Grassroots football is where all players begin, it’s the heart and soul of player development. Recently, the football world has been lit up by Manchester United’s bright young talent, Marcus Rashford. Jon Hoggard caught up with David Horrocks, Development Officer & Skills Coach at Fletcher Moss Rangers to discuss what’s happening at this humble club to produce so many pros.
It is a corner of the world which rarely garners headlines, a collection of football pitches nestled in south Manchester by the River Mersey a stone’s throw from the M60 motorway. But in this unassuming suburban corner lies a powerhouse of youth football: Fletcher Moss Rangers.
Fletcher Moss Rangers were founded in 1986 after two local dads and their sons had a kick-about in Fletcher Moss Park, Manchester. More boys began playing, teams were organised, then more parents became involved and the fledgling club grew larger still. Within a few years links were made to Manchester City, the Soccer School moved to larger space at Mersey Bank, and Fletcher Moss Rangers’ reputation grew in the area as a club that played good football and nurtured talented youngsters.
In the intervening years the club has been a production line of talent feeding into Manchester United in particular. The first Fletcher Moss player to ‘make the grade’ was defender Wes Brown, who went on to play 232 times for United and 23 times for England…
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