Altrincham reveal exciting away day friendly with Dutch top-flight club


Altrincham reveal an exciting away day friendly with a Dutch top-flight club later this summer with fans already planning on booking tickets.

The National League club, who sit 13th in the table with 53 points from 42 games, will take on NEC Nijmegen, who sit 9th in the Eredivisie, three points from European qualification.

More details have been released in the following statement below, and now fans of other clubs in non league are wanting their sides to set up exciting pre-season fixtures to look forward to…


Altrincham are venturing into Europe as part of the build-up to next season after landing a prestigious summer friendly with Dutch top-flight club NEC Nijmegen.

There is always a keen sense of anticipation ahead of pre-season fixtures being announced, and excitement levels will be higher than ever among Alty fans after it was confirmed that the Robins will be heading to Holland on July 22nd to test themselves against one of the most recognisable names in the Eredivisie.

What a coup for Alty to be including such illustrious opponents in a pre-season programme that is beginning to take shape, and it has been accomplished largely thanks to the influence of Robins director Mark Luby.

Mark, a lifelong Alty fan as well as member of the board, is the Managing Director of EBS Aftermarket Group Limited, a thriving business that has expanded beyond these shores and now has a base in Nijmegen.

Spotting an ideal opportunity for Alty to broaden their horizons as well, Mark helped set up our first-ever first-team fixture in Holland, and it is hoped it will mark the start of a mutually-beneficial friendship between the clubs, with the possibility of more matches to follow.

Nijmegen, the largest city in the province of Gelderland near the German border and the 10th largest city in the Netherlands as a whole, have a proud history in Dutch football and have twice competed in the UEFA Cup in the last 20 years.

Everyone at Alty is looking forward immensely to our inaugural fixture with them in a game that will take place at the ground of their near-neighbours WVW Weurt, just four kilometres north-west of Nijmegen, on Saturday July 22nd, kicking off at 2pm.

Helping us bring international travel experience to the pre-season friendly for our supporters are Black Opal Travel. As a valued member of our Altrincham FC Business Club, they were our go to provider to offer travel packages. Keri Gee, Black Opal Business Club member commented:

‘We are delighted to be working with Altrincham FC once again and look forward to connecting with supporters old and new. The importance of supporting local businesses and sports clubs is more vital than ever now and we recognise Altrincham FC’s dedication in this area!”

Black Opal have put together four packages for one or two night stays in Holland. If interested, supporters should contact Keri or Louise on 0330 041 4888, contact them here, or can call in and see them at 116 Ashley Road, Hale WA14 2UN.

Here’s how fans reacted as Altrincham reveal an exciting away day friendly with a Dutch top-flight club…

@dan15w: @PooleTownFC take notes

@Inter_Alty1977: Was always thinking about Alty in a match abroad… Not just Isle of Man or Ireland but proper ‘abroad’… Wow, guess Alty have it now with a trip to mainland Europe… Quality! 👏👏👏

@FchtMarkd: @FCHTOnline Any chance of something like this? Rather than Carlisle away on a Friday night 🙄🤷‍♂️

@OfficialBigDave: I went to Helmond Sport v Dagenham out there a few years back. Enjoy your trip and have a cracking weekend

@dodds_chris12: @GatesheadFC take notes

@18SEALS85: @ChesterFC we could do this with @apedwawolffc

@NiallCa67175101: Well done Alty! @Dag_RedFC are you watching? This is how a club should be run.

@Diggerthedog1: Not jealous 😩

@l4ncey1337: @GAEagles fancy a preseason friendly against @officialKLtown? Fantastic training facilities near Hunstanton.

@afctua7: can we get a psf in prague plz @telfordutd

@jackbeeton02: Announce Cardiff city’s athletic track ground then #camUTD

@OscarPrescott17: We will get our yearly Norwich and Peterborough #kltfc

@genuineturbo: Looks like a trip to Holland is in order and being an Alty ultra for the day!

@tomshaw43: OMG!!! Class that 🔴⚪️

@Jackkenyon_97: No excuses for not sending us somewhere decent now if these are off to Holland for pre season #trfc

@Connor_RiceyGFC: Absolutely buzzing for @GatesheadFC= VS @AFCAjax at the Gateshead International Stadium this summer

@TheDB30: I’d actually be interested in going to a friendly this summer if we announced a game like this FFS

@21Ilovefootball: We need something like this @StockportCounty

@Freddie_Alty: Never mind my honeymoon, new passport application in for the Alty 😂🔴⚪️

@Zakwafc1932: and our pre season line up will be liverpools u21s, stoke, chorley and bamber bridge

@EvansMFC: And we get Dartford

@LRbix: Scottish and Welsh sides count. @GatesheadFC

@1903bw: Announce Spain or Germany @officialbantams

@alowther16: Halifax town could never

@tomd0312: Meanwhile we’ll be away to Dorchester town. #tufc

@ChrisLukeJones: I’m on my knees for something similar @crewealexfc

@chrisrutt3: @BarnetFC European tour please

@willbehannn: @bostonunited we want a european tour

@barnet2510: @BarnetFC announce Telstar friendly

@Neish_Mcr: Alty v NEC via Düsseldorf 😍🍺🍺🍺

@Alex_Lipniski: @StockportCounty announce Ajax away

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