Mossley’s greatest-ever day remembered 40 years on

SIX members of Mossley’s 1980 FA Trophy final team were reunited at Seel Park.

It was part of the club’s delayed 40th anniversary celebrations for the greatest day in the club’s history when they played Dagenham at Wembley.

And it was fitting the reunion, delayed by almost 18 months because of Covid-19, took place on the day Mossley played Ossett United at the start of their latest FA Trophy campaign.

Goalkeeper John Fitton, defenders Alan Salter and Harry Pollitt, midfielders Kevin Gorman and Jimmy O’Connor and striker Kevan Keelan were present.

And the club almost assembled two further members of that team, but Leo Skeete and Phil Wilson were unable to make it.

The other four members of the Wembley 12 – there was only one substitute in those days – were Alan Brown, David Vaughan, Ian Smith and David Moore.

The Wembley celebration was part of a wider gathering, the annual reunion of former players.
Cinny Roberts, widow of Alan who died during the pandemic, attended.

Alan helped organise the reunions, but the ex-players were unable to attend the funeral so Cinny was invited as his life was celebrated.

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