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Dackins Haydn Vernon 'Sammy'

1937-38 and 1938-39 Forward

CL     League 45 Apps 6 Goals    Cups 8 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 18 September 1937 Wigan (Away)

A Welshman born in Pontypridd, initially played for Ton Boys Club before making two senior league appearances for Swansea Town during the 1934-35 season.  He then featured in nine senior league appearances and scored one goal for Port Vale in the 1935-36 season.

Moved to Macclesfield from Northwich Victoria where he had played in the 1936-37 season. Sammy featured regularly in the 1937-38 season and was noted for his 'flying runs'. Filled the inside-right position for much of his time at the Moss Rose but moved to other forward positions as required, including the inside-left position from February to May 1938. His registration was terminated in November 1938 due to disciplinary action, when he moved to Hurst.

During the Second World War he served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers but lost his life on 2 August 1943 at the age of 31 during the Allied invasion of Sicily.  He is buried in the War Cemetery at Catania, Sicily.

Born: 18 July 1912. Died: 2 August 1943.


Da Costa Andre


2012-13 Midfielder

NC     League 0(1)0     Cups 1(0)1

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

Made two substitute appearances for Hayes and Yeading during the 2008-09 season before signing non-contract forms with Poole Town in September 2009, moving on quickly to Dorchester Town (October/November 2009). Signd for Sutton United for the 2009-10 season spending time on loan at Walton & Hersham in January 2010 and then moved to Uxbridge for the 2010-11 season. Played for Nea Salamis Famagusta in Cyprus and, on returning to England, for Dulwich Hamlet where he scored six goals in his first 12 games in a season cut short by injury.

Signed for the Silkmen in the summer of  2012 but was faced with stiff competition for a midfield berth. Spent time on loan at Workington at the start of the season but, on his return, did not even feature as an unused substitute until his debut which came when he was the only senior player when members of the youth team were used to fulfill the second round Cheshire Senior Cup tie.  He made a last minute substitute appearance in the next match at Lincoln City and was an unused substitute for the following two matches.  His contract was cancelled by mutual consent in March 2013.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for St Neots Town and went on to play for several clubs - Bishop's Stortford (2013-14), Kingstonian (Mar 2014) on dual registration forms with Bishop's Stortford, Hendon (2014-17), loan Metropolitan Police (December 2015),  Edgware Town (March 2017), Beaconsfield (summer of 2017) Potters Bar Town (October 2018), Southall and Northwood (2020) leaving them at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Born: 13 May 1991.


Dale C

1907-08, 1910-11 to 1913-14 Inside-left and Left-half


ML     League 5 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals


LC      League 30 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 16 November 1907 Altrincham (Away)


Dale, of Congleton,  first appeared for one match in the 1907-08 at centre-back but did not feature again until the 1910-11 season. He was then in and out of the senior team throughout the rest of his time at the Moss Rose and also played for the reserve team.  He played at inside-left, but as there was strong competition for this position it probably explains the reason for his intermittent appearances, however, during the 1913-14 season he moved from the forward line to defence until Johnson was signed in December 1913.


Dale William

1884-85 and 1885-86

Debut 13 December 1884 Crewe Olympic Cheshire Senior Cup Round 1


Featured from time to time in the senior team and then as a member of Macclesfield's reserve team in the 1886-87 season.

He worked for Lonsdale Adshurst Brewery for 57 years, initially as a traveller and then as a cashier.

After being a member of the Riflemen Volunteers for 21 years he was awarded a long service medal. He was also a useful athlete winning prizes in both the half mile and mile events.

William died in October 1944.


Daley J

1919-20 Outside-left


CL     League 20 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 10 Apps 1 Goal


Debut 30 August 1919 Crichton's Athletic (Home)


Previously with Port Vale, Daley signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1919 and went straight into the side. He featured regularly throughout the season missing few matches, was the team's penalty taker and gained a winners' medal in the Altrincham Cup.


Dalton S

1924-25 Left-back

CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 30 August 1924 Ellesmere Port Town (Home)

Signed from Manchester North End in the summer of 1924 but only appeared in the first three matches of the season.


Dangana Nathan

2015-16 Midfielder

NC     Cups 1(0)0

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


A member of the Community Sports Trust Football Education & Training Academy who was a member of the team in the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup. 17 year-old Nathan, a central midfield player, is technically gifted with a good engine, breaks up play well and is creative when moving forward and has goal scoring ability.

Also featured for the Manchester Central Under-21 team during the 2015-16 season.


Daniel Colin

Colin Daniel

2008-09 to 2011-12 Midfielder

FL   League 108(17)13   Cups 14(0)3

Debut 28 March 2009 Dagenham & Redbridge (Away)

Bought from non-League Eastwood Town by Crewe Alexandra for a fee of £20,000+ in May 2007, the midfielder only made 14 appearances scoring one goal for the Railwaymen before being loaned to the Silkmen for the final eight matches of the 2008-09 season.  

Having been released by Crewe, Colin, who likes to be known as 'Junior', joined the Silkmen on a permanent deal in the summer of 2009. One of the side’s most consistent performers during the 2009-10 campaign, Colin filled the wide left midfield berth scoring three goals, including Macclesfield’s Goal of the Season, a 35 yard stunning strike in the home match against Crewe Alexandra.  Colin continued to feature regularly in the 2010-11 season scoring eight goals, two which came in the 4-2 victory at Gillingham in the penultimate match of the season.

Missing the start of the 2011-12 season following an operation to cure a hernia problem, Colin then featured regularly usually as a midfielder, but because of the side's injury crisis, filled the striker's role from time to time. He scored Macclesfield's last goal during their first stint in the Football League, a brilliant strike, to earn a draw in the home match against Crewe Alexandra.

Colin moved to Mansfield Town for an undisclosed fee in August 2012 (28 appearances, two goals), and then to Port Vale in June 2014. Signed for Blackpool in the summer of 2016 (78 league appearances, eight goals) moving to Peterborough United in the summer of 2018 (20 appearances) and Burton Albion in January 2019. Having been released by Burton Albion at the end of the 2021-21 season signed a one-year deal with Exeter City in August 2021 going on loan to Aldershot Town in March 2022 to the end of the 2021-22 season. Having been released by Exeter City at the end of the 2021-22 season,  signed for Scunthorpe United who were relegated to the National League at the end of the 2021-22. Having been released by Scunthorpe United in the summer of 2023 signed for Worksop Town rivals of Macclesfield FC, both teams competing in the NPL - Premier in the 2023-24 season. Agreed a new contract with Worksop Town for the 2024-25 season.

Born: Nottinghan, 15 February 1988.



1911-12 Right-half


ML     League 1 App 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals


LC      League 13 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 9 September 1911 Stalybridge Celtic (Home)


Featured regularly in the first half of the 1911-12 season including playing in both the Healey Charity Cub matches.  It is assumed that he left the club in January 1912.



1963-64 Right-back

CL    League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 25 April 1964 Bangor City (Away)

Another reserve team player who was given a senior appearance after the Silkmen had clinched the League Title.


Daniels George



1939-40, 1946-47 (Left-half) and 1954-55 Trainer

CL     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 1 November 1954 Stalybridge C (Away) Ashton Floodlight League

Was a player for Macclesfield FC in the war time time when he was the team's penalty taker. (All matches played during WW2 were not classified as competitive matches such that all appearances and goals are not included in official stsatistics). Featured from time to time in the 1946-47 team during the second half of the season after which he retired from playing.

On 1 November 1954, George played in goal against Stalybridge (at Ashton United) in the Ashton Floodlight Competition, as Jack Hacking was stranded in fog.  This was Macclesfield's first experience playing under floodlights with the match finally getting underway at 21.10.  During his playing days he had never filled the goalkeeper's position, however, he had experienced playing under floodlights on the continent in 1938. In the match he kept a clean sheet including saving a penalty which the referee had ordered to be taken a second time.

During WW2 George was a corporal in the RAF and served with the British Liberation Army but before his war service he had been a prominent  darts player in Macclesfield. George was the licensee in Macclesfield at the Fox and Grapes, Pitt Street and then at the Evening Star Inn.


Daniels Nigel

1977-78 Defender

NPL    League 11(0)1    Cups 2(0)0

Debut 20 August 1977 Mossley (Away)

Nigel was well known in local soccer circles having played for Macclesfield British Legion and Knutsford. He got off to a good start scoring on his debut.


Darling Malcolm


1980-81 Midfielder

NPL    League 7(2)1

Debut 31 January 1981 Tamworth (Away)

Born in Arbroath, Scotland, first played for Lucarty Juniors moving to Blackburn Rovers in October 1964 where he established himself as a regular in the senior team (115 league appearances, 14 goals).  On leaving Blackburn signed for Norwich City in May 1970 (16 appearances) before moving to Rochdale in October 1971 ( 82 appearances, four goals), Bolton Wanderers in September 1973 (six appearances, two goals), Chesterfield in August 1974 (100 appearances, four goals) spending time on loan at Stockport County from March 1977 (11 appearances) before moving to Sheffield Wednesday in August 1977 (one appearance, one goal), Hartlepool United in September 1977 (two appearances, two goals). In October 1977 signed for Morecambe moving briefly to Bury in March 1978 (one appearance, one goal) before returning to Morecambe in April 1978 where he was briefly caretaker manager from November 1979 and was released in April 1980. Played from May 1979 in the USA for California Sunshire returning to briefly play for Lancaster and Workington at the start of the 1980-81 season being released in January 1981.

It was at this time he signed for Macclesfield Town spending a short time with the Silkmen making nine appearances, scoring one goal.

Joined Darwen on leaving Macclesfield following his last match on 28 March 1981 where he may have been assistant manager. He became player/manager at Darwen in May 1983 resigning in August 1983 after which he was manager at Great Harwood Town.

Last heard of in October 2012 when he was the steward at Pleasington Golf Club.

Thanks go to Barry Hugman (football statistician), Lawrence Bland (Morecambe FC) and Mark Bettany for their input for this profile


Darlington George

1954-55 Utility

CL     League 9 Apps 0 Goals   Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 25 August 1954 Buxton (Away)

George started his football career on the books of Everton.  He then played at Runcorn for two seasons before moving to Chester where he was a member of their reserve side, and signed for the Silkmen in the summer of 1954.  Most of his appearances came towards the end of the season and was generally used when Cyril Davies was either unavailable or was playing in a different position.


Davenport Carl


1965-66 and 1966-67 Forward

CL   League 44(1)38    Cups 19(0)20

Debut 21 Aug 1965 Buxton (Home)

A native of Farnworth, near Bolton, Carl was on the books of Bolton Wanderers and then Preston North End initially as an apprentice gaining his first professional contract in May 1962 but did  not make any senior league appearances for either club. Signed for Stockport County in March 1963 (16 appearances, three goals) and then Wigan Athletic where he scored 48 goals in his last season with them.

Signed by Macclesfield in the summer of 1965 he was a prolific scorer: Carl scored on his debut and was top-scorer with 46 goals in all competitions in the 1965-66 Season.  He also scored seven hat-tricks during his time at the Moss Rose. Whilst at Macclesfield he ran his own tailoring business in Bolton.

On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Ireland where he appeared for Cork Celtic (1967-68), Cork Hibernians (1968-71), Cork Celtic for a second time (1971-72), Limerick (1972), St Patrick's Athletic (1973) and Cork Celtic for a third time (1974)

Was capped twice for the League of Ireland Representative XI. He was given a testimonial match in 2003 when Bolton Wanderers played a Cork All Stars XI.

Presented with the Cork AUL Soccer Legends award for 2023.

Appeared on BBC2 show 'Love in the Countryside' in September 2019 at the age of 75.

Published his autobiography The Dav: Anecdotes and Stories from Inside & Outside the Box.

In 2024 was awarded the Freedom of Cork.

Born: 30 May 1944.


Davenport Gerald


1957-58 Goalkeeper

CL  League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 26 December 1957 Stalybridge Celtic (Away)


With current first choice 'keeper Yoxall injured and reserve team 'keeper Greenall unavailable following the death of his father, amateur 'keeper Davenport took over the gloves for the Silkmen's worst defeat of the whole season when Stalybridge scored eight goals without reply.


Davenport Peter

Peter Davenport

1996-97 to 1999-2000 Forward

Manager - Matches 49, Won 13, Drawn 13, Lost 23, %Win 26.53

Conf    League 13(2)6   Cups 7(0)2

Debut 1 February 1997 Sub Hayes (Away)

FL        League  2(3)1    Cups 0(1)0

Debut 28 December 1997 Rochdale (Home)

It was when Peter was playing for Cammell Laird that scouts from Nottingham Forest spotted his ability. Forest offered Cammell Laird a brand new football kit if they could sign Peter, to which they reluctantly agreed. Peter joined Nottingham Forest in January 1982 (118 appearances, 54 goals), and was their leading scorer in both 1983-84 and 1984-85. Whilst at Forest Peter was capped for his one and only senior international appearance for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland on 26 March 1985. He was signed by Manchester United in March 1986 for a fee of  £750,000. He made 92 league appearances and scored 22 goals during his two years at United, with 14 of his league goals coming in the 1987-88 season when he was top-scorer with 16 goals in all competitions.  He moved to Middlesbrough in November 1988 (59 appearances, seven goals) signing for Sunderland in July 1990 (99 appearances, 15 goals).  Leaving the old Football League, Peter spent some time in Scotland playing for Airdrieonians in 1993-94 and St Johnstone in 1994-95. He then spent a short time at Stockport County in 1995 (six appearances, one goal) before signing for Southport in the same year where he had a short time as caretaker manager.

Peter signed for Macclesfield during the 1996-97 season and played his part in the Silkmen's Conference Championship season,  and gained a winners' medal in the Staffordshire Senior Cup. He scored his 100th League goal in the final match of the 1997-98 Football League campaign at Exeter City, also gaining a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1998. 

Peter was appointed first team coach the following season, moving up to the assistant manager’s position in March 1999.   He was appointed manager on the departure of Sammy McIlroy in January 2000, but Peter never really enjoyed outright success (the team completed the 1999-2000 season in 13th position) and when he was asked to work alongside the Director of Football, he decided that he could not agree to this request and left the club in December 2000. 

Since then he has furthered his managerial career at League of Wales sides Bangor City (2001-05) and Colwyn Bay (2006-07), then returned to Southport (2007-08) and finally as assistant manager at Bradford Park Avenue for a short period in 2010.

In 2010 Peter auctioned his collection of paintings raising a total of £13350 to fund a new interest in railway posters. Peter has a Sports Science degree, has been a primary school classroom assistant, now works as a school cover supervisor and coaches rugby at his son’s school.

Born: 24 March 1961.



1919-20 Inside-left


CL    Cups 1 App 2 Goals


Debut  13 March 1920 Northwich Victoria (Home) Subsidiary Competition


Made just one appearance during a season when numerous players were given a one match trial and not signed by the club.  The difference here is that this player scored two goals in the 3-1 victory and was not called upon again.


Davidson Alexander Lauder


1907-08 Centre-forward

ML     League 10 Apps 9 Goals

Debut 14 March 1908 Sale Holmfield (Away)

A very experienced and well travelled player who had featured for very many teams before making the move to the Macclesfield. A Scotsman born at Armadale his career started at Third Lanark (May 1899), then moving to  Glossop (November 1899, 13 league appearances, one goal), Manchester City (March 1900, seven league appearances, one goal) for a fee of almost £300, Reading (May 1901, 26 league appearances, 11 goals), West Ham United (December 1902, nine appearances, two goals), Luton Town (February 1903), Fulham (August 1903), New Brompton (October 1903), Kilmarnock (January 1904), Southall (July 1904), Stockport County (March 1905), Atherton Church House (September 1905), Wigan Town (January 1906), Bolton Wanderers Reserves (July 1906),  Colne (November 1906), Nelson (December 1906), Clyde (February 1907), Leyton (August 1907), Brynn Central (November 1907), and Gainsborough Trinity (November 1907).

He was with Macclesfield for the final 10 matches of the 1907-08 season when he was only on the losing side for two matches, the team finishing the season in excellent form.  He scored on his debut and in each of his first five matches.

In line with his previous career his stay at Macclesfield was short continuing his nomadic experience going on to play for several clubs; Lancaster (July 1908), Denton (February 1909), Bangor City (April 1909), Prescot Wire Works (August 1909), Garston Gas Works (October 1909), Skelmersdale United (November 1909), Aberdare (January 1910) and Mardy (March 1910) where it would appear that he ended his playing career.

Born: 21 September 1878. Died: Bolton, 5 October 1929.


Davidson Charles Alfred 'Alf'

1932-33 Outside-left

CL     League 10 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 2 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 27 August 1932 Hyde United (Home)

Started his career at Kirkdale FC before moving to New Brighton (August 1928), Southport (September 1931, seven appearances in all competitions scoring one goal) and Blundellsands (March 1932).

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1932 and played in early season matches but lost his place at the beginning of October when Simms was signed, however, he made two further appearances later in the season.

Born: 10 October 1904. Died: Ormskirk, 26 November 1978.



1912-13 Left-half


LC     League 25 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 2 November 1912 Stalybridge Celtic (Home)


With Macclesfield for one season, initially filling the left-half position in the reserve team but after five different players had been tried out in the senior team at left-half was promoted at the beginning of November and was ever-present from then until the end of the season. Match reports stated that his positioning was good, he was quick on the ball and smart in tackling opponents.



1930-31 Outside-right


CL     League 5 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 27 September 1930 Manchester North End (Home)


Given a five match trial when he took the place of J Crawford who regained his position shortly after. Had previously been on the books of Bristol Rovers, Wrexham and Bangor and had represented Wales at junior level.



1930-31 Right-back


CL     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 25 April 1931 Whitchurch (Away)


Given a one match end-of-season trial in the penultimate match.


Davies Alf


1927-28 Utility

CL     League 8 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 27 August 1927 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

Started his career at Alderley and then played for the following clubs - Hurst (1913-16, 63 appearances and one goal), Manchester United, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers (1919-20, eight appearances and one goal), Bury (1921-22, three appearances) returning to Hurst (1922-27, 216 appearances, 24 goals).

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1927 making his debut in the first match of the new season scoring the only goal in the 1-0 victory. His last match for Macclesfield was ironically at Hurst on 22 October 1927 when he scored the third goal in the 3-4 defeat.

Ran a successful electrical contracting business.

Born: 1889. Died 5 March 1954.

(Note: thanks go to JGS of Ashton United for the career path details and photograph.)


Davies Colin Frank

Davies Colin F

1961-62 and 1962-63 Utility/Forward

CL    League 65 Apps 20 Goals   Cups 12 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 19 August 1961 Buxton (Home)

A native of Shrewsbury, however, his wife, who hailed from Stoke persuaded him to move to the Potteries when, after demobilisation, he joined Stoke City where he scored five goals in his first Central League match. He failed to reach the first team and after time at Flint Town and Witton Albion (August 1958, one appearance) moved to Port Vale in June 1959 (13 appearances) where he played at half-back. Then moved to Stourbridge where he played as a defender.

Signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1961 he was initially deployed in the forward line.

On leaving Macclesfield joined Ashton United in September 1963 where he played at half-back throughout his single season scoring nine goals in 36 appearances.

He was employed as an electrical engineer by an office equipment firm.

Born: 12 April 1936.


Davies Cyril

1946-47 to 1959-60 Defender/Outside-left


CL   League 366 Apps 70 Goals    Cups 64 Apps 16 Goals

Debut 31 August 1946 Buxton (Home)

A local lad and son of a former Macclesfield player, Cyril initially played for Northampton reserves. During the Second World War he served in the RAF and played for teams around Rugby during 1944-45. On his transfer to Cheadle, Staffordshire he was captain of the unit's team in the Longton League. Cyril had the honour of being chosen for a Combined Services team who played against Czechoslovakia.

During his time with the Silkmen Cyril was described as a cool, resourceful and clever player. He signed for Macclesfield in 1946 and was a defender for his first four seasons playing at left-half although he was the side's right-half in 1947-48.  On the arrival of Walter Shepherd he moved to the outside-left position replacing Ken Speak, a position which he made his own.

A regular in the team for much of his playing time, he was virtually ever-present from 1946 to 1950 and was ever-present in 1952-53 when the side were Champions of the Cheshire League.  He gained a Challenge Cup winners' medal in 1948 and three winners' medals in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1951, 1952 and 1954. He notched up his 400th appearance in February 1955 when he was made captain for the day. On 23 April 1951 a joint Testimonial match for Cyril and William Bardsley was held when Bury were the visitors, from which they each received £150.

When he retired from playing he became the team’s coach having passed the FA’s preliminary examination, however, Cyril was called out of retirement when he played in his last match for the Silkmen on 21 November 1959 at Mossley.


Davies Ernest



1938-39 Defender

CL   League 28 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 17 September 1938 Moulton Verdin (Home) FA Cup Preliminary Round replay

Previously with Nantwich, at the Moss Rose he was  a versatile defender who spent most of his time as a central defender, although in the latter part of the 1938-39 season he played in the left-back position. Also played in the 1939-40 war-time Macclesfield team.

Represented a Combined Services XI aginst a Rugby & District XI in a Charity match for the Bilton Hospital, where wounded servicemen were having treatment, in October 1944.


Davies Glyn


1934-35 Outside-left

CL    League 34 Apps 10 Goals    Cups 6 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 28 August 1934 Buxton (Away)

In his schooldays Glyn played for the County School of Flint.  On leaving school he spent half a season with Rhyl Athletic before signing for Liverpool Marine where he remained for two seasons. He then moved to Prescot Cables before signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1934.

Glyn had gained several honours before arriving at the Moss Rose,  these included two schoolboy medals, he had represented North Wales Amateurs, held two Lancashire Amateur Cup winners' medals, two Flintshire Champions medals and a Runcorn Amateur Cup Winners' medal. 

His sole season with the Silkmen was his first as a professional footballer when he put his speed, ability to centre and good ball control to good effect, also scoring his fair share of goals. He was a member of the side which won the Cheshire Senior Cup

On leaving the Moss Rose he signed for Hyde United and subsequently Altrincham and Buxton (1937)


Davies James


Debut - unknown due to missing match information


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


Davies Mick


NPL   League 6(0)0

Debut 26 January 1974 Bradford Park Avenue (Away)

A member of the Macclesfield reserve side


Davies Simon Ithel

Simon Davies

1998-99 and 1999-00 Midfielder

FL    League 39(9)3   Cups 6(0)1

Debut 18 December 1998 Bristol Rovers (Away)

Simon started his career with Manchester United, progressing through the youth team to the senior ranks signing his first professional contract in July 1992 (11 appearances) gaining Premier League and European experience, and representing Wales on one occasion and at under-21 level on six occasions. Whilst at United he had two loan spells the first from December 1993 at Exeter City (six appearances, one goal) and from October 1996 at Huddersfield Town (three appearances).  He then moved to Luton Town in August 1997 for a fee of £150,000 (12 appearances, one goal). 

Signed for Macclesfield Town in late 1998, he played on the left wing where he displayed skill and strength, but despite his pedigree Simon lacked consistency in his overall performance but, amazingly, scored his first goal for the Silkmen on his return to Luton Town. Gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 2000.

Simon moved to Rochdale in August 2000 (12 appearances, one goal) before moving to League of Wales Clubs Bangor City, Total Network Solutions and  Rhyl. Signed as a player for Chester City in 2006 moving to Airbus UK in 2007. Simon then joined the coaching staff of Chester City and took over as manager on the departure of Bobby Williamson until November 2008. Shortly after he returned to Chester as youth team manager.

Moved to Manchester City where he was responsible for the Under 16s team before being promoted in 2013 to the Under 21s team where he assisted Patrick Vieira until May 2015 when Vieira moved to New York, Simon was then appointed Head of the Elite Development Squad. With the appointment of former Macclesfield player Paul Harsley as Head of the EDS Squad, Simon was appointed Head of Coaching U13s to U23s in June 2018. His Manchester City connection gained him a move to join Vincent Kompany's management team at RSC Anderlecht for the 2019-20 season. With results not going Kompany's way he delegated match day coaching duties to Davies but it later was revealed that Kompany had to stand down as he did not meet the Belgium Football Association's requirement to hold a PRO Licence but they did not accept Davies as the replacement with PRO Licence holder Frank Vercauteren appointed coach with Davies reverting to his role as assistant coach in October 2019.

Left Anderlecht in February 2020 for personal reasons and was certainly back in the UK in May 2021 when he attended a Nantwich Town Saturday Morning Community Football Session. Appointed Head of Coaching Methodology in the Academy at Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2022 and was promoted to Academy Director in the summer of 2023.

Also takes part in the delivery of the UEFA Pro A and B License courses for the Football Associations of Wales and Northern Ireland.

Born: Winsford, 23 April 1974.


Davies T

1919-20 Inside-right

CL     League 7 Apps 4 Goals      Cups 3 Apps 1 Goal


Debut 30 August 1919 Crighton's Athletic (Home)


Signed from Port Vale, Davies appeared fairly regularly until the end of November. He scored on his debut and also scored two goals in the 4-2 home win against Nantwich in November 1919.


Davies Thomas Joseph

1925-26 Defender


CL     League 23 Apps 2 Goals     Cups 5 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 29 August 1925 Chester (Away)


Previously with Port Vale he signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1925 going straight into the senior side where he played regularly at centre-half until December. He then missed several matches probably  because he had not fully recovered from an injury sustained at the end of November.  He initially returned for the second round Cheshire Senior Cup match in February but did not return permanently until the end of March and then at right-half, remaining there until the end of the season.


Dawson Jason


1991-92 Forward

Conf    League 5(11)1   Cups 4(1)2

Debut 17 August 1991 Sub Colchester United (Away)

Previously with Port Vale's YTS scheme, Jason was signed by Rochdale in the July 1989 (55 appearances, seven goals). 

In the summer of 1991, at the age of 22, he moved to Macclesfield on a free transfer but was unable to establish himself in the starting line-up with most of his appearances coming from the substitutes' bench. At the time of his move to Macclesfield he started work as a coalman.

After a single season at the Moss Rose he initially signed for Leek Town but after only a short time moved to Stafford Rangers in 1992.


Deakin George

1937-38 Outside-left

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 5 February 1938 Stockport County  Reserves (Home)

A Welsh amateur international who played for Caergwrle Town before signing for Macclesfield in February 1938. He made only one senior appearance despite being described as a speedy and confident player. Also with Chester from March 1938.



1937-38 Forward

CL     League 2 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 5 March 1938 Witton Albion (Away)

A amateur player from Stockport who only featured twice, with his goal coming in the 3-4 defeat at Congleton in April 1938.



Dean F



#ML     League 5 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 11 October 1902 Broadheath (Away)


A member of Macclesfield's reserve team who made three senior appearances at right-back  during October and November 1902, and two appearances at outside-left in March 1903.


Dean G

1892-93 Centre-half


#TC     League 3 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 24 September 1892 Gorton Villa (Away)


There is no information recorded about this player who only featured in early season matches.


Dean T

1888-89 Forward

Debut 22 September 1888 Davenham (Home)


There is little information recorded for this player who featured in Macclesfield FC's pre-league days. Represented Cheshire in a County match played on 3 November 1888 against Derbyshire. It would appear that he moved to Northwich Victoria for the 1889-90 season.


Dearden A


Debut 4 January 1887 The Vale of Leven (Home)


In the report for the home match against The Vale of Leven on 4 January 1887 it states that Dearden came from Lancashire to help the team.  Other than that statement there is no other information recorded about this player.


Deasy Timothy 'Tim'

Tim Deasy

2005-06 Goalkeeper

FL    League 2(1)0

Debut 31 December 2005 Sub Chester City (Home)

After progressing through the Macclesfield youth ranks, Tim was given his first professional contract in the summer of 2005.  He only made three senior appearances, the first when replacing the injured Alan Fettis in the home match against Chester City when he kept a clean sheet, and the second in the unbelievable 5–4 victory at Wycombe Wanderers. 

Tim was released in the summer of 2006 when he moved to Stockport County. Subsequently he has played for Barrow, Gateshead and Bradford Park Avenue leaving them in April 2013. Tim then embarked on a series of moves back and forward between Northwich Victoria and Altrincham. He signed for Northwich Victoria for the 2013-14 season but moved to Altrincham in February 2014.  Having made no appearances at Altrincham he returned to Northwich Victoria for the 2014-15 season, yet again returning to Altrincham in the summer of 2015. Tim was unexpectedly released by newly appointed Altrincham manager, Neil Young, in the summer of 2016 despite winning the Supporters' and Players' Player of the Season awards for the 2015-16 season. Joined Guiseley for the 2016-17 season but following Young's resignation rejoined Altrincham at the beginning of September 2016.

Having helped Altrincham to become champions of the Evo-Stik NPL Premier League in the 2017-18 season, at the age of 32, Tim decided to end his playing career.

Born: Salford, 1 October 1985.



1957-58 Forward

CL  League 6 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 19 October 1957 Bangor City (Home)

An amateur player who scored six goals on his debut for the reserves.  Although he scored two goals in his short time in the senior side, he faced competition from top scorers Clowes, Leaver and Scruton, and made the last of his appearances in December 1957.


Deen Ahmed Nuru

Ahmed Deen

2008-09 Defender

FL    League 19(9)0   Cups 3(1)0

Debut 9 August 2008 Shrewsbury Town (Away)

Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Ahmed started his career as a trainee at Leicester City moving to Peterborough United in August 2004 (five appearances) spending time on loan at AFC Hornchurch (November 2004 - May 2005). He then played for a number of non-league teams: Aldershot Town (August 2005 - July 2006), Fisher Athletic (July 2006 - February 2007), St Albans City (February 2007 - July 2008) spending time on loan at Bishop's Stortford (November 2007 - May 2008) returning to St Albans City at the end of the loan.

Signing for Macclesfield Town in August 2008, the left-back was in and out of the side, although he had an extended run towards the end of the season. 

He was released at the end of the 2008-09 season signing for Barnet in August 2009 (16 appearances, one goal) and has since played for Hayes & Yeading United (August 2010 - February 2011, 14 appearances, one goal), Dulwich Hamlet (February 2011 - October 2011, 10 appearances), Cambridge City (October 2011 - December 2011), Thurrock (December 2011 - August 2012, 19 appearances, two goals) returning to Dulwich Hamlet (August 2012 - December 2014, 63 appearances, one goal). He left Dulwich Hamlet in December 2014 when he signed for Aveley but retained his interest in Dulwich Hamlet working in their Football in the Community section. In 2016 joined Kent Football United as a player/coach,  in 2017 became a member of the Weston Football Academy and in 2019 signed for FC Elmstead making his last appearances for the club appear to have been during the curtailed 2020-21 season. Having made no appearances during the 2021-22 season, it is assumed that he has retired from playing but there has been no official announcement from either the club or player to this effect.

Has represented Sierra Leone on 10 occasions, including their unsuccessful 2010 World Cup qualification.

Born: Freetown, Sierra Leone, 30 June 1985.


Del-Rio Kai


2017-18 Forward

NL     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 7 November 2017, 1874 Northwich (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup Preliminary Round

Joined the newly formed Macclesfield Town Under 21 Development team at the start of the 2017-18 season. Appeared in the only Cheshire Senior Cup match of the season when members of the Development team were used to fulfill this tie.

Signed for Wythenshawe Amateurs in March 2019.



Delves W



1927-28 and 1928-29 Full-back

CL     League 45 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 8 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 5 November 1927 Stockport County Reserves (Home)

Previously with Sandbach Ramblers, he took over the right-back position from W Brown, retaining the position for the remainder of the season with the exception of a few matches which he missed through injury. Whilst commencing the 1928-29 season at right-back, his place was taken by S Cheetham, but he returned to the side for the second half of the season filling the left-back position. His sole goal for the Silkmen came in the 4-2 home victory against Northwich Victoria in December 1928. Despite the number of appearances made, he was described as the team's 'reserve'.

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Runcorn for the 1929-30 season.


Demetriou Stelios


2018-19 Defender

FL     League 1(1)0     Cups 0(0)0

Debut 23 February 2019 sub Crawley Town (Away)

Although born in London, Stelios is of Cypriot descent and has spent much of his career in Cyprus. He started in the youth section at Apollon Limassol before signing his first professional contract with Nikos & Sokratis Erimis (July 2009-July 2010, 23 League appearances) then moved to Aktritas Chlorakes (July 2010-July 2011, 23 League appearances), and Apollon Limassol (July 2011-July 2012) spending time on loan at Ermis Aradippou (January – July 2012).

His next club was in Bulgaria where he signed for Lokomotiv Plovdiv (July 2012 – January 2013, 11 League appearances) but was released and was without a club until July 2013 when he returned to Ermis Aradippou in Cyprus (July 2013 – February 2015, 37 League appearances), where he was a member of the victorious side in the Cypriot Super Cup in 2014. Remaining in Cyprus he signed for Akropolis IF (February 2015 – August 2015, five league appearances) and the moved to Doxa Katokopias (August 2015 – January 2017, 46 League appearances).

Leaving Cyprus he signed for Scottish club St Mirren (January 2017 – July 2018, 35 League appearances) moving to Ross County in July 2018 (nine League appearances) but was released by them in January 2019.

Signed for Macclesfield town in the January 2019 transfer window. One of several signings with few opportunities to break into the team although he did incur an injury which he was still recovering from at the end of the season.

Having been released by Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2019 signed for Haringey Borough joining Bradford Park Avenue on a dual registration basis in January 2020. Returned to Cyprus signing for First Division club Emis Aradippou, one of his former clubs, in the summer of 2020. Signed for Nea Salamis Famagusta in the summer of 2021 who had suffered the same fate as his previous club when they were relegated from the Cypriot First Division at the end of the 2020-21 season. In the summer of 2022 signed for Greek second tier side PAE Niki Volou on a two-year deal. However, moved back to Cyprus in the summer of 2023 signing for 2nd Tier side Enosis Neon Paralimni (known as ENP FC) who were relegated from the Cypriot First Division at the end of the 2022-23 season.

At international level has made nine appearances for Cyprus Under 21 side and to date a single appearance for the senior side.

Born: 4 October 1990.


Dempsey Mark James

Mark Dempsey

1991-92 to 1993-94 Midfielder

Conf    League 50(4)2   Cups 24(1)0

Debut 17 August 1991 Colchester United (Away)

Mark commenced his career as an apprentice at Manchester United where he made one senior league appearance having signed his first professional contract with United in 1982.  Whilst at United he spent a short spell on loan at Swindon Town in December 1985 where he made five appearances. He moved to Sheffield United in August 1986 making 63 league appearances and scoring nine goals. In  September 1988 he was on loan at Chesterfield making three appearances. He signed for Rotherham United in October 1988 making 75 league appearances scoring seven goals.

Moved to Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1991. An enthusiastic player, Mark played his part in the Silkmen’s FA Trophy run in 1991-92 and gained a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal in 1992.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Buxton in November 1993.  Subsequently played for Altrincham, Buxton, for a second time, Frickley Athletic, Gainsborough Trinity, Maltby Main, Alfreton Town and Radcliffe Borough.

On retiring from playing Mark took up a post as a youth coach at Manchester United before moving to Norway in February 2009 taking a post in youth development with Tromso IL. He moved to Molde in November 2010 as part of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's backroom staff. On Solskjaer's appointment as manager at Cardiff City in January 2014 Mark followed him there again as a member of the back-room staff. In 2016 was appointed manager at FK Haugesund but resigned in July 2016 moving to top-flight Swedish team Djurgarden as manager in August 2016.  In December 2016 he returned to Molde as assistant manager and was appointed manager at Start in December 2017 but after a poor set of results was dismissed in May 2018.  Appointed manager of Norwegian Second Tier club Kongsvinger in June 2018 but had to leave them for health reasons. Joined up again with Solskjaer, when he was appointed interim manager at Manchester United, in December 2018 as a member of the coaching staff. In December 2020 moved to a role in Manchester United's Academy where his role was to assist the older players in their transition to the first team. In June 2022 Manchester United announced that in addition to his role as senior Academy coach, Mark would also be responsible for the Under 23s for the 2022-23 season. In October 2022 Manchester United announced that Mark had been appointed Under 21 Lead Coach. Appointed Senior Academy Coach at Mancheter United at the end of the 2022-23 season.

Born: 14 January 1964.


Dennis Kristian

Kristian Dennis

2007-08 to 2009-10 and 2015-16 Forward

FL   League 32(11)23  Cups 7(1)7

Debut 1 January 2008 Sub Rotherham U (Away)

Kristian featured regularly on the Youth team score sheet and made his senior debut from the substitutes’ bench in the 80th minute on New Year’s Day 2008. He signed his first professional contract with the club in the summer of 2008 but never established himself in the senior side with all his appearances coming from the substitutes’ bench. He scored his sole senior, and winning, goal in the home win against Barnet in April 2009. He was released in the summer of 2010 subsequently playing for Woodley Sports, Mossley and Curzon Ashton. Having scored 46 goals for Curzon Ashton during the 2012-13 season he moved to Stockport County for the 2013-14 season.

Returned to Macclesfield in the summer of 2015 on a season long loan from Stockport County. Kristian quickly established himself as a prolific goalscorer reaching a tally of 24 goals in all competitions by the end of December 2015. In November he was named Vanarama Player of the Month having scored in every match, his eight goals including a hat-trick in the 5-2 win at Woking in the Vanarama National League match. Unfortunately he suffered a loss of form in the second half of the season coupled with an ankle problem he only managed to score a further five goals.  Nevertheless he completed the season as top scorer with 29 goals in all competitions, the highest number of goals scored by a single player since Steve Burr's 35 goals in the 1987-88 season. Kristian returned to Stockport County at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Having come to the end of his contract with Stockport, as a free agent signed for Football League side Chesterfield in the summer of 2016 moving to Notts County for a substantial undisclosed fee in May 2018. On the last day of the January 2019 transfer window signed a loan deal with Grimsby Town returning to Notts County in May 2019. Signed for Scottish club St Mirren in the summer of 2020 moving to Carlisle United in January 2022 on an 18-month contract. Signed a two-year deal with Tranmere Rovers (EFL2) in the summer of 2023.

Born: Manchester, 12 March 1990.


Dennis William 'Billy'

1930-31 Left-back

CL     League 37 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 8 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 30 August 1930 Nantwich (Home)


Initially played for Ashton PSA and Denton before joining the 3rd Battalion Cheshire Regiment based at Birkenhead during World War One, during which time he featured for Birkenhead Comets, Linfield and Tranmere Rovers. After the war he signed for Stalybridge Celtic in 1919 but moved to Blackburn Rovers shortly after. It failed to work for him at Ewood Park, and he returned to Stalybridge in February 1920 where he featured regularly for the senior side until he was signed by Manchester United  in May 1923.  He was unable to establish himself in United's league side making only three appearances and moved to Chesterfield in 1924, where he remained until 1928 making 166 league appearances and scored 6 goals. He then moved to Wigan Borough where his second season was a difficult one at a time when the club found themselves in extreme financial circumstances.

Billy signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1930 when he filled the left-back position throughout the season, only missing a handful of matches through injury, making the second highest number of appearances in all competitions.

He played for Hurst from 1931 to 1933, and at the age of 37 joined his hometown club  Mossley as trainer where he completed his football career.

Reported to be a professional cricketer in the Lancashire League and then Stalybridge. Selected to play for Cheshire against Lancashire Seconds in a Minor Counties match in June 1930 when he was one of the bowlers taking five wickets for 46 runs in Lancashires' only innnings but finished on the losing side when Cheshire had to follow on. Also played for Cheshire in a three day match against the West Indies on 30 June, 2 and 3 July 1923 when he took five wickets across the two innings.

Born: 21 September 1896. Died 1952.


Dennison Harold 'Harry'


1928-29 Forward

CL     League 19 Apps 7 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 17 November 1928 Mossley (Home)

By the time Dennison signed for Macclesfield in November 1928 he had reached the veteran stage of his career which had taken him to Blackburn Grammar School, Blackburn Trinity, Blackburn Rovers where he was the youngest ever player for the Rovers first team when he made his debut in the home first Division fixture against Bristol City on 8 April 1911 at the age of 16 years and 165 days, returned as a war time guest to Blackburn Trinity, then Rochdale, Wigan Borough, Stalybridge Celtic, Stockport County, and Hurst.

He played fairly regularly  for the Silkmen throughout the remainder of the 1928-29 season at either centre-forward or inside-left. He scored a brace of goals on two occasions: the first in the 6-2 home win against Crewe Alexandra Reserves, and the second in the 4-2 home win against Northwich Victoria, both matches in December 1928.

On leaving the Moss Rose he played for Barnoldswick Town and then Lytham finishing his career back at Stalybridge Celtic.

Born: 4 November 1894. Died 16 December 1947.


Derbyshire Phil

Phil Derbyshire

1988-89 and 1989-90 Midfielder/forward

Conf    League 41(6)17   Cups 14(1)2

24 August 1988 Boston United (Away)

Originally with Manchester City Juniors, Phil then played for Stalybridge Celtic as a teenager before signing for Amateur League side Avro. Signed for Mossley in February 1981 remaining with them until May 1983 making 124 appearances scoring 35 goals.  Whilst there he was selected to play for the Northern Premier League Representative team, the FA XI Representative team and earned two caps with the England semi-pro team (now styled England C). Signed for Altrincham in the summer of 1983 and moved to Stafford Rangers in the summer of 1985 where he was the leading scorer in the 1987-88 season.

Signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1988  for a fee of £6000.  Always an attacking player, Phil featured regularly in his first season and was often on the score sheet but opportunities were limited during his second season.

On leaving Macclesfield Phil retired from playing football.

In 2010 Phil played in the Manchester City Football Aid match.


Devine Mark Michael


1970-71 and 1973-74 Forward

NPL    League 14(3)0   Cups 9(2)2

Debut 26 January 1971 Chorley (Away) NW Floodlit League

Having signed initially for the reserves, Mark had two spells with the Silkmen, with a short spell at Stalybridge in between. He moved to Northwich Victoria in 1974 (45 appearances, 10 goals) then Witton Albion (August 1975 to August 1977, 101 appearances, 16 goals) and New Mills.


Devlin William Alexander

1928-29 and 1931-32  Forward

CL     League 23 Apps 18 Goals     Cups 3 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 10 November 1928 Hurst (Away)


A Scotsman by birth, William played for Vale of Clyde, Clyde (April 1921), on loan at King's Park and Cowdenbeath (September 1922) before moving to Huddersfield Town for the 1926-27 season (fee £4,200) where he made 34 senior league appearances scoring 14 goals.  He then joined Liverpool (19 league appearances and 15 goals) moving to Heart of Midlothian in December 1927.

Signed for Macclesfield in November 1928, he featured in the majority of the matches moving between centre-forward, Inside-right and inside-left regularly appearing on the score sheet in all three positions, completing the season as second-top scorer to Harold Kelly.  As well as scoring on his debut he netted a brace of goals in three matches.

On leaving Macclesfield he returned to Cowdenbeath (June 1929) then played for Mansfield Town (June 1930), Burton Town (March 1931) and Shelbourne (June 1931)

William re-signed at Macclesfield for the 1931-32 season when he featured in two FA Cup matches scoring the winning goal in the second qualifying round replay.

On leaving the Silkmen for the second time he moved to Bangor City (August 1932), Olympique Marseille (October 1932), Boston United (August 1933) and Ashton National  (August 1934). Returned to Olympique Marseille in August 1935 and then signed for FC Zurich in 1936.

Born: 30 July 1899. Died: 23 July 1972.


Diagne Anthony 'Tony'

2010-11 to 2012-13 and 2015-16 Defender


FL     League 59(2)4      Cups 7(0)1

NC     League 32(16)2     Cups 8(0)1

Debut   1 February 2011 Sub Bury (Home)

Tony had come through the ranks at Nottingham Forest and was almost ever-present in the club’s FA Premier Academy in 2008-90 before graduating to their second string side where he played alongside former Silkmen, Emile Sinclair and Hamza Bencherif.  Moved to France in the autumn of 2010 to play for Parisian side FC Municipal d'Aubervilliers.

Wanting to return to play football in England Tony paid his own air fare for a trial with Macclesfield Town and was signed in January 2011 initially as cover for players recovering from surgery, however Tony quickly established himself in the senior side and was was almost ever-present in the starting line-up in the second half of the 2010-11 season, showing his versatility playing at left-back, as a central defender and in the 2011-12 season, when he featured in more matches than any other player, as a left-sided midfielder.

For Tony the 2012-13 season  proved to be a complete contrast to his previous experience at Macclesfield. Steve King, in the main, preferred to use players who he had signed during the summer.  It may well be that Tony did not fit into King's fast attacking style of football with the result that the only run of starts he enjoyed came the end of October and through November when Nat Brown and Kieran Charnock were injured. He scored the opening goal in the first round victory in the FA Cup at Swindon.

In March 2013 Tony moved on loan until the end of the season to Lincoln City where former Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson had been appointed manager.

Having been offered a new contract by Macclesfield, Tony elected to move to Morecambe in July 2013 where he made 27 appearances, scoring one goal moving to Lincoln City in the summer of 2014.

Signed a year-long loan deal with Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2015. Played at left-back for the opening matches of the season but reverted to his accustomed centre back role in the middle of September (following the signing of David Fitzpatrick) where he looked more comfortable. In December he suffered a back problem after which he was used sparingly but lost his place on the signing of John McCombe at the beginning of March 2016. Tony returned to Lincoln City at the end of the 2015-16 season but left them in the summer of 2016 to sign for Hemel Hempstead Town, moving to Barrow in September 2017 where he was released at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Returned home to France when he signed for AC Boulogne-Billancourt in September 2018 stating that his time in England had built him as a man. Looking to a post-football career, spent from March to October 2019 as a PMR agent for GEIQ AERO in France who provide training courses for airport ground handling staff. Associated with the On Fire Sports Agency as a scout and player liaison.

Born: 7 September 1990.



1946-47 and 1950-51 Forward


CL   League 4 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 30 November 1946 Witton Albion (Away)


One of many players given a short trial of two matches as a defender in Macclesfield's first season after the Second World War.  He re-appeared at Macclesfield at the start of the 1950-51 season when he made the move from the defunct Goslings club becoming a member of Macclesfield's reserve team and and was called upon to make two appearances in the senior side.


Dickie James 'Jimmy'


1931-32 Outside-left

CL       League 36 Apps 9 Goals    Cups 10 Apps 5 Goals

Debut 29 August 1931 Hyde United (Away)

Born in Scotland Jimmy was initially on the books of Fochabers before playing for Buckie Thistle having a trial at Preston North End in February-March 1925. After the trial it would appear that he returned to Buckie Thistle to complete the season. Signed a professional contract with Preston North End for the 1925-26 season. He then moved back to Scotland playing for Forres Mechanics returning south to New Brighton (August 1927) where he made 56 league appearances scoring 15 goals. Bristol City signed him for a fee of £1,500 in December 1928 where he made 48 league appearances scoring four goals after which he played for Chester in the 1930-31 season.

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1931. A fast and skilful winger, he was almost ever-present scoring his fair share of goals in a high-scoring season for the team as a whole. Member of the 1931-32  Cheshire League Championship side and holder of a winner's medal for the Challenge Cup competition in the same season.

On leaving Macclesfield he joined Chester for a short time before re-signing for New Brighton in September 1932 and then Llandudno in September 1933.

Born: Montrose, 22 September 1903. Died: 1960.



1894-95 Forward


TC     League 2 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 9 February 1895 Glossop North End (Home)


There is no information recorded for this player whose appearances came in February and early March 1895.


Dimech Luke Anthony

Luke Dimech

2007-08 Defender

FL    League 23(3)0   Cups 3(0)0

Debut 11 August 2007 Bradford City (Away)

A strong, no nonsense central defender, Luke’s career commenced in his native Malta with Sliema Wanderers, immediately winning silverware when the club won the Maltese Premier League. He spent seven seasons with the club and established himself in the national team with his first appearance on 28th April 1999 against Iceland, and in the friendly match against Armerina on 12th September 2007 he gained his 50th cap. Luke has been awarded a total of 78 caps in his international career having also appeared internationally in the Under 21 team on 14 occasions.

Leaving Malta Luke moved to the Irish side Shamrock Rovers for one season, returning to Malta with Birkirara.  He then moved to England signing for Mansfield Town in August 2003 (45 appearances, one goal) moving to Chester City in July 2005 (30 appearances) and was released at the end of his one year contract when he returned to Malta. He signed for Marrsaxlokk for the 2006-07 season where he captained the team which won the Maltese title.

Wanting to return to English football, he achieved his ambition when he signed a one-year contract with the Silkmen in the summer of 2007.

Luke was released in the summer of 2008 when he returned again to Malta to play for Valletta. He moved on again in 2010, on this occasion to play for AEK Larnaca and to Mosta FC in August 2012 going out on loan to Valletta in 2013 and then signing for them permanently. To complete his career played for Sliema Wanderers for the 2015-16 season.

Since retiring from playing football has been a Games Assistant for Video Slots (July 2016 to May 2018), with Jackpotjoy (May to December 2018) and since December 2018 has been the Commercial Client Relations Manager with Green Jade Games Ltd.

Born: Valletta, Malta, 11 January 1977.


Disney Jack


2013-14 and 2014-15 Defender/Midfielder

NC     Cups 4(1)0

Debut 5 November 2013 Sub Vauxhall Motors Cheshire Senior Cup Round 1 (Home)

A Macclesfield lad who attended Fallibroome High School. Jack was originally at Rochdale, signing as a first year apprentice for Macclesfield at the start of the 2013-14 season. A versatile player who can play at left centre back, left back, holding midfield or on the wing. Jack has a great understanding of the game and is a free-kick expert. Made his senior debut as a second half substitute in the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup.

Signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2014. At the start of the 2014-15 season Jack spent time on loan at Stockport Sports but on his return to Macclesfield his appearances were limited to the Cheshire Senior Cup competition where he gained a winners' medal.

Left Macclesfield at the end of the 2014-15 season having completed the second year of his scholarship.

Played for Cheshire League side AFC Macclesfield during 2016-17 season and the early part of the 2017-18 season, signing for Congleton Town at the end of October 2017 and has subsequently signed for Congleton Vale Rovers on a dual registration basis. Moved to Winsford United in the summer of 2019. Joined the newly formed Macclesfield FC in the summer of 2021 to play in the reserve team but was eased out early in 2022 when there was a change of club policy with director Robbie Savage's Under 16s used to fulfil reserve team fixtures for Macclesfield FC. Along with other former Macclesfield FC reserve team players Jack stepped up a couple of divisions to turn out for Knutsford FC continuing to play for them in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons



Dixon Nathan

1888-89 and 1889-90 Defender

Debut - unknown due to missing match information


Holder of a winners' medal for the Cheshire Senior Cup when the Silkmen won the competition for the first time in 1889-90.


Dixon Roy


1960-61 Goalkeeper

CL   League 17 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 7 January 1961 Frickley Colliery (Away)

At a time when the club were seeking a second 'keeper, Roy was signed from Winsford United where he was highly thought of, having previously been with Manchester City Reserves and acting as understudy to Bert Trautmann.

On retiring from playing qualified as a master butcher setting up Roy Dixon castings with his son Gary in the early 1970s which evolved into MRC (Manchester Rusk Company) in the mid 1970s.

Father of Lee Dixon, former Arsenal and England international player.


D’Laryea Nathan Armakine


2006-07 Defender

FL    League 1(0)0

Debut 27 January 2007 Swindon Town (Away)

When Nathan spent a month on loan at the Moss Rose, he was a member of the Manchester City Reserve side which he had captained on a number of occasions. He made his Football League debut on his one and only appearance for Macclesfield Town as a central defender in place of the suspended Danny Swailes.

Nathan was released by Manchester City in the summer of 2007 when he signed for Rochdale (six appearances) subsequently moving to Hyde United, leaving Hyde in the summer of 2010.

In 2012 was appointed a secondary school mathematics teacher at Dixons Academy in Bradford moving to the Loreto School, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester in 2014.  Completed a Masters Degree in Education and Leadership in 2015, appointed Head of Mathematics at the Loreto School in 2017 progressing to Assistant Head Teacher in 2018.

Nathan is the twin brother of footballer Jonathan D'Laryea.

Born: Manchester, 3 September 1985



1966-67 Defender

CL    League 1 App 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 26 October 1966 Frickley Colliery (Away) Challenge Cup R1 replay

There is no recorded information about this player.


Doherty Mick


1991-92 and 1992-93 Forward

Conf    League 25(10)6    Cups 13(3)2

Debut 15 February 1992 Sub Merthyr Tydfil (Home)

A much travelled goal scorer, Mick signed for the Silkmen from Farnborough for a fee of £3,000, half of which was met by the Supporters’ Club.  His previous clubs had included Basingstoke Town (1982), Reading (1982-83, 25 appearances, five goals), Slough Town (1983), Yeovil Town (1983-84). Wycombe Wanderers (1984) Weymouth (1984-85, 102 appearances, 54 goals), Maidstone United (1987-88), Yeovil again (1988-89), Runcorn (1989-1990) and Farnborough Town (1990-92), on three occasions moving for a five-figure fee. He won a single semi-pro cap for England and won Championship medals in both the Isthmian and Beazer Homes Leagues.

Mick signed for Macclesfield in February 1992 remaining until the end of the 1992-93.  Whilst he could not attain his prolific scoring ability seen at many of his previous clubs, nevertheless he was a good team member and gained a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal in 1992. During his time at the Moss Rose he completed a two-year course in Leisure Management.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Altrincham, and later played for Knowsley United, Runcorn (for a second time) and Bamber Bridge.

On retiring from playing Mick has been employed as a football scout at a high level - Everton (late 2008-early 2009), Chelsea as European Scout (August 2011), Sunderland as Chief Scout (August 2016) and Celtic as First Team International/UK Scout (July 2017).

Born: 8 March 1961.


Doherty Tony

1978-79 Defender

NPL League 15(0)0    Cups 2(0)0

Debut 30 September 1978 Gateshead (Away)

Tony was signed from Chorley. A slightly built but clever defender who was an apprentice with Cardiff City before moving to Tranmere Rovers.  He also had non-League experienced with Skelmersdale and Marine


Dolling Daniel 'Dan'

2017-18 Midfielder

NL     Cup 1(0)0

Debut 7 November 2017, 1874 Northwich (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup Preliminary Round


Joined the newly formed Macclesfield Under 21 Youth Development team at the start of the 2017-18 season.  Featured in the only Cheshire Senior Cup match of the season when members of the Development team were used to fulfill this tie. Remained with Macclesfield Town for the 2018-19 season as a member of the Under 18s team who were champions of the Mid Cheshire League Division One.

In the 2021-21 season Dan played for Manchester League side Manchester Central whilst also turning out for Macclesfield FC Under 21s. Remained with Manchester Central for the 2022-23 season moving to Old Altrinchamians in the Manchester Football League - Division One for the 2023-24 season.


Donaldson Frederick Lewis 'Freddie'


1961-62 to 1965-66 Right-half

CL    League 171 Apps 34 Goals   Cups 42 Apps 11 Goals   

Debut  21 March 1962 Oswestry Town (Home)

Attended St Peter's School next to Stoke City's Victoria Ground but he joined the junior ranks at Port Vale moving to the professional ranks in July 1954 (47 appearances, four goals) and was part of the team which won the Division Four Championship in 1958-59, signing for Exeter City in August 1960 (36 appearances, six goals) and Chester City in July 1961 (21 appearances).

Signed for Macclesfield towards the end of the 1961-62 season he proved to be an outstanding attacking player who featured regularly and was the Sportsman of the Year for the 1964-65 season when he was almost ever-present.

Refused to re-sign at the end of the 1965-66 season and moved to Stafford Rangers.

Away from football he was a self employed decorator but on retiring from football became a sales representative selling carpets and floorings.

He was also a prominent crown green bowler and having taken up the sport as a teenager he became one of the best players on the Staffordshire Circuit. Amongst other clubs he played for Chesterton, Alsager and Clough Hall and was part of the Potteries and District team which won the veterans inter-county campionship in 2017.

Would often visit the Moss Rose with Colin Askey, a former team mate at the Valiants, and father of Bob and John.

Born: 7 April 1937. Died: 24 July 2018.


Donbavand Albert Douglas MM

1919-20 and 1920-21 Centre-forward

CL     League 5 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 10 Apps 4 Goals

Debut 6 March 1920 Northern Nomads (Home) Altrincham Cup


Before the First World War he played for junior clubs in the Stockport area. Enlisted in the Army on 15 January 1915 and spent three years three months in France.  He was awarded a military medal for bravery but in a post-war interview he would not disclose the circumstances which led to the award.  Whilst in the Army he captained the 7th King's Shropshire Light Infantry football team.  He was demobilised in June 1919.

He then played for Stockport County as an amateur and then for Mardy in South Wales, signing for Macclesfield on 20 January 1920.

Ever-present from his debut to the end of the season with most of his appearances in the Subsidiary Competition, he scored two goals on his debut and the only hat-trick of the season in the 3-3 away draw against Chester on 14 April 1920.  He gained a winners' medal in the Altrincham Cup competition in  May 1920 to add to a Stockport Sunday League Championship and four Army medals.

Returned to Stockport in June 1920 (one appearance) re-signing for Macclesfield in January 1921 when he only featured in three end-of-season matches after which he signed for Ashton National in the summer of 1921.

Born: 18 August 1898, Stockport. Died 1976.



1927-28 Outside-right


CL      League 2 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 2 Goals


Debut 17 December 1927 Sandbach Ramblers (Home)


Came to Macclesfield from the Potteries but only appeared on three occasions as Wynne, and later Tatton filled the outside-right position on a regular basis.  Donlan's goals came in the 2-3 defeat in  the Second Round replay in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Middlewich.





CL  League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 14 September 1957 Witton Albion (Away)


There is no information recorded about this player


Donnelly George


2011-12 Forward

FL    League 28(0)6      Cups 4(0)1

Debut 10 September 2011 Cheltenham Town (Away)

George's career started at Liverpool where he was a member of the youth set-up from 2004 to 2007.  He then signed for Skelmersdale United where he made 45 league appearances scoring 36 goals.  Moving to Plymouth Argyle in March 2009 he only made two substitute appearances but spent a short time on loan at Luton Town and two spells on loan at Stockport County for whom he made 42 league appearances scoring 12 goals.  George signed for Fleetwood Town in January 2011 for an undisclosed fee scoring five goals in 25 league appearances. George holds one England 'C' international cap.

Initially signed by Macclesfield in September 2011 on a month's loan. At the end of the loan George had to return to Fleetwood  for three weeks, returning to the Moss Rose at the beginning of November 2011, so that his loan could be extended to the end of the year to conform with Emergency Loan regulations. He signed a permanent contract at the beginning of January 2012. Other than missing a few matches through a calf strain and a pulled hamstring, George featured regularly and completed the season as the side's top scorer with seven goals, two of which, against Plymouth Argyle and Crawley Town, came in added time to earn a draw. He also scored a fine solo effort to win the home match against Port Vale at the end of December 2011.

George moved to Rochdale in the summer of 2012 for an undisclosed five-figure fee making 78 appearances, scoring 13 goals and to Tranmere Rovers in September 2014, but did not establish himself in the team and spent time on loan at Southport before his release from Rovers after only 11 appearances. He then spent some time back at Skelmersdale United during the 2015-16 season after which it would appear that he took some time out from football. George signed for AFC Liverpool in the summer of 2016 and in March 2018 moved to Marine having spent time in the Middle East as a personal trainer. George signed for Skelmersdale United in July 2018 for a third time, spending time on loan at Litherland REMYCA from October to December 2018. In February 2020 had returned (date unknown) to Litherland REMYCA where he registered again for the 2022-23 season.

Born: 28 May 1988.


Doughty Philip Michael 'Phil'


2007-08 Defender

FL    League 5(1)0

Debut 1 December 2007 Shrewsbury Town (Away)

A Blackpool trainee who moved to the professional ranks there in October 2004 but did not  make a senior appearance for the seaside club in three years, although he did experience first team football on loan at non-League Leigh Genesis in the 2005-06 season and later Barrow. 

Phil spent six weeks on loan at Macclesfield Town playing at centre back, but was recalled to Blackpool in January 2008 and shortly after went on loan to Accrington Stanley for a month.  Signed for Fleetwood in 2008, and whilst there spent time on loan at Welshpool Town and AFC Fylde where his loan was converted to a permanent transfer in the summer of 2009. Having been on loan at Bamber Bridge in 2012 he moved there permanently in 2013 moving to Nelson in the summer of 2015. Returned to Bamber Bridge in the summer of 2016 spending time on loan at Longridge Town early in the 2018-19 season returning to Bamber Bridge in November 2018, linking up with AFC Blackpool in January 2020 on dual registration. In May 2021 it was announced that he was to sign for West Lancashire League side Wyre Villa ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Outside football Phil is a Quantity Surveyor.

Born: Kirkham, 6 September 1986.


Dover Geoff


1972-73 and 1973-74 Defender

NPL    League 32(3)1    Cups 15(2)0

Debut 12 August 1972 Netherfield (Home)

Before his moved to Macclesfield Geoff had played for Kirkby Town, Altrincham, South Liverpool, and Runcorn.  Quickly settled into the side with many of his appearances coming in the second half of the 1972-73 season including gaining a winner's medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup.

Having made his last appearance for the Silkmen in September 1973 spent a short time at Bradford Park Avenue before signing for Mossley where he made 71 appearances after which he moved to Skelmersdale United for the 1975-76 season.


Downes Peter


NPL     League 1(0)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 9 March 1976 Lancaster City (Home)


Peter’s only other senior appearance came in the match immediately following his debut in the Cheshire Senior Cup Semi-final at Nantwich Town.


Downes W

1877-78 Defender

Debut 3 November 1977 Leek (Away)


There is no information recorded for this player whilst at Macclesfield but he was a member of Langley FC during the 1882-83 season.


Downie G

1881-82 to 1886-87 Defender

Debut - unknown due to missing match information


Promoted to the senior side from Macclesfield juniors.


Doyle Robert 'Robbie'

2006-07 Forward

FL    League 0(2)0

Debut 24 February 2007 Sub Grimsby Town (Home)


Having been with the youth set up at Blackburn Rovers from 1998 to 2001 he decided to return to Ireland signing for his home side Bray Wanderers (2001-2002, eight appearances, one goal). He then played for UCD (2002-2003, 24 appearances, seven goals), Bohemians (2003-2004, 44 appearances, nine goals), St Patrick's Athletic (2004-2005, 42 appearances, 12 goals) before returning to Bray Wanderers (2006, 21 appearances, one goal).

Robbie was signed by the Silkmen in the January 2007 transfer window, but only made two appearances from the substitutes’ bench, the first of which was his Football League debut, giving him little opportunity to make any real impact, and was released at the end of the season.

Subsequently he returned to Ireland where played for Dundalk (2007, 17 appearances, six goals), Sporting Fingal (2008-2009, 42 appearances, 19 goals) where he was the First Division top scorer, helped Fingal to gain promotion to the Premier League and gained a winner's medal in the FAI Cup and then returned to Bray Wanderers for a third time (20 appearances, two goals).

At international level Robbie made two appearances for the Republic of Ireland under 17 side in 1999 and made one appearance for the ROI Under 21 side in 2002.

Robbie has retired from playing football and is a model and solo artist.

Born: Bray, 15 April, 1982.


Dransfield George Ronald

1937-38 Outside-right

CL     League 4 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 28 August 1937 Buxton (Home)

Had previously been on the books at High Green Athletic and Lincoln City. He played in the early season matches for Macclesfield and for the reserve side during a trial period, after which he was released.


Draper Ross James

Ross Draper

2009-10 to 2011-12 Midfielder

FL    League 89(8)10    Cups 8(1)0

Debut 8 August 2009 Northampton Town (Away)

Ross started his career at Shrewsbury Town where he was a regular in their youth and reserve sides before joining Stafford Rangers. At his next club, Hednesford United (season 2008-09), he made a string of impressive performances, appearing for the Pitmen 50 times scoring nine goals at a time when he was captain of the side.  His performance at Hednesford led to Keith Alexander signing him during the summer of 2009.

Ross made an immediate impact as a totally committed player who always gives 100% in every match as a no-nonsense tackler. Also, as the season progressed, displayed his versatility playing across the midfield positions. However, Ross missed several games in the second half of the season following a double hernia repair and then an ankle injury but having recovered became an integral and influential member of the side.

In the 2010-11 season Ross was almost ever-present and continued to be an extremely influential member of the side in the centre of the midfield.

2011-12 proved to be mixed season for Ross, when he was suspended in December and at the end of that month sustained a fractured metatarsal which required surgery, keeping him sidelined for three months and only able to return for the closing matches.

Although offered an extension to his contract, Ross elected to move to SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the summer of 2012. Having made over 200 appearances for Inverness Ross signed for Ross County in the summer of 2017. Released by Ross County at the end of the 2020-21 season signed a three-year deal with Scottish League One side Cove Rangers. Joined Scottish League Two side Elgin City on loan in September 2021 initially until January 2022, with the loan extended in January 2022 until the end of the 2021-22 season. Whilst at Elgin he dropped back to a central defensive role which he feels will be his best position in the future. Having been relased by his parent club Cove Rangers in August 2022 signed a two-year deal with Scottish League Two side Elgin City in September 2022. In April 2023, along with two others was put in interim charge of Elgin City's senior team pending the appointmemnt of a permanent manager. Appointed to the manager's position at Elgin City on a three-year contract in May 2023, at the same time retaining his player registration. After just 11 matches stepped down from his managerial role citing personal reasons but continued as a player. Was caretaker manager at Elgin City from 13 November to 5 December 2023.

Born: Wolverhampton, 20 October 1988.


Drinkwater George A


1894-95 and 1895-96 Inside-left

#TC     League 28 Apps 8 Goals      Cups 7 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 1 September 1894 Hanley  Town (Home)

A native of Braemar, Scotland he was the regular first choice 'Number 10' throughout his two years with the club. Holder of a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal for the 1895-96 season.

Played for Northwich Victoria during the 1892-93 season 30 league appearances, four goals) and was playing with Newton Heath in January 1903.



Drinkwater Roy



1972-73 Full-back

NPL   League 15(0)0    Cups 3(0)0

Debut 3 February 1973 Barrow (Away)

Roy was with Crewe Alexandra as a junior and apprentice for three years where he made one senior appearance before signing for Macclesfield.

Played in Australia from 1977 to 1984.

Born: 25 December 1954.


Duckworth D

1958-59 Defender

CL   League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 8 November 1958 Chester (Home)


A member of the reserves who was a hard worker and always stayed cool and calm. Drafted in for this match when several senior players were out injured.


Duddy John

1978-79 and 1979-80 Midfielder

NPL    #League 34(0)1   Cups 13(0)0

Debut 9 December 1978 Matlock Town (Home)

An apprentice at Oldham Athletic joining the professional ranks in February 1974 but did not go on to make a senior appearance, he signed for Stockport County in March 1976 where he made six appearances.

He then signed for Macclesfield and was known as the quiet man of the team.  Admired for his skilful control of the ball he also showed determination to win at all costs.  Able to play in both midfield and defence, his one goal came in the 3-0 home win against Workington.

Born: 8 February 1956.


Dudley Anthony Ryan


2016-17 Forward

NC     League 8(4)4     Cups 2(3)1

Debut 10 January 2017 sub Dover Athletic (Home)

A product of the Bury Academy and youth team he joined the professional ranks in January 2015 making just three senior league appearances. Two loan spells in 2015 and 2016 at National League side Guiseley saw him make 18 appearances in all competitions scoring eight goals including the goal which staved off relegation for Guiseley.

Signed on loan at Macclesfield Town in January 2017 until the end of the 2016-17 season as part of the transfer deal when Jack Mackreth moved from Macclesfield to Bury. During his stay at Macclesfield Anthony was often used to give other players a break from playing and, when required, filled the lone striker role, a managerial policy at Macclesfield.  Unfortunately his loan spell was interrupted for just over a month with a hamstring injury which he sustained in the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy against Forest Green Rovers at the beginning of February, nevertheless he played a useful part scoring five goals in his 17 appearances.

Out of contract at Bury, Anthony signed for Salford City in the summer of 2017. In July 2018 signed a season long loan with FC Chester rejoining former Salford City managers Bernard Johnson and Anthony Morley. Returned to Salford City at the end of his loan spell at Chester in May 2019 when he was released signing a permanent deal with Chester, leaving them at the end of the 2022-23 season when he signed for NPL - Premier side Radcliffe.

Born: 15 September 1996.


Dunfield Terence 'Terry'


2007-08 and 2008-09 Midfielder

FL    League 59(2)2    Cups 7(0)1

Debut 11 August 2007 Bradford City (Away)

A trainee at Manchester City he signed his first professional contract in May 1999 making one Premier League appearance from the substitutes’ bench. Signed for Bury in August 2002 initially on loan and then permanently (74 appearances, three goals), but a serious injury then kept him out of the game for two years.

However, as Terry lived in Macclesfield, he was invited to the Moss Rose for a trial prior to the start of 2007-08 season and impressed sufficiently to earn a contract. Terry is Canadian born and has represented Canada at Youth and Under-23 levels and has also represented England at Youth level. Terry was almost ever-present during the 2007-08 season, enthusiastically covering every blade of grass, and was voted Player of the Year.

Despite being offered improved terms he elected to move to Shrewsbury Town in the 2009 January transfer window (47 appearances, two goals). In 2010 played for Vancouver Whitecaps in Canada and in 2011 Toronto FC but was released by them in 2013. Returned to the UK where he had a short spell at Oldham Athletic from February 2014 to the end of the season (two appearances). Terry then signed for Ross County in the summer of 2014 but was one of several players released at the end of the 2014-15 season. Returning again to Canada, for the 2016 season Terry signed for Toronto Atomic in the Canadian Soccer League. Was Head Coach of Toronto FC Academy Under 14 team before being given responsibility for the U17 team, a position he relinquished on being appointed interim Head Coach of the senior team in June 2023.

In addition to playing for the England Under 18 team, Terry has also played for Canada at Under 20, Under 23 and full international levels making 14 full international appearances scoring one goal.

Acts as a media pundit covering Canadian Premier League, Championship and National teams.

Born: Vancouver, Canada, 20 February 1982.



1900-01 Forward

#ML     League 2 Apps 1 Goal

Debut - unknown due to missing match information


There is no information recorded for this player.  His known appearances came January/February 1901 with his one goal scored in the 8-3 win at Prestwich.


Dunkerley John

1878-79 to 1884-85 Full-back

Debut - unknown due to missing match information


A regular in the team and captain, he perfected the one-arm throw-in before the two handed throw-in rule was introduced in 1882. He represented Cheshire at County level and captained the team.

Inherited the directorship of a silk mill and for the friendly match against Preston North End in 1891 presented the team with silk shirts.


Dunkerley John William

1936-37 Outside-left

CL     League 22 Apps 3 Goals     Cups 7 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 29 August 1936 Buxton (Home)

John's career started at Newton Heath Loco and Ashton National. He signed for Manchester United in June 1933, then Stockport County (July 1934, 12 appearances, five goals) and Barrow (May 1935, 19 appearances, five goals).

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1936. Early in his time at Macclesfield he suffered a dislocated shoulder ( September 1936) in the Challenge Cup tie with Congleton Town which resulted in him being out of action for some weeks. Subsequently, whilst appearing on a fairly regular basis, John had to share the outside-left position with Fred Taylor throughout the 1936-37 season.  He scored the winning goal on two occasions in league matches, and scored the goal in the 1-1 draw against Buxton in the third round of the Challenge Cup, Macclesfield winning the replay going on to compete in the semi-final.
After WW2 played for Northwich Victoria (30 March to 27 April 1946) and then played one match for Witton Albion on 8 November 1947.

Born: 20 August 1912. Died: Tameside, 1986.


Dunning Darren

Darren Dunning

2002-03 Midfielder

FL    League 17(0)0

Debut 18 January 2003 AFC Bournemouth (Away)

A trainee at Blackburn Rovers, Darren gained his first professional contract in February 1999 (one appearances). Whilst at Blackburn he had loan spells at Bristol City from August 2000 (nine appearances), Rochdale from November 2001 (five appearances), Blackpool from March 2002 (five appearances) and Torquay United from November 2002 (seven appearances, one goal).

There was a further loan spell when he signed for Macclesfield in January 2003. He featured regularly during his three-month loan making a great impression as a diminutive midfielder with his telling short-passing game but showed that he could be combative when necessary and proved useful at holding up the ball.

Signed for York City in July 2003 (42 appearances, three goals), Subsequently playing for Harrogate Town alongside his brother and for Gainsborough Trinity.

Retired as a semi-professional player following a cruciate knee injury whilst playing for Gainsborough. Became player/manager with Old Malton St Mary's for the 2011-12 season where he has remained since and enjoyed a successful time winning the York Minster Premier League on four occasions, including the 2018-19 season when the team also lifted the York FA Senior Cup and League Cup.

Away from football runs his own plumbing business.

Born: Scarborough, 8 January 1981.



Durkan Kieron John

Kieron Durkan

1997-88 to 2000-01 Midfielder/Forward

FL    League 92(11)13    Cups 7(7)0

Debut 28 March 1998 Hull City (Away)

Kieron played for Runcorn and Cheshire Schoolboys, signing schoolboy forms for Wrexham at the age of 14.  From July 1992 he had a four year professional term with Wrexham (50 appearances, three goals) when he won three caps for the Republic of Ireland and also won a Welsh Cup winners medal in 1992.  In February 1996 Kieron moved to Stockport County for a fee of £95,000 (64 appearances, four goals).

Signed for Macclesfield Town in March 1998 for a fee of £15,000. Usually played on the right flank, however, there were times when he successfully partnered Richie Barker as a striker. A good tackler, he often beat defenders to provide pin-point crosses and was a dead-ball expert. Whilst at Macclesfield gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 2000.

Kieron moved to Rochdale in July 2001 (30 appearances, one goal) and subsequently signed for Swansea City in January 2003 ( 21 appearances, one goal). He then moved into non-league football with Caernarfon Town,  Runcorn FC Halton, Leek Town and Cefn Druids. 

On retiring from football Kieron became a PCSO in Widnes.

Born: Chester 1 December 1973. Died: February 2018 at the age of 44.


Durrell Elliott


2017-18 and 2018-19 midfielder

NC    League 31(4)8     Cups 3(0)1

FL     League 16(1)4     Cups 1(1)0

Debut 5 August 2017 Wrexham (Away)

Born in Shrewsbury, Elliott was a member of Shrewsbury Town's Centre of Excellence from the age of six.  Having played in the Thomas Telford College team he joined Telford United playing in their  under-19 side in the first half of the 2007-08 season graduating to the senior side in January 2008. He then spent time on loan at Rushall in February 2008 returning to Telford United where he remained until signing for Hednesford Town in August 2008. Elliott left Hednesford Town for Evesham United in January 2012 but returned to Hednesford Town  in July 2012 remaining there until January 2014, when he signed for Wrexham having made 152 appearances in his two spells with the Pitmen and was Player of the Season at the 2014 NPL Player of the Year awards. He then played for Tamworth (July 2015) and Chester FC ( July 2016) where he made 46 league appearances scoring eight goals during the 2016-17 season. Elliott was also given the opportunity to be a part of Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy aimed at giving more opportunities to Non-League footballers.

Signed a two-year deal with Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2017. Was a regular member of the team only missing three matches in August due to injury after which he was ever-present until he picked up an injury in the home match against Gateshead towards the end of March which unfortunately ended his season. He played with pace on the right wing, proved to be a brilliant crosser of the ball and contributed nine goals, the third highest season scorer making him an integral part of the championship winning team of the Vanarama National League in 2017-18. Included in the National League Team of the season. In 2018 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the formation of the Northern Premier League (now the Evo-Stik League) a vote was held to find the top 100 players in the NPL in which Elliott came 12th.

At the start of the 2018-19 season Elliott was still carrying the injury which he had sustained in the 2017-18 season, resulting in him only returning to the team on 10 November 2018 when he made his English Football League debut. Played in seven matches before sustaining an off-field knee injury which kept him out of contention until the middle of February after which he was almost ever-present to the end of the season. Initially he played on the right wing using his pace and ability to cross the ball, but towards the end of the season he was utilised just behind the front two or off the shoulder of the sole striker. Of his four goals the most significant was scored on the final day of the season when he struck the equaliser against Cambridge United to ensure that Macclesfield Town retained their Football League status.

Having failed to agree terms for the 2019-20 season was released by Macclesfield Town in June 2019. During the summer of 2019 trained with various clubs without gaining a contract but eventually signed for York City in September 2019 linking up again with manger Steve Watson leaving them in January 2020 at the end of his contract. Signed for Altrincham in February 2020 where he helped them win the National League North play-offs to gain promotion to the National League. Returned to Wrexham on a one-year deal in the summer of 2020 but on 14 April 2021 he was released early by mutual agreement. Returned to his early roots signing a one-year deal with AFC Telford United in the summer of 2021 but left them in January 2022 when he signed for Grantham Town remaining with them for the 2022-23 season leaving them in the summer of 2023 when he signed for National League North side Gloucester City from where he was released in the summer of 2024.

Born: 31 July 1989.



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