18 Jun 2020 by John Edwards

Patrons Scheme Reaches All-Time High!

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There isn’t much we can rely on in these uncertain times, with today’s inclement weather at odds with the forecast and even previously-infallible goal-line technology being found wanting on the Premier League’s return to our screens last night.

But there is at least one constant we can count on. Whenever help is needed at The J.Davidson Stadium, Altrincham supporters are always quick to provide it.

The Patrons’ Scheme is one shining example. Every summer, when football takes a break and income streams dwindle to a trickle, the cry goes out for supporters to rally round and help keep the club going by becoming a Patron.

Each £50 joining fee makes a difference, particularly when multiplied by the number of Alty devotees who unfailingly respond. In each of the past two seasons, the total has been 202, meaning an invaluable extra contribution of £10,100 to the club’s coffers each time.

It seems incredible, amid all the current uncertainty, that not only has the 200 barrier been smashed again, the figure actually stands at a new high. Alty fans have confounded the mood of doubt and caution that's been the norm for so long by springing into action and backing the appeal to such an extent there are now 206 who can call themselves Patrons of the club.

There are incentives for joining, of course, such as a mention in every Robins Review match programme throughout the season and free entry into prize draws, but, for many, the real reward is knowing every penny they pay goes directly into the playing budget for manager Phil Parkinson.

As Alty director Rob Esteva remarked: ‘It’s an absolutely amazing response. The last two seasons are the only times we have broken 200, so to do it again with a new high in the current climate is nothing short of remarkable but says everything about what the club means to the fans.

‘We’ve committed in recent years to putting these funds straight into the playing budget, and that will continue to be the case. It gives us the best possible chance of making our mark in the play-offs, should they proceed as planned, and on next season, whichever division we are in.

‘In terms of the play-offs, we know that testing and the whole process of getting the lads back in is going to cost a significant amount, but this kind of support gives us the confidence to commit to making these key decisions.

‘Likewise, whether we are in the National League itself or the North Division again, we will go into next season in great shape to make an impact. That’s the difference Alty fans make with the way they get behind the club, and it is hugely appreciated by everyone.’

We may have broken the record for the scheme but there is still room for more to sign up and it makes the perfect gift for Father's Day this Sunday! Full details of how to sign up can be found here! You can join the following list of Patrons who we thank for their magnificent support:

1Robert Amstutz
2Geoffrey Wood
3Geoff Magee
4Colin Allsobrook
5Rob Esteva
6In memory of David Cameron
7John 'Logie' Petch
8Nigel Davis
9May Davis
10Mike Conboy & Family
11Phil & Gill James
12Barry Alan Clout
13Ted Small
14Brian Melling/mortgage2move
15Patrick J McMorrow
16Alan Ford
17Gary Molyneux
18Alexander Walton
19Nigel Garner
20John Cudlip
21Phil Green
22Paul Gilbert
23Sean Cobbledick
24Graeme Elliott
25Paul Spencer
26Paul Brady
27Darren Jordan
28Ian Poole
29Matt, Missy & Mason Renninger
30In memory of Derek Kennerley
31Trafford Veterans
32Paul Steeples
33Andrew Flynn
34Simon Ellis
35Howard Watts
36Ian Lord
37Derek Dooley
38Ron Gallimore
39Jackie Gallimore
40Campbell McLay
41Jacqueline McLay
42Brian Birtles
43Terry Surridge
44In Memory Of James Surridge
45Joe Wood
46Team Manchester WLC
47Mark Alton
48Craig Chaplin
49David Frain
50Brian Robinson
51Jon Rouse
52Matthew Wheeler
53SK Kits
54Paul Daine
55Arnold Rogerson
56David Meadows
57David Walton
58Stuart Ritchie
59David Slack
60Mark Embury
61Pete Baker
62In Memory of Jacqui Forster
63Jimmy Wagg
64Tracey Porter
65Alan Murray
66Thomas Murray
67Katie Murray
68Richard Impey
69Robert Sharpe
70John Laidlar
71Dana Laidlar
72Dr Nigel Lord
73Daren Birtles
74Harold Smith
75Ian Watmore
76John Coyne
77Emma Coyne
78Isabella Coyne
79Paul Salt
80Andrew Timms
81Bob Allan
82Clare Allan
83Nic Seller
84Dave Potts
85Mrs N Potts
86Steve Peters
87Bob Peters
88Derek Wilshaw
89Ann Wilshaw
90Neil Faulkner
91Hazel Faulkner
92Anthony Faulkner
93Darren Faulkner
94Richard Faulkner
95Peter Higson
96Premix Services Ltd
97Joanne Higson
98Alan Marks
99Dave Goodrum
100Ian Gordon
101Allison & Peter Lewis
102The Rowley Family
103Ian Rosendaal
104Nigel Bunce
105Martin Gillet
106Simon Caine
107Richie Bentley Catering
108Barry Pond
109Carol Pond
110Angela Stone
111Allan Gordon
112Bill Egan
113David Grundy
114Bryan Ford
115Roger Holt
116John Lamey
117Paul Aldridge
118Ali Bongo
119Nikki Combe
120Helen Dunn
121Mark Eckersall
122Richard Furber
123David Gale
124James Gibb
125Chris Haddon
126Peter Hindmarsh
127Laurence Howarth
128Thomas Jacobs
129Stuart Kilburn
130Lawrence Looney
131Steve Mason
132Graeme McLaren
133Anita Mottershead
134Paul Murray
135Russell Neil
136Paul Ogilev
137David Parker
138Keith Piercy
139Rob Prastka
140Peter Scotson
141Jon Wall
142Bill Waterson
143Dan Whitelegg
144John Gill
145Ian Foden
146Mark Bennett
147In memory of Martin Jordan
148Vincent Sweeney
149John Henderson
150Alan Bonson
151Anthony Taylor
152John Woodfield
153Alan Cooper
154Gail Cooper
155Martin Hamnett
156Marie Hamnett
157Tom Hamnett
158Jack Hamnett
159Roger Wade
160Jordan Tyms
161Erinbeau Carroll and John Hogburn
162Mark Rogerson
163Alison Barnett
164Mallorca Alty
165Peter Pennington
166George & Tom Raftery
167Geoffrey Price
168Ollie / Lew Needham
169Neil Dawson
170Charles Ledigo
171Jackie Hudson
172David Hudson
173David Lewis
174Helen Randle
175Ian Beesley
176Pete Hughes
177Matt Taylor
178Archie Taylor
179Poppy Taylor
180Mark Roberts
181Gordon Davies
182Pete Jackson
183Paul Barton
184Oli, Charlotte, Louise and Pat Thomson
185Ashley Mowers
186London and Home Counties Alty
187Terry Caine
188Ray Whitelegg
189Craig Bradbury
190Diane Swindells
191Richard Hiscock
192Alex Winstanley
193Ben Winstanley
194The Rooney Family
195The Buchan Family
196Eric Burgess
197Freddie Stott
198Dr Andrew Weaver
199Martin Gill
200Malcolm Jackson
201Fran Morris
202Bill Morris
203David Baldwin
204The late Tom Baldwin
205The Sandbach Rowleys
206Geoff Carter

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