Source: Oldham Chronicle
by TONY BUGBY
MOSSLEY will lose thousands of pounds after their lucrative home league fixture against FC United was rescheduled for a night when Manchester United are in action.
The Lilywhites play hosts to the breakaway team in UniBond League first division north on Tuesday, November 27, the night the Reds face Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League at Old Trafford.
Attempts to put the fixture back 24 hours to avoid a clash have been rejected by league officials.
Mossley will be fortunate to get a crowd of 1,000 whereas had it been a Saturday it would probably have been double that figure which could have netted them as much as £14,000.
The match was originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, the night United played at Dynamo Kiev, but was postponed because Mossley’s Manchester Premier Cup tie at Chadderton took preference.
Tameside Council are happy for the game to go ahead at Seel Park, which they own, providing a number of minor improvements are made to the ground.
The game is not all ticket but, to ease congestion at the turnstile, Mossley ask fans to buy tickets in advance. They went on sale last Saturday priced £7 for adults and £4 children. A limited number of stand seats are available at the same price on a first come, first-served basis.
Mossley reserves have a friendly against Huddersfield & District League side Diggle tonight at Seel Park (7.30) when manager Gerry Quinn will be giving a run out to new signing Brighton Mugadza.
The 21-year-old Zimbabwe-born winger has been captured from West Riding League side Bay Athletic.
In last week’s reserve-team match against Marsden, Mossley’s midfield player Leevan Brown had the misfortune of becoming the second Lilywhites player this season to break his leg.
Jason Beckford, who quit as Mossley manager in the summer, is scouting for Coca-Cola Championship club Plymouth Argyle.