed on the matter of fifth-tier football, having formerly played for Chesterfield, FC Halifax Town and most recently, Boreham Wood....

'I’ve played predominantly at this level or League Two and had a little dabble in Scotland... It’s a tough league, a very tough league, especially now'...

The forward has garnered a reputation as a target-man, a player that utilises his physicality and can create for his attacking teammates...

'Towards the back end of my Chesterfield career I had to start changing my game a little bit, obviously age creeps up on you, so you have to adjust. Primarily, I’d say I’m quite a clever forward in and around the box, sniffing chances out'".


16 June 2022

ALTY SEEK A PHYSIO

Altrincham FC has announced that the club "are seeking to employ a new Full-Time First Team Lead Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist...

The successful applicant will be required to attend all training sessions and match days dependent on fixture locations.

Roles & Responsibilities [include]...

  • Provide medical care for all Altrincham FC first-team players
  • Maintain an accurate and comprehensive database of treatment and work with all Altrincham FC first-team players, including current medical status, medical notes, and recordings of rehabilitation or gym sessions
  • To provide the appropriate examination, assessment, and treatment of first-team players when required, including the referral to internal and external medical professionals
  • Where appropriate, assist and liaise with the club's strength and conditioning coach.
  • Developing and overseeing the development and implementation of prehab and rehab programmes for all Altrincham FC first-team players
  • Work and communicate with other support staff within the club, including doctors/sports scientists and interns to provide an integrated approach to injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement

Above, right: A physio's duties can include helping injured players leave the field, as was the case with Ryan Colclough in the second half of Alty's last match of the 2021-22 season, against Yeovil Town.

The advert adds that "A minimum of two years of previous experience working in the medical department of a professional football club is desirable...

An immediate start is required".

ALTY LEGENDS: ERIC ROBINSON

Eric Robinson (pictured, right) was at Altrincham before playing for West Bromwich Albion and Rotherham United, before retruning to play again at Moss Lane. His profile is the latest in Terry Rowley's Alty Legends series.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Grimsby Town "announce the signing of former FC Halifax Town captain, Niall Maher on a two-year deal, commencing July 1st.

The 26 year-old centre-back was named in the Vanarama National League Team of the Season...

Beginning his career at Bolton Wanderers... Maher made his professional debut for Bolton in April 2016 in the Championship at the age of 20.... The defender spent a year at Bury in League One... before making the move across to Ireland in 2017. After a short spell at Telford United, Maher made the move to FC Halifax Town in 2018, where he spent the next four years, making over 150 appearances in all competitions.

Maher [said]... 'It’s been four and a half years coming, getting back into the Football League. I have spoken to the manager about his intentions and ambitions for next season and it was a no-brainer, we got it over the line very quickly, quicker than I expected!

'I am a ball-playing centre-half. I am very comfortable in possession, I don’t mind defending because that’s my first and foremost job!... It’s the size of the club. The ambitions and the goals of the club and in myself, it has been a long time coming, I have had opportunities in the past to play in the Football League, but I don’t think it has ever been the right move and after playing against Grimsby last season, the fanbase, the attractive style of play, they always made it a difficult game'...

We also spoke to Paul Hurst... 'It was a relatively easy deal to do once we made contact with each other... He was part of that backline that was the best defence in the League... so I think it’s a good signing for us.

'He had some other options but wanted the opportunity in the League and at the club that he was obviously impressed with from playing against us'" said Hurst.

The Leader Live reports that "Lucas Oil have ended their sponsorship deal with Wrexham AFC after just two weeks.

It was announced on May 30, that the US based company had become the club's official oil sponsor and the new sponsor for the University End Stand...

On the day of the announcement, Wrexham CEO Fleur Robinson said 'We are delighted to be welcoming another big-name international sponsor to the Football Club.'

However, today the American Oil company announced they had withdrawn their sponsorship deal from the club...

Wrexham AFC said there would be no further comment on the decision from the club".

According to the BBC, "New boss Luke Williams says 'It would be madness to try to change everything"' at Notts County in a bid to end their English Football League exile....

Notts have reached the play-offs in each of their three seasons in the National League, with Ian Burchnall in charge of two of those promotion bids.

'I hope to build on top of what Ian has already done,' said Williams. Former Swindon Town boss Williams said 'Ian has done such a good job, it would be madness to try to change everything. I have a very similar view that it is easier to control the game if you have lots of passing options and you try to find people with time and space to make key passes and key actions in a game.

'The club wants to try to build something and to keep changing everything every two seasons or so makes it hard to progress and build'...

He also said that he is encouraged that club owners Alexander and Christoffer Reedtz are convinced that Notts are 'on the right path'...

'We want fans to have that urgency,' Williams said. 'That's what creates the atmosphere and what drives the players on, particularly in home games. Sure it can be tough for players at times, when fans maybe make them anxious, but I can tell you the players and staff would all prefer to have the fans passionate and wanting us to win, so we accept that.'

Chairman Christoffer Reedtz said... his and his brother's commitment as owners is not dependent on returning to the EFL. Williams said... 'We have owners here who have clearly got finances available, but they want to make sure this club is moving forward in a sustainable way while being competitive at the same time'".


15 June 2022

ALTY'S FINAL FRIENDLY

Altrincham FC has announced its eighth and final pre-season friendly. It will take place at the J. Davidson Stadium when a Manchester United XI will face the hosts at 3pm on Saturday, 30 July.

"Admission prices for the United fixture are:

  • Adults: £10
  • Concessions (over-65, students, NHS Workers): £7
  • Juniors (12-18): £4
  • Children (under-12): £2".

Right: During United's last visit to play Altrincham, in 2016, Tom Hannigan and Alan Goodall got stuck in against the Old Trafford Reserves.

The full list of pre-season games comprises...

  • 1 Sat.9.7.22 12pm A West Didsbury & Chorlton
  • 2 Sat.9.7.22 3.30pm A Wythenshawe Town
  • 3 Tue.12.7.22 7.45pm A Trafford
  • 4 Sat.16.7.22 3pm A Isle of Man
  • 5 Tue.19.7.22 7.45pm A Curzon Ashton
  • 6 Sat.23.7.22 3pm H STOCKPORT COUNTY
  • 7 Tue.26.7.22 7.45pm H STOKE CITY U-23
  • 8 Sat.30.7.22 3pm H MANCHESTER UNITED XI

The 2022 visit will be United's first to Moss Lane since Friday, 22 July 2016, when the Reds won 2-1 in a match refereed by Anthony Taylor.

The United squad comprised: 1. Dean HENDERSON, 2. Joe RILEY, 3. Regan POOLE, 4. Donald LOVE, 5. Tyler BLACKETT, 6. Sean GOSS, 7. Sadiq el-FITOURI, 8. Scott McTOMINAY, 9. James WILSON, 10. Tosin KEHINDE, 11. James WEIR (capt). Subs: 12. Demetri MITCHELL, 13. Kieran O'HARA, 14. Josh HARROP, 15. Devonte REDMOND, 16. Charlie SCOTT, 17. Matthew OLOSUNDE, 18. Zac DEARNLEY, 19. Josh DOUGHTY, 20. Callum GRIBBIN, 23. Matthew WILCOCK.

ALTY LEGENDS: STAN ACKERLEY

Terry Rowley's latest Alty Legends profile concerns Stan Ackerley who went on to captain the Australian national team.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Following the linking of Alty boss Phil Parkinson to the vacancy, before he re-committed himself to the Robins, Notts County announce that "We have appointed Luke Williams as our new head coach. Williams, 41, who arrives alongside assistant Ryan Harley, was previously head coach at Swindon Town and, most recently, assistant head coach to Russell Martin at Swansea City.

And our board of directors feel he is the perfect man to take us forward.

A statement reads... 'Between them they have the right management skills and experience of all EFL divisions, as well as the National League, which we believe will help us achieve our goal of promotion and getting back to where we feel we belong.

'Luke's values and playing principles are aligned with our own and we feel the continuity and consistency this brings will be a huge factor in ensuring a smooth transition to his leadership'...

After a promising youth career was curtailed by injury at 20, Williams turned his hand to coaching. His first major role came in the form of a three-year spell as Brighton and Hove Albion Under 21s' manager, which led to his appointment as Mark Cooper’s assistant at League One side Swindon Town in 2013... [Later,] he was handed a five-year contract as the club’s head coach... Unfortunately, however, Williams’ control over footballing affairs was limited by the club’s deployment of a director of football... and the mutual termination of Williams’ contract.

Williams made an immediate return to work by becoming head coach of Bristol City’s Under 23s... Two years later, Williams teamed up with the newly-appointed Martin as his assistant at MK Dons before... the Swans came calling.

Williams left that role in February due to personal reasons but is now looking forward to the challenge with us... Harley, meanwhile, enjoyed a long playing career which saw him experience life in every division of the EFL".

The Derbyshire Times reports that "Chesterfield midfielder... Jim Kellermann has announced that he will be leaving Chesterfield after he and the club ‘could not agree terms.’

The midfielder, who was one of four players offered new terms at the end of the season... The 26-year-old, who leaves having made more than 30 appearances for the club, was signed last summer by previous manager James Rowe.

Kellermann said...'To my teammates, what a season it has been. We’ve been through the trenches... I’m frustrated with how things have gone, especially in the second half of the season. That has also been highlighted for me since the season has closed'...

As well as Kellermann, Chesterfield offered new contract to Luke Croll, Jak McCourt and Tom Denton. The Spireites made their first signing today in left-back Branden Horton from Doncaster Rovers".

Earlier the Derbyshire Times had informed readers that "Horton, who has sometimes been used at right-back as well, came through the Doncaster academy and has had loan spells at Gainsborough Trinity and Redditch United...

The defender started 20 times for Rovers in League One last season, scoring twice. In total, he has made more than 40 appearances for the South Yorkshire side.

Chesterfield are in the market for a left-back after releasing Alex Whittle and putting Calvin Miller on the transfer market".

In the Halifax Courier, "FC Halifax Town boss Chris Millington says offers have been made to eight potential new signings.

The Shaymen's squad is currently down to 13 confirmed contracted players; Sam Johnson, Jay Benn, Jack Senior, Jesse Debrah, Kian Spence, new signing Jack Hunter, Kieran Green, Jordan Slew, Matty Warburton, Jamie Allen, Harvey Gilmour, Jamie Cooke and Sam McLintock.

Millington said... 'The process of attracting a player starts with the early dance of trying to sell them the benefits of being at Halifax Town, aside from what they might earn on a weekly basis,' Millington said...'Where we're up to now with firm offers and interest, we've got eight players who have expressed an interest in coming to play for us, that has then progressed to us making financial offers to them...

'We want to hit 22 players,' he said. 'We'll have... a large percentage of those, by the beginning of pre-season. But we also want to make sure that we leave ourselves a couple of options available because as the clock starts ticking and getting closer to the beginning of the season, there'll be players who are currently out of our price range who will all of a sudden need a club...

'With losing Niall (Maher), Tom (Bradbury), Billy, Matty and Gez, it's really important we get good recruits in those areas'...

Millington has been either meeting potential signings face-to-face on his own or with goalkeeping coach Paul Oakes. 'He's fantastic, he's absolutely committed to the future of Halifax Town and he gives potential signings a great understanding of what it means to represent Halifax Town and what the experience will be like for them', Millington said...

'Last season could eventually be considered as Kian Spence's breakthrough season, I expect him to be better again, Harvey Gilmour will improve, there'll be more to come from Jack Senior, I think there's a number of players who will improve and push us on and make us better who are already in the squad'...

But Millington said the club wasn't planning on using the loan market, at least initially...

Gateshead's Jack Hunter became Town's first signing of the summer last week, agreeing a one-year deal with the option of an extra year. 'He'll bring a steady, controlled central midfield role' ...

On what his preferred formation will be next season, Millington said: "The system will be an evolution of the 4-3-3 we've played this season...

'So you'll see us probably more often than not at home playing with more traditional wingers, more traditional seven and 11.... The style will remain the same, even if some weeks the formation might be tweaked'...

Millington was asked about several potential new signings, some of whom have been linked with Town or have played for them recently...

On King's Lynn's Michael Gyasi, Millington said 'He's an interesting character, he was somebody who was highlighted through our opposition analysis on a couple of occasions this season, and somebody who would fit into our system in a number of positions. I know there's a number of clubs interested in him, but he is somebody who would fit into the style of play'.

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe... 'He's another player who would fit into the style of play, somebody who we sat down with last pre-season and had a discussion with, but unfortunately missed out on him as he got a League Two offer at Tranmere...

And on Harrogate forward Danilo Orsi-Dadomo, Millington said...'We believe he's happy at Harrogate Town at the moment'...

One issue that seems to be heading towards a resolution is who will work alongside Millington as his assistant manager. 'We've gone right the way through the process with one candidate, we're right in the final stages of seeing if we can make that work,' he said. 'If we do then that should be in place within the next couple of days, if not then there are a number of very strong candidates ready to trigger straight away who are people I know and who have expressed an interest in coming to work for the club'".

The Dorset Echo reports that "Brennan Camp has signed a permanent deal at Eastleigh. Camp, 21, reunites with previous Terras boss and current Eastleigh assistant Brian Stock, who brought the full-back to Weymouth on loan from Bournemouth.

Across two lon spells at Weymouth, the defender played 54 times. Portland-born Camp played 15 times for Eastleigh on loan before rejecting an offer to stay at Bournemouth in the summer.

And Stock, along with Spitfires' manager Lee Bradbury, has moved to secure the highly-rated right-back's services....

'I’m happy to back here now, signed on... I sort of had a few conversations with the manager during the end of last season, and he’s always made it clear that he wanted me for the next season'" he said.

And the Daily Echo adds that "Eastleigh have kicked-off their transfer business this summer with two defensive reinforcements.

Brennan Camp... returns... whilst right-back George Langston arrives from Watford. Langston followed in the footsteps of his father Matthew, who also came through the youth ranks at Watford to sign a professional deal, back in 1998...

Whilst with Watford, George Langston regularly captained the under-23 side. Langston arrives with National League experience, thanks to a loan spell with Wealdstone in the 2020-21 season... 19-year-old Langston told Eastleigh’s website: 'I was keen to do it last season as well but a couple of injuries probably stopped me from doing that, but I’m really looking forward to... getting a chance to try and get this team in the play-offs and maybe even get them promoted.

'I feel like I’m a leader. I’m quite young, I know, but I feel like that’s just me and my personality. I can be quite loud, but also I’m just a defender that just puts his body on the line and is quite passionate...

'I loved my time here last season. I feel like I improved, played a lot of games, and hopefully that continues'.

Camp has also enjoyed a ten-game loan spell at Dorchester in 2018/19 under Steve Thompson and was heavily involved in the Mark Molesley era at Weymouth. He then bravely opted to end his 14-year stay at Cherries in search of regular football.

Camp is a former Scotland under-19 international and is the grandson of Bristol City legend and former Manchester City midfielder Gerry Gow."

West London Sport tells us that "Wealdstone’s "club captain Jerome Okimo has left the club.

He first joined the club in 2013 from Chalfont St Peter, going on to win the 2013/14 Isthmian Premier League title.

The 34-year-old then signed for the club again in 2017 following spells with Stevenage and Braintree Town and made 38 appearances under boss Stuart Maynard last season".

The BBC confirms that "Stockport County have signed midfielder Connor Lemonheigh-Evans on a free transfer from Torquay United.

Lemonheigh-Evans, 25, joined Torquay in 2018 and spent successive seasons on loan at the club before signing a permanent deal in 2020.

The attacking midfielder scored 11 goals in 39 appearances for the National League side last season.

Lemonheigh-Evans began his career with Bristol City's academy...

'He's been a standout player in the National League over the last two to three seasons and was highly sought after this summer,' said Stockport manager Dave Challinor".

From Bromley we learn that the club "welcome striker Adam Marriott to Hayes Lane...

Marriott began his senior career in the fifth tier at Cambridge United. During his time with the 'U's, he enjoyed loan spells at Cambridge City and Bishop’s Stortford before penning a permanent deal with the former.

The striker shone at City, netting 40 goals in 37 league appearances, and was awarded with a move to the EFL, signing for League Two outfit Stevenage.

However, he returned to the National League with Lincoln City in 2016 and played a big part in both their title win and FA Cup run... Royston Town was Marriott’s next destination... before a short stint at Boston United followed.

In 2018, our new signing joined King’s Lynn Town and played a huge part in their back-to-back promotions... A short stint at Eastleigh followed in 2020 before making the move to North London to sign for Barnet. His goal scoring habit returned with the Bees, bagging 17 league goals in 36 last season".


14 June 2022

KYLE FERGUSON SIGNS FOR HARROGATE

Kyle Ferguson (left) completed the 2021-22 season at Altrincham, where he made eight starts and one appearance from the bench and showed himself to be a reliable centre-back. However, he then turned down the terms offered by Altrincham, who wished to extend his initial short-term contract.

Now the Harrogate Advertiser reports that "Harrogate Town have completed their second piece of business of the summer, agreeing a deal with promising young centre-half Kyle Ferguson.

The physically-imposing 22-year-old, who is the son of former Glasgow Rangers favourite Barry Ferguson, makes the step up to League Two from National League Altrincham, for whom he made nine appearances last term.

Having starred at the heart of the Alty back-line during the latter months of the 2021/22 campaign, 6ft 5" Ferguson was on the wish-list of a number of Football League sides after rejecting the opportunity to extend his stay at Moss Lane.

But it is the Sulphurites who have managed to capture the signature of the former Rangers youngster, beating off reported interest from the likes of Northampton, Salford City and Barrow.

'I’ve watched every minute of Kyle at Altrincham and we’re convinced he can go from strength to strength,' [manager Simon] Weaver said. 'He will add height and presence, but he’s also mobile, which are qualities you rarely see together.

'He has shown great desire in his young career so far to really kick on in the game, he’s been prepared to move out of his comfort zone and play in different countries, we’re confident he’s on an upward trajectory'...

Ferguson was released by the Scottish giants, [Rangers], at the age of 14... February 2021 saw Ferguson join Irish side Waterford, from whom he switched to National League Altrincham a year later.

And he never looked back having eventually earned a starting spot in Phil Parkinson's team, going on to finish the campaign with an 87 per cent success rate in aerial duels, the highest in the division".

Harrogate Town quoted Ferguson as saying, "I spoke to the Gaffer three or four weeks ago and it got moving quickly and [the] deal was done pretty quick. I joined Altrincham late, just after January, so only had three or four months of the season but played about 10 games and really enjoyed my time. I’m thankful as well as they gave me an opportunity to play and move up. Now I’m definitely looking forward to get going here.

“It’s a massive factor (to play in the Football League). That was the aim when I signed for Altrincham. I signed a short contract as it was in the back of my mind. I said I wanted to get into the Football League and I’ve done that in nine games...

"I’m an aggressive defender, I love the physical side of the game and I’ll never shy away from a header or tackle. I also like to think I can play as well and I think I’ll really suit the style of play that the Gaffer wants to implement".

SHAUN LOOKS BACK

Sunday's Non-League Paper had a double-page spread honouring Alty defender Shaun Densmore, who was one of seven players to leave the club this summer, following the Robins' transition to a full-time training model.

Whilst the opening paragraph refers to "Densmore's recent retirement", the concluding quotes from the man himself say, "I haven't totally ruled out coming back but my body needs a rest. Longer term I've always wanted to stay involved in football in some capacity".

Amongst the topics covered by Shaun are his "best team-mate", where his choice is Duncan Watmore "just for what he's done since" leaving Alty. "To have played for Sunderland in the Premier League and Middlesbrough in the Championship, it's just incredible... More recently, Jordan Hulme has been unbelievable. He's the key to everything Phil [Parkinson] wants to do, the focal point that allows the wide men to score so many goals".

And Jordan is also the "Funniest player.. He's off his rocker. He's briliant company on a night out, [and] always up to something in the dressing room".

Shaun reckons his biggest achievement in football was "The Guiseley promotion, because it was the year Lee {Sinnott] made me captain. From a selfish point of view it was really important for my confidence. On top of that are my England C caps".

His lowest point was when he "spent 18 months out with a knee injury and during that same periods we got relegated back to back".

Bootham Crecsent, the old York ground, is great as well, a proper old stadium".

ALTY OLD BOYS

The NLP reports that former Alty defender Ryan Toulson (right) has been appointed manager of Eccleshill United" after "several years as player-coach at Bradford (Park Avenue)".

Coincidentally, he succeeeds another ex-Alty man, winger Lee Elam, at Eccleshill, which is near Bradford. Lee "has resigned due to family and work commitments".

ALTY LEGENDS: MATT WOODS

Terry Rowley's latest profile in his Alty Legends series is Matt Woods, a former Altrincham manager.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Grimsby Telegraph reports that "Portuguese winger Erico Sousa was not offered a new deal with Grimsby Town and will become a free agent at the end of the month. This was despite making 33 league appearances for the Mariners last season.

The 27 year-old also started and put in a decent performance in the play-off final victory over Solihull Moors, which meant news of his release brought along a surprised reaction from some fans. However, with Paul Hurst beginning to consider how he might improve his squad for the move up to the Football League, it is evident that Sousa did not fit the bill for what is required from a wide player at this level.

Sousa scored just two goals in the league, despite featuring in over half the total minutes played by Town last season. Unfortunately, for all the winger’s brilliance in dribbling and skill came some poor decision-making and finishing when chances arose. End-product is often the issue with young wingers in the modern game; however, Sousa’s goal output at the age of 27 did not do much to help his case when it came to deciding on his future with the club".

Wrexham "confirm that a planning application to replace the existing floodlights at the Racecourse Ground was submitted to Wrexham Council on Friday (June 10).

The current floodlight towers are not able to support a lighting scheme to provide the required lux levels, to meet the ambition of the Racecourse Ground becoming a stadium that regularly hosts international sporting events.

The new floodlights will need to be installed while the current towers remain both in place and in use, to ensure that football can be played during the construction period. There is insufficient time to complete the installation during the close season, particularly with the Kop Development anticipated to be underway this time next year...

The new floodlight scheme will be capable of delivering a consistent 1500 lux to meet UEFA’s category 4 stadium requirements but can be programmed to deliver a lux level of 350, the requirement of the National League and any level between.

The columns are 40m in height with a forward cantilever of 20 degrees from 20m and are taller than the existing floodlight towers by 8m.

The Club has not yet been advised of when the planning application will be determined".

Barnet "are thrilled to announce that Moussa Diarra has signed a permanent deal with the Bees!

The powerful defender was released by Woking following the conclusion of last season and has now put pen to paper on a permanent deal at The Hive London.

Diarra worked with Dean Brennan at Hemel Hempstead Town upon his arrival to England and has since gone on to flourish in the English leagues.

The Frenchman has three promotions to his name after helping Woking, Hemel Hempstead Town and Hampton & Richmond Borough up from the National League South.

The 32-year-old has also excelled himself in the Vanarama National League for the likes of Barrow, Dover Athletic and Woking, where he was a regular in the team.

Brennan said...'He is a top professional. I have worked with him before and he is a big physical presence in both boxes.

'We have followed his progress for a while and he was in the top four for defensive actions in the league last season.'”

Woking Football Club "confirm that Max Kretzschmar will be leaving the Club upon the expiration of his contract on 30th June.

The midfielder, 27, has decided to pursue other ventures after neither party was able to agree terms on a new contract. Max leaves the Club with the highest regard from the staff, his fellow players, and supporters

Kretzschmar first joined the Club in the summer of 2016. He was crucial as the Cards reached the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup and won National League South promotion in 2018/19.

Max won the Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season awards in 2021/22".


13 June 2022

AS ONE JAKE MOVES ON...

Former Altrincham captain Jake Moult (right) has signed for Buxton. The Derbshire club has just been promoted from the Northern Premier League to the National League North

Jake has been quoted by the Buxton Twitter feed as saying, “I got a good feel for the club & staff & want to be part of the project moving forward and feel we could surprise a few people.”

... ANOTHER JAKE SIGNS UP

Following the news of Jake Cooper's signing for Altrincham, The 72 adds that "Cooper, 21, was released by Rotherham United at the end of the last season.

He has now swiftly landed himself a new move on a free transfer ahead of the next campaign.

Rotherham United have made the tough decision to part company with the centre-back this summer following their promotion from League One. The Millers published their retained list last month and announced that the youngster would be leaving ...

Cooper was loaned out to Altrincham to get some more experience under his belt in February and ended up spending the rest of the last campaign with the National League outfit, playing 12 times for the North West club.

He moved to the AESSEAL New York Stadium back in 2015 having previously played for Sheffield United and he went on to play three first-team games for Paul Warne’s side. The Burnley-born man also had loan spells away from the South Yorkshire outfit at Hartlepool United and Darlington to get some game time".

ALTY OLD BOY

Liversedge "welcome experienced striker James Walshaw to the club.

The 38 year-old joins from West Yorkshire neighbours Ossett United to bolster the strike force as Sedge prepare for life in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

It is a division Walshaw is very familiar with having played for the likes of Farlsey Celtic, Scarborough Athletic, and Buxton. He has played further up the leagues with Darlington AFC in the National League and in National League North with FC Halifax Town, Guiseley, Altrincham, and Harrogate Town.

Walshaw was Ossett United’s top scorer last season with 12 goals, 11 of which came in the NPL East Division, and ended the season in fine form with six goals in nine games.

On what attracted him to sign for Liversedge, Walshaw said 'I thought it was a great opportunity to play in the league above. Having played against Liversedge last season and seeing the project that they’re putting in place and the journey that they’re on, it was pretty much a no-brainer for me really...

'I think I’m a player that brings a good work rate, tenacity, and I have an eye for goal... I’m confident I can score 20 plus goals'".

ALTY LEGENDS:

William "Noel" McFarlane is the latest to be featured by Terry Rowley in his Alty Legends profiles of former players of Altrincham FC.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Gloverscast tells us that "A proposal to allow National League clubs to field five substitutes from a bench of six has been defeated in a vote at the league’s Annual General Meeting.

According to a report in the Non-League Paper, the motion failed despite voting being 15-9 in favour because all motions require at least 18 clubs supporting it to pass...

The report on the AGM also says there was 'little appetite for a hard salary cap, but there is for a soft salary cap or tighter financial regulations' from clubs despite a vote 12 months ago for the move and setting up a working group'...

The AGM also voted Sonia Kulkarni, a non-executive advisor to the board at National League North champions Gateshead, on to the board replacing Richard Simkin of Stockport County, who were promoted to the EFL.

Gloucester City co-chairman Alex Petheram was also voted on to the board as representative for the National League North whilst Dagenham & Redbridge managing director Steve Thompson, and Richard Parsons, director at National League South side Hampton & Richmond were re-elected...

The first day of the 2022-23 season was confirmed as Saturday 6th August with the final day on Saturday 29th April. The National League promotion final will be played on Saturday 13th May with the venue to be confirmed".

According to the Oxford Mail, "Zico Asare has left Oxford City for Maidenhead United.

The right-sided defender moves up a division after one season at Court Place Farm, having arrived from Fulham last summer. Asare is aged 21 so City are entitled to compensation, with the club in talks with Maidenhead over the fee...

The former England youth international departs a year to the day after he was signed by David Oldfield... He played at full back and on the right side of a three-man defence during his time at Court Place Farm".

Chesterfield report that "The Spireites will face Dorking Wanderers for the first time next season after the Surrey-based club gained their first promotion to the National League...

The second highest scorers, only behind Fulham, in England’s top six leagues with 101 goals, the Wanderers finished second in the table behind Maidstone United.

Founder, chairman and now manager Marc White has seen his side achieve 12 promotions in 23 years... Only being founded in 1999, White’s side play at Meadowbank in Dorking and have had a remarkable rise during their short existence, starting in the Crawley and District league...

Their promotion was aided largely by the revelation of 23-year-old Alfie Rutherford who, in his second season for the club, managed a total of 30 goals in the league... Wanderers legend Jason Prior, who scored nine this season, has recently announced his retirement.

They also managed to boast three players in the National League South team of the season, with right-back and captain Barry Fuller, central midfielder Matthew Briggs and top scorer Rutherford all appearing.

Fuller boasts vast Football League experience with over 400 games played for AFC Wimbledon and Gillingham... Midfielder Luke Moore is also one to look out for... The 34-year-old also played over 150 games for AFC Wimbledon over five years and has played over 100 games for Dorking over the last five years.

Playing such a high-paced, attacking style of football, similar to the Spireites, Dorking will be an interesting side to watch next season, and even harder to come up against, especially as they only conceded 53 goals while scoring as many as they did".

12 June 2029

COOPER'S RETURN

Jake Cooper (right) has become the third former loan player to have been added to Altrincham's payroll this summer after Jordan Hulme and Josh Lundstram were signed up for 2022-23 following release by their former employers. Hulme had been on loan at Alty from AFC Fylde in 2022, whilst Lundstram had been a loanee from Crewe Alexandra in 2020.

Counting new team captain Hulme, seven new signings have now been made by Phil Parkinson and Neil Sorvel, with five of them being defenders (Lewis Baines, Ross Barrows, Jake Cooper, Liam Brockbank, Aidan Roxburgh). The departure of goalkeeper Tony Thompson almost certainly means that at least one more member of the defensive unit will be needed this summer. The other new signings were a striker (Hulme) and a midfielder (Lundstram).

ALTY LEGEND: GEORGE SMITH

Goalkeeper George Smith spent five seasons at Altrincham, contributing to back-to-back League titles in the process. He is the subject of Terry Rowley's latest profile in his Alty Legends series.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Promoted Grimsby Town FC "confirm[s] its retained list...

Under Contract for the 2022/23 season:

  • John McAtee, Shaun Pearson, Jordan Maguire-Drew, Gavan Holohan, David Longe-King, Max Crocombe (activated additional year)

Offered New Terms with GTFC:

  • Oliver Battersby, Luke Waterfall, Michee Efete, Evan Khouri, Daniel Amos, Jordan Cropper, Ben Fox, Harry Clifton, Sean Scannell, Ryan Taylor

Option Taken On Contract:

  • Jaz Goundry

Loan Players Returning To Parent Clubs:

  • Tristan Abrahams, Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, Arjan Raikhy, Joey Jones, Andy Smith

Youth Team Players Signing Professional Terms:

  • Aaron Braithwaite, Jamie Bramwell, Edwin Essel, Harvey Tomlinson

Players Not Offered New Terms:

  • Luis Adlard, Luke Spokes, Scott Burgess, Giles Coke, Adam Crookes, Erico Sousa, Lenell John-Lewis, James McKeown, Daniel Rose, Max Wright".

At the other end of the teable, Lynn News reports that "New King's Lynn Town chief executive Barrie Pierpoint is seeking to recruit a large number of volunteers to run the football club... Some 11 positions are outlined for the up-and-coming season.

These include a secretary, admin, PA, to work with the CEO... Also sought is a graphic designer, to undertake creative design work for [a] corporate brochure, flyers, posters and so on. An events organiser to develop, plan and manage things such as sporting dinners, local wedding fairs, shows, charity dinners, ladies’ circle lunches, and end-of-season player awards is wanted.

An appeals executive is needed to contact local companies and organisations and form partnerships to the benefit of both parties.

A fans’ liaison officer to liaise and organise supporters’ consultative group meetings is required.

And fundraising organisers to carry out various activities to raise funds for the club projects and development are also on the list.

An organiser for a new Linnets Junior Club is sought as [are] various matchday staff rolls [sic], including programme sellers and car park attendents.

Hostesses for corporate areas and stewards are also sought".

Meanwhile, Gloverscast tells us that "Yeovil Town manager Chris Hargreaves and his Torquay United counterpart Gary Johnson are looking forward to facing each other in the National League next season.

The pair are legends at their respective clubs with Hargreaves having been part of the Torquay side which won promotion back to the Football League in 2009, whilst Johnson guided Yeovil out of non-League and in to League One in his first spell as manager before returning to take us to the Championship.

Speaking to Torbay Weekly, Johnson said 'I’m pleased that Chris has got the job there. I’m sure in his mind he always wanted to get back into it. He’s missed it, but he’s young enough to give it a right go.

'He’s got a bit of work to do there but, when you take over a club, it’s not a bad thing when you’ve almost got to start from scratch. There will be a professional rivalry between me and Chris but there’ll always be a rivalry between the two clubs and everyone enjoys that.'

Hargreaves returned the compliment saying... 'I respect Gary for the fantastic job he did here, and for the way he’s turned things round at Plainmoor, but you’ve got to do things your own way. Both clubs need to be in the Football League. I played for Plymouth and Torquay, coached at Exeter, managed at Plainmoor and now I’m here, so I want all those old West Country rivalries back, and I’m sure the fans do'...

Over the past three seasons since the Glovers dropped out of the League, the two clubs are level after six matches with Darren Sarll’s men getting the better of Johnson’s Gulls twice in 2019-20, each side winning their home match the following campaign, and then Torquay winning home and away last season".


11 June 2022

THIRD EX-LOANEE JOINS ALTY

Altrincham FC have announced that, in the words of press and media officer John Edwards, they "have increased their defensive options for next season by signing centre-back Jake Cooper (right) from Rotherham United.

Alty boss Phil Parkinson brought the commanding 21-year old centre-back to The J.Davidson Stadium on loan at the beginning of February... Slotting seamlessly into the back four alongside Toby Mullarkey, Cooper made 12 appearances, including 11 starts, and underlined his threat in the opposition area with a goal in teh 5-0 win over Weymouth on March 8th.

Rock solid at the back and comfortable bringing the ball forward, he proved himself a valuable addition to the defensive ranks...

'"Coops" is one of the brightest up-and-coming prospects we came across last season,' said the Alty manager. 'The experience he has, at 21 years old, makes him a valuable player to us in this [full-time] model. He’s proven at this level and has so much potential, he’ll thrive in the full-time environment and grow into an established first team player at the National League level'" said Phil Parkinson.

Footnote: Jake Cooper (right) has become the third former loan player to have been added to Altrincham's payroll this summer after Jordan Hulme and Josh Lundstram were signed up for 2022-23 following release by their former employers.

ON THE ROAD WITH ALTY

In 2022/23 Altrincham will face six opponents who were not in the National League last season and will not face five of last season's foes. Those erased from the itinerary include the relegated trio of King's Lynn Town, Weymouth and Dover, the latter two locations being the homes of two of the three most distant opponents in last season's itinerary. (The exception is Torquay which now becomes the Robins' longest trip in 2022-23).

Above: Alty fans will be hoping that their longest trip in 2022-23, to Torquay United's Plainmoor ground, will not be a midweek fixture as it was in 2016, when the above action was recorded as Alty lost 2-0 on a Tuesday night.

Alty have also lost their journeys to the two clubs promoted to the EFL in 2022; the short trip to Stockport and the lengthier journey to Grimsby.

However, the National League is running with 24 teams next season so the five excursions listed above have been replaced by six trips in 2022-23. The increase in number is to rectify the position in 2021-22 whereby the National League ran with 23 teams following the demise of Macclesfield and the non-promotion of any clubs from the North and South Divisions. These six new journeys will be to the relegated former EFL duo of Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic and to the four promoted teams, Gateshead, York City, Maidstone United and Dorking Wanderers.

By a remarkable coincidence the total one-way mileage in 2022-23 is just one mile different (less) from that which was travelled last season when there was one fewer journey. Alty will travel 3,565 miles in total just to get to the games away from home. But that means that the average single journey to an away fixture drops from 162 miles last season to 155 miles in the forthcoming campaign.

The 7,130 miles involved in the round-trips to the 23 away fixtures next season are not far short of the same distance by air from Manchester to Santago de Chile!

By way of comparison, Wrexham have pointed out that "With 14 of our 23 opponents based in southern England, there's plenty of travel on the cards... a total of almost 4,000 miles to be exact, based on one-way trips.

Following Dover Athletic's relegation, our longest trip of the season - some 252 miles - will be to Devon to take on Torquay United, while the 47-mile journey to Altrincham represents our shortest league trip in 2022/23.

A fixture release date for the 2022/23 campaign is yet to be confirmed".

ALTY LEGENDS: ERNIE TAYLOR

The latest profile by Terry Rowley in his Alty Legends series is of former Blackpool and Manchester United schemer, Ernie Taylor, who spent time at Moss Lane towards the end of his career.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Leader Live confirms that "Eight players have been released by Wrexham. Phil Parkinson made sure he told players face-to-face why they didn't have a future at The Racecourse...

Lee Camp, Cameron Green, Dan Jarvis, David Jones, Jordan Ponticelli, Devonte Redmond, Dawid Szczepaniak and Kwame Thomas have been released....

'They are all good lads,' said Parkinson, who has offered new deals to centre-back Harry Lennon and striker Jake Bickerstaff while Jones, despite not being retained as a player, will be given the opportunity to continue in his role as first team coach.

'I drove round to meet them all individually last week to have a chat with them and wish them all the best. I just wanted to tell them the reasons why it was best for both parties to move on.

'All of them have conducted themselves really well this season but they all now need to make their own mark and go and be players in their own right, rather than squad players with us... Some have had bigger contributions than others but they have all played their part'".

The Nottingham Post reports that "Stockport County chose to make a move for Notts County man Kyle Wootton due to him becoming an ‘influential leader’ in the Magpies' dressing room, according to the club’s director of football.

Wootton’s exit from Meadow Lane was confirmed on Thursday, with the 25-year-old signing a three-year deal with Stockport... He scored a total of 20 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for Notts last season.

The transfer brings the end of a three year stay at Meadow Lane with Wooton originally joining on loan from Scunthorpe United in the summer of 2019...

'We welcome Kyle to the club after several strong seasons of performance for Notts County, a club of stature and expectations where he showed year on year improvement and became an influential leader in what was a young dressing room,' Director of Football Simon Wilson said.

'We feel he has a number of ideal qualities for the way we play and, having spent time with him, is a humble and hard-working lad that will fit in well with our group.'".


10 June 2022

PARKINSON AND SORVEL TO STAY AT ALTY

On Thursday afternoon Altrincham FC's Twitter account stated that the club's management duo, "Phil Parkinson and Neil Sorvel have decided to turn down an approach from a high profile National League club".

Above: Phil Parkinson and Neil Sorvel

The tweet then quoted Phil Parkinson as saying, "We're looking forward to driving Alty forward in this new [full-time] era with this exciting young team we've assembled so far this season".

The first part of the above tweet was amended later with the phrase "a high profile National League club" being amended to read, simply, "a club".

SEVENTH FRIENDLY ARRANGED

Altrincham FC "have added another attractive fixture to their pre-season programme after agreeing a date for Stoke City’s under-23 team to visit The J.Davidson Stadium.

Fresh from narrowly missing out on promotion to youth football’s top division, Stoke’s up-and-coming youngsters... will provide a thorough test for a new-look Alty squad... The date [is] now confirmed as Tuesday July 26th, at The J.Davidson Stadium, kicking off at 7.45pm...

Alty launch their warm-up campaign, ahead of the 2022-23 season, with a double-header on Saturday July 9th, away to West Didsbury & Chorlton at midday and Wythenshawe Town at 3.30pm.

The traditional Shawe View encounter with Trafford FC takes place on Tuesday July 12th at 7.45pm and is followed by an eagerly-anticipated trip to Douglas to face the Isle of Man on Saturday July 16th at 3pm.

Alty are on the road again on Tuesday July 19th, making the short journey to Curzon Ashton for a 7.45pm kick-off, before hosting Stockport County on the 23rd and Stoke under-23s three days later on the 26th. With the new Vanarama National League campaign due to start on Saturday August 6th, Alty are hoping to arrange one more pre-season friendly for Saturday July 30th".

ALTY LEGEND: EDDIE BISHOP

Terry Rowley has provided us with a profile of Eddie Bishop (right) in his Alty Legends series.

ALTY'S LATEST TWO RECRUITS

As previously reported, Altrincham recently signed two young defenders. In the Altrincham and Sale Messenger John Edwards adds that manager Phil Parkinson has "bolstered his Altrincham squad with a double-transfer breakthrough after snapping up two of the North West’s top young non-league prospects.

Right-back Aidan Roxburgh was first through the door at The J.Davidson Stadium, after agreeing a move from neighbours Trafford, and he was followed on Tuesday night by 21-year-old attacking left-back Liam Brockbank from Lancaster City.

The deals... underline Alty boss Parkinson’s eagerness to add dynamic, up-and-coming young talent to a new-look squad for the advent of full-time professional football at Moss Lane next season.

'Liam is one of the hottest prospects coming out of the Northern Premier League,' he said. 'He’s developed a big reputation for himself as a goalscoring and creative left-back... And Aidan is a little diamond we’ve discovered through our excellent links with Trafford...

'We feel, under the new [full-time] model, he could blossom and take his game to the next level. He’s a late developer but that doesn’t mean he won’t be a big player for us this coming season or even the following one'...

Roxburgh, aged 23, who can operate on the left but is predominantly a right-back, has built a similar reputation for powering forward at every opportunity".

ALTY'S NEW LOYALTY SCHEME

Altrincham FC has announced via an e-mail to supporters its new "LoyAlty Membership Card.

Our brand new LoyAlty membership cards are now available for purchase. Pledge your support to Alty and receive great benefits all year long".

As can be seen, above, there are several tiers of membership, starting with a continuation of the longstanding Patrons' Scheme (£50) and extending upwards to "Elite" grade for £500.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Halifax Courier tells us that "Captain Niall Maher has revealed that he is leaving FC Halifax Town following more than four seasons at the club.

The 26-year-old defender posted on Twitter 'It is time for a new challenge and chapter in my career... To ALL the staff, thank you for everything you have done for me, to give me a platform again to showcase my talent and develop me into who I am today. I couldn't have done it without you all'...

FC Halifax Town posted on Twitter 'Niall was integral in the side that had the best defence and home record in the league last campaign'...

Maher, who is out of contract this summer, has been linked with various clubs in recent weeks including Oldham Athletic, Northampton Town, Leyton Orient and Rochdale".

Another departure from The Shay is reported by the BBC, as "striker Billy Waters has joined Barrow, reuniting with boss Pete Wild.

The 27 year-old, who has signed a two-year deal, scored 21 goals last season for FC Halifax, where his contract expires this summer.

He is Wild's first signing since the manager left Halifax to take over at League Two Barrow...

'It's a huge statement and it's the first of a few statements we would like to make,' Wild told the club website. 'The way Billy plays is a reflection of how I want my team to play... It was just a no-brainer for me to try and bring him to the club and I'm delighted he's signed'".

The Derbyshire Times reminds us that "The Spireites released seven players last week and transfer-listed another four.

Four others have been offered new contracts. Manager Paul Cook is keen to reshape the squad after missing out on promotion...

They are due back in training in the first week of July, ahead of the opening game on August 6.

On the Blues’ latest transfer business, [the] chief executive [said]... 'We have been speaking to a number of players and there are certainly a couple that are very close to coming to fruition. We are well down the line'...

The details of the retained list caused some surprise among the fanbase, with favourite Alex Whittle let go and Gavin Gunning, Laurence Maguire, Calvin Miller and Akwasi Asante made available for transfer.

Asked if those decisions were for football or financial reasons, Croot said 'First and foremost the manager decides who is retained and who is not. Clearly any good club custodians have to keep an eye on a budget, they are football-based decisions. The manager has got a focus, he knows where he wants to go with things and I think it is with that in mind'".

The BBC confirms that "Striker Kyle Wootton has signed for Stockport after rejecting a new contract at Notts County. Wootton, 25, has agreed a three-year deal with the Hatters and is their first signing since they were recently promoted back to the Football League.

His contract at Meadow Lane expires this summer and he has opted to move on after three years with the Magpies.

'We feel as a team that we will play to his strengths,' Stockport manager Dave Challinor told the club website.. 'He's been a long-term target for us, so to get this one over the line is brilliant'"


9 June 2022

"SUBSTANTIAL FEE" FOR BROCKBANK

Following yesterday's announcement that Altrincham had signed left-back Liam Brockbank, his former club Lancaster City confirms that "Liam Brockbank has completed a transfer to Altrincham for an undisclosed fee.

Brockbank had a handful of suitors and he and his agent recently expressed his wish to leave the club to play at a higher level.

Though intending on keeping him at Giant Axe previous to those developments, the club is satisfied in negotiating a substantial fee and sell-on clause which represents his value to the side.

The club would like to thank Liam for his contributions to the side over the last twelve months, where he demonstrated exemplary commitment to the cause every week, evidenced by the respect he quickly gained from the fans".

ALTY LEGENDS: STAN GALLIMORE

Stan Gallimore (right) is the latest in Terry Rowley's series of Alty Legends. After being a Manchester United player, Stan played for five seasons at Moss Lane but his career was curtailed by World War Two.

ALTRINCHAM FC MONTHLY DRAW

The Altrincham FC monthly draw for May 2022 has been made with the outcome as follows:
  • £500 cash | #64| Ian Rosendaal
  • £75 cash | #24 | Mick Taylor
  • £25 cash | #458 | Mike Searle
  • Robin Polo Shirt | #197 | John Laidlar
  • Replica Alty FC Home Shirt | #27 | Campbell McLay
  • Alty FC Polo Shirt | #127 | Jane Ford

Congratulations to all the winners!

ALTY OLD BOYS

Nantwich Town report that "defender Josh Langley has joined Warrington Rylands after three years with the Dabbers.

Langley joined the club in the summer of 2019, after spending time at Fylde, Altrincham and Southport earlier in his career...

In the 2021-22 season, Langley excelled, being part of a defence that kept 5 consecutive league clean sheets for the first time in 57 years, and finishing the season with just 1 defeat in 11 games to take the Dabbers away from danger.

This was capped off by Josh winning the Players’ Player of the Season for 21/22 at the club's annual awards in April.

He finishes with 87 appearances and 1 goal in a Dabbers shirt.

Manager Dave Cooke said 'Josh has been the ultimate pro, a great servant to the club and popular with fellow players, staff and supporters.

'Warrington Rylands have come in for him, they play close to his home, and with him having a small lad and another baby on the way he felt he could have more time at home in Warrington.'"

Foonote: Warrington-born Josh Langley arrived at Alty in November 2018 having earlier spent four years at AFC Fylde before suffering an ACL injury. In July 2018 he joined Southport on a one-year contract before his loan to Alty.

In his month at Altrincham he did not start a league game, his only game being a start in the FA Trophy against Stockport County.

On completion of his stay at Alty, Southport loaned him straight out to Guiseley, from where he moved to Nantwich Town".

Other ex-Alty players to have joined ambitious Rylands in the past year include Paddy Lacey and Joe Bunney.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The 72 confirms that "Forest Green Rovers have signed Armani Little from Torquay United... on a two-year deal.

Little, 25, has caught the eye in the National League over the past couple of years... Forest Green Rovers are preparing for their first campaign in League One... New boss Ian Burchnall will be keen to put his own stamp on his newly inhered squad...

Little has been on the books at Torquay United since 2019... scoring 19 goals in 82 appearances in all competitions for them altogether. The Portsmouth-born man started his career in the academy at Southampton... before leaving... to join Oxford United... He was loaned out to Woking and played 32 times for the Cardinals before he was given the green light to join the Gulls".

Also at Torquay United, the club has "announced the departure of Head of Youth Chris Todd, who has decided to leave the Club to pursue an opportunity in first-team football. Former United defender Chris joined United’s youth department in September 2019...

A move back for Chris into senior football further highlights the significant progress the Club is continuing to make behind the scenes at Plainmoor".

At Scunthorpe United, "Defender Andrew Boyce has provided reaction on returning to the club on a two-year contract after leaving Eastleigh.

The 32 year-old centre-back originally signed for the Iron from Lincoln in 2014, making 37 appearances, including 33 during our 2014-15 League One season... [He] was most recently at Eastleigh, where he made 207 appearances in all competitions across five years...

He told iFollow Iron 'I'm buzzing to return... There was other interest too but when I found out Scunny wanted me and there was an offer there it didn't take long to make my mind up. I'd been there (at Eastleigh) for five years and loved my time there but I am a northern lad and always wanted to come back home...

'It's a tough league... There are no easy games, it is enjoyable but hard'".

Yeovil Town "announce that Marcus Stewart has joined our coaching staff as Head of Player Development for the 2022/23 season.

The former forward, who needs no introduction to Glovers fans, becomes the second appointment to Chris Hargreaves’ backroom staff.

Stewart is fondly remembered for his goal scoring exploits in a green & white shirt... Stewart held first team coaching roles at Exeter City... Later, hhe joined hometown club Bristol Rovers as a development coach, but quickly became assistant manager... Departing in 2018, Stewart joined Walsall as assistant...

Commenting after his arrival was confirmed, Stewart said... 'I’m here to do my best, like I did before. This is a club I’m fond of, it’s a club that’s local to me'".

And following this week's report that he had left Torquay United, Yeovil Town "announce the appointment of Chris Todd as assistant manager.

Todd, who was a former teammate of Chris Hargreaves at Torquay United, joins having managed the Gulls’ U18’s side since 2019, whilst also working within the first team set up...

The 40-year-old Welshman also possesses management experience within the National League, leading Eastleigh to a seventh-place finish in the 2015/16 season. His most recent role in first team management was at Gloucester City during the 2018/19 season".


8 June 2022

FIFTH ALTY SIGNING

Altrincham FC report that manager "Phil Parkinson believes he has unearthed a hidden gem after recruiting exciting attacking full-back Liam Brockbank and increasing the emphasis on young up-and-coming talent in his new-look Altrincham squad.

Brockbank has had an outstanding season with Lancaster City and was hailed as ‘one of the hottest prospects’ around by Parkinson after the Alty boss pulled off a move that is subject to FA and National League approval...

Parkinson told press and media officer, John Edwards, "Liam Brockbank is one of the hottest prospects coming out of the Northern Premier League. He’s developed a big reputation for himself as goal-scoring and creating left-back. I first scouted Liam playing in a very good footballing side at Workington and then monitored his progress at Lancaster City, where he picked up supporters’ player of the season this time around.

"He’s a futsal International, so you should definitely see this in his technical side of the game and tenacity in which he plays".

John Edwards concludes,"That’s two dynamic young full-backs in quick succession, in Liam and Aidy Roxburgh, to go with three other exciting new faces, in Ross Barrows, Josh Lundstram and Lewis Baines, and no fewer than 10 existing players also secured for next season, in Jordan Hulme, Toby Mullarkey, Isaac Marriott, Elliot Osborne, Matt Gould, Matty Kosylo, Ryan Colclough, Marcus Dinanga, Brad Jackson and Jamie Morgan".

Footnote: Brockbank follows Baines, Barrows, Lundstram and Roxburgh in joining Altrincham this summer and is the fourth defender to be signed of the five new recruits announced so far.

Of the ten players who were at the club last season and who are contracted for next season, only three played more than half of last season's league games for the club (Colclough, Kosylo and Mullarkey [right]) with the other seven including four men who spent periods out on loan last season (Gould, Dinanga, Morgan and Jackson).

Brockbank (d.o.b. 2 March 2001), who hails from Millom in Cumbria, started as an eight year-old at Carlisle United before being released nine years later and signing for Workington. He turned down a new contract at Borough Park and moved to join the Dolly Blues in April 2021 after two seasons with The Reds.

Soon after joining Workington in 2019, Brockbank told the News and Star, "'It’s really my game, getting forward and getting crosses in, shots as well'...

Brockbank admitted he is still adapting to the physicality of senior football... 'That’s my weakness,' he said. 'It’s going to be something I work on over the course of the season'".

Also in 2019 the NW Evening Mail reported that Brockbank said "'I got an email after I’d been released by Carlisle telling me about a trails [trials] day at St. Georges’s Park for England futsal'...

He had spent most of his youth at Carlisle United’s academy before being released during the summer and joining ex-Cumbrians captain Danny Grainger at Workington, where he has been a revelation in the left-back position so far for the Reds.

Brockbank said... 'I thought I’d played all right at the trial... A few weeks after the trial, Mike phoned me asking if I fancied training with the side... I still haven’t actually started a futsal game, but I got the email on Monday congratulating me on my call-up for the game against Loughborough tomorrow'".

ALTY LEGENDS

Terry Rowley's latest Alty Legends profile concerns Welshman Jack Newnes.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Grimsby Telegraph reports that "Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst spoke about the difficult task ahead for the club to prepare for the new season with a short turnaround after a long promotion campaign. After 47 games over close to 11 months, the club must find the right balance for the time allocated for rest, recovery, and preparation for the new season.

With the League Two season scheduled to start at the end of July, Hurst will not have much time to recruit new players and embed them into the squad...

'We’ll go again, but it is important to take a small moment to enjoy what we have achieved so far. I’ve got to sign players and make sure we are not in this position again, as in trying to get back into the Football League.

'We know how difficult it is and, somehow, we have managed to do that. The club is in a great place, and having a proper academy and the finances that we have available opens a lot of doors for us. The owners will have some decisions to make in terms of what they want to prioritise first but, overall, I am happy for the fans because of how they have helped the team when they’ve been out of their feet!"

The Derbyshire Times has a "National League transfers round-up...

The Spireites are hopeful of making their first couple of additions this week... Here’s a round-up of what transfer activity has been happening elsewhere:

At Oldham Athletic, the newly-relegated side, managed by former Spireites boss John Sheridan, have added two experienced players at both ends of the pitch.

The Latics have swooped for centre-back Liam Hogan, 33, who captained Stockport County to the National League title last season... and striker Chris Porter, 38, has returned to Oldham... fter being let go by Crewe Alexandra.

At Notts County "Despite not having a manager... the Magpies have already brought in two new additions.

National League North top goalscorer and Player of the Season Macaulay Langstaff, 25, has linked up with the Meadow Lane club for an undisclosed fee... Notts have also snapped up right wing-back Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, 25, from Ebbsfleet United... But County have lost winger Elisha Sam, who scored against Chesterfield last season, after he requested that his contract be terminated so he can ‘pursue opportunities elsewhere.’

Wrexham, The Red Dragons, have released eight players following their failure to win promotion. Lee Camp, Cameron Green, Dan Jarvis, David Jones, Jordan Ponticelli, Devonte Redmond, Dawid Szczepaniak and Kwame Thomas will all depart when their contracts expire this summer.

At Halifax, The Shaymen have lost highly-rated defender Tom Bradbury, 24, after he left to ‘pursue other opportunities.’ He is being linked with Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town.

However, they have secured Harvey Gilmour to a new deal and triggered contract extensions for Jesse Debrah, Jack Senior, Jay Benn and Kian Spence. Debrah is reportedly attracting interest from Huddersfield Town.

The West Yorkshire club have released Matt Stenson, Gerry McDonagh and Martin Woods.

Solihull Moors, the play-off finalists, have wasted no time in announcing their retained list... Adam Rooney, Jordan Cranston, Niall Clayton, Ben Usher-Shipway, Melis Bushaj, Tom Allsopp and Danny Newton have all been let go.

But the Moors have extended the deals of Alex Gudger and Joe Sbarra, while Jamey Osborne, Reiss McNally, Justin Donawa and Kyle Hudlin have been offered new contracts. Hudlin is being linked with a move to Huddersfield.

Boreham Wood have released Gus Mafuta, Kane Smith, James Comley and Adrian Clifton, while Frankie Raymond and Jamie Reckford have been transfer-listed.

Former Chesterfield striker Scott Boden has joined the newly-promoted Minstermen [York City] after leaving Boreham Wood".

And also from the Derbyshire Times we learn that "National League general manager, Mark Ives, says they are having ‘open dialogue’ with the EFL about increasing the number of promotion places from the fifth tier.

Currently, only two teams are promoted to League Two at the end of each season... This is despite it being three up, three down in the Championship and three up, four down in League One...

'We have made it clear three-up, three-down is something we would like to pursue,' Ives told BBC Sport. 'Absolutely we are having open dialogue about it. It would be fairer and more fitting for our competition. It is a matter for the EFL... but is it something it is willing to have dialogue over? I think so'

A salary cap had been expected to be introduced in the National League for the 2022/2023 season but it now appears any changes will take place further down the line.

'A salary cap might mean a hard cap, where everyone can spend the same amount of money irrespective of whether they have got more in the bank,' Ives said. 'Or it could be a soft one, where you can spend a percentage of your accepted income towards player and team salaries. Or is it a discussion to have secure financial regulations to ensure clubs don't spend beyond their means?'...

At the moment the National League has no plans to pause the season during the World Cup period but is open to games being moved to a different date or a kick-off time being changed depending on the circumstances.

'We are more likely to move something that clashes with England and Wales games but my position with fixtures is always to listen to both teams and see what their views are,' Ives added".


7 June 2022

ALTY WOMEN'S SEASON

Continuing our end of season review of the various Altrincham FC teams in 2021-22 we look at Altrincham FC Women's campaign.

Altrincham FC Women compete in the North West Regional League Division One South. In 2021-22 they finished ninth of the eleven teams in the Division.

In their twenty league games Altrincham won four times, drew twice and lost on fourteen occasions, giving them a total of fourteen points

Home matches were played at Manor Farm, Timperley.

Results in season 2021-22 (in League unless stated):

  • 5.9.21 Alder FC Women (H) 1-3
  • 12.9.21 Chester FC Women (A) 0-10
  • 19.9.21 Runcorn Linnets FC Ladies (A) 3-6
  • 26.9.21 Hindley Juniors Women (H) 3-5
  • 3.10.21 Ashton Town Lionesses FC (H) 4-2 WOMEN'S FA CUP
  • 10.10.21 Mersey Valley Ladies (A) 1-5
  • 17.10.21 Warrington Wolves Foundation Women's FC (A) 1-4
  • 24.10.21 Norton & Stockton Ancients LFC (H) 0-7 WOMEN'S FA CUP
  • 21.11.21 Chester FC Women (H) 0-2
  • 5.12.21 Northwich Vixens (A) 0-1
  • 12.12.21 Alder FC Women (A) 2-0
  • 9.1.22 Northwich Vixens (H) 1-2
  • 23.1.22 Curzon Ashton FC Women's (A) 0-2
  • 30.1.22 Wythenshawe Amateurs (H) 3-1
  • 2.3.22 Wythenshawe Amateurs (A) 3-1
  • 6.3.22 Warrington Wolves Foundation Women's FC (H) 0-2
  • 13.3.22 Hindley Juniors Women (A) 1-2
  • 20.3.22 Runcorn Linnets FC Ladies (H) 1-3
  • 3.4.22 Curzon Ashton FC Women's (H) 1-1
  • 17.4.22 Wythenshawe Amateurs (A) 0-2
  • 24.4.22 West Kirby Ladies (H) 3-0
  • 24.4.22 West Kirby Ladies (A) 0-0
  • 1.5.22 Didsbury FC Ladies (A) 0-2
  • 1.5.22 Didsbury FC Ladies (H) 3-0

JEAN PRINCE, R.I.P.

Altrincham FC supporters will be saddened to learn of the death last Friday of Jean Prince who, for many years, served as a volunteer at the Football Club. Jean's husband Keith was, for many years, the club's kitman.

Jean was rewarded for her selfless service by being made a Life Vice-President of the Football Club.

Details of her funeral have yet to be arranged but they are expected to include a pause by the funeral cortege outside the J. Davidson Stadium for her friends to pay their respects. Details of the arrangements will be reported here once known.

ALTY LEGENDS: JACK GRIMWOOD

Terry Rowley's latest profile in his Alty Legends series is John Barton ‘Jack’ Grimwood.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The end of season Vanarama National League awards have been confirmed and the Player of the Season is Paul Mullin (Wrexham), whilst the Manager of the Season is Dave Challinor (Stockport County).

The Vanarama National League Team of the Season comprises Sam Johnson (FC Halifax Town), Jayden Richardson (Notts County), Ash Palmer (Stockport County), Aaron Hayden (Wrexham), Harry Boyes (Solihull Moors), Joe Sbarra (Solihull Moors), Jordan Davies (Wrexham), Ruben Rodrigues (Notts County), Kabongo Tshimanga (Chesterfield), Paul Mullin (Wrexham), Paddy Madden (Stockport County).

Only two players from clubs that have never been in the EFL were named in the team, both of these being from Solihull Moors.

Gloverscast tells us that "A social media post by Luton Town winger Josh Neufville has hinted at a possible return to Yeovil Town.

The 21 year-old, who became a fans’ favourite at Huish Park after two successful loan spells over the past two seasons, posted... on his Instagram on Sunday night. On top of the post is the words: Unfinished business...

Fellow loanee Jack Robinson replied 'What a player ytfc are getting congrats mate'...

Arrival of Neufville would be quite a coup for new boss Chris Hargreaves... He would be the first signing for the manager who has tied up existing squad members goalkeeper Grant Smith, defenders Max Hunt and Morgan Williams, midfielders Josh Staunton and Lawson D’Ath and forward Tom Knowles. In his first loan spell from Luton... Neufville turned out 31 times in the second half of last season.

That ended with a horrific ankle injury in the penultimate National League fixture of the season at Altrincham. Having spent eight months regaining his fitness, he returned on loan in March and went on to make 11 league appearances....

He was recalled ahead of the final game at Altrincham with his parent club in the Championship play-offs".

Birmingham World writes that "Solihull Moors missed out on promotion to League 2 after losing 2-1 to Grimsby Town in the National League playoff final...

Jordan Maguire-Drew’s late goal in the second period of extra-time was enough to win the game for Town... Neal Ardley’s men started the game well, putting Town under some early pressur... Grimsby came back into the contest as the first half wore on, and The Mariners then came close to breaking the deadlock...

Although Grimsby had the better of the first half, Moors took the lead right on the edge of half-time thanks to a towering header from Kyle Hudlin...

After Ardley’s men withstood some early second-half pressure, Grimsby equalised thanks to John McAtee’s well taken strike with just 20 minutes remaining... Neither side could find a winner as the tense final headed into extra-time.

During the second period of extra time, Moors and their travelling fans suffered playoff final heartbreak after Maguire-Drew got on the end of a long throw in to Solihull’s penalty area to tap in at the back post".

Several clubs have announced player deprtures in the last 24 hours. They include FC Halifax Town who "confirm Tom Bradbury has left the club to pursue other opportunities".

And Aberdeen Live tells us that "Aberdeen hero Adam Rooney leaves Solihull Moors after play-off heartbreak. The 2014 Scottish League Cup winner has had a decent spell in the National League....

The Dons ace joined the West Midland club in 2020 following his spell with Salford City, whom he joined from Aberdeen".

Elsewhere, news of a signing comes from the BBC that "Veteran striker Chris Porter has rejoined Oldham Athletic on a one-year deal after leaving Crewe Alexandra.

During two campaigns with the club from 2005-07, Porter, 38, scored 31 goals in 75 games for Oldham... Across a 19-year playing career, Porter has netted 195 goals in 681 matches for clubs including Bury, Derby, Sheffield United, Colchester and Motherwell...

Said boss John Sheridan, 'The experience and pedigree that Chris brings speaks for itself and I'm very pleased at being able to add a player of his calibre which is vital as we rebuild the squad'".


6 June 2022

ALTY RESERVES FINISHED ELEVENTH

Altrincham Reserves completed their 34-match Cheshire League season some three weeks before many of the other teams in that division. With the other teams having now completed their schedules, the final outcome of the season is that Altrincham FC Reserves have finished eleventh in the eighteen-team league.

They won ten games, drew nine matches and lost fifteen times through the league season, to end the campaign with 39 points.

Another Altrincham-based team, Broadheath Central, finished second with 70 points but that was twelve points adrift of champions FC St Helens.

ALTY YOUTH FINISHED FOURTH

In the ten-team NW Youth Alliance Premier Division, Altrincham FC Youth (under-18s) finished fourth, with Chester FC emerging as the league champions.

The team's last recorded game was on 2 May in the North West Youth Alliance Open Cup which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Bootle.

Altrincham were scheduled to play the following week (8 May) at home to Hyde FC but that match was not played and Alty were awarded a "walk-over".

On 15 May a scheduled league match at home to Irlam FC appears not to have been played.

ALTY LEGENDS: MITCHELL DOWNIE

Goalkeeper Mitchell Downie is the latest to be featured by Terry Rowley in his Alty Legends profiles of former players of Altrincham FC. Downie may be unique in this series as he was never on the winning side for The Robins with his reputation having been acquired primarily in some 700 games across Scotland and England.

GRIMSBY TOWN PROMOTED

Sixth-placed Grimsby Town beat third-placed Solihull Moors 2-1 after extra time to to clinch a place back in the EFL Division Two for 2022-23. More than 22,000 spectators watched the match at West Ham's London Stadium.

Solihull led before Grimsby took the game to extra time with an equaliser.

The BBC reports that "Grimsby Town's National League play-off final victory over Solihull Moors was 'written in the stars', match-winner Jordan Maguire-Drew said.

The Moors had taken the lead on the stroke of half-time through a Kyle Hudlin header. A John McAtee leveller sent the tie to extra time, Maguire-Drew coming off the bench to score the winner...

Maguire-Drew told BBC Radio Humberside... 'I feel like it's meant to be since the Notts County game and this team just never gives up. It's written in the stars sometimes...

'I thought [the winner] was heading wide of the post,' manager Paul Hurst said. 'We'd talked about back-post efforts, you know the importance of that sort of area. Credit to Jordan, every time he plays, he seems to have a moment, whether it's scoring or setting up a goal. He was disappointed not to start, but he went about it in the right way'".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Lynn News claims that King's Lynn Town "striker Michael Gyasi is set to complete a move to Chesterfield later this month.

Negotiations... are believed to be at advanced stage. Gyasi, who was also being tracked by a Scottish Championship side, has a year remaining on his contract at The Walks.

The 22 year-old who spent the second half of last season on loan at Dover Athletic since January notched five goals in 19 appearances during his time with The Whites.

The German-born Ghanian, who can also play out wide, scored against the Spireites in April... Gyasi spent his early years with Northampton Town Centre of Excellence before joining Chelsea's Academy at the age of 11.

If he does leave, the nimble-footed forward will join Ross Barrows, Luis Fernandez, Arthur Iontton and Connor Kurran-Browne out of the Walks exit door.

Barrows has signed for Altrincham in the National League, while Fernandez, Iontton and Kurran-Browne have all put pen-to-paper for Hampton and Richmond Borough in the National League South.

The Linnets remain in contract negotiations with both skipper Michael Clunan and defender Aaron Jones.

Baris Altintop, Josh Barrett, Pierce Bird, Daniel Bowry, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Ken Charles, Gold Omotayo and Munashe Sundire currently remain under contract for the 2022/23 season, although there could be further movements in the next few weeks".

According to West London Sport, "Defender Jack Cook and midfielder Ashley Charles have signed new deals with Wealdstone.

Supporters’ Player of the Season Cook has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal with the Stones having made 42 appearances in his debut season with the club.

Charles, meanwhile, has signed a new one-year deal with the option of a further year.

He made 34 appearances last season having first joined the club back in 2019, making 74 appearances in total".


5 June 2022

PLAY-OFF FINAL

Sunday 5 June:

  • Solihull Moors v Grimsby Town

According to the Birmingham Mail, Solihull Moors "are just ninety minutes away from league football... But the incredible journey hasn't been without controversy... Some fans won't be there to see the historic final decider this weekend because they are refusing to pay "scandalous" ticket prices...

And Solihull Moors warned fans they risk being turned away after a 'disproportionate' number of concession tickets were bought for Sunday's National League promotion final. The club said... 'Please ensure you purchase the correct ticket type as entry will be refused if supporters are found with the wrong ticket'".

ALTY LEGENDS: ALEX STEPNEY

Terry Rowleey's latest Alty Legend profile is of goalkeeper Alex Stepney who played for The Robins after his illustrious career with Manchester United.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

At relegated newcomers to the National League, Scunthorpe United, the club announces that "After taking on board supporter feedback, Scunthorpe United can confirm our printed matchday programme will return for the 2022-23 season.

On sale for £3 around the stadium on matchdays, THE IRON will return with a joint issue for our home pre-season friendlies against Sheffield United, Rochdale and Peterborough United in July.

Fans will be able to buy programmes with cash from our programme and 50/50 draw ticket sellers, or via card from our club shop and ticket office."

Promoted Dorking Wanderers have announced the names of the "members of their promotion winning side that are departing the club this summer.

Manager Marc White provided the following comments on the five players who are moving on...

  • Wes Fogden. 'Foggy has been an inspiration to all... In the first game of the 21/22 season Wes was written off for the whole season with a career ending injury, only to do his own rehab and make a ‘Lazarus’ type return'. /li>
  • Kane Wills. 'Kane has played a pivotal role in the Wanderers for the last 3 years... [He] was a huge character around the dressing room. It was very fitting to see him play a part in the goal that saw the side promoted'.
  • Dan Lincoln 'I truly think that we would not have been promoted without Dan joining. He came in at the perfect time and adjusted to the hard task of being a Wanderers goalkeeper... Rarely have I seen a new player become so popular with players and supporters alike'.
  • Darren Oldaker. 'DJ is moving on to pastures new. I love DJ, he reminds me of the lads that played for us during our first few years, he is a real character and I know that he will remain close to the club... He came in at the perfect time for us and played a pivotal role in our success, the ‘Pikey Pirlo’ will be missed on another level!'
  • David Ray. 'Razor is off to test his management skills at Storrington... He could be noticed as being in the dug out for every game to help the lads through the final stages of the season and he can claim two promotions in his time at the Wanderers. David Ray is a club legend'.
  • Jason Prior. 'The departure of JP9 is one I am still getting over... Leader of men, colossal character and serial winner'.

We will be announcing some new signings soon'" concluded the manager.

Glovers Cast reports that "Midfielder Dale Gorman has rejected a new contract offer from Yeovil Town and is one of six players who will leave the club.

Strikers Reuben Reid and Adi Yussuf, full-back Mark Little and the versatile Jordan Barnett and Alex Bradley have been released by new manager Chris Hargreaves, the club confirmed on Friday night.

Winger Charlie Wakefield and midfielder Matt Worthington have both been offered new contracts and are yet to give the club an answer.

The announcement follows confirmation that playmaker Lawson D’Ath has re-signed for the 2022-23 campaign.

Even before the club officially confirmed Little’s exit, League of Wales side Penybont, who also have ex-Glovers’ loanee Shaun MacDonald, announced he would join them next season.

Northern Irishman Gorman made more than 40 appearances last season having joined from Glentoran, linking up with his old Stevenage manager Darren Sarll. It would be little surprised to see the pair reunited at Woking.

Reid and Yussuf managed just 11 goals between them with Yussuf weighing in with eight... Barnett is perhaps a surprise name among those listed although he is still presently the subject of an FA charge having allegedly made 138 bets on football matches over a period of more than three years...

Players released : Reuben Reid, Mark Little, Adi Yussuf, Alex Bradley, Jordan Barnett

Remaining under contract or contract extension triggered: Tom Knowles, Grant Smith, Max Evans, Morgan Williams. Max Hunt

Contracts offered and accepted: Josh Staunton, Ollie Haste, Toby Stephens, Lawson D’Ath

Contract offers made: Matt Worthington (awaiting response), Charlie Wakefield (awaiting response), Dale Gorman (rejected and will be departing the club)".

Torquay Talk says that "There’s absolutely nothing rebellious about Connor Lemonheigh-Evans’s departure from Plainmoor. He goes with love, affection, and gratitude...

It’s rare in modern football, even rarer in a league that depends on loans and one-year contracts, for a player to appear for the same team in five successive seasons. Rarer still is being witness to the full trajectory of evolution that we’ve seen in Connor Lemonheigh-Evans...

The Lemon made his professional debut in Yellow, joining a sinking ship in 2018. His efforts were valiant, middle-of-the-park leg-work valued, and his talent undeniable... It was expected that, like so many of the loanees that season... we’d never see him again, and he’d either have a career in non-league obscurity or second-flight success.

The arrival of Gary Johnson to the English Riviera, though, was sufficient to pull the Swansea jack back down south for another loan period... He soon became the first choice central-midfield partner for Asa Hall...

On the eve of the 2019/20 opener, CLE... returned again to the Bay, and it was quite widely assumed that we were absolutely nailed on to get promoted again...

The Summer of 2020 saw Reid leave, Danny Wright take his place, and Connor return on a permanent basis... and that coincided with CLE’s best season in Yellow... Indeed, the only blips in his season came during the regrettable no-striker-experiment of Alty (h)... His part in our best season in a decade is hard to overestimate.

Connor’s final campaign in Yellow, as an individual, was not dissimilar to the previous one...

Connor has come of age as a footballer at Torquay United. To paraphrase a Geordie pal of his, he really did join the club as a boy and really has left as a man.. He has more than earned his move away from our silly little club, who don’t deserve to hold onto players of his calibre for longer than we already have...

I don’t think many players have had such a consistent positive impact on the club in the past half-decade".

The Grimsby Telegraph reports that "Grimsby Town forward Ryan Taylor expressed how much he enjoys playing with forward partner John McAtee...

Both arrived at the club at the start of the season and formed a crucial partnership at the top of the pitch...

'He has obviously got so much ability,' said Taylor... 'I am sure they’ll be a lot of interest in him come the summer, but he has got another year left on his contract, so I don’t think he is going anywhere! I love playing with him'...

Despite playing as the furthest man forward for most of the season for Town, Taylor has only managed eight goals this season... 'I think I could’ve done more in patches, but ultimately if we get promotion as a team, this season will be viewed as a huge success. My general play is quite good, and that is probably why I have managed to stay in the team because I probably could’ve scored more goals'".


4 June 2022

FRIENDLY NUMBER SIX

Altrincham FC has confirmed its sixth pre-season friendly. "Altrincham will face Curzon Ashton in a pre-season friendly at the Tameside Stadium on Tuesday, July 19th...

Tom Peers [right], such a significant contributor to the successful era under Parkinson, moved to Curzon in February to join a squad already containing Craig Mahon and Craig Hobson, and the Alty connection was extended still further earlier this week when Connor Hampson completed a move to the Tameside Stadium".

The matches announced so far are as follows:

  • 1 Sat.9.7.21 12pm Away West Didsbury & Chorlton
  • 2 Sat.9.7.21 3.30pm Away Wythenshawe Town
  • 3 Tue.12.7.21 7.45pm Away Trafford
  • 4 Sat.16.7.21 3pm Away Isle of Man
  • 5 Tue.19.7.21 7.45pm Away Curzon Ashton
  • 6 Sat.23.7.21 3pm Home STOCKPORT COUNTY

ALTY LEGENDS: NELSON STIFFLE

Indian-born Nelson Stiffle is the latest former Alty player to be subject of a profile by Terry Rowley in his Alty Legends series.

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF FINAL

Sunday sees the National League play-off final at West Ham's London Stadium.

Sports Mole reminds us that "While Solihull are bidding to reach the EFL for the first time in their history, Grimsby are attempting to seal a bounce-back return to the fourth tier of English football.

Having finished down in sixth position during the regular season, Grimsby were regarded as outsiders to earn promotion, particularly when considering that none of their following fixtures would be played at Blundell Park...

Even though Paul Hurst has witnessed his team concede four goals in two of their last three outings, the Grimsby boss will have total confidence that his players can outlast Solihull on the biggest stage that their opponents have ever experienced... the West Midlands outfit having recorded six wins in succession.

Unlike their upcoming opponents who have twice played 120 minutes to reach the final, Solihull were afforded a two-week break before their last-four showdown with Chesterfield... and eventually ran out 3-1 winners.

Impressively, they have now scored at least three goals in their last five outings, a return which sets up the mouthwatering prospect of a hugely-entertaining clash at the ground of West Ham United...

Jamey Osborne, formerly of Grimsby, serves the final game of a three-match suspension... Hurst is also unlikely to tinker with his Grimsby XI for this contest".

The Grimsby Telegraph adds that "Paul Hurst reports a clean bill of healt...

However, the 47-year-old admitted he is still undecided on the starting XI, despite naming the same line-up for The Mariners’ two play-off games so far.

That is due to some of the performances of substitute players in the two dramatic victories, with Emmanuel Diseruvwe scoring in both games and the likes of Shaun Pearson, Jordan Maguire-Drew and Arjan Raikhy also providing meaningful contributions to the team during the run-in.

Hurst stated...'The team’s looked good, but at the same time, I‘ve had some lads come off the bench and make some significant contributions. They are knocking at the door for selection'".

NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH IN 2022/23

The composition of the Vanarama National League North has been finalised and the league will comprise the following clubs:

  • AFC Fylde, Alfreton, Banbury United, Blyth Spartans, Boston United, Brackley, Bradford Park Avenue, Buxton, Chester, Chorley, Curzon Ashton, Darlington, Farsley Celtic, Gloucester City, Hereford United, Kettering Town, Kidderminster Harriers, King’s Lynn Town, Leamington, Peterborough Sports, Scarborough, Southport, Spennymoor Town, Telford United.

King's Lynn Town are the only relegated club joining the division, in which the other newcomers are promoted clubs Banbury United, Buxton, Peterborough Sports and Scarborough Athletic

The National North League fixtures start on Saturday, August 6.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Following the conclusion of his Bromley contract, we can confirm that midfielder Liam Trotter has joined National League South side Chelmsford City.

The 33-year-old arrived at Hayes Lane in September 2020 and made 31 league appearances for the Ravens this season".

The Maidenhead Advertiser reports that "Maidenhead United’s squad for next season is already starting to take shape, with the club having held onto the core of the team that produced a sensational second half of the season to ensure survival several weeks before the campaign concluded.

Yesterday (Wednesday) the Magpies released their retained list for the 2022/23 season... and there were a couple of pleasant surprises for supporters, as well as a couple of notable omissions.

Manager Alan Devonshire will be pleased to have retained 15 players from the squad which comfortably finished 17th last season, with club captain Alan Massey and central defensive partner Will De Havilland to remain, along with last season’s top goalscorer Josh Kelly.

Sam Barratt, whose season was hampered by injury, will also be looking to bounce back to form next season with more goals and appearances, while key performers such as Dan Sparkes, supporters' player of the season Dan Gyollai, Charlee Adams, Kane Ferdinand, Ryan Upward and Remy Clerima will also be back...

But Devonshire will have been loathed [sic!] to lose two or three key players from the squad, most notably Shaun Donnellan, Ryheem Sheckleford and George Wells, while Nathan Blissett also led the line well during his time at the club. Former academy player Brad Keetch has also proved to Devonshire he's ready to stake his claim for a place in next season's squad.

The Magpies are also already off the mark in the transfer market, announcing three new players... Temi Eweka, Cole Kpekawa and Koby Arthur were unveiled last week... Central defender Eweka has arrived from Bracknell Town, having been part of a title winning team that conceded just 12 league goals all season.

Kpekawa, 26, is a centre back who most recently featured for Hemel Hempstead having come through the QPR Academy and played in the Premier League, while Arthur has signed from relegated Dover Athletic...

These signings would not have been possible had it not been the work of chief scout Lee Devonshire and the manager was keen to credit his son's work behind the scenes...

'We all do things together, but my boy is a big asset,' he said... 'I think we have re-signed 10 to 12 boys and there are six to seven that have left. It isn’t a nice thing telling people you are letting them go but that’s all been done. Now it’s a time of getting replacements in...

'It’s hard when you are part-time in this full-time league. The budget we’ve got compared to everyone else isn’t the same. It’s just about getting value for money really. That’s probably why we have to go a bit lower than most of the other teams'".

In the Nottingham Post we learn that "The Magpies are searching for a new head coach after Ian Burchnall left the club to take over at Forest Green Rovers. The board of directors have said the process could take 'at least a couple of weeks'...

Independent.ie reports that Ruaidhri Higgins 'was sounded out to see if he would be interested after being identified as a strong candidate'. It is said that the 37 year-old would fit the bill based on the style and approach of his current team [Derry City], who play in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

However, the report adds that Higgins, who used to be Republic of Ireland chief scout and analyst, is happy at Derry and decided not to explore the opportunity at Notts any further...

Luke Tisdale is favourite to succeed Burchnall, according to bookmakers BetVictor, having just left his role as head coach of Coventry City under-23s after seven years at the club.

Mike Williamson is next on the list, having just led Gateshead to the National League North title...

Meanwhile, Notts' manager hunt has not stopped other business being done. Wing-back Tobi Adebayo-Rowling has been signed, along with prolific striker Macaulay Langstaff from Gateshead... Elsewhere, defender Richard Brindley has signed a new two-year contract with the Magpies, while Elisha Sam has left the club".


3 June 2022

ALTY'S LOCAL RECRUIT

Altrincham have dipped into the local talent pool for their fourth signing of the summer as, on the Altrincham FC website, John Edwards writes that "Altrincham have snapped up one of the region's brightest young prospects after agreeing a deal for full-back Aidan Roxburgh from neighbours Trafford FC.

The versatile defender's dynamic style increasingly caught the eye of Phil Parkinson last season, and the Alty manager was delighted to push through a move... Phil commented 'Aidan is a little diamond we’ve discovered through our excellent links with Trafford Football Club, through the coaching and mentoring of Danny Caldecott, who has specialised in finding and developing young talent.

'We’ve monitored his progress this season closely, and we feel, under the new model, he could blossom and take his game to the next level. He’s a late developer, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be a big player for us this coming season or even the following one.'

After making his mark with the likes of the Holywell Town and Runcorn Town, Aidan, known as Aidy, really came into his own at Shawe View as an aggressive, attacking full-back with an eye for goal.

Comfortable on either flank, he favours right-back".

Footnote: Aidan started out on the scholarship programme at Welsh Premier club The New Saints.

According to the Huws Gray Alliance website, Roxburgh had played for Runcorn Town in 2017-18 before joining Welsh club Holywell Town during the summer of 2018. He rejoined Runcorn Town in summer 2020 before his capture by Chester FC in July 2021.

At the time, Chester FC stated "Aidan Roxburgh and Taylor Dyson have today arrived at Chester FC and immediately joined Trafford FC on a dual registration basis.

Full-back Aidan, 22, comes in from Runcorn Town... Both players impressed Joint Bosses Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley during the First Team Talent ID events and subsequent friendlies.

Jonno said... 'They are off to Trafford, who we feel play a similar style to us'".

He played more than 30 games for Trafford last season.

ALTY'S EARLIER SUMMER SIGNINGS

The Sale & Altrincham Messenger claims that "Altrincham have secured a spectacular triple transfer breakthrough after adding three new faces...

Alty boss Phil Parkinson has lost free-scoring winger Dan Mooney to Southend United and centre-back Kyle Ferguson to an unnamed League Two side, but has more than made up for that double disappointment by landing versatile defenders Ross Barrows and Lewis Baines and midfielder Josh Lundstram (left), a massive hit during a loan spell at The J.Davidson Stadium two years ago...

Sheffield-born and still based in his home city, Barrows can operate at right-back or in central defence, while Chorley’s player of the year Baines will provide similar adaptability on the other side of the back line as a left-sided specialist...

Lundstram made a huge impact on loan a couple of years ago when he slotted in seamlessly alongside skipper Jake Moult".

ALTY LEGEND: MICK SMYTH

For the second day running, Terry Rowley has provided us with a profile of a former Altrincham goalkeeper in his Alty Legends series. In today's case, the keeper in question (pictured, right) went on to represent his country and to play in European cup competitions for his club.

NATIONAL LEAGUE PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

The National League has responded to criticism of the arrangements for the promotion play-off at the London Stadium.

"National League staff and management are acutely aware of the current financial challenges facing fans across the country and equally recognise that without the fans the game doesn’t exist.

We don’t always get everything right, but we make every decision in the best interest of our clubs and the competition and we hope that fans will understand the challenge of balancing securing a showpiece venue and the consequent costs involved with doing that. While we were able to keep the base price tickets lower than last season and that of Under 16s, we do acknowledge that there is a premium on the higher ticket prices and that the lower priced tickets sold out quickly.

By way of background it was in the spirit of creating a showpiece occasion, befitting a Promotion Final, that we undertook a search for a venue, that began back in October, and the challenge we faced was finding a suitable stadium that wasn’t undergoing a pitch renovation as soon as the current football season had ended, more complicated this year than usual as there will be an earlier start to next season because of the timing of the World Cup.

Both the clubs and fans deserve a memorable final after what has been a fantastic season... We needed a stadium that was also capable of providing the capacity to cope with the anticipated high demand for tickets...

The London Stadium has shown this season in particular what a special atmosphere it can create for big games...

Our main goal at The National League is to administrate [sic] and deliver income to our member clubs and any proceeds generated from the final and all other commercial activity will go to our clubs. To be clear, The National League will not be taking any profits from Sunday’s final; 100% of the proceeds will go back to our member clubs...

On that note we have had incredible support from Vanarama who have been actively looking at ways of directly supporting fans in the cost of the final, and The National Lottery who are working with community groups to ensure families and deserving individuals who otherwise would have struggled can get there on the day, with much of the transport costs being covered for this initiative...

With over 17,000 tickets sold in the first couple of days we are assured of a fantastic atmosphere on Sunday. We will always listen to clubs and fans to help inform any decisions for future occasions and we always seek to act in the best interests of all parties".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Leader Live confirms that "Eight players have been released by Wrexham but Harry Lennon and Jake Bickerstaff have been offered new deals.

The club has confirmed that Lee Camp, Cameron Green, Dan Jarvis, David Jones, Jordan Ponticelli, Devonte Redmond, Dawid Szczepaniak and Kwame Thomas are to be released upon the expiry of their current contract...

But striker Bickerstaff and centre-back Lennon will be part of manager Phil Parkinson's plans for Wrexham's 15th campaign in non-league... Centre-back Lennon will be offered a new contract to give him time to prove his fitness for the up-coming campaign.

Although David Jones has not been retained as a player, he will be offered the opportunity to continue in his role as the club’s first team coach...

Rob Lainton and Christian Dibble are the two Reds' goalkeepers under contract.

The Wrexham boss is not short of defensive options with Ben Tozer, Aaron Hayden, Max Cleworth, Tyler French, Shaun Brisley, Bryce Hosannah, Ryan Austin, Reece Hall-Johnson and Callum McFadzean currently in the ranks.

Five midfielders are already on the books; Luke Young, Jamie Jones, Jordan Davies, Tom O'Connor and Liam McAlinden, for the 2022-23 season.

Player of the Season Paul Mullin, Ollie Palmer, Jake Hyde and Dior Angus are the strikers that Parkinson has at his disposal".

According to the Nottingham Post, "Macaulay Langstaff admits it was 'really tough' to leave Gateshead but says he is 'absolutely buzzing' about his move to Notts County... Langstaff scored 32 goals during the 2021-22 season for Gateshead as they won the National League North title.

He was also named the division's Player of the Season, and said 'The last two years have been the most enjoyable I’ve ever had playing football. Leaving Gateshead is really tough. I’ve made friends for life there and I’m really close to the management staff and the people at the top of the club.

'It’s a brilliant club and I’m a Gateshead fan now, apart from when we play them next season, of course! I’m really rooting for them'...

Langstaff told the club's official website 'I’m absolutely buzzing to sign for such a big club... There was interest from elsewhere but Notts stood out to me straightaway. Playing in front of big crowds really excites me. I like the idea of scoring in front of plenty of fans and impressing people...

'Last season shows that I can score plenty of goals and play well consistently,' he added...

'I have to say a big thank you to the manager and his assistant at Gateshead, who were absolutely brilliant with me over the last two years and brought me on leaps and bounds. The major improvement was in my mentality; they gave me confidence and self-belief. Physically I improved, too, and tactically the club got the best out of me'...

Langstaff's arrival follows on from the signing of right wing-back Tobi Adebayo-Rowling. Meanwhile, forward Elisha Sam has left the club.

Notts are also looking for a new manager after Ian Burchnall took the Forest Green Rovers job. It is being reported that the Magpies could go back to Gateshead for player-manager Mike Williamson".


2 Jun 2022

CONNOR JOINS CURZON

Connor Hampson (right), one of the seven Alty stalwarts whose departure was announced in May, has now joined Curzon Ashton.

After 116(+19) appearances for Altrincham he is reunited with former team-mates Tom Peers and Craig Mahon who have both been retained for 2022-23 by the Tameside club.

Connor joined Altrincham, initially on a month's loan, from Stockport County on 2 November 2017. His debut came on 4 November 2017, home v. Buxton.

Injury limited his appearances last season; he was unavailable for the start of 2021-22, awaiting a hernia operation but he made a spectatcular return on 12 October 2021 when he was required to play in goal for some eighty minutes after injury to Tony Thompson at Yeovil Town and he produced important stops as Alty secured a 1-1 draw. However, he was again sidelined by injury over Christmas and into 2022.

Following the club's decision to move to a full-time playing squad, he opted to leave the club, a decision announced by Altrincham FC on 11 May 2022

HOME FRIENDLY ANNOUNCED

For the first time in twenty pre-season matches, Altrincham will be playing a home friendly in front of spectators on 23 July 2022 (3pm), when the National League champions, Stockport County, are the guests at the J. Davidson Stadium.

The last home pre-season friendly witnessed by spectators at the J. Davidson Stadium was on 27 July 2019 when Alty beat AFC Fylde 3-1.

So far, five pre-season games have been formally announced:

  • 1 Sat.9.7.21 12pm Away West Didsbury & Chorlton
  • 2 Sat.9.7.21 3.30pm Away Wythenshawe Town
  • 3 Tue.12.7.21 7.45pm Away Trafford
  • 4 Sat.16.7.21 3pm Away Isle of Man
  • 5 Sat.23.7.21 3pm Home STOCKPORT COUNTY

KOLE MOVES ON

Kole Hall, who joined Altrincham on a short-term contract in March 2022, after leaving Radcliffe FC, has now joined Chester FC who have announced "the signing of striker Kole Hall!

"The 23-year-old has agreed a deal to join Calum McIntyre’s side for the 2022/23 campaign.

Hall, a Bermudan international, ended last season on dual registration with National League side Altrincham and Northern Premier Division outfit Nantwich Town...

'I just want to thank the gaffer for bringing me in,' Kole said after putting pen to paper. 'I’m excited to have joined such a great club with high ambitions, I can’t wait to start playing in front of the fans and giving my all for the club.'

Manager Calum McIntyre said... 'He is a player that has impressed me in recent seasons, and I was really keen to work with him. Kole has a real athletic profile and his combination play as well as his threat in front of goal makes him a real asset'"

Kole made 3(+3) appearances for Altrincham but did not score.

Above right: When Kole Hall was substituted against Yeovil Town on 15 May, it was to be his last appearance for Altrincham.

ALTY OLD BOYS: THE GOOD AND THE BAD

Former Altrincham players can pop up in the media quite unexpectedly and just such a case occurred on Wednesday on the BBC Breakfast news programme. In a feature on the Scottish town of Aberfeldy, which has welcomed numerous Ukrainian refugees to live there, one of the locals interviewed, who had played a signifcant role in the process, was Elgin City manager Gavin Price, who played for Alty in 1999-2000 season.

In fact, Gavin can lay claim to several remarkable achievements in his Alty career. First of all, his arrival at the club was astonishing. On his debut, for Altrincham FC Reserves, he netted EIGHT goals in a 9-1 demolition of Bamber Bridge Reserves on 25 September 1999.

Needless to say, that got the Scottish striker noticed and he was immediately drafted into manager Bernard Taylor'a first-team squad, which that season were competing in the Conference after being promoted back to the top-flight in 1999. Not content with leading the Altrincham attack, Gavin was also employed by Altrincham as its Commercial Executive, a double role which can never have been emulated at the club.

Right: Gavin Price pictured in 1999 with matchball sponsor Barry Heaton (top) and with a youthful Andrew Shaw, later vice-chairman at Altrincham FC

Sadly, Gavin's time at the club was adversely affected by playing with a groin injury, which led to a hernia operation that curtailed his career after 10 starts and four appearamces from the bench for the Robins. In the Conference he made 6(+2) appearances and scored twice, with his other appearances being two starts and a goal in the MacMillan Cup, a start apiece in the FA Cup and the Cheshire Senior Cup, as well as two appearances from the bench in the FA Trophy.

Born on 29 October 1974, Gavin's senior playing career seems to have ended with Altrincham in 2000 but, ten years later in 2010, he went into management at Scottish clubs Kinnoull and then Jeanfield Swifts. In 2014 he became assistant manager at Elgin City where he took over as manager of the Scottish Second Division club in 2017.

But Gavin was to go on to achieve another distinction, outside football, which sets him apart from most, if not all, other Alty "old boys". He was awarded an MBE in 2020. The Northern Scot reported at the time that "Elgin City manager Gavin Price has been made a Member of the British Empire in the Queen's birthday honours.

Aberfeldy-based Mr Price has been given the honour for his work in establishing the Feldy Roo project to support vulnerable and elderly residents of the Perthshire community at the peak of coronavirus lockdown.

The hotelier was among a group of volunteers in the community who supplied regular hot meals and social contact for people living alone or less able to get out of the house.

Reacting to his award on social media, Mr Price said 'People that know me will understand that I was a bit bewildered on hearing the news about the MBE. To be honest, slightly embarrassed as the FeldyRoo project involved so many people and businesses across the Aberfeldy community.

'However after a bit of soul searching, I accepted the honour. My understanding, and I hope that of everyone else is, that this is not an individual award. I have accepted the MBE on behalf of FeldyRoo, Aberfeldy and all the volunteers and businesses that were involved in the fantastic project. Our community pulled together like never before and that was down to a team, not an individual'".

In total contrast to a player of whom Alty can be proud of playing a small part in his career, Wednesday also brought news of the less admirable Yoan Zouma, who played for the club in 2020-21. Now playing for Dagenham and Redbridge, Zouma has been sentenced to 140 hours of community service for recording and circulating a video of his brother Kurt, the West Ham United defender, ill-treating his pet cat.

ALTY LEGENDS: GORDON CLAYTON

Goalkeeper Gordon Clayton is the latest in Terry Rowley's fascinating series of Alty Legends. A great friend of Duncan Edwards, Clayton joined Manchester United with his fellow Birmingham Schoolboys friend before arriving at Moss Lane later in his career.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Boreham Wood "would like to thank loan players Taye Ashby-Hammond and Danilo Orsi who return to Fulham and Harrogate Town respectively for their efforts during their time on loan at the Club... The Club wishes to thank all those players whose time at the Meadow Park has come to an end and have now left the Club. As such, we would especially like to thank James Comley, Adrian Clifton, Gus Mafuta, Scott Boden and Kane Smith...

The Club can confirm the following retained list for the 2022/23 season: –

Nathan Ashmore, Jamie Reckord, Femi Ilesanmi, Mark Ricketts, Will Evans, David Stephens, Josh Rees, Tyrone Marsh, Frankie Raymond, Jamal Fyfield, Dennon Lewis, Jacob Mendy-Mendy, Connor Smith, Connor Stevens

The Club can also confirm that two players; Jamie Reckord and Frankie Raymond have now had transparent conversations with the Club and in view of our transfer targets and their own travel commitments combined with limited playing time foreseen next season, both players have been transfer listed and circulated to member clubs.

Furthermore, the Club can now confirm that the squad rebuilding process has already started in earnest, with some exciting players already signed on the dotted line".

The Nottingham Post reports that "Notts County have confirmed that a request from Elisha Sam to terminate his contract has been accepted.

The 25 year-old will now pursue opportunities elsewhere after two years at Meadow Lane. The 6ft 5in centre-forward signed for the Magpies in late August 2020 and made almost 60 appearances, scoring 15 goals...

The club have thanked Eli for their efforts and wish the Belgian well for the future. This is a sentiment also shared by the striker.

'I would like to say a big thank you to the club for giving me the opportunity to experience playing in England'".

News of a promoted club comes from the Chronicle Live which says that "Gateshead have lost star striker Macaulay Langstaff to Vanarama National League rivals Notts County and [player/manager] Mike Williamson could follow. The Meadow Lane outfit could also come in for Tynesiders player-manager Williamson in what would be a double blow for the Heed.

Williamson is one of the hot tips to take over at Notts County...

Teessider Langstaff, meanwhile, had a clause put in the new and improved contract he signed during last season meaning he could move on for just £50,000. Langstaff plundered 32 goals for the Heed in 2021/22, 28 of those in the league, as he secured the Conference North Golden Boot.

He was also voted the league's Player of the Year... Langstaff's wages at Notts County will be a significant hike on what he was on at Gateshead and he has also been handed the security of a three-year contract...

County have lost out in the play-offs in each of the last two years and were interested in Langstaff before manager Ian Burchnall left for Forest Green Rovers. The Board of Directors have gone ahead with the signing, despite not having a new manager in place...

Williamson has already held preliminary talks with Hartlepool United where he is also on short odds with the bookmakers. Gateshead remain optimistic he will remain in charge at the International Stadium, but if Notts County come calling it will be a tough one to turn down".

Meanwhile news of a relegated club is to be found in the Oldham Times which tells us that "Oldham Athletic have signed promotion-winning Stockport County captain Liam Hogan on a two-year deal.

The 33 year-old was released at the end of last season... and Latics head coach John Sheridan is hoping Hogan can make it back-to-back promotions...

'His experience in the National League will be a huge asset to us during the season ahead,' said Sheridan of his first summer signing. 'It’s vital that we build a squad around players who have been successful at the level we’re going in at'".


1 June 2022

TWO MORE FRIENDLIES

Last season all nine pre-season games were away from home as Altrincham FC renovated the pitch at the J. Davidson Stadium. And the summer of 2020 witnessed five of the six pre-season games also being away from home.

This season, to date, the trend has continued with all four of the friendlies announced being on the road, meaning that just one of the last nineteen scheduled pre-season games has been at Moss Lane. And that was played behind closed doors against Salford City in September 2020.

The last home pre-season friendly witnessed by spectators was on 27 July 2019 when Alty beat AFC Fylde 3-1.

Right: In the 3-1 win over AFC Fylde in 2019, the first goal for the hosts was scored by Nathan Arnold. Here, we see (l. to r.) Arnold, Conor Branson and John Johnston celebrating the goal.

Altrincham FC has announced that the club and its neighbours, Trafford FC, have "agreed on a date for a pre-season friendly in just six weeks' time... The sides will meet at Shawe View on Tuesday, July 12th, kick-off 7.45pm.

Alty's programme of pre-season games begins with a double-header on Saturday, July 9th, with the Robins taking a squad to West Didsbury & Chorlton for a midday kick-off and then heading to Wythenshawe Town for a 3.30pm start at their ground on Timpson Road in Baguley...

A club that shares the same football philosophy as Phil and Neil Sorvel, Danny Caldecott's Trafford side can be counted on to play their part in a fixture that invariably proves an entertaining spectacle".

And Altrincham FC, through press and media officer John Edwards, also "announce another must date for Robins fans’ diaries after it was confirmed that the club will once more visit the Isle of Man for a pre-season friendly...

Thanks to the endeavours of Isle of Man resident and Alty Co-Chairman Lawrence Looney (left), everything is now in place...

The match itself is on Saturday, July 16th, kicking off at 3pm at the National Sports Centre in Douglas, with the squad setting off from Liverpool on the 11.15am ferry on Friday the 15th and returning on the 17th on the 3pm sailing.

Though Alty romped to a 6-0 win, with a Jordan Hulme hat-trick, in July 2018, they seem sure to face a tougher test on their return to the island after the home team’s recent promotion from the North West Counties League First Division South.

They reeled off six straight wins to finish second behind West Didsbury & Chorlton, and Alty boss Phil Parkinson acknowledged the strides they have made...

‘Going to the Isle of Man means a lot to us. Our Co-Chairman is a resident there, and from a staff and player point of view, it allows us to give him something back. He represents us so well, and we want to show his people why he spends so much time over here with us.

‘It’s also a great chance to dedicate a few days away as a group, as well as playing a really competitive game against an ever-improving Isle of Man team'...

Alty’s travel partners Black Opal Travel Group, based on Ashley Road in Hale, have travel packages available and can be contacted by calling 03300 414888 or clicking here.

In addition, hotel and boat packages can be booked through Steam Packet Holidays on 01624 645777 or via their website.

ALTY LEGENDS: RAY DRAKE

Terry Rowley's latest Alty Legends profile concerns prolific forward Ray Drake whose goalscoring knack somehow evaded him when he played for The Robins!

PLAY-OFF FINAL

Sunday 5 June:

  • Solihull Moors v Grimsby Town

There has been uproar at the prices being charged for the Play-Off Final at the The London Stadium on Sunday.

From Grimsby, The Fishy reports that "Grimsby Town fans have donated a five-figure sum to The Mariners Trust to give families who would not be able to afford to go to the National League play-off final the chance to.

The outrageous ticket prices set by the National League, as well as the cost of travel and accomodation during a Bank Holiday weekend in London, had left many fans consigned to watch the match on BT Sport as they can't afford the cost. However, the generosity of supporters, including several from other football teams, has presented the opportunity to them to go and back their team in person.

£12,000 had been donated last night and the figure will inevitably increase as more are made aware of it... Fans who have managed to get tickets have faced problems buying them online, especially the lack of concessions, which has now been resolved according to the Trust.

Up to 25,000 tickets are available to both clubs for the game, which takes place at the London Stadium, the home of West Ham on Sunday. You can buy tickets here.

Should Grimsby get promoted, it will be a fairytale ending for the side who were relegated last season and only just made the playoffs after finishing in sixth place and facing two away games against sides above them to reach the final."

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Nottingham Post reports that "The Magpies’ board say they have been 'inundated' with applications for the job, following the departure of Ian Burchnall... confirming they 'expect it to be at least a couple of weeks' before a decision is made. But they have made it clear the club will continue to pursue their transfer plans, having signed Tobi Adebayo-Rowling on a two-year deal on Monday...

The Notts board said... 'This process has left us extremely confident of recruiting a head coach who will suit the club’s philosophy and seamlessly adjust to life at Meadow Lane... With the players not returning for pre-season training until late June, we see no benefit in rushing this process.

'As you will have seen from the contract renewal of Richard Brindley and the signing of Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, having no head coach in post does not affect our summer recruitment plans. While Ian’s replacement will, like his predecessor, have a significant input on new signings once in post, we are very confident that whoever is selected for the role will be supportive of the targets we’re pursuing'"

The Derbyshire Times adds that "The [starting] date for the 2022/2023 National League season has been confirmed.

The National League has told the Derbyshire Times the campaign will get underway on Saturday, August 6, which is two weeks earlier than in 2021/2022.

The final day of the new season will be on Saturday, April 29.

There is no official date for when the fixtures will be announced yet but it is usually the first week of July... There are no plans for matches to be halted because of the World Cup, but the National League will make decisions on a case-by-case basis regarding any possible disruption.

The World Cup in Qatar starts on November 21, with the final taking place on December 18...

The Football League season starts earlier than normal on July 30. There will be a pause in games in the Championship from November 12 before resuming on December 10, following the culmination of the World Cup group stages. League One and League Two will continue as normal.

The Premier League commences on the same date as the National League, but fixtures will be halted after the weekend of November 12-13 and will restart on Boxing Day".

Southend United "Head Coach Kevin Maher says he’s delighted with the two signings he’s made early on into the close season...

The Blues first team will be back in... at the end of June, when new arrivals Dan Mooney and Cav Miley will meet their team-mates for the first time.... as Maher secured two of his top targets early on into the summer....

He continues to work alongside Head of Football John Still, Senior Football Strategist Stan Collymore and the rest of the football department.

'Delighted to get the two signings we have made nice and early,' said Maher. 'I’m grateful to the chairman and the club for backing us and allowing us to do that. There were quite a few players that left the club [at the end of the season] and some difficult decisions within that were made, so for us to get to work early was important'...

Mooney was Altrincham’s top scorer with 13 goals last season while Miley comes with defensive midfield qualities and good experience in the National League from his time at Eastleigh.

'I think it’s an indication of the intent we have. There was interest in Dan [from other clubs] which is understandable, he had a great season with goals and assists and the numbers he reached which were really good. We feel he can get better. The age he is at, he’s already shown his ability at this level and there’s plenty of room for improvement. Coming into full time training and full time football once again will only benefit him.

'There’s plenty of positives with that one and with Cav there were other teams in for him too'".

The Derbyshire Times confirms that "Chesterfield have announced that seven players, including Alex Whittle, will leave the club in the summer when their contracts expire.

As well as Whittle, the players departing are Melvin Minter, Fraser Kerr, Curtis Weston, Joe Rowley, Stefan Payne and Nathan Tyson.

Whittle’s departure will come as the biggest shock to Town fans after the Player of the Year contender’s consistent season at left-back.

There may also be a few raised eyebrows at Gavin Gunning, Laurence Maguire, Calvin Miller and Akwasi Asante all being transfer listed. Maguire is Chesterfield’s longest-serving player.

New contracts will be offered to Luke Croll, Jim Kellermann, Jak McCourt and Tom Denton.

George Carline and Haydn Hollis, who are also out of contract and have had long-term injuries, have been invited to continue their rehabilitation at the club and could still possibly earn themselves new deals.

The following players are still under contract: Scott Loach, Jeff King, Tyrone Williams, Maguire, Jamie Grimes, Gunning, Jack Clarke, Saidou Khan, Tom Whelan, Liam Mandeville, Miller, Manny Oyeleke, Joe Quigley, Danny Rowe, Kabongo Tshimanga and Asante...

All signs point to a big summer of change at Chesterfield... Cook has said on more than one occasion that he was struggling to ‘trust’ some of the players and that their decision-making was ‘mind-boggling.’"

And it's all change at Torquay as Devon Live reports that "Torquay United manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, Armani Little, Ben Wynter, Danny Wright and Shaun MacDonald have left the club after turning down new contracts. Johnson... explained that Joe Lewis has turned down a contract offer, but because he is under 24, any club wanting to sign him would have to negotiate with Torquay for compensation.

However, Dean Moxey, Tom Lapslie, Asa Hall, Dan Martin and Ali Omar have all agreed new deals and they will join Mark Halstead, Olaf Koszela, and Gabby Rogers on the staff for next season...

About the players who have refused contracts, it’s fair to say that some were expected, while others not so much. Johnson said 'You can’t blame young footballers who have done well'...

Wynter, Wright and MacDonald were a bit of a surprise, though, and Johnson said 'Ben and Danny, both of them thought long and hard and we gave them the time to think about it. But they are family reasons. We understand their reasons and they have both been great servants...

'Shaun MacDonald has set his hopes on playing in the EFL, so he won’t be with us'".

Promoted York City have lost their goalkeeper to EFL2 club Harrogate Town who "announce the capture of goalkeeper Pete Jameson..

The 29-year-old has just helped the Minstermen achieve promotion back to The National League and joins on the back of a season in which he played every minute, making a total of 56 appearances and keeping 19 clean sheets on his way to being named Clubman of the Year.

Standing at 6ft3, Jameson is known as ‘The City Wall’ and lived up to that reputation in York’s Play-Off Semi-Final away at Brackley, keeping out a penalty to see his side through to the final.

Before spending the last three seasons at the North Yorkshire side, the Sunderland born stopper had spent time at Blyth Spartans, Darlington, Sunderland RCA, South Shields (loan), and Consett...

Manager Simon Weaver [said]... 'We’ve been tracking Pete for some time at York and he’s a really good all round keeper and looks the part'".