Altrincham: First & Last

A look back at the history between Harriers and their guests to Aggborough this weekend…

Action from the 2016/17 meeting between Harriers and Alty

HARRIERS have exchanged blows with few opponents more regularly than Saturday’s visitors to Aggborough, Altrincham.

The Reds and the Robins have been regular foes in non-league football, despite the fact that their history is, relatively speaking, entirely recent; the first meeting was only in October 1983, more than 50 clashes having taken place in the following 35 or so years.

Most of those games have taken place in what is now the National League (was Alliance Premier, was Conference…) with the last handful at non-league’s step two.

That inaugural meeting was an Aggborough clash in front of 414 fans, the Robins snatching a 2-0 win – the Reds gaining a double dose of revenge that season with an FA Trophy First Round win (2-0) and a victory in the return league match (1-0).

The most recent meeting took place at Altrincham, a 4-1 win for Harriers in April 2017 in which James McQuilkin, Joe Ironside, Andre Brown and Emmanuel Sonupé all netted.

That five-goal affair ranks as the joint-highest scoring bout between the two – various 3-2 wins coming over the years, Harriers also romping to a 5-0 success in the FA Trophy in 1995, Ocker Davies and Delwyn Humphreys all among the goals.

The highest ever attendance for a meeting of Harriers and Altrincham was, unsurprisingly, the 1994 Aggborough match that saw the home side crowned Conference winners despite a 1-0 defeat, 4,114 turning up to take in the affair.

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