Match preview: Altrincham (a)

Chesterfield will hope to continue their unbeaten record today when they take on Altrincham away from home.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Opponents: Altrincham FC

Kick-off: 3pm

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: Moss Lane


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The Opposition

Name: Altrincham FC

Nickname: The Robins

Founded: 1891

Stadium: Moss Lane

Capacity: 7,873

Manager: Phil Parkinson


National League | Champions 1979/80, 1980/81

Bob Lord Trophy | Winners 1980/81

Premier Division | Champions 1998/99, 2017/18

Challenge Cup | Winners 1969/70, 1997/98

Challenge Shield | Winners 1979/80, 1998/99

Manchester League | Champions 1904/05, 1906/07

Cheshire County League | Champions 1965/66, 1966/67

FA Trophy | Winners 1977/78, 1985/86

Cheshire Senior Cup | Winners 1904/05, 1933/34, 1966/67, 1981/82, 1998/99, 2004/05, 2008/09

League Cup | Winners 1932/33, 1950/51, 1963/64

Cheshire Amateur Cup | Winners 1903/04

Manchester and Salford Charity Cup | Winners 1908/09

On Phil Parkinson

Phil Parkinson was appointed in April 2017, the eve of the last game of the 2016/17 season in which Altrincham had been relegated to the Northern Premier League. He had managed The Dabbers since February 2015 and in that time he had transformed them from a relegation-threatended club to promotion contenders. Phil also took Nantwich to the FA Trophy semi-finals in 2016.

As a player, he was a junior at Crewe Alexandra, and then at Reading, before having a year at Port Vale. He made some 200 appearances for Nantwich as a player, where he captained the team that won the FA Vase in 2006, as well as leading the Dabbers to promotion from the North West Counties League and UniBond League First Division.

Parkinson enjoyed promotion from the NPL as champions in his first season and reached the play-offs in 2018/19 in National League North before winning promotion to the National League via the play-offs in 2020. In April 2021, it was announced that his contract had been extended to the end of the 2023/24 season.

*courtesy of the Altrincham FC website

One to watch

Chris Conn-Clarke is a 21-year-old midfielder who has played for clubs such as Fleetwood, Burnley and Chorley.

This season in numbers:

Appearances – 4

Goals – 2

Assist – 0

Yellow Cards – 2

Red Cards – 0

Minutes Played – 344

Played for both

The Spireites signed Ryan Colclough from Altrincham for an undisclosed fee. He made 91 appearances for Altrincham between 2020-2023, scoring 26 goals.

View from the dugout

Danny Webb said: “We’re buzzing for a double header this weekend.

“No excuses though, everyone is in the same boat so we have to get through it.

“Altrincham are a tough side and they’ve got some serious players so we’ll be ready for them.”