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Awards success for the Robins
12:46pm Wednesday 13th June 2012 in Alty FC news
CHAIRMAN Grahame Rowley was beaming with pride after Altrincham won a prestigious award at a Football Conference gala night in South Wales last weekend.
The Moss Lane boss arrived at the annual meeting and awards dinner at the Celtic Manor in Newport unaware that Alty had been installed as inaugural winners of the Respect Award trophy for overall contribution to the Conference during last season.
"They had kept it quiet, and I must say it was a lovely surprise when I got there and was told about it," he said.
"It was one thing finishing second to Nuneaton in the Blue Square Bet North Fair Play table, but this was a real feather in our cap.
"There was an extra dimension to this, because it covered the entire Conference and reflected on all aspects of the club. It was the idea of the Conference media officer Colin Peake, and he evidently gathered information during the season on how clubs had been received on their travels and what their overall impressions were.
"We came out on top, and it was a very proud moment when I stepped forward to receive the trophy in front of over 600 people, with 68 clubs represented, from the host Caroline Walker, from the BBC’s non-League show.
"I’m pleased to say we were well represented, too. Andrew Shaw (vice-chairman) and Derek Wilshaw (secretary) also travelled down, as did Pete Warburton, who makes sure visiting directors are welcomed into the boardroom, and Neil Faulkner, who is involved in our community work.
"It was fitting others were there, because this was recognition for all aspects of our club. Everyone contributed – supporters, staff, management and players – and everyone should feel proud at portraying Altrincham in such a favourable light. We all want a successful team on the pitch, and efforts are continuing behind the scenes to that end, but the image of the club counts as well.
"It matters that we are viewed as a family-friendly club, and it is good to know that others do see us that way."