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Rabiu Olalekan

2016-17 Midfielder

NC     Cups 0(1)0

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

Has played for Hastings United and Ryman Division One North side Chatham.

One of 11 players signed on non-contract terms by Macclesfield at the end of October 2016 prior to the Cheshire Senior Cup preliminary Round in which he made his only appearance for the club from the substitutes' bench. Released November 2016.

Career path prior to Macclesfield Town obtained from the National League.

Radiu_Olalekan
   

Rafferty

1936-37 Inside-left

CL    League 32 Apps 8 Goals    Cups 8 Apps 6 Goals

Debut 29 August 1936 Buxton (Home)

A regular in the side only missing eight matches throughout the season. He scored both goals in the 2-1 replay win over Buxton in the third round of the Challenge Cup, a competition in which Macclesfield reached the semi-final in the 1936-37 season. He also scored a goal in each of three of the four FA Cup ties.

 

Rafferty Jeff

1978-79 Midfielder/defender

NPL    League 17(0)0     Cups 3(0)0

Debut 11 November 1978 Southport (Away)

Jeff played in New Zealand for two years before joining the Silkmen having previously played with Manchester City. His first matches for the Silkmen were played as a midfielder, but he moved back to the back line in February, remaining there for the remainder of the season.

 

Rafferty Kevin

1980-81 Goalkeeper

NPL   League 10(0)0    Cups 4(0)0

Debut 16 August 1980 Netherfield (Away)

Kevin signed from Crewe Alexandra where he made his first team debut at 17 years of age, going on to make 22 appearances for the Railwaymen. Kevin played in most of the opening matches of the 1980-81 season for the Silkmen but was replaced by Robin Simpson on his return to the club at the beginning of November 1980. Moved to Nantwich Town in the summer of 1984 and later played for Whitchurch Alport.

 

Raffles

1936-37 Outside-left

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 10 March 1937 Northwich Victoria (Home)

A  member of the Macclesfield reserve team, he made this one appeaance for the senior side.

 

Rankin Isaiah Marcus

2006-07 Forward

Rankin_Isaiah

FL   League 1(3)0

Debut 7 April 2007 Sub Wrexham (Home)

Isaiah, an extremely experienced striker,  sarted his career in the youth section at Arsenal, gaining his first professional contract with the Gunners in 1996. Whilst at Arsenal he spent time on loan at Colchester United in 1997.  A £1.3M deal saw him join Bradford City in 1998 (41 appearances and five goals in all competitions) when he also spent time on loan at Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers.  A £350,000 transfer saw him move to Barnsley in 2001 (53 Appearances and 10 goals) again finding himself on loan, on this occasion with Grimsby Town in 2004, later signing for them permanently. He left Barnsley in 2004 signing for Brentford (97 appearances and 19 goals) before returning again to Grimsby Town in 2006 (43 appearances and three goals). 

It was during his time at Grimsby that Isaiah spent the final weeks of the 2006-07 season at the Moss Rose, but only made a handful of appearances, leaving him little time to make any real lasting impression.

Isaiah returned to Grimsby and then moved to Stevenage Borough (2008), Crawley Town (2008-09) and Forest Green Rovers (2009-10). He joined Ashford Town in September 2010 before moving to Hendon Town in August 2011 leaving them at the end of the 2013-14 season and subsequently retiring from competitive football

 

Ratcliffe J

1897-98 to 1900-01 Centre-half

 

#SDL       League 10 Apps 1 Goal

NSL         League 7 Apps 0 Goals

#ML        League 1 App 3 Goals

 

Debut for Hallefield prior to 1897-98 season

Debut for Macclesfield FC 26 January 1901 Prestwich (Away)

Signed from Southport Central when he moved to Macclesfield. Featured in  Hallefield's Stockport and District League team when they won the Championship without losing a match. (Hallefield had moved to the Moss Rose in 1897 when Macclefield FC failed financially). He remained with Hallefield for the next two seasons in their North Staffordshire and District league team but other players had been signed to fill his position with the result that he only featured when deputising for others.

He remained at the Moss Rose when Macclesfield re-formed and joined the Manchester and District League.  There is information missing for this season when it is quite possible he featured more often than the above statistics indicate.  His hat-trick came in the 8-3 away victory at Prestwich in January 1901.

   

Rathbone

1880-81 Goalkeeper

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded for this player.

   

Rawlinson Norris

1935-36 Right-back

CL       League 30 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 7 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 31 August 1935 Buxton (Home)

Moved from Halifax Town to Macclesfield in the summer of 1935. Rawlinson was almost ever-present in the side until the beginning of January 1936, when Arthur Manifould was elevated from the reserves to the senior side taking Rawlinson's place.  However, he was re-instated for the final matches of the season.

 

Ray Richard 'Dick'

1893-94 and 1895-96 Full-back

Ray_Richard

#TC      League 30 Apps 3 Goals     Cups 14 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 23 September 1893 Stockport County (Home)

Before joining Macclesfield was a member of the junior Staffordshire club, Red Street Ramblers and had played for Audley. During his time at Macclesfield Dick was described as a tower of strength at full-back and gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup  in his first season with the club. According to John Earles, Dick became the landlord of the Wheat Sheaf in Sutton.

On leaving Macclesfield Dick's football career progressed from player to manager. As a player he first moved to Burslem Port Vale (May 1894), and was then signed by Crewe Alexandra (1895). However, he did not make any appearances for Crewe but returned to Macclesfield where he featured for the whole season gaining a second winner's medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Crewe Alexandra!   He then signed for Manchester City in May 1896  where he made 83 league appearances, scored 3 goals, and was a member of the team who were Second Division Champions in 1898-99.

(He was again registered as a player at Macclesfield in October 1900 but comprehensive team details are unavailable for this time such that there is no record of when he appeared for the club).

He returned to Manchester City (September 1902) then moving to Coventry City (February 1903), Stockport County (July 1903), Chesterfield (June 1904) and Leeds City (May 1905), where he was captain, leaving in January 1908 for Haslingden. He then spent relatively short spells at the following clubs - Leeds City again (April 1908), Huddersfield Town (July 1908), another return to Leeds City (April 1909) and Mirfield United (November 1910)

In the First World War he served in the Royal Army Service Corps.

In 1919 he became the first ever manager at Leeds United but was demoted to Arthur Fairclough's assistant the following year.  He took charge at Doncaster Rovers from 1923 to 1927 after which he moved back to Leeds United remaining there until 1935. He led Leeds United to the Runners-up position in the Football League Second Division twice, in 1927-28 and 1931-32. On leaving Leeds he was appointed manager at Bradford City in 1935 where he remained until 1937.

The Football League appointed Dick as the first manager of a Football League representative team for the 2-2 draw with the Scottish League at Ibrox in February 1928.  He later worked as chief Scout at Millwall, subsequently running a garage business and billiard clubs.

Died on 28 December 1952 aged 76 in Leeds.

   

Ray W

1895-96 Inside-right

 

#TC     League 7 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 21 September 1895 Everton Reserves (Home)

 

Brother of Dick, joined Macclesfield from Derby and featured in the first half of the 1895-96 season playing at the same time as his brother.

   

Rayner Eddie

1961-62 and 1962-63 Left-half

CL   League 51 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 10Apps 0 Goals

Debut 19 August 1961 Buxton (Home)

Eddie commenced his football career at Northwich Victoria spending seven seasons there.  Whilst at Northwich he was spotted by scouts from Stoke City, eventually signing for them staying for five seasons before moving to Chelmsford for a single season in which they finished runners-up in the league.  He then moved to the Moss Rose where he quickly settled in as a fast moving, quick tackling wing-half. On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Hyde United. He was employed in the motoring trade in Manchester.

Eddie Rayner

 

Raynor

1884-85

Debut 22 November 1884 Leek (Away)

 

There is no information recorded for this player.

   

Read CW

1883-84 Forward

Debut 20 October 1883 Goldenhill (Home)

 

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

   

Read Edward 'Ted'

1930-31 Centre-half

CL     League 37 Apps  3 Goals    Cups 8 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 30 August 1930 Nantwich (Home)

A product of Welsh football initially at Rhos, and from 1928 to 1930 at Wrexham where he made 20 first team appearances. He also represented Wales at junior level. A tireless worker, Ted only missed eight matches in his sole season with the Silkmen mainly through injury, and at the end of the season when he was rested at a time the team were clearing a backlog of matches. On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Halifax Town and then Bellfield St Annes.

   

Reddish E

1895-96 to 1896-97 and 1899-1900 Centre-half

 

#TC     League 20 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 5 Apps 0 Goals

 

NSL     League 7 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 1 February 1896 Glossop North End (Home)

A member of the Macclesfield reserve team, he was given a taste of senior football in February 1896 and then played in the final three matches of the season, a league match against Buxton and in both the Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final replay against Congleton Hornets and in the final against Crewe Alexandra gaining a winners' medal.

He was ever-present in the 1896-97 when he replaced the experienced Joey Heapy who had left the club. It would appear that he left the club at the end of the season but returned to appear for Hallefield-Macclesfield's North Staffordshire and District league team at full-back. (Hallefield had moved to the Moss Rose in1897 when Macclesfield FC failed financially.)

   

Reddish W

1896-97 Right-half

 

#TC     League 4 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 12 September 1896 Barnton Rovers (Home)

 

There is no information recorded for this player who only played in four early season matches.  Brother of E Reddish?

   

Redforth

1880-81

Debut 20 November 1880 Cliffe Vardis (Away)

 

There is no information recorded for this player.

   

Reece T

1896-97  to 1904-05 Forward

 

#TC      League 1 App 0 Goals

#SDL    League 18 Apps 9 Goals

NSL      League 21 Apps 1 Goal      Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

#ML     League 76 Apps 25 Goals  Cups 6 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 17 April 1897 Buxton (Away) 

 

A local player who made his debut in the infamous match at Buxton when the committee found it difficult to raise a team.  With Macclesfield playing with 10 men, by half-time the score was 10-0 in favour of Buxton and Macclesfield refused to play the second half, the tie being awarded to Buxton.

Reece was promoted from the reserve team at the beginning of the 1897-98 season appearing regularly.  When Hallefield took over the Moss Rose at the start of the 1897-98 season, Macclesfield FC having failed financially, Reece joined Hallefield's Stockport and District League team which won the Championship, undefeated throughout the campaign. He stayed with Hallefield when they moved to the North Staffordshire and District League for the 1898-99 season,  again featuring regularly, although his appearancs the following season cease in October 1889.

Reece returned when Macclesfield FC re-formed featuring in the Manchester and District League side from December 1900 and remained a regular and important member of the team until the early part of the 1904-05 season, playing his last match for Macclesfield on 17 September 1904.

   

Reed Stephen

2009-10 Defender

Reed_Stephen 

FL   Cups 1(0)0

Debut 6 October 2009 Carlisle United (Away) JP Trophy Round 2

Stephen began his career at Yeovil Town making his senior debut at 17 years of age but only managed 11 senior appearances. Whilst at Yeovil he had loan spells at Forest Green Rovers, Woking, Aldershot and Torquay United.  He moved to the Gulls on a permanent basis in the summer of 2006 but left them in January 2007 to join Weston-super-mare until the end of the season. He spent the 2007-08 season at Cambridge United where he made over 40 appearances including both legs of the play-offs, the final against Exeter City and in the narrow FA Cup defeat by Wolves.  He left Cambridge for Weymouth in the summer of 2008, playing 32 Conference matches and was captain of the side. Stephen signed for the Silkmen in the summer of 2009. With the left-back position covered by Carl Tremarco and then Sean Hessey, Stephen was restricted to just one senior appearance and found himself on loan at Grays Athletic and then from December 2009 to the end of the season at his former club, Weymouth.

Stephen was released by Macclesfield in the summer of 2010 after which he signed for Chelmsford but returned to Weymouth in the summer of 2011. Having been released by Weymouth he signed for Tiverton Town in the summer of 2013 moving to Bideford in October 2013.  In 2014 he was on the books of Ilfracombe Town and Holsworthy before returning to Bideford.

 

Rees H

1902-03 and 1903-04 Defender

 

#ML     League 8 Apps 0Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded about this player who made occasional appearances in both seasons

   

Regan Carl

2006-07 and 2007-08 Defender

Carl Regan

FL     League 54(4)2    Cups 7(1)0

Debut 5 August 2006 Darlington (Away)

Carl, a former England Youth international, started his career as a trainee at Everton and then moved to Barnsley, Hull City and Chester, before joining the Silkmen in the summer of 2006.  A right-footed player, he featured regularly in the starting line-up either at right-back or right wing-back, and often broke forward down the flank giving him the opportunity to score two goals, the first of which, a 25-yard strike against Boston United in November 2006, was his first senior goal.  In the first half of the 2007-08 season Carl continued to fill the right-back position but became yet another player to follow Paul Ince to MK Dons at the end of January 2008. Carl moved to Bristol Rovers in 2009, Shrewsbury Town in 2011, Notts County in 2012 and Bury in 2013 where it would appear he remained for a single season.

 

Reid Izak

2006-07 to 2010-11  Defender

Izak Reid

FL   League 117(28)5    Cups 10(3)0

Debut 23 December 2006 Swindon Town (Home)

Izak progressed through the ranks at Macclesfield and was given his first professional contract in the summer of 2006.  Latterly playing as an attacking right-back, during his time as a member of the senior side, he has also played at right wing-back, on the right side of midfield and as an emergency left-back despite being a right-footed player. When his brother Levi was at the Moss Rose they often covered the right flank together. Izak was almost ever-present in the side until the 2010-11 season when he faced competition from other players, but he still managed to make a total of 40 appearances in all competitions.   Izak moved to Morecambe in the summer of 2011 and remained with them until January 2013 when he was released.  He then signed for Brackley Town moving to Barrow in the summer of 2014, AFC Telford United in the summer of 2015 and Stafford Rangers in the summer of 2016.

 

Reid Levi

2007-08 Midfielder

Levi Reid

FL   League 29(2)2    Cups 4(0)0

Debut 11 August 2007 Bradford City (Away)

Levi is the older brother of Izak and is a former Port Vale trainee where he gained his first professional contract in the summer of 2003.  He was released by them in May 2005 and since then played for Stafford Rangers. He impressed during the 2007-08 pre-season at the Moss Rose and was given a one month contract by Ian Brightwell. Following a string of solid performances Levi was rewarded with an extended deal until the end of December 2007.  A speedy right-sided midfielder, there were times when he and his brother would cover the right flank together.  Levi was released in the summer of 2008 when he signed for Oxford United moving to Stafford Rangers in 2009 and Telford United in 2011. Spent some time on loan at Chasetown before signing for Gainsborough Trinity in 2012 but returned to Stafford Rangers in October 2012. For the 2015-16 season Levi was both the Players' and Directors' Player of the Year.

    

 

Rhoddan G

1905-06 Centre-forward

 

ML     League 27 Apps 7 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 2 September 1905 Northwich Victoria (Home)

 

Prior to signing for Macclesfield Rhoddan had been on the books of Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra. Appeared regularly but missed a few matches probably through injury including three consecutive matches when Vic Hall made his debut for Macclesfield.  Scored two of his seven goals on his debut, but was not retained for the 1906-07 season probably because the goals dried up for the whole of the second half of the season..

   
   

Rhodes

1912-13 Inside-left

 

LC     League 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 April 1913 Hindley Central (Away)

 

There is no information recorded about this player but he featured in three end-of-season matches deputising for Stanford, the regular inside-left.

   

Richards

1922-23 Centre-forward

 

CL     League 3 Apps 2 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 2 Goals

 

Debut 16 September 1922 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

 

From Crewe, despite scoring two goals in the 3-0 win against Nantwich in the  first preliminary round of the FA Cup and a further two goals in the 5-1 home league win against Witton Albion, he did not feature regularly with his last appearance coming at the end of October 1922.

   

Richardson Jimmy

1950-51 to 1954-55  Centre-half

Richardson_Jimmy

  

CL    League 158 Apps 12 Goals   Cups 35 Apps 4 Goals

Debut 4 November 1950 Runcorn (Away)

Moved from Hyde United and was soon appointed captain. He was the linchpin of the  Freer-Richardson-Shepherd half-back (centre-back) line and the team's penalty taker. Featured regularly  throughout his time at the Moss Rose, gaining a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal in 1952 and 1954 and was an important member of the team which were Cheshire League champions in 1952.

   

Richardson Marcus

2005-06 Forward

FL   League 8(0)3

Debut 25 March 2006 Shrewsbury Town (Home)

An experienced striker who had played for several lower League clubs before joining Macclesfield on loan from Chester City for the final few weeks of the 2005-06 season.  Marcus left his best performances until the last two matches, when he scored three goals, the last of these was a late strike on the final day of the season at Bristol Rovers, which ensured that the Silkmen retained Football League status.

Since leaving the Moss Rose in the summer of 2006, Marcus has played for a number of non-League clubs, latterly as a member of the management team at Reading Town from 2010 to 2012 after which he moved to Marlow helping them to gain promotion as the Hellenic league Premier Division Champions. In January 2014 he became coach at Highmoor Ibis.

Marcus Richardson

 

Ridings Dave

1990-91 Midfielder

Conf   League 1(0)0

Debut 22 April 1991 Yeovil Town (Home)

First played for Curzon Ashton from 1990-93, and whilst there spent a short time on loan at Macclesfield making just one appearance.

For the 1993-94 season he was with Halifax Town where he made 21 league appearances before moving to Lincoln City in 1994 making 10 league appearances. Next stop was Ashton United, again in 1994, before signing for Crewe Alexandra where he made just one league appearance during the 1995-96 season although he spent time on loan at Hednesford Town. From 1996 to 2002 he was at Leigh RMI and, having turned down a new 12-month contract, signed for Stalybridge Celtic remaining there for a single season, before going full circle when he returned to Curzon Ashton for the 2002-03 season. after which he retired from playing.

   

Ridgway Frederick

1956-57 Inside-left/Inside-right

CL League 39 Apps 11 Goals    Cups 13 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 18 August 1956 Buxton (Home)

Previously played for Congleton Town, Witton Albion and Port Vale. Almost ever-present in the team until late in the season when he was in competition with others.  Changed wings for several matches when Frank Monaghan played at inside-left.

 

Riddler Colin

1990-91 Goalkeeper

Conf   League 3(0)0

Debut 3 September 1990 Kidderminster Harriers (Away)

Colin was signed from Chorley as back-up for Alan Zelem, having previously played for South Liverpool, Minehead, Bridgewater and Bideford. He represented the British Universities XI.

 

Ridler Dave

2001-02 and 2002-03 Defender

Dave Ridler

FL   League 53(3)0    Cups 8(1)0

Debut 11 August 2001 Swansea City (Home)

A former chef, Dave moved from non-League football to Wrexham where he made his Football League debut during the 1996-97 season. He remained there for five years before signing for the Silkmen in the summer of 2001.  A no nonsense central defender,  Dave was more often than not the first choice to partner Darren Tinson in the centre of the defence, but with a need to improve his disciplinary record, in his second season he adopted a more cautious approach.  In the second half of the 2002-03 season Dave lost his place when Steve Macauley was preferred and was released from his contract on transfer deadline day in March 2003.  Dave has since played for Scarborough, Shrewsbury Town, Leigh RMI, Prescot Cables, Winsford United and Caernarfon. He was appointed assistant manager at Prescot Cables in May 2009, then caretaker manager in November 2010 and was handed the role of manager in December 2010. On leaving Prescot Cables in 2011, Dave moved into coaching overseas and now coaches at the Liverpool's Academy in Egypt.

 

Rigby Ernest

1946-47 and 1947-48 Right-half

CL   League 15 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 4 April 1947 Congleton Town (Away)

Having peviously played for Ashton United, a corporal in the RAF (probably based at Wilmslow), he was signed late in the 1946-47 season when he was ever-present from signing to the end of the season. In the early stages of the 1947-48 season he made five appearances in different defensive positions, but was faced with stiff competition from several other players such that he could not force his way into the side.

He was an amateur with Blackpool in the 1949-50 season, played for the Lancashire FA and made 10 appearances for Accrington Stanley as a full-back from 1951.

 

Rigby George

1935-36 and 1936-37 Inside-left/left-half

CL    League 38 Apps 8 Goals    Cups 10 Apps 5 Goals

Debut 14 November 1936 Altrincham (Away)

Prior to signing for Macclesfield George was on the books at Shrewsbury Town. George was a versatile and constructive player, featuring in the majority of matches in his first season at the Moss Rose but only made a handful of senior appearances in the 1936-37 season when he was a member of the reserve team. His goals helped the Silkmen to progress in both the Challenge Cup and the Cheshire Senior Cup, his two extra time goals in the semi-final of the Cheshire Senior Cup ensuring that Macclesfield progressed to the final.

 

Rigby Hayden

1975-76 Midfielder

NPL   League 10(0)0     Cups 7(1)0

Debut 7 February 1976 Sub Hyde U (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup Round 2

Hayden was signed from Stockport County.  Initially a member of the reserve side, he made his senior debut in the 85th minute of the Cheshire Cup tie and became a regular in the staring line for the final 15 matches of the season.

 

Rigby J

1935-36 Inside-left

CL    League 1 App 1 Goal

Debut 22 April 1936 Mossley (Home)

A young amateur from Wilmslow who was given an end of season trial in the senior side having played in the reserve side the previous week.  He scored the first goal in the 3-1 home win in his sole match.

 

Riley

1892-93 and 1893-94 Outside-right

 

#TC     League 8 Apps 2 Goals

 

Debut 18 March 1893 Everton Reserves (Away)

 

Signed from Audley in March 1893, Riley only featured at the end of the 1892-93 season and in the first three matches of the following season. His two goals were scored in the final match of the 1892-93 season in the 8-0 home win against Wrexham.

   

Riley

1919-20 Outside-right

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 21 February 1920 Altrincham (Away)

 

From Stockport, Riley was one of numerous players given a trial in the 1919-20 season.  He also featured in a home friendly match against Crewe Alexandra.

   

Rimmer Jack

1938-39 Outside-left

CL     League 35 Apps 6 Goals    Cups 5 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 27 August 1938 Buxton (Home)

An experienced league player who commenced his career at Southport in 1928 where he made 20 league appearances scoring 6 goals.  In 1930 he moved to Bolton Wanderers and over the next seven years he made 82 league appearances and scored 16 goals.  Jack then spent a short time at Burnley but never made the senior team, before moving to Reading where he made eight league appearances scoring a single goal.   Macclesfield signed Jack from Reading in the summer of 1938 and he went straight into the senior side, missing very few matches, where he used his experience, pace and skill to good effect.  He also earned English amateur international honours. Jack died in 1989.

 

Rimmer T

1919-20 Right-back

 

CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 13 December 1919 Winsford United (Home)

 

From Southport, one of numerous players given a trial in the 1919-20 season appearing at right-back where no less than nine different players were used throughout the season.

Note: it has not been possible to establish whether this player is related to Jack Rimmer, also from Southport.

   

Ringland

1876-77

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

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

   

Ringstead Alf

1963-64 Outside-right

Ringstead_Alf

CL   League 8 Apps 4 Goals   Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 21 March 1964 Ellesmere Port Town (Home)

Previously with Ellesmere Port, Northwich Vics before signing for Sheffield United where he made 247 league appearances scoring 101 goals from 1950 to 1959. He spent the 1959-60 season at Mansfield Town appearing 27 times in the league scoring three goals. He then played for  Frickley Athletic and Buxton before moving to Macclesfield.  Alf scored on his debut in the resounding 7-1 victory.

At international level, whilst at Sheffield United Alf made 20 appearances for Eire scoring seven goals.

 

Rioch Gregor

1999-00 and 2000-01 Defender/midfielder

Gregor Rioch

FL   League 58(1)6     Cups 6(0)0

Debut 7 August 1999 Northampton Town (Home)

Son of Bruce Rioch, Gregor was a trainee at Luton before moving to Peterborough United and then Hull City, signing for the Silkmen in the summer of 1999. A totally committed and extremely enthusiastic left-sided player who gave his all in every match, and it was probably these qualities which persuaded Sammy McIlroy to hand Gregor the captaincy at the start of the 1999-2000 season, but he was relieved of this responsibility in the October because Sammy felt that he was asking too much of him.  Nevertheless, he had an impressive first term at the Moss Rose and scored two goals, one of which was a penalty, in the win on his return to Hull City in August.  In his second season, appearances were limited due to injury, but when re-introduced he played with speed and agility.  He moved to Shrewsbury Town on transfer deadline day in March 2001 and later to Northwich Victoria and then Leigh RMI finishing his football career there in 2004.

Since retiring from playing, Gregor has remained in the football world initially as head coach at Koge FC Denmark whom he led to the top of the First Division table and after two successful seasons left to join Manchester City as Academy Coach to the then U17s squad, followed by a year coaching the reserve squad.  In April 2008 he was appointed manager of the Academy at Coventry City moving to Wigan Athletic in December 2013 as head of their Academy.

 

Riseley

1909-10 to 1911-12 Defender

 

ML     League 5 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 1 Goal

 

LC       League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 3 January 1910 Denton (Away)

 

Throughout his time with Macclesfield Riseley was a member of the reserve team where he played as a half-back  although he appeared at outside-right on his debut for the senior team. Used to deputise for senior players who were unavailable with his one goal coming in the unsuccessful first round replay of the Healey Cup in January 1912.

   

Roberts

1919-20 Inside-left

 

CL     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 27 March 1920 Northwich Victoria (Away) Cheshire League Subsidiary Competition

 

From Stockport, was brought in to assist in completing a backlog of fixtures especially in the Subsidiary Competition. Also played in a home friendly match against Crewe Alexandra.

   

Roberts Adam

Roberts_Adam

2010-11 Midfielder

FL   League 1(3)0       Cups 0(2)0

Debut 30 April 2011 Sub Gillingham (Away)

Adam graduated from the club’s youth team, signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2010. He is capable of playing equally well whether in a wide midfield position or in the centre, and has featured regularly for the reserves scoring his fair share of goals.

In the 2011-12 season, Adam was another player who joined the long list of injured players when he incurred an ankle injury in November which required surgery. His four appearances were spread throughout the season with his first senior start coming in the final match at Southend United.

Released in the summer of 2012 at the end of his contract when he signed for Leek Town.

 

Roberts Dave

1968-69 to 1970-71 Wing-half/Inside-forward

NPL   League 76(1)6    Cups 50(0)8

Debut 10 August 1968 Boston United (Away)

Born in Whiston, Stoke-on-Trent, Dave had played for Tranmere Rovers and was signed by the Silkmen from Wigan Athletic, then a non-league side. He was a classy defensive wing-half and highly thought of in the Northern Premier League.  There were occasions when he played as sweeper and moved to inside-forward in the 1971-72 season. 

Dave was a member of the Northern Premier League championship teams in 1968-69 and

1969-70, holder of a winners' medal in the FA Trophy in  1970, a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal in 1969 and was a member of the team which won the North West Floodlit League in 1969-70.

He was appointed player/manager at Morecambe in the summer of 1972. After leaving Morecambe he coached in Saudi Arabia and now lives in South Africa.

Roberts_Dave

 

Roberts John

2016-17 Midfielder

NC Cups 1(1)0

Debut 15 October 2016 Sub North Ferriby United (Away) FA Cup fourth qualifying round

Originally on the books at Accrington Stanley, Roberts took part in a summer trial game at Macclesfield where the 22 players each paid a fee of £50 to take part. Along with three other players he was invited to train with the Silkmen and featured in pre-season matches at Buxton, Leek and Nantwich, his performances earning him a non-contract deal which he signed in August 2016.

In competitive matches with Macclesfield Roberts was given just two outings - as a 77th minute substitute in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup and in the Preliminary Round of the Cheshire Senior Cup.

Signed dual forms with Ashton United in December 2016 signing a permanent deal with them in the summer of 2017.

Roberts_John
   

Roberts Graham

1993-94 Midfielder

Conf   League 11(0)1    Cups 2(0)1

Debut 21 August 1993 Bath City (Away)

Graham was an attacking midfield player who was signed from Colwyn Bay where he helped them to promotion from the NPL Division One.  He had previously played for Flint and Mold.

Graham Roberts

 

Roberts Micky

1986-87 to 1989-90 Full-back

Micky Roberts

NPL   League 41(0)0    Cups 17(0)0

Debut 16 August 1986 Caernarfon Town (Away)

Conf  League 72(3)1    Cups 34(4)0

An experienced and very capable defender who moved to the Moss Rose from Winsford United (7 years), having previously played for Oldham, Mossley, Witton Albion (3 years) and Runcorn (6 years). Micky was a PE teacher who played his last game for the Silkmen at the age of forty and was appointed team coach when he retired from playing. He won a FA non-League personality award in 1980, played a vital role in the triple winning 1986-87 season (NPL Championship, League Cup and Presidents Cup), was Player of the Year for the 1987-88 season and was presented with a FA Individual Merit Award in the 1988-89 season. Micky was one of the most determined and dependable defenders seen during the Conference days. Having graduated from Durham University, Micky became a lecturer in Leisure and Tourism at Manchester’s City College.

 

Roberts Percy

1927-28 Centre-forward

 

CL     League 10 Apps 8 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 27 August 1927 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

 

A native of Wrexham where he was on the books for the 1924-25 season but did not make a senior appearance.  Moved to Oswestry Town for the 1925-26 season and then to Nelson for the 1926-27 season where he made one senior appearances, spending the rest of the season as a member of their reserve team. Signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1927 he went straight into the side appearing regularly until the middle of October 1927. His eight goals included a hat-trick in the 5-2 home win against Mossley at the beginning of October. In March 1928 moved to amateur football with the Birmingham City Police.

   

Robins

1953-54 Inside-left

 

CL    League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 27 March 1954 Ellesmere Port Town (Home)

 

A member of the reserve side who replaced Roger Wood when he was rested.

   

Robinson H

1905-06 Left-back

 

ML     League 28 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 2 September 1905 Northwich Victoria (Home)

 

Previously with Rusholme, Robinson is another player who, although ever present, only spent a single season with Macclesfield.

   

Robinson JT

1876-77 to 1878-79 Forward and Goalkeeper

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

A member of the 8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers team who featured in the first three seasons of the newly formed Macclesfield FC team.  Played as a forward in the first two seasons but in the first half of the 1878-79 season filled the position of goalkeeper.

   

Robinson Jess

1906-07 to 1908-09 Left-back

ML     League 81 Apps 4 Goals     Cups 19 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 1 September 1906 Northwich Victoria (Away)

A native of Rusholme, Robinson was signed by the Silkmen in the summer of 1906 and remained with the club for three seasons very rarely missing a match.  He was said to be deceptively obese-looking but was an excellent defender although Graham Phythian in Saga of the Silkmen recalls that Robinson also had a darker side to his play.  On one occasion he was dropped when he had been guilty of an unexplained absence for a crucial match and adopted an off-hand manner when questioned by the committee, however, his importance to the team was recognised when he was re-instated after one match.  Robinson was a member of the Manchester League Championship side in 1908-09.

Robinson_Jess 
   

Robinson Marvin Leon St Clair

2006-07 Forward

Marvin Robinson

FL   League 5(0)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 5 August 2006 Darlington (Away)

Marvin, an England U-18 schoolboy international, started his career as a trainee at Derby County gaining his first professional contract there in 1998. When Brian Horton signed Marvin from Lincoln City in the summer of 2006, Macclesfield became the tenth club for which Marvin had played either on a permanent basis or on loan. He played in all the early season matches but unfortunately could not find the back of the net and was transferred to Conference side Oxford United at the end of August 2006 on the same day that strikers Matthew Tipton and Spencer Weir-Daley were signed on loan. Whilst on loan at Cambridge United, Marvin was injured in a car accident in September 2007 resulting in him being recalled to Oxford. Marvin was released by Oxford United in January 2008 after which he played for Kettering Town, Redditch United, Massey Ferguson FC, Nantwich Town, Hednesford Town,  Brackley Town, on loan at Leamington, Oxford City and then returned to Hednesford Town.

 

Robinson Neil

2002-03 and 2003-04 Forward

Neil Robinson

FL   League 2(9)0    Cups 0(1)0

Debut 26 August 2002 Lincoln City (Away)

A young striker who joined the Silkmen in the summer of 2002 for a fee of £12,000 from Prescott Cables for whom he had scored 41 goals in all competitions during the 2001-02 season.  Neil found it difficult to break into the senior side, although in his first season he made some excellent appearances for the reserves where he regularly appeared on the score sheet. In his second season he went on loan to Leigh RMI and then had two loan periods at Southport where, during his second spell, he scored seven goals in four matches moving there on a permanent basis in October 2004.  Later he moved to Burscough but returned to Southport who released him in the summer of 2006 after which he signed for Burscough again, returning to Southport again from 2007 to 2009 when he moved to Skelmersdale United.

 

Robinson Peter

1958-59 and 1959-60 Player/Manager

CL    League 14 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal 

 

Debut 24 September 1958 Runcorn (Away)

Before his time at Macclesfield Peter had gained experience at several clubs. Starting his career as an amateur at Urmston, he moved to Manchester City in October 1941 and then guested at Queens Park Rangers and Aldershot towards the end of the Second World War before returning to Manchester City to make one appearance. He then signed for Chesterfield (1947), Buxton (1949), Notts County (1950) and King's Lynn (1955) before his move to Macclesfield in the summer of 1958.

He was player/manager who demanded unwavering dedication and was a fitness fanatic. Unfortunately his style of play, where retention of possession of the ball was paramount, was his undoing and after five straight defeats at the opening of the 1959-60 Season he was dismissed.

 

Robles Louis Gabriel

2015-16 Forward

Robles_Louis

NC     League 0(1)0

Debut 23 January 2016 sub Aldershot Town (Home)

Was recruited by Liverpool for their under 9 side and over the years progressed to the under 18 side making his first appearance at the age of 16. Joined Wigan Athletic making one senior appearance in their last match of the 2014-15 season having made 35 appearances for Wigan's under 18's team scoring 29 goals.  Louis scored 11 goals in 11 appearances for the Development Squad in the 2015-16 season before his move to Macclesfield.

Signed in January 2015 on a youth loan until the end of the 2015-16 season along with Adam Anson as part of the deal which saw midfielder Danny Whitehead move to Wigan in January 2016 but loaned back to the Silkmen for the remainder of the season.

Despite being signed on loan to the end of the season, returned to Wigan towards the end of January 2016 along with Adam Anson who made no appearances during his short time at the Moss Rose.

   

Robson

1928-29 Goalkeeper

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 22 December 1928 Northwich Victoria (Away)

 

From Leeds, Robson was brought in as goalkeeping cover when Mace, the regular 'keeper, was unavailable and McGann, the reserve team 'keeper, had been in goal on the losing side for two matches.  Robson enjoyed a 3-2 victory in his sole match for the Silkmen.

   

Roche

1910-11 Inside-left

 

ML     League 3 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 1 App 4 Goals

 

Debut 17 September 1910 Chapel-en-le-Frith (Home) FA Cup Q1

 

A Northern Nomads player who was given a trial at Macclesfield.  He made a spectacular debut scoring four of the seven goals in the 7-2 victory but sustained an injury scoring his fourth goal which ruled him out for the next three matches.  He made a further three appearances scoring a goal in the 2-0 victory at Rusholme, however, it would appear that he did not sign for Macclesfield.

   

Rogers Derek

Rogers_Derek

1963-64 to 1967-68 Forward

CL   League 54(1)24   Cups 14(0)4

Debut 6 April 1964 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Away)

Derek was a local lad from Bollington who moved up from the reserves as a fast forward who could also play wing-half although initially used as a defender. During his early days with Macclesfield, Bolton Wanderers showed an interest in him and he made four appearances for their 'A' team, but Derek decided to stay at the Moss Rose.

On leaving Macclesfield played for Witton Albion, Sandbach Ramblers, Winsford United, New Mills and Middlewich Athletic.

Derek's company are a key sponsor with Macclesfield Town and continue to be food suppliers to the club.

Died on 23 January 2016.

 

Rogers Joseph James 'Joe'

1893-94 and 1894-95 Centre-forward

 

#TC     League 14 Apps 10 Goals     Cups 4 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 27 January 1894 Chester (Away)

 

Born in Macclesfield, Joe started his football career at Stoke United before joining the Silk Lads (as they were known in those days) gaining a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal in his first year with the club. First choice centre-forward at the start of the 1894-95 season, he played his last match for Macclesfield on 10 November 1894 before signing for Southampton St Mary's in December 1894 during the inaugural Southern League Season. Initially appearing at either centre-forward or inside-forward, but the Southampton coaches persuaded him to play as a full-back. Unsettled on the south coast he moved to Grimsby Town in May 1896 scoring 23 goals in 53 league appearances over two seasons. He then moved to Newcastle United in April 1898 (54 league appearances scoring 10 goals).  Whilst at Newcastle he was selected to join a FA tour of Germany, scoring five goals in one of the three matches in which he appeared. Unfortunately these matches do not count as full international appearances.   He remained at Newcastle until January 1901 when he signed for Preston North End scoring 11 goals in 39 league appearances. In August 1902 he moved to Walsall after which he retired from playing.

He then took up a coaching post in Germany subsequently returning to Grimsby to join their coaching staff.

Joe died in 1955

   

Rokka Elliot

2013-14 Midfielder

NC     Cups 0(1)0

Debut  3 April 2014 Sub Northwich Victoria (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final replay

Previously with Everton, Manchester United Academy and Riomaior FC, Elliot  returned from Portugal midway through the scholarship programme. 

Joined the Macclesfield Community Sports Trust Academy team to get back into the system and was also on the books of Radcliffe Borough. A fast attacking midfielder, can play on the wing or in the centre with the ability to score goals. Elliot became the first member of the Academy to feature in a senior match when he played in the second half of the Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final replay at Northwich Victoria. In 2014-15 was also on the list of players for the Football Education and Training Academy.

Remained at Radcliffe Borough on leaving Macclesfield and in the 2016-17 season he was their young player of the season having scored 16 goals. Signed for Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 2017.

Rokka_Elliot
   

Roocroft

1897-98 Left-half

 

#SDL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 16 October 1897 Disley (Away)

 

With a quantity of information missing for this season it is unknown whether Roocroft made any other appearances for Hallefield playing in the Stockport and District League.  (Hallefield had taken over the Moss Rose following the financial Failure of Macclefield FC)

   

Rooney John

2007-08 to 2009-10 Forward

John Rooney

FL   League 25(16)3    Cups 2(3)1

Debut 24 March 2008 Sub Barnet (Home)

Despite having only served 12 months as a trainee at Macclesfield, John’s potential, which saw him regularly on the score sheet for the youth team, was recognized when he was awarded his first professional contract in the summer of 2008 although he had made his Football League debut in the previous March.  Wary of pushing young talent too quickly, Keith Alexander used John sparingly as a substitute, including an extra time appearance in the Carling Cup tie at West Ham, until March 2009 when he became a regular in the starting line-up.  Capable of playing in midfield or as a striker, John was used just behind the front two and scored his first senior goal in the 2-1 defeat at Dagenham and Redbridge on the same day as his older brother, Wayne, scored two goals for England.  He scored one further goal, a 20-yard strike, in the 2-0 win at Chester City. John did not have the comfort of an extended run in the 2009-10 season, with many of his appearances coming from the substitutes’ bench.  Initially he played up front but as more injuries occurred in the midfield he fell back sometimes playing in a wide role.

John had trials with Huddersfield Town, Derby County and Preston, but in the summer of 2010 turned down the offer of a new contract with the Silkmen. However, after successful trials in the USA with Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders, John joined Major League Soccer in the January 2011 ‘superdraft’ and was selected to play for New York Red Bulls for whom Thierry Henry plays. New York released him in November 2011 and he signed for USL Pro side Orlando City towards the end of January 2012.

Having returned to the UK John signed for Barnsley in October 2012, moving to Bury in the summer of 2013 and then signed for Chester at the beginning of December 2013, moving to Wrexham in the summer of 2016, then signed for Guiseley in the summer of 2017.

 

Rooney Tommy

2004-05 Forward

Rooney_Tommy

FL   League 0(1)0    Cups 0(1)0

Debut 20 November 2004 Sub Cheltenham Town (Home)

Cousin of Manchester United and England’s Wayne, Tommy came through the ranks at Tranmere but it was the Silkmen who gave him his first professional contract in the summer of 2004.  With other strikers in good form, Tommy found it impossible to break into the senior side on a regular basis, however, he finished the season as the leading scorer for the club’s reserve side.  After leaving the Silkmen Tommy was a trialist at League of Wales Club TNS, later moving to Vauxhall Motors (twice), Leigh RMI and Cammel Laird.

 

Roscoe Jack

1932-33 and 1933-34 Centre-forward

Roscoe_Jack

CL    League 70 Apps 50 Goals    Cups 16 Apps 8 Goals

Debut 8 October 1932 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Away)

Before joining Macclesfield Jack had played for Witton Albion, Mossley, Oldham Athletic (20 senior appearances) and Chester City. He held winners' medals for the Northwich Senior Cup and the Ashton & Manchester Cup. He was signed to replace Harry Lovatt and proved to be an excellent player.

Missing very few matches in his time at the Moss Rose, he was instrumental in the team winning the Cheshire League Championship in the 1932-33 season when he was top-scorer with 34 goals. Jack was vice-captain for the 1933-34 season when he was second-top scorer with 24 goals, and over the two seasons his goal tally included six hat-tricks.

On leaving the Silkmen in 1934 moved to Hyde United where he was still playing in 1938 but returned to Mossley, his career coming to an end there on the outbreak of the Second World War.  For Mossley he scored 176 goals in 188 appearances. By trade he was a plumber.

Died: Oldham 1969.

 

Rose

1922-23 and 1923-24 Defender

 

CL     League 29 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 24 March 1923 Stockport County Reserves (Home)

 

Appeared on the scene towards the end of the 1922-23 season making seven appearances at left-back. In the 1923-24 season he appeared fairly regularly throughout the season initially at right-back, until he lost his place to Burgess who was promoted from the reserves at the end of December 1923.  Following the serious injury to Harry Pearson he returned to the side  at left-back, a position he shared with William Ingleson until the end of the season.

   

Rose Colin

1997-98 Midfielder

Rose_Colin

FL   League 15(4)0    Cups 4(0)0

Debut 9 August 1997 Torquay United (Home)

Colin progressed from apprentice to a professional at Crewe Alexandra before moving to Witton Albion, during which time he represented England twice at semi-pro level and went on loan to Congleton Town.  He joined the Silkmen in the summer of 1997 going straight into the starting line-up and, despite making a promising start in midfield, Colin lost his place on the return of Martin McDonald.   In the early games he showed a good turn of pace, provided pin-point crosses and proved to be a tough tackler. 

On leaving Macclesfield in 1998, Colin signed for Gateshead and has also played for Runcorn, Northwich Victoria, Hyde United, Leek Town, Winsford United and Witton Albion.

 

Rose John Henry

1897-98 to 1903-04 Left-half

 

#SDL      League 12 Apps  2 Goals

NSL        League 33 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps  0 Goals

#ML       League 74 Apps 4 Goals     Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals 

Debut 18 September 1897 Stockport All Saints (Home)

 

A local player who was connected with the club for seven seasons featuring regularly and captained the side. A member of the Hallefield Stockport and District League Championship team in 1897-98 who remained unbeaten throughout the campaign. (Hallefield had moved to the Moss Rose when Macclesfield FC had failed financially in 1897). Remained with Hallefield for the next two seasons when they played in the North Staffordshire and District League.

Joined the re-formed Macclesfield team for their first season as members of the Manchester and District League for the 1900-01 season, remaining a regular member of the team until the 1904-05 season when he dropped to the reserve team where he was captain. 

Died Macclesfield, March 1943.

   

Ross Craig

2016-17 Goalkeeper

NC     League 22(0)0     Cups 5(0)0

Debut 6 August 2016 Torquay United (Home)

Craig started his career at Hampton & Richmond moving to Cambridge United in the summer of 2012.  He was loaned to Eastbourne in November 2012 signing for them permanently in the summer of 2013.  He then signed for Farnborough in September 2014 but only remained there for a month before moving to Whitehawk in September 2014.

Signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2016. First choice 'keeper at the start of the season in preference to Richie Branagan until Scott Flinders was signed on a month's loan from York City. Regained his place in the team when Flinders returned to York but lost his place again when Flinders was signed on a permanent basis in January 2017 when he was was the preferred 'keeper. Craig then spent his time as an unused substitute although when manager John Askey was resting players towards the end of the season to complete a backlog of fixtures he featured for three consecutive matches.

Although offered a further contract, with the re-signing of goalkeeper Shwan Jalal, Craig elected to leave the Moss Rose and signed for Football League club Barnet in the summer of 2017.

Ross_Craig
   

Ross Frank

1947-48 Left-back

CL   League 4 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 21 February 1948 Wellington Town (Home)

Moved to the Moss Rose having played for Manchester City’s Central League side deputising for Jack Prescott.  He was born in India and saw service with the Bombay Rangers prior to coming to England.

 

Ross Neil

2002-03 to 2004-05 Forward

FL   League 7(7)0

Debut 18 January 2003 Sub AFC Bournemouth (Away)

A former Leeds United trainee, Neil signed for Stockport County in January 2000 moving to Macclesfield in January 2003 for a fee of £30,000 with a view to supplementing the strike force. However, he found himself well down the pecking order and mostly had to be content with his role in the Reserve side, where he finished the 2003-04 season as joint top-scorer. Since leaving Macclesfield Neil has played for several non-League sides the latest known being Harrogate Railway Athletic.

Neil Ross

 

Rosson Syd

1938-39 Left-half

CL    League 36 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 27 August 1938 Buxton (Home)

Syd was signed from Buxton and faced his old club in his very first match for the Silkmen.  Almost ever-present in his single season at Macclesfield, he was a tireless worker and a driving force in the team.  Whilst most of his appearances came at left-half, he filled in at right-half when required. His one goal came in the 1-1 draw at Mossley early in January 1939. Syd also played in Macclesfield's 1939-40 war-time team.

 

Rourke Jack

1919-20 and 1920-21 Centre-half

Rourke_Jack

CL     League 48 Apps 8 Goals     Cups 17 Apps  0 Goals

Debut 20 August 1919 Crichton's Athletic (Home)

Started playing football at junior level joining Park Albion Club in 1906. During his three years with the club, Jack won two Championship medals and a winners' medal in the Stockport Shield. He was then on the books of Stockport County but twisted an ankle and was out of action for almost a year, but re-signed for them for the 1911-12 season. Moved to Nelson at the beginning of the 1912-13 season featuring in their Lancashire Combination side for two seasons. So that he could be nearer home and his employment he then moved to Denton.

During World War One he enlisted with the 3/7th Cheshires in December 1915 when he was posted to France. He was then transferred to 6th Cheshires to fight on the Western Front but was also able to represent them in football matches.. 

Having been demobilised in the spring of 1919 signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1919. He went straight into the side, was almost ever-present in his two seasons with the club and was captain. A hard working player who hustled and harried the opposition he always played with confidence and possessed the ability to beat any player. He gained a winners' medal in the Altrincham Cup in May 1920.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Ashton National for the 1921-22 season, moving to Witton Albion at the beginning of the 1922-23 season, but moved back to Ashton National during the season.

Away from football Jack was a cotton operative at the Delphin Mill , Stockport.

   

Rouse Domaine

2014-15 Forward

NC     League 3(2)1

Debut 25 August 2014 Sub Wrexham (Away)

Gained Football League experience at Bury from 2007 to 2009.  Whilst at Bury went on loan to Droylsden in 2008 and Fleetwood in 2009. Moved to Hyde in 2010, but after just half a season moved to Droylsden and then Colwyn Bay before returning again to Droylsden in the 2012-13 season, remaining with them to the end of the 2013-14 season.

Signed for Macclesfield in August 2014. His appearances all came in late August and early September scoring the first goal in the 2-0 home win  against Eastleigh at the end of August.  He then featured as an unused substitute for several matches but could not force his way into the team. Released by Macclesfield at the end of the 2014-15 season.

rouse_domaine
   

Rouse David

2006-07 Goalkeeping coach

Rouse_David

FL   League 1(0)0

Debut 13 January 2007 Barnet (Away)

David has been involved in football either as a player or coach for many years, and was signed as Macclesfield’s goalkeeping coach at the beginning of the 2006-07 season having held a similar position at Manchester United for the previous eight years.  With both first choice ‘keepers unavailable through injury or suspension, David signed a monthly playing contract in January 2007, making just one appearance in the away match at Barnet which was his English Football League debut at the age of 30.  Whilst goalkeeping coach with the Silkmen, David played regularly for Flixton. As well as coaching at Macclesfield during the 2007-08 season he also coached at Rochdale and later at Wigan Athletic moving to Queens Park Rangers in February 2008 to take up a similar coaching position. Having left QPR, in 2015 David was coaching in Abu Dhabi with top side Al Ain.

 

Rowbotham F

1899-1900 and 1902-03 Goalkeeper

 

NSL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals

#ML    League 9 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 2 September 1899 Congleton Hornets (Away)

 

Hallefield-Macclesfield were without a regular 'keeper at the beginning of the 1899-1900 season, Rowbotham appearing in the first two matches. (Hallefield had taken over the Moss Rose in 1897 when Macclesfield FC failed financially and renamed themselves Hallefield-Macclesfield for this one season.)

When not playing for the senior side, Rowbotham was a member of Macclesfield's reserve team: he played regularly for the reserves for whole of the 1901-02 season and probably for the first half of the 1902-03 season before returning to the senior side for the whole of the second half of the season replacing the regular 'keeper Smith.

 

   

Rowe Daniel Martin

'Danny'

Rowe_Danny 

2013-14 to 2016-17 Midfielder

NC     League 69(35)11     Cups 18(3)8

Debut 10 August 2013 Nuneaton Town (Home)

A Stockport County trainee, Danny stepped up to the senior side in 2009 and then in 2010 spent a short time on loan at Northwich Victoria. On his return, whilst appearing fairly regularly at Stockport it was in the 2011-12 season that he established himself in the senior side.  At the age of 20 he moved to Barrow for the 2012-13 season where he featured regularly.

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 2013.  Capable of playing on either wing, Danny was in and out of the side throughout the season although he played with enthusiasm whether in the starting line-up or when he was introduced from the substitutes' bench.  He scored a second half fifteen minute hat-trick in the  fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup in the 7-0 home win against Vauxhall Motors.

Joined A.F.C. Fylde in August 2014 but returned to Macclesfield Town on 1 January 2015.

Used occasionally on the left wing to provide a different pace. Scored two goals, both winning strikes, in the Cheshire Senior Cup competition:  the first in the 2-1 home win against Crewe Alexandra  in the second round, and the Silkmen's third goal in the 3-2 win in the final against Northwich Victoria.

During the 2015-16 season Danny featured in 47 of the 54 matches but in just over half he was either substituted or came on from the substitutes' bench to fill the left wing position. Nevertheless, he always used his pace to good effect and given a good run in the team for the final matches of the campaign demonstrated his skills to the full. Danny contributed a useful five goals during the season including his goal against Braintree at the Moss Rose on 2 April 2016 which was voted by the supporters as the best goal of the season.

In the first half of the 2016-17 season Danny featured regularly in the starting line-up using his pace to good effect on either wing and was one of the best performing players in the team. Signed a two and a half year contract with Championship club Ipswich Town in January 2017 for an undisclosed fee.

Danny's brother Tommy is also a professional footballer.

   

Rowson

1878-79

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded for this player.

   

Royle Stewart

1976-77 and 1977-78 Midfielder

NPL   League 6(2)1

Debut 9 April 1977 South Liverpool (Home)

There is no information recorded about this player, however, his one goal came on his debut in the 3-1 victory.

 

Rubbathan Alfred John

1902-03 and 1903-04 Forward

 

#ML     League 11 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 21 February 1903 Tonge (Away)

 

From Northwich, it was reported that his partnership with Smith went well from his debut and he featured regularly until the end of the 1902-03 season. Only two appearances have been found for him in the 1903-04 season.

Died in Q4 1938 at Bucklow, Cheshire

   

Ruberto Cody

2016-17 Forward

 

NC     Cups 1(0)0

 

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

 

Although Italian-born, started his career in Canada helping the Calgary Callies win the Canadian Championship in 2008-09 when he scored in 29 games. He then returned to Italy signing for Ascoli before moving to France when he signed for AC Bastia in 2010. After two years he returned to Italy to join Serie B side Brescia Calcio followed by Athletico Montichiari, Porto Torres, Valenzana Mado and in January 2016 Oppeano.

One of 11 players signed on non-contract terms with Macclesfield Town at the end of October 2016, Cody having been on trial with Vanarama National League North side Stockport County. Made his sole appearance for the club in the Cheshire Senior Cup preliminary Round.  Released in November 2016.

Career path prior to Macclesfield Town obtained from the National League.

   

Russell Allan

2005-06 Forward

FL   League 12(1)2    Cups 0(1)0

Debut 6 August 2005 Leyton Orient (Away)

The Scottish striker played for Hamilton and St Mirren before signing for the Silkmen in the summer of 2005, featuring regularly in the opening games of the season with his two goals coming in consecutive matches in September, including a splendid solo effort at Wrexham. However, despite working hard, he appeared to find it difficult to maintain a consistent level of performance and lost his place on the arrival  of Clyde Wijnhard in the middle of October 2005. Soon afterwards he left Macclesfield and signed for Mansfield Town. He has since played for Forest Green Rovers, Partick Thistle and signed for Airdrie United and then Kilmarnock, whom he left in the summer of 2010 on the expiry of his contract moving abroad to Carolina Railhawks whom he helped to win the NASL League Championship in 2010 and 2011. Allan then signed for Los Angeles Blues in December 2011 who later changed their name to Orange County Blues, where he was captain for two years playing as a defensive midfielder and a striker.

Has a coaching Consultancy company, Superior Striker Coaching, providing specialist training for attackers and was hired by England manager Gareth Southgate as an attacking coach for the England team in June 2017.

Allan Russell

 

Rutland S

1881-82 and 1882-83

Debut 4 January 1882 Chester Rovers (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup Round 1

 

There is no information recorded for this player.

   

Rutledge

1926-27 Right-back

CL     League 26 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 26 August 1926 Hurst (Home)

One of the new players signed in the summer of 1926 he went straight into the team at the start of the season and was ever-present until the middle of November. Although he then made appearances until the middle of March 1927, he faced competition from other players who replaced him for several matches, with his position eventually being taken when Harry Walker was signed who made the right-back position his own over next three seasons.

Rutledge
   

Rutter Mark

1991-92 Defender

Conf   League 1(0)0

Debut 19 October 1991 Farnborough (Home)

Played in just one senior match whilst on loan in the 2-1 home defeat, but struggling to make an impression was replaced by Paul Clayton. He played for Welsh sides Bangor City, Flexsys Cefn Druids and Caersws FC.

 

Ryan

1921-22 Centre-forward

 

CL     League 5 Apps 2 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 2 Goals

 

Debut 10 September 1921 Monk's Hall (Home)

 

Signed from Winsford United, Ryan was one of a number of players tried out in the centre-forward position in the 1921-22 season.  All his appearances came between the middle of September 1921 and the middle of October. During this time he scored  both goals in the 2-1 win at Nantwich in the league and two further goals in the 5-1 home win against Nantwich in the Cheshire Challenge League Cup. Even though he had featured on the score sheet he was not given the position, in fact, the club never settled on a specific player as the 'point' (centre-forward) in the 1921-22 season.

   

Ryan Harry

JH Ryan

1946-47 and 1947-48 Inside-left

CL   League 35 Apps 14 Goals   Cups 6 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 31 August 1946 Buxton (Home)

Previously played at Stockport County and Raith Rovers, and when in the forces was selected for representative games. A strong, well-built player he was a good passer of the ball and was joint top-scorer along with Billy Lomax and Bert Swindells in the 1946-47 season. The following season he lost his place when John Lyons was signed and dropped to the reserves where he was captain, making only a few appearances at senior level but still featured on the score sheet.  He moved to Congleton Town 30 October 1947.

 

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 

 

 

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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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