Taking a look at Curzon Ashton v County
Saturday is likely to see Curzon Ashton at least double their previous best attendance of the season, which stands at 337, as County make their first visit for a competitive fixture. For the Hatters it's to be hoped that the 14 day break has given some of the injured men a chance to recover, although the suspensions will still be felt. For Curzon, it's a County reserve player of several seasons who will be plotting the visitor's downfall. Before continuing , here are the match arrangements recently announced by Curzon for County's visit to Tameside Stadium, which unfortunately will see the crowd segregation .
Turnstiles B and C for visiting fans. Turnstile B is at the far end of the car park on the right as you approach the stadium. Turnstile C is at the far end of the stadium accessed by walking past the main stand and the 3G pitch. There are 250 seats available to visiting fans and those wishing a seat should use turnstile C for convenience. Wheelchair access is via the main gate at turnstile A where you will be escorted to the appropriate location. Unfortunately the main bar is unavailable for this game due to a prior booking so there will be no bar facilities for visiting fans. Refreshments (food and drinks) will be available from a mobile unit located near turnstile C. Toilet facilities for visiting fans are located under the main stand facing turnstile C. Additional portable units will be located in the ground.
The other trip came during the run-up to the 1985-86 season. A strong County side played out a 0-0 draw on the first day of August. The side included a few trialists in Dean Croft (ex-Barnsley), Andy Reynolds (ex-Manchester United) and Russell. This was a game I remember attending and it wasn't the most inspiring of games - even by pre-season friendly standards. The Hatters line-up that evening was Mick Salmon, John Rutter (Les Chapman), Steve Sherlock, Andy Thorpe, Nigel Smith, Paul Hendrie, Clive Evans, Mark Wroe (Tony Coyle), Mark Leonard, Dean Croft (Russell) and Andy Reynolds (Tommy Sword)
A few other friendlies have been played since then but they were designated as reserve team matches by County.
Curzon are on a good run of form which has seen them climb away from the relegation spaces. With just one defeat in their last six National League North games sees them level with County over that period in the form table, but they have scored more regularly than the Hatters. The last two matches saw Nash end Tamworth's unbeaten run, and whilst County were inactive last Saturday, they inflicted a 4-1 drubbing on Lowestoft.
|Flanagan then ...|
75-76 team photo
|Flanagan now ... Curzon manager|
The majority of the Nash squad have not faced County previously. Eckersley did play against us in an FA Cup tie on loan at Rushall. Flynn was in the Barrow side, whilst also previously being on a team sheet against the Hatters were Alex Brown (Hyde), Brown (Northwich) and Tomsett (Fylde). Hakan Burton has been getting good reviews for his performances in goal this season, even when the side was struggling early on. Up front they have scored five goals more than County with Matt Warburton leading their list with four goals. Niall Cummins has scored in both their last two matches.
|Name||Pos||Known Past Clubs (may not be complete)|
|Ben Atkinson||M||Huddersfield T|
|Ryan Brooke||F||Oldham Ath, Barrow(L), AFC Telford U(L), Altrincham, COUNTY(T)|
|Alex Brown||M||Crewe Alex, Leek T, Witton A, Droylsden, Chester, Hyde|
|Gary Burnett||F||Wigan Ath, Local football, Atherton Coll, Skelmersdale U, Northwich Vic|
|Hakan Burton||G||Shrewsbury T, Liverpool, Gaziantepspor [tur], Clitheroe|
|Remero Coley||F||Manchester C|
|Niall Cummins||F||AFC Blackpool, Burscough|
|Tom Eckersley||D||Bolton W, Accrington S, COUNTY(L), Barrow(L), Tamworth, Rushall Oly(L), AFC Fylde, Witton A(DR), Curzon Ashton(DR)|
|Matt Flynn||F/CD||Warrington T, Macclesfield T, Ashton U(L), Rochdale(L), Rochdale, Fleetwood T, Altrincham(L), F Barrow, Southport.Hyde, Chorley|
|Alex Frost||D||Rochdale, Altrincham(L), Rossendale U(L), Team Bath(L), Cirencester T(L), Ashton U, Nantwich T, Ramsbottom U|
|Joe Guest||M||Crewe Alex, Northwich Vic, Congleton T(L), Nantwich T, Stafford R, Wqarrington T|
|Jonathan Hunt||CD||Salford C|
|Simon Lakeland||M||Carlisle U, Accrington S, Bamber Bridge|
|Cameron Mason||G||Chesterfield, Southport(L), Long Eaton U(L)|
|Shelton Payne||W||Trafford, Chorley, Hyde, FC Halifax T, Stocksbridge PS, Colwyn Bay, Trafford, FCUM, Salford C.Ramsbottom U|
|Christopher Rowney||M||Oldham Ath, Mossley, Woodley Sp, Mossley|
|Danny Shaw||D||Radcliffe Bor, New Mills|
|Liam Tomsett||M||Blackpool, Altrincham(L), Ayr U(), Hyde(L), Hyde(L), AFC Fylde|
|Matthew Warburton||F||Nelson, Maine Road|
|Andy Watson||CD||Salford C, Winsford U, Woodley Sp, Abbey Hey, Rossendale U, Curzon Ashton, Mossley|
|Simon Woodford||CD/RB||Trafford, Radcliffe Bor|
|George West (pic Sue Cordon)|