Lilywhites set ambitious targets for next season

MOSSLEY chairman Gary Dean has already set his goals for the 2019-20 season – a play-off place at least in Evo-Stik League, west division, a cup run and average attendances of 500.

Mr Dean, who has set his sights high, was speaking at the club’s presentation night as the Lilywhites reflected on improved fortunes as they narrowly missed out of a play-off place, a contrast to the previous two seasons when they had battled relegation.

The new regime at Mossley, with Mr Dean and president Chris Hey taking the helm this season, have an ambitious target to reach Evo-Stik League, premier division within three seasons.

Mr Dean said: “We have just completed a turnaround season where we just missed out on play offs and were Manchester Premier Cup finalists.

“Next season there will be no holds barred, we are going for it. We want the play-off positions at least, a strong cup run and our attendances more than 500 for each home game.

“From the way everyone the club and especially the fans have got behind us, I am confident we will reach all these goals.”

In the last two seasons, Mossley’s home attendances have increased from 157 to 380.

Looking at the playing side, Mr Dean said: “The players became a very solid squad as the season progressed. Many are re-signing and we also plan to improve the quality and depth of new signings during the summer.

“It makes me especially proud as Mossley has now become a ‘go to’ club for talented players in our league and the one above.

“Chris Hey, our president, continues to invest in the club’s future and is an unsung hero without whom the club could not have developed so positively in such a short time.”

Mr Dean added improvements on and off the pitch this season had “re-energised the community support for the historic club”.

He praised the increasing fan base and also the support of volunteers which he described as “incredible”.

Mossley’s new Under-21 team was included for the first time at the presentation.

Retiring director John Larner was also given a special award for his services to the club.

On the playing side, the big winners were Adam Jones and Declan Evans.

Jones won the supporters’ award and there was a double of managers’ and players’ player for 19-year-old centre-back Declan Evans.

The award winners:
• Supporters’ player of the year –
Adam Jones
• Managers’ and players’ player of
the year – Declan Evans
• Top scorer – Max Leonard
• Goal of the season – Godwin
Abadaki
• 300 appearances and 100 goals –
Mike Fish
• Supporter of the year – John Holden
• U21s manager’s player of the year
– Ryan Waterhouse
• U21s Players’ player of the
year – Dylan Fitzgerald and Ryan
Waterhouse (tied)
• U21s top scorer – Jes Uchegbulam
• Chairman’s special award – Andy
Keogh
• Special service award – John Larner
• Volunteer award – Janet Larner.

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