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Baber Mark

1975-76 to 1977-78  midfielder

Baber_Mark

NPL     League 57(4)7   Cups 21(1)6

Debut 1 January 1976 Altrincham (Home)

A diminutive youngster who showed a lot of promise when he gained his first team place from the reserves in the 1975-76 season.  He was a skilful player who scored his fair share of goals from the midfield and was joint top-scorer with Bob Boulton in the 1976-77 season.  Mark had a summer season in Australia.

Baguley

1889-90 and 1890-91 Right-half

 

#TC     League 7 Apps 0 Goals

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

First appeared in Macclesfield's last season in their pre-league era.  A member of their reserve team, he featured at senior level when deputising for regular members of the first team.

   

Baguley G

1919-20 and 1921-22 Utility

 

CL      League 26 Apps 2 Goals    Cups 8 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 30 August 1919 Crichton's Athletic (Home)

 

A local player who signed amateur forms for Macclesfield in the summer of 1919.  He was a versatile player who was equally at home in defence as he was in the forward line. In the 1919-20 season he made six senior appearances but featured regularly in the reserve team. There is no record of him playing for Macclesfield in the 1920-21 season but he appeared fairly regularly throughout the 1921-22 season, again in both defence and the forward line.

   

Bailey

1899-1900 Inside-left

 

NSL      League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 27 January 1900 Stafford Rangers (Away)

 

There is no information recorded about this player who was playing in a one match trial.

   

Bailey

1956-57 Defender

 

CL     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 27 October 1956 Congleton Town (Home) Challenge Cup R1

 

An amateur player signed from Stoke City who only played  one match which ended in 1-1 draw.

   

Bailey A

1932-33 Defender

CL      League 2 Apps 0 Goals       Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 7 September 1932 Congleton Town (Home) Challenge Cup R1

Playing in the Macclesfield District League, Bailey was drafted in as cover for senior players who were unavailable.

   

Bailey Alan

1998-99

Bailey_Alan

FL     League 5(5)1

Debut 30 January 1999 Blackpool (Away)

Alan, a Macclesfield lad,  was a promising youngster at Manchester City where he was a trainee from 1996 to 1999 and played in Russia for their U17s side. He was on loan with the Silkmen during January and February 1999 relying on a quick approach, was adept at holding up the ball and scored his first league goal to help Macclesfield beat Colchester.

Signed for Stockport County in July 1999 making 21 appearances in all competition and scored 2 goals. On leaving County he signed for AB Copenhagen in the Danish Super League, a move which he did not enjoy due to financial problems at the club. . He moved to Burton Albion in the summer of 2001, where he was a member of the team which won promotion to the Conference, and in the summer of 2002 moved to Marine, then Guiseley before signing for Mossley in August 2003 where he made 25 appearances scoring 11 goals. His next stop was Ashton United the following season, later playing for Woodley Sports.

On retiring from playing football Alan founded his own circuit class at Wilmslow Leisure Centre, specialising in one-to-one training and subsequently instructed classes in Spinning and Kettlercise. Also a talented musician, he formed a jazz band performing at weddings and corporate events.  Having taken a creative foundation writing course funded by the PFA and a two-year stint at the Manchester School of Acting, he is became a freelance writer within the fields of sport and film, and has already penned and starred in a film. Along with Neil Jeram-Croft, a film producer, Alan runs their own company call The Film Mill. Alan has also become involved in the Manchester Film Festival and has started working with Salford University with his offices now based in Media City.

 

 

Bailey H

1946-47 to 1948-49 Inside-left

CL     League 8 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 23 November 1946 Hyde United (Away)

An amateur from Crewe who was a member of the Macclesfield reserve side deputising for senior players when they were unavailable.

 

Bailey Harry

1892-93 Defender

 

#TC     League 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 24 September 1892 Gorton Villa (Away)

 

There is no information about this player during his time at Macclesfield whose debut came in the second league match of the season in a 0-0 draw, with his second appearance at Chirk in the 1-7 defeat.

Would appear to have been on the books of Northwich Victoria during the 1893-94 season when they were in their second season as members of the Second Division of the Football League

   

Bailey Howard

1919-20 and 1920-21 Right-back

 

CL     League 5 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 6 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 20 March 1920 Altrincham (Away) Subsidiary Competition

 

Played for Hanover in the Junior Division of the Stockport Sunday School League initially as a defender but when the goalkeeper failed to turn up for a match volunteered to play in goal, remaining there until February 1915 when he joined the Navy during the First World War.

He reverted to full-back, having had enough playing in goal, for HMS Essex but there were few opportunities during his 15 months with this ship as they were at sea on foreign service for much of the time, only docking at Gibraltar twice. In October 1916 he joined HMS Constance, the ship's team reaching the third round of the Light Cruiser Cup but armistice prevented the competition being completed.

On leaving the Navy he returned to Hanover and whilst with them he was captain of a representative team from the Stockport Combination League in a match against Stockport County Reserves.

Howard first appeared for Macclesfield towards the end of the 1919-20 season at a time when the club were clearing a backlog of fixtures, and  was a member of the team which won the Altrincham Cup in May 1920.  In the 1920-21 season he played regularly for  the reserve side but was kept out of the senior side by the experienced Fred Smith, however, Howard managed three appearances in October 1920 deputising for Fred when he was unavailable.

   

Bailey J

1919-20 Right-half

 

CL      League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 13 September 1919 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Away)

 

One of many players given a one match trial in the 1919-20 season.

   

Bailey Johnny

Bailey_Johnny

1961-62 to 1965-66 Full-back

CL     League 109 Apps 5 Goals    Cups 26 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 4 November 1961 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Home)

As a boy Johnny played for Stoke on Trent schoolboys and later won his place in the Staffordshire County side being a member of the team which won the FA Schoolboys Shield in 1958-59.  On leaving school he joined Stoke City and then signed for Northwich Victoria in the 1959-60 season. From there he moved to Port Vale for a small fee, followed by a short spell at Sankeys before moving to Macclesfield on a player exchange deal where he proved to be a useful signing always performing consistently at right-back, as he did at left-back on the few occasions he filled that position. An electrician by trade, he worked as a sub-contractor for a Birmingham firm.

 

 

Bailey Mark

2004-05, 2005-06 Defender

FL     League 25(1)2    Cups 6(0)0

Debut 7 August 2004 Leyton Orient (Away)

Mark joined the Silkmen from Lincoln City having previously played for Rochdale, Winsford United, Lancaster City and Northwich Victoria. A useful right-back who used his pace well and was an excellent crosser of the ball, but his time at the Moss Rose was blighted by injury, firstly ankle, then a hernia and in his second season an Achilles problem, which led to Mark leaving the club in April 2006. Since then has played for Peterborough United and Stafford Rangers, the latter releasing him at the end of the 2006-07 season.

Mark is the son of former Port Vale player Terry Bailey.

Mark Bailey

 

Bailey Will

Bailey_Will

2012-13 to 2014-15 Midfielder

NC      League 1(1)0     Cups 4(5)0

Debut 26 February 2013 Stalybridge Celtic (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup R2

A member of the Macclesfield youth team who appeared in the Cheshire Senior Cup competition in both seasons. His debut in February 2013 came when the youth team were used to fulfill the round two tie  Unfortunately his time on the pitch was cut short to 16 minutes when he was substituted so that George Whiteoak could take over in goal after the regular youth team goalkeeper, Connor O'Keefe, had been dismissed.

Will was signed for the Macclesfield youth team from Premier League side Stoke City at the start of the 2012-13 season.  A tall, energetic, goal scoring midfielder with a good awareness of possession, Will is reliable on the ball when under pressure and capable of breaking up play and stands out as a good performer.

With more experienced midfield players available, Will only made five senior appearances during the first half of the 2014-15 season and was an unused substitute for six other matches. Released by Macclesfield Town at the end of the 2014-15 season when he joined Kidsgrove United.

   

Bailey William

1926-27 to 1928-29 Defender

 

CL      League 14 Apps 0 Goals        Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 28 April 1927 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Away)

 

A local player who started his career with junior clubs, played in the Macclesfield District League for many years and had been on the books of Sandbach Ramblers.  William was a member of the Macclesfield reserve side during  the 1926-27 season making two senior appearances at the end of the season. He graduated to the senior ranks early in the 1927-28 season when he was used at either right-half or left-half. Most of his senior appearances came in the early months of the 1927-28 season, after which he filled in for other players.

In the 1928-29 season he made a single appearance in the home match against Northwich Victoria on 29 December 1928 appearing at right-half. When walking home after the match supporters noticed that he did not look well and, unfortunately, that evening he collapsed and died at home at the age of 26. The coroner's report indicated that he had died from a heart defect.

He worked as a chauffeur to Uriah Arnold of Jarnold & Co Ltd, Silk Manufacturers, and previously had been employed by Josiah Smale & Sons Ltd where he was a member of their football team in knock-out competitions. He was associated with St Peter's Sunday School and the Memorial Hall.

The Cheshire League opened an Appeal Fund donating £20, with the majority of clubs in the League taking collections and subscriptions.

   

Bailey William

1920-21 Left-half

 

CL     League 14 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 28 August 1920 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

 

In his schooldays represented North Staffordshire Boys against South Staffordshire Boys, and at the age of 13 signed for Goldenhill St John's, winning a North Staffordshire Church League Championship medal and a winner's medal in the League Cup. He then moved to Brown Lees where he won a Championship medal in the Biddulph and District League.

His success continued at Kidsgrove Wellington where he gained a winners' medal in the Infirmary Cup. In the First World War he was with Stoke and during his time there they won the Staffordshire, Infirmary and Sentinal Cups. In the 1919-20 season he played for Crewe Alexandra and was captain of the side which won Section B of the Subsidiary Competition of the Cheshire League.

He signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1920 going straight into the senior side where he was a quick and agile player appearing regularly until the middle of December 1920, after which the left-half position was filled by  Birtles and then Tommy Jones.

   

Bailey-Jones Theo

Bailey_Jones_Theo

2014-15 and  2015-16 Midfielder

NC    League 3(6)0     Cups 3(0)1

Debut 28 February 2015 sub Eastleigh (Away)

A tricky winger who can play on either flank, Theo was signed by Macclesfield Town in February 2015.  Started his career as a junior at Manchester City and then was on the books of Crewe Alexandra, Northwich Victoria and Irlam Town.  Theo had a trial with Birmingham City and signed for Wrexham in November 2012 where he made 30 appearances. During his time at Wrexham he had a spell on loan at Colwyn Bay in April 2014 and unfortunately broke a bone in his foot in September 2014.

In the 2014-15 season most of his appearances came in March 2015 usually on the right-wing, but after the home match against Nuneaton Town on 21 March his only appearance came in the final of the Cheshire Senior Cup when he scored Macclesfield's second goal in the 3-2 win. In the 2015-16 season was a fringe player only featuring on five occasions and would appear to have been released by the club at the end of the season.

 
   

Bainbridge William 'Bill'

1956-57 Inside-right

CL     League 32 Apps 21 Goals   Cups 10 Apps 4 goals

Debut 18 August 1956 Buxton (Home)

His performances for Hartlepool during the Second World War were recognised when he signed for Manchester United in 1946 but he soon moved to Bury where he remained for two seasons.  Bill signed for Tranmere Rovers in 1948 where he made 168 league appearances and scored 63 goals after which he moved to Stafford Rangers. He continued scoring goals on a regular basis when he joined the Silkmen,  featuring regularly throughout the season and  completed the campaign as second top-scorer behind Jonnie Clowes.  He scored four goals in the 5-1 home win against Stafford Rangers.

 

Baines Jack

Baines_Jack

1948-49 to 1950-51 Outside-right

CL     League 14 Apps 4 Goals   Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 11 September 1948 Wellington Town (Away)

A regular member of the reserve team where he was a prolific scorer who was used from time to time at senior level.  He scored his senior goals in two matches towards the end of the 1948-49 season and similarly in two matches in the 1949-50 season, helping the side to secure three wins and a draw.

 

Baines Rikki

2008-09 Defender

FL      League 1(1)0

Debut 7 March 2009 Sub Darlington (Away)

Rikki commenced his career at Coventry City where he spent 11 years without making a first team appearance.  He then moved to Accrington Stanley where he made three Football League appearances in the 2006-07 season, before moving to Tamworth where he spent the best part of two seasons after which he moved to Corby. He signed non-contract forms at Macclesfield in the January 2009 transfer window but only made two appearances for the senior side and was released at the end of the season. Signed for Darlington in August 2009, and whilst there spent time on loan at Blyth Spartans and Gateshead. He signed for Ilkeston Town in 2010 and has since played for Hinckley United, Barwell, Sutton Coldfield Town and Bedworth United.

   

Bakare Michael

Bakare_Michael

2011-12  Forward

FL      League 0(9)0

Debut 21 January 2012 Sub Swindon Town (Away)

A pacy striker who started his career as a left-back before moving to midfield and more recently to the forward line.  Michael has played for many club's: Harringay Borough, Hertford Town, Welwyn FC, Edgware, Leyton, Welling, Thurrock, Bishop's Stortford and Chelmsford City before moving to Macclesfield in January 2012. Despite his pace, Michael could not force himself into the senior side on a regular basis, with all of his appearances coming from the substitutes' bench, often late in the second half. Released in the summer of 2012 at the end of his contract when he moved to Southport and has since spent time on loan at Droylsden. Signed for Dover Athletic in the summer of 2013 and then moved to Tonbridge Angels before signing for Braintree Town in the summer of 2014, Welling United in 2015 and Wrexham in 2016.

 

Baldwin

1911-12, 1912-13 and 1914-15 Defender

 

LC      League 15 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 30 March 1912 Darwen (Away)

 

Usually featured for Macclesfield reserve team but was used in the senior side from time to time at centre-half and right-half. He scored on his debut in the 1-0 win at Darwen. Left Macclesfield at the end of the 1912-13 season to join Fleetwood. Returned to Macclesfield in the summer of 1914 featuring in the first nine matches of the season before returning to Fleetwood when his position at the Moss Rose was taken by G Birds.

   

Bamber Mike

Bamber

1999-00, 2000-01 Defender

FL      League 2(4)0    Cups 0(2)0

Debut 29 April 1999 Sub Rochdale (Home)

Mike was a product of the Macclesfield youth set up and moved up from trainee ranks in 1999. A quick right back who could also play in the midfield, Mike must have made one of the shortest ever debuts when his first senior appearance lasted only 21 seconds. Opportunities were limited for him in the 2000-01 season but when called upon he put in some excellent performances for the senior side and was a regular and reliable member of the reserve side. Gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 2000.

Due to knee problems, Mike has had to retire from playing football and initially worked as a qualified plasterer in his father’s firm. However, he took an access course at the Open University studying human biology A-level. He followed this with a four-year part-time Physiotherapy degree at Salford University, the PFA helping with the financial commitments. Mike gained a first-class degree and won an individual prize dedicated to former Macclesfield player Richard  Butcher.  The Richard Butcher Memorial Award is for people who did not have the best qualifications going into the course but achieved the most out of their degree.  Mike is now working in a private hospital as a physiotherapist.

(Thanks go to the PFA Magazine for details of Mike's qualification as a physiotherapist.)

 

Bancroft Adam

1878-79 to 1886-87 and 1888-89 Full-back

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

A member of the Chester Road Mill team, joining Macclesfield in February 1879. Small and slight in build he is said to have been an excellent full-back.  For some unknown reason he was known as 'Yab Pickles'. He was the team captain for the 1884-85 season. Represented Cheshire at County level and when he retired from playing football became a referee.

   

Banner

1935-36 Left-back

CL      League 14 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 30 October 1935 Northwich Victoria (Home)

A member of Macclesfield's reserve team, initially played in place of Jack Hartshorne whilst Jack was recovering from an operation.

 

Banner Lancellot

1883-84 and 1885-86 to 1886-87 Centre-back

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

Came on the scene towards the end of the 1883-84 season but was a  regular in the side for the 1885-86 and 1886-87 seasons. He was a member of the team reaching the semi-final of the Cheshire Senior Cup in the 1885-86 season.

Died on 11 June 1942.

   

Bannister Keith

Bnnister

1959-60 and 1960-61 Left-back

CL     League 39 Apps 1 Goal   Cups 10 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 22 August 1959 Buxton (Home)

Said to be a cool defender who had previous experience with Sheffield Wednesday where he was captain for five years.  He played for King’s Lynn in the 1958-59 season before moving to the Moss Rose. In the 1959-60 season Keith was the team's captain and was almost ever present missing a few matches at the end of the season. His one goal came in the 1-1 home draw against Northwich Victoria in December 1959.  In the FA Cup match against Northwich Victoria in September 1960, Keith played for three-quarters of the match with an arm broken in two places.

When fully recovered from his broken arm Keith played in the reserves but sustained a serious knee injury and retired from playing in November 1960 on his doctor's orders.

 

Barber

1876-77

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded for this player who featured in the first season of the newly formed Macclesfield FC in their pre-league days.

   

Barber Eric

Barber_Eric

1949-50, 1952-53 (returned from Bolton) to 1955-56 Centre-forward

CL     League 93 Apps 44 Goals   Cups 18 Apps 9 Goals

Debut 20 August 1949 Buxton (Home)

Prior to joining Macclesfield had played for Sheffield United's Central League side, Rochdale and Stockport County. At Macclesfield Eric appeared regularly on the score sheet and was top-scorer in the 1949-50 season scoring 25 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions. He scored the winning goal (a last minute header) in the 3-2 victory over Crewe Alexandra, in the Cheshire Senior Cup 2nd round replay at Crewe on 1 March 1950.  After the match he was signed by Bolton Wanderers for £1500, the first Macclesfield player to move to a league club for a fee since the war. In fact the club were promised a further £500 if he stayed at Bolton for a further season, which he did.

Eric returned to the Moss Rose in 1952 and appeared fairly regularly for the next three seasons scoring his fair share of goals. However, he was placed on the transfer list in October 1955 at a time when the Directors felt that he had lost favour with the supporters.  He moved to Witton Albion for a small fee and later played for Stalybridge Celtic. Eric was an electrical engineer by trade.

  

Barber Harold

1957-58 and 1958-59 Left-half

CL      League 31 Apps 3 Goals    Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut  15 February 1958 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

Before joining Macclesfield had played as an amateur for Guildford City and Manchester City, and as a professional for Hyde United where he gained a Cheshire League Challenge Cup Winners’ medal. Known for his ability as a penalty specialist, he held a unique record for the Cheshire County League scoring 21 goals in a single season from the wing-half position.  At Macclesfield he continued as the club's penalty taker.

Barber_Harry

 

Barclay Dominic

Dominic Barclay

1988-99 Forward

FL      League 3(6)1   Cups 1(3)0

Debut 8 August 1998 Sub Fulham (Home)

Signed from Bristol City where he had spent most of his time in the reserve side, Dominic only made a limited number of appearances as a striker for the Silkmen, spending much of his time in the reserve side where he was top scorer.  His one senior goal came in the match at Oldham Athletic in September 1998 when Macclesfield earned their first win in the former Nationwide League Division 2.  Dominic went on loan to Kettering Town towards the end of his one season at Macclesfield, and has subsequently played for Kettering, Chippenham, Sutton United and Gloucester City.

 

Bardsley

1933-34 Outside-right

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 23 September 1933 Wigan Athletic (Home)

Having previously played for Buxton and Hyde United, was given a one match trial.

 

Bardsley William

1946-47 to 1951-52 Centre-half/Right-back

CL     League 199 Apps 4 Goals   Cups 32 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 31 August 1946 Buxton (Home)

Before moving to Macclesfield had played for Crewe Alexandra. He also captained the Royal Navy Team at Lowestoft. A gifted player who gave 100% in every match and whilst he was a recognised defender there were a few occasions when he was used in attack. He won a Challenge Cup winners' medal in 1948 and a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal in 1950. A joint Testimonial game for him and Cyril Davies was held on 23 April 1951 against Bury from which he received £150.

Bardsley_Bill

 

Barker Richie

1999-00, 2000-01 Forward

Barker

FL     League 58(0)23   Cups 10(0)3

Debut 7 August 1999 Northampton Town (Home)

Richie signed for Macclesfield from Brighton and Hove Albion (where he had a public service bus named after him) having been a trainee at Sheffield Wednesday and subsequently played for Linfield and on loan at Doncaster Rovers. He scored on his debut for the Silkmen and soon became a firm favourite of the supporters, completing his first season as the club’s top scorer despite being troubled by injury throughout the campaign. A strong and hardworking forward Richie fitted in well and capped a fine season by being included in the PFA award-winning Third Division team.  A successful ankle ligament operation in the summer of 2000 ensured that he was fit for the start of the new campaign but he could not match the form of the previous season, and having failed to agree new contract terms moved to Rotherham United in January 2001 for a fee of £60,000, Subsequently he played for Mansfield Town, Hartlepool United who paid a fee of £80,000 in January 2007, before returning to Rotherham United.

Due to a recurring knee problem Richie retired at the age of 33 when he was appointed Community Trust Head of Youth at Bury Football Club. On the departure of manager Alan Knill to Scunthorpe United in April 2011, Richie was appointed caretaker manager and as manager in the summer of 2011. Appointed manager at Crawley Town in the summer of 2012 but was dismissed at the end of November 2013. Richie soon found another managerial appointment when he moved to Portsmouth in December 2013 but was dismissed from this position in March 2014. Appointed assistant manager at MK Dons in April 2014 he then became Head of Coaching in the summer of 2014.

Represented England at Schoolboy and Youth levels.

 

Barlow

1925-26 Forward

 

CL     League 12 Apps 2 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 September 1925 Manchester North End (Home)

 

Signed from Radcliffe, made several early season appearances when he scored his two goals but did not become an established member of the team, and for the remainder of the season  deputised for other players from time to time.

   

Barlow

1936-37 Inside-right

CL      League 1 App 1 Goal

Debut 21 October 1936 Northwich Victoria (Away)

A member of the Macclesfield reserve team. In his sole senior appearance he scored the goal in the 1-3 defeat at Northwich Victoria at a time when senior players were being 'rested'.

 

Barlow GF

1902-03 Left-back

 

ML     League 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 6 September 1902 Northwich Victoria (Home)

 

There is no information recorded about this player,  but as he only featured in the first three matches of the 1902-03 season and does not seem to have been a member of the reserve team, it is assumed that he was on trial.

   

Barnes John

1973-74 and 1974-75 Utility/Manager 1975-76 and 1976-77

NPL     League 4(0)0   Cups 3(0)0

Debut 17 April 1974 Lancaster City (Home)

John was joint reserve team coach with Brian Taylor having joined Macclesfield from Sandbach. His senior playing debut, wearing the number 4 shirt, was his only match in the 1973-74 season but he was  used in different positions from time to time during the following season.

Following the resignation of John Collins in January 1976, Tony Coleman was appointed caretaker manager until the appointment of John Barnes as manager in late February 1976 at a time when the club was in financial turmoil. He had to release the majority of the professional staff to reduce the wage bill and by October 1976 he had had enough and resigned.

 

Barnes Keith

Barnes_Keith

1975-76, 1976-77 and 1980-81 midfielder

NPL     League 24(4)2    Cups 3(0)0

Debut 23 August 1975 Mossley (Away)

Prior to joining the Silkmen, Keith was at Northwich Victoria before which he had appeared for Witton and Droylsden  He was a midfield player with immense skill with the majority of his appearances coming during his second spell with the club. Keith also played for Middlewich Athletic, Runcorn (1979-80), Bangor City and Buxton. Brother of the international player, Peter Barnes.

 

Barnes-Homer Matthew

2012-13 and 2014-15 Forward

Barnes_Homer_Matthew

NC     League 57(10)27    Cups 7(4)5

Debut 10 August 2012 Hereford United (Away)

A member of the youth set-up at Wolverhampton Wanderers from 2001 to 2004, Matthew then spent short spells at three lower league clubs in the United States of America - Rochester Raging Rhinos (Martin Nash also played for this team), Syracuse Salty Dogs and Virginia Beach Mariners. On returning to England between 2004 and 2007 he played for Aldershot Town, Hednesford Town, Bromsgrove Rovers, Tividale, Willenhall Town and Wycombe Wanderers, before signing for Kidderminster Harriers where he made over 100 appearances and scored 34 goals. During his time at Kidderminster he had a short loan spell at Luton Town joining them permanently  in 2010 where he appeared regularly on the score sheet. A brief loan at Rochdale was followed by a very short stay at Nuneaton Borough, before signing for Swedish side Ostersunds in March 2012. Matthew has also played for the England C team.

Matthew moved to Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2012 going straight into the side and scoring on his debut.  Almost ever-present until he incurred a fractured check bone at the end of the match at Wrexham at the beginning of April forcing him to miss the last six matches of the season.  Matthew completed the season as top-scorer with a total of 23 goals in all competitions, most coming in the first half of the season. His two late goals against Cardiff City in the third round of the FA Cup ensured that Macclesfield reached the fourth round for the first time in  their history.

Moved to Forest Green Rovers in the summer of 2013 and Cambridge United in January 2014. Re-joined former Macclesfield Town manager Steve King at Whitehawk in the summer of 2014.

Re-joined Macclesfield Town initially on loan from Whitehawk in October 2014, signing permanently at the end of November to the end of the 2014-15 season. He featured regularly usually playing in a front two but there were occasions when he was the sole striker. His nine league goals included a brace in the 5-1 away win at Alfreton Town and the 3-2 home win against Welling United which included the winning goal. Unfortunately after netting in the home win against Altrincham on 10 February he failed to find the back of the net for the remainder of the season.

Signed for Aldershot Town in the summer of 2015 but was loaned to Kidderminster Harriers in October 2015 for three months. In March 2016 he  moved to the United States of America to play for Wilmington Hammerheads. Having returned to the UK in 2016 he signed for Kettering Town moving to Brackley Town in February 2017.

   

Barnett

1955-56 Outside-left

 

CL      League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 31 August 1955 Mossley (Home)

 

An amateur who made just this one appearance in a depleted team alongside two other amateurs.

   

Barnett Albert

1911-12 and 1912-13  Forward

Barnett_A

LC     League 34 Apps 22 Goals     Cups 4 Apps 1 Goal

ML   League 3 Apps

Debut 9 December 1911 Witton Albion (Away)

Was on the books of Heywood United and Altrincham (where he was described as a star player), also had a trial with Bolton Wanderers before signing for Macclesfield.

Most of his appearances came in the 1912-13 season when he was the top-scorer with 23 goals in all competitions.

Prior to signing for Glossop for the 1913-14 season he had another trial at Bolton Wanderers. He then moved to Cardiff City in May 1914 for a fee of £50 making his debut there in January 1915.

He was a wartime guest player at Manchester United, Stockport County and Rochdale (3 appearances). Returned to Cardiff City from 1922-to 1924 playing in their reserve team. In August 1924 he signed for Aberdare Athletic moving to Fordsons in July 1925, the Ford tractor factory in Cork. Gained a trial with Wigan Borough in September 1926 but in the third match with them he suffered a broken ankle which ended his career returning to his trade as a house plumber. 

Brother of John Barnett. Albert died in October 1941 at the age of 49 in Altrincham.

   

Barnett David

1895-96 and 1902-03 to 1905-06 Forward

 

#TC     League 1 App 0 Goals

#ML   League 42 Apps 10 Goals     Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 21 December 1895 Leek (Home)

 

Would appear to have been given a one match trial in 1895.  Signed for Macclesfield for the 1902-03 season remaining a regular member of the team for three seasons usually featuring at inside-right but filled other forward position from time to time.

   

Barnett Graham

1965-66 Forward

CL     League 10 Apps 6 Goals

Debut 1 January 1966 Witton Albion (Home)

A former Port Vale player, Graham scored two goals on his debut in a 3-3 draw, and a further two goals on his next appearance against Wrexham in the 2-0 home win

 

Barnett Henry

1921-22, 1923-24 and 1924-25 Centre-forward

 

CL      League 22 Apps 8 Goals  

 

Debut 26 April 1922 Ellesmere Port (Home)

 

Made two appearances in the 1921-22 season. It would appear that he then played for Audley where he was a prolific scorer, re-appearing at Macclesfield in February 1924 when he was used from then until the end of the season.  In the 1924-25 season he only made five appearances, but by then prolific scorer Harold Kelly was the first-choice centre- forward.

   

Barnett John

1911-12 and 1914-15 Inside-left/outside-right

 

ML     League 10 Apps 9 Goals

 

LC      League 11 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 3 Apps

 

Debut 7 October 1911 Eccles Borough (Home)

 

Commenced his career with Oldfield Amateurs before moving to Altrincham in March 1908, Bury May 1910 and Playmouth Argyle August 1911.

Signed for Macclesfield in October 1911 featuring for the Silkmen during the 1911-12 season,  however, a strike rate of a goal per match did not seem to earn him a regular place in either the Manchester League or Lancashire Combination sides.

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Denton in September 1912, returned to Altrincham in January 1913 and then moved to Hyde in August 1913 remaining there until summer of 1914, before returning to Macclesfield in January 1915. He was probably brought back to assist with a backlog of fixtures including three Staffordshire Infirmary cup ties.  On his return featured at outside-right for the majority of his appearances. After his time at Macclesfield spent some time at Rochdale.

Brother of Albert Barnett.

   

Barnett Tyrone

2010-11 Forward

Barnett

FL     League 45(0)13   Cups 5(1)0

Debut 7 August 2010 Stevenage  (Away)

Gary Simpson’s first foray into the transfer market in the summer of 2010, Tyrone moved from non-League Hednesford Town initially on a one-year contract which was extended by a further year.  A former team mate of Ross Draper, he was a trainee at West Bromwich Albion, and was a prolific scorer in non-League football, netting 28 goals for the Pitmen in his first season at the club and a total of 40 goals in 81 appearances. Previously played for Rushall Olympics (2005-06), Telford United (2006-07) and Willenhall Town (2007-08). Quickly settled into league football with some powerful performances, and scored on his debut. Tyrone was almost ever-present, often playing as a lone striker and completed the season as top-scorer with 13 goals, all scored in the league. Tyrone was voted the Supporters’ Player of the Year. 

Tyrone moved to Crawley Town in the summer of 2011 and in February 2012 to Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season with a view of a permanent transfer which was completed in May 2012. Since then he has spent time on loan at Ipswich Town, Bristol City and Oxford United. Signed for Shrewsbury Town in February 2015 for an undisclosed fee, but spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan at Southend United. Then moved to AFC Wimbledon in the summer of 2016.

 

Barnshaw

1880-81 and 1881-82

 

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded for this player.

   

Barras Tony

2004-05 and 2005-06 Defender

FL     League 29(2)1   Cups 8(1)1

Debut 7 August 2004 Leyton Orient (Away)

A very experienced central defender with good aerial ability, Tony moved to Macclesfield from Notts County having previously played for seven other clubs. Throughout his time with the Silkmen Tony was troubled by injury, initially an Achilles problem, and in his second season a recurring hip problem.  Given the choice of a third operation which would have carried him through to the end of the season but could have caused health problems in the longer term, Tony elected to retire from professional football in January 2006 after a total of 17 years in the game. Tony has played for Halifax Town, Stalybridge Celtic and New Mills since leaving the Moss Rose and is a self-employed plasterer.

Tony Barras

 

Barratt Jim

1901-02 Centre-half

 

#ML     1 App  2 Goals

 

Debut 24 April 1902 Lymm (Away)

 

There is no information recorded about this player who was brought into the side for an end of season match scoring two goals in the 8-2 victory.

   

Barratt L J

1938-39 Forward

CL      League 7 Apps 2 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 1 October 1938 Bangor (Away) FA Cup Qualifying Round 1

A young amateur player signed at the beginning of the 1938-39 season who had shown consistent form with the Central School Old Boys team.  He scored on his debut, which was his sole appearance until he was called into the senior side at the end of March 1939, when he played in all but one of the concluding eight matches of the season scoring in the 4-1 home victory against Hurst. Also played in the 1939-40 Macclesfield war-time team.

 

Barrington

1896-97 Goalkeeper

 

TC     League 10 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 September 1896 Everton Reserves (Home)

 

Macclesfield's first choice 'keeper in the 1896-97 season until he either left the club or lost his place on the return of experienced goalkeeper Jack Kent.  Played his last match for the club in the second round of the Cheshire Senior Cup on 16 January 1897.

   

Barrow ScottBarrow_scott

2014-15 Defender

NC      League 37(1)2     Cups 3(0)0

Debut 9 August 2014 Braintree Town (Home)

A member of the Centre of Excellence at Swansea and then the youth team at Port Talbot where he progressed to the senior side, making 88 appearances for them in the Welsh Premier League including two in their Europa League qualifying matches. He won the goal of the season award in 2009/10 and earned a place in the Welsh Premier League 2009-10 team of the season as well as being the Young Player of the season. Scott signed for Conference side Tamworth in the summer of 2010 spending two seasons there making 54 appearances. He left Tamworth at the end of the 2012-13 season and was ruled out of the 2013-14 season through a cruciate ligament injury.

Having fully recovered he signed for Macclesfield Town in  the summer of 2014 where he quickly established himself as a favourite of the fans with excellent performances at left back. Scott was out of action for the month of March 2015 with a back problem but otherwise he was virtually ever-present, his performances being recognised when he gained the Vanarama Player of the Month award in November 2014. He scored two brilliantly taken goals.  The first in the home match against Barnet in October 2014 when he struck a 35-yard shot, and the second  in the home match against Alfreton Town, when he collected the ball some 70 yards out taking the ball through the defence and coolly slotting home.

Offered a new contract at Macclesfield in the summer of 2015, Scott opted to sign for Football League club Newport County moving on to Merthyr Town in the summer of 2016.

 
   

Barton

1896-97 Inside-left

 

TC     League 8 Apps 3 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 September 1896 Everton Reserves (Home)

 

Like goalkeeper Barrington, Barton spent exactly the same amount of time at Macclesfield starting with the opening match of the campaign and completing his contribution with the second round Cheshire Senior Cup match on 16 January 1897.  He scored in consecutive matches - two goals came in the second match of the season when Macclesfield defeated Barnton Rovers 7-0 at the Moss Rose, with his third goal coming in the return fixture fourteen days later.

   

Baskerville

1922-23 Outside-right

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 30 April 1923 Witton Albion (Away)

 

The Macclesfield reserve team outside-right was given a one match trial at the end of the season at a time when different players were being tried out in the outside-right position.

   

Bass Connor

2015-16 Midfielder

 

NC     Cups 0(1)0

 

Debut 26 January 2016 sub Cammell Laird (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup Round 1

 

A member of the Community Sports Trust Football Education & Training Academy who came on from the substitutes' bench in the first round match in the Cheshire Senior Cup. 18 year-old Connor, a central midfield player, has a good range of passing and is a threat when taking set pieces.

   

Bates James Rigby 'Jimmy'

1879-80 to 1886-87

Debut 18 October 1879 Cocknage (Home)

 

A member of the Chester Road Mill team before signing for Macclesfield, making his debut against Cocknage in October 1879. In his book, John Earles writes that Bates alongside Bolton were the best two players in the Macclesfield team at that time. Bates was an idol of the crowd for his performances at centre-forward.  He was probably a prolific scorer but match reports of the day often omitted the names of goal scorers, however, he scored a hat-trick in the first round tie of the Cheshire Senior Cup in January 1883 in the 6-0 win against Rainow, and scored four goals in the 6-0 win against Marple in December 1885 again in the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup. He was  team captain for the 1885-86 season and represented Cheshire County over four seasons.

When he became a joiner for Stockport Corporation he signed for Stockport County.  He was also a fine cricketer.

   

Bateson Jon

Bateson_Jon

2011-12 Defender

FL     League 17(4)0     Cups 7(0)0

Debut 6 August 2011 Dagenham & Redbridge (Home)

A former trainee at Blackburn, Jon moved through the ranks to their reserve side, but his 2007-08 season was disrupted due to a cartilage operation following which he spent a short time on loan at Buxton. After a successful trial at Bradford City, he signed for them in the summer of 2009 where he went on to make 27 appearances in all competitions.  He was released after a single season and, following a trial at Accrington Stanley, was given a permanent contract.  In the early part of the 2010-11 season he helped Accrington on their way to the play-offs before spending a month on loan at Altrincham. 

The right-back signed for the Silkmen in the summer of 2011 making the starting line-up for approximately half the matches.  However, he often lost out to other players,  in the first half of the season to Elliot Hewitt and in the second half  to loanees Mark Connelly and Marcus Marshall, with Sam Wedgbury taking over at right-back for the closing matches. Released in the summer of 2012 at the end of his contract when he signed for Ross County but was released in December 2012.

 
 

Baxter John

1912-13 Goalkeeper

LC     League 15 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 14 December 1912 Rochdale (Home)

Initially played for Chesterton White Star and Tunstall Park before signing for Stoke in May 1910.  He returned to Chesterton White Star in December 1911 before signing for Macclesfield in November 1912,

He was Macclesfield's regular reserve team goalkeeper but was given his chance at senior level when he replaced Macclesfield's long-standing 'keeper Allen in the middle of December 1912. The team were successful and results went his way, but after a run of five matches without a win, Allen was re-instated at the beginning of April with Baxter returning to the reserve team.

It is unknown whether he remained as a member of Macclesfield's reserve team during the 1913-14 season but he signed for Tunstall Park in March 1914.

 
 
 
   

Bayley

1884-85 and 1885-86

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

A member of Macclesfield's reserve side who made the occasional appearance in the senior side.

 
 
   

Bazley John

1963-64

CL     League 6 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 24 August 1963 Buxton (Home)

Before moving to Macclesfield had played at Runcorn, Bangor City, Oldham Athletic and Worcester City.  John was mainly a member of the reserve side with his senior appearances all coming in the early weeks of the season. On leaving Macclesfield moved to Mossley, then Stafford Rangers.

 

Beard W

1888-89, 1891-92 and 1892-93 Full-back

 

TC     League 2 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 16 February 1889 Denton (Away)

 

There is no information about this player, but he may well have been a member of Macclesfield's reserve team. He first appeared in Macclesfield's pre-league days in 1889,  later making two senior appearances in the 1891-92 season and a single appearance the following season.

   

Beardsley Jason

2010-11 Defender

Jason Beardsley

FL     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 5 October 2010 Crewe Alexandra (Home) JP Trophy R2

Jason spent over ten years at Derby County, progressing through the ranks to make his senior debut in August 2007 aged just eighteen. However, further opportunities were limited and he went on loan to Notts County at the start of the 2007-08 Season, returning to Derby in January. Jason then moved to the USA registering with Tampa Bay but returned to the UK in the summer of 2010 and, following a successful pre-season trial, signed for the Silkmen, but with little opportunity for him in the senior side, spent time on loan at Eastwood Town but only made one senior appearance.  Jason was released by Macclesfield in the summer of 2011 and has since played for Mickleover Sports,  Stafford Rangers, Lincoln City, Uttoxeter Town, Eastwood Town and in March 2013 signed for Worcester City leaving them at the end of the season.

 

Beaumont Frank

1966-67 to 1971-72 Utility and Player/Manager

Frank Beaumont

CL      League   81 Apps 10 Goals      Cups 36 Apps 8 Goals

NPL   League 145(1)22    Cups 90(1)14

Debut 20 August 1966 Buxton (Home)

Born at Hoyland Common near Barnsley, Frank joined the ground staff at Barnsley FC from school, turning professional with them in 1957 scoring 37 goals in 107 appearances over a four-year period. Early in the 1961-62 season Bury paid a fee of £10,000 for his services and at the start of the 1964-65 season he moved to Stockport County where over the next two seasons he made 60 appearances scoring 5 goals..

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1966, Frank was described as a real dynamo and the backbone of the team and was a member of the side which played Fulham in the FA Cup 3rd round in 1968.  He was known as a quiet spoken leader and a versatile player equally at home in defence or attack and was prepared to run himself into the ground.

Frank stepped up to become player/manager at the start of the 1968-69 season, for the team’s first season in the Northern Premier League, when Keith Goalen resigned because of work commitments. In his first season the side were champions of the League and also won the Cheshire Senior Cup.

In 1969-70 his side were NPL Champions again holding Scunthorpe, with a young Kevin Keegan, to a draw, led them to Wembley winning the first ever FA Trophy final beating Telford United 2-0, lifted the North West Floodlit League Trophy and, but for a narrow defeat by Altrincham in a two legged NPL Challenge Cup, missed out on the opportunity to win a fourth piece of silverware.

In 1970-71 Frank’s team slipped to 5th position, lost to Bradford City in the 1st round of the FA Cup and lost to then non-League Hereford United in the quarter final of the FA Trophy.  However, there was the consolation prize of another Cheshire Senior Cup win.

Unfortunately in 1971-72 Frank was unable to consolidate on previous success although he steered them to a North West Floodlight League Final.  Although Frank was dismissed in April 1972 when he moved back to his native Yorkshire with Bradford Park Avenue, he was one of the most successful managers in the history of Macclesfield Town Football Club. Later was manager of Woolley Miners Welfare FC in the Yorkshire League.

He was a shop development manager for WH Smith and then a sales manager for Blow & Scrimshaw until he retired. Frank died in November 2011.

 

Becton Martin

1911-12 Inside-left

 

LC      League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 23 March 1912 Fleetwood (Home)

 

Initially played for Christ Church FC (Preston) and Lytham Institute before signing for Accrington Stanley in March 1904.  He then  moved to Preston North End  in August 1906, remaining there until April 1907 before signing for Nelson in August 1908.  A move south to Watford came in July 1909, where he made 21 appearances and scored two goals, leaving them during 1910, signing for Chorley in November 1911 and Fleetwood in March 1912, where he must have remained very briefly as he signed for Macclesfield in the same month, but only made one appearance, ironically against Fleetwood.

 

   

Beech

1879-80 to 1883-84

 

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded about this player. Whilst with the club for five years, he did not feature on a regular basis and was probably used to deputise for players when they were unavailable..

   

Beech

1925-26 and 1927-28 to 1929-30 Left-half

 

CL      League 53 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 6 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 16 September 1925 Nantwich (Away)

 

Would appear to have been give a one match trial in September 1925, eventually coming to Macclesfield from the Potteries mid-way through the 1927-28 season and remained until the end of 1929-30 season.  In the 1927-28 season, following his debut he appeared regularly but his place was taken by CW Jones at the start of the 1928-29 season. However, after Jones moved to centre-half (and was shortly after sidelined following a motor cycle accident) Beech returned to the side in late December 1928 and was virtually ever-present to the end of the season.  He scored his only goal for the club in this period in  the 4-5 defeat away to Mossley in March 1928. In his final season for the club, Beech appeared regularly until December 1929, after which he was only used when other players were unavailable.

   

Beech Harry

1912-13 Right-half

 

LC     League 30 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 2 September 1912 Bacup (Away)

 

With Stockport County for the 1911-12 season before signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1912

He went straight into the team and was described as a tricky player, featuring in the majority of matches including both FA Cup ties and both Cheshire Senior Cup ties. There were times when he played at centre-half usually when Gartside was included in the team playing at right-half.

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Crewe Alexandra in August 1913 remaining there until April 1914.

   

Begovic Asmir

2006-07 Goalkeeper

Begovic Asmir

FL     League 2(1)0   Cups 1(0)0

Debut 25 November 2006 Sub Stockport County (Away)

Asmir was signed on loan from Portsmouth in November 2006, and made his Football League debut from the substitutes’ bench when the current ‘keeper Jonny Brain broke a leg.  It was immediately clear that Asmir was a talented ‘keeper with excellent overall ability, including taking high balls with ease and as a shot stopper. He only managed to make four appearances before a knee injury incurred in training forced him to return to Portsmouth. Asmir hails from Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina but has represented Canada at International Under-20 level. He has since had loan spells at AFC Bournemouth, Yeovil Town and Ipswich Town before he signed for Stoke City for a fee of £3.25M. Moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2015 for a fee of £8M.

 

Bell William 'Bill'

1935-36 Left-half

 

CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 31 August 1935 Buxton (Home)

Bill was born in 1907 in Manchester and followed in his father's footsteps who had played for Manchester United.  In the First World War Bell senior sent his family to live in Scotland, where Bill played for West of Scotland Boys.  After the War his father was appointed trainer at Coventry City with Bill signing for Coventry as a player. His father then moved to Manchester City as trainer, Bill moved at the same time and spent two seasons at City.  In 1929 Bill moved back to Coventry City where he remained for four seasons before moving to Portsmouth for a fee of £450 and then to Chester for a fee of £250 where he spent four seasons.

From there he signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1935 when in addition to playing football, he became a salesman. Bill played in four early season matches but unfortunately fractured a bone in his foot which required surgery, leaving him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

 

Bell Laurence 'Laurie'

2016-17 Midfielder

Bell_Laurie

NC     League 0(2)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 1 January 2017 Sub Tranmere Rovers (Home)

Born in Poynton, Laurie joined the School of Excellence at Stockport County in 2000 at the age of eight, moving to Manchester City's Academy in 2004 after which he spent two years from 2009 on a youth apprenticeship at Rochdale where he was a member of the Youth  Alliance title winning squad. From 2011 to 2014 he played college football for the University of Wisconsin's side Milwuakee Panthers and was named the 2013 Horizon League player of the year and a first-team All-American.  The following season, he was named an Academic All-American for the second straight year. Whilst at college he also appeared for USL PDL club Ventura County Fusion in 2014.

In March 2015 signed for United Soccer League club Tulsa Roughnecks but returned to England in December 2015 spending time with Evo-Stick Northern Premier League First Division side Hyde United. Moved to Sweden in April 2016 signing for Karlslunds IF KFK.

Signed non-contract terms with Macclesfield Town on 1 January 2017 and dual forms with Hyde United. At Macclesfield made one start in the second round of the Buildbase FA Trophy and two cameo league appearances, but received praise at Hyde United where he played regularly helping them to climb into the top half of the league with seven wins, two draws and one defeat.

Re-signed for Karlslunds IF KFK at the end of February 2017.

Away from football has part time employment updating the social media channels for a small local business.

(Thanks goes to the National League for some of the content of this profile.)

   

Bell Lee

2008-09, 2009-10 and 2014-15 Midfielder

Bell_Lee 

FL      League 74(9)3    Cups 5(3)0

NC     League 9(1)3      Cups 1(0)0

Debut 12 August 2008 Sub Blackpool (Home) Carling Cup R1

Lee was a trainee at Crewe Alexandra where he earned his first professional contract in February 2001. After making over 60 appearances for the Alex he signed for Burton Albion in January 2007, moving to Mansfield Town in the summer of 2007. His injury towards the end of the 2007-08 Season was seen by many as one of the key reasons for the Stags relegation when his attacking and combative play was a big loss to them.  He became Keith Alexander’s first 2008 close season signing, but had a very slow start and was dropped to the bench in November 2009.  Only after the departure of Terry Dunfield did Lee fully find his feet in the centre of the park and was rewarded with a twelve month extension to his contract to June 2010. Lee made some notable performances during the 2009-10 season as a speedy and extremely hardworking midfielder, and was rewarded when he was voted Player of the Year. Lee was released in the summer of 2010 at his own behest returning to Crewe Alexandra and moved to Burton Albion in the summer of 2012.

Returned to Macclesfield Town in February 2015 on loan from Burton Albion to the end of the 2014-15 season. Featured fairly regularly and scored a goal in each of three consecutive matches in April, the first in the home match against Wrexham on 6 April celebrating his 100th appearance in all competitions for Macclesfield Town.

In August 2015 announced his retirement from professional football due to injury. Appointed assistant manager for Crewe Alexandra U18's team.

 

Bencherif Hamza

2009-10, 2010-11 Midfielder/defender

Bencherif_Hamza

FL     League 55(5)16    Cups 8(0)0

Debut 8 August 2009 Northampton Town (Away)

Originally played for Guingamp, France before moving to Nottingham Forest in November 2006.  Hamza had a short loan spell at Lincoln City late in 2007 but with little opportunity to progress he moved to Macclesfield in the summer of 2009 going straight into the starting line-up.  A strong, attacking player at both centre-back and in the centre of midfield, Hamza quickly established himself as one of the squad’s best players and was on the score sheet on five occasions before breaking his ankle at Rochdale in December 2009, an injury which kept him out of contention for the remainder of the season.  Signed a one year extension to his contract in the summer of 2010 and returned to first team football early in the 2010-11 season going on to be second top-scorer with 11 league goals including a brace in the home win against Burton Albion in October. Known to his team mates as ‘Hammerfoot’ because he hits the ball so hard.  

Hamza moved up a league in the summer of 2011 when he signed for Notts County, moving to Plymouth in September 2013. He returned to the Conference with Lincoln City in August 2014 and then signed for FC Halifax Town in the summer of 2015 where he won a winners' medal in the FA Trophy. Moved to Wrexham in the summer of 2016 and in January 2017 to York City on loan to the end of the 2016-17 season.

Hamza has represented Algeria at Youth and Under 20 levels.

 

Benjamin Ronayne

2006-07 Midfielder

(Now known as Marsh-Brown Ronayne)

FL     League 0(3)0

Benjamin_Ronayne

Debut 23 March 2007 Sub Mansfield Town (Away)

Started his career as a trainee at Gillingham before moving to RKC Waalwijk (Holland), Wingate & Finchley, Folkestone Invicta, Welling United and Crawley Town.

Signed by Macclesfield on non-contract towards the end of the 2006-07 season, Ronayne only made three appearances, the first of which was his Football League debut.  Opportunities were limited for him but, when used, he made good use of his pace on the left wing, and was released in the summer of 2007.

Since then he has played for Maidenhead United, Bath City, Staines Town, Harrow Borough, Northwood FC, Wingate FC (twice), Aylesbury United, Met Police (twice), Lewes (twice), and Bedford Town.

Has three footballing brothers - Keanu, Kwai and Kyjoun

 

Bennett

1931-32 Centre-half

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 12 September 1931 Mossley (Away)

 

Previously with the Northern Nomads and Buxton, Bennett was drafted in for one match when James Burridge was unavailable.

   

Bennett John

John Bennett

1969-70 to 1971-72 Full-back

NPL      League 82(0)1   Cups 42(2)0

Debut 9 August 1969 Gateshead (Away)

John had played for Liverpool and Chester before moving to Macclesfield.  He was one of the most dedicated players in the game, being a tenacious tackler and had a good turn of speed. John was a member of the  1969-70 Northern Premier League championship side, gained a winners' medal in the FA Trophy in 1970 and was a member of the team which won the North West Floodlit League in 1969-70.

He moved to Stalybridge Celtic and then New Mills and involved in a  family building business in Liverpool.

 

Bennett Paul

1977-78 Winger

NPL     League 1(0)0

Debut 3 September 1977 Netherfield (Away)

There are no records available for this player.

 

Benson

1884-85 and 1885-86

 

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

A member of Macclesfield's reserve team who made the occasional appearance at senior level.

   

Bentley Herbert known as 'Joe'

1909-10 and 1913-14 Inside-left

Bentley_Joe

ML     League 32 Apps 22 Goals     Cups 5 Apps 4 Goals

LC      League 17 Apps 10 Goals     Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 4 September 1909 Northwich Victoria (Home)

A native of Knutsford, Joe had played for Knutsford FC, Lostock Gralam, Salford United, Crewe Alexandra and Chester before signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1909.

Top scorer in the 1909-10 season he regularly appeared on the score sheet scoring in seven consecutive matches at the start of 1910. In his book John Earles describes Joe as a fast runner, clever dribbler, with an excellent shot at goal and was always a hardworking player.

In 1910 he moved to Manchester City where John Earles records that at various times he played in every position except goalkeeper. In September 1912 he signed for Stocport County moving to Altrincham in October 1912.

He returned to Macclesfield for the 1913-14 season but by then he was not always the first choice, however, he still showed his versatility playing in various forward positions.

On leaving Macclesfield for a second time he returned to Altrincham in October 1914.

   

Bentley-Knight Cory

2015-16 Forward

 

NC     Cups 1(0)0

 

Debut 26 January 2016  Cammell Laird (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup Round 1

 

A member of the Community Sports Trust Football Education & Training Academy who was a member of the team playing in the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup. 18 year-old Cory, a natural goalscorer, is capable of playing down the middle or in a supporting role, always working extremely hard for the team.

   

Beresford

1892-93 Outside-left

 

TC     League 4 Apps     1 Goal

 

Debut 27 March 1893 Dresden United (Home)

 

Joined Macclesfield from Congleton Hornets for the final four matches of the 1892-93 season scoring his one goal in the 8-0 home win against Wrexham in the final match of the season.

   

Beresford

1911-12 and 1912-13 Left-back

 

ML     League 5 Apps     Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

LC      League 17 Apps     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 9 September 1911 Stalybridge Celtic (Home)

 

Featured fairly regularly in the 1911-12 season for both senior teams although he dropped to the Macclesfield reserve team for the 1912-13 season making just one senior appearance. Moved to Denton for the 1913-14 season.

   

Beresford David

2003-04 and 2005-06 Midfielder

FL      League 14(7)0 Cups 3(4)1

Debut 4 October 2003 Leyton Orient (Away)

David spent two spells with Macclesfield, the first on loan from Plymouth Argyll for one month, at the end of which he became Brian Little’s first signing for Tranmere Rovers. The second time around he moved from Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 2005 and initially featured regularly, but in the second half of the season other players were preferred. He was a fast left-sided midfielder who always stove hard and had the ability to make telling crosses. After leaving Macclesfield David retired from professional football and is now a PE teacher.

Represented England at both Schoolboy and Youth levels.

David Beresford

 

Berry

1928-29 Centre-half

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 26 December 1928 Stalybridge Celtic (Away)

 

A member of the Macclesfield reserve side Berry was one of thirteen players who only made a single senior appearance in the 1928-29 season when a total of 40 different players were used. Berry's appearance came during the Christmas period when five matches were played in almost as many days.

   

Berry Dave

1967-68 to 1971-72 Half-back/full-back

Dave Berry

CL      League   27(0)4   Cups 18(0)1

NPL   League 133(1)4   Cups 85(1)4

Debut 19 August 1967 Buxton (Home)

Before joining Macclesfield Dave played for Earlstown, Blackpool, and Chester City.  A tough tackling, all-action, red haired player nicknamed ‘Ginger’, he was equally at home at full-back or half-back, and was often seen popping up in attack. Dave was a member of the team who were champions of the Northern Premier League in 1968-69 and 1969-70, holder of winners' medals in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1969 and 1971 and a member of the team which won the North West Floodlit League in 1969-70. Returned to Macclesfield in 1981 as Brian Booth’s assistant.

His occupation was as a jig or tool draughtsman with the English Electric Company and later Dave was a director of Faber Engineering Designs. Also ran the Chorley Equestrian Centre..

 

Berry James

1911-12  Inside-right

 

ML     League 2 Apps 2 Goals

 

LC      League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 2 October 1911 Buxton (Home)

 

Initially played  for Atherton before moving to Heywood United in 1908 and then Carlisle United in June 1909, Eccles Borough January 1910, and returned to Heywood United in August 1911.

Signed for Macclesfield in September 1911, with all of his appearances coming in the month of October scoring  two goals on his debut in the 3-1 win.

Returned to Heywood United for a third time in November 1911, signing for Barnoldswick United in October 1912 and Newton Heath Athletic in July 1913.

   

Best Gordon Richard

1910-11 and 1911-12 Centre-forward

Best_R

ML      League 39 Apps 37 Goals     Cups 11 Apps 7 Goals

LC       League    8 Apps  5 Goals

Debut 3 September 1910 Altrincham (Away)

First started playing for St George's School, Wigan moving to Ince Athletic in September 1906 and then Bryn Central in November 1906. He next played for Hindley Central joining them in July 1907 moving to Northwich Victoria in September 1907, returning to Hindley Central in December 1907 before signing for Altrincham in May 1908. Signed for Nelson in March 1909 and was then with Preston North End reserves from January 1910.

Joined Macclesfield in May 1910 going straight into the Manchester League team and scored a hat-trick on his debut in the 3-1 victory at Altrincham. He was a prolific scorer throughout his first season, netting in seven consecutive matches and later in eight consecutive matches. He was instrumental in the team completing the 1910-11 season as League Champions and gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in the same season. His second season with the club was much quieter when he scored 11 goals in 26 appearances.

On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Hyde United in May 1912 remaining there until he signed for Chester in December 1912 after which he went on to sign for South Shields in January 1914 and Denton in June 1914. During WW1 Best returned to Altrincham appearing in their war-time Lancashire  Combination team and continued to play for them in the the early part of the 1919-20 season after which he signed for Witton Albion in November 1919.

Note: In all Football Association and Football League registrations Best is listed as 'Gordon'.  However, during his time at both Altrincham and Macclesfield he was referred to as 'Richard'.  It may well be that his full name was Gordon Richard Best and that he was known by his second name with official records referring solely to his first name.

   

Beswetherick Jon

2003-04 Midfielder

FL     League 3(1)0

Debut 17 January 2004 Sub Cambridge United (Home)

Jon spent a month on loan in October 2004 from Sheffield Wednesday to cover for suspended players featuring at left back and in a wide-left midfield role. Subsequently played for Bristol Rovers, Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green Rovers and spent from 2005 to 2008 at Salisbury City when he went out on loan to Mangotsfield United and Weston-super-Mare. Jon signed for Paulton Rovers in 2008 but was released in 2009 purely due to work commitments as a policeman when he decided to retire from playing football.

Jon Beswetherick

 

Beswick Bill

1935-36, 1936-37 and 1937-38  Centre-half

CL     League 40 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 9 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 18 January 1936 Wigan Athletic (Away)

In his  first two seasons with the Silkmen Bill was a member of the reserve team. He was promoted to the senior side for the 1937-38 season missing very few matches, and was ever-present from the beginning of December to the end of the season. Bill was an amateur International and captained Staffs Amateurs v Cheshire Amateurs on 27 November 1937.  He left Macclesfield in the summer of 1938 to take up a scholastic appointment in Tunbridge Wells.

 

Bettany

1911-12 Forward

 

ML     League 6 Apps 2 Goals

 

LC      League 6 Apps 2 Goals

 

Debut 1 January 1912 Lancaster (Home)

 

Like many players in the 1911-12 season there is no information recorded about this player.  He came on the scene for the second half of the season and appears to have been used when other players were unavailable in both the Manchester League and Lancashire Combination teams.

   

Bettney Chris

Chris Bettney

2000-01 Midfielder

FL     League 0(2)0

Debut 12 August 2000 Sub Scunthorpe United (Home)

Signed non-contract forms in the summer of 2000 having previously played for Sheffield United, Hull City, Chesterfield and Rochdale. Chris only made two substitute appearances on the wing and was released in October 2000 subsequently linking up with former England star Chris Waddle at Worksop Town. Released by Worksop in 2002, spent a short time at Staveley MW, South Normanton and Ilkeston Town before joining Alfreton Town where he remained until 2006.  Chris then spent two seasons at Harrogate Town from 2006-08. After a short time with Bradford Park Avenue he signed for Retford United where he remained until 2010 when he moved to Worksop Town and later Stocksbridge Park Steels. Signed for Rainworth Miners Welfare in the summer of 2016 at the age of 38.

 

Bevans John

1966-67 Goalkeeper

CL     League 6(0)0   Cups 1(0)0

Debut 28 September 1966 Mossley (Away)

John was a 21-year-old reserve team goalkeeper who deputised for John Cooke. After his debut, he had to wait until November to make a further senior appearance when  John Cooke was side-lined with a cracked  knuckle. Bevans then enjoyed a run of six games in the senior side and played so well that he kept Cooke out of the side until he broke a leg in the home match against Winsford United on 17 December 1966.  Unfortunately this injury ended his senior career with the Silkmen.

 

Bevans Stanley

1955-56 to 1958-59 Outside-right

CL     League 114 Apps 19 Goals  Cups 21 Apps 3 Goals

Debut November 12 1955 Ellesmere Port Town (Away)

Prior to signing for Macclesfield he was with Stoke City but his playing career was interrupted by National Service.  During the 1954-55 season he made eleven appearances for them. An outside-right, but his versatility meant that he could play on either wing or as an inside-forward

Bevans_Stanley

 

Billington David

1951-52 Outside-right

 

CL      Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 3 October 1951 Buxton (Away) FA Cup Preliminary Round replay

 

A local amateur player who was given a one match trial at a time when senior players were out of contention due to injury.

   

Bimson Stuart

1991-92 to 1994-95 Defender

Bimson_Stuart

Conf    League 101(1)2   Cups 46(0)0

Debut 17 September 1991 Runcorn (Home)

Stuart, a 21-year-old full-back, was signed for a fee of £5,000 from Southport  where he was captain, having previously played for Ellesmere Port and Prescott.  A solid and dependable defender, he was an important member of the back line. At Macclesfield he gained a winners medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1991.

Just a few days before he was due to receive his first England semi-pro cap, Stuart took the opportunity to move into the Football League with Bury who paid a fee of £12,500 for his services in 1994. In November 1996 he made the move to Lincoln City where he remained until 2003 making a total of 175 league appearances.

Since 2003 he has played for Cambridge United, Accrington Stanley (loan), Canvey Island and  Chelmsford City.  He was then player/manager at Bedford Town from 2006 to 2008 returning to Cambridge United in 2008 as first team coach for a single season. Afterwards Stuart acted as scout for Barrow and from September 2010 until May 2011 was assistant manager to Ken McKenna at Altrincham. In July 2012 he moved to Southend when was appointed the development Coach in their Centre of Excellence.

 

Birch

1946-47  Left-back

CL      League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 21 September 1946 Altrincham (Away)

Reported to have been a professional player from Manchester, he was one of many players to be given a trial in Macclesfield's first season after the Second World War.

 

Birchall

1920-21 Left-half

 

CL      League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 1 January 1921 Winsford United (Home)

 

A member of the Macclesfield reserve team given a taste of senior football during a busy festive football programme.

   

Birchenall Joseph

1887-88 to 1891-92 Centre-back

 

#TC      League 35 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 7 Apps 2 Goals

 

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

A regular in the team throughout his time at Macclesfield, he was a member of the side which played in a competitive league, The Combination, for the first time in the 1890-91 season when they finished runners-up. Joseph held two Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medals - the first for the 1889-90 season against Nantwich when the Silk Lads won the cup for the first time, and the second for the 1890-91 season against Crewe Hornets.

It would appear that he signed for  Stockport County for the 1892-93 season although still registered as a player for Macclesfield and was suspended by the Football Association for one month.

   

Birchenough

1878-79

 

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded for this player who featured during the pre-league days of Macclesfield FC.

   

Birchenough

1921-22 Centre-half

 

CL      League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 3 May 1922 Stalybridge Celtic (Home)

 

The Macclesfield reserve team centre-half was given a taste of senior football in the final league match of the season. In the reserve team he was described as a reliable, cool and efficient.

   

Birds George

1914-15 Right-half

 

LC     League 24 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 6 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 7 November 1914 Witton Albion (Home)

 

Moved from Rochdale replacing Baldwin when he moved back to Fleetwood, and was the regular right-half from November 1915 to the end of the season. Brother of Joseph Birds.

   

Birds Joseph

1913-14 and 1914-15 Goalkeeper

Birds_Joseph

LC     League 47 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 8 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 26 December 1913 Rochdale (Home)

Played for Hazel Grove  in the 1909-10 and 1910-11 seasons, signing for Macclesfield during the 1913-14 season when he replaced Allen who had been the club's first choice 'keeper for several seasons. He was a member of the side which won promotion from the Second to the First Division of the Lancashire Combination in the 1913-14 season, his ten clean sheets (including three in his first three matches for the club) helping the club to achieve this promotion.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Stockport County but guested for Manchester City during the First World War. In the summer of 1922 he moved to Nelson where the team only conceded 10 home goals throughout the 1922-23 season and gained promotion to the Second Division.  In the following season, first team opportunities were limited when Nelson signed Harry Abbot as 'keeper. Joseph left Nelson in  the summer of 1924 when he retired from professional football and became a printer in Hazel Grove 

Died in Stockport on 28 April 1966 at the age of 78.

   

Birkett Cliff

1959-60 Outside-right

Cliff Birkett

CL      League 19 Apps 7 Goals   Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 16 September 1959 Wigan (Home)

A former youth international, Cliff joined Manchester United as a trainee in 1949, signing his first professional contract in October 1950 remaining with United until he moved to Southport in June 1956. It would appear that he then spent a short time with Wigan Rovers before signing for Macclesfield.  Cliff made an immediate impression when he scored two goals on his debut in the 3-1 victory.  Whilst initially appearing regularly, in the second half of the season he had competition from both Peter Johnson and Bill Finney.

Died: 11 January 1997.

 

Birks

1924-25 Forward

 

CL     League 1 App 1 Goal     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 28 March 1925 Ashton National (Home)

 

Previously on the books of Port Vale, made two consecutive appearances probably on trial which was not extended despite scoring on his debut.

   

Birmingham Charlie

1947-48 Centre-forward

Birmingham_Charles

CL     League 10 Apps 6 Goals   Cups 1 App 1 Goal

Debut 30 August 1947 Chester Reserves (Away)

Signed from Tranmere Rovers, having previously been on the books of Everton, his introduction to the team was slightly delayed as he was injured in a pre-season match.  He was described as a live-wire but all his appearances came in the short interval from the end of August to the middle of October when he  featured regularly on the score sheet, including netting two goals on his debut in the 5-6 defeat. He moved to Winsford United for a small fee and then Ashton United. 

Died: January 1993.

 

Birnie

1956-57 Centre-forward

CL     2 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 20 March 1957 Witton Albion (Away)

An amateur player who made only two senior appearances.  His goal came in the 2-3 home defeat against Tranmere Rovers.

 

Birtles

1919-20 Left-half

 

CL     Cups 6 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 20 March 1920 Altrincham (Away) Cheshire League Subsidiary Competition

 

Brought in  from Stockport to play in the Subsidiary Competition and the Altrincham Cup towards the end of the season when a back-log of fixtures was being cleared. He was rewarded with a winners' medal in the Altrincham Cup.

   

Birtwistle Bruce

1973-74, 1974-75 Forward

NPL     League 31(2)9   Cups 15(0)8

Debut 8 December 1973 Northwich Victoria (Away)

Bruce started his football career as a junior at Carlisle United after which he moved to Mossley where he made his first senior appearance as a teenager late in the 1965-66 season. He averaged a goal every other match there and was transferred to Wigan Athletic for a fee of £200 in the summer of 1973, having completed the 1972-73 as Mossley's top-scorer. He only remained a Wigan for a short time before joining Macclesfield Town where he regularly featured on the score sheet in both league and cup matches, and was joint top-scorer in the 1973-74 season.

Birtwistle_Bruce

   

Bithell S

1913-14 and 1914-15 Inside-left

LC      League 32 Apps 27 Goals     Cups 4 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 13 December 1913 Rossendale United (Home)

From his debut until November 1914 Bithell was ever-present after which he only made the occasional appearance, Flannery and G Hall being preferred. He was a prolific scorer netting three hat-tricks and was top-scorer in the 1913-14 season with 19 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions. Although he only made 13 appearances in his second season with the club he still scored nine goals.

Bithell_S
   

Bithell Brian

1978-79 Forward

Bithell_Brian

NPL     League 13(1)2   Cups 2(0)0

Debut 24 February 1979 Workington (Away)

Brian, a skilful ball player, was signed from Winsford United.  His career started at Stoke City signing associate forms at the age of 14 and became an apprentice on leaving school. He was promoted to the professional ranks at the age of 17 and the 1976-77 season he made 17 Football League appearances, also spending a short time on loan at Port Vale.  He signed for Wimbedon for the 1977-78 season at the age of 20 where he filled in at right-back, midfield or central defence but only made six senior Football League appearances. After his short time at the Moss Rose, Brian played for Witton Albion, Stafford Rangers, Congleton Town and Rhyl. Since 1979 he has worked as a systems and logistics manager for Tesco Distribution at Middlewich.

 

Black William F

1932-33 and 1933-34  Inside-left/Left-half 

CL      League 47 Apps 10 Goals    Cups 10 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 8 October 1932 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Away)

Signed for Forfar Athletic and then played at Forfar East End for three seasons gaining four cup winners' medals and a Championship medal and, although he signed amateur forms for Manchester United, he joined Macclesfield in October 1932. In the 1932-33 season he replaced John Shirley at inside-left until the middle of March when Shirley regained his place in the side. At this time William moved to left-half where he remained until January 1934 when he left to take up a job at Dundee Post Office. A versatile player who even took over in goal for part of a match, he played his part in helping the Silkmen win the Cheshire League Championship in the 1932-33 season. 

He rejoined Forfar East End on leaving Macclesfield and remained there until August 1937 when he moved to Morton and in September 1928 to Dundee United where he scored 24 goals in the 1939-40 season, including five in a game against East Sterling. He played in nine Regional League (Wartime) matches and was released in the 1940 close season. He joined the forces in August 1940 but returned to play for Forfar east End in autumn 1942, and must have returned to war time activity as he then spent two years in Germany PoW camp being released in 1945. After the war he played some Scottish junior football.

 

Blackburn

1911-12 Outside-right

 

ML     League 1 App 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

LC      League 7 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 18 November 1911 Fleetwood (Away)

 

Said to be a clever and promising young player from Chorley, he was a member of the Lancashire Combination side.  His Cup appearance for the Manchester League side came when the Lancashire Combination team played the tie for the Manchester League side as they had a league match on the same day.  His league appearance for the Manchester League side came when the two sides changed competitions for one match.

   

Blackburn

1928-29 Centre-half

 

CL      League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 23 February 1929 Chester (Home)

 

A member of the Macclesfield reserve team, Blackburn was one of 13 players in the 1928-29 season to make a single senior appearance when a total of 40 individual players were used.

 

Blackburn Reg

1921-22 Goalkeeper

 

CL     League 10 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 3 October 1921 Witton Albion (Away)

 

Macclesfield's reserve team goalkeeper who deputised for William Osbaldeston. Having recovered from a shoulder injury sustained in his final match for Macclesfield at Altrincham on 18 February ironically he signed for Altrincham in March 1923.

   

Blackham RH

1934-35 Outside-right

CL     League 4 Apps 3 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 25 August 1934 Buxton (Home)

 

Before signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1934 had played at Chesterfield, Wellington and Stourbridge.  Blackham appeared in early season matches scoring a hat-trick in the 4-2 victory at Buxton, the second match of the season. Nevertheless, there were very capable players filling the forward positions resulting in his contract being cancelled at the end of September 1934.

 

Blackley GlenBlackley_Glen

1984-85, 1985-86 Goalkeeper

NPL     League 10(0)0   Cups 5(0)0

Debut 25 August 1984 Rhyl (Away)

Signed from Newcastle Town in the Potteries, Glen was understudy to Alan Zelem.

 

 

Blackman Nick

2006-07 to 2008-09 Forward

Blackman_Nick

FL     League 1(11)1

Debut 28 April 2007 Sub Accrington Stanley (Away)

A product of the Macclesfield Youth team, Nick was given his first professional contract in March 2007.  Overall he was a skilful player with a good touch and held the ball up well. He scored his debut senior goal, a last minute equaliser, in his first appearance of the 2007-08 season in the home match against Dagenham & Redbridge. Nick spent the first half of the 2008-09 season training at Blackburn where Paul Ince was the manager and moved there permanently in the January 2009 transfer window. Whilst at Blackburn Nick has spent much of his time out on loan with spells at Blackpool, Oldham Athletic, Motherwell and Aberdeen. However, he made his Premier League debut for Blackburn on 13 August 2011 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.  Nick moved to Sheffield United in the summer of 2012, Reading in January 2013 and Derby County in January 2016 for an undisclosed fee signing a three and a half year contract.

 

 Blain Colin

1992-93 Midfielder

Conf    League 12(8)3   Cups 2(2)0

Debut 17 November 1992 Sub Stafford Rangers (Home)

Colin was signed from Hyde United but he started his football career with Curzon Ashton and then enjoyed Football League experience at Halifax Town before moving to Northwich Vics. On his debut Colin was a second half substitute for John Askey and scored the fourth goal in a 4-1 win. His other two goals came in the 1-1 draw at Yeovil Town and from the penalty spot in the 1-0 home win against Stalybridge Celtic. On leaving the Silkmen he played for Winsford United, Stalybridge Celtic, Droylsden and Trafford.

 

Blake Steve

1988-89 Midfielder

Conf    League 1(1)0   Cups 1(0)0

Debut 18 March 1989 Sub Telford United (Home)

A senior side fringe player at Macclesfield who was signed from Stalybridge Celtic. On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Accrington Stanley and then Curzon Ashton. Before Stalybridge he had played for Altrincham (1980-81), Hyde United on two occasions in their senior team (1982-83 one appearance, 1986-87 two appearances) and made a single appearance at Curzon Ashton during the 1986-87 season whilst he was on loan from Stalybridge. 

Away from football Steve was a Disk Jockey.

Steve died on 10 May 2016 at the age of 55.

(Thanks go to Jeremy Sayle and Terry Rowley for their valued input to this profile.)

Steve Blake

 

Blakeley

1924-25 Left-back

 

CL      League 16 Apps  0 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 25 October 1924 Winsford United (Home)

 

From Altrincham, after a successful one match trial was signed at a time when there was no specific player filling the left-back position. Was almost ever-present until F Whalley was signed at the end of February when it appears that he lost his place, although he made one further appearance in the semi-final of the Cheshire League Challenge Cup in April 1925.

   

Bleasedale

1896-97 Outside-right

 

TC     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 September 1896 Everton Reserves (Home)

 

His one and only appearance came in the opening match of the 1896-97 season when he was probably on trial.

   

Bleasedale Bob

1974-75

NPL     League 0(1)0

Debut 2 November 1974 Sub Fleetwood (Home)

Bob was a member of the reserve team, with his sole senior appearance coming in the  4-0 victory when he replaced Stuart Hutchinson.

 

Bloor

1901-02 Centre-forward

 

#ML     League 7 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 7 September 1901 Northwich Victoria (Home)

 

In an attempt to find a player to fill the centre-forward position on a permanent basis Bloor was signed in the summer of 1901. Unfortunately he only scored one goal (in the 3-2 away win at Middleton in October) resulting in him being replaced by Bracegirdle in December 1901. For rest of the season Bloor featured as the centre-forward for Macclesfield's reserve team.

   

Bloor Ernest

1935-36 to 1937-38 Goalkeeper

CL     League 20 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 22 February 1936 Hyde United (Home) Cheshire Senior Cup R2

Before moving to Macclesfield Ernest played a few matches for Manchester City reserve side. At the Moss Rose he was primarily the reserve team 'keeper whose brilliant displays, agility and daring made up for his lack of inches.  His ability ensured that he was a favourite of the supporters. Ernest suffered a fractured arm during the 1935-36 season, but throughout his time at the Moss Rose he was an able deputy for the regular senior side 'keeper Frank Thiemicke. On leaving the Silkmen in the summer of 1938 he signed for Hyde United. Unfortunately he died from pneumonia in January 1940 at the age of 25.

 

Blore Gary

1978-79 Defender

Blore_Gary

NPL     League 10(0)2   Cups 2(0)0

Debut 19 August 1978 Scarborough (Away)

Gary was signed from Middlewich Athletic where he had been Player of the Year and had previously played for Hyde, Altrincham and Northwich Victoria. He was a tall defender, quick on the ground, good in the air and  made an immediate impact when he scored on his debut in the 2-2 draw. Also played again for Hyde United from 1981-85 making 165 appearances and scoring 2 goals, then Leek Town, Stalybridge Celtic and Witton Albion.

 

Bloxham

1929-30 Left-half

 

CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 16 November 1929 Whitchurch (Home)

 

An amateur player from Wrexham who was given a three match trial.

   

Blunt Eddie

1951-52 Utility

CL     League 10 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 13 August 1951 Buxton (Home)

Before joining Macclesfield Eddie had played at Northwich Victoria and Congleton.  A forward who scored on his debut, but after playing in the first four matches of the season, his appearances only came when other players were unavailable.

 

Boardman Ben

1921-22 to 1923-24 Outside-left and Outside-right

 

CL     League 72 Apps 6 Goals     Cups 12 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 31 December 1921 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

 

Initially given a trial at the end of December 1921 when playing for Woodhouses, but never returned as he was signed by Macclesfield immediately after the trial going on to make the outside-left position his own in the 1921-22 and

1923-24 seasons.  However when Forrest was signed as outside-left for the 1923-24 season, Boardman moved to outside-right. He was a diminutive, plucky player who was never afraid of his opponents and centered the ball expertly. Represented Cheshire Amateurs versus Lancashire Amateurs.

Later played for Stockport County (1927-28 and 1928-29), was a cotton spinner by trade and lived in Hollingworth, Oldham.

   

Boden Scott

Boden_Scott

2011-12 and 2013-14 Forward

FL     League 6(1)0    Cups 1(0)0

NC    League  38(2)18      Cups 7(0)5  

Debut 15 October 2011 Oxford United (Home)

A trainee at Sheffield United, Scott spent a short time on loan at Finnish Premier League club IFK Mariehamn. On leaving Sheffield in the summer of 2008 he signed for Chersterfield.

With George Donnelly temporarily returning to Fleetwood and Waide Fairhurst still out of contention through injury, Scott was signed on a month's loan in the middle of October 2011 which was extended for a second month. He made eight senior appearances for the Silkmen without scoring, although he netted four goals against Witton Albion in the Cheshire Senior Cup competition. He signed a three month loan deal with Alfreton Town in January 2013 returning to Macclesfield in the summer of 2013.

In the early part of the 2013-14 season Scott was in competition with Chris Holroyd and  on loan Connor Jennings, however, on the departure of Jennings he featured regularly either in a two-man forward line or, from time to time, as the sole striker. Completed the season as the side's top-scorer with 23 goals in all competition, 15 of which were scored in the second half of the season including five in the month of April 2013 when he was the only player to find the back of the net, including scoring the winning goal at both Braintree and Alfreton.

Signed for FC Halifax Town in the summer of 2014 and moved to Football League club Newport County in the summer of 2015 and to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the summer of 2016.

   

Bogan Thomas 'Tommy'

1954-55 Outside-right/inside-right

Bogan_Tommy

CL      League 27 Apps 14 Goals   Cups 7 Apps 4 Goals

Debut 24 August 1954 Buxton (Home)

As a youth Tommy was on the books of Strathclyde, Blantyre Celtic and then Renfrew before his first senior signing at Hibernian in 1943.  At the end of the Second World War he moved to Celtic who, as a team, struggled during his time there, he made 55 appearances in all competitions scoring nine goals. Tommy then moved south of the border joining Preston North End in September 1948 and then Manchester United in 1949 where he made 19 league appearances scoring seven goals. Unable to adapt fully to the English game he moved back to Scotland signing for Aberdeen in 1951, but after only four league appearances he moved back to England joining Southampton.  Again he struggled to secure a permanent place in the senior side, only making eight league appearances in two years moving to Blackburn Rovers for the 1953-54 season but again failed to become a regular in the senior side

He then signed for Macclesfield scoring 18 goals in his 34 appearances, but in February 1955 it was announced that Tommy had decided to retire from playing football on doctor's orders.  He had been a popular member of the team during his short time at Macclesfield and it was recorded his presence would be missed.

He made one brief appearance at international level for Scotland in 1945 against England at Wembley, a wartime appearance,  when he was unfortunately injured in the first minute and could not continue.

Tommy died on 23 September 1993 at the age of 73.

 

Bolland Paul

2009-10, 2010-11 Midfielder

Paul Bolland

FL      League 48(11)3   Cups 7(1)0

Debut 8 August 2009 Northampton Town (Away)

An experienced midfielder with almost 350 professional appearances at Bradford City, Notts County and Grimsby, Paul made the move to Macclesfield in the summer of 2009. Initially used as back-up, but as injuries decimated the midfield he appeared more regularly in the starting line-up, although injuries kept him out of contention from time to time, however, overall he made a significant contribution.  Paul was released in the summer of 2010, but after a trial at Stockport he returned to the Moss Rose signing for a further twelve months. Again he has played an important part, including scoring two second half goals in the 3-2 home victory against Oxford United, when the Silkmen had been 0-2 down at half-time.

Paul moved to Mansfield Town in the summer of 2011 and signed a season-long loan at Harrogate Town in August 2012. Appointed coach to the U19 team at Harrogate Town in the summer of 2013. In 2015 became the Head of Football at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate in Harrogate.

 

Bolton James

Bolton_James

2012-13 and 2013-14 Defender

NC      League 8(2)0       Cups 3(0)0

Debut 10 August 2013 Nuneaton Town (Home)

James came through the Macclesfield Town youth ranks signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2012. Although he did not make any senior appearances for the Silkmen in the 2012-13 season he spent time on loan at Workington, Stafford Rangers and FC Halifax. His senior debut for Macclesfield came in the first match of the 2013-14 season and was a regular member of the team in early season matches. With competition for the defender positions, James fell down the pecking order and went on loan to FC Halifax Town from the end of January 2014 to the end of the season signing a permanent contract with them during the summer of 2014. Gained a winners' medal with FC Halifax Town in the FA Trophy in 2016.  Left FC Halifax Town in the summer of 2016 on their demotion from the Vanarama National League joining Gateshead in the National League on a three-year contract.

   

Bolton William Henry

1887-88 to 1896-97 and 1899-1900 to 1901-02 Half-back

 

#TC    League 108 Apps 5 Goals    Cups 28 Apps 4 Goals

#NSL  League 5 Apps 0 Goals        Cups 1 App 0 Goals

#ML   League 21 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

First played for St George's FC before moving to Macclesfield Swifts, the Macclesfield reserve team, and was promoted to the senior side in 1888 during Macclesfield's pre-league days. Was team captain from 1893 to 1896 and during his time at Macclesfield represented Cheshire at County level. Held  winners' medals for the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1889-90 (the first occasion Macclesfield won the cup) 1890-91, 1893-94 and 1895-96.  Also a member of the Macclesfield team who played in a competitive league, The Combination, for the first time in 1890-91, the team completing the season as runners-up. He made more appearances than any other Macclesfield player in The Combination.  Moved to Stockport for two seasons (1897-98 and 1898-99) before returning to Macclesfield.

In his book, John Earles described him as the incomparable Bill Bolton who was a hard worker, a good tackler, clever dribbler with a sure kick and never played a dirty game.

Licensee of the Farmer Arms. Billy died in November 1938 following a road accident near his home.

   

Bond F

1884-85 and 1885-86

 

Debut- unknown due to missing match information

 

A member of Macclesfield's reserve team who made the occasional appearance at senior level in Macclesfield's pre-league days.

   

Bond Peter

1876-77 Forward

 

Debut 28 October 1876 Stoke (Home)

 

A member of the 8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers team who played at least one season for the newly formed Macclesfield FC team including featuring in their first match.. From the sparse information available he appeared on the score sheet on two occasions.

He was also a good runner, monopolising the distance events at the Volunteers' Athletics Festival.

   

Boon

1901-02 Outside-right

 

#ML     League 3 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 8 February 1902 Failsworth (Away)

 

There is no information recorded about this player who replaced Tom Bullock, the regular holder of the outside-right position in the 1901-02 season, for three consecutive matches.

   

Boone

1922-23 Outside-right

 

CL      League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 21 April 1923 Winsford United (Away)

 

From the Potteries, this player was given a one match trial towards the end of the season at a time when different players were being tried out in the outside-right position..

   

Booth

1919-20 Left-half

 

CL      Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 April 1920 Witton Albion (Home) Cheshire League Subsidiary Competition

 

Played in the Macclesfield reserve side towards the end of the season and was called in for one Subsidiary Cup match when Macclesfield were clearing a back-log of fixtures.

   

Boot Ryan

Boot_Ryan

2016-17 Goalkeeper

NC     tbc at end of season

Debut 20 December 2016 Altrincham (Away) FA Trophy Round 1

A Port Vale player who has yet to make a senior appearance but has spent two loan spells at Worcester City

Signed for Macclesfield on loan for a month on 11 November 2016 as cover when Richie Branagan went on loan to Ashton United.

   

Booth

1946-47 Goalkeeper

 

CL      League 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 28 September 1946 Stockport County Reserves (Home)

Used for two early season matches when the then regular 'keeper Foxcroft was unavailable.  Having been on the losing side for both matches and conceded eight goals he was released after which he sign for Altrincham.

   

Booth

1963-64 Winger

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 6 April 1964 Tranmere Rovers Reserves  (Away)

Booth was one of several reserve team players given a taste of senior football after the Silkmen had clinched the League Title.

 

Booth Bob

Booth_Bob

1971-72 and 1976-77 to 1978-79 Utility

NPL     League 26(1)1   Cups 10(0)0

Debut 8 April 1972 Stafford Rangers (Home)

Progressed from the reserves, he occupied a variety of positions with distinction.  He was a strong defender and never let the side down where ever he was playing. Brother of Brian.

Unfortunately there is no further information recorded for this player.

 

Booth Brian

1981-82 to 1984-85 Manager

 

Brian played football for Congleton Town before he moved into management at Witton Albion where he remained for almost six years. When he was first appointed Witton were bottom of the Cheshire League but he managed to improve the side beyond recognition and in his first season took them to eighth position and then to Runners-up.  In Witton's first year as members of the Northern Premier League he steered them to Runners-up position, just one point behind Champions Mossley.

The then chairman of Macclesfield Town, Alan Brocklehurst, managed to sign Brian at his third attempt. Team building was the first priority in his first season.  Success came in the 1882-83 season, the team winning all four qualifying rounds of the FA Cup to reach the first round proper, the first time since 1975. Brian suffered a heart attack during the match against Chorley in February 1982 with the running of the team left to assistant manager Dave Berry who had given sterling service to the club as a player from 1967 to 1972, the Silkmen completing the season in fifth position in the league having been in the top spot for much of the time.  They were finalists in the League Cup and winners of the Cheshire Senior Cup.

At the start of the 1983-84 season Brian had fully recovered, the team finishing sixth in the league, however, they reached the first round of the FA Cup holding Division Four leaders and eventual champions York City to a 0-0 draw at the Moss Rose in front of a crowd of 4300, but unfortunately lost the replay. Brain won the manager of the Month Award for January 1984.

The 1984-85 season provided great excitement with the Silkmen chasing Stafford for the league championship but lost the race finishing as Runners-up. Prolific striker Steve Burr had been signed whose impact was seen immediately when he completed the season as top-scorer. Again the first round of the FA Cup was reached with Port Vale the opponents at the Moss Rose.  The match was interrupted just after the start of the second half with Macclesfield leading 1-0 when there was a crush at the end where the 2000 Port Vale fans were accommodated resulting in the wall collapsing, the game was stopped for 15 minutes whilst injured spectators were stretchered away.  Port Vale went on to win 2-1.  The team were runners-up in the two-legged final of the NPL Presidents' Cup.

Brain was made the NPL manager of the Year for 1984-85.  Sadly for the club at the end of the 1984-85 Brian resigned due to ill health.  After the problems encountered in the 1970's Brian brought life back to the club and is credited with creating the foundation on which the club was to achieve future success by bringing in players who were capable of gaining promotion.

Well respected by all, he was a Macclesfield man who outside football ran a building business with his brother Mick. Brian died on 8 May 2013.

   

Booth Bryan

Booth_Bryan

1969-70, 1970-71 Forward

NPL     League 4(7)   Cups 0(2)

Debut 1 October 1969 Sub Buxton (Home) NW Floodlit League

At the time Bryan played for Macclesfield he was a teacher in South Manchester and moved to Kidderminster in 1970 to join IMI Summerfield as a rocket motor designer. He signed for Kidderminster Harriers for whom he played for two years, and then spent four seasons with Stourbridge FC where he achieved promotion to the Southern Premier League in 1973-74 and was on the losing side in the Welsh Cup Final against Cardiff City.

(Thanks go to Bryan for supplying the above information)

 

Bossons Eddie

1980-81 and 1981-82 Defender

NPL      League 18(0)0   Cups 4(0)0

Debut 22 November 1980 Morecambe (Away)

Eddie was formerly with Stoke City but joined the Silkmen from the Staffordshire League and quickly adjusted to NPL football.

Unfortunately there is no further information recorded for this player.

 

Bossons William Horace

1925-26 and 1926-27 Goalkeeper

CL     League 62 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 12 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 7 November 1925 Middlewich (Home)

Prior to joining Macclesfield he was with Talke in Staffordshire. During the early part of the 1925-26 was the first choice 'keeper for the reserve team but graduated to the senior side replacing Townley.  He remained as the senior team 'keeper rarely missing any matches until the end of the 1926-27 season.  He was one of eight players who played in two competitive matches (one in the afternoon and one in the evening) on the same day in April 1924, the team winning both matches.

On leaving Macclesfield he joined Nelson for the 1927-28 season and was at Runcorn during the 1928-29 season.

Bossons_H
   

Boughey Darren

1991-92 Winger

Conf    League 1(3)0

Debut 28 March 1992 Sub Gateshead (Away)

Darren commenced his senior career at Stoke City in 1989 where he made seven senior appearances over a three year period. Whilst at Stoke he had loan spells at Wigan Athletic, Exeter City and, late in the 1991-92 season, at Macclesfield. His one start at the Moss Rose came in the 3-2 loss at Merthyr Tydfil at the beginning of April when he was described as a flying winger. On his release by Stoke City he joined non-league Stafford Rangers in 1992.

 

Boulton Bob

1974-75 to 1976-77 Forward

NPL     League 38(3)13   Cups 16(3)6

Debut 22 April 1975 Stafford Rangers (Away)

A product of football in the Potteries, Bob emerged from the reserves as a powerful player and was joint top-scorer with Mark Baber in the 1976-77 season. He spent a short time on loan at Witton Albion and made a single appearance for Congleton Town.

 

Bowen

1912-13 Outside-right

 

LC     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 1 February 1913 Darwen (Home)

 

From Shrewsbury Town, Bowen was given a one match trial but was not signed.

   

Bowker Lee

1974-75, 1975-76 Forward

NPL     League 10(2)3   Cups 9(1)1

Debut 27 November 1974 Buxton (Home) NW Floodlit League

A local lad who was promoted from the reserves although only used occasionally in the senior side. He scored both goals in the 2-0 home win against South Liverpool in October 1975, and scored a goal in the home 4-3 win against Goole Town.

 

Bowyer Frank

1960-61 to 1962-63 Inside-right/Manager

Bowyer

CL     League 113 Apps 69 Goals     Cups 21 Apps 8 Goals

Debut 20 August 1960 Wigan (Away)

Before joining the Silkmen Frank had been a one club player having joined Stoke City as a professional in 1938.  He was their longest serving player and had been given three benefits. He had also played in an FA Canadian tour.  Frank was player/manager at Macclesfield who scored a total of 29 league goals in the 1960-61 season, led his team to the Cheshire League Title and reached the first round of the FA Cup. It is no surprise that he was voted Sportsman of the Year that season. He was described as a great schemer, one of the finest exponents of the long through pass and possessed a cannonball shot, the latter he used to good effect when taking penalties. It is reported that if the goalkeeper did not duck out of the way the ball would be aimed at him in an attempt to knock him out!  Whilst devoting most his time to the football club he still ran a sweets and tobacco business in Hanley. At the end of the 1962-63 season he opted not to renew his contract when he moved to Cornwall due to family commitments where he became a caretaker in Newquay.  Frank died in November 1999.

 

Boyd Mark Edward

2004-05 Midfielder

Boyd_Mark

FL      League 4(1)0

Debut 5 March 2005 Sub Northampton Town (Away)

Commenced his career in the youth set up at Newcastle United from 2000 to 2002 signing his first professional contract with Port Vale in 2002. Unfortunately he suffered a broken ankle towards the end of his first season but having recovered could not force his way back into the senior and moved to Carlisle United for the later part of the 2003-04 season and then signed for Gretna in the summer of 2004,

Mark spent the second half of the 2004-05 season on loan from Gretna only making a handful of appearances in the centre of midfield, but his steady approach and his good distribution served the team well.

He then played for a succession of clubs, Accrington Stanley (2006), Southport (2006-07), Sligo Rovers (2007-08), Barrow (2008-11) where he made 80 league appearances, Droysden (2011), Workington (2011-13), and Celtic Manor (2103-15) spending the 2014-15 season as player/manger, the club folding in the summer of 2015.

 

Boyle Gary

1986-87 Utility

Boyle_Gary

NPL      League 6(1)0   Cups 3(2)0

Debut 23 August 1986 Morecambe (Home)

Having previously played for Stambridge United, Canvey Island and Wycombe Wanderers, Gary was signed from Walton & Hersham at a time when he was thought of as an up and coming utility player. Gary's appearances came at a time when the side was depleted though injuries. He gained a winners' medal in the Presidents Cup competition in 1987 when he was introduced from the substitutes' bench. On leaving Macclesfield he played for Witton Albion, Stalybridge Celtic, Drolysden and Nantwich Town on loan.

He worked for Astra Zeneca and later at GlaxoSmithKline at Stevenage.

 

Bracegirdle J

1901-02 Centre-forward

 

#ML     League 10 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 28 December 1901 Newton Heath Athletic (Home)

 

Bracegirdle was signed in December 1901 to replace summer signing Bloor when he had only scored one goal. Unfortunately Bracegirdle also only scored a single goal at the end of March which, from available information, appears to have been his last appearance for Macclesfield.

   

Brackenridge Steven

2002-03 and 2003-04

Steven Brackenridge

FL     League 2(7)2   Cups 1(1)0

Debut 14 December 2002 Sub Rushden & Diamonds (Home)

Signed his first professional contract at the beginning of the 2003-04 season having progressed through the Centre of Excellence and the Youth team at Macclesfield. Opportunities were limited for Steven in the senior side but he was a regular member of the reserve side playing in a wide-right midfield position, however, he made the most of his senior appearances netting twice including the winning goal at Darlington in December 2003. Since leaving Macclesfield in the summer of 2005, Steven has played for Hyde United, Mossley, Salford and New Mills.

 

Bradburn

1884-85

 

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

A member of Macclesfield's reserve team who made the occasional appearance for the senior side in their pre-league days.

   

Bradbury

1930-31 Outside-left

 

CL      League 5 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 3 April 1931 Congleton Town (Away)

 

Reported as 'from the Potteries', he was brought into the side late in the season at a time when a backlog of matches was being cleared, filling the outside-left position for five consecutive matches.

   

Bradbury John

1972-73 to 1974-75 and 1978-79 Winger/Midfielder

NPL      League 24(2)3   Cups 10(2)1

Debut 30 October 1972 Bradford Park Avenue (Away) NW Floodlit League

John was an experienced winger who was a stalwart of the reserves always ready to step into the first team when required.  John is another Silkmen player who has the distinction of scoring on his debut. Gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1973 when he came on from the substitutes' bench replacing Geoff Collier. He returned to Macclesfield from Middlewich in the summer of 1978, and had by then developed into a strong attacking player with speed and possessed a good shot.

There is no record where John played after his second stint with Macclesfield.

 

Braddock

1919-20 Left-back

 

CL      League 1 App 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 28 February 1920 Witton Albion (Away)

 

Had been playing in the Macclesfield reserve team towards the end of season and was called into the senior side to assist in one league match and two matches in the Cheshire League Subsidiary Cup at a time when a back-log of matches was being cleared.

   

Braddock Colin

1956-57 Winger

 

CL      League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 20 March 1957 Witton Albion (Away)

 

Made one senior appearance in a much changed side in the 2-3 defeat.

   

Braddock W

1890-91 to 1892-93 Full-back

 

#TC      League 51 Apps 0 Goals       Cups 10 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

A regular in the team during his three seasons with Macclesfield. He was a member of Macclesfield's team playing in a competitive league, The Combination, for the first time in 1890-91, the side completing the season as runners-up. He also gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Crewe Hornets in the same season.

   

Bradley

1921-22 Inside-right

 

CL     League 11 Apps 2 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 7 January 1922 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Away)

 

A member of Macclesfield's reserve team, he was used fairly regularly in the senior side in the second half of the

1921-22 season. His two goals came in consecutive matches, the first in the 2-2 draw at Altrincham and the second in the 3-2 home win against Tranmere Rovers Reserves.

   

Bradley

1936-37 and 1937-8 Defender

CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 6 February 1937 Winsford United (Away)

A member of the Macclesfield reserve side throughout his time at the club, he only made the occasional appearance at senior level when other players were unavailable.  His single Cup appearance came when he replaced Norman Christie in the Welsh Cup match against Bangor in November 1937.

   

Bradley

1956-57 to 1958-59 Goalkeeper

 

CL      League 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 30 April 1957 Port Vale Reserves (Home)

 

An amateur 'keeper who was used as cover when others were not available, making a single senior appearance each season.

 

Bradley H

1902-03 Outside-left

 

#ML     League 4 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 31 January 1903 Newton Heath (Away)

 

Featured for the senior team in the early part of 1903 but does not appear to have been a member of the reserve side. It was reported that he had resigned from the team in April 1903.

   

Bradley Lee

1979-80, 1980-81 Midfielder

NPL     League 39(0)5   Cups 5(0)0

Debut 20 October 1979 Runcorn (Away)

Lee joined Macclesfield from Northwich Victoria, having had league experience with Stockport County and Halifax Town.  He was a versatile player who filled a number of positions.

 

Bradley W

1876-77 to 1878-79 Full-back

 

Debut 28 October 1876 Stoke (Home)

 

Joined Macclesfield from Langley, appearing regularly in his three seasons with the club. He featured in the newly formed Macclesfield FC's first match.

   

Bradley Warren

1963-64 to 1965-66 Winger

Bradley_Warren

CL     League 83 Apps 15 Goals      Cups 20 Apps 6 Goals

Debut 30 October 1963 Chester Reserves (Away)

Warren initially played for both Bolton Wanderers youth and B teams for eight years. He went to Durham University where he appeared for Durham City and then Bishop Auckland. After the Munich air crash, in order to fulfill their fixtures Manchester United turned to Bishop Auckland to provide players of a good standard and three players including Warren were loaned to United's reserve team. When Matt Busby returned to work he was impressed with Warren and signed him as a part-time professional in November 1958 Warren taking up a teacher's position in Stretford. In May 1959 he was selected to play for England gaining three caps and scoring two goals.  He had also appeared for the England amateur team on 11 occasions.

Having made over 60 Football League appearances and scored 20 goals for United he was transferred to Bury for a fee of £2,500 for the 1962-63 season.  He then moved to Northwich Victoria and signed for Macclesfield in October 1963 where he could play equally well with both feet and was quick-thinking in his approach to play.  After Macclesfield there was a spell at Bangor City before he retired from playing in 1966.

He continued in the teaching profession and was a headteacher for many years and also worked with the Manchester United ex-players association.  Warren died in June 2007 at the age of 73.

 

Bradshaw Alan

1973-74 Forward

Bradshaw_Alan

NPL      League 35(0)4   Cups 21(0)6

Debut 11 August 1973 Fleetwood (Home)

Alan played football for Loughborough University, appearing in the same team as former Scotland international goalkeeper Bob Wilson OBE during the 1960-61 season. He signed for Blackburn Rovers in 1962 where he made 11 senior appearances scoring two goals over three years. In 1965 he moved to Crewe Alexandra where he established himself making almost 300 league appearances and scored 50 goals in his eight years with the club.

Alan signed for Macclesfield Town in 1973 and was described as a skilful inside forward who appeared in 56 of the 67 matches played, scoring 10 goals, in his sole season with the club.

There is no further information recorded for this player.

 

Bradshaw Mark

1994-95 to 1996-97 Defender

Mark Bradshaw

Conf    League 57(9)4   Cups 26(6)4

Debut 18 February 1995 Dover Athletic (Home)

Mark commenced his football career at Blackpool where he made 94 first team appearances.  He moved to Stafford Rangers in 1991 and then to the Moss Rose towards the end of the 1994-95 season for a fee of £5,000 as a replacement for Stuart Bimson.  Usually used in his preferred position of left-back, Mark could equally well fill a midfield berth, always solid in the tackle and forged forward at every opportunity.  He was part of the 1996-97 Conference Championship winning side, gained a winners' medal in the Staffordshire Senior Cup in 1997 and held an England semi-professional cap.

On leaving Macclesfield Mark played for Halifax Town, Droysden, Mossley, Woodley Sports where he was the reserve team manager, and Curzon Ashton.  From 2008-10 he was the manager of the Curzon Ashton Ladies' team after which he became their Development manager and has also worked for Tameside Sports Trust. Mark's last known appointment was as Football  Development Manager at Curzon Ashton FC which included the responsibilities of Manager of the Youth team.

 

Braham-Barrett Craig

2012-13 Defender

Braham_Barrett_Craig

NC     League 40(0)0     Cups 7(0)0

Debut 10 August 2012 Hereford United (Away)

A former Charlton Athletic trainee Craig spent time at Eastleigh, East Thurrock and Welling United before joining Peterborough United for a fee of £10,000. In August 2009 he moved to Grays Athletic and in January 2010 to Farnborough Town managed by Steve King. In the 2011-12 season he played for Havant and Waterlooville and then Sutton United where he helped them to reach the play-offs.

Craig signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2012 going straight in to the side, bringing pace and determination to the left-back position which he made his own throughout the 2012-13 season. Loaned to Cheltenham Town at the start of the 2013-14 season initially until January 2014 but his transfer was soon made permanent. Signed for Ebbsfleet United in the summer of 2015, spending time on loan at Woking and Whitehawk (two spells) before signing for Dover Athletic in March 2016. In the summer of 2016 Craig made the move to Braintree Town.

   

Brain Jon

2006-07 to 2009-10 Goalkeeper

Brain_Jon 

FL     League 125(0)0    Cups 14(0)0

Debut 19 August 2006 Peterborough United (Away)

Jon was signed by Port Vale from the Youth Academy at Newcastle United, moving to the Silkmen in the summer of 2006 when he shared goalkeeping duties with Tommy Lee in the early stages of the season.  Just as he was beginning to make an impression he sustained a broken leg in the match at Stockport County in November 2006 leaving him side-lined for the remainder of the season. Having fully recovered Jon continued with the Silkmen and became the first choice ‘keeper after Tommy Lee broke his hand at the end of November 2007.  With Keith Alexander’s policy of not including a ‘keeper on the substitute’s bench, Jon had no competition and was ever present throughout the 2008-09 season when he proved himself to be an excellent shot-stopper.

In the 2009-10 season Jon had competition from fellow ‘keeper Jose Veiga, nevertheless,  he only missed a few matches and established himself as the number one ‘keeper for the Silkmen keeping 11 clean sheets, and but for his hard work and reactionary saves, the number of goals conceded could have been much higher.  Jon opted to leave Macclesfield in the summer of 2010 when he signed for npower League One side Walsall, being released by them in the summer of 2011 when he moved to Nantwich Town and signed for Stafford Rangers in the summer of 2013 leaving them in March 2014.

 

Branagan Ritchie

Branagan_Richie 

2013-14 to 2016-17 Goalkeeper

NC      League 11(2)0     Cups 17(0)0

Debut 5 November 2013 Vauxhall Motors (Home) Cheshire Senior Cup R1

A member of the youth system at Bolton Wanderers, Ritchie joined the youth set-up at Bury in 2009 joining the first team squad for the 2009-10 season making two senior appearances.  He was released by Bury in May 2012 joining Salford City in August 2012 moving to Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2013.

Macclesfield's second string 'keeper, Richie's one league appearance came in the last match of the season at Alfreton Town.  He deputised for the injured Rhys Taylor in the first round of the FA Cup against Swindon Town keeping a clean sheet in the 4-0 home victory.  Also played in the first round of the FA Trophy and all five matches in the Cheshire Senior Cup competition. Was injured in the Cheshire Senior Cup match against Northwich Victoria on 4 March remaining unconscious for 28 minutes, but fortunately was not seriously injured and returned  to the senior team's substitute bench for the last league match in March.

During the 2014-15 season Richard was again Macclesfield's second string 'keeper with his appearances restricted to the FA Trophy and the Cheshire Senior Cup, gaining a winners' medal in the Senior Cup competition.

Prior to the start of the 2015-16 season was allocated squad number 1, but with the very late signing of Shwan Jalal Richie found himself again as Macclesfield's second string goalkeeper featuring in FA Trophy ties and deputising for Jalal when he was injured.

The 2016-17 season again saw Richie on the bench following the signing of Craig Ross resulting in him only making one league appearance and one appearance in the Cheshire Senior Cup. In November 2016 he signed a three month loan deal with Ashton United, however, he left the club by mutual agreement at the beginning of January 2017 allowing him to sign for Chorley.

Has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 21 level and is the son of former Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Keith Branagan.

 
   

Brandrick Ron

1975-76 and 1976-77 Defender

NPL     League 18(0)0   Cups 8(0)0

Debut 1 January 1976 Altrincham (Home)

Signed as an amateur player, Ron made his debut in place of Dave Mobley who had been relegated to the substitutes' bench.  He went on to make a further 15 appearances in his first season and appeared nine times in the following season, his last in October 1976.

Unfortunately there is no further information recorded for this player

 

Bray

1898-99 to 1900-01 Forward

 

#NSL     League 12 Apps 3 Goals    

#ML      League  1 App 0 Goals

Debut 28 January 1899 Market Drayton (Away)

 

A member of the Macclesfield reserve team in 1891 and it is possible that he was on the books of Northwich Victoria at least during the 1893-94 season. 

He retruned to Macclesfield representing the Hallefield (Macclesfield FC having temporarily gone out of business in 1887) North Staffordshire and District League side in 1898-99, and then he was only used from time to time. With the Macclesfield reserve team again for the 1900-01 season making one known senior appearance in September 1900.

   
   

Breen David

1978-79 Winger

NPL      League 1(0)0

Debut 1 November 1978 Bangor City (Home)

As a Wigan player, featured in one match during his time at the Moss Rose.

 

Brennan Mike

1975-76 to 1977-78 and 1980-81, 1981-82 Midfielder/defender

Brennan_Mick

 

NPL     League 121(0)17   Cups 37(2)5

Debut 16 August 1975 Gateshead (Home)

Mike scored many goals for Rochdale having moved there from Manchester City, but his non-League debut came when on loan at Mossley.  At Macclesfield he provided the twin striking power alongside Geoff Collier. In the 1976-77 season he took on the responsibility of captain when he dropped back to the defence. He returned to Macclesfield for a second spell in 1980 having played at Northwich Victoria, Witton Albion and Oswestry Town in the meantime. He returned to Northwich Victoria, later playing for Stalybridge Celtic and was player/coach at West Adelaide, Australia.

   

Brereton Samuel

1933-34 Right-back

CL     League 7 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 18 November 1933 Sandbach Ramblers (Home)

Commenced his football career at Tunstall Town where four members of his family were players. Samuel then moved to Newfield Rovers, Ravensdale and Congleton Town before signing for Macclesfield in November 1933.  He featured from time to time from November 1933 to late January 1934 when he was injured. By this time Sherlock had established himself as the first choice right-back. A bricklayer by trade.

   

Brewster GH

1876-77

 

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded for this player who featured in the first season of the newly formed Macclesfield FC in their pre-league days.

   

Bricker Frank

1923-24 Centre-forward

 

CL     League 12 Apps 7 Goals     Cups 4 Apps 2 Goals

 

Debut 25 August 1923 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Home)

 

Prior to signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1923, he had been on the books of Crewe Alexandra. He went straight into the side scoring seven goals in his first 11 appearances, including a hat-trick in the 8-2 home win against Witton Albion. Injured in the away match at Tranmere on 27 October 1923 he returned briefly at the turn of the year, after which he only made one further appearance in February.  In his absence Eli Bullock and Henry Barnett had taken responsibility for the centre-forward position.

   

Bridges

1936-37 Forward

CL     League 11 Apps 3 Goals  

Debut 14 November 1936 Altrincham (Away)

A member of the reserve side who was used as back-up.

   

Bridgett

1925-26 Inside-left and Left-half

 

CL     League 19 Apps 6 Goals    Cups 3 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 31 October 1925 Mossley (Away)

Signed from Sandbach Ramblers, he made a good start scoring six goals in his first 12 matches including netting two goals in two matches. Personnel filling the inside-left position changed continually throughout the season resulting in Bridgett missing several matches.  After a difficult match at the end of March when played at centre-forward he was moved back into the defence for final month of the season.

   

Brierley Harry

1938-39 Forward

CL     League 18 Apps 6 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 15 October 1938 Stockport County  Reserves (Home)

Played for Rochdale and Mossley (where he had scored 23 goals in the 1937-38 season) before signing for the Silkmen in October 1938 at the age of 25. Harry generally filled a forward position but fell back to the defence for a couple of matches, however, although he featured fairly regularly initially he did not command a regular place in the second half of the season.

 

Briggs

1921-22 Right-half

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 27 August 1921 Mossley (Away)

 

Having played in a pre-season practice match, made his only appearance in the opening match of the 1921-22 season and it would appear that he did not feature for the reserve team.

   
   

Brightwell Ian

Ian Brightwell

2004-05 to 2007-08 Defender

Manager - 38 Matches, Won 7, Drawn 13, Lost 18, %Win 18.42

FL     League 17(4)0   Cups 2(1)0

Debut 30 August 2004 Sub Southend United (Away)

Ian, the son of Olympic Athletes Ann Packer MBE and Robbie Brightwell MBE, spent the majority of his playing career at Manchester City where he made over 380 appearances and gained four England U21 international caps having also represented England at Youth level. On leaving City he had short spells at Coventry City, Walsall, Stoke City and Port Vale before moving to the Moss Rose in the summer of 2004, where he was, at various times, Reserve team manager, first team coach and caretaker manager culminating with his appointment as manager in the summer of 2007.  His player registration was retained throughout and was usually called upon when other defenders were unavailable. Having been manager for 38 matches, Ian lost his job in February 2008 at a time when the team was struggling to attain any regular form.  Ian can now be heard on BBC Radio Manchester as a co-commentator.

 

Briscoe Michael

Michael Briscoe

2004-05, 2005-06 Defender

FL      League 23(4)1   Cups 4(5)0

Debut 7 August 2004 Leyton Orient (Away)

Michael’s career started at Northamptonshire non-League club Harpole where he was spotted by Coventry City for whom he signed in April 2003. Moving to the Moss Rose in the summer of 2004 he went straight into the starting line-up making an immediate impact as a central defender and, in his second season, on the right side of the defence. An exciting, committed and enthusiastic player he was unfortunate to lose out to more experienced players in both seasons, and was released at the end of the 2005-06 season. Subsequently played for Burton Albion and very successfully for Tamworth, signing for Steve Burr’s Kidderminster Harriers in the summer of 2010. Michael moved to AFC Telford in the summer of 2012 and Stourbridge in the summer of 2013..

 

Brisley Shaun

2007-08 to 2011-12 Defender

Shaun Brisley

FL     League 117(7)6   Cups 17(1)3

Debut 1 March 2008 Notts County (Home)

A Macclesfield lad, Shaun was involved with the Silkmen from the age of 13.  A tall, strong central defender, Keith Alexander called him into the first team for his first match in charge having impressed during training, at a time when he was still a trainee.  Shaun signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2008 and, other than for a short period when he was rested, he appeared regularly in the 2008-09 season scoring two goals in Cup competitions. Shaun consolidated his position in the team during the 2009-10 campaign displaying his versatility when he had to move from the centre of the defence to right-back and, at times, right wing-back. In the following season a hip problem, which required surgery, kept him out of the side until February 2011, regaining a permanent position in the starting line-up six weeks later.

In the 2011-12 season he was a significant central defensive force always playing with strength and power, regularly clearing up at the back helping the Silkmen to enjoy a successful first half to the season. Shaun was ever-present partnering Nat Brown until February 2012 when he signed a loan deal with  Peterborough United until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move which was completed in May 2012. Went on loan to Scunthorpe United in September 2014, Luton Town in 2015 and Leyton Orient in 2016. On leaving Peterborough United moved to Carlisle United during the summer of 2016.

 

Brissett Anthony Trevor

(Known as Trevor)

Brissett_Trevor

1987-88 Defender

Conf    Cups 0(1)0

Debut 26 September 1987 Sub Chadderton (Home) FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round

Trevor was a member of the youth team at Stoke City but then moved to Port Vale where he made 55 appearances from 1980 to 1982. He was a defender who could play in any of the back four positions. On leaving Part Vale he signed for Darlington and then played for  Stafford Rangers, Witton Albion and Newcastle Town before joining the Silkmen in 1987. Trevor’s one senior appearance came in the 5-0 FA Cup victory at Chadderton in a season when the side reached the third round of the Cup. Along with fellow players Nigel Shaw, Ian Elsby and Steve Waddington he was involved in a serious car crash before the start of the 1986 season.

Having recovered he had a loan spell at Oswestry Town before moving to Barrow and then Witton Albion (again),  after which he spent time working with Glyn Chamberlain at Congleton. Trevor was then player/assistant manager at Newcastle Town and later coached at Meir KA and Stoke City Academy.

Trevor died from cancer in May 2010 at the age of 49.

 

Brittleton Samuel

1911-12 Inside-right

 

ML     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

LC      League 2 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 2 September 1911 South Liverpool (Away)

 

First known information about this player indicates that he played for Witton Albion. He signed for Stockport County in August 1905, Witton Albion again in August 1906, leaving in October 1907. His next stop was at Preston North End in February 1908, after which he moved to Horwich RMI in April 1908, Chorley in June 1908, Southampton in May 1909 and Witton Albion for a third time in September 1910.

He moved to Macclesfield in August 1911 but only played in very early season matches, scoring the first goal in the 5-2 home win against Padiham in the Lancashire Combination on 13 September 1911 which was his last appearance for Macclesfield.

On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Atherton in February 1912, returning to Chorley in September 1912 and then Rochdale in October 1913.

Died 4 October 1951.

   

Broad

1928-29 Centre-forward

 

CL     League 2 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 9 March 1929 Ashton National (Home)

 

Reported as 'from Stafford Rangers', Broad made two appearances in March and April 1929 and despite scoring on his debut was not signed permanently.

   

Broadbent

1949-50 Inside-left

 

CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 21 September 1949 Chester Reserves (Away)

 

Signed from Blackpool, he only made four consecutive appearances, three of which he was on the losing side.

   

Broadhead Tony

1970-71 Forward

NPL     League 31(3)17   Cups 26(2)17

Debut 15 August 1970 Goole Town (Away)

Before moving to Macclesfield Tony played at Bangor City and Oswestry. In his single season with the Silkmen he was a prolific scorer and when teamed up with Brian Fidler they made a formidable partnership.  Tony scored four hat-tricks, the first on his second appearance for the Silkmen, in the 6-0 win against Fleetwood at the Moss Rose. Gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1971. On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Altrincham.

   

Brocklehurst

1911-12 Outside-right

 

LC     League 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 8 April 1912 Darwen (Home)

 

There is no information recorded about this player who made three end-of-season appearances.

   

Brocklehurst E

1919-20 and 1922-23 Utility

 

CL     League 5 Apps 0 Goals       Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 30 August 1919 Crichton's Athletic (Home)

 

A member of the Macclesfield reserve team over several years whose senior appearances were spread over two seasons. He usually featured as a defender but was equally at home as a forward.

   

Brocklehurst Walter

1897-98 and 1898-99, 1900-01 and 1903-04 Goalkeeper

 

#SDL       League 15 Apps 0 Goals

NSL         League 19 Apps 0 Goals       Cups 1 App 0 Goals

#ML        League 23 Apps 0 Goals       Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 30 October 1897 Gorton Ramblers (Away)

 

Played for Byron Street and Poynton before joining Macclesfield in October 1897, Hallefield's Championship season in the Stockport and District League, when they were undefeated throughout the season. (Hallefield had taken over the Moss Rose when Macclesfield FC had failed financially.) Popular with the supporters he was Macclesfield's  first choice 'keeper throughout the 1898-99 season. Appears to have left the Moss Rose for the 1899-1900 season but was the first choice 'keeper throughout the 1900-01 season in the re-formed Macclesfield FC's first season as members of the Manchester and District League. Returned to the club in February 1904 when the regular 'keeper Smith had refused to play, remaining until the middle of April when Smith returned.

Walter died at a young age on 22 April 1905 in Macclesfield Infirmary having mistakenly drunk a poisonous liquid 10 days earlier.

   

Brodie  Richard Jon

2016-17 Forward

Brodie_Richard

NC     League 1(3)0

Debut 19 November 2016 Sub Aldershot Town (Away)

Started his career in 2004 at Whickham where he remained until the summer of 2006 when he signed for Newcastle Benfield. Moved to York City at the end of January 2007 (147 appearances scoring 58 goals) and spent time on loan at Barrow (November 2008), before signing for Crawley in September 2010 helping them to win the Conference title in the 2010-11 season. He then had three loan spells - Fleetwood Town (2011-12), where he was a member of the Conference champions side for a second consecutive season, Morecambe (first half of 2012-13 season) and Grimsby Town (January 2013 for three months). Signed for Gateshead in the summer of 2013, spending time on loan at Hereford (September 2013-October 2013) and then Southport (November 2013 to end of the 2013-14 season), signing for them permanently in the summer of 2014. His travels then took him to Aldershot Town in the middle of August 2015 until the beginning of February 2016 when he moved  to Stockport County, remaining there until May 2016 when he signed for York City.

Richard was signed on loan with Macclesfield Town on 17 November until 1 January 2017 having made 387 career appearances in all competitions and scored 119 goals. Returned to York City at the end of his loan spell having made one start and two substitute appearances.

Left York on 11 January 2017, signing for Boston United on 21 January but left them on 15 February having made just three appearances. Re-joined Southport on 18 March 2017.

   

Brodigan Aidan

1994-95 Midfielder

Conf     Cups 2(0)0

Debut 15 November 1994 Blakenall (Away) Staffordshire Senior Cup R2

Aidan commenced his football career as a member of the Stockport Youth team after which he played for Bramhall, Devonshire, Cale Green, Adswood United, Cheadle Town and Congleton Town.  Whilst at the Moss Rose he was a member of the reserve side but was drafted in to the senior side for two Staffordshire Senior Cup matches. Aidan was also a member of the England Amateur team at the UEFA Regions Cup in 2003 held in Bosnia.

After leaving Macclesfield he has played for Barnton, Knutsford and Stockport Georgians where he is currently the assistant manager for their second team.  Aidan works as a planning and records controller for Thomas Cook Airline

   

Brogden

1909-10 to 1911-12 Forward

 

ML     League 34 Apps 11 Goals     Cups 10 Apps 3 Goals

 

LC      League 15 Apps   5 Goals    

 

Debut 27 November 1909 Sale Holmfield (Home)

 

Made his senior debut whilst still a member of the Macclesfield reserve team but was promoted to the senior side at the beginning of March 1910 when he replaced Stubberts featuring at outside-right. In the following two seasons he was in and out of the team usually playing at either inside-right or inside-left. His best season came in 1910-11 when he played his part in the side winning the Manchester League Championship and gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup competition, playing at outside-right in the final.

   

Bromley-Davenport William Sir

KCB, CMG, CBE, DSO, TD, JP, DL

1883-84 Centre-forward

Debut 12 January 1884 Chester St John's (Home) Cheshire Senior Cup Round 2

Of Capesthorne Hall, played for the Old Eatonians and Oxford University. For Macclesfield he featured in the second round home tie of the Cheshire Senior Cup on 12 January 1884 against Chester St John 's when he scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory. The following week he returned to London helping the Swifts overcome the Old Forresters in the FA Cup. He played one further match for Macclesfield, a friendly against Northwich Victoria.

In March 1884 he made two appearances for England against Scotland and Wales at centre-forward scoring two goals against Wales.

He served in the Second Boer War, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and in the First World War commanded the 22nd Mounted Brigade of the Egyptian Expedition Force with the rank of Brigadier-general.

He was MP for Macclesfield from 1886 to 1905 holding the office of Financial Secretary to the War Office from 1903-1905.  He held the honorary post of Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire from 1920 to 1949, was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1918, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1919 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1924.

Died in February 1949 aged 87.

 

 
 
 
   

Brookes

1896-97 Inside-left

 

TC     League 1 App 0 Goals      Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 12 December 1896 Glossop North End (Home) FA Cup Q1

 

Previously played for Fairfield and was possible on the books of Northwich Victoria during the 1893-94 season.  Only made two consecutive appearances for Macclesfield which probably indicates that he was on trial.

   

Brookes Stan

1976-77 Forward

NPL     League 18(0)1 Cups 5(0)0

Debut 21 August 1976 Great Harwood (Home)

Signed from Eastwood Town, Stan was a strong front runner, useful round the box usually acting as provider for others.

Unfortunately there is no further information recorded for this player.

   

Brooks

1959-60 Inside-right

 

CL     League 4 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 29 August 1959 Runcorn (Away)

 

He was probably unfortunate to play in the early season matches when the Silkmen failed to secure a victory in their first six matches. His single goal came when he  opened the scoring in the 3-4 defeat at Oswestry Town.

   

Broome Paul

1979-80 Defender

NPL     League 11(0)0   Cups 3(0)0

Debut 18 August 1979 Gateshead (Away)

A member of Port Vale’s Lancashire League title winning side, Paul was signed from Vale at a time when he was seen as a defender who showed great promise. Most of his appearances came early in the season.

Unfortunately there is no further information recorded for this player.

 

Brough

1888-89 and 1890-91 Right-half

 

TC     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded about this player.

   

Brough Charlie

1923-24 and 1924-25 Defender

 

CL     League 3 Apps

 

Debut 3 May 1924 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Away)

 

A member of the Macclesfield reserve team who was used to deputise for senior members of the team on three occasions. In April 1925 he signed amateur forms for Congleton Town.

   

Brown

1947-48 Outside-left

CL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 10 April 1948 Mossley (Home) Challenge Cup Semi-final

A member of the reserve side who was described as a good find and a good crosser of the ball. His four appearances all came towards the end of the season when he played in place of the injured Ken Speak with his goal, on his debut,  helping the Silkmen draw 3-3 in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

 

Brown A

1925-26 Right-half

 

CL     League 16 Apps  0 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 31 October 1925 Mossley (Away)

 

Signed from Goldenhill, Staffordshire Brown initially featured for the reserve team. He replaced the veteran Enoch Collinson and played regularly until early March when first Vigrass and then Davies took his place at a time when the team were going through a difficult time. His two Cup appearances came in the early rounds of the Cheshire Senior Cup.

   

Brown Eddie

1973-74 and 1974-75 Manager

 

Eddie was a professional footballer with Arsenal and Chesterfield and later became well known in the Cheshire League with Bangor City and Runcorn.

He joined Macclesfield at the start of the 1972-73 season at the same time as Billy Haydock but as Reserve team manager. On the resignation of Billy Haydock in January 1974 he was initially appointed caretaker manager because of his forward looking ideas and his impressive record with the reserves. He led the team to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy losing to Dartford and to the Cheshire Senior Cup Final  losing 1-0 to Runcorn. He resigned in September 1974 after the team had only won one match in the first seven outings of the 1974-75 season.

   

Brown Gary

1993-94 Defender

Conf    League 1(0)0

Debut 25 September 1993 Yeovil Town (Away)

Gary, son of Mick Brown one time assistant manager at Manchester United, was on trial and took the place of the injured George Shepherd in the  4-0 defeat.

Unfortunately there is no further information recorded for this player.

 

Brown Greg

1997-98 to 1999-00 Defender

Brown_Greg

FL     League 9(3)0   Cups 0(1)0

Debut 28 December 1997 Rochdale (Home)

A local lad who represented Macclesfield and District, Cheshire and the North of England at schoolboy level. Greg signed for Chester City on schoolboy forms moving through the ranks to the senior side but was released by them in December 1997 when he moved to the Moss Rose.  A solid left-back, Greg was used as cover for absent players in the senior side, however, he was a stalwart defender in the Silkmen’s Reserve side and it was surprising that he did not win a regular place in the first team.  He left the club in January 2000 signing for Morecambe and subsequently played for Abbey Hey. Having retired from football, Greg is now an events co-ordinator.

 

Brown GH 'Augustus'

1892-93 and 1893-94 Centre-half

 

#TC      League 13 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 18 March 1893 Everton Reserves (Away)

 

Signed from the Stockport District in March 1893, he appeared in the final five matches of the 1892-93 season, and then fairly regularly the following season until the end of January 1894.  All four of his cup appearances came in the FA Cup competition in  the 1893-94 season when Macclesfield were defeated in the third qualifying round by Crewe Alexandra. Described as an excellent centre-half and clever header of the ball.

   

Brown John

1982-83 Goalkeeper

NPL     League 15(0)0   Cups 1(0)0

Debut 21 August 1982 Morecambe (Away)

Having previously played for Preston North End, John was signed from Wigan Athletic. During his time as a Football League player he featured eleven times in the FA Cup competition from the first round onwards.  It was reported that he gave some brave displays as ‘keeper. John started off the season as the first choice ‘keeper, but he lost his place to Peter Eales at the end of September, only returning for the occasional match afterwards.

Brown_John

 

Brown Karl

1995-96

Brown_Karl

Conf     Cups 0(1)0

Debut 21 November 1995 Sub Vauxhall GM (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup R2

Formerly a Manchester United apprentice, Karl featured regularly for the reserves, with his one senior appearance for the Silkmen coming in a Cheshire Senior Cup tie when he replaced Marc Coates. Before signing for Macclesfield Karl had made a single appearance at Hyde United and later played for Witton Albion, Marine, Northwich Victoria, Ramsbottom United and Salford City.

 

Brown Nat

2008-09 to 2012-13 Defender

Nat Brown

FL     League 147(2)12   Cups 18(1)2

NC    League 22(0)2     Cups 4(0)0

Debut 8 November 2008 Harlow Town (Away) FA Cup R1

Nat commenced his career as a trainee at Huddersfield who gave him his first professional contract in July 1999 where he made 84 appearances. Keith Alexander signed him at Lincoln City in the summer of 2005, making over 100 appearances there before he moved to Wrexham in June 2008. As Nat did not feature in the plans at Wrexham, he signed a three month loan deal at the Moss Rose in November 2008, which was eventually extended to the end of the season.  Initially used as a central midfielder he scored six goals, three of which came in four consecutive appearances, but gave some of his best performances when he reverted to his more accustomed role as a central defender towards the end of the season, where his height and strength came into their own.

During the summer of 2009 Nat signed permanently but a pre-season stress fracture of the shin kept him out of contention until September.  After his return, he was virtually ever-present as a reliable centre back and scored a further four goals. Almost ever-present in the 2010-11 season, Nat became one of the best central defenders in the npower League 2.

In the 2011-12 season he was appointed captain and was ever-present for the first half of the season forming an effective central defensive partnership with Shaun Brisley. The second half of the season was disrupted when he missed several matches through suspension and injury. Nat continued to wear his trademark strapping around his left wrist and hand.

Nat was again appointed captain form the 2012-13 season and was ever-present in his usual centre-back position alongside Kieran Charnock. He played regularly until the middle of October when he was side-lined by a calf strain returning to the side at the beginning of January. A further injury in the match at Ebbsfleet at the beginning of February saw him side-lined again.  In fact this was his last match of the season for the Silkmen as he moved to Lincoln City in March 2013 on loan to the end of the season on the appointment of former Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson as manager at Lincoln.

Released by Macclesfield at the end of the 2012-13 season, Nat signed a permanent contract with Lincoln City and towards the end of his time there had short loan spells at FC Halifax Town and Harrogate Town.  Signed for Boston United in the summer of 2016.

 

Brown Scott

2012-13 Midfielder

Brown_Scott

NC     League 0(1)0

Debut 10 August 2012 Sub Hereford United (Away)

Started his career in the Everton youth system signing for Bristol City in 2004  where he remained for three years making over 70 appearances. Over the next five years he played for Cheltenham Town, Port Vale, Morecambe, Fleetwood and York City where he appeared in the victorious 2012 Conference National play-off Final at Wembley Stadium. Scott had also appeared for England at U-15, U-17, U-18 and U19 levels.

Signing non-contract forms for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2012, Scott only managed one appearance from the substitutes' bench and, with opportunities hard to come by, he left the club at the end of August 2012 when his registration was cancelled. Signed for Chester in 2012, Southport in 2013, Grimsby Town in 2014 and Accrington Stanley in January 2016.

   

Brown Steve

Steve Brown

1998-99 Forward

FL     League 1(1)0   Cups 1(1)0

Debut 29 August 1998 Millwall (Away)

An experienced striker having played for Southend United, Colchester United and Gillingham, Steve was signed from Lincoln City in the summer of 1998 but failed to impress and after four games was consigned to the Reserve side where he was a prolific goal scorer.  He went on loan to Dover Athletic for three months at the end of February 1999 signing for them permanently in the summer of 1999

 

Browne Rhys

2016-17 Midfielder

Browne-Rhys

NC     tbc at end of the season

Debut 14 January 2017 AFC Sudbury (Away) FA Trophy Round 2

Joined Norwich City as a youth player from Interwood in 2012 where he was a member of the squad which won the 2012-13 Youth Cup against Chelsea and the Norfolk Senior Cup. With Charlton for the 2014-15 season but was released at the end of the season without making any senior appearances. After a trial at Aldershot Town was signed by them in the summer of 2016 going on to make 41 appearances in all competitions and scoring seven goals. He then signed a two-year deal with newly promoted League Two side Grimsby Town for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2016 but only made eight substitute appearances in the first half of the season.

Signed on loan for Macclesfield in January 2017 until the end of the season scoring on his debut in the second round of the FA Trophy against AFC Sudbury.

   

Bruce Harry

1933-34 to 1935-36 Centre-half

CL     League 90 Apps 2 Goals     Cups 23 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 10 February 1934 Prescot Cables (Home)

Signed from Colwyn Bay, Harry was the first choice centre-back throughout his time at the Moss Rose as a clever, hardworking player with good aerial ability. In the 1934-35 season he was captain, ever-present and gained a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal.

 

Brunt

1879-80 and 1880-81

 

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded for this player.

   

Bryning

1946-47 and 1947-48 Inside-right

CL     League 10 Apps 3 Goals  

Debut 19 October 1946 Runcorn (Home)

Previously with Poynton: only featured in matches in November and December 1946 scoring on his debut in the 1-1 draw and twice in matches when he was on the losing side.

 

Bull

1921-22 Right-half

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 31 August 1921 Connah's Quay (Home)

 

Had been on the books of Northampton Town before war service after which he was with Plymouth Argyll.  He was signed by Macclesfield from Crewe Alexandra but only made one senior appearance before moving to the reserve team.

   

Bullock Eli

1920-21 and 1923-24 Centre-forward

Bullock_Eli

CL     League 32 Apps 15 Goals     Cups 9 Apps 7 Goals

Debut 11 December 1920 Runcorn (Home)

The youngest of 13 children and had suffered from deafness from a young age, Eli started playing football at the age of 13. It is said that he supposedly joined the army at the age of 16. He served in the East Yorkshire Regiment for four and a half years in World War One, in France and later in the Balkans (Salonika) as an officer's batman. During his days in the army he won a football medal (competition unknown) and spent time in the British Army Hospital at Malta suffering from malaria.

After the war he played for several teams in the Potteries including Chesterton, PSA and Parkhouse Colliery before signing professional forms with Crewe Alexandra in August 1920 where he played in their Central League and Cheshire League teams.

Eli signed for Macclesfield in November 1920, but did not make his senior debut until the middle of December and was then almost ever-present to the end of the season scoring 14 goals in 20 appearances. His one hat-trick came in the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup when Tranmere were beaten 5-0 at the Moss Rose.

In the 1921-22 season he played for Exeter City scoring four goals in 27 Games but was then out of contention injured for quite some time.  Eli married whilst he was at Exeter and he and his wife returned to the Potteries at the end of the 1921-22 season.  Whilst there is no official record, it is thought that he played local football during the 1922-23 season and re-signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1923.  Initially played in the reserve team, first appearing in the senior team  at the end of September 1923 out of position at inside-right, returning to centre-forward early in November remaining there until early March when  Henry Barnett became the preferred centre-forward, although Eli played a further three matches at inside-right.

Moved to Runcorn for the 1924-25 season gaining a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup. He then retired from playing at the age of 31 owing to increasing deafness.

Away from football, Eli worked all his life in the building industry. He died in March 1984 at the age of 88.

   

Bullock Martin

Martin Bullock

2005-06 and 2006-07 Midfielder

FL     League 76(7)11   Cups 12(0)1

Debut 6 August 2005 Leyton Orient (Away)

Martin moved to Macclesfield in the summer of 2005 from Blackpool, having previously played for Barnsley and Port Vale. He had an electric start, scoring six goals in his first ten appearances when he was used as a striker, but then moved to his preferred position on the right wing, although in his second season he was used on the left wing. Capable of playing enthusiastically and using his incisive runs to good effect, Martin was a regular in the starting line-up and on 9th April 2007 in the match at Boston United he made his 500th career appearance. In the summer of 2007 he made the move to Wycombe Wanderers and announced his retirement from professional football at the end of the 2007-2008 season.

At international level Martin made one appearance for the Under 21 team.

 

Bullock Matthew

2001-02 Midfielder

Matthew Bullock

FL     League 2(1)0

Debut 23 October 2001 Hartlepool United (Home)

A right winger, Matthew spent a month on loan from Stoke City making a promising debut against Hartlepool United but only made two further appearances before returning to the Britannia Stadium where he was released in January 2002. Later signed for Leek Town and subsequently played for Stocksbridge Park Steels and Buxton.

Represented England at Youth level.

 

Bullock Tom

1891-92 to 1894-95, 1898-99 to 1901-02 and 1903-04 Forward

#TC     League 78 Apps 23 Goals     Cups 18 Apps  3 Goals

NSL     League 34 Apps 19 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

#ML    League 35 Apps 13 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 September 1891 Stockport County Reserves (Away)

 

A flexible forward from Sutton Rangers, who usually played at inside-right but also made some appearances at outside-right, and when he returned featured at centre-forward for the 1898-99 and 1899-1900 seasons in the Hallefield and Hallefield-Macclesfield teams, leading the team as captain for the 1900-1901 season in the newly formed Macclesfield FC side in the Manchester and District League. Small in stature he was a hard-worker, a skillful player and a good dribbler of the ball. A consistent, but not prolific, goal scorer with the number of goals scored evenly distributed over each season.

He represented Cheshire County against Cumberland in October 1893, a match which was played at the Moss Rose, and held a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal for 1893-94.

   

Bullock Tony

2000-01 Goalkeeper

Tony Bullock

FL      League 24(0)0   Cups 5(0)0

Debut 12 August 2000 Scunthorpe United (Home)

Tony went from Sunday League soccer straight into semi-professional football when he signed for Northwich Victoria as their ‘keeper.  He moved to Leek Town and then to Barnsley for a fee of £20,000, but with the arrival of Dave Bassett he lost his place and moved to Macclesfield in the summer of 2000 on a one-year contract.  An excellent shot stopper with a huge kick and a long throw he was a popular player, but after suspension lost his place to Lee Martin and moved to Lincoln City in March 2001.  Subsequently he has played for a number of clubs – Ross County, Dundee United, Gillingham, St Mirren, Montrose, Dundee, Livingstone and Arbroath where he was player/coach until September 2013. In November 2013 he signed as a player for Airdrieonians but only featured in one match before retiring to become their goalkeeping coach, a position which he left in October 2014.

 

Bunter Steve

1992-93 Forward

Conf     League 1(0)0

Debut 27 February 1993 Welling United (Home)

On loan from Droylsden, Steve made his single appearance in the 1-1 draw when the Silkmen had been reduced to 10 men on the dismissal of Stuart Leicester.

Unfortunately there is no further information recorded for this player.

   

Burbidge A

1908-09 and 1909-10 Goalkeeper

Burbidge_A

ML     League 43 Apps 0 Goals       Cups 6 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 7 November 1908 Altrincham (Home)

Joined Macclesfield from Newton Heath when he replaced Joe Wilkinson who had probably left the club to concentrate on his business commitments.  In the 1908-09 season Burbidge helped the team reach the semi-final of the Cheshire Senior Cup and was a member of the Manchester League Championship side when, from his debut to the end of the season, he only missed one match due to injury. In the 1909-10 season he was the first choice 'keeper and ever-present until the middle of November when he was taken ill during the match at Witton Albion resulting in him missing the next two matches. He returned and was ever-present again until the beginning of March when it was said that he had 'flu.  The 6-0 win against Newton Heath on 26 February at the Moss Rose was to be last appearance for Macclesfield. Unfortunately only months later he died.

Note: His name is reported as Burbidge, Burbage and Burbridge at various times.

   

Burgess

1913-14 Left-back

 

LC     League 9 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 6 September 1913 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

 

There is no information recorded about this player.  He featured in the opening matches of the season until the introduction of the formidable Harry Pearson after which he made no further appearances and may well have left the club.

   

Burgess

1951-52 Forward

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 9 April 1952 South Liverpool (Away)

 

A member of the Macclesfield Colts team who was given a one match trial.

   

Burgess Cyril

1928-29 and 1929-30, 1934-35 to 1936-37 Forward

 

CL     League 30 Apps 8 Goals    Cups 6 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 21 April 1929 Tranmere Rovers Reserves(Away)

 

Having been with Stockport County from the 1925-26 season he played for Wilmslow Albion in the 1928-29 season where he scored 30 goals, however, was given a trial with Macclesfield in the penultimate match of the season  signing permanently in the summer of 1929. Cyril was a clever, enthusiastic footballer with the majority of his appearances coming in the 1929-30 season. During his first spell with the Silkmen he represented the Cheshire League team against the Welsh League team at Bangor.

Leaving Macclesfield he played for Northwich Victoria and then Runcorn.  He returned to Macclesfield in the 1934-35 season when he was playing for the Macclesfield Wednesdays club. In his second spell he spent most of his time as a member of the reserve side, with his senior appearances restricted to occasions when senior players were unavailable.

 Cyril was a window cleaner by trade and was a keen cricketer.

   

Burgess J

1923-24 and 1924-25 Right-back

 

CL     League 67 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 29 December 1923 Middlewich (Home)

 

Promoted from the reserve team in December 1923 to replace Rose, he was virtually ever-present from his introduction to the senior side until the end of the 1924-25 season giving excellent service to the club.  He gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire League Challenge Cup competition against Manchester North End in 1925 scoring his one and only goal from the penalty spot in the final.

   

Burgess Jay

2012-13 and 2013-14 Defender

NC     League 1(0)1

Debut 11 April 2013 Newport County (Away)

Having progressed through the youth ranks at Macclesfield, Jay was awarded his first professional contract in the summer of 2012. He had to wait until the third last match of the season before making his debut which he made the most of scoring Macclesfield's only goal in the 1-4 defeat. Unable to break into the senior side during the first half of the 2013-14 season Jay was released by Macclesfield at the end of December 2013.

Burgess_Jay

  

Burgess Tom

1888-89 to 1894-95 and 1896-97 Forward/defender

 

#TC      League 50 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 17 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 22 September 1888 Davenham (Home)

 

Promoted from the juniors, Tom served the club for eight seasons initially in the forward line dropping back to defence in the 1892-93 season. Featured in the pre-league days in the 1888-89 and 1889-90 seasons and was a member of Macclesfield's first competitive league side in The Combination for the 1890-91 season when the team finished as runners-up. 

Gained three Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medals for the seasons 1889-90 (the first occasion Macclesfield won the cup), 1890-91 and 1893-94.  Represented Cheshire County against Cumberland in October 1893, a match played at the Moss Rose.

   

Burgess W

1901-02 Inside-left

 

#ML     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 30 November 1901 Heywood (Away)

 

A member of Macclesfield's reserve team.  Only one senior appearances has been identified although there remains missing match information for the 1901-02 season.

   

Burke`

1946-47 Outside-left/goalkeeper

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 4 September 1946 Congleton T (Home) Challenge Cup Round 1

 

One of many players who appears to have been given a two match trial during Macclesfield's first season after the Second World War. His second appearance came in the away match at Buxton on 11 September 1946 when he was asked to play in goal, the regular 'keeper in the first half of the season, Foxcroft, having failed to arrive for the match when he  boarded a train in Manchester which went straight through to Matlock without stopping at Buxton.

   

Burr Steve

1984-85 to 1990-91 and 1995-96 Forward

Burr_Steve 

NPL     League 114(0)68    Cups 40(1)14

Conf    League  136(5)67    Cups 53(1)33

Debut 18 August 1984 Marine (Home)

Steve signed for the Silkmen from Stafford having previously played for Atherstone. He was much admired and known as ‘The Legend’ and is one of the best remembered and respected players in the history of the Silkmen based on his achievements whilst at the club. A superb finisher and prolific goal scorer:  Steve has scored more goals than other player in the history of the club, was top scorer in six of his seven seasons, scoring 35 goals in all competitions in 1987-88, the Silkmen’s first season in the Conference. Steve made club history when he scored the Silkmen’s first goal in the Conference in the opening match against Maidstone at the Moss Rose. He was a FA XI representative in 1986-87, Macclesfield’s Player of the Year in the same season and received the Individual Merit Award in 1987-88. In addition, Steve was a member of the NPL treble winning side (NPL Championship, League Cup and Presidents Cup) in 1986-87 and gained a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal in 1991. Steve attracted many League scouts and had a trial with Everton.

In 1991 he was sold to Hednesford Town for a fee of £12,000 where he had two spells, played for Stafford Rangers and then went on loan at Halifax Town before returning to Macclesfield in 1995-96 as Commercial manager and later as a player before joining Winsford United on loan in the 1996-97 season.

Steve has since moved into the managerial ranks firstly at Nuneaton, Hucknall Town, Northwich Victoria, Stalybridge Celtic and more recently at Kidderminster Harriers. Appointed manager at Chester in January 2014, less than a fortnight after leaving Kidderminster, but was dismissed by Chester on 7 April 2016. In September 2016 Steve was appointed manager at Vanarama National League side Southport, the club's ninth manager since April 2013, but was dismissed towards the end of January 2017. Returned to Stalybridge Celtic as manager on 8 February 2017.

Is also assistant manager to the England C team.

 

Burridge James Herbert 'Bert'

Burridge_JH

 

1931-32 and 1932-33   Centre-half

CL      League 51 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 14 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 29 August 1931 Hyde United (Away)

At the age of 18 he signed for Darlington helping them to win promotion to the Second Division when he received a presentation watch as his award. He then moved to Sheffield Wednesday for a fee of £1,000 where he remained for four seasons appearing in both the first and second teams. Next stop was Oldham Athletic where he made 40 first team league appearances. 

Moving to Macclesfield in the summer of 1931 he was almost ever-present during the 1931-32 season as part of the Cheshire League Championship side and winners of the Challenge Cup under his captaincy. In his second season at the Moss Rose he made 17 appearances in all competitions.

Having left Macclesfield he is recorded as playing for Hurst during the 1935-36 season.

His honours also included winners' medals for the Durham Cup and the Sheffield Cup

 

Burrows

1892-93 Right-half

 

TC     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 1 October 1892 Chester (Home)

 

There is no information recorded about this player, but as he only featured in one match it is assumed that he was on trial. Possibly on the books of Northwich Victoria during the 1891-92 and 1892-93 seasons.

   

Burrows

1925-26 Right-back

 

CL     League 14 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 29 August 1925 Chester (Away)

 

Signed from Mossley in the summer of 1925 he went straight into the senior side featuring regularly in the first half of the season until Green was signed from Stoke City.

   

Burrows Robert

2016-17 Defender

 

NC     Cups 1(0)0

 

Debut 1 November 2016 Winsford United (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup Preliminary Round

 

One of 11 players signed on non-contract terms for Macclesfield Town at the end of October 2016 prior to the Cheshire Senior Cup Preliminary Round match in which he made his sole appearance for the club. Released in November 2016.

   

Burton Albert

1891-92 to 1895-96 Forward

 

#TC     League 11 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 6 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 17 October 1891 Leek (Away)

 

Initially a member of the Macclesfield Swifts (reserve team) who appears to have been used to deputise for others players throughout his time at the club.  Nevertheless he must have made a good impression as he was described as a clever, hard working and skillful player as well as being a good dribbler of the ball. During his time at Macclesfield he was at Berry's in October 1895 which may well have been a trial.

He was also on the books at Berry's in December 1896 and January 1898.

   

Burton JB

1919-20 Centre-forward

 

CL     League 5 Apps 2 Goals     Cups 3 Apps

 

Debut 30 August 1919 Crichton's Athletic (Home)

 

From Stockport, most of his appearances were made in early season matches including goals in both the home and away matches against Crewe Alexandra.  He re-appeared later in the season, but it is not surprising that he only made a few appearances as he was  one of 11 different players tried out in the  centre-forward position in the 1919-20 season.

   

Bushby Howard

1919-20 and 1920-21 Outside-right

 

CL     League 23 Apps 4 Goals     Cups 13 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 30 August 1919 Crichton's Athletic (Home)

 

Macclesfield born, from the age of 14 Howard represented the Grammar School initially at centre-forward and then outside-right. At 16 he joined the Parish Church Football Club.

In 1918 he was with the Artists Rifles O.T.C and was then transferred to the 8th O.C.B at Litchfield.  During his time there he featured with the Battalion Team who were semi-finalists in the Birmingham Cup.

He left the Army in 1919 and played for Stockport County reserves before signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1919,  going straight into the team for the first match of the season in the newly formed Cheshire League. He was well built, but a speedy and fearless player who was one of only 13 players whose appearances in the 1919-20 season reached double figures in a season when 69 different players were used. He gained a winners' medal in May in the Altrincham Cup. In the 1920-21 season he made 19 appearances which were spread throughout the season.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Sandbach Ramblers playing for them in 1921-22 and 1922-23 and featured for Whitchurch in the 1927-28 season.

Away from football, Howard was good at athletics and whilst at school won cups for both the 100 and 200 yards sprint races.  He also enjoyed playing cricket.

 

Butcher John Melvin

Butcher_John

 

1988-89 Goalkeeper

Conf     Cups 3(0)0

Debut 14 February 1989 Vauxhall GM (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup R3

Started his career at Blackburn Rovers signing as a professional in March 1976 making over 100 league appearances during his six years at senior level. In the summer of 1982 John, a 6' 3" goalkeeper, moved to Oxford United (16 league appearances) going on loan to Halifax Town and then Bury, before signing for Chester City in August 1984 where he made 84 league appearances in three years.  Whilst at Chester he returned to Bury for a short loan spell in 1985. Having lost his place, John was released by Chester in the summer of 1987 when he joined non-league Altrincham appearing in 43 league matches over two years.

He signed for Macclesfield as cover for Alan Zelem, with his three appearances all coming in the Cheshire Senior Cup competition.

Since leaving Macclesfield he has worked as a warehouse manager and has played amateur football for Chester based side Upton AA.

   

Butcher Richard

2009-10 and 2010-11 Midfielder

FL     League 13(2)3    Cups 1(1)0

Debut 9 February 2010 Bury (Away)

An experienced central defender who played at Kettering, Oldham Athletic, Peterborough United, Notts County and three spells at Lincoln City. Richard spent a month on loan from Lincoln in February/March 2010, making an immediate impact scoring on his debut in the defeat at Bury.  He was recalled to Lincoln, but signed permanently for the Silkmen in the summer of 2010. Richard only made a few appearances as knee injuries kept him out of contention until he returned  as a late substitute in the home match against Gillingham in December 2010.  He then played against Oxford United and in the first two matches of the New Year, at Bury where he scored a brilliant goal, and in the home match against Rotherham United. Tragically he died in his sleep in the night of 9-10 January 2011 at the age of 29. ‘Butch’ was recognised by fans and fellow players as a model professional, a well-liked person, and a role model for younger players. He was an extremely capable central midfielder who scored some spectacular goals and will be sadly missed.  The club ‘retired’ his number 21 shirt as a mark of respect.

Before the home match on 22 January 2011 tributes were paid to Richard, wreaths were laid on the pitch by representatives of the clubs Richard had played for, 31 doves were released and there was a  minute's applause.

(For photographs remembering Richard please go to Photo Archives)

Richard Butcher

 

Butch_Wreath

 

Butch_Match

 

Butler Joseph H 'Joe'

1919-20 Goalkeeper

 

CL     League 17 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 9 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 25 October 1919 Mossley (Away)

 

Joe was already an established goalkeeper when he signed for Macclesfield.  Initially he played for Dawley Town signing for them in August 1897. He played for Stockport on three occasions, from 1900 to 1905, 1906 to 1908 and in their war-time side from1916 to 1919 making over 175 appearances for them.  He moved to Clapton Orient in 1905 playing in their first season making 20 league and four FA Cup appearances.  After leaving Stockport for a second time he was signed by Glossop where he made 161 league appearances from 1906 to 1912. Joe then  moved to Sunderland in 1912 remaining their until 1914  helping them to win the First Division title in 1912-13 and played in the losing side in the 1913 FA Cup Final.  He then spent the 1914-15 season at Lincoln City making 37 league appearances. The following season he featured at Rochdale before moving to Stockport (see above).

At Macclesfield Joe replaced Adams as the senior 'keeper in the middle of October 1919 featuring regularly until William Osbaldeston was installed towards the end of the season.  Nevertheless Butler was one of only 13 players whose appearances reached double figures in the 1919-20 season when a total of 69 different players were used. Most of his 'Cup' appearances came in the Cheshire League Subsidiary Competition which was succeeded by the Challenge Cup competition. In the second half of the season he was made captain.

Joe died in August 1941.

Thanks go to Neilson Kaufman and Martin O'Connor for providing additional information.

   

Butler Martin

1989-90 Forward

Conf     Cups 1(0)1

Debut 22 January 1990 Darlington (Away) Bob Lord Trophy Round 2

Martin had been on the books of York City and Scunthorpe United and had been trying to gain a first team place at Scarborough. He signed non-contract forms for Macclesfield, but only made one appearance in which he scored the second Silkmen goal in the 5-2 defeat. He returned to Scarborough when he was given the opportunity for regular first team football.

 

Butler Thomas 'Tommy'

1937-38 Inside-right

CL     League 25 Apps 2 Goals    Cups 5 Cups 2 Goals

Debut 4 September 1937 Stockport County Reserves (Away)

Tommy, a clever inside forward,  commenced his football career at Bolton Wanderers before moving to Macclesfield for part of the 1937-38 season .  He moved back into the Football League with Oldham Athletic  in 1937 when it is believed that Macclesfield received  a fee of £100, before signing for Middlesbrough in 1939 where he made two appearances prior to the outbreak of WW2.  After the War he returned to Oldham Athletic for the 1946-47 season, scoring nine goals in 45 league appearances, before moving to Accrington Stanley where he scored 26 goals in 218 league appearances between 1947 and 1953.  Even in his last season as a footballer at Wigan Athletic in 1953-54, he was still amongst the goals scoring on six occasions in 32 league matches.

 

Butt C

1934-35 Inside-right

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 24 April 1935 Altrincham (Away)

Brother of Len and Ray and a member of Prestbury FC, his debut came at the end of the season when three senior players were unavailable through injury.

 

Butt Leonard George 'Len'

Butt_L

1931-32 to 1934-35 Inside-right

CL     League 150 Apps  84 Goals    Cups 39 Apps 22 Goals

Debut 29 August 1931 Hyde United (Away)

First played for Brown Mission, Wilmslow before moving to Morley Rovers in the Stockport Combination at the age of 15, and represented the Combination against an Irish League side. In the 1927-28 season at Ashton National he scored an average of one goal per match.

In the summer of 1929 he moved to Stockport County where he made eight first team  league appearances in their Third Division side and scored over 60 goals in all competitions, joining Macclesfield at the start of the 1931-32 season he replaced Billy Johnston who had returned to Manchester United.

During his time at the Moss Rose, Len became one of the most respected players in the history of the club, was an excellent dribbler of the ball and had an explosive shot which enabled him to become one of the club's top scorers. A valuable member of the double Cheshire League Championship sides in 1931-32 and 1932-33, he also won a winners' medal in the Challenge Cup competition in 1931-32 and a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup competition in 1934-35. He was employed by G & N Mills, Monumental Masons.

On leaving Macclesfield, Len moved to Huddersfield Town where he made 67 league appearances scoring 11 goals, before signing for Blackburn Rovers in 1937 where he made 110 league appearances and scored 44 Goals (excluding appearances during WW2). During the War he was a sergeant, and from a gun position in France in 1944 he reported that when an enemy aircraft was shot down the cheering was just like that at the Moss Rose after the Silk Lads had beaten Congleton! He signed for York City in 1947and then Mansfield Town in 1948, followed by managerial spells at Mossley and Wilmslow Albion before returning to Macclesfield to manage the reserve team.

Saga of the Silkmen recalls that Len was also a good crown green bowler reaching the quarter-final of an all-Macclesfield competition in 1936.

Len died on 16 June 1994 aged 83.

 

Butt Raymond

1933-34 and 1936-37  Inside-left

CL     League 2 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 2 April 1934 Northwich Victoria (Home)

Younger brother of Len, Raymond made one appearance in the 1933-34 season scoring a goal in the 3-0 Home victory and two appearances in the 1936-37 season.

 

Butterworth

Butterworth

1911-12 Centre-forward

ML     League 8 Apps 7 Goals     Cups 2 Apps

LC      League 7 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 23 December 1911 Hooley Hill (Home)

Came on the scene in late December making his debut in the Manchester League side. Described as a bustling type of player he was soon on the score-sheet scoring a hat-trick in his second match in the 5-0 home win against Rochdale. He was also one of the players who helped to complete the Lancashire Combination side's fixtures when the Manchester League team had finished their commitments.

   

Butterworth W

1949-50 Inside-right

CL     League 2 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 8 October 1949 Runcorn (Home)

The fifth different player used in the inside-right position from the start of the 1949-50 season, he lasted only two matches with his goal coming in his second appearance in the 1-2 loss at Wellington Town.

 

Byrne Albert

1898-99 and 1900-01 to 1908-09 Left-half

 

NSL       League 3 Apps 1 Goal

 

#ML      League 118 Apps 6 Goals    Cups 9 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 3 September 1898 Stone Town (Home)

 

Byrne first featured in the opening three matches of the 1898-99 season for the Hallefield North Staffordshire and District League side (Macclesfield FC having failed financially in 1897) when he was probably on trial.

Macclesfield FC reformed for the 1900-01 season joining the Manchester and District League, Byrne signing for Macclesfield FC from Poynton at this time and remained an important player for several years. Said to be a clever tackler, a skillful and energetic player with cool judgement.  He featured regularly each season with the majority of his appearances coming from  1902-03 to 1905-06, was vice-captain for the 1903-04 season and captain for the 1904-05 and 1905-05 seasons. He also captained the Cheshire County team against Lancashire.

Remained captain at the start of the 1906-07 season but was injured on 22 September 1906 when Warham took over the captaincy.  The injury seems to have virtually ended his first team career as he only made four more appearances that season dropping to the reserves for the 1907-08 season, and only made five senior appearances throughout the 1907-08 and 1908-09 seasons.

   

Byrne Chris

1996-97, 1999-2000 and 2001-02 Midfielder

Chris Byrne

Conf    League 18(0)10  Cups 8(1)6

Debut 18 January 1997 Kidderminster Harriers (Away)

FL        League 33(7)7   Cups 6(0)2

Debut 28 August 1999 Hull City (Home)

Before signing for the Silkmen Chris had played for Flixton, Witton Albion and Droylsden. He was a valuable member of the Conference Championship side which won promotion to the Football League in 1997 and his overall contribution will never be forgotten, nor will his hat-trick at Kettering Town on the Silkmen’s last day in the Conference first time round. Until September 2011 when Ben Tomlinson scored a goal in seven seconds, he held the club's record for scoring the fastest goal when he netted after just 13 seconds in the match at Welling United on 8 March 1997. Gained a winners' medal in the Staffordshire Senior Cup in 1997.

Chris moved to Sunderland in the summer of 1997 for an undisclosed fee, and then to Stockport County in November 1997 for a fee of £200,000 where he incurred a cruciate ligament injury which required surgery.  As part of his recuperation he spent a month on loan with the Silkmen before returning to Stockport, and then moved back to the Moss Rose permanently in the summer of 2001. 

Troubled by injury on three occasions Chris, nevertheless, continued to display his ability as an attacking midfielder and the scorer of spectacular goals.  Whilst recovering from a medial knee ligament injury, Chris was shot in the leg in November 2002, an injury which required more than one operation and, unfortunately, prematurely ended his professional football career

   

Byrne Neill

2015-16 Defender

Byrne_Neill

NC     League 25(2)2    Cups 4(1)1  

Debut 8 August 2015 Torquay United (Away)

An Irishman by birth Byrne started his career with Irish sides Portmarnock and Belvedere before joining the Nottingham Forest Youth Academy at the age of 14 in 2007. In 2009 he signed apprentice forms until 2011 and was awarded his first professional contract with Forest in the summer of 2011. Without having made a senior appearance he was released in December 2011. He joined Rochdale on trial and having impressed signed an 18-month contract in January 2012 but only went on to make three Football League appearances. Whilst at Rochdale he spent time on loan at Barrow and Southport.  He signed for AFC Telford United in the summer of 2013 and was a member of the team which won promotion to the Conference Premier League in the 2014-14 season.

Moved to Macclesfield on a permanent deal in the summer of 2015 and went straight into the team for the first match of the season becoming the regular first choice left back. However, Neill missed a series of matches on two occasions due to injury and served a three match suspension in December 2015. Scored in both league matches against Woking and in the third round FA Trophy tie at Torquay United.

   
 

TC

The Combination

1890-1897

SDL

Stockport and District League

1897-1898

NSL

North Staffordshire and District League

1898-1900

ML

Manchester and District League

1900-1912

LC

Lancashire Combination

1911-1915

CL

Cheshire League

1919-1968

NPL

Northern Premier League

1968-1987

Conf

Vauxhall Conference

1987-1997

FL

Football League

1997-2012

FC

Football Conference

     Blue Square Premier 

     Skrill Premier 

     Vanarama Conference 

     Vanarama National League 

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-

   
 

From 1965 statistics are shown - Appearances(Substitutes)Goals

   

#Known appearances and goals.    Due to the style of reporting there is no information for teams/goal scorers for some matches and in other cases it has only been possible to extract part teams from match reports. Also, some matches over the Christmas and Easter holiday periods, together with end of season matches, have not been reported.

  

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