15 to 21 January 2003
Meanwhile, Valley Road, Flixton has seen a mass exodus of players, allegedly due to problems with wage payments. Amongst those moving on to Salford City are ex-Robins, Simon Woodford (right) and Martin McDonald. Simon played 4(+7) games for Altrincham this season. The new arrivals at Flixton are Tyrone Wade, Stephen Prince. Gary Rowbotham, Thomas Lennen, Warren Burne, Leon Thompson, Ian Gordie, Mark Piggott, Michael Ekpo, Michael Devaney, Franklin OíMara and Gary McDonald.
Match report here.
Blyth are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their famous F.A. Cup run to the 5th Round in 1978. There will be a "reunion evening in the Social Club when all the players from that squad, the management team and the club officials are going to be invited".
Stewards are needed for these dates so if you can help, please mail Chief Steward, Doug Ashton here.
Match report here.
The following pages have been updated: Line-Ups, Statistics, League Table.
Graham Lewis has left Frickley for Lincoln United for a small fee whilst Andy Evans is moving to Wakefield & Emley on a month's loan with a view to a permanent move. Gainsborough have lost the services of Richard Logan, as his loan spell from Lincoln City has not been renewed by Trinity as the player is injured.
Leaving Moss Lane is Andy McDonald, (right), who has been "released". Andy signed for Alty from Witton Albion in late July, 2002. He had previously played for Ashton United, Woodley Sports, Winsford United and Abbey Hey, as well as for the East Levenshulme Sunday League team. Andy made 18(+6) appearances for the Robins and scored three goals. The Club wishes him well for the future.
For tomorrow's game Alty will still be without the injured Gary Talbot and Neil Ryan but Steve Lunt is nearing full fitness and the rest of the squad should be available for selection on Saturday.
Runcorn FC Halton, whom we meet on Saturday, lost on Wednesday in the Liverpool Senior Cup 1st Round, 1-4 to Tranmere Rovers. They were without midfielder Chris Price (hairline fracture of leg) and striker Kevin Leadbetter (recurrent knee injury) for that game. "The real test though will come on Saturday when the Linnets travel to Moss Lane for their clash with Altrincham in the league", says This is Runcorn. Player-manager Liam Watson may partner former Robin, Matt McNeil, up front on Saturday.
Ashton United beat Maine Road 4-0 in the Manchester Premier Cup to earn a semi-final tie against Flixton or Chadderton. The other semi is Droylsden/Abbey Hey v Salford City but Droylsden boss Dave Pace is unhappy with his side. "Iíll offload before I buy in now, Iíve told the players that they must play for the shirts. Thereíll be changes on Saturday", he warned. Speaking of his new signing, the ex-Alty striker Leroy Chambers, Pace said that he "came on as a sub on Saturday at Whitby and looked really lively. Hopefully heíll quickly gel with the other lads". Meanwhile, David Burford, of Vaughan Promotions and also Chairman of Chester City, has assured Tranmere fans that "50 per cent of all profits accrued from this deal [of buying the club] would be ploughed back into the club and I can assure you and all supporters that our proposed club chairman David Pace [of Droylsden] will be working assiduously to improve the cash streams that Tranmere Rovers generate".
SAM reports that "Graham Heathcote has revealed that he hopes to sign a striker within the next few days. The Robins' chief is still looking for a regular strike partner to link up with Rod Thornley, as he aims for a top ten finish in the UniBond League Premier Division". The Alty manager also revealed that the player in question "was a proven UniBond scorer, who is currently plying his trade in the Conference. He was quick to add that should the deal come off, there was the real possibility of departures from Moss Lane, as he sticks to the tight budget imposed on him. 'If this player signs for us, then we will probably have to let some others go to make way for him. Decisions will have to be made as the budget is there, it has been set and there is no question of us going over. No one knows more than me how important it is that this football club does not overspend again. I would like to think that the place has a bit of attraction about it, rather than the wages. Hopefully, Dalton and myself have 'sold' the club to him'. Heathcote added he hoped to have the deal done and dusted before the Robins face Runcorn this weekend".
Referring to the deferred plans for new Feeder divisions for the Conference, Graham said, "We did not reply to the Conference deliberately as we wanted to wait and see what the FA's angle would be. Another 12 months is perfect for us. If it was to have happened this year, we would have had to have taken the step with the same wage bill we have now. Hopefully, in 12 months time, the club's financial situation will be better. The Board at Moss Lane should really be congratulated for what they have done here. People need to be thankful for these hard working Board members, and sometimes I get the feeling that people don't appreciate that. I see them day in, day out giving hours they probably don't have to spare, to eradicate a problem they did not create".
On the Confguide site, Neil Turner reports that "Vaughan Promotions Ltd, the company owned by the Chester City chairman Stephen Vaughan, are close to reaching a multi-million pound deal for the purchase of Tranmere Rovers Football Club ... The Vaughan proposal would see Rovers groundshare with Chester for a short period while their new stadium was being constructed. Prenton Park would be sold ... Part of the plan is to install Manchester-based businessman David Pace as the new Tranmere Rovers chairman and chief executive. Pace is a former director of Vaughan Promotions and is also a close friend of the Chester City owner. He is currently chairman of Uni-Bond League side Droylsden. Pace - who, it is proposed, will oversee the day-today running of Tranmere Rovers - is a former professional footballer himself, having played for Greek side Olympiakos and American outfit Dallas Tornadoes. Pace said last night: "I am always interested in business opportunities and I have known Stephen for a long time, but I would rather not comment at this time about the Tranmere Rovers situation."
Setting the Pace Pt.2
Pace is also in this week's Stockport Express which reports that magistrates have extended his unconditional bail on drink-driving charges. "Dave Pace, 43, ... is alleged to have driven a J-reg Mazda MX3 while over the limit and being drunk in charge of a vehicle on Oldham Street, Denton on July 27. No pleas were entered. Mr Pace is due to appear again at Tameside Magistrates' Court on Thursday, February 6".
Late goals helped Worksop beat Chester City 2-1 last night in the Trophy game at the Deva Stadium.
As we have got 4 games at Moss Lane over 6 days, can I ask for anyone who would like to help as stewards to come along on either Saturday 18th , Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd? All 4 of these games are important in one way or another to the club either for league points or cup progress or to impress the F.A..
The games are as follows :-
Any help anyone can give on any or all of those dates will be much appreciated. You can mail Doug here.
Match report here.
Match report here.
The replay is next Wednesday (22nd) at Moss Lane. The winners will entertain Aylesbury in the next round; they beat Kingstonian 1-0 last night.