Rod Thornley

Has signed for us according to the Unibond Web site.

If I remember Nigel Cleghorn once tried to sign this player whom he rated very highly. Hasn’t he scored lots of goals for Alty?

His recent history saw him on loan at Chorley??

According to the Alty website he is a player that knows where the back of the net is. Is he out of form? hence his loan spells from Alty.

Is Griff’s fractured cheekbone the reason for this transfer?

So many questions.

From Altys website;

Rod THORNLEY (d.o.b. 2 April 1977)
Signed from Congleton Town before his official debut against Droylsden on 17 March, 2001, Rod had been top scorer for the NWCL side. He had played two games for Altrincham before signing, a friendly against Doncaster and a reserve game against Ashton, in which he scored. Rod’s brother, Ben, played for Manchester United, Aberdeen and Blackpool, whilst Rod himself works for United and for the England national side as a masseur, a role which sometimes obliges him to miss Altrincham games. His other former clubs include Warrington Town, Doncaster Rovers and Salford City. Rod re-signed for Alty for 2001-2 and went on to hit 20 goals in his first 20 games, ending the season with 31 goals. He is a speedy and hard-working front-man with good ball-control, was also the side’s penalty-taker and became team captain for 2002-03 season. Although he missed quite a few games through injury and had to have an operation in December 2002, he still finished the season as top-scorer. He missed much of pre-season 0f 03-04 due to his work commitments and, though hampered by a knee problem, played on till succumbing to another operation in Dec. 2003. After a brief return, Rod had a further knee operation in April 2004. He started the comeback trail with reserve team appearances in September 2004 and came on as a first-team substitute in October 2004 and was starting games again by January 2005. In 2005-06 he initially struggled to regain full fitness and played only an intermittent role in the Conference until Christmas 2005. Indeed in 2005, he briefly went on loan at Radcliffe Borough but came back and re-established himself as a regular starter for Alty alongside Colin Little. In early 2006-07 he started on the bench but then started games after Colin Little was injured. Appearances to June 2006: 169+22, 75 goals

Is Griff’s fractured cheekbone the reason for this transfer

i wouldnt think so, according to the northwich chronicle, griff, gahgan, and frosty are all fit now.
sat match at ashton, tony barras is serving a one match ban.

Griff hasnt fractured his cheekbone but wasn’t feeling fully fit last week, a helluva signing as cover eh!