Sunday, 11 October 2015

POTM September - Luke Pilling

Yesterday, Luke Pilling was presented (by yours truly!) with his well deserved player of the month award. Luke has been fantastic since joining us on loan and i'm sure he's going to go on and be a top pro... but for now, let's enjoy him whilst we have him!

Luke Pilling with supporter and all round top bloke, Andy Glinka

Also, I would like to say what a cracking day yesterday was. obviously the 3 points helped but there were so many volunteers behind the scenes that helped the day go as well as it did. So well done everyone!!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Non-league day...

Whilst every Saturday is non-league day for me, tomorrow is national non-league day... A day to get behind grass roots football and your local team.
So why not come down/up/across to Trafford FC and enjoy a great day supporting a great little club. There are many offers for tomorrow's home game against Radcliffe. Click on the link for further details traffordfc.

You might also want to become an official supporter by joining the supporters club for a nominal fee (minimum £1). If so, contact myself through email: or come to a home game and ask to speak to myself (Andy Glinka, Andrew Sempie or Melody) and you'll be pointed in the right direction.

Support grass roots, support non-league, support Trafford FC!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

POTM Presentation

As announced last week, Chris Mcdonagh was voted as the supporters player of the month for August. As a result, Macca was presented with a bottle of bubbly before the home game against Harrogate by supporters member, Tim Stephens.

Chris Mcdonagh with supporter, Tim Stephens

Chris went on to have a fine game against Harrogate and was close to being named man of the match. However, after a great game and a couple of goals, Jack Dorney was chosen just ahead of Macca and Lee Rick (who controlled the game especially in the first half).

In fact the whole team performance was much better, lots of little triangles and the link up play from the front three (Macca, Dorny and Dean) was fantastic. It was great to watch and I know everyone is pleased for Tom (manager) as we haven't had much luck of late so that performance was the least he (and we) deserved!


Thursday, 10 September 2015

Player of the Month August

Supporters unanimously decided that the August Player of the Month award should go to... Chris Mcdonagh. This the first time Macca has won the award and hopefully not the last. Fingers crossed more goals come his way and with it, wins!

Chris will be presented his award before the home game against Harrogate this Saturday.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Well, so far so...

... Well, ok really. A couple of draws, a defeat and a win in the league and of course today's defeat in the FA Cup.

There are many positives that can be taken from the games so far. The players look like they want to play for each other, we seem difficult to beat and we clearly haven't reached our potential yet... Which is definitely a positive.

Negative wise, we haven't been clinical enough (Prescott aside), we have conceded soft goals, we haven't really had any luck with refs and we haven't met the standards of pre-season... Yet!

I hope I speak for all supporters in saying we are still very confident and optimistic. One thing we definitely appreciate is the way the lads are playing for Tom and the shirt, highlighted in the away draw against Mossley.

We go again on Monday, at home against Warrington. Us supporters will be right behind you and hopefully we can move on from today's defeat... Another combination of wasted opportunities, a bit of slack defending and poor refereeing (how was that not a penalty... And how was that their throw-in?). Once we click we know we'll be up there.

In terms of my own performance, well everyone who knows me knows I'm passionate... Sometimes overly so and I apologise to anyone I offended on the away day to Scarborough. A combination of alcohol and a wee bit more alcohol, (plus a bit of Matt B planting some seeds) equated to some loud and naughty language from yours truly! I know it's hard to believe!!!! Lesson learned, I mean what was I doing talking about politics anyway! Haha! But seriously,  all I really care about is this club and winning games!!! Plus, I always get a bit giddy on the first 'away day' of the season!

I just want to say one last thing, it is ace to see Chrissy Mac playing the way he is, especially after last season where, and I hope he doesn't mind me saying this, he didn't look interested. He has come back looking fit,hungry and with tons of desire. Hopefully this will rub off on the other lads.

Up the Trafford!

Glinks (on his best behaviour)

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Q&A's With Tom Baker

With less than a week before our first pre-season friendly (a trip on the fun bus to North Wales), the buzz around everyone at the club is getting bigger.

In the time since the end of last season and now, Trafford have brought in a new manager... Tom Baker. Tom had a great playing career himself and although it was cut short through injury, he is clearly motivated and excited by his new role as manager of our super, little club.

To get to know Tom a bit better and to wet the appetite ahead of the new season, Tom kindly answered some questions this weekend:

Supporters Club: I know its early days, but how have you found the transition from player to manager?
Tom Baker: Relative ease so far. Possibly the type of player and character I am and was has made the transition not to difficult, although I'm sure I will have some stumbling blocks along the way. The most difficult part is not wanting to kick a ball myself.

SC: Before you came to Trafford FC, what were your thoughts on the club and have they changed since you became manager?
TB: Always look on Trafford as a good, family club that play an attractive brand of football and are renown for a great pitch.
Since becoming manager I have now seen all the hardwork that goes on in the background by people to make it the club it is.

SC: Who do you support?
TB: Manchester United

SC: If you could have anyone in your team, past or present, who would it be?
TB: Andres Iniesta

SC: Who is the best manager you have played under?
TB: Garry Flitcroft

SC: Lager, ale or cider?
TB: Lager

SC: Is Chris Denham at the club just as your assistant or as a player too?
TB: Firstly assistant, will be used as player if needed

SC: What has been your biggest achievement in football?
TB: Football league debut, Captaining FC Halifax in FA cup first round on ITV and appointment at Trafford.

SC: … and biggest disappointment?
TB: Having to retire at the age of 28 due to knee.

SC: You said recently (in local paper) that a goal keeper is a priority after Tom Read left. Is Russ Saunders still on the books for the coming season?
TB: Russ is still here!

SC: What are your thoughts on the season ahead?
TB: Looking forward to hopefully a successful season at fantastic club, hoping to build a group of players that we can all be proud off. 

Thank you to Tom and good luck to everyone at the club for the coming season from us supporters.

Andy Glinka

Friday, 19 June 2015

New signings

When your team makes a pre-season signing, it creates a buzz. So imagine how we feel after the club announced six (6) new signings today!

It had been a quiet few weeks and although I'd heard some strong rumours recently, nothing had been confirmed. However, this morning it was announced that we'd signed Ben Deegan and Mark Haslam from Ashton United, Danny Lambert and Danny Lafferty (Radcliffe), Scott Sephton (Congleton) and Matty Kay from FC Utd!

Good luck to all the new lads and obviously those that will remain from last season... I don't want to expect too much but I think it could be a really exciting year!


Andy Glinka