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Review of Season 2001-02
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Season 2001-02 saw Alty finish ninth, their lowest finish in the Non-League
system since 1971-72, when they finished 10th in the Northern Premier League.
However, the strong first half of this season and the fact that the second
half was blown of course by major financial problems, as well as injuries,
make this comparison with the past seem relatively unimportant. Below is
the record for each half of this season showing how twice as many points
were gained in the first half of the campaign as in the second. Had we
amassed 44 points in the second half of the season as we did in the first,
we would have finished third; had we gleaned just 22 from the first half
of the season as we did in the second half, we would have been vying with
Bishop Auckland for the relegation play-off place!
Below is Alty's league record since 1998-99. For Alty's complete league
record, click here
Here are some statistics from 2001-02. For more see the Statistics
30 players played in league games (36 were used last season) and four
more (Finney, Hargreaves, Newbrook and Wilkinson) just appeared in cup
Alty did the league double over Worksop, Colwyn Bay, Gateshead and
Blyth. The following did the double over Alty: Emley, Frickley, Hyde and
Alty played 65 competitive games this season. Ian Craney played all
44 league games, whilst Stuart Coburn and Mark Sertori each played 43.
The next best were Mark Maddox (39), then Lee Poland, Kevin Hulme and Rod
Thornley who all appeared 38 times in the league, though Lee only started
10 of those matches. Next came Dave Swanick and Danny Murphy who appeared
in 29 league matches. In all games, Ian Craney played the most matches
63(+1), with Stuart Coburn and Mark Sertori playing 62 each. Lee Poland
was used as a sub on 35 occasions in cup and league.
The following started just one league or cup game this season: Anthony
Hargreaves, Lee Thompson, Andrew Tunnicliffe, Barry Guildford, Keith Mairs
and Dale Newbrook. James Wilkinson made three sub appearances, Leon Smith
made two and Steve Finney made one, but none of them ever started a game.
Pat Claffey was the only player named in the first team squad (twice) who
did not get onto the pitch.
The youngest first-team player this season was 16 year-old Vernum Rowland.
Other Youth Team players who reached the first team were Mario Daniel and
14 fewer league goals than last season and were the 11th highest scorers
in their division. 15 players scored goals in the league this season, (19
did so last season). A further 4 did so only in the cup matches (Finney,
Hargreaves, Illingworth, Maddox). Chris Adams (27 games), Vernum Rowland
(11+5) and Dave Swanick (26+21) were the only outfield players who played
15 or more matches but did not score. Leading scorers in all competitions
Rod Thornley 31 (inc 10 penalties) goals in 56(+1) games; (17 of these
goals inc 5 pens were in the league). Rod was Alty's highest scorer since
Ken McKenna got 33 in 1990-91.
Lee Poland 15 (inc 2 penalties) in 22(+35) games, (3 goals in the league).
Kevin Hulme (pictured right) 15 in 50(+1) games, (13 in the league- Kevin
was the leading league scorer if penalties were discounted).
Ian Craney 12 in 63(+1), (9 in the league).
DEFENCE AND PENALTIES
Lee Poland was the only player to hit four in a match (at Woodley
Sports), but both he and Rod Thornley also got hat-tricks at Lancaster
City and Colwyn Bay respectively, though each included a penalty. Alty's
highest score was five at Colwyn Bay.
Alty had the seventh best defence in the League; they conceded 58 goals
which was the same as last year. Twelve clean sheets were kept in league
games but three goals or more were conceded in 7 league games. 4 was the
highest number of goals conceded, at Bradford PA. Alty netted 12 penalties
this season, excluding penalty shoot-outs.
Alty picked up 72 yellow and 7 red cards in their 65 games compared
with 75 yellow and 2 reds last season in 54 games. In the league 50 yellow
and 6 red were amassed this year compared with 64 yellow and 1 red last
season. The highest number of cautions were for Steve Hawes (10 yellow
and 1 red) and Carl Furlong (7 yellow and 3 red). Those sent off were Chris
Adams, Carl Furlong (3 times), Steve Hawes, Dave Swanick and coach Graham
Heathcote. Strangely, despite his red card Chris Adams also had the distinction
of not otherwise being booked in any of his 27 league or cup games.
Alty's longest run without defeat in the league was six games. They
then immediately went on their worst run of 10 games without a win in the
Highest home: 1018 v Burton Albion. Highest away: 1712 v Burton Albion.
Lowest home: 438 v Lancaster City. Lowest away: 180 v Bishop Auckland.
Alty's average gate in the league in 2001-02 was 638 compared with 597
Compiled by John Laidlar