Youth Team Page 2005

ALTRINCHAM YOUTH 2004-05 - Picture courtesy of Gavin Rathbone of GR Photography. Click on photo to enlarge it.

L to R: Back - Tony Spilsbury (ass't coach), George Heslop (manager), Sam Cawthra, Lee Hendley, John Parker-Chambers, Chris Bowcott, Matt Garland, Lee Milner, Richard Gresty, Chris Bailey, Neil Thomason (coach).
Front - Hassan Zareh-Ourang, Adam Walker, Adam Ball, Chris Waugh, Arron Hevingham, Ryan Stewart, Paul Lewis, James Monaghan, Tom Horner.



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Altrincham's Youth side is managed by George Heslop, ably assisted by coach, Tony Spilsbury. The team plays in the North West Allied Trophies (Under-18s) Premier Division. I am very grateful to George for his help in providing information for this page.

4 July 2005


The Youth Team page for 2005-06 is here.
4 July 2005


Courtesy of George Heslop, the full season's player appearance and goalscoring statistics for 2004-05 are here.
2 July 2005


The final match report of 2004-05 season, the 10-0 win at Euxton, is now here, courtesy of George Heslop.
1 July 2005


Following today's FA Youth Cup draw, Altrincham Youth have three successive away games if they are to progress beyond the qualifying rounds in 2005/06:
  • 1st Qualifying Round: v Selby (A) in week commencing 26 September 2005
  • 2QR: v Formby or Woodley Sports or Lancaster City (A), w/c 10 October
  • 3QR: v AFC Emley or Morecambe or Stocksbridge Park Steels or Leigh RMI or Frickley Athletic (A) w/c 24 October.
    30 June 2005


    There is now a match report from George Heslop on the game at Morecambe on 24 April here.
    29 May 2005


    At last night's Altrincham FC Youth Team presentation Night, compered by Jo Ryan, Lee Hendley scooped both the STAR Youth Team Player of the Year and the Players' Player of the Year awards. Striker Lee now holds the all-time Altrincham youth-team scoring record - previously held by Steve Lunt. The runners-up for Player of the Year were centre-back Richard Gresty and defender Chris Waugh. Richard has also been made next season's Youth Team captain. STAR's Jackie Swindells Trophy for the youth player of the year was awarded to Lee (right) by the supporters' trust's chairman, Brian Flynn, whilst Alty assistant manager Dalton Steele handed over the runner-ups' awards.

    Manager George Heslop also gave his own and a STAR award to his assistant Neil Thomason, who is retiring after six highly successful years, due to work commitments. George paid tribute to Neil's hard work, enthusiasm and dedication and particularly complimented Neil on making the Alty side one of the fittest in the league. Neil was a very popular coach with the lads and in today's Non-League Paper, "Youth team star Chris Bailey said, 'It's been great to work with Tommo. he has made a massive impact on the boys'".

    George's review of the season underlined the strong finish to the campaign after an indifferent start to the season and he took particular delight in the 6-1 win over champions Morecambe "A".

    Above: Chris Waugh receives his award from Dalton Steele.

    Above: Richard Gresty receives his award from Dalton Steele.

    Above: Lee Hendley receives the Players' Player award.

    Above: Neil Thomason receives his STAR award from George Heslop.

    23 May 2005


    On behalf of the Altrincham youth team players, Chris Bailey has sent the website the following message

    "A big thank you to Tommo. It has been great to work with you and it has had a massive impact on all the boys. You will be a great loss and will be hard to replace. Wherever the game takes you, we are sure you will have many successes. We are glad that the team found a good way to see you off with a 10-0 win in the final game! Cheers, Tommo, from all the lads at the youth team".

    21 May 2005


    Neil Thomason, coach to the Altrincham FC Youth team for the last few seasons, has had to resign due to work commitments. Neil's work is now based in Preston and he has found it increasingly difficult to get away for his football coaching duties. The club and, in particular, the Youth team manager George Heslop, would like to thank Neil for his commitment and hard work for the team. Neil is pictured (left) with George, displaying the trophies won in 2003-04. Neil's coaching duties will be assumed by Tony Spilsbury, who has been helping the youth team this season and was formerly a reserve-team manager at Moss Lane.

    The youth team will be holding its annual presentation night in the Noel White Suite at Moss Lane on Saturday 28th May at 7.30pm. All supporters are welcome. Though they did not win any trophies this season there were many notable achievements by the lads, not least the 15-1 win over Kingsley United in which Lee Hendley scored seven times. In fact, Lee broke Steve Lunt's youth team goalscoring record this season. But, one of the best performances of the season was the narrow 2-3 defeat by Southport in the FA Youth Cup when one of the visitors' goals came after the referee had clearly whistled for offside and then allowed play to continue! It has also been pleasing to see a number of ex-Alty Youth players making regular appearances for the Altrincham first-team this season, notably Kieran Lugsden, Lewis Chalmers and Paul Tilley.

    George Heslop will be supplying the website with the end of season league table and statistics as well as details of the last two matches of the season. However, the league has not yet advised George of all the results so the final table is not yet available. Neverthless, it is known that Altrincham finished fourth.

    8 May 2005


    Alty Youth ended their season last Wednesday with a 10-0 win at Euxton Villa. Report to follow.
    2 May 2005


    Above: Goalmouth action in Sunday's game.

    Alty Youth, fielding an under-17 team rather than their usual under-18s, drew 1-1 yesterday afternoon at Priory County, a junior club who play on the outskirts of Wilmslow. Priory County will be working in cooperation with Alty Youth next season and will be directing likely talent to manager George Heslop who, in turn, will route under-age players to County. The game was marred by the loss of consciousness of a County player after he and a team-mate clashed heads. The game was completed after a delay of ten minutes but an ambulance had to be called to attend to the player. All at Altrincham wish him a speedy recovery. Match report here

    28 April 2005


    Alty Youth lost 0-3 last Sunday at Morecambe and Ben Deegan was sent off. More details when known...
    17 April 2005


    The Altrincham official website would like to apologise in advance for any distress caused to readers by the following headline, coined tonight by Alty Youth manager George Heslop...


    Alty Youth beat Barrow 2-0 today with goals by Ben Deegan and Lee Hendley. Match Report here.

    Above: Chris Waugh, Alty Youth's right-back, tussles for the ball with Barrow's Kieron O'Connor in Sunday's game.


    The Altrincham Youth away match at Euxton Villa has been rearranged for Wednesday 4 May at 6.30 or 6.45pm.


    Four Alty Youth players, Richard Gresty, Daniel Gray, Ryan Stewart and Chris Waugh will be representing South Trafford College in the semi-final of the English Colleges cup competition.
    16 April 2005


    Altrincham FC Youth team will be linking up with local junior club, Priory County, for 2005-06. The following press release is reproduced courtesy of Les Dyson of Priory County.

    Priory County set up progression link with Altrincham

    One of Macclesfield's prominent junior football clubs, Priory County have set up a link with a local non-league club, Altrincham, in order to provide a progression path for their junior players.

    The progression path provides an immediate opportunity for players from the under 16 & under 17 squads whilst acting as a beacon for those from the younger age groups who are keen to aspire to the next level of football.

    Dave Lea, Secretary of Priory County JFC, commenting on the link between the two clubs, points out the importance to Priory County. Dave says, "this just adds to our development as a club. For many years we have had players moving into academies whilst others are overlooked, now this gives those players who develop at a later age access to the next level of football. It also means that the Priory sides can develop together for a longer period of time up to under 16/17 level, knowing that there is an outlet into non-league if players have ability, belief in themselves and want to progress. It will also give the more junior players something further to look up to".

    The first set of players from the under 16 & under 17 squads are now attending Altrincham's training sessions on a Tuesday evening, enjoying the experience and benefiting from working with other quality players around them. At the end of this current season a combined under 16/17 Priory side will play the Altrincham youth team in a friendly. This will benefit both clubs in terms of comparing standards and players.

    George Heslop, manager of the Altrincham youth team is a man of immense local football knowledge. Over the years he has been very aware of the footballing reputation that Priory County have gained. In working on setting up this link with the management team at Priory he was at pains to state just what Altrincham's approach would be; "No players would be poached, they must be recommended by Priory officials". George has run the youth set up at Altrincham for the last 7 years and in that time has gained many honours for the club, picking up trophies in 6 out of 7 seasons. George states, "nothing would please me more than to see Priory lads emerging into the Altrincham first team in years to come". At the same time it offers Altrincham FC the opportunity to recommend players to Priory County who would maybe be on the fringes of the Altrincham set up in the short term, and allows us to closely monitor their progress within a good football environment with a view to possibly signing them in the future.

    Priory County meanwhile continue to develop teams at all junior age groups where possible, with sides playing from under 9's up to under 17's. The picture here shows the Priory County under 16's team, parading one of the trophies gained at the beginning of the season. All teams play locally in the Stockport Metro League and run regular evening training sessions at Henbury High School. Priory are always looking to strengthen their squads so for anyone who wishes to join the club or know more about what is on offer for different age groups then please call Dave Lea on 01625 424746.

    13 April 2005


    The Allied Trophies' Premier Division league results' grid has been updated here, courtesy of George Heslop. Also thanks to George, the League Table has been updated, too.
    11 April 2005


    Tuesday's away match at Euxton Villa has been postponed due to the unavailability of the pitch.
    10 April 2005


    Four goals from Ben Deegan and two from Lee Hendley were the highlights of an excellent performance by Altrincham Youth. It was Morecambe's first defeat of the season. Lee's goals took him to a new youth team scoring record of 31, surpassing that of Steve Lunt (29 goals). Lee also scored yesterday for the Reserves.

    Match report here.

    7 April 2005


    A report on Alty Youth's defeat in the semi-final of the Open Cup is here, courtesy of George Heslop.


    The final fixtures of the season are now here. They include a friendly on 1 May against Priory County, who will be working closely with Alty Youth next season. County will identify good prospects who Altrincham Youth will then assess for the youth team.
    27 March 2005


    Alty Youth put on a good performance to beat Woodley Sports 3-1 today, with two goals from Lee Hendley and one from Graham Bryant. They are now in the semi-finals of the Open Cup, away, to Formby next Sunday and Lee Hendley has now scored 28 goals for Alty Youth this season, as well as 2 for the Reserves.

    Report here.


    Barrow Y. 2 Marine Y. 0
    26 March 2005


    This weeekend, I received an e-mail from Simon Wright, editor of a West Bromwich Albion fanzine called Grorty Dick (before you ask, it is named after a traditional West Midlands dish), enquiring about Ben Robson (right), son of Bryan Robson, the Baggies' manager and former Manchester United and England captain. Ben has recently been playing for Altrincham Youth as a left-back. In his fanzine interview, Simon asked Bryan:

    Any chance of your son [Ben] following you into the [professional] game?

    Bryan replied, "No, it’s not looking like it’s going to happen. I was hoping he would have a career but he was at Macclesfield for a couple of years on schoolboy forms but they’d made a decision last month that they wouldn’t be giving him a YTS. He understands the game and he’s got on with it. At the moment, he’s with Altrincham. But what I always say to kids is try your best and enjoy it. If you try your best and nothing happens for you, then there’s nothing you can do about it. If you’re not quite good enough to make it in the pro game, then you can still have loads of fun being with Non-League teams and that’s what I told my son".

    25 March 2005


    A late change to the fixtures sees Altrincham Youth at home on Easter Sunday at Wythenshawe Town FC (2.30pm) against Woodley Sports in the quarter-final of the Open Cup. The winners will be away to Formby the following Sunday in the semi-finals.
    20 March 2005


    Above: Ryan Stewart and Ben Deegan keep their eyes on the ball, with James Monaghan on the right and Graham Bryant in the distance.

    Alty Youth came back from a two-goal deficit to draw today at home to First Touch Halewood, 2-2. The goals were from Lee Hendley and Adam Walker. Report here..

    13 March 2005


    Watched by team-mate Clive Wallace, Alty left-back Ben Robson contests possession with a Cataraqui player.

    Alty Youth beat Canadian side Cataraqui Clippers, from Ontario, in today's friendly match. The only goal of the game was a well-struck shot from outside the box by Ben Shanks-Pepper (78 mins). The game, at Wythenshawe Town, was watched by the WBA manager and former England and Man. Utd skipper, Bryan Robson, whose son Ben was making his debut for Altrincham. Report here.


    Marine report that Sunday's "Youth game against Kingsley United was abandoned after 30 minutes following a serious injury to a Kingsley player".
    9 March 2005


    This season's league fixtures have now been arranged for the rest of March; they are here. In the Open Cup semi-final Alty will be away to Formby if they can beat Woodley in the quarter-finals, whose date is yet to be fixed.

    The 2005-06 dates for the Cheshire FA Inter-District Cup have been issued. The games will be played on Sundays, September 4 and 25, October 9 and 23 and November 20.

    2004-05 player statistics have been updated here

    8 March 2005


    The league table and fixture grid have been updated, courtesy of George Heslop.
    6 March 2005


    L. to R: Adam Walker, James Monaghan, Arron Hevingham and John Parker-Chambers in action today.

    Despite a strong second-half performance Alty Youth lost 0-2 to Morecambe "A" Youth in the Premier Cup semi-final at Wythenshawe Town today. Match report here.

    Below: l. to r. - Lee Milner takes a free-kick; Richard Gresty; James Monaghan and Arron Hevingham; and Lee Hendley.

    4 March 2005


    The updated league results grid is here.
    27 February 2005


    Ryan Stewart and Graham Bryant contest possession with two opponents in the game against Lancaster.

    Match report here..

    Marine are into the semi-final of the Open Cup after beating Barrow 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

    21 February 2005


    Alty Youth extended their league run to seven unbeaten games with this win. Report here.


    Alty Youth's next game is at home to Lancaster City next Sunday, at home, 2.30pm. The fixture list has been updated here and a new results grid for the NW Allied Trophies League Premier Division has been added here, courtesy of George Heslop.
    18 February 2005


    Courtesy of George Heslop, the updated Alty Youth player appearances and goalscoring chart is here. Coming soon will be the results grid for the Allied Trophies Premier Division.


    The Allied Trophies League table is here.
    14 February 2005


    As previously reported, a youth team from Canada will be playing Alty Youth in March. The team, The Cataraqui Clippers, will also be playing at Ashton United and Stockport County. The Clippers are "one of the largest youth soccer organizations in Kingston, Ontario. In 2004, the club had a record number of 2,650 players participating in outdoor leagues".
    12 February 2005


    Today's home game with Lancaster City Youth has been postponed due toa waterlogged pitch.
    6 February 2005


    The fixtures and league table have been updated, here. Alty have home draws in both the Open and Premier Cups. The next match is in the league at home to Lancaster City next Sunday (13th,at 2.30pm).
    5 February 2005


    Tomorrow's youth match has been postponed at the request of the opposition, Euxton Villa.
    30 January 2005


    Alty won 2-0 at Marine today: a report is here. It was their seventh successive win.


    Alty have some rearranged league fixtures, which are here. The next game (Sunday 6 Feb) is away at Euxton Villa. On 13 March the scheduled league game against First Touch Halewood has been postponed and, instead, there will be an international friendly at Wythenshawe Town FC against Kingston, Eastern Ontario side, Cataraqui Clippers, whose manager hails from Manchester.
    17 January 2005


    Alty Youth moved to second in the table as they won their sixth game in succession today beating Kingsley United 2-1 in a wind and sleet affected match on Merseyside. The scorers were Hendley (his 21st of the season) and Monaghan.

    Match report here, courtesy of George Heslop.


    Other results yesterday saw League leaders Morecambe draw, whilst Marine won 2-1.
    9 January 2005


    Report here.

    2 January 2005


    Alty Youth's opening match of 2005 on 9 January (2pm at Wythenshawe Town) will now be at home to Euxton Villa in the NWYA Premier Division rather than Barrow, as the Cumbrians now have a cup game on that date.