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O’Beirne Michael

1934-35 and 1935-36 Right-half

CL    League 10 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 12 September 1934 Witton Albion (Home)

Initially given a trial in the 1934-35 season, Michael signed professional forms for the 1935-36 season.  However, he found himself as the regular right-half in the Macclesfield reserve team and never established himself in the senior side, only deputising for players when they were unavailable. On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Bacup.

 

O’Connor Andy

1984-85 Midfielder

O'Connor_Andy

NPL    League 5(0)0     Cups 1(1)0

Debut 18 September 1984 Gainsborough Trinity (Home)

Previously with West Bromwich Albion, Andy was signed from Shrewsbury Town. On leaving Macclesfield Andy spent 14 months at Leek Town before moving to Buxton for four years but was out of contention for some time there when he broke a leg.  He then played for Nantwich Town, Eastwood Hanley, Warrington and Knypersley where he was also responsible for the reserve side.

Andy then moved into management at Stone Dominoes, but when funds were directed into the building of a new stadium rather than the playing staff, he resigned and took 14 months out of the game However, when the manager of Rocester asked him to be his coach he could not resist and later moved to Leek Town in a similar capacity.

 

O’Connor Jim

O'Connor Jim

1975-76 and 1976-77 Midfielder

NPL    League 71(0)8    Cups 28(0)8

Debut 16 August 1975 Gateshead United (Home)

Jim was signed from Mossley in exchange for Dave Lyon and a fee. He was rated as one of the best midfield players in the NPL and was brought in to provide more drive in the middle of the park and strengthen the attack.  He was captain during the whole of his time at the club. In March 1977 he moved to Runcorn and then to Droylsden before returning to Mossley.

 

O'Donnell GD

1928-29 and 1929-30 Forward

 

CL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 22 September 1928 Chester (Away)

 

Previously with Colwyn Bay, O'Donnell only featured twice during his time at the Moss Rose.  His first appearance came in the 0-3 defeat when he was given the almost impossible  task of deputising for the free-scoring Harold Kelly.  In the 1929-30 season he deputised for Cyril Burgess who was unavailable due to illness, in the 3-3 home draw against Ashton National.

   

O'Donnell Richard

O'Donnell_Richard

2011-12 Goalkeeper

FL     League 11(0)0

Debut 25 February 2012 Oxford United (Away)

A trainee at Sheffield Wednesday, Richard was awarded his first professional contract at Sheffield in the summer of 2007. Has made appearances for Wednesday's senior side as well as spending time on loan at York City, Buxton, Rotherham United, Oldham Athletic, Grimsby Town and Alfreton Town.  Signed by Macclesfield on a one month loan at a time when first choice 'keeper Jose Veiga was injured and his replacement, Steve Collis, had incurred a training ground injury the day before the match at Oxford. Steve's loan was extended by a second month and made his last appearance for the Silkmen at Port Vale, but with Jose Veiga fully recovered (he had been an unused substitute for three matches) Richard returned to Sheffield Wednesday in the middle of April 2012. Having been released by Wednesday Richard signed for Chesterfield in the summer of 2012, and whilst there spent from January to April 2013 on loan at Stockport County. Released by County he signed for Walsall in the summer of 2013 where he was voted both Supporters' and Players' Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season. Signed for Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2015 moving to Bristol City in January 2016 and Rotherham United in January 2017.

   

O'Keefe Conor

O'Keefe_Connor

2012-13 and 2013-14 Goalkeeper

NC     Cups 1(1)0

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

Conor is a Macclesfield lad who attended Fallibroome School Sixth Form and has travelled to South Africa on a coaching trip.  He has been with Macclesfield  longer than any of the other member of the former MTFC youth team progressing through the Centre of Excellence when he signed for the under 9 team, left and returned to the under 12 side after a spell at Crewe Alexandra FC following the closure of Macclesfield's youngest age groups due to financial constraints.  He was the youth team's goalkeeper, kicking consistently and proved himself as a good shot stopper.

In the 2012-13 season, his one appearance came in the Cheshire Senior Cup when the youth team were fielded for the second round tie.  Unfortunately Connor's time on the pitch was cut short when he was dismissed for a foul on a Stalybridge player during the first half. In the 2013-14 season Conor was a second half replacement for the injured Richie Branagan in the semi-final of the Cheshire Senior Cup against Northwich Victoria at the Moss Rose. Retained by the club for the 2014-15 season as a back-up 'keeper but was not called upon.

Signed for Barwell FC in the summer of 2015

 
   

O’Neill David

1978-79 Midfielder

NPL    League 23(0)3     Cups 3(0)0

Debut 9 December 1978 Matlock Town (Home)

David signed from Horwich RMI.  He was a skilful midfield player with all round ability, especially in attack.

 

O’Neill John

1992-93 Defender

O'Neil_John

Conf    League 4(0)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 22 August 1992 Wycombe Wanderers (Home)

Signed from Everton where he was an apprentice, John’s appearances all came early in the season - the first four league matches and then in the First Qualifying round of the FA Cup at Glossop. But for his intervention, Macclesfield may well have crashed out of the Cup at the first hurdle.  He saved a goal-bound shot with his hand for which he was dismissed.  Steve Farrelly saved the penalty and Macclesfield scraped through to the next round through an own goal.  John went out on loan to Hyde United but never returned to the senior side.

 

O’Neill Paul

1999-00 to 2002-03 Defender

Paul O'Neill

 

FL   League 23(13)0     Cups 3(1)0

Debut 21 March 2000 Sub Brighton & Hove Albion (Away)

Paul started his football career playing for the Bury Centre of Excellence and represented both Great Britain Catholic Schoolboys and Bolton Schoolboys before joining Macclesfield at the age of 16 on a two year apprenticeship. He progressed so well that he made his Football League debut at the age of 17, signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2000.  Injuries and suspensions to more experienced players gave Paul the opportunity for first team football where he performed well in his accustomed central defensive role.  However, much of his time was spent in the reserves where he worked resolutely, remaining cool and confident even when under pressure and  played a vital role  as captain for much of the 2001-02 season when the team won the Avon Insurance Division Two League. Also gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 2000.

Paul was released in the summer of 2003 when he moved to Gretna and was on loan at Scarborough and Workington before moving to League of Wales side Bangor City where he was team captain, with a transfer to Rhyl in August 2007 and Prestatyn in the summer of 2009 where he was also the director of their Football Academy. Signed non-contract forms with Chorley in the summer of 2013 but moved to Northwich Victoria in November 2013. In the summer of 2014 Paul returned to Rhyl when he was appointed player/coach signing for Prestatyn again in the summer of 2015.

Paul is employed by The Children's Society where he is the educationalist having been the services co-ordinator in Cheshire.

 

O’Reilly Justin Michael

1996-97 Forward

Conf    League 3(0)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 10 December 1996 Kidderminster Harriers (Home)

Started his football career at Gresley Rovers, Justin then moved to Port Vale for a fee of £15,000. Whilst at Port Vale  had a short spell on loan at Macclesfield Town, but having failed to break into Vale's senior side moved to Southport and later to Ilkeston Town, who paid a fee of £7,500 for his services, and Newcastle Town.  Returned to Gresley Rovers  in December 2000 but only played two games before leaving for Matlock Town in February 2001.

He has since played for Mickleover Sports (2001-04), Alvaston RBI (2004-05) and Sunday morning football with Alvaston (2006-07).

(Thanks go to Gresley Rovers FC for additional details for Justin's career path and his photograph)

O'Reilly_Justin

 

Oakes

1927-28 Inside-right

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 17 September 2012 Witton Albion (Away)

 

From Staffordshire, he was given a one match trial in a season when a fifth of the players used only made a single appearance.

   

Oakes

1946-47 Outside-right

CL   League 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 11 September 1946 Buxton (Away)

Previously with Wilmslow Albion he was given a trial and was unfortunately injured on his debut.  Given a further opportunity three matches later, however, with Aldersay and James available to fill this position there were no further opportunities for him.

 

Oakes Andy

1996-97 Goalkeeper

Oakes_Andy

Conf   Cups 3(1)0

Debut 22 October 1996 Eastwood H (Home) Staffordshire Senior Cup R1

Andy was on the books of Burnley as a youngster and was also later on the books of Crewe Alexandra, Bury and Witton Albion.  Andy was signed from Mid Cheshire team Barnton as cover for Ryan Price. With Ryan injured, Andy took over the gloves for the first round FA Cup tie against Rochdale at the Moss Rose despite the fact that he was injured, and courageously played with a strapped up hand because of a broken figure.

On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Winsford United but then a move to Hull City launched his Football League career.  He then signed for Derby County for a fee of £460,000 and subsequently played for Port Vale (on loan), Bolton Wanderers (on loan), Walsall, Swansea City and Darlington. On his release from Darlington in 2009, Andy retired from football.

 

Ogden

1910-11 and 1911-12 Outside-left

 

ML     League 6 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

LC      League 15 Apps 3 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals    

 

Debut 18 March 1911 Nantwich (Home)

 

Prior to signing for Macclesfield had been on the books of Oldham Athletic. Made a single senior appearance during the 1910-11 season whilst playing for the reserve team. In the 1911-12 season he featured fairly regularly for the Lancashire Combination side and occasionally in  the Manchester League team in a season when there was significant competition for places.

   

Ogden Kevin

1986-87 Midfielder

NPL League 1(0)0

Debut 16 August 1986 Caernarfon Town (Away)

Previously with Stalybridge Kevin was drafted into the side when four senior players had been injured in a pre-season car crash.

 

Ohandjanian Demis Armen

1996-97 Midfielder

Demis Ohandjanian

Conf   League 1(0)0    Cups 3(2)1

Debut 19 March 1997 Morecambe (Away) Spalding Challenge Cup Semi-final L1

Demis first played for Middlewich Athletic and Curzon Ashton before signing for Doncaster Rovers in 1997, but was released having only made one appearance. He signed for Macclesfield in February 1997 when he was recruited to help with the fixture pile up in the Conference Championship season and scored on his debut at Morecambe.  However, his most notable contribution came at Stevenage at the end of March when 10-man Silkmen were 3-2 winners in a thrilling match.  Two goals down, in the 59th minute Demis, deputising for ‘flu victim Peter Davenport, hit a thumping shot which the Stevenage ‘keeper Des Gallagher could only parry onto the bar. Steve Wood reacted quickest and poked home the first of Macclesfield’s goals.

He left Macclesfield in the summer of 1997 joining Winsford United.  He then played for a number clubs including Caernarfon Town and Stafford Rangers and Witton Albion before signing for Abbey Hey in 2003.

 

Okosieme Ejiro Onyemachie Denzel

2016-17 Defender

NC     League 0(1)0

Debut 25 April 2017 sub Dover Athletic (Away)

Started his career at Middlesbrough where he played for their under-18 and under-21 teams. To enhance his career he was loaned out to Billingham Synthonia (2012) and Workington AFC (2013) before being released by Middlesbrough in the summer of 2014. Signed for Billericay in July 2014, only remaining there for a month, moving to Bishop's Stortford for the 2015-16 season and then signed for Chatham Town in July 2016.

Signed for Macclesfield Town in February 2017 but his debut, in the 91st minute of the match at Dover at the end of April 2017, was his only appearance.

Okosieme_Ejiro
   

Oldfield W

1911-12 and 1914-15 Outside-right

ML    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

LC     League 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 16 September 1911 Hurst (Away) FA Cup Q1

 

A local player who was given a two match trial but was not signed. He appeared again for one match in the 1914-15 season, probably for a second trial but again was unsuccessful.

   

Oldham James

1921-22 and 1922-23 Right-back

 

CL     League 10 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 5 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 3 May 1922 Stalybridge Celtic (Home)

 

 Employed by A W Hewetson in Macclesfield, Oldham was called up to the Manchester Regiment at the end of the First World War. He served in India for three years where he was wounded following which he returned home.

With considerable experience in Army football James was given a trial at right-half in the final match of the 1921-22 season after which he was signed for the 1922-23 season as a defender in the reserve team. He was a strong player who was used to deputise for established senior players, especially William Ingleson who basically kept him out of the senior side. His one goal was the winning goal in the 2-1 victory at Ellesmere Port Cement on 14 April 1923. He played his final match for Macclesfield on 18 April 1923 having joined the Glossop Police Force declaring that he was unavailable for any further matches.

In the Second World War he joined the Corps of Military Police where he was a corporal and served in France and Dunkirk but it was reported that he was a Prisoner of War in Italy in March 1942.

Many thanks go to James Hough for his contribution to this profile.

   

Oldham William

1893-94 to 1896-97, 1898-99 and 1900-01 Forward

 

#TC     League 4 Apps 1 Goal      Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal

NSL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

#ML    League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 9 December 1893 Wrexham (Away)

 

This player only made the occasional appearance in different forward roles and was probably a member of the Macclesfield reserve team.

Moved to Poynton in December 1897 returning to play three matches for the Hallefield North Staffordshire & District League  side in 1898-99. Appears again in 1900-01 in the re-formed Macclesfield FC team (Hallefield having played their matches on the Moss Rose from 1897 to 1900) in their first season as members of the Manchester and District League.

Later, played for Talke United signing for them in August 1905.

 

Oliver

1880-81

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded for this player.

   

Oliver

1908-09 Outside-left

 

ML     League 16 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 26 September 1908 Hazel Grove (Home)

 

A new addition to the strike force at the beginning of the 1908-09 season signed from Altrincham. He missed the opening two matches when he was recovering from a pre-season injury but from his debut Oliver filled the outside-left position until the middle of February when Fred Goodwin took over the role.

   

Oliver

1978-79 Defender

NPL    League 1(0)0

Debut 7 April 1979 South Liverpool (Away)

There is nothing on record for this player

 

Olsen James

2003-04 Midfielder

FL   League 0(2)0

Debut 27 March 2004 Sub Northampton Town (Home)

A former Liverpool trainee, James moved to Tranmere Rovers in March 2001, but unable to break into the senior side his contract was cancelled allowing him to move to the Moss Rose on transfer deadline day in March 2003. He only made two substitute appearances for the senior side, and a handful of appearances for the reserves as a speedy wide-left midfielder.

James later played for Vauxhall Motors, Altrincham and Southport, Stalybridge, Colwyn Bay (twice), Burscough, Witton Albion, Marine and Leigh Genesis.

James Olsen

 

Onibuje Fola

2007-08 Forward

Onibuje_Fola

FL    League 0(1)0

Debut 1 March 2008 Sub Notts County (Home)

The 6’ 6” striker moved from Charlton Athletic juniors to Preston North End in November 2002 but made his Football League debut from the substitutes’ bench whilst on loan at Huddersfield.  Since then he has played at League clubs Barnsley, Peterborough, Swindon, Brentford, Wycombe and Shrewsbury, but only made a handful of appearances at each club other than Brentford where he appeared 16 times and scored two goals.  He spent the 2005-06 season at Conference side Cambridge United where he made 37 appearances in all competitions scoring 11 goals.  Fola became Keith Alexander’s first signing, albeit on trial, only two days after taking over the managerial reigns at Macclesfield Town. Fola made just one appearance for the Silkmen and left at the beginning of April having picked up an injury in training.

He has since played for Accrington Stanley, Weymouth, Woking, Grays Athletic, Southport, Boreham Wood, Tooting and Mitcham United and Cheshunt. Left the UK for Malta in January 2016 where he signed for Cunning Stunts Malta FC.

 

Ormrod Les

1978-79 Defender

NPL    League 6(0)0

Debut 7 April 1979 South Liverpool (Away)

Les commenced his career as a trainee at Everton but it was at Stockport County where he established himself making 108 appearances from 1969 to 1974.  On leaving Stockport he moved to Northwich Victoria  and signed for the Silkmen in April 1979.

Ormerod_Les

 

Ormston Arthur

1931-32  Centre-forward

CL     League 5 apps 4 goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 29 August 1931 Hyde United (Away)

Before signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1931, he had been on the books of South Shields, Chesterfield, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City (fee £1000) and Bristol Rovers (fee £50).  In the 1930-31 season he played for Stalybridge Celtic scoring 59 goals between November 1930 and the end of the season in 1931.

At Macclesfield he played in a few matches in the first half of the season, at a time when the centre-forward position was being filled by various players. He scored two goals in the 2-2 home draw with Chester in October, and a further two goals in the 8-4 home win against Nantwich in November.

He held winners' medals for the Derbyshire Senior, Gloucester Senior and Durham Senior Cups.

Ormston  was the licensee at the Gardeners Arms at Waterhead, Oldham.

 

Orwin Arthur

1947-48 Outside-right

CL   League 4 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 4 October 1947 South Liverpool (Away)

Before moving to Macclesfield Arthur had spent three seasons at Buxton.  In a season when 11 different players were used in the outside-right position, Arthur made four consecutive appearances in October 1947.

 

Osbaldeston William

1919-20 to 1921-22 Goalkeeper

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CL     League 49 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 14 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 17 April 1920 Winsford United (Away) Cheshire League Subsidiary Competition

A native of Southport played for junior teams in Southport before moving playing for Southend Central.  He then moved to Norfolk playing for King's Lynn for 12 months, but had to stop playing football for some time as he was injured playing cricket. He moved to Macclesfield about 1909 signing for Macclesfield Wednesdays and also played for Parkside Asylum.

In World War One he enlisted with the 10th Cheshires in September 1914.  Gained his first stripe and spent time in the second line at Aberystwyth, Northampton and Bedford. In 1917 he was posted abroad to France where he was shot returning home to recover. After treatment he returned to the front. By the time he was demobilised he had reached the rank of Company Quartermaster Sergeant.

The six foot 'keeper, who was described as one of the most daring the club had seen at the time he played for the club, signed for Macclesfield towards the end of the 1919-20 making an immediate impact by saving a penalty in the last minute of extra time in the final of the Altrincham Cup which Macclesfield won 2-1 against Winsford United. William was almost ever-present until the last two months of the 1921-22 season when Joseph Anderton was signed and replaced him in the senior side, although he continued to play in the reserve side.

Whilst at Macclesfield William played cricket for both Macclesfield and Parkside.

He died in March 1931 at the age of 46.

   

Osbiston

1935-36 Goalkeeper

CL   League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 7 December 1935 Hurst (Away)

With first team 'keeper Frank Thiemicke unavailable, Osbiston, the highly regarded reserve team 'keeper, was drafted in for this one match.

 

Osborne

1894-95 Centre-forward

 

TC     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 January 1895 Hanley Town (Away)

 

There is no information recorded about this player. As he only featured in one match, it is assumed that he was being given a trial

   

Osborne DJ

1927-28 to 1929-30 Defender

 

CL     League 8 Apps 1 Goal      Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 3 October 1927 Mossley (Home)

 

A member of the Macclesfield reserve team he was used to deputise when senior players were  unavailable with his appearances spread over three seasons. His goal was scored in the 2-5 defeat at Altrincham in April 1929.

   

Osborne H

1928-29 and 1929-30 Centre-forward

 

CL     League 3 Apps 2 Goals       Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 29 March 1929 Congleton Town (Away)

 

As a member of the Macclesfield reserve team he was given a three match trial at a time when there was no one player filling the centre-forward position on a regular basis. Despite scoring two goals in the 3-1 home win against Runcorn in his second match, he only made one further appearance in the next match at Whitchurch in the 1928-29 season.  He also made a single appearance in the Challenge Cup in the following season.

   

Owen Arfon

1976-77 to 1978-79 Utility

NPL    League 24(5)0     Cups 9(0)0

Debut 11 September 1976 Lancaster City (Away)

Arfon, a PE teacher, was signed from a local Sunday League team. He was an invaluable member of the squad who filled a variety of positions, always giving 100%.

 

Owen William 'Billy'

1932-33 and 1933-34 Outside-left

CL    52 Apps 15 Goals    Cups 15 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 25 March 1933 Runcorn (Away)

Billy's football career started at Atherton, after which he moved to Hindley Green where he won a Lancashire Alliance Championship medel and a winners' medal in the Wigan Cup. He then signed for Hart Common, Burscough Rangers and then Northwich Victoria where he remained for six years gaining winners' medals for the Cheshire Senior Cup and the Northwich Senior Cup.

He signed for Macclesfield in March 1932 as the replacement for the injured Simms in the run-up to winning the Cheshire League Championship. In the 1933-34 season he was one of only two players (the other was Albert Valentine) who was ever-present throughout the season when he scored 14 goals in all competitions.

He signed for Manchester United in the summer of 1934 remaining there until 1936 making 17 league appearances and scoring one goal. He then moved to Reading in 1936 (23 league appearances, two goals), Exeter City in 1937 (24 league appearances, six goals) and in the same year to Newport County (39 league appearances and two goals) where he remained until 1939.  Billy died in 1981

 

Owen Wally

1947-48 and 1948-49 Outside-right

CL   League 45 Apps 13 Goals    Cups 8 Cups 1 Goal

Debut 13 March 1948 Stockport County Reserves (Home)

During the Second World War Wally was on the books of Everton making 26 appearances and scored nine goals from 1940 to 1943 (With all the matches played during the war classified as friendlies, none of these appearances and goals are included in official statistics). 

From his signing for Macclesfield late in the the 1947-48 season, he appeared fairly regularly including being a member of the winning team in the Challenge Cup Final replay against Altrincham in April 1948.  In the 1948-49 season he was almost ever-present scoring 14 goals at a strike rate of one goal every three matches.

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Bangor City for the 1949-50 season after which he moved to Wigan Athletic at the start of the 1950-51 season.

 

Owencroft George

1934-35 Outside-left/outside-right 

CL    League 5 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 25 August 1934 Buxton (Home)

On the books of  Colwyn Bay, Reading, Barnsley and Southport before signing for Macclesfield where he made early season appearances, scoring his goal in the 5-0 home victory against Hurst. His appearances came when deputising for Glyn Davies.

   
 

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

NC

National 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. In addition, some matches over the Christmas and Easter holiday periods, together with end of season matches, have not been reported.

  

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