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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Halifax v Oldham
« on: April 10, 2024, 03:12:18 PM »
I've commented on this on the FB page but you if you share with an RL club, a sport which can be played on a surface which would be classified as waterlogged for footballing purposes, you're asking for trouble. It's not a matter who your landlord is, if you want to be taken seriously as a professionally run football club you make provision. There's no way the NL will or should allow special dispensation. If you can't stage the fixture you forfeit the points, a basic rule from Sunday League to Premier League.

In their defence it's absolutely not their decision to make, as they don't own the ground - it's the council's, who don't give a crap about them.

That's not a defence, and it certainly isn't worthy of a professional entity with ambitions to be taken seriously as a potential member of the Football League. The RL Club have been tenants at The Shay since 1998, 10 years before AFC Halifax came into existence in 2008 following the demise of Halifax Town FC. The new phoenix club chose to become tenants with the RL club and this kind of issue was bound to arise sooner or later. As such they should've made forward provision, they clearly haven't. Too easy to 'blame the Council' - take some responsibility.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Halifax v Oldham
« on: April 10, 2024, 01:03:49 PM »
I've commented on this on the FB page but you if you share with an RL club, a sport which can be played on a surface which would be classified as waterlogged for footballing purposes, you're asking for trouble. It's not a matter who your landlord is, if you want to be taken seriously as a professionally run football club you make provision. There's no way the NL will or should allow special dispensation. If you can't stage the fixture you forfeit the points, a basic rule from Sunday League to Premier League.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Last chance slaoon
« on: March 27, 2024, 11:38:18 AM »
Still too early to predict final points totals required as all teams seem to be dropping points bar Halifax who are now having to play catch up games wise. Also given Bromley, Solihull and Gateshead are all involved in the Trophy semi finals there will continue to be more than a few twists and turns to come. Of the play off contenders only Barnet and Gateshead currently have a better GD than us and that could be a big factor come 20th April.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Dorking Match Thread
« on: March 08, 2024, 02:41:28 PM »
Marc White today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh1mY_axWiM Fair do's to him says Linney wasn't a red and they should've had two sent off for the incidents we know about. Clearly not happy about his player's conduct, including Taylor's dive for which he got a yellow and as a result is now banned. Also has no complaints about our quick free kick for the first goal. The benefit of watching the highlights and a couple of days to reflect I think.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Dorking Match Thread
« on: March 05, 2024, 06:06:06 PM »
if Ethan is not fit i would play Ollie Byrne in goal
His old man, posted a picture on Twitter of a car losing its wheel, with the caption "The wheels are falling off" just after his son had been named on the bench in the game we lost.

After the sh*te I would be fining him his wages and sending him down to the donkey field to train with the under 9's. Our social media policy must surely include close family & "representatives".



Definitely an instance of a Byrne being a talking head who had begun to stop making sense.

TBF after the last few games we're all a bit tense and nervous and we can't relax

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Dorking Match Thread
« on: March 05, 2024, 10:22:25 AM »
I'd imagine Dorking will have most of the ball which might play into our hands a little bit as we're now much more a counter attacking side. Outcome depends on the old cliches of how we defend under pressure and if we can take the chances we get as I'm confident they'll come.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: A Question for the Old Timers
« on: February 14, 2024, 12:34:37 PM »

So not so mad after all, assuming it was a Sunday. Anyone got a date for it?
Following up from this thread is there scope from an old timers or beginnings of a historical database section?


Saturday, 18th March 1972
Altrincham 0 Kirkby Town 0
Attendance: 647.

Sunday, 19th March 1972
Altrincham 1 Boston United 3
An own goal by the visitors and an attendance of 745.


Thanks Cult, seriously amazing that you retain all these stats.
Have to say I have no recall of the following weekís double header, I suspect my dad had decided to keep that quiet, enough being enough!!

Yes thanks for reminding me I was a glutton for punishment as an 11 year old - I remember that Boston game as well. A vivid memory was the pre-match military brass band music, it must've been the last year as the next season I recall as a ball boy taking the field to K-Tel versions of Status Quo's Mean Girl  and the like.

As a ballboy we used to get changed into our navy blue 'AFC' tracksuits in Jack Thorpe's hut where there was a stash of old 60s home programmes, where we couldn't believe crowds of up to 7,000 a matter of 5 or 6 years previously. What a come down for Noel White and the Board it must've been to be playing in front of less than 700 vs Kirkby Town...


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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: A Question for the Old Timers
« on: February 12, 2024, 05:33:37 PM »
Thanks MG thatís really helpful. The Bangor game certainly wasnít a 5-4 Iíd have remembered that! I think I might be muddling games up, part of getting old, although Iím sure we played against Gainsborough on a Sunday some years earlier possibly in the league cup.
Thatís definitely the Great Harwood game though, cheers.

I remember that Gainsborough Lge Cup game, 2nd leg semi final following a 0-1 at Northolme. Brian Taylor equalised in the second half, only for Trinity to equalise in the last minute to send us out. 1972 I think?

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Alty press cuttings and other memorabilia.
« on: January 31, 2024, 06:36:34 PM »
Fantastic clippage action there UA. I went to every game of the run - if it wasn't for a magnificant last minute tip over from Tommy Cavanagh it might've ended at the first hurdle on a murky Cumbrian afternoon. So may great memories, Ian Morris's cross that went in to equalise vs Matlock, going behind against Winsford to come roaring back in the quarter final and yes that 2nd leg at Canal Street which tested the powers of keeping emotions under wraps of quite of a few of us as you say. Keep it coming!   

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Just a quickie.  We found this inside the pages of a book (probably used as a marker) along with my father's possessions after he died in 1984.  Are there many older one's out there?


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Not so much as a programme as a teamsheet and we still hand those out.

Fascinating stuff from January 1957, the manager bemoaning our luck in front of goal against moneybags Vics. White & Swales place a small advert in the bottom left corner of the teamsheet. A quick Google shows UK TV ownership was 5.7m at the end of 1956 and by February 1961 when the duo took the helm at the club it had doubled to 11.4m. Alty at least became the beneficaries of the rise of television even if at the expense of the Hale Cinema showing Jimmy Dean in a stone cold classic.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Halifax (A) Match Thread
« on: December 15, 2023, 09:32:38 AM »


Our successful 1978 FA Trophy campaign began with a 0-0 away draw.

And that came after we had lost at the Semi-Final stage during the previous season.

Just saying...

A brilliant Tommy Cavanagh save in the last minute at a freezing Borough Park securing a Monday night replay ....

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Dan Mooney Leaves Southend
« on: December 15, 2023, 09:29:35 AM »
I thought one of his best performances at Moss Lane was for Southend last season when he played in the centre behind the front two I think? He's got ability no doubt, the trouble is end product - the very definition of a luxury player.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: York City manager sacked
« on: August 29, 2023, 11:11:19 AM »
I think you're all confusing York's new owners 394 Sports Ltd, otherwise known as the Billionaire Ugglia family, who bought out Glenn Henderson in June this year - he was universally reviled. Although mother Julia co-chairs with her son Matt it is he who seems to take charge of day to day affairs. They have a chequered history with football, Google their name and Yeovil. I live locally and as they've already pumped in something like £1m on the squad I'd say they're still pretty popular and a few City fans I know were desperate for the manager to go. All a bit playing Football Manager at the moment though, so the next appointment will make be interesting viewing.

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: James Berry
« on: August 11, 2023, 05:03:28 PM »
Watch the first few minutes of this and you can see why he was sent out to Macc on loan. He obviously saw with Kosylo, Mooney, Ceesay and then Colclough he would have no chance of playing in our first team. Re-building his confidence at the low level Macc play at was a good move and they offered us a serious fee for an NWCL player. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaC9eoGtSiw

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Altrincham FC First Team / Re: 1.5m investment
« on: August 10, 2023, 10:34:13 AM »
Well I've been watching Alty for nearly 40 years, have had season tickets and seen the worst moments and I think this is fantastic news. Well done to everyone involved. I'll tell you what's happened, and it's not about ignoring the old time fans.

It's been about looking outwards and forwards, not relying on the old boys or recruiting and appealing for help from within all the time.

Revamping the digital and commercial side, the Puma kit deal, being more visual in the town, doing the community stuff. It all adds up, and there is no doubt in my mind that it contributed to the the investment.

There's still work to be done - seat stickers and late season tickets shouldn't be overlooked - but give me this Alty now over plenty of Altys in the past.

Couldn't agree more Bob. As a founder member of SAFE and printer of those t-shirts for its launch at the Civil Service club nearly 30 years ago, to being involved in the process where Kingy's non voting shares were made available for purchase, it's fair to say we've all earned the right to be sceptical of false dawns.

This is no false dawn, it's Back to the Future not Hans Christien Andersen b23. A 1960s re-boot where local business people are investing serious cash into the club for the first time in 40 odd years. As I see it, it's strength is the number and diversity of players involved and will likely attract more who want to be part of a successful operation.

When Noel White and Peter Swales took over an ailing Altrincham FC bottom of the Cheshire League their ambition was to see our club in the Football League and they got the local business community to buy into that vision. The current Board has emulated them and shares that ambition, we should too. 


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