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Five Generations at Mossley Football Club
Saturday 15th November 2014 @ 14:11 by Mark Phillip
Football Mossley & Saddleworth Sports

Mossley Football Club will never be short of support thanks to one devoted family.

The Evo-Stik outfit, which compete in the first division North, were blessed with a fresh face last month prior to their eagerly awaited derby day clash against Droylsden.

And it’s all because Harper Norgate, who is the great granddaughter of 82 year old Kathy Field, became an official member of the club at just three hours old!

Harper Norgate, who became Mossley's newest supporter.

Harper Norgate, who became Mossley’s newest supporter.

The newest recruit became the latest family member to commit to the Lilywhites and ensured lifelong fan and Secretary Elaine Field became a grandma on the day.

The club, which boasts a proud 111 year history, saw a turn of fortunes last month, as Peter Bands men picked up seven points out of a possible ten. It appears the little bundle of joy brought the squad some good fortune on the day too, as they secured a fantastic 4-2 derby day victory against the Bloods.

Elaine spends many hours at the club and works tirelessly for the Mossley cause, along with her son, Peter, who expressed his delight on becoming a father.

He told the reporter “It felt unbelievable. I’ve wanted to be a dad for as long as I can remember.

“Despite this I decided that I wanted a career first so leading up to her arrival I was ridiculously excited and more than ready to take on the challenge.”

Becoming a father appears to have sparked a real excitement in Peter, but despite becoming a role model and recently achieving a distinction in a University paramedic’s course, the avid Mossley fan insists the inner child still lurks inside.

“It’s nice to have someone in the family with the same maturity levels as me” he joked.

The family’s passion for the club spans a lengthy 70 years and can be attributed to great grandma Kathy.

The 82 year old die hard is a regular face at Seel Park and follows the club both home and away.

Her first taste of Mossley came in 1939 and the delights of Seel Park have held her captive ever since.

Kathy’s undying affection for the club was rewarded last Summer when she picked up the Evo-Stik NPL fan of the year award following a nomination from the club.

But despite the lengthy and inescapable addiction, it seems as if the same torment has been bestowed upon Harper.

Peter told us “Her grandma (Elaine) bought her the first of many Mossley shirts last week with her name on the back which takes pride of place in her room.”

And with the festive season slowly creeping up on us, there was a slight suggestion that Father Christmas could be leaving the youngster some gifts around the tree, with Peter saying “I’m sure Christmas will bring in more gifts for sure.”

Questioned on when Harper will first absorb the Mossley action, Peter insisted it won’t be long.

He added “Harper visited Seel Park when she was two weeks old with myself, her grandma and her great grandma to have a look around and have her photo taken for the non-league paper.

“She’s not yet been to a game but I’m sure it won’t be long.”

The family will be hoping for a double celebration when Harper reaches her first birthday, as the Lilywhites go in search for Evo-Stik gold.

Peter said “All of my family and my wife’s side of the family were ecstatic with the birth of Harper.

“It’s been such a long time since there was a new baby in the family so it’s certainly brought some new life to both sides.”