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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Bromley Match Thread
« on: Yesterday at 10:30:53 PM »
I think the best I've seen (apart from possibly Stuart Coburn at Cambridge) is still Peter Jamieson for Blyth. I remember at one point I threw the ball back to him from the back of the Chequers End (after he had called for the ball back) and he stood stock still as the ball sailed past him within inches of his fingers. The FA really should tweak the rules so that it is an actual bookable offence when keepers take the p.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Bromley Match Thread
« on: Yesterday at 07:21:58 PM »
If Gould has to go through a concussion protocol, who's in goal on Tuesday night?

This delay in getting Ollie sorted out is ludicrous.

That keeper on loan at Alsager? An emergency signing (not Ian Senior presumably😎) ?

Seriously, why is the Byrne business taking longer than my passport? The whole thing's ludicrous.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Improving the website
« on: August 12, 2022, 11:48:32 PM »
Or maybe colour coded for wins/draws/defeats like we did with the subs last season? Or simply have a big W/D/L next to every result? At the end of the day, whatever system we have, surely the important thing is that it is easily and immediately understood by everyone who reads it?

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Opening day Match Thread.
« on: August 07, 2022, 10:14:04 PM »

Maybe remember why you were able to bring your own sandwiches, not have to travel far to away games, stand where you want and have all that fun?

It was because we had two horrid seasons, double relegations, dropped to our lowest level in living memory, protests against the chairman, crap crowds, poisonous atmosphere, manager after manager, losing runs. That's what it took and I never want to see that again.

I seem to remember a poisonous atmosphere when we didn't change a manager as well a few years before that. Rowley got a lot of stick for that too (despite probably being correct on that occasion). But I agree there are plenty of positives at the moment. The thing is to make the changes required to progress whilst taking as many of our longstanding fans with us as possible, and it is always worth discussing what we can do better. I for one wouldn't necessarily consider it progress if we were getting bigger crowds (like MK Dons) but lost many of the supporters we were getting in previous years, and I hope and believe that will not happen. It can't be emphasised enough how important it is to have a long standing supporter who understands the club as chairman.

Anyway, looks like it won't be long until fence standing and the fan zone return, and that will help massively. I only regret that it looks like the old programmes shop won't be returning.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Opening day Match Thread.
« on: August 07, 2022, 10:04:51 PM »
I say it every week but the only way that service in the CSH is going to improve is if they start prepouring pints... yes it's not ideal but I don't even bother trying to get served at the bar anymore

Maybe not quite true. Trafford had a gazebo with a man selling cans of beer. Not to everyone's taste maybe, but it was quick and effective (another thing I loved about Trafford were those wooden seats. The little things really do matter...).

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Opening day Match Thread.
« on: August 07, 2022, 02:07:25 PM »
I stood by the CSH at the end of the first half yesterday and went straight in at half time but still barely had time to finish my drink before the second half started. We badly need facilities to return to the "fan zone" corner if we are going to get these sort of crowds regularly.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Stoke City Match thread
« on: July 26, 2022, 10:24:43 PM »

A Stoke City supporter has just told me that they are reportedly playing members of their first team against us.

Apparently, they have been "truly dreadful" in pre-season to date and so they were probably aiming for a confidence-boosting exercise ahead of their opening league fixture of the new season at Millwall on Saturday.

Yes, I heard the England team did the same against Aylesbury United once...

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Fanatic Zone
« on: July 26, 2022, 10:20:41 PM »
Certainly things to be learnt from King's Court and Costello's. And there are the people who did up the Gardner's Arms who came in with a reputation for turning places around (as I remember). These are the sort of people we want to be speaking to.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Next 4 fixtures.
« on: July 26, 2022, 09:56:02 PM »
We're playing Maidenhead (who have competed in every FA cup competition ever) early doors?

I thought it ironic that after years of a certain sort of "United" supporter deriding Alty as a pub team that we found ourselves more recently with thousands of United supporters watching non-league football with Soccer Club and Salford (and maybe West Didsbury) - even some United supporters getting fed up of Premier League culture? (and I just hope we can hold on to our own long-standing supporters with recent changes - some may accuse them of wrong think, but people have deeply held views about the things that made watching non-league football and Alty in particular so special).

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Fanatic Zone
« on: July 25, 2022, 08:53:54 PM »
These new plans for the Fan Zone make me absolutely despair. Of course it makes sense on one level for the club to maximise revenue but if the intention is just to replicate the very poor beer selection from the CSH, that will backfire massively. It's so short-sighted not to see what value Libero and other independent food outlets could add to the matchday experience. More than that though, Libero seems to have done more than the club itself to at least try and get the Fan Zone up and running. So for us to boot them out now is really shoddy. Incredibly disappointing.

Don't Dulwich Hamlet do something of the sort with good quality independent food and drink at Champion Hill? There was even a suggestion that some people come there more for this than the football. Certainly they have been getting the crowds in so they must be doing something right! Worth learning from?

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alty fan
« on: July 24, 2022, 12:26:53 AM »
"Growing up as a young carer"

Says it all - one of the toughest jobs going and scandalously undervalued, but she's done it and done it well, as well as being a talented artist and interviewer of managers and all the rest of it. She's done things I can only dream of, and at such a young age. This club owes her a lot.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Stockport Match thread
« on: July 23, 2022, 07:19:13 PM »
I suspect they wouldn't have been too many at Halifax!

Am I right in thinking that the Huddersfield cup match (1990), when it was quite packed on the steep Chequers End terracing, is the only time (at least since 1990) that perimeter fencing has collapsed at ML? And is the current fencing structurally significantly different to the fencing we had previously? And will the current capacity (5,000?) be increased once the fencing issue is sorted?

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Improving the website
« on: July 19, 2022, 09:14:38 PM »
I suggest that it would be interesting to have links to some historical media reports and coverage of the club (eg some of those legendary John King interviews, the Wycombe FAT semi - or for that matter Wayno's expert prediction on that Alfreton match!). I don't see why the likes of Youtube should have these and not us (and it might make things easier for some of Parky's presentations!). I don't know if there are copyright issues or anything, but surely this would be worth pursuing if possible?

Altrincham FC First Team / Good old Ryan Colclough!
« on: July 15, 2022, 11:38:52 PM »
(See interview).

Let's hope things are back to normal next season. "Oh Ryan Colclough I think we should pay you some more".

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Website - Men's team squad
« on: July 12, 2022, 10:14:47 PM »
Really?  You think it’s unreasonable to suggest the the club website should have match reports from the preseason friendlies and a list of at least the names of the first team squad?  The club have come on leaps and bounds over the last few years but the website and the fanzine fiasco are not up to the required standard.

No one expects the club to get everything right all the time but we can point out shortcomings when we see them and the irritate us. Not being able to find the friendlies scores on the official site and having to go to an unofficial source on Saturday was irritating and given the ‘new website’ fanfare I’m providing my feedback on it.

Absolutely we must stand up for free speech, which sometimes means telling people things they don't want to hear.

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