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Altrincham FC First Team / Mick Gannon RIP
« on: June 20, 2024, 09:10:26 PM »


Sad to report the death of another former Altrincham FC player.

Mick Gannon joined the Robins from Crewe Alexandra at the start of the 1970/71 season and proceeded to record a total of 39 (+2 as sub) Northern Premier League appearances for the club as a full-back.

A further 10 league appearances ensued in the 1971/72 season, during which he scored his solitary goal for the club in a 3-2 victory at Matlock Town on 2nd October 1971.

Here's a splendid profile of his life and career:   

https://efcheritagesociety.com/mick-gannon-remembered/

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: RIP Tommy Banks
« on: June 16, 2024, 01:55:20 PM »
I wonder if the club will acknowledge the sad deaths of Tommy Banks and Barry Butler, or are they too busy selling season tickets, pre seaso
n friendly tickets and telling us the club shop is open

That's a very pertinent observation and, alas, fair criticism.

Perhaps they need to advertise a job description for the club's new official 'Obituary Process Manager and Bereavement Recognition Liaison Consultant'?

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Braintree
« on: May 06, 2024, 08:18:15 PM »


I doubt that anyone was desperately keen to return to Braintree, especially after our torturous last visit there in on 30th April 2016 which culminated in an abject 3-0 capitulation and duly ensured our relegation under the management of Neil Tolson.

However, you certainly couldn't begrudge them their promotion on the evidence of this afternoon's game.

Ultimately, it was the tale of two diving headers in extra time and our old friend Danny Cashman missed his opportunity to be the Worthing hero.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: No trip to Bromley next season
« on: May 05, 2024, 06:50:31 PM »


Relieved to see Solihull miss out on promotion.

We can actually manage to beat them!

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Season Ticket
« on: May 03, 2024, 06:49:57 PM »


https://altrinchamfc.com/pages/season-tickets-24-25

From the 'Key Information' section: 

Season Tickets are for Home National League fixtures only, and are not valid for FA Trophy, FA Cup, Cheshire Senior Cup or Pre-Season Friendlies.


I've not encountered any explanation for the unprecedented (?) exclusion of pre-season friendlies from the season ticket benefits.

Perhaps the remedial work on the pitch and/or some potential developments to the stadium could even preclude the club from staging any at the JDS this summer?

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A lot of excellent posts on here, and I can't disagree with any of them.

One of the characteristics of Phil Parkinson's and Neil Tolson's tenure is that they seem to learn as they go on. That's not a bad thing - quite the contrary - and while we may occasionally take a step back, that is usually followed by three steps forward, so I can't see us following Boreham Wood or Dartford who were in the playoffs in 2023 then relegated in 2o24.

Phil and Neil will now have more idea of wbat is needed, or what nous if you like, to achieve success in the playoffs, and I am sure that will be addressed.

It has been a great season and we have been competing at the highest level we have for nearly thirty years.


How did he sneak back in..?!

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Three reasons why I now hope that Bromley go on to defeat Solihull in next Sunday's Play-Off Final:

(i) it would mean at least one less expedition down to the south east next season;

(ii) we can actually manage to win football matches against Solihull;

(iii) we won't have to play on Bromley's godawful artificial pitch again. (In fact, if they do achieve promotion and then have to dig up the wretched thing, I may even volunteer to take a spade down to Kent and help them out).   

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Placky pitch
« on: April 28, 2024, 07:46:20 PM »

Weird bounce. We deal with that we are golden.

Solihull at Wembley should be our dream outcome.

Let's get tomorrow done.


Correct. Alas, we didn't.

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After an encouraging opening 45 minutes, our hopes effectively evaporated in that sorrowful nine-minute implosion early in that second half.

Alas, some woeful defending at a couple of set pieces completely changed the complexion of the game and allowed Bromley to gain momentum (mind you, that heinous pitch should be credited with an assist for that second goal).

The excellent third goal was a killer, and although we did clip their crossbar from a couple of free kicks, you couldn't really envisage a way back for us.

Disappointed, naturally, but not entirely surprised by that outcome. Bromley outmuscle you, It's just what they do to great effect.

Nonetheless, it's been a superb and entertaining season during which we have exceeded most people's expectations.

I think that the key objective on the playing front now is to increase the depth of talent within the squad. I didn't really feel that our bench today contained anyone who could turn the tide back in our favour.

The club has achieved gargantuan progress in recent seasons, both on and off the pitch, and we can only hope that things continue to move in the right direction.

Splendid support and noise from the Alty supporters this afternoon, too.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Crowds
« on: April 23, 2024, 07:16:26 PM »
Average crowd of 2295 for the season if football web pages have included today.Best for 50 plus years ?

https://www.footballwebpages.co.uk/national-league/attendances



I calculate that the average attendance for our 23 league games this season is 2,339.

Last season it was 2,114.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: The last time we finished 4th...
« on: April 22, 2024, 07:48:35 PM »

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Playoffs Confirmed
« on: April 16, 2024, 07:06:15 PM »


If Bromley fail to collect at least a point from this evening's visit to Oxford City, there is still a chance that Gateshead could finish third on goal difference.

Gateshead host Bromley on Saturday.

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