Hugely popular Mossley defender Dave Young has decided to retire from football at the age of just 27.
Dave joined Mossley during the 2011/12 season after a brief spell with neighbours Curzon Ashton and made his Lilywhites debut at Durham City in February 2012.
Dave went on to captain Mossley and made a total of 55 apearances scoring 5 goals. Included amongst his 5 Lilywhites goals was last season's Mossley AFC 'Goal of the Season' scored in the campaigns final match when he struck from inside his own half in a 6-1 win at Harrogate RA. He made his final Mossley appearance in Tuesday's play off defeat at Cammell Laird.
Dave began his career with Glossop North End and made his debut under Chris Nicholson in 2003. He remained with the club until 2010. Whilst at Glossop fans always thought that he had the ability and drive to play at a higher level, but he enjoyed his football and the club, and stayed loyal to them, eventually taking the captaincy.
Eventually he was tempted away to Ashton United, when a period of change at the club suggested a natural time to move on.
Undoubtedly Dave’s proudest moment in a Glossop shirt was leading out his side at Wembley in the 2009 FA Vase final. Although Glossop were beaten 2-0 on the day by Northern League big-guns Whitley Bay.
At 27 years old, it could be said that Dave is leaving his playing days behind too early. But his decision is understandable as he has two young children and another one on the way. He also runs his own business.
Everyone at Mossley AFC would like to wish Dave and his wife Laura and their family all the very best for the future and we hope tro see him on the terraces at Seel park supporting the Lilywhites next season.