First Team Management

  • Manager - Vacant
  • Caretaker Manager - Neil Tolson
  • Caretaker Coach - Matt Doughty
  • Goalkeeping Coach - Ian Senior

    Caretaker Manager: Neil Tolson

    Altrincham FC's Assistant Manager is Neil Tolson, who was manager of Hyde United, (now Hyde FC), till April 2011. He joined Altrincham following the appointment of manager Lee Sinnott in summer 2011. Previously Neil had joined Hyde as a player in 2003 before becoming assistant manager in 2007 and then player-manager in September, 2008.

    Like Lee Sinnott, Neil was born in Walsall but the two did not team up in football till both were playing for Bradford City in 1994. As a player Neil was a striker, who topped York City's goalscoring chart for 1996–97. In non-League, he has played for Leigh RMI, whom he left in January 2003 before signing for Kettering Town, but he moved on to Halifax Town shortly afterwards. He therefore has a wealth of expertise and knowledge of the Blue Square Bet North division.

    In almost 200 appearances for Football League clubs, Neil played for Walsall, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City and Chester City before his spell at York. After York, he also spent two years at Southend United (1999-2001) before he joined Leigh.

    In addition to his role at Altrincham, Neil has a full-time job as operations manager with a national security company.

    Following the departure of manager Lee Sinnott on 9 March, 2016, Neil took over the interim management of the first team.

    Acting Coach: Matt Doughty

    In March 2016, Neil Tolson brought in former Alty defender Matt Doughty to act as his assistant till the end of the season.

    A left-back, Matt first joined Alty from Halifax Town in mid-June 2008, having been with the Shaymen since July 2004, a club he had joined from Rochdale. He had previously also played for Chester City, for whom he signed professionally when just 16.

    In 2001, he had moved to Rochdale and had a trial with Southampton but a broken leg halted the prospects of a move to Hampshire. At Rochdale he made 93(+12) appearances in the League. Another broken leg sadly hampered the 5ft 8inch defender's career at The Shay but he still managed 119(+12) league appearances for the club.

    Matt made his Alty league debut on 9 August 2008 and he became one of the team's most consistent players, as well as its penalty taker, but he sadly suffered cruciate ligament damage against Salisbury City in February 2010. This injury effectively ended his initial spell at Moss Lane. After leaving Altrincham, Matt joined Witton Albion before moving on, in March 2011, to Hyde.

    In 2012/13, having returned to Moss Lane, Matt played regularly at left-back, as well as making some appearances on the left side of midfield. In 2013-14 Matt figured in most of the first 17 league games but, thereafter, made only sporadic appearances. A knee injury curtailed his involvement and he left the club at the end of the 2013-14 season. Altrincham appearances: 137 (+18), 6 goals

    Goalkeeping Coach: Ian Senior

    Ian was appointed Coach at Altrincham FC on 1 June 2011, having been Goalkeeping Coach at the club for a number of seasons. Ian also has vast playing experience at non-League clubs in the North-West, with his playing career including spells with Altrincham. A retired fire-figher, Ian also runs a successful sports kit supply business, SK Kits, which provides the clothing merchandise to Altrincham and a host of other clubs.

    Below, is a summary of recent management and Board changes:

    1997-98 John King, to 5/3/98 Graham Heathcote, to 5/3/98 Gerry Berman
    1997-98 Bernard Taylor, from 5/3/98   Gerry Berman
    1998-99 Bernard Taylor Nigel Gleghorn / Brian Kilcline, 8/98 to 11/9/98 Gerry Berman
    1998-99 Bernard Taylor Graham Heathcote, from 11/9/98, resigned 12/99 Gerry Berman
    1999-2000 Bernard Taylor, resigned 11/5/00 Stan Allan/ Owen Brown, to 5/00 Gerry Berman
    2000-01 Mark Ward, from 19/5/00 to 18/3/01 Tony Murphy, from 19/5/00 to 18/3/01 Gerry Berman, to 1/01; Mark Harris, from 1/01
    2000-01 & 2001-02 Bernard Taylor, caretaker from 3/01, officially from 1/5/01 Graham Heathcote, caretaker from 3/01, officially from 1/5/01 Mark Harris, to resignation 5/02
    2001-02 Bernard Taylor Graham Heathcote, to 30/6/02 Board resigned 24/5/02
    2002-03 Bernard Taylor, to 14/10/02 Andy May, from 6/02 to 14/10/02 New Board, from 6/02
    2002-03 Graham Heathcote, from 14/10/02 to 14/9/10 Dalton Steele, from 23/10/02 to 29/11/03 & from mid-May 2004 to December 2007. Graham Barrow from 5 January 2008 to 8 July 2009. Ken McKenna from 9 July 2009 to 14/9/10. Geoff Goodwin, from July 2002 to 13/9/10
    2010-11 Ken McKenna, Acting Manager from 14/9/10; confirmed 14/10/10, to 8/5/11 Stuart Bimson, from 14/10/10 to 8/5/11 Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10
    2011-16 Lee Sinnott, Manager from 23/5/11 to 9/3/16 Neil Tolson, from 1/6/11 Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10
    2016- Neil Tolson, Caretaker Manager from 9/3/16 Matt Doughty, from 9/3/16 Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10

    A fuller list of managers is here.

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