Kits of Non-League: Mossley AFC

This shirt is a bit of a one off, but we like it a lot so we figured why not!

The shirt in question belongs to Mossley AFC of the Northern Premier League Division One North West and is to celebrate 40 years since the club travelled all the way to the hallowed turf of Wembley to feature in the FA Trophy final against Dagenham.

The kit looks amazing and really harks back to the kits of the 80’s, with its simplicity, with some very minute detailing. Speaking of detailing, the names of the squad seen wrapping around the right sleeve are a very nice touch.

The tribute shirt is created by the guys over at Hope And Glory Sportwear, where every shirt is manufactured using a piece of fabric made from the equivalent of approximately 16 plastic bottles. Their EcoKit material behaves in the same way the usual polyester would meaning no difference in performance from other standard kits.

Today is actually the last day you can Pre-order the shirt, therefore if you want to join us and many others in ordering this piece of history then follow the link below.

FM20 Barrow (Ep 7: January)

So my bad, I didn’t know transfer windows didn’t really apply to the National League, so during those months we were struggling player wise, I could have been signing short term players…

Anyways as mentioned last episode, January we were really just looking for some squad depth. Leeds were no help at all in this. Once again this partnership I thought would really help us sign some quality young players has been useless. We ended up bringing in two youngsters on loan, Neves of Reading is a young left winger who can also play CAM, hes currently a fringe player but his most impressive stat is 18 crossing. (Just imagine the crosses onto Scott Quigley’s head!) We also signed Stephen Wearne from Boro, another young winger who is two footed and can play on the left or right, hes currently not match fit but will be a great signing when we get him up to speed.

Unfortunately we have to pay these players wages due to us not having any links with them, thank you Leeds, they aren’t on astronomical sums but we still had to balance the books. We let young Luca Navarro go, on £850 a week we needed a game changing player not a youngster who probably will develop into a decent player but we needed the results now. we also let Mamadou Kone go out on loan, it leaves us a bit short of defensive cover but we will deal.

On the pitch, we had a mixed bag of results this month, We still haven’t been beaten in the league in months, however we are out of both cup competitions. Notts County was always going to be tough and Im just glad we beat them in the league earlier this year. As for the FA Cup, we got a nice little earner of a tie at home to now Premier League Sheffield United, that was always gonna be a massive ask, but as mentioned its probably set us up financially for the rest of the season.

We still sit top of the league, we are now 6 points clear going into the business end of the season, and if we have anything about us and stay clear of injuries etc, maybe automatic promotion is possible?

Player of the Month

Only one option this month really, its keeper Joel Dixon. The big man has been an absolute monster this month, pulling off some heroics to guide us through to 1-0 wins on three different occasions and quite frankily it could have been a cricket score against Sheffield United if it wasn’t for him. He also saved a penalty from Phil Jagielka in the Sheffield United game, what a man.

Getting to Know: Wick FC

On the week that the draws for the early rounds of the FA Vase have been drawn, organisation begins for in some cases long distance trips to unknown grounds for ties against teams that in other cases would never usually meet.

If you are lucky you get a home time, so the relatively unknown opposition have to do the travelling. One team that has been lucky is Wick FC drawing a home tie in the FA Vase against Colliers Wood United FC.

Founded in 1892, Wick FC like many other Non-League clubs have a long and eventful past, despite the off the pitch stories though, for a great deal of their history Wick were part of the Sussex County League between 1964 and 2014, a 50 year span where Wick moved between the two divisions of the County League.

It wasn’t until the 2013-14 season following a merger with nearby team Barnham, that Wick moved into the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division.

The merger didn’t last long however and by 2015-16 the clubs had split, with Wick keeping the spot in the Southern Combination Premier Division, a league they would only last one season in before being relegated to Division One of the Southern Combination.

Crabtree Park, Home of Wick FC

Last season Wick had a steady season finishing mid table in Division One in 9th place out of 17 teams, something I’m sure the club will be grateful for after a few unsteady years.

Ahead of the FA Vase kicking off this season, Wick had their best season for a while in the competition and in the 2018-19 season got as far as the first round proper, their best ever run was in 1998-1999 when Wick reached the fourth round proper.

Therefore ahead of the 2019-20 season kicking off we’d just like to wish everyone at Wick FC all the best for the coming season in both the league and their cup competitions.