COMPLETE A-Z OF MOSSLEY PLAYERS from 1919 to current

* Boss to Byron *

Name
Season
Apps
Gls
Biography
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Stuart Boss
1967/68 1968/69
1969/70
74
9
Left winger signed by Don Wilson from New Mills in August 1967. He was a regular in the team for two seasons until he lost his place to Billy Mercer. Boss then moved to Winsford United.

Liam Boswell
2013/14
1
0
Born in Bury on 25th January 1995. Liam Boswell was signed in October 2013 from North West Counties League side Nelson. Described as a speedy goalscoring wide midfielder, Boswell had scored 7 goals in 16 appearances for Nelson this season having previously worked his way through the junior ranks at his home town club Bury, earning a professional contract in 2012 before being released in 2013. He made only one Mossley appearance as a substitute before returning to Nelson.

Adrian 'Adie' Bottom
1994/95
2
0
Local player who also played for Springhead, Uppermill and Diggle (reserve team managaer)

Robert Bourne
2016/17
9
0
Born 17th September 1997. Young midfielder signed on loan from Bury in September 2016. Later with Trafford.

Steven Bourne
1972/73
3
0
Central defender signed from Oldham Athletic on a one month loan along with fellow defender John Staniforth in January 1973.

Jordan Bove
2016/17
2017/18
28
4
Born 12th December 1995. Jordan Bove is a young forward signed in the closed season 2016 following his release by Oldham Athletic. He made 5 first team appearances for Oldham and also had loan spells with Hyde, Colwyn Bay, Ashton United and Ramsbottom United. Moved to 1874 Northwich in March 2017. Reisigned in August 2017 making 2 further substitute appearances before joining Maine Road FC in September 2017.

Bowden
1932/33
1
0
Made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1932/33 season.

Jack Bowden
1951/52
16
4
Former Oldham Athletic (72-1) wing half signed by Jack Boothway from Witton Albion in August 1951.

Kristian Bowden
2008/09
1
0
Born on 21st July 1988. Young defender signed from Rochdale in 2008 but made only 1 appearance and spent the season on loan with Padiham and then Nelson.

Connor Bower
2016/17
4
0
Connor is a quick and clever forward signed in the closed season of 2016 from Ossett Albion. He was previously with Bardford City, BK Sports (Sweden), FC United of Manchester, Ossett Town and Harrogate Town. He was released to return to Ossett ALbion in September 2016.

Bowes
1936/37
1
0
Wing half who made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1936/37 season.

Bowker
1927/28
4
0
Full back signed signed from Wellington Town in the 1927/28 season.

Terry Bowker
2006/07
13
1

Born on 18th January 1981, Terry Bowker signed by Jason Beckford for Mossley from Ashton United in June 2006. He began his career with Bamber Bridge before joining Altrincham in December 2000, where they still have fond memories. Getting him back to match fitness after a slight injury, he was sent on loan to Maine Road and Castleton Gabriels, before returning to Bamber Bridge in September 2001. With Bamber Bridge's relegation, he decided it was time to try his luck elsewhere, and had trials at Bradford City in March of 2002. He then enjoyed a lengthy spell with Stalybridge Celtic where he made over 100 appearances before joining Ashton United in August 2005. Returned to Ashton United in October 2006. Later with Buxton.


Paul Bowler
1989/90
1990/91
1991/92
121
43
Paul Bowler was Bryan Griffiths last signing as Mossley manager in November 1989 when he was snapped up fromChadderton, but he didn't make his full debut (a scoring debut at that) until Mark Hilton was appointed manager on the 4th December. Bowler was a big talented centre forward who eventually made a formidable strike partnership with the legendary Brendan Burke. He scored 14 goals from 28 starts before the season's end and was voted the Mossley Supporters Player of the Year that season despite his late arrival. He was Mossley's top scorer the following (1990-91) season playing under three different managers, Mark Hilton, John Cooke and Les Sutton. It was under Sutton that Bowler helped Mossley win the Manchester Premier Cup in April 1991 when the Lilywhites beat Droylsden 3-2 in the final at Manchester City's famous old Maine Road stadium. He was again Mossley's regular number 9 through the 1991-92 season and scored twice in his final Mossley appearance, a 3-0 League win over Droylsden on 2-0th April 1992 under the management of Ged Coyne. Chadderton were keen on regaining Bowler's services and prior to the start of the following season he was transferred back to Chadderton for a £1,250 fee. Chaddy's record signing to this day.

Bowman
1936/37
1
0
Inside forward signed on trial from Gorton Amateurs and made a solitary appearance in the 1936/37 season.

John Bowman
1994/95
7
0
Former Scarborough and Pickering Town player signed by Richard Dawson from Bridlington Town. Later manager of Bridlington Town

Boyes
1959/60
1
0
Full back who made one trial appearance in the 1959/60 season.

Mickey Boyle
1993/94
1994/95
84
4
Central defender who spent nine years with Ashton United before signing for Mossley. Captained Mossley for two seasons before transferring to Droylsden. Later manager of Glossop North End.

Stan Boyle
1930/31
1931/32
1932/33
1933/34
91
0
Full back signed from Droylsden in March 1931 and was a regular in the team for two full seasons before losing his place to the experienced Jim Henshall early in the 1933/34 season.

Terry Boyle
1970/71
1971/72
64
1
Tricky midfield player signed by Don Wilson from Droylsden. Emigrated to South Africa 1972.

Lee Bracey

2004/05
2005/06
2006/07

69
0
Born in Barking, Essex on 11th September 1968. Experienced ex Football League keeper signed from Chorley. Previously served West Ham United, Swansea City (128), Halifax Town (78), Bury (72), Ipswich Town, Hull City (30) and Ossett Albion. Released August 2006 and signed for Ashton United. Later with Rossendale United. He later became a Police Officer.

James Brackenridge
2006/07
6
0
Attacking midfielder signed following his release by Sheffield Wednesday. He is the younger brother of Steve Brackenridge who signed for Mossley a month earlier. Later with FC United of Manchester.

Steve Brackenridge
2006/07
12
1
Signed from Hyde United in February 2007 Brackenridge began his career at Macclesfield Town where he made his way through the youth set up and into the first team squad where he made 9 appearances scoring 2 goals for the Silkmen before being released in May 1995. He joined Hyde United upon his release from Macclesfield. Later with Salford City and Glossop North End.

Colin Bradbury
1994/95
3
0
Goalkeeper who was signed by Richard Dawson from Glossop North End as cover for the injured Rod Bates in September 1994.

Jack Bradbury
1949/50
5
0
Full back signed by Len Butt from Winsford United in the 1949/50 season.

Jack Bradley
2015/16
2
0
Young central defender signed on loan from FC Halifax Town in September 2015 making 2 appearances for Mossley.

Noel Bradley
1983/84
11
0
Born in County Donegal, Ireland on 17th November 1957. Noel Bradley started his career with Manchester City, although he did not join them on full–time terms until he was 21 due to studying for a degree. He did not make any league appearances for City but captained the reserves. He spent the closing stages of 1979–80 on loan at Bury, who he joined permanently in the summer of 1981. The following summer he moved to Chester, who had just been relegated to the Fourth Division. He was to spend the campaign playing in several different positions, most memorably in goal after Phil Harrington was injured in a 1–0 win at Torquay United near the end of the 1982–83 season. Despite his versatility, Bradley was released at the end of the season and joined Northern Premier League side Mossley. After just 11 games he moved on after being refused a pay rise and later played for Witton Albion, Colwyn Bay and Chester based side Christleton, where he became player–manager.

Steve Bradley
1982/83
7
0
Young goalkeeper signed by Bob Murphy from amateur club Oldham Hulmians FC in August 1982 as understudy to Mike Sherlock. Transferred to Glossop

Mark Bradshaw
2002/03
2003/04
27
2
Born on 7th September 1969. Left back signed by Jason Beckford from Droylsden. Previously played for Blackpool (42-1), Stafford Rangers (160-7), Macclesfield Town (66-4) and Halifax Town (92-13). (Rep. England Semi Pro). Joined Woodley Sports as reserve manager before briefly re-signing for Mossley. Transferred to Curzon Ashton. Later managed Curzon Ashton ladies team.

Bramhall
1936/37
1
0
Trialist who made a solitary appearance in the 1936/37 season.

Mike 'Micky' Brennan
1974/75
23
5
Born in Salford on 17th May 1952. Former Manchester City (4-0) and Stockport County (18-3) forward signed by Bob Murphy on loan from Rochdale (37-4) in March 1975 and remained until the end of the season . Following his release by Rochdale he joined Macclesfield Town and then Northwich Victoria. Later with Cleveland Cobras (USA) as a player and later player-coach with West Adelaide (Australia).

Mike Brennan
1963/64
1964/65
1965/66
1966/67
1967/68
1968/69
1969/70
293
2
Born in 1941, Michael 'Mickey' Brennan was an unassuming and steady character who played predominantly at left back having been signed by the late Don WIlson from Tranmere Rovers, where he was a reserve team player, for the 1963/64 season as a 22 year old. He went on to make 293 appearances for Mossley up to his retirment from the game in 1970.In his final season before retirement in 1970 he was part of Mossley's best team since WWII at that time as the Lilywhites finished runners up to Skelmersdale United in the Cheshire County League, reached the first round proper of the FA Cup, losing in a replay against Stockport County and also reaching the quarter finals of the first ever FA Challenge Trophy (two wins away from Wembley). At the end of his retirement season he had a joint Testimonial match along with long serving player/manager Don Wilson against a Northern Premier League XI played in May 1970. Brennan's former Mossley team mate Kenny Maughan passed away in 2005 while manager Don Wilson died in 2003. Mike Brennan died on 14th January 2012.

Peter 'Pedro' Brennan
1997/98
1998/99
1999/00
2000/01
2001/02
209
51
When Benny Phillips became Mossley manager in 1997 one of his main signing targets was lanky midfield player Peter 'Pedro' Brennan. Brennan, a former Radcliffe Borough and Congleton Town player was signed from Mid Cheshire League side Grove United making his Mossley debut on the opening day of the 1997/98 season. 6' 3" and of slim build, Pedro was a natural athlete and was very much a box to box player. What he lacked in natural skill he made up for in bucketloads by an extremely high work-rate, often seen heading clear in defence only to appear at the other end as Mossley attacked on the break. He was voted by the Mossley fans as 'Player of the Year' in the Millennium season of 1999/2000 and the following season was the club’s top scorer with 20 goals.
Benny Phillips departed as manager in October 2001 and Pedro's last Mossley appearance was on 19th January 2002 in a 5-1 win over Atherton Collieries under Ally Pickering’s management.
Pedro made a total of 209 appearances for Mossley, scoring 51 goals.

Rory Breslin
2015/16
10
0
Born on 25th October 1994. Rory Breslin is a skilfull, hard working midfield player signed in August 2015 from Maine Road FC where he won both the Supporters and Players Player of the Year in the 2014/15 season. Rejoined Maine Road in October 2015 after failing to establish himself at Mossley.

Brewer
1926/27
2
0
Centre half signed from Rochdale who made 2 appearances in the 1926/27 season.

Mike Brickhill
2010/11
3
0
Born on 17th September 1990. Young attacking midfielder signed by Shaun Higgins from Stalybridge Celtic in August 2010. Began as a junior with Stockport County. His time at Mossley was hampered by injury and he featured mainly in the Reserve team.

Walter Bridge
1925/26
1926/27
3
0
Amateur signed from Castleton Moor FC who made 3 appearances spread over two seasons.

Steve Bridgewater
1984/85
7
0
Centre forward signed by Brian Grundy from Maine Road in August 1984. Transferred to Droylsden in October 1984 after failing to score in any of his Mossley appearances.

Harry Brierley
1937/38
1939/40
1945/46
75
28
Born on 2nd August 1914, inside forward Harry Brierley was signed by Sam Cowan from Rochdale (20-2) in August 1937 and after a seuccessful season which saw him score 20 goals he was re-signed by Rochdale. He returned to Mossley in the immediate pre war season via Macclesfield and scored a further 8 goals. He made a solitary Mossley appearance in the immediate post war season.

Ken Brierley
1956/57
1957/58
78
10

Born Ashton-under-Lyne on 3rd April 1926 Skilful left-winger Ken Brierley had played over 50 League matches for Oldham in Third Division North before signing for League champions Liverpool in February 1948. He appeared in 10 of the last 11 matches of the 1947/48 season and notched his first goal for the club as Everton were beaten 4-0 at Anfield on 21st April 1948. Brierley never really established himself in the Liverpool team and the highest number of League appearances he made in a season was 13, in 1948/49. He returned to his former club Oldham in March 1953. He made a total of 125 appearances for Oldham and scored 10 goals and for Liverpool a total of 58 appearances scoring 8 goals. A spell with Stalybridge Celtic followed before he joined his local club Mossley in August 1956, going on to make 78 appearances for the Lilywhites in two seasons scoring 10 goals. He was the brother of local Labour politician and one time Mossley Committee member, the late Geoff Brierley. Ken Brierley passed away in 2004.


Harold Briggs
1930/31
1931/32
25
0
Full back who was signed from Ashton National and made 25 Mossley appearances over two seasons after signing in September 1930.

Bright
1937/38
4
0
Mossley's Reseve team leading scorer in the South East lancs League in the 1937/38 season. Centre forward who made 4 first team appearances but failed to score.

Howard Brindle
1922/23
1
0
Winger who made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1922/23 season.

Graham Brindley
1999/00
5
1
Striker signed by Benny Phillips from Winsford United in September 1999. Later with Manchester League club Gregorians.

Norman Brindley
1922/23 1926/27
10
3
Local player who made 9 appearances scoring 3 goals in the 1922/23 season before moving on to Rochdale. Re-signed to make a solitary further appearance in the 1926/27 season.

Neil Brisco
2006/07
2
0

Central midfielder Neil Brisco was signed in November 2006 from Conference North club Barrow. Brisco began his career as a trainee with Manchester City. He then joined Northwich Victoria before moving into the professional game with Port Vale where he made 120 first team appearances between 1998 and 2004. He then moved to Rochdale where he made 21 appearances. He also had two spells on loan to Northwich Victoria in the 2005/06 season. Began the 2006/07 season with Scarborough and moved to Barrow in October before joining Mossley. He was released by Mossley after just two games and then joined Leigh RMI.


David Briscoe
1986/87
2
0
Young striker who made 2 Lancashire Floodlit League appearances for Mossley in April 1987.

James Britton
1948/49
3
1
Born on .27th May 1920. Former Lowestoft Town, Hurst, Bradford Park Avenue (1-0) and Rochdale (20-0) wing half. Later with Rossendale United.

Danny Broadbent
2012/13
2013/14
31
3
Born in Leeds on 2nd March 1990. Powerful striker Danny signed for Mossley from Hyde FC in February 2013. He began his career as a junior with Hudersfield Town and forced his way into first team reckoning in 2007 at just 17 years of age, having represented England at under 16 level. He made his first team debut against Oldham Athletic in October 2007 and in March 2008 Broadbent won the League One 'Apprentice of the Year' award at the Football League Awards in London. He made a total of 6 first team appearances for the Terriers and also had loan spells with Rushden & Diamonds, Gateshead and Harrogate Town. Following his release by Huddersfield in 2009 he signed for Harrogate Town and in 2010 he joined Curzon Ashton. A successful season at Curzon saw him then follow manager Gary Lowe to Hyde in 2011.

Stan Broadbent
1945/46
1946/47
1947/48
115
8
Played for Hurst Lads prior to WWII joining Mossley in the first post war season and going on to be a regular performer at wing half over the next three seasons.

Darren Broadhurst
1989/90 1991/92
9
0
Young midfielder signed by Mark Hilton from Mansfield Town December 1989. Later with Chadderton and Oldham Town and made 2 further appearances in October 1991.

Walter Broadhurst
1935/36
9
3
Local amateur inside forward who made 9 appearances and scored 3 goals after signing in November 1935.

Broadley
1947/48
8
0
Full back who made 8 Mossley appearances in the 1947/48 season.

Pat Broadley
1950/51
1
0
Signed from Sligo Rovers (Ireland). Also played for Distillery (Ireland) with who he was capped by the Republic of Ireland. After making a solitary Mossley appearance he was transferred to Oldham Athletic (4-0) and later played for Northwich Victoria.

Eric Brodie
1973/74
1974/75
1975/76
1976/77
149
4
Born in Rattray, Perthshire on 8th November 1940 Eric Brodie began his playing career with Blairgowrie Juniors before joing Forfar Athletic in 1957 and went on to make 111 appearances scoring 31 goals for the Scottish League club before transferring to Dundee United in 1961 where he made 18 first team appearances scoring 4 goals. Moving south he signed for Shrewsbury Town in in 1963 and spemnt five years with the Shrews making 185 appearances and scoring 24 goals. His next stop was with Chester where he made 43 appearances and scored 4 goals in the 1968/69 season. He signed for Tranmere Rovers in 1969 and stayed for three seasons making 83 appearances and scoring 4 goals. He then joined Bangor City in the NPL in 1972 and was signed by George Sievwright for Mossley in August 1973 as a 33 years old midfielder / defender of great skill, strength and experience. He remained at Seel Park for over three seasons making 149 appearances and scoring 4 goals. He departed soon after Bob Murphy's first departure as manager in December 1976 and played out the remainder of the season with Stalybridge Celtic before retiring from professional football in 1977 at the age of 37.

Daryl Brook
1984/85
5
0

(b.Holmfirth 19th November 1959) Daryl Brook began his career at Huddersfield Town in the youth ranks and then turned professional at the beginning of the 1978/79 season. Made his debut on the second to last game of the season against Hartlepool United. He was to play his second game in the next game at Bootham Crescent against York City but he broke his leg before the match took place and he never played for Huddersfield again. Brook remained at Leeds Road until 1980 when he moved to Emley. Brook was to start an on-off 25 year relationship with the Welfare Ground outfit, serving as player, coach, physio and caretaker manager. His first spell lasted until 1984 when he transferred to Mossley. Daryl Brook was to only make 5 appearances for Mossley and he returned to Emley in the same year, 1984. Brook was to remain a player until he became coach for the 1987/88 season. He had a testomonial year in 1999. He became physiotherapist at Emley in either the late 1990s or 2000s. He left the club, although remained supporter, in the 2000s. He returned in March 2008 to become caretaker manager along with Nicky Bramald following Ray Dennis's resignation. He remained joint- caretaker manager until the end of the season. Brother of Dave Brook.


David Brook
1983/84
2
0
Former Bradford City and Bridlington Trinity winger signed from Southport. Transferred to Emley after failing to settle. Brother of Daryl Brook.

David Brooke
2008/09
2009/10
12
1
Mossley based striker who graduated through Mossley Juniors FC. Signed from Stalybridge Celtic. Later with Bacup Borough.

Norman Brooke
1945/46
2
0
Later became Mossley AFC President 1982-1985

Eric Brooks
1925/26
2
0
Mossley Reserve team full back who made 2 first team appearances in the 1925/26 season.

Harry Brooks
1939/40
2
1
Previously with Heanor Town and Doncaster Rovers (5-0). Signed as a guest player in the Wartime 1939/40 season. Later with Aldershot (23-14) after WWII where he twice scored 5 goals in a single game in the 1945-46 season. Harry Brooks died in 1994.

Jack Brooks
1912/13
1913/14
1914/15
1915/16
1916/17
1919/20
1922/23
14
0
Signed as an amateur in 1912 and was regular goalkeeper up until the WWI intervened.
Returned in Mossley's first professional season but was then transferred to Ashton National.
Re-signed from Ashton National for a further spell in 1922.

Nathan Brooks
2002/03
11
4
Young striker signed by Ally Pickering from Rochdale scoring 4 goals in 11 appearances. Later played for Avro and Rochdale Town.

Albert 'Harry' Broome
1928/29
43
12
Born in Unsworth on 30th May 1900. Former Stockport County 4-0), Oldham Athletic (4-0) and Manchester United (1-0) inside forward signed from Northern Nomads. Later with Chester, Altrincham and Northwich Victoria. Died in December 1989)

Albert Brough
1929/30
7
1
Formerly played Rugby League for Oldham between 1922 and 1929 and was also capped twice for Great Britain against Australia and New Zealand in 1924. His switch to the Association game with Mossley was considered less than successful.

Broughton
1938/39
10
2
Young inside forward signed who was signed by Bobbie Bruce from Manchester City in August 1938.

Alan 'Bomber' Brown
1970/71
1971/72
1972/73
1973/74
1974/75
1975/76
1976/77
1977/78
1978/79
1979/80
1980/81
446
20
Born in Manchester in 1953, Alan Brown arrived at Mossley from then Football League side Bradford Park Avenue in the close season of 1971 having been recommended to manager Don Wilson by the then club scout Bob Murphy. Affectionately known as ‘Bomber’ a nick-name he shared with his more famous cousin, former West Bromwich Albion star Tony Brown, he made his debut as a right winger in the inglorious surroundings of Blackpool Mechanics for a pre season friendly. Scoring twice on his home debut against Barnsley Reserves and then again in a 3-1 over a near full strength Huddersfield Town, Bomber was already a crowd favourite before the season had even begun. Two goals in his opening three League games showed his potential further but he disappeared from the side after just 16 appearances and no further goals. It was the following December with George Sievwright as manager and Bob Murphy as his assistant when Bomber made a surprise return to Mossley and was almost an ever present through to the end of the season. By October of the 1973-74 season he had
been switched to right back, a position he then went on to hold for the next seven years until a broken leg at South Liverpool on 8th April 1981 effectively ended his playing career s he decided to retire from football at just 32 years old. Bomber’s distinctive style, cuffs held in hands and an almost bow legged gait saw him regularly darting forward as a wing back in the days when they were still called ’overlapping fullbacks’ and he tackled as hard as any natural defender. He was ’Player of the Year’ in the all conquering side of 1978-79 and in 1979-80 he won his second League championship medal and played in the 1980 FA Trophy Final team. He appeared on several occasions for the Northern Premier League Representative side and many neutrals considered him to be the best right back in the League. Alan ’Bomber’ Brown made a total of 430 appearances for Mossley, placing him second in the all time appearances list, scoring 30 goals.

Andrew Brown
2013/14
2014/15
23
0
Andy Brown is a speedy right sided player signed in January 2014 from Congleton Town. He also played for Winsford United and Cheadle Town sandwiched between two spells with Congleton.

Chris Brown
2012/13
23
0
Born on 21st February 1992. 6' 5" right sided defender Chris signed in October 2012 after leaving Droylsden by mutual consent the previous month. Having graduated through Rochdale's Junior and Academy teams he made his first team debut in September 2009. In the 2010/11 season he had loan spells with Ashton United, Hyde and Droylsden. He signed for Droylsden after being released by Rochdale in June 2011. Left to take up a coaching post with Rochdale Academy at the end of the 2012/13 season.

Clive Brown
2003/04
6
0
Previously with Manchester City, Hyde United and Bangor City (Wales). Brother of Manchester United and England player Wes Brown. Transferred to Woodley Sports and later with New Mills.

Dave Brown
1993/94 1998/99
2003/04
2004/05
80
13
Signed from Bacup Borough, re-signed from Salford City. Transferred to Salford City. Brother of Richard Brown. Re-signed from Curzon Ashton. Re-signed for a third spell from Radcliffe Borough. Later with FC United of Manchester and is currently manager of their Youth team.

Greg Brown
1983/84
16
4
Former Stalybridge Celtic striker signed from Manchester Amateur League side Mather & Platt, transferred to Hyde United. Emigrated to Australia in 1985 and played for Napier City Rovers in NZ, Parrammatta Eagles in Sydney and West Adelaide in South Australia (All professionally in National leagues). In 1991 he had a three month loan spell in South Korea with POSCO Atoms. (Rep. Australia - 19 caps). After retiring from playing in 1994, he became a professional coach and for the last 10 years has been working with elite youth players in Australia. Had a two year stint with the Australian Women's national team taking them to the Women's World Cup in USA '99. Now head coach at Mitchelton (a semi-pro side in Brisbane)and also Director of coaching at Brisbane Boys College. Named Australian Footballer of the year in 1991.

Harry Brown
1933/34
1934/35
1937/38
1946/47
52
3
Former British Dyes and Oldham Athletic player signed from Hartford Works. Re-signed in 1946 from Stalybridge Celtic.

John 'Jackie' Brown
1956/57
1957/58
23
2
Signed from Adelphi Lads Club. Also played for Ashton United and Stalybridge Celtic. Son of former World Flyweight Boxing Champion Jackie Brown

Karl Brown
2009/10
23
2
Born in Liverpool on 5th July 1982. Nomadic midfield play-maker had seen previous service with Derby County, Getafe (Spain),Barry Town, Stafford Rangers, Gresley Rovers, Runcorn, AFC Telford United, Colwyn Bay, Llangefni Town, Marine, Leek Town, Hednesford Town, Ashton United, Warrington Town and Leigh Genesis. He is an experienced non-league player who has also had a successful spell in Spanish football. He was signed from Chorley in September 2009. Transferred to Prescot Cables in January 2010..Later with Ashton Athletic, St Helens Town, Marine and Winsford United

Leevan Brown
2007/08
2
0
Extremely quick and skilful left sided attacker signed from AFC Emley in August 2007 unfortunately suffered a brokenn leg in a reserve team friendly and didn't return thereafter.

Richard Brown
1993/94
12
0
Signed from Bacup Borough. Brother of Dave Brown.

Arthur Brownhill
1921/22
29
1
Full back signed from Glossop in the 1921/22 season making 29 appearances and scoring one goal.

John Bruce
1935/36
2
0
Made 2 appearances on trial in the 1935/36 season.

Robert 'Bobbie' Bruce
1938/39
16
1

Born in Paisley, Scotland on 29th January 1906. Robert 'Bobbie' Bruce and played for St Anthony's Glasgow before signing for Aberdeen in the 1924 close season. Bruce who stood only 5'6" tall was equally at home at centre or inside forward and proved an elusive opponent who could pass the ball accurately, even when running at top speed. Despite his youth Bruce quickly became a regular Dons first teamer. He toured South Africa with Aberdeen in 1927 and just before joining Middlesbrough for £4,500 in January 1928, he created history by becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in a Scottish Cup tie and still finish on the lsoing side. He made his Middlesbrough debut in a 5-2 defeat at Bolton and was a member of the Middlesbroughside which won the Second Division championship the following season. He was capped for Scotland against Austria in November 1933. After seven saesons on Teeside duriing which he made 253 League and Cup appearances he was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday in October 1935 for £2,500. He made only five League appearances for the Owls before signing for the then non-league Ipswich Town in July 1936 and in the summer of 1938 he joined Mossley as Player-Manager as replacement for Sammy Cowan. He spent one season with Mossley making 16 appearances but wasn't retained for the following season after Mossley finished in 12th position in the Cheshire League even with the prolific Jack Roscoe at centre forward.


Ken Bryan
1925/26
8
4
Tricky winger who scored 4 goals in his 8 Mossley appearances in the 1925./26 season. He also played for Ashton National

Mitchell Bryant
2014/15
2015/16
38
13
Born 22nd December 1990. Mitchell Bryant is a strong and quick striker signed in August 2014 after moving to the Manchester area from the south of England. Starting out at Manchester United academy, he then joined Reading and became a first year professional in 2008. During his time at Reading he was loaned out to Basingstoke Town in the Conference South and during that spell he notably scored a double hat-trick against Weymouth. Since leaving Reading he has played for Gloucester City, Hungerford Town, Swindon Supermarine, Cirencester Town, Cambridge City, Frome Town, Royston Town and Hitchin Town. His spell at Mossley was hampered by poor discipline as he was banned from October 204 until the end of the season after an altercation with a referee. He was returned for the 2015/16 season but departed from Mossley by mutual consent in November 2015 after being sent off in successive matches and subsequently joined Trafford. Re-signed for Mossley in February 2017 from Clitheroe.

Joel Bryce
2007/08
3
1
Born on 28th July 1984. Striker signed by Gerry Quinn from amateur football in the Huddersfield area having played for West Yorkshire League sides Newsome WM and Bay Athletic. Scored Mossley's first goal of the 2007/08 season on his debut at Garforth Town.

Ryan Bryers
1996/97
2
0
Goalkeeper signed from Ashton United making just 2 appearances in October 1996 before moving on to Caernarfon Town.

George Buchan
1976/77
25
2
Born in .Aberdeen on 2nd May 1950. Previously played for Aberdeen and Manchester United (3-0). Signed by Bob Murphy from Bury (65-6), transferred to Lancaster City for a £200 fee.Later with Ashton United and Glossop. Brother of former Manchester United and Scotland star Martin Buchan.

Arthur Buckley
1947/48
43
26

Born in Oldham on 3rd July 1913. Arthur Buckley was a winger of considerable promise. He began with Greenfield before signing amateur forms with Third Division North Oldham Athletic in March 1932. He turned professional a fortnight after his nineteenth birthday and Leeds United paid £2,500 for him in October 1936. He had scored 10 goals in 47 League games for the Latics. He proved a sound investment, scoring regularly and providing the crosses for Gordon Hodgson to convert into goals. After being a regular for two seasons he shared the left wing duties with Jack Hargreaves for the last full season before the War. After playing two of the three games in the aborted 1939-40 season, he was at Outside-Left in Leeds' 5-2 home win over Bradford Park Avenue in April 1940 in the initial War-time Regional League but did not play again until he was back on the Left Wing at Burnden Park for United's 0-6 hammering by Bolton Wanderers on 13th October 1945 in the final Wartime League season of 1945-46. He spent much of the war on active service with the Army.

However, he managed to play five games with Aldershot in 1940-41, while receiving his initial Army training there, and played once for Crystal Palace in 1942-43. But much of his leave was spent playing for his home town team, Oldham Athletic, as a guest during the Second World War, scoring seven times in 19 games in 1939-40, twice in 1940-41, three times in 1941-42, twice in 1942-43, and four times 1945-46, but did not add to his goal tally. He was selected for an Army XI against The Army in Naples on 17th May 1945. However, he was yet another player whose League career ended in the Second World War. He was released by Leeds and, after failing to get a place at Oldham Athletic, he played with Mossley in the 1947-48 season and was top scorer with 26 goals from 43 games. Although now 35, he moved on to Hurst prior to the 1948-49 season and went on to score 17 times in 35 games. Arthur Buckley died in 1992.

Craig Buckley
2008/09
10
1
Midfield player signed by Chris Willcock from Ramsbottom United. Previously with Bury and Hyde United.

Ernie Buckley
1921/22
5
0
Wing half signed from Manchester amateur side Hollinwood FC.

Frank Buckley
1939/40
1946/47
1947/48

52
9
Inside forward who made 1 appearance for Mossley in the immediate season prior to WWII whilst also registered with Leeds United. Rejoined Mossley in 1946 and made 45 appearances scoring 9 goalos in the 1946/47 season and 6 appearances the following season.

Harold Buckley
1947/48
6
1
Centre half who made 6 appearances scoring 1 goal in the 1947/48 season.

Paul Buckley
1988/89
1989/90
27
3
Well known local amateur striker signed from Springhead. Later with Chadderton and Oldham Town and then manager of Springhead and Chadderton

Paul Buckley
1993/94
1
0
Left back who's solitary appearnce came in an FA Cup tie at Lincoln United in August 1993.

Niki-Lee Bulmer
2016/17
8
0
Born 6th September 1991 in Chester. Niki-Lee Bulmer is goalkeeper who spent five years at Manchester United as a junior before joining Queens Park Rangers. A regular member of QPR's under-18s, he was loaned to Hayes & Yeading before being released in December 2010 and signing for Airbus UK Broughton in the Welsh Premier League the following February. After missing the whole of season 2012/13 with a dislocated shoulder, he was loaned to Rhyl in October 2013. Bulmer signed for Gap Connah's Quay in October the same year. He returned to Airbus UK Broughton FC in August 2016. He joined Mossley from Airbus UK Broughton in October 2016.

Burgess
1932/33
3
1
Signed from Bacup Borough and made 3 appearances scoring 1 goal in April 1933.

Anthony 'Tony' Burke
1959/60
1960/61 1962/63
1963/64
1964/65 1967/68
1968/69
156
77
Tony Burke was a powerful forward with great heading ability who signed from Bacup Borough by Eddie Quigley in November 1959 remaining for five years broken only by ayear out on National Service. He was Mossley's top scorer in the 1962/63 season. He was transferred to Hyde United in 1965 and then had a spell with Witton Albion before returning to Mossley in September 1967 going on to score 14 goals in 27 appearances in the 1967/68 season. He made only 2 appearances the following season before moving to Ashton United. He was the elder brother of later Mossley team-mate Kevin Burke.

Brendan Burke
1989/90
1990/91
1991/92
99
32
Brendan Burke started his footballing career as a junior at Manchester United. In 1986 a change of management saw a clear-out and Brendan was released after four years at Old Trafford, a severe blow to his boyhood dreams. He had a trial at Rochdale, who offered YTS terms, and then Crewe where he suffered a knee ligament injury after just 20 minutes of an A team game and that was the end of that. Burke took a job in banking and played Oldham Sunday League soccer with Freehold before joining Oldham Town in 1989. His semi-pro career started at Mossley when he was snapped up by the then Mossley manager Mark Hilton and slotted in the Lilywhites side and formed a formidable strike partnership with the robust Paul Bowler. Brendan made a terrific impact at Seel Park and went on to make 99 appearances scoring 32 goals before transferring to Witton Albion in 1992. 38 goals in 109 appearances at Wincham Park prompted trials at Port Vale, Burnley, Preston and Bury. Kenny Dalglish, then manager of Blackburn Rovers was even rumoured to be watching the
striker’s progress. In December 1994, Stalybridge Celtic paid a club record £12,000 for his services. He became a firm favourite with the Bower Fold fans during the next four and a half years, emerging as one of the best semi-professional players around. He left Stalybridge in the summer of 1999 on a Bosman style transfer to Altrincham. Injury prevented the Moss Lane fans seeing the Brendan Burke that they had seen star against them in the past. In June 2000, at the age of 29, the Middleton-based player reluctantly called it a day after taking a second opinion on a serious problem in his lower spine which could have affected his future well-being if he had carried on playing. Burke had problems with bones between his vertebrae which were rubbing together, with the canals at the bottom of the spine which guide nerves into his legs and he also had three prolapsed discs. The former Mossley star, who now works in the mortgage department of a major Manchester city centre bank, will be long remembered as one of the best semi-pro players of the 1990’s.

Kevin Burke
1966/67
1967/68
1968/69
1969/70
1970/71
1971/72
1972/73
188
16
Strong and skilful wing half signed by Don Wilson from Bacup Borough in 1966. A regular in the Mossley team for the next four seasons. However, a serious leg injury incurred at the start of the 1970/71 season saw him miss the entire season. He returned to make 32 appearances ion Mossley's final Cheshire League season of 1971/72 only to break a leg in Mossley's first ever Northern Premier League game - at South Liverpool in August 1972. He was awarded a Testimonial match against a Manchester United XI in 1973. He was the younger brother of earlier Mossley team-mate Tony Burke.

Matty Burke
2016/17
32
4
Born 14th December 1985, Matthew 'Matty' Burke is an experienced central midfielder signed in October 2016. He began as a trainee at Blackpool, where he was capped by England at youth level, before embarking on a successful non league career with Salford City, Vauxhall Motors, Hyde United, Ashton United, Ramsbottom United, Droylsden and more recently Glossop North End.

Mel Burke
1995/96
1
0
Defender signed from Horwich RMI but made only a solitary substitutre appearance in September 1995. Transferred to Castleton Gabriels. Later with Ramsbottom United

Steven Burke
2006/07
36
4

Signed following his release by Bury where he was a regular goalscorer in their reserve team. Bury manager Chris Casper said of Burke after releasing several players at the end of the 2005/06 season, "The difficult decision was with Steve Burke and he could be the one that in the future we turn around and say ‘we should have kept him'. Later with Chorley (2 spells), Skelmersdale United, Rossendale United and Radcliffe Borough.


Arthur Burman

1914/15
1915/16
1916/17
1918/19

1919/20
1922/23
1923/24
1924/25
1925/26

141
11
Signed in 1914. Mossley's last amateur team captain in the seasons prior to joining the Cheshire League in 1919. Transferred to Ashton National. Re-signed from Ashton National

Andy Burns
1996/97
7
0
Central defender signed by Kevan keelan from Accrington Stanley. Later with Winsford United

Steve Burns
1996/97
2000/01
2001/02
54
3
Signed by Benny Phillips from Trafford in January 1998 but made only 3 substitute appearances before moving to WItton Albion. He returned to Mossley from Trafford in August 2000 to establish himself in the team but his second spell with Mossley affected by a broken leg incurred against Leek CSOB in October 2000. He was the recipiant of a Benefit match against Oldham Athletic before regaining fitness and making 39 appearances scoring 2 goals in the 2001/02 season. He later played for Curzon Ashton

Arthur Burrows
1922/23
1923/24
1924/25
125
0
Full back signed from Stockport County. Succeeded 'Smiler' Hopkinson as team captain in seasons 1923/24 and 1924/25. He later played for Macclesfield and Buxton. Father of Arthur Burrows, Grandfather of Phil Burrows.

Arthur Burrows jr.
1951/52
4
0
Born Stockport 4th December 1919.  Former Stockport County (5-1) Accrington Stanley (9-0) and Ashton United wing half. Later with Winsford United and Buxton. Son of 1920's Mossley player Arthur Burrows and father of Phil Burrows. Died in 2005.

Phil Burrows
1981/82
2
0
Born in .April 1946. Third generation of the Burrows family to play for Mossley. Signed from Droylsden. Previously played for Manchester City, York City (337-14), Plymouth Argyle (81-2), Hereford United (110-2) and Gillingham (5-0). Uniquely became the third generation of the Burrows family to play for Mossley following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both named Arthur.

Joe Burton
1928/29
4
0
Signed from Hurst. Later with Droylsden and Glossop

Syd Burton
1920/21
4
0
Also played for Stalybridge Celtic, Hurst and Accrington Stanley. was also a talented golfer and assisted both Dukinfield CC and Ashton CC, whom he helped to their first Central League title.

Butler
1933/34
1
0
Made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1933/34 season.

Len Butt
1948/49
1949/50
87
33
Born in Wilmslow on 26th August 1910 Leonard George Butt first played for Brown Mission, Wilmslow before moving to Morley Rovers in the Stockport Combination at the age of 15, and represented the Combination against an Irish League side. In the 1927-28 season at Ashton National he scored an average of one goal per match. before joining Stockport County in 1928. Her made just 8 appearances scoring one goal for County before joining Macclesfield in 1931. He was an excellent dribbler of the ball and had an explosive shot which enabled him to become one of the club's top scorers. A valuable member of the double Cheshire League Championship sides in 1931-32 and 1932-33, he also won a winners' medal in the Challenge Cup competition in 1931-32 and a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup competition in 1934-35.He was picked up by Huddersfield Town in May 1935 and made 67 appearances for them scoring 11 goals in two seasons. Butt then signed for Blackburn Rovers and in spells both sides of the War made 110 appearances scoring 44 goals. Then followed shorter

spells with York City - 25 appearances 2 goals, and Mansfield Town 15 appearances 4 goals. Butt joined Mossley as Player-Manager in the summer of 1948 and embarked on Mossley's best spell for many years. Mossley finished 5th in the Cheshire League in 1948-49 and Butt made 50 appearances scoring 23 goals. He was second top scorer behind former Stalybridge Celtic centre forward Jimmy Thorpe who scored a remarkable 30 goals in just 28 appearances. Butt led Mossley to victory in both the Manchester Junior Cup (2-1 over Goslings at Hurst Cross) and the Ashton Challenge Cup (1-0 over Hyde United). The following season Butt led his team through the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup to the 2nd Round Proper beating Ashton United, Altrincham, Northwich Victoria, Buxton, Droylsden United, Runcorn and Witton Albion in an epic run. It was ended in a replay by Southern League giants Nuneaton Borough but Mossley had won many friends on the way. Butt made 37 appearances that season scoring 10 goals but resigned at the end of the season. Then followed a managerial spell at Wilmslow Albion before returning to Macclesfield to manage the reserve team. Len Butt died16th June 1994.


Matthew Butters
2007/08
25
0
Left wing back signed by Gerry Quinn in August 2007 from West Riding League side Marsden AFC.

Jack Butterworth
1920/21
3
0
Full back who made 3 Mossley appearances in the 1920/21 season.

John Butterworth
1992/93
1993/94
38
1
Central defender signed from Blackburn Rovers. Transferred to Chadderton. Brother of Mark Butterworth

Lee Butterworth
1992/93
2
0
Signed from Ashton United. Later with Radcliffe Borough and Springhead

Mark Butterworth
1991/92
9
0
Full back signed from Ashton United. Brother of John Butterworth

Alex Byrne
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
28
2
Born in Manchester on 15th June 1993, Alex Byrne is a skilful playmaking midfielder who captained Mossley's successful youth team last season and was also a regular in the reserve team. Alex was previously with Stalybridge Celtic and signed for Mossley in March 2010 making his first team debut soon after. Alex was also captain of the Manchester FA under 18's team last season. He made 2 first team appearances for Mossley in the 2009/10 season as a 16 year old. Signed for Abbey Hey in August 2012 after being released by Mossley. He has since played for Glossop North End, Winsford United, Northwich Victoria and Shaw Lane AFC.

Callum Byrne
2010/11
5
3
Born in Liverpool on 5th February 1992. Talented midfielder signed on a one month loan from Rochdale in November 2010 scoring 3 goals in 5 Mossley appearances. Signed for Hyde FC in August 2011 and later joined FC United of Manchester.

Danny Byrne
2006/07
1
0
Born in Frimley, Surrey on 30th November 1984. Daniel Byrne previously played for Manchester United, Hartlepool United, Reading, Southport, Chester City, Droylsden, Runcorn FC Halton, Leigh RMI, Witton Albion, Newcastle Town, Mossley and Flixton. He signed for Ashton United in September 2009. Byrne made his league debut on 29 November 2003, while on loan from Manchester United, playing in Hartlepool's 2–0 home win over Swindon Town. He made one more appearance for Hartlepool in the league – a 4–1 loss to Queens Park Rangers – and one in the FA Cup – a 1–0 win over Burton Albion.

Danny Byrnes
2016/17
11
0
Born 17th January 1997. Danny is a young attacking midfielder signed upon his release by Oldham Athletic in December 2016. He is a former Wales u-17 International.

Byron
1949/50
2
1
Inside forward who made 2 apperarances in September 1949 scoring his only goal in a 6-1 Ashton Challenge Cup win over Audenshaw United.