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Mogg: England are in safe hands with my old pal Roy

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

  • SAFE HANDS: Dave Mogg handling the ball in front of the Prestbury Road end of Whaddon Road

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DAVE Mogg spent 18 months at Cheltenham Town during their first spell in the Conference, having already worked under one of the brightest young managers in the game: Roy Hodgson.

The goalkeeper started out as a youngster at Bristol City, where current England boss Hodgson was cutting his teeth as a coach under boss Bobby Houghton.

He then spent time in Sweden with Åtvidabergs FF before returning to work under Hodgson, who had then become manager at Ashton Gate.

Although he failed to break into the first team at City, Mogg said it was clear Hodgson was destined for the top.

"He was about 34 at the time and such a nice guy," Mogg said.

"When I watch interviews with him now he is no different to how he was then, apart from having so much more experience of course.

"He was extremely hard working and he has reaped the benefits for that now because he's been in charge of some big clubs and countries and it would be nice to meet up with him sometime.

"He was instrumental in me going to Sweden and I enjoyed my time there. Roy started off coaching at Halmstads in Sweden and then went to Bristol City as assistant and then manager.

"I never rated Houghton as a manager, but he went on to take Malmö to the European Cup final where they lost to Nottingham Forest."

After leaving City for a second time Mogg dropped into non-League football, where he was to spend the remainder of his long career.

He performed consistently at Bath City for five seasons before joining John Murphy's Cheltenham in February 1988.

He moved on to Gloucester City before another five-year stint at Bath, where he was player of the year three years in a row and ended with a club record of 519 appearances in 1997.

Mogg then joined Forest Green for a short spell before their rise to the Conference, and he went on to represent Salisbury City, Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon Town before concentrating on coaching.

He was player assistant manager under John Relish during a second spell at Weston, before fulfilling the same role at Clevedon and then Taunton Town.

Mogg then took on the role of manager at Hallen in the Western League before a two-year spell in the hot seat at Yate Town.

Since leaving Yate Mogg has acted as goalkeeping coach at Mangotsfield United and Chippenham Town, but he has been out of football for around 18 months – mainly due to a back injury.

He made his last competitive outing in goal for Hallen at the age of 45, having initially hung up his gloves two years earlier with some performances for Taunton.

"I was very lucky to carry on for as long as I did because I did my cruciate ligament at 37 playing for Weston," he said.

"Luckily as a former member of the Professional Footballers' Association they helped pay for the operation and I was able to play again, but I was restricted to around 20 games a season after that because I couldn't play twice in a week."

Mogg has worked for Bristol-based firm Good Morning Food and Disposables for 22 years, a job which allowed him to devote enough time to semi-professional football.

He remembers Cheltenham and Bath haggling over the fee for his move from Twerton Park to Whaddon Road, which ended up being around £10,000.

"I dislocated my shoulder for Bath and that kept me out for a month so they signed another keeper and I was loaned to Weymouth," he said.

"I only played one game there against Kidderminster because the pitch was a quagmire and several were called off, and suddenly I was back at Bath and on the transfer list.

"I remember they wanted more than John Murphy was willing to pay for me, but if I remember correctly Keith Brown moved in the other direction as part of the move."

Mogg battled it out for the Robins' number one shirt with Alan Churchward, and he remembers his debut at Maidstone which finished in a 2-2 draw.

"We had such a good squad with players like Ray Baverstock and Brian Hughes who I'd played against as a youngster for Bristol City and they were at Swindon," Mogg said.

"We also had Steve Brooks, Kev Willetts, Mark Buckland, Nicky Jordan and Richard Crowley – it was a very good team on paper, but we never fulfilled our potential and we were too inconsistent."

One match that stands out for Mogg was one he was not expecting to play in away at Macclesfield Town in October 1988.

"Me and Churchy were rotated and we were both pretty inconsistent if I am honest," he said.

"I remember thinking I wasn't going to be in the side one Friday night and I went to the pub and had four pints, but on the coach up to Macclesfield the next day I was told I was playing.

"I went on to have one of my better games and we drew 0-0, so maybe I should have had four pints every Friday night!

"It was such a good craic with the lads and a good bunch to be around at Cheltenham in those days."

Murphy was replaced as boss by Jim Barron, who Mogg said made sure he was paid the money Cheltenham owed him before he switched to rivals Gloucester.

He was back at Whaddon Road two weeks ago to watch the FA Cup first round tie against Yate, which Cheltenham won 3-0 after a brave effort from the non-Leaguers.

"It was only the second time I'd been back and it was interesting to see the progress the club has made," Mogg said.

"They've done so well and it seems like a really well-run club. I know Steve Book (goalkeeping coach) very well as my dad played with his uncle Tony, who went on to manage Man City.

"Booky used to come training with me at Bath when he was about 13 and I was 21 or 22, so we go back years and I also played with Ian Weston (Robins sports therapist) and Chris Banks (former Cheltenham captain), who was a terrific player at Bath."

Mogg now lives in the Longwell Green area of Bristol with his partner of 12 years. He has two daughters from a previous marriage as well as a step son.

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