Altrincham FC
First-Team Players



This Page 8 May 2005

2004-05 First-Team Squad

  • Richard ACTON (d.o.b. 16 October 1979, height 6ft 2lbs, weight 14st.)

    Richard, who was formerly at Manchester City (released 1998), Hyde United and Runcorn, was signed in early September 2002. An excellent shot-stopper, Richard made his league debut against Marine (Sept. 2002) and remained the first-choice keeper till he badly injured his shoulder at Harrogate (31/8/03) He did not return to action till 6 January 2004, as Stuart Coburn had arrived in the interim to claim the no.1 jersey. Richard signed League of Wales forms for TNS in March 2004 but returned to Altrincham for 2004-05. He then signed UniBond forms with Woodley Sports c20 August 2004 before joining Bangor City but returned to Alty in early February 2005. Appearances to June 2004: 46.

  • Martin CAMPBELL (d.o.b. 3 January 1980, height 6ft, weight 14st.)

    Bury-born Martin was signed on Nationwide North forms for Alty from Trafford FC, where he remains the first-choice keeper. He made his Altrincham debut in place of the ill Stuart Coburn in the game at Droylsden on 21 March 2005. He was at Chadderton, Chorley and Oldham Town before going to Shawe View.

  • Stuart COBURN (d.o.b. 5 May 1976, height 6ft 1in, weight 14st.)

    Stuart Coburn is in his second spell at Moss Lane. He originally joined Altrincham from Trafford in 1997/98 season. Stuart had joined Trafford in 1994/95 after spells at Irlam Town and Maine Road. He had one Conference season (99/00) with Alty but he played only a handful of games due to injury and his absence probably cost the club survival at that level. In May 2002, the lure of returning to Conference football took him to Leigh RMI on a 2-year contract, despite being Altrincham's player of the year for 2001-02. Leigh surprisingly released him in October 2003 after he had been their player of the year in 02/03. He rejoined Alty on 17 October 2003 and made his (second) Alty debut at Hyde on 21 October 2003. After an impressive series of performances Stuart underwent a hernia operation in May 2004 but was fit to star again in season 2004-05. Appearances to June 2004: 210, 1 goal.

  • Dave CUMMINS (d.o.b. Bolton, 11 December 1982, height 5ft 11ins, weight 13st 9lbs)

    Dave signed from Trafford and made his debut in the FA Cup tie against Hucknall on 16 October 2004, for which game Stuart Coburn was injured. His former clubs include Monton Amateurs, Atherton LR (c2001-03) and Leigh RMI Reserves (early 2003-04), before he moved to Trafford later that season. He was their first choice keeper but picked up a lengthy ban which cost him his place at Shawe View. By occupation he is a gas heating engineer.


    Kurt (35) originally joined Alty in August, 2001 from Hyde after starting out at Flixton and was re-signed as cover in October 2004. He made his Alty debut at Woodley Sports (Nov.2001) but played only once more for Altrincham that season. He made a surprising return to Altrincham as an unused sub in the FA Trophy win at Bradford PA on 30 November 2002 and also kept goal well in the league match at Marine on 2 December 2002. Kurt is also a bowler for Urmston Cricket Club. He signed NW Counties forms for Flixton in late Feb. 2004.

  • Ian SENIOR (d.o.b. 22 July 1960, Dudley, height 6ft 2in, weight 13st.)

    Ian Senior (44) was signed for his fourth spell at Moss Lane in October 2004 as cover keeper, having had the same role in January 2003 when he did not actually play. He played 2 league games in 1983/84 and in 1999 he re-joined as cover for Dean Greygoose and became, at 39, the Conference's oldest current keeper when he substituted for Dean Greygoose against Welling on 8 January 2000. This was his first appearance for the team since 1983 and he could therefore boast that he did not concede a goal for Altrincham over a period of 18 years! Later that season he kept goal in the CSC Final. He signed again as cover and played against Ashton in the Carthium Cup on 4 October 2004. Ian has been on the books of more than 30 different clubs during his career and is now a respected goalkeeping coach - and also supplies Alty with their playing kit. Appearances at June 2004: 3(+1)

  • Chris ADAMS (d.o.b. 10 October 1975)

    Chris, an Altrincham postman, signed from Ashton United in late May 2001, after being at Alty previously in 1997 when he made just one substitute appearance. Before coming to Moss Lane in 1997 he had played at Congleton Town with his namesake, Danny Adams. Chris moved from Moss Lane via Nantwich Town to Trafford and also played at Droylsden, Northwich Victoria and Oldham Athletic. In 2001-02, he was ever-present till sidelined by a hernia injury in December but he returned on 3 August 2002 only to be released by Bernard Taylor after just two league games in 2002-03.

    Chris returned to Alty on the appointment of Graham Heathcote as manager and made his third 'debut' for the club on 15 October, 2002 at Burscough. From then he has been the regular left-back. Chris also played 50 minutes in goal, at Harrogate in August 2003 but was sidelined by a shoulder injury in January 2004 and then broke his right arm in February 2004 andwas out for the rest of the season. In 2004-05 he has turned out both at left-back and in left-midfield and was ever-present till injured in late January, after which he returned to play consistently well. Picture by Terry Rowley. Career appearances for Alty at June 2004 - 101(+1), 3 goals.

  • Stephen ASPINALL (d.o.b. 1976)

    Steve Aspinall was signed in early July 2003 from Vauxhall Motors, where he had been during much of the previous two seasons. Steve is the son of John Aspinall, who played for Tranmere Rovers and Altrincham in the 1980s and went on to manage Bangor City. Though he originally played as a central midfielder for Alty, Stephen performed so well at right-back when Gary Scott was injured, that he has kept the position even when Gary regained fitness. Steve is the first-choice penalty-kick taker and regularly takes free-kicks and corners. Towards the end of the season an ankle injury sidelined him.

    Before arriving at Altrincham, he had played against us on a number of occasions, including Vauxhall Motors' 2-0 win at Moss Lane (8/10/02), which was Bernard Taylor's last match in charge of Altrincham. Steve started his career at Poulton Victoria and was also on Tranmere's books and has also played for Runcorn, whom he joined from Bamber Bridge in December 2001, Chorley, Winsford, Vauxhall Motors and Macclesfield Town. App's to June 2004: 46+2, goals 7(inc. 5 pens).

  • Adam BRINDLE

    Adam, a centre-back, joined Alty Reserves in 2004-05. In 2002-03 he had joined Manchester City as a trainee. Called into first-team squad for the game at Redditch in November 2004. In January 2005 loaned to Curzon Ashton for match practice.

  • Kirk HILTON (d.o.b. 2 April, 1981 height 5ft 7ins, weight 10st 4lbs)

    Flixton-born Kirk is a former Man. United Reserve and, in 2002-03, was a first-team squad member at Old Trafford (assigned no.28). He is a left-back/midfielder, who had a spell in the USA before returning to play for Altrincham Reserves in October 2004. He underwent a cartilage operation in December 2004. After joining United in 1997, Kirk gained first team experience whilst on loan from United to Royal Antwerp, with whom he spent 2001-02 season. In 2002-03 he went on loan to Scottish club, Livingston. In May, 2003 he moved from United to Blackpool on a free transfer before going to Halifax Town, also on a free transfer, in September 2004. Made his Alty debut as a late sub at Kettering on 19 Feb. 2005.

  • Mark MADDOX (d.o.b. 1 March 1973, height 6ft 1in, weight 12st 7lbs)

    Born in Liverpool, Mark is a centre-back who originally joined Altrincham in 1996 and returned to Moss Lane in December 1998 after a brief spell at Barrow. He then re-established himself as first-choice centre-back and also played occasionally in 1999/2000 at right-back and in midfield. A very popular and whole-hearted player, nick-named 'Mad Dog', Mark is an excellent tackler. He had a fine season in 2001-02 and firmly re-established himself again as a first-choice centre-back. He assumed the captaincy in 2003 but picked up a hairline heel fracture in the first game of 2003-04 and was out for several weeks. Despite returning to action, the injury continued to cause problems and his season was further disrupted when an ear infection sidelined him in December 2003/January 2004. However, he is now re-established as a regular at centre-back and made his 300th appearance in January 2005. He is the club's senior professional and by June 2004 had made 258(+16) appearances and scored 9 goals.

  • George MELLING

    Aged 19, George is a centre-back who has established himself since emerging from the Reserves. He was formerly at Blackpool FC and Morecambe (reserves and first team) and has also represented the Lancashire FA. After coming on as a late sub against Lancaster in Nationwide North on 29 January 2005, he made his Alty debut on 1 February 2005 in the Cheshire Senior Cup at Vauxhall. However, his first league start was as a right-back at Kettering on 19 February 2005.

  • Gary TALBOT (d.o.b. 6 October 1970)

    Gary Talbot originally signed for Alty towards the end of the 1998/99 season from Winsford United. He is a commanding centre-back and an excellent header of the ball who is also a threat to opponents' goals at corners and free-kicks. His former clubs include Rhyl, Barnton, Wilmslow Albion and Witton Albion. He was sold to Northwich for a fee of 2,500 on 25 January, 2001 in the wake of Alty's financial rescue package, announced earlier that week. He became the Vics' captain by the end of that season but was released and re-joined Altrincham for the 2002-03 season when he was a regular first-teamer and occasional captain. He has played consistently well for Alty since his return to Moss Lane. Appearances by June 2004 - 179(+3), goals 14.

  • Lewis CHALMERS

    Lewis is a young midfielder who, as well as possessing a good touch, is strong in the air and has a long throw. He made his youth team debut in the last match of 02/03 season and went on to captain the side on occasions. After being a regular for the Reserves in 2004-05, Lewis was an unused sub in the FA Trophy match at Gainsborough on 27 November 2004 and made his full debut on 28 March 2005 against Hinckley.

  • Eddie HUSSIN (d.o.b. 13 December 1977, height 5ft 10in, weight 12 st.)

    A tough-tackling central-midfielder, Liverpool-born Eddie was a junior at Everton, who released him in May 1997, after he had played for their Reserves and had been included in their Premiership squad during 1996-97. Following spells with Winsford United, Northwich Vics and Chorley, Eddie joined Altrincham from Marine in mid-June 2004. After a minor knee operation in the summer, Eddie made his debut in a friendly on 4 August 2004 and then started all of the early 2004-05 league games. By October, after regaining fitness, he was playing impressively and, following the departure of Peter Band, was named team captain.

  • Richard NORRIS (d.o.b. 5 January 1978)

    Former semi-pro international right-sided midfielder, Richard signed from Northwich Victoria on 4 February 2005 and made his debut the next day in the FA Trophy. He made his league debut two weeks later at Kettering. He started at Marine (1992-96) and went for 20,000 to Crewe Alexandra in 1996 before injury led to his joining the Vics in 2000. He made some 200 appearances for the Vics and also can claim to have scored England's first ever international Futsal goal.

  • Val OWEN (d.o.b. 11 Feb. 1971)

    Val joined Altrincham Reserves during 2004-05 having been out of the game since leaving Halifax Town in April 2004. He had joined the Shaymen, for whom he made 19 appearances and scored 2 goals, from Northwich Victoria on 4 December 2003. Val started his career at Hyde United after moving from local amateur football. In June 1998 he joined Northwich and later moved to Hednesford Town. After a brief loan spell at Southport, he joined the Vics again in October 2001 and was their captain at the start of the 2002-03 campaign. In autumn 2004 Val impressed in the Alty Reserves and made his Alty first-team debut on 23 October 2004. He immediately established himself as a strong-tackling regular in central midfield where he forms a formidable partnership with Eddie Hussin.

  • Colin POTTS (d.o.b. 26 February 1978)

    Colin is a skilful right-sided wing-man whose former clubs include Rochdale, Morecambe, Chorley and Bamber Bridge. More recently he was at Lancaster City (from Nov. 2000) before moving to Stalybridge in May 2003 and then on to Northwich Victoria in November 2003. In February 2004 he returned to Stalybridge for 3,000. After spending the summer training with Southport, who did not sign him, Colin rejoined the Vics in early August 2004, but almost immediately made his Alty debut in a friendly against Blackburn Rovers on 6 August before signing for the Robins four days later. He has made a strong impression at Moss Lane and is established in the team on the right flank from where he has also scored goals regularly.

  • Stephen ROSE (d.o.b. 23 November 1980)

    Stephen was a junior with Manchester United before having a loan spell at Bournemouth. He then progressed via Bristol Rovers to Chester City, for whom he played in the Conference in 2001-02, before being released in May, 2002 and joining Alty. Stephen made his UniBond debut on 17 August 2002 and established himself as a virtual ever-present starter. He is a versatile player who has appeared at centre-back, full-back and, in 2003-04, regularly in central midfield for Altrincham. In 2004-05 has played at left-back as well as in left- and central-midfield before breaking his leg at Worcester on 30 October 2004. Back in training in January 2005. Career appearances for Alty at June 2004 - 97(+5), 1 goals.

  • Gary SCOTT (d.o.b. 3 February, 1978, height 5ft 8ins, weight 11st 2lbs)

    Gary (left) made his debut for Altrincham on 3 October 2000 as a midfielder (v. Stalybridge). Born in Liverpool, he began his career at Tranmere Rovers but moved to Rotherham United on 7 August 1997. Gary then played for Marine and Leigh, who released him after he had made 9 Conference appearances. After two games in Alty's midfield, his first appearance for Altrincham at right-back was at home to Leek Town (10/10/00). Gary opened his scoring account with two goals at Hyde (16//10/00) and played for the Unibond XI against the F.A. XI (22/11/00). Defensive experiments meant that he was an irregular rather than ever-present member of the team at the end of 2000-01 but he became a regular starter in 2001-02, either at right-back or in midfield, until injured in March 2002. He made a brief return at the very end of the 2001-02 season but re-established himself as the regular right-back for 2002-03 and 2003-04 till injury curtailed his appearances in late August 2003. On his return he played mostly in right midfield until a non-football injury sidelined him in February 2004 but he recovered to reclaim his place in April 2004. However, a knee injury sidelined him in September 2004 before he returned in October. In early 2005 was playing in left-midfield or left-back. Appearances by June 2004 - 150(+13), goals 6.

  • Sean SMITH (d.o.b. 6 October, 1980)

    Sean was Player of the Year for 2001-02 in the Eccles Sunday League. Signed in the close season, he came on as a sub at full-back in 2002/03 pre-season. He made his league debut in Graham Heathcote's first match as manager at Burscough on 15 October 2002 and played very well in left midfield and became a regular in that position till breaking his leg badly on 16 February 2003, whilst working as a taxi-driver. Sean was fit enough to be a named sub by 6 January 2004 but did not play for Alty in 03-04 though he did turn out in Sunday league games. Played again for Alty in pre-season 2004 and for the reserves in 2004-05 but went to Rossendale United to gain match fitness in October 2004. Career appearances for Alty at June 2004 - 15(+2), goals 1.

  • Paul TILLEY

    Paul is a midfielder who graduated from the Alty Youth team, where he was captain in 2001-02. In the absence of a Reserves' side at Alty he moved on to Trafford and Leigh RMI before returning to join the re-formed Altrincham reserves in 2004. Made his first team debut as a sub on 6 November 2004 in the CSC against Chester City.

  • Marcus HALLOWS (d.o.b. 7 July 1975, height 6ft 1in, weight 12st 9lb)

    Bolton-born Marcus (left, with Jamie Almond) is a tall, mobile striker who signed on 21 Nov. 2003 on loan from Chorley before signing on non-contract terms on 17 Feb. 2004. After a spell at Leigh RMI, he was with Bolton Wanderers (1995/96 -their first season in the Premiership), then Stockport County, Sligo Rovers (98/99) and St Patrick's Athletic (Ireland, 99/00). He was at Leigh (2001-02) before going to Stalybridge Celtic (2002-03) from where he went on loan to Lancaster City in January 2003. In October 2002 Marcus was stretchered off against Alty, when playing for Celtic, with a dislocated shoulder and fractured arm. Marcus scored on his full league debut for Alty at Moss Lane, against Radcliffe. However, in early 04-05 he only started on the bench but after getting his chance he scored regularly once again. Nevertheless, he was again cast in a substitute's role in early 2005. Outside football, Marcus is an accomplished Elvis Presley impersonator! A badly broken leg against Ashton United sidelined Marcus on 19 March 2005. App's to June 2004: 28(+2), goals 11.

  • Colin LITTLE (d.o.b. 4 November 1972, height 5ft 10, weight 10st. 5lbs)

    Altrincham FC signed Colin Little, whose last club was Halifax Town, on 5 July 2004. Colin, a two-footed striker, is a local lad, born in Wythenshawe. He signed for Hyde United in August 1995 but moved to Crewe Alexandra for 50,000 on 6 February 1996. He made 193 appearances for Alex and scored 33 goals before going on loan to Mansfield in October 2002, where he played 5 games. He then went on loan to Macclesfield in December 2002, for whom he eventually signed on a free transfer in May 2003. He made 26+8 appearances and scored 7 goals for Macc. before joining Halifax Town in March 2004, for whom he played 8 games and scored twice. Alty fans may wish to forget that Colin scored two of Crewe's three goals in their Cheshire Senior Cup Final win, 3-0 over Alty at the Drill Field, Northwich in 2002 and that he also got the winner as Alex won 3-2 against Alty in the CSC 1st Round in September, 2002. Colin was previously at Alty as a junior as well as being at Wythenshawe Town, Rossendale United and Hyde United before joining Crewe. He had also had a brief spell at Bury.

    His Alty career started impressively with eight goals in his first nine league and cup matches. After intially playing on the left, he has normally started up front this season and is by far the leading scorer this season with 24 goals by late February 2005.

  • Kieran LUGSDEN (d.o.b. 4/4/86)

    Kieran (left) is a pacy striker, with good control, who joined Altrincham with his twin-brother Kelvin in April 2003. Kieran made his first-team debut, as a substitute, in the UniBond League Cup match at Workington on 18 November 2003 but suffered a broken arm and head injuries on his impressive full debut at Whitby in April 2004 but he recovered fully for 2004-05 season. However, his appearances have been mainly limited to a substitute's role this season but he had netted twice for the first team by mid-February. App's to June 2004: 1(+14).

  • Jonathan ("Jozzer") MITTEN (d.o.b. 1 December 1976, height 6ft 1in.)

    Jozzer is Jonathan's preferred first-name, though he is usually named in the press as Josh. He signed on 17 December 2004 from Ashton United as he was about to start a 3-match suspension, to be followed by a 5-game ban also incurred whilst at Ashton. Jozzer has previously been with a number of local clubs including Trafford, Flixton, Curzon Ashton and Radcliffe Borough. He is a tall striker with a good touch, who has adapted well to Nationwide North, scoring 11 times for troubled Ashton before his move to Moss Lane. He is the nephew of Alty kitman, Dave Mitten, brother of sports writer Andy Mitten, and his great uncle was Charlie Mitten the former Man. Utd player and, in the early 1960s, the Altrincham manager. Made his Alty debut, as a sub, at Nuneaton on 22 January 2005 before the second part of his ban began.

  • Rod THORNLEY (d.o.b. 2 April 1977)
    Signed from Congleton Town in time to make his official debut against Droylsden on 17 March, 2001, Rod had been top scorer for the NWCL side. He had played two games for Altrincham before signing, a friendly against Doncaster and a reserve game against Ashton, in which he scored the opening goal. Rod's brother, Ben, played for Manchester United, Aberdeen and Blackpool, whilst Rod himself works for United and for the England national side as a masseur which sometimes obliges him to miss Altrincham games. His other former clubs include Warrington Town, Doncaster Rovers and Salford City. Rod re-signed for Alty for 2001-2 and went on to hit 20 goals in his first 20 games for Alty, ending the season with 31 goals. He is a speedy and hard-working front-man with good ball-control and was also the side's penalty-taker and became team captain for the 2002-03 season. However, he missed quite a few games through injury and had to have an operation in December 2002. Nevertheless, he still finished the season as top-scorer. He missed much of pre-season 0f 03-04 due to his work commitments and, though hampered by a knee problem, played on till succumbing to another operation in Dec. 2003. After a brief return, Rod had a further knee operation in April 2004, which was not wholly successful. However, he started the comeback trail with reserve team appearances in September 2004 and came on as a first-team substitute in October 2004 and re-established himself as a starter by January 2005. Appearances by June 2004 - 118(+5), goals 61.
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    for details of:
  • Jamie ALMOND
  • Peter BAND
  • Mike COATES (trialist)
  • Ian CRANEY
  • Gareth FEENEY (trialist)
  • Neill HARDY
  • David HOLT
  • Ged KIELTY
  • Kelvin LUGSDEN
  • Steve LUNT
  • Danny MURPHY
  • Joey ROBERTS
  • Matthew TOOTH
  • Stephen TORPEY
  • Peter WRIGHT
  • Stuart WRIGHT