The J.Davidson Stadium will soon play host to international football when we welcome England C and Wales C for their fourth International Challenge Match.
The match will take place on the evening of Tuesday, 21st March with tickets priced as follows:
- Adults £7
- Under 18s £2
It will see the best of the current crop of Vanarama National League and JD Cymru Premier players lock horns, as England C look to right the wrongs of a 4-0 defeat at The Oval in Caernarfon last year. That result means that the two teams’ head-to-head record is currently level.
The England squad has not been announced yet, but Altrincham fans will be hopeful that one or two of this season's squad may be considered for the honour of representing their country. With the likes of Isaac Marriott, Josh Lundstram and Lewis Baines in fine form this season, it is certainly not out of the question and we eagerly await news of Paul Fairclough's plans for the game.
Indeed, Lewis Baines featured in the England C squad that suffered the heavy defeat in Caernarfon, replacing Will Wright in the 75th minute.
Former Carmarthen Town and Port Talbot Town manager Mark Jones will once again be the man in the dugout for Cymru C for the fourth time.
Jones said: “It was such a fantastic occasion last year so I’m sure everyone will be looking forward to it again.
“We know it will be a challenging fixture against a difficult opponent and we will have to be at our best to get a result.”
England C Manager, Paul Fairclough, said: “We're pleased to confirm that we’ve accepted an invitation to play a fixture against Cymru C again next year, in March 2023. Players on both sides will be looking forward to showcasing their talent in what should be another entertaining and competitive match, and one we’re very much looking forward to.”
Altrincham FC Co-Chair, Bill Waterson, said: “Altrincham FC is delighted to be hosting this fixture as our connections with the England C team go back to its inception in 1979, when club legends John Davison, Jeff Johnson & John Rogers regularly represented their country."