Saturday 29th April 2006


Despite losing 3-1 in their final League game of the season at Gresley Rovers today Mossley were crowned champions of the UniBond League's First Division as Shepshed Dynamo won 2-1 at title rivals Kendal Town to leave Mossley with a 2 point advantage over their Cumbrian rivals at the top of the table.

The Trophy was presented amidst emotional scenes under the floodlights back at Seel Park in the evening when club captain Danny Meadowcroft lifted Mossley's first championship trophy in 26 years with around 200 Mossley fans gathering on the terreces in front of the Social Club.

Sunday 23rd April 2006


Today's 1-1 draw between Fleetwood and Stocksbridge means that Mossley are now mathematically certain of promotion to the UniBond Premier Division for the 2006/07 season. A win tomorrow night against Shepshed Dynamo at Seel Park will give Mossley the title although a draw may be enough dependant on Kendal's results in their last two games at Stocksbridge on Tuesday and at home to Shepshed on Saturday. Kendal would need to win both games and hope that Mossley lose their last two games against Shepshed and at Gresley Rovers on Saturday.



Thursday 13th April 2006


The postponed Shepshed match has been re-arranged for Monday 24th April - 7.45 pm and will now be Mossley's last home game of the season.


Tuesday 11th April 2006


Tonight's game against Shepshed Dynamo was postponed at 1pm due to a waterlogged pitch. New date will be posted as soon as I get it!.


Saturday 8th April 2006


Mossley team captain Danny Meadowcroft has been ruled out for the rest of the season after damaging ankle and knee ligaments in a second half challenge in the 2-1 home win over Kidsgrove Athletic.


Saturday 1st April 2006


Today's game against Shepshed Dynamo was postponed at 2.30pm by referee Mr D.Unsworth of Bolton despite protests from both clubs.

The game has been re-arranged for Tuesday 11th April - kick off 7.45 pm.


Tuesday 14th March 2006


Mossley's postponed home game against Chorley has been re-arranged again for next Tuesday 21st March -7.45 pm. The home game against Kidsgrove Athletic scheduled for that date has been moved to Tuesday 4th April - 7.45 pm.


Wednesday 1st March 2006


Mossley will now play Chorley at Seel Park on Tuesday 14th March - 7.45 pm following the 62nd minute abandonement of last night's game.


Monday 13th February 2006


Mossley's teenage winger Adam Morning on Saturday became the youngest Mossley player ever to complete 100 games for the club when he came on as a half time substitute in Mossley's 1-0 Presidents Cup defeat at Ilkeston. Adam made his Mossley debut in a 2-1 win over Nantwich Town on 2nd December 2003 still five days short of his 17th birthday.


Thursday 9th February 2006


Following last month's signing of Martin Allison, Mossley have raided neighbours Ashton United again, bringing the Robins top scorer for the last two seasons Paul Garvey on loan until the end of the season.

Garvey, 27, apparently lost his place in the team following injury after being a key member of Ashton's team for several seasons but has yet to find his form this season. Hopefully he can do that in a Mossley shirt.

Garvey was previously with Cheadle Town and Flixton.

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Thursday 2nd February 2006


Mossley’s latest signing is midfield player Martin Allison snapped up from neighbours Ashton United.

Allison was a key player in Ashton’s successful fight against relegation last season and has been a regular in their side over the last two and a half seasons.

He began his career in the West Riding League with his local club Golcar United before signing for the Hurst Cross side.

The 24 year old, who will be 25 this month has made 97 appearances for Ashton who he joined in September 2003.

He had something of a baptism of fire on his Mossley debut at Woodley but was outstanding in last week’s victory at Brigg Town.

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Sunday 11th December 2005


Mossley's impressive new signing Anthony Bingham has unfortunately suffered a broken leg in a University match and will be out of action for around three months. It is a blow to Mossley's promotion hopes as the young striker has been very impressive in his few appearances so far and has scored two excellent goals.

Christian Cooke is also set to spend another spell on the sidelines having tweaked a hamstring in the warm up prior to the 4-0 win at Spalding yesterday.

Meanwhile, Leon Mike released last week has signed for FC United of Manchester where he joins former Mossley favourites Tony Coyne, Dave Brown and Josh Howard.


Sunday 4th December 2005


Mossley manager Jason Beckford has released striker Leon Mike after the big centre forward has been unable to prove his fitness this season despite spending the close season training with Sheffield United. Leon, has been plagued by injury in his time at Mossley but still scored 37 goals in 71 appearances for the Lilywhites. Beckford said that he is sad to have to let Leon go but believes that in Jordan Goodeve, Chris Downey, Rhodri Giggs and Anthony Bingham he has all the attacking options that he currently needs.

Meanwhile, arriving at Seel Park is central defender Callum Dempsey signed from Rossendale United but better known to Mossley fans for his time at Woodley Sports. Dempsey began his career as a junior at New Mills and later played for Abbey Hey before impressing in his spell at Woodley.

Teenage central defender Andrew Russell now has international clearance to play following his arrival from Hong Kong last month.


Tuesday 15th November 2005


Mossley midfield dynamo Melford Knight is set to miss Saturday's top of the table clash at Bridlington as he serves a one match ban for accumulating five bookings over the season so far. Mossley boss Jason Beckford has an otherwise fully fit squad from which to select his team. A win for Mossley would see the Lilywhites return to poll position as they currently trail Bridlington by just one point but have three games in hand on the Yorkshire coast club.

Bridlington manager Billy Heath is scathing of Mossley's attitude as he seeks to 'fire up' his team for Saturday's game. He is quoted on Bridlington's website, "We let ourselves down badly at Mossley but they were not exactly gracious and one or two comments have left us with a score to settle next Saturday at Queensgate. We have stepped things up a lot since we met are their place and believe me they will find things very different this time round." Fighting talk indeed! It's all set to be a cracking match!

Highly rated Bridlington keeper Nick Baxter, who undoubtedly kept the score to single figures in Mossley's 6-1 home win over Bridlington in September, is a major doubt having left the field with a suspected broken jaw in last week's 2-1 victory over Woodley Sports.

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Monday 14th November 2005

Mossley have been drawn away to old NWCL foes Vauxhall Motors in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy. Vauxall, who climbed the Leagues after winning the NWCL title in 1999-00 season are currently in bottom place in the Nationwide Conference North with only two League victories to their credit this term. The game, to be played on Saturday 26th November, will hold no fears for Mossley following their emphatic 4-1 win at Gresley Rovers on Saturday. Mossley and Vauxhall have never previously met in the FA Trophy but Mossley did win 3-1 at Rivacre Park in a 3rd Round FA Vase tie back in the 1996-97 season.


Saturday 26th November

1 Leigh RMI v Stafford Rangers
2 Vauxhall Motors v Mossley
3 Droylsden v Grantham Town
4 Worksop Town v AFC Telford United or Goole
5 Fleetwood Town v Alfreton Town
6 Hucknall Town v Northwich Victoria
7 Redditch United v Barrow
8 Lancaster City v Workington
9 Kettering Town v Gainsborough Trinity
10 Hinckley United v Histon
11 Farsley Celtic v Nuneaton Borough
12 Marine v Blyth Spartans
13 Solihull Borough v Harrogate Town
14 Bridlington Town or Warrington Town v Gateshead
15 Ossett Town or Clitheroe v Woodley Sports
16 Worcester City v Guiseley or Kendal Town
17 Sutton Coldfield Town v Halesowen Town
18 Hednesford Town v Moor Green
19 Hyde United v Stalybridge Celtic
20 Weston Super Mare v Bedford Town
21 Dartford v Ramsgate or AFC Wimbledon
22 Lewes v Dorchester Town
23 Basingstoke Town v Welling United
24 Eastbourne Borough v Thurrock
25 Harlow Town v Folkestone Invicta
26 Ashford Town (Middx) v Bognor Regis Town
27 Maidenhead United v Bishop's Stortford
28 Braintree Town v Hayes
29 Tonbridge Angels v East Thurrock United
30 Farnborough Town v Banbury United or Cirencester Town
31 Barking & East Ham United v Croydon Athletic or Rothwell Town
32 Sittingbourne v Cambridge City
33 Weymouth v Havant & Waterlooville
34 Uxbridge v Sutton United
35 Bath City v Yeading
36 Leighton Town v Eastleigh
37 Boreham Wood v Worthing or Stamford
38 Salisbury City v Newport County
39 Enfield Town or Redbridge v Harrow Borough
40 Chippenham Town v Carshalton Athletic
41 Cray Wanderers v Kingstonian
42 Heybridge Swifts v St Albans City

Wednesday 9th November 2005


22nd November
Bridlington Town v Lincoln United
Clitheroe v Kendal Town
Farsley Celtic v Bradford Park Avenue
Fleetwood Town v Burscough
Kidsgrove Athletic v Eastwood Town
Marine v Prescot Cables
Mossley v Witton Albion
Ossett Town or Gateshead v Guiseley [23rd Nov if Gateshead]
Radcliffe Borough v Colwyn Bay
Wakefield-Emley v Spalding United

23rd November
Brigg Town v Stocksbridge Park Steels
Whitby Town v Blyth Spartans or Goole

29th November
AFC Telford Utd v Gresley Rovers
Leek Town v Ilkeston Town
North Ferriby United v Matlock Town
Runcorn FC Halton v Ashton United

All ties to be played to a conclusion.

Sunday 6th November 2005


Mossley midfielder Josh Howard has left Seel Park to sign for FC United of Manchester. The former Manchester United youth team captain has made 122 appearances for Mossley and scored 24 goals but due to injury and suspension his appearances in the team have been limited over the last year. Mossley will retain his UniBond League registration.

Arriving at Seel Park is 21 years old striker Anthony Bingham from Northwich Victoria. Bingham began his career with Bradford Park Avenue and graduated through their youth set up to make the first team at 17. He began the current campaign playing with Altrincham's reserve side. He made his Mossley debut as a substitute in yesterday's 4-0 win over Eastwood Town.


Saturday 22nd October 2005


Mossley close season signing Phil Denney has been transferred to Fleetwood Town and made his debut for the Fishermen in today's 2-1 win at Stocksbridge Park Steels. Phil made 14 appearances and scored 5 goals since arriving from Runcorn FC Halton. Meanwhile, 6' 5" central defender Andrew Russell has been signed after arriving from Hong Kong FC but Mossley now await international clearance for the 18 year old student before he can be considered for selection.


Saturday 8th October 2005


Mossley have signed 23 years old ex-Hyde United midfielder Nehru McKenzie, and according to Altrincham's excellent website he was signed by Alty after impressing in pre-season to 2005-06. He was with Moss Amateurs in the Lancashire & Cheshire Amateur League before being signed by Mike McKenzie for Hyde in July, 2001. In 2002 Nehru opened a music studio at the Millennium Power House, in Moss Side, Manchester which is open to local youngsters wishing to learn about the music industry. Despite his slender frame, Nehru is strong on the ball and has impressed already in substitute appearances in the Conference. He was named as a substitute at Clitheroe today.


Nehru McKenzie

Thursday 6th October 2005


Mossley boss Jason Beckford is disappointed to lose central defender Karl Vernon due to a persitent foot injury Vernon has followed doctors advice and retired from playing at just 20 years old. Karl has played through the pain barrier for Mossley this season and despite this has been an outstanding performer in every game.

Karl Vernon

Friday 30th September 2005


Top table at last night's Forum
John Murphy, Jason Beckford, Sam Rigby, Jordan Goodeve, Danny Meadowcroft


Joel Pilkington

Sunday 11th September 2005


Mossley manager Jason Beckford bolstered his squad on Thursday with the signings of midfielder Joel Pilkington (21) from Hyde United. Pilkington was released by Burnley in the closed season after being reserve team captain at Turf Moor and also made a couple of first team appearances. Also signed is 22 years old goalkeeper Jon Worsnop from Droylsden. Worsnop was previously with Bradford City, Chester City, Aberystwyth Town and Leigh RMI. He impressed in a pre season friendly for Droylsden against Mossley.


Jon Worsnop

Thursday 1st September 2005


The UniBond Club of the Month for August has been awarded to Guiseley in the Premier Division with Mossley taking the First Division prize.

Both clubs had an unbeaten record for the month with Guiseley winning three and having a very creditable draw at Farsley Celtic. Mossley unbeaten in their two league games also had success in the FA Cup eventually beating Sheffield at home in a replay.

Guiseley will be presented with their award of six bottles of Pol Roger Champaign plus a framed certificate as a memento of their success immediately prior to the kick off of the home game versus Blyth Spartans on the 6th September. Mossley will also be presented with the Champaign and certificate the same evening at their home game versus Kendal Town.

The UniBond League Endsleigh Sports Insurance Team Goalscoring Awards for August have gone to North Ferriby United in the Premier Division and Mossley in the First Division.

North Ferriby United scored 12 goals in their four games played whilst Mossley put in 13 over 4 games.

Each club will receive a special box of two bottles of wine kindly donated by Endsleigh Sports Insurance.

Sunday 21st August 2005


Mossley team boss Jason Beckford was obviously delighted with yesterday's emphatic 7-0 opening day victory against Ossett Albion but certainly isn't getting carried away with 41 more crucial games to go. Having had Ossett watched, Beckford had a good idea what they would be about and the game plan worked a treat as Mossley kept Ossett comfortably at bay while creating and scoring a hatful of chances themselves. The new players all acquited themselves well and there were excellent performances also from the established lads.

Stocksbridge Park Steels on Tuesday will be a difficult game as they also got off to a great start yesterday beating Kidsgrove 3-0 away. Steve Sheil is Mossley's only slight doubt with a sore toe, otherwise the squad will be the same as Saturday with the addition of Melford Knight who is now free to play after completing his one match ban.

Josh Howard is likely to be out for up to six weeks with medial ligament damage incurred in the final friendly match against Radcliffe. Goalkeeper Phil Melville has now returned from working in Malaysia and China and is now available for selection.

Meanwhile striker Wes Wilkinson who played several pre season games for Mossley signed for and scored for Woodley Sports yesterday. Beckford stated that Wes wasn't the sort of player who could easily fit into the Mossley 'system' and wishes him well for the future.

Mossley's FA Cup opponents next Saturday will be Northern Counties East Premier Division side Sheffield FC who play in Dronfield just over the border in Derbyshire. It will be Mossley's first ever meeting with what is accepted to be the oldest football club in the world! Sheffield have two web sites and they can be found here @ and here @


Friday 12th August 2005


Mossley will have the following players available for Saturday's final pre season game against Radcliffe Borough at Seel Park - 12.00 p.m. (Noon).
Trialist keeper James Mann has been released
Lee Bracey, Sam McEwen
Defenders: Andy Thackeray, Steve Sheil, Paul Challinor, Danny Meadowcroft, Karl Vernon, Christian Cooke
Midfield: Josh Howard, Jordan Goodeve, Melford Knight, Paul Murphy, Nicky Thompson, Rhodri Giggs, Adam Morning, Joe Shaw
Forwards: Chris Downey, Phil Denney, Wes Wilkinson


Wednesday 10th August 2005


Mossley AFC
Melford Knight
Suspended from ALL FOOTBALL until the Club have completed 1 FIRST TEAM match for a Sending Off in a match played on 30/04/2005.
Start date: 14/05/2005

Mossley AFC
Joshua Lincoln Howard
Suspended from ALL FOOTBALL until the Club have completed 2 FIRST TEAM matches for a Sending Off in a match played on 26/04/2005.
Start date: 10/05/2005

So in fact it's 2 games for Josh and 1 for Melford!

Monday 8th August 2005


Mossley midfielders Josh Howard and Melford Knight will miss the opening three games of the new season due to suspension. Josh was sent off moments before Leon Mike's dramatic late winner at Kendal in the penultimate game of last season while Melford was dismissed in the last minute of the last game against champions elect North Ferriby United.

Meanwhile preparations for the new season continue on Tuesday evening at Trafford and Jason Beckford will utilise the same squad that performed so well in the 4-0 win at Ashton United yesterday. Lee Bracey is added to the squad following his return from holiday.
Goalkeepers: James Mann, Lee Bracey
Defenders: Andy Thackeray, Steve Sheil, Paul Challinor, Danny Meadowcroft, Karl Vernon, Christian Cooke
Midfield: Josh Howard, Jordan Goodeve, Melford Knight, Paul Murphy, Nicky Thompson, Rhodri Giggs, Adam Morning
Forwards: Chris Downey, Phil Denney, Wes Wilkinson


Sunday 31st July 2005


Keeper Ian Willcock has been released by Mossley boss Jason Beckford as he has taken up another coaching post to add to the one he already has at Bury with Carlisle United and so would have been largely unavailable. There is a possibility a permanent replacement could be in place by tomorrow night when Mossley entertain Macclesfield Town (7.30 p.m.).
Squad for tomorrow's game is:-
Goalkeeper: to be announced
Defenders: Andy Thackeray, Steve Sheil, Paul Challinor, Danny Meadowcroft, Karl Vernon
Midfield: Josh Howard, Jordan Goodeve, Melford Knight, Paul Murphy, Nicky Thompson, Rhodri Giggs, Adam Morning
Forwards: Chris Downey, Phil Denney, Steve Owens, Joe Shaw

Ian Willcock

Friday 29th July 2005


Mossley central defender Danny Meadowcroft, out of action since incurring an ankle injury in last season's penultimate game at Kendal, is set to return to the team in tomorrow's local derby friendly against our Conference North neighbours Droylsden (Seel Park - 3.00 p.m.). Also returning after missing Tuesday night's narrow 1-2 reverse against Bury are central defender Karl Vernon and midfielder Paul Murphy.
Trialists Steve Owens (Macclesfield), Joe Shaw (Huddersfield), Nicky Thompson (Bury) and Micheal Gillan (Bolton) get another chance to impress. Lee Bracey is almost half way through a two week holiday while Leon Mike, who has been doing pre season training with Sheffield United, is currently sidelined with yet another hamstring injury and is currently out of Jason Beckford's immediate plans.
Squad for tomorrow's game is:-
Goalkeeper: Ian Willcock
Defenders: Andy Thackeray, Steve Sheil, Paul Challinor, Danny Meadowcroft, Karl Vernon
Midfield: Josh Howard, Jordan Goodeve, Melford Knight, Paul Murphy, Nicky Thompson, Michael Gillan, Rhodri Giggs, Adam Morning
Forwards: Chris Downey, Phil Denney, Steve Owens, Joe Shaw



Danny Meadowcroft

Friday 22nd July 2005


Mossley manager Jason Beckford has named an 18 man squad for tomorrow's opening pre season friendly against Manchester League champions Prestwich Heys. Latest signing Karl Vernon, a central defender from Macclesfield Town is joined by Irish youth international Paul Murphy from Manchester City (who impressed in a brief loan spell at Mossley last season), Michael Gillan (Bolton Wanderers) and Nicky Thompson (Bury). Meanwhile defender Barrie Hart and midfielder Shaun Dootson are no longer part of the Mossley boss' plans for the coming season. The squad is:-
Goalkeepers: Ian Willcock, Lee Bracey
Defenders: Andy Thackeray, Steve Sheil, Paul Challinor, Danny Meadowcroft, Karl Vernon, Nicky Thompson
Midfield: Josh Howard, Jordan Goodeve, Melford Knight, Paul Murphy, Michael Gillan, Rhodri Giggs, Adam Morning
Forwards: Chris Downey, Phil Denney, Leon Mike

Thursday 7th July 2005


Top table at last night's Forum:- Danny Meadowcroft, Jason Beckford, Sam Rigby & Phil Denney

Friday 1st July 2005


Mossley have received away draws in the opening two qualifying rounds of the coming season's FA Cup. On Saturday 27th August we travel to either Jarrow Roofing Boldon CA of the Northern League or Sheffield FC of the Northern Counties East League and should we win through we will travel again in the 1st Qualifying Round to either Maine Road (NWCL) or Armthorpe Welfare (NCEL) on Saturday 10th September.

In the FA Trophy Mossley have a home game in the 1st Qualifying Round against fellow UniBond 1 club Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday 15th October and a win in that game would see us face the difficult trip to either Gresley Rovers or Ilkeston Town on Saturday 12th November.

Thursday 2nd June 2005


The following pre season friendlies have been arranged:-

Saturday 23rd July - 3.00 pm Prestwich Heys Home
Tuesday 26th July - 7.30 pm Bury Home
Saturday 30th July - 3.00 pm Droylsden Home
Monday 1st August - 7.30 pm Macclesfield Town Home
Thursday 4th August - 7.30 pm Glossop North End Home
Saturday 6th August - 3.00 pm Ashton United (Willow Wood Hospice Cup) Away
Tuesday 9th August - 7.30 pm Trafford Away
Saturday 13th August - 12.00 pm Radcliffe Borough Home


Saturday 14th May 2005


Mossley manager Jason Beckford has lined up his first signing for the 2005/06 season in the highly rated 6' 3" centre forward Phil Denney. Phil has regularly scored 25-30 goals a season in a career that has so far seen spells with Bury, Harrogate Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Ashton United, Radcliffe Borough and Runcorn FC Halton. He has also travelled the globe playing football, firstly representing the British Universities squad in tournaments such as the World University Games, and then as part of the England Semi-Pro team in a tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
Meanwhile, departing from Seel Park are Matty Taylor, Mario Daniel and Gavin Salmon. The remainder of the squad has so far been retained.