26 Mar 2019 by John Edwards

Final seal of approval for J.Davidson Stadium


Altrincham press and media officer John Edwards has submitted the following article for inclusion in this week's Sale and Altrincham Messenger.

Altrincham's board are celebrating another notable distinction for the club after their ground was selected to stage the Hallmark Security League's prestige event of the season at the beginning of May.

The Macron Cup final has been held at League One Fleetwood Town for the last three years, but Alty's J.Davidson Stadium will be the setting for this season's showpiece occasion on Saturday, May 4 (kick-off 1pm).

It's another feather in the cap for Alty, as they prepare to resume their quest for a second successive promotion at home to Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday (3pm), following a three-week break due to a postponement and gap in the fixtures.

'There has been ongoing dialogue with Hallmark Security League board members, and we are very pleased to be chosen for their showpiece final - so much so, we have delayed the opening of our Beer Festival that day until 2.30pm,' said Alty chairman Grahame Rowley. 'To replace Fleetwood's Highbury Stadium as the venue speaks volumes for the reputation this club has for hosting major events.'

As they awaited the outcome of semi-finals between Avro and City of Liverpool and Congleton Town and 1874 Northwich, the League issued a press release, saying: 'We spoke with a number of clubs (about a change of venue), but the more we spoke with Grahame Rowley at Altrincham, it became apparent to us it would be an ideal location to stage this season's final.

'Not only does The J.Davidson have a superb facility which includes a highly-regarded pitch, it is also very easy to get to transport-wise. After the game, Altrincham FC will be hosting a beer festival, which will likely prove very popular with all visitors to the stadium for the game.'

Manager Phil Parkinson has been working with his players in training, during their three-week lay-off, and is hoping they hit the ground running, backed by a vociferous home crowd, when they return to action against play-off rivals Kidderminster, who are now just three points behind Alty but have played two games more.


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