The current crest of Mossley AFC (shown right) was designed in 2003 by match day programme editor, John Cawthorne, to celebrate the club's centenary.
Based on the town crest, the image consists of several elements:
Just above the shield, a tower represents Buckton Castle, an near-by Iron Age fort.
The shield itself shows, at its centre, a cotton plant to represent the town's major industry (although this has long since been replaced by engineering and electronics). Behind this runs a representation of the River Tame which flows through the town of Mossley.
The red rose of Lancashire, a wheatsheaf (representing Cheshire) and the white rose of Yorkshire can all be seen at the top of the shield and mark the fact that Mossley used to span all three counties.
A Latin motto, 'Floret Qui Laborat' translates to 'He who labours, prospers'.
The club crest is completed (and varies from the town crest) with the addition of the club name, its nickname (The Lilywhites) and the dates (plus an additional banner) that note the club's centenary.
The former club crest (to which the club may return at some point in the future) is similar to the special centenary crest and can be seen above left.
Thanks to John Cawthorne, Programme Editor at Mossley AFC, for the above crests and information.