Mossley defender Andy Thackeray has decided to retire after an excellent career that has ended at Mossley.

Vastly experienced wing back Thackeray (38) joined Mossley in February 2005 after a brief spell as player/assistant manager at Ashton United.

He began his career as a junior with Manchester City before moving to Huddersfield Town where he made 3 first team appearances. He then moved to then Football League Newport County for a £5,000 fee and made 62 appearances scoring 5 goals before the same fee took him Wrexham where he went on to make 170 appearances scoring 15 goals. It was whilst at Wrexham that he played in a famous FA Cup victory over Arsenal.

He was transferred to Rochdale for a £15,000 fee in the summer of 1992 and made 191 appearances, scoring 16 goals for the Spotland outfit.

Thacks then helped Halifax Town to the Conference title and promotion back to the Nationwide League in 1997/98.

He then joined Nuneaton Borough in 1999 and made well over 100 appearances before joining Ashton United.

He won both the Mossley supporters 'Player of the Year' and 'Players Player of the Year' awards in Mossley's 2005/06 championship season.

He made a total of 73 appearances for Mossley and scored 4 goals.

Everyone at the club would like to thank Andy for his excellent services to Mossley and wish the Huddersfield based chiropodist all the very best for the future.