All change at Mossley off the field

MOSSLEY have strengthened their off-field team with three new signings.

New board members (l-r) Phil Ramsden, Gary Dean and Chris Hey

Long-time sponsor Chris Hey is the club’s new president, local businessman Gary Dean has been appointed chairman and Phil Ramsden joins the board of directors.

The changes have been approved by the Football Association along with director Ray Moreland being elevated to become vice-chairman.

And each of the directors, new and existing, has been given ‘functional responsibility roles’.

Chris and Ray will be manager and team liaison officers, Gary takes charge of sales and marketing as well as health, safety, security and behaviour. Ray will also be the club’s legal officer.

Phil’s remit is facilities and ground and continuing the ongoing redevelopment at Seel Park.

Existing board members John Larner remains the club’s finance officer and Peter Green is in charge of events.

Chris has sponsored the Lilywhites for the last five years and this season becomes the main club sponsor through Total Rope Solutions, the Stalybridge-based firm he and business partner Chris Hadfield founded in 2004.

The 64-year-old from Carrbrook has sponsored 30 Mossley matches through his company that has 11 employees.

Chris, who was raised in Micklehurst, says the first Mossley match he attended was Oswestry away in 1962. He says he watched every round as the Lilywhites reached the FA Trophy final at Wembley in 1980.

Apart from a spell in 1990s when his support “dropped off” through work commitments, he has been a regular at Seel Park.

He said: “The football club has been in my blood for most of my life which is why I want to put something back into it.

“Gates have been up in the last couple of years and there is a great enthusiasm among fans and I want to give them something to cheer.”

Chris has helped the club financially with recent ground improvements with further ones planned with new rooves needed for the boardroom and changing rooms.

He says he is honoured to be asked to become president as the last one was the late Bob Murphy who he said was “the best manager the club ever had”.

Gary, the club’s new chairman, describes him as a “newbie” as he has only been involved for the last year.

The governor at Buckton Vale Primary, Carrbrook, became involved through Chris and other long-serving directors.

Chris, 52, who lives in Stalybridge, owns his own company OnLevel Balustrades that employs 32 people.

He says he has been following the club intermittently since the age of 14 through good and bad after being brought up on the Mossley side of Ashton.

Chris said: “I am there to offer support as there was a clear need for a bigger board and people with business acumen.

“I was pleased to be asked to get involved and will have a hands-on role co-ordinating activities so the committee can deliver the ambitions of the board in a practical way.”

Phil, 56, is also a long-standing supporter who attended his first match in 1965/66.

“My first memory is sitting on a concrete post after being taken to a match by my uncle,” he recalled.

Phil, who lives in Mossley, is a self-employed engineer. He worked in the glass industry maintaining equipment which is how he came to know Gary. He is also best mates with Chris,
He said: “I moved away in the 1970s, but came back in the last 15 years.

“I have returned in the last few years and became more involved when I was asked to help out with work upgrading the changing rooms.”

Phil explained his job description will be a focal point for people to go for everything relating to the stadium and facilities.

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