Fish-ing for the back of the net

STRIKER Mike Fish has become only the fifth player in Mossley’s long and illustrious history to score 100 goals for the Seel Park club.

Mike Fish shoots at goal at Radcliffe Borough

Fish reached the landmark by hitting the winning goal in a 4-3 victory at Radcliffe Borough on Saturday (Jan 19).

He joined an elite band of players that also comprises club legend Leo Skeete, Davy Moore, Jack Roscoe and Bruce Birtwistle while Kenny Maughan was stuck on 99 goals.

Fish has been reflecting on the goals that came during four separate spells but, like a boomerang, he has kept returning.

The 33-year-old, whose job is a door engineer, explained: “When I had a good season for Mossley other clubs would come in and offer me to pay me a lot of money.

“Mossley don’t have the biggest budget so, if a club offers to double your money, it is a no brainer.

“The only reason I left was due to other clubs coming in for me. I have kept returning, though, because I am a local lad and the fans are unbelievable.”

Fish, who was raised in Dukinfield, began his career at Stalybridge Celtic and has also played for Curzon Ashton, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Brighouse and Colne in between his spells at Mossley.

He estimates he has scored more than 200 goals but has never kept records.

Mossley could not be more convenient for Fish, a father of two young children, as he lives little more than one mile from the ground nearly Ladysmith Barracks.

Fish admitted, though, his time at Mossley could soon be drawing to an end.

He said: “I will assess how my body is at the end of the season as I am finding it increasingly tough playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, something I have done since I was aged 18. I also have a full-time job as well as being a full-time dad.

“Whether I stay at this level or drop down is a decision I will have to make.

“In terms of the current team, everyone is enjoying their football and there is a togetherness whether it be the players, backroom staff and fans.

“The management team encourages us, believes in us and pushes us forward. We are confident we can make the play offs or even win promotion.”

Fish, who reached his century of goals in 295 appearances for Mossley, has been looking back at the highlights of his time at Seel Park.

• FIRST GOAL: Gerry Quinn was manager and it was at Bamber Bridge. I came on as a substitute and scored within five minutes, cutting in from the right and shooting a left-foot shot into the far top corner.

• 100TH GOAL: It was our winner at Radcliffe Borough. Ben Richardson hit a free kick hard and low into the box. It hit a defender and spun to me and I hooked in a shot from about eight yards.

• MEMORABLE GOALS: Two stand out, a free kick from 35 yards at Harrogate which flew into the top corner and one in the FA Cup – I think it was against New Mills – the followed a 20-pass move.

• OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: The season before last when I was second leading goalscorer in the league. I was at Mossley for the first half of the season and, after scoring a lot of goals, I moved to Brighouse.

• BEST STRIKE PARTNER: Kristian Dennis, who I played alongside at Curzon Ashton and Mossley, and who has played the Football League for Chesterfield and is now at Notts County.

What he could do with his left foot was unbelievable. Tom Pratt, who is now at Hyde United, was also a very good player.

• TOUGHEST OPPONENT: The best defender I have come up against is my current team-mate Adam Jones. I have come up against him many times in the past and had some good battles. He would win our aerial duels and he is a born winner. It is great to have him as a team mate rather than being an opponent.

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