By Ben Ferree/NPSL.com
Soccer is returning at all levels.
One of the clubs most happy to come back from the pandemic break is Altrincham FC. Playing in the sixth level of the pyramid in England, the Robins needed a return to play to try and obtain promotion.They got just that, finishing fifth in the table before winning the promotion playoffs to the National League. This is their first time back in the fifth level of the pyramid since the 2013-14 season.
One of the most important players in their season was NPSL alumnus Jordan Hulme. A former member of the New Orleans Jesters, the England native honed his skills in the south before moving back home. Jesters General Manager Kenny Farrell remembers his time fondly.
“Jordan was one of the best strikers in the NPSL when he was a player with us,” Farrell said. “His
contributions to the team were excellent, he worked extremely hard and proved that he could score
goals. Most importantly in his time as a Jester I saw him improve his overall game which I believe
helped with his continued success in England. I’ve been following his progress and am in regular touch with and I certainly wish him very well.”
Hulme joined Altrincham in 2017, and in that time has made himself one of the most prolific strikers in the lower divisions. In 132 starts and seven substitute appearances, Hulme has scored 70 goals.
“Jordan was a player that we identified who had potential to be a centre forward that we could build a team around,” Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson said. “He certainly didn’t let us down. He’s one of the cornerstones that we built our success on since his arrival. He not only has ability, he has a fantastic character, one which has made him an Altrincham cult hero as well as one of the most talked about strikers in non league.”
While Hulme has been the subject of many transfer rumors, he seems content to stay with the Robins for the time being and continue to help them progress up the storied pyramid of English football.
In an interview with Cheshire Live earlier this season, Hulme said “"I'm happy where I am, the club has done a lot for me and still do a lot for me so you have to repay the favour."
Photos Courtesy of Altrincham FC and New Orleans Jesters