Mossley united with Emmaus for common goal

Mossley’s newest football team only has a small pool of players to select from.

Matthew Hayton, Darren Bateman, Gary Barton, and Peter Band

But its members have overcome greater personal challenges in life to worry about taking to the pitch a man or two short.

And thanks to a new partnership with the town’s senior side, ‘FC Emmaus Mossley’ is definitely one of the best kitted out.

This team work has led to companions from Longlands Mill joining forces with Mossley FC for a joint goal.

So, while the Lilywhites have donated the kit, Team Emmaus will supply volunteers to help out on match days at Seel Park.

Man United fans Gary Barton and Darren Bateman, two of the 26 companions living and working at the homelessness charity, visited the ground recently to receive the strip from co manager, Peter Band.

Gary, a companion for four years, said: “We have started playing five-a-side and training on the indoor pitch at Spartan Gym.

“But the aim is to try and get an 11-a-side team together. We are really grateful for everything the football club is doing for us.

“We really appreciate getting the kit and the lads are more than happy to come down and do some stewarding.”

Darren, describing himself a tough tackling midfielder in the mould of Roy Keane, added: “I used to play a lot when I was younger.

“I’m not as fit now though it is still fun to have a kick-a-about with the lads.”

Football Club spokesman Matthew Hayton added: “This is a really important step in our relationship with Emmaus.
“We are keen as a football club to support the people in the town and a lot of people here have taken Emmaus into their hearts.”

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley go to their website:
If you would like to get involved or donate an item, call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.


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