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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Nantwich Match Thread
« on: August 15, 2017, 11:32:15 PM »
Thought it was good battling performance and deserved draw. Goal completely against run of play and silly red for Hannigan and suddenly it was all uphill. Thought Taylor made a big difference when he came on, and key moment was when JJ switched wings - he was largely in the pocket of a good quick left back, but looked world beater on the other flank, winning and scoring deserved pen. Hancock sacrificed after red card, everyone else played ok or well. Back three very good second half too and keeper was fine, though too many kicks into touch.

It rarely felt like ten vs eleven, and the manager is already a point ahead of where he was last season when he lost first three before finishing strongly so...

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Dave Johnson RIP
« on: August 06, 2017, 11:11:31 AM »
I sent a text to Duncan to tell him about this sad news and this was his immediate reply "He was a lovely man. Always enjoyed seeing him every time I played and always had a great chat with him before games and after. How sad. Please send my condolences to the family".

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Duncan
« on: April 26, 2017, 11:02:50 PM »
Thanks for the ongoing interest and concern. Surgeon predicted this back in December in large percentage of cases. Relatively minor op unlike last time. He's back home and well so shouldn't be a problem in the big scheme of things. Unlike Sunderland's form.....

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Duncan injury
« on: December 06, 2016, 11:58:10 PM »
Thanks for all the nice messages re Duncan on here and Twitter etc. We saw the knee specialist tonight and he is confident he can rebuild the knee, but it will take time. So next season before he is back. But the support from Alty greatly helps.

Four players in last two weeks in PL - McNair, Bolasie, Wickham and Duncan - all have ACL injuries - bad luck? Or are we nearing saturation point of number and physicality/energy levels of games at the top level? I don't know. Fewer games not likely given TV revenues - maybe more subs? Interested in views...

Then, of course, we could have a winter break :)-

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Community sports hall
« on: November 23, 2016, 11:34:42 PM »
This is just wrong. The CSH was built and run by people who have no involvement with the playing side.The football Club was ringfenced from it. It took no money away. It provides excellent changing room facilities for the players.. And it is now generating cash through bar and turnstiles. You might as well blame the down turn in results on Brexit.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Yesterday's goals here
« on: August 07, 2016, 10:36:27 PM »
First time I've seen those.

Good cross and header for our first goal. Poor defending for theirs.

Our penalty was blatant, two footed from behind by the keeper, he can have no complaints.

Unsure what their penalty was for? Looks like our man trapped the ball and their striker went sprawling over a leg that was controlling the ball? Poor decision.
Exactly what I said about their penalty on radio robins live at the time, without the benefit of any replays. It was that obvious, and I couldn't believe it when the referee pointed to the spot. There was no evening up to be done, either. That would imply some doubt about our award, when there was none whatsoever. Shocking decision.

I was listening to you on RR John - heard your description - now I've seen it and you were bang on - terrible decision - two points down the tubes

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Duncan
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:39:47 PM »
His Dad has decided that blood is thicker....

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Duncan
« on: September 25, 2015, 10:02:23 PM »
I said the same to his mother on debt deficit But Brian Flynn pointed out the the Euros were first used in 1999...

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Congratulations again Duncan watmore
« on: September 11, 2015, 10:56:18 PM »
Thanks for all the nice messages for Duncan. I will make sure he sees them all. This is Alty family at its best.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alty TV - Highlights Vs Cheltenham
« on: September 06, 2015, 10:01:59 PM »

Is Alty Tv set up as a charity - if so can you let me have charity number etc and I'll see what i can do to help


Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Duncan Watmore watch
« on: April 23, 2015, 12:06:01 AM »
Duncan's two goals vs Fulham U21 last week. Both great team goals IMO http://youtu.be/CqUmWsxqWmE

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Pitch Inspection at 10.30am
« on: January 10, 2015, 11:21:50 AM »
Now official on K website. Game is ON

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alty TV - Highlights Vs Grimsby
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:25:52 PM »
Great finish from Scott - after good work to keep the ball alive from the cleared corner. Deserved point. And great TV again Mark.

Altrincham FC First Team / Duncan goal vs Soton U21 yesterday
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:46:58 AM »
People always asking me about Duncan's progress. He scored in 1-1 draw vs Soton yesterday. Reminded me of his goal vs Corby away 2012/13 for those who were there as there was no video of that goal.


Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Duncan (again)
« on: October 18, 2014, 10:47:08 PM »
Thanks to everyone for the interest as ever. A quick update.

1.Duncan's breakthrough season at Alty was his last year at school as 17/18 year old. He chose Manchester to do his degree so he could stay with Alty. His "big season" was his first year of three year degree (18/19). At the end of that season Sunderland bought him. We transferred him to Newcastle Uni and they accepted the first year at Manchester as though it was their own. So last season was also his second year at Uni (19/20). This season will therefore be his final year at uni (20/21).

2. The football and the degree are not in conflict. He does the football as priority - missing most of the lectures - with agreement from the uni. He does all the studying in the evenings from books and video playbacks of lectures (if any). The football club have never had to play second fiddle to the uni, except for the January exams, when exam has priority if there is a clash. But that is a few days in Jan (just before FAC 4th round last year). The May exams happen after the season is over. Otherwise he is just like any other U21 pro footballer, doing an 0800-1600 day (plus game days) six days a week, eleven months a year. Whilst the uni does, in a sense, play second fiddle to the football, so it does for many students to drinking, partying etc which Duncan doesn't do! He got a First both years so far, so that doesn't seem to be a problem.

3. As for the football progress, he is doing really well. The gap between Conf N and Prem League is massive, and the few that make that jump (like Vardy at Leicester, Gayle at Palace) usually do so via League 1 or 2 then Championship then Prem League. Kevin Ball last year and Robbie Stockade this year have given Duncan incredible coaching to help him improve, and the sports science department have given him a personal fitness programme to get to PL level. He did well last season, but has really stepped up so far this season. Sunderland U21s are in the top league which, for example, the fabled Arsenal youth team is not. He has played Liverpool, City, Utd, Spurs and West Ham this season and been best player on pitch each game apart form Januzaj who was class above again. Gus Poyet (who didn't know him from Adam) has recently talked him up as future PL player to the local press. Lee Congerton (ditto re Adam) the Dir of Football recently extended his contract by a year to end season 2016. His fitness is unrecognisable vs Alty days, he remains quicker than most, though top defenders in PL are v quick, his dribbling, commitment and team spirit are great strengths. What is lacking at the highest level is end product which he is learning. He could have six or seven more goals this season, but the keepers just make the saves, he hits the post, or his crosses just don't find their man. So in discussion with the Club we have agreed that going on loan somewhere won't help this right now. Coaching with U21s and when possible First team is benefitting him most. He is catching up with the lost academy years as a teenager, whereas the academy players need to catch up on the playing that  he got with Alty, so tend to go on loan.

4. He still has this season and next as an U21 and since most Prem League players make the grade after that time (how many 1994 birth year players are there who play regularly in PL - not many I would suggest) we are not worried at all. The opposite in fact. He started at 8 with Tyler Blackett at Utd and of the original group of 30 it is Tyler, Dunc and Tom Lawrence (sold by Utd to Leicester in summer) who have played for PL clubs. None of the other are still in football of any level. He learned a lot at Utd, loved Alty who are irreplaceable in his heart and education, and Sunderland have been brilliant for him, and continue to be with him. And he is getting ever closer to the first team squad - but results like today don't help paradoxically -  as it is easier to bring young player into settled successful side than one under pressure.

5. So he is under no illusions about how much further he needs to improve to become a PL regular. And it might not happen for him. But Sunderland could not be a better place for him at the moment. And he still has a good chance, which for someone playing school first eleven just three years ago is quite remarkable. And wouldn't have been possible without his first team in red and white stripes.

I hope this helps. Happy to answer any questions.

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