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ALTRINCHAM FC Pen Pictures 2000-2001 team

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Photograph by Cliff Hase

Left to right, back row: Shaun Goodwin, Leroy Chambers, Stuart Scheuber, Gary Talbot, Kevin Ellison, Mark Maddox, Danny Adams.

Centre row: Joey Dunn, Vic Green, Scott Wilson, Jason Gallagher, Carl Furlong, Stuart Coburn, Eddie Turkington, Richard Landon, Phil Power, J Smith, Tony Murphy.

Front row: Barry Crowe, Steve Porter, George Heslop (company secretary), Mark Ward (player-manager), Gerry Berman (chairman), Stuart Quinn, Steve Hawes.

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Player Profiles Season 2000-2001

Bernard Taylor Manager Graham Heathcote Coach
The Goalkeepers
STUART COBURN

Born: 5/5/75

Stuart missed two thirds of last season due to injury but has come back as good as ever. Supporter's 'Player of the year' in season (98-99). Originally signed from Trafford F. C. in March 1997 after playing a major part in their promotion to the UniBond 1st Division and played a major part in Altrincham's return to the Conference with 23 clean sheets in all competitions. Previously played for Maine Road and Irlam Town.

Sponsored by: Evolution Ltd
The Defence.

Terry Bowker

Central defender who, this season,  has played for Bamber Bridge,  Castleton Gabriels and Altrincham. Won the Man of the match award against Hucknall Town on 20th February 2001 

BARRY CROWE

Born: 15/6/80

Former Tranmere Rovers player who was dogged by injury last season. Made little impact on the first team due to injuries, had a short spell on loan at Winsford United. Hoping to make an impression this season.

January 2001 Transferred to Droylsden

Sponsored by Theo Lengeveld
ADAM FARLEY

Born: 12/1/80

Born in Liverpool, Adam joined Everton as a schoolboy and progressed through the ranks to eventually make his 1st team debut against Derby County during the 98/99 season. Unfortunately Adam, a centre-half broke a cheekbone playing for the reserves soon after and never re-established himself. A member of Evertonís successful FA Youth Cup winning side in 1998.Released at the end of the 1999-2000 season and joins Altrincham for the coming season.

JASON GALLAGHER 

Born: 25/3/72

Jason signed from Hyde United as a right back but spent most of the last two seasons on the right side of midfield. Pacey and hard working, Jason always impresses with his commitment and stamina Started his career with Marine before playing for Ternia (Belgium), Witton Albion, Northwich Victoria, Runcorn and Caernarfon.

Sponsored by: Gary Warrington and Andy Boyers 
JAMES GLENDENNING

BORN:

Young Center-half signed from Kendal Town in September. Previously had a brief spell at Ashton United. Has filled in well following the injuries to Mark Maddox and Eddie Turkington.

Transferred to St Helens Town March 2001

Mark MADDOX

Born: 11/3/73

Originally signed in August 1996 from Sunday League football, after starting his career as a trainee at Tranmere Rovers. Joined Barrow at the start of 1998/99 season but rejoined the 'Robins' in December 1998 after being unable to establish himself in the Barrow 1st team. A consistent and reliable defender at centre back. Currently Altrinchamís longest serving player

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Steve Morgan

Born: I 9/09/68, Oldham. Height: 5I I ins. Weight: 11st 8lbs

The vastly experienced Steve Morgan (Over 400 league appearances 21 goals in 14 years) made his debut for Altrincham on 22 November 2000 in the UniBond League Cup match verses Hyde United. Hull City released Steve at the end of last season and he joined Halifax Town on a short-term contract in late September. Injuries have dogged his career but he brings a wealth of experience and no little ability.

League Career Details Blackpool - Apprentice 01 /08/86. League Apps, 13 5. League Subs, 9. League Goals, 10

Plymouth Argyle - Transfer 01 /07/90. League Apps, 120. League Subs, I . League Goals, 6

Coventry City - Transfer 01 /07/93. League Apps, 65. League Subs, 3. League Goals, 2

Bristol Rovers - Loan 0 I /03/96. League Apps, 5. League Subs, 0. League Goals, 0

Wigan Athletic - Transfer 01 /07/96. League Apps, 3 I . League Subs, 5. League Goals, 2

Bury - Loan 01 /09/97. League Apps, 5. League Subs, 0. League Goals, 0

Burnley - Transfer 01 /08/98. League Apps, 17. League Subs, 0. League Goals, 0

January 2001 Released

STEVE PORTER

Born:

Former Liverpool trainee signed in the close season on a seasonís contract. Left back , 

GARY SCOTT

Born: 3/2/78

Signed for Altrincham when surprisingly released by Leigh RMI in October 2000. Started his career at Tranmere Rovers before transferring to Rotherham United in August 1997. Also had spells at Marine and Barrow. Scored both Altrincham goals in their 4-2 defeat at Hyde United.

GARY TALBOT

Born: 6/10/70

Tall, commanding, no nonsense centre-back, who was signed from local rivals, Winsford towards the end of the promotion season and slotted in immediately. Club captain. Previously played for Rhyl, Barnton, Wilmslow Albion and Witton Albion. 

January 2001 transferred to Northwich Victoria for a fee of £2,500

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EDDIE TURKINGTON Born: 15/5/78

Former Liverpool trainee originally signed last close season from Nationwide 1st Division Stockport County but never played for the first team. A promising defender of which much is expected. Spent most of last season at Leigh RMI, playing a full part in their promotion to the Football Conference.

November 2000 Contract terminated going to Droylsden 

 

The Midfield  
IAN CRANEY

Born:

Young local reserve team player who has broken into the first team through consistent performances.

STEVE HAWES

Born: 17/7/78

Started his career at Sheffield United as a central midfield player, where he made 1+3 League appearances. Subsequently went initially, on loan and eventually joining Doncaster Rovers where he made another 8+2 League appearances. On his release joined Hull City, making 18+1 League appearances. Released and spotted playing Sunday football and invited to Moss Lane for trials. Now attracting interest from Football League clubs

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KEITH MAIRS

Promising youngster who, with impressive performances, has forced his way from the reserves into selection for the first team.

STUART SCHEUBER

Born: 3/4/81

Young midfielder, released by Stoke City at the end of last season. Impressed in the pre season games and hopes to continue his football education at Moss Lane under the guidence of Mark Ward.

  Paul Walsham

Paul is a young midfielder acquired from Tranmere Rover's youth side in summer 2000

MARK WARD

Born: 10/10/62

In his second spell at Moss Lane, this time as player/manager. Mark made a dramatic impact in his first spell with Altrincham, helping to kick start their push for the Conference. He brings to midfield the class and vision that has been seen throughout his football career, playing for the likes of Everton, Northwich Victoria, Oldham Athletic, West Ham United, Manchester City, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic. Last season he played an intregal part in Leigh RMIís promotion to the Conference and hopes to repeat this with Altrincham. The manís enthusiasm for the game is infectious and sets the highest standards of fitness for himself and the players, even in his 39th year!

Services as manager terminated March 25 2001

Sponsored by: Stan & Isobel Riley

 

The Forwards
LEROY CHAMBERS Born: 25/2/74

Sheffield based Leroy started his career with local club Sheffield Wednesday. Altrinchamís top goalscorer in their promotion season but had a lean time in the Conference scoring only once for the ĎRobinsí and once for Kettering, whilst on loan. Signed originally from Macclesfield at the start of the 1998/99 season, Leroy is a fast bustling striker. Prior to Macclesfield he played for Boston United and Chester City, making 21 Football League appearances. 

January 2001 On loan to Frickley Athletic

He spoke to Robins Review

"I came to Alty because it is one of the non-league's biggest names, and because I recognised the ambition of the club. It really wants to go places, and I genuinely think that I can go back into the league with Altrincham. I spoke to Paul Power, who I'd been teamed with at Macc, and the fact that he was here meant that I didn't have to think for long before signing. I did not have to come out of the League, but did so because this club is geared to do even better than Macclesfield have done."

The soft-spoken 25-year-old began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, a two year apprenticeship followed by three years as a pro before being taken to Chester by Kevin Ratcliffe. "I played 40 League games in two seasons for Chester but we had a really young side and I probably didn't have the experience to make the right impact, so I was released. Boston manager Greg Fee is a great friend of mine, and he invited me to York Street where I could put myself in the shop window, which is what I did for 18 months."

Any Alty fan who happened into the bar after Tuesday night's game against Worksop could have been forgiven for thinking that Leroy numbers the Tigers amongst his former clubs. In fact, Robins Review can reveal that a Worksop director remarked: "We had Leroy on trial a couple of seasons ago but our manager didn't want to sign him, and we'd be regretting it ever since!"

Leroy's winning goal for Boston at Moss Lane last September was almost his last action for the Pilgrims, as Sammy McIlroy swooped to thought a host of Conference clubs clamouring for Chambers' signature. The result was a Third Division championship medal, but that did not prevent him moving to Moss Lane where he is certainly enjoying life. "I just want to do my best for the fans and the club. They've all been so good to me and I think that we have the quality to reward the supporters with the success they deserve. Even when we had our bad start I knew we'd come through it because of the calibre of players we've got here. It just took time to gel.

If anything has changed since the start of the season, it's that we're playing more as a team than individuals, which was part of the problem early on. We are more organised now, with every player knowing his job. Now it is up to me and the rest of the lads to put what we've been told in training into practice on the pitch. Although I'm quite pleased with the seven goals I got so far, I did have more in the bag by this time for Boston last season, although I was taking penalties then!"

Frequently reminded of "that" goal he scored for Boston, Leroy can also offer an objective view at why he has never been on the losing side, against the Robins. "The fact is that everyone raises their game against Alty. It's almost automatic. I was no different, and that also partially explains why we started badly. With so many faces, not only did we have to gel together, but most of us didn't realise just how badly everyone wants to beat us until we put ourselves in their shoes."

MARIO DANIEL

Born: 1984
Mario broke into the first team as a 16 year-old sub in the home defeat by Gainsborough and also played the second half at Bishop Auckland, the following week.. Mario has been to the Everton Academy for trials


KEVIN ELLISON

Born: 23/2/79

A sensational season in the Conference for the man with the Ďthunderbolt left footí, starting his Altrincham career with five goals in his first five games. Kevin is a left-sided 21-year-old striker signed from League of Wales's side Conwy Town prior to the start of last season. Formerly had short spells at Southport and Chorley. Has had a trial at Everton, Wigan Athletic and last season, Manchester City. Now back to full fitness after Achilles problem, marking his return with a goal against Frickley on New Yearís day

February 2001 Transferred to Leicester City 

STEVE FINNEY

Born: 31/10/73

Well-traveled striker who has signed non-contract forms from Conference side Chester till the end of the season. Played over 130 league games for Preston, Man City, Swindon, Cambridge, Carlisle, Orient and Chester, had trials at Exeter the previous summer before joining Barrow and then Chester

CARL FURLONG Born: 18/10/76

A bustling forward with good control and a nice touch .Formerly with Wigan Athletic and had brief spells with Droylsden, Knowsley United, Conwy United and Netherfield Kendal, before linking up with the Robins pre-season. Carl immediately impressed everyone in the pre-season matches and is now starting to realize his potential.

November 2000 Contract terminated probably going to Droylsden 

ALEX HAY Born 14/10/81

Signed for Tranmere as a trainee. Young striker currently on  loan to Altrincham. Returned to Tranmere December 2000

RICHARD LANDON Born: 22/3/70

Signed at the beginning of last season after playing for Macclesfield Town in Nationwide Division two and was soon labeled ĎSuper Subí due to his ability to come off the bench and score late, usually crucial goals. Started his career at Atherstone United before moving on to Stratford Town and Bedworth United. His prolific scoring record brought him to the attention of Plymouth Argyle who paid Bedworth £30,000 for his services in January 1994. Played 21 full league games and 9 as substitute, scoring 12 goals, Moved to Stockport County in August 1995. Due to injury he only managed 7 league games, with 6 substitute appearances for County, scoring 4 goals. Had a successful loan period at Macclesfield, which resulted in a permanent move. In all Richard made 16 full and 15 substitute appearances for 'Macc' scoring 9 goals.

January 2001 On loan to Droylsden, then to Vauxhall Motors

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ADAM LILLIS

Born:

Former Stockport reserve player who has been playing for Caernarfon. Made his debut against Ashton United in the League cup at Moss Lane.

Transferred

DANNY MURPHY

Born:

23 year old winger, signed after his impressive performance for Mossley against Altrincham in the FA Cup. Scored on his debut in the 1-1 draw with Leek Town. Previous clubs include Wilmslow Albion, Mossley and Cheadle Town. Signed for Mossley in April 1996 & August 2000. Mossley Player of the Month for August 2000

 

PHIL POWER

Born: 25/7/67

Highly respected striker in non-league circles, Phil has had a distinguished career, most notably with Macclesfield for whom he won two Conference titles, the FA Trophy and promotion to Division Two of the Nationwide League. Phil signed for Altrincham in July 1998 notching some important goals in Altrincham's UniBond Premier League campaign. Last season was not at his best due to a hernia. Started his career at Northwich and has played with distinction for a number of Northwest sides, notably Crewe Alexandra, Stalybridge and Chorley.

February 2001 Transferred to Radcliffe Borough

his career at Northwich, winning the first of his two FA Trophy winners medals In1984 he was the youngest ever player to appear in an F.A. Trophy final when he came on as substitute after only thirty minutes. Northwich went on to win the final against Bangor City 2-1 in a replay at the Victoria Ground, Stoke

In that same season he also won a Cheshire senior Cup winner's medal. He moved to Witton Albion, and then Crewe Alexandra where he played thirty league games. He then moved to Horwich R.M.I. before joining Silema Wanderers in Malta. He returned to play for Chorley and went on a weeks trial to Bournemouth where he scored in a 2-1 win against Hereford United.

The day before his proposed £60,000 move to Bournemouth Phil unfortunately broke his leg. It took him two years to recover and he resumed with Barrow before joining Stalybridge in 1992. He joined Macclesfield in October 1993.

Stuart Quinn Born: 11 /12/77

Made his Altrincham debut last season against Hereford United, after impressing in the reserves. Former Liverpool trainee. On being released by Liverpool he joined Southport and played on non-contract terms at Droylsden. After his brief spell at Moss Lane Stuart spent the remainder of last season at Leigh RMI.

Transferred

Eric Seekie at the bottom of the rainbow. Eric is a reserve team player., who was promoted on December 6 2000 as a and was brought on in the second half in the match against Marine  
Otis THOMAS

Age 17
Otis made his first-team debut against Northwich in the Cheshire Senior Cup . He is a nimble striker who has come through the Reserves. In October 2000, he played in the British Colleges' team trial. In late October, Otis went to Bristol City for a fortnight's trial, whilst Bristol Rovers have invited him to trials in December 2000. He scored his first senior goal in the Trophy against Ilkeston .

Scott Wilson

Scott is a young hard working midfielder who spent a month on loan at Moss Lane last season whilst with Rochdale. He joined the club after being released at the end of last season.

Transferred to Radcliffe Borough

Gerard Leonard

A French man who has played for Le Havre and Montpelier, played his first game at Frickley in February 2001 

Rod Thornley Signed March 2001

Thornley moves up a Division

Bottom club Congleton Town showed there is still honesty in football when they kept their word to leading goalscorer Rod Thornley and released him without a fee to join Altrincham. They had promised the player when he signed for the 'Bears' that if a higher ranking club came in for him they would let him go and were true to their word although given Congleton's precarious position they could have perhaps been forgiven had they reneged on the agreement. Congleton are understood to have a sell on clause as their only 'fee'.

Paul Edwards

Signed from Doncaster Rovers and Knutsford March 2001

 

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