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Altrincham: 10 Things

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 8 Aug 2016
Posted in First Team

1. Altrincham were formed in 1891 by a Sunday school as Rigby Memorial Club. They soon merged with another local club and were founder members of the Manchester League in 1893.

2. They play at Moss Lane, which opened in 1910. It is also home to Manchester United Reserves and has also hosted rugby.

3. The £6.2m transfer of Duncan Watmore to Sunderland in 2015 funded the clubs’ sports hall, built next to the ground.

4. Altrincham have recorded a number of giant killings, beating Football League sides in the FA Cup no less than 17 times. Most recently, they beat Barnsley 1-0 in 2015.

5. Striker James Lawrie made three appearances for Northern Ireland in 2009.

6. They have won the FA Trophy twice. They beat Leatherhead in 1978 and Runcorn in 1985.

7. In 2005, they began their Conference National season on-18 points, but survived. They finished bottom, but received a reprieve after Canvey Island resigned and Scarborough were demoted.

8. The following two seasons Altrincham again were relegated, but received two more reprieves. Boston were demoted in 2007 and the previous Halifax club were liquidated in 2008.

9. Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting became a shareholder of the club in 2009.

10. Altrincham signed goalkeeper Andrew Dawber from Championship side Fulham.

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