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Altrincham

Moss Lane Founded 1891 The Robins

Founder members of the Alliance Premier League, now the Conference Premier, Altrincham recorded back to back titles in the 1979/80 and 1980/81 campaigns. In the mid eighties Alty reached the fourth round of the F.A Cup  and in the same season triumphed for the second time in the F.A Trophy, adding to their 1977/78 success. The Greater Manchester club missed out on promotion to the Football League due to the voting system in place at the time. Spending 18 season’s in the top flight of non league, Altrincham spent one season in the Conference Premier between 1997 and 2005. They did return for six more campaigns, reprieved for two of them before finally falling back to the Conference North. Alty return via the playoffs after a three year absence.

altrinchamLast Season

Conference North: 3rd

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

FA Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Semi Final

Top Scorer: James Walshaw

Average Attendance: 833

A very consistent campaign earned Altrincham third spot and a shot of the playoffs. Winning their first four fixtures and started the season seven unbeaten put the Robins in the mood. Deservedly promoted, the Greater Manchester finished just four points behind champions AFC Telford United and a point shy of runners up North Ferriby United. A prolific strike force in James Walshaw and Damian Reeves who scored fifty times between them, Alty racked up 95 goals more than any other Conference North side. The Greater Manchester side would have won the title had they beaten any of the teams above them. In the playoffs their first obstacle was Hednesford Town, three points below them. A 2-2 draw away was followed by a 2-1 home win leading to a showdown with Guiseley. With the final all level after 90 minutes, substitute Greg Wilkinson became the hero scoring a last minute extra time winner.

The Manager – Lee Sinnott

Appointed in May 2011, Sinnott arrived at Moss Lane with managerial experience with Farsley Celtic, Bradford Park Avenue and Port Vale. An F.A Cup runner up as a player with Watford he also played for Bradford City, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town, Oldham Athletic and Scarborough. The former defender took Farsley Celtic out of the Northern Premier League Division One into the Conference Premier after achieving three promotions in four campaigns.  His first season at Moss Lane saw Altrincham finish eighth, whilst 2012-13 saw an improvement but Altrincham lost a semi-final play-off with Brackley Town. However, promotion was earned last term when the Robins lifted the Conference North Playoff trophy. Sinnott is yet to win a league title but has plenty of experience of playoff football with Watford as a player and now with Farsley Celtic and Altrincham as a manager.

The Summer

Normally when a top scorer is bagging goals teams above pay attention. On this occasion Sinnott loses the services of James Walshaw to a club lower, the striker joins Harrogate Town in the Conference North leaving Moss Lane due to personal reasons. How Altrincham cope remains to be seen but in comes winger Ryan Crowther from FC Halifax Town, the 25 year old made 13 league appearances last term for the Shaymen. Midfielder, Sean Williams moves from North Wales across the border to Greater Manchester having signed from Colwyn Bay. From the north east Dave Parton will protect the Robins goal signing from Newcastle Town.

Experienced defender Matt Doughty made 34 appearances for Altrincham last season and moves to Northern Premier Division One club Warrington Town.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Dartford 1 Altrincham 0 – F.A Trophy Quarter Final – 11 March 1989

Club favourite Steve Robinson scored a 55th minute winner to put the Darts into the F.A Trophy semi final. Dartford playing a league below Altrincham ended the season as runners up in the Southern League. The clubs met at the same stage eight years earlier when Dartford ran out 3-1 winners at Watling Street.

Dartford 3 Altrincham 2 – Conference Premier – 1 February 1986

This may sound familiar, Dartford had little joy in the second successive Conference Premier campaign. Known as the Gola League the Darts were relegated but victory over Altrincham was one of the few highlights. At the time Dartford were managerless following John Still’s resignation eleven days earlier.

Altrincham 0 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier – 21 September 1985

In an experimental season where teams were awarded two points for a home win and three for an away win, Dartford drew 0-0 in the north west. The Robins went on to finish fourth, win the F.A Trophy for a second time in their history beating Runcorn  and reached the fourth round of the F.A Cup triumphing over Chorley, Blackpool, Birmingham City on the way to defeat against York City.

Next Meetings

Saturday 6 September 2014 at Moss Lane

Saturday 28 March 2015 at Princes Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

altrincham 10 yrsBest Performances

1st Conference Premier (1979/80 & 1980/81) F.A Cup 4th Round (1985/86) F.A Trophy Winners (1977/78 & 1985/86 )

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