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Mossley AFC

The Lilywhites

Mossley Association Football Club, nicknamed “The Lilywhites,” is a non-league football club based in Mossley, Greater Manchester.

Established in 1903, they currently compete in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One West, which is part of the eighth tier of English football. The team calls Seel Park their home ground.

Mossley AFC, formed in 1903, initially competed in local leagues and moved to Seel Park in 1912. After winning multiple local cups in 1914-15, they became founding members of the Cheshire County League in 1919. The club’s highlight in this league was finishing runners-up in the 1969-70 season and reaching the FA Cup’s first round. In 1972, Mossley joined the Northern Premier League, entering a golden era in the late 1970s under Bob Murphy. They won consecutive league titles and reached the FA Challenge Trophy final at Wembley in 1980.

Financial difficulties in the 1980s led to a decline, culminating in relegation from the NPL in 1995. However, they bounced back, winning the NWCL Trophy and earning promotion back to the Northern Premier League by the 2004-05 season. The club experienced further relegations and managerial changes but stabilized in recent years. Successes include multiple wins in the Manchester FA Premier Cup. Off-field improvements at Seel Park and increased community involvement have helped revive the club. Under manager David Fish and a proactive board, Mossley AFC has maintained a promising position, signaling a bright future for the club.