Manchester Mosquitoes

Manchester Mosquitoes
Manchester Mosquitoes
Full name Manchester Mosquitoes Australian Rules Football Club
Nickname(s) 'The Mozzies'
Strip Black jumper with a gold 'V' on the chest. Black shorts and socks with gold trim.
Founded 2005
Sport Australian Rules Football
League Central and North West
Club song "See the Mozzies fly up"
President Ste Watts
Coach Matt Shelton
2010 Premiers

The Manchester Mosquitoes are an Australian Rules Football club based at Burnage Rugby Club, south Manchester, England.



The Mozzies were formed in 2005 by a group of Australian and British AFL fans who, after many weekends of kicking the footy around in the park in Chorlton, decided to form their own club and join the British Australian Rules Football League (BARFL) Regional Competition. The Mozzies played their first season in the BARFL in 2006 and finished 3rd overall.

Since then, there has been an increasing participation in Australian Rules Football in the UK and the league structure has changed with the formation of AFL GB which consists of more than 30 clubs encompassing the Welsh League, Scottish league, the London Premiership, Conference and Social leagues, the Southern League, the North East League, the University League and the Central and North West League to which the Mozzies now belong.

Prior to the 2010 season, Manchester Mosquitoes trained and played at Turn Moss Playing Field, Turn Moss.


In 2010 the Manchester Mosquitoes competed in the newly formed CNW (Central & North West) league that also included Huddersfield, Nottingham & Sheffield and after an undefeated season, secured their first Premiership, beating Nottingham Scorpions in the CNW Grand Final at Wolverhampton.


Current Players

Name Number Position Nationality Years Played
Ste Watts 34 Forward / Midfielder English - Present
Paul Murphy 24 Defender Irish - Present
Adam Chaffey 14 Ruck Australian 2009–Present
Johnnie Hayes 3 Midfield / Forward Irish 2008–Present
Brendan Edwards (Ass't Coach) 9 Midfielder Australian 2010–Present
Nik Wheeler 2 Midfielder English - Present
David Fearnley 13 Forward - Present
Alasdair Lindop 23 Midfielder / Defender Scottish 2010–Present
Wayne Summer 17 Forward English - Present
Matthew Weilgosz 12 Defender Australian 2008–Present
Matthew Kilheeney 32 Forward English - Present
Stuart Jennion 20 Midfielder English - Present
Andrew Smee 77 Forward English 2010–Present
Mark Foster 4 Midfielder / Forward English - Present
Paul Henderson 6 Midfielder Irish - Present
Phillip Day 7 Midfielder Zimbabwean 2010–Present

Past Players

Name Number Position Nationality Years Played
Wes Tronson 9 Midfielder Australian 2005-2009
Dylan Sanderson 11 Midfielder / Forward   Australian 2010
Nathan Blakey 1 Ruck Australian 2005-2010
Scott Emmett (Co-Founder) 1 Midfielder Australian 2005–2006
Andy Weaver (Co-Founder) Forward English 2005
Ben Freke 15 Ruck Australian 2008–2010
Chris Morgan 45 Forward Australian 2010
Chris Sproule Midfielder Australian - 2009
Grant Aubrey 21 Midfielder Australian - 2010
Brad Richardson 26 Defender Australian 2007–2008
Zac Cockerill Midfielder / Forward Australian 2009
Jim Poole 19 Defender English
Kevin Gauchwin Ruck
Brenton Breukers 23 Ruck / Defender Australian
Campbell Harriman New Zealander
Brett Saward 8 Australian
Clint Hampson Ruck / Defender Australian
Leo Richardson 11 Irish
Jamie Wilson 18 Australian 2010
Matt Shelton 5 Defender / Midfielder Australian 2008–2010

Club Honour Board

Year Best & Fairest Runner Up Leading Goal Kicker Best European Player Most Improved Player
2010 Grant Aubrey & Alasdair Lindop n/a Matthew Kilheeney n/a n/a
2009 Zac Cockerill n/a n/a n/a n/a
2008 Brad Richardson n/a n/a n/a n/a
2007 Chris Sproule n/a n/a n/a n/a
2006 Brad Richardson Clint Hampson Mark Mansour & Clint Hampson (12 each) John Fitzpatrick Nick Marston

Great Britain Representation

In 2010 Mathew Kilheeney & Alasdair Lindop were selected to represent Great Britain and will compete at the 2010 EU Championships (


External links

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