Having been at Moss Bank and managed a team through to U16 with Andy Kearney we saw the bulk of the squad get signed for either pro-clubs, development centers or go on to get weekend jobs ready for their next journey in life in to College or Work.

At this point I found myself without an age group or team so i was asked to take over the current U10 Greens, i knew this team well due to my nephew being in the age group so i jumped at the chance to be involved with what i already knew was a great set of lads who had great ability and character. My journey started again!!

I was contacted by a former coach at Moss Bank Taff Bladen who stated he had a burning hunger to come back into coaching now his own son had reached a level that no longer needed his guidance, it is true what they say…….. once you get the bug it doesn’t go away- welcome back Taff and welcome once again to this great club.

Having overseen this age group until we were hit with the Covid-19 pandemic i have personally witnessed this team grow and develop into a really strong squad who have grown in character and belief- they are a hungry bunch of 9/10 yr olds  who love the beautiful game and take great pride in wearing Moss Bank Colours.

The efforts of the players throughout the season at training have really paid off, we have gone on a strong unbeaten run in the top section of the league having seen off all teams in the section. The boys enjoyed a fantastic cup run by reaching the semi finals only to be beat by Covid-19.

We are blessed with having a fantastic parent group who all play their part in ensuring our team has a fantastic opportunity to play football and enjoy the experience, even if it does mean they have to be up at 7am on a Saturday morning. Parents still turn up and show us support and for that we thank them- without this commitment we simple couldn’t do what we do.

Looking forward to the next season which will be U11s and a new 9v9 format for us, myself and Taff look forward to working hard with our Greens to try and bring some silver wear and success back the The Theatre Of Greens but most of all having the players back together doing what they do best which is enjoying Football and seeing their team mates.


I have been at Moss Bank now for 6yrs but have been a part of football for 11yrs. I started my football coaching life at another club within the borough as a parent but as we all do i ended up coaching to help the team out. Having been a player at professional academies as a youth i enjoyed the thought of giving something back.

I became a part of Moss Bank after becoming unsettled with the club i was currently at. I made a few phone calls to a variety of clubs to find a new home for my team who had agreed we needed to move. I had a conversation with our late Chairman Gary Russell and also Club Founder Marcus Howarth, after the call i had no hesitation in confirming i would be joining the club. Everything put to me by the team at Moss Bank was child focused and all about the club, not individuals.

I currently coach U11S Greens

As i got to know the club more i started to become more of a “Club Man” which led to me being appointed Club Discipline and Welfare Officer part of the Senior Management Team in 2018. This is a role i have continued to commit to and will continue to do so as long as the members want me in position.

In 2019 the Club started to provide Free Goalkeeper Training for all members, I was asked to head this up as the Head Of GK Training. This is an initiative that has gone from strength to strength and again a part of the clubs growth i will continue to commit to.

2019 also saw the introduction of Heads Of Age Group (HOAG) I was appointed head of U10.

My vision for my age group moving forward into U11S is to ensure that all teams within my age group have sufficient team numbers and access to good training facilities to enable teams to grow. All players that come into the age group will be assessed on ability to ensure that they are playing at the right ability level and not left to fail at a level they aren’t comfortable with. I provide support around the clock for all coaches within the age groups and will always show support at parent meetings regardless of which team it involves. Moving forward into the new season i aim to give access to my age group to junior coaches who are looking to find some kind of careers in the game through college or other routes, this will provide support for coaches and bring in fresh ideas.

All parents from the age group will be supplied with my contact details should they have a question to ask at any time. My contact details are We are part of a passionate age group with coaches and parents that support us at all times, we thank them for this commitment and look forward to the same throughout the new season.


Rob McLoughlin