ALTRINCHAM will be wearing a unique shirt as they take to the field for Saturday’s derby at home to SALFORD CITY in the National League North.
The Robins have worn one-off pink and purple shirts during the last two seasons to raise awareness and funds for local cancer charities. Now they have been given the all-clear by the National League and the club’s main sponsor, J. Davidson Scrap, to wear a special shirt to commemorate Remembrance weekend.
The new top still features the Robins’ traditional red-and-white stripes but they blend into all red from the chest upwards. The sponsor’s name has also been replaced by a giant poppy logo, under which read the words ‘Lest We Forget’.
The shirt has been produced by Bury-based kit supplier SK kits, who are owned by Alty’s goalkeeper coach Ian Senior, and as with previous years, the shirts will later be auctioned off for charity.
“I have had the sample shirt signed by all the staff,” said Senior. “I will be getting it framed to auction, with monies going to the Royal British Legion.
“The reserve bid is £100 and bids can be registered by contacting me on 07960 137232. My intentions with the playing shirts are to auction them after the game in the Altrincham FC Community Sports Hall, again with all proceeds going to The Royal British Legion.”
While it is another excellent gesture by the club, manager Jim Harvey will be determined to do the business on the pitch. The Robins bowed out of the FA Cup first round last Saturday with a 2-1 defeat at Lincoln City, which was their fourth straight defeat after back-to-back wins last month over Matlock Town (FA Cup) and Stalybridge Celtic (league).
SALFORD CITY played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday at home to Harrogate Town, another of the National League North’s big spenders. The Ammies will therefore go into Saturday’s game ninth in the table, three points off the play-offs, while Alty are rock-bottom.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC are only two points better off after losing 5-0 away to league leaders AFC Fylde last Saturday. They also have a derby this Saturday as they host FC UNITED, who occasionally played home games at Bower Fold before building finished on their own Broadhurst Park ground in 2015. The Rebels are 16th after losing 3-2 at home to Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday, which allowed the visitors to leapfrog Alty and Bridge at the bottom.
Fourth-bottom CURZON ASHTON warm up for Monday night’s crucial FA Cup replay at home to Westfields by visiting Gloucester City, who are sixth. STOCKPORT COUNTY were knocked out of the Cup by Woking last Saturday and are 11th as they return to league action with a trip to fifth-bottom Nuneaton.