COMPLETE A-Z OF PLAYERS from 1919 to current

* Dale to Dzyra *

Name
Season
Apps
Gls
Biography Image
Dale
1938/39
1
0
Goalkeeper who made a solitary appearance in the 1938/39 season replacing the otherwise ever-present Bob Foster.
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Mario-Sergio Daniel
2003/04
2004/05
45
5
Former Altrincham and Trafford striker signed from Atherton Collieries in August 2003. Transferred to Leigh RMI. Re-signed from Leigh RMI the following season. Represented England Futsal (5-a-side player) and he was also a former Trinidad & Tobago youth international. Transferred to Woodley Sports

Arthur Daniels
1920/21
18
2
Born in Mossley in 1900, Arthur W. C. Daniels signed for his home town club in 1920 after briefly playing for a works team in Salford. Described as a "shrewd and speedy left-winger", he was transferred to Manchester City for a £100 fee in 1921 and played in the Football League for Manchester City (31-1), Watford (136-16) and Queens Park Rangers (14-3). Daniels made his first team debut for Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur in a First Division match in March 1923. He provided the cross for Manchester City's only goal in a 3–1 defeat, leading the Manchester Guardian to describe him as "the best forward in the line". He proceeded to play a further nine consecutive matches, but this proved to be his longest run in the team, and he spent most of the next three seasons in the reserves. He scored one goal for the club, a late consolation in a 4–2 defeat at Bolton in February 1925.In total he made 32 appearances for the Manchester club. Daniels left Manchester City in 1926, and joined Watford, of the Third Division South. He scored in a 10–1 FA Cup win over Lowestoft Town at Vicarage Road, a scoreline which remains Watford's biggest ever winning margin at the stadium. Daniels was ever-present for Watford during the 1927–28 season, and continued to play regularly for the remainder of his time there. He left Watford to join Queens Park Rangers in 1930, before departing the club at the end of the 1930–31 season.

Herbert Daniels
1927/28 1929/30
3
0
Also played for Outrington Park, Linotype, Hurst, Buxton and Altrincham

Joseph Daniels
1927/28
9
3
Inside forward signed from West Yorkshire amateur club Meltham FC in the 1927/28 season scoring 3 goals in 9 Mossley appearances.

Cameron Darkwah
2011/12
8
7
Born on 2nd September 1992 Cameron Darkwah was an exciting young striker signed on loan from Stockport County (17-2) in September 2011, scoring prolifically in his brief spell at Mossley. He al;so had a loan spell at FC Halifax Town whilst still at Stockport. Later with Colwyn Bay and then Chorley.

Jackie Darley

1911/12
1912/13
1913/14
1914/15
1915/16
1918/19
1919/20
1920/21
1921/22
1922/23 1923/24
1924/25

216
35
Tall and lanky, Jackie Darley was a very tricky winger who’s favourite trick was to knock the ball one side of his marker and quickly run around the other side. He signed for Mossley as early as 1911 from Mossley Methodists playing for the Lilywhites when they were still in the Ashton & District League. He returned to the club after World War I and signed professional forms in 1919 when Mossley joined the Cheshire League as founder members and helped the club to runners up spot in the League and the following season scored in a 2-1 replay win over Sandbach Ramblers in the League Cup Final replay at Winsford. A big fans favourite and something of a local celebrity in his day he was considered by many to be the best winger in the county, refusing offers on several occasions to join bigger clubs, preferring to play for his home town team. He remained a regular in the team until his retirement through injury in 1925, making his final appearance and scored against Manchester North End on 20th December 1924 but a persistent back problem finally became too much and he was forced to hang up his boots.

Alan Davidson
1938/39
48
3
Former England Youth International wing half who had been on the books of Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool.

Alex Davidson
1935/36
4
3
Scottish centre forward who had played for Dundee scored 3 goals in 4 appearances for Mossley in the 1935/36 season.

Norman Davidson
1924/25
2
0
Signed from Middlewich and made 2 appearances in the 1924/25.

Ross Davidson
2014/15
3
0
Born in Burton-upon-Trent on 6th September 1989 Ross Davidson is a strong and clever midfielder or defender signed in October 2014 from Witton Albion. He is a product of the Port Vale youth team and made 26 first team appearances before moving into non league with Stafford Rangers, Hednesford Town, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town, New Mills and Natwich Town. Made only 3 Mossley appearances before moving on to Kidsgrove Athletic.

Davies
1957/58
1
0
Centre half who made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1957/58 season.

Alan Davies
1977/78
1
0
Midfielder who made a solitary Mossley appearance as a substitute at Frickley Athletic in December 1977.

Darren Davies
1994/95
1995/96 1997/98
39
12
Tricky striker signed by Roy Soule from Glossop North End in October 1994. Re-signed from Glossop North End by Kevan Kellean in December 1976. Again returned to Glossop but re-signed for Mossley again under Benny Phillips in September 1997 but made only 2 substitute appearances in that spell before once more returning to Glossop.

Harold Davies
1927/28
2
0
Inside forward who made 2 appearances after signing from Congleton Town in the 1927/28 season.

James Davies
1930/31
4
0
Former Army player who made 4 Mossley appearances in the 1930/31 season.

John Davies
1921/22
1924/25
1925/26
1926/27
1927/28
1928/29
1929/30
1930/31
189
4
Mossley born amateur centre half who joined the Lilywhites from Uppermill FC as a 17 year old in March 1922 making 9 appearances before the end of the season. He was re-signed from Uppermill in 1924 and went on to make 180 appearances for the Lilywhites in seven seasons with the club and scored 4 goals. Retired in 1931.

Neville Davies
1962/63
13
0
Former Wellington Town and Stalybridge Celtic defender signed from Hyde United

Tommy Davies
1934/35
1935/36 1936/37
1937/38
35
0
Full back signed from West Yorkshire amateur team Marsden FC.

Billy Davies
1947/48
4
0
Former Crewe Alexandra (11-3) winger signed from Droylsden United and made 4 Mossley appearances in the 1947/48 season.

Arthur Dawber
1920/21
2
0
Inside forward who made 2 appearances for Mossley in the 1920/21 season.

Richard Dawson
1994/95
8
2
Born in York on 6th July 1962. Richard Dawson played for local club New Earswick before signing for York City as an 18 year old in 1980. He made 45 appearances in York's first team as a midfield player between 1981 and 1983 before signing for Scarborough where he helped the Yorkshire coast club to the Conference title and promotion to the Football League. He then played for Frickley Athletic, Boston United, Goole Town, Chorley and Northwich Victoria. Dawson then had a spell as manager at Bridlington Town before arriving at Mossley as player-manager in August 1994. His spell in charge at Seel Park was short and completely disastrous. He was in charge for 14 games. Eight League games of which Mossley lost seven and drew one, and six cup games of which the Lilywhites managed to win two. Following a 0-1 home defeat by Radcliffe Borough on the 8th October 1994 Richard Dawson's spell at Mossley was ended by mutual consent with Mossley placed at the bottom of the UniBond League Division One. Dawson had signed a number of Yorkshire based players who were evidently not good enough and they all left within a couple of weeks of Dawson's departure. Richard Dawson made 8 appearances for Mossley scoring 2 goals.

Robert Dawson
2006/07
6
0

Attacking midfielder Robert Dawson was signed after completing a four year soccer scholarship at Wingate University, North Carolina, where he was a regular scorer and goal provider in the South Atlantic Conference and he also won several representative honours. Dawson began his career as a junior with his local club Stockport County. Released December 2006. Later became a football writer with the Manchester Evening News.


David Day
1965/66
1966/67
20
2
Half back signed by Don Wilson who made 20 appearances scoring 2 goals for Mossley over two seasons in the mid 1960's.

Eric Day
1968/69
3
0
Full back signed by Don Wilson who made 3 appearances for Mossley in the 1968/69 season.

Kevin Deakin
1981/82
46
1
Tricky former Brighton & Hove Albion right winger signed by Bob Murphy from Buxton for a £1,500 but flattered to deceive, transferred to Denaby United

Dean
1950/51
5
0
Half back who made 5 appearances for Mossley in the 1950/51 season.

Harold Dean
1931/32
11
4
Born in Hulme, Manchester in 1910, Harold Dean was a centre forward signed from Manchester United making 2 appearances for United's first team earlier in the same season.

Tom Dean
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17
132
17
Born on 18th March 1992. Signed in December 2013 after being spotted playing impressively in Sunday football in the Macclesfield area. He was previously on Macclesfield Town's books. Joint Mossley Supporters Player of the Year in 2013/14.

Arthur Deans
1930/31
26
8
Inside forward who was signed from Atherton Collieries in the 1930/31 season and scored 8 goals in 26 Mossley appearances.

Billy Dempsey
2010/11
1
0
Midfield player signed from Sheffield FC who made one Mossley appearance as a substitute. Also played for Radcliffe Borough.

Callum Dempsey
2005/06
3
0
Rugged central defender signed in November 2005 from Rossendale United. Previously with New Mills, Abbey Hey and Woodley Sports

Chris Denham
2012/13
16
3
Born in Bury on 14th September 1984. Chris Denham is a strong, skilful and experienced forward who is equally comfortable on the right side of attack or down the middle with a reputation for scoring spectacular goals. He started his career at Prestwich Heys before enjoying a prolific season at another North Manchester club, Stand Athletic. During that season he also had a loan period at Bamber Bridge. In August 2002 he joined Stalybridge Celtic before signing for Radcliffe Borough in July 2003. By December of that year he had returned to Bower Fold. He has likewise had two spells at Droylsden, whom he first joined in in June 2005 before rejoining in October 2005 after a brief spell at Ashton United in between. He joined Altrincham in 2008 remaining there until joining Chorley in 2011 and linking up with Ashton in late 2012. Chris joined Mossley from Ashton United in February 2013. Later with Ramsbottom United and Glossop North End and also had a spell as assistant manager at Trafford..

Phil Denney
2005/06
14
5

Born on.14th December 1979. Big mobile goalscoring centre forward Phil Denney was Mossley manager Jason Beckford's first target of the 2005 close season and he agreed to join after a spell with UniBond Premier club Runcorn FC Halton. Denney began as a junior with Bury before spells with Harrogate Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Ashton United and Radcliffe Borough where he was a prolific goalscorer. He has won representative honours with the British Universities team with whom he has travelled the world, he is also an England Futsal Interntional and has represented the English National Game XI in a tournament in the far east. Transferred to Fleetwood Town in October 2005. Later with Guiseley and Bamber Bridge.


Kristian Dennis
2010/11
31
16
Born on 12th March 1990. Prolific goalscorer signed in November 2010 from Woodley Sports. Previously a full pro at Macclesfield Town where he scored one goal in four first team appearances (all off the bench). Had loan spells in the last two seasons with both Ashton United and Woodley. Moved to Curzon Ashton in 2011 and then Stockport County in 2013. He joined League One club Chesterfield in August 2016.

William 'Billy' Dennis
1934/35
1
0
Born in Mossley on 21st September 1896. William Dennis was born in Mossley on 21st September 1896. He started his career as an amateur with Ashton PSA and he continued playing at that level for Denton FC and then the army until the outbreak of the First World War. During the hostilities he turned out for the Birkenhead Comets FC and Tranmere Rovers. In March 1919 he signed for Stalybridge Celtic and after spending just two months with the club Blackburn Rovers snapped him up. Things didn’t work out for him at Ewood Park and by February 1920 he was back at Stalybridge and he thought that was the end of his Football League career. He must have been as surprised as anyone when in May 1923 he signed for Manchester United. However, once again he struggled for regular first team football at League level and he made just 3 League appearances without scoring before leaving Old Trafford in February 1924. His next port of call was Chesterfield and it was from Saltergate that he joined Wigan Borough in May 1928. During his first season at Borough (1928/29) he helped the club into fourth place in the Third Division North and at one stage it seemed as though the club would win promotion to the old Second Division. His last season was a disaster and the club finished in 18th place amid horrendous financial circumstances. He joined Macclesfield Town in May 1930 and after one season there he signed for Hurst in July 1931. He wound up his career as trainer for his hometown club Mossley.  Billy Dennis died in 1952.

Arthur Denton
1933/34
1934/35
80
15

Previously with Crewe Alexandra (1-0), Chorley inside forward or half back signed from Hurst in August 1933. Scored 15 goals in 80 appearances over two seasons. Returned to Hurst in 1935 and later played for Droylsden.


John Denton
1924/25
3
0
Half back who made 3 appearances for Mossley in the 1924/25 season.

Tom Denton
2011/12
22
13
Born in Huddersfield on 24th July 1989, Tom Denton is a 6' 7" centre forward signed from Wakefield in November 2011. Tom originally signed for Wakefield as a 17 year old and scored regularly before being signed by Huddersfield Town for a £60,000 fee in August 2008. Loan spells at Woking, Cheltenham Town and Wakefield followed but he didn't make the first team breakthrough at Huddersfield and was released in June 2010 and re-signed for Wakefield, finishing as their top scorer last season. Finished 2011/12 as Mossley's top scorer with 13 goals scored in only 22 appearances. Signed for Alfreton Town in the close season of 2012 but was transferred for a fee to Worksop Town in December 2012. Later helped North Ferriby United win the FA Trophy at Wembley in 2014/15 and later played for FC Halifax Town.

Derbyshire
1938/39
1
0
Wing half who made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1938/39 season.

Phil Derbyshire
1980/81
1981/82
1982/83
124
35
Phil Derbyshire was signed by Bob Murphy from Manchester Amateur League side Avro in February 1981 after having previous experience as a junior at Manchester City and a spell with Stalybridge Celtic as a teenager. He initially came into the side as a speedy right winger and made an immediate impression with his lightning pace and crossing and shooting ability, making his Mossley debut as a substitute in a 3-0 win over Macclesfield Town on 14th February 1981. He was also utilised as a right wing back by Murphy and scored his first goal in the last game of the 1980-81 season, a late winner in a 3-2 victory over Worksop Town. It was the 1981-82 season that saw Derbyshire find his scoring boots and he was top scorer with 16 goals in a Mossley attack that saw the goals shared with Davey Moore, Billy Hughes and Tibor Szabo. Mossley finished runners up in the NPL that season and again the following term when he was again leading scorer, this time netting 18 goals alongside Szabo and Mal Wagstaffe as Mossley again finished League runners up. Derbyshire also featured in the FA Cup
1st Round game at Huddersfield Town which saw Mossley unlucky to go down 1-0 to their illustrious Pennine neighbours. Derbyshire was selected several times to play for the Northern Premier League representative team and also appeared for the FA XI in representative games before becoming the third Mossley player in successive seasons to be selected to play for the England Semi Pro team (nowadays known as England C) as he played against Holland and Scotland in the 1983 Semi Pro International Tournament held at Scarborough FC. Derbyshire made a total 124 appearances for Mossley scoring 35 goals before an error with his contract at the end of the 1982/83 season saw Mossley unable to ask a fee for his services. He then moved up to the Conference and had a successful spell with Altrincham before joining Stafford Rangers in 1985 where he went on to become the leading NPL scorer in the 1987/88 season. Derbyshire then moved to Macclesfield Town for a fee of £6.000 in August 1988 and he went on to score 19 goals in 61 games over two seasons with the Moss Rose club before retiring from the fame in 1990.

Scott Derbyshire
1996/97
10
0
Defensive midfielder signed from Leigh RMI, transferred to Atherton LR. Later with Ramsbottom United, Atherton Collieries and Darwen. Later manager of Stoneclough FC in the West Lancs League

Paul Devaney
1984/85
1985/86
14
0
Defender signed by Jimmy O'Connor from Rossendale United, transferred to Accrington Stanley

Oliver Devenney
2014/15
15
2
Born on 22nd December 1991, Oliver Devenney is a classy, ball playing midfielder signed in August 2014 from Nantwich Town. A former youth player with Burnely, he has also played for FC United of Manchester sandwiched between two spells with Clitheroe.

Tim DeVault
1984/85
33
5
Clever and tricky left winger Signed by Brian Grundy from Glossop, transferred to Radcliffe Borough

Kevin Devine
1972/73
2
0
Former Oldham Athletic junior full back signed from Wigan Athletic on trial by George Sievwright in the 1972/73 season.

Val Dey 
1962/63
13
7
Former Runcorn forward signed from Hyde United

Barry Diamond
1988/89 1993/94
25
5
Born 20th February 1960 in Dumbarton, Scotland, Barry Diamond began his professional football career with Gillingham and then moved into the Scottish League with Dumbarton before playing in semi-professional football far the first time with Barrow and Workington. After a second spell with Barrow he joined Finnish side Olun Palloseura and began his Football League career with half a dozen games on loan at Stockport County before scoring 16 goals in 52 games for Rochdale. Barry had a short loan speIl with Wrexham and then made 22 appearances, scoring three goals, for Halifax Town. After spells with Gainsborough Trinity and Morecambe he joined Mossley from Colne Dynamoes, transferred to Hyde United and re-signed for Mossley after spells with Altrincham and Rossendale United, transferred to Horwich RMI.

Darrell Dicken
1998/99
1999/00
2000/01
2001/02
150
33
Very highly rated attacking midfielder signed by Benny Phillips from Winsford United scoring 33 goals in 150 Mossley appearances. Many of his Mossley goals were of a spectacular nature. He was selected as the NWCL overall Player of the Year 1998/89 season. Transferred to Kidsgrove Athletic. Later with Witton Albion, Woodley Sports and Clitheroe.

John Dicken
1924/25
1
0
Full back who made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1924/25 season.

Wyn Dicken
1967/68
1968/69 1969/70
119
0
Agile goalkeeper signed by Don Wilson from Stalybridge Celtic in 1967 making 119 Mossley appearances in three seasons with the club. He was transferred to Buxton in 1970.

Lennie Dickenson
1965/66
1966/67
1967/68
1968/69
1969/70
1970/71
1971/72
1972/73
338
84

Born South Elmsall 6th March 1942, Leonard Dickenson was a crafty goalscoring inside forward.
He signed professional for Sheffield Wednesday in February 1960 but didn’t make the first team at Hillsborough and moved to Oldham Athletic for a £100 fee in June 1961. He then made just 5 League appearances for Oldham before being released and stepping into no-league with Witton Albion
A season with Altrincham followed in 1962-63 where he scored 22 goals he was surprisingly released at the end of the season by then Alty manager Charlie Mitten. From there he joined Buxton before he arrived at Don Wilson’s Mossley in January 1966. He made 19 appearances for Mossley scoring 6 goals in the 1965-66 season but started to come into his own in the season’s that followed. He became team captain and made 44 appearances scoring 6 goals in 1966-67, 39 appearances scoring 13 goals in 1967-68, he was top scorer with 23 goals from 48 appearances in 1968-69. Season 1969-70 was probably the pinnacle of Lennie Dickenson’s Mossley career. He led the team to runners up in

the Cheshire League, Mossley’s best position for 50 years, the 1st Round proper of the FA Cup where Mossley lost unluckily in a replay to Stockport County and the Quarter Finals of the inaugural FA Trophy making 51 appearances and scoring 17 goals in that memorable season. 1970-71 saw Dickenson make 53 appearances scoring 17 goals and 1971-72 – Mossley’s last in the Cheshire League he made 51 appearances and scored just 2 goals but won the Club’s first ‘Player of the Year’ award – The Gilbert Tarr Trophy in 1972 as Mossley stepped up to the Northern Premier League. Mossley’s first NPL season saw the departure of manager Don Wilson in November and Dickenson was extremely disappointed not to get the job and after making 30 appearances scoring 7 goals in the 1972-73 season he left Seel Park in December 1972 and returned to Altrincham. Dickenson made a total of 338 appearances for Mossley and scored 84 goals. At Altrincham he became team captain and inspiration to a side that would put Altrincham on the map. He had five good seasons at Moss Lane, even acting as caretaker manager along with Tommy Spratt prior to Tony Sanders’ appointment. He made 212 appearances in his second stint at Moss lane and scored 31 goals. Spells with Chorley and Leek Town followed and a brief spell as assistant manager at Droylsden to Alex Stepney, but Dickenson surprisingly never became a manager as many people had expected. One remarkable fact about the fantastic footballer that was Lennie Dickenson was that he was sighted in only one eye.

Tommy Dickenson
1924/25
4
2
Inside forward who was signed from Winsford United scoring 2 goals in 4 Mossley appearances in the 1924/25 season.

Dickin
1951/52
1
0
Full back who made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1951/52 season.

Digby
1948/49
1
0
Local amateur winger who made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1948/49 season.

Danny Dignan
2008/09
2009/10
36
12
Hard working and skilful former Padiham forward signed in the close season of 2008 by Chris Willcock from New Mills. Scored 12 goals in 36 Mossley appearances before returning to New Mills in 2010.

Stuart Dimond
1947/48 1958/59
1959/60
61
33
Born in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester on 3rd January 1920. Formerly with Manchester United, Newcastle United, Leicester City, West Ham United, Notts County, Swansea Town, Distillery (Ireland) centre forward signed from Bradford City (9-1), transferred to Hyde United. Re-signed from Ashton United (247-201). Later manager of Altrincham Reserves, Ashton United, Buxton and Winsford United. Stuart Dimond died in 2004.

Bryn Dinsdale
1991/92
15
2
Winger signed by Les Sutton from East Manchester in November 1991. .

Kevin Dinsdale
1978/79
1
0
Signed from Glossop on trial but made only one substitute appearance in November 1978..Later played for Droylsden.

Alan Dixon
1947/48
18
0
Goalkeeper who was signed from Altrincham in the 1947/48 season.

Dodd
1955/56
1
0
Full back who made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1955/56 season.

Geoff Dodd
1966/67
7
1
Wing half signed from Oswestry Town in the 1966/57 season. Transferred to Winsford United

Ray Dodd
1969/70
1
0
Full back who made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1969/70 season. Father of later Glossop North End player John Dodd.

Martin Doherty
1985/86
1
0
Young forward signed from North Withington FC on trial.

Russell Doig
1994/95
10
1
Born.in Millport, Scotland on 17th January 1964. Winger Russell Doig was a Scottish Schoolboy International, who played for his local team Millport and St Mirren Boys Club, Doig was spotted by St Mirren coach Jack Gilmour in 1981, but did not make their first team, and moved to East Stirlingshire in June 1983. After 109 appearances for them he joined Leeds in July 1986 for £15,000. Unable to claim a regular first team place, he spent a month on loan with Peterborough United in October 1986, making 7 starts for “Posh”. On his return to Elland Road he made his United debut as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Derby County on 29th November 1986. He made 6 first team appearances for Leeds before he then joined Hartlepool United for £10,000 in March 1988, making his debut in a 1-0 home win in the League against Scarborough on 26th March 1988. After 33 appearances in which he scored two goals, he was released in June 1990, He later played for Halifax Town, Harrogate Town, Nuneaton Borough, Farsley Celtic and signed by Richard Dawson for Mossley in August 1994, where he made 10 appearances and scored one goal.

William Done
1936/37
1937/38
4
0
Local amateur half back signed from Delph FC in the 1936/37 season.

Ken Donegan
1969/70
1
0
Striker signed from Prestwich Heys on trial at the end of the 1969/70 season.

John Doolan
1989/90
3
0
Born on 10th November 1968, John Doolan was signed for Mossley by Bryan Griffiths from Knowsley United in August 1989. He returned to Knowsley after making only 3 Mossley appearances. He was signed by Wigan Athletic in 1992 and went on to make 38 first team appearances, scoring 5 goals. He then had spells at Barrow, Ashton United and Accrington Stanley. Returned to Wigan Athletic as under 18's coach in November 2011.

George Dooley
1947/48
5
0
Former Chesterfield and Halifax Town (11-2) player signed from Winsford United (d.2004)

Shaun Dootson
2003/04
2004/05
69
4
Midfield player signed by Jaason Beckford from Bolton Wanderers. Released in 2005.

Gary Dooner
1990/91
9
1
Born on 14th September 1970. Former Stockport County player signed from Runcorn. Later with Garswood United, Congleton Town, Winsford United and St. Helens Town.

Alan Doran
1979/80
1
0
Full back signed from Manachester amateur team Wilsonians FC on trial making his only appearances vs Goole Town on 1st September 1979.

Vic Dougherty
1973/74
7
0
Born in 1954 in Glasgow, Victor Dougherty was a full back signed by George Sievwright from Bury (9-0) in August 1973 making 7 Mossley appearances before being transferred to Horwich RMI in October 1973.

Tony Dove
1972/73
2
0
Formerly a prolific scorer for Droylsden but beset by injury problems Tony Dove managed only 2 appearances for Mossley in January 1973. He had a later injury hit spell with Witton Albion.

Geoff Dover
1973/74
1974/75
71
0
Former Crewe Alexandra and Runcorn defensive midfield player signed from Bradford Park Avenue, transferred to Skelmersdale United

Chris Downey
2003/04
2004/05
2005/06
2006/07
101
53
Born in Warrington on 11th April 1983, Christopher Downey was a former Bolton Wanderers (2-0) young player of the year signed by Jason Beckford after spells with Leigh RMI, Altrincham and Trafford. Scored a hat-trick on his home debut for Mossley. Top scorer 2004/05 with 25 goals and 2005/06 with 21. Transferred to Radcliffe Borough in August 2006. Later with Flixton and AFC Fylde.

Dieter Downey
2017/18
-
-
Dieter is a young left back signed in October 2017 from Stockport Georgians. He was previously with Accrington Stanley and Curzon Ashton.

Johnny Downie
1961/62
15
3
Born in Lanark, Scotland on 19th July 1925. John Dennis Downie wasa forward who became Manchester United's most expensive player. Downie was an irrepressibly cheery player, as adept at creating goals as hitting the net himself. John Downie was the costliest footballer in Manchester United history when he arrived at Old Trafford from Bradford Park Avenue in March 1949. Though his £18,000 fee sounds like chicken feed by modern standards, it represented a huge sum in March 1949 to a club with recent experience of poverty and still recovering from the wartime shelling of their ground by German bombers. But Downie, an irrepressibly cheery little Scottish inside-forward, as adept at creating goals for his colleagues as hitting the net himself, was reckoned to be worth every penny of his price, which was nearly three times the previous highest paid by the club. Downie had excelled at Bradford alongside his extravagantly gifted friend, the flamboyant England international Len Shackleton, and was seen as the ideal replacement for the feisty Mancunian Johnny Morris, who had just bade
farewell to Old Trafford after a sharp difference of opinion with the manager, Matt Busby. But although he made a significant contribution to United's League championship of 1951/52, the first of Busby's reign, and certainly could not be regarded as a flop overall, Downie never went close to emulating the magnificent Morris. The principal problem was the lofty level of expectation from supporters who had loved the departed local boy as one of their own. While the Scot was pacy and plucky with a sharp football intelligence, a deft finisher and a smooth distributor with either foot, he did not equal the consistent all-round excellence of the more self-assured Morris. Poignantly, the consensus of opinion among his more astute team- mates was that Downie never realised what an exceptional talent he possessed. Frequently he performed incandescently in training, dribbling past some of the most formidable defenders in the land as if they were so many lamp-posts, before laying off a slick pass or striking a spectacular goal. Sometimes on match-days, however, he would dither over his decision-making, surrendering possession limply instead of applying the killer touch of which he was so manifestly capable. Downie was employed as a wartime "Bevin Boy" at Fryston Colliery, near Castleford, when he crossed the border from his Lanarkshire home to join Second Division Bradford as a 19-year-old part-timer in 1944; he turned fully professional after the conflict. Soon he was attracting attention from a posse of top-flight clubs, all seeking to re-stock their squads after the depredations of the war, and when Busby pipped his rivals, he believed he had acquired the ideal replacement for Morris. The newcomer averaged approximately a goal every three games as he helped United to First Division runners-up spots in both 1948/49 and 1950/51, before they finally captured the League crown a season later. It was an acceptable return as he also contributed numerous assists to senior marksmen Jack Rowley and Stan Pearson; yet throughout that sequence he was dropped periodically, Busby believing that he wasn't quite fulfilling his immense potential. He was transferred to Luton Town (26-12) in August 1953, United banking £10,000 in exchange for the 28-year-old who had netted 37 times in 116 senior outings for the club. Still in his prime, Downie made an explosive start for the Hatters, netting a hat-trick in a 4-4 draw with Oldham Athletic on his debut, but then he became one of the game's wanderers, putting in shortish spells with Hull City (27-5), then Kings Lynn and Wisbech Town, Mansfield Town (18-4) and Darlington (15-2). Still active late in his thirties, he played on with Hyde United before joining Mossley in the 1961/62 season and then Stalybridge Celtic, and would have made a Third Division comeback with Halifax Town had he not already received his Football League severance payment. When he finally laid aside his boots, Downie decided management was not for him and worked as a newsagent in Bradford until he retired in 1985. Johnny Downie died in Tynemouth on 19th February 2013.

Jimmy Dowthwaite
1965/66
1966/67
1967/68
1968/69
1969/70
1970/71
1971/72
1972/73
247
16
Strong and aggressive long serving wing half signed by Don Wilson from Bury in August 1965 and making 247 Mossley appearances and scoring 16 goals in eight seasons with the club before he followed Wilson to Radcliffe Borough in 1973.

Andy Doyle
1988/89
1989/90
51
2
Former Liverpool and Wigan Athletic midfield player signed by Bryan Griffiths from Southport. Scored a spectacular winning goal against Fleetwood in the 1989 NPL Cup Final at Manchester City's Maine Road ground.

Tommy Doyle
1951/52 1954/55
1955/56
102
31
Inside forward who was re-signed from Northwich Victoria. Missed a couple of seasons due to national service when he represented Mossley in the Army team. He later played for Hyde United. He also won representative honours for the Manchester County FA team. Tommy's Grandson Tom Doyle played for the Mossley Youth team in 2011/12.

Frank Drummond
1929/30
1
0
Local amateur full back signed on trial from Didsbury United FC in the 1929/30 season.

Phil Drummond
2013/14
21
0
Born on 28th May 1985. Phil Drummond is a left back signed in the closed season from Winsford United. He began his career as a junior with Macclesfield Town before spells with Woodley Sports and Flixton. He previously trialled with Mossley prior to the 2004/05 season.

Peter Duff
1981/82
1982/83
89
0
Born in Manchester in 1950, Peter Duff was a stalwart of the Runcorn defence from 1970 right through to 1981. He had started his playing career as a youngster with Manchester City, having been spotted playing with Xaverian College by City’s chief scout, Harry Goodwin. He played in the Central League team with Stan Bowles, Willie Donachie and Joe Corrigan. He moved to Runcorn while studying at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. In 1976, when Stan Storton’s team won the Northern Premier League, Duff was chosen as the player of the season. Duff was still around when Runcorn won the NPL again under John Williams in 1981. Duff was granted two testimonials during his time at Canal Street and on each occasion the team won the League title. Duff then joined Bob Murphy's Mossley and became a regular in the Mossley team that finished NPL Runners up in both his seasons with the club. Duff retired from playing in 1983.

Willie Duff
1963/64
1
0
Former Grimsby Town (3-1), Toronto White Eagles (Canada), Accrington Stanley (14-3) and Runcorn winger signed from Hyde United

Chris Duffy
1991/92
9
1
Born on 31st October 1973. Versatile defender or midfielder who was initially nurtured at hometown club Manchester City before spending nine years with Crewe Alexandra which included a 9 game loan spell with Mossley. He joined Wigan Athletic in 1993, going on to make 31 appearances, before another move to Northwich Victoria the following year where he enjoyed the first of three FA Trophy Finals in 1996. Played over 150 times for the club prior to a link-up with Canvey Island in 1999, becoming their record signing for £5,000. Won the Trophy with them in 2001 and returned to Wigan to set-up the only goal in an FA Cup upset by the Gulls at the JJB Stadium. Later played in another final, unsuccessfully this time against Hednesford Town. Briefly appeared at Salisbury City in 2006 but ultimately followed Jeff King to City where he helped the team to the Ryman Premier title. Also earned England National Game XI honours in 2002/03 and has moved into injury treatment and prevention since retiring as a player and is currently physio with Chelmsford City..

Mason Duffy
2016/17
23
4
Born 24th June 1998. Mason Duffy is a young forward signed in October 2016 following his release by Sheffield Wednesday.

Gary Dunford
1985/86
1986/87
1987/88
63
8
Diminutive attacking midfielder signed from Rossendale United, transferred to Accrington Stanley. Also played for radcliffe Borough.

Leslie Dunn
1936/37
1
0
Full back who made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1936/37 season after previously being with Rotherham United.

Jonnathon Dunne
1996/97
1997/98
25
8
Big striker signed by Kevan Keelan from Atherton LR in March 1997, transferred to Atherton LR in November 1997.

Peter Dunne
1962/63
24
0
Former Accrington Stanley full back signed from Chorley

Brian Durrans
1958/59
2
0
Wing half signed by Eddie Quigley from Witton Albion in the 1958/59 season.

Aaron Dwyer
2017/18
3
0
Born 1st July 1996. Aaron Dwyer is an attacking midfield player signed in the closed season of 2017 from Stockport Town. He was previously with Cheadle Town. He returned to Stockport Town in September 2017.

Tony Dzyra
1993/94
6
0
Born 23rd October 1969. Midfield player signed by Dave Denby from Dukinfield Town in October 1993. Later with Glossop North End.