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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Actual Signed Players
« on: June 28, 2022, 08:13:12 PM »
Thats "as soon as possible", Wayno...

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Interview
« on: June 28, 2022, 08:10:49 PM »
It reminds me of that story about Northwich in the 1980s  when they had an injury crisis and so the manager went into the social club before the match and asked if anyone fancied again. A couple of Sunday league players happened to be there and signed forms and, because they knew the players, knew the club and it meant so much to them they actually did ok.

I think that Parky's right about the importance of buying into a club and feeling part of it.

Incidentally, I hadn't realised and had never heard of Wilmslow Video Productions but there's also a video of the whole match for Altrincham against Macc in the 1988 cup match (was that the "I don't know if there'll be a penalty in the replay" one?).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32edBVC-7-g

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Actual Signed Players
« on: June 28, 2022, 08:00:21 PM »
On a forum full of pedants, you have just taken top spot Hugh.

I hate to be a cleverdick, just that I wouldn't want Oliver to think we were having a go at him already , you know. :)

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Actual Signed Players
« on: June 28, 2022, 05:19:41 PM »
As far as I know the following are the confirmed signed players

Goalkeepers

Bryne
Gould


Defenders

Baines
Cooper
Mullarkey
Barrows
Roxburgh
Brockbank


Midfielders

Lundstram
Marriott
Osbourne
Pringle


Attackers

Colclough
Dinanga
Hulme
Jackson
Kosylo



I'll try to keep the list up to date

Should that be Byrne? (Just in case he doesn't fancy being called "Bryne" :) )

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alty Legend...?
« on: June 27, 2022, 12:44:01 AM »
This got me looking at the Jackie Swindells piece. According to it he score 82 goals in 63 games in his first full season in a team that scored 190 goals in all competitions, and he also scored 7 in one game. That's ridiculous! How good was he? You only get those sorts of figures in the Highland League these days (and probably not even there much longer as it becomes more professional). I knew he was good, but that's phenomenal!

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Kick in vs Throw in
« on: June 14, 2022, 06:28:53 PM »
I thought so.

Have there been any good experiments, or any you would like to see? And is this extra subs business (more than three) going to remain permanent for some competitions (and the no FA Cup replays after a certain round)?

I've just seen in the NLP that 5 subs has been voted against by the NL. I suspect that would have favoured clubs who could afford bigger squads.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Kick in vs Throw in
« on: June 13, 2022, 10:48:27 PM »
I thought so.

Have there been any good experiments, or any you would like to see? And is this extra subs business (more than three) going to remain permanent for some competitions (and the no FA Cup replays after a certain round)?

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Kick in vs Throw in
« on: June 13, 2022, 10:38:54 PM »
I'm pretty sure it was the Isthmian league, with the result being described as transforming the league into "land of the giants", presumably because of all those extra balls into the box. I would not want to repeat the experiment though I would be open to a return to the team that puts the ball out putting it back in, then we could kick for touch like in rugby!

Let's have a return to the four steps rule while we're at it, and six seconds for the keeper to kick the ball out, strictly enforced by video game refs...

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Actual Signed Players
« on: June 12, 2022, 03:48:08 AM »
I seem to remember a story about a certain defender (Stuart Pearce?) who early in his career made a bad mistake and was asked about it by his manager ("he's done you there"). Apparently he promised him it wouldn't happen again - and the rest is history, so to speak. At 21, and playing full time, there is plenty of time for my namesake to sort these things out. And if he doesn't we could always go back to Digie... :)

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: What was everyone's worse ever defeat?
« on: June 07, 2022, 09:33:21 PM »
0-5 at Rotherham in the FA Cup in 1976.

A totally miserable day.  They only had one record to play before the game, at half time and at the end of the game and it was 'Beautiful Noise' by Neil Diamond and I still have flashbacks if I am unlucky enough to hear it anywhere.

Alty produced window stickers for people who were driving there to put in their rear window

'Rotherham won't bother'em'   

It was a different story when we went there in 1979.

That reminds me, the FA cup defeat at "Gui-ser-ley" was pretty grim too. The only good point was a last chance to see Freeman. There was desperate talk on the way back about where on Earth we go from here, and I think it turned out to be Bernard Taylor's last match.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: What was everyone's worse ever defeat?
« on: June 07, 2022, 09:28:46 PM »
Stalybridge Celtic and that Danny McGoona miss.

That McGoona miss defied the laws of physics. The ball was practically on the goal line so he showed no end of skill to get it over the crossbar.

Worst for me was the 1-5 home defeat to Mossley in the FA Trophy in 1980. In my mind we were invisible at the time so to lose by that scoreline... To be fair, Mossley weren't a bad outfit either.

I always think it's a pity there's no video phone footage of that McGoona miss so I can see if it's as bad as I remember it. I did think he hit the bar rather than putting it over, but even so.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: What was everyone's worse ever defeat?
« on: June 07, 2022, 09:12:03 PM »
Thereís far too many to mention tbh.

All sh*t, all similar, I guess the only thing that raises one above the other is circumstances. In which case a 2-3 defeat at Rushden in 1997 (we were already relegated) on the same last day when Macclesfield won the title (and promotion this time) away at nearby Kettering was the most tedious.

I only survived it because it was so f**king Alty that at one point you just had to laugh shake your head at it.


Of course, the actual answer to the question isnít even a defeat. The worst result in our history, that will send a shudder through all Alty fans old enough, is the 3-3 draw away at Slough in 1991 that shut the door on our promotion dream.

Iíve never been so heartbroken after an Alty result before or since.
The Fisher Athletic 0-0 as well when that Russian was there.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: What was everyone's worse ever defeat?
« on: June 06, 2022, 11:41:12 PM »
The defeat at Macc in 1995 was pretty annoying, especially as we'd have won the league if we'd beaten them home and away that season (and other results had been the same). But my worst moment perhaps was not actually a defeat, but when we were 2-0 down to Woking at half time in the home match this season, and things seemed so bad that I almost didn't care any more. By the same token, great credit to management and players for turning it around in the second half and the rest of the season.

I would add about  the Lancaster match that it felt really really bad because we had never been relegated before the previous year, the Wigan and Tottenham matches were still fresh in the memory, and Lancaster were the smallest of small Unibond clubs beating us at home. (That reminds me, the Cheshire cup defeat at Vauxhall GM was pretty dire too, I seem to remember Jo was fuming at the end. Ecky used to joke that they would take four supporters to an away game all the way from Wooton, all coming in the same car).

Best wins are between Macc in the snow (3-2, Pritchard) and the recent 1-0 (Lawrie).

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Dibble ????
« on: June 06, 2022, 10:23:00 PM »

I would venture that his Dad, Andy Dibble, was one of the most erratic and unreliable keepers I have seen in an Altrincham shirt. If memory serves after he left us he got some form of acid burns from diving on dodgy pitch markings while playing for a Welsh League club. He actually returned to league football with Wrexham for a while after that I think. He came to us with a solid reputation but I don't think his spell at Moss Lane was the finest of his career.



In the anticlimactic opening to Altyís 1998/99 Unibond League season, Andy Dibble made 12 somewhat erratic appearances (including that personal nightmare in a 2-1 home defeat against Lancaster City, not to mention that mortifying FA Cup exit at Ashton United) and was only on the winning side on two occasions.

Ah, that Lancaster defeat! That was our worst ever result at the time wasn't it? It certainly felt like it.
And then at Ashton, someone sang "we're going out to a small and friendly club", which we duly did. We were rather good at it at one time. :) (Incidentally our worst ever cup defeat (6-1) was also at Ashton in our only ever Carthium cup match when we had to play Ian "really" Senior in goals).

Strange to think we went on to get promotion after the Lancaster shocker with great wins like at Emley where Graham Heathcote "scored" (there was a suspicion, possibly not unfounded, that the winger - Sam Harris? - would not have put in the cross for one of the goals without having been told to "whip it in" by him!).


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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Annual outing to Shawe View
« on: May 31, 2022, 10:40:06 PM »
As long as it's not a Nailsworth  hill! :)

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