Manager: BRYAN GRIFFITHS (Oct 1988 - Dec 1989)
Assistant Manager: DAVE JONES
(Oct 1988 - Dec 1989)

BRYAN GRIFFITHS' MANAGERIAL RECORD

Appointed Manager: October 1988
Resigned: November 1989

First Game: 3.10.88 v Horwich RMI home W 1-0
Last Game: 2.12.89 v Gateshead away L 2-4

Games in charge: 79

Won 39
Drawn 17
Lost 21

Verdict: Popular choice as manager despite his Merseyside base. He brought in several players from the other end of the East Lancs Road and the team won three trophies at the end of his first season and another at the start of the next. However, when the financial plug was pulled in November, Griffiths and his assistant Dave Jones resigned to resurface soon after at Morecambe.

 

 

Bryan Griffiths was born in Liverpool on 21st November 1938.
Known as 'Yogi' during his time at Southport for his ultra-short crewcut hairstyle, Bryan Griffiths was a bustling yet cultured left-back who had started out as a centre-forward with Bootle Schoolboys. Never full-time - he was a draughtsman by profession - he joined Everton as an amateur in May 1954 but after two fairly disastrous Division One games he was picked up by ex-Evertonian Wally Fielding at Southport.
Though Fielding left almost immediately, Griffiths embarked on a successful run of 97 consecutive league games; but at Rochdale in March 1963 he suffered a badly torn cartilage which effectively ended his career.
He stepped into management and had successful spells with Burscough, South Liverpool and Southport before arriving at Mossley in October 1988 to completely transform an ailing team. He drafted in ex Everton player Dave Jones as his assistant along with several Merseyside based players and Mossley started to climb the League finally finishing in 10th place but they then won three cups - the Northern Premier League Cup (2-1 over Fleetwood), the Manchester Premier Cup (3-1 over Flixton) and the Reporter Floodlit Cup (3-0 over Ashton United). This was followed by success in the NPL Shield at the start of the following season (2-1 at Barrow).
There was much disruption going on at Boardroom level at the time though and following the departure of the financial backers at the end of November 1989 Griffiths and his assistant Dave Jones were asked to work with a halved the wage bill and they promptly resigned. He then became manager of Morecambe and club secretary Brian Cowburn who had jumped ship with him also moved to Christie Park. Something of a non-league journeyman-manager Griffiths last post was with Kendal Town but he has now retired from football management.

David Ronald Jones was born in Liverpool on 17th August 1956. He signed professional forms for Everton in May 1974 after serving his apprenticeship at Goodison Park. He went on to make 86 appearances in defence for Everton before a £250,000 transfer to Coventry City in June 1979 but he only made 3 appearances before departing for a spell in Hong Kong with Seiko FC. Returning in August 1983 he signed for Preston North End and made 50 appearances up to the end of the 1984-85 season. He had the perfect physique and boundless enthusiasm but lacked the necessary finesse to become a top-class defender. A former captain of England youth, he was the subject of much optimism at Everton and subsequent Under-21 international honours revealed that independent judges nourished similar hopes. However, regular exposure to First Division football highlighted too many technical shortcomings. While with Mossley he made two appearances as a player. He later became assistant to Danny Bergara at Stockport County and stepped up to manager following his departure. Later becoming manager of Southampton before problems in his personal life forced him to quit football. He returned to the game in December 2000 as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers.