ALL TIME MOSSLEY GOALKEEPERS

* In order of appearances *

John Fitton
1974/75
1975/76
1976/77
1977/78
1978/79
1979/80
1980/81
349
b.3rd january 1951. John began his career with Oldham Athletic (3-0) and was their regular reserve team keeper before joining Rochdale. He made a couple of first team appearances for the Spotland club before being released and joining Skelmersdale United while studying to become a school teacher. He signed for Mossley in October 1974 making his debut in an unlucky 2-1 defeat at Stafford Rangers.

Not the biggest of keepers at 5’10” John made up for his lack of inches with a great shot stopping ability and being a superb ‘on the line’ keeper.
He dominated the Mossley number 1 shirt for the next seven years, finally relinquishing at the end of the 1980-81 season playing his last game in a 3-2 win at Worksop Town.

John holds Mossley's record appearances for a goalkeeper having played 354 games. During this time he was in the team during Mossley’s most successful years, winning two Northern Premier League titles and the NPL Cup and he was also, of course, Mossley’s goalkeeper in the 1980 FA trophy Final at Wembley. John ended his playing career with his local club Chadderton FC. An area were he still lives and teaches.

John is still involved in football and is on the management committee at Chadderton
Rod Bates

1983/84 1992/93
1993/94
1994/95
1995/96
1996/97
1997/98
1998/99
1999/00
2000/01

200
Very popular locally based goalkeeper signed on trial from Waterloo. Re-signed from Leek Town for a £250 fee.

Three times Mossley Player of the Year.

Retired through injury 2001.
Martin White
1990/91
1991/92
1997/98
1998/99
1999/00
173
Signed from Accrington Stanley, transferred to Ashton United.

Re-signed from Cheadle Heath Nomads after spells with Curzon Ashton and Flixton, transferred to Curzon Ashton.

Became the only Mossley goalkeeper ever to score from open play when he netted in a 3-1 over Nantwich Town in 1999
Fred Walker
1923/24
1924/25
1925/26
1926/27
163
Goalkeeper signed from Bacup Borough (Rep.Cheshire League).

Transferred to Hurst.

Previously with Bury and had also played Rugby League for Rochdale Hornets RLFC.
Harry Barnes
1932/33
1933/34
1934/35
1935/36
158
Goalkeeper signed from Ferranti's
George Smith
1959/60
1960/61
1961/62
139
Former Birmingham City goalkeeper signed from Stalybridge Celtic, transferred to Stalybridge Celtic and then Buxton and Altrincham.

Later manager of Stalybridge Celtic and coach in Saudi Arabia and Iceland

Harry Gregory
1929/30
1930/31
1931/32
139
Popular goalkeeper signed from Bury
Roger Lewis
1984/85
1985/86
1986/87
1987/88
130
Brave and agile former Rossendale United and Winsford United goalkeeper signed from Bolton St.Thomas, transferred to Radcliffe Borough.

Re-signed from Radcliffe Borough, transferred to Bacup Borough. Mossley Player of the Year 1984-5.
Geoff Foster
1971/72
1972/73
1973/74
128
Agile goalkeeper signed from Nantwich Town, transferred to Rossendale United.

Had the honour of playing in Mossley's last ever Cheshire League game and the first game in the NPL
Malcolm Harding

1963/64
1964/65
1967/68
1968/69
1969/70
1970/71

123

Former Blackpool goalkeeper signed from Ashton United.

Best remembered for his superb displays in the 1969 FA Cup ties against Stockport County.

Retired 1971

Wyn Dicken
1967/68
1968/69
1969/70
119
Agile goalkeeper signed from Stalybridge Celtic, transferred to Buxton
Mike Sherlock
1980/81
1981/82
1982/83
116

Former Coventry City and Altrincham goalkeeper considered to be the best in the Northern Premier League when he was signed from Macclesfield Town as part of deal that also brought Tibor Szabo to Seel Park for a total of £2,500 early in the 1980-81 season.

After a shaky start as he attempted to oust long serving John Fitton he eventually settled down to give some stunning displays and many condider him to have been Mossley's best ever keeper.

He returned to Macclesfield Town at the end of the 1982-83 season. (Rep. NPL XI)

Peter Collinge

2009/10
2010/11
106

d.o.b. 14th February 1986
6' 3" keeper signed in the close season 2009 from Chorley. Previously with Bury, Accrington Stanley, Clitheroe and Leek Town

Bob Foster
1937/38
1938/39
1939/40
93
Goalkeeper previously with Accrington Stanley (11-0), Southampton (1-0), Wrexham (29-0), Bury and Oldham Athletic (10-0).
Dennis Ross
1955/56
1956/57
1957/58
90
Highly rated former Bury goalkeeper signed from Altrincham, transferred to Aston Villa for a £250 fee (d.1999)
Rob Hackney
2001/02
2002/03
86
Former Port Vale junior and Stone Dominoes goalkeeper signed from Leek CSOB.

Transferred to Kidsgrove Athletic. Later with Newcastle Town, Stone Dominoes and Leek Town.

Was then a member of the Nantwich Town side that won the FA Vase in 2006.
George Etchells
1920/21
1921/22
86
unknown
Don Booth
1965/66
1966/67
1967/68
1970/71
78
Goalkeeper signed from Droylsden, transferred to Droylsden.

Re-signed from Droylsden.

Retired in 1971.
Billy Reed
1918/19
1919/20
1922/23
75
Signed in the 1918-19 season. Transferred to Ton Pentre (Wales).

Re-signed from Droylsden
Martin Pearson
2011/12
2012/13
73
Signed from North West Counties League club Atherton Laburnum Rovers in the close season of 2011. He was previously with Everton and Crystal Palace as a junior and then spent a season with Stalybridge Celtic. He was Manager’s and Players Player of the Year at Atherton LR in 2010/11. Mossley Players Player of the Year in 2011/12.
Ron Bailey
1951/52
1952/53
1953/54
1954/55
1955/56
70
Goalkeeper signed from Miles Platting
Lee Bracey

2004/05
2005/06
2006/07

69
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
Gary Pierce
1970/71 1986/87
62
Gary Pierce was born on the 2nd March 1951 in Bury and played as a junior for both his home town club and Bolton Wanderers before signing for Mossley as a 19 year old in October 1970 when he replaced the twice retired Malcolm Harding in the Mossley goal.

He made his debut for the Lilywhites with a nervous display in a 5-3 win at Hyde United on 31st October 1970 and was rarely tested in the next two games, 4-1 and 5-1 wins over Oswestry Town and Burscough respectively, but then kept four clean sheets in the next five games with some brilliant displays.

By now League scouts were flocking to watch him and in his most memorable Mossley game—an FA Trophy tie at Hednesford, he made a string of unbelievable saves as Mossley won 2-0. A performance that persuaded First Division Huddersfield Town to up their interest. Three weeks later and after just 12 games in a Mossley shirt he was transferred to the Terriers for a bargain £2,250 fee.

He made 23 first team appearances for Huddersfield before being sold to Wolves for £40,000.

His greatest moment came in the 1974-75 Football League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium when he gave an amazing ‘man of the match’ display on his 23rd birthday to help Wolves beat Manchester City 1-0.

He made 40 appearances for Wolves and had later spells with Barnsley (81 appearances) and Blackpool (27 appearances) before returning to non-league with Accrington Stanley, Rossendale United and Chorley.

It was a pleasant surprise when he re-signed for Mossley in the twilight of his career in 1986 and he made 40 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 1986-87 season before retiring from playing.

Gary had a later spell as manager of Netherfield (now Kendal Town) but is now no longer involved in football.
Harry Evans
1953/54
1954/55
62
Goalkeeper signed from Manchester City
Ashley Connor

2007/08
2008/09
52

b.11th July 1982. Confident and reliable keeper who brings a steadying influence to the defence.

Began his career as a junior with Rotherham United and then had spells with Harrogate Town, Spennymoor United and Ashton United. Signed in the close season of 2007 from West Riding Leaguers Marsden.

Albert Lomas
1949/50
48
b.14th October 1924. Goalkeeper who began his career with Bolton Wanderers. Signed from Leeds United (1-0).

Excelled in Mossley great FA Cup run in 1949-50 and was transferred to Rochdale (9-0), later played for Chesterfield (29-0) and Wigan Athletic.