COMPLETE A-Z OF PLAYERS 1919 - 2014
* Waddington to Whittenbury *
Name Season Apps Gls Biography Image Waddington____________ 1927/28 4 3 Centre forward who was signed from West Yorkshire amateur team Honley FC scoring 3 goals in his 4 Mossley appearances in the 1927/28 season. Wade 1933/34 1 0 Made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1933/34 season. Albert Wadsworth 1947/48 37 11 Born on 22nd March 1905. Previously with Manchester United, Albert Wadsworth was signed from Hurst in 1947, playing 37 games and scoring 11 goals for Mossley in the 1947/48 season he was transferred to Stalybridge Celtic in 1948 and then played for Oldham Athletic going on play 38 first team games for Oldham scoring 8 goals between 1949 and 1953. Harold Wadsworth 1927/28 3 0 Full back who made 3 Mossley appearances in the 1927/28 season. Mick Wadsworth 1977/78
28 8 Michael "Mick" Wadsworth (born 3 November 1950 in Barnsley, South Yorkshire) is an English football coach and former player, who most recently had the role of manager of Chester City Football Club from June to September 2009. Wadsworth was, for a very short time, a player. But with his league playing experience limited to around thirty appearances for Scunthorpe United in the 1976/77 season, it is for coaching that he is best known. A non-league playing career with clubs including Gainsborough Trinity and Mossley, where he made 28 appearances and scored 8 goals after signing in December 1977, departing for Frickley Athletic in September 1978, where he was player-manager. Wadsworth was then employed by the FA until commencing his club management career in 1993. In 1985, Wadsworth was appointed as an FA regional coach in the north-west region of England, a position he would hold until 1991, when he became a Technical Co-ordinator on the FA's Excellence Programme, working on the futures of promising youngsters. Between 1988 and 1992, he was also an official match observer for the England national team under Bobby Robson and then Graham Taylor. Wadsworth also coached some of the FA's representative teams during his time in their employ, including a coaching role with the national team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He spent two years as manager of the England non-league team, five years as manager of the England youth team and had a coaching role with the England U-21 team. In August 1993, he was appointed Carlisle United manager. Carlisle finished 7th in Division Three and made the playoffs, but lost in the semi-final. The following season Carlisle reached the Auto Windscreens Trophy final but lost to Barry Fry's Birmingham City. In the league the club finished 1st in Division Three, winning promotion. After a poor start to 1995–96 in Division Two, Wadsworth resigned from his post as Director of Coaching. In January 1996 Wadsworth became the assistant to the inexperienced Gary Megson at Norwich City. Norwich were to finish the season 16th of 24 in Division One. At the end of the disastrous season he moved to Scarborough as manager and took the club to the play-off semi-finals in his second season. In January 1999 Wadsworth left Scarborough to manage Colchester United, who finished 18th in Division Two that May. In the close-season, Wadsworth held a short-term coaching role with St. Kitts & Nevis. Not long afterwards, however, Wadsworth resigned from Colchester, on 25 August 1999. After leaving Colchester, Wadsworth spent two weeks working with Steve Coppell at Crystal Palace before becoming assistant manager to Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle United. In May 2000, Newcastle finished 11th in the Premier League, a position they would repeat in 2001. Wadsworth was to leave Newcastle in June 2001, without telling Sir Bobby, to become assistant manager to Stuart Gray at Southampton. In November the duo were sacked after a very poor start to the season. The following month he was appointed manager of Oldham Athletic but was fired at the end of the season after finishing ninth in Division Two. After Lou Macari and Joe Jordan's dismissal Wadsworth was appointed manager of Huddersfield Town in July 2002, after being recommended to chairman David Taylor for the job. Firstly he brought in Dave Wilkes as his First Team Coach and former Barnsley keeper Dave Watson but by January 2003 he was sacked but as Wadsworth and the club could not agree a severance package, he was reinstated until March. In November 2003 he was appointed manager of Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of African Nations Cup, for which they had qualified. He was sacked from "The Simbas" on 2 February 2004, the day after the team had lost their third of three matches in the tournament. In June 2004, he was appointed manager of Portuguese club Beira-Mar, but left in September amid claims of boardroom interference. Wadsworth re-surfaced at Shrewsbury Town in January 2005 as assistant manager to Gary Peters and remained with the club until March 2006. Wadsworth was appointed Director of Club Development at Scottish side Gretna in July 2006, and he later took on a dual role as Director of Football and assistant manager when David Irons was appointed as Gretna's new manager in July 2007. On 19 May 2008, forty members of staff at Gretna, including Wadsworth, were laid off due to financial difficulties and after relegation. He was appointed Chester City manager on 29 June 2009. After just two wins in 13 Football Conference games, Wadworth was sacked. Wadsworth was appointed First Team Coach at Football League One club Hartlepool United in June 2010 and Caretaker Manager in August following the resignation of Director of Sport Chris Turner. Now manager of Hartlepool United. Gareth Wager 2009/10 4 0 Tough tackling versatile player signed in by Chris Willcock in August 2009 from Stalybridge Celtic making 4 Mossley appearances. Transferred to Abbey Hey in November 2009 and went on to captain relegated Abbey Hey as they won the North West Counties League Cup in 2010. Later with Bacup Borough. Malcolm Wagstaffe 1982/83 51 14 Tricky winger signed by Bob Murphy from Marine for £200 fee in August 1982 making 51 Mossley appearances and scoring 14 goals before returning to Marine the following season. Later with Stalybridge Celtic, Ashton United and Trafford. Tom Wagstaffe 1927/28 8 4 Born in Dinapore, India. Former Sunderland (3-1), Oldham Athletic, Fleetwood, Morecambe and Crewe Alexandra (3-1) inside forward who scored 4 goals in 8 Mossley appearances in the 1927/28 season. George Wainwright 1946/47 1948/49
39 5 Winger who was signed from Wrexham making 2 Mossley appearances in the 1946/47 season before transferring to Oldham Athletic. He re-signed from Oldham in August 1948 and made a further 37 Mossley appearances scoring 5 goals over the next two seasons. Steve Waite 1986/87 2 1 Trialist winger who made 2 Mossley appearances scoring one goal in the Lancs Floodlit League in the 1986/87 season. Waites 1964/65 1 0 Made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1964/65 season. Jay Walcott 2011/12 6 0 Born on 6th January 1993. Jay Walcott is a diminutive lightning quick striker who was signed in the close season of 2011 from FC United of Manchester featuring predominantly in Mossley's Reserve team but making 6 first team appearances. Previously a junior with Manchester United and Woodley Sports. Transferred back to FC United of Manchester in October 2011. Colin Waldron 1978/79 1 0 Former Bury (20-1), Chelsea (9-0), Burnley (308-16), Manchester United (3-0), Sunderland (20-1), Atlanta Chiefs (USA) and Rochdale (19-1) centre half signed from Philadelphia Fury (USA) on loan making a solitary appearance in an FA Cup defeat at Witton Albion in September 1978. Walkden 1936/37 1 0 Signed from Oldham Hulmians making a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1936/37 season. Walker 1954/55 4 0 Goalkeeper who made 4 Mossley appearances in the 1954/55 season. Walker 1965/66 1 0 Made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1965/66 season. Alan Walker 1955/56
Local boy Alan Walker began his playing career with Ashton United, working his way through from their reserve side as a teenager. He joined Mossley in the later stages of the 1955/56 season and made 6 appearances before the season's close. He became a regular in Mossley defensive line the following season making 39 appearances and scored the first of his 2 Mossley goals in a 1-1 draw at Darwen in the FA Cup. He played under four different managers in what was a difficult 1956/57. The 1957/58 season saw centre half Alan retain his place in the team as he made 40 appearances under the stewardship of Eddie Quigley and made a further 29 appearances the following season. He made 49 appearances and scored his second and final Mossley goal in a 2-1 Seel Park win over Northwich Victoria in the 1959/60 season. After making a total of 159 appearances over five seasons with the Lilywhites Alan was released and joined Droylsden scoring 2 goals before departing to Droylsden in 1960. He remained at Droylsden until 1968 when he brought his career to a close making 25 appearances for Ashton United in the 1968/69 season. He later went on to have spells as manager of both Droylsden and Ashton United. In recent years Alan has been a keen local golfer but sadly passed away on Thursday 31st July 2014. Alan's son Alan junior, also a central defender, had a distinguished football career in non league with Bangor City and Telford United, gaining an FA Trophy winners medal with Telford before playing League football for Lincoln City, Millwall, Gillingham, Mansfield Town and Barnet. He was later manager of Sittingbourne, Fisher Athletic, Tonbridge Angels and Maidstone United.
Alex Walker 1920/21
65 18 Winger who scored 18 goals in 65 Mossley appearances between 1920 and 1923. Gary Walker 1999/00 1 0 Former Manchester United, Oldham Town, Stockport County (29-0), Altrincham, Stalybridge Celtic and Buxton goalkeeper who came out of retirement to assist Mossley for one game in the 1999/2000 season. Walker also worked for the FA where he was the regional Goalkeeping coach. He was also the England Lacrosse fitness coach for the world championships. Fred Walker 1923/24
163 0 Goalkeeper signed from Bacup Borough in 1923 and made 163 Mossley appearances and also won Representattive honours for the Cheshire League. Transferred to Hurst in 1927. Previously with Bury and had also played Rugby League for Rochdale Hornets RLFC. Len Walker 1970/71 1 0 Winger who made a solitary Mossley appearance in the Manchester Senior Cup semi final win over New Mills in May 1971. Sam Walker 2009/10 30 0
Creative midfielder signed by Chris Willcock in the close season of 2009 after spending all of his earlier career with Woodley Sports where he graduated through their youth set up. Made 30 Mossley appearances before returning to Woodley in January 2010. Later with Curzon Ashton.
Tom Walker 2013/14 2 0 Born on 28th December 1989. Tom Walker is a versatile player who can play at left back or left wing. His early career included spells with Skelmersdale United and Caernarfon Town before he joined Chorley in 2009. and made over 100 appearances for the Magpies being voted Player of the Year for 2010/11 but suffered a serious injury the following season. He began the 2012/13 season with Northwich Victoria but arrived at Mossley before the end of August 2013. His stay with Mossley was brief and he made only 2 appearances before being released to join Salford City. David Wallace 2007/08 4 0 Left sided striker signed from AFC Emley in the close season of 2007 by Gerry Quinn making 4 Mossley appearances before leaving to take a coaching job in USA. Simon Wallace 1993/94 3 0 Winger signed by Steve Taylor from Everton in September 1993 making 3 Mossley appearances. Later with Flint Town United, Rhyl, Congleton Town and Ashton United. Gary Walsh 1973/74 35 2 Former Goole Town left back signed by George Sievwright from Scarborough making 35 appearances and scoring 2 goals in the 1973/74 season. Kevin Walsh 1956/57 27 1 Born in Rochdale on 11th February 1928. Former Oldham Athletic (3-0) and Bradford City (25-3) defender signed from Southport (70-1). He made 27 Mossley appearances and scored one goal in the 1956/57 season. Mark Walsh 1994/95
91 12 Giant central defender signed by Roy Soule from Hyde United in October 1994 and making 91 Mossley appearances scoring 12 goals over four seasons with the club. He retired through injury in 1998. Michael Walsh 1993/94 2 0 Winger signed from Buxton on loan in March 1994 making 2 Mossley appearances in the 1993/94 season. Thomas 'Tot' Walsh 1929/30 2 0 Born in Bolton on 12th February 1900. Forward who played for Bolton Wanderers scoring 77 reserve team goals in 3 seasons before joining Bristol City (142-88). He recorded the most League Goals in a match for Bristol City with 6, v Gillingham (Division 3 S) on January 15th 1927 and was their top scorer in 1925/26 (25) and 1926/27 (32). He later played for Crystal Palace (8-1), Hurst and Chorley before making just 2 appearances at the end of his career for Mossley in 1929/30. Tot Walsh died in Ashton-under-Lyne on 22nd December 1950. Tommy Walsh 1905/06
69 4 Born in Blackpool in 1888 but brought up in Mossley, Tommy Walsh joined his local club as early as 1905. He was noted for his no-nonsense style of play and the ability to play in practically any position. Although he made 69 appearances after 1919 he made at least 200 appearances between 1905 and 1919. Although his goals were rare they were often important, including the winner in the 1921 Cheshire League Cup Final when Mossley beat Sandbach Ramblers 2-1 in a replay at WInsford United's ground in front of over 5,000 spectators. Pottered around Seel Park almost up to his death in 1973. John Walters 1963/64
17 5 Wing half who made 17 Mossley appearances and scored 5 goals between March and September 1964. Brian Walton 1964/65 16 6 Inside forward signed by Don Wilson from Ashton United making 16 Mossley appearances and scoring 6 goals in the 1964/65 season. Also played for Arnfields FC and later returned to Ashton United and then played for Curzon Amateurs. Robert Walton 1994/95 3 0 Left back signed by Roy Soule who made 3 Mossley appearances in November 1994. Dean Warburton 2013/14 23 1 Born on 13th December 1989. Dean Warburton is a footballing central midfielder signed from Curzon Ashton in October 2013. He was previously with Cheshire League side Knutsford FC helping them to the League title in 2012/13. Geoff 'Micky' Warburton 1951/52 18 4 Played as an amateur with West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City and Altrincham .Signed from Altrincham amateur team Seamons Moss FC scoring 4 goals in 18 Mossley appearances in the 1951/52 season. Later with Ashton United and Droylsden and then a scout and physio with Altrincham and manager of Hayes Albion FC. Died in February 2007. Chris Ward 2006/07 12 3
Signed by Jason Beckford from Kendal Town in October 2006. He started his career at Lancaster City where he was a prolific scorer before moving to Birmingham City for a £25,000 fee. Failed to make the breakthrough at St Andrews but did gain further experience with loan spells in the Conference with Forest Green Rovers and Southport before briefly joining Barrow and then Leigh RMI. He was handed another chance as a pro with Lincoln City in October 2002 and finally made his League debut. Ward played 6 times before being released at the end of the 2002/03 season whereupon he moved to Northwich Victoria. He had a spell with Bamber Bridge before joining Kendal. He signed for Mossley under Jason Beckford making 12 Mossley appearances and scoring 3 goals in the 2006/07 season. Transferred to Clitheroe in January 2007. Later with Chorley and Lancaster City.
Harry Ward 1927/28
50 9 Inside left who also played for Waterloo Wesleyans FC, Hurst, Ashton National, Droylsden and New Mills, making 50 Mossley appearances and scoring 9 goals in two seasons with the club in the late 1920's. Jackie Ward 1953/54
Born on 23rd December 1930. Signed by manager Jack Boothway following his demob from the army in 1953. An inside forward and a prolific scorer he hit 43 goals in 109 Mossley appearance between 1953 and 1957. Later with Droylsden and Buxton. Won Representative honours with the Manchester County FA.
William Ward 1919/20 1 0 Made a solitary Mossley appearance in the first Cheshire League season of 1919/20. Craig Wardle 1984/85
156 3 Powerful centre half signed by Brian Grundy from Macclesfield Town in August 1984. He went on to make 156 Mossley appearances scoring 3 goals before transferring to Chorley in September 1987. He is the father of later Mossley player Darren Wardle. Darren Wardle 2000/01
42 14 Young striker signed from Oldham Athletic in August 2000. He made 42 Mossley appearances scoring 14 goals in three injury hit seasons with Mossley. He is the son of 1980's Mossley defender Craig Wardle. Transferred to Witton Albion. Later with Prestwich Heys. Mick Wardrobe 1984/85 3 0 Born on 23rd March 1962. Former Burnley (1-0) and Stockport County (27-2) forward signed from Bramhall FC making 3 Mossley appearances in the 1984/95 season. Jon Waring 1991/92
11 4 Striker signed from Runcorn by Ged Coyne in February 1992 making 11 Mossley appearances and scoring 4 goals before transferring to Bangor City in September 1992. He later played for Droylsden. Danny Warner 2010/11 30 0 Born on 15th May 1979. Daniel Warner was an experienced former Droylsden, Hyde United, Bradford Park Avenue, Ossett Town and Curzon Ashton left wing back who was signed in August 2010 by Shaun Higgins from Witton Albion making 30 Mossley appearances in the 2010/11 season before retiring at the end of the season. Alec Warren 1948/49
150 2 Former Bolton Wanderers defender signed from Macclesfield in August 1948 who made 150 Mossley appearances and scored 2 goals in three seasons with the club between 1948 and 1951. Dave 'Woj' Warrender 1977/78 1982/83 21 0 Stocky midfielder signed by Bob Murphy from Manchester amateur team ICI Blackley FC in January 1978 making 14 Mossley appearances before transferring to Middlewich Athletic. He re-signed from a second spell with ICI Blackley in August 1982 making a further 7 appearances before returning yet again to ICI Blackley. Watson 1934/35 3 0 Made 3 Mossley appearances in the 1934/35 season. Andrew Watson 1988/89 26 0 Central defender signed by Keith Hicks from Exeter City (42-1) and employed as Mossley FC Commercial Manager making 26 Mossley appearances in the 1988/89 season before he transferred to Emley in January 1989. Later commercial manager of Everton FC, chief executive at Burnley and a director of Huddersfield Town. Founded Holmfirth Town FC in 2010. Andrew Watson 1991/92 1 0 Defender signed from East Manchester FC on trial making a solitary Mossley appearance in a Manchester FA Premier Cup game against Ashton United in February 1992. Andy Watson 2009/10
Tall player who can operate in a variety of defensive and midfield positions. Signed in the close season of 2009 by Chris Willcock from Rossendale United and made 81 Mossley appearances scoring 7 goals in two seasons with the club before transferring to Curzon Ashton in 2011. Previously with Woodley Sports and Abbey Hey. Mossley AFC Manager's Player of the Year 2009/10 and 2010/11.
Paul Webb 1983/84 1984/85
37 1 Former Worksop Town and Mexborough Town Athletic defender signed by Brian Grundy from Alfreton Town in December 1983 making 9 Mossley appearances before transferring to Rossendale United for the following season before returning to Mossley via Chorley to became player / assistant manager under Jimmy O'Connor in December 1984 making a further 28 Mossley appearances and scoring one goal. Left Mossley along with O'Connor in February 1987 and was later a scout for various Football League clubs. Webster 1930/31 5 0 Full back signed from Chester making 5 Mossley appearances in the 1930/31 season. Charlie Weir 2013/14 6 0 Born on 11th July 1990. Charlie Weir is a strong and skilful centre forward signed in the closed season of 2013 from Winsford United. His previous clubs include Leek Town, Sheffield FC, Brigg Town and Belper Town. Moved to live and work in London in October 2013. Wayne Welbeck 2013/14 29 9 Wayne Welbeck is a fast and clever striker signed in the closed season of 2013 from Winsford United. he began his career as a junior with Oldham Athletic and then represented Abbey Hey and Flixton before joining Winsford. He is the brother of Manchester United and England striker Danny Welbeck. Harold 'Bert' Welch 1936/37 46 0 Former Rochdale (57-0) goalkeeper signed from Bacup Borough making 46 Mossley appearances in the 1936/37 season. Also played for Bangor City. Roy Wells 1955/56
88 1 Full back signed by Eddie Quigley from Bury in August 1955 making 88 Mossley appearances scoring one goal in two seasons with the club. Arthur Welsby 1937/38
86 20 Born in Wigan on 17th November 1902. Arthur Welsby played as an outside forward for Wigan Borough from 1923 to 1931, and holds the record for most league appearances for the club (220-31). Due to the club's financial crisis he left the club in 1931 and moved to Sunderland, where he made 3 appearances, scoring one goal. He went on to play for Exeter City (39-8), Stockport County (4-2), Southport (21-1) and Cardiff City (3-0) before joining Mossley in the 1937/38 season making 86 appearances and scoring 20 goals in two seasons with the club. He won representativbe honours for the Cheshire League whilst with Mossley. Arthur Welsby died in 1980. Stuart Wellstead 2009/10 2 0 Forward signed from Winsford United in September 2009. Returned to Winsford after making just 2 appearances for Mossley in the 2009/10 season. Later with Woodley Sports and Winsford United. Nick Welton 2002/03 23 4 Tall forward signed by Ally Pickering from Vauxhall Motors making 23 appearances and scoring 4 goals in the 2002.03 season. Previously with Ashville, TNS and Rhyl. Transferred to Altrincham. Later with Dulwich Hamlet. Gordon Westley 1958/59 30 0 Born in Wolverhampton in 1938. Gordon Westley signed amateur forms for Wolverhampton Wanderers on leaving school, but was released by them in the summer of 1954.Signing for Hednesford in the close season at the age of 17, Having signed as a wing half, on the suggestion of Hednesford manager at the time, George Cummings (the former Aston Villa international), Gordon concentrated on the left-back position, where his 6 foot and 13 stone frame was ideally suited. Second Division Bury beat several clubs for his signature, in February 1955. Bury agreed to take their first-team to Hednesford for a friendly game as part of Gordon’s transfer. Unfortunately, Gordon’s stay at Bury did not result in a professional contract and he was signed for Mossley by Eddie Quigley in August 1958 making 30 appearances in the 1958/59 season. Harry Westoby 1930/31
232 1 Long serving amateur full back signed from Pendlebury FC making 232 Mossley appearances scoring one goal between 1930 and 1936. Daryl Weston 2007/08
120 1 Born on 9th October 1986. Daryl Weston is an experienced versatile defender or midfielder re-signed for a third spell with Mossley in the closed season of 2014. He was originally signed from Stalybridge Celtic by Gerry Quinn in 2007. He then moved to Curzon Ashton in the close season of 2009 before joining Ashton United. Daryl rejoined Mossley from Ashton United in August 2010. He then had spells with Curzon Ashton, Stocksbridge Park Steels, New Mills and Glossop North End. He made a total of 114 Mossley appearances in his previous spells with Mossley.
Kenny Weston 1996/97 16 0 Signed from Droylsden. His playing days began in 1986, where he spent four years with Manchester United Academy of Excellence with brother Matt, playing alongside David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. His career then took him to Ipswich Town. A short spell at Preston North End. He then played for Droylsden before a brief spell with Mossley under Kevan Keelan in the 1996/97 season. Kenny has since become a coach and worked with Bolton Wanderers EPL and Stockport County where he coached the U16's. He then moved over to the USA in 2006 and was a MLS player development coach at Southbury in CT for 6 months and whilst there won the CJSA state championship for the boys U12's, the first time in Southbury's history. Moving to Western Australia in 2008 Kenny coached at Football West, coaching their academy teams and specializing in the High Performance Centre based out of Perth WA. In 2009 he coached the state U14's boys at the National Championships and a year later was Head Coach of the U15's boys Western Australia state team which competed and won the Australian National Championships for the first time in 36 years. Kenny was named as an Australian All-star coach at the 2010 Nationals. Matty Weston 1997/98 4 0
Like his twin brother Kenny, Matty's playing career began back in 1986 where he spent 4 years with the Manchester United Academy of Excellence. Also like his brother he the went to Ipswich Town. He spent 5 years at Ipswich in the mid 1990s before joining Stockport County on loan in the 1995/96 season. Spells with Altrincham, Leigh RMI, Mossley, Droylsden and FC United of Manchester followed before he embarked on his coaching career. In the last decade Weston has coached on 2 continents and managed FC New York of the United States Professional League. He is the Founder/Director of Weston Pro Soccer LLC and the Managing Director of Weston Pro Soccer Scholarship Specialists which was founded in 2011. Matt worked as assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport in 2008 before moving on to set up his own business Weston Pro Soccer. He is the former Coaching Director for Connecticut Football Club and was the Head Coach of the College 'Showcase' Team. Matt recently worked as the Head Women's Soccer Coach for SUNY Purchase before moving on to take the FC New York Technical Director/Head Coach position. He resigned from his post of Head Coach to begin the role as Managing Director of WPSSS. In March 2012 Weston relocated to Ocala, Florida to begin his role as Technical Director of Ocala Stampede in the Premier Development League.
Richard 'Dick' Whalley
3 0 Played for Mossley in the Ashton & District League before serving in WWI, retrurning for a brief spell making 3 appearnces in the 1920/21 season. Also played for Abbey Hey and Hurst. Jim Wharmby 1955/56 1 0
Long serving Club Secretary who made a solitary appearance due to a player shortage in a game at Wrexham Reserves in 1956. Jim Wharmby’s connection with Mossley Football Club goes back to before the war, when as a young boy he supported the team, progressing onto the committee in 1952 and becoming Secretary in 1958. During his time as secretary, along with his good friend and Club Chairman Ian Morecroft, he was instrumental in Mossley moving up from the Cheshire County League to the Northern Premier League in 1972. After 20 plus years as Secretary, Jim remained on the committee during the glory days of the late 70’s and early 80’s before becoming, first vice-chairman and then Chairman in 1983 a position he held until 1987. At this time he received a long service award in recognition of his services to football and Mossley AFC from the Football Association, to go with a similar award he received from the Northern Premier League two years previously. It wasn’t long after in 1990 that he was asked once again to come back on board as the club faced yet more problems. Continuing to be ever present after this Jim was appointed Club President in the late 1990’s, a position he held to the end of his life. Jim Wharmby died in 2003.
Joe Wharmby 1949/50
240 9 Long serving Mossley based wing half who made 240 Mossley appearances scoring 9 goals in seven seasons with the club between 1949 and 1956. Ben Wharton 2008/09 2 0 Signed from Rochdale in August 2008 making 2 substitute appearances for Mossley. Later with Atherton Collieries, Buxton and Radcliffe Borough. Harold Wharton 1919/20 1 0 Made a solitary Mossley appearance in the first Cheshire League season of 1919/20. Neil Wheelton 1977/78
75 3 Former Wycombe Wanderers player signed from Loughborough College by Dick Bate in Augusty 1977 making 72 Mossley appearances and scoring 3 goals before transferring to Glossop in September 1979. Re-signed from Bacup Borough by Brian Grundy in December 1983 making a further v3 Mossley appearnces before transferring to Droylsden and later played for Ashton United. Wheelton won representative honours for the British Universities. He became a teacher at Crompton House School and later a scout for Manchester United. Arthur White 1936/37 1 0 Signed from Hartford Old Works FC making a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1936/37 season. Danny White 2006/07 12 1
Born in Leeds on 25th May 1980. Daniel White began his career with Buxton and graduated through their youth and reserve sides to become one of the most highly rated defenders in the Northern Counties East League with the Derbyshire club. He signed for Ashton United in August 2002 and went on to become first team captain at Hurst Cross. White, a central defender or left back was voted Ashton's 'Player of the Year' in 2004. Signed by Jason Beckford for Mossley in August 2006 making 12 Mossley appearances scoring one goal. Transferred to Buxton in November 2006.
John White 1974/75
3 0 Winger signed from Bury making 3 Mossley appearances spread over two seasons in the mid 1970's. Also played for Ashton United. Martin White 1990/91
173 1 Goalkeeper signed from Accrington Stanley by John Cooke in December 1990 making 45 Mossley appearances before transferring to Ashton United in December 1992. Re-signed from Cheadle Heath Nomads by Benny Phillips after spells with Curzon Ashton and Flixton in August 1997 making a further 128 Mossley bappearnces in three seasons before transferring to Curzon Ashton in 2000. Became the first Mossley goalkeeper ever to score from open play when he netted in a 3-1 over Nantwich Town in 1999. R White 1938/39 1 0 Made a solitary Mossley bappearance in the 1938/39 season. Whitehead 1945/46 1 0 Made a solitary Mossley appearance in the first post WWII season of 1945/46. Andrew Whitehead 1990/91 2 0 Signed from local amateur team Crompton Town FC making 2 substitute appearances in September 1990 before transferring to Atherton LR. Jack Whitehead
59 1 Centre half and Mossley's first professional team captain in the 1919-20 season making 59 appearances and scoring one goal in two seasons with the club. Also played for Heywood United FC and Hurst. Jack Whitehead died in 1936. William 'Bill' Whitehead 1958/59
69 3 Former Bury player signed by Eddie Quigley from Rossendale United who made 69 Mossley appearnces and scored 3 goals in two seasons with the club in the late 1950's. Harry Whitehead 1926/27 4 0 Full back who made 4 Mossley appearances in the 1926/27 season. Also played for Ashton National and Hurst. Billy Whitehurst 1992/93 2 0 Born in Thurnscoe, South Yorkshire on 10 June 1959.) William "Billy" Whitehurst started his career playing for a number of local teams, one being Mexborough Town in the semi-professional leagues, whilst working for the local council as a bricklayer. He eventually made the move into the professional ranks with Hull City in 1980 and after a shaky start soon cemented his place as one of the most popular players to have ever played for the club. His upturn in form had not gone un-noticed and he joined Newcastle United in 1985 as their then record signing. Despite playing in a side featuring Peter Beardsley and Paul Gascoigne, the move did not work out and following a spat with his own supporters Whitehurst joined Oxford United, where it was rumoured he supplemented his football earnings by engaging in bare knuckle boxing bouts with local Gypsies. The move there
was similarly disappointing and Whitehurst became something of a footballing wanderer, playing for a further six football league clubs. Spells at Reading, Sunderland, Sheffield United, Stoke City, Doncaster Rovers, Crewe Alexandra and a second spell at Hull City produced mixed results. However, Whitehurst's hard man persona and colourful off field antics ensured he always caused a reaction and cemented his place as something of a cult figure within the game. Whitehurst ended his playing days abroad, playing in Northern Ireland, Australia and in Hong Kong with South China A.A. (1992-1993) before a long-standing knee injury caused his retirement in 1993 after brief spells with Frickley Athletic, Stafford Rangers and Mossley making 2 appearances for the Lilywhites under terry Curran in Novgember 1992. It has been printed in the press that both Vinnie Jones and Neil "Razor" Ruddock consider Billy as the toughest player they have come across. In his autobiography, 'A Matter of Opinion' the ex Scotland and Liverpool defender, TV pundit Alan Hansen says of Billy Whitehurst: "He was six feet tall and weighed more than thirteen stone and he knew how to exploit this. Indeed. because of his power in the air, aggression and courage, he was one of the opposing strikers who frightened me the most - and I do mean frightened". Walter Whitehurst 1961/62
107 3 Born on 7th June 1934. Former Manchester United (1-0), Chesterfield (91-2) and Crewe Alexandra (3-1) wing half signed from Macclesfield Town. Transferrred to Ashton United where he teamed up with his brother Jim Whitehurst who also played for Darwen and Stalybridge Celtic. Walter Whitehurst died on 20th January 2012. Whiteley 1926/27
4 0 Local amateur full back who made 4 Mossley appearances over the course of three seasons in the late 1920's. Ray Whiteley 1957/58 1 0 Signed from Manchester amateur team Edge Lane Methodists FC making a solitary Mossley appearnce in the 1957/58 season. Brian Whitley 1921/22 1 0 Made a solitary Mossley appearance in the 1921/22 season. Whittaker 1930/31
4 1 Forwrad signed from Manchester amateur team McMahons FC making 2 Mossley appearances and scoring one goal in the 1930/31 season and returning via Bedford Rangers FC to make 2 further appearances in the 1934/35 season. Trevor Whittaker 1984/85 2 0 Signed from Stalybridge Celtic on trial making 2 substitute appearances in the 1984/85 season. Ernie Whittam 1939/40
32 10 Born in Wealdstone on 7th January 1911. Ernest Whittam was a former Huddersfield Town (19-4), Chester (54-21), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1-0) and Bournemouth (107-28) inside forward signed from Reading in the wartime season of 1939/40 making 2 Mossley appearances and scoring one goal. Re-signed from Rotherham United (1-0) in the first season after WWII making a further 30 Mossley appearances scoring 9 goals. Charles Whittenbury 1920/21 1 0 Played for Manchester City Boys before making a solitary Mossley appearnce in the first Cheshire League season of 1919/20. He then served the Royal Artillery in Africa. He was in the textile business as a merchant which took him to Sierra Leone in the early mid 1920's. He played for the Sierra Leone FC and then moved to Lyon FC in France. Died in 1935.