* Cain to Cutler *
Andrew 'Drew' Cain 1997/98
149 11 Dependable central defender signed by Benny Phillips from Flixton. Previously with Maine Road. Retired 2002 D David Cain 1965/66 7 1 Signed from Halifax Town M Mickey Cairns 1972/73
24 5 Signed from Salford Amateurs F Arthur Caldwell 1922/23 1 0 Signed from Mossley West Lads D Anthony Callaghan 2000/01
45 1 Former Manchester City midfield player signed from Droylsden. Transferred to Curzon Ashton. Re-signed from Curzon Ashton. Transferred to Hyde United. Later returned to Curzon Ashton M John Callagher 1927/28 3 0 b. 3rd April 1898 Glasgow, d. 25th January 1980 Blackpool) Callagher was born in Glasgow and started his career playing Junior football with St. Roch's. In June 1921, he moved to England to join Bury (60-1). Callagher spent three seasons with the Gigg Lane club, helping them gain promotion to the First Division as runners-up in 1924. Following their promotion, Bury signed Bill Turner from Southampton in April 1924, with Stan Woodhouse and Callagher moving to the south coast as part of the deal.
He made his solitary first-team appearance for the Saints when he replaced Alec Campbell for the Second Division match at Stoke City on 1 September 1924. The match ended in a 2–0 defeat and manager Jimmy McIntyre called another new signing, Dennis Jones, into the side for the next match. Callagher spent the remainder of his time at The Dell in the reserves and in the summer of 1925 he was placed on the transfer list at his own request.
D In June 1925, he was signed by Wigan Borough for a fee of £400. He made his debut for Wigan in a Third Division North at Ashington on 29 August 1925, when he scored in a 3–3 draw. He scored again in the next match, a 5–1 victory over Coventry City in which Tom Fenner scored the other four goals. Callagher retained his place for a further six matches before he lost his place to Bob Scorer.
In June 1926, Callagher joined Norwich City but left after six months without a first-team appearance and dropped into non-league football with Horwich RMI and Mossley whilst employed as a fireman in Blackpool.
John Calligan 1996/97 9 3 Young centre forward signed by Kevan Keelan from Preston North End. F Alf Calverley 1939/40 2 0 (b.Huddersfield 24th November 1917 d.October 1991) Signed from Huddersfield Town. Later with Mansfield Town (30-1), Arsenal (11-0), Preston North End (13-0) & Doncaster Rovers (142-11) D Tony Camilleri 1992/93 3 0 Signed from Winsford United. Previously with Buxton and Hyde United. Later with Hyde United where he went on to make over 100 appearancesand Monton Amateurs M Mike Cammack 1984/85 6 0 Former Netherfield goalkeeper signed from Maine Road, transferred to Droylsden G Alex Campbell 1927/28 39 13 Signed from Oldham Athletic F Danny Campbell 2005/06 1 0 (b.Dudley 12th April 1995) Forward signed in December 2005. Previously with West Bromwich Albion, Stockport County and had a loan spell at Woodley Sports. Later with with Czech club FK Siad Most in the Gambrinus Liga and Cincinnati Kings (USA). F Frank Campbell 1976/77 8 0 Signed from Royston Town, transferred to Droylsden M Malcolm Campbell 1965/66 24 7 Clever right winger signed from Ashton United F Ron Capewell 1962/63 7 0 (b.26th July 1929) Former Sheffield Wednesday (29-0) and Hull City (1-0) goalkeeper signed from Stalybridge Celtic. Later with King's Lynn. G Mick Carr 1989/90 2 0 unknown M Tony Carroll 2002/03
82 53 Experienced striker signed from Salford City. Previously with Bamber Bridge, Hyde United (104-61), Northwich Victoria and Droylsden. (Rep. British Fire Brigade). Top scorer in 2002-03 with 35 goals. Transferred to Radcliffe Borough. Later with Flixton. F Geoff Carroll 1972/73 1 0 Signed on trial from Radcliffe Borough D Michael Carroll 1989/90 1 0 Signed from Northwich Victoria on loan D Jack Cartwright 1926/27 15 1 Signed from Ashton National D David 'Bill' Casey 1946/47 45 22 Signed from Exeter City. Later with Ashton United, Stalybridge Celtic, Droylsden and Hyde United. F Arthur Cassley 1930/31
29 7 Signed from Ashton National. Previously with Stalybridge Celtic M Steve Caswell 1993/94 26 0 (b. 23rd June 1972) Signed from Ashton United (220-2). Previously with Dukinfield Town, Glossop and Hyde United. Later with Droylsden and Accrington Stanley D Bill Caton 1957/58 4 0 (b.Goldenhill 1924) Former Stoke City (22-2), Carlisle United (64-16) Chesterfield (7-0) Worcester City, Crewe Alexandra (38-8), Stafford Rangers and Congleton Town inside forward signed from Gresley Rovers. Noted in his heyday for having an extremely long throw-in., he was amongst the legendary Bill Shankly's first signings when Shankly was manager of Carlisle United. F Tommy Cavanagh 1979/80 6 0 Signed from Altrincham, transferred to Horwich RMI after terrible performance in 5-2 FA Cup defeat at York City. Son of former Nottingham Forest and Manchester United coach Tommy Cavanagh G Tom Cawthrey 1926/27 1 0 Signed from Huddersfield Town D Danny Chadderton 2001/02 2 0 Signed from Oldham Athletic. Transferred to Oldham Town F Bob Chadderton 1926/27
7 0 Signed from Stockport County G Chadwick 1951/52 1 0 unknown - Lee Chadwick 1988/89 2 0 Signed from Rochdale, transferred to Oldham Town. Later with Castleton Gabriels D Matt Chadwick 2010/11 1 0 Youth team player signed from Stalybridge Celtic in August 2010. Returned to Stalybridge in September 2010. Also scored 4 goals in 3 appearances for the Mossley Youth team. Later with Radcliffe Borough F Greg Challender 1992/93 38 3 (b.Rochdale 5th February 1973) Central defender signed from Horwich RMI and became Mossley Player of the Year in 1992-3, transferred to Preston North End for a £5,000 fee at the end of the season.
Began his career with Oldham Athletic as a junior and later had a nomadic career with Southport, Bath City, Altrincham, Stalybridge Celtic, Accrington Stanley, Winsford United, Barrow, Droylsden, Finn Harps (Ireland), Chorley, Northwich Victoria, Leek Town, Ashton United, Hyde United, Rossendale United, Bradford Park Avenue and Bridlington Town (possibly others).
D Nick Challinor 2008/09 15 4 Central Defender or left back signed from Woodley Sports. Previously with Cheshire League side Styal FC D Paul Challinor 2004/05
56 5 (b. Newcastle-under-Lyme 6th April 1976) Central defender signed from Radcliffe Borough and appointed team captain. Previously with Birmingham City, Lincoln City, Baldock Town, Telford United, Aberystwyth Town, Bury, Ilkeston Town, Hyde United, Caernarfon Town and Droylsden. Transferred to Ashton United in September 2006. Re-signed as cover in March 2007. D Aaron Chalmers 2010/11 41 0 (b.2nd February 1991) Versatile defender or midfielder signed from Scottish Premier League club Hibernian in the close season 2010. Previously with Bolton Wanderers as a junior and Oldham Athletic where he made 2 first team appearances. Transferred to Woodley Sports for an undisclosed fee in August 2011. M J W Chamberlain 1933/34 1 0 Signed from the Army D William Champion 1921/22 1 0 unknown D Chandley 1951/52 15 0 Signed from Goslings G Mick Channon jr. 1999/00 10 0 Tall and rangy right wing back signed from Salford City. Transferred to Cheadle Town. Son of former Southampton, Manchester City & England star Mike Channon. Later a sports reporter with Granada Television D Mick Charlesworth 1983/84 2 0 Veteran former Buxton and Stalybridge Celtic defender signed from Telford United (d.1989) D Phil Charnock 2008/09 5 1
(b.14th February 1975) Youngest player ever to represent Liverpool in Europe. Charnock was with Liverpool from 1992 to 1996. He had a spell on loan at Blackpool before a permanent move to Crewe Alexandra where he went on to make 155 appearances in the Championship and League One. Spells with Port Vale and Bury followed before he moved to Linfield and then Ballymena United in Ireland. In the two previous seasons he played Fleetwood Town and Leigh RMI before Chris Willcock brought him to Mossley in August 2008. Retired through injury after making just 5 appearances.
M Tommy Charnock 1937/38 23 1 Former England Schoolboy International signed from Hurst. Previously with Southport. D Ivor Cheadle 1954/55 4 0 Signed from Manchester City D Jimmy Cheetham 1950/51 29 2 Signed from Bury M Bill Cherry 1954/55
86 3 Bill was born in the north east in 1933 and played his first competitive football as a goalscoring inside right for West Wylham Juniors, before scoring 5 goals in 3 matches for Throckley Miners Welfare senior side, where he also worked as an assistant groundsman after leaving school. Bill's form was such that he was recomended to Cardiff City by former Bluebirds centre forward Reg Keating and he soon headed for south Wales. Bill played his first game for Cardiff City Reserves in the Football Combination against Coventry City Reserves just prior to his 16th birthday.
When not catching the reserves Bill played regularly for City's nursery club Cardiff Nomads, who, despite being made up entirely of teenagers ran away with the Cardiff Combination (open age) League and won the Welsh Youth Cup. Bill's manager at Cardiff Nomads was former Welsh International
M Jack Nichols who was capped both at amateur and professional level. Bill signed a one year professional contract for Cardiff in 1950, but didn't make the first team and moved instead to live in Heywood where he was signed by Bury for the 1952-53 season. He appeared regularly for the reserves and 'A' team but before the season was over he had moved to Northwich Victoria in the Cheshire League. Bill was signed by Mossley manager Jack Boothway early in the 1954-55 season. Ironically Bill made his Mossley debut against his former club and scored both Mossley goals as Northwich won 4-2 at Seel Park. Boothway had the bright idea of switching Bill to right half and the move paid dividends, as, not only did he relish in the move, he strengthened Mossley's half back line considerably and was regularly praised in the press and by supporters for his displays as a strong and creative footballer.
His second season at Mossley saw the club struggling off the field, so much so, there was much speculation that the club may fold. They even allowed manager Boothway to move to Northwich Victoria and operated the 1955-56 season with Jock Anderson taking training and the team selected by the management committee. That the team went and won the Ashton Cup despite the fear of disbandment was a great acolade to the team spirit of that Mossley side led by captain, centre half and team hard man Jack Wilkinson ably supported by wing halves Bill Cherry and Harold Barlow. Goalkeeper was Dennis Ross, full backs were Eddie Thornley and Roy Wells. The usual forward line was Ron Parkes, Cyril Megson, Tommy Doyle, Jackie Ward and Ron Garland.
Bill left Mossley following the Cup win and joined Manchester League Radcliffe Borough and finished his playing career in Sunday football with Heywood Casuals, where he was a team-mate of former Mossley winger Eric Jenyans in a side founded by one time Mossley manager, the late Don Wilson.
Jack Cheshire 1926/27 1 0 Signed from Altrincham D Chester 1921/22 1 0 unknown D Gareth Chew 2008/09 2 0 Mossley based forward signed from East Manchester. Transferred to Oldham Town. Later with Uppermill FC. F William Clark 1921/22
6 0 unknown D Gary Clarke 1971/72 3 1 Young winger signed from Manchester City F Tom Clarke 2010/11 1 0 (b. 14th January 1993) Versatile teenager who is comfortable in the back four or midfield. Graduated to the first team squad after impressing in the reserve and youth teams. Signed in the close season 2010 folloowing his release by Rochdale. Joined Abbey Hey in August 2011. D Ged Cleary 1970/71 10 2 Winger signed by Don Wilson from Altrincham. Formerly a junior with Burnley. F Cleave 1926/27 5 0 unknown G Clegg 1930/31 1 0 Signed from Rochdale D Clegg 1948/49 1 0 unknown D Bradley Clegg 2001/02 4 0 Young defender and former Manchester United junior. Son of Brian Clegg, brother of Ross Clegg. Later with Witton Albion, Maine Road, Abbey Hey and Rossendale United D Brian Clegg 1983/84
30 0 Clever hard working midfielder who followed manager Brian Grundy from Glossop in 1984, transferred to Winsford United. Also played for Stalybridge Celtic. Father of Ross and Bradley Clegg. M Ross Clegg 2000/01
39 8 Highly rated midfield prospect signed from Curzon Ashton but followed manager Benny Phillips to WItton Albion. Son of Brian Clegg, brother of Bradley Clegg. Later with Stalybridge Celtic, Leek Town, Witton Albion, Bradford Park Avenue and FC Halifax Town. M Brian Coates 1977/78 4 0 Signed from Royston Town (Rep. British Universities) F Eric Coffey 1921/22 1 0 unknown D Peter Cole 1995/96
31 0 Giant goalkeeper formerly with Doncaster Rovers, Halifax Town and Altrincham, signed by Kevan Keelan from Ashton United. Retired 1997 G Peter Coleman 1969/70
25 6 Centre forward signed by Don Wilson from Nantwich Town F William Coleman 1925/26 2 0 unknown G Peter Collinge 2009/10
Agile and highly rated 6' 3" goalkeeper signed by Chris Willcock in the close season 2009 from Chorley. Previously with Bury, Accrington Stanley, Clitheroe and Leek Town. Supporters and Players Player of the Year in the 2010/11 season. Departed for spell with Curzon Ahton in the close season of 2011 but returned early in the 2011/12 season. He made only 5 further appearances before moving to Stocksbridge Park Steels in February 2012.
G David Collins 1990/91 2 0 Signed from Oldham Town M Gary Collins 1983/84 18 3 Exciting right winger signed from Glossop, having previously played for Stalybridge Celtic, Macclesfield Town and Hyde United. Attracted interest from League clubs whilst with Mossley until they discovered he was older than he looked M James Collins 1955/56 11 1 Signed from Port Vale D Mark Comley 1984/85 1 0 Signed from Irlam Town on trial M Carl Conlon (aka Carl Dyson) 1995/96
44 7 (b.3rd April 1965) Eccentric former Chorley striker signed from Ashton United. (Famously appeared on TV's 'Stars In Your Eyes' as Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate) F Edmund Connell 1923/24 9 0 Signed from Manchester United D William Connelly 1927/28 1 0 unknown D Connolly 1952/53 23 5 unknown - Connor 1929/30 1 0 unknown D Ashley Connor 2007/08
52 0 (b.11th July 1982) Highly competant and agile goalkeeper who began his career as a junior with Rotherham United and then had spells with Harrogate Town, Spennymoor United and Ashton United. Signed by Gerry Quinn in August 2007 from West Riding Leaguers Marsden AFC where he was player / manager. Mossley "Player of the Year" 2007/08. Returned for a brief spell back from Marsden in November 2008. Later with Ossett Town. G Jim Connor 1984/85
146 14 Comanding central defender and former Stockport County (2-0) player signed from Dunedin City (New Zealand). Mossley Player of the Year 1985-6 and 1986-7. Transferred to Macclesfield Town for a £1,500 fee. Briefly caretaker manager at Mossley in the 1986-87 season. Later played for Witton Albion before spells as manager of Buxton and Curzon Ashton and then to a youth coaching position with Manchester City. Brother of Joe Connor. D Joe Connor 1984/85
187 39 Speedy winger signed from Hyde United. Previously a junior at Stockport County. Controversially transferred to Hyde United along with Walter Nisbett in an exchange deal that brought Graham Bell and Tony Valentine to Mossley.
Re-signed from Radcliffe Borough at the end of his career. Transferred to Woodley Sports. Retired 2001. Brother of Jim Connor and father of Mark Connor.
F John 'Jack' Connor 1932/33
77 2 (b.Ashton-under-Lyne 1st February 1914) Highly rated local full back signed from Mossley Methodists. Transferred to Bolton Wanderers (29-0) for a £325 fee in 1934.
Re-signed after WW2 from Bolton Wanderers but soon returned to League football with Tranmere Rovers (46-3)
D Lee Connor 2007/08 46 4
(b.23rd April 1975) Experienced central defender signed from Bradford Park Avenue in August 2007. Previously with Farsley Celtic, Ashton United, Stalybridge Celtic, Guiseley, North Ferriby United and latterly Bradford Park Avenue where he was club captain. Appointed Mossley captain for the 2007/08 season. Later with Garforth Town and Farsley.
D Mark Connor 2010/11 8 4 (b. 28th May 1991). Mobile young centre forward signed in August 2010 from Radcliffe Borough. He was previously with Stalybridge Celtic. Son of Joe Connor and nephew of Jim Connor. Transferred to Radcliffe Borough in November 2010. M Michael Connor 2008/09 2 0 (b. 10th September 1989) Former Manchester City junior signed from local football. Later with Salford City, Northwich Victoria and Droylsden. M James Constantine 1945/46 23 0 (b.16th February 1920 d.1998) Former Army Welterweight Boxing Champion he signed for Mossley from from Ashton National following demobilisation and was team captain in the first post war season playing at centre half. Moved to Rochdale and switched to centre forward where he was a prolific goalscorer for Manchester City (18-12), Millwall (141-74), Bury (32-14) and finally Tonbridge. D Lee Constantine 2010/11
19 2 (b. 25th August 1991) Lee is a quick and skilfiul attacking midfielder, Lee was signed from Cheshire League club Whitchurch Alport midway through last season. He was signed on first team forms after impressing with Mossley's Reserve side. He was previously a junior with Burnley. F Chris Conway 1983/84
22 0 Signed by Brian Grundy from Glossop , transferred to Horwich RMI (Rep.British Universities). Son of former Glasgow Celtic and Norwich City player Jim Conway D Dave Conway 2007/08 2 0
Signed from Harrogate Railway Athletic in March 2008. He did pre season with Mossley and played in a couple of the friendly games but then re-signed for the North Yorkshire club where he had played for the previous two seasons. He was a key player in the Railwaymen's rise from the Northern Counties East League in 2005/06 but missed much of last season through injury. Equally at home in midfield or as a central defender, Dave played in Harrogate's televised FA Cup tie against Mansfield Town earlier in the season.n. Brother of Richard Conway
M Richard Conway 2007/08 35 1
Leicester based midfield player signed in August 2007 after impressing in trial games. Previously captain of Keele University 1st XI. Brother of Dave Conway.
M Cavell Coo 2010/11
115 5 Born on 7th August 1987, Cavell is a speedy and very skilful wing back signed from Curzon Ashton in October 2010. He began his career as a trainee at Crewe Alexandra, with whom he reached the semi finals of the FA Youth Cup and has since played for Altrincham, Witton Albion, Droylsden and FC Halifax Town. D Ryan Cook 2008/09 20 2 A combative and creative midfielder Ryan Cook was signed in September 2008 from Manchester League club Avro FC. M Christian Cooke 2005/06
60 0 Versatile player signed from Macclesfield Town in August 2005. Began his caeer with Bury and Port Vale. Later with Hyde United. Returned to Mossley on loan from Hyde in March 2009. Son of former Mossley manager John Cooke D Terry Cooke 1975/76 12 2 Signed by Bob Murphy from Connollys, transferred to Bethesda Athletic (Wales). Later with Ashton United, Stalybridge Celtic and Hyde United M Cookson 1952/53 2 1 unknown - John Cookson 1929/30 1933/34 11 0 unknown D Arthur Cooper 1928/29
57 30 Signed from Crewe Alexandra (9-3). Previously with Ashton National. Transferred to Buxton F Colin Cooper 1947/48 1950/51 10 0 Goalkeeper signed from Ashton National. Re-signed from Witton Albion. Also played for Ashton United. G Harold Cooper 1927/28 1 0 Signed from Lydgate G Joe Cooper 1951/52 23 0 (b. Reddish 16th February 1918, d.1992) Former Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra (3-0) full back signed from Hyde United D Mark Cooper 1984/85 3 0 Former Oldham Athletic junior signed from IFK Helsingborg (Sweden) on loan D Phil Cooper 2010/11 1 0 Young defender previously with Woodley Sports signed in January 2011 progressing to the first team squad after impressing for the Mossley Reserve team. D William Cooper 1929/30
2 0 unknown - Craig Coote 2003/04 5 0 Young midfield players signed after being released by Bury. Transferred to Chadderton and later with Trafford, Atherton LR, Ashton Town and Daisy Hill. M James Leslie Copeland 1931/32 12 7 (b. Chorlton-cum-Hardy 1st October 1909 d. Hereford 1991) Centre forward signed from Polygon Electric. Transfered to West Ham United. Later played Division One football for Chelsea and then Linfield and Halifax Town. (d.1991) F Kayde Coppin 2011/12
95 23 Born on 13th February 1989. Kayde is an exciting, extremely quick and tricky attacking right sided player who was has signed from North West Counties League side Flixton. Kayde previously played for Trafford, Northwich Victoria, Rossendale United, Atherton LR and Bacup Borough. M Jack Cordwell 1950/51
43 0 unknown D Alan Cornforth 1954/55 1 0 Signed on trial from Bradford Parish F Ellis Cornwell 1947/48 11 0 (b. Coppull 4th November 1913. d. 1986) Former Rochdale and Chorley full back signed from Accrington Stanley (5-0) D Corscadden 1937/38 1 0 unknown D Alan Costello 1971/72 2 1 unknown F Jack Costin 1953/54
46 0 Centre half signed from Altrincham (Rep.England Amateur) D Dennis Cotton 1921/22 4 0 unknown D Sam Cowan 1937/38 39 1 b.Chesterfield 10th May 1901 d. Haywards Heath 4th October 1964.
A relative latecomer to the sport, Cowan did not play football until he was 17 and was 22 by the time he turned professional. He made his league debut for Doncaster Rovers in 1923, and signed for First Division Manchester City the following season. Quickly he established a reputation for his heading ability. Matt Busby, who played with Cowan throughout the early 1930s remembered: "He could head a ball as far as most of us could kick it." The legendary Dixie Dean, who many would argue was the greatest header of the ball of all time, was also a great fan and aerial duels between City and Everton always became Cowan v Dean.
D In addition to the three Wembley FA Cup Final appearances, Cowan won a Second Division Championship medal, and earned three English international appearances (France, Belgium and Austria) between 1926 and 1931. He also appeared for the Football League and in an England trial match (The Rest v England 1931). After a total of 407 League and Cup matches and 24 goals, he was transferred to Bradford City for a fee of £2,000 (Bradford's second highest at that time) but, in the summer of 1937 Cowan was appointed player-manager at Mossley. He brought in centre forward David ’Dai’ James (later transferred to Chelsea) from Leeds United and James responded with 42 goals (including six in one game). Cowan led Mossley to a highly respectable 7th place in the then powerful Cheshire League and also to 2-1 Manchester Challenge Shield Final win over Ashton National at Hurst Cross. He made several other crucial signings for the Lilywhites, not least inside forward Harry Brierley from Rochdale who scored 20 goals, former Manchester City favourite Dick Threlfall, former Sunderland wing half Arthur Welsby and ex Wrexham and Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Bob Foster. Cowan made 39 appearances for Mossley scoring one goal. At the end of the season Cowan resigned to become Brighton & Hove Albion's trainer. He then accepted the Manchester City manager's job in 1946. Despite his many strengths, the appointment was not a long one. He guided the Blues to promotion, but found it difficult to concentrate at Maine Road. he wanted to continue his life in Brighton and he resigned in June 1947. He then set up a lucrative physiotherapy business in Hove and worked with Sussex C.C.C. and Brighton Ice Hockey Club. Later he became masseur to the M.C.C. for their 1962 Australian tour. Sam Cowan collapsed on 5th October 1964 while refereeing a charity match in aid of Sussex wicketkeeper Jim Parks. It was a big showbiz affair with celebrities such as Tommy Steele taking part. Cowan, aged 62, died in the dressing room. Alan Coward 1976/77 11 0 Young goalkeeper signed by Bob Murphy from Blackpool as cover for Rod Jones. Later with Mossley Amateurs G Coxon 1947/48 1 0 unknown - Coyne 1947/48 2 0 unknown - Liam Coyne 2008/09
4 0 6' 6" central defender signed from Witton Albion in September 2008. Previously with Bolton Wanderers, Leigh RMI, FC United of Manchester, Winsford United, Warrington Town and Chorley. Later with AFC Liverpool. Re-signed at the start of 2010/11 season but made only 1 further appearance. D Tony Coyne 1999/00 2001/02
Hard working midfielder signed from Cheadle Town, re-signed from Flixton. Nephew of Ged Coyne. Transferred to Trafford.
Son of former Manchester United and Crewe Alexandra striker Peter Coyne
Later with FC United of Manchester and Flixton.
Assistant Manager of Trafford when they won the NWCL title in 2007/08.
M Ged Coyne 1991/92 1 0 Former Manchester City, Ashton United and New Mills player Ged Coyne was appointed to replace Les Sutton in January 1992. Coyne, brother of well known former Manchester United and Crewe striker Peter Coyne had had a successful spell in charge at Manchester League side East Manchester before taking over the reins at Seel Park, after a spell as assistant manager to Les Sutton. Mossley had made an average start to the 1992-93 season when Coyne resigned on 28th October. He was installed as manager of Hyde United within a week of his departure from Mossley and later managed Glossop North End and Curzon Ashton. Emigrated to Australia in 2002. D Tim Crane 1995/96
54 21 Lively striker signed by Kevan Keelan from Flixton, transferred to Stalybridge Celtic. Top scorer for Mossley in 1996-7 season. Later with Flixton and Maine Road F Robert Crank 2009/10 1 0 Young striker signed on trial from Rochdale F Arthur Cranmer 1927/28 12 3 Signed from Manchester North End. Transferred to Droylsden F Jimmy Crawshaw 1930/31 1 0 Signed from Northwich Victoria. Brother of Dick Crawshaw - Richard 'Dick' Crawshaw 1929/30
77 5 (b.Manchester 21st September 1898 – 23 October 1965) Richard Leigh "Dick" Crawshaw played as an inside forward in the Football League for Manchester City, Halifax Town and Nelson. Crawshaw served in the Royal Navy during the First World War before becoming a professional footballer.
His nephew, Dick Duckworth, was also a footballer who played for several Football League clubs including Chesterfield, Rotherham United and York City.
Crawshaw was a youth player with Stockport County. He joined Manchester City in 1919 and in his first season with the club he scored six goals in 21 league appearances. In the following two seasons he played just four league games, before signing for Football League Third Division North side Halifax Town in the summer of 1922. He appeared seven times for Halifax Town, but failed to get on the scoresheet.
D Crawshaw moved to Nelson in February 1923 for a transfer fee of £100 as a replacement for the previous inside-left Mike McCulloch. He made his debut for the club on 24 February, scoring the only goal in a 1–0 win against Wigan Borough. During his first part-season with Nelson, he scored five goals in 13 matches as the side achieved promotion to the Football League Second Division. On the club's summer tour of Spain in 1923, Crawshaw scored the opening goal in the defeat to Racing Santander, before netting two goals in the 4–2 victory over Real Madrid. In the next campaign he played 19 times and scored five goals but could not prevent Nelson being relegated after finishing 21st in the division. At the end of the 1923–24 season, he left Nelson having scored 16 goals in a total of 64 league matches.
He subsequently moved into non-league football, having spells with Stalybridge Celtic and Mossley. He retired from playing at the end of the 1930-31 season.
Billy Crewe 1936/37 44 11
(b.Little Lever 28the November 1901 d.1961) Other clubs: Great Lever, Bolton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers, Pontypridd, Merthyr Town, Southend United, Wigan Borough, Yeovil and Petters United and Burton Town. Billy, who could play at inside right or right half was born in Little Lever. He started his career with Great Lever before signing for Bolton Wanderers in 1922. He made 4 appearances for the Trotters without scoring before signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1923. He played 7 games at Molineux without scoring before moving to join Tranmere Rovers in 1924. His stay at Prenton Park yielded 19 games without a goal before he went to Pontypridd.
M He then signed for Merthyr Town in 1925 and a three-year stint there saw him make 131 appearances, scoring 10 goals in the process. By 1929 he was down at Roots Hall in Southend and he made just a single appearance without netting before joining Wigan Borough in 1930. He was to score 4 goals in 34 appearances whilst at Springfield Park before finishing his career in non league circles with Burton Town and Mossley. He also played for Yeovil and Petters United, although accounts vary as to exactly when he did so. Jim Crinigan 1976/77
2 0 Giant goalkeeper signed from Rhyl (Wales) (Rep.Wales Police) G Adam Critchley 1996/97 13 0 Attacking wing back signed by Kevan Keelan from Chorley, transferred to Witton Albion. Noted for writing humerous football poems D Crompton 1945/46 3 2 unknown - Steve Crompton 1986/87
12 0 Former Manchester City and Carlisle United (10-0) goalkeeper signed from Stockport County (2-0) G Matty Cross 2002/03
23 0 Signed from Rhyl (Wales). Previously with Barnsley, Hereford United, Bangor City (Wales) and Rhayader Town (Wales). Transferred to Trafford. Later with Bacup Borough, Bamber Bridge, Salford City, Warrington Town and Witton Albion. M Mark Crossland 2001/02 5 0 Former Stalybridge Celtic and Lincoln City player signed from Dukinfield Town but returned to Dukinfield Town at the end of the season. F Roy Crossley 1947/48 16 2 (b.16th October 1923) Former Huddersfield Town and Halifax Town (41-15) forward. Transferred to Buxton F Harold Crowder 1934/35
56 19 Signed from Rawmarsh F Jack Croysdale 1955/56 23 0 Signed from Manchester City G Kevin Crumblehulme 1972/73
61 3 Former Oldham Athletic (2-0) midfielder signed from Fleetwood, transferred to Stalybridfge Celtic M Paul Cuddy 1994/95
18 0 (b.Kendal 21st February 1959) Paul Cuddy signed for Rochdale from junior football in August 1977. However he made only one substitute appearance for Rochdale and was released in May 1978. Cuddy then played for a variety of non-league clubs most notably Altrincham where he was capped three times for the England Semi-Pro team then managed by Howard Wilkinson. He then played for Witton Albion, Chorley and Horwich RMI before arriving at Mossley along with ex Chorley boss Glenn Buckley in March 1995 with Mossley staring relegation from the UniBond League in the face. Despite Cuddy's best efforts Mossley didn't avoid the drop and when Buckley left to coach in the USA Cuddy was asked to stay on and work with Kevan Keelan for Mossley's first season in the North West Counties League. However, it became obvious that the combination wasn't working and Cuddy departed from Seel Park and joined Fleetwood as a player in October 1995. He later had a spell with Ramsbottom United before joining Nantwich Town as manager. Later assistant Manager of Abbey Hey D Jordan Cuff 2010/11
(b. 10th December 1992). Skilful and quick young attacking teenage wide player signed in the close season 2010. Has progressed through the youth and reserve teams to earn a place in the first team squad.
F Tony Cullen 1992/93 2 0 (b.Salford 25th September 1973) Played as a junior with Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers before making 2 appearances for Mossley. Later played for Altrincham and Salford City before becoming player coach at FC United of Manchester. D Lee Cunliffe 1994/95
81 34 Stocky striker signed from Chorley, transferred to Ashton Town. Son of John Cunliffe who was assistant manager to Kevan Keelan F Robert 'Bobby' Cunliffe 1970/71 6 1 Former Manchester City (3-1), Oldham Athletic and York City (12-2) forward F Tommy Cunliffe 1922/23 39 10 (b. Wigan 1886) Outside Left who started as a schoolboy with Audenshaw in 1898 moving on to join Hooley Hill FC in 1902, then Earlestown in March 1905. A year later he joined Blackburn Rovers but was released and joined St Helens Recreation in June 1907. He joined Liverpool between February 1916 & October 1917 (playing 57 games in the Lancashire Combination) before moving to Altrincham. Signed by Oldham Athletic from August 1919 to June 1920, playing just 2 games for the "Latics" and on his release he joined Mossley. F Harvey Cunningham 1990/01 1999/00
84 11 (b.Manchester 11th September 1968) Highly skilful but volatile midfielder signed from Ashton United, transferred to Accrington Stanley. Also played for Stalybridge Celtic, Winsford United, Witton Albion, Halifax Town, Trafford, Southport and Doncaster Rovers (56-1). Re-signed from Hyde United, transferred to Droylsden. Later with Flixton. Half Brother of former Manchester United star Remi Moses. M Malcolm Cunningham 1990/91 3 0 Young defender signed from Blackburn Rovers D Mike Cunningham 1997/98
21 2 Reliable former Blackpool, Congleton Town and Ashton United full back or central defender signed by Benny Phillips from Holywell Town (Wales) (Rep.British Universities) D Stuart Cunningham 1997/98 2000/01 11 2 Signed by Benny Phillips from Woodley Sports as a striker, re-signed from Cheadle Town as a defender. Later with Flixton D Mike Curley 1937/38
64 0 (b.Northwich 15th May 1912 d.Ashton-under-Lyne 1973) Mike Curley played for Northwich Victoria and Manchester City before joining Port Vale (27-1) in May 1935. He played regular football during the 1935–36 season, but dropped out of the first team the following year and transferred to Colwyn Bay in November 1936. Later he moved on to Macclesfield Town before he returned to Northwich Victoria..Signed for Mossley from Northwich Victoria. D Steve Curley 1986/87
63 16 Tricky midfielder signed from Hyde United, transferred to Flixton M Chris Curran 1991/92 2 0 (b. 6th January 1971) Signed from Crewe Alexandra (5-0) on loan. Later played for Scarborough (40-4), Carlisle United (6-1), Kitchee SC (Hong Kong), Rhyl and Stand Athletic M Jim Curran 1983/84 17 1 Towering central defender signed from ICL, transferred to Ashton United. Later with Hyde United and Buxton D Roger Cutler 1966/67 10 0 Later with Prestwich Heys (Rep. Lancs County FA) G