05 Dec 2020 by John Edwards

News and views from the Boardroom, with Bill Waterson

Email

With today's Vanarama National League game against King's Lynn Town at The J.Davidson Stadium falling foul of the weather, we are reproducing selected items from the online matchday programme. Here is co-chairman Bill Waterson's From The Boardroom column.

This afternoon, we welcome King's Lynn Town to The J. Davidson Stadium for our Vanarama National League game on their first-ever visit to the ground. However, we have had a few attempts to play them here, with waterlogging and lockdown preventing last season's game at Moss Lane.

We did play the reverse fixture in Norfolk earlier in the season, and we snatched a 2-2 draw with a late, late Jake Moult goal to earn us a share of the points.

Like us, the Linnets came up from the National League North last year – directly as champions in their case - but their expansive style of football was denied the coronation it deserved by the lockdown.

Let me therefore extend our congratulations to our fellow-promotees. And in another parallel with us, Lynn not only made the trip to Fratton Park in the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend, but shared our fate of being denied the opportunity to grace the third round draw.

King's Lynn have won three of their last five games in the league and sit five points behind the Robins with two games in hand. Their four wins have been at home to Dover, at Barnet, at home to our next opponents Woking and at Maidenhead United. In fact, theirs and our victories bookended Maidenhead's long unbeaten run.

A couple of their defeats have been heavier than we might have expected from last season's NLN champions, as Solihull Moors, Bromley and Sutton United have put them to the sword. Narrow losses were experienced against Wealdstone, Weymouth and Boreham Wood and the sole draw with Yeovil Town on the opening day completes the picture of their season.

Meanwhile, the Alty machine crossed the border into Wales on Tuesday to pick up all three points at Wrexham, courtesy of a Ritchie Sutton header. Coming a few days after our 2-0 win against Maidenhead on Saturday, and being our fourth win in five games, we can be satisfied with our start to this season. However, I suspect fourth place may be a slightly false position when you see teams with five games in hand on us.

Points per game has us in 13th, and that seems a reasonable place to put us. Better than the 18th we were in the league below about this time last year before going on the rampage and continuing that all the way through the play-offs!

Fourth place is, of course, a play-off position. So, what would an ambitious club do? Get ready to apply for the Football League. So that’s what we have done – we have received feedback on our eligibility and straightaway we have defined for us a to-do list to reach the required standard of the Football League. A lot of work to do – so we are getting on with it. More on this soon.

And we are getting ready for the moment we have all been waiting for – the readmission of the Alty faithful to The J. Davidson Stadium. All we need is for Greater Manchester (or even just Trafford BC) to be reclassified as Tier 2.

It is possible that this could happen as soon as December 16th, meaning a home draw in the Buildbase FA Trophy might see (some) fans back in the ground on the 19th December, and then for the Stockport County game on Boxing Day.

Failing that, we would be looking at Sutton United on January 9th. This is no trivial task – the workload to get fans back in the ground is enormous. We have started work – and the effort is being led by Paul Carter, Grahame Rowley and Nigel Bunce, so we definitely have the “A Team” on the project.

We will need you to play your part in this – fans coming back in needs all of us to be involved, so stay tuned for updates on how we are going to achieve this.

Enjoy the game,

Bill Waterson.

More

24th January 2022 • Reserves report

Lethal Lewis at the double as youthful Alty Reserves make it three in a row!

24th January 2022

Alty TV Highlights-Altrincham 1 Torquay United 2

23rd January 2022 • Alty TV Player Interview

Alty TV Interview with Toby Mullarkey after Torquay defeat