Mossley 0 v Bamber Bridge 1
Attendance: 183 Admission: £7
Ground: Loved this ground , typical non league, with great views over countryside, outstanding 10/10
Conditions: Perfect , slight breeze
Food/Drink:delicious pie peas and gravy £2 Tea 70p 9/10
For some reason i was really looking forward to visiting Seel Park , home of Mossely Fc . It was a ground which had rave reviews from ground hoppers and it certainly did not disappoint. The town of Mossley is of around 10,000 inhabitants and is beautifully nestled in the hills west of the pennines.Whilst driving into the town down the winding hills i couldnt resist stopping off to take a panoramic photo.
|Views over Mossley|
Football started here in 1919 but originally Rugby was the main sport. I would suggest a visit to the Mossley website which for this league is an excellent one. I believe its all been put together by 'the wizard' who also doubles up as the match day announcer.Mossley FC History.
The ground is actually a little tricky to find as like i found i got caught on the one way system and found myself on the road going out of town, the same one as i used to arrive only a few minutes earlier !. Once found its like a little gem hidden away and immediately you feel as though you have stepped back in history.
Once it was know that i was a ground hopper i was made very welcome indeed . After my journey i was offered a coffee in the social club and was able to meet the locals including Darren a great chap who has been coming since he was a kid with his Dad. Sad to say his father passed away in the summer so this was his first match without him. Just before the game started they gave him a minute silence in memory of his Dad , which was a wonderful gesture, so much so other locasl shed a tear or two as they to had stood with him for many years on those Mossley terraces.
I took the opportunity to walk around the ground before the hordes (183 actually !) arrive. The team are now under a new manager whom i met and liked how keen he was to take this club forward.
The game itself was really enjoyable and it was visitors Bamber Bridge who made the better start and scored early from a good header. 0-1 ! . Earlier the locals had highly recommended i ate one of the pies, peas & gravy as it was one of the best around - i took the advice and was not disappointed in anyway , certainly in the top 3 pies this year !.
When i tick off a new ground i always like to walk around the ground during the first half and then sit in the stand for most of the second half.
Second half was all Mossley but sad to say they were unable to break a determined Bamber defense so the game ended 0-1. My time at Mossley was most enjoyable i met many people who were all very friendly and full of information from Mark one of the Directors to the die hard fans who stood on those 'steeped in history' terraces at Seel Park. Infact leaving was quite hard to do ,but in the knowledge that i would return one day made departure from this lovely ground easier.
A visit to Seel park is a must for any football lover no matter who you support as its simply superb.