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A trip down memory lane

3 weeks ago By George Clayton

Former players that have played for both The Robins and Mossley, Written by Daniel Evans


Falling under the area of Ashton-Under-Lyne is not all Mossley AFC and Ashton United have in common, with numerous different players playing for both sides throughout each club’s history. In this article we intend to have a closer look at six footballers who have donned both the Robins and Lilywhite’s kits over the course of history.
But firstly it is worth noting in the current Ashton United squad there are three players who have played for Mossley previously in their career; Lanre Olapade, Matthew Chadwick and Cavell Coo. Mossley have four within their current ranks who have donned the Robin’s shirt previously in their career, these include; Jordan Bove, Matthew Burke, Tom Pratt and Damien Skolorzynski respectively.

Fionan “Paddy” Fagan
The former Republic of Ireland international started his career at a now defunct Irish club named Transport FC in the 1940’s. He stayed at Transport FC for two years before moving over to Hull City in 1951 he then moved on to Manchester City in 1953 and spent seven years there, taking in some spells at other English clubs he moved to Mossley in 193 he spent little over a year there before moving to Hurst Cross, he spent two years at Hurst Cross before being forced into retirement after a knee ligament injury. Post retirement he became a driving instructor and helped found the Manchester City Former Players Association in the late 90’s. He sadly passed away in November 2014.

John Doolan
Doolan started his career with two spells at the now defunct club Knowsley United in the 80’s and 90’s with a short spell at Mossley sandwiched in between. After his second spell at Knowsley he moved onto Wigan Athletic where he would stay for four years before making his way to Barrow and Ashton United, shortly after his spell at the robins he went to Accrington Stanley where he would win the Unibond league title in the 99/00 season. After retirement Doolan would stay in football as a coach. Since 2011 he has taken in jobs at Wigan, Hibernian and Rotherham. Currently the 49 year old is first team coach at Sky Bet League Two side Accrington Stanley.
Steve Halford
We’re breaking the rules a bit here as Halford didn’t play for both sides but he has managed the two on separate occasions so we’ll count it. Starting his career at Bury in 1997 he spent four years there before spending the next ten years for numerous North West based clubs including Accrington Stanley and Droyslden. In 2011 he signed for Mossley and spent two years there, one as player-manager, before being snapped up by the robins in 2013 to become their new manager after Liam Watson left. He spent three relatively successful years at Ashton before a controversial switch to Stalybridge at the start of the 16/17 season. The 37 year old is now joint manager of Glossop North End in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One with Paul Phillips.

Ian Senior
Starting former goalkeeper his career in the 1980’s Ian Senior was considered a journey man in football playing for over 20 clubs during his career. He took in spells with clubs such as Oldham, Bolton and Manchester City. He had two spells at Mossley early on in his career and played for three clubs before his spell at Ashton United, he retired in the early 2000’s. Since retirement he has been in coaching, currently goalkeeper coach at Altrincham FC. He also owns a sports kit supplying company called SK Kits.

Ritchie Bennett
Still currently playing football, Ritchie Bennett signed for Carlisle United in the summer of 2017. Released by Oldham aged 15, Bennett went to play for local league side Springhead before Mossley snapped him up in 2013, he wasn’t at Mossley long taking in spells at Curzon Ashton and Ashton United amongst others prior to arriving at National League side Barrow in the summer of 2016, he the scored 15 league goals in his first season at Barrow and League Two side Carlisle United took a chance and signed him in the 2017 summer transfer window.

Scott Hogan
Arguably the most famous player on this list, Scott Hogan currently plys his trade at Sky Bet Championship side Aston Villa. Hogan started his career at Rochdale before being released without playing a game for the first team, he then moved to Woodley Sports where he scored 21 goals in 27 games. Following on from that he moved to Halifax Town which same him take in a brief loan spell at Mossley. After a spell at Stocksbridge Park Steels he moved to Ashton United where he spent half a season. He got a move back to Rochdale in 2013 where he spent a season before moving to Brentford where he spent three seasons before moving to Aston Villa in 2017 for a fee of £9 million.
Honourable mentions to Lee Rick, Cairan Kilheeney, Tom Pratt, Martin Allison, Paul Garvey, Andy Thackeray and all the numerous other players that have pulled on the shirt for both sides throughout both club’s history.

Updated 12:32 - 2 Oct 2017 by George Clayton

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