Evo-Stik League Premier champions Altrincham have revealed that goalkeeping coach Ian Senior has decided to call it a day.
Senior, renowned as being one of the most travelled players around, having played for virtually every club in the north-west – many of them in more than one spell – after being originally on the books at Bolton Wanderers.
His total number of clubs certainly exceeded thirty – but it could have been more!
A retired fire-figher, he also runs a successful sports kit supply business, SKkits, which provides the clothing merchandise to Altrincham and a host of other clubs.
Senior said: “Following some tough thinking, I have decided to stand down from my role as goalkeeping coach after doing the job for eleven years.
“During that time, I’ve worked with some quality goalkeepers and like to think I’ve played a part in all of their development and standard of goalkeeping over that time. Obviously, Stuart Coburn tops the list, but the likes of Tim Deasy, Josh Ollerenshaw, Russell Saunders, Tony McMillan, Dave Parton and Craig Dootson all had qualities that I like to think I enhanced. This past season, I’d like to think I helped Tony Thompson to be, in my opinion, the best keeper in the division. Statistics says so, fewest goals and most clean sheets!
“This season has been a pleasure, working with Phil Parkinson and his management team, who all made me welcome as new member of their team, having all moved en-bloc from Nantwich Town.
“Winning the league makes for a perfect swan-song, so after talks with Phil, I made the decision to take a back seat. Having said that, I’ll still be seen very regularly at the club dealing with all the kit issues as proprietor of SKkits. I now look forward to next season in the National League North primarily as a supporter of this great club”.
@SKkits2 after 12 years as @altrinchamfc GK Coach, time has come to stand down. Worked with some quality GKs including @stuartcoburn5 ,@gkdoots1 ,Tim Deasy, Tony McMillan, Josh Ollerenshaw, Russell Saunders, Tony Thompson, Dave Parton, @StuTomo85 , to name but a few. Thanx to all
— Ian Senior (@SKkits2) May 11, 2018