There were frustrations along the way, but I would have no hesitation in labelling it a success story for the way we embraced full-time professional status and went about
ensuring the club continued to move in the right direction. We more than stood our ground in the ultra-competitive world of the Vanarama National League, not only adding a few more notable ex-League scalps to our growing collection but entertaining everyone and gaining new admirers in the process.
In the Isuzu FA Trophy, we rolled back the years and revived golden memories of the 70s and 80s with a run that captured the town's imagination and took us to within a penalty
shoot-out of Wembley, and, in the Cheshire Senior Cup, we went one better by going all the way to the final for the first time in a decade.
Our off-field fortunes have been on the same upward curve, with average gates at The J.Davidson Stadium topping 2,000 for the second successive year. Who would have thought that when Neil and I walked through the door in 2017, just as a second relegation in a row had been confirmed and the challenge of turning things around in the Northern Premier League loomed large? There was an understandable mood of despondency around the place, with attendances hovering around the 800-mark, but just look how far we have come in such a relatively short time.
On top of that, our talent-packed Academy is thriving, with highly-promising young Alty teams doing the club proud in their various leagues and cup competitions and some
emerging prospects already feeding through to the senior squad.
These are exciting times to be an Alty fan. Ambition runs right through the club, from top to bottom, and we are already looking to recruit the best we can this summer to add strength and stability to the squad and put ourselves in optimum shape to continue striving for improvement.
Unity is another distinguishing feature at Alty. There's a real all-for-one-and-one-for-all mentality that is so integral to our success, and we need that level of support and backing from fans who again showed a commendable capacity for sticking by us to continue.
So, in thanking you for reading and wishing you a pleasant and enjoyable summer, I'd also urge you, please, if you possibly can, to renew your ticket and book your place at The J.Davidson Stadium for the entirety of the 2023/24 campaign. If you’ve already renewed, thank you! Don't forget, there's an Early Bird offer available that can save you money. It's for a limited time, so act now.
I've always said that together we can go places, and that resonates now more than ever, with the team going from strength to strength, our fans filling the stadium and travelling in numbers and the board working tirelessly and innovatively to provide the funds needed for continued progression.
You have played your part, and I wanted to place on record my gratitude for that and my heartfelt wish that you will be back, season ticket in hand, when we resume in August.
Thanks again, have a great summer and here's hoping for another memorable campaign in 2023/24.
All the best,
Phil Parkinson, Altrincham FC Manager