Monday, 12 July 2010

83 David Mossman

David is third from the left in the back row (the second is Dave Grant)

Position : Winger

Played : 1985-6

Appearances : 8

Goals : 0

No player symbolises the wretched second half of 1985-6 better than this one. Vic Halom immediately used a good chunk of the receipts from the Old Trafford game to buy Dave from Sheffield Wednesday for £20,000. He had been on loan at Stockport earlier in the season and made a great impression scoring 5 goals in 9 games.

He never looked like doing the same for us. He displaced Frank Gamble causing the latter to leave the club but struggled to even control the ball let alone beat anyone. He was quickly re-christened “Tossman”. My only positive memory of him is a run and shot that hit the bar in the 6-0 defeat at Wigan in the Freight Rover. Then Stockport came calling and we let him go again for £8,000 so he had cost us over a grand a game and the services of a good player. Good business that Vic !

The silver lining was that he didn’t do much for Stockport either, scoring once in 30 appearances. He followed manager Colin Murphy to Lincoln but didn’t come back up with them in 1988 moving on to Boston where he was sacked for having clashing work commitments.

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