Hi Ally, first of all are you looking forward to Trafford starting life in the Evo-stik Premier Division?
I am looking forward to the new season of course. This is the highest tier on the football pyramid that Trafford FC have occupied in there short 23 year history. They have made some great strides to this point. This season is a terrific reward for the supporters, management, local community and our sponsors KMD Recycling. Trafford fc have an unbelievable set of volunteers who have re-painted the ground, looked after the facilities and of course provided us with a terrific playing surface to perform. I look forward to rewarding all those connected with the club more memorable games such as last season being 2-0 down to Warrington at home and coming back to win 3-2 (twice in a week) and of course the great night at Cammell Laird when we secured promotion.
The fixtures came out last week and Trafford’s first three games are Matlock at home, Blyth away and Stafford away what are your thoughts on this start?
I would have taken anyone at home first game, we have a great home record at Shawe View. Blyth will be hard for the lads in mid-week, we are always positive and to achieve our targets this year we will be going there to get 3 points. Stafford are managed by one of my former coaches from my time at Newcastle Town, Greg Clowes and Dorian Garner, they have been there 2-3 season now so you would expect them to be a force.
Following on from these three Trafford welcome FC United of Manchester. How much are you looking forward to?
I am excited for the community and everyone that follows Trafford, I know both managers drink in the same pub and we have played them in pre-season before. But for 90mins friendships aside we will want to win the game. It will be a great footballing match. I will always fancy us at home.
Apart from these who else are you looking forward to playing and why?
I am looking forward to returning to Victory Park. Chorley is a great club a fantastic set of supporters, management, players.
Many teams promoted to the Evo-stik Premier do quite well in the debut season. Can Trafford follow suit?
It’s all about confidence. Promotion gives any player a massive lift and you cannot wait to get the next season started. In our dressing room we know what we’ve got and we know what we need to do. Team spirit, confidence and quality will help us to continue on from last season.
How do you think Trafford will do this season?
I want to go up. That comes from going out every Saturday and Tuesday night wanting to win.
Trafford’s pre-season has got underway, with a draw at Buckley and a win against Altrincham how is pre-season going for yourself?
I got a goal away at Buckley carrying on from last year which was pleasing. But Altrincham was a great test, especially in the heat. We played our football really well, worked on combinations and specific patterns of play. We are not far off where we want to be, come Matlock at home.
Finally Ally can you tell us who do you think will win the league this season and the play offs?
It’s between Chorley and FC United for me. There are others who will be there or there abouts: Fylde, Witton, Marine.
Many thanks to Ally for taking the time out to answer the questions and we wish Trafford FC all the best for their first season in the Premier Division.