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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Colin Bell RIP
« on: January 11, 2021, 12:15:05 AM »
Sad to hear this. I used to deliver his papers when I was a lad. Really nice bloke and a great player.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: The Draw
« on: December 22, 2020, 10:51:15 PM »
This would have been a great game for me in the nineties (or in the eighties when I lived on the south coast myself), as my uncle lived in Havant, and I used to stay over when we played Farnborough Town. In fact, his house was adjacent to their former ground at Front Lawn - they might have been Havant Town then, prior to their merger with Waterlooville - and I have seen a Sunday league game there, after they had moved out, when I stayed for a weekend and my uncle and auntie probably wanted me out of the house. Sadly, they had both died by 2001.

 I have never been inside the current ground, which they have been able to develop as it's further away from any houses, although I have seen it from outside. However we have had a meeting, sort of, with Havant and Waterlooville before, as some of us took part in a quiz competition organised by Tony Williams of Team Talk magazine and the Non-League Directory in which we were drawn against them in 2004. Unfortunately, they beat us as I couldn't remember Nuneaton Borough's colours, and a ringer in our team thought that Moss Lane was the home ground of Macclesfield Town!  :(

We obviously can't attend as Havant's in  tier 4 (somebody had told me Waterlooville is in tier 2, which would be funny, but, apparently is incorrect), but this must be one of the ties of the round with both clubs in good form. Boston United v Chesterfield looks interesting too, although I have to wonder how seriously Chesterfield will take it.

Yep. Waterlooville is within Havant Borough which is in Tier 4. Just up the road from me. Would have been a great draw for me at any other time.

You did. Just watched it on the main 6 oíclock news.Also a short piece with Neil Sorvil. The piece was signed off ďDan Roan, AltrinchamĒ. Nice to see Alty on the national news albeit in a piece highlighting the issues facing non league football.

Great stuff. Great to see the celebrations at the end. 

And (yet again) the quality is so much better than the official highlights.

Fantastic result From the boys. Didnít sound like classic but who cares !
Great commentary on Radio Robins .
Look forward to seeing the highlights later on Alty TV
It wasn't a great game and whoever is putting the highlights together will have a job on their hands. Shocker of a mistake for the goal.

But who cares...... terrific job done by the team today, especially the defence and TT. Fantastic job to win two away games, fans or not.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Bootham Crescent
« on: July 23, 2020, 08:38:04 PM »
Fair doís to Bill. He has taken the time to explain the situation regards sticking to COVID protocols . All the club is doing is taking the opportunity to make a few quid for the good and benefit of the Club.

If this gives the opportunity for an Alty fan to get to Bootham Crescent then fair enough.

If people disagree with the initiative then donít buy a ticket.. if anybody does buy a ticket, then Good Luck

Personally I will miss the game on Saturday and the final in Aug as I am on holiday golfing in Scotland. 

Good luck to all the players and staff at Alty.

I strongly recommend Millport Golf Club on the Island of Cumbrae. Nick Faldo once played the course deciding you need one leg longer than the other (or was it shorter?) and it has cracking views.
I know Cumbrae from my uni days. Visited the Marine Biological Station there a few times. Years later I visited Greenock for work a few times and stayed in Largs.
Terrific part of the world.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alty v Chester PLAYOFF MATCH THREAD
« on: July 20, 2020, 03:05:17 PM »
Having watched the video I can see the sending off and penalty were for a push in the back not a trip. I think the chap from Chester will have to accept the decision was correct when he sees it. Just because the referee booked every bookable offence doesn't mean he was a bad ref. I thought he treated both teams the same.
Agree completely. The only reason Johnston got to the ball was because he pushed Mooney who was going down as a result. From the refs point of view behind the play I think the push would have been more visible and even the tackle would have looked like it was from behind more than from the side. From the point he decided it was a foul the sending off was inevitable - obviously it prevented a clear goal scoring opportunity.
It does always seem harsh when a genuine attempt to make a tackle - which I think it probably was - results is a penalty and a sending off. But the ref's not at fault if he interprets the laws strictly. It can ruin the game in terms of entertainment but, despite the way some of them behave, it's not their job to make the game entertaining. All we can ask it is that they are consistent and even-handed.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alty TV
« on: April 05, 2020, 09:48:49 PM »
As an exile on the south coast Iíd happily pay for AltyTV and have contributed in the past.
However this would be an extra expense for those already paying for to go to the games. Iíd guess that there would also be an overhead in administering payments and securing access.

Maybe if this were done some way could be found to discount it to those who go to games. E.g. discount to season ticket holders.
Alternatively just ask people to donate on an honesty basis. Iím sure most of us exiles who get so much from Alty TV and RR would be happy to make a regular donation especially if it was also going to support the club.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Portsmouth match thread
« on: November 30, 2019, 06:10:33 PM »
Simply needed to see the last few minutes out and failed to do so.  History wont remember anything but the result.
History might not but I will.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Portsmouth Pubs
« on: November 29, 2019, 05:37:09 PM »
The Lawrence is very good and that area of side streets has a lot of decent pubs. A bit further along the main road to The Sir Loin of Beef but it is a great pub, quirky, full of odd junk and usually has at least 4 decent ales on. The Phoenix is also very good. The Leopold Tavern used to be fantastic (nine non-mainstream cask ales) but the Pubco did the usual and priced the landlord out and I believe it is rather ordinary now but does have tellies for live sport.
Wouldn't recommend the spoons near Fratton Park (John Jacques) before the game, will have door staff, probably rammed with home fans.

I can recommend The Lawrence. 50 yards from my house!

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Portsmouth Pubs
« on: November 29, 2019, 12:25:35 PM »
Pub wise i imagine some will wish to stay on the train to Portsmouth & Southsea and then gradually work their way towards Fratton-thatís certainly our plan and there a lot of cracking pubs in the city centre to kick off with. The Brewhouse & Kitchen a short stroll from P&S station and opens at 11 so think weíll start there.

Think tomorrow (for a change for me certainly) we will also be looking to get in the ground a at least 20-30 mins before kick off and drink it all in.

Good choice. They have a micro-brewery and have some very nice ales. Food is ok too. The Guildhall Village is ok too - directly over the road from the Brewhouse.
There are plenty of other drinking places around there too - a Wetherspoons facing into the Guildhall square and 'The Dockyard' is a new sports bar.

There aren't many pubs on the direct route from there to Fratton Park but there are plenty if you divert towards Southsea.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Stan Allan RIP
« on: November 29, 2019, 11:58:52 AM »
Very sad to hear this. A fixture in the Alty team when I started watching them in the early 70s.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Portsmouth match thread
« on: November 29, 2019, 11:49:38 AM »
Pompey say 8,000 home fans. I do hope itís better than that.
Sure they took more to Wembley the other year🤔
Unfortunately, home fans don't turn out in numbers for a game against lower opposition for a cup match. We had 680 against Whitley Bay in the Cup last season, and that  included a good away support.

A total attendance approaching 9000 is, if anything, a bit more than I was expecting and a decent effort from Portsmouth.

I suspect a some home fans might make a late decision about whether to go. The win on Tuesday (when the atmosphere was excellent) might encourage a few more.
And if there are 600 Alty fans that'll be three times what Rotherham brought.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Portsmouth Pubs
« on: November 29, 2019, 11:32:37 AM »
Plenty in the GBG I think the good companion is the designated away pub


If you are arriving by car and come in via the Eastern Road (A2030) then The Good Companion is reasonably convenient if you can park near it. 5 mins walk to the ground. They do food and beer was ok last time I used it. Atmosphere should be ok if the Alty fans gather there. It's not a pub I would go to for any other reason.

If you are coming by train it's a bit of a trek - probably 15 mins walk from Fratton station on the the opposite side of Fratton Park. There are a few 'football pubs' on the side streets to the south of the station but they are the ones normally used by home fans. I wouldn't expect any trouble if you went there but you might get a comment or two especially if you are in red and white stripes (not a popular strip in Pompey).

I'm a local - I'll be walking to the match - but I'm in the away end and I'll be wearing my Alty shirt and would like to meet up with the travelling fans so it would good to know where people are thinking of going before the game.

Altrincham FC First Team / Re: FA Cup Draw
« on: November 21, 2019, 01:28:08 PM »
Their forum is already dismissive of us, eg "should be a turkey shoot". However, Portsmouth are rather underachieving this season, and are in the lower half of League 1. Prior to putting 4 past Southend in their most recent league outing (and there IS a turkey shoot !) they'd only scored 16 goals in 14 games. We're perfectly capable of earning a replay. I hear the sound of ringing cash registers.....
As a Pompey season ticket holder I agree 100% with this.
Pompey are not playing well this season. They lost their best two centre backs - one to long term injury, one to a premier league team - and are struggling in defence. Another CB went off injured last night and so did Tom Naylor who has been the best player in the team and captain. The reports are that they won't be out for long but if Naylor doesn't play it would be good for Alty.
They have struggled to break down teams who are solid and well-organised at the back and have been vulnerable to teams who can break quickly. Could suit Alty.

On the other hand don't expect Pompey's management to underestimate Alty. There is a lot of unrealistic expectation about everything on the fan forums. I wouldn't take much notice of anything said there.

What's the mobile signal like at FP mate?

Would I be able to put tweets out (match day updates) from the away end, do you reckon?

I can usually connect but it can be slow. I don't tend to use twitter but I'm always trying to get live updates from the Alty website and I can generally do that. I'd expect it would be ok.
I think the coverage is ok but you have 20k people in a small area and most of them are using their phone in one way or another. There's probably limited bandwidth via the masts close to the ground. 

One of the floodlight pylons acted as a mobile mast and that has just been moved to the far side of the car park - floodlights are now mounted on the stands - so not sure if that has affected coverage.

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