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Waddington Steve

Waddington_Steve

1984-85 to 1986-87 Midfielder

NPL   League 82(3)9     Cups 27(4)4

Debut 25 August 1984 Rhyl (Away)

Steve, the son of Stoke’s then manager Tony Waddington, signed from Chesterfield having previously played for Port Vale, Walsall (fee £40,000), Crewe Alexandra and Stoke City.  He was one of four players involved in a serious car crash at the beginning of the 1986-87 season, when he sustained cracked ribs which kept him out of contention until November. He returned to play his part in the winning of the NPL Championship and gained winners' medals for the League Cup and the Presidents Cup. Steve moved to Winsford United in 1987 and then Leek Town, Rocester and Nantwich Town. He had also spent time playing in South Africa with Cape Town City.

 

Wain

1946-47 Inside-right

CL   League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 5 April 1947 Runcorn (Away)

 

An amateur player from Kemps in the Rusholme League who like many players was given a trial during Macclesfield's first season after the Second World War.

   

Wainwright William

1924-25  to 1926-27 Outside-right and left-back

 

CL     League 83 Apps 18 Goals     Cups 15 Apps 3 Goals

 

Debut 6 December 1924 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Home)

 

At the time he was playing for Goldenhill Wanderers William was given a trial by Macclesfield, when he gave a good performance and caused the opposition defence trouble to such an extent that he did not return to Goldenhill quickly establishing himself in the Macclesfield team.

He started the 1925-26 season  at outside right, but in November moved to left-back as an experiment which must have been successful as he filled that position, other than for a handful of matches, for the remainder of the season.

He made fewer appearances in his final season starting in the defence but by the end of the season had returned to outside-right.

In May 1925 he gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Challenge Cup competition when Macclesfield were victorious against Manchester North End. In the same competition in 1926 he gained a runners'-up medal against Northwich Victoria.  He also reached the semi-final in the Cheshire Senior Cup in both 1925-26 and 1926-27.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Congleton Town where he remained for two seasons before moving on to Stafford Rangers for the 1929-30 season.

 

   

Waiters A (Tony) K

1958-59 Goalkeeper

Tony Waiters

CL  League 12 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 13 September 1958 Altrincham (Away)

Began his career as an amateur with Bishop Auckland but had played centre-half in schoolboy football, but took up goalkeeping duties when serving in the RAF.  Tony signed for Macclesfield from Loughborough College where he was a PT Instructor.  After his debut he then had to wait until December before making further appearances, however, he established himself as the first choice 'keeper from March 1959 to the end of the season. He was capped as an England Amateur in May 1959.

From the Moss Rose he moved to Blackpool who  voluntarily sent a ’grant’ of £200 to Macclesfield. Whilst at Blackpool he made five international appearances for England and was ever-present for the club in the top-flight for two seasons. He retired in May 1967 taking up coaching, firstly with the Football Association as a regional coach, and later for the youth development section at Liverpool. Tony started playing again at Burnley when he replaced the injured Peter Mellor where he made 38 League appearances finally retiring in 1972.

He became a coach with the England national youth side and led them to a European Championship in Italy. A move into league management came next at Plymouth Argyle in October 1972 overseeing their 1974-75 promotion as champions of the Third Division. After leaving Plymouth he managed  Vancouver Whitecaps and the Canadian team taking the national side to their one and only World Cup appearance in 1986. He stepped down as the Canadian manager after their World Cup appearance but returned for a brief period in 1990.

Since then he has written books on soccer skills and coaching and was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame on 2001. In the 1980s he created his company World of Soccer and developed Byte Size Coaching which has been used by over 350 clubs across the World. He was appointed the first Director of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Goalkeeping Institution from which he stepped down in 2006. He has remained a National Staff Coach of the NSCAA and U.S.Soccer.

 

Walker

1876-77

 

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

   

Walker

1930-31 Centre-half

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 25 April 1931 Whitchurch (Away)

 

Given a one match end of season trial.

   

Walker Gary

1993-94 Goalkeeper

Walker_Gary

Conf   League 3(0)0     Cups 2(0)0

Debut 18 September 1993 Kettering Town (Home)

Gary was an experienced goalkeeper whose career started at Manchester City.  He then played for Stockport County, Hyde United and Buxton (twice Fee £5,000) where he was player/manager. He then moved to Radcliffe Borough, Stafford Rangers and Witton Albion from where Gary came to Macclesfield on loan, as cover for Steve Farrelly who had been dismissed at Woking. After leaving Witton Albion he played for Cheadle Town and Mossley.

Gary worked for the Football Association as a regional goalkeeping coach and was also England Lacrosse fitness coach for the World Championships

 

Walker Harry

Walker_H

1926-27 to 1930-31 Right-back

CL     League 165 Apps 10 Goals     Cups 35 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 29 January 1927 Northwich Victoria (Home)

In his youth Harry played for Dresden Church School and was a schoolboy international signing for Stoke as an amateur at the age of 15. He signed for Macclesfield in January 1927 as a professional initially sharing the right-back position with Rutledge, who was at that time the established holder of the position, however, by the end of March 1927 Harry had become the first choice right-back by which time he had demonstrated his ability as a strong, fearless and robust defender with a cool head.

In the 1927-28 season he only missed three matches through injury and was ever-present for the 1928-29 season when he scored five goals.  The 1929-30 season saw him score six goals, three of which were scored when he moved temporarily to the forward line, and he only missed one match. During this season he was vice-captain and gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup. His last season with the club ended unfortunately when he missed matches towards the end of the season through injury, playing his last match for the club on 6 April 1931 at Chester having made exactly 200 appearances in all competitions.

He was unable to resume playing at the start of the 1931-32 but he still attended most home matches.  The Macclesfield FC committee opened an appeal fund for him with subscriptions paid to club officials or committee members.  In addition. a one-off collection was made on 9 April 1932 at the match against Altrincham when am amount of £10.11s.1d was collected which the committee increased to £15

 

   

Walker JE

1908-09, 1911-12 and 1919-20 Inside-right/Inside-left

ML    League 4 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

LC     League 1 App   3 Goals

 

CL     League 1 App   0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 6 March 1909 Newton Heath (Home)

 

Started his career at Bury All Saints before signing for Bury in February 1901 and was still with them in April 1901.  Records do not show where he played again until June 1904 when he joined Oldham Athletic after which he was with Sale Holmfield from October 1904.

He joined Macclesfield in February 1909 and was a member of the reserve team during the 1908-09 and 1909-10 seasons but like many reserve team players, Walker was used in the senior side from time to time when regular players were unavailable. 

He joined Heywood United in July 1910 but had returned to Macclesfield by December 1911 scoring a hat-trick on New Year's Day 1912 for the Lancashire Combination team against Lancaster. In the 1919-20 season he was drafted in when the club were clearing a backlog of matches and had to play two matches on the same day in order to complete their fixture commitments.

   

Walker Johnny

1978-79 and 1981-82 to 1983-84 Forward

Walker_Johnny

NPL   League 58(5)29     Cups 14(3)5

Debut 19 August 1978 Scarborough (Away)

Johnny signed from Cheshire League side Leek Town having previously played for Winsford United, Sandbach Ramblers and Nantwich Town and, as a native of Macclesfield, was delighted to be playing with his home team. He was a strong attacker and a more than capable striker who had scored 30 goals in his last season with Leek, continued to feature regularly on the score sheet at Macclesfield and was top scorer in 1981-82. He returned to Macclesfield for a second spell from Witton Albion having partnered Brian Griffin at both Nantwich and Witton Albion. On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Buxton.

Died 6 December 2015.

 

Walker Michael John Jr 'Mickey'

1970-71 and 1971-72 Half-back/forward

Walker_Mickey

NPL   League 45(4)17      Cups 23(0)10

Debut 20 February 1971 Altrincham (Home) Cheshire Senior Cup R2

Born in Yorkshire, Mickey was a member of the Sheffield Wednesday youth set up and then Rotherham United. Signed his professional contract in 1964 at Bradford City where he made 20 league appearances, leaving them at the end of the 1965-66 season.   Moved to Sligo Rovers in December 1966 from Corby Town and then spent the 1968 season with the Los Angeles Wolves in the North American Soccer League scoring seven goals in 22 games. Spent the 1969-70 season with Mansfield Town and the 1970-71 season at Altrincham.  Payed for three clubs during the 1970-71 season, initially Stockport then Chesterfield before joining Macclesfield in the second half of the season. Mickey was a most useful and versatile player who was equally happy at half-back as he was up front.  Top scorer in the 1971-72 season gaining a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in the same season. On leaving the Moss Rose he moved to Bradford Park Avenue.

He was assistant manager at Nottingham Forest  and at Doncaster Rovers held the positions of assistant manager, caretaker manager and Director of Football from 2006 to July 2012 when he was released as part of the club's cost cutting restructuring.

His father, Mickey senior,  played professional football for Doncaster Rovers, Bradford Park Avenue and York City.

 

 

Walker Richard

2007-08 and 2008-09 Defender

Richard Walker

FL   League 24(1)0     Cups 3(0)0

Debut 11 March 2008 Dagenham & Redbridge (Away)

Richard commenced his career as a trainee at Crewe Alexandra gaining his first professional contract there in the summer of 1999.  He went on to make over 110 appearances for the Railwaymen  before a move to Port Vale in July 2006, but his appearances were limited by injury and he spent a short time on loan at Wrexham.  Richard underwent a knee operation in 2007 but did not return to the senior side and was released at the end of January 2008.  Richard signed for the Silkmen in March 2008 when he brought much needed height and strength to the back line.

In the 2008-09 season, Richard lost his place at the end of a set of disastrous results in August, but was recalled to the side at the end of December after poor performances by the team as a whole, when he proved to be a solid and reliable central defender using his aerial ability well. An after match report by the referee’s assessor saw Richard pick up a three match ban in February 2009. After the ban, just as he was re-establishing himself, he was injured and rarely played afterwards.  Richard was released in the summer of 2009 when he was appointed player/first team coach at Hednesford Town although he left by mutual agreement in January 2010.

 

Walker Thomas Jackson

'Tommy'

1973-74 Forward

NPL   League 2(0)0

Debut 24 November 1973 Fleetwood Town (Away)

Started his career at Stoke City but only made two senior league appearances from 1969 to 1972.  Signed for Burnley for the 1972-73 season but could not break into the senior side. Then moved to non-League Yeovil Town at the beginning of the 1973-74 but only made nine league appearances scoring four goals before signing for Macclesfield during the same season. Tommy was a tall striker signed who was substituted on his debut and only made one further appearance in the 0-1 defeat against Northwich Victoria.

 

Wallace J

1883-84 Defender

Debut 15 December 1883 Over Wanderers (Home) Cheshire Senior Cup Round 1

 

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

   

Walls Arthur

1957-58 Centre-forward

CL  League 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 21 September 1957 Altrincham (Away) FA Cup Q1

Born in Glasgow, Arthur played his youth football with Kilsyth Rangers signing his first professional contract in 1953 with Airdrieonians where he made seven senior league appearances. He moved south of the border in 1954 signing for Tranmere Rovers where he made 22 league appearances and scored six goals over two years.

Aged 26 Arthur signed for Macclesfield in 1957 but only made  three appearances at the end of September and the beginning of October 1957.

 

Wallwork

1911-12 Right-back

 

LC     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 9 September 1911 Stalybridge Celtic (Home)

 

Made his one appearance in the second match of the season and was probably one of the many players during the 1911-12 given a one match trial.

   

Walters Charles E

1912-13 Centre-half

 

LC     League 17 Apps 4 Goals     Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 October 1912 Nantwich (Away)

 

With Chesterton White Star from November 1909 until he signed for Blackpool in June 1910.

Signed for Macclesfield in October 1912 and was almost ever-present from his debut until early March 1913. It was recorded that he was 'good at beating his man'.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Goole Town in September 1913.

   

Walton

1911-12 Right-back

 

ML     League 1 App 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

LC      League 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 1 January 1912 Buxton (Away) Healey Cup R1 replay

 

A local Macclesfield player who played for Fountain Street Wesleyan Mission, brought in from time to time as cover.

   

Walton

1924-25, 1926-27 and 1928-29 Goalkeeper

 

CL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 21 February 1925 Sandbach Ramblers (Home)

 

Macclesfield's regular reserve team goalkeeper for many seasons deputised for the senior 'keepers when they were unavailable through illness, injury and on one occasion when Mace was absent following a death in his family.

   

Walton John Andrews 'Johnny'

Walton_Johnny

 

Warburton

1951-52 Inside-right

CL   League 2 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 1 March 1952 Winsford United (Home)

An England amateur international who signed for Macclesfield on 27 February 1952 from Manchester United. Johnny signed when there was a settled team and could not break into the side on a regular basis. Had been on the books of Burnley, Coventry City, Chester and Kettering Town.  He died at the age of 51 in July 1979.

   

 

 

 

1925-26 and 1926-27 Outside-left

CL     League 39 Apps 7 Goals     Cups 8 Apps 4 Goals

Debut 29 August 1925 Chester (Away)

Signed from Mold he was a speedy winger who only missed three matches in the 1924-25 season, one of which was at a time when he was representing the Cheshire League on 6 March 1926. He featured in all the Cheshire Senior Cup matches when his four goals helped the side to reach the semi-final, and in all the  Cheshire League Challenge Cup matches when he gained a runners-up medal. He was one of eight players who played in two matches on the same day on 24 April 1926, the team victorious in both matches. His league goals included a hat-trick at Ashton National and, on two occasions, he scored the third equalising goal to earn the Silkmen a draw. On leaving Macclesfield  in 1927 he signed for Congleton Town.

 

Ward

1919-20 Goalkeeper

CL     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 17 April 1919 Mossley (Away) Subsidiary Competition

There is no information recorded about this player, however, it appears that he was brought in to assist the club at a time they had to fulfill two Subsidiary fixtures on the same day.  He also appeared for the reserve team at the end of the season.

 
 
 
   

Ward A

1930-31 Outside-left

CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 18 March 1931 Congleton Town (Home) Challenge Cup R1

A local footballer who played for South Park Nomads in the Macclesfield & District League, given a trial in the first round of the Challenge Cup which Macclesfield won 3-0.  He played in the following two matches and was also called into the side for the final match of the season.

 

 
 
 
   

Ward R

1876-77 to 1882-83 and 1884-85 Forward

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

A member of Macclesfield's reserve team who, from the limited information available, appears to have become a regular member of the senior team in the 1879-80 season and occasionally acted as captain when Comberbach was unavailable.  He was unfortunate to break a leg in the home match against Crewe Alexandra on 11 November 1882.  The match against Davenham on 23 December 1882 was designated as a benefit match for him.  He missed the 1883-84 season but returned in February 1885.

   

Ward Reginald

1934-35 Inside-left

CL    League 21 Apps 9 Goals     Cups 5 Apps 7 Goals

Debut 24 November 1934 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

Signed from Chester, Reginald was almost ever-present from November to the last few matches of the season when he was out of contention through injury, often appearing on the score sheet.  He scored on his debut, and played a significant part in helping the team to win the Cheshire Senior Cup scoring two goals in the second round match, a hat-trick in the third round, and two goals in the final against Crewe Alexandra. He was an energetic and hardworking forward and regarded as an asset to the team.

 

Wardle

1926-27 Centre-forward

 

CL     League 1 App 1 Goal

 

Debut 30 April 1927 Northwich Victoria (Away)

 

One of three local players given a one match trial.  Although he scored a goal this would appear to be his only appearance for the Macclesfield senior team.

   

Wardle Craig

1979-80 to 1983-84 Defender

NPL   #League 153(3)3 Cups 39(0)3

Debut 18 August 1979 Gateshead (Away)

Craig was an apprentice with Bolton Wanderers and a regular member of their Central League side.  He was a tall, skilful and very steady central defender. Moved to Mossley in 1984 and Chorley in 1988.

Wardle_Craig

 

Wardle F

1904-05 to 1906-07 Defender

 

#ML     League 11 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 4 March 1905 Berry's (Home)

 

Appears to have featured only in the last two months of the 1904-05 season.  In the 1905-06 season he was a member of the Macclesfield reserve team when he made a single appearance for the senior team. In 1906-07 he was probably still a member of the reserve team making two senior appearances, one in the League and one in the Cheshire Senior Cup.

   

Ware Paul

1999-00 Midfielder

Paul Ware

FL   League 9(9)2     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 25 August 1999 Stoke City (Away) Worthington Cup R1 L2

Paul started his career at Stoke City where he signed schoolboy forms and progressed to an apprenticeship, and then spent eight years as a professional before moving to Stockport.  During his time there he spent a short time on loan at Cardiff City , and left County  after two years to join Hednesford Town where he spent a further two years, before joining the Silkmen in the summer of 1999. Paul struggled to win a regular place in the side at the start of the 1999-00 campaign despite scoring the winning goal at Hull City with a spectacular overhead kick, however, after a successful loan spell at Nuneaton Borough, he returned to the first-team squad, mostly featuring as a substitute, to give the Silkmen a different option in the centre of the park.  A competitive player who wanted regular first-team action, Paul signed for Rochdale in June 2000 where he remained for two years before returning to Hednesford Town. Paul retired from football in 2002 to become a financial adviser.

Sadly Paul died at the age of 42 in April 2013.

 

Warham Fred 'Biddy'

1903-04 to 1911-12 Centre-half

Warham_Fred

#ML     League 214 Apps 39 Goals     Cups 39 Apps 6 Goals

LC        League 11 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 28 November 1903 Stretford (Away)

First played for Macclesfield in the 1903-04 season hailing from the Crewe area. Fred gave sterling service to the club over nine years and was a highly respected member of the team who held the captaincy on more than one occasion. Virtually ever-present during his time at the club, including spending the first half of the 1909-10 season assisting the reserves where he was also captain, and only missed two matches at the beginning of the 1906-07 season when he was recovering from a car accident which occurred before the start of the season. His goals were spread evenly over the seasons and he was the team's designated penalty taker.

A member of the Manchester & District League Championship sides in 1909 and 1911. The home match against top-of-the-table Salford on 10 January 1910 was set aside as a benefit match for Fred. The match was well attended and he captained the side to a 3-2 victory.

 

Note: over the seasons his name is spelt Wareham and Warham

   

Waring

1949-50 Outside-left

 

CL   League 3 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 1 App 1 Goal

Debut 10 September 1949 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Away)

 

Successfully deputised for Ken Speak when he was unavailable, scoring in his first two matches and later featured in the reserves.

   

Warren

1912-13 Centre-forward

 

LC     League 15 Apps 15 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 2 November 1912 Stalybridge Celtic (Home)

 

Hailing from Burton-on-Trent, in the 1911-12 season played for Grealy in the Central Alliance League when he scored 33 goals. A tall and fairly weighty player who used his physique  to good effect, he continued his goal scoring ability at Macclesfield.  Despite missing several matches he was still second-top scorer in the 1912-13 season and scored a hat-trick in the 8-0 home win against Bacup in March 1913.

   

Warren Alex

1946-47 and 1947-48 Left-half

CL   League 36 Apps 1 Goal      Cups 7 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 14 May 1947 Rhyl (Home)   

Previously with Bolton Wanderers' Central League side Alex, said to have been an excellent ball player, signed for Macclesfield just before the end of the 1946-47 season. During the early stages of the 1947-48 season he  was one of six different players used at left-half , however, he must have proved himself as he was then ever-present from October to the end of the season.  He gained a Challenge Cup winners' medal in 1948, a just reward for playing in every round of the Cup.

 

Warren P

1877-78 to 1880-81 Defender

Debut 13 October 1877 Northwich Victoria (Home)

 

A member of Macclesfield's reserve team promoted to the senior side appearing regularly in the 1878-79 and 1879-80 seasons but only featured early in the 1880-81 season.

   

Warren W

1878-79 and 1879-80 Goalkeeper

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is  no information recorded about this player.

   

Warrington F

1891-92 and 1892-93 Centre-half

 

TC     League 4 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 September 1991 Stockport Colunty (Away)

 

A member of Macclesfield's reserve side making three senior appearances in each season.  Brother of W Warrington?

   

Warrington Joseph 'Joe'

1899-1900, 1908-09, 1910-11 and 1912-13 Forward/Left-half

NSL    League 7 Apps

 

ML     League 42 Apps 15 Goals     Cups 7 Apps 1 Goal

 

LC      League 3  Apps 0 Goals         Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 11 November 1899 Stone Town (Away)

 

Hailing from Macclesfield he first played for Macclesfield True Blues and then signed for Hallefield-Macclesfield during the 1899-1900 season. (Amateur side Hallefield had played their matches on the Moss Rose from the start of the 1897-98 season after Macclesfield FC could not fulfil their fixtures due to financial problems.) 

It would appear that he did not feature in the Manchester League side for the re-formed Macclesfield FC team during the 1900-01 season but signed for Derby County in April 1901 where he made one senior appearance for them in the FA Cup competition during the 1902-03 season. He then signed for Brentford (May 1904), Portsmouth (May 1905) and New Brompton (May 1906).

(It is recorded that he then returned to Macclesfield in April 1907 but there is no record of him making any senior appearances.)

In October 1907 he signed for Chesterfield Town.

Joe returned to Macclesfield in the summer of 1908 going straight into the team in the forward line and scoring two goals on his debut, completing the 1908-09 season as joint second-top scorer with Tommy Nolan behind A Lawton. At this time he was described as a first class player, clever and stylist forward. When W Taylor suffered a broken cheekbone in February 1909 Warrington fell back to left-half and also deputised for Taylor again later in the season. He won a Manchester League Championship medal for the 1908-09 season.

He spent the 1909-10 season at Hyde before returning to Macclesfield again in October 1910 playing in the forward line and later at left-half, but was injured at the beginning of February 1911 only making one further appearance that season before signing for Leek United in April 1911 and then Congleton Town in December 1911.

Returned yet again to Macclesfield in September 1912 featuring in early season matches when different players were being tried out in the left-half position prior to Davies being given the role.  Also played in early season matches for the reserve team.  Moved to Hurst in October 1912 which appears to have been his last club.

   

Warrington W

1891-92 to 1892-93 Forward

 

TC       League 4 Apps 3 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 September 1891 Stockport County Reserves (Away)

 

Probably a member of the Macclesfield reserve team. He scored the second goal in the 2-0 away win at Denton in October 1891 and two goals in the home win against Buxton in October 1892. 

   

Waterfall Luke

2014-15 Defender

waterfall_luke

NC      League 17(0)2   

Debut 9 August 2014 Braintree Town (Home)

Started his career at Barnsley where he was a regular member of their youth and reserve teams in 2007-08 after which he signed for Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 2008.  Spent a short time on loan at Altrincham but could not break into the senior side at Prenton Park moving to non-League Ilkeston Town in August 2009 where he appeared regularly during the 2009-10 season.  Then signed for Gainsborough Trinity in the summer of 2010 making over 130 appearances before moving back into the Football league with Scunthorpe United in the summer of 2013. He made 10 appearances in all competitions for the Iron during the 2013-14 season.

Spent three months on loan at Macclesfield at the beginning of the 2014-15 season where he formed an excellent partnership with fellow central defender George Pilkington and was a rock in the defence helping the Silkmen to climb high in the table.  His two goals both came in the home 3-0 win against Southport on 20 September 2014. Luke played his last match for the Silkmen on 1 November 2014 against Nuneaton.

On his return to Scunthorpe spent two months on loan at Mansfield Town before signing permanently for Wrexham at the beginning of January 2015. In the summer of 2015 Luke signed a two year deal with Lincoln City.

   

Waters

1919-20 Outside-right

 

CL     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 17 April 1920 Mossley (Home) Subsidiary Competition

 

There is no information recorded about this player, however, it appears that he was brought in to assist the club at a time they had to fulfill two Subsidiary Competition fixtures on the same day.

   

Watkins Wallace

1938-39 Inside-left

CL     League 15 Apps 3 Goals    Cups 3 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 31 August 1938 Buxton (Away)

Wallace was on the books of  Bolton Wanderers before moving to Macclesfield at the age of 21 when he made a good impression in pre-season matches as a tireless worker and constructive player. Playing fairly regularly until October, he then had to wait until December before being selected for another batch of matches and disappeared off the scene at the end of February.

 

Watson

1905-06 and 1906-07 Goalkeeper

 

ML     League 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 30 December 1905 Buxton (Away)

 

Given a two match trial at a time when John Wilkinson was the established goalkeeper. Was recalled for a single match in December 1906 when Wilkinson was unavailable due to business commitments. Watson was on the winning side in all three of his matches only conceding two goals.

   
   

Watson Thomas Andrew

1930-31 and 1932-33 Left-back

CL    League 11 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 2 May 1931 Whitchurch (Home)

Played as a youth for Tyne Dock before joining Middlesbrough Reserves in June 1924. He then moved to Washington Colliery (January 1926), Consett (July 1927)and Rochdale (July 1928 until 1931)

Given an end of season trial in the final match of the 1930-31 season, but signed for Guilford City for the 1931-32 season where he was captain. He returned to the Moss Rose in the summer of 1932 and filled the left-back position in the early part of the season, but was injured early in October.  He returned for a single match at the beginning of February, but did not feature again as, by then, George Stockton had established himself at left-back.

Signed for Accrington Stanley Reserves in September 1933 after which he moved to France (clubs unknown) but returned in October 1934 to play for Mossley.

 

Watts J

1876-77 and 1878-79 to 1880-81

 

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

   

Weaver Simon

2004-05 Defender

Weaver_Simon

FL   League 7(0)0     Cups 4(0)0

Debut 16 October 2004 Yeovil Town (Away)

A trainee at Sheffield Wednesday, Simon progressed to the professional ranks in 1996 never making a senior appearance there, but had a brief spell on loan at Doncaster Rovers before moving to the non-League scene with Ilkeston Town and Nuneaton Borough.  He joined Lincoln City in the summer of 2002 and was virtually ever present as they reached the Play-off Final in his first full season in the Football League. Early in the 2004-05 season he found himself out of favour, and came to Macclesfield on loan for two months in October 2004 where he provided cover for regular members of the squad who were out injured, usually playing on the right side of a three-man central defence where he proved to be a hard working player  Shortly after returning to Lincoln City he moved to Kidderminster Harriers in December 2004, before joining Scarborough the following summer and later moved to York City. He then played for several non-League clubs eventually moving to Harrogate Town where he was appointed player/manager in May 2009.

 

Webb

1899-1900 to 1900-01 Defender

 

NSL       League 7 Apps 0 Goals

 

#ML      League 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 16 September 1899 Stone Town (Home)

 

There is nothing recorded about this player who featured in Hallefield-Macclesfield's North Staffordshire and District League side in 1899-1900. (Hallefield moved to the Moss Rose in 1897 when Macclesfield FC failed financially, playing under the name of Hallefield-Macclesfield for this one season).  Webb also appeared in the re-formed Macclesfield side in the Manchester and District League in 1900-01.

   

Webster Eric

1958-59 Inside-left

Webster_Eric

CL  League 12 Apps 4 Goals   Cups 2 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 23 August 1958 Buxton (Home)

Born in Manchester 24 June 1931, as a youth he played for Ardwick Lads Club and from 1950-52 he was a member of the Manchester City youth set-up earning his first professional contract with Manchester City in February 1952. He remained with City until 1953 but only made one senior appearance.  He then moved to Ashton United and Hyde United before signing for Macclesfield.

At Macclesfield his appearances were spread throughout the first half of the 1958-59 season and were mainly at inside-left although on occasions he was asked to play in the defence. He featured in the first five matches but was in competition with several players resulting in no preferred player filling the inside-left position.

His last appearance for Macclesfield came at Mossley on 3 January 1959 when it assumed he moved to Nantville Vale. He then played for Pwllheli before becoming manager at Stalybridge Celtic then Hyde and later Runcorn.  He was then groundsman and assistant manager at Stockport County, manager there from 1982-85 and was then again groundsman.

Had a testimonial in 1990, Stockport County v Manchester City and was briefly assistant manager at Mossley in 1991.

(Grateful thanks go to Greger Lindberg for his contribution to this profile.)

 

 

Webster Jeff

1980-81 Forward

NPL   League 14(0)2     Cups 5(0)2

Debut 26 August 1980 Runcorn (Away)

Signed from Buxton at a time when it was considered that he had a good future but only featured for the Silkmen until November 1980. Signed for Ilkeston Town early in 1981 where he was a popular player and prolific scorer, including 30 goals in the 1982-83 season and 21 goals in the 1983-84 season, his last full season before injury effectively ended his career. During his career he had a trial at Sunderland.

(Thanks go to Duncan Payne, Ilkeston Town, for his contribution to this profile)

Webster_Jeff

 

Wedgbury Sam

Sam Wedgbury

2010-11 to 2012-13 Midfielder

FL    League 50(12)2   Cups 9(2)0

NC   League 37(1)0     Cups 8(0)0

Debut 7 August 2010 Stevenage (Away)

Sam started his career at non-League Worcester City moving to Sheffield United in the summer of 2008 where he became a regular in the Academy and Reserve sides.  During the 2008-09 season he was loaned to Hungarian Second Division club, Ferencvaros, Sheffield United’s sister club. He played his part in their success in winning their Division and a return to the top flight.  He returned the following season, playing for the first month and a half before a broken foot prematurely ended his time there. An enthusiastic midfielder who can also play in the back four, Sam moved to Macclesfield in the summer of 2010. With limited opportunity for first team appearances, Sam spent time on loan at Altrincham early in 2011 and on his return justified his regular inclusion in the starting line-up. His one goal was a stunning equalising volley in the 92nd minute of the home match against Lincoln City in March 2011.

A regular in the starting line-up for the 2011-12 season, Sam continued to play enthusiastically usually on the right of midfield, but his versatility ensure that he played equally as well when in a central midfield position or, as he did for the last few matches of the season, at right-back. He underwent a hernia operation in January but, amazingly, returned to action only four weeks later.

Sam had to work even harder at the beginning of the 2012-13 being one of the few players who had featured for the Silkmen in the previous season with newly appointed manager Steve King selecting his new signings. Early season appearances resulted in Sam being substituted, but by October Sam had won over manager King and from then onwards he was almost ever-present to the end of the season. Again his battling and consistent performances in midfield, whether playing with two, three or four players, added value to the team's overall achievements. During the season he reached the landmark of 100 appearances in all competitions for the Silkmen and made an appearance for the England C team. His work was recognised when he was voted both the Players' and the Supporters' Player of the Year.

Sam signed for League One side Stevenage during the summer of 2013 and moved to Forest Green Rovers in May 2014.

 

Weir-Daley Spencer

Weir_Daley_Spencer

2006-07 Forward

FL   League 5(2)2     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 9 September 2006 Sub Barnet (Home)

A young Nottingham Forest striker, Spencer joined the Silkmen at the end of August 2006 for a four-month loan period in order to gain first-team experience. Spencer certainly provided pace and was always willing to move into space but, on the face of it, he appeared to find it difficult to settle with the Silkmen, possibly because the side were desperately trying to find form at the time of his loan, and returned early to Nottingham. He then spent time on loan at Lincoln City and Bradford City before moving to Notts County in the summer of 2007 and since then has played for Ilkeston Town, Boston United, AFC Telford United, Buxton and re-signed for Boston United in 2012. Having made 87 League appearances and scored 31 goals at Boston, Weir-Daley signed for Corby Town in the summer of 2014, spending time on loan at Kettering Town in 2016 before signing for Hednesford Town in December 2016. Returned to Corby Town at the beginning of March 2017.

Has appeared at international level for Monserrat.

 

 

Welch Michael

2001-02 to 2004-05 Defender

Michael Welch

FL     League 108(6)5     Cups 14(0)0

Debut 22 March 2002 Hartlepool (Away)

A former Republic of Ireland Youth international and Barnsley trainee, Michael moved to Macclesfield progressing through the youth and reserve teams signing his first professional contract in August 2001.  After breaking into the senior side towards the end of the 2001-02 season, he became a regular in the starting line-up as a central defender, although there were times when he was asked to play in the centre of the midfield where he never really looked comfortable. His first senior goal came in spectacular style, in the 3–1 win at Hull City in September 2002 with a 40-yard strike which thundered into the back of the net. Michael always made good use of his physical presence, was not afraid to make timely tackles and was renowned for his long clearances to avert danger.  In the summer of 2005 Michael moved to Accrington Stanley where he was a member of their Conference championship side. He moved to Northwich Victoria in 2007 whilst there spending time on loan at Altrincham in 2009, signing for them in the summer of 2009 leaving in January 2011 without joining another club.

 

Wellens Richard Paul 'Richie'

2016-17 Midfielder

Wellens_Richie

NC    tbc at end of season

Debut 17 December 2016 Sub Bromley (Home)

A Mancunian by birth, Richie started his career in the youth section at Manchester United signing his first professional contract with United in 1999 but only made one senior appearance as a substitute in the League Cup defeat to Aston Villa in October 1999. Moved to Blackpool for a nominal fee in March 2000 making 226 appearances and scoring 19 goals, helping the club to win promotion from the third division via the play-offs in the 2000-2001 season and was on the winning side in the League Trophy Final on two occasions. In the summer of 2005 he moved to Oldham Athletic (101 appearances and eight goals) before signing for Doncaster Rovers in the summer of 2007 (97 appearances and 10 goals) helping them to gain promotion to the Championship and was their Player of the Year for 2007-08.

A £1M fee was paid by Leicester City for his services in the summer of 2009 (149 appearances and six goals) where he was Player of the Year for the 2010-11 season. Spent a month on loan at Ipswich Town in October/November 2012 (seven appearances) but with opportunities limited he left Leicester City by mutual consent at the end of 2012-13 season returning to Doncaster Rovers in the summer of 2013 (102 appearances and five goals). Spent a short time on loan at Oldham Athletic (three appearances) from November 2015.  Signed for Shrewsbury Town in January 2016 (12 appearances) moving to National League side Salford City in the summer of 2016 (10 appearances and one goal) making his 700th career appearance in their match on 6 August 2016 against FC Halifax Town.

Signed for Macclesfield Town in December 2016.

   

Welsh Andy

2002-03 Midfielder

FL   League 4(2)2

Debut 31 August 2002 AFC Bournemouth (Home)

Andy gained international honours at schoolboy level for Scotland, progressed through the ranks at Stockport County and signed his first professional contract with County in the summer of 2001.  Whilst at Stockport he spent six weeks on loan with the Silkmen when he made a huge impression on the right wing with his pace, which caused many problems for the opposition defence. After returning to County, Andy moved to Sunderland in November 2004 for a fee of £15000 where he went out on loan to Leicester City on two occasions, but was released by Sunderland in May 2007.  After a short spell with Toronto FC, Andy signed for Blackpool at the start of the 2007-08 season, Yeovil Town(2008), Carlisle United (2011) and Scunthorpe United (2013), FC United of Manchester (2014) and in December 2014 Moved to Farsley Athletic to be nearer home.

Andy Welsh

 

Westlake Brian

1972-73 Forward

Westlake_Brian

NPL   League 5(1)2     Cups 0(1)0

Debut 12 August 1972 Netherfield (Home)

A member of Stoke City's youth set-up from 1961 to 1963, Brian gained his first professional contract in 1963 when he signed for Doncaster Rovers, although he only made five appearances and scored one goal before signing for Halifax Town in the same year. He remained at Halifax for three years making 100 league appearances and scored 28 goals.  Then signed for Tranmere Rovers for the 1966-67 season where he appeared 14 times scoring three goals. In 1967 he moved to Colchester United, but after only 15 appearances and five goals signed for Belgium First Division side Royal Daring de Bruxelles where it is said that he spent four years..

Brian joined the Silkmen in the summer of 1972 but only made a handful of appearances. His goals, both headers, came in the 2-2 home match against Bradford Park Ave in August 1972 and in the 1-4 defeat at Stafford Rangers.

 

Whalley F

1924-25 and 1925-26 Left-back

 

CL     League 12 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 28 February 1924 Sandbach Ramblers (Home)

 

Signed from Stone Lotus he played in every match to the end of the season and gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Challenge Cup competition when Macclesfield were victorious against Manchester North End. In the 1925-26 season he only made three appearances in September and November at a time when different players were being used at left-back.

   

Whalley G

1920-21 Outside-right

 

CL     League 4 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 4 December 1920 Monk's Hall (Away)

 

At the age of 16 played for Abbey Hey St George's in the Lads' Club League. He remained there for two seasons before moving to to Whitworth's in the Ashton Amateur League.  Whilst at Whitworth's played a limited number of matches at Manchester City and Stockport County Reserves, probably on a trial basis.

For the 1919-20 season he moved to Glossop before returning to St George's where he gained a winners' medal in the Harrington Junior Cup. In the 1920-21 season is said to have played in the Cheshire League Subsidiary Competition for Crewe Alexandra.

A speedy player, he featured in four matches for Macclesfield Town, probably on a trial basis as he did not appear to feature in the Macclesfield reserve team.

   

Wheeldon Samuel

1887-88 to 1892-93, 1894-95 to 1896-97 and 1898-99 Outside-left

 

#TC      League 92 Apps 30 Goals      Cups 21 Apps 7 Goals

NSL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

First featured in Macclesfield's pre-league days and then played in Macclesfield's first team to enter a competitive league, The Combination, in the 1890-91 season and appeared regularly in following seasons. It would appear that he left the club for the 1893-94 season but was immediately first choice for the outside-left position on his return for the 1894-95 season. Was known as 'Bassett' curtailed to 'Bassy' because of his supposed resemblance of W Bassett of West Bromwich Albion.

Held two Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medals for the seasons 1890-91 and 1895-96.

Died in Macclesfield on 17 March 1944 at the age of 72.

 

   

Wheeler Rob

1973-74 and 1977-78, 1978-79 Forward

Wheeler Rob

NPL   League 36(2)15     Cups 6(1)0

Debut 11 August 1973 Fleetwood Town (Home)

Initially with Congleton Town, Rob was signed from Winsford, after he came to the manager’s notice in the marathon Cheshire Senior Cup final in 1973.  Rob delighted in scoring with his head and had good ball control. He went on to play for Sandbach Ramblers, Leek Town, Winsford United (again - fee £75) and Witton Albion, after which manager Derek Partridge brought him back from Middlewich Athletic in 1977 for a second spell to strengthen the attack. On leaving the Moss Rose for a second time, he played for Hyde United and Congleton Town before returning to Middlewich Athletic.

 

 

Whitaker Danny

2001-02 to 2005-06 and 2013-14 to 2015-16 Midfielder

Whitaker_Danny 

FL      League 156(15)23      Cups 30(1)9

NC     League 115(3)17      Cups 11(0)2

Debut 2 February 2002 Sub Exeter City (Home)

Danny was the first local boy to progress through the ranks since the Silkmen were promoted to the Football League, having been signed from Wilmslow Albion. He was first noticed whilst playing for the Macclesfield District Youth team and went on to play for Cheshire County Youth. So that he could play for the Macclesfield Town Youth team he initially signed non-contract forms and later featured regularly in the Reserve side, and was promoted to the senior side in the second half of the 2001-02 season. 

Coming on from the substitutes’ bench, Danny scored on his Football League debut after only 25 minutes, which was a taster to his future achievements and the start of a regular place in the starting line-up, notching up the fourth highest number of appearances in all competitions of all players since Macclesfield’s elevation to the Football League.  Danny was a versatile player who was capable of filling any of the midfield positions, with his best performances coming as an attacking central midfielder where he used his excellent first touch, pace and passing ability to the full, all of which led to goal scoring opportunities.

His achievements have included an extra time hat-trick, scored in 14 minutes, in the 4–1 victory against Barnsley in the Worthington Cup in September 2002, joint top-scorer in the 2002-03 season, and Player of the Year in 2006 recognising his consistent level of performance throughout his time at the Moss Rose.

In the summer of 2006 Danny took the opportunity of moving up a League, when he signed for Port Vale where he remained until the summer of 2008 when he made the move to Oldham Athletic. More recently he has played for Chesterfield but returned to Macclesfield in the summer of 2013.

Danny was almost ever-present in the 2013-14 season when he again demonstrated his ability as an attacking central midfielder, although there were times towards the end of the season when he featured on the wing. One of his best moments of the season came in the home win against Barnet in March 2014 when he scored a stunning goal from 40 yards.

Re-signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 2014, Danny featured in the first three matches of the season, but having suffered a back injury was out of contention until the first match at the beginning of November after which he was virtually ever-present to the end of the season. He played in his usual central midfield position although towards the end of the season featured on the left side of midfield, and with six goals to his credit was the third highest scorer for the season.

During the 2015-16 season Danny continued to serve Macclesfield well as an attacking central midfielder although he was asked to fill the left wing position from time to time. Acted as team captain in the absence of Paul Turnbull, was the second highest season scorer with eight goals and made more appearances than any other player. During the season Danny achieved the landmark of 300 appearances in all competitions for Macclesfield Town, made his 600th career appearance and stands in 15th position in the all-time number of appearances for Macclesfield.

 

White Cecil

1923-24 Centre-half

 

CL     2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 1 January 1924 Stalybridge Celtic (Home)

 

Joined Macclesfield from Hurst and played in the  reserve team at centre-back deputising for senior players who were unavailable on two occasions.

   

White John

1982-83 to 1984-85 Midfielder

NPL   League 85(6)16      Cups 32(0)13

Debut 25 September 1982 Workington (Home)

A goal-scoring midfield general, unsurprisingly nicknamed ‘Chalkie’, was signed from Witton Albion (fee £1,100) where he had been for nine years. Previously John had played for Nantwich Town and Winsford United, and on leaving Macclesfield moved to Buxton and then Stalybridge Celtic.  A NPL XI player and top-scorer for Macclesfield in the 1983-84 season.

White_John

 

Whitehead Jack

1919-20 Right-back

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 6 December 1919 Runcorn (Home)

 

From Altrincham, one of numerous players given a one match trial at senior level in the 1919-20 season.  Also played in the reserve side for a short time, again, probably on trial.

   

Whitehead Damien

Damien Whitehead

1999-00 to 2001-02 Forward

FL   League 20(38)14      Cups 1(5)0

Debut 14 August 1999 Sub Darlington (Away)

Prior to joining Macclesfield in the summer of 1999, Damien was at Warrington Town where he scored 58 goals in 43 starts.  Damien was certainly a favourite with many of the supporters, as he always provided good entertainment value with his pace in the box and his eye for goal, scoring with a mixture of headers and close-range strikes.  There were many times when his technical ability let him down which meant that he was often omitted from the starting line-up, and he gradually lost favour, spending much of his last season out on loan assisting League of Ireland First Division side Droheda United to win promotion, scoring six goals in ten matches. Whilst at Macclesfield Damien gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 2000.

Damien moved to Leigh RMI in the summer of 2002 after which he has played for Finn Harps, Northwich Victoria and Leigh RMI (again), and then returned to play in Ireland for several clubs finishing at Coleraine from 2006 to 2008.

 

Whitehead Danny

2015-16 Midfielder

Whitehead_Danny

NC    League 31(5)6     Cups 5(0)1

Debut 8 August 2015 Torquay United (Away)

Started his career in the youth team at Stockport County in 2008, signing his first professional contract with them in 2011 going on to make 60 league appearances and scoring six goals.  He was then signed by West Ham United for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2013 but only made one senior appearance in January 2014 in the FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest. His contract was terminated in January 2015 after which he signed a short-term contract with Accrington Stanley in the middle of March 2015.

Signed permanently for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2015 going straight into the team for the opening match of the season proving from the start to be a dependable and capable central midfielder. Missed several matches due to injury but on his return slotted back into his role with ease.

During the January 2016 transfer window Danny signed for Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee but was loaned back to Macclesfield Town to the end of the season. Following his return to Wigan, Danny signed a season-long loan deal with Cheltenham Town for the 2016-17 season, however, having only made 10 appearances including three from the substitutes' bench, his loan was cancelled by mutual agreement at the beginning of January 2017 when Danny returned to his parent club Wigan Athletic.

Returned to Macclesfield on 20 January 2017 on loan until the end of the 2016-17 season.

 

   

Whitehurst Walter

Whitehurst_Walter

1961-62  Right-half

CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 2 September 1961 Prescot Cables (Home) Inter-League Cup R1

Started his career at Manchester United in 1955 but only made one league appearance for them before signing for Chesterfield in 1956, where he made 91 league appearances scoring 2 goals.  In 1960 he signed for Crewe Alexandra making three league appearances and scoring one goal, during the 1960-61 season.

Came to Macclesfield at the start of the 1961 season and whilst It was reported that Walter had an outstanding debut he only made a further four senior appearances before moving to Mossley, remaining there until the end of the 1963-64 season making 107 appearances and scoring three goals. He then signed for Ashton United where he teamed up with his brother Jim.

Walter died in Blackpool on 20 January 2012 aged 77.

   

Whiteoak George

Whiteoak_George

2011-12 and 2012-13 Defender

FL     Cups 0(1)0

NC    Cups 0(1)0

Debut 17 January 2012 Sub Bolton Wanderers (Away) FA Cup Round 3 Replay

A highly thought of member of the Macclesfield youth team, George became the club's youngest Football League player to make a senior appearance at the age of 16 years and 115 days, when he came on from the substitutes' bench in the FA Cup replay at Bolton  for the final moments of the match.

The Macclesfield youth team were fielded for the second round tie at Stalybridge in the Cheshire Senior Cup in February 2013 when the recognised 'keeper, Connor O'Keefe, was dismissed in the 16th minute. George was substituted for Will Bailey to take over in goal.

Having left Macclesfield, George signed for Congleton Town leaving them in March 2017 when he signed for 1874 Northwich.

 

Whittaker

1885-86 and 1886-87

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

A member of Macclesfield's reserve team who make the occasional senior appearance.

   

Whittaker

1928-29 Outside-left

 

CL      League 2 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 1 October 1928 Manchester North End (Home)

 

From Salford, Whittaker was used for matches in October and the beginning of November 1928 prior to Keers being signed and taking over the outside-left position. His Cup appearances all came in the FA Cup when Macclesfield reached the Third Qualifying Round.

   

Whittaker E

1919-20 Outside-right

 

CL     League 4 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 20 December 1919 Chester (Home)

 

From Stoke, played in five matches on a month's trial after which he was not signed, Howard Bushby filling the outside-right position.

   

Whittaker Fraser

1965-66 and 1966-67 Outside-left

CL   League 19(2)2     Cups 2(0)1

Debut 23 April 1966 New Brighton (Away)

Fraser was on the books of Bury before signing for Buxton.  At Macclesfield he featured in the reserve side in his first season making two senior appearances, but graduated to the senior side for the 1966-67 season.

 

Whittaker J

1896-97, 1900-01 to 1901-02 and 1903-04 to 1904-05 Forward

 

#TC      League 7 Apps 0 Goals

#ML    League 15 Apps 4 Goals      Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Signed from Poynton on 23 January 1897, Whittaker featured regularly for the remainder of the season. Does not appear to have played for Hallefield between 1897 and 1900 and returned when Macclesfield FC reformed who had become members of the Manchester and District League. Made a number of appearances in the 1900-01 season but lost his place for the following season. Appears to have been with Newton Heath during the 1902-03 season, he returned to Macclesfield for the 1903-04 season but only played occasionally.

   

Whittaker Stuart

1997-98 to 1999-00 Midfielder

Whittaker_Stuart

FL   League 49(18)5     Cups 12(4)2

Debut 4 October 1997 Leyton Orient (Away)

Stuart signed schoolboy forms with Liverpool followed by a two year apprenticeship when he won a Lancashire League winners medal in the 1992-93 season. He then spent four years as a professional at Bolton Wanderers, where he won a Pontins League winner’s medal in 1994-95 season before moving to the Moss Ross on a free transfer just before the start of the Silkmen’s first season in the Football League.

A tricky out and out winger, Stuart played on the left, but would often change to the right during matches to outwit the opposition, running at defenders and often beating them to be the supplier for many of Macclesfield’s goals.  He was a member of the team which completed the 1997-98 season as runners-up in the Nationwide League Division 3 gaining promotion to Division 2.  Stuart also gained a winners' medal in  the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1998.

In his second season, he was troubled by a groin injury for which he underwent surgery but found it difficult to regain form and was released in February 2000 signing for Southport in the summer that year. He has since played for Chester City, Leigh RMI, Nuneaton Borough and more recently Vauxhall Motors and Stafford Rangers.

Stuart retired from playing football at the end of the 2008-09 season.

  

Whittaker Trevor

Whittaker_Trevor

1951-52 to 1954-55 Outside-right

CL   League 16 Apps 3 Goals    Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 18 September 1951 Mossley (Away)

At the time of his debut, Trevor was a member of the Macclesfield Colts team.  Although he went on to play regularly for the reserve side, Trevor was only used occasionally in the senior side.

There is no information recorded about Trevor's football career, but a player of the same name played for Alfreton Town between 1965 and 1967 making 71 appearances,  He featured for Alfreton in the very first encounter between the Silkmen and Alfreton on 3 September 1966 in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round.

 

Whittingham Robert 'Bob'

1921-22 Inside-right

Whittingham_Bob

CL     League 10 Apps 2 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 27 August 1921 Mossley (Away)

Born in Goldenhill his football career started at Goldenhill Wanderers where he won a Championship medal in the Staffordshire Alliance. He then signed for Stoke but moved to Crewe Alexandra in August 1906 at the age of 17 where he spent one season. Next stop Burslem Port Vale in May 1907 but he quickly moved to Second Division  Blackpool in July 1907 (53 Apps 28 Goals) and  eighteen months later in January 1909 to Bradford City for a fee of £1,000 (49 Apps 31 Goals). Bob then moved south to First Division Chelsea in April 1910 (Fee quoted as £1,300 in one source and £2,000 in an interview with him) where he scored 79 goals in 123 appearances over four years. In his first season with Chelsea they were relegated but his 26 goals in the 1911-12 played a big part in them regaining Division One status. He left Chelsea for South Shields in May 1914 remaining there until the outbreak of World War One. He scored 48 goals, gained a North Eastern League Championship medal and a winners' medal in the Sunderland Shipowners' Cup.

During the First World War he guested at Stoke netting 81 goals  and also played in an Inter-League match for England against Scotland scoring two of the goals in the 3-1 victory.  He also guested for Fulham and Port Vale.

After the War he signed for Stoke in September 1919 (Fee £1,750) for a brief spell scoring eight goals in 18 appearances. Against Wales he played for England in the Victory International Match scoring one goal in the 2-0 win. However, he was never to gain a full international cap. When Stoke put a fee of £500 on him he decided that it was too high a figure, he elected to leave and signed for  Stoke United in November 1920.

He then moved to Macclesfield in August 1921 but due to injury played his last match for the Silkmen on 5 November 1921.

Once he had regained full fitness  he moved to Scunthorpe United in February 1922. Later he signed for Wrexham (December 1922) and finally went full-circle back to Goldenhill Wanderers in January 1923.

Bob died on 9 June 1926 at a young age having been born in 1888.

 

   

Whittle Maurice

1982-83 Defender

Whittle_Maurice

NPL   League 0(1)0

Debut 3 January 1983 Burton Albion (Home)

Born in Wigan, Maurice started his career at Blackburn Rovers in 1968 (7 league appearances) before moving to Oldham Athletic in 1969.  He remained there until 1977 making 312 league appearances and scoring 39 goals. He then spent time in the USA playing for Fort Lauderdale Strikers from 1977 to 1979.  He returned to the UK in 1979 playing for Barrow basically on loan as he returned to the States in the spring of 1980.  He returned to Barrow in the autumn but then spent time at Wigan Athletic  during the 1980-81 season (21 league appearances) before returning to Barrow at the beginning of the 1981-82 season. He left Barrow in February 1982 when he took up a coaching post in Finland.

He made a sole senior appearance for Macclesfield in 1983 from the substitutes' bench when he replaced Johnnie Walker in the 58th minute in the 1-1 draw, possibly when he was looking for work during the Finnish close season. He returned to Barrow as manager in 1985.

 

Whitworth Harry

1955-56 and 1956-57 Utility

CL     League 36 Apps 5 Goals    Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 20 August 1955 Buxton (Home)

Described as the team's utility player who featured in both attack and defence, he was appointed captain in December 1955.

 

Widdrington Tommy

2003-04 and 2004-05 Midfielder

Widdrington_Tommy

FL   League 55(3)0     Cups 10(0)0

Debut 25 August 2003 Bristol Rovers (Away)

Tommy was an experienced midfielder who commenced his career at Southampton where he enjoyed Premiership appearances before a £30,000 move to Grimsby Town, remaining there for three years.  Tommy then signed for Port Vale, joining Hartlepool United at the start of the 2002-03 campaign where he played an important part in their promotion from the former Third Division. A free transfer in August 2003 brought Tommy to the Moss Rose, when he became a regular in the starting line-up as a defensive midfielder who could hold the ball up well, with his style of play gaining many admirers. Tommy was appointed captain at the beginning of the 2004-05 season and was a regular in the side until the middle of December, after which younger players were preferred with his contract terminated by mutual consent in January 2005. Tommy initially moved to Port Vale on non-contract terms and played on his 92nd Football League ground at Edgeley Park three games before signing for Salisbury City in February 2005.

He later became Head Coach and then in July 2009 he was appointed manager. But when the team went into administration he left and was appointed assistant manager at Southend United in July 2010, however, Tommy only spent a short time there leaving in December 2010. Tommy was manager at Hemel Hempstead Town for the 2011-12 season and then took charge at Eastbourne Borough in the summer of 2012. Left Eastbourne Borough at his own behest in April 2017 on the basis that he believed that it was the right time for a fresh face to take over the managerial responsibilities.

 

Wijnhard Clyde

2005-06 Forward

Clyde Wijnhard

FL   League 19(1)8      Cups 6(0)4

Debut 15 October 2005 Sub Peterborough United (Home)

Clyde was born in Suriname (formerly Dutch Guyana) and started his playing career in Holland with Ajax, followed by spells at Gronigen, RKC Waalwicz and Willem II Tiburg where he was a free-scoring forward. He then moved to England in July 1998 with Premiership Leeds United  for a fee of £1.5M, transferring to Huddersfield a year later for a fee of £750,000, followed by short spells at Preston NE, Oldham Athletic and Darlington. After alleged problems at Darlington he joined the Silkmen in October 2005 initially on loan, and in January 2006 on a month-to-month contract.  Ever present until side-lined by injury in March 2006, Clyde proved to be an excellent signing scoring 12 goals in 26 outings, initially forging a partnership with Jon Parkin but after Jon’s departure, often operated as a lone striker.  Clyde completed the season as the club’s top scorer but was released in summer of 2006 and signed for Brentford in September 2006 only to be released in the following December, after which Clyde became a football agent.

 

Wilberforce Barry

1964-65 and 1967-68 Left-half

Wilberforce_Barry

CL    League 8(1)0      Cups 2(0)0

Debut 3 March 1965 Winsford United (Home)

Barry's debut came in a match played in wintry conditions with patches of snow on the pitch, at a time when Keith Goalen was unable to play because of a pulled leg muscle. He was a solid defender who regularly stopped opposition attacks and had the ability to press forward, bringing the front-men into the game.

On leaving Macclesfield moved to Buxton and then played for Mossley for the 1969-70 and 1970-71 seasons making 63 appearances and scoring one goal.

 

Wilcocks

1913-14 Right-half

 

LC     League 7 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 20 September 1913 Barnoldswick (Away)

 

There is no information recorded about this player.  He played regularly in matches at the start of the 1913-14 season until 15 November when he sustained a sprained knee in the home match against Padiham. Following this injury he did not feature again.

   

Wilcockson Alan

1970-71 to 1974-75 Winger

NPL   League 119(6)18    Cups 62(5)20

Debut 6 January 1971 Witton Albion (Home) NW Floodlit League

Alan was signed from Gainsborough for a fee of £500, having previously played for Scarborough. He had good all-round skills and was capable of filling either a defensive or attacking position. He was the Silkmen’s joint top scorer in 1973-74 and gained winners' medals in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1971 and 1973.

On leaving the Moss Rose joined up with Frank Beaumont at Frickley Colliery.  Worked for the Coal Board and local steelworks.

 

Wilcox William A

1921-22 Forward

 

CL     League 15 Apps 10 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 31 August 1921 Connah's Quay (Home)

 

From Manchester, Wilcox scored two goals on his debut in the 4-1 home win and then only featured in the following match until October 22 1921 when he played regularly until early January. Used in three different forward positions, he had a good strike rate and scored one hat-trick in the home 4-3 win against Crewe Alexandra Reserves when two of his goals came from open play and the third from the penalty spot. He left Macclesfield on 20 January 1922 when he signed for Congleton Town. He moved to Crewe Alexandra for the 1923-24 season.

   

Wilcox

1949-50 Inside-left

CL    League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 8 October 1949 Runcorn (Home)

A member of the Macclesfield reserve team.

 

Wild

1919-20 Defender

 

CL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 1 App 1 Goal

 

Debut 10 April 1920 Monk's Hall (Away)

 

There is no information recorded about this player.  Appears to have been brought into the side towards the end of the season to assist at a time when the club were clearing a backlog of matches especially relating to the Subsidiary Competition. His one goal came in the 2-4 defeat at Winsford in the Subsidiary Competition.

   

Wild Arthur

1955-56 Outside-left

CL    League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 14 April 1956 Wrexham Resrves(Away)

 

For a time Arthur was on the books of Manchester City and then played for Colwyn Bay and St Helens Town.  He was given a trial at the Moss Rose late in the season in a match which the Silkmen lost 2-9.

   

Wiles Simon

2006-07 and 2007-08 Midfielder

Wiles_Simon

FL    League 3(21)0      Cups 4(2)0

Debut 13 November 2006 Walsall (Home) FA Cup R1

Progressing through the ranks at Blackpool, Simon signed his first professional contract in May 2005, making an excellent impression in his first season as a speedy winger. Simon joined the Silkmen on loan at the end of October 2006, immediately bringing good fortune in the two FA Cup matches against Walsall, and provided much needed pace down the right-wing. Unfortunately he was injured in the infamous match against Stockport in November 2006 but returned, again on loan, during the January 2007 transfer window, however, Simon only made a few appearances, mostly from the substitutes’ bench.   Simon returned again to the Moss Rose for a third loan spell at the beginning of the 2007-08 season, again making most of his appearances from the substitutes’ bench but still displayed a good turn of pace and the ability to make pin-point crosses into the box. Although Macclesfield offered Simon a contract he opted to return to Blackpool at the end of December 2007. Since then he has played for Dunfermline Athletic and Barrow (including appearing in their FA Trophy Final victory against Stevenage Borough). In June 2013 Simon was appointed coach for the U10s team at Blackpool and signed for Chorley after a successful trial for the 2013-14 season. Simon moved to Salford City in the summer of 2014 but signed for Bamber Bridge in November 2014.

 

Wilkins Ray

Wilkins_Ray

1961-62 Inside-forward

CL   League 4 Apps 1 Goals   Cups 1 App 1 Goal

Debut 10 February 1962 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Away)

First played for Moira United before signing for Derby County making 28 appearances and scoring ten goals between 1950 and 1954. Signed for Boston United in 1954 where he  made over 90 appearances scoring over 50 goals.  On leaving Boston during the 1956-57 season he moved to Wrexham and then Oswestry Town.

Ray signed for Macclesfield early on 1962, but only made a handful of appearances scoring on his debut, with his other goal coming in the 4-2 home win in the second round of the Cheshire Senior Cup match against Chester. 

On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Gresley Rovers and later Wilmorton and Alvaston.

By profession he was a PT instructor, later becoming a deputy headmaster.  The story is told that when he was at Boston, in order to arrive in time for kick-off for early evening games he sometimes had to travel to Boston by 'plane from Derby where he worked.

 

Wilkinson

1957-58 Centre-half/right-back

CL League 15 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 11 January 1958 Bangor City (Away)

Signed January 1958 from Mossley going straight into the team initially filling the centre-half position but moved to right-back in March.

 

Wilkinson John

1904-05 to 1908-09 Goalkeeper

 

#ML     League 81 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 16 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 4 March 1905 Berry's (Home)

 

The Macclesfield reserve team goalkeeper, John was promoted to the senior side towards the end of the 1904-05 season after William Humphries had moved to Stretford. He quickly won the hearts of the supporters who called him 'Wilkie' and featured regularly until the 1908-09 season when he returned to the reserves on the appointment of Burbridge.   In the 1906-07 season he was the goalkeeper in all the Cheshire Cup ties including the final where he received a runners-up medal.  He also played in all the Cheshire Senior Cup ties during the 1907-08 season when Macclesfield went out at the semi-final stage. He represented Cheshire against Lancashire in March 1907. There were times when he was unavailable for selection due to business commitments.

   

Williams

1946-47 Centre-forward

CL   League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 31 August 1946 Buxton (Home)

 

One of many players given a trial in Macclesfield's first season after the Second World War.

   

Williams

1959-60 Inside-left

 

CL   League 1 App 1 Goal

 

Debut 3 October 1959 Congleton Town (Home)

 

In his one senior appearance, opened the scoring in the 4-3 win.

   

Williams Anthony

1998-99 and 1999-00 Goalkeeper

Williams_Anthony

FL   League 15(0)0

Debut 9 January 1999 Fulham (Away)

Anthony is a former trainee at Blackburn Rovers where he was awarded his first professional contract at the age of 19, although he never made any first team appearances for them nor for Queens Park Rangers where he spent a month on loan. He represented Wales, firstly at youth level and then earned 16 caps at Under-21 level. Anthony, or “Taffy” as he became known at the Moss Rose, had two loan spells, the first for a month in January 1999 when he made his Football League debut, and the second for some two months commencing January 2000.  At the time of his second loan, the club needed special dispensation from the League to sign him as they were under a transfer embargo with his move only granted because the regular ‘keeper, Lee Martin, was out injured. Tony proved to be a capable ‘keeper who commanded his area well, took up good positions and inspired confidence in the defence. Although clean sheets were few and far between, it was no reflection on Anthony but due to the team’s indifferent form at that time. Having returned to Blackburn, he also had loan spells at Bristol Rovers and Gillingham before moving to Hartlepool United in the summer of 2000 and, after  loan spells at Swansea City (no appearances) at Stockport County, signed for Grimsby Town (2004) and then Carlisle United (2005)  where he went out on loan to Bury and Wrexham, signing permanently for the Welsh club in the summer of 2007. He subsequently played for Neath for a single season.

Having been goalkeeping coach at Bury, re-joined manager Richie Barker (former Silkman and manager at Bury) at Crawley Town in 2012 as his assistant manager, however, when Richie Barker was dismissed he also lost his position at Crawley.  Was appointed goalkeeping coach and assistant manager at Portsmouth in December 2013 where Richie Barker had been appointed manager but, yet again, when Barker lost his job in March 2014 Williams was also dismissed.

 

Williams Carwyn

1996-97 Midfielder/forward

Williams_Carwyn

Conf   League 12(15)6     Cups 8(5)1

Debut 21 August 1996 Sub Morecambe (Away)

Carwyn started his career at Crewe Alexandra where he scored 38 goals in 84 appearances.  He was snapped up by Northwich Vics on his release where he gained a FA Trophy runners-up medal, scoring his last goal for them against the Silkmen at Wembley in 1996. He moved to the Moss Rose in the summer of 1996 with his transfer fee of £6,000 the subject of a tribunal appeal.  In his one season at the Moss Rose, he helped the Silkmen win the Conference Championship and promotion to the Football League and gained a winners' medal in the Strafford Senior Cup. Possible one of his best performances came as substitute in the victory at Stevenage Borough in March 1997. He later played for Bamber Bridge.

 

Williams Frank

1937-38 Left-back/left-half

CL     League 18 Apps Goals 2   Cups 4 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 2 October 1937 Hurst (Home)

Frank joined Macclesfield from Bolton Wanderers where he was a member of their Central League side and had previously been with Colwyn Bay and Bournemouth. Described as a sure- footed and cool-headed player, Frank Initially played at left-back but moved to left-half from January to March 1938, and was entrusted with the outside-left position for two matches in December 1937 when he scored both goals in the 2-2 draw at Northwich Victoria.  His other goal came in the 3-1 home victory in the second round of the Cheshire Senior Cup against Stockport County when he was playing at left-half.

   

Williams Horace

1928-29 Centre-forward

CL     League 7 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 6 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 25 August 1928 Hurst (Home)

Ever present for the first 13 matches of the season, Horace was quite successful scoring eight goals including two goals in the winning FA Cup Preliminary Round replay at the Moss Rose and, also, in the home 9-1 win against Manchester North End. Moved to Caernarfon in late October 1928.

Williams_Horace
   

Williams J

1921-22 Goalkeeper

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 25 February 1922 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Home)

 

A local junior 'keeper, he was brought in for one match when William Osbaldeston was unavailable and just before Joseph Anderton was signed. With Stockport County in the 1922-23 season.

   

Williams Jesse Thomas

1937-38 Outside-left

Williams_Jesse

CL     League 6 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 12 March 1938 Stalybridge Celtic (Away)

Born in Wales, as a younster he started his career with the Cross Street Club in the Wrexham Church League and later joined the Oak Alyn Rovers Club in the local Wrexham League where he started out playing at right-half but it was here that he transferred to outside-left.

In 1920, at the age of eighteen he signed for his hometown Wrexham AFC making his professional debut in 1921 during Wrexham's first season as a Football League club. He remained there until the end of the 1923-24 season having made 35 appearances and scored 3 goals signing for Middlesbrough in May 1924 for a fee of £600. He made 37 league appearances scoring 8 goals during his three seasons in the North East although during his last season he usually featured in the reserve team.

On leaving Middlesbrough he signed for Clapton Orient (now Leyton Orient) at the start of the 1927-28 season, moving to Rhyl Athletic (1929-30), Ashton National (1930-31), Shrewsbury Town (1931-32 and 1932-33), Wellington Town (1933-34) and then Colwyn Bay (1934-35 to 1936-37). It is recorded that approaching the age of 34 he retired from playing football.

How he came to sign for Macclesfield is unknown with his six league  appearances  spread over the final matches of the season.

In the Football Association of Wales 1991 publication 'Wales A-Z', Williams is described as a diminutive yet mercurial winger....whose busy, non-stop approach and delicate footwork made him a popular player with the crowds.

Also made one international appearance representing Wales.

After retiring he became a referee in the Welsh League and lived in Rhyl until emigrating to Canada with his family in the late 1950's.

   

Williams Jimmy

1980-81 Manager

 

Jimmy arrived at Macclesfield as manager Phil Staley's assistant in October 1978.  He had been manager at Formby whom he steered to become the first Non-League side to win the Liverpool Senior Cup. He was also the manager of the Cheshire County teams from youth to senior level.

Appointed as caretaker manager at Macclesfield after the dismissal of Phil Staley, holding the position from October 1980 to February 1981 when the team maintained a mid-table position.

   

Williams Joseph 'Jack'

1903-04 to 1905-06 Inside-left

 

#ML     League 58 Apps 34 Goals     Cups 5 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 5 September 1903 Northwich Victoria (Home)

 

Joined Macclesfield from Crewe with the reputation as a goal scorer. A talented player who was speedy, possessed a wonderful command of the ball with his tricky play and was much admired.

He certainly maintained his goal scoring ability at Macclesfield, scoring on his debut in the 2-2 draw which he followed up in the next match at Tonge where he scored all three goals in the 3-0 win. He was regularly on the score sheet during the 1904-05 season and in the opening 11 matches of the 1905-06 season he scored 10 goals, including a hat-trick in the 5-5 draw at Newton Heath.

At the age of 21 he moved to Manchester United in the middle of November 1905.

   

Williams Karl

1993-94 and 1995-96 Goalkeeper

Conf   League 11(0)0      Cups 5(0)0

Debut 15 November 1993 Pelsall Villa (Away) Staffordshire Senior Cup R2

Karl signed schoolboy forms for Aston Villa but played for York reserves and Beazer Homes side Tamworth whilst studying at Leeds University. In 1992 he made his debut for the British Universities team and in 1993 represented them at the World Student Games in Buffalo, New York. He approached Macclesfield, playing in the reserves in the 1993-94 season, although he made one appearance in the Staffordshire Senior Cup competition. He moved to Warrington Town for the 1994-95 season, returning to the Moss Rose in the summer of 1995 appearing regularly until early October when firstly, Phil Morgan came in on loan and secondly, Ryan Price moved to the club.

 

Williams LS

1928-29 Outside-right

 

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 22 September 1928 Chester (Away)

 

Following a trial in the Macclesfield reserve side  Williams, from Wrexham, was given an opportunity at senior level  in two matches including the FA Cup First Qualifying Round away win at Flint.  There is no record of him playing again for either the Macclesfield senior or reserve teams.

   

Williams Richard

'Dick'

Williams_R

1931-32 to 1934-35 Goalkeeper

CL     League 138 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 32 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 6 February 1932 Altrincham (Away)

Prior to signing for Macclesfield in January 1932 had been on the books of Jarrow, and then Stoke City from 1926 to 1929 where he made 61 league appearances, Reading (1930-31) and Chester (1931-32). Whilst at Stoke was a member of the team who were Third Division North champions in 1926-27.

Dick took over the gloves from Stanley Starling and was the first choice 'keeper throughout his time at the Moss Rose missing only a few matches. A popular 'keeper with the supporters he made many penalty saves.  His nonchalant approach belied his overall ability as a fine goalkeeper.

He was the holder of Cheshire League Championship medals for both the 1931-32 and 1932-33 seasons, a winners' medal for the Challenge Cup competition in 1931-32 and a winners' medal for the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1934-35.

On leaving the Moss Rose moved to Runcorn summer 1935, and was still playing there in 1938.

   

Williams Steve

2013-14 Defender

Williams_Steve

NC     League 32(6)2     Cups 8(0)1

Debut 10 August 2013 Nuneaton Town (Home)

Steve started his career at Charnock Richard in 2005, moving to Chorley in 2006, Bamber Bridge in 2007, Hyde United in 2008, Fleetwood Town in 2009 before returning to Bamber Bridge.  During his time as a semi-professional footballer he was a barber.

Signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2009 with Bradford City and appeared regularly in his first two seasons with the Bantams.  In 2012 he went on loan to Scottish club Inverness Caledonian but on is return to Bradford he ruptured his Achilles tendon which kept him out of contention for the remainder of the season. Returning to fitness he had a short loan spell at Barrow in March 2013.

Having been released by Bradford, Steve signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 2013. Other than missing a few matches in September 2013 with a groin strain, Steve featured regularly as a strong attacking centre back, although there were times when he was pushed into the forward line when the side were looking for a winning or equalising goal late in a match. His best moment of the season came when he scored the equalising goal in the 1-1 home draw against Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the FA Cup.

Signed for FC Halifax Town in the summer of 2014 moving to Barrow for the 2015-16 season.

   

Williams Stuart

1956-57 Goalkeeper

CL  League 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 16 March 1957 Chester Reserves (Away)

Played three matches in March 1957 covering for David Jones. On leaving the Silkmen signed for Winsford United.

 

Williamson

1886-87

Debut - unknown due to missing match information

 

There is no information recorded for this player.

   

Williamson

1925-26 Forward

 

CL     League 17 Apps 6 goals     Cups 7 Apps 5 Goals

 

Debut 5 December 1925 Ashton National (Home)

 

With Northern Nomads playing for their Manchester Central League Team in the 1922-23 season but was signed from Congleton Town. He initially played at outside-right where it is reported that he played well, however for the final month of the season he moved to his preferred position of centre-forward. This change proved to be very productive when in first match as 'the pivot' he scored two goals and went on to score a further six goals.

   

Williamson G

1897-98 to 1900-01 Defender

#SDL      League 16 Apps 1 Goals

NSL        League 24 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

#ML       League 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

A member of the Hallefield Stockport and District League championship side in 1897-98 who completed the campaign unbeaten. He then featured regularly in their North Staffordshire and District team for the 1898-99 season but less so in the following season.  (Hallewell had moved to the Moss Rose in 1897 when Macclesfield FC failed financially.) During the 1900-01 season, when the re-formed Macclesfield FC had joined the Manchester and District League, only three appearances have been identified indicating that he may well have lost his place in the side, however there is a significant amount of information missing for this season and he may well have made more appearances which have not been reported in the media.

   

Williamson H

1936-37 Centre-forward

CL   League 2 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 31 March 1937 Ashton National (Home)

A young player from Adlington Mission who made three appearances at the end of March and the beginning of April 1937. His goal came on his debut in the 5-3 win.  He became a member of the Macclesfield Reserve team in the 1937-38 season.

 

Williamson John

1979-80 and 1980-81 Forward

NPL   #League 63(4)14      Cups 15(0)1

Debut 25 August 1979 Frickley Athletic (Home)

John played in the Wythenshawe Sunday League for Yew Tree before moving to Witton Albion and then Morecambe where he was their leading scorer. Signing for Macclesfield for the 1979-80 season, John was described as a striker with flair and quick off the mark.

Williamson_John

 

Willott

1902-03 Centre-forward

 

#ML     League 1 App 0 Goals

 

There is no information recorded for this player whose only appearance identified came in the away match at Hyde in 11 April 1903.  With missing match data around this appearance it is unknown whether this was his only appearance or not.

   

Wilson

1899-1900 and 1900-01 Centre-forward

 

NSL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals

#ML    League 6 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 24 March 1900 Nantwich (Home)

 

There is no information recorded about this player who was introduced into the Hallefield-Macclesfield team for two end-of-season matches.  (Hallefield moved to the Moss Rose in 1897 when Macclesfield FC had failed financially and played under the name of Hallefield-Macclesfield for the 1899-1900 season). Featured in early season matches for the re-formed Macclesfield FC in their first season as members of the Manchester and District League.  His sole goal was the winning strike in the 2-1 home win against Broadheath on 13 October 1900.

   

Wilson

1954-55 and 1957-58 Right-wing

CL    League 3 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 12 March 1955 Witton Albion (Away)

 

An amateur brought into the senior side when regular players were unavailable. Assumed that it was the same player who returned for the away match against Tranmere Rovers Reserves in March 1958

 

Wilson Brian

1963-64 and 1964-65. Centre-forward

Wilson_Brian

CL   League 56 Apps 46 Goals      Cups 21 Apps 13 Goals

Debut 24 August 1963 Buxton (Home)

Previously with Oldham Athletic, Hyde United, Buxton and Altrincham. Brian was described by his manager as an excellent marksman and a cool player, and was top-scorer in his first season scoring 42 goals in 50 appearances. Brain was a member of the team which achieved the Cheshire League and Cheshire Senior Cup double in the 1963-64 season, scoring the winning goal in the Cheshire Senior Cup Final.

 

Wilson Jah-Vanne

2016-17

 

NC     Cups 1(0)0

 

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

 

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 sole appearance for the club. Released November 2016.

   

Wilson Kyle

2009-10 Forward

Wilson_Kyle 

FL   League 0(4)0

Debut 15 August 2009 Sub Notts County (Home)

Formerly of Crewe Alexandra, where he was the Youth team’s top scorer in both 2003 and 2004, he then spent time on loan at Altrincham and Barrow signing for Barrow permanently before playing for Witton Albion, Droylsden, Fleetwood Town and Skelmersdale. He joined FC United of Manchester in August 2008 for whom he was top-scorer in the 2008-09 season with 24 goals in 32 games, a tally which would have been much higher but for a knee injury in January which kept on the side-lined for the remainder of the season. 

 Kyle signed for the Silkmen in the summer of 2009. Having made his debut, a series of niggling injuries kept Kyle out of contention for several weeks. Having recovered he was regularly included in the match-day squad but always as an unused substitute. He spent time on loan at his former club, FC United of Manchester, where he scored a hat-trick but was recalled following the death of manager Keith Alexander so that the squad could all be together.  However, he still could not break into the side on a regular basis and was released in the summer of 2010.

Kyle signed for Hyde United in the summer of 2010 but was released because of continuing injury problems, and then signed for Chester FC in October 2010. Kyle moved to Bangor City in 2011, Nantwich Town in 2012, Witton Albion 2013 and Conwy Borough in 2014, leaving Conwy at the end of the 2014-15 season.

He has represented England at U18 and U19 level, including appearances in the prestigious Lisbon tournament.

 

Wilson Philip 'Phil'

1989-90 Midfielder

Wilson_Phil

Conf     League 16(0)1     Cups 4(0)0

Debut 28 August 1989 Enfield (Home)

Phil was an experienced Football League player.  He featured at  Bolton Wanderers (39 League apps, four goals), Huddersfield Town (233 apps, 16 goals) and York City (fee £6,000, 46 apps, 2 goals), from where he was signed for his vision and strong approach. After leaving Macclesfield Phil went to  play for NEC Nijmehan in Holland, Scarborough, Stafford Rangers, Witton Albion and Guisley.

 

Wilson Raymond

1952-53 Forward

 

CL   League 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 30 August 1952 Wellington Town (Away)

 

An amateur reserve team forward who also played in the Cheshire County Amateur team.

   

Wilson Steve

2000-01 to 2004-05 Goalkeeper

Steve Wilson

FL   League 132(2)0     Cups 20(0)0

Debut 21 April 2001 Southend United (Home)

Before moving to Macclesfield Steve had spent almost 10 years at Hull City but towards the end of his time there, opportunities were limited due to the introduction of younger ‘keepers, and he signed for the Silkmen in the summer of 2001 having spent a short time on loan the previous season. Steve soon took over from Lee Martin becoming a regular in the starting line-up until loanee Boaz Myhill replaced him at the start of the 2003-04 season. However, at the end of Boaz’s loan spell, Steve regained his place which he retained until his final season with the club, 2004-05, when he had to compete with Alan Fettis.

Like many goalkeepers, Steve was prone to the occasional slip-up, but overall commanded his area well, along the way improved his handling of high crosses, but it was as a shot stopper that he will be best remembered often making spectacular saves to keep the team in the match.  However, it was saving penalties, which was his forte. In the FA Cup replay at Forest Green Rovers he not only saved a spot kick in extra time, but helped the team to victory in what was then a new record for the number penalties required to settle a FA Cup tie. His penalty save in April 2003 at Torquay turned what would have been a defeat into a draw, and in December 2003 in the second round of the FA Cup against Cambridge United, he saved two penalties to earn Macclesfield a replay and then went on to play his part in the replay penalty shoot-out which saw Macclesfield win 4–2.  For his hard work Steve was voted Player of the Year for the 2002-03 season.

Steve has made more appearances for the Silkmen than any other goalkeeper since the team’s elevation to the Football League, and features in the Top 10 Total Player Appearances List. When Alan Fettis became the Silkmen’s first choice ‘keeper, Steve moved to Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 2005 and in 2006 signed for Worksop Town. Since then he has played for Mossley, Hall Road Rangers, North Ferriby and Scarborough Athletic.

 

Windsor Michael

1964-65 Full-back

CL   League 5 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 31 August 1964 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Home)

Started his football career with Port Vale Youth after which he made over 130 appearances for Congleton Town. Cool under pressure and a good distributor of the ball. Worked in the Treasurer’s department of Staffordshire County Council.

 

Winn Peter

Winn_Peter

2012-13 Defender/Midfielder

NC     League 49(18)0     Cups 3(6)1

Debut 10 August 2012 Hereford United (Away)

Peter started his career at Scunthorpe where he spent five years, and made his senior debut at the age of 16. He originally played as a goalkeeper but started playing on the left wing at the age of 14. However, he could not find a regular berth in the senior side and was loaned out to Northwich Victoria, Barrow and Gateshead (twice). He was released in 2010 when he rejected a contract with Gateshead in favour of a move to Stevenage, helping the side earn promotion to League One in the 2010-11 season. (At the start of the 2011-12 season he was substitute 'keeper for Stevenage after Chris Day dislocated a finger in pre-season and became their second choice 'keeper for a time.)  In his second season, he was loaned out to Cambridge United and Grimsby Town before being released in the summer of 2012 when he signed for Macclesfield Town.

Whether playing at left-back or left midfield, in the starting line-up or introduced from the substitutes' bench, it made no difference to Peter's consistent hardworking performances which he maintained throughout the season. An intelligent player who uses the ball well, however, Peter's most notable performance came when he took over in goal during the home match against Luton Town in February 2013 after goalkeeper Rhys Taylor had been dismissed. He showed that he had not forgotten the goalkeeping skills learnt in his early football days.

For the 2013-14 season Peter continued to play with enthusiasm and a terrific work rate on the left wing, only missing the odd match in November with ankle ligament damage and a handful of matches in March after being injured in the match at Southport. In the 4-0 home win against Swndon Town in the first round of the FA Cup, Peter's work rate played dividends when he chased down a tame header back to the 'keeper by a Swindon defender, lobbing the 'keeper to score his first and only goal for Macclesfield, celebrating with glee in front of the Moss Lane stand pack with supporters.

Peter signed for Chester during the summer of 2014 spending time on loan at King's Lynn in 2015, and moved to Cleethorpes Town in the summer of 2015.

   

Winnington

1910-11 Outside-right

ML      League 22 Apps 2 Goals     Cups 6 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 3 September 1910 Altrincham (Away)

Joined Macclesfield in the summer of 1910 going straight into the team. He was ever-present until the beginning of February 1911 and made three other appearances in March with other players taking over the role of outside-right towards the end of the season.

Winnington
   

Winskill Harry

1929-30 Utility

(William)

CL     League 3 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut Nantwich (Home) Challenge Cup R1

Commenced his career with Adelphi Lads in Salford before signing for Manchester North End.  He then spent two season as a professional with Manchester City featuring in their Central League side where he scored 30 goals after which he moved to Congleton Town and then Accrington Stanley where he made five appearances for their Third Division side.

Signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1929 but, despite his pedigree, only featured in early season matches scoring in his second match in the 3-3 draw against Port Vale reserves.

Note: Local based information refers to this player as Harry Winskill but other contemporary newspaper reports refer to him as William.  His father's name was Harry and hence the possible confusion.

   
   

Winterbottom Fred

1930-31 Goalkeeper

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 25 October 1930 Sandbach Ramblers (Away)

Previously with Bugsworth, New Mills and Altrincham (1928-29), having played in Macclesfield's pre-season matches he was called upon for one senior match when AH Smith was unavailable for selection.

Winterbottom_Fredf
   

Wintle Frank James

1958-59 Full-back

CL   League 4 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 17 September 1958 Runcorn (Home)

Moved to the Moss Rose from Witton Albion having previously been with Port Vale from 1949 to 1957 where he made one senior appearance. He moved to Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer in May 1957 but did not featured in their senior team. Only managed four senior appearances in the first half of the 1958-59 season for the Silkmen.

Died: Birmingham January 2005.

 

Wolfe Alan

1973-74 Midfielder/defender

NPL   League 27(0)0     Cups 10(0)1

Debut 11 August 1973 Fleetwood (Home)

Moved from Altrincham having previously played for Marine and Skelmersdale. Alan was a former amateur international.

 

Wood

1906-07 Right-half

 

ML     League 7 Apps 0 Goals

 

1 September 1906 Northwich Victoria (Away)

 

Signed in the summer of 1906, Wood was described as a brilliant right-half back but he only played in the first seven matches of the season.  For some unreported reason he then advised the club that he was no longer able to assist the team and left.

   

Wood

1914-15 Goalkeeper

 

LC     League 3 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 30 September 1914 Hyde (Home) FA Cup Preliminary Round replay

 

Hailing from Buxton, Wood was Macclesfield's second string goalkeeper for the 1914-15 season deputising for regular keeper Joseph Birds on four occasions.  He made his debut in a thrilling FA Cup replay when the Silkmen won 4-3 after extra time.

It has not been possible to establish whether this is the same player as H Wood who played for Macclesfield in the 1922-23 season.

   

Wood B

1957-58 Goalkeeper

 

CL  League 1 App 0 Goals

 

Debut 29 March 1958 Stafford Rangers (Home)

 

Made just the one senior appearance in the 2-2 draw.

   

Wood Frank

1922-23 to 1924-25 Outside-right

 

CL     League 53 Apps 7 Goals     Cups 10 Apps 4 Goals

 

Debut 26 August 1922 Whitchurch (Home)

 

A local player who was born in Macclesfield in 1899.  He started playing football whilst serving in the forces where he spent three years. After demobilisation he signed for Leek Alexandra in the North Staffordshire League where he enjoyed success when the club won three cup competitions and were runners-up in the league.

Frank signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1922.  Described as a speedy and skilful winger who could centre the ball well and was an excellent taker of corners, he went straight into the side and was ever-present until an injury in the home match against Runcorn at the beginning of April saw him spending time in hospital and missing the final month of the season.

At the beginning of the 1923-24 season he made a few appearances, but then Ben Boardman took his place and Frank found himself in the reserve team. He only made eight senior appearances but in one he scored four goals in the 8-0 home win against Nantwich on 28 April 1924.

He started the 1924-25 season as the preferred outside-right and was virtually ever-present until November 1924 when William Wainwright was signed and Frank found himself replaced again.

By trade Frank was a silk weaver in Leek.

   

Wood H

1922-23 to 1924-25 Goalkeeper

 

CL     League 64 Apps 0 Goals           Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 24 March 1923 Stockport County Reserves (Home)

 

The Macclesfield Town reserve team goalkeeper for the 1922-23 season who deputised for John Lee in two matches. Promoted as senior team 'keeper, replacing John Lee in January 1924, and was virtually ever-present until the end of the 1924-25 season.

   

Wood Jack

1955-56 Centre-half/left-back

CL     League 41 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 20 August 1955 Buxton (Home)

Older brother of Jim, Jack only missed one match during the whole of his season with the Silkmen when they finished in 21st position in the League.

 

Wood Jim

1955-56  Outside-left

CL    League 23 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 15 October 1955 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Away)

Younger brother of Jack, he signed after a long lay-off but on his first appearance it was reported that he had a good first half.  Before his National Service he was a full-time professional with Bury but in the 1954-55 season played for Kettering. He was also a professional cricketer and was a member of the Lancashire County ground staff playing in the Minor Counties Championship.

   

Wood John

1958-59 Goalkeeper

 

CL   League 4 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 24 September 1958 Runcorn (Away)

 

A young 'keeper who had been playing well in the Colts team, who was used as back-up at senior level including two appearances when Brian Sutton was injured.

 

Wood Kevin

1980-81 Forward

NPL   League 6(1)3     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 13 December 1980 Marine (Away)

At the time of signing Kevin was thought of as a promising young striker. As well as scoring on his debut he also scored in his next two appearances.

 

Wood Roger

1953-54 to 1960-61 Forward/defender

CL    League 185 Apps  26 Goals    Cups 43 Apps 7 Goals

Debut 28 January 1954 Chester Reserves (Home)

Previously with Manchester United, Roger lived at Butley Ash. Roger was equally happy and capable either in an attacking role or as a defender where he would anchor the defence and use his excellent tackling technique to good advantage. Roger was a member of the side which won the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1954 against Winsford United when he played as a forward. In the 1959-60 season he enjoyed a Benefit in appreciation of his service to the Silkmen

Wood_Roger

 

Wood Steve

1993-94 to 2000-01 Midfielder

Steve Wood

Conf     League   97(11)27    Cups 48(5)13

Debut 21 August 1993 Bath City (Away)

FL       League 129(22)19    Cups 19(2)3

Debut 9 August 1997 Torquay United (Home)

Steve was a firm favourite of the supporters both on and off the pitch and whilst he was often referred to as “the joker in the pack” there was certainly a lot more to “Woody” than the description implies. Steve played all his football locally at Chadderton, Mossley, Droylsden, Stalybridge and Ashton before Sammy McIlroy brought him to the Moss Rose at the beginning of the 1993-94 season, making his debut in the 1–5 defeat at Bath, Sammy McIlroy’s first match in charge. Steve became an important part of the Silkmen’s Conference side as an attacking midfielder and regularly appeared on the score sheet. In the summer of 1995 he suffered broken foot bones when a JCB turned over on him at work leaving him out of contention until February 1996.

Successes along the way in his Conference days included a FA Trophy winners’ medal in 1996, a member of the Conference championship sides in 1995 and 1997, Conference League Cup winners’ medal in 1994 as well as a winners’ medals in the Staffordshire Senior Cup in 1997. In the 1996-97 season he was top scorer with 18 goals and was voted Player of the Year. Steve scored many important goals, but his brace in the 3-2 win at Stevenage in March 1996 set the Silkmen well on their way to the Conference Championship and promotion to the Football league.

Steve made the transition to the Football League at the age of 34 where he fearlessly dominated the midfield. But in the 1997-98 season he fractured a cheekbone which required an operation to relieve a trapped nerve returning after only three matches. In December he fractured the other cheekbone, this time returning after only one match wearing a ‘Zorro’ style face mask for protection. He did not allow these injuries to affect his performance completing the season as the side’s highest scorer with 13 goals and was voted Player of the Year for a second successive season.  .

He was a member of the team which finished runners-up in the Nationwide League Division 3, the Silkmen's first year as a Football League team. Following the team’s promotion to the Nationwide League Division 2, Steve scored in the win against Stoke City in the first round of the Worthington Cup in August, but life in the league was much more difficult. The Silkmen’s first League goal of the season only coming in September at Wrexham  which was scored by Steve who only days later scored the winning goal, a 66th minute penalty, at Oldham Athletic to give the Silkmen their first win in the higher division. Gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1998. In the following season Steve had to spend some time on the bench after younger midfielders regained fitness but when introduced he still proved that he had the necessary stamina and always tried to turn the game and lift spirits.  In January of the 1999-2000 season he stepped up to become joint coach with John Askey after the appointment of Peter Davenport as manager. Steve continued to feature in the starting line-up at the start of the 2000-01 season until the partnership of Chris Priest and Kevin Keen was formed after which he rarely featured in the senior side, although he captained the reserves.

Steve’s association with the Silkmen ended in the summer of 2001 when he moved to Stalybridge Celtic. Since Steve retired from football he has worked in the construction industry and for three years coached the junior team at Compton Villa.

 

Woodhouse

1906-07 and 1907-08 Outside-left

ML     League 34 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 10 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 1 September 1906 Northwich Victoria (Away)

A native of Worksworth, Woodhouse had moved to Macclesfield and was one of seven newly signed players for the 1906-07 season. A fast runner and expert winger he was ever-present throughout the 1906-07 season when he gained a runners' up medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup competition. He lost his place to Fred Goodwin at the beginning of the 1907-08 season, although he still made 10 appearances in all competitions in other forward positions for the senior team completing the season in the reserve team.

It is believed that at some time after playing for Macclesfield he moved to Australia.

Woodhouse
   

Woods J

1927-28 and 1928-29 Inside-left

CL     League 20 Apps 8 Goals     Cups 5 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 17 December 1927 Sandbach Ramblers (Home)

Appeared regularly from his debut until 24 March 1928, missing the final matches of the season because of business commitments. However, he returned for three matches early in the following season when he scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 home win against Whitchurch in September 1928. On leaving Macclesfield he played for Whitchurch in the 1929-30 season moving to Hyde for the 1930-31 season and Denton for the 1934-35 season.

Woods_J
   

Woodward Malcolm

1973-74 and 1974-75 Winger

NPL   League 54(1)7     Cups 13(3)1

Debut 15 December 1973 South Shields (Away)

Malcolm was a fast skilful attacking player at home on either wing. He gained a European Amateur Cup winners medal with Skelmersdale before signing for Macclesfield.  He was a PE teacher and held an FA coaching badge.

 

Woolley Matt

2000-01 to 2002-03 Midfielder

Matt Woolley

FL   League 1(4)0     Cups 1(1)0

Debut 8 October 2000 Sub Barnet (Away)

Matt played for local side Priory County and represented both the Macclesfield FA and Cheshire FA Youth teams.  He signed schoolboy forms with Manchester City and then moved to Stockport County, but after a year of his YTS contract he joined the Silkmen in the 1999-00 season initially on non-contract forms so he could play for the Youth team.  He moved up to the reserve side in the 2000-01 season when he also made his Football League debut, but he never managed to gain a foothold in the senior side.  Nevertheless, he was a valued member of the reserves as a speedy attacking midfielder with the ability to score sensational goals, and in the 2001-02 season he shared the captaincy of the side which won the Avon Insurance Division Two Title.  With no opportunities available for him in the senior side, his contract was cancelled by mutual agreement in March 2003.

 

Wordley Edward

1926-27 Utility

CL     League 10 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 1 App 1 Goal

Debut 11 September 1926 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Away)

Edward was signed from Stalybridge Celtic where he had been since 1922 and acted as the reserve.  Most of his appearances came at left-half, but he was also used in the forward line when he scored his league goal in the 5-1 home victory against Whitchurch in January 1927.  He also scored in the 6-0 home win against Poulton Rovers in the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup but on this occasion he was at left-half.

Wordley_Edward
   

Wordley Edward Henry

1951-52 Inside-left

CL   League 16 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 13 August 1951 Buxton (Home)

Starting his football career at Summerbank, Edward signed for Stoke City in 1946 and remained there until 1950.  However, he failed to break into the senior side making only 10 league appearances in all the time he was at Stoke.  In 1950 he signed for Bury but failed to make the senior side and left them in 1951 evidently to seek out another career.  In the summer of 1951 he signed for the Silkmen and appeared regularly until the middle of December when Frank Monaghan took his place. Unable to regain his place, Edward cancelled his contract in February 1952.  He died in 1989.

 

Worrall Gary

1989-90 Midfielder

Conf   League 3(15)1     Cups 5(4)2

Debut 26 August 1989 Sub Welling United (Home)

Gary started his career as a junior with Manchester United, and was then on the books at Peterborough (nearly 100 appearances), Carlisle United (1986-87), Altrincham (1987-88) and Matlock (1988-89) before spending a single season at the Moss Rose.

Gary achieved England Schoolboy International Honours.

Gary Worrall

 

Worsley

1896-97 Right-half

 

TC     League 6 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 23 January 1897 Rock Ferry (Away)

 

With no regular player filling the right-half position, Worsley was the fifth person to fill this position during the 1896-97 season and was probably another attempt by the committee to find the right player.

   

Worswick Ray

1936-37 Centre-forward

CL    League 13 Apps 10 Goals      Cups 5 Apps 9 Goals

Debut 29 August 1936 Buxton (Home)

In his school days Ray played for Woodville Juniors winning three medals at junior level.  Later he spent three seasons with Wavertree United before signing for Southport in 1933 where, in his first season, he scored 19 goals in 27 appearances. Ray signed for the Silkmen in the summer of 1936 and was ever-present until the middle of November 1936,  Ray was a prolific scorer:  his four goals in the first round of the Challenge Cup enabled Macclesfield to chalk up a 6-3 victory and he scored two goals in five other matches. He was transferred to Northwich Victoria in November 1936 at a time that Macclesfield were cutting costs, resulting him being off-loaded as he was one of the highest paid players at the time. He later played for Chester.

Played cricket during the summer months.

 

Worth

1929-30 Goalkeeper

CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 9 April 1930 Manchester Central (Away)

 

Goalkeeper with St Peter's in the Macclesfield and District league, he was brought in for one match as deputy for first choice 'keeper Harold Compston who played with an injury during the latter part of the season.

   

Worth H

1925-26 Inside-right

 

CL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals

 

Debut 26 September 1925 Northwich Victoria (Home)

 

A local youngster who had been playing well for Rainow in the Macclesfield Senior League was given a two match trial

   

Worthington Thomas

1911-12 and 1913-14 Defender

Worthington

ML     League 20 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

LC      League 19 Apps 2 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 14 October 1911  Atherton (Home)

Had a trial with Preston North End before joining Chorley in January 1907, then moving to Lancaster Town (August 1907), Preston North End (June 1908) and Portsmouth (May 1909)

Signed for Macclesfield in October 1911 and following his debut in October 1911 appeared regularly for both the Manchester League and the Lancashire Combination teams at either centre-half or left-half. It was reported that he was an able player with excellent judgment.

Moved to Fleetwood in October 1912 returning to Macclesfield in September 1913 playing in eight matches during the first half of the 1913-14 season. Finally played for Ormskirk joining them in September 1914.

   

Wragg Peter

1985-86 to 1992-93 Manager

Wragg_Peter

In the 1970's Peter was a player with Cheshire League side Leek Town where he won a championship medal.  Unfortunately a broken leg curtailed any further success as a player and he became manager at Leek for two seasons guiding them to a fourth and second finish in the league table. He then  managed Cheshire League sides Stalybridge Celtic and Chorley before joining Hyde United in 1983 where his greatest achievement was taking the side to the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in 20 years.

Peter was appointed manager at Macclesfield Town in March 1986 and so started one of the most successful times in the history of the club. In his first full season in charge, 1986-87, an unprecedented Northern Premier League treble was achieved (League Championship, League Cup and Presidents Cup) leading to promotion to the G.M. Vauxhall Conference. He was Manager of the Month in both March and April 1987 and manager of the Year for 1986-87.

In their first season in the Conference the team finished 11th and progressed to the third round of the FA Cup losing 0-1 to Port Vale and to the final of the Cheshire Senior Cup.

The 1988-89 season saw further success for Peter, the side leading the Conference on two occasions, eventually finishing in seventh position and progressed to the final of the Cheshire Senior Cup in successive seasons. However, the summit of the season was their appearance in the final of the FA Trophy at Wembley which resulted in disappointment when they lost 0-1 to Telford United in extra time.

In 1989-90 there was a fourth place finish in the Conference, another appearance in the first round of the FA Cup with the team going out to Chester in a replay, and losing finalists in both the Staffordshire and Cheshire Senior Cups.

The following season Peter's team eventually won the Cheshire Senior Cup in their fourth successive final appearance  defeating Witton Albion 2-0 and finished seventh in the Conference. During the 1991-92 season the team reached the semi-final of the FA Trophy losing to the eventual winners Colchester United and another Cheshire Senior Cup final.

In his final season at Macclesfield, 1992-93, Peter led his team to the first round of the FA Cup against league side Chesterfield progressing after a replay at Chesterfield, Macclesfield winning 3-2 on penalties before losing to Stockport County in the second round. The semi-final of the Drinkwise Cup (League Cup) was reached but the Silkmen were struggling in the league. Before the final match of the season Macclesfield were one of the favourites to be relegated but thanks to Altrincham winning 5-2 at Farnborough and Macclesfield winning 1-0 at champions Wycombe Wanderers, the Silkmen retained their Conference status completing the season in 18th position. The lowly league position and the narrow escape were too much to the Board of Directors and Peter Wragg left the Moss Rose.

On leaving the Moss Rose Peter spent from June 1993 to March 1994 as manager at Halifax Town.

   

Wrigglesworth John

Lancelot

1948-49 Inside-right

CL     League 26 Apps 11 Goals    Cups 4 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 21 August 1948 Buxton (Home)

Having previously played for Halifax, moved to Macclesfield from Buxton and went straight into the senior side.  Although he appeared in only two-thirds of the matches, nevertheless, he made a significant contribution scoring a goal in every other match.  Scored on his debut in the 1-0 home win, a hat-trick in the 6-3 home win against Shell-Mex in the FA Cup competition and the equalising goal on four occasions.

Incorrectly reported in the Macclesfield local newspaper as 'Lionel', he called himself Lance although he was known as Jimmy during his time at Buxton.

 

Wright Andy

1998-99 Forward

FL   Cups 0(1)0

Debut 8 December 1998 Sub Wrexham (Home) Auto Windscreen Trophy R1

Andy featured regularly on the score sheet as a member of the newly formed reserve side, but only made one appearance for the senior side when he replaced Peter Smith in the Auto Windscreens Shield match in December 1998.  On leaving Macclesfield Andy moved to Merthyr Tydfil.

 

Wright Ben

2009-10 Forward

Wright_Ben 

FL   League 25(14)6      Cups 2(0)0

Debut 8 August 2009 Northampton Town (Away)

Ben began his career at Deeping Rangers in Lincolnshire before moving to Kettering Town in 1998.  He signed for Bristol City in March 1999 for a fee of £30,000+ but only made two appearances there. He had a short loan spell at Woking but was released in December 2000. He then made the move to Norway in search of first team football, playing for Viking, IK Start and Moss FK winning the Norwegian FA Cup, Norwegian First Division and scoring at Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Cup. The summer of 2007 saw Ben returning to the UK when he signed for Lincoln City, where in 75 appearances he scored 18 goals in two seasons, although in the 2008-09 season his chances were limited through injury. Ben signed for the Silkmen in the summer of 2009. Often thought of as a target man, he could hold the ball up well especially when acting as a sole striker, but it was a frustrating season for Ben who only scored two goals in December and four in March. A groin strain towards the end of season kept him out of contention for the final matches and Ben was released in the summer of 2010. Signed for the New Zealand side Richmond Athletics in 2011, moving to Nelson Suburbs in 2012 as player/coach.

 

Wright Paul

1994-95 Forward

Conf   League 4(4)1     Cups 0(2)0

Debut 20 August 1994 Sub Welling United (Home)

Moved to the Moss Rose from Stockport County, Paul usually played in the reserve side, where he made his mark scoring six goals in five matches. His first team appearances were spread throughout the season, with his one goal coming in the penultimate match, a 2-2 draw at Stalybridge Celtic.

Still lives and works in the Manchester area.

Paul Wright

 

Wright Peter

1884-85 to 1886-87 Forward

Wright_Peter

Said to have played for Macclesfield until he moved to the United States of America, although there is no evidence from information available to this effect but it has to be recorded that a significant amount of match information is unavailable. In America he formed Paterson FC in New Jersey and was their captain, remaining at the club until 1874.  Paterson FC are held as the first club in the USA to have played according to the Football Association rules established in London in 1863 and would appear to have been known as the 'True Blues'.

The town of Paterson was important for the production of silk and quickly drew attention from abroad, especially from Macclesfield.  The town was known as 'Silk City' with English-born silk-industry owners predominate in Paterson between 1850 and 1890. 

On his return to England he served Macclesfield well for three seasons and then became a member of Macclesfield FC committee and a representative on the Cheshire County Association, having been an inaugural member of the Association in 1878,  where he was held in high esteem. He was made a Life Member of the Cheshire Football Association in 1928. He also became a referee. Peter died in 1938

   

Wynne WW

1927-28 Outside-right

 

CL     league 26 Apps 3 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 27 August 1927 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

 

Was on the books at Wrexham before playing for Holyhead in the 1926-27 season when he represented the Welsh League side against the Cheshire League side.

He signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1927 and went straight into the team only missing a handful of matches until the middle of February after which he did not appear again. He scored Macclesfield's only goal in the Challenge Cup competition in the 1927-28 season.

   

Wyper  Henry Thomas Hartley

'Tommy'

Wyper_Thomas

1934-35 Outside-right 

CL     League 2 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 1 October 1934 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Home)

Born in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Thomas was an experienced 34 year old player by the time he made a brief stop at Macclesfield having played for many clubs.  His career started at Glencarnock Vale after which he played for The Army, Southport, Motherwell, Southport for a second time, Wallasey United, Burscough Rangers, Accrington Stanley (79 appearances 17 goals), Hull City (fee paid  £500+, 42 appearances 2 goals), Charlton Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Chester (26 appearances 9 goals), Bristol Rovers, Accrington Stanley for a second time (35 appearances 9 goals).

He moved to Macclesfield at the start of the 1934-35 season where he made two senior appearances, scoring a goal in each match and he also appeared for the reserve team. On leaving Macclesfield he played for Crewe Alexandra and Rossendale United.

During his second spell at Accrington he took over the tenancy of Peel Park Hotel, later had a boarding house in Bournemouth and then emigrated to Australia.

   
 

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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