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Thursday 12th July 2018 @ 15:48 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Mossley Football Club are preparing for a new season under the management team of Dave Wild and Terry Hincks.

Following a restructuring process over summer, the lilywhites will now be competing in the Evo-Stik West alongside Droylsden and Glossop North End.

The club has recently announced a string of key signings, including former Glossop defenders Ben Richardson and Adam Jones, as well as club stalwart Andy Keogh, who will take captaincy following Tom Dean’s departure to Buxton.

While matters on the pitch start to take shape, the club has also been busy off it, giving the Seel Park social club a much-needed makeover in time for the new season, which begins on Saturday, August 18.

The social club renovations have been completed thanks to a number of volunteers, who have devoted time, energy and resources into completing the project.

One of the volunteers, Pete Green, has played a huge part in the renovations, and the diehard Lilywhites fan said it was great to see the social club looking fantastic during its opening night for the England v Croatia game. “It was fantastic” said Pete. “We weren’t expecting many people in because we announced the opening at such short notice, so there were a few us here during the morning to make sure it looked spic and span in time for the game. There were a few people in and the atmosphere was brilliant – it’s just a shame we lost”.

The social club is a hive of activity throughout the week, with a number of special events taking place on different nights to cater to the local community. Monday evenings are tailored towards the disabled, while a youth club is scheduled to take place on Wednesday night. The club also hosts a darts evening on Thursday, while Saturday and Sunday’s are primarily open for functions.

With such a high demand for use, Pete said the social club was in desperate need of a tidy up and is thoroughly impressed with the outcome. “We’ve re-plastered the ceiling, put new lights in and a new floor, and we’ve also transformed the bar” said Pete.

“We previously had two stages, but we’ve taken them out which has given us a lot more floor space. The games area has been moved to the bottom end of the room, and we’ve also installed a few more TV’s to create something like a sports bar.”

The renovations have been made possible thanks to a sportsman’s dinner, which raised over £6,000. Although the money paid for all the materials, Pete said the project wouldn’t have been possible without the army of volunteers who keep the club ticking. He added: “We’ve only had one contractor on it to give us a lift, and the rest of the work has been carried out by volunteers.

“Total Ropes Solutions has helped us massively, and Energy Gain have done all the electrical work.”

Although the social club has been completed, Seel Park still needs attention in various other places. Those wishing to offer their services should contact the club on Twitter: @MossleyAFC