Phil Parkinson has marked three years as Altrincham manager by saluting supporters for safeguarding the club against the financial implications of the coronavirus shutdown.

The former Nantwich boss was appointed at the end of April 2017, with Alty in freefall after two successive relegations that sent them plummeting from the National League’s top division into the Northern Premier League.

In a remarkable transformation, he steered them to promotion as champions at the first attempt and followed up with two campaigns that both ended with Alty in the Vanarama National League North play-off places.

But he was quick to give credit to supporters for the Robins' latest success story, after an appeal for funds reached £29,000 earlier this week and looked set to top £30,000 with the screening of one of the greatest days in the club’s recent history this weekend.

The National League North promotion final against Guiseley in 2014 was certainly one of the most dramatic, and a rerun of the entire game will be shown at at 3pm on Saturday.

"I don’t regret a single moment of my time at Altrincham," said Parkinson.

"There have been so many great moments, from being history-makers as the first club to go down and bounce straight back up to the promotion challenges in the National League North and FA Cup second round at Portsmouth.

"But special mention has to go to the fans, who have been incredible.

"For the Alty community to raise nearly £30,000 is fantastic and just shows what the club means to them and what they are willing to do to keep it afloat. Make no mistake, without them, we would have been in financial trouble. They always step up to the plate as and when needed.

"Alty fans know the history behind the club and have a pride in the place, and the way they have responded to the current crisis makes me want to do better than ever for them. They are magical and make the club what it is."