Phil Welsh

Keeper in the Tommy Lawrence mould. He took over as joint manager of the Fourths (with Paul Telfer) at the start of the 2012-13 season. Formerly with Bedians, he donned the gloves again after a 10 year sabbatical. Made his debut in a Fourth Team friendly against Old Stocs and his league debut for the Third Team. He's also a keen golfer. Joined the club's committee and among other things organised a successful money-raising meat draw. Broke his tib and fib just above the ankle mid way through 2005-06 season. Became joint Fourth Team manager in August 2006. Won the Philip Hambleton Trophy in 2006-07 for his services to the club. Nickname: Welshy. DoB 8.6.71

Joe Vickers

Progressed through Mellor Juniors. Started the 2013-14 season at centre back for the Seconds. Good reader of the game, a ball-playing centre-half.

Ben Wade

Brother of Matt Wade. A striker, he made his Mellor FC debut for the Seconds in August 2012, scoring a hat trick in a 3-2 away friendly win against Moorside Rangers 1sts. Scored his debut Mellor Firsts league goal against South Manchester in a 5-1 win in September 2012.

Steve Whelan

Cousin of Dave Whelan, Steve joined Mellor in 2011-12 season, playing central midfield for the Thirds. Stylish and a good passer of the ball which he rarely gives away. Does the simple thing, which is really what football is about.

 

Matt Wade

Mike White

Fourth Team defender. Mr Dependable. Never flusters and can also threaten when he goes forward. Fourths' Players' Player of the Year 2011-12.

Steve Waters

 

Midfielder, who joined Mellor in September 2010. He made his debut in a Rhodes Cup tie away at Trafford Utd.

Matt Wightman

Winger who joined Mellor in February 2010. Played in the Fourth's Hellawell Shield Final team in April 2010.

Adam Whittaker

 

Joined Mellor in September 2009. Scored four in his first full game for the Fourths. Promoted to the Seconds, where he made his Second Team debut against Bedians on 17.10.09.

Klaudio Velaj

Made his Mellor debut in March 2009 as a Fourth Team substitute at Brabyns Park in a 2-0 win against Moston Brook.

Cody Wharton

Goalkeeper who broke into the Firsts in 2011-12 only to succumb to an illness which needed an operation involving stem cell implants. Now on the mend and looking forward to playing again.

John Ward

Made his debut for the Fourths in a 1-1 draw against Stoconians at Brabyns in October 2008.

Lee White

Played in the Fourths in season 2007-08, mostly as a flank player. He can score goals as he showed with two against Staly FC in February 2008.

Terry Wilson

Joined Mellor in November 2008 and made his debut against Chorltonians away on 6.12.08 in a 3-1 win. Ex Bedians, he's a striker or centre midfielder. A valuable member of the Third Team's Whitehead Cup winning side in 2008-09. But his Cup Final was marred by a hamstring injury which caused him to leave the field after 20 minutes.

Chris Woodworth

Under 17s goalkeeper who joined the club at the start of 2006-07 season. Made his First Team debut in July 2007 in a friendly against Glossop.

Charlie Vincent

Ball playing full-back in the Maldini mould but probably as quick nowdays as Maldini's dad. Rarely beaten though and talks well, as befits a Porsche-driving insurance salesman. Played mainly in the third team in 2003-04 and in the fourths in 2004-05, being part of the squad which reached the Hellawell Shield Final. A keen photographer as you will see if you put the cursor on his picture. Also claims to do more than competent Elvis Costello impressions. Scored a rare goal in a 5-0 thrashing of Aldermere in September 2006. Nickname: Lombardo. DoB 1.7.59

 

Alex Wharton

Joined the club in his mid-30s, played with distinction for the First and Second Teams and won the Player of the Year for the Seconds in 2003-2004 when the side was promoted. Appointed Second Team manager at the start of the 2007-08 season and achieved the side's highest position for at least 30 years. This is his first job in management at Mellor after being the club's award winning secretary for a number of years until he relinquished the full time job at the end of the 2006-07 season. He was named League secretary of the year in May 2006. A back injury stalled his playing career. He played in every position for the seconds except up front and including in goal. His preferred positions were right, left or central midfield. He played on after two nasty head wounds in a bruising encounter with Old Trafford in December 2002. A talent scout would have signed him..for a Hammer Horror movie. Organised the club's sponsored 60-mile bike ride in 2000 and 2001. Cultured on and off the park. Scored the goal of the season from 40 yards away at West Didsbury in April 2004. Nayim eat your heart out. Nickname: Alex. DoB 2.9.63

 

Neal Young

Joined the fifths at the start of the 2007-2008 season. Central defender who does not give up.... The rock at the back and great ball winner. Deceiving chap as always looks as though hes just rolled in from the boozer but it never effects his ability. Nickname Neal.

Luke Warburton

Joined Mellor for the start of the 2006-07 season. Made his league debut as a sub for the Third team in a 2-0 defeat against Govan. Graduated to the Second team. He's a tricky midfielder with good vision and a good pass. Left Mellor to play for a number of teams but returned in September 2013.

Dave Whelan

Came to Mellor as an under 17s midfielder. Made his Second Team debut at right back in January 2007 in a 7-1 defeat away at Newton in the Wray Cup. He was named Man of the Match for Mellor. Broke his leg in September 2010 playing for the Seconds. Broke into the First Team in the second half of season 2010-11. Stylish defender who can shoot too. Scored the winning goal in the epic 2012 Rhodes Cup Final to bring the trophy to Mellor for the first time in 25 years. Firsts leading scorer in 2012-13, when he also won the Firsts Player of the Year award. A member of the Stockport Senior Cup winning squad of 2014.DoB 24.8.90

Joe Whelan

Under 17s midfielder or full back. Tenacious tackler. Played his junior football for Rose Hill Rovers, Marple Athletic and High Lane. DoB 8.2.90

Alex Wood

Under 17s striker, in fact the team's Joint Leading Scorer in 2006-07. Hurt his back in 2007 when a fellow student jumped on him for a prank. That put him out of football for the rest of the season.

Scott Waters

Joined Mellor during the 2007-08 season, initially as a defender but is also an accomplished goalkeeper and reverted to that position in March 2008.

Danny Wilkson

 

Played junior football for Norbury Athletic, first as a defender and later up front, until he was 15 then had a gap before joining Mellor in 2004-05 season. He's a striker who has regularly found the net for the Fourths. In fact he scored in each of six consecutive games towards the end of 2004-05 season. DoB 14.9.81

Ryan Yates

Combative midfielder who can also play up-front and score goals. Has played in the first team but his form and fitness has suffered since he discovered lager. Volunteered to run the newly formed fourth team in 2003-04. He was inspirational, taking them on a 15-game unbeaten run all the way to the final of the Hellawell Shield. Lifted the Philip Hambleton Trophy in May 2004 for his sterling work with the fourth team, his help in building the removable goalposts and also his general dedication to the club. He took over as third team manager in 2004-05 and led the side to the Division E Championship. A talented musician too. Went ravelling to Canada in 2010 and won an award for Most Valued Player for his new club Burnaby Spartans. Nickname: Rhino. DoB 4.6.83

Jason Wilde

First appeared at Mellor as an under 17s central midfielder, he made his senior league debut against Old Stocs for the Seconds in November 2006. Made his First team debut (an excellent performance) in a friendly against Woodley Reserves away in December 2006. In January 2007 he broke into the first team proper for league and cup games. A powerhouse with a terrific shot.

 

Alex Young

Great athlete and was Mellor's version of Ruud Gullit until he shaved all his hair off. Great ability to hold the ball under pressure and a potential matchwinner. Has played for First, Seconds and Thirds in his time but is now a first team fixture. DoB 27.7.80

Paul Wild

Plays centre-back. A rugged, no-nonsense defender with a reasonable turn of pace. Began his career in the Fourths but in 2010-11 has appeared at centre-back for the Thirds. Broke a tib and fib in March 2012 after scoring a goal in the same match and needed an air ambulance to take him from Brabyns to Stepping Hill.

Dave Wilkinson

Full-back or midfielder who likes to attack. One of the quickest players in the club, until he tried skiing on grass in February 2003 and broke his ankle. Has been a First Team regular but in 2010-11 is playing mainly in the Seconds. Nickname: Wilky or Wilko. DoB 19.2.82

 

 

 

 

Matty Wyatt

Matty Wyatt. Came to training in the summer of 2001 and quickly broke into the first team in his first season in open age football. Plays as a wing-back or wide midfield but likes to attack like a winger. Good first touch and great turn of pace, he rarely wastes a ball. First Team Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year in 2002-03. Disappeared before the start of the 2004-05 season and turned up playing for Old Stocs seconds. Now back where he belongs. Broke a collarbone in pre-season 2006-07. Won a medal in the Whitehead Cup Final success 1-0 over Chorlts in April 2009. Nickname Matty. DoB 2.4.85

 

 

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