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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888


Once upon a time Altrincham were labelled with the tag of the kings of Non League Football as they became a club that surely seemed certain for a bright future in the Football League. the club were formed in 1891 and spent most of the history in the Cheshire League before progressing into the Northern Premier League in 1968 as the Non League system began restructuring. It was here that Altrincham developed a reputation as one of the best sides in Non league Football, regularly showing they were superior to their League rivals in cup competitions and in an eleven year period from 1975 to 1986 avoided defeat in three encounters with seperate top flight clubs including one of only two occasions that a Non League side had won at a top flight ground since the formation of the Third Division when Birmingham were humbled. It was a measure of the respect Football had for Alty that such a result did not send the expected shock waves through Football but it also sparked the start of something going wrong. The Football League's decision at this time to open the door to automatic promotion for the best Non league sides should have been the last formality needed for Altrincham's ascent to the fourth tier. It never happened however as other sides built for a tilt at League Football and beat Alty to the punch. Instead of progression forward the club instead dropped into level six.

Magic Moment


2-1 @ Birmingham City 

Third Round: Tuesday January 14th 1986

Attendance: 6,636

Scorers: Ronnie Ellis, Robert Hopkins {own goal}

Ranked at the time: 14

City: 1:Jeff Wealands, 2:Phil Gardner, 3:Peter Densmore, 4:Jeff Johnson, 5:Paul Cuddy, 6:Peter Conning, 7:Doug Newton, 8:John Davison, 9:Ronnie Ellis, 10:Paul Reid, 11:Gary Anderson, {12: Mick Farrelly}