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21 June 2018


Altrincham FC director, Neil Faulkner, writes that "As supporters will realise, there are always maintenance jobs that are required at the ground. Sometimes these have to be done professionally, however whenever possible we try to do the jobs ourselves as it reduces expenditure, and increases the playing budget.

We have earmarked two Saturdays, 23rd and 30th June.

In addition to these dates, for anybody that is available during the week, we regularly have volunteers at the ground on a Tuesday or Thursday. I would suggest that you either email or ring the club to let us know if you would like to come down.

We are hoping to complete remedial work including rubbish removal, woodworking, concrete repairs, oiling, painting, cleaning, weeding/strimming etc. If you have any time over these days, and/or if you have equipment, or a vehicle that is suitable for moving rubbish to the tip, please e-mail, or ring the Club on 0161 928 1045, and leave your name, and we will get back to you.

In addition to these jobs, there will be plenty of internal painting and decoration required to public and changing areas throughout the summer, and help with this work will be gratefully received at any time".

Club caterer, Richie Bentley, adds that there will free tea or coffee and bacon butties for all volunteers joining the working parties.


Our neighbours, Trafford "welcome our new man between the sticks, goalkeeper James Coates, who joins us from Droylsden F.C. This is what [manager and ex-Alty man] Tom Baker says of his new shot stopper...

'James is a player that comes to the club with a good reputation and great pedigree. He has played at some top clubs but his hunger and desire to come to Trafford really impressed me. There aren’t that many top keepers around but I’m confident that James will become a very important player for us next season.'”


As usual the football action starts early this summer in North Wales as Welsh Premier reports that "Connah's Quay face a trip to Belarus in the first qualifying round of the Europa League to face Shakhtyor Soligorsk.

Shakhtyor have competed in Europe since 2001...

Meanwhile, if Bala Town can progress past Tre Fiori they will face NK Rudar Velenje of Slovenia, while Cefn Druids would meet FC Irtysh Pavlodar of Kazakhstan in the next stage."


Darlington have "signed winger Alex Henshall from Nuneaton Town. Alex, 24, began his career at Swindon Town, and turned down approaches from Manchester United and Liverpool in order to sign for Manchester City.

He had four years at City without breaking into the first team, and had loan spells at Chesterfield, Bristol Rovers and Ipswich before joining Ipswich on a permanent basis.

He then went on to play for Kilmarnock, Margate, and Braintree before joining Nuneaton in the summer of 2017, when he joined forces with then-manager Tommy Wright... Said Tommy, who is delighted to sign him for a second time, 'Because of the way he runs with the ball, he is lightning quick and unplayable at times... He’ll put chances on a plate for our strikers.'”

Meanwhile, there is also an arrival at Liberty Way from where we learn that Nuneaton Town "boss Nicky Eaden has completed the signing of a vital piece of his rebuilding jigsaw...

Eaden sees ex-England Under 21 centre half Miles Addison as perhaps the most important signing he will make this season. The former Derby County and Bournemouth player moves to Liberty Way after a spell at Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League.

Eaden said, 'With only a handful of players under contract from last season, I'm starting with almost a blank canvas. It is vitally important that I build a strong spine to the side and Miles is probably the most important signing. Centre halves are vital to every side and I need to get mine right.

'I met with Miles only yesterday and he seemed very excited to join the Boro'. Some players like to take their time and to and fro before making the decision, but Miles was very confident in his own ability and wanted to showcase it with us. He has a good grounding from his time at Derby County and will bring vital experience to the whole team.'

Addison made his debut for the Rams, at the age of 17... Addison moved in to a midfield role and became a fixture in the first team. With rumours of a £2million move to the Premier League the imposing Londoner won Derby's Young Player of the Season award before breaking in to the Three Lions' Under 21s...

'We will probably have a few youngsters in the team next season' continued Eaden, 'So, having a player of Miles' experience will be a huge benefit to everyone." The 29 year-old has made more than 100 appearances for Football League clubs in his career for sides including Derby County, Bournemouth and Blackpool. He is the second player to put pen to paper since Eaden took the Boro hot seat last week, joining former Coventry City midfielder Devon Kelly-Evans."

And the National League adds that "Darlington have lost a second important player to ambitious South Shields this summer, writes Aidan Jones.

Josh Gillies has joined the club from the Quakers, making him the second big name to leave for the Evo-Stik NPL Premier club since the season finished. The versatile player spent two years at Darlington and made 60 appearances, netting 16 times for the National League North club.

Gillies has spent the last four years in the north east after moving to FC Halifax Town from Cambridge United in 2014. Gillies, speaking to the official Shields website, explained his decision to drop a league to join the Mariners. The 28-year old also shared his ambitions to win the league title with his new club...

'The plans the club have are amazing and hopefully I can help it on its way. It’s something I want to be a part of'".

The Chester Chronicle announces that "Former Chester FC striker James Akintunde has joined National League side Maidenhead United. The 22-year-old was released by the Blues earlier this summer after new joint bosses Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson were appointed at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

Akintunde spent two seasons with Chester where he made a total of 56 appearances... He is the latest ex-Blues player from last season’s squad to move to pastures new in recent weeks. Ryan Astles joined National League North side Southport, while Myles Anderson penned a deal with Hartlepool United".

Hereford FC have lost a player before the 2018-19 season as Somerset Live confirms that "Prolific non-league goalscorer John Mills has put pen to paper with Bath City. Romans boss Jerry Gill made signing a new frontman one of his priorities this summer and succeeded in bringing in Mills from Hereford.

The 28-year-old's goals helped guide the Bulls to three consecutive promotions in a rapid rise through the ranks after rising from the ashes of famed Hereford United.

Playing across the Midland League Premier and two tiers of the Southern League, and while regularly stepping out in front of four-figure crowds at Edgar Street and huge followings on the road, Mills struck 140 goals for Hereford...

But the deadly hitman, who lives in Oxford, turned down a new contract with Hereford, and City came out top of the list of clubs vying for his services."

At the geographically opposite end of the division, Blyth Spartans "can now announce the departure of right-back Andrew Cartwright, who has taken on a full-time coaching role in Perth Australia. The 22-year-old made 85 appearances for Spartans over a three season spell with the club...

Cartwright was on the periphery of the squad for the majority of the 17/18 Vanarama National League North season but did star early, earning himself an England ‘C’ cap during the campaign. After a loan spell with EBAC Northern League side Ashington, Cartwright returned for the final month of the season".

Leamington report that "Paul Holleran has revealed that midfielders Joe Clarke and Kurtis Revan are the latest members of last season's squad to be retained ahead of the 2018/2019 campaign.

Clarke joined the club last summer from Tamworth and made 42 appearances in his maiden season for Brakes. Revan joined us part way through the 2016/17 campaign and made some very important contributions as we won promotion and the Birmingham Senior Cup. His 34 appearances last season came mainly from the substitutes' bench...

Holleran had this to say about the pair: 'Joe Clarke was a massive player for us last year after signing. Every team has a player of his ilk, that often goes unnoticed but he worked tirelessly for the team and played a big role for us.

'Kurtis stepped up with us last season, but we still feel he is yet to fulfill his full potential. He has a big pre season ahead of him now and he needs to use the experiences of last season to push on and cement a regular place in the starting eleven. I'm looking forward to seeing how he gets on, because he is super to work with and has so much raw talent.'

While Clarke and Revan are staying, one member of last season's squad has left the club. 'Sadly Stefan Moore's third spell with us has come to an end,' said Holleran. 'He was hoping to stay with us and maybe do more work in the community but things didn't work out unfortunately. He is looking for something more full time, and he has missed playing more regularly too'".


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