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Altrincham Football Club Reserves, Season 2000-01: Part One


This season has seen a number of Reserve players break through to first-team action, with Ian Craney (pictured left, playing for the first team), Otis Thomas, Eric Seekie, Neil Wakefield, Paul Walsham and James Glendenning amongst those involved. Likewise, a number of the Youth Team have come through into the Reserves. Altrincham's Reserves were managed by George Heslop, following the departure of Joey Dunn with Mark Ward but presumably Graham Heathcote and Bernard Taylor are now in charge following their reappointment as Manager and Coach to the first team. Reserves' home matches are played at Moss Lane, normally on a Wednesday evening with a 7-30pm kick-off. They compete in the Lancashire League Division One, alongside Reserve sides from both higher and lower levels of the non-League football pyramid.





PART 2 of the Reserves' Page for 2000-01 - including the League Table -is HERE. For current season click Home Page button above.

I am very grateful to Bob Allan for supplying the results and fixture information below.

18 June 2001

LAST SEASON AND THIS

The Altrincham Reserve side suffered badly last season from the bad weather, from indifferent management and from the off-field upheavals at the Club. With the new Mark Ward regime installed in Summer 2000, his assistant Joey Dunn ran the Reserves. Bad weather meant that matches were irregular and, inexcusably, were rarely publicised. The weather disruptions to first-team games meant that the Reserves either comprised what was virtually the First Team, playing Reserve league football to keep themselves fit or, was the Reserve team playing a mixture of regulars, trialists, first-teamers who were out of favour or recovering from injury, and Youth team players. The prime example of the up and down season was that the Reserves managed to win and lose games 7-1 and 1-7 respectively within a week of each other. The team's fortunes improved towards the end of the season when Youth Team manager George Heslop was drafted in to replace Joey Dunn. Indeed, the best that can probably be said of the Reserves' campaign last season is that it blooded a number of promising Youth Team players such as Paul Crowther, Mario Daniel, Otis Thomas, Steve Howe and Pat Claffey, some of whom may come through to the Reserves more regularly next season, alongside their Youth team double-winning colleagues of last season. It is believed that Graham Heathcote and Bernard Taylor will be running the Reserves this coming season (2001-02).

LEEK RESERVES

Leek Town, who failed to honour some scheduled fixtures last season will not be running a Reserve side next season. Instead, the Club is concentrating on winning first-team promotion. Leek hope to re-form a Reserve side in 2002-3 but, if so, it would play in a Midlands league rather than the Lancashire League in which Altrincham Reserves play.
15 June 2001

ALTY RESERVES FACE MORE COMPETITION

The Lancashire League, in which Altrincham Reserves play, is set to grow next season. Although Leek Town are believed to have resigned, four new teams have signed up- including one from Yorkshire! The newcomers are the Reserves of Accrington Stanley, Barrow, Ossett Town and Rossendale United.

Last Season's News and Details: 2000-01


  • 2000-01 season's details are now in the Alty Pages Archive, please click on links below to go to last season's coverage:
  • Reserves' news, fixtures and results
  • Reserves' league tables and player information
    14 May 2001

    RESERVES FINISH EIGHTH

    A fine goal from Youth team striker Rico Richards ended the Reserves' season on a high note, with a win at bottom-of-the-table Leek Town. Morecambe won the championship; see Part 2 for the table.
    6 May 2001

    RESERVES' TRIUMPH & DISASTER

  • Tuesday 2 May: Alty Reserves 7 Morecambe Res 1. Alty fielded a strong side, with Thornley, Murphy and Gallagher amongst the scorers.
  • Friday 4 May: Alty Reserves (0) 1 Southport Res (6) 7
    Next (and last) match: away to Leek, tomorrow. The league table is here.
    29 April 2001

    TWO GAMES THIS WEEK

    There are two Reserves' games this week at Moss Lane, presumably 7-30/7.45pm kick offs.
  • Wed 2 May: Alty Res v Morecambe
  • Fri 4 May: Alty Res v Southport
    25 April 2001

    NO CUP FINAL FOR ALTY

    League Cup Semi-Finals: Morecambe 4 Altrincham 1 / Southport 0 Burscough 0 (Burscough won 4 - 3 on penalties after extra time).
    Recent League results: Altrincham 0 Marine 0 / Northwich 2 Lancaster 1 / Colwyn Bay 0 Morecambe 1 / Lancaster 2 Ashton United 1 / Burscough 3 Leigh RMI 2 / Leek 0 Morecambe 2 / Bamber Bridge 0 Colwyn Bay 1.
    The revised table is here
    15 April 2001

    RESULTS

    Recent results are:
  • April 11: Altrincham 1 Burscough 1 / Morecambe 4 Ashton United 0
  • April 13: Leek Town 0 Guiseley 4 / Lancaster City 0 Leigh RMI 2
  • April 14: Marine 2 Burscough 1 / Colwyn Bay 1 Northwich Vics 1 / Bamber Bridge 3 Ashton United 3

    The updated league table is here.
    8 April 2001

    UP TO EIGHTH

    The Reserves' two recent wins have taken them to eighth in the table. 4 April 2001

    MATCH OFF

    Tonight's Reserves' game against Morecambe at Moss Lane has been postponed. Recent results:
  • Mar. 26: Ashton United 0 Altrincham 4 (scorers included Mostyn and central-defender, Pat Claffey, with a header)
  • Mar. 27: Lancaster City 2 Morecambe 2
  • Mar. 30: Burscough 4 Southport 2 / Lancaster C. 0 Altrincham 4
  • Mar. 31: Bamber Bridge P Guiseley P/ Northwich V. 2 Morecambe 5/ Marine 6, Ashton United 0
    31 March 2001

    TWO WINS

    The Reserves beat Ashton Utd 4-0 on Monday (26th) and then beat Lancaster away by the same score on Friday (30th). Gareth Mostyn scored once against Ashton and twice at Lancaster.
    26 March 2001

    RECENT RESERVES' RESULTS

  • Ashton United 1, Lancaster City 3
  • Leigh RMI 0, Colwyn Bay 2
  • Southport 4, Guiseley 3
  • Morecambe 12, Leigh RMI 0 (Not known if Mark O'Connor was in goal!)
  • Colwyn Bay 2, Ashton United 2
  • Northwich v Bamber Bridge - Match Postponed.
    21 March 2001

    ALTY RESERVES 2 NORTHWICH VICTORIA RES 2

    With the first-team friendly at Rhyl postponed, Altrincham fielded a virtual first eleven against a young Northwich side. Graham Heathcote and Bernard Taylor were in command and there was no sign of Reserve Team coach Joey Dunn, who has presumably left with Mark Ward. Graham, as usual, produced a lively stream of encouraging shouts and tactical advice to his players throughout the game. Scheuber played in an unaccustomed front position in the absence of Finney and Thornley, whilst young Phil Burton was played at left-back, having appeared also in last week's Reserves' game. Altrincham went behind after only five minutes when Vics number 7 shot well from the edge of the box and Coburn could do no more than help it into the back of the net. The Robins play improved as the half wore on and they deservedly equalised when Edwards made a fine tackle on the half-way line and raced for goal with a defender in attendance. Though forced wide, to the left, Edwards's shot was goalbound but as a defender and Danny Murphy arrived on the goal-line it looked as if Murphy helped it over the line (28 mins). Terry Bowker left the fray with an injured back (35 mins) but Alty went ahead seconds before the interval when Ian Craney finished well from the edge of the box after the goalkeeper had ended up in no-man's land. Vics came back after the interval but the game turned on events after 70 minutes. Seekie replaced Murphy and Mairs came on for Scheuber. Moments later Edwards hit both posts with a shot which rebounded back into the keeper's hands. The Alty were caught out by a short corner and a far-post header beat Stuart Coburn, though he got his hands to the ball (76 mins). Mairs nearly laid on a winner but Edwards could not turn it past the Vics' keeper.
    14 March 2001

    ALTY RESERVES' NEXT GAME

    Alty Reserves host Northwich Vics at Moss Lane on Wednesday 21 March, k.o. at 7.30pm.
    14 March 2001

    ALTY RES 2 ASHTON RES 0

    A strong Robins' side beat Ashton Res with goals from Thornley and Murphy.
    11 March 2001

    VICTORY!

  • 7 March: Leigh RMI Res 1 Alty Res 3
    Other results:
  • (Mar 6) Ashton United 4 Guiseley 2
  • (Mar 10) Southport 4 Ashton United 0; Bamber Bridge 1 Northwich 2; Marine 2 Lancaster 0; Morecambe 5 Guiseley 0
  • League Cup: Colwyn Bay 1 Burscough 4
    The revised league table is below.
    24 February 2001

    RESERVES DRAW

    In a largely unpublicised Reserves' game last Wednesday, Altrincham drew 1-1 with Bamber Bridge, despite playing for much of the match with only ten men following a sending off. Four of the Youth Team are reported to have figured in the match.
    21 February 2001

    RESULTS, WEEK ENDING 17 FEBRUARY


  • Leigh v Altrincham POSTPONED
  • Lancaster City 1 Colwyn Bay 2
  • Burscough 1 Ashton United 2
  • Leek Town v Bamber Bridge POSTPONED
  • Marine 0 Morecambe 1
  • Northwich Vics 0 Southport 2
    4 February 2001

    RUNCORN AND RESULTS

    Runcorn appear to have dropped out of the league; for the latest table, see below. Results for w/e 3 February
  • Burscough Res 2 Morecambe Res 5
  • Colwyn Bay Res P Southport Res P
  • Northwich Victoria Res 0 Ashton United Res 2
  • Leek Town Res P Guiseley Res P
  • League Cup
  • Lancaster City Res 2 Bamber Bridge Res 1
    1 February 2001

    "RESERVES" BIG WIN

    Alty's first team (minus Ellison and Murphy) masquerading as the Reserves trounced Guiseley 6-1 at Moss Lane on last night. Steve Finney hit a hat-trick, Ian Craney got two and Steve Hawes one. However, Alty Reserves lost 0-1 to Colwyn Bay last week; other results from w/e 27 January were: Burscough Res 3 Guiseley Res 1 / Morecambe Res 4 Lancaster City Res 1 / BamberBridge Res 0 Southport Res 3 / Leek Town Res P Altrincham Res P
    14 January 2001

    ALTY RES 3 GUISELEY RES 0

    After a barren spell, the Reserves made it two wins in a week on Wednesday with this League Cup victory. However, Guiseley gained revenge in Saturday's league match. The league results were as follows:
  • Ashton Utd Res 3 Southport Res 2
  • Guiseley Res 3 Altrincham Res 0
  • Leek Town Res 0 Ashton United Res 7
  • Colwyn Bay Res 5 Leigh RMI Res 1
    7 January 2001

    LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

    The revised table is below.
  • Burscough Res 0 Altrincham Res 2
  • Colwyn Bay Res 4 Leek Town Res 0
  • Bamber Bridge Res 5 Lancaster City Res 3
  • Northwich Victoria Res 1 Leigh RMI Res 0
  • Marine Res v Runcorn Res POSTPONED
    6 January 2001

    ALTY RES 2 BURSCOUGH RES 0

    A goal from Paul Walsham put the Reserves on their way to a 2-0 win at Burscough last night. David Wills scored the second. The strong Robins side included Phil Power, Steve Porter, James Glendenning and Eric Seekie.
    24 December 2000

    LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

  • Ashton United Res v Altrincham Res POSTPONED
  • Morecambe Res 10 Southport Res 0
  • Runcorn Res v Colwyn Bay Res POSTPONED
  • Bamber Bridge Res 2 Leigh RMI Res 2
  • Northwich Victoria Res 5 Leek Town Res 0
    The revised league table is below.
    22 December 2000

    RESERVES LEAGUE

    Only one match was played last week; Guiseley beat Bamber Bridge 2-0.
    10 December 2000

    ALTY RESERVES LOSE

    Alty Reserves went down 3-2 at Marine on Friday. Other recent results were:
  • 4 December: ASHTON UNITED RES 2 LEIGH RMI RES 2
  • 5 December: SOUTHPORT RES 1 LANCASTER CITY RES 2
  • 9 December: RUNCORN RES P BURSCOUGH RES P
  • BAMBER BRIDGE RES P GUISELEY RES P
  • MARINE RES 3 ALTRINCHAM RES 2
  • NORTHWICH VICTORIA RES P ASHTON UNITED RES P
  • LEAGUE CUP LEEK TOWN RES P COLWYN BAY RES P
    3 December 2000

    RECENT RESULTS

    For the revised league table, see below.
  • SOUTHPORT RES 3 BURSCOUGH RES 1
  • GUISELEY RES 4 LANCASTER CITY RES 0
  • BAMBER BRIDGE RES 7 LEEK TOWN RES 1
    26 November 2000

    RESERVES' CRASH

    The Reserves lost 0-5 at Morecambe on Friday night. The side included two trialists and the game was played in difficult conditions. Alty Reserves remain eleventh (see below). Other results this week were-
  • Morecambe Reserves 5 Altrincham Reserves 0
  • Burscough Reserves 3 Marine Reserves 3
  • Lancaster City Reserves 5 Guiseley Reserves 1
  • Southport Reserves 3 Leigh RMI Reserves 0
  • Colwyn Bay/Bamber Bridge, Leek Town/Ashton United and Northwich Vics/Runcorn were all postponed.
    12 November 2000

    RESERVES' RESULTS

    All last week's Reserves' League matches were postponed and the only surviving Cup matches were: Guiseley Reserves 1, Marine Reserves 2 and Bamber Bridge Reserves 3, Runcorn Reserves 1.
    5 November 2000

    RESERVES' RESULTS

  • Lancaster City Reserves v Ashton United Reserves POSTPONED
  • Morecambe Reserves v Northwich Victoria Reserves POSTPONED
  • Burscough Reserves 3 Leek Town Reserves 0
  • Runcorn Reserves v Colwyn Bay Reserves POSTPONED
  • Marine Reserves 5 Southport Reserves 2
    30 October 2000

    ASHTON GAME OFF

    The Reserves game at Ashton Utd (Tuesday 31 October) has been postponed because of the wet weather.

    MARIO MAKES HIS MARK

    The scorer of Altrincham Reserves' goal in the defeat at Northwich (see below) was 16 year-old Mario Daniel, who had also scored in his two previous games for the Youth Team.
    29 October 2000

    ALTY RESERVES LOSE AT NORTHWICH

    LANCS LEAGUE RESULTS FOR 28 OCTOBER 2000

  • BAMBER BRIDGE RES v SOUTHPORT RES Postponed
  • GUISELEY RES v MORECAMBE RES Postponed
  • NORTHWICH VICS RES 3 ALTRINCHAM RES 1***
  • LEEK TOWN RES 2 SOUTHPORT RES 0
    *** This fixture was rearranged at short notice from December.

    LANCS LEAGUE CUP RESULTS

  • LEEK TOWN RES 2 COLWYN BAY RES 4
  • ASHTON RES 2 LEIGH RMI RES 0
  • MARINE RES 7 RUNCORN RES 1

    22 October 2000

    MIDWEEK LANCS LEAGUE RESULTS

  • Oct 17 - Marine Reserves 0 Northwich Victoria Reserves 0
  • Oct 18 - Leigh RMI Reserves 0 Bamber Bridge Reserves 5
  • Oct 21 - Northwich Victoria Res 3 Marine Reserves 1
  • Oct 21 - Leek Town Reserves P Southport Reserves P
  • Oct 21 - Runcorn Reserves 1 Morecambe Reserves 7
  • Oct 21 - Lancaster City Reserves 2 Burscough Reserves 1
    15 October 2000

    MIDWEEK LANCS LEAGUE RESULTS

  • Leigh RMI Res v Altrincham Res POSTPONED
  • Ashton United Res 3 Burscough Reserves 2
  • Southport Res v Lancaster Reserves POSTPONED
  • Morecambe Res 7 Leek Town Res 1
  • Guiseley Res 0 Leigh RMI Reserves 3
    7 October 2000

    MIDWEEK LANCS LEAGUE RESULTS

  • 3rd Oct: Guiseley Res 3 Burscough Res 3
  • 4th Oct: Bamber Bridge 1 Marine 0
  • 6th Oct: Burscough Res 8 Runcorn Res 1
    4 October 2000

    RESERVES LOSE TO LANCASTER

    In a fixture postponed from last week, Altrincham Reserves lost 0-3 to Lancaster City Reserves tonight at Moss Lane. Dickie Landon and Barry Crowe were in the side, Ryan McMahon kept goal and Otis Thomas came on for the last 17 minutes. Altrincham enjoyed a lot of possession but conceded two breakaway goals after 50 and 76 minutes to add to Lancaster's opener on 19 minutes.

    Saturday 30 September 2000: Colwyn Bay Res 1 Altrincham Res 2

    Altrincham Reserves moved up to ninth after this fine result. See below for the League Table.

    Wednesday 27 September 2000: Match Postponed

    Altrincham Reserves versus Lancaster City Reserves; this match was postponed due to heavy rain.

    Saturday 23 September 2000: Altrincham Res. 0 Bamber Bridge 2

    Altrincham went down 0-2 to what was effectively Bamber Bridge's first eleven, so this was a creditable result. The Bridge had no League match so gave their first-choice players a run-out. Leroy Chambers, returning from injury, came through the 90 minutes unscathed.

    Reserves' Fixtures: Lancashire League Division 1

    DATE AT AGAINST RES SCORERS
    23.8.00 H LEEK TOWN RES 3-1 Porter, Thomas, Walsham
    30.8.00 H LEIGH RMI RES 0-3 ---
    1.9.00 A SOUTHPORT RES 0-4 ---
    9.9.00 A RUNCORN RES 4-4 Furlong, Glendenning 2, Mairs
    23.9.00 A BAMBER BRIDGE RES 0-2 ---
    30.9.00 A COLWYN BAY RES 2-1 Jackson, Seekie
    4.10.00 H LANCASTER CITY RES 0-3 -
    28.10.00 A NORTHWICH VICS RES 1-3 Daniel
    24.11.00 A MORECAMBE RES 0-5 -
    9.12.00 A MARINE RES 2-3 -
    5.1.01 A BURSCOUGH RES 2-0 Walsham, Wills
    10.1.01 H GUISELEY RES 3-0 League Cup Match
    13.1.01 A GUISELEY RES 0-3 --
    24.1.01 H COLWYN BAY RES 0-1 -
    31.1.01 H GUISELEY RES 6-1 Craney 2, Finney 3 (1 pen), Hawes
    21.2.01 H BAMBER BRIDGE RES 1-1 -
    7.3.01 A LEIGH RMI RES 3-1 --
    14.3.01 H ASHTON UNITED RES 2-0 Cup match? Thornley 35, Murphy 47
    21.3.01 H NORTHWICH VICS RES 2-2 Murphy 28, Craney 44
    26.3.01 A ASHTON UNITED RES 4-0 Mostyn, Claffey + 2 others
    30.3.01 A LANCASTER CITY RES 4-0 Mostyn 2 + 2 others
    11.4.01 H BURSCOUGH RES 1-1 -
    18.4.01 H ASHTON UTD RES 1-2 -
    ?.4.01 H MARINE RES 0-0 -
    2.5.01 H MORECAMBE RES 7-1 Thornley, Murphy, Gallagher were amongst the scorers
    4.5.01 H SOUTHPORT RES 1-7 -
    7.5.01 A LEEK TOWN RES 1-0 Richards

    Reserves' League Table: Lancashire League Division 1


    This table is now on the Reserves' page, Part Two.


    Reserves' Squad Members 2000-01


    This section is now on the Reserves' page, Part Two.



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